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I’m still playing catchup with some two day posts while I try to get to only five days behind instead of fifteen.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

lilies in our volunteer garden at the post office

lilies in our volunteer garden at the post office

I planted the three little gazanias.

I planted the three little gazanias.

Rudbeckia that Our Kathleen donated last year.

Rudbeckia that Our Kathleen donated last year.

I asked Allan to photograph the Basket Case hanging baskets across the street in front of the museum (because they were on his side of the van).

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Mike’s Garden

I had big plans to prune (or rather…have Allan prune) some of the climbing rose out of Mayor Mike’s beach pine today.  We ran out of time, though, because a couple of other jobs had suddenly joined the schedule.

NEXT week...I hope...we will thin out the rambling rose.

NEXT week…I hope…we will thin out the rambling rose.

I had big plans to get Long Beach AND Ilwaco and the Port of Ilwaco gardens done today and have Friday through Monday off.  My first thought upon waking had been “Tomorrow off!”.  Two things happened to change that when I checked my email and Facebook.  1.  I found out about an art show that would take place in Coulter Park…which was a mess.  2. I found out for sure that the sale of Jo’s house had fallen through, and because we like Jo and Bob so much, I offered to keep working there after all, deadheading and grooming once a week while it is for sale…including going there today to check on the watering.

The Depot Restaurant

While we were doing our weekly watering and deadheading, a group of garden admirers came by to chat.  The daughter was studying zoo horticulture (including what not to feed to the animals), which made for an interesting and informative conversation on all sides.  The dierama (angel’s fishing rod) was a big hit.

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north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

lilies and helenium

lilies and helenium

more lilies

more lilies

lots of deadheads on the cosmos now (Allan's photo)

lots of deadheads on the cosmos now (Allan’s photos)

after deadheading

after deadheading

looking south

looking south

the front with barrels and window boxes by Nancy Aust of The Basket Case

the front with barrels and window boxes by Nancy Aust of The Basket Case

Long Beach

the weekly grooming of the welcome sign

the weekly grooming of the welcome sign

Cosmos 'Happy Ring' reseeded from last year

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ reseeded from last year

one weird flower on the echibeckia

one weird flower on the echibeckia

both sides

both sides

and the back

and the back

I decided we had better check on the kite museum garden.

It is doing well this year!

It is doing well this year!

Gift shop manager Patty has been keeping it watered and deadheading the cosmos, thus the prolific blooms.

Gift shop manager Patty has been keeping it watered and deadheading the cosmos, thus the prolific blooms.

Jo’s Garden

Here we were again at Jo’s garden, making it look fresh and nice for the realtor who would meet with Jo and Bob tomorrow.

after deadheading some spent gladiolas

after deadheading some spent gladiolas

I hope a gardener buys this place.

I hope a gardener buys this place.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard

Here is the real estate listing for this dream house and garden.

back to Long Beach

We started in Long Beach town again by working together to groom the City Hall and Veterans Field gardens.

poor li'l Crimson Pygmy barberry got smashed.

poor li’l Crimson Pygmy barberry had gotten smashed.

It used to look nice like the others.

It used to look nice like this one.

Someone had left a rock in the flag pavilion, we think in memory of a loved one. (Allan's photo)

Someone had left a rock in the flag pavilion, we think in memory of a loved one. (Allan’s photo)

Then Allan and I parted ways.  While I watered all the planters, Allan tackled Coulter Park.  It had not been done for awhile, and Friday and Saturday (July 22-23), the Peninsula Art Association would be having an art sale in the old train depot building there.  It took Allan three or four hours to undo the tangles of bindweed and salmonberry which is creeping under the fence from the north.  I’ve gotten so fed up with the situation, and especially with clipping salmonberry out from the canes of a row of thorny roses, that I’ve somewhat given up.  Fortunately, Allan is made of sterner stuff.

before and after

before and after

the horror of bindweed

the horror of bindweed

before

before

after

after

the painful rose nightmare...rose and salmonberry roots intermingled, with plenty of thorns on both.

the painful rose nightmare…rose and salmonberry roots intermingled, with plenty of thorns on both, topped with bindweed and birdsfoot trefoil

after

after (the salmonberry roots are still all entwined with the roses; you can see salmonberry taller than the fence, behind)

looks nice for the art show patrons

looks nice for the art show patrons.  A monster salmonberry looms on the other side.

Meanwhile, I watered planters and did a bit of deadheading in Fifth Street Park.

