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Friday, 9 June 2017

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getting ready for work and admiring my golden Fremontodendron. I just read it has little hairs that are a skin irritant.

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We’d had lots of rain.

It had been raining hard for the first part of the morning.  We got a late start.

Our first little project was to replace some missing diascia in three of the Ilwaco planters.

Mike’s garden

A few blocks east, we did some string trimming, weeding, clipping, and planting (cosmos) in Mike’s garden.

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An urgent need for strimming along the outer edge

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These two sprawling conifers are slowly dying. Allan pulled lilac suckers out of one of them. Lilacs are bad that way.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo. The one without the lilac problem is also dying out in the middle.

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Oriential poppies (Allan’s photo)

Rain suddenly absolutely poured on us but we kept going.

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Mike’s garden with a rain spot.

Port of Ilwaco

We weeded several of the curbside gardens and I added a very few Cosmos ‘Double Click’ to the port office garden.

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ by Ilwaco Pavilion (Allan’s photo)

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my favourite bed (Allan’s photo)

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curbside painting (Allan’s photo)

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view to the south of Port Office garden

While Allan kept weeding, I got our check at Time Enough Books.

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Scout, staff greeter

Bookstore owner Karla says she can tell if a friend is coming by Scout’s wiggling and wagging tail.

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at the cash register

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tomorrow’s author reading

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When I emerged, I saw someone weeding with Allan.

It was Todd.  We had a chat about yesterday’s plant shopping trip.

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plant talk

Long Beach

We did not have to water the planters or the street trees!

Feeling more confident by finding all the plants still living in the Sid Snyder Drive planter, we added a couple more.

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squeezed some Cosmos ‘Double Click’ into Fifth Street Park; Captain Bob’s Cathy told me she saw me but could tell I was “on a mission”.

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Allan planted a couple of Asclepias syriaca in the damp SW corner of the park, an area where it can behave aggressively if that is what it likes to do.  It can fight it out with the hesperantha.

I had meant to get to the police station garden before the farmers market opened to make sure none of the roses had flopped.

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Oops, two hours after the market opened.  (Allan’s photo)

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Vet Field (Allan’s photo)

Later, it was a little overwhelming to plant cosmos and to weed at Vet Field because the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market first market of the year (Fridays, 3-6 PM) was in session.  The corner bed still looks sad because of last week’s trampling.  The rain had delayed us so that we had not managed to make it there before market time.

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trying to make a sad garden better

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Later in the summer, the market will have enough vendors to encircle the field.

We bought a little sign from a little boy who was quite the salesman.

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Allan’s photo, with the boy’s dad

The boy immediately turned his earnings of the day back into the local economy by buying a bag of kettle corn.

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Allan’s photo

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more rain while I added a plant to one more planter on the main street (Allan’s photo)

The rain is making me so happy.

We finally got out to weed the planters on the Bolstad beach approach.

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I like the dark leaved sea thrift in a pool of golden marjoram.

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The very blue grass is Elymus, which has been mostly pushed out by the plain green European beach grass which was planted to stabilize the dunes. (Allan’s photo)

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We skipped this planter in a deep rain puddle.

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lots of rugosa roses in bloom, pink ones and white ones.

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one of the planters; out here, they have to be drought tolerant.

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I hope soon to find time to weed out here again.

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especially will enjoy weeding the emptier areas

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And here will be a satisfying spot, especially because we can add some mulch.

Maybe next year the poppies will be more successful with some mulch added.

On the way to dump debris, we checked on the nice repair that the city crew had done on the Minnie Culbertson Park garden bed:

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emergency watering LAST week with rotten rail road ties showing

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today!

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We pruned so the plaque shows.

at home

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rain gauge

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evening light

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Acer campestre

 

 

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Garden Tour Nancy and I had plans for some Edible Garden Tour pre-touring, but first, we went by invitation to see a charming small Seaview garden.

Sue’s Garden

My Facebook friend Betty had told me about the garden of her neighbour, Sue.  First, Nancy and I had a look over the fence at the well-grown vegetables on Betty’s “Farm”.

Betty's farm

Betty’s farm

and her darling dog, Ella

and her darling dog, Ella

We then went to view the cottage garden next door belonging to flower-loving neighbour, Sue.  Betty had told me it was a good example of how someone on a budget and a small space can have a garden with, as Betty says, “just love and hard work. She looks for ‘deals’ and nurtures them into lush, healthy plants. Sue grows most of her garden from seeds which she shares freely.”

Black Eyed Susan vine at the gate

Black Eyed Susan vine at the gate

Sue's flower garden, staged in containers.  Later there will be sunflowers along the fence.

Sue’s flower garden, staged in containers. Later there will be sunflowers along the fence.

zinnia

zinnia

zinnia

zinnia

zinnias

beans

beans

morning glory

morning glory

We had an audience.

We had an audience.

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rose

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

Nancy and I were both delighted.  I would much rather see a tiny garden grown from scratch and from sharing than the grandest estate.

Dawson Garden

Next, Nancy and I visited another small garden in Long Beach to get some sneak peek photos for the Edible Garden tour (which, by the time you read this, will have taken place on August 9th.  Although I’ll save most of the photos for my edible tour posts.  Upon arrival, we were offered a free hydrangea which Nancy happily arranged to dig up this fall.

the hydrangea in question

the hydrangea in question

a well grown delphinium

a well grown delphinium

The edible portion of the garden is in containers, and I am sure, or at least I assume, that’s because, like me, the gardeners are more into using the majority of the space for a flower garden.  Because the paths are narrow, they’ll have that part of the garden blocked off during tour day.  Owners John and Judy let us go through it.

