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Friday, 30 June 2017

We had today to get the boatyard garden weeded for tomorrow’s Port of Ilwaco fireworks display crowd….and the beach approach, for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  I did want very much want Saturday and Sunday off.

I began in my own garden by picking a bouquet for Salt Hotel’s holiday weekend.

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Astilbes are good in bouquets…

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…and I have lots of astilbes right now.

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‘Sugar Shack’ continues to come back after being given up for dead!

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Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ lives up to its name.

I am going to plant MORE Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ next year, and I would very much like to find Nicotiana sylvestris ‘Only the Lonely’, as well. (I’d rather be able to buy a flat of it than buy just one on mail order.)  Annie’s Annuals says this one self sows!

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yellow hearts of Lamprocapnos scandens

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Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’

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post office garden

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delivering bouquet to Salt (mostly astilbes and sanguisorba)

Ilwaco Boatyard garden

Our first project was to finish weeding the boatyard garden…not to absolute perfection, but as close to it as we could get.

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In three hours, we finished it!

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a boat on the move (Allan’s photos)

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Before moving on ourselves, I decided to walk the length of the garden, south to north, for a photographic record.

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Halmiocistus wintonensis

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Geranium ‘Rozanne’

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an unfortunately unclipped santolina (which is why we clip them)

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Catananche (Cupid’s Dart)

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mysteriously empty area (plant jacking?)

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

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finger blight

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Allan noticed it, too.

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sweet pea (Allan’s photo)

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clipped santolina

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past the gate

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Cistus (the one remaining of several)

 

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I love the way fallen ceanothus flowers look like a crushed glass mulch.

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Deer are not eating the lilies so will plant more.

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Echinops (blue globe thistle)

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A lot of the pink sidalcia clump had been broken or picked.

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Persicaria ‘Firetail’

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This spot was also mysteriously empty…filled in now with some cosmos and (disappointing) painted sage

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a daisy from a start from Jo’s garden

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Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’

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a running perennial sunflower from a start from Andersen’s RV Park

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calendula

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looking south from the north end

We took a short break at home…

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Skooter in the garden (Allan’s photo)

before heading to…

Long Beach

We had about five sections left to weed on the Bolstad beach approach.

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Allan manually jug watering one planter (the only way to water out here)

All but 6 of the remaining photos today are Allan’s.

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birds foot trefoil and vetch swamping the roses

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before

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before

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during

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after

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before (well, during)

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Rugosa rose and Sweet William

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filmy white vetch, not even pretty like the purple one

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happy tourists (telephoto) taking the obligatory arch photo

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coreopsis

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We got through all the remaining sections of the approach garden.

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rolling out the debris at city works

We just got done in time to have the weekend off and to meet Dave and Melissa and Todd for Friday night dinner at

The Cove Restaurant

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Sondra’s cat by the parking lot

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North Beach Garden Gang arrives

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in the foyer

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perusing the tempting menu

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Sondra’s dog Lacey out on the golf course

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clams for Melissa

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lemon caper pasta for me

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noodle bowl and harvest salad

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Todd and Dave tuck in

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a dessert shared by all

We stayed till we were by far the last table and the vacuum cleaner was about to come out, the hint that it is time for us to go home.

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Friday, 17 March 2017

After attending the quilt show, and blogging about the quilt show, our Friday ended with my birthday celebration at the Cove Restaurant, which is once again open for weekend dinners.

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At the Cove on St Patrick’s Day

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Patty, Kathleen, Todd, Melissa, J9, me, Boreas Inn Susie and Bill, and Dave

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Todd brought flowers.

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with Patty from the World Kite Museum.

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Allan, Patty, Our Kathleen, and Todd

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Irish Stew and soda bread

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Carmen bringing cake.

Allan provided  cake by buying two at Sid’s Supermarket and secretly decorating them himself in the back of our van!

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garden clippers from Dave!

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Plant Delights plants from Todd

Dan and Leanne from Casa Pacifica happened to be dining nearby, so they got some cake, and then (being excellent singers and former choir directors) they serenaded us with “Happy Birthday.”

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I was pleased to get The View from Great Dixter from Kathleen.

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Allan gave me three books about England, including one by a former spouse of mine.

