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Thursday, 16 March 2017

At the post office, on our way to work, Allan found a note in our box asking him to talk to the postmaster.  A postal patron had urgently needed to know the identification of a plant “that looks like a coleus”.

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Here it is: a greigii tulip.

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The foliage is as great as the flower to come.

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I realized it was time to apply some sluggo.

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Ilwaco City Hall ready for St Patrick’s Day

Long Beach

We hoped to accomplish two tasks on the project list today.  The first was pruning and weeding the five roses in the back of Coulter Park.  They are exceedingly difficult because of weeds, including salmonberry, coming under the fence.  The neighbouring house has but a tiny strip between house and fence that would be almost impossible for the homeowner to maintain, and in that strip dwell salmonberries, blackberries, and birds-foot trefoil that long to join up with the roses.

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the dreaded rose bed, before

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south side of park with pieris

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Pieris and Ribes (flowering currant)

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There was another ribes in that gap that turned up its toes a few years ago, as ribes are wont to do.

Allan trimmed up in the garden next to the old train depot.

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before

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after trimming sword fern

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rose bed; line cut with half moon edger (Allan’s photo)

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I was inspired to do two lines of half moon edging.

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after

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a pretty patch of primroses

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One dead rhododendron (azalea) has thrown this old threesome off balance.

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one of the two good rhodos (Allan’s photo)

We had two cold and windy squalls of heavy rain pass through; we sat them out in the van to avoid getting drenched and miserable.  (During the second one, we went to the Great Escape espresso drive through for invigorating sustenance.)

To add to our load of debris, we decided to do a bit of pruning on an escallonia at city hall.

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city hall, west side

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before (Allan’s photos)

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and after

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city hall hellebore

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telephoto through the arch (Allan’s photo)

We dumped our debris at city works and filled up all our buckets with Soil Energy mulch.  (The crew had got us a pile from Peninsula Landscape Supply.)

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a pile of riches

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first load 

On the Bolstad approach, we filled up the lower spots in the planters.

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before

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after

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looking east

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not a good day for a picnic

And we added some mulch to city hall west side garden.

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city hall after pruning, lily bulb planting, weeding, mulching

The last five buckets went into Fifth Street Park.  Yesterday, drenched from rain, we had left behind a messy patch of sorrel:

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yesterday

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today

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mulched

A lily bulb had worked its way to the top of the soil.  This is just one third of how big it was, after I divided it:

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Allan’s photo

We followed our first load of mulching with a break for delicious crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder.

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Captain Bob’s crab rolls

Back we went to city works to get another load of mulch.  Jackpot! I saw two good pallets on the pile.

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Thank you, Allan.

Now I need just two more for my triple compost bin.

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A red wing blackbird serenaded us.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Full load of mulch buckets (Allan’s photo)

This load went to the big welcome sign garden.  It had gotten low after pulling out last year’s annuals and absorbs a large amount of soil.

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before

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We found loads of shotweed to pull.

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mulching carefully around bulbs

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after

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back side

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after

I am sorry to report that deer are eating the tulips along the east end of the front side.  I hope they don’t eat them all.  One of these years, we may have to give up on tulips here.

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well chomped

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So glad deer do not eat narcissi, my favourite flower

On the way home, we stopped briefly at the Depot Restaurant to pour some water on the two sheltered window boxes, and there we discovered a sad situation.

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a flattie!

The spare is weirdly located under the front seats.  Everything there had to be moved and the t-bar thingie assembled to loosen a bolt in the floor that holds the spare tire in place.

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complicated!

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underneath

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the culprit

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Fortunately, Allan had all the tools (even two jacks for extra safety).

Despite having to look at the instruction book, Allan got the tire changed in 40 minutes and we were back on our way home.  But tomorrow will be devoted to getting a the good (fairly new, now punctured) tire repaired.

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one more big  task on the workboard

When the boatyard spring clean up is done (I hope by Sunday evening), the board will be gloriously blank for a moment and will then fill up with the beach approach clean up and more.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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out the kitchen window, moss in old dogwood

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Smokey admiring the garden from the front steps.

When we started work today, I got the big idea we might get FOUR jobs done: Norwood, Mayor Mike, Diane’s and Red Barn.  We got a late start because of a storm passing through at mid morning.  When we did begin, the air felt icy despite sunshine. The commute to our first job, just two doors down, was even shorter than yesterday’s commute to the J’s cottage across the street.

