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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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Monday, 28 August 2017

Long Beach

With the terrible flooding in Houston going on, I’d feel like a wretch if I complained about the weather here.  So let me just share:

And let me add that calling this “warm” is nuts.  “Smoke” was also in the forecast for today and created a haze around the edges of the sky.  We think this time it is from wildfires in Oregon rather than in Canada.  Later, someone said we had had “100% humidity”.  It felt very different from any hot weather that I have experienced here.

Fortunately, most (but not enough) of our work day involved watering.

We began with two north blocks so that I could buy some spray paint on sale.  I need to repaint the tall bamboo poles in our garden before winter.

I briefly popped into the always fascinating NIVA green shop to add to my photo collection for the shop’s Facebook page.

in NIVA green

Today we watered the planters and the street trees.

My walkabout photos:

across the street in Fifth Street Park: the classic frying pan photo being taken

Those folks getting their photo taken do not know that they are supposed to fling their arms up like they are clams frying in a pan.  Not that clams have arms.  But that’s what people do.

A fellow walked by and, as often happens, complimented the planters.  Then he asked, “Do you take care of the big pansy buckets, too?”  I somehow knew he meant the big hanging baskets from the Basket Case Greenhouse, which the city crew waters every morning.

Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop

My friend Tam from the smoke shop showing off his whiskers.

California poppies

more California poppies

Agastache ‘Blue Boa’

the carousel

Eryngium and Agastache in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter

Why don’t I plant more eryngiums in the regular sized planters?  How odd that I do not.  Must fix that.

Allan and I met up halfway through and had a break at Abbracci Coffee Bar for refreshing iced coffees.

a black labrador to pet

in Abbracci

Allan’s walkabout photos:

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

deadheading

Cosmos ‘Sonata’

The bees go round and round the center of the cosmos.

by Wind World Kites

With the trees and planters watered, we moved the van to park by Veterans Field, where I did some weeding while Allan pulled old Crocosmia ‘Lucifer from a corner of Third Street Park.

Veterans Field with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

Crocosmia project, before (Allan’s photos); looked like a bear had sat in it.

after

We walked along the Bolstad beach approach garden, clipping any rugosa rose stem that had strayed into the street.

the Bolstad approach, looking east

The city crew was dismantling kite festival…(Allan’s photo)

We think this selfie was with the rugosa roses instead of with the arch! (Allan’s photo)

While I went into city hall to sort out some paperwork, Allan pulled some more Crocosmia.

before

after (The gold shrub is Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’

Ilwaco

I had intended to walk the planter route, checking on them for chickweed and so forth.  However, my foot hurt too much so I went home, watered, and belatedly did our B&O quarterly tax forms.  Allan watered the Ilwaco trees and planters:

Pennisetum macrourum at the boatyard

poppies reseeded in the street at sunset

A kind local friend gave me the sort of foot brace you wear while sleeping in order to help cure plantar fasciitis.  I think it is helping…but it is slow going getting better.

 

 

 

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I chose a vantage point looking northwest over the southeast corner of the fence around the center courtyard.  It is not a particularly scintillating slide show, as it shows the subtle changes of a mostly green garden that is backed with Virburnum and large Ceanothus and Arbutus.

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

We began our day with some Thundermuck Coffee from Columbia River Coffee Roasters.  Nora’s granddaughter, Alycia, had come to visit her grandma’s house (now her own beach house) and had given the bag of coffee beans to us.  She told me that Nora had gone with her caretaker to the coffee shop that used to be on Lake Street and said the coffee was the best she had ever had.  Said Alycia: “Gramma was almost 90, and a Finn, so she knew good coffee.”  Nora inquired and learned the coffee was the local Thundermuck brew and it became her favourite.

a gift from Alycia in memory of Nora

a gift from Alycia in memory of Nora

We went next door to say goodbye, and Alycia handed us a gift certificate from the new spaghetti house in Seaview “for being such good neighbours”.  What a sweetheart she is.  As we were talking, her friend’s little dog made a break for it and Alycia hurried down the street in pursuit.

Allan's photo; I wondered how far Alycia would have to run in her pink nightgown?

Allan’s photo; I wondered how far Alycia would have to run in her pink nightgown?

Allan's photo: Jalapeno is retrieved after a mercifully short chase.

Allan’s photo: Jalapeno is retrieved after a mercifully short chase.

