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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Before work: Allan saw through his window our dear neighbour Jessika picking apples. (She has a standing invitation to come pick!)

Before work: Allan saw through his window our dear neighbour Jessika picking apples. (She has a standing invitation to come pick!)


First thing: some kale and violas into the planter at Peninsula Sanitation office, by request

First thing: some kale and violas into the planter at Peninsula Sanitation office, by request


second thing: some deadheading at the Depot Restaurant garden

second thing: some deadheading at the Depot Restaurant garden


third thing: grooming the Long Beach welcome sign garden

third thing: grooming the Long Beach welcome sign garden

Nancy’s garden

Fourth thing: We put a pot of fingerling potatoes on Garden Tour Nancy and Phil’s front porch.

Nancy's kitchen garden

Nancy’s kitchen garden


her dahlias

her dahlias


and her chooks

and her chooks


something of interest

something of interest


cottages across the street

cottages across the street

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Our goal today was to polish off the last big fall project.

before: Allan plans the task

before: Allan plans the task


Allan's photo: heading in to the base of the Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Allan’s photo: heading in to the base of the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’


after: a considerably enlarged sit spot made by removed a swathe of Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

after: a considerably enlarged sit spot made by removed a swathe of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’:  Good job, Allan


Allan's before and after

Allan’s before and after


Allan's photo: larger = more inviting, we feel.

Allan’s photo: larger = more inviting, we feel.

Meanwhile, I did fall clean up in the garden.

before

before


after

after


before: tree peony

before: tree peony area


after

after


tall late blooming cosmos

tall late blooming cosmos


Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima


view in the east gate

view in the east gate


Mary and Denny tidied up this basement entry area.

Mary and Denny tidied up this basement entry area.


Sarah being cute.

Sarah being cute.


seasonal decor

seasonal decor

Anchorage Cottages

We had time to do the Anchorage Cottages garden, too, with some more fall clean up.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard


hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia


further editing of shade garden

further editing of shade garden

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Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

Ilwaco

With about one hour before sunset, Allan chopped back an old shrub at our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco post office.  What the shrub is, I do not know, but we make it go away about once a year.

before

before


Allan's photo: after

Allan’s photo: after

While he addressed the shrub problem, I walked around and checked on the Ilwaco street trees and planters, pulling pesky bits of chickweed and tiny grasses.

Griffin Gallery window downtown....

Griffin Gallery window downtown….


Halloween is a very big deal in Ilwaco.

Halloween is a very big deal in Ilwaco.

Allan joined me by the time I got to the boatyard.

Ilwaco boatyard

Ilwaco boatyard


We'll do fall clean up on the boatyard garden one of these days.

We’ll do fall clean up on the boatyard garden one of these days.


I cut a couple more branches off of the leaning columnar pear street tree.

I cut a couple more branches off of the leaning columnar pear street tree.


It has flowers in October. Weird.

It has flowers in October. Weird.

We got done just in time to go home, drop off the trailer, and head off to our weekly dinner, I mean meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

The Cove Restaurant

more signs of Halloween in the Cove Restaurant garden

more signs of Halloween in the Cove Restaurant garden (Allan’s photo)


Allan and Dave discuss garden clippers before dinner.

Allan and Dave discuss garden clippers before dinner.


Allan had the cod from this part of tonight's special menu.

Allan had the cod from this part of tonight’s special menu.  And I had that salad.


Allan's photo of his fish and noodles

Allan’s photo of his fish and noodles


Dave had this work of art.

Dave had this work of art salad.


Melissa's prawn bowl

Melissa’s prawn bowl


Allan's photo

Dave’s burger (Allan’s photo); I had the Cajun Chicken Alfredo, with enough left to make Friday’s dinner at home.

I don’t think I have laughed so hard and as much as we do with Dave and Melissa over these weekly dinners for quite some time and it makes me very happy.  Melissa says it makes them happy, too.


 

Friday, 23 October 2015

We started with a bit more fall clean up on our volunteer garden at the post office.

We started with a bit more fall clean up on our volunteer garden at the post office.

Long Beach

Today’s main project: to cut down some mean and thorny Dorothy Perkins roses from Fifth Street Park’s north fence upon which the Long Beach city crew will soon be installing the lighted sea serpent holiday decoration.

While Allan took on the fence roses, I went after some roses and some perennials in the northwest corner of the garden.

before

before


after

after


the fence rose project (Allan's photos)

the fence rose project (Allan’s photos); bet the city crew will be happy!


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the sea serpent last year, from the other side of the fence

There are two large ornamental grasses against the fence.  You can just catch a glimpse of the bigger one in my before photo.  I dithered about cutting them down, and finally decided not to.  The city crew might chop them, or we might if they seem to block the serpent once it is up.  Right now, their flowers look lovely in the autumnal light, and as Allan said, once we cut them, we can’t put them back.  They might give the effect of the serpent floating along in a marshland.  We shall see.

Then, while Allan raked and picked up all the debris and took it to city works to dump, I walked around to deadhead and groom the planters.

the debris from the park ready to go to City Works (Allan's photo)

the debris from the park ready to go to City Works (Allan’s photo)


California poppies still blooming

California poppies still blooming


This blue statice from The Planter Box has been a real do-er in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

This blue statice from The Planter Box has been a real do-er in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.


lots of cerinthe seedlings in the front corner of that same planter

lots of cerinthe seedlings in the front corner of that same planter

The Kabob House restaurant behind the photo above was our goal for after work today, but for now I had to walk on by.

I popped into NIVA green to take a few photo for the Facebook page, and found myself buying the skeleton bird and cage.  It will be an excellent addition to our Halloween decor.

I did not carry it with me around the planters; Allan picked it up for me an hour later.

I did not carry it with me around the planters; Allan picked it up for me an hour later.

 
Shop owner Heather "went a little cat crazy" at a recent gift show.

Shop owner Heather “went a little cat crazy” at a recent gift show.

By the time I caught up with Allan, he had dumped the debris from Fifth Street Park and was weeding in Veterans Field.

Vet Field corner bed (Allan's photo)

Vet Field corner bed (Allan’s photo)

With work, including weeding in Veterans Field, done, we ended our pretty easy Long Beach day with a scrumptious late lunch at the Kabob House, which recently got a well deserved rave review in the local paper.

Kabob House

Kabob House


vegetable and beef combo

vegetable and beef combo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's chicken kabob meal

Allan’s chicken kabob meal

 

The meals come with a side of the cucumber sauce that I adore, and owner/chef Behnoosh came out to offer us more before the meal was done.  I could eat a gallon of that sauce out of a huge soup tureen. I was surprised when she told me that several people had come in to eat there after seeing it recommended on this blog.  That does amaze and please me.

On the way home, we saw that all the Ilwaco planters had wide red ribbons tied around them.  It is some kind of cancer awareness month (as if we were not already aware and scared with friends getting cancer left and right, it seems!).   I wish to compliment whoever did the banner tying for their excellent job of going under the plants and not hurting them.

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good job!

good job!

We were home early and I spent the evening catching up on the weekly blogging till quite late, followed by an 11 PM dinner with The Amazing Race.


Real time update:  If all goes according to plan, as this post publishes on the morning of October 30, we will be putting the finishing touches that day on our Corridor of Spooky plants in preparation for the amazing Ilwaco Halloween.  Several friends including Dave, Melissa, and Our Kathleen, Shelly and Steve, perhaps Todd, perhaps MaryBeth, will join us to hand out candy to the usual 300 or so trick or treaters and to walk around admiring other houses’ decorations.  We hope to have some good photos when that blog post rolls around.  If you are in Ilwaco that evening, come on over.

 

 

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

On our way to work, we watered the Ilwaco Post Office planter, and I noticed to my dismay that the deer have discovered it.

Deer have nibbled the nasturtiums; this bodes ill for our post office garden.

Deer have nibbled the nasturtiums; this bodes ill for our post office garden.

The Planter Box

We stopped at The Planter Box on our way north to pick up a few plants for a container at the Anchorage.

We stopped at The Planter Box on our way north to pick up a few plants for a container at the Anchorage.

Allan's photo: They have pumpkins!

Allan’s photo: They have pumpkins!

After our second tour of the Oysterville garden, we put in a half day of weeding and grooming several gardens.

Marilyn’s Garden

looking southwest from the driveway

looking southwest from the driveway

looking northwest from the back porch steps

looking northwest from the back porch steps

Removing this clump of volunteer montbretia must go on the list of fall projects!

