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Having collected enough plants to finish the Long Beach planters, we stuffed more plants into the last three blocks worth at the beginning to today’s workday.   A couple of Salvia patens went into the Veterans Field garden.  They are so very blue, but I could only squeeze two in.

Vet Field Garden

I am very pleased with how it is looking right now, although a lot of the bright red is from ranunculus that will be over soon.

vet field

flowers

vet fieldSome of the blue in the tricolor Veterans Field garden is provided by my favourite plant, Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’.

I thought I still needed a couple more uppies and trailies that I had forgotten to get yesterday.  And, as it seems to be true every day, we needed more cosmos for tomorrow.  This entailed stops at Basket Case and Planter Box, but first we did a quick tidy at The Anchorage Cottages.  Allan cut the ugly tips off of the top of the Arbutus while I did a bit of deadheading and weeding.  The windowboxes are looking good.

window box

window box with trailies and uppies

Way back in wintertime, the staff cut back some of the Pampas grass while it was in its first stage of flowering.  I happened to notice and got them to stop after they had cut just the ones by the sport court.  Then Allan cut back the rest of them at the proper time around the end of Feb. or early March.  There is a big difference in how they look now.  I had no idea cutting them early would cause them to look so unhappy (I just wanted to protect the new plumes at their most  attractive stage), but the results by the sport court look very sad:

sport court pampas

sport court pampas

rather hideous closeup

rather hideous closeup

I wonder why they look so terrible compared to the ones we cut by one of the cottages and on the lawn, also photographed today:

by the entry drive

by the entry drive

on the lawn

on the lawn

I would never have planted them by the driveway or the sport court, ONLY on the lawn.  They get in the way in the other areas.  I wonder if Dan Hinkley planted them;  years ago, the sister of his partner owned the Anchorage and Heronswood did a design of the courtyard gardens!

After our trip to the two nurseries, with the car and trailer reloaded with plants, we went to Andersen’s RV Park.  They were filling up for the three day weekend.

Andersen's on the Ocean

Andersen’s on the Ocean

The Flanders Field poppies are just starting to show colour.

the poppy garden

the poppy garden

We planted some cosmos down by the garden shed, godetia (one of Lorna’s favourite annuals) there, in the picket fence garden and a few by the back office door, and six Salvia patens (also a favourite of Lorna’s) in the Payson Hall planters.  Except for the picket fence garden, the whole place needs to be weeded but we did not have time because we had two more jobs to attend to, and it was already 4:30 when we left.   There goes my dream of tomorrow off, because I won’t be able to enjoy a day off if Andersen’s is still weedy on a holiday weekend.

picket fence garden

picket fence garden

The half day lost to rain yesterday would have been invaluable for weeding Andersen’s.  I am glad that it has saved us much watering elsewhere, so it was worth having the torrential downpour.

After that, we went all the way up to Surfside to check on Marilyn’s garden.  What a relief to find that the replacement plants in the area that had been tragically round upped  were not looking blighted by any residual weedkiller.  With the owners’ permission, Allan had made and installed signs that we fervently hope will prevent a repeat spraying.

sign

I still do not understand why the sprayer guy thinks that dead brown weeds are an improvement.

I still do not understand why the sprayer guy thinks that dead brown weeds (and dead pretty flower seedlings) are an improvement.

Along both sides of the path, signs of round up blight remain.  I will have to give up on the blighted Alliums, but I hate to.  The bulbs are expensive, and I had planted many because of the garden being scheduled for the July garden tour.

sprayed Alliums look like this

sprayed Alliums look like this

Further back, out of the overspray zone, they look like they should.

Further back, out of the overspray zone, they look like they should.

You can see how bare it is along the edges where before the garden was billowy and spilly.  But it should fill in by tour day.  If the nozzleheads stay away from it.

Marilyn's

Finally, at a quarter til six, we got to Klipsan Beach Cottages as we had promised we would today, and got a considerable amount of garden editing done by seven.

south gate, before

south gate, before

south gate, an hour later

south gate, an hour later, with Bad Aster removed

East gate, before; too much elephant garlic

East gate, before; too much elephant garlic

east gate, after

east gate, after

The garden looked stunning, as usual.

hydrangea and hardy fuchsias

hydrangea and hardy fuchsia

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Dutch Iris

Dutch Iris

Allium bulgaricum

Allium bulgaricum

bearded iris

bearded iris

Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning' in bloom!

Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ in bloom!

Allan installed the fairy door that he had given Mary and Denny for Christmas; he had built steps for it and had to measure and cut exactly how they fit to the chosen tree.

fairy door

fairy door

We just had time on the way home to plant four more plants in the Long Beach planters and have a bit of daylight left to sort tomorrow’s plants:  Cosmos and painted sage for the Ilwaco boatyard (and then weeding Andersen’s).  I will take a bit of time first for the Saturday Market at the port.

Our neighbour Mary, two doors down, brought her little dog, Missy, for a visit.

Missy!

Missy!

At just two pounds, Missy is even smaller than Judy and Tom’s little Beep.

My dream now is to get Sunday and Monday off to plant all the plants-in-waiting in my own garden, after which annuals hell will truly be over with only a very few plants left to put in here and there.  I have lost track of how many days in a row we have worked but I believe it is over twenty now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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