Of course, at that very moment artist Don Nisbett drove up to chat and Alycia said the timing could not have been more perfect.

Before leaving for work, I noted happily that the deer fencing around the front garden is working.

my new Joseph's Coat rose is NOT being munched.

my new Joseph’s Coat rose is NOT being munched.

front garden path all greened up after a brown dormant mid summer

front garden path all greened up after a brown dormant mid summer (looking east)

looking west toward Nora's, over what might become a gravel garden on our side of the driveway

looking west toward Nora’s, over what might become a gravel garden on our side of the driveway

The Depot Restaurant

We did some deadheading and weeding at the Depot.

We did some deadheading and weeding at the Depot.

the amazing Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

the amazing Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' still flowering

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ still flowering

Long Beach

We pulled the remaining cosmos from the back of the sign.

We pulled the remaining cosmos from the back of the sign.

The front can keep its cosmos for the now.

The front can keep its cosmos for the now.

While I don’t waste time fuming about it, I am well aware that most of the cosmos in this garden were destroyed by vandals during Rod Run weekend.

The echibeckia has been a great do-er (with a front edge of bidens, and some yellow Agyranthemum 'Butterfly').

The echibeckia has been a great do-er (with a front edge of bidens, and some yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’).

The Anchorage Cottages

At the Anchorage, we did more fall clean up, pulling some of the BadAster out of the center courtyard garden, limbing up a ceanothus, and pulling cosmos that were leaning way over and would probably go down in this weekend’s predicted wind.

center courtyard

center courtyard

Allan cut back Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' in the zen garden courtyard.

Allan cut back Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ along the wall of the “zen garden” courtyard.

hardy fuchsia on north wall

hardy fuchsia on north wall

Fuchsia 'Sharpitor Aurea' or 'Sharpton's Aurea' reverting to green

Fuchsia ‘Sharpitor Aurea’ or ‘Sharpton’s Aurea’ reverting to green

I will get in there and cut the green foliage out next time.  This fuchsia is sort of how Our Kathleen and I met.  She used to stay at the Anchorage before she bought her beach house, and she asked at the Planter Box which fuchsia it might be, and Teresa called me to ask, and put Our Kathleen on the phone.  Or that is what I remember.  I also remember chatting with Kathleen in the garden here, before I knew her as a friend.  She then came to our garden when it was on the 2012 Music in the Gardens tour and we sat and talked for an hour.  Due to my face blindness, I could not figure out who she was and was too embarrassed to ask.  The next time I saw her at the Anchorage, months later, I finally sorted it out.

The last half hour of today’s time at the Anchorage, Allan and I worked in a light, not unpleasant drizzle. It increased as we drove the twenty-ish blocks back to downtown Long Beach.

Long Beach

my favourite planter, before deadheading

my favourite planter, before deadheading

and after

and after

We drove the rest of the downtown blocks and decided that no cosmos or other flowering plant needed deadheading badly enough to work in the now pouring rain.

Rain continued while we offloaded debris at the city works yard.

Rain continued while we offloaded debris at the city works yard.

We took the opportunity to go to NIVA green to find a birthday present for Jenna (Queen La De Da).  Owner/artist Heather Ramsay suggested a head to go with Jenna’s many hats.

an excellent choice for a woman of many hats, both symbolically and in actuality

an excellent choice for a woman of many hats, both symbolically and in actuality

Halloween treats

Halloween treats

and a card that reflected both the weather and last night's full moon

and a card that reflected both the weather and last night’s full moon

I was pleased to be home in the late afternoon with time to write a couple of blog posts before our traditional weekly dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

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pear and goat cheese salad with bonus bread stick

pear and goat cheese salad with bonus bread stick

Todd and Dave (Allan's photo)

Todd and Dave (Allan’s photo)

Todd and Dave (waiting good-humoredly to eat while Allan photographs the food)

Todd and Dave (waiting good-humoredly to eat while Allan photographs the food)

Dave's delicious cajun chicken Alfredo

Dave’s delicious cajun chicken Alfredo

Cajun Chicken Alfredo (Allan's photo)

Cajun Chicken Alfredo (Allan’s photo)

Melissa's rack of lamb (Allan's photo)

Melissa’s rack of lamb (Allan’s photo)

Allan's fish tacos (really the feature of the night at $3 each)

Allan’s fish tacos (really the feature of the night at $3 each)

Allan is the only one who has the discipline to save money by getting the tasty fish tacos instead of one of the delicious specials.