Sanguisorba in Fifth Street Park

Sanguisorba in Fifth Street Park

white tigridia

white tigridia

I collect snails from the planters and, because I don’t like to kill them, I deposit them in a couple of empty lots along my route.  There was an odd moment, when I saw this one trying to leave the bucket, that I felt for one second like it was my pet, like a dog or a cat.

a strange moment indeed

a strange moment indeed

sweet pea success in one of the planters (with a tower that holds a business name sign)

sweet pea success in one of the planters (with a tower that holds a business name sign)

edging carpet of golden thyme

edging carpet of golden thyme

pizazz in miniature

pizazz in miniature

parsley

parsley

agastache and parsley

agastache and parsley

Fun Rides

Fun Rides

Not only do I like the new paint job on Fun Rides, but the new owners are playing much better carousel music.  Instead of the same carny tune over and over, I’ve heard carnivalized versions of YMCA, Heart of Glass, and several more pop/disco songs that make me happy.

Allan got done with Coulter Park in time to water four of the planters.

a stunning cosmos (Allan's photo)

a stunning cosmos…like ‘Seashells’ but fluffier.   (Allan’s photo)

We quite simply could not get to Ilwaco, sadly, so our Friday off slipped through our fingers.  I did not feel we could have gotten done even had we worked a ten hour day.  For awhile, I felt rather glum, then reminded myself that an all Ilwaco day is not such a hard thing.

Friday, 22 July 2016

I wanted to stay home with my Smokey.

I wanted to stay home with my Smokey.

post office garden

post office garden

Port of Ilwaco

Because some rain had fallen overnight, I deluded myself into thinking we wouldn’t have to water.  I was wrong.  We realized immediately upon arrival at the boatyard that the garden had not been moistened enough by the light rain.  I weeded while Allan watered.

a boat going out

a boat going out

I overheard the boat owners saying it was going to be windy this weekend.  I hoped that just meant out on the water.  One said to a friend that the boat was “so smooth you could do brain surgery while crossing the bar.”

looks like bad invasive purple loosestrife has blown in from somewhere, down where I can't get at it.

looks like bad invasive purple loosestrife has blown in from somewhere, down where I can’t get at it.

about 1/5 of the boatyard garden, looking south

about 1/5 of the boatyard garden, looking south

sweet pea success

sweet pea success

I then hoped we would not have to water the Howerton Ave. curbside gardens.  So wrong.  We ended up watering almost all of them.

a little bird in the garden at Time Enough Books

a little bird in the garden at Time Enough Books

watering the most parched west end garden bed

watering the most parched west end garden bed

Gaura 'Whirling Butterfly' (Allan's photo)

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterfly’ (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium (sea holly) (Allan's photo)

Eryngium (sea holly) (Allan’s photo)

grateful plants (Allan's photo)

grateful plants (Allan’s photo)

snaking hoses a long way from the dock (Allan's photo)

snaking hoses a long way from the dock (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' is fading to tan (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ is fading to tan (Allan’s photo)

Pokemon go players (Allan's photo)

Pokemon Go players (Allan’s photo)

still clear water today

still clear water today

a different and prettier bindweed on the bank of the marina

a different and prettier bindweed on the bank of the marina

Memorial plaques are set into the lawn at the marina. (Allan's photo)

Memorial plaques are set into the lawn at the marina. (Allan’s photo)

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Allan found the obituary of the father of the family, whose plaque is on the right.  Let’s take a moment to remember these local fishing folk.  We are always aware here that the commercial fisherfolk are a brave and hardy clan.

A light mist for about ten minutes was not enough to let us stop watering.  The water is still not on at the former Wade Gallery garden bed (which we had planted up all nice for the previous owners) so we are still bucket watering it (or rather, Allan is).

before the bucket watering, which is never enough: Even the Eryngium is suffering from lack of water.

before the bucket watering, which is never enough: Even the Eryngium is suffering from lack of water.

Penstemon longing for a good dose of hose water.

Penstemon longing for a good dose of hose water.  So frustrating.

I walked the whole length of Howerton weeding the beds.

the "drive over garden"

the “drive over garden” shows the difference when we can reach a garden with hose water.

blue catananche at the east end

blue catananche at the east end

Both Allan and I had noticed that 'Sapphire Blue' is going tan.

Both Allan and I had noticed that ‘Sapphire Blue’ is going tan.

Allan finished the workday by watering the Ilwaco street trees and planters with the water trailer while I went home and watered our own garden.  Then, our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.  (It had been delayed one day because of a Melissa excursion to Portland on Thursday.)  We had time on the way to visit the last half an hour of the PAA art show and chat with our friend Bayside Debbie.

