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Thursday, 19 February 2015

We got up with the best of intentions of going to work and then we were rather thrilled when rain began.  Our glee at a day off did not last long, as the sun came out so we were off, just a few blocks to the east to two gardens that are kitty corner from each other.

Just a remnant of rain as we leave for work

Just a remnant of rain as we leave for work

Mike’s garden

The first of the two gardens that we “woke up” for the season belongs to Ilwaco’ mayor.  This mainly green, white, pink and blue garden was created by a gardening business called “The Elves Did It”, Carol and William Jones.  (They now live inland.)  We pretty much just maintain it as is, although I’ve added some white narcissi and white lilies, some white snowdrops and crocuses.  Mike takes care of the watering so we only have to check on it once or twice a month in season.

a couple of befores, looking south down the front garden path

a couple of befores, looking south down the front garden path

a corner of the front garden with hardy fuchsia needing pruning

a corner of the front garden with hardy fuchsia needing pruning

a pretty pieris.  (My grandma called Pieris "Andromeda".)

a pretty pieris. (My grandma called Pieris “Andromeda”.)

before, looking north from by the front porch

before, looking north from by the front porch; the red house to the left is our second job of the day.

after

after

after, looking in from the street

after, looking in from the street

The soil is heavy clay and I’ve decided next time we will add some mulch.

after from the northwest corner of the garden

after from the northwest corner of the garden

Cheri’s garden

We then went kitty corner to Cheri and Charlie’s house.  At first, we thought we might skip it as the two boxers were out in the yard…but then a human friend took the dogs to the beach so we could get in.  The boxers, Porsche and Beamer, are friends of ours, but it’s a lot easier to work if they aren’t there.

Cheri's before, looking south.  You can see Mike's garden in the upper left.

Cheri’s before, looking south. You can see Mike’s garden in the upper left.

after

after

I must do something about the camera unfondly known as “Spot”, like as Allan to find me another Canon Powershot.  It is a satisfactory blogging pocketcam and next time I would be more careful to not let the lens get scratched….difficult though that is, keeping a camera clean while recording gardening days.

Allan tackled the back garden.

Allan tackled the back garden.  To the left is the cat cage where they can hang out in the fresh air.

Allan took some photos of the cats, who were a revolving feline audience to his work.

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Gabby

 

the handsome Frank

the handsome Frank

Julie

Julie

after

the garden, after

Before, the east garden bed

Before, the east garden bed

after

after

We used to make the garden beds a lot more luscious, pre-boxer.  Now it’s more of a dog playground.

striking stems on the redtwig dogwood

striking stems on the redtwig dogwood

south side, Penstemon 'Burgundy Brew' came through the winter well.

south side, Penstemon ‘Burgundy Brew’ came through the winter well.

I planted ‘Burgundy Brew’ Penstemon because Cheri and Charlie are oenophiles.  That was back when the house was yellow.  I don’t think the purple flowers go well with the new orange red paint job, or maybe they do, because orange and purple could be kicky together.

I did a Map My Walk of the two jobs together:

two jobs

two jobs: total walking 2.37 miles

first job

first job

second job

second job

 

Cove Restaurant

In the evening, we met our friend Michele at the Cove, our favourite weekly tradition being their Fish Taco Thursday.

Parking Lot Cat greeted us at the door.

Parking Lot Cat greeted us at the door.

PLC has a cushy life; he just got his name from having been found as a stray in the parking lot.

Chef Jason Lancaster made us his new delicious item, a Ba’hn Mi sandwich, to try out.

Chef Jason

Chef Jason

menu

bahnmi

Ba’hn Mi sandwich, a Vietnamese specialty

my delicious plate of ahi tuna and salad

my delicious plate of ahi tuna and salad

Michele is a dog lover, so I found myself taking a lot about Chess, the Purebred Border Collie, and how I will miss his blogging, and showing her pictures of him on my phone, and saying how much I look forward to The Guy He Lived With getting a puppy.

At home, even though I was able to cross off both Mike’s and Cheri’s garden, I added Golden Sands, so the list for February remains just as long (and “mulch Mike’s garden” was added to a sidebar of projects).

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Book Stuff 

Now that I am working full time and blogging regularly again, my reading pace has slowed considerably.  Late at night, I did finish a most informative and drolly written book:

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I had first been alerted to the fact that many of the authors of the “Golden Age of Comics” were Jewish when I read The Talented Miss Highsmith in early January.  This was fascinating news to me, and none of the friends I’ve asked had this knowledge.

“It may not be true in all cases, but it’s a pretty good rule of thumb.  If the word ‘man’ appears at the end of someone’s name you can draw one of two conclusions:  a) they’re Jewish, as in Goldman, Feldman, or Lipman; or b) they’re a superhero, as in Superman, Batman, or Spider-man.”  -Zeddy Lawrence

Brod’s book covers not only the famous classic comics like Superman and the Hulk but also modern graphic novels, especially Maus, and the final chapter is about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which happens to be next in my pile of books to read.  It will possibly take me two weeks to read unless we get some rainy days.

Like all good books about books, Superman is Jewish? added to my list of books to read:

She, He and It by Marge Piercy (has some basis in the traditional golem story).  Her book Small Changes was a huge influence on me in my early 20s.

Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise, graphic novels by Ariel Schrag about high school life

Escape from Special and A Mess of Everything, graphic novels by Miss Lasko-Gross

How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, a graphic novel by Sarah Glidden

Meta Maus by Art Spiegelman (a sort of sequel to the Maus series, which I have read)

Next: back to gardening at two more jobs

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

As we were about to go to work, I took a photo of the front garden.

looking east from the garage driveway

looking east from the garage driveway

Close up scrutiny shows that all the sanguisorbas have fallen open due to wind or maybe not enough water, or both.

unsightly! new plan is to move them all the back garden this fall (but where??)

unsightly! new plan is to move them all to the back garden this fall (but where??)

Cheri’s Garden

We had not done Cheri’s garden, a few blocks east, for quite some time. She had been keeping up with it herself. It seemed time for a Cheri garden check up.

We've been neglecting it; we created this much debris in a couple of hours.

We’ve been neglecting it; we created this much debris in a couple of hours. (The trailer photograph was taken across the street at Mayor Mike’s garden (job 2 of today) where we added some spent rose campions to this trailer load.)

At Cheri’s:

the cat room

the cat room

ferns on the north wall

ferns on the north wall

looks like Cheri likes the fernery; well cared for Japanese painted fern

looks like Cheri likes the fernery; well cared for Japanese painted fern

in the front garden

in the front garden

the new raised veg garden...too tall for boxer dogs Porsche and Beemer.

the new raised veg garden…too tall for boxer dogs Porsche and Beemer.


 

The Red Barn Arena

At the Red Barn, I pondered a mystery.

The Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' closest to the barn is big.  I assumed because it got more water.

The Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ closest to the barn is big.

I assumed that being closest to the hose means the planter above gets more water.

The middle one is paltry by comparison (as are its accompanying plants).

The middle one is paltry by comparison (as are its accompanying plants).

But the one furthest from the barn is big!

But the one furthest from the barn is big!

I think maybe the third one is thriving more because it is in a new plastic barrel that holds water better.

I so dislike the tall yellow evening primrose; you can see that due to too many jobs (and garden tours) it got away from me this year.

Amy and her two whippets

Amy and her two whippets

the boy whippet (Bentley?) was hoping we had something good to eat.

the boy whippet (Bentley?) was hoping we had something good to eat.

The planter by the south door (protected from north wind) looks the best, as usual.

The planter by the south door (protected from north wind) looks the best, as usual.


 

Diane’s garden

Next door to the Red Barn, our entry into Diane’s garden was observed.

by the horse

by the horse

and the goat next door

and the goat next door

I was greeted by my good friend Misty (who despite what looks like a suspcious expression, immediately flopped over for a belly rub).

I was greeted by my good friend Misty (who despite what looks like a suspcious expression, immediately flopped over for a belly rub).

Diane's strawberry jar is the star of the containers.

Diane’s strawberry jar is the star of the containers.

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the succulents came from The Basket Case Greenhouse

the succulents came from The Basket Case Greenhouse

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I decided to take the hint left for me by the back porch…

and I filled up the pot but am not 100 percent sure that rather drab gallon plant should go in it.

and I filled up the pot but am not 100 percent sure that rather drab gallon plant should go in it.

spoon African daisies

spoon Osteospermum (African daisies)

I like this double osteo from The Basket Case

I like this double osteo from The Basket Case

the driveway corner with Perovskia and Stipa gigantea

the driveway corner with Perovskia and Stipa gigantea

the roadside garden

the roadside garden


 

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Overcome with the desire to do another project at home, we dumped that load of debris from Cheri’s garden at Peninsula Landscape Supply and picked up a couple more buckets of small river rock.

