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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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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Before leaving Ilwaco, we planted two tiny lavender starts in the Time Enough Books garden, where we think they will enjoy the scree-like environment.  The weather was ideal: comfortable, not too hot, very little wind.

The Time Enough Books garden

The Time Enough Books garden

Then we were off toward some north end jobs, beginning with a check up on the planters at

The Red Barn Arena

I finally managed to get two photos of the baby, born earlier this spring.

foal

foal2

one of the barrels

one of the barrels

We couldn’t cut across a pasture to the garden next door as a horse grazed in that pasture today, so we walked along the highway.

Diane’s garden

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.


Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea


back garden planters

back garden planters

On the road again, I remembered that Garden Tour Nancy had asked me if we would check out a potential tour garden for her.  Located in Tides West, it was on our way to our next job.

a garden tour sneak peek

I do believe this one will be on the tour, so I can’t show too much.  I was so impressed; the owner has built all these features herself in just one year.

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I was immediately impressed.

I was immediately impressed.


I wish I had such skills!

I wish I had such skills!


Just one year old

Just one year old


one of two cute dogs

one of two cute dogs

I was inspired to turn two photos into Waterlogues:

Painted in Waterlogue

Painted in Waterlogue

The gardener told us that Ed Strange had recommended that she contact Garden Tour Nancy, and that he calls her garden “Neverland”.  She thought he meant it was like a magical fairyland until she learned he actually meant he thought she would never be finished with projects.  It is just around the corner from our friend J9’s and I am surprised I had not noticed it before, until I realized that  I first visited J9’s new abode and walked around that block over a year ago, and this garden had not even begun then.

Back to the world of work…

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Next, Golden Sands, where Allan strimmed the center lawn (because its easier to bring a string trimmer than a lawn mower down the hallways to the central courtyard).

outside the dining room

outside the dining room (NW quadrant)


SE quadrant

SE quadrant

I had had a plan for quite some time that I finally got around to.  I wanted to prune the rhododendrons behind the SW quadrant to be closer to the height of the ones in the upper right above, that were severely pruned two years ago (not by me).

SW quadrant

SW quadrant: Behind the maple tree are the rhodies I have had my eye on.

The best time to prune them is shortly after they bloom, so last month would have been better.

before: the view out the back hallway window

before: the view out the back hallway window


Here they are pruned...

Here they are pruned… and not looking all bare and stubby.


Well done, if I do say so...and now someone in the corner has a view of the garden.

Well done, if I do say so…and now someone in the corner has a view of the garden.


And there is a garden view from the back hallways window.

And there is a garden view from the back hallways window.

It might seem like a bad plan to have large shrubs blocking the view.  However, before we got our hands on them, the four quadrants were just scrubby sections of lawn.

Allan hauled four wheelbarrowloads of branches down the halls and out to the debris pile.

With a great sense of accomplishment, we went about ten blocks up the road to

Klipsan Beach Cottages

looking in the east deer fence gate

looking in the east deer fence gate


a little frog in a nest of ivy (not planted by us, and not the dreaded English ivy)

a little frog in a nest of ivy (not planted by us, and a more delicate choice than the dreaded English ivy)


the birdbath view

the birdbath view


sit spot in the fenced garden, with Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

sit spot in the fenced garden, with Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’


Alliums and roses

Alliums and roses


bright orange lilies, bright sunshine

bright orange lilies, bright sunshine


River of Geranium 'Rozanne' in the shade along the road to the cottages

River of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in the shade along the road to the cottages


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


I'm pleased that some Fuchsia magellanica that I brought from my garden are sizing up.

in the A Frame garden: I’m pleased that some Fuchsia magellanica that I brought from my garden are sizing up.


A Frame garden: hydrangea and Allium albopilosum

A Frame garden: hydrangea and Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

On the way further north, we stopped at Jack’s for some snacks and a hose fitting.

Jack's Country Store, Ocean Park

Jack’s Country Store, Ocean Park


I noticed someone working on a nice curbside garden at Anita's Coastal Café.

I noticed someone working on a nice curbside garden at Anita’s Coastal Café.

Marilyn’s garden

At our northernmost garden, I had at long last remembered to bring 13 little painted sage plants, and when they were in the ground, Annuals Planting Time was finally truly done!