This driftwood is piled over a little fish pond to protect the fish from the local raccoons.

This driftwood is piled over a little fish pond to protect the fish from the local raccoons.

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protected pond

John makes garden art from objects.

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driftwood decor

driftwood decor

screened fish tub

screened fish tub

and another tub protected with driftwood

and another tub protected with driftwood

view from the deck

view from the deck

potted plants on the deck

potted plants on the deck

overlooking the garden

overlooking the garden

another creation

another creation

ingredients

ingredients

a pond next door

a pond next door

The home is on a cul-de-sac where several other homes also have gardens, and one gets the feeling it’s a friendly street to live on.

a tidy house at the inside end of the cul-de-sac

a tidy house at the inside end of the cul-de-sac

42nd Street Café

Nancy and I replenished our strength..and talked about garden tours…over lunch at the 42nd Street Café.

locally canned albacore tuna sandwich with house made potato chips

locally canned albacore tuna sandwich with house made potato chips

Russian vegetarian scramble with sour cream

Russian vegetarian scramble with sour cream

homemade jellies

homemade jellies

Gene Miles, retired Long Beach city administrator, was at the café and showed us some photos of how he is remodeling his garden, which was on the garden tour in 2013.  I got him to email them to me and will share them a little later.

On the way to our next pre-tour, Nancy and I went to the

Columbia Pacific Farmers Market 

It takes place every Friday afternoon at Veterans Field in Long Beach.

produce stall

produce stall

flowers

flowers

Nancy admires some fresh berries.

Nancy admires some fresh berries.

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Double J and the Boys on stage (except more girls than boys today)

Double J and the Boys on stage (except more girls than boys today)

our neighbours' farm, Starvation Alley

our neighbours’ farm, Starvation Alley

Our garden makes a nice backdrop.

Our Vet Field corner garden bed makes a nice backdrop.

the Humane Society raffle booth...with kitty litter buckets holding down the tent in the ubiquitous wind

the Humane Society raffle booth…with kitty litter buckets holding down the tent in the ubiquitous wind

plants

plants

onions and flowers

onions and flowers

dahlias

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Nancy's bouquet

Nancy’s bouquet

Pink Poppy Bakery

Pink Poppy Bakery

squash blossoms from Pink Poppy Farm

squash blossoms from Pink Poppy Farm

another good backdrop: our flag pavilion garden

another good backdrop: our flag pavilion garden

Garden Tour Nancy

Garden Tour Nancy

The Planter Box garden

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Next, Nancy and I went on a sneak peek pretour of the expansive vegetable garden grown by Ray Millner, patriarch of The Planter Box.  He and his wife, Barbara, have pretty much retired and passed on the garden center to their son and daughter, Raymond and Teresa, and Ray devotes himself to growing enough food to feed his extended family.

Ray and his grapes, protected from dew.  He says he will remodel the top to be domed.

Ray and his grapes, protected from dew. He says he will remodel the top to be domed.

I am saving the photos for the edible tour coverage.  But here is the hand of a gardener:

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On the way home, in Long Beach, we saw the family of deer that eat from the planters on Seventh Street (which is just north of where they are).

at home in the town

at home in the town

in my own garden

This is a before photo of an upcoming project area.

This is a before photo of an upcoming project area.

I had thought I was going to spend most of my weekend painting lumber and was thrilled to find that Allan had already done it.

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And he was now mowing the lawn.

And he was now mowing the lawn.  At least the part in back that is still growing.

While watering, I found a Todd plant that had suddenly sprouted!

While watering, I found a Todd plant that had suddenly sprouted! I up-potted it right away.

The tadpoles in the water box are refusing to turn into frogs.

The tadpoles in the water box are refusing to turn into frogs.

passion flowers

passion flowers

with sweet peas

with sweet peas

After dark, I heard the sound of rain.

rain, making a puddle! thrilling!

rain, making a puddle! thrilling!

Gene’s Garden

Gene had emailed me the photos of his Long Beach garden and here they are.  You may remember his garden from the 2013 garden tour, or from this article by Debbie Teashon.

the driveway container garden

the driveway container garden

new: a two tiered deck on the west side

new: a two tiered deck on the west side, surrounded by garden beds…and do I see a new fence?

the view from the driveway

the view from the driveway…hey, that fence is new along the street!

I am so impressed with the new streetside fence and sweet peas.

I am so impressed with the new streetside fence and sweet peas.

sweet peas

sweet peas

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ might have come back from 2013.

what was a too-narrow straight edged bed along the house

what was a too-narrow straight edged bed along the house

Thanks, Gene, for the virtual garden tour.  You have done grand improvements.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 12 June 2015

at home

right next to my new table

right next to my new table

my new breakfasting view, to the north

my new breakfasting view, to the north

and east; breakfast is much more scenic now.

and east; breakfast is much more scenic now.

and then…off to work.

The Depot Restaurant

While weeding and watering, I contemplated that not much of anything exciting is going on yet in the Depot garden.

The cosmos took a battering from the wind.