Debbie and her really cool jewelry

Debbie and her really cool jewelry

The Cove Restaurant

sedums in Sondra's garden outside (Allan's photo)

sedums in Sondra’s garden outside (Allan’s photo)

caesar salad (Allan's photo)

caesar salad (Allan’s photo)

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

prime rib (a Friday night offering) for Dave and Mel (Allan's photo)

prime rib (a Friday night offering) for Dave and Mel (Allan’s photo)

and a very chocolatey dessert (Allan's photo)

and a very chocolatey dessert (Allan’s photo)

lemon mascarpone cheesecake, and our dear server Lynn treated us to our desserts.

lemon mascarpone cheesecake, and our dear server Lynn treated us to our desserts.

At last we had come to our three day rather than four day weekend, with plans for boating, gardening, and some time touring one of our favourite local gardens with friends.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 21: 10:30-5:00! COOLER  Picked berries, barely enough for one breakfast.  I planned to mulch and cage the tomatoes but ended up weeding, deadheading, and watering the flower beds in upper driveway and tam area.  I pulled gobs of the perennial geranium plants that are everywhere.  Did some weeding in front “ditch” but didn’t get done so I quit working at 5:00.

July 22:  Store and errands day.  Paid electric bill, Tim’s, Payless and Stock Market.  Which is being redone by new owners (QFC) so it’s very difficult finding items.

1998 (age 74):

July 21:  I put out all my quart mayo jars to recycle.  I’ll keep all the pints.  I can use mayo pints for tomatoes.  I called Foremost Insurance Co.  They will send an agent to check damage in bathroom floor—in 3 or 4 days.  [She was getting her home ready to sell so she could move to Long Beach.]

July 22:  TOO HOT  90 degrees.  The agent called at 9:00 AM.  She will come tomorrow at 1:00.  I worked all day going over my house plants.  I repotted several, threw some out, and put the plants back in the Floralight.  I picked berries at 5:30 still hot—not many because of the heat.  I watered from 7:00 to 9:00—then showered and quit for the day.

 

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Here’s our volunteer project at the Ilwaco Post Office through the year in 2015.  The only catastrophe was when a fellow fell into it and broke the yellow and the dark maroon Asiatic lilies.  So far, this little garden is not plagued by deer, and since we planted many tulips in it this fall, we hope that happy state of affairs continues in 2016.

Plants featured in this garden: tulips, narcissi, lilies, California poppies, Gaura ‘So White’, cosmos, Linaria purpurea (toadflax), ornamental grasses, annuals sunflowers, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen, Salvia viridis (painted sage), Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’, penstemon, Papaver rhoeas, and more.

All photos are embiggenable.

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Here’s our garden bed on the north side of the Depot Restaurant dining deck through the year.  Some of the plants:  tulips and narcissi, Cosmos ‘Sensation’ mix, lilies, Solidago ‘Fireworks’, Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’, Eryngiums, Verbascum, and hops on the lattice.  How quickly a year goes.  Just before we did this year’s fall clean up, we were dining at the Depot and Allan said we had “just cut the hops down”.  I suddenly had a strong tactile memory of the way the vines feel as I clip them and it did seem we must have already done it this fall and forgotten about it.  But when we went outside after dinner, the hops were still there, so that powerful memory came from a year before and seemed like it had just happened.

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Before following the example of the way we clean up other people’s gardens, read about how a wild winter garden is good for pollinators.

The following idea would be hard for me because I don’t like reaching into sharp stubble to weed, and I remember reading how Christopher Lloyd disliked seeing gardeners leaving short stems because it is painful to work in.  Stubble spreads the nesting out more leading to less disease among the bees:

Leave some stubble for the bees!

Mike’s Garden

We began a few blocks to the east at Mike’s garden.

At this time of year, we usually ruin the day of at least a few spiders by having to break their webs in order to garden.

Mike's front garden...

Mike’s front garden…

...had several big spider webs.

…had several big spider webs.

I managed to save this one, and despite a close call when Allan almost forgot, we preserved one across the path by walking around another way.

south end of front path

south end of front path

Before we left, we pruned that jaggedy gold lonicera into more of a round shape, because that is what Mike likes.  A spider’s web got ruined in the process even though I tried not to.  I was going to give the lonicera a bit of a mohawk to save the web but clipped in just the wrong place by accident.

The echinops (blue globe thistle) has come back beautifully from having the floppy stems cut back hard.

The echinops (blue globe thistle) has come back beautifully from having the floppy stems cut back hard.

Between jobs, we stopped off at home and I had a word with my neighbour, Rudder.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Depot Restaurant

Because we were making a run to the dump with some debris from yesterday and Mike’s garden, Allan cut back some of the willow that hangs over the deck’s tent cover.  I did some cosmos deadheading.

still lots of cosmos

still lots of cosmos

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

The irrigation is back on for the front windowboxes, at my request, and they have revived.

