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On the way out of town this morning, we stopped by the new ROOTS Juice, Salad, and Java Bar drive-through to get some photos for Discover Ilwaco.  People are raving about their smoothies and salads.

Roots

Roots

I wish the new owners great success so they can maybe expand to a sit down place!

I wish the new owners great success so they can maybe expand to a sit down place!  I would love that!

It's across the street from city hall, where we checked on our two planters.

It’s across the street from city hall, where we checked on our two planters.

The city hall planters are thriving so well because the staff gives them supplemental water.

The Depot Restaurant

The weekly deadheading session....

The weekly deadheading session….

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

east wall

east wall

As I deadheaded the two Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in the barrel by the window, I reflected cheerfully on no longer having to deadhead the 20 Butterfly at Andersen’s RV Park!  I bet the new owners plant something lower maintenance there next year.

Long Beach

deadheading and supplemental water for the welcome sign

deadheading and supplemental water for the welcome sign

still wondering if echibeckia is too dark; it does pick up a bit of orange in the sun

still wondering if echibeckia is too dark; it does pick up a bit of orange in the sun

the back, mostly cosmos

the back, mostly cosmos

front and back

front and back

Veterans Field: deadheading while the lawn gets mowed

Veterans Field: deadheading while the lawn gets mowed

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' is the star now.

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ is the star now.

The second weekly watering of the planters....

The second weekly watering of the planters….

The planters are a big hit with all sorts of bees, and even damsel flies.

The planters are a big hit with all sorts of bees.

The city crew was hard at work on the parks today.

The city crew was hard at work on the parks today.

Some of the sprinkler heads are not popping up due to a low water pressure problem, so the lawns are not the uniform perfection of green as usual; there is nothing to be done about it this summer.  The sheer amount of green is still impressive.

I found some finger blight by Funland.

I found some finger blight by Funland.

Anything along the edge of Funland gets sat upon. I will put some Cape Blanco sedum in here.

Anything along the edge of Funland gets sat upon. I will put some Cape Blanco sedum in here.

cottage

My favourite planter this year, the one by Dennis Co

My favourite planter this year, the one by Dennis Co

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink': what a great do-er!

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’: what a great do-er!

Here it is from the other side of the street.

Here it is from the other side of the street.

Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning'

Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’

Some of the planters still have the plaques from volunteers, but with one exception, they are all cared for by us now.  The exception is the bright happy planter of annuals at the far west end of Sid Snyder beach approach which is still adopted by Back Country Horse Rides.

Geranium 'Rozanne' and golden marjoram, a bit of cosmos, and two agastaches which have been swallowed by Rozanne.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and golden marjoram, a bit of cosmos, and two agastaches which have been swallowed by Rozanne.

I like the angularity of Oregano 'Hopley's Purple'.

I like the angularity of Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’.

I went into the Long Beach Pharmacy for a candy bar to give me the energy to finish, and saw this, which reminded me of Joey Ramone:

joey

For those who don’t know: When Joey recorded that, he was battling the cancer that eventually took his life at age 49.

It was a finger-blighty day.  Allan found one of the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ plants completely missing from the planter by the smoke shop.

all off balance now (Allan's photo, before deadheading the remaining one)

all off balance now (Allan’s photo, before deadheading the remaining one)

(Allan's photo) The symmetry is gone.

(Allan’s photo) The symmetry is gone.  He did a comb-over.

Allan's photo, bench in use by Malai Thai restaurant

Allan’s photo, bench in use by Malai Thai restaurant

Allan got done with his share of the planters before me (he had fewer) and so he deadheaded alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle) in Fifth Street Park.  His photos:

before and after, southeast quadrant of park

before and after, southeast quadrant of park

before and after, southwest quadrant, with Sambucus 'Black Lace'

before and after, southwest quadrant, with Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

Toward the end of the work day, we went out to Sid Snyder beach approach, where we had had the soaker hoses in the planters turned on for 24 hours.  It was to no avail, as they were still powder dry.  The hoses are too deep, have too little coverage, and are pretty much useless.

painfully dry (ivy left over from a volunteer)

painfully dry (ivy left over from a volunteer)

We checked up on the kite museum’s tiny entry garden, gave it some Fox Farms Tiger Bloom fertilizer, and headed out to check on the Bolstad beach approach garden and planters.  At the westernmost planter, I saw wilted santolinas and said “OH! They are not as drought tolerant as I thought!” and then saw they were pulled up and left to sit on the planter and die.

why?

why?