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written by a Leedsman

From Melissa, a subscription to Fine Gardening magazine will be much enjoyed, and Susie had made a lilac scented non headache-y all natural perfume.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

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I hadn’t had time to pick up birthday wrapping paper.

Empty Bowls

We began Saturday with the annual Empty Bowls event, in which you buy a handmade bowl and then have a bowl of soup, with the event proceeds going to local programs that feed the hungry.

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at the Peninsula Church Center

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picking bowls, many made by local schoolchildren

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flowers

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our four bowls.  The turtle is reversible!

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Soup provided by several chefs

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well attended

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entertainment (Allan’s photo)

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Postcard Party

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entering the studio

We drove half an hour north to Ocean Park to attend part of a postcard party.  Today’s focus was sending postcards to our area’s Republican representative to try to get her to attend a town hall and hear our concerns.  We’re going to have the town hall whether or not she shows up.

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Michele made a card to send to Rep. Jaime Beutler, who has not done a town hall here for years.

And we have embarked upon a series of thank you postcards to folks who are fighting the good fight.

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Allan sent a card to our Senator Maria Cantwell.

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a card for Al Franken from another local liberal

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postcards and homemade chili

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postcard party

I did not have time to finish my last of four cards (lower left).

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We left before the party was over because we had to be at another event.  On the way, we managed to squeeze in a stop at the Depot Restaurant, where we had so kindly been offered some leftover St Pat’s Day shepherd’s pie! At home, we met with Indivisible member Gwen (who had also been at the postcard shindig) and all three of us in our van headed an hour north to South Bend for the …

92nd Annual Pacific County Democrats Crab Feed.

In South Bend, we drove around looking for a garden that I wished to view from the street.  We got a bit lost.

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a beautiful house on the hill

We dropped Gwen off at the event venue and kept looking, only to find the garden was walking distance from our destination rather than being up on the hill.  It belongs to a gardener I admire and I had used Google to find it.  Leaving the word “east” out of the address made it much more findable.

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a dreamy garden

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conifer textures

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Allan’s photo

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just snooping the front garden

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very cool

I long to see the whole garden in summer, and I hope it will be on the Pacific County Master Gardeners’ summer tour.

We then walked to the crab feed.

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a historic photo of South Bend

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free buttons

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showing only about half of the local dems in attendance

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Members of the Chinook Tribe sang a blessing song.

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Harmony Soapworks from Oysterville provided table favours.

Someone did not know it was soap and took a bite!

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State and local politicians served the dinner.

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Senator Maria Cantwell (Allan’s photo)

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State Democrat Party Chair Tina Podlodowski, former Congressman Brian Baird, and Congressman Derek Kilmer

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an enormous crab on top of a green and a potato salad.

I had forgotten how daunting a crab is to eat.  We managed with a set of pliers.  Next year, we will know to bring crab crackers and picks.

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Senator Maria Cantwell was one of several rousing speakers.

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Allan’s photo

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enthusiastic response

We are filled with resolve and have every intention of solving all sorts of problems.

In the silent auction, I won an art piece by our friend Joe Chasse, from his Dangerous Toys series.

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I’m thrilled to have this.

Shortly after Joe departed, Gwen and Allan and I left during the live auction in order to get through the most wooded roads home before dark

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dusk along the marshland on the way home

It has been an intense two day social whirl and, with a break in the bad weather, I am  looking forward to getting some quiet gardening work done.

 

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Ilwaco post office is place for conversation because everyone in town has to come pick up their mail.

The Ilwaco post office is the place for conversation because everyone in town has to come pick up their mail.

a stop at the library to pick up books

a stop at the library to pick up books

Former client Gene pulled up in his car to ask gardening advice about lavatera, montbretia, and buddleias.

Long Beach

deadheading the welcome sign

deadheading the welcome sign

welcome sign

welcome sign with cosmos and echibeckia

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in town....I have my eye on that lavender for removal because it is dead looking on the other side

in town, watering the planters….I have my eye on that lavender for removal because it is dead looking on the other side

Watering the Funland planter was a bit of an obstacle course.

Watering the Funland planter was a bit of an obstacle course.

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This planter will be redone as soon as the crew has time to get me a pile of soil.

