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23 July 2018: 

I photographed 17 of the 18 downtown Long Beach street tree gardens for my reference. I often feel that these are miserable little gardens.  They get walked on, kids and dogs rootle through them, bicycles get parked on them, and they only get watered once a week. Many of the plants are free divisions that I scrounged up back before there was much of a plant budget.  I always tell myself I will make these tree gardens better.  It is a struggle because of the difficulties just described and because cool new plants will get stolen.  The cooler they are, the sooner they’ll be swiped. (Thorny plants do not prevent theft.) Annual seeds don’t seem to take well in these little beds.  I’ve tried assorted California poppies with little success.  Sometimes I manage to get a Cerinthe to grow, but by this time of summer they are done.

They all have good bulb displays in springtime.

The first four blocks going south to north have four trees each, and then a block is skipped, and the sixth block (by Dennis Company) has two trees.  The trees themselves are a columnar pear and an ornamental purple leaved plum.  We don’t prune them or deal with them other than watering or maybe pruning a lower branch.

The photos were taken while I watered planters and Allan watered trees.  I photographed some of them before he got to them to tidy them up while watering.

From south to north:

Block one:

west side, First Place Mall

I often regret planting variegated vinca in the tree garden by First Place Mall.  It is aggressive and has taken over, battled by Hesperantha, which I also somewhat regret. At least the vinca is variegated and thus rather pretty.  It’s low maintenance except for persistent big grass weeds and cutting the vinca back hard once a year.

East side, below Paws by the Sea
East side, below Paws by the Sea

Rugosa rose self seeded into this bed and I let it, thinking it was charming at first.  Now it is totally taking over, and if we shear it back and pull some once a year, it is prettier than a lot of the other tree beds.  It is smothering two Lonicera that I intend to remove this fall (and put in a park, probably).  One end seems to consistently get walked upon and is therefore bare.

east side, north tree
east side, north tree

An untrampled tree garden with lavenders, santolina, Knautia macedonica, and some blue scabiosa, Eragrostis curvula (grass).  There are no busy tourist businesses nearby so this one fares pretty well.

west side, Credit Union

Only slightly trampled, has santolina, some sad hesperantha, some well behaved (so far) Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, some Knautia macedonica, some low sedums. I wish it looked more interesting.

Block two:

east side, Anchor Realty

A vigorous Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ reigns here, with the edges having golden oregano and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ that get walked on just a bit.

West side, bike rental place

Golden oregano with Pennisetum ‘Heavy Metal’, which I am sure looks like a weed to most passersby.  Some badasters crept into this one, and some actual weed grass. If only people understood how cool ‘Heavy Metal’ is, this would be a success, especially since this tree has no working plumbing so has to survive on Allan’s bucket watering.

east side, Benson’s restaurant
east side, Benson’s restaurant

I suppose that huge and rather tatty lavender could go, but it would be hard to get a new one established, so it stays.  This bed has a big creeping sorrel weed problem.  Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, a white catananche, some oregano, some lady’s mantle that snuck in here.  This tree garden seems to hold its own.

west side, Malai Thai restaurant

Has Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, beach strawberry that I do not want because it gets in everyone’s business, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ behaving itself on one side, looks good in spring because it has a good yellow primula. Verbascum and yellow evening primrose which I have gone soft on pulling this year.  Despite how full it looks, people have parked their dogs and their large baby carriages right in this garden.

Block three:

west side, Marsh’s Free Museum
west side, Marsh’s Free Museum

Too much hesperantha.  A catmint, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, a Hebe ‘Boughton’s Dome’, an invasive running blue “ornamental” grass that was given to me by a nurseryman with “try this”—regret quickly ensued.  Hesperantha looks pretty good when it blooms, but in the summer it is so thirsty and looks yellowish. For some reason the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ has not run rampant in this one.  Some golden oregano, too.  Allan came along watering after this photo was taken and cut back a lot of the Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ (I hope).

east side, Mostly Hats
east side, Mostly Hats

It was mostly Geranium ‘AT Johnson’, which goes through such a sad stage when the flowers are done.  I pulled loads of it out a couple of years ago, with big ideas of adding some hardy fuchsias.  This tree gets so trampled by kids and dogs that I have not been able to get anything new going.  The fuchsias were quickly broken off and destroyed. It is frustrating.  We recently mulched it to at least make it look fluffy.  All the tree beds were mulched well in spring (or maybe it was last fall), but some are so scuffed up you can’t even tell.

Uh oh, I missed the west side tree.  I hope I remember to photograph it before this publishes.  Here it is, taken on July 30th.:

west, Long Beach Tavern

Has mint, which I tried to get rid of and now let be there because it is a survivor and is certainly well contained.  Two little variegated boxleaf euonymous which I love.  Two hardy fuchsias which amazingly survive.

As I took the photo, I saw something in my viewfinder, across the street.

child running in garden
child number two running in garden (had just jumped in and out)
While dad gets something out of trunk, two children repeatedly run back and forth through the little garden bed.

