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Saturday 12 August 2017

Because we are fortunate to know Jessica, the gardener for the excellent third garden on the Astoria garden tour, we were given permission to look at her garden project across the street.  The owners had said it could be on the tour were it not for the difficult accessibility of steep front stairs.  Jessica said it is an interesting challenge to mulch the front slope.

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Allan’s photo from across the street

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the curbside meadow

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looking across at the garden we just toured

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Allan’s photo

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You can get one of these signs for $25 from The Xerces Society.

I could not face coming back down the steep stairs which are the only access to the garden.  I asked Allan to go up and take photos to give me an armchair tour of the garden.

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Allan’s photos:

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More bonus photos of gardens nearby, all by Allan:

 

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Daliahs line a driveway nearby.

You may recall that the official tour garden we had just seen was called the “Bye bye deer” garden, having been fenced to keep them out.

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at the next intersection uphill

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The low stone wall was no barrier.

The parking strip garden that the deer passed by:

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a bench nearby:

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a bench nearby, with dandelions

Here are some words of wisdom about a dandelion garden’s benefit to pollinators.

Next: back to the official Astoria garden tour!

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Saturday, 20 February 2016

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morning

Marilyn’s garden

We called in assistance from Sea Star Gardening to make the clean up of Marilyn’s garden a one day job.

Allan and I arrived first and found the garden already inhabited.

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Bye bye.

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two left

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last one out

I feel perfectly friendly toward the deer who dwell in this unfenced garden, as its purpose is to be a deer friendly garden and to show that it is possible to coexist with deer and still have flowers.

Melissa and Dave arrived within minutes and we all dove into a big clean-up.  By the time we were done, the garden looked tidier in every detail than it had since the days of its creation in 2006.

from 2006:

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2006 with lawn just seeded

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entry garden 2006

today:

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before

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Allan’s photo, with the big Sea Star Gardening truck

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Allan’s photo after clipping the entry garden

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It’s particularly great that Dave and Melissa know just what to do, immediately seeing that a viburnum needed some suckers cut, and that some escallonia needed to be clipped back from a path.  So I don’t have to hover and monitor what is going on.

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before, looking south

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after

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back garden, before

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after, almost all this part by Dave and Melissa

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before, looking north

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after

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before, looking northwest

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after

You’ll be surprised how soon the next door garage is hidden again.  I think it will be an unpleasant surprise for the deer when they return.  They must prefer the garden when it is overgrown with comfy grass bedding places.

I had a brilliant idea on the way home:  It was so hard to cut those big grasses without breaking the narcissi.  Next year, we could bring three folding card tables and set them up in the garden.  The narcissi would be protected underneath, the grass could be laid on top by the grass chopping person and hauled off of the tables by someone on the path side.  Genius!

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Phygelius got severely edited back from the edge, and an Ilex moved out from a place where it had gotten overgrown. (Hope it survives.)

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We loaded the monster truck with all the debris.

If Allan and I had had to haul this debris with our small trailer, it would have taken us three trips, at least.

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all the debris at once! awesome!

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final touch up

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just a few more weeds

Melissa said she loves to weed driveways and gravel paths, making me even happier that we intend to share this job with them.

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The work board is getting whittled down (except for the dreaded beach approach and berms) and if I didn’t have all too many doctor appointments coming up, I’d feel completely confident in the timing of our spring clean up.  An acquaintance once said that the reason for being retired was to have time to go to all her doctor appointments.  If that were true for my mother, she would have found it easy to find the time, since she retired at age 55.  It is harder when one is getting old-ish but still working, and being working class and self-employed makes one tend to put off dealing with one’s health.

Tomorrow: We hope to polish off the Golden Sands spring clean up.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mom’s garden diaries of two decades ago:

1998 (age 73):

Feb 20:  I spent most of the afternoon mending my work jacket.  I took off the hood and then sewed up the collar w/o hood.  By then it was too late to go out to work.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

I was beginning the day under a cloud.  On a trivial note, I’d had a stubborn headache since yesterday.  On a serious note, the newspaper had contained an obituary of my friend Mary Fluaitt.  I had just been getting to know her as a sister gardener rather than an acquaintance when she was diagnosed, three years ago, with brain cancer and she moved away to be closer to her family.  She was a darling.

In the evening, I organized some photos of her garden into an album on the Music in the Gardens page and if you wish, you may peruse them here.  Her Surfside garden, just half a block from Marilyn’s garden, was on the garden tour in 2007 and 2011.