Removing this clump of volunteer montbretia must go on the list of fall projects!

look how the big floppy zebra grass has a tidy clump coming up in the middle.

look how the big floppy zebra grass has a tidy clump coming up in the middle.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Bella in the A Frame garden

Bella in the A Frame garden

inside the A Frame

inside the A Frame (one of the vacation rentals)

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Mary of KBC

Mary of KBC

Managers Denny and Mary do everything from lawn care to cleaning to welcoming guests and doing the paperwork.  They own one of the cottages and their own home on the resort property.

Sarah

Sarah

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Bella

Bella

oh, and the garden!

oh, and the garden!

The big birds (spruce grouse?) were there; Allan just managed to get this rear view.

The big birds (spruce grouse?) were there; Allan just managed to get this rear view.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

my mom's coppery rose

my mom’s coppery rose

sweet peas and my mom's old window; wish she could see them

sweet peas and my mom’s old window; wish she could see them

more sweet peas

more sweet peas

Anchorage Cottages

Allan weeded under the grape arbour.

Allan weeded under the grape arbour.

autumnal grape leaves (Allan's photo)

autumnal grape leaves (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Mitzu felt unusually camera shy.

Mitzu felt unusually camera shy.  Dogs and cats have moods, too, you know.

on Beth's lap

on Beth’s lap

plants from The Planter Box

new plants from The Planter Box went into this pot

the office courtyard

the office courtyard

watering Ilwaco

Watering season is still not over, so Allan took the water trailer on the Ilwaco rounds.

at the boatyard to fill the tank for watering

at the boatyard to fill the tank for watering

He found the volunteer fire department having a drill while he filled the trailer at the boatyard.

He found the volunteer fire department having a drill while he filled the trailer at the boatyard.

boatyard and fire fighters

boatyard and fire fighters

By the time he checked on the Time Enough Books boat, darkness was falling.

By the time he checked on the Time Enough Books boat, darkness was falling.

Meanwhile, I was at home doing the monthly billing and anticipating writing this blog post and reliving of walking through the Oysterville garden today.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

We finished our great big two day work week with a three small jobs and then Long Beach.

The very first sign of Halloween on Lake Street, by the Post Office

The very first sign of Halloween on Lake Street, by the Post Office

Halloween is a very big deal on Spruce and Lake Streets in Ilwaco, and we are beginning to collect our materials for our Corridor of Spooky Plants.

The Red Barn

Allan's photo: our small and narrow Red Barn garden

Allan’s photo: our small and narrow Red Barn garden

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I decided it was time for the fennel to go away. (Allan's photo)

I decided it was time for the fennel to go away. (Allan’s photo)

Poor bronze fennel, once so prized, and recommended by influential gardeners in slide shows at garden seminars, and now on the noxious weed list.

Bronze Fennel looking glorious in a garden

Bronze Fennel looking glorious in a garden

bronze fennel....now called by some a noxious weed

bronze fennel….now called by some a noxious weed

And it is gone! (Allan's photo)

And it is gone! (Allan’s photo).  The tall stems will go in our Corridor of Spooky Plants for Halloween.

The yellow violas died in this container, and reseeded

The yellow violas died in this container, and reseeded themselves.

Diane’s garden

My good friend Misty came out to meet us even before we got next door to Diane and Larry’s garden.

My Misty

My Misty

I love her.

I love her.

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Such a good girl.

blueberry autumn colour

blueberry autumn colour

The roadside garden

The roadside garden

The pink heather that was Diane’s inspiration for having us make this roadside bed is already going over, which is why I did not want to make it the only plant here.

It only looks perfectly pink for a couple of weeks.

It only looks perfectly pink for a couple of weeks.

I enjoy when we drive by this garden, and I hope others do, as well.

I enjoy when we drive by this garden, and I hope others do, as well.

The Depot Restaurant

If we deadheaded every old cosmos flower, we’d be here for an hour!

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flower garden on north side of dining deck

Long Beach

Allan deadheading what's left of the welcome sign flowers (after it got trampled during Rod Run)

Allan deadheading what’s left of the welcome sign flowers (after it got trampled during Rod Run)

We'd have lots more deadheading to do if the cosmos had not been destroyed.

We’d have lots more deadheading to do if most of the cosmos had not been destroyed!

Cosmos 'Happy Ring'

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’

We took two jugs of water for the newly planted Sid Snyder beach approach planters, as the water is turned off there.

new plants, nurtured

new plants, nurtured

The plaque goes back to volunteer days.

The plaque goes back to volunteer days from years ago.

My darling little hens and chickens have already been stolen from the planter above.  That is IT, I will nevermore plant hens and chickens sedums in any of the Ilwaco planters.  They got stolen here, and on the Bolstad approach, and in Fish Alley.  As Allan says, someone probably has a nice collection of hens and chicks on their windowsill.  I picture the same person prowling and thinking “Ooh, has she planted any more?  YES, a new kind for my collection!”  Feh.  It is frustrating because they would be so perfect in all the beach approach planters that are hard to water.

Because watering season is not over after all, we watered all the main street planters and street trees.

lavender at Fifth Street

lavender at Fifth Street

the carousel dismantled, sure sign of end of summer

the carousel being dismantled, sure sign of end of tourist season

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

My friend Tam at the Herb "n Legend Smoke Shop

My friend Tam at the Herb “n Legend Smoke Shop

reseeded lavenders and a determined little fern

reseeded lavenders and a determined little fern

more painted sage

more painted sage

Salvia patens at 7th Street

Salvia patens at 7th Street

Salvia patens

Salvia patens

Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

Gunnera by the pond in Fifth Street Park (Allan's photo)

Gunnera by the pond in Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

We also had time to pull Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ at four locations, or rather, Allan did, while I worked the Veterans Field garden deadheading….

tree by Anchor Realty, before

tree by Anchor Realty, before

and after

and after

tree by Cottage Bakery before (Allan's photo)

tree by Cottage Bakery, before

and after

and after

planter by Wind World Kites, before

planter by Wind World Kites, before

This is the only planter where we have let a large amount of ‘Lucifer’ stay.  The owner of Wind World Kites likes it very much.  Most shopkeepers prefer to not have something so tall in front of their shop.

Wind World Kites, after

Wind World Kites, after

Veterans Field corner garden

Veterans Field corner garden

We had time before dinner to pull more Crocosmia at City Hall, in an area along the west wall planted by former city administrator Gene Miles.  I found some weeding to do because when I pull crocosmia I feel like the top of my head is going to fly off.  (Yes, that’s weird, but true.)

City Hall, north side

City Hall, north side

before

west side, before (Allan’s photo)

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and after (Allan’s photo)

The Cove Restaurant

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Todd joined Melissa, Dave, Allan and I making up a good meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

Chef Jason Lancaster

Chef Jason Lancaster

Todd shared fascinating stories about all the local places where he had taken visiting friends.

Two friends from Plant Delights nursery, where Todd used to be the curator of the display garden, had been to visit for a week.  They had eaten clams and mushrooms which the three of them harvested, and visited old growth trees by Teal Slough:

Todd's photo

Todd’s photo

And the north Oregon coast:

Todd's photo: Ecola State Park north of Cannon Beach

Todd’s photo: Ecola State Park north of Cannon Beach

We caught up with Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Gardening) on news about the work week.

As was Melissa.

I also found Melissa’s stories fascinating.

delicious apple blue cheese salad and apple cider

delicious apple blue cheese salad and Arnold Palmer to drink.  (Allan’s photo)

apple blue cheese salad

apple blue cheese salad

And it was good. (Allan's photo)

And it was good. (Allan’s photo)

Cove Stir Fry (Allan's photo)

Cove Stir Fry (Allan’s photo)

Dave, Todd, and I had the Cajun chicken alfredo. (Allan's photo)

Dave, Todd, and I had the Cajun chicken alfredo. (Allan’s photo)

Melissa had the bronzed scallops.

Melissa had the bronzed scallops.