Unless I planted full sized sub shrubs there and managed to get them established well over the winter, nothing will hold up to this.  I think, no matter what I may have written elsewhere in this post a couple of days ago, that I just plain old give up on the trees on this particular block that get so thoroughly walked on.  Shrubs tend to get broken off (yes, even dwarf barberries got kicked to pieces in the Veterans Field garden).  I’m just tired now. I don’t want valuable money wasted on things that are destroyed, so it might just be a last ditch attempt at Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Lysimachia punctata.  Back to the tour as written up not long ago:

Block four:

west side, Castaway’s Bar and Grille

One of the most frustrating tree gardens.  Just golden lemon balm, hesperantha, and a self seeded aster.  Two years ago we cleaned it all out and planted some lovely hardy fuchsias.  Within a week, we found a bike and later a large dog parked here, and the fuchsias were completely decimated.  So we gave up and let the horrible aster come back.  Pointless.

east side by Funland

This Lysimachia punctata is under this tree only, and it blooms for such a long time that I am thinking of adding it at least to the tree across the street.  I wouldn’t plant it in anyone’s garden.  There’s quite a lot of it at the Shelburne Hotel garden, and I am trying to eliminate most of it there.  It certainly stands up to all damage caused by pedestrians, dogs, and bikes.

Here it is from across the street:

west side, clothing shops

The plumbing is broken on this tree garden so it only gets an occasional bucket of water hauled from another tree’s faucet.  A low hardy geranium, one hardy Fuchsia magellanica (the other one got smashed to bits), and Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’, which is drying up by now, and Japanese anemone and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.  It will look quite sad by mid August due to drought.  It was planted when the plumbing still worked.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to redo it with succulents? But they would be swiped.  Here it is from across the street, showing how dry it is already:

east side by Pharmacy and Home at the Beach
east side by Pharmacy and Home at the Beach

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ has absorbed most of this tree garden, with some reseeded rose campion.  I don’t like Lucifer’s pushy ways, usually, and yet I am considering adding to a couple of the tree gardens that are terribly walked upon.  It also has Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson and a very prickly eryngium.

Block six:

west side, Dennis Company

Has some tough little sedums, self seeded alyssum, a variegated iris on one side (the other one got destroyed somehow), a helianthemum that does well but has such a short bloom time.  Major chickweed problem and one end gets constantly trampled, I suppose by people walking around the front of their parked vehicles, so is bare.

east side: Hebe ‘Boughton’s Dome’, catmint, sneaky badaster, santolina, dog daisy. Doesn’t get walked on much so does well in its own rather dull way.

One of the things I would enjoy most about retiring from Long Beach is seeing someone else figure out some better plantings for these tree gardens.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

We had had much rain overnight.  It was supposed to continue all day, and I settled in for a pleasant early afternoon of catching up on writing this blog.  Mark and Brian of the most excellent north Ocean Park garden stopped by to get some Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ starts.

We toured the garden, of course.

After they left, I realized the sun was out and that we must go to work.

our house


reflected garden


across the street: J Crew house with new paint job.


on the way to work: more water

Port of Ilwaco

With a couple of work hours available before a dentist appointment, we opted to clean up two more sections of the Howerton Avenue gardens.

westernmost beds, before


after


before


after

Long Beach

Dentistry followed (just cleaning, which I sort of enjoy).  Allan dropped me off and went to work in the city hall garden.

before pulling city hall crocosmia


after

He got caught in a heavy rain squall which I did not even hear from the dentist chair.

After my appointment, I called him and walked for a few blocks till he arrived to fetch me.

“Seabattical”, 1890 house on the corner of Sid Snyder Drive


Captain’s Cottage, 1905


reflected blue cottage

We still had some work time and decided to keep on with the crocosmia pulling in a planter on Sid Snyder Drive.

The crocosmia was planted by a volunteer years ago.


after (rather dull)

Allan pulled crocosmia from one of the little pop outs on Ocean Beach Boulevard.

Allan’s photos: before (with a rainbow)

No after, because a drenching rain began (and soon ended).

As we drove by city hall to admire Allan’s work, I realized we might have time to dig out the  aruncus (goat’s beard) that has gotten too big for its britches on the northeast corner of the building.  It was not easy.

I tried with the shovel to no avail.


Our strong shovel was not enough; Allan employed the pick.

I felt bad that it turned out to be such a hard task, at the cold windy end of the work day.  We dumped our debris at city works (saving good rooted pieces of the plant) and returned with some mulch.

adding Soil Energy scraped up from the flat dregs of the city works mulch pile


After, with some divisions of pulmonaria, and after hosing the mud off the sidewalk.

We were not able to get every root, so I hope aruncus is not a plant that returns from every little piece.  Constant vigilance will be in order.  I will plant a nice piece of it by the pond in Fifth Street Park.  The plant originally came from the road by my old house, rescued when the road was about to be widened.

looking west from city hall


The sun set as we worked.

That was exhausting, especially for Allan, on what we thought would be a rainy day off.