Ahi Tuna (mine; you can now get two sizes; this is the small)

Ahi Tuna (mine; you can now get two sizes; this is the small)

looking up some sort of garden information

looking up some sort of garden information (Todd, Dave, Allan, Melissa)

a shared connolo

a shared connolo (me and Allan)

a shared cheesecake (Dave and Melissa)

a shared cheesecake (Dave and Melissa)

Tomorrow: The Halloween extravaganza begins.

 

 

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

The Depot Restaurant

watering and weeding the Depot garden

watering and weeding the Depot garden

north side of deck

north side of deck

depot2

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod)

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

Dierama is the star of the show right now.

Dierama is the star of the show right now.

dierama

Dierama and Nicotiana langsdorfii (backed with Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’

further admiration

further admiration

the front with planting by Nancy of Basket Case Greenhouse

the front with planting by Nancy of Basket Case Greenhouse

Long Beach 

the welcome sign

the welcome sign, front: Cosmos ‘Sonata’, Bidens, Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

from the sidewalk

from the sidewalk (godetia in foreground)

I hope Parks Manager Mike has noticed the godetia; he likes it.

I hope Parks Manager Mike has noticed the godetia; he likes it.

welcome sign, back

welcome sign, back: Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and white bacopa

We knew that an art show would be held in the Coulter Park historic train depot over the weekend, so Allan pulled the birds foot trefoil out from among the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ there.

This area is tricky to get into because of the new railing, so we've let the Crocosmia totally take it over.

This area is tricky to get into because of the new railing, so we’ve let the Crocosmia totally take it over.

the birds foot trefoil is as beautiful as the crocosmia, too bad it is seen as a weed here.

the birds foot trefoil is as beautiful as the crocosmia, too bad it is seen as a weed here.

such a pretty weed

such a pretty weed

after: now more acceptable to the public

after: now more acceptable to the public

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more Crocosmia down the block

more Crocosmia down the block

Next, some weeding at Long Beach City Hall.

looking west

looking west

Gladiolus nanus

Gladiolus nanus

gladiolus nanus

gladiolus nanus

west side, Gene and Peggy's planting of Crocosmia

west side, Gene and Peggy’s planting of Crocosmia

rosemary and lavatera

rosemary and lavatera with Nicotiana langsdorfii (lower right)

a different gladiolus nanus

a different gladiolus nanus

Allan's photo: deadheading Armeria maritima (sea thrift)

Allan’s photos: deadheading Armeria maritima (sea thrift), before

after

after

The tragic thing was that I was going to pull that whole clump out, as it is infested with creeping buttercup and is rather old and tatty…but I forgot till he had already deadheaded it, so I left it alone.

Next: watering the city planters.

dog

a Basket Case basket

a Basket Case basket

Resolved: redo and improve the planter by my favourite shop, NIVA green, next year.

Resolved: redo and improve the planter by my favourite shop, NIVA green, next year.  It is blah.

Kudos to Scoopers ice cream for making this planting by the sidewalk.

Kudos to Scoopers ice cream for making this planting by the sidewalk.

I want the NIVA planter be more like this one.  It is, however, less sheltered than this one.

I want the NIVA planter be more like this one. It is, however, less sheltered than this one.

Cosmos 'Sonata' with Agastache

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ with Agastache

Cosmos, Agastache, Fuchsia 'Golden Gate', blue bacopa

Cosmos, Agastache, Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’, blue and white bacopa, Salvia viridis

same planter from the sidewalk

same planter from the sidewalk

Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'

Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’

Not so nice: the tree garden outside Dennis Co was trampled in some way.

Not so nice: the tree garden outside Dennis Co was trampled in some way.

It still has one good side with a helianthemum.

It still has one good side with a helianthemum.

Heather from NIVA green came strolling up the street with her little dog, Buzz.

Heather from NIVA green came strolling up the street with her little dog, Buzz.

I admired my favourite planter from the other side of the street.

I admired my favourite planter from the other side of the street.

didn't have time to sit a spell at NIVA green...

didn’t have time to sit a spell at NIVA green…

Allan's photo: tigridia by the carousel

Allan’s photo: tigridia by the carousel

I relished the increasingly cool, grey weather.