This planter will be redone as soon as the crew has time to get me a pile of soil.

Fish Alley entrance

Fish Alley entrance

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in Veterans Field

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in Veterans Field

This fellow was knitting as he and his cute little blue dachshund strolled by. (Allan's photo)

This fellow was knitting as he and his cute little “blue” dachshund strolled by. (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

a late trigridia bloom

a late trigridia bloom

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park, a Basket Case basket

All the watering and deadheading made us hungry.  For the second time this week, we had lunch out to try to get some energy to finish our workday.

Captain Bob's Chowder

Captain Bob’s Chowder

Ilwaco

This time, I walked around and checked on the Ilwaco planters while Allan watered.

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blue for Azure salon

blue for Azure salon

Allan had to move to another faucet while filling the water trailer tank because a boat was being hoisted in.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

She's been working on her boat, the Ocean Accord, most days. (Allan's photo)

She’s been working on this boat, the Ocean Accord, most days. (Allan’s photo)

I finished up with some more weeding at the boatyard.

a tall pink aster, maybe Harrington's Pink

a tall pink aster, maybe Harrington’s Pink

a dog patiently awaits for a human to come down the ladder

a dog patiently awaits for a human to come down the ladder

'Hopley's Purple' oregano

‘Hopley’s Purple’ oregano

sweet pea 'Black Knight'

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’

And then, at last, a good five hours after lunch at Captain Bob’s, we went for our weekly dinner at

The Cove Restaurant

Cove owner Sondra's dog Lacey

Cove owner Sondra’s dog Lacey

belly rub!

belly rub!

This week, our garden gang had the pleasure of being joined by Our Kathleen, who was down for a week at her beach cottage.

a big harvest moon rising over the treeline

a big harvest moon rising over the treeline

an autumnal pear and beet salad

an autumnal pear and beet salad

Melissa's cod and risotto with lemon sauce

Melissa’s cod and risotto with lemon sauce

Mayan pork conchinita

Mayan pork conchinita

noodle bowl

noodle bowl (Allan’s photo)

poached pears with huckleberries

poached pears with huckleberries

after a wonderful repast

after a wonderful repast

We lingered till the vacuum cleaner came out.

closing time

closing time

We now have four days off. I have no particular plans other than my hope for a good rainy reading day on Saturday (as predicted) and some smallish gardening projects.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Sept 15:  Wet, rainy and cool.  Would like to build a fire in stove but will wait till Bill Jr cleans chimney.  He said there is a lot of creosote in it.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 15:  I received a box of Hydrangea plants and a box of Poppy plants from Spring Hill.  Both orders had been cancelled by them.  They are really mixed up. My froggie is in the garden sink so I put the frog/toad house in the sink with a latticed tray over him.

 

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

In the morning, like a grown up, I made an appointment for early Sept. to talk with the knee surgeon about surgery in November.

Alicia’s garden

To be kind to Nora’s grand daughter, who now has the house next door, we pruned a tree that was shading and touching the shake roof of the garage and house.  That means Allan did the pruning and I did a lot of pointing.

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Alicia has been concerned that tree branches will damage the wooden roofs by shading them, and the gutters are hard to clean when filled with leaves.  Now, me…I would have let the tree win, but we wanted to make Alicia happy as she has a lot of responsibilities now and we know her dear grandma would like us to help her.

Allan on the ladder

Allan on the ladder

after....happy roofs, happy neighbour

after….happy roofs, happy neighbour

Port of Ilwaco

In the afternoon, buffeted by a COLD 25 mph wind, we watered the Howerton Avenue gardens.  We were done by four, making it an easy day (except for the annoying wind).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Waterfront Way (Allan's photo, while hooking up a hose at the dock)

Waterfront Way (Allan’s photo, while hooking up a hose at the dock)

I did some streetside pruning...

I did some streetside pruning…

and some sidewalk side pruning at the old Shorebank building where shrubs that get much too big were planted...not by us!)

and some sidewalk side pruning at the old Shorebank building where shrubs that get much too big were planted…not by us!)

a little bitty bird by Time Enough Books (Allan's photo)

a little bitty bird by Time Enough Books (Allan’s photo)

nest in a tree in the garden (Allan's photo)

nest in a tree in the garden (Allan’s photo)

Fog rolled in from the west at 3:30 PM.

