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Monday, 16 July 2018

After a windy Sunday spent mostly blogging out the Markham/Grayland tour, we got back to work.

Ilwaco

Allan remembered that we needed to water some plants we had planted at the end of last week. Allan planted a Crambe maritima (sea kale) from the Master Gardeners sale in Grayland.

We are also trying out a Teucrium ‘Purple Tails’ from the Markham Farm garden.

Allan’s photo

The new rudbeckia clump was wilting.  I was so glad Allan had remembered to check it.  It got well soaked.

It was fine the next morning.

Long Beach

We pulled horsetail at the welcome sign and I wondered why, even though I did not fertilize them, in hopes they would not bolt up with no flowers till late in the summer, the cosmos are beautifully green…with only one flower so far.

At least the cosmos helps disguise the horsetail.

 

one cosmos flower so far, on the north side

the resident of the water timer box (Allan’s photo)

Before starting to water downtown, we called an emergency meeting with the powers that be about a matter that I am not going to write about.   I try not to bring gardening problems to the city and have succeeded, with two exceptions, for twenty years. (Twenty years of Long Beach gardening, maybe even longer…I can hardly remember when I began.) Having passed the problem on, I am now able to put the matter out of my mind, but I also felt quite firmly that I can no longer imagine tottering on till I’m 70 or 80 (should I be so lucky) with the city job (planters, parks, beach approaches, parking lot berms).  I have imagined for years that I could not give it up, and yet this week I feel mentally exhausted; I have hit a wall (one that maybe I will end up able to climb over after all).

I could give the city gardens up if only someone was coming along behind us eager to take the job on.  It’s not my business to choose the person(s), but I sure would hope it would be someone with the focus (in my case gimlet eyed autistic focus on every little plant picture in town) to keep everything as perfect as possible.  (We constantly fail at that.)  Maybe it would be someone who dared plant even cooler plants, taking the risk they would be stolen.  Maybe it would be someone who’d remove my personal favourite perennials and plant something with a tidier look.

I’ve promised the parks manager to keep going for two more years, if they can all stand me that long, and I keep my promises, usually.  Are you the one who would like to take it on after that?  (A week later: I may have just the person in mind, someone I have talked to who is a good ornamental and container gardener, and fit (because it’s a hard job) and who would actually want and love this job.  I have no control over the city will hire when the time comes, but at least I can strongly recommend…)

Imagine being partially retired…I could keep up on reading other people’s blogs! Letting Long Beach go would immediately result in being half retired.  That would be cool.  The plan right now is two more years till then.

And yet I still hope to keep tottering along on the Ilwaco and the Shelburne gardens forever.  Forever is a long time, and yet it is a word that people invoke so easily (example: “forever homes” for animals, when we all know that homes end when we die).  So why can’t I imagine forever gardens at the port and the Shelburne? Maybe I will haunt them.

But enough of that.  We watered the street trees and planters.

Someone decided to go barefoot.

dahlias in a planter

I like my mini-meadow look in each planter.  It would be weird to see someone else’s probably much tidier approach.  I will have to come to grips with that.

It’s tigridia time.

an agastache reseeded in the gutter!

Tigridia (held still because of wind); AKA Mexican Shell Flower

Allan’s photo

parsley, lavender, santolina, Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’

Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’

I now have Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’ in almost every planter.  I love its angular shape.

A fellow came to me while I was watering and said how much he loved the planters. He was visiting from elsewhere.  He insisted on shoving a tip into my hand, the hand that was holding the hose….paper money in a surprising amount.  I said I water as a paid job but he would not take it back, so….I split it with Allan!

It was Allan’s turn to bucket water the four Fish Alley barrels.  He found that someone had trashed one of them, stealing a clump of sedums and ripping up the santolina in the process (or maybe trying to steal the santolina itself?):

evidence: dropped sedum bits and soil

Color coordinated lilies (with Bensons sign) in Fifth Street Park

I finally got another clump of lilies on the other side of that little garden bed:

still in bud

in a planter: The new Cosmos ‘Xanthos’ compared in size with Cosmos ‘Sonata’

We checked on the parking lot berms.  I had thought they would desperately need weeding, but only a goodly amount of the really quite pretty birds-foot trefoil was bothersome, so we were able to just drive on to the…

Shelburne Hotel

…where I watered, while Allan hurriedly removed a dahlia and planted a new sedum in one of the planters on the number four deck, before the guests arrived to check in.