Melissa and me (Allan's photo)

Melissa and me (Allan’s photo)

Allan and I are now set for another self indulgent five days off!  We’re hoping for good evening weather on Saturday so that we can have a campfire dinner with Melissa, Dave, and Our Kathleen, and of course I am hoping to not leave my property for the entire five days.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Mike’s Garden

At Mike’s garden, just a few blocks east, I was greeted by barking from Sally, who was happy to get a belly scratching through the back deck lattice.  We did a quick session of weeding and clipping in the garden, front and back.

my good friend Sally

my good friend Sally

Allan addressed the east property line, so overgrown from a vacant lot next door.

before, Allan's photo

before, Allan’s photo

after, Allan's photo

after, Allan’s photo

Mike's front garden, looking north

Mike’s front garden, looking north

front garden with Geranium 'Rozanne'

front garden with Geranium ‘Rozanne’

On the way out of town, we parked so I could poke a finger into an Ilwaco planter, sure I would find it damp but wanting the certainty.  NOOOOOOOO!   It was SO dry that I realized those planters would need watering in order to be damp enough to take advantage of upcoming rain. Rain water does not soak in well to a dry, densely planted container.

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot garden did not require watering as we have had enough rain for plants in the ground, so all we did was deadhead the prolific cosmos and pull a few weeds.

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

At some point, we will just let the cosmos go to seed, but not yet. Probably not till mid October.

At some point, we will just let the cosmos go to seed, but not yet. Probably not till mid October.

Allan found this license plate in the garden, and one of the logs had been knocked off-kilter, we think hard enough to knock the plate off! But thankfully not hard enough to push the log into the garden.

Allan found this license plate in the garden, and one of the logs had been knocked off-kilter, we think hard enough to knock the plate off! But thankfully not hard enough to push the log into the garden.

view looking south from the front of the building.

view looking south from the front of the building.

Plantings by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse are still going strong at the front (north side) of the restaurant.

Plantings by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse are still going strong at the front (north side) of the restaurant.

the entry to the dining deck, with hops; Allan checked it for sneaky bindweed.

the entry to the dining deck, with hops; Allan checked it for sneaky bindweed.  (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo. Makes me want a lattice walkway like this. Allan???

Allan’s photo. Makes me want a lattice walkway like this. Allan???

Long Beach

We deadheaded the welcome sign, me with a feeling of malaise because after the vandalism? of a couple of weeks ago, many of the flowers are gone.

I guess it's still good if you don't know what it COULD be looking like.

I guess it’s still good if you don’t know what it COULD be looking like.

WAS cosmos all along the back. At least the lights illuminate the sign better now.

WAS cosmos all along the back. At least the lights illuminate the sign better now.

The only way to have the lights really work well to illuminate the sign is to have the plants all be about two inches tall.  Then the cement wall would show.  It is a dilemma.

looks pretty good from the sidewalk as those plants did not get stood upon...or whatever it was that happened during Rod Run.

looks pretty good from the sidewalk as those plants did not get stood upon…or whatever it was that happened during Rod Run.

In Veterans Field, we found a new flagpole had been installed in the corner garden.  I cannot remember what was planted in that spot…which is probably just as well.  It took me a few minutes to realize what had changed!

new flagpole

new flagpole

Then I looked up.  The new flag is for the merchant marines.  That will please our friend J9, whose dad served in that capacity in WW II.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

weeding, Allan's photo

weeding in the wind, Allan’s photo

We walked the downtown main street and groomed all the planters, and decided not to water because a good rain is due overnight and they are still slightly damp.  Unlike the Ilwaco planters, these are large enough to hold some moisture.

This planter by The Hungry Harbor (before) was the shabbiest looking.

This planter by The Hungry Harbor (before) was the shabbiest looking.

Here it is, after. All the California poppies are volunteers and I can't resist letting them overtake the planter.

Here it is, after. All the California poppies are volunteers and I can’t resist letting them overtake the planter.

Salvia viridis (painted sage) is still holding on to its colour.

Salvia viridis (painted sage) is still holding on to its colour.

As I passed NIVA green, I went in to get a sympathy card for our neighbour whose beloved spouse and best buddy had died.  I found one that spoke to me of their garden, where below an understory of a good collection of Japanese maples, annuals and small perennials grow in a tidy display.

vintage botanical specimens card by luccapaperworks.com

vintage botanical specimens card by luccapaperworks.com

While writing it out that evening, I found one more quotation that I added (other than my favourite one about memory, by Angelo Patri…)    Well, here they both are.

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and…”Mixed with missing him for the rest of my life was a feeling of amazement and delight that I had lived with him, embraced him, and listened to him sing.”  (MFK Fisher)

I was thinking a great deal on this topic, and I share these quotations for anyone who has experienced that sort of loss.

I went on with the rest of the north end planters.

chrysanthemums about to blossom....good ones that last year bloomed for several weeks.

chrysanthemums about to blossom….good ones that last year bloomed for several weeks.

Allan did the gardening on the south blocks of downtown and took these photos:

Schizostylis, eaten by deer? in a tree garden

Schizostylis, eaten by deer? or picked…in a tree garden

Fifth Street Park (Allan's photo)

Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

small planter used as ash tray (Allan's photo)

small planter used as ash tray (Allan’s photo)

It's in the back of this picnic area, to keep people from falling into a hole (Allan's photo)

It’s in the back of this picnic area, to keep people from falling into a hole (Allan’s photo)

a cute duck at the debris dump (Allan's photo)

a cute duck at the debris dump (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: She seemed to have no fear.

Allan’s photo: She seemed to have no fear.

Ilwaco

We only had 12 buckets and a large jug with us and figured they should be enough to water the 26 Ilwaco planters with a couple of gallons each.  We did not have time to break out the water pump trailer so bucket watering was our choice.

filling the buckets at the boatyard

filling the buckets at the boatyard

our view from the faucet

our view from the faucet

two new boats

two new boats

sweet pea 'Black Knight' almost to the top of the fence

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’ almost to the top of the fence

another new boat

another new boat

northeast corner of the boatyard

northeast corner of the boatyard

Across the street: I wonder how long this street tree will last.

Across the street: I wonder how long this street tree will last.

We pruned off three lower limbs today on the left side.

We pruned off three lower limbs today on the left side.  There is a difference; look at the truck.

I feel these trees need the attention of an arborist (an expert one who does NOT top trees) to lighten them up for better resistance to wind.  I lack the expertise, the head for heights, the proper ladder, and the time.  Allan has the head for heights but lacks the expertise, the proper ladder, and the time.  Although I do know enough to stand below and guide him through some judicious cuts…but…we still lack the time in the budget, I think.

We bucket watered the 26 planters, by which I mean Allan bucket watered and I weeded and groomed.  To my horror, I found that the little pocket gardens under the trees felt powder dry, perhaps a little bit damp an inch down.  We did not have enough water for them so can only hope for a SERIOUS rain tonight or Allan will have to return to them with water soon.

I fervently hope this will be the last planter watering for the season….unlikely but possible.

The Cove Restaurant

At last, time came for our traditional Thursday dinner at the Cove with Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Gardening.  I can easily say that becoming friends with them and Todd are the best things that have happened to us in 2015.

in Sondra's garden outside the restaurant (Allan's photo)

in Sondra’s garden outside the restaurant (Allan’s photo)

in the foyer (Allan's photo)

in the foyer (Allan’s photo)

Chef Jason treated us to an appetizer that was like a delicious cross between a chalupa and the pork conchinita, featuring sprouts from Pink Poppy Farm.

special app from Jason

special app from Jason

the amazing seasonal salad with pears and goat cheese

the amazing seasonal salad with pears and goat cheese

I was about to order a light and healthful ahi tuna plate when the words "Cajun Chicken Alfredo" came out of my mouth.

I was about to order a light and healthful ahi tuna plate when the words “Cajun Chicken Alfredo” came out of my mouth.

Melissa's pork conchinita (Allan's photo)

Melissa’s pork conchinita (Allan’s photo)

the end of the workweek for us (but not for the Sea Star duo)

the end of the workweek for us (but not for the Sea Star duo) nor was it the end of the workweek for Chef Jason Lancaster (right, Allan’s photo)

At home, later in the evening, I heard a loud gurgling and went outside to see that all of the downspouts were pouring a downpour of rain into the water barrels.  I felt so glad, as it was likely to be enough to satisfy the street tree gardens in Ilwaco.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

before work, in the back garden

before work, in the back garden

The Sarracenia that Debbie Teashon brought me are thriving.

The Sarracenia that Debbie Teashon brought me are thriving.

deadheading our Ilwaco Post Office garden

deadheading our Ilwaco Post Office garden

Time Enough Books

Continuing with the fall project list on our work board, we decided to remove, at bookstore owner Karla’s request, the medium sized Miscanthus that was all around a street tree in the curbside garden.  (It was planted before we took on these gardens.)

before

before: too big for its britches

Allan swinging the pick

Allan swinging the pick

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.