Norwood garden

Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) take care of the biggest job here, the annual pruning of the hedge.  Today, we weeded and clipped in the narrow beds around the house.

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before, on the cold and shady side

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after

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Allan’s photos

I think those three barberries are planned for removal.  Not to pass the buck, but I do think Sea Star Dave would be just the fellow to do it!

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the easiest part,  in the sun…before

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and after (with weeds and montbretia leaves pulled)

This bed especially could benefit from some mulch.  I think with such narrow beds, the most economical method (for labor) would be bales of Gardner and Bloome rather than a trip to get a yard of mulch.  Shall we?

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before, lavender

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after.  The fuchsias may leaf out or may have to be cut all the way back.

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I wondered if this, with the black berries, was privet, and later got it confirmed to be so.  Maybe usually it is pruned so hard one doesn’t see the berries.  I want one.

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We got done just in time for rain.

We took a break at home to wait out the rain, then headed out to Mike’s garden a few blocks to the east.

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Frosty and Skooter

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our neighbour Yarrow (Allan’s photo)

Mike’s garden

Allan clipped part of the pampas grass.  We’ll leave the moderately good looking uprights for now.

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before and after

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forgot a before, so this is a during.

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Decided to prune the hardy fuchsia down this year.

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trying not to step on any tulip foliage

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before (Allan’s photos)

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after

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after

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after

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This time I pruned down the buddleia.

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Pieris in bloom

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front corner

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Iris siberica ‘Eye Catcher’

Because the temperature kept dropping, we almost bailed out on work at 3 PM.  I had remembered that Diane’s garden has a big hydrangea to prune (that in previous years has taken me by surprise), so I did not want to squeeze that and the Red Barn garden onto the end of the day.  Deluded by a bit of sunshine, we decided to go on to

Coulter Park.

Coulter Park is just north of Dennis Company in Long Beach

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back entrance from Ocean Beach Boulevard

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west side with hardy fuchsias, before

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after

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northwest corner, before (Allan’s photos).  Something oily had been dumped in the corner, maybe killing an old siberian iris.

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after.  What bad thing happened here?

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the north side rose bed, horribly infested with salmonberry from under the fence

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pruning out some big old canes

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later, slightly pruned.  Refining this area is now on the “projects” list.

I still would like to talk to Parks Manager Mike about removing these roses and replacing them with non-thorny single trunked shrubs, to make it easier to control the dratted salmonberry invaders.

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two pieris and a flowering currant against bright sunshine

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north side (behind the old train depot) with siberian iris, before

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after

By four thirty, my hands were too cold to feel what I was doing.

At home, I erased Coulter, Norwood, and Mike’s:

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While the spring clean up list dwindles, the project list grows.

Tomorrow may not allow any blogging time.

 

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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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Thursday, 26 May 2016

I felt a strong desire for a four day weekend.  We could have one (except for watering the Ilwaco planters) if we got enough done in Long Beach today.

Long Beach

We began by fertilizing the welcome sign garden along with the weekly horsetail attack.

welcome sign, front

welcome sign, front

side

side

back

back

We gave the planters and street trees a good watering that will hold them till Tuesday, especially if there is a bit of rain as predicted.

the maddeningly coiling hose

the maddeningly coiling hose

and the maddening hose kink

and the maddening hose kink

Allan's photo: The hose he uses kinks even worse.

Allan’s photo: The hose he uses (not shown) kinks even worse.

I do so love the mature, clipped santolinas in some of the planters.

I do so love the mature, clipped santolinas in some of the planters.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Allan's photo)

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Allan’s photo)

Allan did the watering of the street trees, the bucket watering of Fish Alley barrels and the two north blocks.

He found Heather of NIVA green setting up for the annual Peninsula-wide garage sale weekend.

He found Heather of NIVA green setting up for the annual Peninsula-wide garage sale weekend.

Garage sale signs were already appearing. We do prefer ones like these with wire "feet" that don't mash the plants.

Garage sale signs were already appearing. We do prefer ones like these with wire “feet” that don’t mash the plants.  (Allan’s photo)

Cerinthe major purpurascens and golden oregano (Allan's photo)

Cerinthe major purpurascens and golden oregano (Allan’s photo)

Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

recently re-done Fish Alley barrels (Allan's photo). They get water hauled by bucket.

recently re-done Fish Alley barrels (Allan’s photo). They get water hauled by bucket.