Allan’s photo

The dahlia got rehomed in the garden.

Sedum ‘Double Martini’, Cosmos ‘Xanthos’, “society garlic”, purple alyssum (Allan’s photo)…and one dahlia that is tall enough to stay here

The new nandina on the center deck is doing well. (Allan’s photo)

The faucet that would make watering easier is not working yet; Allan schlepped water up the stairs in a bucket and then watered part of the outdoor garden.

We love to see guests photographing the garden. (Allan’s photo)

lilies and Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ (Allan’s photo)

I cut the pollen off of the lilies that are next to the path and planted an astilbe and a fuchsia where we had taken a cordyline down last week.  Allan did a project at the north entrance to the restaurant:

This odd little nook had the native blackberry in it, often reaching out to where people walk.

In clearing it out, he found a plastic tub full of mud and water, and a broken pottery jar.

stinky old mud his foot would sink into

We will figure out a plant for in here.

Ilwaco

Allan watered the planters and street trees with the water trailer while I watered the boatyard with a nice new long hose that had appeared there.  Only had to use three hoses instead of four!  I even had time to do some weeding after watering.

Out of the ceanothus came my usual audience, my little feathered friend.

coming closer

The bird repeatedly sharpens? its little beak on the metal fence.

I’m not sure what that means.

Allan found that deer had been enjoying some planter nasturtiums.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

I had big plans for this all Ilwaco day: weed and tidy at Mike’s garden, shear the shrubs at Coho Charters (Allan), water all the curbside gardens (mostly me) and weed at the boatyard (both of us).

Mike’s garden

Escallonia ‘Iveyi’

front garden needed more water

Allan tidied the path:

before

after

front garden, designed by “The Elves Did It” gardening business, years ago

I am trying to get the boxwood to be a solid hedge instead of little square clipped shapes.

Port of Ilwaco

At the port, I watered the east end curbside garden and did some weeding while Allan started shearing Coho’s escallonias.  Someone had accidentally driven over the end of our hose while Allan was attaching two hoses to reach the east curbside bed.  We now no longer had two hoses that would hook together today, so we took Captain Butch of Coho up on his offer to use his water instead.  The job was much easier by hooking our one hose up to his long hose, so I think the parking lot hose days are over for good.

As I was about to go on drag my hose to the other curbside gardens, a misty rain appeared and all of a sudden I just hit a wall and walked the two blocks home, putting everything else off till later in the week.  Allan kept shearing the three big escallonias.

before

after

before

after

before

during

after

one of the future Coho Charters captains

home

On my way home, I got to pet my neighbour, Rudder.

Good old Rudder snoozing in his front garden.

Puttering at home revitalized me.  I ran sprinklers and planted some of my new plants.

from The Pot Shed in Grayland

two more from the Pot Shed

a new sarracenia from the Master Gardener sale joins two others in a new container

It is almost the peak of lily time, most definitely the best time in my garden.

right: Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel’

Even though the mist had ceased, overnight we had enough light rain to make a puddle in the street (but not enough to fill the rain barrels).

 

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

So far I’ve managed to have one day of just reading out of this whole week. We went out in the very late afternoon today on an excursion to buy, for the first time, an artificial Christmas tree. I had seen, at Dennis Co. Hardware, the only one I’ve ever (sort of) liked. It is pricey but might solve my dilemma every year of to tree or not to tree. We found that we had mistakenly thought that THURSDAY was senior discount day. It’s Tuesday….sigh. (Yes, Allan is that old, even though he looks 35.)

We cheered ourselves up from this little setback with dinner at the Hungry Harbor Grille’s Mexican Fiesta night (Thursdays, off tourist season) and our annual visit to their delightful holiday village.

Perhaps you would like to take a walk with us through its snowy wonders.

Hungry Harbor Holiday Village

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313 Pacific Avenue South, Long Beach WA

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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lighthouse

new lighthouse (found at a garage sale, in an unopened box!)

 

new this year: a working carousel

new this year: a working carousel

new: tree with white lights

new: tree with white lights

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Restaurateur Lois came to chat with us, and I hope she was impressed at how well we know her village as I think we picked out every item that was new.

new this year: a working trolley

new this year: a working trolley

the train tunnel

the train tunnel

train

fishing

whale watching tours

whale watching tours

ferry

ferry

ghost ship

ghost ship

museum

Seacoast Martiime Museum

I love the vignettes in many of the windows.