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Allan’s photo

after

after

The grass neatly separated into chunks, all of which would be too tall for any of the curbside gardens.  I gave two pieces to Salt Hotel for their container gardens (they love ornamental grasses), and saved two clumps each for Dave and Melissa and for Todd.  Two more could go at the boatyard garden, or I could maybe save some for the Ilwaco City Park project, but I have no idea when that is going to happen.  Jenna drove by and I offered her some.  She’d been needing some ornamental grasses to plant on her deck and was happy to take these.

Our Jenna (Queen La De Da)

Our Jenna (Queen La De Da)

On a brief stop at home, Allan saw this butterfly in our own garden.

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The Depot Restaurant

We did our weekly deadheading, with no watering necessary.

We did our weekly deadheading, with no watering necessary.

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' blooming way up high

small yellow flowers of Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ blooming way up high

Sanguisorba 'Dali Marble' is just starting to bloom.

Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ is just starting to bloom.  (with cosmos)

Long Beach

On the way home from work earlier this week, I had noticed with a bit of dismay that the Long Beach welcome sign seemed to missing a fair amount of cosmos along the back.  I figured maybe the city crew had removed some so that the new lights shone better on the the sign.  The new lights are positioned slightly differently and did not work well with the way I had planted for the old lights.  However, when we got up close to the welcome sign today, we realized that both sides were seriously trashed, apparently by people standing in them during Rod Run…to get their photos taken, or….WHAT?

Last week the back of the sign was all beautiful cosmos.

Last week the back of the sign was all beautiful cosmos standing tall. Now the the plants were crushed and even the lamps were aimed wrong.

Allan's photo: Why would someone be standing in the BACK of the sign (the side that says "Thank you."

Allan’s photo: Why would someone be standing in the BACK of the sign (the side that says “Thank you”).

front: all smashed up

front: all smashed up.  Last week the cosmos were standing tall all along here.

welcome sign, front on Sept 5th

welcome sign, front on Sept 5th

after cleaning up, today

after cleaning up, today

Just look at all the broken off cosmos that we had to pull. They would have bloomed well into October.

Just look at all the broken off cosmos that we had to pull. They would have bloomed well into October.

After that annoyance, we moved on to another fall project: digging out two of the planters on Sid Snyder Avenue beach approach.  The two planters on the eastern end of the approach road have planters going way back to volunteer days.  Round about this time I got a message from a friend telling me that someone I used to know had died of cancer just a couple of hours before, not unexpectedly but nevertheless tragically for his family.  For his spouse, from whom I am estranged, I felt empathy and deep sadness that lingered through the weekend (as I write this four days later).  Because of the estrangement there was nothing I could do but move on with our day.  It is too important of an event to not mention.

before: this one was mostly a running variegated grass

before: this one was mostly a running variegated grass with a pink sea thrift on just one side.

The other was a mix of grass, a woody old lavender, and variegated ivy and a small phormium.

The other was a mix of grass, a woody old lavender, and variegated ivy and a small phormium.

I hid the little phormium and its tag in one of the bags of ornamental grass from Time Enough and tied a knot on one side of the bag so I could remember to give that one to Todd as a joke.  (He knows I have completely gone off Phormium.)  We drove off to get some soil from my city works pile with which to fill the planters.

Allan's photo at the west end turn around of the Sid Snyder beach approach

Allan’s photo at the west end turn around of the Sid Snyder beach approach

I remembered that one planter on the Bolstad approach had some daisies that I wanted to remove, because they are always thirsty.  While I was digging them out, a fellow with a horse passed by on the way back from a beach ride.  When I asked if the horse was an Appaloosa, he kindly rode the horse over closer.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

The rider told us his horse is a “scent horse”, used for tracking, that his name is Joker and that he is a very good boy.

Back at Sid Snyder after collecting soil in all our buckets, we filled the planters with new Soil Energy mulch.

 

after

after, planter that had had an assortment of old perennials

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, after, planter that had had the running variegated grass

We’ll get some plants for them next week.  We made a quick deadheading stop at Fifth Street Park…

NW quadrant of Fifth Street Park

NW quadrant of Fifth Street Park

Helenium, Sedum 'Autumn Joy, catmint, cosmos

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, catmint, cosmos, and to the right some self seeded montbretia that is going to be dug out.

…and headed back to Ilwaco with four extra buckets of soil.  We put it down at Time Enough Books to make the tree happy….

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

Next week, we are going to get a yard of mulch for Time Enough and from that, we will take four buckets back to Long Beach and use it to fill in where we will dig out the montbretia.

The project board just got smaller.

The project board just got smaller.  But I do need to add that monbretia removal job.

The Cove Restaurant

Our traditional Thursday dinner with Dave and Melissa tonight included Todd and Our Kathleen (still on vacation at her beach cottage).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, Melissa, me and Kathleen

Kathleen, Allan, and Todd peruse the menu

Kathleen, Allan, and Todd peruse the menu

Todd and Dave talk plants.

Todd and Dave talk plants.

pear and goat cheese salad and ahi tuna

pear and goat cheese salad and ahi tuna

and a connolo for dessert

and a connolo for dessert

Allan's photo: That's Sondra, the owner, in the center, and Chef Jason Lancaster to the right.

Allan’s photo from left to right: me, Lynn, our funny and efficient server; Sondra, the owner, in red; and Chef Jason Lancaster to the right.

Earlier in the day, I had tried and failed to get a non-blurry photo of a seagull drinking out of a puddle.  What should I find in the ladies room but a painting of that very scene.

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After being the last to leave the restaurant, our group stood around talking in the parking lot for many more minutes.  Todd was holding the bag of ornamental grass.

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I kept feeling like the scene reminded me of something.

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It wasn’t till later that I realized it reminded me of this:

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Next, four days of gardening and contemplation, and a boating excursion.

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Before getting down to serious work, we went to the port office to see if the baskets had been turned around to show their best side.  Last night, I had trimmed the dead trailing ends off the plants facing the water and had sent an email asking that the heavy baskets be turned around to show their good side for the Slow Drag on Friday evening.

They had been turned around.

They had been turned around.

After the busy summer, the Port office staff had gotten a nice bouquet from CoHo Charters.

After the busy summer, the Port office staff had gotten a nice bouquet from CoHo Charters.

On the way out of town, we checked up on the planter that had gotten knocked into the street yesterday.  It looks like it has revived as well as could be hoped for.

plants

battered but unbowed

The Depot Restaurant

On the south side of the dining deck, the requested ornamental grasses are slowly gaining height. Next summer, they should provide a screen.

On the south side of the dining deck, the requested ornamental grasses are slowly gaining height. Next summer, they should provide a screen.

Our flower garden on north side got weeded and watered. The hops are up to the top of the lattice screen.

Our flower garden on north side got weeded and watered. The hops are up to the top of the lattice screen.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Today was our day to go north.  At Golden Sands, I again contemplated the future removal of the ugly patch of parched siberian iris at the entry to the courtyard.
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As you can see, while going in there with a pick will require caution because of wiring, it looks like the wiring probably just goes around the outside.  So we might leave a bit of iris.  I’d like to replace the rest with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, of which I have an endless supply.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is a repeater along the front of the four quadrants.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is a repeater along the front of the four quadrants.

I also sadly contemplated my pitiful dahlias in the different quadrants.

pathetic dahlias!

pathetic dahlias!

I decided I need to read up on how to grow them.  I am not a “dahlia queen” like Shelly of Flowering Hedge Design.  The article I read years ago told me that dahlias do not like mulch or fertilizer.  Serendipitously, this same evening we watched an episode of Ciscoe Morris’s telly show and he said that dahlias need a LOT of fertilizer.  With that knowledge, maybe I can get these to do better next year.  (P.S. A week later, Todd told me he does not fertilize his spectacular daylilies and the ones at Golden Sands might have virus. So I am still uncertain.)

At least my two patches of sweet peas, climbing up on 'Joseph's Coat' roses, are good.

At least my two patches of sweet peas, climbing up on ‘Joseph’s Coat’ roses, are good.

I wish I knew what this rose is.

I wish I knew what this rose is.