Work called, though, so we had to go…

The Red Barn

Allan's photo: autumn decorations at our little Red Barn garden

Allan’s photo: autumn decorations at our little Red Barn garden

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Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

Next door to one of the Red Barn pastures, our friend Misty came to say hello.

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Allan’s photo

While tidying the containers by Diane’s back porch, I bent over and my back went into a sudden excruciating spasm.  I yelled OW and dropped my clippers and then could not even bend over to pick them up.  At that moment, Diane drove up for her lunch break and fortunately, I know her well enough to be honest about my plight and ask her to hand me my clippers.  Then I found some deadheading that I could do without bending over for awhile.

Diane's roadside garden

Diane’s roadside garden

Marilyn’s garden

Next, we went way up to Surfside to Marilyn’s garden.  Marilyn’s mother, Nancy (co owner of the Depot Restaurant), had asked me to prune the fig tree back hard.  I had no idea when I planted it (a gift from another of Marilyn’s daughters) that it would get way too big in that spot.  This was a good job for me with my back problem as I could do it standing up, interpersed with hopeful stretching.

before: the monster fig tree

before: the monster fig tree, looking north

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a radical pruning job, with some clean up help from Allan

The view for watching deer in the garden will certainly be improved!

Scooter showed up to inspect my work.

Scooter showed up to inspect my work.

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I was feeling more limber by the time Scooter arrived and was able to pet him and then do some weeding, cautiously because it had hurt so much when my back went OUT at Diane’s.

slow, cautious bending

slow, cautious bending

When I cut back the catmint, I left one for Scooter to enjoy.

When I cut back the catmint, I left one for Scooter to enjoy.

Today was not the day to dig out the big patch of montbretia.

Today was not the day to dig out the big patch of montbretia.

looking south

looking south

Meanwhile, Allan worked on the driveway garden.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Oh how I loath pushy greedy salal! (Allan's photo)

Oh how I loath pushy greedy salal! (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo); that’s an Azara microphylla in foreground, and apparently the deer continue to leave it alone.

just down the street as we were leaving (Allan's photo), two of a family of three that spend much time in Marilyn's garden.

just down the street as we were leaving (Allan’s photo), a family of three that spend much time in Marilyn’s garden. The third is left of the shrub.

The young ones were born in Marilyn's garden (Allan's photo)

The young ones were born in Marilyn’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Two cats kept watch on the deer. (Allan's photo)

Two cats kept watch on the deer. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Things were going better physically, as both my headache and backache were gone.

through the east gate of the fenced garden

through the east gate of the fenced garden

the weekly garden view

the weekly garden view

did lots of cutting back in one corner

did lots of cutting back in one corner

I saved the eight foot or more tall stems of the Thalictrum ‘Elin’ that was there to use in our Corridor of Spooky Plants for Halloween.

no time today to make this sit spot bigger, as planned for sometime this fall

no time today to make this sit spot bigger, as planned for sometime this fall

Mary and Bella came out to say hi. (Allan's photo)

Mary and Bella came out to say hi. (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

our dear Mary, owner/manager at KBC

our dear Mary, owner/manager at KBC (Allan’s photo)

by the greenhouse

by the greenhouse

seeds collected from the yellow tree peony

seeds collected from the yellow tree peonies (Maybe Todd or Teresa can grow them!)

Squirrel!

by where we parked (Allan's photo)

by where we parked (Allan’s photo)

humans!

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Allan’s photo

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The sun was getting mighty low when we got to Golden Sands, so we just strimmed the courtyard lawn (Allan) and did some light weeding, and planted a fuchsia and some watsonia.  I decided I did not want bearded iris in the courtyard garden so I snuck it into the landscape to the north of the building!

seasonal cranberry decorations outside one of the resident's rooms

seasonal cranberry decorations outside one of the resident’s rooms

One of the autumnal quadrants

One of the autumnal quadrants in the courtyard

one of my mom's rosebushes

one of my mom’s rosebushes

I took a cutting each from my mom’s coppery rose and her deep red rose, and when I got home I laid them in the soil with just a tip sticking out and we’ll see if they make rosebushes.  I have successfully started rambling roses that way before.

You may recall that I recently read Jan Bono’s first two books of her mystery series set on the Peninsula.  I liked this scene in Starfish, in which a character visits his wife in a facility that resembles Golden Sands:

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Tomorrow will have to begin with a run to the dump to offload all that fig tree debris, and we plan for it to end with a delicious dinner at the Cove with Melissa and Dave.