The irrigation is back on for the front windowboxes, at my request, and they have revived.

Long Beach

While Allan tidied the Veterans Field gardens, mostly clipping back storm damaged cosmos in the corner garden bed, I checked up on a couple of blocks worth of planters for last minute deadheading.

cosmos still going strong

cosmos still going strong in city planter

lots of Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in Veterans Field

lots of Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in Veterans Field flag pavilion bed

Anchorage Cottages

On the way to the Anchorage, we always look for this dog, and almost always find him or her in this playhouse.

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When we got to the Anchorage, I found the explanation for why I felt so uncomfortable and as if I might be getting sick with a fever.  It had not occurred to me till Allan pointed it out that the temperature was so high in mid October!

This 80 degree photograph was the only one I took at the Anchorage!

This 80 degree photograph was the only one I took at the Anchorage!

Allan's before photo of digging out some more running roses...

Allan’s before photo of digging out some more running roses…

and after

and after

Long Beach 

Back to Long Beach…I wanted to check up on the Lisa Bonney memorial planter out on the beach approach.  A member of her family had, we heard, planted some new plants there for a little memorial service.

Hmm, they had added some impatiens, which were not all that happy... but had probably looked fine on the important day.

Hmm, they had added some impatiens, which were not all that happy… but had probably looked fine on the important day.

Allan's photo; impatiens are too tender for this tough location.

Allan’s photo; impatiens are too tender for this tough location.

It is so hard to keep anything but the most basic plants in this planter because showy plants always get stolen…despite the memorial plaque.  Almost all locals know the story about how the beloved and kind Lisa was murdered, in full view of witnesses, during a festival out here on the beach approach.  Her estranged boyfriend was the killer.  Every year, there is a fundraiser race against domestic violence in her honour, and I think of her every time we garden here.

plaque on Lisa's memorial planter

plaque on Lisa’s memorial planter

Some horses on their way to the beach provided some distraction.

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a nearby gull

a nearby gull

more planter weeding (Allan's photo)

more planter weeding (Allan’s photo)

Some friends will know that that I had a headache all day since every photo of me shows a cold wet bandanna around my head.

next, a big debris dump at Peninsula Sanitation transfer station's clean green pile

next, a big debris dump at Peninsula Sanitation transfer station’s clean green pile

Ilwaco

We picked up some books at the Ilwaco Timberland Library and I admired the fall crocus in the community building garden.

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lovely crocus at community building, planted by Kathleen Sayce

lovely crocus at community building, planted by Kathleen Sayce

At the port, we did a couple of hours of weeding into the very low early evening sun.

ornamental grass with setting sun

ornamental grass with setting sun

backlit

backlit

We marked the shrubs at the old Shorebank garden that are coming out for sightline reasons.  The three arbutus at the end can never be allowed to get big enough to fully flower, so they must go.

It is sad but necessary that these will be backhoed out.

It is sad but necessary that these will be backhoed out.

We had wanted to fill in the time before dinner, with a half an hour in between at home.  All of a sudden, we were racing the clock to get done with a satisfactory amount of weeding by 6:30!

6:30 was coming too soon.

6:30 was coming too soon.

We got most of the weeds, not quite all the way to the west end.

sunset clouds over the marina

sunset clouds over the marina

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On the way home, in the dimming light, I took a couple of photos of sweet peas at the boatyard, just to record how well these two clumps have clambered up the fence.

sweet pea 'Black Knight'

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’

and a mixed bunch

and a mixed bunch

More sweet peas next year!

sunset sky over our own garden

sunset sky over our own garden

and Jeff's boat house two doors down

and Jeff’s boat house two doors down

We got home and divested ourselves of the trailer and arrived at our weekly dinner engagement and meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang just three minutes late.  I had finally taken a migraine pill so I could enjoy dinner without the maddening headache.

The Cove Restaurant

in the foyer

in the foyer

delicious autumn pear and goat cheese salad with some beets

delicious autumn pear and goat cheese salad with some beets

Melissa had the duck.

Melissa had the duck.

I had a great craving for the ahi tuna.

I had a great craving for the ahi tuna.

Dave had my other favourite dish, the cajun chicken alfredo.

Dave had my other favourite dish, the cajun chicken alfredo.

Allan had the fish tacos, $3 each.

Allan had the fish tacos, $3 each.  (his photo)

recording the moment (Allan's photo)

recording the moment (Allan’s photos)

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Arnold Palmer (Allan's photo)

Arnold Palmer (Allan’s photo)

cannoli for dessert!

cannoli for dessert!

Melissa and Dave dig in.