Fog rolled in from the west at 3:30 PM.

wind and fog on the marina

wind and fog on the marina

The cold wind inspired us to quit for the day rather than doing some Long Beach gardening.  We had a couple of hours to relax at home; I finished the book I’ve been slowly reading.  What a luxury to spend two daylight hours with a book.

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The Cove Restaurant

At 7 PM, we attended our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang, this time with Todd (Willapa Gardening) in attendance as well as us and Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening).

The Cove entry garden (Allan's photo)

The Cove entry garden (Allan’s photo)

calla lily in the garden (Allan's photo)

calla lily in the garden (Allan’s photo)

Todd, Dave, Melissa, me

Todd, Dave, Melissa, me

strawberry and caesar salads (Allan's photo)

strawberry and caesar salads (Allan’s photo)

burger and fish taco (Allan's photo)

burger and fish taco (Allan’s photo)

We lingered till past closing, as always.  Darling Lynn brought us some strawberry and whipped cream tiny delectable desserts.

When the vacuum cleaner starts, it is time to go! (Allan's photo)

When the vacuum cleaner starts, it is time to go! (Allan’s photo)

Friday, 5 August 2016

Long Beach

First, deadheading at the welcome sign.

First, deadheading at the welcome sign. Low yellow bidens is along the edge.

welcome sign: Geraniums 'Rozanne' and 'Orion', Echibeckia, cosmos,

welcome sign: Geraniums ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Orion’, Echibeckia, cosmos, godetia, etc

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back of sign with white bacopa along the edge

Last night at dinner, Dave and Melissa had given us a five gallon fig tree to plant for Behnoosh in the park next to Kabob Cottage.  Out would come some montbretia and a Leycesteria that we had cut back severely because it was always bothered by caterpillars in late spring.

Allan wades in.

Allan wades in.

new fig tree

new fig tree

'Desert King' fig

‘Desert King’ fig in place

Look who I saw while we dumped our debris at City Works.

Look who I saw while we dumped our debris at City Works.

After our fig tree planting project, we split up and watered the planters.

I weeded the city hall garden.

I weeded the city hall garden.

carousel planter (Allan's photo)

carousel planter (Allan’s photo)

dahlias and painted sage (Allan's photo)

dahlias and painted sage (Allan’s photo)

Oh NO!!!   At the south end, Allan found this disaster.

Oh NO!!! At the south end, Allan found this disaster.

part of the car (Allan's photo)

part of the car (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan's photo)

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan’s photo)

As we watered planters at different areas in town, Todd drove by and informed each of us that we ROCK.

two kinds of Fish Alley art projects

two kinds of Fish Alley art projects

Local people are in the painting.

Local people are in the painting.

This fellow, whose panache I always enjoy, had been meticulously repainting the Long Beach chopsticks.

This fellow, whose panache I always enjoy, had been meticulously repainting the Long Beach chopsticks.

found online: They definitely needed touching up.

found online: They definitely needed touching up.

Fifth Street Park got weeded and deadheaded.

Fifth Street Park got weeded and deadheaded.

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

I just learned that Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ has a new name.  My mind balks at this: Hylotelephium telephium ‘Autumn Joy’.

eryngium and helenium

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ and Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

A quick break garnered us treats from the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market.

Columbia Pacific Farmers Market

Columbia Pacific Farmers Market, 3-6 PM Fridays in Veterans Field

Jacob of Pink Poppy Bakery (Allan's photo)

Jacob of Pink Poppy Bakery (Allan’s photo)

Next, bucket watering of just some of the Bolstad beach approach planters…poor things are so dry.

also, deadheading of some of the santolinas

also, deadheading of some of the santolinas

MORE thieving of lavender wands.

MORE thieving of lavender wands.

So glad Sid Snyder approach planters have faucets in each where we can hook up short hoses to water.

Sid Snyder approach

Sid Snyder approach

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

off to ride on the beach (Allan's photo)

off to ride on the beach (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

Allan watered the trees and planters in Ilwaco.  I made his job easier by just going home instead of starting another port weeding or watering project.

his photo of sweet peas while filling the water trailer at the boatyard

his photo of sweet peas while filling the water trailer at the boatyard

 
kitty corner from the post office (Allan's photo)

kitty corner from the post office (Allan’s photo)

hydrangeas and picket fence

hydrangeas and picket fence

and finally…home, for a three day weekend of gardening (me) and some boating for Allan.

at home....three days off commences.

at home….three days off commences.

