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Monday, 19 May 2014

annuals planting time day eleven

It’s the birthday today of the late Joey Ramone and my former partner, Robert.

And we are rapidly approaching the end of annuals planting he….  time.

We began at Mayor Mike’s garden, just weeding the front beds a bit and adding some white and blue painted sage, a six pack of cosmos, and a Dianthus ‘Fancy Knickers’ (frilly and white!) in keeping with the mostly blue and white theme of his garden.

Last fall, we planted tall alliums (Purple Sensation and Everest).

Last fall, we planted tall alliums (Purple Sensation and Everest).

They are a good focal point at the corner of the front garden.

They are a good focal point at the corner of the front garden.

Mike and his partner must have been doing some weeding or there would have been more work for us.

Mike and his partner must have been doing some weeding or there would have been more work for us.

looking across to Cheri's house...was bright yellow, now red.

looking across to Cheri’s house…was bright yellow, now red.

The above photo tells me that white is a colour that will look good with that red, and also yellow, and clear, not purple-y blues.  The pinky mauve of most cosmos would NOT look good there now.

Cheri and Charlie seem to be doing well with their garden without us having had time to show up to help them!  Cheri did tell me once that she would pave it over if we ever quite…and I have no intention of quitting this one, as it is nice and level and quite easy.

They've replaced some lawn with bark...

They’ve replaced some lawn with bark…

and they have a nice pile of mulch...

and they have a nice pile of mulch…

and new raised boxer-dog-proof veg beds.

and new raised boxer-dog-proof veg beds.

We had forgotten to pay our accountant, which I usually do the minute she finishes our taxes.  A pause at her office to pay did not result in the usual greeting from Helen, who was fast asleep.

no belly rub today

no belly rub today

Next, The Basket Case, where we bought oodles and scads of plants for the 12 whiskey barrels at Casa Pacifica tomorrow.  We will be all set up to go there first thing on Tuesday.  It takes a lot of plants to fill a whiskey barrel full of colourful annuals, and they really look  best with 9 or even 12 trailies around the edges.  Once, I planted fewer trailies and Dan saw us downtown a couple of days later and asked if we had planted up the barrels yet.  So impact, quick and impressive, is key.

flower basket maker extraordinaire Nancy Aust and me at the Basket Case on the previous visit.

flower basket maker extraordinaire Nancy Aust and me at the Basket Case on the previous visit.

I shop in the back employees-only greenhouse to avoid decimating the stock in the front, public greenhouses.

I shop in the back employees-only greenhouse to avoid decimating the stock in the front, public greenhouses.

basket cat

basket cat

Allan prepares to load the van

Allan prepares to load the van with many plants for Casa Pacifica

We saw Charlene at the Basket Case; it is common to encounter friends shopping there.  Allan told me later that she got herself a nice shrub, and when he described it I knew it was the excellent Sambucus ‘Black Lace’.

And while Allan went off to Marilyn’s to weed and prep for annuals planting there, I swanned off with Garden Tour Nancy on a prearranged garden tour diversion.

As usual, a delicious lunch was part of the deal.  (I hope there is a garden tour expense account for her!)  Generously, she came up with the idea of the lunch treat in thanks for me skiving off work for a few hours.

We went to Bailey’s Cafe in Nahcotta.

Bailey's Cafe, with a Sambucus 'Black Lace' in a big pot at the front door.

Bailey’s Cafe, with a Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ in a big pot at the front door.

Next door to the café in the same building is the post office, with a little lending library.