The cosmos took a battering from the wind.

The new Sanguisorba 'Dali Marble' was distressingly thirsty. (We have to hose water this new area.)

The new Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ was distressingly thirsty. (We have to hose water this new area.)

At least the Basket Case Greenhouse annuals are exciting.

At least the Basket Case Greenhouse annuals are exciting.

Nancy Aust does these plantings.

Nancy Aust does these plantings.

planted by Basket Case Nancy

planted by Basket Case Nancy

Long Beach

In Long Beach, we skipped the welcome sign because we did not have time for it today, and went straight to Fish Alley to re-do the four whiskey barrels.  I headed over to Veterans Field to check on the gardens before the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market opening day and then rejoined Allan in the Fish Alley.

The market was setting up.

The market vendors setting up.

Allan took a series of photos of the Fish Alley project:

before

before, the kicked-apart old wooden barrel

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plants in new (smaller) barrel

plants in new (smaller) barrel

I am not sure if all the plants are going to thrive on this transplant.  Those that look peaky by next week will be replaced.

before

before

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The Gaura 'So White' did not look happy to be moved.

After: The Gaura ‘So White’ did not look happy to be moved.

When all that remained was clean up, I left to start watering the planters.  The clean up was not easy as each old whiskey barrel was one third full of river rock (a surprise to both me and Allan) that had to be shifted into buckets.  Allan watered the street tree pocket gardens when he had Fish Alley all tidy again.

Cerinthe major purpurascens in planter by Gazebo Park

Cerinthe major purpurascens in planter by Gazebo Park

city crew repainting the seahorse

city crew member repainting the seahorse

I love to see tourists posing in the Long Beach frying pan (my photos taken from across the street while watering).

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"Go like this!"

“Go like this!”

pink Oenothera and California poppies, a complementary combo

pink Oenothera and California poppies, a complementary combo

close up

close up, Oenother and poppies

When I attended a life-changing lecture by Ann Lovejoy in 1998, she used the botanical name Oenothera, but then said “just ask for an evening primrose, the pink one!”.  When I heard Ee-nothera, I never would have guessed it started with an 0.

in the same planter

in the same planter

Fifth Street Park got a quick checkup.

Fifth Street Park got a quick checkup.

Due some misunderstanding about who was watering what, I got done with the planters and there were still eight trees to water.  I tried, and did manage to successfully water two out of the four I attempted.  I am simply terrible at hooking the hose up to the tree connections.  If not for Allan, those pocket gardens would simply dry up.  Despite delays, I was thrilled that we got done in time to do our weekly session at…

The Anchorage Cottages

north wall shade bed at the Anchorage

north wall shade bed at the Anchorage

Center courtyard

Center courtyard

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New Dawn rose

New Dawn rose

Good from every angle right now.

Good from every angle right now.

Ilwaco

Allan left me at the boatyard to weed and water and took off to get the water trailer and make the rounds of the street trees and planters.

One of the planters had a…present?? for us.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

new paint jov (white trim instead of blue and purple) on the Portside Café

new paint jov (white trim instead of blue and purple) on the Portside Café

The owners of the Portside told us this morning (at the post office) that the planter outside has been messed with lately, by a human or perhaps by a stray cat.  They take extra good care, watering and fertilizing and weeding this planter so it is one of the happiest.

It looks a bit disheveled.

It looks a bit disheveled. I see Allan’s shadow.

I'm glad the café is still yellow, as I chose plants to match.

I’m glad the café is still yellow, as I chose plants to match.

I got four buckets of horse tail and dandelions and so on out of the Ilwaco boatyard and could have gotten much much more had I more time.

Was this a theft attempt or did the north wind knock this fennel over?

Was this a theft attempt or did the north wind knock this fennel over?  Looks like someone tried to dig it out.

evening shadows

evening shadows

ceanothus and California poppies

ceanothus and California poppies

shows about one fourth of the garden

shows about one fourth of the garden

blue globe thistle

blue globe thistle

When time came to water, a struggle ensued as the faucets to the north side of the gate had either hoses running up into boats…

I can't get at that hose!

I can’t get at that hose!

Or no hoses at all…

Usually there are more old hoses kicking around.

Usually there are more old hoses kicking around.

I watered the south stretch with the big hose that is always there for washing boats, and looked in despair at having to drag it to the north end.  I thought about The Deadliest Catch and what the Bering Sea crab fishermen would think about my whinging to myself, “I have to drag this hose a whole block, and my thumb is cold from making the water spray, WAHHH!”  Call the WAHmbulance.

Allan returned, helped me drag the hoses, and left again to water the Time Enough Books garden.  He rejoined me at the boatyard as I was finishing up the watering.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: We water from the inside of the fence.

It was 8 PM.

It was 8 PM.

Miss Claudia, a big metal boat

Miss Claudia, a big metal boat

Miss Claudia from the side

Miss Claudia from the side

He dropped me off at home and went to water one more place: the Ilwaco post office:

Ilwaco post office at dusk.

Ilwaco post office at dusk.

At home, the Hymenocallus (Peruvian daffodil) looked so good with even more flowers open that I must share:

from the back

from the back

Peruvian daffodil

Peruvian daffodil

close

closer

looking down...I was too tired to move the hose.

looking down…I was too tired to move the hose.

front porch basket with Callie 'Lemon Slice', being clambered on by Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine)

front porch basket with Callie ‘Lemon Slice’, being clambered on by Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine, left, now called Lamprocapnos, I am sorry to say)

Now: two days off!  I MUST get most if not all of my ladies in waiting into the ground.