I saw that Pen. Landscape Supply has some Eryngiums for sale, grown from seed by owner Colleen!  Quite a find; not for me as I have plenty, but for someone.

I saw that Pen. Landscape Supply has some Eryngiums for sale, grown from seed by owner Colleen! Quite a find; not for me as I have plenty, but for someone.

I so want some of this blue plant that Colleen has in the pond.

I so want some of this blue plant that Colleen has in the pond.

I think it is blue pickerel rush.

Look at all the fish in the little pond!

Look at all the fish in the little pond!


 

at home

more river rock added to scree bed, to be arranged later

more river rock added to scree bed, to be arranged later

a big frog on a tarp that I needed to gather rose debris

a big frog on a tarp that I needed to gather rose debris

I had had a brainstorm, one in which Allan was very willing to participate. While he watered the Ilwaco planters, I pruned back a lot of the canes of “Maxine’s white rose”, a rambler I originally got from Jo’s mother, Maxine.

It grows very well against the west fence, where it can stay.

Maxine's white once blooming rose

Maxine’s white once blooming rose

It's entwined by a Clematis roguchi.

It’s entwined by a Clematis roguchi.

I wondered WHY had I also planted it at the end of the west border, where it runs and roots from arched branches and is just a thorny menace.

way too much of a good thing

way too much of a good thing

It grabs at Allan while he mows.

It grabs at Allan while he mows.

Then I remembered: When I first brought this rose over from my old garden, we did not HAVE the fence. The fence was built during our second winter here. That’s why the rose ended up in the garden bed to begin with. And now…out it must go to make room for some of my new plant purchases.

The elderberry that reseeded here must also go.  There are two others in the garden.

The elderberry that reseeded here must also go. There are two others in the garden. I need room!

progress...you can see in!

progress…you can see in!

I managed to pull out lots of canes without hurting the chelone...

I managed to pull out lots of canes without hurting the chelone…

pink turtlehead

pink turtlehead

lots of rooted side pieces got pulled out

lots of rooted side pieces got pulled out

rose project to be continued….


Meanwhile, in Ilwaco

Allan watered all the planters, and I asked him to photograph them as well.

First and Eagle

First and Eagle, SW corner (Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, Diascia, nasturtiums from seed

First and Eagle

First and Eagle, NW corner

First and Main

First and Main SW corner (this planter drains poorly and the mimulus like the damp)

First and Main (sw corner)

First and Main (SW corner)

First and Main, NW corner

First and Main, NW corner

First and Lake, SE corner

First and Lake, SE corner

First and Lake, NW corner

First and Lake, NW corner

I had mainly wanted to see how well the Nepeta (catmint) had come back from its hard clipping in early summer. It looks great! I still think we will remove it this fall, though, as it is too big and I think more diascias would look better.

First and Lake, SW corner

First and Lake, SW corner

First and Lake, SW corner

First and Lake, SW corner

 

First by the old Doupé building

First by the old Doupé building (and the garbage can enclosure)

by Doupé building

by Doupé building

First and Spruce, south side (being watered)

First and Spruce, south side (being watered)

First and Spruce, SW corner by the Pharmacy

First and Spruce, SW corner by the Pharmacy

on Spruce by Larry's Antique Gallery Too!

on Spruce by Larry’s Antique Gallery Too!

a leftover planter from a closed business, NE corner of Spruce and First, thriving with regular water (Sedum 'Autumn Joy')

a leftover planter from a closed business, NE corner of Spruce and First, thriving with regular water (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’)

Antique store that used to be here planted the Sedum in an old truck wheel

Antique store that used to be here planted the Sedum in an old truck wheel/rim…thingie??

It was almost dead when Allan started caring for it.

It was almost dead when Allan started caring for it.

First and Spruce, NE corner

First and Spruce, NE corner

Spruce and First, north side

Spruce and First, north side

same planter, different angle

same planter, different angle

First and Spruce, NW corner (this one will definitely get re-done as it is quite quite blah)

First and Spruce, NW corner (this one will definitely get re-done as it is quite quite blah)

Unfortunately, a couple of these gorgeous planters are going to be hit with vandals two days hence. Because I am writing the blog a week behind, I can foreshadow that shocking event.

As I sat blogging in the evening, Mary from two doors down popped in bearing a lovely present: an ‘Amethyst Falls’ Oregano for me! I had seen one before. It’s special and is quite possibly hardy!

Thanks, Mary!

Thanks, Mary!

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I’ve been getting messages (two so far) from some real estate investment person (spammer?) saying my titles are boring.  Oh, dear.  Too bad.  I’m thrilled anyone reads this blog, but it’s mainly for me to relive garden tours and keep track of what I did at work. 😉

Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday was the day before the wedding at Pink Poppy Farm.  I had been collecting poppy seeds at the request of Jacob, the groom-to-be, for a surprise present for Maddie, and when we left for work, I hung a bag on the front porch for him to pick up.

poppy seed intrigue

poppy seed intrigue

Mayor Mike’s garden

We started work just a few blocks to the east at the Ilwaco mayor’s garden.

The northwest corner of Mike's garden

The northwest corner of Mike’s garden

with painted sage

with painted sage

Last time I'd left a note that the garden needed more water.  It had not been ignored.

Last time I’d left a note that the garden needed more water. It had not been ignored.

the front path

the front path

golden yews

golden yews

rose clambering up a tree

rose clambering up a tree

Echinops (blue globe thistle) under the rose

Echinops (blue globe thistle) under the rose

interlude

Kitty corner across the street is Cheri’s garden, which we usually do.  She knows we’ve been running behind because of my leg problems and our indulgence in garden touring out of town, so she has been pretty much doing it herself for now.  We noted she had a new feature on some tree trunks which were cut to provide more sun for growing veg.

new feature in Cheri's garden

new feature in Cheri’s garden

We made a comfort stop at home, during which I briefly admired our own garden.

front garden from outside the fence

front garden from outside the fence

looking in by the front gate

looking in by the front gate

I had gathered some more poppy seeds from Mike’s garden: some oriental poppies.  I thought I could add them to the poppy seed bag but Jacob had been so quick to pick them up that the bag was already gone.  So I would secretly pass them to Jacob when we arrived at Pink Poppy Farm the next day.

Indoors, Mary and Smokey expressed their wish that I would stay home.

Indoors, Mary and Smokey expressed their wish that I would stay home.

I did have to work, though.

Depot Restaurant garden

Trimmed the golden Lonicera so its sprays do not hide any of the sign

Trimmed the golden Lonicera so its sprays do not hide any of the sign

and cut the escallonia...that would love to be eight feet tall...from in front of the railway history sign.

and cut the escallonia…that would love to be eight feet tall…from in front of the railway history sign.

the cosmos

and deadheaded and watered the cosmos garden

Long Beach

the weekly deadheading of Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' at the welcome sign; thank goodness the Bidens in front is self cleaning.

the weekly deadheading of Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ at the welcome sign; thank goodness the Bidens in front is self cleaning.

Allan always deadheads the sunset coloured flowers in the back of the sign, as the uneven ground hurts my knee.

Allan always deadheads the sunset coloured flowers in the back of the sign, as the uneven ground hurts my knee.  (Pink and white agyranthemum, white bacopa, and cosmos)

The difference between how well the downtown planters do is always remarkable to me.

on the east side of the street, planter full of white yarrow (not planted by me) with two sad struggling Geranium 'Rozanne' (planted by me)

on the east side of the street, planter full of white yarrow (not planted by me) with two sad struggling Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (planted by me)

right across the street on the west side with thriving Geranium 'Rozanne'.

right across the street on the west side with thriving Geranium ‘Rozanne’.

The one on the west side had all new soil put in when we dug out a ridiculous honeysuckle (not planted by me!!!) by the lamp post.  I would like to think the east side planter would thrive if it were dug out and redone, and yet wind might also be a factor as it is much less protected.

just for fun, vivid colours at Pacific and Bolstadt

just for fun, vivid colours at Pacific and Bolstadt

The Columbia Pacific Farmers Market was just setting up in Veterans Field as I weeded the garden there.

The Columbia Pacific Farmers Market was just setting up in Veterans Field as I weeded the garden there.

Allan cut back the hideous brown spent flowers of the Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle) by the pond at Bolstadt and Pacific.

before

before

after

after

…and was passed by a bicycle club heading west to the beach.