Melissa and Dave dig in.

after dinner, compliments to Chef Jason Lancaster

after dinner, compliments to Chef Jason Lancaster

Jason and Lynn

Jason and Lynn

and our good friend Parking Lot Cat (Allan's photo)

and our good friend Parking Lot Cat (Allan’s photo)

Next: four, but not five, days off

 

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Friday, 2 October 2015

I had the most wonderful long sleep with no artificial sleep aid, most unusual and most welcome….even though I did feel I had lost half the day.  When I finally went outside, thinking to putter and weed a bit, I suddenly remembered two projects that had come to mind this past week.

Yesterday morning, I had had a revelation that the bed running next to the garage could be made more of an ornamental grass Piet Oudolfy type of garden.

Here it was yesterday morning.

Here it was yesterday morning.

So first I transplanted two big Miscanthus into the middle bed of those three.  The far in the distance bed is a debris pile at present.

the west side garden where tall ornamental grasses will grow next year...

the west side garden where tall ornamental grasses will grow next year…

I am still trying to decide whether or not to turn the shabby grass paths to gravel.  I do love a gravel garden and yet the grass, even dormant, feels so soft underfoot.

And then I suddenly remembered that I had decided the four long low containers by the south wall must be moved.  I think they would be wonderful containers on the edge of a deck.  But I do not have a deck, or even the prospect of a deck.  I always thought I could successfully grown beans or peas up the side of the house on bamboo stakes.  After five years of failure at that plan, I was sick to death of the same-iness of those long planters.

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before, 3:30 PM

Much digging of potting soil into buckets ensued, along with the digging out of two whiskey barrels that were outside the deer fence.  Allan helped me move the empty barrels into place.

Devery stopped by partway through the frenzy.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photos; I want to expand the scree garden all around the boat by moving the strawberries that are on the other side.

I was telling Devery all about the strawberry plan (because we share them with her)

I was telling Devery all about the strawberry plan (because we share them with her)

I gave her some lavender.

I gave her some lavender.

Then I got back to finishing the big exhausting project.

after, 6 PM

after, 6 PM

I’m happy with having a variety of heights against the house instead of the long low stretch of four identical planters.

If I can find a place for these, I can grow strawberries in them, thus freeing up the strawberry bed for a scree garden expansion. (Allan's photo)

If I can find a place for these, I can grow strawberries in them.  (Allan’s photo)

Another frenzy followed of moving a plant table from behind the garage onto the patio, by which time it was too dark to take a photo.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

After a day of pleasant garden puttering, and some small worries about wind, the wind did die down at dusk and we were able to have a campfire with Our Kathleen, Dave, and Melissa.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the shade garden looking fine at dusk

the shade garden looking fine at dusk

a simply perfect autumn campfire evening

a simply perfect autumn campfire evening

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I wish to relive the idyllic time from all angles.

I wish to relive the idyllic time from all angles.

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We had three kinds of sausages, buttered corn foil-roasted in the fire, beer, cider, or root beer, Allan’s homemade pumpkin pie, Melissa’s brownies; what a feast.  Smokey joined us; the other cats are not campfire aficionados.

To make the evening even more perfect, I looked at my phone and saw that garden writer Ann Lovejoy, who I had just realized this day was on Facebook, had accepted my friend request.  This meant the world to me as her gardening talk over 25 years ago had changed my life.

"Plant Vessel" Ann Lovejoy

my garden boat, the “Plant Vessel” Ann Lovejoy!

Afterward, as Kathleen was leaving, I saw that the J’s house across the street had all its Halloween lights up.  As I took my camera one house down to take a photo, I suddenly exclaimed:  “Damn, I left my property!”  Kathleen said something like, “All of Lake Street is yours,” and I said, “Some would beg to differ.”  So much for not setting foot off my property for five days.  (I realized than that, because there is still compostable debris in our trailer,  I would at some point have had to set foot out on the sidewalk to unload it.)

My photo did not even turn out well, but Allan’s did:

The J's house across the street.

The J’s house across the street. (Allan’s photo)

next: three more luxurious days off

 

 

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Mike’s Garden

At Mike’s garden, just a few blocks east, I was greeted by barking from Sally, who was happy to get a belly scratching through the back deck lattice.  We did a quick session of weeding and clipping in the garden, front and back.

my good friend Sally

my good friend Sally

Allan addressed the east property line, so overgrown from a vacant lot next door.

before, Allan's photo

before, Allan’s photo

after, Allan's photo

after, Allan’s photo

Mike's front garden, looking north

Mike’s front garden, looking north

front garden with Geranium 'Rozanne'

front garden with Geranium ‘Rozanne’

On the way out of town, we parked so I could poke a finger into an Ilwaco planter, sure I would find it damp but wanting the certainty.  NOOOOOOOO!   It was SO dry that I realized those planters would need watering in order to be damp enough to take advantage of upcoming rain. Rain water does not soak in well to a dry, densely planted container.

