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Thursday, 5 May 2016

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a bird bath in the morning (Allan’s photo)

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our garden at the post office

My plan for the week, to plant a whole lot of perennials in the Long Beach planters, was thwarted by wind and the prediction of more wind.  The lack of rain meant that we had to water the Long Beach planters and street trees, I swear the earliest watering ever since I started the job twenty years ago.  (I wonder if this blog could prove my memory wrong.)  Planting while watering would have been good but…the wind.  I did not want wilted plants on Saturday.

The Depot Restaurant

We deadheaded and pulled accursed bindweed.

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north side of deck with spaces awaiting cosmos

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looking south from by the interpretive sign; the restaurant used to be a train depot

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I’ve added more lilies for this summer.

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south side of deck: waiting for grasses to give sense of enclosure

Before Long Beach, we had some new plants to put into some pots at …

The Anchorage Cottages

…along with the weekly check up of the gardens.  Allan took most of the Anchorage photos today:

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our good friend Mitzu

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Mitzu

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Mitzu

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Dutch Iris and Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’

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color coordination

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an early rose

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Armeria (sea thrift) and leatherleaf virburnum

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north wall garden

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north wall, climbing hydrangea

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center courtyard

Long Beach 

We got the soaker hoses turned on in the welcome sign bed and pulled accursed horsetail and added one Geranium ‘Orion’. The building behind is Davita kidney dialysis center where our good friend Susie works (when she is not innkeeping at her Boreas Inn).

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ready for more plants next week

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back of sign: Allan divided and spread narcissi more evenly along the rear of the bed.

In Long Beach town, we worked our way from south to north.  The first block gave me a big scare with no water, till Allan turned on the main valve.  So glad Parks Manager Mike showed us how to do that.  Each street tree faucet had to be dug out from dirt that had fallen into the holes over the winter.

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in a street tree garden (Allan’s photo)

Allan accomplished a re-do in one planter, digging out a big off balance clump of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.

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Allan’s photos: before

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after

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last week

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today

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This one will get some red flowers.

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The plants in all the planters were so thirsty.

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wilting golden oregano…not a very tough ornamental herb for dry weather

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another planter to consider re-doing…would be hard work.

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I so regret having planted this “wire plant”.  I thought it was a houseplant and would not survive the winter.  Ha! It has swallowed two big lavenders.

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on a bench…a wilted bouquet of flowers from the planters@!$%#

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some planter edges were well sat upon during last Sunday’s parade.  (Allan’s photo)

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half way through town.  What is missing, above?  Someone stole a full size Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ to the left of the lamp post.  %#@%%***!!!

We did a re-do (dig out) of one side of the planter by the Long Beach Pharmacy to get rid of some mint and the BadAster (left over from volunteer days). We then bucketed some water to the new plants in planters along the Bolstad beach approach.

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by the restroom.  “I hope that is not a bomb”, I said to Allan.

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It was a radio, playing loudly, with no one around.  (Allan’s photos)

For the last two blocks along the main street, I had to bundle up with a winter scarf as it got so very cold.

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Allan’s photo: pistachio seed mulch in a planter (the one plagued with red clover)

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brrr…the flag shadow shows the strong wind!

We planted just a few plants in a few of the planters, including the one above where we had dug out the one remaining daphne last week after its mate had been stolen.

I had hoped to also get the Ilwaco planters and boatyard watered today.  A futile dream!  We barely got done with the watering of Long Beach in time to meet Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) for a 7:30 dinner.  In fact, we were not done and would have to water some Sid Snyder Drive beach approach planters tomorrow.

The Cove Restaurant

Our dinner reservation was later than usual because The Grub Club, a social group that meets at different restaurants, was at the Cove tonight.  7:30 is actually an ideal time for us to dine in summer, as long as the restaurant does not kick us out before we are done with our garden talk.

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outside: one of Grub Club members Keleigh and Keith’s dogs

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the three Beachdog dogs, all rescued Danes

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Caesar salad with anchovies

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Melissa’s scampi with prawns

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my spicy Korean beef bowl

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Allan’s crab and asparagus risotto

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new art exhibit: stained glass mosaic by our friend Annie Fletcher

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end of a long day

As Allan and I had watered in Long Beach today, I had made notes of how many “uppies”and “trailies” (plants) each planter needed.  The note had become soft, damp, and almost illegible, I rewrote it before we relaxed and watched telly and then finally the workday was over.

The weather forecast is disturbingly dry:

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1995 (age 71):

May 5:  Started veggie seeds in house.  Used plastic domes on two of the trays.  Planted cukes, celeriac, asparagus (seeds) and lettuce, pepper.

1997 (age 73):

May 5-11:  I was busy most every day in yard.  8 hours over 3 days to weed tam area [flower bed that once held juniper tams] and driveway.  Cleaned up patio and spread two bags of bark.  (I need more.)