 

 

 

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When the Long Beach planters were installed years ago, no plan had been made for their planting and maintenance.  A volunteer “adopt a planter” program began with enthusiastic participants.  Unfortunately, because the enthusiasm tended to not last through the summers, the planters became weedy and unwatered by June.  Finally, a few years ago, we were asked to take over the planting and maintenance of all of them (36 on the main street, and maybe 20 more out on the beach approaches).  Because volunteers chose different plants, some of the planters still have full sized shrubs including non-dwarf barberries, escallonia, variegated euonymous, azaleas, and other too-large choices.  Each year, we re-do a couple of the planters.  In 2016, our mission is to make the planters on the two beach approaches better.  We experience more wind and salt out there, much more vandalism,  and a need, on the Bolstadt approach, to be completely drought tolerant, so wish us luck!

All of the hanging baskets are by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Here are some photos of the planters through 2015.  If you click on a photo to embiggen it, you will get back and forth navigation arrows.

 

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Today: Watering and grooming the Long Beach planters and street tree pocket gardens.  And fertilizing the planters with The Blue Stuff.

I am loving the spikes of Agastache 'Estella Indigo'.

I am loving the spikes of Agastache ‘Estella Indigo’.


I like it better than the fluffier blue one ('Mexican Giant', I think).

I like it better than the fluffier blue one (‘Mexican Giant’, I think).


Cosmos 'Sonata' and pink California poppies

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and pink California poppies


Also loving this succulent, that I got in Seattle once upon a trip, and can't remember what it is. I'll ask Todd!

Also loving this succulent, that I got in Seattle once upon a trip, and can’t remember what it is. I’ll ask Todd!  I did.  …It’s Othonna cheirfolia.


Allan and were sad that the little volunteer Eryngium at the curbside of this planter was snicked off.

Allan and were sad that the little volunteer Eryngium at the curbside of this planter was snicked off.


Allan's photo of the way it was...before. Sigh.

Allan’s photo of the way it was…before. Sigh. He doted on it.


New planting in the Lewis and Clark Square planter

New planting in the Lewis and Clark Square planter: some dwarf Rudbeckia and another Agastache…


..got new companions, two annual salvias and two blue statice.

..got new companions, two annual salvias and two blue statice.

It is a mishmash due to some cosmos being pulled out and later a nice big Eryngium being pulled out from the center and left to die.  Why do people do that?  I mentioned it to a woman who was admiring the planter and she said “People are shits.”  Twice she said it.  I appreciated the sympathy and yes, they sometimes are.

I find this planter most unsatisfactory this year.

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We added two good sized Cosmos ‘Antiquity’ from the Planter Box to another planter that was, for some reason, not full.

by Fifth Street Park

by Fifth Street Park; the Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is past its prime.


filling a gap

filling a gap

Someone in the park was avidly admiring Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’.  I showed her the Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ only to find it has but one flower left due to finger blight.  Someone picked themselves a nice bouquet.

Dang blang it!!!!

Dang blang it!!!!

Right next to the finger blight, yellow jackets were all over a mugo pine, and my insect expert friend Julie Tennis says they are probably enjoying the sweet sap.

I won't say a word about how just it would be for a finger blighter to get stung.

I won’t say a word about how just it would be for a finger blighter to get stung.

These are the kinds of flower admirers we like: the ones who take photos, not flowers.

someone taking flower photos (Allan's photo)

someone taking flower photos (Allan’s photo)


Cerinthe major purpurascens (Allan's photo)

Cerinthe major purpurascens (Allan’s photo)


Here's a planter combo I like: golden oregano with a nice dark leaved hardy Geranium from Joy Creek Nursery. (forgot the name!)

Here’s a planter combo I like from early spring to fall: golden oregano with a nice dark leaved hardy Geranium from Joy Creek Nursery. (forgot the name!)


Looking from the planter with oregano and geranium toward the ferris wheel.

Looking from the planter with oregano and geranium toward the ferris wheel.

Allan got done watering the trees and the eight northernmost planters first, so he pulled some Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ out of Third Street Park.

during

during (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I would love to get that Crocosmia dug up out of that corner this fall, as it is just too much for that spot.

We checked on the park by where the new kebab shop is going to be, behind Lewis and Clark Square.  I realized that the acid loving plants there (a good rhododendron with nice indumentum, an azalea, and a hydrangea) were all coated with concrete dust from pressure washing the patio.  Argh.  I washed them off with the handy hose from the kebab shop. (Note: In “real time”, The Kabob House has opened, and the food is delicious.)

Poor little rhodo.

Poor little rhodo.


all concreted up

all concreted up with concrete dust all over the soil

I seemed to be on a mission to pull old Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, so while I tried to get some of the concrete dust out from under the rhodo, I delegated Allan to pulling another clump of it in the same little park.

during (Allan's photo)

during (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I used to think Lucifer so well behaved compared to its thuggish relative, the running orange monbretia.  But it is still a thug.  Here, it has swamped a poor little hydrangea and I know its corms have gone deep.  The Crocosmia is not a plant I much like anymore, even if it gets lots of positive comments from passersby during its month of bloom.

On the way to Ilwaco, I felt so very tired that the prospect of watering the boatyard while Allan watered the planters was almost too much to bear.  I suggested we poke at the planters to see if maybe they could wait till tomorrow.  Saturday’s very small rain might have been enough to make it possible to wait one more day.  A light summer rain will not penetrate through a planter’s foliage into the soil unless it falls at the perfect time, while the soil is still damp from a watering session.  Joy!  The rain’s timing had been perfect. They were wet enough, so we went home early.

