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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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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Before getting down to serious work, we went to the port office to see if the baskets had been turned around to show their best side.  Last night, I had trimmed the dead trailing ends off the plants facing the water and had sent an email asking that the heavy baskets be turned around to show their good side for the Slow Drag on Friday evening.

They had been turned around.

They had been turned around.

After the busy summer, the Port office staff had gotten a nice bouquet from CoHo Charters.

After the busy summer, the Port office staff had gotten a nice bouquet from CoHo Charters.

On the way out of town, we checked up on the planter that had gotten knocked into the street yesterday.  It looks like it has revived as well as could be hoped for.

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battered but unbowed

The Depot Restaurant

On the south side of the dining deck, the requested ornamental grasses are slowly gaining height. Next summer, they should provide a screen.

On the south side of the dining deck, the requested ornamental grasses are slowly gaining height. Next summer, they should provide a screen.

Our flower garden on north side got weeded and watered. The hops are up to the top of the lattice screen.

Our flower garden on north side got weeded and watered. The hops are up to the top of the lattice screen.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Today was our day to go north.  At Golden Sands, I again contemplated the future removal of the ugly patch of parched siberian iris at the entry to the courtyard.
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As you can see, while going in there with a pick will require caution because of wiring, it looks like the wiring probably just goes around the outside.  So we might leave a bit of iris.  I’d like to replace the rest with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, of which I have an endless supply.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is a repeater along the front of the four quadrants.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is a repeater along the front of the four quadrants.

I also sadly contemplated my pitiful dahlias in the different quadrants.

pathetic dahlias!

pathetic dahlias!

I decided I need to read up on how to grow them.  I am not a “dahlia queen” like Shelly of Flowering Hedge Design.  The article I read years ago told me that dahlias do not like mulch or fertilizer.  Serendipitously, this same evening we watched an episode of Ciscoe Morris’s telly show and he said that dahlias need a LOT of fertilizer.  With that knowledge, maybe I can get these to do better next year.  (P.S. A week later, Todd told me he does not fertilize his spectacular daylilies and the ones at Golden Sands might have virus. So I am still uncertain.)

At least my two patches of sweet peas, climbing up on 'Joseph's Coat' roses, are good.

At least my two patches of sweet peas, climbing up on ‘Joseph’s Coat’ roses, are good.

I wish I knew what this rose is.

I wish I knew what this rose is.

The coppery red rose from my mom’s garden was probably ordered from Jackson and Perkins or Wayside Gardens.  I am going to try to propagate this year just by laying some cuttings in the ground.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

KBC was as far north as we went today.

the east gate of the fenced garden

the east gate of the fenced garden

Sarah

Sarah

my good friend Sarah

my good friend Sarah

Timmy

Timmy

just inside the east gate

just inside the east gate

feathery pink sanguisorba (canadensis, I think)

feathery pink sanguisorba (canadensis, I think)

Schizostylis, a bit of a runner but so worth it in late summer

Schizostylis, a bit of a runner but so worth it in late summer

In a lecture, Dan Hinkley said that schizostylis runs more in a dry area, and clumps more in a damp area, as it grows on riversides in South Africa and seeks moisture.

looking southwest over the birdbath....the changing view that will be a slideshow this winter.

looking southwest over the birdbath….the changing view that will be a slideshow this winter.

the main wheelbarrow path and the center circle path

the main wheelbarrow path and the center circle path

Japanese anemones that escaped the purge!

Japanese anemones that escaped the purge!

inside the south gate

inside the south gate with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

outside the south gate

outside the south gate

The Anchorage Cottages

My good friend Mitzu kept me company while I deadheaded container plants.

My good friend Mitzu kept me company while I deadheaded container plants.

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' has been a great doer. Today is the first time I had to do any serious deadheading on it.

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ has been a great doer. Today is the first time I had to do any serious deadheading on it.  Beth says it has been a hit with hummingbirds.

Long Beach

We filled up our last hour with a thorough weeding of the Long Beach City Hall garden beds.

Peggy's Park: memorial garden for Peggy Taylor Miles, east side of city hall

Peggy’s Park: memorial garden for Peggy Taylor Miles, east side of city hall

Basket Case baskets in the fog

Basket Case baskets in the fog

The weather all day had been annoyingly windy, and a heavy fog rolled in over Long Beach as we worked.  It had been slowly drifting in all day.  I love the fog but not coupled with a cold wind so I was glad to be done when dinnertime arrived and we drove to the Peninsula Golf Course to meet Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance).