1998 (age 74):

May 5:  I worked planting the low dahlias in the tam area till 4:00.  Too early to go in so I started weeding next to the raspberry row.  Tall dandelions loaded with seed so I’ll see them all again.  I left a huge pile of weeds to pick up tomorrow.  I got another Spring Hill order so I’ll do more potting tomorrow.  Then the glads are next to be planted.

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

We’ve been so focused on Long Beach that we had not done our north end jobs lately.

Red Barn Arena

I remembered that we had some edging blocks to install at the Red Barn.  When we got there, the edge had not been cleared yet (by Amy and her trusty tractor) so we will do the edging later.  We also found that the backside of the garden had been hit with roundup, always a risk when spraying grass next to a garden.

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zone of death: Round Up drift had killed the California poppies at the back…

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and caused yellowing foliage on the Helianthus

I got a promise that from now on, we will run our own string trimmer back there and that Round Up will not be applied again.

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Allan string trimming along the front

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an attractive new bench

Diane’s garden

Next door, we weeded at deadheaded at Diane and Larry’s.

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the roadside garden

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one narcissus

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the back patio planters

A heavy rain began while we were weeding along the road and got us both uncomfortably drenched and chilled.  Fortunately, I had a dry sweatshirt and jacket to change into. Allan’s jacket had kept him drier.

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brrrrr

Basket Case Greenhouse

Basket Case was a good place to warm up a bit.  We have begun planting some perennials, and needed more ingredients.  We are holding off on planting annuals till around Mother’s Day.

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the annuals greenhouse

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I got myself an Orange Rocket barberry and a Cardinal red twig dogwood.

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and the orange picotee Lewisia for my scree garden.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I was ever so pleased to see the bright show of tulips in the Golden Sands courtyard garden.

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with blue camassia

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view from one of the red chairs

I asked Allan to apply the Sluggo to each quadrant while I sat because my knee was acting up.

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The bird bath and plaque are from my mom’s old garden.

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Tulip viridiflora (green tulips), always my favourites.  ‘Green Wave’ is on the right.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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dog daises already (Allan’s photo)

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Pacific tree frog on moss and beach strawberries (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

While weeding, Allan commented that this little wild euphorbia reminds him of Shrek.

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a spurge, one of the cuter weeds (Allan’s photo)

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It reminds Allan of Shrek’s ears.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After considerable weeding and narcissi deadheading, I took some photos for the KBC Facebook page of the garden looking very fine.

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from south gate

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tulips and overwintered Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

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multiflowering Tulip ‘Antoinette’

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Tulip ‘Orange Princess’

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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This tulip has come back year after year.

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a real do-er

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fringed tulip, rose, elephant garlic

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from northeast gate

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii

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Pieris and clematis

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narcissi and pieris

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the pond island bed

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unfurling ferns

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pond island bed

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sword ferns

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The podophyllum was blooming.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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beautiful Bella (Allan’s photo)

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inside the fenced garden, ocean view cottages on the ridge

Allan climbed over the pond to trim the last of the sword ferns:

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before

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after

 

Marilyn’s Garden

We had just an hour and a half to go north to Marilyn’s garden before our dinner.

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view from back porch; garage next door will disappear soonish behind foliage

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looking north

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from the road

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looking south

The Cove Restaurant

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flowers in the foyer (Allan’s photo)

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and on the table (Allan’s photo)

We had, as always, been looking forward to the weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

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Todd brought flowers….

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Allan’s photo

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and a podophyllum for Melissa and Dave.

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Allan’s photo.  I was honestly not complaining about a thing as it had been a very good day.

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delicious ahi tuna

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strawberry salad (Allan’s photo)

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lava cake with fresh pears

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lemon bar (Allan’s photo)

Except for one little rain squall and a bit of the old knee playing up, it had been a perfect day.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 70):

April 15: Went through Floralight [three tiered light table] to try to find room for tomatoes.  Moved 8 or 10 trailing violets into terracotta planter and put it on top.  Planted Gloxinia bulbs into pots as houseplants.

1998 (age 73):

April 15:  Sunny, warm . I decided I  had to get the strawberries planted if I hope to have some in June.  I worked from noon to 4:00 to plant 3 rows using 6 or 7 trays of plants—and I have 29 trays of plants!  The soil is loose from the tilling so it’s easy to plant them.  I’m planting the rows close together because I have so many plants.

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Thursday, 7 April 2016

I was so determined to finish the beach approach today that I scheduled nothing else beforehand. We went straight out to the Bolstad beach approach garden except for one brief stop to get photos of the welcome sign garden (in case something bad happened to the tulips before the next day, like a browsing deer or a human standing in there to get a photo taken.)