Bonus book report:

read it, loved it

read it, loved it

my favourite passage

my favourite passage

 

 

 

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Friday, 29 August 2014

I overslept…tired!  While Allan watered Larry and Robert’s garden (five doors down), I finished my coffee and then did some container watering and a quick tour of our own garden.

The Ladies in Waiting area is smaller now.

The Ladies in Waiting area is smaller now (with a few more plants around the corner by the greenhouse)

The barberry that missed being watered may be reviving itself.

The barberry that missed being watered may be reviving itself.

lovely hardy ginger 'Spice Islands' with wall decor by my dear friend Sheila.

lovely hardy ginger ‘Spice Islands’ with wall decor by my dear friend Sheila.

sun coleus from The Basket Case Greenhouse

sun coleus from The Basket Case Greenhouse

I really wanted to stay home with Smokey.

I really wanted to stay home with Smokey.

Post Office garden on our way to work....

Post Office garden on our way to work….needs more in the mid-front. Next year!

A quick compost bucket switch at Olde Towne Café lead to meeting Judy from three doors down and her friend from out of town, someone she had known for many years and had not seen for years, so they had lots of enjoyable catching up to do.  I invited them to come pick cherry tomatoes from my greenhouse, not sure if they found the time.  Judy is the former “New Judy”, now promoted to just “Judy”, as she has lived here for just about a year now.

Judy and her friend catch up.

Judy and her friend catch up.

Long Beach

Yesterday, we had turned on the soaker hoses on the Sid Snyder beach approach planters.  While Allan turned them back off again, I deadheaded the kite museum garden.

our tiny pocket garden at World Kite Museum

our tiny pocket garden at World Kite Museum

The soaker hose situation on Sid Snyder is so unsatisfactory.  Allan fixed another leak.  The planters do not get enough water.  I fervently hope I can get the city to install quick connect fittings to those planters this winter so that next year, we can give those planters a good soaking once a week (which also washes salt off the leaves).  I must remember to agitate about this.

We made a half block detour to photograph the dahlia garden at Back Country Horse Rides.

We made a half block detour to photograph the dahlia garden at Back Country Horse Rides.

Then we split up to each water half the downtown planters.

Some of the painted sage still looks excellent.

Some of the painted sage still looks excellent.

I found people admiring the Eryngium in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

I found people admiring the Eryngium in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

with good reason

with good reason; Eryngiums are my favourite perennial

note:  more Bidens next year; it really holds its colour

note: more Bidens next year; it really holds its colour  (center plant across the street)

In Veterans Field, I noticed that half of the ‘Crimson Pygmy’ barberries are awfully small, clearly having been stepped upon or kicked.

a mere remnant of its former self

a mere remnant of its former self

how it should be; one that did not get injured

how it should be; one that did not get injured

It is such a narrow little garden, you’d think people could use the generous sized walkways instead of stepping on the plants.

The Columbia Pacific Farmers Market (every Friday in Vets Field) did not start till three, however the Rosburg Farm booth was already in session.  They do not spray their plants.

lilies for sale

lilies for sale

plants for sale, too

plants for sale, too

I love Eucalyptus.  Only having to carry the plants around saved me from adding to my Ladies in Waiting.

I love Eucalyptus. Only having to carry the plants around saved me from adding to my Ladies in Waiting.

I found a sad finger blight situation in the planter by the Funland arcade.

Someone had pulled out a blue painted sage and left it to dry and die.

Someone had pulled out a blue painted sage and left it to dry and die.  Possibly a fidgety child did this.

Now this side has only pink and white...

Now this side has only pink and white…

and the other has pink blue and white and I have a big dose of irritation.

and the other has pink blue and white and I have a big dose of irritation.

My only comfort is that the planters will all be severely sat upon the weekend after next during the annual Rod Run car event.  You’ll see.  That’s an odd sort of comfort.

Bolstadt and Pacific

Bolstadt and Pacific

Just here, when I crossed the street and turned back south again, I thought “I am too tired to get through this day.”  I knew I would get through it, though.

The planter by Campiche Studios has fuchsias and dahlias, my favourite kind of dahlia flower

The planter by Campiche Studios has fuchsias and dahlias, my favourite kind of dahlia flower

hardy fuchsias, probably 'Pat's Dream'

hardy fuchsias, probably ‘Pat’s Dream’

I heard an odd thing from some passersby as they read a sign on the Campiche Gallery: “FINE art.  Well, we won’t go in THERE!”

The sidewalks were exceedingly crowded with shoppers, parked bicycles, strollers, dogs.  I was not bothered because I knew it would be that way on the Friday of Labour Day weekend.  This happened to be the day that the planters needed water, and that is just the way it is.  However, I am thrilled there are only two more big tourist weekends (Labour Day and Rod Run) because I am just…tired.

We groomed Fifth Street Park before going on to the two blocks north of the light.

Sanguisorba and Canna flowers in Fifth Street Park

Sanguisorba and Canna flowers in Fifth Street Park

The Allan weeded Coulter Park (two blocks north of the light) while I watered two more blocks of planters.  Mercifully, the northern blocks each have only four planters each instead of six or eight.