Eryngium 'Jade Frost' at Marilyn's

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ at Marilyn’s


one of the cosmos that reseeded from last year

one of the cosmos that reseeded from last year

Just as I thought we were done with our weeding session, I saw an Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ that needed deadheading.

before

before


after

after


path, looking south; we did a fair amount of gravel weeding today

path, looking south; we did a fair amount of gravel weeding today


the buds of Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

the buds of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’


more Crocosmia 'Lucifer' buds

more Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ buds


Cosmos

Cosmos


the back deck

the back porch


looking north from the back porch

looking north from the back porch

I had pulled out a big clump of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, behind the montbretia to the right, because I felt it blocked Marilyn’s view of the garden.  Her assistant told me a mother deer and two baby fawns are frequenting the garden and Marilyn loves to observe them.  There is still plenty of ‘Lucifer’ on the other side of the path.

  I wish there were not so much orange montbretia.  It was the only plant in the landscape when we began, just a bit here and there.  That clump got huge before I realized it.

Tall Miscanthus now blocks the view of the garage to the west.

Tall Miscanthus now blocks the view of the garage to the west.


north view with catmint  sprawling on the path

north view with catmint sprawling on the path


Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum


Agastaches and poppies by the driveway

Agastaches and poppies by the driveway

I had hoped we would be done in time to do Andersen’s RV Park today.  It was not to be, so that will have to wait for tomorrow.

We finished with a tiny pruning job at the south side of the port office, where once again we were in the cold north wind.  A volunteer elderberry needed some branches trimmed.  The wind discouraged photos of the process.

Allan's photo: the port wind warning flag was up, as it has been often this month.

Allan’s photo: the port wind warning flag was up, as it has been often this month.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Ilwaco

We began our Saturday with a brief trip to the Ilwaco Saturday Market, for photos and for a treat from Pink Poppy Bakery.

Allan's photo from the port office deck

Allan’s photo from the port office deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a damp day

a damp day

We bought Swedish Traveling Cake for work, and Chai cupcakes for after dinner.

We bought Swedish Traveling Cake for work, and Chai cupcakes for after dinner.

Allan could not resist some pickled garlic.

Allan could not resist some pickled garlic.

our neighbours' booth (Allan's photo); They have a staff of booth-runners at markets all over the Northwest.

our neighbours’ booth (Allan’s photo); They have a staff of booth-runners at markets all over the Northwest.

inside Time Enough Books at the Port (Allan's photo)

inside Time Enough Books at the Port (Allan’s photo)

I bought Ken Druse’s new shade garden book, having ordered it at Time Enough Books.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Bookstore owner Karla and I talked about how excited we are that the Salt Hotel is about to open at the end of the block, and how much it will revitalize the port.

I’ve been so busy that as I write this a week later, my new Ken Druse book has not yet emerged from its bag.

On the way north, Allan had a book to pick up at the Ilwaco Timberland Library.  He photographed the handsome unfurling of the ferns that I pruned there fairly recently:

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Dutch iris still blooming in the tiered garden (Allan's photo)

Dutch iris still blooming in the tiered garden (Allan’s photo)

As we headed north to work, I took the first of several photos for the Rhodie Driving Tour photo album.

in Seaview

in Seaview

The Depot Restaurant

a check up on the Depot garden

a check up on the Depot garden

Allan planting some bright yellow sanvitalia in the barrel by the east window.

Allan planting some bright yellow sanvitalia in the barrel by the east window.

I had a sudden revelation: Why does not the garden on the north side of the deck extend further east?  What was I thinking, stopping it an an angle like that.  No one does much mowing or strimming of that grass, so why not get rid of it?

needs expansion!

needs expansion!

Today's plans did not allow time to implement the idea.

Today’s plans did not allow time to implement the idea.

Long Beach

We had forgotten to add two Geranium ‘Rozanne’ to the back of the welcome sign.

sweeping up after some horsetail control

sweeping up after some horsetail control

The Planter Box

We needed more cosmos, necessitating a stop at The Planter Box.

snapdragons

snapdragons

calendula

calendula

Back in the employees only greenhouse, I saw a gorgeous Dicentra called ‘Valentine’.  I’ve never seen one so red.  I want it badly…but it is sold already.

Dicentra 'Valentine', now on my must have list.

Dicentra ‘Valentine’, now on my must have list.

want it, can't have it!

want it, can’t have it!

a cart full of six flats of Cosmos 'Sensation' and 'Psyche' (Allan's photo)

a cart full of six flats of Cosmos ‘Sensation’ and ‘Psyche’ (Allan’s photo)

On the way out of the back greenhouse, I noticed some Cosmos ‘Candy Stripe’ on the sales floor.  They had got past me thus far; I snagged one 6 pack for my own garden.