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We had a delicious crab roll at Captain Bob’s Chowder before heading south to Ilwaco.

inside Captain Bob's, which is right behind Fifth Street Park (next to Marsh's Free Museum)

inside Captain Bob’s, which is right behind Fifth Street Park (next to Marsh’s Free Museum)

Port of Ilwaco

I was ready for the day to be over but felt compelled to go to the boatyard and deadhead some ugly white daisies…the kind that look really bad when they start to go over.

I cannot remember the name of this one...got a start from Jo's garden, and she told me the name, but...

I think this is Leucanthemum ‘Esther Read’

me deadheading daisies (Allan's photo)

me deadheading daisies (Allan’s photo)

boatyard garden, oops...still on vivid colour

boatyard garden, oops…still on vivid colour

Any other year, we’d have been working till sunset every day.  Without the jobs we have dropped over the last year, we seem to be able to knock off work at a less tiring time, and as we are both 60-ish, that is a blessing.

We have now caught up to the blog entry about the Pink Poppy wedding, which will take place the next day.

I’m relieved to be done with flashbacks as I found the digression from perfect continuity to be rather disconcerting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

It’s a good thing I like my job, because it was mighty hard to go back to work after three days off.

Cheri’s Garden

To ease into it, we started at Cheri’s garden just a few blocks east on Lake Street.

before weeding and deadheading

before weeding and deadheading

after deadheading the rhodo

after deadheading the rhodo

The red Oriental poppies go well with the new house colour.  Fortunately, I used a lot of yellow flowers to go with the old house colour, so they should still look good, as well.  Pink does not work well with the new colour!

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the former colour

The cats in the outdoor cat room enjoyed having some company.

cats

cat1

I really must take a photo of the whole cat room set up next time.

cat2

 

In the garden area next to the cat room (which was halved in size to make space, I was startled to see the Buddleia was cut flush to the ground.  While I have no problem with that as it is a noxious weed, it was a surprise.

a different look, and Cheri had this area well weeded.

back garden with a different look, and Cheri had this area well weeded.

In the front:  White looks very good with the new colour.

In the front: White looks very good with the new colour.

the front garden

the front garden

Cheri and Charlie's new dog proof veg beds

Cheri and Charlie’s new dog proof veg beds

While I weeded here and there throughout the garden, Allan tackled a tedious job; I did join him to finish it up.

a garden bed that had gone to the dogs and to grass

a garden bed that had gone to the dogs and to grass

done

done

Ilwaco

After Cheri’s, we planted up the last city planter by the Antique Gallery Too! on Spruce Street.  We were going to try to move it out to the sidewalk, when we realized that it may have been placed by the building owner to keep customers from driving into the wooden post.  We would be in big trouble if we moved it and someone wrecked the place as a result, so we will leave that to the city to deal with!

planter

The Antique Gallery Too! is run by our friend and garden client, Larry.

Just around the corner, we popped very briefly into Olde Towne Café to check out the antique display that had been added over the weekend.

a Jadeite collection

a Jadeite collection

I find these so aesthetically pleasing, but as I have red in my kitchen, they just would not do for me.

I find these so aesthetically pleasing, but as I have red in my kitchen, they just would not do for me.

Erin’s Garden

Up in Long Beach, we weeded the back porch garden beds at Erin’s house.

the wall garden, before

the wall garden, before. with bindweed

Allan did that garden as it required the agility to climb atop the wall.

after

after

after, from the porch

after, from the porch

I did the level chickweed area...here, after I had started.

I did the level chickweed area…here, after I had started.

after

after

The whole time I weeded, I was hoping my feline friend Felix would turn up, as he had disappeared several days before and I missed and worried about him.

Of course, I had to look at the new-this-year boat garden.  Who did I find browsing nearby?

deerone

completely unbothered by my presence

completely unbothered by my presence

the rest of the family

the rest of the family

In the garden, they had nibbled Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ and after nipping some flowers, decided to leave it alone after all.

It's not as floriferous as it could have been.

It’s not as floriferous as it could have been.

They nibbled agastache, but not penstemons, and left Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and cosmos completely alone.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

cosmos and eryngium

cosmos and eryngium

a junco for Mr Tootlepedal

a junco for Mr Tootlepedal

Alllum schubertii in the boat

Alllum schubertii in the boat

the garden boat but no visit from my friend Felix

the garden boat but no visit from my friend Felix

dreamy weathered beach houses next door

dreamy weathered beach houses next door

Then to my great joy, Erin and her son arrived at home…with Felix, who had spent the weekend at the human society in a cage after being turned in by someone.  He was annoyed by his prison experience, with a twitching tail, and surely as glad to be home as I was to see him again.

Welcome back, Felix; I am so relieved.

Welcome back, Felix; I am so relieved.

Jo’s garden

We had promised Jo a weeding session, not sure we’d have time to do it today.  Happily, we did, which will make the rest of the week easier.  (My hope is to do a four day week and then get into a pattern of having weekends off except for perhaps having to water those pesky Ilwaco planters.)

Jo's garden

Jo’s garden, the guest cottage

honeysuckle arbour

honeysuckle arbour

A hummingbird was all around this honeysuckle.

A hummingbird was all around this honeysuckle.

two pink rosebushes

two pink rosebushes

bee on rugosa rose

bee on a very fragrant rugosa rose

My friend Coco, all awiggle but a little camera shy

My friend Coco, all awiggle but a little camera shy

I can reveal now that we have been worried about Jo, who was recently outfitted with a spiffy new pacemaker and after giving us a scare is going to be able to enjoy her summer of flowers.

Jo and I assessed that the new-last-year perennial area needs something new, so we will shop for it on Wednesday.  Jo would like another Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and we must find one or two other plants as well.

It's just not full enough.

It’s just not full enough.

After a couple of hours of weeding, we moved on to…

Port of Ilwaco

…to spend an hour or so weeding on Howerton Way where we left off late last Friday evening.

On the way, we paused at the boatyard garden and saw a typical Ilwaco traffic jam.

Nola K on the Marine Travelift coming into the boatyard

Nola K on the Marine Travelift coming into the boatyard

a big boat

a big boat

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and then crossing First Ave while a car waits patiently.

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off to the boat storage area

off to the boat storage area

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on the Marine Travelift

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the boatyard garden, looking south from the gate

the boatyard garden, looking south from the gate

We then weeded the Shorebank garden beds.  I had the idea for Allan to trim, with the pole pruner, the dead tops of the columnar pear trees.

trees

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He got two dealt with (one being behind me as I took this photos), but will need to bring the even longer pole pruner to do the others.

When we went to the east end of the marina after an hour of weeding, who did we find but our client Cheri walking her two boxers!

Beemer

Beemer

Porsche

Porsche

They are not good for the garden. I forgive them because they sure are cute.

home

At home, I felt inspired to tackle the wild impatiens in the front garden.

before and after

before and after

Onyx from next door came to visit.

Onyx from next door came to visit.

I think that the fuzzy Verbascum is going to be interesting.  I snapped the stalk off one day, being too lazy to pull it out from next to the driveway, and it looks like it is going to have four or five flower stalks instead of one.  I did not know that would happen.

Wednesday: more plant shopping (which will result in more planting Thursday) and north end jobs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 19 May 2014

annuals planting time day eleven

It’s the birthday today of the late Joey Ramone and my former partner, Robert.

And we are rapidly approaching the end of annuals planting he….  time.

We began at Mayor Mike’s garden, just weeding the front beds a bit and adding some white and blue painted sage, a six pack of cosmos, and a Dianthus ‘Fancy Knickers’ (frilly and white!) in keeping with the mostly blue and white theme of his garden.

Last fall, we planted tall alliums (Purple Sensation and Everest).

Last fall, we planted tall alliums (Purple Sensation and Everest).

They are a good focal point at the corner of the front garden.

They are a good focal point at the corner of the front garden.

Mike and his partner must have been doing some weeding or there would have been more work for us.

Mike and his partner must have been doing some weeding or there would have been more work for us.

looking across to Cheri's house...was bright yellow, now red.

looking across to Cheri’s house…was bright yellow, now red.

The above photo tells me that white is a colour that will look good with that red, and also yellow, and clear, not purple-y blues.  The pinky mauve of most cosmos would NOT look good there now.

Cheri and Charlie seem to be doing well with their garden without us having had time to show up to help them!  Cheri did tell me once that she would pave it over if we ever quite…and I have no intention of quitting this one, as it is nice and level and quite easy.

They've replaced some lawn with bark...

They’ve replaced some lawn with bark…

and they have a nice pile of mulch...

and they have a nice pile of mulch…

and new raised boxer-dog-proof veg beds.

and new raised boxer-dog-proof veg beds.