When we got to Fifth Street Park and began weeding there, Cathy of Captain Bob’s Chowder brought us out a coke and an orange soda to help us keep going.  She said I looked tired.  I was more depressed than tired and her kindness cheered me up.

purveyor of delectable chowder and delicious crab rolls

purveyor of delectable chowder and delicious crab rolls

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park, northwest corner

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan's photo); I'd have deadheaded that rhodo, which was sort of the point of this photo.

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan’s photo); I’d have deadheaded that rhodo, which was sort of the point of this photo.  The frying pan is much photographed by visitors.

Fifth Street Park, southeast corner (Allan's photo) with gunnera

Fifth Street Park, southeast corner (Allan’s photo) with gunnera and Darmera peltata

Next: weeding Veterans Field

Next: weeding Veterans Field gardens

vet field (Allan's photo)

vet field (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Vet Field northeast corner (Allan's photo)

Vet Field northeast corner (Allan’s photo)

We spiffed up Coulter Park although I am daunted at the area where thick salmonberry is coming under the fence and mingling with the thorny roses.  The beach approach garden proves I have no fear of weeding around roses, but this mess thwarts my efforts.

salmonberry and bindweed from the other side creating a nightmare

salmonberry and bindweed from the other side creating a nightmare

I think the solution is for the crew to backhoe out these poor roses and replace them with some sort of single trunked shrub so we can really get in there to weed.

We worked on the little pop out a block north of city hall, where two unhappy mugo pines struggle among a pernicious weed grass. We had not had time for it lately; now with a little more time in our schedule, we can keep up with it.

reminder to self while parked near city hall: must remember to weed that tatty garden of not much up head on the corner

Last week I took this photo to remind myself to do it.

today

today

today

today

as far as we got...

as far as we got…

Next week: will add mulch after trying to get more grass roots out.

Next week: will add mulch after trying to get more grass roots out.  They go deep and the soil is hard packed.

We had just time to weed city hall’s garden before dumping our debris.

City Hall west side

City Hall west side

sidewalk tile by Renee O'Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor

I do so love this edge at this time of year.

I do so love this edge at this time of year.

City Hall north side

City Hall north side

this spot could be a little better

this spot could be a little better…

The predicted rain arrived at the perfect moment, when we were done.

city hall, east side

city hall, east side

"Peggy's Park", east side city hall memorial garden for Peggy Miles.

“Peggy’s Park”, east side city hall memorial garden for Peggy Miles.

After our debris dump, we just made it on time for our weekly dinner (second one this week!) with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening), this time with Susie and Bill of the Boreas Inn.

The Cove Restaurant

attention to detail in the ladies room

attention to detail in the ladies room

Annika and Kiaia provided music and ambience.

Annika and Kiaia provided music and ambience.  (Allan’s photo)

Dave's conchinita

Dave’s conchinita (Allan’s photo)

Melissa's beautifully arranged meal

Melissa’s beautifully arranged meal by Chef Jason Lancaster

my ahi tuna

my ahi tuna

Allan's vegetable stir fry

Allan’s vegetable stir fry

weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang

weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang (Dave, Bill, Susie, Melissa, me)

golf course view (Allan's photo)

golf course view (Allan’s photo)

We enjoyed this month’s art show featuring mosaics by our friend Annie.

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My Woman by Annie Fletcher

My Woman by Annie Fletcher

We had achieved work success and so we would now enjoy a four day weekend.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

May 26: Store day—Puget Power, Tim’s for Rx and QFC.  I had a baloney sandwich and ice cream for dinner.  I planted some seeds in early evening.

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Friday, 8 April 2016

From almost 83 degrees yesterday, our weather plunged to a chilly 50 degrees with a 25 mile an hour icy cold north wind.  I would have welcomed back the heat that I had complained about yesterday, because even with warm clothes and winter scarf, I was chilled to the bone and pushed around by the wind.

Ilwaco

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My favourite tulip, ‘Green Wave’, at the Ilwaco post office

I had remembered to soak some sweet peas and planted them at the Ilwaco post office.  We then deadheaded at the port office because there will be a preview of the Saturday Market tomorrow along Waterfront Way.  The little port office garden needed some mulch, so we zipped home, got some, and drove down Waterfront Way to deliver it (because we are special; only port workers and Saturday market vendors get to drive here).