Next door to the café in the same building is the post office, where Nancy showed me the little community lending library….

and just a few post office boxes for such a small town (which has no mail delivery).  Sometimes there is a waiting list for a box.

and just a few post office boxes for such a small town (which has no mail delivery). Sometimes there is a waiting list for a box.

inside Bailey's Café

inside Bailey’s Café

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I had the tuna sandwich in pita bread, my favourite Bailey’s fare, and Nancy and I shared a most scrumptious golden beet soup with a spicy kick to it; Jayne is such an amazing cook.  I could have eaten a vat of that soup.  I knew Allan would find out about our yummy meal by reading today’s blog, so we sweetened the deal by getting him a chocolate chip cookie.  While we ate, Nancy and I solved the world problems, or at least some of our own.

on the wall at Bailey's

on the wall at Bailey’s

After lunch, Nancy and I drove across Oysterville Road and went a little bit past our turn off and ended up almost to the beach.

the beach approach road

the beach approach road

and on our way to the garden; the deer is probably on its way to a garden, as well

and on our way to the garden; the deer is probably on its way to a garden, as well

Nancy needed a few back up gardens for this year’s tour, and I suggested one I remembered from years ago.

Jonathan and Vicky's garden

Jonathan and Vicky’s garden

The gorgeous house was designed and built by Jonathan.  If his is not on the tour this year, it should be next year and he will welcome visitors in to see the inside of the house, which is as interesting as the outside.

over the garage

over the garage

Inside the house, he had a hoya climbing all around the dining nook windows.  I flashed back to my grandma’s hoya plant and how as a child I would taste the drop of honey on each flower.  I must have one!

Hoya; our old house would have been too cold for it.

Hoya; our old house would have been too cold for it.

Outside, the laburnum and rhodos were in full bloom.

laburnum

rhodos

The tuteur in the middle of the boxwood features glass fishing floats of which he found in over a hundred one day years ago on the beach in Oregon.

floats

We only had the one garden in Surfside to look at, so Nancy dropped me off at Marilyn’s garden where I joined Allan hard at work.

He had weeded this area...

He had weeded this area…

and was working his way around the house.

and was working his way around the house.

hours later, weeded and with cosmos and painted sage planted

two hours later, weeded and with cosmos and painted sage planted

much better!

much better!

The sun felt terribly hot although 642weather.com says it was only 60.  It had to have been more like 70 at Marilyn’s.

The giant miscanthus is on its way to hiding the neighbours' garage.

The giant miscanthus is on its way to hiding the neighbours’ garage.

The privacy planting at the south end is finally filling in, with a shrubby lonicera being the best doer.

The privacy planting at the south end is finally filling in, with a shrubby lonicera being the best doer.

By the backyard swale, Siberian iris were at their peak.

By the backyard swale, Siberian iris were at their peak.

I usually miss this moment!

I usually miss this moment!

I should add some white ones, as well.

I should add some white ones, as well.

Allan went next door to retrieve a long tendril of Akebia vine that had fallen off of its host, an old dead tree trunk, and got a different view of the garden from the driveway to the west.

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the view from my passenger seat; every time we work here, I'll be looking to see how tall the garden gets

the view from my passenger seat as we leave; every time we work here, I’ll be looking to see how tall the garden gets

Since it was only five, and since I had forgotten to plant a few painted sage at the Wiegardt Gallery last week, we went there on our way south.  We mustered up an hour of energy to weed, mostly on the neglected north side.

before, north side of Wiegardt Gallery

before, north side of Wiegardt Gallery

after; somewhat improved

after; somewhat improved

Allium schubertii in the front garden

Allium schubertii in the front garden

and knautia macedonica

and Knautia macedonica

When we arrived home at seven (quite early compared to recent days), I decided I would feel so good if I could count my OWN annuals among the ones planted; I managed to get the cosmos and painted sage and a few container plants in the ground and into the garden boat and even got six Sweet 100 tomatoes potted up in the greenhouse (and two cukes in a pot on the patio; I had good luck with them last year, enough to share with a friend).

The board now looks like this with only ONE annuals job left.  Why, that is so great that I’ve started making the next set of lists: Weeding and Projects, tasks I deeply enjoy.

a joyous sight

a joyous sight

We still have several flats of perennials to plant here and there, but they are not as pesky and exhausting as the endless parade of annuals during Annuals Planting He—  Time.

 

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