Sitting in the van looking at my garden from the outside, I was reminded again of Ryan Gainey, whose untimely death has been weighing on my mind.  I thought of his gentle voice at the end of this video, Creating the Romantic Garden:

At the end of the wonderful story of his garden in Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Gainey spoke of how he looked at his own garden from across the street and thought “I wish that were mine” and then he says “I realized it was mine because I chose to make it mine.”

With limited resources, I also choose: not to travel afar, not to live in a finer house or have fancier things, but to have this, a dream garden.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

August 4:  HOT  Picked enough berries for a nice serving with cereal tomorrow morning.  I should get more TriStar plants for next year.  There are lots of raspberries for fall picking but they aren’t ready yet.

August 5: HOT  Watered tomatoes and houseplants.  Planted some of the snapdragons UBW.  [Upper Bed West]  Brought the trays in from shop and there were only about 20 violet leaves still unrotted.  After dinner I started making labels for perennials to be planted.  I’ll try to spend most of my time tomorrow planting those seeds.

1998 (age 74):

August 4:  HOT  Water day.  I actually got up early enough to water from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.  Store day—electric and phone bill—bank and QFC.  Lettuce 39 cents each!

August 5: Did a lot of deadheading mostly in front.  Since the seat of my garden stool split, I tried using the good kitchen stool (17″ high).  I can use it but it is a little high as I have to bend over so far my innards are all scrunched up.  I think I’d look dumb if I used it in the front so I probably will use it in the back.

 

 

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

We’ve been so focused on Long Beach that we had not done our north end jobs lately.

Red Barn Arena

I remembered that we had some edging blocks to install at the Red Barn.  When we got there, the edge had not been cleared yet (by Amy and her trusty tractor) so we will do the edging later.  We also found that the backside of the garden had been hit with roundup, always a risk when spraying grass next to a garden.

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zone of death: Round Up drift had killed the California poppies at the back…

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and caused yellowing foliage on the Helianthus

I got a promise that from now on, we will run our own string trimmer back there and that Round Up will not be applied again.

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Allan string trimming along the front

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an attractive new bench

Diane’s garden

Next door, we weeded at deadheaded at Diane and Larry’s.

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the roadside garden

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one narcissus

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the back patio planters

A heavy rain began while we were weeding along the road and got us both uncomfortably drenched and chilled.  Fortunately, I had a dry sweatshirt and jacket to change into. Allan’s jacket had kept him drier.

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brrrrr

Basket Case Greenhouse

Basket Case was a good place to warm up a bit.  We have begun planting some perennials, and needed more ingredients.  We are holding off on planting annuals till around Mother’s Day.

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the annuals greenhouse

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I got myself an Orange Rocket barberry and a Cardinal red twig dogwood.

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and the orange picotee Lewisia for my scree garden.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I was ever so pleased to see the bright show of tulips in the Golden Sands courtyard garden.

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with blue camassia

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view from one of the red chairs

I asked Allan to apply the Sluggo to each quadrant while I sat because my knee was acting up.

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The bird bath and plaque are from my mom’s old garden.

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Tulip viridiflora (green tulips), always my favourites.  ‘Green Wave’ is on the right.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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dog daises already (Allan’s photo)

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Pacific tree frog on moss and beach strawberries (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

While weeding, Allan commented that this little wild euphorbia reminds him of Shrek.

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a spurge, one of the cuter weeds (Allan’s photo)

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It reminds Allan of Shrek’s ears.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After considerable weeding and narcissi deadheading, I took some photos for the KBC Facebook page of the garden looking very fine.

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from south gate

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tulips and overwintered Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

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multiflowering Tulip ‘Antoinette’

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Tulip ‘Orange Princess’

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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This tulip has come back year after year.