We had forgotten to pay our accountant, which I usually do the minute she finishes our taxes.  A pause at her office to pay did not result in the usual greeting from Helen, who was fast asleep.

no belly rub today

no belly rub today

Next, The Basket Case, where we bought oodles and scads of plants for the 12 whiskey barrels at Casa Pacifica tomorrow.  We will be all set up to go there first thing on Tuesday.  It takes a lot of plants to fill a whiskey barrel full of colourful annuals, and they really look  best with 9 or even 12 trailies around the edges.  Once, I planted fewer trailies and Dan saw us downtown a couple of days later and asked if we had planted up the barrels yet.  So impact, quick and impressive, is key.

flower basket maker extraordinaire Nancy Aust and me at the Basket Case on the previous visit.

flower basket maker extraordinaire Nancy Aust and me at the Basket Case on the previous visit.

I shop in the back employees-only greenhouse to avoid decimating the stock in the front, public greenhouses.

I shop in the back employees-only greenhouse to avoid decimating the stock in the front, public greenhouses.

basket cat

basket cat

Allan prepares to load the van

Allan prepares to load the van with many plants for Casa Pacifica

We saw Charlene at the Basket Case; it is common to encounter friends shopping there.  Allan told me later that she got herself a nice shrub, and when he described it I knew it was the excellent Sambucus ‘Black Lace’.

And while Allan went off to Marilyn’s to weed and prep for annuals planting there, I swanned off with Garden Tour Nancy on a prearranged garden tour diversion.

As usual, a delicious lunch was part of the deal.  (I hope there is a garden tour expense account for her!)  Generously, she came up with the idea of the lunch treat in thanks for me skiving off work for a few hours.

We went to Bailey’s Cafe in Nahcotta.

Bailey's Cafe, with a Sambucus 'Black Lace' in a big pot at the front door.

Bailey’s Cafe, with a Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ in a big pot at the front door.

Next door to the café in the same building is the post office, with a little lending library.

Next door to the café in the same building is the post office, where Nancy showed me the little community lending library….

and just a few post office boxes for such a small town (which has no mail delivery).  Sometimes there is a waiting list for a box.

and just a few post office boxes for such a small town (which has no mail delivery). Sometimes there is a waiting list for a box.

inside Bailey's Café

inside Bailey’s Café

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I had the tuna sandwich in pita bread, my favourite Bailey’s fare, and Nancy and I shared a most scrumptious golden beet soup with a spicy kick to it; Jayne is such an amazing cook.  I could have eaten a vat of that soup.  I knew Allan would find out about our yummy meal by reading today’s blog, so we sweetened the deal by getting him a chocolate chip cookie.  While we ate, Nancy and I solved the world problems, or at least some of our own.

on the wall at Bailey's

on the wall at Bailey’s

After lunch, Nancy and I drove across Oysterville Road and went a little bit past our turn off and ended up almost to the beach.

the beach approach road

the beach approach road

and on our way to the garden; the deer is probably on its way to a garden, as well

and on our way to the garden; the deer is probably on its way to a garden, as well

Nancy needed a few back up gardens for this year’s tour, and I suggested one I remembered from years ago.

Jonathan and Vicky's garden

Jonathan and Vicky’s garden

The gorgeous house was designed and built by Jonathan.  If his is not on the tour this year, it should be next year and he will welcome visitors in to see the inside of the house, which is as interesting as the outside.

over the garage

over the garage

Inside the house, he had a hoya climbing all around the dining nook windows.  I flashed back to my grandma’s hoya plant and how as a child I would taste the drop of honey on each flower.  I must have one!

Hoya; our old house would have been too cold for it.

Hoya; our old house would have been too cold for it.

Outside, the laburnum and rhodos were in full bloom.

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rhodos

The tuteur in the middle of the boxwood features glass fishing floats of which he found in over a hundred one day years ago on the beach in Oregon.

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We only had the one garden in Surfside to look at, so Nancy dropped me off at Marilyn’s garden where I joined Allan hard at work.

He had weeded this area...

He had weeded this area…

and was working his way around the house.

and was working his way around the house.

hours later, weeded and with cosmos and painted sage planted

two hours later, weeded and with cosmos and painted sage planted

much better!

much better!

The sun felt terribly hot although 642weather.com says it was only 60.  It had to have been more like 70 at Marilyn’s.

The giant miscanthus is on its way to hiding the neighbours' garage.

The giant miscanthus is on its way to hiding the neighbours’ garage.

The privacy planting at the south end is finally filling in, with a shrubby lonicera being the best doer.

The privacy planting at the south end is finally filling in, with a shrubby lonicera being the best doer.

By the backyard swale, Siberian iris were at their peak.

By the backyard swale, Siberian iris were at their peak.

I usually miss this moment!

I usually miss this moment!

I should add some white ones, as well.

I should add some white ones, as well.

Allan went next door to retrieve a long tendril of Akebia vine that had fallen off of its host, an old dead tree trunk, and got a different view of the garden from the driveway to the west.

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the view from my passenger seat; every time we work here, I'll be looking to see how tall the garden gets

the view from my passenger seat as we leave; every time we work here, I’ll be looking to see how tall the garden gets

Since it was only five, and since I had forgotten to plant a few painted sage at the Wiegardt Gallery last week, we went there on our way south.  We mustered up an hour of energy to weed, mostly on the neglected north side.

before, north side of Wiegardt Gallery

before, north side of Wiegardt Gallery

after; somewhat improved

after; somewhat improved

Allium schubertii in the front garden

Allium schubertii in the front garden

and knautia macedonica

and Knautia macedonica

When we arrived home at seven (quite early compared to recent days), I decided I would feel so good if I could count my OWN annuals among the ones planted; I managed to get the cosmos and painted sage and a few container plants in the ground and into the garden boat and even got six Sweet 100 tomatoes potted up in the greenhouse (and two cukes in a pot on the patio; I had good luck with them last year, enough to share with a friend).

The board now looks like this with only ONE annuals job left.  Why, that is so great that I’ve started making the next set of lists: Weeding and Projects, tasks I deeply enjoy.

a joyous sight

a joyous sight

We still have several flats of perennials to plant here and there, but they are not as pesky and exhausting as the endless parade of annuals during Annuals Planting He—  Time.

 

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Friday, 4 April 2014

While I was listening for rain, trying to figure out the weather but too sleepy to look out the window, I got a cat weather report: Mary-cat jumped into bed with wet fur, so I could sleep a little longer. Meanwhile, Allan took a few photos.

Frosty, from Allan's study window.

Frosty, from Allan’s study window.

Allan tapped on the window.  Frosty has his BirdsBeSafe collar on.

Allan tapped on the window. Frosty has his BirdsBeSafe collar on.

The first flower on the old rhodendron by Allan's shop

The first flower on the old rhodendron by Allan’s shop

And then the sun was out.

looking into our back garden as I loaded up some plants...

looking into our back garden as I loaded up some plants…

the good ship 'Ann Lovejoy'

the good ship ‘Ann Lovejoy’

I’ve been thinning out of the middle garden bed because Geranium ‘Rozanne’ takes up much more room than I thought she would. The first thing I noticed when I looked south was a haze of green: the salmonberries have suddenly leafed out and our wintertime port view is gone, and privacy from the parking lots is in place for the summer.

middle garden

middle garden bed

We went a few blocks down Lake Street to start work at Mayor Mike’s garden. It is strongly white and blue this month.

with pesky blue scilla and lovely pulmonaria

with pesky blue scilla and lovely pulmonaria

street corner of Mike's garden

street corner of Mike’s garden

When we took on this job in early spring of 2013, I realized the garden had no narcissi whatsoever. Last fall, we planted several different white ones, and some muscari, and some white lilies for later on.

Kitty corner across the street is Cheri’s garden of hot colours and two boxer dogs. She and Charlie have come up with an excellent raised bed design in which I assume they are going to grow salad greens and such above the heads of Porsche and Beamer, the dogs.

brilliant!

brilliant!

By the time we got to Cheri’s, rain had been falling on us for awhile. We had much to do today in public gardens today and so we only concentrated on the front garden bed.

I removed the dead Erysimum and Lavender in this bed.  Put in a small new Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve.'

I removed the dead Erysimum and Lavender in this bed. Put in a small new Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve.’

before...a twinberry had seeded into the front bed

before…a twinberry had seeded into the front bed

After Allan tackled it, it is gone.

After Allan tackled it, it is gone.

Feeling fairly miserable with the rain, we took a break at Olde Towne Café. While we were there, Heather of NIVA green (our favorite shop) brought a gift to Luanne from Jenna (Queen La De Da). It was wrapped in the charming NIVA style. (New-Inspired-Vintage-Artful and green.)