The coppery red rose from my mom’s garden was probably ordered from Jackson and Perkins or Wayside Gardens.  I am going to try to propagate this year just by laying some cuttings in the ground.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

KBC was as far north as we went today.

the east gate of the fenced garden

the east gate of the fenced garden

Sarah

Sarah

my good friend Sarah

my good friend Sarah

Timmy

Timmy

just inside the east gate

just inside the east gate

feathery pink sanguisorba (canadensis, I think)

feathery pink sanguisorba (canadensis, I think)

Schizostylis, a bit of a runner but so worth it in late summer

Schizostylis, a bit of a runner but so worth it in late summer

In a lecture, Dan Hinkley said that schizostylis runs more in a dry area, and clumps more in a damp area, as it grows on riversides in South Africa and seeks moisture.

looking southwest over the birdbath....the changing view that will be a slideshow this winter.

looking southwest over the birdbath….the changing view that will be a slideshow this winter.

the main wheelbarrow path and the center circle path

the main wheelbarrow path and the center circle path

Japanese anemones that escaped the purge!

Japanese anemones that escaped the purge!

inside the south gate

inside the south gate with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

outside the south gate

outside the south gate

The Anchorage Cottages

My good friend Mitzu kept me company while I deadheaded container plants.

My good friend Mitzu kept me company while I deadheaded container plants.

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' has been a great doer. Today is the first time I had to do any serious deadheading on it.

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ has been a great doer. Today is the first time I had to do any serious deadheading on it.  Beth says it has been a hit with hummingbirds.

Long Beach

We filled up our last hour with a thorough weeding of the Long Beach City Hall garden beds.

Peggy's Park: memorial garden for Peggy Taylor Miles, east side of city hall

Peggy’s Park: memorial garden for Peggy Taylor Miles, east side of city hall

Basket Case baskets in the fog

Basket Case baskets in the fog

The weather all day had been annoyingly windy, and a heavy fog rolled in over Long Beach as we worked.  It had been slowly drifting in all day.  I love the fog but not coupled with a cold wind so I was glad to be done when dinnertime arrived and we drove to the Peninsula Golf Course to meet Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance).

The Cove Restaurant

Parking Lot Cat was deeply interested in this tire.

Parking Lot Cat was deeply interested in this tire.

some sort of message here

some sort of message here

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, me and restaurateur Sondra inside

Allan’s photo, me and restaurateur Sondra inside

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The apricot cider tap "blew" so Melissa and I each got a bonus of the new cask, apple cider.

The apricot cider tap “blew” so Melissa and I each got a bonus of the new cask, apple cider.

so delicious new pear and goat cheese salad

so delicious new pear and goat cheese salad

Dave and I could not resist having the chicken alfredo again.

Dave and I could not resist having the chicken alfredo again.

spicy Cajun chicken alfredo

spicy Cajun chicken alfredo

prosciutto wrapped halibut for Melissa

prosciutto wrapped halibut for Melissa

Allan opted for a burger, not the "flame thrower" spicy one

Allan opted for a burger, not the “flame thrower” spicy one. (Allan’s photo)

After dinner, in the parking lot, Allan showed Dave and Melissa our long handled Fiskars pruner, the one that doesn’t use an annoying rope to make it open and close.

more gardening talk

more gardening talk

We’re hoping that Dave and Melissa can come down to Ilwaco tomorrow evening for the always fun Slow Drag at the Port.  I’ll be posting about that on my other blog, Our Ilwaco.  Then we have a busy weekend with the four of us going to the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour (one of my favourite events of the year), followed by another trip to Cannon Beach on Sunday to hear our Debbie Teashon speak for the cottage tour garden tea.

You can read about the Slow Drag here, in a slideshow of the vehicles, and here, in a story about the race.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Port of Ilwaco

Although our main task was the weekly tidying of the Long Beach planters, we added some grooming of a couple of the Howerton Avenue gardens at the port.  I’d noticed a need for clipping santolina when driving past them yesterday evening.

looking west by the Ilwaco Pavilion, before (with weed buckets)

looking west by the Ilwaco Pavilion, before (with weed buckets)

and after

and after

I got carried away and pruned one of the santolinas harder than I had meant to.  Once you cut it, you can’t put it back.

Nearby, two shrubby gardens needed to have their California wax myrtles sheared back and lowered.

before and after

loiking west, before and after

looking east, before and after: just a little off the side

looking east, before and after: just a little off the side

clouds behind the condor

clouds behind the condor

We trimmed some santolinas at Time Enough Books curbside garden as well, and we went into the bookshop so I could ask Karla if she would spring for a yard of mulch for the garden.  Yes, she will.

In the bookstore: A useful looking tech book.

In the bookstore: A useful looking tech book.

the children's book corner

the children’s book corner

nautical books

nautical books

Karla and I look over the garden.

Karla and I look over the garden.

She agrees that mulch would be a big improvement.

She agrees that mulch would be a big improvement.

Here is an infortmative aside:  If you see me wearing a headband, it is not a fashion statement (which would obviously be unlikely); it means I have a headache.  A cold wet bandanna is a great help on headachey days.

nearby in the parking lot, Allan liked these two boats.

nearby in the parking lot, Allan liked these two boats.

The Depot Restaurant

All we had to do was deadhead at the Depot.  No watering necessary, as rain showers have continued off and on since Saturday’s storm.

East side of building, north of the deck, sheltered from the storm

East side of building, north of the deck, sheltered from the storm

Cut that cosmos back by half; it refuses to bloom and was blocking the sign!

Cut that cosmos back by half; it refuses to bloom and was blocking the sign!

I wish I could solve the mystery of why some, but not all, of cosmos from the same batch will shoot up high and not bloom.

Long Beach

welcome sign, front

welcome sign, front

Some had picked themselves a nice bouquet from the most prominent echibeckia.

Someone had picked themselves a nice bouquet from the most prominent echibeckia.

Veterans Field: windblown garden

Veterans Field: windblown garden with only a few broken plants.

Across the street, building owner Doug paints the trim on the Kabob House restaurant.

Across the street, building owner Doug paints the trim on the Kabob House restaurant.  (Allan’s photo)

We dumped the debris from Veterans Field, including some big broken cosmos, at city works, and got a look at the hanging baskets which had been taken down on Monday after the storm.

They were indeed battered by the 60 or so mph wind.

They were indeed battered by the 60 or so mph wind.

sad to see them down so early

sad to see them down so early

Allan's poignant photo

Allan’s poignant photo shows how fully the roots fill up the pots by this time of year.

a wind tattered canna in Fifth Street Park

a wind tattered canna in Fifth Street Park

The cannas are not vigorous; perhaps I should have fertilized them heavily.

The three cannas are not vigorous; perhaps I should have fertilized them heavily.

The Miscanthus is leaning over the lawn, which usually does not start till autumn storm season.

The Miscanthus is leaning over the lawn, which usually does not start till autumn storm season.

Fifth Street Park, northwest quadrant

Fifth Street Park, northwest quadrant

We went over all the planters, trimming up the storm damage and fluffing the plants.  I was disturbed to find that some of the planters seemed a little dry.  How can this be?  It is proof indeed that the rain does not penetrate into a thickly planted container no matter how much it pours.  Since it had rained just yesterday, I had not planned to water, and we did not, in hope that the dampness, despite lack of saturation, will enable the planters to hold up till early next week.

Along with storm damage, we found the usual finger blight: pulled up plants.

Along with storm damage, we found the usual finger blight: pulled up plants.  Laid out on the benches for a final paying of respect.

Lewis and Clark Square, Allan's photo

Lewis and Clark Square (Allan’s photo)

Heather Ramsay, artist and shopkeeper extraordinaire, at NIVA green.

Heather Ramsay, artist and shopkeeper extraordinaire, at NIVA green.  (Allan’s photo)  Our favourite shop is just north of the Bolstad stoplight.

by Dennis Company (Allan's photo); There is a trail from The Red Barn to Long Beach town that lines up with this street (we think)

by Dennis Company (Allan’s photo); There is a trail from The Red Barn to Long Beach town that lines up with this street (we think).

Allan found a Gaura 'So White' blown over in Fish Alley.

Allan found a Gaura ‘So White’ blown over in Fish Alley.

He propped it back up.

He propped it back up.

We had some time to pull some crocosmia out of a planter on Sid Snyder Drive and check up on the kite museum garden.

World Kite Museum mini-garden had held up well.

World Kite Museum mini-garden had held up well.