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Waterfront Way


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port office garden


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mulched


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our view


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got a hug and some dark chocolate kisses from artist Don Nisbett, whose gallery is next door to the port office 

Last night at about 1 AM, I saw this on Facebook:

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one of our planters, GONE

We checked on the location.  It was all cleaned up.  We tracked the pile of soil down at the Ilwaco City Works yard and rescued the valuable soil, two buckets worth, some bulbs, and some bit of the concrete planter for memorial garden edging at home.

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Dag nab hit and run drivers!

One less planter to admire, plant, and water, because the city does not really have the budget to replace it.  The planters cost a couple hundred dollars, I’ve been told.

The Depot Restaurant

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We deadheaded and weeded.


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Tulip ‘Virichic’


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a delicately rimmed narcissi

The Anchorage Cottages

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north wall garden


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Narcissus ‘Thalia’


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We now know these cottages were moved here from Fort Canby after WWII.


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Center courtyard: The annoying wild scilla looks great right now.


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Tulip ‘Strong Gold’ and Hebe ‘Quicksilver’


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Narcissi


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by the office


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foreground: a pot of ‘Green Star’ tulips all broken off but one.  What happened here?


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Tulip ‘Green Wave’ coming on

Long Beach

I had been looking forward to a day of tidying parks and planters.

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By Veterans Field: the big frying pan awaits Saturday’s Clam Festival.  (Allan’s photo)


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We got warm coffee drinks at the Great Escape Drive Through Espresso (Allan’s photo). The barista says sometimes the crosswind will blow coffee right out of her pitcher .

The wind made work kind of miserable.  I left Allan to weed Fifth Street Park and made the rounds of two blocks of planters and street tree gardens.

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golden marjoram and a geranium, by the frozen yogurt shop


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Cerinthe major purpurascens


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note to self: that rhododenron looks sickly (left); must be pruned


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street tree garden


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Carousel, Tulip ‘Strong Gold’, Narcissi ‘Baby Moon’ (blooming three weeks early than it should)


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Tulip ‘Orange Princess’


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Asphodeline ‘Lutea’, how I love thee.


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Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’


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Muscari ‘Plumosum’


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Tulip ‘Rococo’…and some picked tulips.


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Fifth Street Park, still rather drab

With Fifth Street Park done, Allan and I went to look at the north parking lot berm.  I had thought of weeding it today, but we found so many cars parked by it that we couldn’t do it, so we went on to Coulter Park (also on the list for today, as there will be a mermaid event in the building there for this weekend’s clam festival).

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Coulter Park: I left Allan working and went on to check two more blocks of planters.


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Who pruned this tree by Dennis Co?  I want to cut off the ugly stubs.


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Tulip ‘Formosa’..used to bloom in early to mid May.


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another gorgeous Narcissus


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essence of spring


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City Hall


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just stunning how these hosta shoots start out purple

I popped quickly into my favourite shop. NIVA green, for some photos for its Facebook page.

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in NIVA green


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tin lamps by proprietor/artist Heather Ramsay


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green tulips in the planter by NIVA green

As I patrolled the town, I learned from a source (second hand) that the horrid shopkeeper who was so awful a few days ago has been told by the powers that be that the flowers in the planters are NOT to be picked.  Shopkeeper’s response was that s/he pays taxes and so has every right to pick the flowers, and shopkeeper was told that the taxes do NOT work that way.  I am deeply appreciative of the Powers that Be for backing me up in this.

On the way back to Allan, I weeded the circular bed in the front of Coulter Park, and found to my delight that Allan had finished the back of the park.  He thinks, so correctly, that the roses on the weedy salmonberry infested side should be replaced with something non thorny because it is such a bugger to weed around them.  City crew is too busy rebuilding a ball field to bug them about this, but I hope eventually we can get this area cleared and replant it.

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before (Allan’s photo)


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birdsfoot trefoil around the roses (Allan’s photo)


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after (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo


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Coulter Park azalea (Allan’s photo)


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sword fern, before (Allan’s photos)


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and after


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Coulter Park after


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Coulter Park

We ended the workday with a trip to the north parking lot garden, where the project became a quick removal of large blackberries because I could not stand one more minute of cold wind.

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cold wind from near the berm (Allan’s photo)


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TOO COLD to continue; the rest can wait for next week or better weather.

We dumped the debris and bailed out of work.

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Coulter Park: done and erased!  All sweet peas gardens planted.