Allan pokes at a planter.

Allan pokes at a planter.


I note that Azure has put out two columnar plant accents. Very good.

I note that Azure has put out two columnar plant accents. Very good.


damp enough!

damp enough!

We were home by six, deferring the watering of Ilwaco till tomorrow.  I started blogging about yesterday’s edible garden tour, and Allan got some photos of the sunset.

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

On the evening of the Music in the Gardens tour day, I had found a handwritten note under my door.  After some deciphering and pondering, I realized that it was from the owner of the Bohnke garden, which I had written about with well-deserved effusiveness a couple of years ago when it had been on the official Astoria garden tour.  Because the Astoria garden tour had been canceled this year, and their garden had been one of the proposed gardens, Bob and Helen Bohnke had decided to go ahead and have a garden open anyway.  I Googled to see if I could find any information to confirm this.  (Bob had left me his phone number, but I hate making phone calls!)  I found this letter to the editor in last week’s online issue of the Daily Astorian.

bobOh my gosh!  Now I was really determined to go.  I made a screen shot of the letter and put in on my Facebook page in hopes that others would see it and attend.  In the morning, I got a text from Rainyside Debbie Teashon saying that she was going.  I’d texted Todd about it, but he did not get the message till evening.  So off Allan and I went at Sunday midmorning over the Astoria Megler Bridge.

the view from the bridge

the view looking west from the bridge

We parked on the hilly street in Astoria, and someone walking by said, “Are you here for the tour?  It doesn’t start till noon, but he let me walk through.”  It was 11:30, so we just started nosing around the edges.

a charming garden three doors uphill

a charming garden three doors uphill

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Bohnke Garden

bohnke

from the sidewalk

from the sidewalk: the colours make me happy

atop the retaining wall

atop the retaining wall

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, Allan’s photo

I went up the lawn below the house, which belongs to a church but which the Bohnkes maintain.

I went up the lawn below the house, which belongs to a church but which the Bohnkes maintain.

From the back porch, a kitty came to the lawn to greet me.

From the back porch, a kitty came to the lawn to greet me.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

(Bob later told us that chair had given way when he sat down with his morning coffee!)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

ever so friendly

ever so friendly

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

From the lawn, I could see a memorial spot positioned at the edge of the garden.

memory

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

returning to the front sidewalk

returning to the front sidewalk

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking up at the front garden with Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

looking up at the front garden with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

front corner; bucket had crocosmia corms to give away to anyone who might want some.

front corner; bucket had crocosmia corms to give away to anyone who might want some.

There was so much to see that I did not feel at all impatient while waiting.

Here came Debbie, setting up her camera!

Here came Debbie, setting up her tripod!

big camera, little camera

big camera, little camera

Noon: Here comes Bob!

Noon: Here comes Bob!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

hydrangeas

hydrangeas at the foot of the front steps

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Here comes another garden host.

Here comes another garden host.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Bob and friend

Bob and friend

I tink I taw a puddytat.  (Allan's photo)

I tink I taw a puddytat. (Allan’s photo)

Bob himself

Bob himself

I asked Bob about last week’s garden tour, the one about which he had written that he was disappointed with the turn out.  He told us that because of the Astoria tour getting canceled, he had just put up some signs on phone poles inviting people to come see his garden.  I love that!  I think it is a shame that the Astoria tour was canceled, and from what I have heard through the grapevine, there is no plan by the organization that used to organize it to hold one in the future, because they don’t need the money.  If true….What does needing money have to do with it?  Someone, who can get proper event insurance and who can use any profits to fundraise for a good cause, needs to step up and take on this tour, sez I!

I thanked Bob for finding my house and leaving me a note.  He had just recently been alerted to my blog post of 2013 about his garden.  I asked how in the world he had found where we live, and he said “I just went to Ilwaco and asked around.”  I love that, too.

front garden, looking north.  That is the Columbia River in the background, way down the hill.

front garden, looking north. That is the Columbia River in the background, way down the hill.

Looking out over 'Lucifer'

Looking out over ‘Lucifer’

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Bob had put out his Party sign for tour day.

Bob had put out his Party sign for tour day.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a shady spot with hostas

a shady spot with hostas

north side of front porch (Allan's photo)

north side of front porch (Allan’s photo)

I was so happy that tour guests started to show up!

I was so happy that tour guests started to show up!

The side gardens of the house are as narrow as the ones in my Grandma’s house back in Seattle.  I wish I had devoted as much effort to beautifying mine.  It gives me ideas for the narrow-ish area between our house and Nora’s driveway.

at the back of the south side garden

at the back of the south side garden

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

swallowtail butterfly (IDed by Debbie)

swallowtail butterfly (IDed by Debbie)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

back porch, Allan's photo

back porch, Allan’s photo

looking north along the narrow back porch

looking north along the narrow back porch

pots of annuals everywhere

pots of annuals everywhere

east window

east window

by the back porch

by the back porch

SE corner of back porch

SE corner of back porch

back porch

back porch

narrow garden on south side of house

narrow garden on south side of house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

birdhouse

 

retaining wall fence with flower boxes along the top

retaining wall fence with flower boxes along the top

retaining wall flowers

retaining wall flowers

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the tiny little debris pile.  I love it!