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a real do-er

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fringed tulip, rose, elephant garlic

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from northeast gate

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii

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Pieris and clematis

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narcissi and pieris

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the pond island bed

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unfurling ferns

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pond island bed

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sword ferns

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The podophyllum was blooming.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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beautiful Bella (Allan’s photo)

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inside the fenced garden, ocean view cottages on the ridge

Allan climbed over the pond to trim the last of the sword ferns:

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before

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after

 

Marilyn’s Garden

We had just an hour and a half to go north to Marilyn’s garden before our dinner.

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view from back porch; garage next door will disappear soonish behind foliage

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looking north

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from the road

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looking south

The Cove Restaurant

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flowers in the foyer (Allan’s photo)

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and on the table (Allan’s photo)

We had, as always, been looking forward to the weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

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Todd brought flowers….

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Allan’s photo

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and a podophyllum for Melissa and Dave.

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Allan’s photo.  I was honestly not complaining about a thing as it had been a very good day.

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delicious ahi tuna

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strawberry salad (Allan’s photo)

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lava cake with fresh pears

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lemon bar (Allan’s photo)

Except for one little rain squall and a bit of the old knee playing up, it had been a perfect day.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 70):

April 15: Went through Floralight [three tiered light table] to try to find room for tomatoes.  Moved 8 or 10 trailing violets into terracotta planter and put it on top.  Planted Gloxinia bulbs into pots as houseplants.

1998 (age 73):

April 15:  Sunny, warm . I decided I  had to get the strawberries planted if I hope to have some in June.  I worked from noon to 4:00 to plant 3 rows using 6 or 7 trays of plants—and I have 29 trays of plants!  The soil is loose from the tilling so it’s easy to plant them.  I’m planting the rows close together because I have so many plants.

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Thursday, 7 April 2016

I was so determined to finish the beach approach today that I scheduled nothing else beforehand. We went straight out to the Bolstad beach approach garden except for one brief stop to get photos of the welcome sign garden (in case something bad happened to the tulips before the next day, like a browsing deer or a human standing in there to get a photo taken.)

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Tulip ‘Torch Song’ mix from Colorblends, with some Tulip ‘Formosa’ added

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Tulip “Torch Song’ mix

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front and back

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Tulip ‘Much Niceness’ mix from Colorblends

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“Much Niceness” mix

.  I knew from the start that the unusual heat…82.9!…would make it challenging out on the beach approach.  Just this once, I hoped for some wind (not too much).

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where we left off yesterday

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11:17 AM: From where we left off yesterday, my goal was to make it to the buoy.  That would be most of this section, to the planter…

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…and this section from the planter to the end.

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before (Allan’s photo)

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before (Allan’s photo)

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a couple of cute dogs that I got to pet.  They whined like crazy when their “mom” walked to the restroom.

It was SOO hot that I thought I was gonna plotz.  I put a cold bandanna around my neck, a cold bandanna peasant style over my head, and a cold bandanna on each wrist (soaked in cold water).

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Then I poured cold water over my head from a jug every now and then.

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me and my neighbour’s dog Yarrow

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Our neighbour Jessika of Starvation Alley organic cranberry farm walked by with her dogs. (Allan’s photo)

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Yarrow (Allan’s photo)

Jessika grew up in Tennessee and thinks we are very dramatic about “hot” weather here.  When she walked back, there I was dramatically pouring cold water over my head again.

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debris clean up in progress on the first section (Allan’s photo)

The passersby were frequent today because of spring break, with the oft repeated comment “You can come to my garden next”.  One fellow offered us $20 an hour to drive all the way to Chehalis to weed his garden, not realizing that the going rate for private garden work here is $25 per person and up.

The “my garden next” comment is so common that I ran across it in a book about the Lost Garden of Heligan in Cornwall:  “[Garden visitors] stand and stare and comment on our dedication to the job, how our backs must be aching and how we can help in their garden when we’re finished with our own.” from Heligan: A Portrait of the Lost Garden.

Today, I got a good compliment; a fellow said that the gardens make his visits to Long Beach “intriguing and enjoyable”.  That is exactly what I wish to achieve.

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starting the second section at two thirty (Allan’s photo)

At four thirty, I could not bear weeding in the section of plain roses anymore.  I was in despair over the quick passage of time so asked Allan to finish that area while I went on to the end, where some Juniper conferta, some wild lupins and some armeria (sea thrift) gave some variety to the weeding.