Wish I had more of this picotee cosmos.

Wish I had more of this picotee cosmos.

Allan's photo of me carrying the Candy Stripe cosmos; he thought the flowers looked like bagpipes.

Allan’s photo of me carrying the Candy Stripe cosmos; he thought the flowers looked like bagpipes.

Traveling north to our next job, we sustained ourselves with our Pink Poppy Bakery treat.

Swedish Traveling Cake

leaving the Planter Box carpark with Swedish Traveling Cake

Golden Sands Assisted Living

wheelbarrowing cosmos down the hallway (Allan's photo)

wheelbarrowing cosmos down the hallway (Allan’s photo)

I truly entered Annuals Planting Hell while planting 60 cosmos in the Golden Sands garden.  Maybe the sprinklers weren’t on yet; I found some of the ground was dry underneath so had to put water in each small hole.  I had not brought a dipper, so tried a tiny plastic dish that Allan found.  My head just about exploded with how long it took and after about ten cosmos, I walked out to the car (a long trip down the hallways) for a proper dipping container (a reasonable sized Costco plastic jar that had held nuts).  Life immediately became easier.

On one side of the courtyard, the red rhodos are blooming at their unpruned height.

southwest corner

southwest corner

On the other side, they got pruned severely.  I did not and do not approve, but everything outside the four quadrants of flowers is out of my hands.

the tall and the short of it (short ones are in southeast corner)

the tall and the short of it (short ones are in southeast corner)

I also noticed that the shrubs under the windows had been pruned to window sill height, but apparently at the same time someone had severely chopped two of the roses, planted by volunteers (outside the flower quadrants).

roses chopped severely...at the wrong time of year.  Why?  I do not get it.

roses chopped severely…at the wrong time of year. Why? I do not get it.  You can hardly even tell there is a rose in each of these photos.

detail:  WHY????

detail: WHY????

Oh well…I must just focus on our four quadrants…which are about to burst into bloom.

Northwest quadrant

Northwest quadrant

mom's red rose in NW quadrant

mom’s red rose in NW quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

acquilegia

aquilegia

Rudbeckia  starts from our Kathleen are sizing up!

Rudbeckia starts from our Kathleen are sizing up!

SW quadrant; Allan handwatering in case the sprinklers are not yet on.

SW quadrant; Allan handwatering in case the sprinklers are not yet on.

SE quadrant with the first of the sweet williams.

SE quadrant with the first of the sweet williams.

I'm horrified to see salal appearing at the edge of the SE quadrant!

I’m horrified to see salal appearing at the edge of the SE quadrant!

No time for salal control.,..and can’t find out about sprinklers because it is Saturday.

Allan strimmed the center lawn and spared a scabiosa that had reseeded there.

Allan strimmed the center lawn and spared a scabiosa that had reseeded there.  (I’d like it to be all moss and flowers…)  (Allan’s photo)

We have a mini-river of Geranium 'Rozanne' in that lawn.

We have a mini-river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in that mossy lawn.  Allan weeded around them. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I did some light weeding and planted 24 cosmos.  While I did so, Allan weeding along the north fence.

before:  Allan's photo.  That buddliea, belonging to a neighbor who never retrieved it, has languished in that pot for years and has now rooted into the ground.

before: Allan’s photo. That buddliea, belonging to a neighbor who never retrieved it, has languished in that pot for years and has now rooted into the ground.

After:  I didn't agree with cutting the pot away, but now I regret that so he can do so next time! (Allan's photo)

After: I didn’t agree with cutting the pot away, but now I regret that so he can do so next time! (Allan’s photo)

I resisted the buddleia rescue because they are now maligned and considered weedy (except for the new sterile cultivars).  We can just keep the old flowerheads trimmed and it will be fine.  Poor thing.

Dutch iris

Dutch iris

rose clambering into the bay tree

rose clambering into the bay tree

to the right: Thalictrum 'Elin'

to the right: Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Allium multibulbosum (white) and albopilosum (purple)

Allium multibulbosum (white) and albopilosum (purple)

Allium multibulbosum

Allium multibulbosum

rose

rose with Anthricus ‘Ravenswing’ and Dutch Iris

I wish I knew this rose's name.