the tiny little debris pile. I love it!

looking back

looking back

I went out to the street to take a photo of the front of the house…

the front with tour guests arriving...

the front with tour guests arriving…

Then I went around to the back by going uphill, and around half a block and down the driveway to the apartments next door, thus avoiding steep steps.

the east side of the house

the east side of the house

garden on steep wall by neighbours' parking lot

garden on steep wall by neighbours’ parking lot

The neighbours in the apartment building also enjoy gardening so they share a space by the parking lot.

apartment building garden and Bohnkes intermingle

apartment building and Bohnkes gardens intermingle

looking up from the parking lot

looking up from the parking lot

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rose draped down the steep wall

rose draped down the steep wall (with Euphorbia ‘Fen’s Ruby’)

(Fen’s Ruby is a nemesis of mine in certain gardens but here it is contained on the wall garden where it thrives.)

the wall garden

the wall garden

back porch from below

back porch from below

hosta tucked into driftwood

hosta tucked into driftwood

Allan's photo, tour guests on north side of house

Allan’s photo, tour guests on north side of house

Allan's photo: tour guests taking photos

Allan’s photo: tour guests taking photos

Allan's photo: looking down from above

Allan’s photo: looking down from above, with Helen setting up snack table

Bob and Helen had set up a table of delicious refreshments.

Bob and Helen had set up a table of delicious refreshments.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

My new friend joined us.

My new friend joined us.

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George

I recall his name as George.

This little tour was a peak garden touring experience for me.  Bob and Helen’s openness and hospitality in opening their  beautiful and colourful garden sets a good example for all gardeners, and I am so grateful that he left the note telling us about it.  I’ve sent him a friend request on Facebook; I hope he figures out that Flora Gardener is me!

Allan's photo: Bob, me, and Helen at the refreshment table

Allan’s photo: Bob, me, and Helen at the refreshment table

I told Debbie that there was another garden in Astoria that I could show her.  Being a garden tour nut like me, she readily agreed, so we headed east through Astoria to the Mill Pond village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

The Depot Restaurant

watering and weeding the Depot garden

watering and weeding the Depot garden

north side of deck

north side of deck

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Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod)

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

Dierama is the star of the show right now.

Dierama is the star of the show right now.

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Dierama and Nicotiana langsdorfii (backed with Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’

further admiration

further admiration

the front with planting by Nancy of Basket Case Greenhouse

the front with planting by Nancy of Basket Case Greenhouse

Long Beach 

the welcome sign

the welcome sign, front: Cosmos ‘Sonata’, Bidens, Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

from the sidewalk

from the sidewalk (godetia in foreground)

I hope Parks Manager Mike has noticed the godetia; he likes it.

I hope Parks Manager Mike has noticed the godetia; he likes it.

welcome sign, back

welcome sign, back: Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and white bacopa

We knew that an art show would be held in the Coulter Park historic train depot over the weekend, so Allan pulled the birds foot trefoil out from among the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ there.

This area is tricky to get into because of the new railing, so we've let the Crocosmia totally take it over.

This area is tricky to get into because of the new railing, so we’ve let the Crocosmia totally take it over.

the birds foot trefoil is as beautiful as the crocosmia, too bad it is seen as a weed here.

the birds foot trefoil is as beautiful as the crocosmia, too bad it is seen as a weed here.

such a pretty weed

such a pretty weed

after: now more acceptable to the public

after: now more acceptable to the public

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more Crocosmia down the block

more Crocosmia down the block

Next, some weeding at Long Beach City Hall.

looking west

looking west

Gladiolus nanus

Gladiolus nanus

gladiolus nanus

gladiolus nanus

west side, Gene and Peggy's planting of Crocosmia

west side, Gene and Peggy’s planting of Crocosmia

rosemary and lavatera

rosemary and lavatera with Nicotiana langsdorfii (lower right)

a different gladiolus nanus

a different gladiolus nanus

Allan's photo: deadheading Armeria maritima (sea thrift)

Allan’s photos: deadheading Armeria maritima (sea thrift), before

after

after

The tragic thing was that I was going to pull that whole clump out, as it is infested with creeping buttercup and is rather old and tatty…but I forgot till he had already deadheaded it, so I left it alone.

Next: watering the city planters.

dog

a Basket Case basket

a Basket Case basket

Resolved: redo and improve the planter by my favourite shop, NIVA green, next year.

Resolved: redo and improve the planter by my favourite shop, NIVA green, next year.  It is blah.

Kudos to Scoopers ice cream for making this planting by the sidewalk.

Kudos to Scoopers ice cream for making this planting by the sidewalk.

I want the NIVA planter be more like this one.  It is, however, less sheltered than this one.

I want the NIVA planter be more like this one. It is, however, less sheltered than this one.

Cosmos 'Sonata' with Agastache

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ with Agastache

Cosmos, Agastache, Fuchsia 'Golden Gate', blue bacopa

Cosmos, Agastache, Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’, blue and white bacopa, Salvia viridis

same planter from the sidewalk

same planter from the sidewalk

Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'

Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’

Not so nice: the tree garden outside Dennis Co was trampled in some way.