I will be thrilled if we can get “berms” erased before the board fills up again for annuals planting time (coming in about three weeks).

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 72):

April 8: The GE repairman came and said the dishwasher motor is shot.  I’ll not be in a hurry to buy a new one.  I spent several hours transplanting tomato seedlings into individual pots.  Put the flea stuff on Tabby.

1998 (age 73):

April 8:  11:00-4:45  Ron the tiller man stopped by to see if I can leave the leaves, twigs, etc to be tilled into the soil.  It was too deep so I spent the rest of the afternoon picking all that stuff and piling it on top of the old compost box which means I won’t be able to sieve that soil for baskets, etc.  When I stopped at 4:45 I was so tired I went to bed till 7:00.

 

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Port of Ilwaco

Although our main task was the weekly tidying of the Long Beach planters, we added some grooming of a couple of the Howerton Avenue gardens at the port.  I’d noticed a need for clipping santolina when driving past them yesterday evening.

looking west by the Ilwaco Pavilion, before (with weed buckets)

looking west by the Ilwaco Pavilion, before (with weed buckets)

and after

and after

I got carried away and pruned one of the santolinas harder than I had meant to.  Once you cut it, you can’t put it back.

Nearby, two shrubby gardens needed to have their California wax myrtles sheared back and lowered.

before and after

loiking west, before and after

looking east, before and after: just a little off the side

looking east, before and after: just a little off the side

clouds behind the condor

clouds behind the condor

We trimmed some santolinas at Time Enough Books curbside garden as well, and we went into the bookshop so I could ask Karla if she would spring for a yard of mulch for the garden.  Yes, she will.

In the bookstore: A useful looking tech book.

In the bookstore: A useful looking tech book.

the children's book corner

the children’s book corner

nautical books

nautical books

Karla and I look over the garden.

Karla and I look over the garden.

She agrees that mulch would be a big improvement.

She agrees that mulch would be a big improvement.

Here is an infortmative aside:  If you see me wearing a headband, it is not a fashion statement (which would obviously be unlikely); it means I have a headache.  A cold wet bandanna is a great help on headachey days.

nearby in the parking lot, Allan liked these two boats.

nearby in the parking lot, Allan liked these two boats.

The Depot Restaurant

All we had to do was deadhead at the Depot.  No watering necessary, as rain showers have continued off and on since Saturday’s storm.

East side of building, north of the deck, sheltered from the storm

East side of building, north of the deck, sheltered from the storm

Cut that cosmos back by half; it refuses to bloom and was blocking the sign!

Cut that cosmos back by half; it refuses to bloom and was blocking the sign!

I wish I could solve the mystery of why some, but not all, of cosmos from the same batch will shoot up high and not bloom.

Long Beach

welcome sign, front

welcome sign, front

Some had picked themselves a nice bouquet from the most prominent echibeckia.

Someone had picked themselves a nice bouquet from the most prominent echibeckia.

Veterans Field: windblown garden

Veterans Field: windblown garden with only a few broken plants.

Across the street, building owner Doug paints the trim on the Kabob House restaurant.

Across the street, building owner Doug paints the trim on the Kabob House restaurant.  (Allan’s photo)

We dumped the debris from Veterans Field, including some big broken cosmos, at city works, and got a look at the hanging baskets which had been taken down on Monday after the storm.

They were indeed battered by the 60 or so mph wind.

They were indeed battered by the 60 or so mph wind.

sad to see them down so early

sad to see them down so early

Allan's poignant photo

Allan’s poignant photo shows how fully the roots fill up the pots by this time of year.

a wind tattered canna in Fifth Street Park

a wind tattered canna in Fifth Street Park

The cannas are not vigorous; perhaps I should have fertilized them heavily.

The three cannas are not vigorous; perhaps I should have fertilized them heavily.

The Miscanthus is leaning over the lawn, which usually does not start till autumn storm season.

The Miscanthus is leaning over the lawn, which usually does not start till autumn storm season.

Fifth Street Park, northwest quadrant

Fifth Street Park, northwest quadrant

We went over all the planters, trimming up the storm damage and fluffing the plants.  I was disturbed to find that some of the planters seemed a little dry.  How can this be?  It is proof indeed that the rain does not penetrate into a thickly planted container no matter how much it pours.  Since it had rained just yesterday, I had not planned to water, and we did not, in hope that the dampness, despite lack of saturation, will enable the planters to hold up till early next week.