I wish I knew this rose’s name.

another of Mary's roses

another of Mary’s roses

...whose name I wish I knew.

…whose name I wish I knew.

the weekly view

the weekly view

looking in the east gate

looking in the east gate

the lower level of the fenced garden, with Knockout roses

the lower level of the fenced garden, with Knockout roses

Next door, by where we park, a couple of the rhododendrons at Joanie’s cottage have come into bloom too late for the Rhodie Tour.

red one...

red one…

and pink one

and pink one

In the dump pile, Allan found this pile of spent flowers from Rhododendron 'Cynthia', raked from the lawn.

The prettiest compost in the dump pile.  Allan found this pile of spent flowers from Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’, raked out of the pond

Ocean Park

On the way north to our next job, we did a driveby check on the Oman Builders Supply garden….It did not appear to need our urgent attention.

Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park

Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park

This house and rhododendron caught my eye.

This house and rhododendron caught my eye.

This lineup at the Ocean Park Post Office caught Allan's eye.

This lineup at the Ocean Park Post Office caught Allan’s eye.

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we planted cosmos in Marilyn’s garden in Surfside, our northernmost job.  The garden had gotten terribly weedy in our absence.

Allan's photo, along the house, before

Allan’s photos, along the house, before

and after

and after

He rescued a buried Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' at the corner of the house.

He rescued a buried Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ at the corner of the house.

That Phygelius has to be pulled out from around that Eryngium, though; the Phygelius has crept sideways out of its alloted space and will get much taller than the Eryngium and will hide it again.  Next time!

during...it was worse when I started!

during…it was worse when I started!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

horsetail among the phygelius

horsetail among the phygelius

after

after

Virburnum

Virburnum

Cosmos in

Cosmos in

looking north down the path

looking north down the path

and south

and south

At the very end, I had to wade in to clip the blackberries that i saw while taking photos.

At the very end, I had to wade in to clip the blackberries that i saw while taking photos.

on the way home

There was some excitement at an intersection when three emergency vehicles drove by, and a large fire axe flew off the firetruck and landed in the ditch just north of us…and not, as it could have a few seconds earlier, in the nose of our van.

Allan retrieved it.

Allan retrieved it.

We took it back to the fire fighters, as we had seen where they were going (a few blocks north).  They were surprised that it had come loose.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The axe was riding in that slanted holder; very odd that it flew out so forecefully.

The axe was riding in that slanted holder; very odd that it flew out so forecefully.

After that adventure, we took the Nahcotta route home and photographed just a few more rhododendrons before dusk.

Rhododendrons on Willapa Bay

Rhododendrons by Willapa Bay (just south of Nahcotta Post Office)

At home, I was able to erase a few more planting tasks from the work board.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

I was eager to get on with the cosmos Annuals Planting Time as they were getting tall in the six packs despite pinching.

The Depot Restaurant

Cosmos lined up to plant

Cosmos lined up to plant


cosmos in

four six packs of cosmos in

Long Beach

I’d found some Cosmos ‘Purity’ (all white) at Seven Dees yesterday so 12 went into the corner garden at Veterans Field.

Not even sure if I am supposed to make this corner red white and blue.

Not even sure if I am supposed to make this corner red white and blue.

Jo’s Garden

The biggest project of the day was to plant about eight six packs of cosmos, some painted sage, and a few perennials at Jo’s.  She was at home and had some ideas.

"Let's get that azalea out, what do you think?"  Looks like a job for Allan.

“Let’s get that azalea out, what do you think?” Looks like a job for Allan.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Azalea gone, annuals in (and deer ferns showing that were hidden before)

Azalea gone, annuals in (and deer ferns showing that were hidden before)

Next, Jo turned her eye to an ever growing conifer.

before, Allan's photo, with me bringing cosmos in

before, Allan’s photo, with me bringing cosmos in


before, Allan's photo

before, Allan’s photo


after, Allan's photo

after, Allan’s photo: Jo says that next time, that barberry can go!  It’s in a barrel, and can be cut to the ground and will come back small.


some painted sage and a chocolate cosmos

some painted sage and a chocolate cosmos

Note how Allan’s third project of the day had been to clean up more of the back part of this bed, removing running rugosa rose, Japanese anemone, and a running pink phlox.  Below shows how it looked on May 6th:

before

before


before, Allan's photo

before, Allan’s photo


after, Allan's photo

after, Allan’s photo

Meanwhile, some tall white phlox had to go in the northwest bed because they looked diseased.  This also turned out to be a job for Allan.