Allan thought it might be deer.  I think it is a human.  This stretch of three westernmost planters is repeatedly vandalized with plants pulled up that deer don’t like, and pulled up with force.  The way they are left sitting on the soil is too uniform for deer, in my opinion.  This is why those planters are so empty: plants keep on being destroyed.

Dang BLAST it.

Dang BLAST it.

further inland; it is extra frustrating because santolinas are one of the few plants that will survive out here with just about no water.

further inland; it is extra frustrating because santolinas are one of the few plants that will survive out here with just about no water.

The Lisa Bonney memorial planter has had many plants pulled out.

The Lisa Bonney memorial planter has had many plants pulled out.

So we had time to do some on the main stretch of the beach approach here with hoses hooked up to the in ground faucets…if we could find them all.  (They don’t reach the westernmost five planters.)  We did not look, though, because when we checked the first one, the water was still turned off.

dry under there

dry under there

Adjacent planter remains dry.

Adjacent planter remains dry.

looking southeast

looking southeast

On a happier note, our weeding had held up well.  We cut back two very drought-stressed ground level santolinas and then left because there is not much else we can do out here.  Bravo to the rugosa roses and escallonia! for holding up in this drought, which is serious and unusual.

from The Chinook Observer

from The Chinook Observer

Allan wanted to spend the remainder of our work time on the “big pop out” on Ocean Beach Boulevard, so we did.

big pop out, before

big pop out, before

after

after

Again, bravo to Rosa rugosa alba for blooming with no water, even though its running nature maddens me as I would like to plant more cool stuff in this planter.  Everything gets invaded by the rose.

A gentleman who was staying in the adjacent vacation rental came out to retrieve with his little dog, Sunny, who had squeezed under the fence.

Sunny

Sunny

making friends

making friends

The Cove Restaurant

Sondra's garden

Sondra’s garden

We met Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance) for our weekly dinner.

Some of the yummy items.

Some of the yummy items.

the stir fry

the stir fry  and a fish taco (they were out of ahi tuna tonight)

The Mayan Pork Conchinita

The Mayan Pork Conchinita

Melissa got duck with sauce made from Starvation Alley Farm organic cranberries.

Melissa got duck with sauce made from Starvation Alley Farm organic cranberries.

chocolate lava cake, cannoli, lemon mascarone cake

chocolate lava cake, cannoli, lemon mascarone cake

Or, as Ann Amato-Zorich told me, one cannolo!

It is very good to have jobbing gardener friends to share gardening stories with at the end of the week (although it is not the end of their week, as they work at least five days a week and we have cut down to four).  Melissa and I are in agreement that it is our favourite part of the week.

 

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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

planter2

California poppies and Cosmos 'Sonata'

California poppies and Cosmos ‘Sonata’


with dahlias

with dahlias


pink California poppies

pink California poppies

bee

bee2

bees

bee3

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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Friday, 1 May 2015

We were down to the wire for getting Long Beach ready for parade day on Sunday.   Usually, we have Saturday afternoon after the Ilwaco parade to make one more go-round of Long Beach.  This year, I knew the Rhodie Tour would consume all of Saturday.

Before Long Beach, I wanted to get one more old trailing rosemary out of the Ilwaco planters.  To my horror, I realized they were already so dry that either we needed to water them today or on Sunday.  So as not to be worried about them all during Saturday, I decided on watering today.  We did not have time to get the water trailer organized so it had to be bucket watering; that takes at least 45 minutes less than using the water pump trailer but is much harder on aging backs.

dry

dry

Allan using up the water from a jug we carry with us in the van.

Allan using up the water from a jug we carry with us in the van.

We no longer have enough water buckets for this big project; this time, we would skip the street trees.