The Cove Restaurant

Parking Lot Cat was deeply interested in this tire.

Parking Lot Cat was deeply interested in this tire.

some sort of message here

some sort of message here

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, me and restaurateur Sondra inside

Allan’s photo, me and restaurateur Sondra inside

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The apricot cider tap "blew" so Melissa and I each got a bonus of the new cask, apple cider.

The apricot cider tap “blew” so Melissa and I each got a bonus of the new cask, apple cider.

so delicious new pear and goat cheese salad

so delicious new pear and goat cheese salad

Dave and I could not resist having the chicken alfredo again.

Dave and I could not resist having the chicken alfredo again.

spicy Cajun chicken alfredo

spicy Cajun chicken alfredo

prosciutto wrapped halibut for Melissa

prosciutto wrapped halibut for Melissa

Allan opted for a burger, not the "flame thrower" spicy one

Allan opted for a burger, not the “flame thrower” spicy one. (Allan’s photo)

After dinner, in the parking lot, Allan showed Dave and Melissa our long handled Fiskars pruner, the one that doesn’t use an annoying rope to make it open and close.

more gardening talk

more gardening talk

We’re hoping that Dave and Melissa can come down to Ilwaco tomorrow evening for the always fun Slow Drag at the Port.  I’ll be posting about that on my other blog, Our Ilwaco.  Then we have a busy weekend with the four of us going to the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour (one of my favourite events of the year), followed by another trip to Cannon Beach on Sunday to hear our Debbie Teashon speak for the cottage tour garden tea.

You can read about the Slow Drag here, in a slideshow of the vehicles, and here, in a story about the race.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

apples at The Planter Box, where we shopped for a few plants for Long Beach

apples at The Planter Box, where we shopped for a few plants for Long Beach

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The gardens are going through a dull patch.

The gardens are going through a dull patch.

midsummer doldrums

midsummer doldrums

We hose watered the sad dry hydrangeas.

We hose watered the sad dry hydrangeas.

The Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' at the back should be so much taller...not enough water.

The Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ at the back should be so much taller…not enough water.

The Helianthus on this side is getting better water.

The Helianthus on this side is getting better water.

With the sprinkler system working, the garden is still so much better than previous years that I mustn’t complain!

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I want Golden Sands to be like this garden.  This one has a lot of money lavished on plants and soil amendments and every inch gets watered.

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

The birdbath is actually a cat drinking saucer.

The birdbath is actually a cat drinking saucer.

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Cosmos and Salvia viridis

Cosmos and Salvia viridis

Mary's pale pink rose

Mary’s pale pink rose

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

with hummingbird

with hummingbird

Cosmos 'Antiquity'

Cosmos ‘Antiquity’

lily

lily

Anchorage Cottages

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My good friend Mitzu

My good friend Mitzu

towering sweet peas

towering sweet peas

Persicaria 'Dimity'; I forgot to get myself some starts of this last year.

Persicaria ‘Dimity’; I forgot to get myself some starts of this last year.

Cosmos 'Sonata' in the center courtyard.

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ in the center courtyard.

Long Beach

added three plants to the big Lewis and Clark Square planter. Still far from lush.

added three plants to the big Lewis and Clark Square planter. Still far from lush.

from The Planter Box

from The Planter Box

Port of Ilwaco

We watered all along Howerton Avenue.

Someone had messed with the lavender again. I took a small bouquet of it to Salt Hotel.

Someone had messed with the lavender again. I took a small bouquet of it to Salt Hotel.

Salt Hotel

Salt Hotel

the marina, looking southwest

the marina, looking southwest

Despite the clouds, no rain is in the forecast this week.

Despite the clouds, no rain is in the forecast this week.

Gardens...struggling by on once a week watering.

Gardens…struggling by on once a week watering.

Walking home, I spy Acanthus by the college building.

Walking home, I spy Acanthus by the college building.

Acanthus thriving on neglect

Acanthus thriving on neglect

a reflection in a boat by the street

a reflection in a boat by the street

a reward for watering in the greenhouse

a reward for watering in the greenhouse

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Ilwaco

I knew that the owners of Salt Hotel were in a crunch to get all their rooms done by the weekend so they could be fully open.  I took them a bouquet for their office.