I relished the increasingly cool, grey weather.

outside Captain Bob's Chowder

outside Captain Bob’s Chowder

We did a quick weeding and fluffing of Fifth Street Park and then heading south to water in…

Ilwaco

I watered the boatyard garden and then did some weeding there, while Allan watered the street trees and planters in town.

at the boatyard...

at the boatyard…

...a departure

…a departure

...and the Marine Travelift just squeaks by where Allan is parked filling up the water trailer.

…and the Marine Travelift just squeaks by where Allan is parked filling up the water trailer.

Allan's photo as the travelift eases by.

Allan’s photo as the travelift eases by.

I have to water from behind the fence, which is frustrating when I see weeds.

I have to water from behind the fence, which is frustrating when I see weeds.

in the boatyard

in the boatyard: the watering obstacle course

looking north from the boatyard gate

looking north from the boatyard gate

south end of boatyard garden

south end of boatyard garden

Horsetail and bindweed are the curse of this garden.  The rose campion does not like the dry soil.

Horsetail and bindweed are the curse of this garden. The rose campion does not like the dry soil.

Santolinas are poised to be the stars of the garden when I pull the poppies.

Santolinas are poised to be the stars of the garden when I pull the poppies.

santolina, rose campion, achillea, poppies

santolina, rose campion, achillea, poppies

blue catananche

north end

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

santolina and pink achillea (yarrow)

santolina and pink achillea (yarrow)

The Cove Restaurant

At seven thirty, we met Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Landscape Maintenance for our tradition, which now includes catching up with them on a week’s worth of happenings in the garden.

Allan's noodle bowl

Allan’s vegetable stir fry with chicken

Dave's lomo saltado

Dave’s lomo saltado

my ahi tuna

my ahi tuna

Dave and Allan dig in.

Dave and Allan dig in.  Melissa had the delicious Prawns solo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A reminder:

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

Monday, 29 June 2015

The day started well with this note enclosed with a client's cheque.

The day started well with this note enclosed with a client’s cheque.

Garden Tour Nancy had been texting me during our trip to the Hardy Plant weekend to reassure me that the local weather had turned misty and cool.  All the planters had held up well after not having been watered since Wednesday (Long Beach) and Thursday (Ilwaco).  Our mission of the day was simply to water our city planters and street trees in Long Beach and Ilwaco, and to add some Hellstrip Gardening inspired colour at the port.

Long Beach

my little friend, Tam, the smoke shop dog

my little friend, Tam, the smoke shop dog

planter

santolina

santolina


santolina: clipped in early spring, good from every angle

santolina: clipped in early spring, good from every angle

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California poppies and Cosmos 'Sonata'

California poppies and Cosmos ‘Sonata’


with dahlias

with dahlias


pink California poppies

pink California poppies

bee

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bees

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California poppies and lavender

California poppies and lavender

California poppies

parsley

parsley

Thinning some parsley that I use as an ornamental, I remembered Evelyn Hadden suggesting that taprooted plants might help break up compacted soil and encourage deep water penetration in curbside gardens (hellstrips).

Agastache and Cosmos 'Sonata'

Agastache and Cosmos ‘Sonata’


Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

Allan found this tableau in one of the street tree gardens:

"Hey kids, don’t take up smoking. I found myself tossed to the side of the road. If only I hadn’t…"

“Hey kids, don’t take up smoking. I found myself tossed to the side of the road. If only I hadn’t…”

He was unhappy to find that the hardy fuchsias he had recently planted in the street tree garden in front of Castaways Grille had been destroyed.

dag blag it

dag blag it; even the roots seem to be destroyed


"Doing over" this tree garden seems impossible because any new plants get  trompled.  We need to plant more, and sizeable plants, but now the dry season is not a good time. We may just have to wait for the vigorous golden lemon balm to fill it up again.

“Doing over” this tree garden seems impossible because any new plants get trompled. We need to plant more, and sizeable plants, but now the dry season is not a good time.
We may just have to wait for the vigorous golden lemon balm to fill it up again.


Allan's photo:  The line at the Cottage Bakery is so long in the summer that we don't even try to get tiger paws.

Allan’s photo: The line at the Cottage Bakery is so long in the summer that we don’t even try to get tiger paws.


Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in the Veterans Field garden

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in the Veterans Field garden


I've gone off blue oat grass...these are coming out in the fall (or sooner!)