The little caps on California poppy blossoms were a cheering sight.

The little caps on California poppy blossoms were a cheering sight.

There were a couple of birds by the Heron Pond...

There were a couple of birds by the Heron Pond…

Joy and delight:  I saw a flock of starlings bathing and frolicking in the Heron Pond (by the stoplight)

and then joy and delight: I saw a flock of starlings bathing and frolicking there.

With the main street planters and gardens done, we checked on the planters out on the Bolstadt approach.  They needed nothing done, thank goodness.

To keep going, I got us each a Swedish traveling cake from Pink Poppy Bakery...

To keep going, I got us each a Swedish traveling cake from Pink Poppy Bakery…

which is located in this building just west of city hall...

which is located in this building just west of city hall…

...and then we weeded the city hall gardens.

…and then we weeded the city hall gardens.

The ajuga has GOT to go, and how the heck did orange montbretia get in there?

The ajuga has GOT to go, and how the heck did orange montbretia get in there?

need more hardy fuchsias on north side of city hall

need more hardy fuchsias on north side of city hall

I felt that we could manage to spend half an hour deadheading and weeding at the Boreas Inn.

Boreas Inn garden, six blocks north of Long Beach City Hall

Boreas Inn garden, six blocks north of Long Beach City Hall

It was mostly deadheading cosmos; I enjoy cutting out the candelabra of spent stems. It's my favourite plant to deadhead.

It was mostly deadheading cosmos; I enjoy cutting out the candelabra of spent stems. It’s my favourite plant to deadhead.

If I had been the one deadheading earlier on, that spike in the middle would have been cut all the way down.

Ilwaco

Allan still had to water the Ilwaco planters.  While he did so, I weeded more of the boatyard garden in order to free up time next week to have lunch and a tour at Steve and John’s garden.

down the block, Allan starts watering with the water pump trailer.

down the block, Allan starts watering with the water pump trailer.

boatyard garden, looking north

boatyard garden, looking north

I realized that nice aster at Andersen's RV Park is too dark to be 'Harrington's Pink'.  THIS is 'Harrington's Pink', a good and well behaved aster.

I realized that nice aster at Andersen’s RV Park is too dark to be ‘Harrington’s Pink’. THIS is ‘Harrington’s Pink’, a good and well behaved aster.

north end of boatyard garden

north end of boatyard garden

and with that same white cosmos as a marker, looking south

and with that same white cosmos as a marker, looking south

the running kind of goldenrod.

the running kind of goldenrod.

I think it was a blogger on Garden Rant who recently wrote that it was tiresome when bloggers say golden rod doesn’t cause hay fever, because everyone knows that by now.  I bet someone reading this does NOT know that, so I am saying right here that it does NOT cause hay fever.  There.

It takes Allan almost two hours to water the Ilwaco planters (used to take an hour with heavy, backbreaking bucket watering), so I got the whole boatyard done.

The sky was turning a bit pinkish.

The sky was turning a bit pinkish.

peachy four o clocks came back this year

peachy four o clocks came back this year

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And then we dumped debris at the east end of the marina.

a fishing boat coming in

a fishing boat coming in

evening sky in the water

evening sky in the water

That’s it for another week and now we will have a three day weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Friday, 13 June 2014

Ilwaco

A lovely coolness out my back window told me "No watering today!"

A lovely coolness out my back window told me “No watering today!”

except for the haning basket on our front porch.

except for the haning basket on our front porch.

against the porch: Dicentra scandens

against the porch: Dicentra scandens

yellow bleeding heart vine

yellow bleeding heart vine, came through our very cold (for here) winter just fine

and the hanging basket calibrachoa

and the hanging basket calibrachoa

Just down on the next block, we had a couple of plants to add to Larry’ and Robert’s garden and some weeding to do there.  I decided to put a nice edge on the lawn.

The foxglove was in the wrong spot and had to go.

The foxglove was in the wrong spot and had to go.

after

after

and on around the garden bed

and on around the garden bed

Allan put a nice edge on the boat garden bed.

Allan put a nice edge on the boat garden bed.

Strangely, this garden lacks an Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, a terrible oversight.

Next, Allan replaced an old Erysium ‘Bowles Mauve’ with a new one in the Ilwaco Planter at Lake and First while I nipped into the Antique Gallery to take a few new photos for their Facebook page.

This appeals to me.  My dad and grandma used oil cans like this.

This appeals to me. My dad and grandma used oil cans like this.  Do people still?

and I like this...

and I like this…

and this.

and this.

Helping friends promote their businesses and causes is one way to live a life of good works.  I have found myself a good niche for that on Facebook.

We did a quick compost bucket switch at Olde Towne.  We keep four composters going with all that we get from there: coffee grounds and salad leavings.  However, Luanne is about to get a pet rabbit, so we will be getting less lettuce…and instead, some bunny poop!

Luanne's clematis is blooming outside the café.

Luanne’s clematis is blooming outside the café.


 

Depot Restaurant

Next, weeding and some pulling of dead bulb foliage at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview.

with Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

with Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

The whiskey barrel that we planted up is a bit hidden now from the front...