Three or four more clumps had to go.

Three or four more clumps had to go, and were replaced with cosmos.


I was pleased and surprised to see that Jo's Zaluzianskya (night scented phlox) had come back.

I was pleased and surprised to see that Jo’s Zaluzianskya (night scented phlox) had come back.


northwest garden after planting

northwest garden after planting

You might wonder what my job was in all this: to figure out how to squeeze in and then plant all the cosmos and painted sage.

Jo herself.

Jo herself.

The Anchorage Cottages

what we did not get done: weeding and pulling scilla along this area.

what we did not get done: weeding and pulling scilla along this area.


Allan's photo: Mitzu

Allan’s photo: Mitzu


I added lots of annuals to the containers in the courtyard and office entry.

I added lots of annuals to the containers in the courtyard and office entry.


a bright orange calibrachoa

a bright orange calibrachoa


a lemony-pink osteospermum

a lemony-pink osteospermum


the weird 'Coralberry Punch' callie

the weird ‘Coralberry Punch’ callie


12 cosmos planted in this garden

12 cosmos planted in this garden

Meanwhile, Allan cleared a narrow bed of scilla and planted more cosmos.

before: Allan's photo

before: Allan’s photo


after:  Allan's photo

after: Allan’s photo

Usually I put something tall in the windowboxes (by tall I mean a few inches taller than the trailies…)  Not this year because the new liners are so narrow that there is no room to set a tall thing a bit to the back.

narrow plastic liners

narrow plastic liners

Ideally, I would like to see the wooden frames rebuilt to hold full sized plastic windowbox liners for more root room.  Maybe next winter?

more Long Beach

We did more weeding and a bit of planting in the raised planters along Boldstadt. I averted my eyes from the beach approach garden’s understory of weeds. No time for that! Below: a planter backed with the naturescape of dune grass.  

some tall armerias added to the Bolstadt beach approach planters

some tall armerias added to the Bolstadt beach approach planters

Ilwaco 

Eager to cross off two small jobs from the work board, we planted the cosmos in the Time Enough Books garden boat, working around the still-blooming Tulip ‘Formosa’.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo: This small dog has appeared in the Geranium 'Rozanne' next to the boat

Allan’s photo: This small dog has appeared in the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ next to the boat

We added 12 or 18 or ?? cosmos to our volunteer garden at the post office.

Our audience got bored and left.

Our audience got bored and left.


Just as I had feared, the new fence slats had made a mess of my sweet pea area.

Just as I had feared, the new fence slats had made a mess of my sweet pea area.

I put little bamboo stakes around the remaining sweet peas but I don’t have much hope if someone goes in to paint these boards.  Sigh….

with cosmos added

with cosmos added


the work board, with a few items erased

the work board, with a few items erased

 

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Monday, 11 May 2015

We usually are careful to wait till Mother’s Day for planting annuals, to avoid cold nights. Jo’s annuals never suffer from being planted (at her request) a week or two before any of our other clients, but I don’t want to risk it unless the client is determined (like Jo!).  This year, we’d begun annuals last week, here and there.  However, annuals time can’t officially begin without changing the work board.

as it was

the work board as it was

I still have not gotten my back garden weeded enough to fertilize more than a few plants, and we have no sign of when we might have time to weed the 13 sections of the beach approach garden.

The annuals board has begun.

The annuals board has begun.

While we have some of annuals in at Andersen’s and the Red Barn already, they won’t get crossed off till they are completely done.  Cosmos are an annual, too.  Here, “annuals” means container plants like calibrachoas and trailing lobelia, quite a different planting experience than putting cosmos in the ground.

Mary watched us leave for work.  I wished I could spend the day with her in our garden.

Mary watched us leave for work. I wished I could spend the day with her in our garden.

First stop: check the painting situation at the Depot Restaurant.  The lattice is done.

First stop: check the painting situation at the Depot Restaurant. The lattice is done.

planted three Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' and two Helichrysum 'Limelight' in the barrel.

planted three Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and two Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ in the barrel.

The Planter Box

We began to collect our flats of cosmos from the back greenhouse of the Planter Box.

some handsome heucheras on our way back to the last greenhouse

some handsome heucheras on our way back to the last greenhouse

I often ponder this table and two chairs, as we have a larger chair that matches this set.

I often ponder this table and two chairs, as we have a larger chair that matches this set.

