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I wish I could say that all the gardening took place in my own very weedy garden, but no.

Saturday, 19 April 2014, evening

After getting home from the beach clean up and the clam festival, I was so worn out I just sat down to work on the blog; entries about garden tours or local events are always the most time consuming to write.  Out of the corner of my right eye, I caught a glimpse of the late evening sun on the rhododendron in Nora’s garden next door and was drawn outside to take some photos.

Nora got to see her rhododendron bloom last spring, before she died.

Nora got to see her rhododendron bloom last spring, before she died.  I miss her.

our garden boat, the Ann Lovejoy

our garden boat, the Ann Lovejoy

the rhubarb that was in a whiskey barrel here when we moved in.

the rhubarb that was in a whiskey barrel here when we moved in.

lots of verdant growth

lots of verdant growth…

and lots of horsetail that I have lacked time or energy to pull...

and lots of horsetail that I have lacked time or energy to pull…

Sambucus 'Sutherland Gold' (golden cutleaf elderberry)

Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’ (golden cutleaf elderberry)

Persicaria bistorta superba...I should put some in the damp garden in Fifth Street Park.

Persicaria bistorta superba…I should put some in the damp garden in Fifth Street Park.

ornamental rhubarb

ornamental rhubarb

just north of the bogsy wood

just north of the bogsy wood

tulips, two or three years old

tulips, two or three years old

from both sides now

from both sides now

strong lily foliage

strong lily foliage

apple 'Cox's Orange Pippin'

apple ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’

Euphorbia characias wulfenii

Euphorbia characias wulfenii

Oh, and look, Allan weeded the raspberry patch!

Oh, and look, Allan weeded the raspberry patch!

Sunday 20 April 2014

We had to work and did so close to home.  I had thought of finally getting the 42nd Street Café weeded and then realized that working there during Easter Sunday brunch might not be a good idea.  Instead, we did some weeding and deadheading at Larry and Robert’s garden half a block down the street.

All those bluebells were dormant under the lawn two years ago before we made this garden bed.

All those bluebells were dormant under the lawn two years ago before we made this garden bed.

poeticus narcissi

poeticus narcissi

narcissi and pulmonaria

narcissi and pulmonaria

Heucheras have done well in this garden.

Heucheras have done well in this garden.

heuchera and hellebore

heuchera and hellebore

Tulip 'Green Star'

Tulip ‘Green Star’

the front garden

the front garden

the garden boat, looking east toward Tom and Judy's garden

the garden boat (with Tulip ‘Princess Irene’), looking east toward Tom and Judy’s garden

bright white tulips in Tom and Judy's garden

bright white tulips in Tom and Judy’s garden

Allan reminded me that we were only halfway through weeding a bed on the west side of Larry and Robert’s house.  I decided we had better get to the real mission of the day, and I’m glad I did as it took the rest of the afternoon.  Perhaps later this week, we’ll get back to Larry and Robert’s between rain showers.

My main mission was the garden at One Pacific Bank on Howerton Way at the port.  This used to be Shorebank and was one of our regular jobs.  We were paid a monthly amount which was actually not enough to do all the weeding up to my standards, and eventually we passed the job on to a friend when I realized that we were working extra hours (for free) over budget to keep the garden as well weeded as I wanted it to be.  My other consideration at the time was that it was planted as a native landscape, and I do get bored when I have to garden totally by someone else’s plan without much creativity allowed.

The port has now asked us to make all the curbside gardens along Howerton Way look good, and I was happy to get this one weeded again today.  Our replacement gardener is sterner than we are at not working overtime so there were plenty of grasses and shotweed and dandelions to pull.

12:39 PM, before

12:39 PM, before

before: The garden is carpeted with srawberries and kinnikinnick, which would stay.

before: The garden is carpeted with srawberries and kinnikinnick, which would stay.

It had been originally planted with arbutus and red twig dogwood.  The arbutus is beautiful and yet gets much too tall for the traffic sight lines so had been pruned drastically and repeatedly.  The dogwoods had been cut to about waist high but not coppiced since we left the job several years ago.

The gardens inside the sidewalk are not our problem.

I used to keep that corner perfectly weeded, pretty much for free...

I used to keep that corner and edge perfectly weeded, pretty much for free…

and this corner as well...

and this corner as well…

When we did our perfect weeding job, we did NOT do an excellent job, as our replacement does, of keeping the parking lot (pavers with spaces in between) perfectly groomed and strimmed.  I was too preoccupied with garden bed weeding.

Here are the dogwood with lots of old growth left inside.  If one coppices in spring, cutting old stems to the ground, one gets bright new red or gold twigs.  Coppicing means cutting all the stems to the ground but I prefer to do it in sections in a public garden like this and leave the new growth.

before coppicing

before coppicing

crowded with old growth

crowded with old growth

All the thick grey stems could be removed.

All the thick grey stems could be removed.

after, 3 PM...still a green carpet but not weedy

after, 3 PM…still a green carpet but not weedy  (the tufts are crocus foliage)

after

after

Allan did a beautiful job on the dogwoods.

Allan did a beautiful job on the dogwoods, leaving just the thin new stems.

so much better!

so much better!

We weeded two other sections of the Howerton Way curbside gardens that have now officially fallen under our care, dumped at the debris area and then went home.  I was inspired to do a little bit of guerilla gardening at the J’s house across the street.  I’d noticed the sword ferns had not been trimmed for a couple of years and I snuck in to the garden and did it.

ferns before

ferns before

I hope they like it.

and after; I hope the J’s  like it.

I took a walk around our garden after accomplishing just two tiny things…planting a pitiful rescued Euphorbia that may revive and a start of Super Dorothy rose that I got out of Fifth Street Park.  (Well, it had popped up a runner by the sidewalk, and I know it’s an own root rose because it came from Heirloom Roses.)

Without the prospect of the three days off in a row that I need to get my own weeding done, I took a stroll all the way back to the bogsy woods trying to just enjoy the good things as my energy to weed on into the evening was nonexistent.

bogsy wood bridge to south gate

bogsy wood bridge to south gate

bluebell woods outside the fence...created with bulbs everyone wants to get rid of.

bluebell woods outside the fence…created with bulbs everyone wants to get rid of.

Our lot ends at the mysterious meander line between residential lots and the port parking lot.  The line is about halfway into a little seasonal pond where tadpoles frolic.  My dream is always to have an area next to the pond clear so I can see it, and yet nature has completely taken the edge back with willows and salmonberry and sedge.

south edge of our property

south edge of our property

looking back in the gate

looking back in the gate (with Smokey looking out)

and back toward the house

and back toward the house

I pulled a very few weeds.  Perhaps if I promise myself one five gallon bucket a day on pleasant evenings when we get home before dusk…

Tomorrow, between predicted rain showers, I hope we can weed at the 42nd Street Café and then we have an excited soirée to attend: a rhododendron bloom celebration at a gorgeous private garden on the bay.  It seems whenever we go to Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart, we find that avid plant collectors Stephen and John have just been there.  I’m eager to see what plants they’ve added since I saw the garden last September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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