I’ve gone off blue oat grass…these are coming out of the flag pavilion garden in the fall (or sooner!)


flag pavilion garden

flag pavilion garden


my version of red white and blue

my version of red white and blue


the new vet field corner garden filling in

the new vet field corner garden filling in


hardy gladiolas at city hall

hardy gladiolus at city hall


city hall west side (planted by Gene and Peggy Miles)

city hall west side (planted by Gene and Peggy Miles)


sanguisorba in Fifth Street Parks

sanguisorba in Fifth Street Park


Allan's photo: he tackled the weeds in this damp corner.

Allan’s photo: he tackled the weeds in this damp corner.  (The grassy looking plant is schizostylis, which always needs thinning.)

Ilwaco

In a Long Beach realtor’s window, Allan had noticed how inexpensively one can still move here.

This house only has room for a pocket garden.

This house only has room for a pocket garden.


home to get the battery for the water trailer...with a bit of rain

home to get the battery for the water trailer…with a bit of rain

A sprinkle of rain did not mean that the thirsty Ilwaco planters did not need Allan to water them.

He barely had room to squeeze the water trailer out of the Ilwaco works yard.

He barely had room to squeeze the water trailer out of the Ilwaco works yard.


foggy mist...does not mean not having to water (Allan's photo)

foggy mist…does not mean not having to water (Allan’s photo)

It was one of those frustrating watering sessions at the port where the water at the boatyard was turned off, so he had to fill the tank at the community building (where lesser water pressure makes it take 15 minutes longer).  He used the opportunity to weed a bit and then to give some plants there a drink.

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Our new addition of Sedumn 'Autumn Joy' is doing well.

Our new addition of Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ is doing well.


typical: roofers left a mess of sawdust on the sidewalk.

typical: roofers left a mess of sawdust on the sidewalk.


Allan photographed the cute container garden at the Portside Café.

Allan photographed the cute container garden at the Portside Café.

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The city planter by Portside Café

The city planter by Portside Café


Nasturtiums are being browsed by deer.

Nasturtiums are being browsed by deer.

I collected some new plants and went to the port to do a bit of hellstrip improvement, inspired by Evelyn Hadden to make ALL the curbside gardens look as good as the ones by the port office.  I have only recently taken over most of the gardens along the port.  While I’ve been doing the Time Enough curbside bed for years, for some reason I have never packed it full of plants.  I was daunted by all the river rock, until I realized it has the makings of a rock (scree) garden display.  It has perhaps the worst soil of any of the port beds, and I am thinking that I could add some mulch and work it into the rocks.  I can care for these new plants properly because there is hose water available at this garden.

It took swinging a pick to make holes for new plants: perovskia and a penstemon

It took swinging a pick to make holes for new plants: Perovskia and a penstemon


veronica

veronica


ornamental oregano (Kent Beauty, I think)

ornamental oregano (Kent Beauty, I think)


more agastaches and penstemons

more agastaches and penstemons


curbside by the port office

curbside by the port office


port office curbside

port office curbside

I pushed my wheelbarrow with some more plants down to the old Wade Gallery garden.  (Last year, I did not have water there so did not plant anything new, and the old plants there died of thirst.  Now we are reviving it because there is hose water available.)   On the way I saw that someone had further pruned the bank garden.  Why???  Whoever did it had left clippings all over.  GAH!  (I found out later it was an intern from the port who had not been told to pick up the clippings…I guess.  In my opinion, we had already pruned the shrubs short enough, even though I agree the shrubs—not planted by us!— are a problem for sightlines and should be removed.)

clippings...argh!

clippings…argh!


dead clipping dropped down into the shrubs

dead clipping dropped down into the shrubs


more plants for the next section

more plants for the next section


a foggy view while getting the hose...so nice after Portland heat

a foggy view while getting the hose…so nice after Portland heat

Allan joined me and started to clean up the mess at the bank garden, so I did some pruning of a ceanothus to keep busy; now that it is done blooming, it should not be over the sidewalk.

Allan's photo of the mess left all along the bank curbside garden

Allan’s photo of the mess left all along the bank curbside garden


clippings from the bank garden

clippings from the bank garden


before

Pruning the ceanothus, before


after (if it were up to me, I'd let it encroach on the sidewalk more, but I like to keep the powers that be happy)

A bit off the top and sides. (If it were up to me, I’d let it encroach on the sidewalk more, but I like to keep the powers that be happy)


delicious fog

delicious fog

 

 

 

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I had a flurry of photographing the downtown Long Beach planters during tulip time, and then, like with most of 2012, became distracted by our garden tour preparation and slacked off on recording the rest of the year in pictures.

