Posts Tagged ‘Deb’s garden’

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The Depot Restaurant

We checked on the watering, although not the window boxes because we were in a hurry with much planned for today.

camassia and rodgersia (Allan’s photo)

The Red Barn Arena

This little pot by the barn door looked good.

The first section of garden looked good.

But further on, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ was drooping from lack of watering.  The same thing happened last year, and I this year I decided it had to go.

I give up on the idea of yellow sunflowers by a red barn.  I have to rethink and plant only the most drought tolerant plants here.

I left a little bit of it by a barrel.  They get watered a bit more regularly and so some water might spill over.

Cosmo the barn cat

Allan’s photo

in the barn (Allan’s photo)

thirsty coreopsis by the barn

I need to remove that coreopsis and replace with something that needs minimal water.  This particular barrel used to get watered more regularly…

We then went next door to…

Diane’s garden

Allan’s photo

our good friend Misty

back yard containers

talking with client and friend Diane by the septic box garden (which still needs more!)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Allan potted up a new calla lily that Diane had brought home.

the roadside garden


valerian and catmint against the house (Allan’s photo)


Basket Case Greenhouse

It’s hard to drive by without stopping.

Penny  (Allan’s photo)

Deb’s garden

We took a break to tour two gardens: Steve and John’s bayside garden and the work going on at Deb’s garden (formerly the Barclay garden), where Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) have been working hard for the new owner.

future farmers’ market produce garden

planting trees in new berms along the driveway

North Beach Garden Gang

the way to Willapa Bay

Next door is Steve and John’s Bayside Garden.  We walked through it before returning to work.  That self guided tour will be our next post; their garden always deserves its own space.

Steve and John’s garden from Deb’s (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

This year, we did not get around to cutting back a native grass on the edge of the woodsy swale.  I asked Allan to just dig it out, which I have thought of doing every year.


It was big.

after (Allan’s photos)

elephant garlic (Allan’s photo)

Sarah (Allan’s photo)

There is some talk that if Mary and Denny move away after retiring, we might take Sarah and her brother Timmy.

After grooming the garden, I took some photos for the Klipsan Beach Cottages Facebook page.


bearded iris

Allium bulgaricum

also known as Nectaroscordum

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

birdbath view

Tiger Eyes sumac

corokia cotoneaster

On the way south, we stopped at…

The Planter Box

I sought and acquired a pineapple sage.

And a couple more tomatoes and some cukes.

Shelburne Hotel

Allan screwed some wire between trellis and big flower pots to help mitigate the windsail effect on the trellises.

Allan’s photos

I trimmed back the big sanguisorba that I had transplanted from KBC last week; it had just kept on looking a bit wilty around the edges.

Allan’s photo

Port of Ilwaco

We watered several of the gardens along Howerton Avenue.

on Waterfront Way (Allan’s photo)

in a curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

Montana Mary had asked why we call one little garden “the driveover garden”.  Here it is, a tiny bed between big parking lots and driveways.  Big trucks drive over it sometimes.

Another tiny bed by the port office:

Linaria purpurea (toadflax) seeds itself around but is not really up to the harsh conditons:

The Depot Restaurant

We had our North Beach Garden Gang dinner tonight.  On the way in to the restaurant, I saw that the window boxes were not getting watered.  (Roxanne from The Basket Case plants them up and we care for them, relying on the sprinkler system to water them.)  This led to a flurry to Allan watering them with a jug of water that we carry for emergencies, me fretting over them, and texts to various people.

Finally, dinner.  It was burger night.  We are thankful at this time of year for restaurants that let us dine at eight.  Restaurants that close at eight are no good to us now.

Allan’s photo

chocolate pot du creme

Annuals planting time is over except for at home, where I soon have to plant in my garden two six packs of painted sage and tomatoes and cukes from the Planter Box.


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Monday, 7 May 2018

We have been taking recuperative time off before Annuals Planting Hell….I mean Time begins, and I finally woke up this morning not feeling like I had a cold.

I meant to watch only one…or two episodes of Gardeners’ World before going outside…or was it three? Or four? Allan had gone to get a yard of mulch for me, and he stopped by a garden on the way to pick up some plants from Melissa. I said I could not go because my garden was just a mess…so why was I just sat in my chair watching GW?

The garden that Allan visited used to be the Barclay Garden, and is now…

Deb’s Garden

…where Allan took some photos of the big projects that Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) are helping with.

entering the estate

new driveway borders being installed

refurbished and expanded borders up by the house (They did not used to go around that patio, as I recall).

Next door is Steve and John’s garden…glimpsed through the trees.

the walk through to Willapa Bay

looking west from the house

more new planting (green ophiopogon)

more new beds

This property, like Steve and John’s next door, was once part of the Clarke Rhododendron Nursery.

A large scale kitchen garden of raised beds will be constructed out of this juniper wood from Eastern Washington.  Allan tells me that juniper is considered a weed tree in Eastern Washington.  The wood is said to be long lasting.

This was the area where Ron Barclay had his kitchen garden:

A cleared field, which used to be part of the sales lot of Clarke Nursery, with Steve and John’s garden in the distance, will be the grand new kitchen garden.

On Friday of this week, we are planning to tour Steve and John’s bayside garden, and I look forward to seeing Deb’s garden progress on a work-day break.  My ideal day off is to not leave my own property, so I prefer to combine garden visiting with a work day.

Allan then picked up my Soil Energy mulch from Peninsula Landscape Supply.

plants at Peninsula Landscape Supply

at home

I had continued watching Gardeners’ World, till I saw out of the corner of my eye that the sun was coming out…

Oh dear, no more excuses.

The cats also wanted to stay in and listen, while napping, to the soothing voice of Montagu Don.



When Allan returned with my generous yard of mulch, I had to abandon GW and get busy unloading my new plants and emptying the trailer.

a generous yard (Allan’s photo)

starting to mulch where I weeded yesterday

Allan’s project was to fix the watering trailer:



After mulching:

Compare to yesterday:

looking north yesterday

I even got a bit of the daunting “debris pile” garden weeded.



In the evening, at my request, Allan drove down to the port to check on and water some new plants.  They were not too thirsty.

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

With mulch spread along the driveway gardens and even into a low corner in the back garden, I returned to Gardeners’ World (and later an episode of Vera, and then more GW).  I am now on the year 2016.

This sequence reminds me of Sunday School:

Be still, my heart!

In an excellent episode, Monty collects a swarm of bees, and fifteen minutes in, we get a glimpse of a tour day of London squares. Eighteen-ish minutes in, in a tour of a productive kitchen garden in a narrow space on the roof of a restaurant, I learned of a new-to-me plant, “potato mustard ‘Red Frills’.  Tastes like potatoes with an overlay of mustard? Must have.  The chef claims that it really has a potato taste.

Monty, talking about turning his compost bins: “If I furtle around in there…”

I want some onopordum, the tall ghostly looking thistle that he grows in his Longmeadow garden (unless it’s on the noxious weed list here).

Tomorrow, I must have some discipline because it is my last day off this week and I must get many perennials planted here at home.

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