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Saturday, 26 November 2016

in the garden:

Joseph's Coat rose

Joseph’s Coat rose

Joseph's Coat rose

Joseph’s Coat rose

As you can see, my bamboo poles will need repainting. Next time, I’ll try a coat of acrylic on top and see if that helps the colour last longer.

Acanthus sennii (from Xera plants)

Acanthus sennii (from Xera plants)

Hardy fuchsias are still blooming all over the garden.

Hardy fuchsias are still blooming all over the garden.

At last, I have a good strong Dichroa febrifuga.

At last, I have a good strong Dichroa febrifuga.

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

Allan had gone to Costco.  I thought I might take a puddle walk.  I got two blocks away from home before being driven back by rain.

This house around the corner is for sale again.

This house around the corner is for sale again.

We got a package in the mail from Penzey’s Spices.  Our friends highly recommend them, and we appreciate the company’s liberal political stance.

Penzey's Spices

Penzey’s Spices

Look how full the jars are!

Look how full the jars are!

I finished the book I had started the day before: Searching for Whitopia.

I recommend it.

I recommend it.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

At a little after noon, Allan went to the port to help put lights on the crab pot tree.

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crab pot tree

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Bruce Peterson

Bruce Peterson

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It may be the tallest ever this year!

It may be the tallest ever this year!

Later this week, Allan will go back to help hang the decorations.  The official tree lighting will be Saturday, Dec 3rd, at 5 PM sharp, followed by festivities at shops along the port.  We hope to see you there.

At home, in an increasingly unpleasant storm, Allan began putting up some boards, which we had acquired for free from Denny at Klipsan Beach Cottages, on the fence between us and our neighbours to the north.  We love Jared and Jessika and have discussed this project with them.  It will provide privacy for them in the area where they like to do outdoor yoga in good weather and will give me that sensation that I crave of stopping the eye at the end of a long path.

Allan had painted the boards that will go on the Jared Jessika side to match their house and little cottage.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; cottage is to the right.

Allan's photo, from our side

Allan’s photo, from our side

We had a breakdown in communication, when Allan spaced the sections far apart instead of together.  I was unclear about the shrub, which does not provide a solid enough visual barrier to skip over.  Ooops.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The shutter panels were originally not planned to go in here, which is why they are painted purple and green.  I decided they just look wrong here; these are not J&J’s colours.  So the new idea is to just use the boards to fill in the first section of wire fence, the part that is literally at the end of the path.

Panel at end of path is all that I need blocked (which is as far as the free boards will reach without the shutter panels).

Panel at end of path is all that I need blocked (which is as far as the free boards will reach without the shutter panels).

By now, not only was the wind and rain buffeting at 26 mph, but it was time to go to dinner, so the project was shelved until Monday.

We still don’t know where we are going to use the shutters.

In the garden:

The Dicentra scandens has put out a whole new spurt of growth, and flowers, after completely dying back. A new phenomenon of this warm autumn.

The Dicentra scandens has put out a whole new spurt of growth, and flowers, after completely dying back. A new phenomenon of this warm autumn.

passion flower blooming

passion flower blooming

the first narcissi

the first narcissus

The narcissus went into a bouquet that I made to take to dinner at Tony and Scott’s house in Long Beach.  I also found Jasminum nudiflorum, Lonicera fragrantissima, roses, fuchsias, Nicotiana langsdorfii, lavender, red valerian, and more.

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dinner at Tony and Scott’s house

I know I said I wasn’t going to go out much.  But how could we resist an invitation from a couple who love plants, are great cooks, are politically simpatico, and have two cute dogs?

Tony's famous night blooming cereus, east window: had loads of blooms this summer.

Tony’s famous night blooming cereus, east window: had loads of blooms this summer.

Tony has been collecting Long Beach Peninsula postcards for years.

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in the hallway

in the hallway

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Driftwood Inn. Tragically, it burned down.

Driftwood Inn. Tragically, it burned down.

the gloriously creative Driftwood Inn or Driftwood Hotel

the gloriously creative Driftwood Inn or Driftwood Hotel

A few unframed postcards:

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Beards Hollow, Ilwaco

Beards Hollow, Ilwaco

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We love reading the old postcard messages.

We love reading the old postcard messages.

I was completely thrilled to meet the dogs, Bailey and Rudy, whose photos I had so often seen on Facebook.

Rudy, Scott, Bailey

Rudy, Scott, Bailey (Allan’s photo)

Bailey

Bailey (Allan’s photo)

me and Rudy

me and Rudy

Tony is great at group selfies:

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Tony's photo of the bouquet.

Tony’s photo of the bouquet.

Homemade salsa from Tony's garden

Homemade salsa from Tony’s garden

Chef Tony

Chef Tony

deliciousness (Allan's photo)

deliciousness (Allan’s photo)

After dinner, we watched a movie.

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scene from the movie (Allan's photo)

scene from the movie (Allan’s photo)

The poignant dog movie led to a flood of tears from all four of us.  We wept over our delectable dessert of apple blueberry pie a la mode. 

You can see there was much laughter too, as we bonded over dogs, food, and shared political thoughts and feelings. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Skooter and Smokey helped me with this blog post.

The plants on the windowsill are starts from Tony.

The plants on the windowsill are starts from Tony.

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Allan finished the fence section…without the shutter panels.

This exactly the "stop the eye at end of path" effect that I wanted.

This exactly the “stop the eye at end of path” effect that I wanted.

Their side: It matches the cottage.

Jared and Jessika’s side: It matches the cottage.

in the garden, with passion flower

in the garden, with passion flower

looking south

looking south

We've had many inches of rain recently.

We’ve had many inches of rain recently.

cat tails

cat tails

potted annuals still blooming

potted annuals still blooming

While I was outside, Smokey and Skooter took over the desk.

While I was outside, Smokey and Skooter took over the desk.

Now, with the exception of our weekly North Beach Garden Gang meeting, I intend to read till Crab Pot Tree evening.  Here’s what’s next:

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Ahhhhhhhh…..

Tomorrow: the entirety of my mother’s old garden diaries for November ’95, ’97, and ’98, illustrated and including non gardening entries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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