With an hour left before our Thursday dinner engagement, we tackled the most frustrating job in all of the Long Beach gardens: the back end of Coulter Park, where salmonberry, blackberry, and bindweed coming under the fence from a neighbouring yard.

Salmonberry runners coming under the fence.

Salmonberry runners coming under the fence.

It is a mess, with the salmonberries coming up inside painfully thorny roses.

It is a mess, with the salmonberry canes inside painfully thorny roses.

This bed is impossible.  All we can do is clip the salmonberries out; we can’t get at the roots.  I have pretty much given up on it.  The only solution I can think of is to ask the city crew to rip out the five roses bushes and just plant annuals here, so that the salmonberries (AND blackberries AND bindweed) that are coming over from the other side can be pulled more easily.

Allan pulled the crocosmia from the so much more manageable front corner of the park.

Allan pulled the crocosmia from the so much more manageable front corner of the park.

We made another dump run to city works and then swung a bit south to pluck one dead daisy that I’d seen early by Culbertson Field.  As we passed the pond by the stoplight, we paused so Allan could pluck out one pesky dandelion.

Only Allan can hop out to the waterfall without falling into the pond. I'd be a goner.

Only Allan can hop out to the waterfall without falling into the pond. I’d be a goner.

The Cove Restaurant

When we arrived, our friend Parking Lot Cat was looking especially regal by the garage.

When we arrived, our friend Parking Lot Cat was looking especially regal by the garage to the south of the parking lot.

Sondra's garden at the entrance to the clubhouse.

Sondra’s garden at the entrance to the clubhouse.

As we began our weekly meeting of the core members of the North Beach Garden Gang (Melissa, Dave, me, Allan), Chef Jason sent out a treat:  samples of a Mexican style soup that he has just added to the menu.

It was delicious.

It was delicious.

Melissa got the halibut special.

Melissa got the halibut special.

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Allan had fish tacos and the new pear and goat cheese salad. I had a bite and will definitely get it next time.

Allan had fish tacos and the new pear and goat cheese salad. I had a bite and will definitely get it next time.

Dave and I chose the pasta alfredo, spicy and delicious and enough to take some home for lunch the next day.

Dave and I chose the pasta alfredo, spicy and delicious and enough to take some home for lunch the next day.

Now: four days off because of the holiday weekend.  Other than a walk to to the Ilwaco Saturday Market, I hope to not leave my property at all.  Allan has big plans for two boating events, one in Ocean Shores and one in South Bend.  His back is much better so the prospects look good for both of us to get the sort of weekend that we most prefer.

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Allan’s back, while not quite as bad as yesterday, was still “out” so we knew from the beginning that the day would be a challenge.

We did our usual Thursday routine:

The Depot Restaurant

Depot, north side of deck, looking west

Depot, north side of deck, looking west

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

Lily speciosum rubrum

Lily speciosum rubrum

Lily speciosum rubrum

Lily speciosum rubrum: I love the green furrows.

Depot garden, east wall of dining room

Depot garden, east wall of dining room

Long Beach welcome sign

Deadheading the cosmos and Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ takes a good while now.  We also give supplemental water along the outer edges of the long beds where the soaker hoses have little effect.

the front: Is the echibeckia too dark? I still wonder.

the front: Is the echibeckia too dark? I still wonder.  I am told it is fine!

front

front: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is in there but doing almost nothing.

back of sign (north side)

back of sign (north side)

back, mostly cosmos, Geranium 'Rozanne' is not being a do-er.

back, mostly cosmos, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is not being a do-er.

Anchorage Cottages

The usual weeding and deadheading took place.

one of the east walls

one of the east walls

Crocosmia 'Lucifer" seedheads mimicking the rope in the sign

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer” seedheads mimicking the rope in the sign

Although I’d like to take credit for that effect, it was an accident.

on a north wall

on a north wall

The bed above is a mess.  It has an annoying mish mash of plants that have been there for years, with a few hellebores and fuchsias that I added.  I had a revelation I must make it better, starting with trying to get rid of the lady’s mantle.  This bed needs more of a pattern.

Fuchsia 'Hawkhead'

Fuchsia ‘Hawkhead’

Fuchsia, maybe 'Pat's Dream'? on another north wall

Fuchsia, maybe ‘Pat’s Dream’? on another north wall

center courtyard

center courtyard

Agastaches doing so great in containers by the office.

Agastaches doing so great in containers by the office.

Agastache 'Navajo Sunset' and 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Agastache ‘Navajo Sunset’ and ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Office courtyard: the sweet peas climbing for the top of the chimney???

Office courtyard: the sweet peas climbing for the top of the chimney???

Long Beach planters and parks

We weeded Veterans Field first.  I got Allan to deadhead some tall white cosmos: less bending, although he still got down to weed.  He was walking like a stereotypical elderly man.

Veterans Field, Allan's photo

Veterans Field, Allan’s photo

corner garden, Veterans Field, Allan's photo

corner garden, Veterans Field (Allan’s photo)

a picnic cooler at Veterans Field, Allan's photo

a picnic cooler at Veterans Field (Allan’s photo)

nearby: the Tilt-A-Whirl rides, behind the carousel. The old ferris wheel is defunct.

nearby: the Tilt-A-Whirl rides, behind the carousel. The old ferris wheel is defunct. (Allan’s photo)

the carousel (Allan's photo)

the carousel (Allan’s photo)

Then we watered the planters.  The very first ones did not have running water! Fortunately, only two were in that shape, because of a leak (I found out with a phone call).  Still, it meant a slow down with more bucket watering for me.  And the planters are at a heavy deadheading stage with the painted sage, so the routine took a long time today.

a cheering sight" my favourite cookie jar in the Cottage Bakery window.

a cheering sight” my favourite cookie jar in the Cottage Bakery window.

a cute dog (Allan's photo)

a cute dog (Allan’s photo)

This same nice woman had told me how much she liked the flowers around town. (Allan's photo)

This same nice woman had told me how much she liked the flowers around town. (Allan’s photo)

outside NIVA green, my favourite shop

outside NIVA green, my favourite shop

delicious smelling daphne still blooming like mad in a planter north of NIVA green

delicious smelling daphne still blooming like mad in a planter north of NIVA green

going round and round and round the center of Geranium 'Rozanne'

going round and round and round the center of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Geranium 'Rozanne' is a big hit with pollinators.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is a big hit with pollinators.

my favourite planter at the south end of Dennis Company

my favourite planter at the south end of Dennis Company

Allan's photo: a plucked fuchsia flower on the sidewalk

Allan’s photo: a plucked fuchsia flower on the sidewalk that a finger blighter dropped just outside the bank.

Fish Alley and a long walk with a buckets, to water those far away barrels.

Fish Alley and a long walk with buckets, to water those far away barrels.

I carry one bucket to the back for one barrel, to save steps, then get more water from a faucet around the corner back there for the other barrel.

Just before I got to Fish Alley, a friend came by with her visiting family.  I had emailed this particular person last night just to let off steam about having to bucket water the Ilwaco planters because of Allan hurting his back hauling triple hoses to water at the Port.  She looked me in the eye and said ‘Just STOP WATERING!”  I said, “Oh, but I can’t, we are SO CLOSE, only three more weeks [of tourist festival weekends].”  She repeated that we should just stop, let those hard to water garden areas die, and then something will be done.  It was definitely food for thought.  However, later I thought to myself that we had stopped bucket watering the Bolstad beach approach planters, and had announced that we were no longer going to do so…and now they are more than half dead.  And yet…there is only so much we can physically manage to do.  And later in the evening Allan said “What if we retire and are so banged up we can’t do anything?”  More food for thought.

Allan got done watering before I did so he worked on weeding Fifth Street Park, which I am sure was painful for his back.

the park at 6:45 PM

the park at 6:45 PM

The good thing about this difficult, worrisome day was that the sky stayed grey and the weather stayed cool.  (That was not so good for kite festival, which benefits from blue skies for good photos.)  Due to being tired and sore, we are not going to kite festival this year.  If you would like to see some photos, look here.