Not so nice: the tree garden outside Dennis Co was trampled in some way.

It still has one good side with a helianthemum.

It still has one good side with a helianthemum.

Heather from NIVA green came strolling up the street with her little dog, Buzz.

Heather from NIVA green came strolling up the street with her little dog, Buzz.

I admired my favourite planter from the other side of the street.

I admired my favourite planter from the other side of the street.

didn't have time to sit a spell at NIVA green...

didn’t have time to sit a spell at NIVA green…

Allan's photo: tigridia by the carousel

Allan’s photo: tigridia by the carousel

I relished the increasingly cool, grey weather.

I relished the increasingly cool, grey weather.

outside Captain Bob's Chowder

outside Captain Bob’s Chowder

We did a quick weeding and fluffing of Fifth Street Park and then heading south to water in…

Ilwaco

I watered the boatyard garden and then did some weeding there, while Allan watered the street trees and planters in town.

at the boatyard...

at the boatyard…

...a departure

…a departure

...and the Marine Travelift just squeaks by where Allan is parked filling up the water trailer.

…and the Marine Travelift just squeaks by where Allan is parked filling up the water trailer.

Allan's photo as the travelift eases by.

Allan’s photo as the travelift eases by.

I have to water from behind the fence, which is frustrating when I see weeds.

I have to water from behind the fence, which is frustrating when I see weeds.

in the boatyard

in the boatyard: the watering obstacle course

looking north from the boatyard gate

looking north from the boatyard gate

south end of boatyard garden

south end of boatyard garden

Horsetail and bindweed are the curse of this garden.  The rose campion does not like the dry soil.

Horsetail and bindweed are the curse of this garden. The rose campion does not like the dry soil.

Santolinas are poised to be the stars of the garden when I pull the poppies.

Santolinas are poised to be the stars of the garden when I pull the poppies.

santolina, rose campion, achillea, poppies

santolina, rose campion, achillea, poppies

blue catananche

north end

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

santolina and pink achillea (yarrow)

santolina and pink achillea (yarrow)

The Cove Restaurant

At seven thirty, we met Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Landscape Maintenance for our tradition, which now includes catching up with them on a week’s worth of happenings in the garden.

Allan's noodle bowl

Allan’s vegetable stir fry with chicken

Dave's lomo saltado

Dave’s lomo saltado

my ahi tuna

my ahi tuna

Dave and Allan dig in.

Dave and Allan dig in.  Melissa had the delicious Prawns solo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

We began our work day with a quick stop at the boatyard.  The planter on the corner is not draining, and before Allan realized there was a problem, the Erysimum in the center had rotted away.  We don’t want to dig the planter out till fall, so I put in one of my many extra Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to fill it out.  That won’t like wet feet either, but I have an endless supply of them.

the boatyard garden

the boatyard garden

The Depot Restaurant

We did our weekly watering and weeding session at the Depot.  A truck had knocked over one of the parking area timbers.  We were awfully glad that it had not been one next to the garden.

oops

oops

the newest area of the Depot garden

the newest area of the Depot garden

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It would be bad if one of these timbers got knocked out of place.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Dierama pulcherrimum

Dierama pulcherrimum

dierama2

common name: Angel's Fishing Rod

common name: Angel’s Fishing Rod

Nicotiana langsdorfii and Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Nicotiana langsdorfii and Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Long Beach

The welcome sign garden has popped into full colour and now needs deadheading weekly.

front

front

detail

Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and Cosmos…not low maintenance

back

back

welcome

Next: watering the Long Beach planters.  They must feel privileged to get watered just three days after the last time.  That’s the way it works out, because we would have a hard time even moving in town on the coming busy weekend.

Long Beach traffic, Allan's photo

Long Beach traffic, Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

California poppies and carousel

California poppies and carousel

hydrangea in a city park

hydrangea in a city park

a reseeded Eryngium at the base of a planter (Allan's photo)

a reseeded Eryngium at the base of a planter (Allan’s photo)

police station bulletin board and Basket Case basket (Allan's photo)

police station bulletin board and Basket Case basket (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Tis the season of Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Tis the season of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Most business owners don't like really tall plants in front of their buildings,  The Wind World guy loves the Crocosmia 'Lucifer'.

Most business owners don’t like really tall plants in front of their buildings, The Wind World guy loves the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.

over about half of the planters...big baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

over about half of the planters…big baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

Good for Scoopers Ice Cream for weeding and planting against their building.

Good for Scoopers Ice Cream for weeding and planting against their building.

This planter, which gets a lot of wind, is doing well this year.

This planter, which gets a lot of wind, is doing well this year.

My favourite planter this year is the one we re-did from boring old vinca.

My favourite planter this year is the one we re-did from boring old vinca.

Agastache, Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'

Agastache, Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’

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The planter is protected from wind by the wall of Dennis Co.

by lawyer's office:  Geranium 'Rozanne' and golden oregano

by lawyer’s office: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and golden oregano

Rozanne is swallowing an agastache.

Rozanne is swallowing an agastache. (I see some cerinthe, too.)

The Dennis Company planter from across the street.

The Dennis Company planter from across the street.

the delicious daphne by the Elks building

the delicious daphne by the Elks building

I popped into NIVA green to garner a few more photos for the shop’s Facebook page.