The whiskey barrel that we planted up is a bit hidden now from the front…

by the new Clamshell Railroad sign, which is so much smaller than I pictured it.

by the new Clamshell Railroad sign, which is so much smaller than I pictured it.

detail

I was so worried it would mess up my garden.  All turned out to be well.  In my mind’s eye it was three times as big as it actually is.

It had to go low to not block the window or their own sign.

It had to go low to not block the window or their own sign.

When I got my camera out to take the photos, I found myself a problem:  I had made off with Luanne’s spectacles from Olde Towne after borrowing them to try to help her solve a computer problem.

Argh!!  Back to Olde Towne we drove...

Argh!! Back to Olde Towne we drove…

And Allan had already realized he had left the full compost bucket still sitting back at the café, so we picked that up at last


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Boreas Inn

Next, The Boreas Inn to plant a dianthus, a few cosmos, and a penstemon and an Achillea ‘Paprika’.  I screeched when I saw that Susie had planted a draecana on one side of one of the lawn beds.

This I could not allow.

This I could not allow.

It had been on the left edge of this bed.

It had been on the left edge of this bed.

If that tall spike had grown there, it would have tilted the whole picture like this!

If that tall spike had grown there, it would have tilted the whole picture like this!

Susie later told me she knew I would move it; she had been carrying it around and had to stick it somewhere.

I moved it to join some ornamental grasses; right now it is hidden behind these poppies on a bed along the north side of the yard.

I moved it to join some ornamental grasses; right now it is hidden behind these poppies on a bed along the north side of the yard.


 

Erin’s garden

I had just 6 new cosmos to fill in a space in Erin’s boat garden, and some dead narcissi foliage to pull.

the boat and the fire circle on the horizong

the boat and the fire circle on the horizong

My friend Felix came to greet me.

My friend Felix came to greet me.

belly

While I planted and deadleafed, and weeded in the back door courtyard, Allan tackled a little project along the street.

before: the little curved garden had disappeared

before: the little curved garden had disappeared

after

after

a fairy house by Erin's fence

a fairy house by Erin’s fence


 Long Beach

While Allan weeded the four quadrants of Fifth Street Park, I walked around and checked the three busiest blocks out of six blocks worth of planters.  Some I left to fend for themselves, since we did not need to water and they had been checked over earlier in the week.

By the Campiche Gallery: looking fine with Geranium 'Rozanne'

By the Campiche Gallery: looking fine with Geranium ‘Rozanne’

The painted sage is about to bloom.

The painted sage is about to bloom.

police station planter

police station planter

In one of the planters, I found a neat little variegated sport of painted sage.

Could Salvia viridis variegata make me rich?  If only it were a perennial.

Could Salvia viridis variegata make me rich? If only it were a perennial.

I deadheaded the Veterans Field garden during the Friday Farmers Market’s first day of the season.

The market runs from three to seven and I had forgotten to get there earlier.

The market runs from three to seven and I had forgotten to get there earlier.

At the tomato booth, I surveyed the heirloom varieties and they offered to pick out four good ones for me; I paid and said I would pick them up later.

tomatoes and cucumbers for sale.  Four tomato plants cost me only $10.00.

tomatoes and cucumbers for sale. Four tomato plants cost me only $10.00.

I considered buying some cranberry juice grown by my neighbours...

I considered buying some cranberry juice grown by my neighbours…

I WILL next time, now that I have read it will keep for 45 days.

I WILL next time, now that I have read it will keep for 45 days.

some sort of cow for milking practice

some sort of cow for milking practice

Veggie Girls

Veggie Girls

When I rejoined Allan in Fifth Street Park, I took a few photos to show its current glories.

Brodiea 'Queen Fabiola'

In the bed by the clam sculpture:  Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ (excellent, plant the bulbs in fall)

guess what?

guess what?

with a bee of course

with a bee of course

I found a good example of the superiority of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ over its parents.  I do believe it came from Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’.

I think this is Johnson's, a once blooming blue hardy geranium...

I think this is Johnson’s, a once blooming blue hardy geranium…

from whence (I think) came Rozanne, which blooms from late May through the first frost, nonstop.

from whence (I think) came Rozanne, which blooms from late May through the first frost, nonstop.

Allan's nice weeding job

Allan’s nice weeding job

more

Baptisia australis, Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant', Nicotiana langsdorfii, Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Baptisia australis, Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’, Nicotiana langsdorfii, Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

I hope people notice that the park has very, very cool plants.

Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant' tends to get very tall and fall over.

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ tends to get very tall and fall over.

Not knowing how tall and floppy it was, I had it growing in two of the city planters!  When I found out its habits, I moved it to the park.

Floppy or not, it is lovely.

Floppy or not, it is lovely.

more Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

more Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

and Cerinthe major purpurascens

and Cerinthe major purpurascens


 Patti’s Garden

We had recently learned that Patti’s garden in Seaview will be on the garden tour as garden number ten!  Good thing several of the gardens are small.  On the way to our last job, we made a stop to get some preview photos for the garden tour Facebook page.

Patti's garden

Patti’s garden

I love Patti’s garden and we have worked in it on and off for years; this year, we did not have time but she found someone else good that I recommended.

The front border has transformed from perennials to a mix with annuals.

The front border has transformed from perennials to a mix with annuals.

front porch vignette

front porch vignette

windowbox

windowbox

bench from a piece of wood found in the mud of Willapa Bay

bench from a piece of wood found in the mud of Willapa Bay

back porch windowbox

back porch windowbox

Patti was glad to see us.