I admire their planters and beautification

I admire their planters and beautification

against the wall of Salt Hotel

against the wall of Salt Hotel

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The Depot Restaurant

weekly deadheading, bindweed eradication, and supplemental watering

weekly deadheading, bindweed eradication, and supplemental watering

north side of dining deck, with hops on the lattice

north side of dining deck, with hops on the lattice

Long Beach 

deadheading and supplemental water at the welcome sign

deadheading and supplemental water at the welcome sign

welcome sign

welcome sign

Then, the watering and deadheading of the Long Beach planters.

outside NIVA green

outside NIVA green

my favourite planter this year

my favourite planter this year

When I watered that planter, a tiny blue damselfly buzzed all around it.  (Photo attempt too blurry.)

Gaura 'So White' in Fish Alley. Too bad the "hens and chickens" around the edges keep getting stolen.

Gaura ‘So White’ in Fish Alley. Too bad the “hens and chickens” around the edges keep getting stolen.

lilies in Fifth Street Park

lilies in Fifth Street Park

Lily speciosum rubrum and Melianthus major in Fifth Street Park

Lily speciosum rubrum and Melianthus major in Fifth Street Park

Allan took this photo of these folks who said "That's the most beautiful lily I've ever seen."

Allan took this photo of these folks who said “That’s the most beautiful lily I’ve ever seen.”

the lily in question (Allan's photo)

the lily in question (Allan’s photo)

in all its glory (Allan's photo)

in all its glory (Allan’s photo)

We had time to turn the soaker hoses on and off on Sid Snyder beach approach (to the usual little effect).

horses out on Sid Snyder beach approach

horses out on Sid Snyder beach approach (Allan’s photo)

We even had time to do some weeding and strimming on the parking lot berms.

The three "berms" get NO water.

The three “berms” get NO supplemental water.

The middle one is so blah it just gets a strimming. Before (Allan's photo)

The middle one is so blah it just gets a strimming. Before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

before (Allan's photo)

middle berm before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)...still not lovely, eh?

after (Allan’s photo)…still not lovely, eh?

I used to dream of making that center parking lot garden more exciting, but with no water, I think not.

bird on a wire while we dumped our debris at city works

bird on a wire while we dumped our debris at city works

The Cove Restaurant

Ah, Thursday night, the end of our workweek, and dinner with Dave and Melissa.  This time Todd joined us.

Dave and Parking Lot Cat

Dave and Parking Lot Cat

fruit water and pear cider

fruit water and pear cider and Dave

Allan's photo as I bore the table with some gardening tale or other.

Allan’s photo as I bore the table with some gardening tale or other.

delicious halibut cakes (Allan's photo)

delicious halibut cakes (Allan’s photo)

Dave's favourite

Dave’s favourite: Pork Conchinita

Our Melissa (Allan's photo)

Our Melissa (Allan’s photo)

After dinner, Melissa and I both got sentimental about how much we look forward to our Thursday dinners and how happy we are that we all met.

If you got this far, thanks for sticking with us for a whole work week in just two posts.  Thank goodness it was four days instead of what it used to be:  six, or seven, or ten or more days in a row.

 

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

I was appalled to see a weather forecast of more 23 mph wind, as today we had planned to get back to the beach approach weeding.  I watched the garden swaying in the wind while having breakfast at my new table and felt much gloom.

my new breakfast table

my new breakfast table

 However, we had put off the beach approach weeding for over a week due to weather, so we decided to brave the elements and give it a try.

Long Beach

We selected a weedy looking section.  So far, the wind was not too bad.

before

before

 

before

before, looking east

 

before, looking west

before, looking west

All other Bolstadt beach approach weeding sessions, we have started at the outer end and worked our way toward the arch.

We were this far from the arch today, about half the length of the garden.

We were this far from the arch today, about half the length of the garden.  It’s between the two buildings, over the road.

This time, I was choosing to jump randomly into a section, on the theory that if we did not get it done, at least walkers would pass a good section, then a couple of bad ones, then a good one again.  Keep ’em guessing!

Both of us had dressed for a cold wind that did not materialize, and when the sun came out we were too hot and WISHING for wind!  After an hour of that, a breeze did arrive and then the weather was finally comfortable.  The weeding was strenuous and tiresome, as much sand has blown into the garden over the years.  Sand is tight and hard to pull weeds out of (even though I used to think it would surely be loose and easy).  The ground was dry and packed.  We had to use the pick more than ever before and frankly, I felt miserable most of the time.  So many other garden areas need doing, and we were so very far from being done with the 12.5 sections of the approach.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

one section done, Allan's photo

one section done, Allan’s photo

When Parks Manager Mike drove by to tell us he had acquired some barrels for Fish Alley, I said to him that perhaps the city could find an intern, or maybe even a person sentenced to community service, to weed the approach, as it is not a skilled job.  If a person could learn (or have marked) a few ornamental grasses and some santolinas and armeria (sea thrift) and then pull everything that is not a rose or shrub, that’s all that one would need to know to do a basic decent job.  Mike was agreeable to the idea.