Filling buckets at the boatyard: We no longer have enough water buckets for this big project; this time, we would skip the street trees.

meanwhile....

meanwhile….

more bucket filling

more bucket filling

the Southern Cross looming overhead

the Southern Cross looming overhead

Having to bucket water was stressful, so we were squabbling from the get go today.  Some days are like that, as any couple who lives and works together would probably tell you.

After we got at least 2 gallons of water onto each of the 26 planters, we were able to head north.  The only thing standing between us and Long Beach was a quick check up on the garden at The Depot Restaurant.  There, we found the painters about to start.  To our surprise, one of them was the neighbour of our client Marilyn up in Surfside.  This makes sense when I think about it, because Marilyn is the mother of Nancy who co-owns the Depot.  (Nancy’s spouse, Michael, is the chef.)

The other painter, here about to pressure wash, was being very careful about the garden.

The other painter, here about to pressure wash, was being very careful about the garden.

We did not linger after deadheading a few narcissi.  Next up was a substantial clean up of the Long Beach welcome sign bed.  It was a mess.  Most of the May flowering tulips that I can usually count on to be in full bloom for parade weekend had already gone over due to our early spring (climate change or a one-off fluke?) and it was too early to plant annuals.

before

before

after.  We treat the tulips as annuals and yank them right out.

after. We treat the tulips as annuals and yank them right out.

The back of the sign still has some tulips in bloom.

The back of the sign still has some tulips in bloom.

In downtown Long Beach, I got my new wheelie cart, provided by blog reader MaryBeth, ready for its first use.  She told me that in the UK, such a cart is called a garden trolley.  As an anglophile I am adopting this usage so garden trolley it is from now on.

My trolley.

My trolley.

I was able to carry a jug of water, a heavy container of Sluggo, a weed bucket, my hand tools, a few plants, and eventually a full bucket of weeds.  The trolley was so perfectly balanced that even when weighed down with weeds, I could move it with two fingers and my thumb.  It made the job almost heavenly.  I want to find a pockety-thing to tie onto the top to hold small tools and maybe seed packets.

I would have been in a world of pain if I had had to carry a heavy bucket of weeds all around town.  Allan and I had split off into separate tasks; he was weeding all the parks, including the gardens at Veterans Field, while I did all the planters and street trees.

Herb N Legend Smoke Shop and a new tattoo parlor

Herb N Legend Smoke Shop and a new tattoo parlor

In front of the smoke shop:  Cerinthe major purpurascens

In front of the smoke shop: Cerinthe major purpurascens

The workers at the Herb N Legend smoke shop are among the  friendliest and nicest of any of the shopkeepers on our planter route. Other especially nice folks are at Captain Bob’s Chowder, the Hungry Harbor Grille, Wind World Kites, and of course NIVA green.

California poppy by the smoke shop

California poppy by the smoke shop.  Yes, the damnable COLD north wind was blowing something fierce.

Sparaxis by the smoke shop

Sparaxis by the smoke shop

and Narcissus 'Baby Moon'

and Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’

Last night, driving through town to go to dinner at the Cove, I sang a little song to Baby Moon thanking it for still being in bloom for parade weekend.  It started so early this year that I was sure it would all be done by now.  About one third of the Baby Moons are still blooming.

The little dog who is the mascot of the smoke shop likes to delicately pick snails and bugs out of the planter.  He treats the plants carefully and is an excellent helper.

dog

my little camera shy friend

The planters all took much longer than I thought to remove every little weed.  By the time I got to the southernmost one, I was grateful to be able to nip in to use the loo at Northwest Financial, the business owned by our friend Shelly Pollock (who spearheads the Grass Roots Garbage Gang beach clean ups).  If you live locally, and need any help sorting out your ACA medical insurance, her assistance is invaluable and free.

Northwest Financial and Insurance

Northwest Financial and Insurance, and a rhododendron

tiny cupped narcissi...my favourite...still in bloom in front of Kompton's Mini Mart.

tiny cupped narcissi…my favourite…still in bloom in front of Kompton’s Mini Mart.

Tulip 'Florette' still blooming.

Tulip ‘Florette’ still blooming.

Florette is a star this year.

Florette is a star this year.