Patti was glad to see us.

I once got her this Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' and since then have lost mine, so am envious.

I once got her this Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ and since then have lost mine, so am envious.

water on the back deck

water by the back door

Patti's little dog Stella is always on the move.

Patti’s little dog Stella is always on the move.

Allan's photo of Patti's pergola

Allan’s photo of Patti’s pergola

and of her roses

and of her roses

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It was a quick visit because we had to get at least a bit of weeding done elsewhere.

me in Patti's back garden

me in Patti’s back garden…no time for sitting today.

Port of Ilwaco

If we could just get some weeding done in the Ilwaco boatyard, I figured passersby would think “At least they are trying.”

It quickly gets infested with horsetail and bindweed.

It quickly gets infested with horsetail and bindweed.

a melange of poppies

a melange of poppies

entering the boatyard gate!

entering the boatyard gate!

two deer.  The boatyard is another of our deer resistant gardens.

two deer. The boatyard is another of our deer resistant gardens.

Another little fawn followed along a bit later.

Another little fawn followed along a bit later.

Humans are a worse problem; I found another  hard to come by tall sea thrift pulled up and cast aside to dry.

Humans are a worse problem; I found another hard to come by tall sea thrift pulled up and cast aside to dry.

I think people are trying to pick the flowers and end up pulling the plant out…or perhaps are trying to steal it and get caught so drop the plant and walk away.   ??

Allan weeding the end...very tired

Allan weeding the end…very tired.  He kneels or squats to weed…

and I always weed bending over.

and I always weed bending over.

My hands had turned into aching claws, so we gave up…

Rozanne and yellow yarrow

Rozanne and yellow yarrow

and a nice pool of Rozanne around a water meter

and a nice pool of Rozanne around a water meter

We did the quickest possible check on the Port Office garden to make sure it looked good for Saturday Market, enjoyed the view every so briefly, and went home…ready for two days off!

I do believe two days off makes life better.

I do believe two days off makes life better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now that I am officially calling this a “photo diary” (having added those words to my header text), I might try a post that is just photos and captions.  But it can’t be this one because I wrote this much already!

Friday, 11 October, 2013

Depot Restaurant Garden

Depot garden, north side, with cosmos still blooming and wall of hops.

Depot garden, north side, with cosmos still blooming and wall of hops.

Sheltered from the south wind by the restaurant deck and lattice wall, these cosmos are still lush in mid October.

Sheltered from the south wind by the restaurant deck and lattice wall, these cosmos are still lush in mid October.

But the "Fireworks' goldenrod had collapsed and I cut it down...

But the “Fireworks’ goldenrod had collapsed and I cut it down…

The removal of Solidago ‘Fireworks’ (which had lost any interesting architectural quality by lying sideways) left a big hole that I halfway concealed by leaving up a couple of cosmos that were rather tatty looking themselves.

Anchorage Cottages

We did a light clean up and when I went in to talk to Beth, the manager, for a moment, I asked Allan to take a few photos for the blog.

one of the Anchorage signs

entrance to center courtyard

'New Dawn' rose

‘New Dawn’ rose on courtyard arbour

Schizostylis

Schizostylis

pampas grass on lower lawn (telephoto, with neighbour house closer than it is)

pampas grass on lower lawn (telephoto, with neighbour house closer than it is)

Andersen’s RV Park

I cleaned up dead and dying sweet peas and cosmos and a rangy somewhat invasive perennial Helianthus (not Lemon Queen) in the picket fence garden.

before and after

before and after

before and after, outside the fence

before and after, outside the fence

I can see the fence would look better if a picket were lined up to conceal the post!

Staffer Joy helped by picking snails off of the fence, revealed as the sweet peas came down, and putting them in the dumpster to ride to the dump.  She took the last of the sweet peas into the office.

the last of the sweet peas

the last of the sweet peas

by the office door

by the office door

By the way, once upon a time I used to make sophisticated container arrangements with Sedums and grasses and other perennials, but at RV Parks and tourist towns, bright cheerful colours get the most appreciation.

I have had my most elegant trailing Helichrysum in more “tasteful” planters referred to as “that grey junk”, so somewhere along the line I got much more bright and cheerful and less artistic, I suppose, with my plantings.  At ground level, I still insist on planting quirky perennials.

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

Meanwhile, Allan worked on the west side garden, pulling the BadAster that had gotten all pretty in the fall but now is ousted.  Or so I would like to think.  It no doubt will return.

during and after

during and after

That’s the poppy garden in spring and early summer and before that is a field of golden daffodils.

To the west of the poppy field:

RV Park, looking west

RV Park, looking west

Path to the beach is right at the end of the parking spots.

While dumping debris, I was thrilled to come upon a pile of dairy manure from The Planter Box that I did not know had been delivered.

cow fiber

cow fiber

Someone checking in to the park had made one of the usual comments to me while I pulled sweet peas by the picket fence: “Looks like work!”  I suppose that could be the reaction to the sight of several yards of cow fiber, but it looks like a happy garden to me.

Just an interesting sight:  The underside of this pulled up grass looks like burlap, because it had molded itself to the plastic grid pattern on top of one of the septic covers.

faux burlap

faux burlap

City of Long Beach

Before getting back to work, we stopped to look at the Peninsula Arts Association fall show in the old Long Beach Depot (one of the original depots for the Clamshell Railroad, although it used to be a block south where Scoopers market is now).