Luanne's present from Jenna

Luanne’s present from Jenna

birch trunk shower curtains!  Now I must have some as well as soon as Heather gets more!  So lovely!

birch trunk shower curtains! Now I must have some as well as soon as Heather gets more! So lovely!

olde book decor at Olde Towne Coffee Café

olde book decor at Olde Towne Coffee Café

After our visit with Luanne and Heather, and just as the rain stopped (for awhile), a crowd of lunchers arrived, making it easier to tear ourselves away as Luanne had to get back to work also.

We had a mission in Long Beach: to deadhead narcissi throughout the town.

This planter has tulips mostly just on one side, as the deer stroll down the east-west street next to it and eat the ones on the curb side! They don’t stroll the north-south street (Pacific), so only the tulips next to certain quiet intersections get chomped.

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Long Beach: tulip buds full of promise

Long Beach: tulip buds full of promise

tulip bud, primroses, muscari

tulip bud, primroses, muscari

frilly parrot tulip buds

frilly parrot tulip buds

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Tulip ‘New Design’ (with white edged leaves)

After weeding and deadheading the south two blocks downtown, we dumped our buckets of debris in the city works yard. The rain continued, but the Dark Sky app on my phone gave me some hope:

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and...light rain in the city works yard

and…light rain in the city works yard

Driving on to Andersen’s RV Park gave us time to wait out part of the 30 minutes predicted by Dark Sky. Rain or not, I knew that the road box would need deadheading and I could not bear to leave it messy over the weekend.

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Andersen's RV Park

Andersen’s RV Park (or, in the UK, Caravan Park)

Below, we have the big west side garden, the long boxes along the clubhouse, the picket fence garden to the east of the house, the garden on south side of the garden shed (upper right), and the rugosa rose border along the street.

our various gardens at Andersen's

our various gardens at Andersen’s

the road box before

the road box before

Hallelujah: The nasturtiums reseeded!

Hallelujah: The nasturtiums reseeded!

after

after

The rain did stop, and Dark Sky told us, quite accurately, that we had 40 minutes before its return.

Narcissi by Payson Hall (the clubhouse)

Narcissi by Payson Hall (the clubhouse)

Payson Hall planters

Payson Hall planters

Last year, Lorna did not think the narcissi in front of Payson were bright enough, so we moved the pale ones that were there, and replaced them last fall with ones that sounded very bright to me. However, looks like we have troubles, as the cup is the bright part and so they probably still won’t be bright enough! Next year, ALL YELLOW here to make Lorna happy!

These are probably bright enough!

These are probably bright enough!

Meanwhile, the west garden has the big bag of King Alfreds that Lorna ordered.

Meanwhile, the west garden has the big bag of King Alfreds that Lorna ordered.

looking west by one of six whiskey barrels

looking west by one of six whiskey barrels

The west garden has two especially annoying weeds, the BadAster (blue running aster) and couch grass; the photo shows one of the areas where that darn grass came back after last month’s weeding.

Argh.  Next time...

Argh. Next time…

Today, we had no time to address the entire west garden weed problem. That would take a whole day, and we will give it a whole day soon. Today, we had to check on the picket fence garden….

tulip buds by the office

tulip buds by the office

and by the picket fence

and by the picket fence

picket fence garden....no sweet peas up yet.

picket fence garden….no sweet peas up yet.

As one drives up, one gets a fresh impression of spring by all the narcissi along the picket fence. I found it impossible to capture in a photograph.

picket garden; you can see the overhang of one of the staff fifth-wheels.

picket garden; you can see the overhang of one of the staff fifth-wheels.

picket fence and office

picket fence and office

narcissi

Nature put a ring on it.

inside the fenced garden

We weeded and then planted two Phygelius in the garden shed garden: ‘Winchester Fanfare’ and ‘Lemon Spritzer’. The bed needs a good edge put on the front but that will have to wait.

garden shed garden

garden shed garden

On our way to our next destination, we ambled our van down sweet, narrow N Alley that runs parallel to the highway for a few blocks just south of Andersen’s.

N Alley, just west of Pacific Highway

N Alley, just west of Pacific Highway

Several charming houses and gardens along the one lane road need to be checked on now and again.

Kudos to this terraced garden.

Kudos to this terraced garden.

and next to it, one of the three? remaining train cars of the Clamshell Railway, converted to a rustic cabin.

and next to it, one of the three? remaining train cars of the Clamshell Railway, converted to a rustic cabin. How I long to get in there. I should have looked when it was for sale!

a bit further south, a bowling ball display

a bit further south, a bowling ball display

and then a Berberis darwinii and a contorted filbert (Harry Lauder's Walking Stick)

and then a Berberis darwinii and a contorted filbert (Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick)

Almost at the south end of N Alley is one of the gardens that was on last year’s Music in the Gardens tour, now with a new owner. I suppose I should have/could have looked over the fence, but I I felt that would be too conspicuous of us.

After our brief N Alley excursion, we stopped at The Anchorage Cottages for a brief deadheading and weeding session.

At The Anchorage: small cupped narcissi are my favourites.

At The Anchorage: small cupped poeticus narcissi are my favourites.

trilllums fading to pink

trilllums fading to pink

brick planter in the office courtyard

brick planter in the office courtyard (no sweet pea sprouts as yet)

Tulip 'Gavota' in its third year

Tulip ‘Gavota’ in its third year

a pot of fresh new tulips

a pot of fresh new tulips with perfect foliage (unusual after so much rain)

more spectacularly frilly parrot tulip buds

more spectacularly frilly parrot tulip buds

Finally, we returned to Long Beach. On the way north, I had seen two dead narcissi flowers RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE MERRY GO ROUND! They could not be left to shock tourists all weekend long.

sodden and dead!

sodden and dead!

To make the trip worthwhile, we did some more deadheading along that block.

one of the tree gardens and a view of the Hungry Harbor Grille

one of the tree gardens and a view of the Hungry Harbor Grille

With work over, we had a quick visit with Linda at The Wooden Horse (another favourite gift shop of ours).

in The Wooden Horse

in The Wooden Horse

a new collection of frogs

a new collection of frogs

I know someone who should have this.

I know someone who should have this.

And Allan saw this sign, perfect for a subject I think of often.

happy

Speaking of happiness, there is more rain predicted and if tomorrow should be rainy, we could take the day off instead of working in it.

 

 

 

 

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Phone blogging:  With a mid afternoon appointment set for getting our Internet fixed, we worked close to home in Cheri’s garden three blocks east.

Allan set to editing a stripy running grass that had taken over the back garden bed. Construction of an outdoor cat area had kept us out of that area most of last summer and the grass had taken full advantage of the neglect.

I’m takin’ over, see?

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The old Buddleia in the back of this bed had gotten woody and somewhat rotted at the base. We cut it back hard.

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My mind ran to what new perennials could be planted where the grass came out. Then I remembered that two boxers, Porsche and Beemer, use the garden as their play area and for play dates with canine friends. Anything we plant would have to be very tough.

Allan went home to wait for the Internet repair guy while I weeded around the rest of the garden.

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Before and after

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Sometime during our staycation, Cheri and Charlie had turned an area of lawn into bark, blending right into the garden beds.

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In the raised brick bed south of the front porch, crocuses put on a lovely show. There has been no puppy party in this garden bed yet this year!

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A white camellia blooming in Cheri’s garden with Mayor Mike’s garden in the background.

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I walked home in a light drizzle and admired our own garden while waiting for the tech fellow.

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Hellebores…

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Allan’s mother made that lovely thing. (Pagoda?)

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The pleasant and knowledgeable cable fix it guy came and discovered that not only do we perhaps need a better, upgraded modem but that the old Internet cable line was so old that it was brittle and thinner than the modern cable. To my surprise, it went along Nora’s driveway to a pole behind our houses where it got the full force of southern wind. No wonder we’d been having problems since the past big windstorm.

I pruned the hydrangea next door in Nora’s garden and loaded more of our pile of yard debris into the trailer to top off Cheri’s and the debris from yesterday at Marilyn’s. The Internet fix of running new cable and crawling under the house is taking awhile so we’ll be stuck with the debris load overnight. We have a dinner date with J9; our trailer is too heavy now to disconnect so it will have to travel with us.

It would be awfully nice to have an empty lot nearby just for dumping!

A bit later, I am very impressed that Allan managed to disconnect and move the trailer into the street. What a monster he is!!

Surprise: The cable goes to the pole way back behind Nora’s driveway and thence back to our house.

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Not a surprise: Where the deer grazed in our front garden on Sunday, some of the tulip foliage is nipped right off.

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Dinner photos will probably follow. I don’t add dinner photos because I think our personal lives are all that interesting but because I think the restaurants around our beach town communities are very fine and interesting indeed.