Asphodel going strong in Fifth Street Park

Asphodel going strong in Fifth Street Park

Allan was still toiling at Fifth Street Park.  I helped a bit, and he moved on to the parks on Third Street.  I planted some fill in sweet pea seeds at the back of the northwest quadrant.

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Captain Bob's Chowder

Captain Bob’s Chowder

across from the carousel: windblown Tulip 'Akebono' barely holding on

across from the carousel: windblown Tulip ‘Akebono’ barely holding on.  You can see the flag blowing straight out in 20 mph the north wind.  Brrrr.

The only thing I do not like about living at the beach is the accursed cold wind.  My friends who are sailors are able to appreciate it.

Because I’m working on a “Rhodie Driving Tour” album for the Music in the Gardens Tour Facebook page, I got some photos of the rhododendrons in the parks at 3rd Street.

SW corner of park

SW corner of park

This big bright red one has bloomed and dropped its petals.

This big bright red one has bloomed and dropped its petals.

The parks department wants me to prune that rhodo, above, down to the height of the fence and I do. not. want. to do it.

 

Northwest corner behind the gazebo

Northwest corner behind the gazebo

with the new river rock landscaping

with the new river rock landscaping

from across the street, looking west at those two rhododendron lined parks

from across the street, looking west at those two rhododendron lined parks

behind me as I took the previous photo: Lewis and Clark square

behind me as I took the previous photo: Lewis and Clark square

The wall encircling the back of Lewis and Clark Square has a plaque for the places the explorers visited.

The wall encircling the back of Lewis and Clark Square has  plaques for the places the explorers visited.

Allan was far enough ahead of me to now to have already weeded the little park behind the wall.

Allan was far enough ahead of me to now to have already weeded the little park behind the wall.

He had found a bird nest in one of the shrubs (Allan's photo)

He had found a bird nest in one of the shrubs (Allan’s photo)

behind the wall, viewed from across the street by Veterans Field

behind the wall, viewed from across the street by Veterans Field

flower detail (Allan's photo)

flower detail (Allan’s photo)

street planter by Lewis and Clark Square, lots of little violas have reseeded

street planter by Lewis and Clark Square, lots of little violas have reseeded

In about a week, we will begin the annuals planting of all these street planters.  I thought of planting some diascias this week and then thought why? when plants along the edge would likely be sat upon during the parade.

As I worked my way north, I saw something mighty cute in the window of the Cottage Bakery.

cats

kittycar

I checked out the new location of Home at the Beach, now inside the Sandpiper Mall just south of the pharmacy.

Home at the Beach's new shop

Home at the Beach’s new shop

inside the tiny mall, a bench with a touching memorial plaque

inside the tiny mall, a bench with a touching memorial plaque

bench

Across the street, I noticed and ignored, for now, a big weedy sedge that has snuck in under the street trees.

I did not have a tool strong enough to remove the weedy sedge.  Next week, its time will come.

I did not have a tool strong enough to remove the weedy sedge. Next week, its time will come.  It has comouflaged itself among narciss and schizostylis.

Geranium 'A.T. Johnson' redeeming itself under a street tree.  It's one of the plants I have gone off over the years due to its weedy habits.

Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ redeeming itself under a street tree. It’s one of the plants I have gone off over the years due to its weedy habits.

in the window of the Long Beach Pharmacy

in the window of the Long Beach Pharmacy  (Chemist, in the UK)

Helianthemum 'Wisley Pink' about to bloom with a red leaved Armeria

a pink Helianthemum  about to bloom with a red leaved Armeria in a street planter by the stoplight

Across from Dennis Company in the northernmost block

Across from Dennis Company in the northernmost block with Tulip ‘Formosa’

By the time I got to the final block, Allan had finished the City Hall gardens and Coulter Park’s street side gardens and was helping to finish the planters.  The tulip ‘Formosa’ is in some places just starting to bloom.  I planted lots of it this year, but clearly not enough.

As we prepare to drive off, I notice a bright deciduous azalea behind the Coulter Park historic train depot.

As we prepare to drive off, I notice a bright deciduous azalea behind the Coulter Park historic train depot.