Along with storm damage, we found the usual finger blight: pulled up plants.

Along with storm damage, we found the usual finger blight: pulled up plants.  Laid out on the benches for a final paying of respect.

Lewis and Clark Square, Allan's photo

Lewis and Clark Square (Allan’s photo)

Heather Ramsay, artist and shopkeeper extraordinaire, at NIVA green.

Heather Ramsay, artist and shopkeeper extraordinaire, at NIVA green.  (Allan’s photo)  Our favourite shop is just north of the Bolstad stoplight.

by Dennis Company (Allan's photo); There is a trail from The Red Barn to Long Beach town that lines up with this street (we think)

by Dennis Company (Allan’s photo); There is a trail from The Red Barn to Long Beach town that lines up with this street (we think).

Allan found a Gaura 'So White' blown over in Fish Alley.

Allan found a Gaura ‘So White’ blown over in Fish Alley.

He propped it back up.

He propped it back up.

We had some time to pull some crocosmia out of a planter on Sid Snyder Drive and check up on the kite museum garden.

World Kite Museum mini-garden had held up well.

World Kite Museum mini-garden had held up well.

With an hour left before our Thursday dinner engagement, we tackled the most frustrating job in all of the Long Beach gardens: the back end of Coulter Park, where salmonberry, blackberry, and bindweed coming under the fence from a neighbouring yard.

Salmonberry runners coming under the fence.

Salmonberry runners coming under the fence.

It is a mess, with the salmonberries coming up inside painfully thorny roses.

It is a mess, with the salmonberry canes inside painfully thorny roses.

This bed is impossible.  All we can do is clip the salmonberries out; we can’t get at the roots.  I have pretty much given up on it.  The only solution I can think of is to ask the city crew to rip out the five roses bushes and just plant annuals here, so that the salmonberries (AND blackberries AND bindweed) that are coming over from the other side can be pulled more easily.

Allan pulled the crocosmia from the so much more manageable front corner of the park.

Allan pulled the crocosmia from the so much more manageable front corner of the park.

We made another dump run to city works and then swung a bit south to pluck one dead daisy that I’d seen early by Culbertson Field.  As we passed the pond by the stoplight, we paused so Allan could pluck out one pesky dandelion.

Only Allan can hop out to the waterfall without falling into the pond. I'd be a goner.

Only Allan can hop out to the waterfall without falling into the pond. I’d be a goner.

The Cove Restaurant

When we arrived, our friend Parking Lot Cat was looking especially regal by the garage.

When we arrived, our friend Parking Lot Cat was looking especially regal by the garage to the south of the parking lot.

Sondra's garden at the entrance to the clubhouse.

Sondra’s garden at the entrance to the clubhouse.

As we began our weekly meeting of the core members of the North Beach Garden Gang (Melissa, Dave, me, Allan), Chef Jason sent out a treat:  samples of a Mexican style soup that he has just added to the menu.

It was delicious.

It was delicious.

Melissa got the halibut special.

Melissa got the halibut special.

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Allan had fish tacos and the new pear and goat cheese salad. I had a bite and will definitely get it next time.

Allan had fish tacos and the new pear and goat cheese salad. I had a bite and will definitely get it next time.

Dave and I chose the pasta alfredo, spicy and delicious and enough to take some home for lunch the next day.

Dave and I chose the pasta alfredo, spicy and delicious and enough to take some home for lunch the next day.

Now: four days off because of the holiday weekend.  Other than a walk to to the Ilwaco Saturday Market, I hope to not leave my property at all.  Allan has big plans for two boating events, one in Ocean Shores and one in South Bend.  His back is much better so the prospects look good for both of us to get the sort of weekend that we most prefer.

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

I would have liked to stay home.  I have spoiled myself with Saturdays off lately, However, we had to work today so that we can be home Monday for the plumber, and we have fallen behind enough so that we cannot have a three day weekend this time.

I was leaving good company behind.

I was leaving good company behind.

As we got ready for work, Jessika from next door, co owner of Starvation Alley Farms (purveyors of the finest organic cranberry juice) came over to pick a big bowl of strawberries.  We had offered them to her as well as Devery, because we simply do not have time to keep up.

Jessika

Jessika

She suggested we come out with a bowl to pick berries for our breakfast, not realizing that both Allan and I are pretty non-functional during the first hour of our mornings.