Later at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview:

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J9 joined us at our favorite table for three, the one at the end of the bar. Wednesdays off season are burger nights (including a vegetarian Portobello mushroom
Burger); you choose your toppings. I won’t even reveal the number I choose, except for Allan’s hint that if you get pineapple and fried egg, you can deconstruct your burger into breakfast (egg), burger, and dessert (fresh slice of pineapple).

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Late the previous evening,  Nora’s granddaughter Alicia and some friends arrived next door to spend Monday sorting out the house just south of my friend Judy’s.  It had belonged to Nora’s mother and, with a sale pending, had to have the last of its possessions moved out.  Before we left for work we met Alicia’s friend and four young lads.  They had been admiring the garden through the fence, and we invited them on a tour.

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I loved that they went right into the paths through the Bogsy Wood.

Mom follows the boys.

Mom follows the boys.

They were highly amused by the exploding seeds of the wild impatiens (touch me not).

Me encouraging them to dare to pop the seeds!

Me encouraging them to dare to pop the seeds!

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Alicia photographs the action.

Alicia photographs the action.

from my window

from my window

Allan took a few photos as well.

trooping past the river of Rozanne

trooping past the river of Rozanne

Then Alicia and her friend went to work on the house-sorting while the boys were off to explore the river beach by Yellow Bluff at the east end of town and Allan and I went to Long Beach to deadhead and water the planters.

When I removed one of the faucet covers, I found a nest of snails.  (I always check for baby slugs.)  This ties in with Pam Fleming’s suggestion to put upside down black plastic pots in one’s garden as snail traps; they like the warmth and will congregate inside.

snail haven

snail haven

I find snails kind of cute and pretty, so they just went into the garbage can and probably crawled right back out and back into the planter.

h well, there is always something in Long Beach town to lift my spirits, and today it was the lovely signs outside of The Wooden Horse gift shop.

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sign

at the Wooden Horse

At Veterans Field I finally decided to cut back the Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’.  To me, the seedheads are cool and structural but to others they probably just look like old dead things.  The garden is still looking red white and blue.

Veterans Field, looking southeast

Veterans Field, looking south

Eryngium seedheads....chopped now

Eryngium seedheads….chopped now

While I worked on the little garden, the wind whipped up considerably…

wind of 20 mph plus

wind of 20 mph plus

My goal had been to get the Long Beach planters watered before the predicted rain came.  Usually rain is not strong enough to penetrate the soil through the dense foliage.  Today, however, the rain, when it came, was definitely strong.

a sudden torrent

a sudden torrent

We were watering and fertilizing at the same time, but after one more block, we gave up and went home!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Now I have two hanging baskets!   Last night a friend who had to leave town after a summer beach house visit gave me hers.  (You know who you are, and thanks, but I am not going to blog that your house is empty!)

two baskets by the front porch

two baskets by the front porch

I would rather have stayed home and joined Mary on the cat bench….

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But instead we went to work.  We do enjoy our work but perhaps not as much as a day in  our own garden.

First, The Depot Restaurant.

The Depot...an overview

The Depot…an overview

Cosmos backed with a wall of hops

Cosmos backed with a wall of hops

Then we went to turn off the soaker hoses that had been lightly dripping for two days (through the rain as well) on the Sid Snyder Drive beach approach planters.   I decided that this particular planter is one that should be completely redone this fall.

across the street from the kite museum

across the street from the kite museum

The monoculture of creeping Jenny, planted by the previous volunteer, is so dull.

Next, Diane’s garden where the Lady’s Mantle was in that horrid stage….

before and after

before and after

waiting for moist fall weather so we can fill in this bed some more!

waiting for moist fall weather so we can fill in this bed some more!

The original impetus for Diane’s roadside garden was when she fell in love with this heather:

blooming now....

blooming now….

Even though I am not much of a heaths and heather fan (except on the moors of Scotland or in the gorgeous heather bank in this garden near Eugene, Oregon), I have to admit this one is a delight.  It came from The Planter Box.  I wanted it interplanted with complementary plants but so far the progress on this garden is slow…Perhaps next year it will leap!

Diane's driveway corner with Stipa gigantea

Diane’s driveway corner with Stipa gigantea

Next door at The Red Barn, Diane’s sister and niece were just riding up….

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and their nice dog came to greet me.

a whippet hello

a whippet hello from Disney

Next on the agenda:  Jo’s garden.  Coco was so happy to see us that I can’t decide which photo is cuter.

Coco!

Coco!

Jo pointed out that her rhododendron has very unusual flowers.

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Some of the cosmos had fallen over in yesterday’s wind and rain storm and a few stems had broken.  One that we propped up had its flowers all cattywampus but we assumed it would straighten itself out (and it did).

after the storm

after the storm

Most of the cosmos had come through just fine.

a protected corner

a protected corner

One of Jo's friends

One of Jo’s friends

Here’s a new angle on Jo’s house…from the west lawn looking east:

built in 1896 or 8...

built in 1896 or 8…

It is convenient to check the Boreas garden just north of Jo’s.  We park and enter on the west side.

Boreas Inn (and hot tub room)

Boreas Inn (and hot tub room)

I am so happy with the Boreas gardens this year!

I am so happy with the Boreas gardens this year!

The cosmos were lush and floriferous…

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The fabulous Lobelia tupa continues to be the only one blooming out of two flats of them that I planted here and there in assorted gardens!

Just the one tupa!

Just the one tupa!

The only thing I do not like in the west side Boreas garden is the old daylily bed:

the original patch of daylilies

the original patch of daylilies

I am determined…and when I suggested it, Susie agreed…to dig these out and replace them with, perhaps, a good medium sized ornamental grass like Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’.    Maybe a couple of narrow upright evergreens like Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’! (which the deer will leave alone).

Boreas:  looking west to the beach path

Boreas: looking west to the beach path

Speaking of Cosmos, we stopped on the way home to deadhead the park by Marsh’s Museum, having been rained out of doing so yesterday.

Marsh's Free Museum, home of Jake the Alligator Man

Marsh’s Free Museum, home of Jake the Alligator Man

And at home, on the last evening of her visit, Alicia was roasting marshmallows over her cute little charcoal pig.

pig

We agreed that her grandma Nora would have loved it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The compost bucket needed switching at Olde Towne…

an old sign from when Olde Towne was an antique store with no café

an old sign from when Olde Towne was an antique store with no café

Luanne tucks into one of her signature breakfasts, waffled with strawberries and whipped cream!

Luanne tucks into one of her signature breakfasts, waffled with strawberries and whipped cream!

We could not linger because work beckoned.

At Golden Sands Assisted Living, we had intended to check how the newly repaired sprinkler system was doing.  Too much rain had made it impossible to tell the difference between watered and unwatered.  We did get permission to move the bench on of these days, so that the NW quadrant garden shows up better.

soon....

soon….

We at last had time to work hard on two of the quadrants.

thinned and tidied

thinned and tidied

Before we bring in some more mulch, I very much want to get the damnable beach strawberries removed from the backside of the four flower beds.

quite a project

quite a project

Next, the very civilized garden at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  We can always count on owners Mary and Denny Caldwell to water so every week we can concentrate just on the gardening.

inside the deer fence garden

inside the deer fence garden

at KBC: the berries of Billardia longiflora

at KBC: the berries of Billardia longiflora

KBC: the driveway garden

KBC: the driveway garden

Further north in Surfside at Marilyn’s garden we did some light deadheading just to keep it looking fine after its turn in the spotlight on garden tour day.

The Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' is now in bloom.

The Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ is now in bloom.

I am still trying to ID this pink flower that is at Jo’s, and here.  The deer do not eat it.  I think it is a phlox.  It runs politely here, but runs like a thug at Jo’s, where I am trying to get rid of most of it.

phlox?

phlox?

I posted a photo of it on a plant ID group and was advised it is a Dianthus, but I think not!

It is as tall as some of the cosmos...

It is as tall as some of the cosmos…

the lushness of Marilyn's garden, looking northwest

the lushness of Marilyn’s garden, looking northwest

the giant Miscanthus grows this big in one season!

the giant Miscanthus grows this big in one season!

Even though I love its foliage and velvety magenta, pink, or white flowers, I get tired of the prolific reseeding of Lychnis coronaria (rose campion) and yet….each seedling is so very pretty.

in the gravel path

in the gravel path

Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ is one of the search terms that most often leads people to my blog!

Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning' at Marilyn's

Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ at Marilyn’s

We closed the work day at the Wiegardt Gallery with a serious thinning out on the west side…

future plan:  add some Ilex 'Sky Pencil'

future plan: add some Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’

Mostly the dreaded Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ came out, as it also did in this neglected spot on the SE corner of the building.

pulling...and done

pulling…and done

Why we don’t take this corner more seriously I do not know.  I am thinking lavender…or rosemary, which Eric’s wife, Ann, likes.  It is backed with a rhododendron which I cut down hard a couple of years ago, and another winter blooming one that gallery manager Christl limbed up.  And with sword ferns.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

We woke to rain.  Allan cleverly remembered that we had been meaning to visit the  railroad exhibit at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum just three blocks east of us.

From the Water to the Woods:  125 Years of Local Rail

train exhibit at the museum

train exhibit at the museum

If I could go back in time and do one thing, it would be to ride on the Clamshell Railroad that used to go up and down the Peninsula.

sign

one of the exhibit’s fascinating signs

an old railroad seat

an old railroad seat…cranberry plush!

Part of the exhibit was about trains in logging camps and the trains that helped build the ocean jetties.

logging

A slideshow played of photos by a photographer named Darius Kinsey, who chronicled life in the logging camps including this stump cottage!

one big stump

one big stump

When my friends and I had stopped at Bailey’s Café in Nahcotta on a garden tour day, I had tried to remember if the old pilings going out into Willapa Bay were from the old railroad line.  I thought so….and this photo proves it.

old Nahcotta

old Nahcotta

Oh I do wish I could have seen this:

fact

This lumberyard was where the Ilwaco boatyard is today:

lumberyard

No one was hurt when the train went off the Ilwaco dock!

oops

So many photos to peruse:

exhibit

In the rest of the museum, I learned something new about salmonberries.

salmonberry facts

salmonberry facts:  I did not know one can eat the shoots!

After the exhibit, we did an afternoon and early evening of work.

The Anchorage gardens looked windblown...

The Anchorage Cottages gardens looked windblown…

as did the Payson Hall planters at Andersen's RV Park.

as did the Payson Hall planters at Andersen’s RV Park.

At this time of year, deadheading the annuals takes hours…

Just one of many Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' at Andersen's!

Just one of many Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ at Andersen’s!

Payson Hall after much deadheading

Payson Hall after much deadheading

We cleaned out and raked the walking path in the now-not-so-poppy field at Andersen’s.

path

As we left, we saw a most interesting vehicle.  Allan said it was like our van but turned into a camper.

Jucy Van

Jucy Van

We saw the Jucy Van couple again when we stopped at the Depot Restaurant to deadhead.  They were just going for a delicious dinner and told us that a slideshow of the van can be seen at jucyrentals.com.

Usually we do the Depot garden before the restaurant opens but I had forgotten it.  Fortunately, the vehicles happened to be parked in a way that gave us easy access.

diners' vehicles

diners’ vehicles

Just as it had been coming into bloom, Solidago ‘Fireworks’ was laid out by the rain.

kind of sideways

kind of sideways

Last, more tedious deadheading at the Long Beach welcome sign where the south side has lots of Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’.  The cosmos on the north side have petered out.  Allan had a great idea: to use Geranium ‘Rozanne’ as the blue accent next year.  I am all for it as the blue Brachychome has gotten almost buried under yellow.

yellow Bidens taking over

yellow Bidens taking over

Friday, August 30, 2013

At Mayor Mike’s garden the time had come to chop the catmint:

before and after

before and after

In the back garden at Mike’s, I recognized the berry of a Lonicera that his previous gardener, Carol of The Elves Did It, probably got from me!

boxleaf honeysuckle

boxleaf honeysuckle

I got many sprouts of this to share from my old garden.

Kitty corner from Mike’s garden, we found some company in the new outdoor cat room at Cheri and Charlie’s!

American shorthaired cats

American shorthaired cats

She's my favourite and she knows it!

She’s my favourite and she knows it!

the black one looks just like my Calvin!

the black one looks just like my Calvin!

I think his name is Elwood!

I think his name is Elwood!

We got some work done, too…including the odd little task of taking the “covers” off the money plant so that it shines all silvery and pretty.

before and after: Lunaria

before and after: Lunaria

translucent

translucent

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' at Cheri's

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ at Cheri’s

We stopped at home to divest ourselves of a trailer load of compostable debris from both Mike’s and Cheri’s garden and as we were offloading, Judy came from four doors down to go tomato farming.

Judy in my greenhouse!

Judy in my greenhouse!

Judy's harvest from my edible garden!

Judy’s harvest from my edible garden!

We still had work to do in Long Beach due to having been rained out a couple of times during the week.  The Columbia Pacific Farmers Market was just setting up.

at Veterans Field

at Veterans Field

I just had time to deadhead before all the vendors arrived.

In Fish Alley, the nice variegated sedum I got for the whiskey barrels did not look good at all.  I hope it is just rain spotting and not mildew.

Fish Alley worry

Fish Alley worry

Across the street from city hall, as I deadheaded, I admired the fresh paint job on the “Akari Space” building which will house the Pink Poppy Bakery and Starvation Alley Farms new coffee shop.

love the colour, the pop! of the orange foliage, and the wood trim

love the colour, the pop! of the orange foliage, and the wood trim

This post has gone on almost as long as our work week did so I will repost the photo that appeared at the beginning showing the planter in front of Wind World Kites all full of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.

a sudden torrent

a sudden torrent…on Monday!

The kite guy likes the big batch of Phormium but I had been looking forward to cutting it down now that it is done…

after removing the Phormium on Friday...now the Fuchsias show!

after removing the Phormium on Friday…now the Fuchsias show!

Back at Veterans Field, the market had begun and a child was skillfully leaping back and forth across the garden.

kids

As the Naselle Marimba band played….

I like the Naselle Marimba Band very much.

I like the Naselle Marimba Band very much.

We had to check the deadheading at the Boreas Inn one more time because garden blogger Alison was staying there for the weekend!

'Jade Frost'

‘Jade Frost’

I noticed the leaves of the Jade Frost Eryngium is reverting to green…as it does.  There is nothing to be done about it….The flowers will still be as beautiful.

tip of the week: when deadheading Cosmos, cut out the old stem candelabras

tip of the week: when deadheading Cosmos, cut out the old stem candelabras

the wind had battered the cosmos....

the wind had battered the cosmos….

but the garden still looked lovely....here, looking west to the beach path

but the garden still looked lovely….here, looking west to the beach path

We ended the increasingly cool and foggy day by caring for the gardens by the Port of Ilwaco office, both the south and north sides.

On the south side, the hanging baskets had been taken down because of the wind....

On the south side, the hanging baskets had been taken down because of the wind….

on the marina, masts in the fog

on the marina, masts in the fog

a little skiff...

a little skiff…

to and fro in the mist...

to and fro in the mist…

on the docks

on the docks

more fog rolling in

more fog rolling in

on the north side, a view of fog over School Hill

on the north side, a view of fog over School Hill

After finishing the Port Office gardens, we attended to the one down by Queen La De Da’s.  The alliums had blown over, so I tucked them into a planter by her back door.  Wonder if she noticed?

by the queen's doorway

by the queen’s doorway

In a garden behind Queen La De Da’s, an old Arundo donax looms in the fog.

a handsome ornamental grass

a handsome ornamental grass

Even derelict natural spots have their beauty like this dead blackberry cane against a hotel-for-sale next door to Queen La De Da’s building.

very wabi sabi

very wabi sabi

If you have made it this far, thanks for joining us for our whole working week.  It was an easier one than usual because we did not have to do any watering after the rains came.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So much for buckling down to work as I had promised myself to do after the edible garden tour.   After being rained out early the day before, we now had a day that was interrupted with much socializing.

At home, on my usual route to and from the greenhouse to see if tomatoes needed watering, I saw an unexpected flower:

a hardy ginger in flower

a hardy ginger in flower

with Coleus 'Wasabi'

Roscoea ‘Spice Island’ with Coleus ‘Wasabi’

Going out the front gate, I noticed a Chelone blooming…one I could have sworn I had remembered to move to a damper area in the back garden.

Chelone (Pink Turtlehead)

Chelone (Pink Turtlehead)

the view in...

the view in…

First we did our every other week weeding and grooming of Mayor Mike’s garden….

blue and white theme

blue and white theme

path weeded and raked

path weeded and raked

Next, kitty corner to Cheri’s garden where we found that Charlie had finished creating the outdoor cat room.

room

kitty retreat

kitty retreat

After working in the front and side gardens there, we were only half an hour late for a coffee klatsch at Olde Towne Café, celebrating our friend and former Ilwacoan Patt finding another reason to pass through town.  While she only lived here for a year before having to move away for work reasons (her spouse’s job), she fell hard for this town.

clockwise from left:  Judy, Tom, Patt, Allan, Donna...all talking at once?

clockwise from left: Judy, Tom, Patt, Allan, Donna…all talking at once?