Our very last task, as the sun was about to set, was to check on the planters on the Bolstadt beach approach.

one of the beach planters

one of the beach planters with two heights of armeria (sea thrift)

On the way home we had a look at the sunset from the Seaview beach approach road near the Depot Restaurant.

sunset over a monkey tree

sunset over a monkey tree

One last rhododendron photo in Seaview, just south of the Sou'wester Lodge.

One last rhododendron photo in Seaview, just south of the Sou’wester Lodge.

Back when the house above belonged to an elderly artist named Marge Horner, I used to mow her lawn and clean for her occasionally.  I miss her.

All our parade and tour preparations were as done as they could be, and we could collapse and look forward to the rhodie tour tomorrow.  We would miss the Saturday Ilwaco parade because of the rhodie tour.  Because of needing time at home, we would skip the Sunday parade.  You can enjoy last year’s parade here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 23 December, 2013

Today was the last day of running around, trying to get things done day before Christmas.  How, without family or children involved, do we create such busy-ness!?  Fortunately, it was ever so enjoyable.

With Olde Towne coffeeshop closed, we got right down to errands and work after a late breakfast.  Yes, work, but I’m not calling it work because we did not charge anyone money for three brief garden checkups.

In Long Beach, the freezing temperatures of a couple of weeks ago had hit the schizostylis in all the planters and parks and turned it to mush.  That is not something I will spend time fixing at this time of year, but a lesson learned is to maybe cut it all back during earlier fall clean up next year.

mushy Schizostylis in planter by Fifth Street Park

mushy Schizostylis in planter by Fifth Street Park

I did particularly want to stop at the planter above to clip off some white stalks that had caught my eye unfavourably last time we drove through town.

more mush in Fifth Street Park

more mush in Fifth Street Park

Above, I am leaving the dead stalks to hide the weedy mess behind the restroom building, an area we can’t easily get at in the summer…and while I was somewhat bothered by the grass blades on the lawn, I was not bothered enough to do anything about it, especially since we had not brought a rake.  It will have to wait till February or for a member of the city crew to notice it.

later!

later!

It does bother me, though...

It does bother me, though…

No, I have turned in my last bill of the season to Long Beach and am on break.  Darn it.  Walk away.

In a planter by the park, the Asphodeline was thwarted in its attempt to bloom.

In a planter by the park, the Asphodeline was thwarted in its attempt to bloom.

We stopped at the Cottage Bakery to get a couple of pastries for a Christmas present.

Cottage Bakery holiday window

Cottage Bakery holiday window, downtown Long Beach

And at Sweet Celebrations to get six cupcakes to add to our present for Klipsan Beach Cottages.

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in the tiny little mall just north of The Cottage Bakery

Then we stopped at NIVA green, my favourite shop, for twofold reasons:  To get a few more last minute presents and to deliver the pastry present to owner Heather Ramsay.

a new creation by Heather: a lamp inside an old heater.

a new creation by Heather: a lamp inside an old heater.  “Moth 2 Flame” art lamp

After a pleasant social visit during which local author Sarah Sloane dropped by (very fortuitously, as Allan had a present for her which he was going to leave with Heather!) we drove on to do a little more work in Ocean Park.  I knew the cold weather would have browned off the Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in the Oman Builders Supply garden, as I well remember how last year my first visit there revealed the shocking sight of some that had looked terrible for who knows how long.

I was so right!

I was so right!

There was far more Gaura than I had remembered and we were hard pressed to stuff all the debris into a big garbage bag.  We did not even have a broom to pick up the mess as we have removed all but a few hand tools from the van.

all cleaned up (sort of)

all cleaned up (sort of)

As for the lavender and the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, they can keep their old spikes till February because we ARE on staycation, after all.

On the way south again, we made our Christmas present exchange stop at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

winter deer fence at KBC

winter deer fence at KBC

In the dusk, I just had to cut down the damaged Melianthus major, some Agapanthus and, precariously, some Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ in the center planter…dangerous because I did not want to cut the cord of the decorative lights!

Melianthus...down...