Increasing clouds and coolness came with the early evening, and we were tantalized with the forecast of some drizzle or even showers…that did not materialize.   As far as I can recall, we have not had any appreciable rain since late March.

silver maple against silver sky

silver maple against silver sky

We just barely got done in time for our traditional Thursday night dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

a delicious dinner salad

a delicious dinner salad

a halibut special for Melissa (the last one; it had been popular)

a halibut special for Melissa (the last one; it had been popular)

strawberry salad for Allan, and a fish taco

strawberry salad for Allan, and a fish taco

In case you ever wonder why we are going to the Cove so much instead of our other favourite, the Depot: $3 fish tacos is the answer.  Although clearly we almost always get sidetracked by more expensive offerings.  Dave got his favourite, the pork conchinita. I had ahi tuna, my favourite.

ahi tuna for me

ahi tuna for me

Allan's photo: Melissa and I were sharing stories of how DRY many gardens are.

Allan’s photo: Melissa and I were sharing stories of how DRY many gardens are.

That's Our Dave. (Allan's photo)

That’s Our Dave. (Allan’s photo)

in the parking lot, under the moon (Allan's photo)

in the parking lot, under the moon (Allan’s photo)

Next week, Seattle Carol will be visiting me on Thursday, so our traditonal gardeners’ dinner will be moved to Noodle Night at the Cove on Wednesday.

Now: three days off, some social plans, recovery time for Allan’s back (except for having to water the Ilwaco planters in three days) and an unfortunately timed boating trip that may or may not happen.

 

 

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On the way out of town this morning, we stopped by the new ROOTS Juice, Salad, and Java Bar drive-through to get some photos for Discover Ilwaco.  People are raving about their smoothies and salads.

Roots

Roots

I wish the new owners great success so they can maybe expand to a sit down place!

I wish the new owners great success so they can maybe expand to a sit down place!  I would love that!

It's across the street from city hall, where we checked on our two planters.

It’s across the street from city hall, where we checked on our two planters.

The city hall planters are thriving so well because the staff gives them supplemental water.

The Depot Restaurant

The weekly deadheading session....

The weekly deadheading session….

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

east wall

east wall

As I deadheaded the two Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in the barrel by the window, I reflected cheerfully on no longer having to deadhead the 20 Butterfly at Andersen’s RV Park!  I bet the new owners plant something lower maintenance there next year.

Long Beach

deadheading and supplemental water for the welcome sign

deadheading and supplemental water for the welcome sign

still wondering if echibeckia is too dark; it does pick up a bit of orange in the sun

still wondering if echibeckia is too dark; it does pick up a bit of orange in the sun

the back, mostly cosmos

the back, mostly cosmos

front and back

front and back

Veterans Field: deadheading while the lawn gets mowed

Veterans Field: deadheading while the lawn gets mowed

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' is the star now.

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ is the star now.

The second weekly watering of the planters....

The second weekly watering of the planters….

The planters are a big hit with all sorts of bees, and even damsel flies.

The planters are a big hit with all sorts of bees.

The city crew was hard at work on the parks today.

The city crew was hard at work on the parks today.

Some of the sprinkler heads are not popping up due to a low water pressure problem, so the lawns are not the uniform perfection of green as usual; there is nothing to be done about it this summer.  The sheer amount of green is still impressive.

I found some finger blight by Funland.

I found some finger blight by Funland.

Anything along the edge of Funland gets sat upon. I will put some Cape Blanco sedum in here.

Anything along the edge of Funland gets sat upon. I will put some Cape Blanco sedum in here.

cottage

My favourite planter this year, the one by Dennis Co

My favourite planter this year, the one by Dennis Co

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink': what a great do-er!

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’: what a great do-er!

Here it is from the other side of the street.

Here it is from the other side of the street.

Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning'

Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’

Some of the planters still have the plaques from volunteers, but with one exception, they are all cared for by us now.  The exception is the bright happy planter of annuals at the far west end of Sid Snyder beach approach which is still adopted by Back Country Horse Rides.

Geranium 'Rozanne' and golden marjoram, a bit of cosmos, and two agastaches which have been swallowed by Rozanne.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and golden marjoram, a bit of cosmos, and two agastaches which have been swallowed by Rozanne.

I like the angularity of Oregano 'Hopley's Purple'.

I like the angularity of Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’.

I went into the Long Beach Pharmacy for a candy bar to give me the energy to finish, and saw this, which reminded me of Joey Ramone:

joey

For those who don’t know: When Joey recorded that, he was battling the cancer that eventually took his life at age 49.

It was a finger-blighty day.  Allan found one of the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ plants completely missing from the planter by the smoke shop.

all off balance now (Allan's photo, before deadheading the remaining one)

all off balance now (Allan’s photo, before deadheading the remaining one)

(Allan's photo) The symmetry is gone.

(Allan’s photo) The symmetry is gone.  He did a comb-over.

Allan's photo, bench in use by Malai Thai restaurant

Allan’s photo, bench in use by Malai Thai restaurant

Allan got done with his share of the planters before me (he had fewer) and so he deadheaded alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle) in Fifth Street Park.  His photos:

before and after, southeast quadrant of park

before and after, southeast quadrant of park

before and after, southwest quadrant, with Sambucus 'Black Lace'

before and after, southwest quadrant, with Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

Toward the end of the work day, we went out to Sid Snyder beach approach, where we had had the soaker hoses in the planters turned on for 24 hours.  It was to no avail, as they were still powder dry.  The hoses are too deep, have too little coverage, and are pretty much useless.

painfully dry (ivy left over from a volunteer)

painfully dry (ivy left over from a volunteer)

We checked up on the kite museum’s tiny entry garden, gave it some Fox Farms Tiger Bloom fertilizer, and headed out to check on the Bolstad beach approach garden and planters.  At the westernmost planter, I saw wilted santolinas and said “OH! They are not as drought tolerant as I thought!” and then saw they were pulled up and left to sit on the planter and die.

why?

why?

Allan thought it might be deer.  I think it is a human.  This stretch of three westernmost planters is repeatedly vandalized with plants pulled up that deer don’t like, and pulled up with force.  The way they are left sitting on the soil is too uniform for deer, in my opinion.  This is why those planters are so empty: plants keep on being destroyed.

Dang BLAST it.

Dang BLAST it.

further inland; it is extra frustrating because santolinas are one of the few plants that will survive out here with just about no water.

further inland; it is extra frustrating because santolinas are one of the few plants that will survive out here with just about no water.

The Lisa Bonney memorial planter has had many plants pulled out.

The Lisa Bonney memorial planter has had many plants pulled out.

So we had time to do some on the main stretch of the beach approach here with hoses hooked up to the in ground faucets…if we could find them all.  (They don’t reach the westernmost five planters.)  We did not look, though, because when we checked the first one, the water was still turned off.

dry under there

dry under there

Adjacent planter remains dry.

Adjacent planter remains dry.

looking southeast

looking southeast

On a happier note, our weeding had held up well.  We cut back two very drought-stressed ground level santolinas and then left because there is not much else we can do out here.  Bravo to the rugosa roses and escallonia! for holding up in this drought, which is serious and unusual.

from The Chinook Observer

from The Chinook Observer

Allan wanted to spend the remainder of our work time on the “big pop out” on Ocean Beach Boulevard, so we did.

big pop out, before

big pop out, before

after

after

Again, bravo to Rosa rugosa alba for blooming with no water, even though its running nature maddens me as I would like to plant more cool stuff in this planter.  Everything gets invaded by the rose.

A gentleman who was staying in the adjacent vacation rental came out to retrieve with his little dog, Sunny, who had squeezed under the fence.

Sunny

Sunny

making friends

making friends

The Cove Restaurant

Sondra's garden

Sondra’s garden

We met Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance) for our weekly dinner.

Some of the yummy items.

Some of the yummy items.

the stir fry

the stir fry  and a fish taco (they were out of ahi tuna tonight)

The Mayan Pork Conchinita

The Mayan Pork Conchinita

Melissa got duck with sauce made from Starvation Alley Farm organic cranberries.

Melissa got duck with sauce made from Starvation Alley Farm organic cranberries.

chocolate lava cake, cannoli, lemon mascarone cake

chocolate lava cake, cannoli, lemon mascarone cake

Or, as Ann Amato-Zorich told me, one cannolo!

It is very good to have jobbing gardener friends to share gardening stories with at the end of the week (although it is not the end of their week, as they work at least five days a week and we have cut down to four).  Melissa and I are in agreement that it is our favourite part of the week.

 

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

apples at The Planter Box, where we shopped for a few plants for Long Beach

apples at The Planter Box, where we shopped for a few plants for Long Beach

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The gardens are going through a dull patch.

The gardens are going through a dull patch.

midsummer doldrums

midsummer doldrums

We hose watered the sad dry hydrangeas.