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot garden did not require watering as we have had enough rain for plants in the ground, so all we did was deadhead the prolific cosmos and pull a few weeds.

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

At some point, we will just let the cosmos go to seed, but not yet. Probably not till mid October.

At some point, we will just let the cosmos go to seed, but not yet. Probably not till mid October.

Allan found this license plate in the garden, and one of the logs had been knocked off-kilter, we think hard enough to knock the plate off! But thankfully not hard enough to push the log into the garden.

Allan found this license plate in the garden, and one of the logs had been knocked off-kilter, we think hard enough to knock the plate off! But thankfully not hard enough to push the log into the garden.

view looking south from the front of the building.

view looking south from the front of the building.

Plantings by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse are still going strong at the front (north side) of the restaurant.

Plantings by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse are still going strong at the front (north side) of the restaurant.

the entry to the dining deck, with hops; Allan checked it for sneaky bindweed.

the entry to the dining deck, with hops; Allan checked it for sneaky bindweed.  (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo. Makes me want a lattice walkway like this. Allan???

Allan’s photo. Makes me want a lattice walkway like this. Allan???

Long Beach

We deadheaded the welcome sign, me with a feeling of malaise because after the vandalism? of a couple of weeks ago, many of the flowers are gone.

I guess it's still good if you don't know what it COULD be looking like.

I guess it’s still good if you don’t know what it COULD be looking like.

WAS cosmos all along the back. At least the lights illuminate the sign better now.

WAS cosmos all along the back. At least the lights illuminate the sign better now.

The only way to have the lights really work well to illuminate the sign is to have the plants all be about two inches tall.  Then the cement wall would show.  It is a dilemma.

looks pretty good from the sidewalk as those plants did not get stood upon...or whatever it was that happened during Rod Run.

looks pretty good from the sidewalk as those plants did not get stood upon…or whatever it was that happened during Rod Run.

In Veterans Field, we found a new flagpole had been installed in the corner garden.  I cannot remember what was planted in that spot…which is probably just as well.  It took me a few minutes to realize what had changed!

new flagpole

new flagpole

Then I looked up.  The new flag is for the merchant marines.  That will please our friend J9, whose dad served in that capacity in WW II.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

weeding, Allan's photo

weeding in the wind, Allan’s photo

We walked the downtown main street and groomed all the planters, and decided not to water because a good rain is due overnight and they are still slightly damp.  Unlike the Ilwaco planters, these are large enough to hold some moisture.

This planter by The Hungry Harbor (before) was the shabbiest looking.

This planter by The Hungry Harbor (before) was the shabbiest looking.

Here it is, after. All the California poppies are volunteers and I can't resist letting them overtake the planter.

Here it is, after. All the California poppies are volunteers and I can’t resist letting them overtake the planter.

Salvia viridis (painted sage) is still holding on to its colour.

Salvia viridis (painted sage) is still holding on to its colour.

As I passed NIVA green, I went in to get a sympathy card for our neighbour whose beloved spouse and best buddy had died.  I found one that spoke to me of their garden, where below an understory of a good collection of Japanese maples, annuals and small perennials grow in a tidy display.

vintage botanical specimens card by luccapaperworks.com

vintage botanical specimens card by luccapaperworks.com

While writing it out that evening, I found one more quotation that I added (other than my favourite one about memory, by Angelo Patri…)    Well, here they both are.

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and…”Mixed with missing him for the rest of my life was a feeling of amazement and delight that I had lived with him, embraced him, and listened to him sing.”  (MFK Fisher)

I was thinking a great deal on this topic, and I share these quotations for anyone who has experienced that sort of loss.

I went on with the rest of the north end planters.

chrysanthemums about to blossom....good ones that last year bloomed for several weeks.

chrysanthemums about to blossom….good ones that last year bloomed for several weeks.

Allan did the gardening on the south blocks of downtown and took these photos:

Schizostylis, eaten by deer? in a tree garden

Schizostylis, eaten by deer? or picked…in a tree garden

Fifth Street Park (Allan's photo)

Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

small planter used as ash tray (Allan's photo)

small planter used as ash tray (Allan’s photo)

It's in the back of this picnic area, to keep people from falling into a hole (Allan's photo)

It’s in the back of this picnic area, to keep people from falling into a hole (Allan’s photo)

a cute duck at the debris dump (Allan's photo)

a cute duck at the debris dump (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: She seemed to have no fear.

Allan’s photo: She seemed to have no fear.