NIVA green: magnifying glasses

NIVA green: magnifying glasses

funny little clocks

funny little clocks

By the pharmacy: Eryngium variifolium  under a street tree.

By the pharmacy: Eryngium variifolium under a street tree.

Lucifer again behind Lewis and Clark Square

Lucifer again behind Lewis and Clark Square

From all the way across Fifth Street Park, I saw a splash of pink that surprised me.

looking northwest

looking northwest

I went to investigate: It was sidalcea, purchased last year at The Basket Case.

I went to investigate: It was sidalcea, purchased last year at The Basket Case.

My grandma had sidalcea in her garden.

My grandma had sidalcea in her garden.

It looked so healthy.  I’d pulled the one at KBC out because it got rust.  I think the rust was caused by that particular plant being too dry.  Here, it is close to the sprinklers.

the NW quadrant of Fifth Street Park

the NW quadrant of Fifth Street Park

Because so many people would pass the beach approach planters for the Fourth of July, we checked on them all.

Allan's photo at the beach end of the approach road

Allan’s photo at the beach end of the approach road

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Eschscholzia californica  'White Linen' (California poppy)

Eschscholzia californica ‘White Linen’ (California poppy) doing well in drought

Some yobbo had pulled out a sea thrift and let it sit there and die.

Some yobbo had pulled out a sea thrift and let it sit there and die.

The planters go all the way out as far as the dunes.

The planters go all the way out as far as the dunes.

(telephoto)  This guy had been walking around all over town.

(telephoto) This guy had been walking around all over town.

The planters were slightly damp.  The water truck city crewman must have watered them.  However, the shasta daisies planted back in volunteer days were a goner.  Perhaps the watering had only started recently.

These daisies have simply got to go, this fall.   Wrong plant for the dry conditions.

These daisies have simply got to go, this fall. Wrong plant for the dry conditions.

At the end of the Sid Snyder beach approach, Back Country Horse Rides have volunteered to do a planter, and they must be watering it daily because these annuals would otherwise not do well in full exposure to beach conditions.

fantastic job by Back Country Horse Rides

fantastic job by Back Country Horse Rides (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ilwaco

In Ilwaco, I walked around and checked on all the planters, which I have been leaving to Allan for last couple of months.  He’s been going a good job and I found very few weeds.

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' by the Doupé Building

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ by the Doupé Building

nasturtiums by Queen La De Da's; Jenna gives this planter extra water.

nasturtiums by Queen La De Da’s; Jenna gives this planter extra water.

Allan had the usual problems with his collapsible hose.

Allan had the usual problems with his collapsible hose. After four patches with electrical tape, this one finally got the toss.

I spent the next couple of hours weeding the boatyard garden, as lots of folks would be walking by it for the Ilwaco fireworks display on the evening of July 3..

boatyard, with Clamshell Railroad interpretive sign

boatyard, with Clamshell Railroad interpretive sign

boatyard poppies and white lupine

boatyard poppies and white lupine

We watered the new plants at the Bruce Peterson Gallery.

We watered the new plants at the Bruce Peterson Gallery….

...and the new plants at Time Enough Books.

…and the new plants at Time Enough Books.

The Cove Restaurant

At 7:30, we met Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance) at the Cove for our Thursday night tradition, which they’ve become a regular part of.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the Cove garden

the Cove garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We all had the fish tacos tonight, being of like mind (and the ahi tuna was sold out).

At the end of the evening, Sondra gave us a piece of her apple cake, her mom's recipe.

At the end of the evening, Sondra gave us a piece of her apple cake, her mom’s recipe.

after dinner, Melissa and me (Allan's photo)

after dinner, Melissa and me (Allan’s photo)

Tomorrow: more garden tour previews with Garden Tour Nancy

 

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A Real Time Reminder

It’s garden tour day!

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

Here’s an article about the tour by our friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com.

Now back to our chronological catching up.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office

I began the day still shaken from yesterday’s watering woes.  The sight of our volunteer garden at the post office cheered me up.  Then we were off to our north end jobs, with a couple of small jobs on the way.

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

one of the pretty horses

one of the pretty horses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the garden behind the pasture’s gate

Diane and Larry's garden next door

Diane and Larry’s garden next door with Stipa gigantea

California poppies in Diane's roadside garden

California poppies in Diane’s roadside garden

penstemon

penstemon

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

grooming the container garden (Allan's photo)

grooming the container garden (Allan’s photo)

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands, regular watering with the sprinkler system has the courtyard garden looking wonderfully lush.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we went all the way up to lower Surfside to do some weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

a neighbour of Marilyn's (Allan's photo)

a neighbour of Marilyn’s (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn's daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

looking south—Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours' garage.  The next layer down is Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' which will bloom in late summer.

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours’ garage. The next layer down is Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ which will bloom in late summer.

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After Marilyn’s we drove south again to our very favourite job, Klipsan Beach Cottages.

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

rose

rose2

in the background: tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with hazy purple flowers

Thalictrum 'Elin'

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' and Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

daylily

daylily

driveway garden

driveway garden

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

Geranium 'Rozanne' embracing a boxwood.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ embracing a boxwood.