By then, I was in a panic about getting done; I just wanted so much to finish today.

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weeding and chatting with a Long Beach resident who used to be a landscaper (Allan’s photo)

It was also pleasant to visit with blog reader MaryBeth although I barely looked up.

I deliberately left some shaped sections of clover for the bees.  When it is done blooming, we may remove it.

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Allan got the boring area done all on his own, by 6:30.

From 6:30 to 7:00, I was wielding the pick in a frenzy and yelling at the last section of weeds, “You will not defeat me! I WILL FINISH YOU!”  I was willing to be late to dinner to get done.  I had been thinking for two hours about calling the Cove and texting Melissa to delay dinner from 7 PM till 7:30, yet the idea of stopping to deal with calling and texting was just too exhausting.  Allan was raking and sweeping the sidewalk and roadside while I did the very last weeding.

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cleaned up (Allan’s photo)

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after…7:10, late for dinner!

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Allan doing the last of the sweeping.

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Days ago, we started way way back at the arch.

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the final section, done

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THE END!

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a huge accomplishment

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all the way to the end!

As Melissa says, HUMANS WIN!  At least temporarily.  Next week, we’ll plant some poppy seeds in the occasional area where no roses grow.

The Cove Restaurant

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tulips outside the Cove (Allan’s photo)

We arrived at our weekly dinner and meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang 20 minutes late.  Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Gardening) totally understood.

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the joy of having the beach approach done (Allan’s photo)

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strawberry salad

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Dave’s fish and chips

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fish tacos

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Chef Jason sent us some prawns in butter sauce…out of this world.

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the work board…beach approach erased…at long long long last.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago 

1997 (age 72):

April 7: Took Tabby to vets for booster shots.  I got the Advantage flea killer stuff—supposed to kill fleas in 24 hours and last for a month.  $8.00+.

I cleaned out a lot of branches and cones from patio bed so now I have another pile.  There’s still a lot to clean up in driveway and front flower beds.

1998 (age 73):

April 7:  1:00-3:00  It was cold enough to wear a jacket but warm enough to sweat.    I only worked two hours when I felt sick probably still tired from yesterday and only 4 hours sleep.  I managed to weed some in patio and moved most of the pots of perennials up to the picnic table  I gave up and came in and went to bed from 3:00 to 6:00.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

We’d had a good rain overnight, and I was ever so pleased as I’d been fretting over whether the Ilwaco planters needed watering.

rain barrel overflowing; Allan was putting away the "bogsy wood" sign as a big wind is due soon and I don't want it to get broken by a falling branch.

rain barrel overflowing; Allan was putting away the “bogsy wood” sign as a big wind is due soon and I don’t want it to get broken by a falling branch.

lots of calendula and California poppies have come up in the front garden.

lots of calendula and California poppies have come up in the front garden.

poppies reseeded in the lawn path...make me more inclined to turn it to gravel even though I love the softness underfoot.

poppies reseeded in the lawn path…make me more inclined to turn it to gravel even though I love the softness underfoot.

the huge dilemma: to turn all this northwest corner "lawn" into gravel or leave it as soft cushiony (even when dormant) lawn...

the huge dilemma: to turn all this northwest corner “lawn” into gravel or leave it as soft cushiony (even when dormant) lawn…

Speaking of not having to water the Ilwaco planters, we had seen this in the police report:

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So the first task was to drive around checking all the planters.  They all looked ok so whichever one was knocked over had been picked up again.

We embarked upon a short-ish work day as we had a dinner engagement at 5:30.

The Depot Restaurant

I found to my dismay that, because the drip irrigation timer has been turned off, the window boxes are drying up.

NOOOOOO!

NOOOOOO!  They would go into November if watered.

Wide eaves keep them from getting rainwater.

Wide eaves keep them from getting rainwater.

We watered them, of course, and will try to remember to do so every week.

I pulled out that darn cosmos that refused to bloom.

We pulled out that darn cosmos that refused to bloom.

north side of deck

north side of deck

Super tall Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

Super tall Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’, a plant which amuses me greatly.

A sudden plan: to weed along this strip and add some matting sedums.