Long Beach Welcome Sign

Long Beach Welcome Sign

On April 1st, we found that deer had at long last discovered the tulips in the Long Beach welcome sign (above), right about where Allan is standing.  I thought for sure they would eat them all but they only nipped a few down at that end.

They do come right into the main drag of Long Beach and eat tulips from some of the planters at street intersections.

29 April: Tulip 'Gavota'

29 April: Tulip ‘Gavota’

Sometimes I do try colour coordination (like matching yellow flowers to the yellow Portside Café in Ilwaco), and above, I chose Tulip ‘Gavota’ to match the trim colours of the Hungry Harbor Grille.

29 April in front of NIVA green

29 April in front of NIVA green

NIVA green in Long Beach is my favourite gift shop, well, ever.  The artist who owns the shop, Heather Ramsay, has a connection with me because her sister gardened with me way back in 1998 or so, then moved back to the city to start a family.  I had met Heather back then and was just thrilled when she moved here and opened this shop, thus putting me back in touch with her sister, as well.  (In early January of 2013, I had the joy of having dinner here at the beach with Heather, her sister, and her sister’s two daughters!)

by NIVA green

by NIVA green

I had every intention of having green tulips in the NIVA green planter.  Better luck in 2013 I hope!  Meanwhile across the street, the planter bu Scoopers had a stunning ‘Spring Green’ tulip just about to bloom at the beginning of May.

Tulip 'Spring Green'

Tulip ‘Spring Green’

29 April across from the merry go round

29 April across from the merry go round
in front of the Sand Dollar Deli

in front of the Sand Dollar Deli

In front of a rental cottage on Fifth Street downtown, we went with a mostly yellow theme for the little yellow Summerhouse rental cottage.

Summerhouse

Summerhouse

Summerhouse

Summerhouse

Summer, the time of few photographs for 2012, is here represented by the California poppies in one planter.

summer planter

summer planter

I have a mystery in one of the planters just outside the Long Beach Elks.  Left over from when the planters were done by volunteers is this very fragrant, midsummer blooming plant.  Can someone ID it for me?

what am I?

what am I?

On the same June day that we redid the Kite Museum garden, we also refurbished the Fish Alley planters.  They had had the saddest old mugo pine in one and a crapulous Phormium in the other.  After some struggle, we got the big old tired boring plants removed and replanted them with our favourite annuals, with Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’ as a semi-permanent centerpiece.  (I saw semi-permanent because this floriferous perennials usually needs replacing every couple of years.)

Fish Alley planters with yellow sanvitalia and cosmos and painted sage

Fish Alley planters with yellow sanvitalia and Cosmos’Sonata’ and painted sage

Fish Alley

Fish Alley has four planted whiskey barrels and a giant frying pan

I used a lot of the yellow Sanvitalia (from The Basket Case Greenhouse) in planters around town and also tried out a new Agyranthemum called Spring Bouquet.  The latter looked wonderful in May, then petered out and I almost went off it. But when we sheared it, it came back with a fabulous show in late summer…(below) in a planter on the Veterans Field stage.

Agyranthemum 'Spring Bouquet'

Agyranthemum ‘Spring Bouquet’

on Veterans Field stage, still going strong on 9-28

on Veterans Field stage, still going strong on 9-28

That was relief because I had suggested that The Basket Case carry it (after I had seen one all pretty in pinks and pale yellows) and I did not want it to be a failure.

Speaking of The Basket Case, they again provided their amazing hanging baskets for the city.

basket at Fifth Street restroom

basket at Fifth Street restroom

June 2012, Long Beach City Hall, hanging baskets by The Basket Case Greenhouse

June 2012, Long Beach City Hall, hanging baskets by The Basket Case Greenhouse

I was never very big on putting petunias in the Long Beach planters, but some of the colours of petunia have won me over.  Here’s ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ in one of the containers at The Anchorage Cottages, another Long Beach job.

Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso'

Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’

I intend to use lots of Sanvitalia and Pretty Much Picasso in the 2013 planters and have every intention of taking more photos.

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