Ilwaco Saturday Market

Before work, I fulfilled my self-imposed obligation of taking some Saturday Market photos for the Discover Ilwaco page.  Pink Poppy Bakery was also a draw.

I continue to be thrilled to see the progress of the soon-to-open Salt Hotel.

It's already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.

It’s already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.

We strongly advise taking Surfing Lessons from Salt Surfing owner Julez Orr, as the ocean is dangerous around here and he knows how to navigate it for safety and fun.

Eventually, the view bar and restaurant will reopen on the second level.

Eventually, the view bar and restaurant will reopen on the second level.

As I walked past OleBob’s Café, I thought “What in the world is that man doing?” and then realized it was Allan trying to get a photo of the crab steamer flame.

on the north side of OleBob's

on the north side of OleBob’s

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At the market, vendors were battening down their hatches because of a strong north wind.

At the market, vendors were battening down their hatches because of a strong north wind.

As you can guess, I was not pleased that we were facing another windy day of work.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I briefly popped into my favourite bookshop to check up on its owner, Karla, who had recently had minor surgery.  She was fine and had her niece’s new puppy to show off!

south side of Time Enough Books

south side of Time Enough Books

Kelli and Karla with puppy love

Kelli and Karla with Gimli

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I got puppy kisses from Gimli.

market reflection

market reflection in OleBob’s south window

As always, lots of cute dogs

As always, lots of cute dogs

a doggie pile up

a doggie pile up

Pink Poppy produce

Pink Poppy produce

Jacob and Pink Poppy baked goods

Jacob and Pink Poppy baked goods

Allan's photo: He noticed this guy's t shirt.

Allan’s photo: He noticed this guy’s t shirt.

This reminds me of a friend recently telling me that Ilwaco will be a hipster mecca when purple monkeys fly out of his butt.  We are expecting purple monkeys soon.

This reminds me of a friend recently telling me that Ilwaco will be a hipster mecca when purple monkeys fly out of his butt. We are expecting purple monkeys soon.

We got ourselves some Swedish traveling cake for work, and some German chocolate brownies for dinner later with Our Kathleen.  We were going to her place in the evening.  We’d wanted to have a campfire here, but would not be able to because of the accursed wind.

well tended flowers at Purly Shell Fiber Arts

well tended flowers at Purly Shell Fiber Arts

Long Beach

Now, for work.  Our first project was to get the horsetail weeded off the pond garden by the stoplight.  On this busy Saturday, we parked a block away and walked with the wheelbarrow, buckets and tools south to the pond…

...past NIVA green, my favourite shop.

…past NIVA green, my favourite shop.

The pond, before

The pond, before

I weeded all around the edges.

I weeded all around the edges.

Allan's photo.  It was like a wind tunnel there.

Allan’s photo. It was like a wind tunnel there.

Allan went out onto the slippery waterfall area.

Allan went out onto the slippery waterfall area.

The heroncam watches this pond and is watched by people who wish they were in Long Beach.  So far, no one has ever gotten to see Allan fall in.

The horse wagon went by.  (Allan's photo)

The horse wagon went by. (Allan’s photo)

I crossed the street to the south to check on the dampness of the nearest planter.  I am hoping they will hold till Wednesday, because of the watering schedule changes due to needing to take Monday off.

Fortunately, the city crew waters the baskets (from Basket Case Greenhouse) every day.

Fortunately, the city crew waters the baskets (from Basket Case Greenhouse) every day.

As we were driving north to Long Beach an hour or so earlier, I had gotten a message from MaryBeth asking if Allan might be interested in a small kayak that she wanted to divest herself of.  It is a little too wide for her to easily paddle.  He was very interested, as it would make it possible for him to take another friend along on a boating excursion, so she brought it to us.  As you can see, it is so compact that it actually fit inside our van!

Allan and MaryBeth loading the kayak

Allan and MaryBeth loading the kayak

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We finished up the pond and it looks beautiful again.

after

after

after

after

Above is an example of how salal takes over a garden.  I tried planting other stuff because Mike wanted more colour.  The darn salal comes up in everything all along the back side of the pond.  Its roots are like iron.

This pond, built years ago by a pond builder, has a bad case of the underwear showing in spots.

This pond, built years ago by a pond builder, has a bad case of the underwear showing in spots.

If the pond were mine, I would be trying to cover all the fabric with driftwood, rocks, or…something.