At one point, I told Allan I had hit the wall; by then, we were on our second section.  (Each of the very weedy ones takes about three hours.)  Then I thought….No….I must get to the end of this one so I can cross two sections off the work board (for a total of three so far this year).  And we did.

weeding in sand, Allan's photo

weeding in sand, Allan’s photo

Meanwhile, a woman walked by with her dog and told me that a planter near where she lives on Sid Snyder Drive (the other beach approach) “had not been done for years”!  I said it had been “done” within the last month.  She looked skeptical and said maybe she should take it over.  I said nicely (really!) that she could go to city hall and they would probably let her try to do it as a volunteer.  After she had walked away, I realized that by “done” I meant it had been checked for weeds.  To her, “done” meant what I would call “RE-done”.  That particular planter, by Skipper’s horse rides, is nothing but a madly running variegated ornamental grass planted years ago by a volunteer.  We RE-do about two of the volunteer planters each year.  Last fall, we re-did four that were all vinca.  I had thought the planter by the horse rides was ok, for a tough rarely watered spot,  looking sort of beachy-horsey-stripeygrassy.

So I walked the couple of blocks to city hall to tell the staff that the woman might come in and ask to if she could take over the planter this fall and that it was ok by me; maybe the crew would even dig it out for her.  (It might go the way of most of the volunteer planters, which were planted with good intentions and then let go to weeds, which is why Allan and I now care for all but one of them.  Back Country Horse Rides (there are two beach horse riding outfits) reclaimed theirs, at the west end of Sid Snyder, last year, and they are doing a great job caring for it as far as I know.  Without frequent attention, planters on the beach approaches have to be planted with drought tolerant and tough plants.

Just as I was telling this story, the city manager came in and told me about an email he had gotten from a local woman who wants to be an intern and asked if she could weed the Bolstadt approach!  I’m Facebook friends with her so I wonder if maybe she saw on this blog how we are struggling with it. She could surely tell just by taking a walk out there.  She has an impressive resumé of horticulture classes and I said I am ALL for it and would be happy to turn over the whole approach garden to her.  Someone who had time could make it back into a garden of more variety, more the way it used to be, and maybe even have time to mulch it.  We had all sorts of cool plants out there till we gave up on them because of the way they got trampled during kite festival.

I felt like rescue had arrived just in time.  I had told Allan but an hour earlier that this was for sure going to be the last year we weeded the approach.  What was a do-able challenge a few years ago is now just too much physical pain because of the repetitive motion of the job and it is too frustrating to not have the time to get it done before the weeds get firmly entrenched.  Oh, I am filled with joy at the new hope for this garden.

after

after weeding

I was inspired to shear back the roses from the first (easternmost) section where they grow so vigorously that they were six inches out into the street again.

clipped back

clipped back

These same roses are sparser and sparser as one walks west, leaving rom for more weeds.

Sorry I was so tired today that I took no photos of the actual roses in all their white, red, or pink single or semi-double glory.

single pink

Here’s a single pink from last year

We then weeded all the raised planters along Bolstadt.  I am discouraged that one of the eryngiums has been stolen again from the Lisa Bonney memorial planter, making my scheme lopsided yet again.

You would think the memorial plaque would make this one not such a target for finger blight.

You would think the memorial plaque would make this one not such a target for finger blight.

Speaking of finger blight, we even had time to plant two of the plants to replace ones swiped out of main street planters, before we went to dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

in the lobby

in the foyer

 

out our window: Sondra had planted some cosmos!

out our window: Sondra had planted some cosmos!

We were joined by Melissa and Dave of Sea Star Landscaping, whom we have been recommending to those who ask for gardeners, including some jobs that we used to do.  They know their plants and are sympatico people whose company we much enjoy.

me and Melissa

me and Melissa

 

Allan's dinner salad

Allan’s dinner salad

I felt too tired to eat anything as intricate as the beautiful ahi tuna dinner, so I opted for three simple fish tacos.

fish tacos, $3 each

fish tacos, $3 each

Tomorrow: more Long Beach, this time the planters that I love taking care of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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