Our friend, art historian Pat Moss, showed up a bit later.  While I failed to get a photo of her, I did get one of her dog outside…my good friend Bella.

Bella

Bella

We stayed longer than we had planned, then hightailed to the garden by Queen La De Da’s Art Castle to get it weeded and fluffed before Art Night began at 6 PM.  We checked on a couple of other gardens along the port buildings and then made a tour from one end of art night to the other…

Randy Powell at Marie Powell Gallery

Randy Powell at Marie Powell Gallery

Nisbett

At the Don Nisbett gallery:  Susan and Sherri from Painted Lady Lavender Farm

At the Don Nisbett gallery: Susan and Sherri from Painted Lady Lavender Farm

Don and some tasty cupcakes from Sweet Celebrations in Long Beach

Don and some tasty cupcakes from Sweet Celebrations in Long Beach

his gallery was hopping

Don’s gallery was hopping

outside the Nisbett Gallery

outside the Nisbett Gallery

Peter on ukelele, baskets by The Basket Case greenhouse

Peter on ukelele, baskets by The Basket Case greenhouse

Allan and Jenna at Queen La De Da's

Allan and Jenna at Queen La De Da’s

Much as we would have liked to linger, work was not done (due to lingering earlier at Olde Towne) so we left to finish weeding the boatyard.  It still was not quite up to my standards for Blues and Seafood weekend.

The marina looked extra beautiful as we departed.

marina

boatyard garden....kind of care and tidy with old annual poppies pulled out

boatyard garden….kind of care and tidy with old annual poppies pulled out

boatyard

As we were weeding, a fisherman came to the other side of the fence and complimented the garden.  He told us that he sometimes tells people not to pick flowers from it.  Recently he saw a young man who had already picked a few flowers (despite the signs asking him not to).  The young man said he hoped it was ok because he was picking them for his girlfriend.  The fisherman told him exactly what I do:  That if everyone picked there would be none left!  He added, “You should give your girlfriend the ones you’ve already picked and tell her they are really special.”   If everyone took such care to watch out for our gardens, I would be most happy.

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I had planned another all Ilwaco day for Friday because our friend Patt was going to be passing through town. She’s a former resident who had to move away because of her spouse’s job, and she takes every chance to come back and visit.

We began at Larry and Robert’s, where I realized that their Escallonia is the wonderul white Escallonia ‘Iveyi’, old and large. I think of it is rare down here, so I wonder how that happened!

very big and white Escallonia

very big and white Escallonia

I watered while Allan dug the birdbath pedestal into the ground. The base was cracked, and we want to make sure it will not tip over onto one of their little dogs. Allan made it good and solid.

backyard birdbath

backyard birdbath

Then on to Mayor Mike’s; the rambling rose that is climbing into his tree needed a lot of dangling canes clipped with the long handled pruners.

Mike's rose

Mike’s rose

In Mike's garden:  Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

In Mike’s garden: Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

Kitty corner from Mike’s is Cheri’s garden where we weeded and deadheaded and pulled out a lot of spent Rose Campion.

Cheri's front garden

Cheri’s front garden

We timed it pretty well as when we stopped off at home, we were only running about fifteen minutes late for a coffee klatsch at Olde Towne. I tried to pick Luanne a nice bouquet. However, I was feeling exceedingly tired and could not seem to find enough flowers to make a lush arrangement.

This was the best I could do....

This was the best I could do….

I wish my sweet peas had done as well this year as last year. I suppose I can blame the weather. They are lacking in all “my” gardens compared to last year’s amazing bounty…except for Klipsan Beach Cottages where they are doing well.

Patt had arrived and was already enjoying her time at Olde Towne with Judy and Tom and Donna and MR. Luanne got to take a break and join us.

left to right...Donna, MR. Tom, Allan, Judy, Luanne and (just her shoulder), Patt

left to right…Donna, MR. Tom, Allan, Judy, Luanne and (just her shoulder), Patt

The delicious veggie sandwich on a croissant was mine.

Donna herself took some excellent photos. Here she is behind her big camera:

Donna

She edits her photos in Picasa with all sorts of delightful effects.

Patt and me, photo by Donna McKinley

Patt and me, photo by Donna McKinley

MR and Tom, photo by Donna McKinley

MR and Tom, photo by Donna McKinley

Olde Towne's darling Luanne, photo by Donna McKinley

Olde Towne’s darling Luanne, photo by Donna McKinley

Luanne kept visiting with us till about half an hour after closing time (which is 4 PM); then Allan and I went back to work in Ilwaco. He watered the planters while I weeded and watered at the boatyard.

the planter closest to the boatyard

the planter closest to the boatyard

As almost always, there was boat work going on while I watered from behind the fence.

Pacific Breeze

Pacific Breeze

I had an incident while watering. As I stood behind the chainlink fence, hidden by a tall bronze fennel, I saw a couple walk by. The man does not register with me in particular but the woman stands out because she has a large dog and tattoos and piercings. (All three of those things are shared by a number of my friends.) She walks around a lot with her dog. She has made comments to Allan while he waters that imply she knows something about gardening. This time, I saw she was picking a very LARGE bouquet. I stepped out into a view and said (not shouted) “Hey, no picking!” and added the usual: “If everyone did that, there would be no flowers left.” “Sorry”, she said, seeming sincere. I saw what was in her other hand from the one holding the LARGE bouquet: Professional looking red handled garden clippers. I said, “I am SHOCKED. You even brought clippers!” “Sorry,” she said again and she and her friend and dog walked on. I went out after a bit and thought I should take a photo from afar of finger blight in action (the bouquet in her hand as they walked away) but a car got between me and them. Maybe just as well.

As I went down the garden side of the fence pulling weeds, I saw some more finger blight. As always happens, someone had pulled the flowers off the Echinops (Blue Globe Thistle). It seems to be irresistible to finger blighters wherever I plant it. At least I know the attempt to twist off the flower stem was not from the woman with the red clippers.

finger blight

finger blight

I am amazed and pleased that the Alliums have for some reason been immune to picking, maybe because they are low to the ground. They are teetering due to our recent heavy wind but still there.

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

The big poppies are just going to seed…

red poppy

red poppy

big fluffy white peony poppy

big fluffy white peony poppy

Allan helped me finish weeding….

You can tell the gardening is entering the less flowery midsummer time...

You can tell the gardening is entering the less flowery midsummer time…

…and then we went to check on the Port Office gardens to make sure they looked excellent for the annual Tuna Classic event. Allan went up on the port office balcony to get some photos of the sporty tuna boats that come to town for the event.

marina overview

marina overview

And he snuck a photo of me working on the south side of the port office.

at work

at work

I was not feeling happy because both of my eyelids were stinging and burning, especially the right one. I thought (and still think) it might be because when I was weeding and clipping at the boatyard, I leaned into the Stipa gigantea ornamental grass to cut some broken stems, and the flower of the grass might have brushed against my eyelid when I closed my eyes to protect myself from the dreaded ornamental grass cut. (I should wear goggles when I do that.)

At home, I did the blog for the day while Allan made dinner and then we watched a show as we ate. The whole time, I fretted and fretted because of the burning eyelid syndrome. This had happened before, twice, in the previous two years, with unpleasant results. In a state of extreme anxiety I almost wept because the very next day was the Gearhart garden tour. I had been counting the days and had indeed been looking forward it it ever since last year’s wonderful Gearhart tour. What if I couldn’t see? What if I had to go to the hospital? Oh, the distress.

The horror!  Above, 6 AM.  Below: 9 AM

The horror! Above, 6 AM.
Below: 9 AM

And indeed, when I woke up at 6 AM my right eye was swollen almost shut, just as I feared.

I took photos to email to Judy to garner sympathy. I did not think I would get a wink more sleep after 6 AM, and fretted about how I could enjoy the tour on only four hours of sleep…but I did fall back asleep for two more hours. There was little pain involved, just some eyelid burning, and my eyes themselves were fine, or I might have had the sense to go to the emergency room (or, er, waited till after the tour and then gone immediately). Fortunately, I had a pair of dark glasses so that my still swollen eyelid and under-eye bag would not scare the other tour guests. So off we went across the bridge.

There was the usual bridge work slowdown.

bridge work

bridge work

The usual complete halt, allowing for a photo through the bridge rails (for which I removed the cold washcloth that I had kept pressed to one stinging eyelid).

view

view

And the slowdown allowing a closer look at the bridge itself as we go nice and slowly up the highest spot.

bridge

And then, after all my suspense and fear of missing the tour, we were on to Gearhart for Gardens by the Sea!

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