It shows in the middle, too, and that would be hard to conceal, although the right piece of driftwood would do it.

It shows in the middle, too, and that would be hard to conceal, although the right piece of driftwood would do it.

a fish handing out restaurant samples (Allan's photo)

a fish handing out fish ‘n’ chips samples (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We needed some coffee, not fish, to keep going through the next project.

Great Escape Coffee drive-through

Great Escape Epsresso drive-through

Allan thought these pampas grass demonstrated the strong cold wind that plagued us all day.

Allan thought these pampas grass demonstrated the strong cold wind that plagued us all day.

Our next project: Allan weeded the north side at the back of Coulter Park, while I went after bindweed sneaking up through various shrubs.

the south fence garden bed in Coulter Park

the south fence garden bed in Coulter Park

The south garden bed is easy to maintain, as the other side of the fence is mowed lawn.  The north side is a nightmare, as the neighbouring property line is made of salmonberry, blackberry, and bindweed, all of which run fiercely into the park’s garden bed and intermingle with the roots of the roses.  This disheartening situation had discouraged me from scheduling this weeding job till now.

south bed

south bed

The trees at the southwest corner of the park have an habit of being ugly inside:

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I spend a bit of time cutting dead wood out of them; they’ve been pruned to allow access at the back entry to the park so the dead interiors show.

I could spend hours at this....but did not.

I could spend hours at this….but did not.

made it just a little better

made it just a little better

Allan’s project:

before

before

after

after

I don’t think many citizens know that there is such a peaceful park area behind the Long Beach depot building in Coulter Park.

looking east

looking east

looking west; It used to have picnic tables.

looking west; It used to have picnic tables.

We were hoping to strim the long grass from the center parking lot berm.  When we found that there were too many cars parked close to it (as we sort of expected on a Saturday), we cancelled that mission and just weeded the pocket garden by Culbertson Field. (Allan remembered it!) 

it’s three blocks east of the Long Beach arch.

 
Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

after

after

all tidied up

all tidied up

Minnie Culbertson

Minnie Culbertson

In the little garden, I found a prize: a little tin box (photographed later at home):

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I expected to find a treasure, or a stash, but it was empty.

I expected to find a treasure, or a stash, but it was empty.

nearby: a day out at Culbertson Field

nearby: a day out at Culbertson Field

Dumping our load of debris at City Works ended the Long Beach part of our day.

one of the City Works killdeer family

one of the City Works killdeer family

Ilwaco Boatyard Garden

Back in our town, we tackled the north stretch of the boatyard garden, weeding out the horsetail.  It is determined to take over; we are determined to prevail against it.

boatyard garden with Stipa gigantea

boatyard garden with Stipa gigantea

boatyard Ceanothus

boatyard Ceanothus

I also diagnosed, easily, a problem with the city planter at the corner of the boatyard.  Instead of being dry, it is not draining, and the Erysimum is rotting.

soupy!   This one will need very little watering till autumn when we can dig it all out.

soupy! This one will need very little watering till autumn when we can dig it all out.

At last, work was done, we dumped our debris, went home, and changed clothes, picked a bouquet and dropped off the trailer and headed out for the evening.

by the Ilwaco stoplight, heading north

by the Ilwaco stoplight, heading north

evening out

On the way to Kathleen’s cottage, we picked up delicious tacos at the truck by North Jetty Brewing in Seaview.

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Chef Jason Lancaster from the Cove Restaurant only works there in person on Sundays.  However, we learned Thursday evening that his Korean and Hawaiian tacos are featured there every day now.  We are thrilled.

tacomenu

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I liked the look of this vignette across the street.

I liked the look of this vignette across the street.

We arrived at Kathleen’s with Waikiki tacos for her and spicy Korean and Bahn Mi tacos for me and Allan.

Our Kathleen

Our Kathleen

at Kathleen's cottage

at Kathleen’s cottage

Our Kathleen

Our Kathleen

Kathleen had been to the Garlic Festival today and had met Debbie, who recognized her from the blog.  Kathleen invited Debbie to join us for Ilwaco Halloween at our house.  I hope she does!

a simple bouquet

a simple bouquet

Now for two days off, except for watering the Ilwaco planters…I do hope I muster up enough energy to get some gardening projects done at home.  And I hope our slightly leaky pipe does not blow, as my garden needs a thorough watering so I simply must have water.

 

 

 

 

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