Ilwaco

We only had 12 buckets and a large jug with us and figured they should be enough to water the 26 Ilwaco planters with a couple of gallons each.  We did not have time to break out the water pump trailer so bucket watering was our choice.

filling the buckets at the boatyard

filling the buckets at the boatyard

our view from the faucet

our view from the faucet

two new boats

two new boats

sweet pea 'Black Knight' almost to the top of the fence

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’ almost to the top of the fence

another new boat

another new boat

northeast corner of the boatyard

northeast corner of the boatyard

Across the street: I wonder how long this street tree will last.

Across the street: I wonder how long this street tree will last.

We pruned off three lower limbs today on the left side.

We pruned off three lower limbs today on the left side.  There is a difference; look at the truck.

I feel these trees need the attention of an arborist (an expert one who does NOT top trees) to lighten them up for better resistance to wind.  I lack the expertise, the head for heights, the proper ladder, and the time.  Allan has the head for heights but lacks the expertise, the proper ladder, and the time.  Although I do know enough to stand below and guide him through some judicious cuts…but…we still lack the time in the budget, I think.

We bucket watered the 26 planters, by which I mean Allan bucket watered and I weeded and groomed.  To my horror, I found that the little pocket gardens under the trees felt powder dry, perhaps a little bit damp an inch down.  We did not have enough water for them so can only hope for a SERIOUS rain tonight or Allan will have to return to them with water soon.

I fervently hope this will be the last planter watering for the season….unlikely but possible.

The Cove Restaurant

At last, time came for our traditional Thursday dinner at the Cove with Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Gardening.  I can easily say that becoming friends with them and Todd are the best things that have happened to us in 2015.

in Sondra's garden outside the restaurant (Allan's photo)

in Sondra’s garden outside the restaurant (Allan’s photo)

in the foyer (Allan's photo)

in the foyer (Allan’s photo)

Chef Jason treated us to an appetizer that was like a delicious cross between a chalupa and the pork conchinita, featuring sprouts from Pink Poppy Farm.

special app from Jason

special app from Jason

the amazing seasonal salad with pears and goat cheese

the amazing seasonal salad with pears and goat cheese

I was about to order a light and healthful ahi tuna plate when the words "Cajun Chicken Alfredo" came out of my mouth.

I was about to order a light and healthful ahi tuna plate when the words “Cajun Chicken Alfredo” came out of my mouth.

Melissa's pork conchinita (Allan's photo)

Melissa’s pork conchinita (Allan’s photo)

the end of the workweek for us (but not for the Sea Star duo)

the end of the workweek for us (but not for the Sea Star duo) nor was it the end of the workweek for Chef Jason Lancaster (right, Allan’s photo)

At home, later in the evening, I heard a loud gurgling and went outside to see that all of the downspouts were pouring a downpour of rain into the water barrels.  I felt so glad, as it was likely to be enough to satisfy the street tree gardens in Ilwaco.

 

 

 

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I invite you to come with us through a whole work week in two posts, so I have some hope of getting closer to the present day.  Work is repetitive now, mostly watering and deadheading.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Ilwaco Post Office garden

Ilwaco Post Office garden

Long Beach

We've stepped up the deadheading of the welcome sign to twice a week.

We’ve stepped up the deadheading of the welcome sign to twice a week.

Echibeckia is a real do-er although I'm not sure if the colour is good here.

Echibeckia is a real do-er although I’m not sure if the colour is good here.

The godetia is almost over at the curb.

The godetia is almost over at the curb.

There is a geocache hidden in this wall. Hint: look above the cigarette butt.

There is a geocache hidden in this wall. Hint: look above and to the right of the cigarette butt.

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Sometimes people dig at the end of the garden looking for this.

Downtown: The shasta daisies in the Fifth Street Park planter, chosen and planted by a volunteer years ago, have got to go.  For now, they are trimmed.

before

before

after: They are a surprisingly thirsty plant. Water twice a week is not enough to keep them from looking crispy.

after: They are a surprisingly thirsty plant. Water twice a week is not enough to keep them from looking crispy.

This sweetheart's name is Fred, waiting for his person who was in the Long Beach Tavern.

This sweetheart’s name is Fred, waiting for his person who was in the Long Beach Tavern.

A gaura reseeded on the curb of a planter.

A gaura reseeded on the curb of a planter.

reseeded from this one

reseeded from this one

Why is this cosmos wilting??

Why is this cosmos wilting??

Because someone pulled it out and it was sitting on the top of the soil. Too dry and warm to transplant it...it was a loss.

Because someone pulled it out and it was sitting on the top of the soil. Too dry and warm to transplant it…it was a loss.

POPPED into NIVA green, my favourite shop, for some photos.