A sudden plan: to weed along this strip and add some matting sedums and some seeds of Calif. poppies and alyssum..

Long Beach

I’ll be glad when the welcome sign flowers are done for the year so I am not reminded weekly of how bad this garden got damaged during Rod Run weekend.

sigh....Most of the tall flowers got trampled.

sigh….Most of the tall flowers got trampled.

Geranium 'Rozanne' finally making a show.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ finally making a show of blue.

not what it was....

not what it was….

I had gotten a phone message this morning from Parks Manager Mike saying that the water to the Long Beach planters has been turned off.  I can now declare watering season officially over!  Pretty sure it is over for the Ilwaco planters as well, with another big rainstorm forecast for Friday and Saturday, and then I do hope we will have regular precipitation.

We had our check to pick up at city hall and decided to do a bit of fall cleanup and make a debris run.

Allan trimmed some Miscanthus on the west side. Before...

Allan trimmed some Miscanthus on the west side. Before…

and after

and after  (art tile by Renee O’Connor)

I cut down the big Aruncus (goats beard) on the north side.  It did not really HAVE to be cut down yet.  I just quite simply felt like it all of a sudden.

aruncus before and after

aruncus before and after

a lovely hydrangea against the east wall in the bed called "Peggy's Park"

a lovely hydrangea against the east wall in the bed called “Peggy’s Park”

As we were working at City Hall, MaryBeth drove by and we were able to invite her to join us for dinner.  (She divides her time between here and the big city.)

The Anchorage Cottages

We divested ourselves of our small trailerload of debris on the way to The Anchorage, where we groomed the beds and containers and where Allan dug out some running roses in the center courtyard.  I was very much enjoying the cool, grey, autumnal weather.

center courtyard today

center courtyard today

the beautiful arbutus

the beautiful arbutus

arbutus, closer

arbutus, closer

and closer still

and closer still

the rose, pushed back

the rose, pushed back from the edge, much better

some further refining of the shade bed by cottage 8

some further refining of the shade bed by cottage 8

Long Beach again

With the rest of our short day, Allan tidied the gardens at Veterans Field while I checked up on one block’s worth of planters.

still lots of painted sage in the planter by the stoplight

still lots of painted sage and cosmos  in the planter by the stoplight

Veterans Field indicates the wind from the south

Veterans Field indicates the wind from the south

The Cove Restaurant

Our traditional Thursday evening dinner at the Cove had been moved to Wednesday, and at an earlier time, because tonight was the new monthly Sushi Night and we wanted to be there early in case they ran out!  That was on the recommendation of our friend Michelle, who had been to the very first sushi night last month.  We had been looking forward to her joining our party and were sad she was under the weather and could not be there.

Parking Lot Cat was there to greet us. (Allan's photo)

Parking Lot Cat was there to greet us. (Allan’s photo)

three of the North Beach Garden Gang (Allan's photo)

three of the North Beach Garden Gang (Allan’s photo)

the delectable menu

the delectable menu

at the Cove

at the Cove

The sushi surpassed my expectations.  I had not had any so good since leaving The Big City.

seaweed salad and ceviche

seaweed salad and ceviche

seaweed salad

seaweed salad

artful sushi

artful sushi

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Dave and Melissa practice their chopstick skills.

Dave and Melissa practice their chopstick skills.

more

more

sushi with a view

sushi with a view

Allan's photo: Dave, Melissa, Me, MaryBeth

Allan’s photo: Dave, Melissa, Me, MaryBeth

replete! (Allan's photo)

replete! (Allan’s photo)

At first, we refused dessert, until Allan said he wanted some, and then, as Melissa said, the floodgates opened and we all had dessert.

Crème brûlée

Crème brûlée

cheesecake (Allan's photo)

strawberry cheesecake (Allan’s photo)

Parking Lot Cat waiting to bid us goodnight.

Parking Lot Cat waiting to bid us goodnight.

He has a cushy life in the house by the parking lot where the owners live!  He got his name because someone abandoned him in the parking lot, no doubt knowing that Sondra would take in any stray.

parking lot farewells (Allan's photo)

parking lot farewells (Allan’s photo, MaryBeth, me, and Melissa)

It was a perfect evening (but it will feel odd to not have our dinner on Thursday night!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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