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

fairy door (Allan's phot)

fairy door (Allan’s photo)

Andersen’s RV Park

We had been weeding and deadheading at Andersen’s for about an hour when owner Lorna came outside and told us the big news:  Barring any unexpected last minute glitch, the deal was about to close on selling the park.   I turned in our restroom key (and said we’d get it back next week if something went wrong at the last minute).  I might as well tell you now that the deal did close for sure a few days later, so our walk around the garden saying goodbye was really the last time.  I have always told Lorna that when she sells, we are leaving with her as it is a good time to further accomplish our goal of cutting back a bit on work.  She says the new owners, a young couple from California, intend to do the gardening themselves so it worked out for the best for everyone.

A farewell look at Andersen’s gardens:

picket fence and garden shed gardens

west garden, Payson Hall (blue roof), picket fence and garden shed (upper right) gardens

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii and Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

the west garden

the west garden

west garden

west garden

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west garden telephoto

west garden telephoto

 

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

garden behind office

garden behind office

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detail: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' and godetia

detail: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and godetia

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

lilies

lilies

office

picket fence from inside

picket fence from inside

My only regret in leaving now is that I planted some of every kind of sweet pea that I had here, and now won’t see all the different colours bloom.

old fashioned wooden picket fence

old fashioned wooden picket fence

one of two big hydrangeas

one of two big hydrangeas

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a guest arriving (Allan's photo)

a guest arriving (Allan’s photo)

I will miss the fun of seeing a “wagon train” of RVs come in, led by the first driver, who is known as the wagon master.

As we were leaving, Lorna gave us this chair.  She is packing to move full time to her Seattle townhouse.

It's on my covered front porch now.

It’s on my covered front porch now; Thank you, Lorna.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob had returned from Montana.  She had called to ask me to stop by because they had brought us a present.

Jo's garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Jo’s garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Jo's back deck with bunting

Jo’s back deck with bunting

Coco! (Allan's photo)

Coco! (Allan’s photo)

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

(She did not even know I had been whinging on about my watering woes yesterday.)

Port of Ilwaco boatyard

We ended our day watering at the Ilwaco boatyard.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we have to water from behind the fence

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual...

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual…

 

 

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard north end

boatyard north end

We took some of our bucket water to give the new curbside plants at the port a boost.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

So….what shall we do with the extra few hours from not going to Andersen’s?  I suppose we could put it toward weeding the Long Beach beach approach garden, or….we just might spend it on our own garden.

We are now down by several jobs, as we quit two small jobs over bad pruning and slow payment, and Todd has the Wiegardt garden, and we gave Casa Pacifica to Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, Cheri is doing her own garden, and Flowering Hedges has been doing Erin’s garden.  It has delighted me to be divested of all of these jobs; however, I suppose we need to be careful that we don’t go too far into early retirement and lose our ability to afford to go garden touring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Before leaving Ilwaco, we planted two tiny lavender starts in the Time Enough Books garden, where we think they will enjoy the scree-like environment.  The weather was ideal: comfortable, not too hot, very little wind.

The Time Enough Books garden

The Time Enough Books garden

Then we were off toward some north end jobs, beginning with a check up on the planters at

The Red Barn Arena

I finally managed to get two photos of the baby, born earlier this spring.

foal

foal2

one of the barrels

one of the barrels

We couldn’t cut across a pasture to the garden next door as a horse grazed in that pasture today, so we walked along the highway.

Diane’s garden

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.


Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea


back garden planters

back garden planters

On the road again, I remembered that Garden Tour Nancy had asked me if we would check out a potential tour garden for her.  Located in Tides West, it was on our way to our next job.

a garden tour sneak peek

I do believe this one will be on the tour, so I can’t show too much.  I was so impressed; the owner has built all these features herself in just one year.

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I was immediately impressed.

I was immediately impressed.


I wish I had such skills!

I wish I had such skills!


Just one year old

Just one year old


one of two cute dogs

one of two cute dogs

I was inspired to turn two photos into Waterlogues:

Painted in Waterlogue

Painted in Waterlogue

The gardener told us that Ed Strange had recommended that she contact Garden Tour Nancy, and that he calls her garden “Neverland”.  She thought he meant it was like a magical fairyland until she learned he actually meant he thought she would never be finished with projects.  It is just around the corner from our friend J9’s and I am surprised I had not noticed it before, until I realized that  I first visited J9’s new abode and walked around that block over a year ago, and this garden had not even begun then.

Back to the world of work…

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Next, Golden Sands, where Allan strimmed the center lawn (because its easier to bring a string trimmer than a lawn mower down the hallways to the central courtyard).

outside the dining room

outside the dining room (NW quadrant)


SE quadrant

SE quadrant

I had had a plan for quite some time that I finally got around to.  I wanted to prune the rhododendrons behind the SW quadrant to be closer to the height of the ones in the upper right above, that were severely pruned two years ago (not by me).

SW quadrant

SW quadrant: Behind the maple tree are the rhodies I have had my eye on.

The best time to prune them is shortly after they bloom, so last month would have been better.

before: the view out the back hallway window

before: the view out the back hallway window