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Tulip ‘Torch Song’ mix from Colorblends, with some Tulip ‘Formosa’ added

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Tulip “Torch Song’ mix

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front and back

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Tulip ‘Much Niceness’ mix from Colorblends

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“Much Niceness” mix

.  I knew from the start that the unusual heat…82.9!…would make it challenging out on the beach approach.  Just this once, I hoped for some wind (not too much).

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where we left off yesterday

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11:17 AM: From where we left off yesterday, my goal was to make it to the buoy.  That would be most of this section, to the planter…

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…and this section from the planter to the end.

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before (Allan’s photo)

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before (Allan’s photo)

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a couple of cute dogs that I got to pet.  They whined like crazy when their “mom” walked to the restroom.

It was SOO hot that I thought I was gonna plotz.  I put a cold bandanna around my neck, a cold bandanna peasant style over my head, and a cold bandanna on each wrist (soaked in cold water).

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Then I poured cold water over my head from a jug every now and then.

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me and my neighbour’s dog Yarrow

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Our neighbour Jessika of Starvation Alley organic cranberry farm walked by with her dogs. (Allan’s photo)

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Yarrow (Allan’s photo)

Jessika grew up in Tennessee and thinks we are very dramatic about “hot” weather here.  When she walked back, there I was dramatically pouring cold water over my head again.

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debris clean up in progress on the first section (Allan’s photo)

The passersby were frequent today because of spring break, with the oft repeated comment “You can come to my garden next”.  One fellow offered us $20 an hour to drive all the way to Chehalis to weed his garden, not realizing that the going rate for private garden work here is $25 per person and up.

The “my garden next” comment is so common that I ran across it in a book about the Lost Garden of Heligan in Cornwall:  “[Garden visitors] stand and stare and comment on our dedication to the job, how our backs must be aching and how we can help in their garden when we’re finished with our own.” from Heligan: A Portrait of the Lost Garden.

Today, I got a good compliment; a fellow said that the gardens make his visits to Long Beach “intriguing and enjoyable”.  That is exactly what I wish to achieve.

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starting the second section at two thirty (Allan’s photo)

At four thirty, I could not bear weeding in the section of plain roses anymore.  I was in despair over the quick passage of time so asked Allan to finish that area while I went on to the end, where some Juniper conferta, some wild lupins and some armeria (sea thrift) gave some variety to the weeding.

By then, I was in a panic about getting done; I just wanted so much to finish today.

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weeding and chatting with a Long Beach resident who used to be a landscaper (Allan’s photo)

It was also pleasant to visit with blog reader MaryBeth although I barely looked up.

I deliberately left some shaped sections of clover for the bees.  When it is done blooming, we may remove it.

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Allan got the boring area done all on his own, by 6:30.

From 6:30 to 7:00, I was wielding the pick in a frenzy and yelling at the last section of weeds, “You will not defeat me! I WILL FINISH YOU!”  I was willing to be late to dinner to get done.  I had been thinking for two hours about calling the Cove and texting Melissa to delay dinner from 7 PM till 7:30, yet the idea of stopping to deal with calling and texting was just too exhausting.  Allan was raking and sweeping the sidewalk and roadside while I did the very last weeding.

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cleaned up (Allan’s photo)

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after…7:10, late for dinner!

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Allan doing the last of the sweeping.

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Days ago, we started way way back at the arch.

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the final section, done

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THE END!

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a huge accomplishment

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all the way to the end!

As Melissa says, HUMANS WIN!  At least temporarily.  Next week, we’ll plant some poppy seeds in the occasional area where no roses grow.

The Cove Restaurant

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tulips outside the Cove (Allan’s photo)

We arrived at our weekly dinner and meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang 20 minutes late.  Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Gardening) totally understood.

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the joy of having the beach approach done (Allan’s photo)

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strawberry salad

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Dave’s fish and chips

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fish tacos

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Chef Jason sent us some prawns in butter sauce…out of this world.

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the work board…beach approach erased…at long long long last.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago 

1997 (age 72):

April 7: Took Tabby to vets for booster shots.  I got the Advantage flea killer stuff—supposed to kill fleas in 24 hours and last for a month.  $8.00+.

I cleaned out a lot of branches and cones from patio bed so now I have another pile.  There’s still a lot to clean up in driveway and front flower beds.

1998 (age 73):

April 7:  1:00-3:00  It was cold enough to wear a jacket but warm enough to sweat.    I only worked two hours when I felt sick probably still tired from yesterday and only 4 hours sleep.  I managed to weed some in patio and moved most of the pots of perennials up to the picnic table  I gave up and came in and went to bed from 3:00 to 6:00.

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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.

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before: tree peony

before: tree peony area


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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.

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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.

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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

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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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