Melianthus…down…

I managed to not cut the light cord in  the planter this time!  (There was a sad story about some summer “bee” lights that got snipped once upon a time.  I wrecked them; Allan tried to fix them to no avail.)

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KBC garden

some more lights in the KBC garden

the tree on pond island

the tree on pond island

Inside, we had some wine and a short but pleasant visit before the family dinnertime, and the agreement that we had all been so busy during the year that a longer visit was long overdue.

in the living room

in the living room

That's Sarah, or Timmy, with Denny and Mary-Mom.

That’s Sarah, or Timmy, with Denny and Mary-Mom.

and the new dog, Bella (a rescued Great Pyrenees)

and the new dog, Bella (a rescued Great Pyrenees)

and one of the kitties drinking from the sink, so cute.

and one of the kitties drinking from the sink, so cute.

On the way back home, we happily succumbed to a suggestion planted by a photograph on the 42nd Street Café’s Facebook page and stopped there to get the hot cider drink (with “cedar bitters”) and dinner.

the suggestion

the suggestion

the suggestion

and our result

42nd Street Café

42nd Street Café

Intrigued by the idea of pizza made with delicious naan bread, yet mystified by the word “muffaletta”, I queried owner Blaine Walker and learned that muffaletta had something to do with olives.  I love olives, so ordered it and I would happily eat this every day of my life.

pizza made with muffaletta sauce

pizza made with muffaletta sauce

We sat next to an Eric Wiegardt painting and there, in the background above, sat our gardening client Eric and his family.

Starters at the 42nd Street always include some fresh, warm bread and their signature corn relish.  I also had a cup of their  tomato soup, the best version of tomato soup with blue cheese that I’ve ever eaten.  I’d had a craving for it ever since our friend Patricia Moss served it at a birthday party.  It is their most requested recipe.

bread and corn relish

bread and corn relish

This goes way back to the days of the previous owners and to my early days on the Peninsula, when the 42nd Street was a basic roadside diner serving comfort food (pot roast, chicken fried steak, and the like).  Those things are still on the menu along with more “fine dining” options.  I tried a comfort food item which was absolutely delicious on a cold evening:

I could happily eat this every week!

I could happily eat this every week!

Allan got the rockfish special of the evening and was very pleased.

Allan got the rockfish special of the evening and was very pleased.

As we dined, one of the head servers came out with a piece of cake with a lit birthday sparkler fizzing away on top.  I was utterly charmed by the way she paraded the bright little cake around the entire room before presenting it to the birthday girl who was seated at the table closest to the door, and then the whole restaurant sang happy birthday.  It still brings a tear to me eye to remember it as this part of the best of human nature.

For dessert, we each got the tiny mint chocolate sorbet “for those who want just a hint of chocolate and sweetness after their meal”.

exquisite and really not all that tiny

exquisite and really not all that tiny

At the very end of the meal, Blaine brought us a taste of a squash liqueur, a specialty of the Café.  I found it fascinating (especially since it is only in the past few years that I have learned to appreciate dishes like butternut squash ravioli).  Next time, I will be sure to order some.  I think that next time will be soon as I have suddenly fallen in love with dining at the 42nd Street.

At last, all our Christmas errands but one were complete and we could settle into two weeks of staycation before January and (I am sorry to say) potential jury duty for me.  Staycation itself will last until February…and possibly INTO February if I feel I have some jury time to make up for!

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Friday, 15 November, 2013

Smokey and Mary definitely had the right idea about what to do for the day:

catsI would love to have followed their example and stayed home.  I would have been more productive than just napping and would have spent the day doing spreadsheets of bulb lists.  Instead, I decided we should go out in the rain and plant the eight remaining planters and two trees left to do north of the light on Pacific Avenue in Long Beach.  Allan was skeptical.

looking west from the driveway

looking west from the driveway

It hadn’t been raining this hard while I was putting my coat on!

into Long Beach....the rain had lessened

into Long Beach….the rain had lessened

The planters in question are in the two blocks north of the stoplight.

Just before I took this photo, we had seen three men in camo carrying rifle bags getting out of a truck.  Allan said “Maybe they are hunting donuts!” [at The Cottage Bakery].