We hose watered the sad dry hydrangeas.

The Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' at the back should be so much taller...not enough water.

The Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ at the back should be so much taller…not enough water.

The Helianthus on this side is getting better water.

The Helianthus on this side is getting better water.

With the sprinkler system working, the garden is still so much better than previous years that I mustn’t complain!

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I want Golden Sands to be like this garden.  This one has a lot of money lavished on plants and soil amendments and every inch gets watered.

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

The birdbath is actually a cat drinking saucer.

The birdbath is actually a cat drinking saucer.

cat

cat3

Cosmos and Salvia viridis

Cosmos and Salvia viridis

Mary's pale pink rose

Mary’s pale pink rose

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

with hummingbird

with hummingbird

Cosmos 'Antiquity'

Cosmos ‘Antiquity’

lily

lily

Anchorage Cottages

anch

My good friend Mitzu

My good friend Mitzu

towering sweet peas

towering sweet peas

Persicaria 'Dimity'; I forgot to get myself some starts of this last year.

Persicaria ‘Dimity’; I forgot to get myself some starts of this last year.

Cosmos 'Sonata' in the center courtyard.

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ in the center courtyard.

Long Beach

added three plants to the big Lewis and Clark Square planter. Still far from lush.

added three plants to the big Lewis and Clark Square planter. Still far from lush.

from The Planter Box

from The Planter Box

Port of Ilwaco

We watered all along Howerton Avenue.

Someone had messed with the lavender again. I took a small bouquet of it to Salt Hotel.

Someone had messed with the lavender again. I took a small bouquet of it to Salt Hotel.

Salt Hotel

Salt Hotel

the marina, looking southwest

the marina, looking southwest

Despite the clouds, no rain is in the forecast this week.

Despite the clouds, no rain is in the forecast this week.

Gardens...struggling by on once a week watering.

Gardens…struggling by on once a week watering.

Walking home, I spy Acanthus by the college building.

Walking home, I spy Acanthus by the college building.

Acanthus thriving on neglect

Acanthus thriving on neglect

a reflection in a boat by the street

a reflection in a boat by the street

a reward for watering in the greenhouse

a reward for watering in the greenhouse

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Ilwaco

I knew that the owners of Salt Hotel were in a crunch to get all their rooms done by the weekend so they could be fully open.  I took them a bouquet for their office.

I admire their planters and beautification

I admire their planters and beautification

against the wall of Salt Hotel

against the wall of Salt Hotel

flowers2

The Depot Restaurant

weekly deadheading, bindweed eradication, and supplemental watering

weekly deadheading, bindweed eradication, and supplemental watering

north side of dining deck, with hops on the lattice

north side of dining deck, with hops on the lattice

Long Beach 

deadheading and supplemental water at the welcome sign

deadheading and supplemental water at the welcome sign

welcome sign

welcome sign

Then, the watering and deadheading of the Long Beach planters.

outside NIVA green

outside NIVA green

my favourite planter this year

my favourite planter this year

When I watered that planter, a tiny blue damselfly buzzed all around it.  (Photo attempt too blurry.)

Gaura 'So White' in Fish Alley. Too bad the "hens and chickens" around the edges keep getting stolen.

Gaura ‘So White’ in Fish Alley. Too bad the “hens and chickens” around the edges keep getting stolen.

lilies in Fifth Street Park

lilies in Fifth Street Park

Lily speciosum rubrum and Melianthus major in Fifth Street Park

Lily speciosum rubrum and Melianthus major in Fifth Street Park

Allan took this photo of these folks who said "That's the most beautiful lily I've ever seen."

Allan took this photo of these folks who said “That’s the most beautiful lily I’ve ever seen.”

the lily in question (Allan's photo)

the lily in question (Allan’s photo)

in all its glory (Allan's photo)

in all its glory (Allan’s photo)

We had time to turn the soaker hoses on and off on Sid Snyder beach approach (to the usual little effect).

horses out on Sid Snyder beach approach

horses out on Sid Snyder beach approach (Allan’s photo)

We even had time to do some weeding and strimming on the parking lot berms.

The three "berms" get NO water.

The three “berms” get NO supplemental water.

The middle one is so blah it just gets a strimming. Before (Allan's photo)

The middle one is so blah it just gets a strimming. Before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

before (Allan's photo)

middle berm before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)...still not lovely, eh?

after (Allan’s photo)…still not lovely, eh?

I used to dream of making that center parking lot garden more exciting, but with no water, I think not.

bird on a wire while we dumped our debris at city works

bird on a wire while we dumped our debris at city works

The Cove Restaurant

Ah, Thursday night, the end of our workweek, and dinner with Dave and Melissa.  This time Todd joined us.

Dave and Parking Lot Cat

Dave and Parking Lot Cat

fruit water and pear cider

fruit water and pear cider and Dave

Allan's photo as I bore the table with some gardening tale or other.

Allan’s photo as I bore the table with some gardening tale or other.

delicious halibut cakes (Allan's photo)

delicious halibut cakes (Allan’s photo)

Dave's favourite

Dave’s favourite: Pork Conchinita

Our Melissa (Allan's photo)

Our Melissa (Allan’s photo)

After dinner, Melissa and I both got sentimental about how much we look forward to our Thursday dinners and how happy we are that we all met.

If you got this far, thanks for sticking with us for a whole work week in just two posts.  Thank goodness it was four days instead of what it used to be:  six, or seven, or ten or more days in a row.

 

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

The Depot Restaurant

watering and weeding the Depot garden

watering and weeding the Depot garden

north side of deck

north side of deck

depot2

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod)

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

Dierama is the star of the show right now.

Dierama is the star of the show right now.

dierama

Dierama and Nicotiana langsdorfii (backed with Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’

further admiration

further admiration

the front with planting by Nancy of Basket Case Greenhouse

the front with planting by Nancy of Basket Case Greenhouse

Long Beach 

the welcome sign

the welcome sign, front: Cosmos ‘Sonata’, Bidens, Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

from the sidewalk

from the sidewalk (godetia in foreground)

I hope Parks Manager Mike has noticed the godetia; he likes it.

I hope Parks Manager Mike has noticed the godetia; he likes it.

welcome sign, back

welcome sign, back: Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and white bacopa

We knew that an art show would be held in the Coulter Park historic train depot over the weekend, so Allan pulled the birds foot trefoil out from among the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ there.

This area is tricky to get into because of the new railing, so we've let the Crocosmia totally take it over.

This area is tricky to get into because of the new railing, so we’ve let the Crocosmia totally take it over.

the birds foot trefoil is as beautiful as the crocosmia, too bad it is seen as a weed here.

the birds foot trefoil is as beautiful as the crocosmia, too bad it is seen as a weed here.

such a pretty weed

such a pretty weed

after: now more acceptable to the public

after: now more acceptable to the public

after2

more Crocosmia down the block

more Crocosmia down the block

Next, some weeding at Long Beach City Hall.

looking west

looking west

Gladiolus nanus

Gladiolus nanus

gladiolus nanus

gladiolus nanus

west side, Gene and Peggy's planting of Crocosmia

west side, Gene and Peggy’s planting of Crocosmia

rosemary and lavatera

rosemary and lavatera with Nicotiana langsdorfii (lower right)

a different gladiolus nanus

a different gladiolus nanus

Allan's photo: deadheading Armeria maritima (sea thrift)

Allan’s photos: deadheading Armeria maritima (sea thrift), before

after

after

The tragic thing was that I was going to pull that whole clump out, as it is infested with creeping buttercup and is rather old and tatty…but I forgot till he had already deadheaded it, so I left it alone.

Next: watering the city planters.

dog

a Basket Case basket

a Basket Case basket

Resolved: redo and improve the planter by my favourite shop, NIVA green, next year.

Resolved: redo and improve the planter by my favourite shop, NIVA green, next year.  It is blah.

Kudos to Scoopers ice cream for making this planting by the sidewalk.

Kudos to Scoopers ice cream for making this planting by the sidewalk.

I want the NIVA planter be more like this one.  It is, however, less sheltered than this one.

I want the NIVA planter be more like this one. It is, however, less sheltered than this one.

Cosmos 'Sonata' with Agastache

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ with Agastache

Cosmos, Agastache, Fuchsia 'Golden Gate', blue bacopa

Cosmos, Agastache, Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’, blue and white bacopa, Salvia viridis

same planter from the sidewalk

same planter from the sidewalk

Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'

Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’