Teresa at The Planter Box

Teresa and Raymond,  sibling owners at The Planter Box

a van packed with cosmos

a van packed with cosmos (Allan’s photo)

With the van stuffed with flats of cosmos and more, we drove to Andersen’s RV Park, just a few blocks up the road.

Andersen’s RV Park

Allan watering the garden shed garden after some weeding and the planting of cosmos there.

Allan watering the garden shed garden after some weeding and the planting of cosmos there.

Alliums in the garden shed garden

Alliums in the garden shed garden

allium closeup

allium closeup

Allan's photo: We also have Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' and some Salvia viridis (painted sage).

Allan’s photo: We also have Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and some Salvia viridis (painted sage).

Cosmos 'Sonata' short) and some Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' went into the Payson Hall planters.

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ short) and some Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ went into the Payson Hall planters.

pinching after planting

pinching after planting

planting cosmos in the picket fence garden (Allan's photo)

planting cosmos deep down in the picket fence garden (Allan’s photo), with sweet peas

Each plant gets some Dr Earth fertilizer mixed with Quench, or whatever natural moisture retentive product that we are using now that Zeba Quench has seemingly disappeared from the market

If you plant cosmos deep, they root along the stems like tomato plants do.

I have a feeling we won't be working here all summer to see this garden mature...

I have a feeling we won’t be working here all summer to see this garden mature…

It’s weird planting annuals at places that are for sale.  I always wonder if I will see those gardens through the summer.

Having one fewer job would be wonderful.  I just don’t want a sale to happen right after we’ve added all the new babies.  Either before or at least two months after annuals planting time would be perfect.  

Speaking of fewer jobs, I completely forgot to tell you about the moment of truth while we were planting at Jo’s last week.  I realized, after spending all day (as usual when behind on work) trying to figure out which job to quit to make life more manageable, that one job did have to go.  I chose the most private one, because it has less impact on the world.  I wrote to the client with much sadness at quitting in May, of all the times…but said truthfully that I had thought I could manage one more year at this pace and I’d been wrong.  I recommended three other gardening businesses.  Because the home is being extensively remodeled right now, it would not be a bad year to have the garden in transition.  In the long run, I don’t have time to implement a whole new garden bed around the newly shaped house, nor do I have time to make the woods parklike, as the client dreams of, and I think one of the younger and possibly less busy local gardening businesses could find the time and energy to turn it into something wonderful.  Fortunately, our client understood.  So, a poignant farewell to Casa Pacifica and its darling dogs….   I knew I wouldn’t be able to make the break in person in the presence of my good canine friends Dusty and Spook.

On the way home from Andersen’s today, we drove by the hotel at the port to admire the increasingly charcoal grey paint job.

hotel

At home: I burble every flat of painted sage so that they stay healthy and vigorous till we get them planted.

At home: I burble every flat of painted sage so that they stay healthy and vigorous till we get them planted. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo: waiting for the air bubbles to stop.

Allan’s photo: waiting for the air bubbles to stop.

Allan had to clean up an entire bin of hand tools from the van because the container of corn starch based soil moisture product sprung a massive leak and coated everything in the large tote bin.

Allan's photo, as he transfers to product to a new container.  That was a big leak.

Allan’s photo, as he transfers to product to a new container. That was a big leak.

It had happened at Andersen’s and fortunately we did not spill any on the ground, as that would have made the lawn dangerously slippery.  I miss Zeba Quench; it had more substance, like fine grains instead of a powder.  I learned about it from Ann Lovejoy.  Allan says whenever he tries to order it online nowadays, it is unavailable.  On one order, a synthetic gel like product was substituted and we refused it.  Allan even corresponded with the man behind Zeba Quench, who sent us some directly, and then that contact fizzled out.  It’s frustrating.

One job got erased from the work board: Cosmos at Andersen’s.

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Andersen’s RV Park has a workshop building at the northwest corner of the property.  We have a garden bed, split into three parts, on its south wall.  Here is a slideshow of that garden through the seasons in 2014.  The workshop garden is by the small building in the upper right of the first photo.

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I tried to take a photo of the garden on the north side of the deck throughout the year, more or less from the same two angles.  Even though it’s on the north side, it seems to get enough sun to grow cosmos.  The backdrop, growing on the lattice, is Cascade hops. One of the cosmos cultivars turned out to be late blooming and therefore not much good.  I am going to have to try to figure out which one that was and avoid it this year.

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