Long Beach Depot

Long Beach Depot

We usually forget about the show till the last day, by which time some of the art has sold and been removed by the buyers because they are leaving to return to the cities.  My theory was that by going on the first day, we would get to see all the art. But one piece had already sold:  “Garden Sentinal” a sculpture by the amazing Jan Richardson of Windy Meadows Pottery.  We were told that some people who had not even intended to be on the Peninsula had happened upon the art show and fallen in love with and purchased  Jan’s piece.  They were leaving again this same day so they were allowed to take it.  That we could certainly understand!

art show

art show

The show had many beautiful paintings and photos and mixed media pieces.  It runs through Monday (closing on that day at 2 PM, I believe).

Allan’s favourite was a stunning photo of the Astoria waterfront trolly tracks by Bonnie Lou Cozby, and I chose as favourite (for people’s choice award) a painting called Found Nest.

As we drove a side street to the Fifth Street park to get back to work, the horse and carriage went by.  Seeing it in October was a surprise.  The day, beautiful as summer, provided a treat for the carriage horse who gets a little bored when not working.

on Oregon Street

on Oregon Street

I walked up to the stoplight and back working on planters while Allan tackled a big job in the park.  The carriage passed again as I neared the Friday Farmer’s Market.

by Veterans Field

by Veterans Field

The carriage horse is such a sweetheart; I’ve seen little children run up and hug him and he is as calm as can be.

Of course, I had to check the Veterans Field flower bed…which coincidentally put me into the Farmers Market.

flower bed

flower bed and market

Locally famous mushroom gatherer Veronica (who supplies fine local restaurants) was advising a young man to never tell anyone where he harvests mushrooms.  The locations are precious and secret to the foragers.

Veronica's mushroom lore

Veronica’s mushroom lore

her beautiful smile

her beautiful smile

I would like to have visited with her for awhile, but I had to circle through the market and then get back to work as the sun would set in just an hour.

Double J and the Boys

Double J and the Boys

produce table

produce table

cider press

cider press

I do believe this was a pie eating contest.

I do believe this was a pie eating contest.

Choffy

Choffy

I had a taste of the delicious chocolate/coffee.  I could not linger to buy some because I truly did have to get back to work.

Sanvitalia in a street planter

Sanvitalia in a street planter

Agyranthemum 'Spring Bouquet' in autumn

Agyranthemum ‘Spring Bouquet’ in autumn

Just two days ago, Mr. Tootlepedal showed in his blog a photo of a late blooming poppy.  I commented that mine were pretty much all bloomed out (partly because I had pulled tatty old plants).  In Fish Alley I found a flower that belied that comment.

poppy with an almost spent while painted sage that got pulled out after the photo

poppy with an almost spent volunteer white painted sage that got pulled out after the photo

oppy

The Fish Alley barrels, other than some exuberant tall volunteers, are forming up into attractive tapestries as I had planned.

two out of four

two out of four

(above) Planters never quite match up; the Sedum ‘October Daphne’ looks much better on the left.

Fish Alley

Fish Alley

Further south, more planter vignettes:

African blue basil

African blue basil

Geranium 'Rozanne' carrying on and on and on

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ carrying on and on and on

dahlias

dahlias

I remind myself again that I want to plant more patio dahlias in the planters next year.  After an awkward stage, even the seed heads looks ok (see photo on left, above) when I don’t get them all deadheaded at this time of year.

The planter in front of Home at the Beach has turned into a riot of colour, thanks to the nasturtium.

over the top

over the top

It would be nice if it were all blue and white next year to tone better with their beautiful shop.

On the way north at noon today we had seen the frying pan park on Fifth Street was torn up and we had stopped at city works to ask Parks Manager Mike Kitzman to please, please feel free to totally tear out the garden bed to the left of the photo below, so that we could replant with something other than BadAster.

Frying Pan Park

Frying Pan Park

We learned that new lighting is being put in and that the clam is finally being readied to squirt again every hour on the hour!  My friend Mary will be so pleased…as in 1997 she wrote this letter to the editor (which I have shared before, but it bears repeating).  She is describing the scene from the coffee shop known as Pastimes, located where Benson’s restaurant is now.  (I am the one who got misty eyed describing the clam.)

Mary's letter in the Chinook Observer

Mary’s letter in the Chinook Observer

Mike agrees the asters can go away and he might even get the crew to dig them out, but if not, we will.

While I did my planter rounds (and market visit), Allan cleaned up the area of Darmera peltata behind the pond.  The crew always appreciates that at this time of year so they can get in easily to clean the pond itself.

The carriage passed by him, as well.

The carriage passed by him, as well.

The foliage is showing its autumn colour.

The Darmera foliage is doing its autumn descent.

darmera

before and after

before and after

Then, what joy, the day had finally come when we did not have to go to Ilwaco to water planters and could instead have dinner at Captain Bob’s Chowder!

Behind Fifth Street Park

Behind Fifth Street Park

It has tantalized us all the busy summer when we did not have time to stop.  So tonight we each had crab rolls and I had chowder.

The crab rolls are lavish and scrumptious.

The crab rolls are lavish and scrumptious.

outside the front door

outside the front door

chowder after dark

chowder after dark

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