We had a break in the weather and got the eight planters done, the first block with ‘Green Wave’ tulips as a shout out to my favourite shop, NIVA green, and then, with continued respite from strong wind and only a drizzle of rain, we did the three newly empty planters out on the beach approaches with minor bulbs (crocus, iris reticulata, muscari, etc) and species Narcissi.  These were the planters from which we removed sheets of Vinca and moneywort not long ago.

We have had a real problem with finger blight on the beach approaches in spring.  People cannot seem to resist picking ALL the narcissi out of the planters.  But we will try again.  Perhaps those who did so have moved on.

As we left the third planter, the rain and wind kicked up but sadly, I had realized we’d forgotten to plant the narcissi slated for the trees by Dennis Co. on the northernmost block.  We did so, in miserable weather indeed.  I was too wet during most of this to take any photos, but our client, Lisa, drove by and painted this word picture for me later:  “I drove past you and Allan today in Long Beach, in the pouring rain, very intently tending to a planter. You are heroes. …What the feck were you doing out in such shit weather??”   To which I replied, “We have bulbs to plant and we gotta plant ’ems.”

The rain had begun as we approached the final work project (the tree bulbs).

The rain had begun as we approached the final work project (the tree bulbs).

My dream when the weather did not seem as bad as expected had been to get the Veterans Field (red, white, and blue) bulbs planted as well.  It was not to be.  We had been offered coffee earlier by Heather of NIVA green (my favourite shop ever) so we went there; it is a block down from the last two trees.

There we found artist Joe Chasse also enjoying a cup of coffee.  You may remember his found object robots from last month’s  Cash Mob post.

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse and his finds

an unusual eggbeater

an unusual eggbeater (and a plug for Chico’s Pizza)

Heather has a hint:  If you want a meat pizza, order the vegetarian pizza at Chico’s and then ask for the meat to be added.  That way you get more delicious veg, too.

I failed to get a good photo of my little friend, Tiny.

I failed to get a good photo of my little friend, Tiny.

Before leaving, we took a tour of Heather’s wonderful shop.

Heather Ramsay's latest lamps

Heather Ramsay’s latest lamps

Heather makes signs with words made from license plates.  (You can commission what you want; we have one for “Tangly Cottage”.)  Recently a couple came in from a town north of the Peninsula and the woman said that her partner made things from license plates, as well, and would Heather be interested in seeing them?  She most certainly was, and pointed out to me the careful detailing and joints of the man’s bird feeders.

an elegant license plate birdfeeder

an elegant license plate birdfeeder

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and another

and another

and a license plate planter by the same man

and a license plate planter by the same man

Some socks with flowers and interesting slogans benefit Doctors Without Borders.  Although adorable, they are not for me because I only wear fluffy, not thin, socks.

"THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO DO IT BUT I SAY DO IT"

“THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO DO IT BUT I SAY DO IT”

"YOU'RE NOT OBSESSIVE, YOU'RE COMPULSIVELY AWESOME."

“YOU’RE NOT OBSESSIVE, YOU’RE COMPULSIVELY AWESOME.”

And then we had yet another break, at Olde Towne café.  It had been a rough day!

view from our table at Olde Towne

view from our table at Olde Towne

We each had delicious sandwiches and best of all, Luanne had time to sit with us and we had a good natter.

I bought the peacock...only $6.95.  Will look great on the wire fence next summer.

I bought the peacock…only $6.95. Will look great on the wire fence next summer.

So much for doing spreadsheets all day.  I did make some belated bulb sorting progress in the early evening at home by cleaning up the sorting area after micro-sorting the box of Port of Ilwaco bulbs into three categories:  Port office garden, Howerton Street gardens (short narcissi) and the boatyard garden (tall narcissi).  The Port gets very few tulips because of deer, and, because I was disheartened by bird depredations last year, only the port office will get Iris reticulata and crocuses.

Now we are in for several days of rain and wind and we may take a bulb planting break.  Here’s to some time indoors catching up on paperwork!  And on Saturday we have tickets for a play.

Note:  Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com just published an excellent article about Salvia viridis (painted sage), featuring some photos taken in the Long Beach planters and other local gardens.

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