POPPED into NIVA green, my favourite shop, for some photos.

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Brass Ops, a military band from Portland, played cheerful tunes at Veterans Field.

Brass Ops, a military band from Portland, played cheerful tunes at Veterans Field.

Brass Ops

Brass Ops

an appreciative audience member

an appreciative audience member

I got awfully hungry, and pondered the nearby food establishments.  I did not feel I had time to stop for food when there was a sandwich in our lunch box in the van.

Hungry Harbor Grille....

Hungry Harbor Grille….

Pizza and hot dogs...all tempting... I made it to the van for the sandwich.

Pizza and hot dogs…all tempting… I made it to the van for the sandwich.

Allan's photo of the planter by the pizza slice and hot dog place.

Allan’s photo of the planter by the pizza slice and hot dog place.

Allan's photo: Hungry Harbor planter (perhaps too many reseeded California poppies

Allan’s photo: Hungry Harbor planter (perhaps too many) reseeded California poppies

Allan's photo: so crowded in town that there was a line outside Castaways

Allan’s photo: so crowded in town that there was a line outside Castaways

Allan's photo: Zoltar waiting to tell your fortune

Allan’s photo: Zoltar waiting to tell your fortune

at Stormin' Norman's kite shop

at Stormin’ Norman’s kite shop

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in Fifth Street Park

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in Fifth Street Park

On the deer trail, Seventh South, planter nasturtiums are getting nibbled.

On the deer trail, Seventh South, planter nasturtiums are getting nibbled. If I had been as hungry as before  I’d had my sandwich, I might have been tempted to eat them myself.

The deer in question (Allan's photo)

The deer in question (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, tourists following the baby deer while their mom is in the background

The mother parked her babies in some brambles and took a walk. (Allan's photo) Maybe seeking some peace and quiet.

The mother parked her babies in some brambles and took a walk. (Allan’s photo) Maybe seeking some peace and quiet.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Blue on blue, Agastache 'Estella Indigo' and Geranium 'Rozanne'

Blue on blue, Agastache ‘Estella Indigo’ and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

While I was still watering, Allan deadheaded the Super Dorothy rose in Fifth Street Park.

before

before

after: Did he go too far?

after: Did he go too far?

Allan suggested we take a break and have crab rolls at Captain Bob's Chowder, so we did.

Allan suggested we take a break and have crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder, so we did.

I was so hungry still that I scarfed the delicious food down with no photo.  It’s a good looking crab roll, too.

Penttila’s Chapel

We finally found time to weed the Penttila's Chapel garden.

We finally found time to weed the Penttila’s Chapel garden.

The sprinkler system is not working well. Physocarpus (the dark leaved shrub) is proving to be drought-resistant like a champ.

The sprinkler system is not working well. Physocarpus (the dark leaved shrub) is proving to be drought-resistant like a champ.

The weeds were not growing much in dry soil. We got this many.

The weeds were not growing much in dry soil. We got this many, mostly horsetail.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Today was a somber day because we learned that former port manager Jim Neva had died of cancer.  He was a visionary about the Ilwaco gardens and initiated and supported our bringing back the boatyard garden to its former glory and remaking the Howerton Avenue gardens.  Outside of our small world of gardening, he’d been determined in his work to get funding for port dredging and other local needs, even after he had “retired”, and on top of that he was a lot of fun.  I felt saddened all week that he had just retired as full-time port manager in late 2013 and did not get to enjoy years of beachside life with his beloved wife, Jet, in Hawaii.

Mayor Mike’s garden

We got more cllmbing rose out of Mike's pine tree. Looks more like a tree now.

We got more cllmbing rose out of Mike’s pine tree. Looks more like a tree now. (right side)

ongoing project: clipping some of the old growth from the climbing rose

two weeks ago: last time we were there

There is still one thick stem of old growth that I am inclined to leave.

There is still one thick stem of old growth that I am inclined to leave.

Mike's garden is clearly getting enough water to be happy.

Mike’s garden is clearly getting enough water to be happy.

Mike's front garden

Mike’s front garden with Geranium ‘Rozanne’

lilies and Geranium 'Rozanne'

lilies and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

The Ilwaco Boatyard

We spent the rest of the day on the Ilwaco boatyard, with Allan and me both weeding and pulling out annual poppies.  Suddenly it looks like a garden of shapes instead of a wildflower garden.

My somber mood about Jim’s death led to not many photos.

The shapes of the santolina and lavenders and catmint show up now.

The shapes of the santolina and lavenders and catmint show up now.

Toward the end of the day, Allan watered the Ilwaco planters and street trees while I watered the boatyard garden.

tonight's watering obstacle course

tonight’s watering obstacle course

 

 

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