I love the vignettes in many of the windows.

pub

Whale Tale Pub and Inn

delicious details

delicious details

new this year: vintage truck and trailer

new this year: vintage truck and trailer

barnyard

barnyard

Whale Point B&B

Whale Point B&B

Knit Shoppe

Knit Shoppe

knits

The Knit Shoppe puts me in mind of the fictional town of Sea Harbor, Mass., in which I am immersed while trying to find time to read the Seaside Knitters mystery series. (Sea Harbor also offers whale watching tour boats.)

Here's where I buy plants.

Here’s where I buy plants.

Here's where we buy books.

Here’s where we buy books.

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shack

covered bridge

covered bridge

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: our local newspaper, the Chinook Observer

new this year: (magnetized) swimming swans (Allan's photo)

new this year: (magnetized) swimming swans (Allan’s photo)

Jessie's Fish Co (Allan's photo)

Jessie’s Fish Market (Allan’s photo)

For some reason, instead of imagining that I live in a grand home like this:

house

…I always imagine that my residence in this village is the top two floors of this apartment building with a roof garden. (The photo is from a previous village visit, as this year the building was set too far back to get a good photo.) Maybe I think if I lived up there, I’d have more time to just sit and read.

mine

As we were about to depart, I took another good look at the new lighthouse.

newlighthouse

There, I saw something evocative of the Tootlepedal blog: a flying bird (or several!) of the day.

birds

another flying bird for Mr. T.

another flying bird for Mr. T.

We had tasty meals to go with our village walk:

carne asada tacos and chicken enchiladas

carne asada tacos and chicken enchiladas

You can check out last year’s holiday village here.

Long Beach

After dinner, we took a little drizzly stroll through the real holiday village of Long Beach.

puddles rather than snow: Marsh's Free Museum, home of Jake the Alligator Man

puddles rather than snow: Marsh’s Free Museum, home of Jake the Alligator Man

police station

police station

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Cottage Bakery

Cottage Bakery

Allan's photo:  The Long Beach tree in Veterans Field

Allan’s photo: The Long Beach tree in Veterans Field

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ilwaco

We checked out some of the holiday lights in Ilwaco on our way home. I was not very successful with photos as I had my Lumix pocket cam. The Canon Power Shot pocket cam does better at night photos. Allan had his little Canon so had better luck.

Queen La De Da's underwater window, Spruce Street

Queen La De Da’s underwater window, Spruce Street

queen

I remember helping to paint the grassy fronds a couple of years back.

Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department

Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department

Spruce Street house

Spruce Street house

Allan's photo; This home always has the scariest Halloween decor.

Allan’s photo; This home always has the scariest Halloween decor.

Spruce Street:  Allan's photo

Spruce Street: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, Spruce and Elizabeth

Allan’s photo, Spruce and Elizabeth

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: Spruce Street

Allan's photo: School Hill

Allan’s photo: School Hill

Elizabeth Avenue

Elizabeth Avenue

The newly paved section of Elizabeth, the road to the port, has new streetlights and with these clad in holiday lighting, there’s now a lighted lamp-post route all the way around the port.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: new this year, crab lights at the top of each lamp post.

Allan’s photo: new this year, crab lights at the top of each lamp post.

At CoHo Charters, blow up decorations sway in the wind while soft Christmas music plays. I like to hear it in the distance, from my window, while I work on a holiday blog post such as this.

CoHo Charters

CoHo Charters

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I’m worried that there aren’t many lighted boats this year for the crab pot Christmas tree lighting event that takes place Saturday night. I hope some more get decorated by then. Allan took one photo of one boat with what he says is a mermaid; he did not have time to get close.

better photo to come, we hope

better photo to come, we hope

We have the Jessie's star and a sailboat mast!  (Allan's photo)

We have the Jessie’s star and a sailboat mast! (Allan’s photo)

No matter how many or few lighted boats we have to gaze upon, the Crab Pot Tree Lighting is always a delight and will probably be the next blog post.

P.S. Later, looking out our south window, I think I saw more boat masts decorated with holiday lights. (I can just see glimpses between the port buildings.)

 

 

 

 

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