 

 

 

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Friday, 14 August 2015

I did very little Friday but work on the blog.  I am guilty of spending more free time blogging about gardening than free time actually gardening lately.  We have not had appreciable rain since March, they say, and I am so tired of the dryness that watering is about all I accomplish at home.  On the other hand, Allan has been busy with the project!

hoisting the beam

hoisting the beam

the center splice, clamped

the center splice, clamped

Here's a photo of the beam splicing he did on our last weekend off.

Here’s a photo of the beam splicing he did on our last weekend off.

Up it goes.

Up it goes.

Allan's photo

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: second crosspiece going up

Allan’s photo: second crosspiece going up

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Fully in place.

Fully in place.

I’m still looking for the energy to replace that grass path with gravel.

Melianthus major by the front fence shows evidence of some moisture.

Melianthus major by the front fence shows evidence of some moisture.

Someone wanted this elephant garlic?

Someone wanted this elephant garlic by the front sidewalk?

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front sidewalk fence

front sidewalk fence

Along with the project, Allan had to go water the Ilwaco planters and street trees.

He saw this flower stand on the way.

He saw this flower stand on the way.

At the Ilwaco city works yard, where he stores the water pump trailer, he discovered a doe and fawn on opposite sides of the fence.

Mother inside.

Mother inside.

baby outside

baby outside

He tried to herd the doe out of the works yard, to no avail.

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Poor baby!

He had to leave the situation and go do the watering, beginning with filling the tank at the boatyard (where the water has good pressure).

a boat being brought in

a boat being brought in

one of our planters on Spruce Street

one of our planters on Spruce Street

When he took the water trailer back to the works yard, the deer had somehow reunited.  (Or there were two fawns, which is a worrisome thought.  Allan reassures me there is way through at the back.)

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As it happened, Pam Fleming was in town for the evening, as her spouse was playing with a band at the Blues and Seafood Festival at the Port.  She came by afterwards to examine the project, which had been her idea (when I had mentioned to her that I needed a gate there).  We stepped back and forth through the gate opening several times and agreed that it feels good and gives a sense of entry and enclosure.

We sat on the patio for awhile, out of the north wind. (Allan's photo)

We sat on the patio for awhile, out of the north wind. (Allan’s photo)

sunset over the new project

sunset over the new project

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Allan added the gate to the arbour.

He had built it to spec. (Allan's photo)

He had built it to spec. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Our Kathleen came for tea in the early afternoon and then we went to the market, but not for long as the heat (all of 80 something, I suppose, or maybe 75!) made me dizzy.

Ilwaco Saturday Market

Ilwaco Saturday Market

I bought peaches...

I bought peaches…

dinner at Sea Star acres

We had been invited to dinner at Dave and Melissa’s new-since-last-October home near Oysterville.  I was looking forward to seeing their garden and it lived up to my expectations.  Someone who loved plants lived there before, and Dave and Melissa have been making all sorts of discoveries in the overgrown garden.

They used to own a nursery and if I thought *I* sometimes have a lot of ladies in waiting (unplanted plants), it is nothing on their vast and cool collection.  All they need is some time off from working to expand the plantable garden space.

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arriving  (Allan’s photo)

Melissa has told me she does not quite get what blogging is, so since she may not know, I am going to not show you so much that I totally invade their privacy.  I’m not sure she had any idea what she’s in for getting to be friends with a blogger.  (Someone’s already told her that they know we have dinner at the Cove once a week.)

the front of the garden

the front of the garden

I heard the sound of this waterfall pond at the west side of the house.

I heard the sound of this waterfall pond at the west side of the house.

bamboo accents on the house

bamboo accents on the house

Pontederia cordata (blue pickerelweed) in bloom in the pond.

Pontederia cordata (blue pickerelweed) in bloom in the pond.

looking across the pond from next to the house

looking across the pond from next to the house

one of the big frogs

one of the big frogs

We suppose it is the invasive species bullfrog.  Melissa caught one eating a bird the other day!  And yet at a job recently, she caught a snake eating a frog, so…

Frog is so big you can see its head poking up in the water beneath the Japanese maple.

Frog is so big you can see its head poking up in the water beneath the Japanese maple.

the waterfall

the waterfall; what a great feature to get with a home purchase.

four different kinds of figs, in pots, waiting for homes

four different kinds of figs, in pots, waiting for homes

a trio of Geum 'Eos'

a trio of Geum ‘Eos’

lots of fabulous ladies in waiting!

lots of fabulous ladies in waiting!

north side of house

north side of house

triple bridge

triple bridge

a huge eucalyptus

a huge eucalyptus

They are finding all sorts of mysteries and treasures in the overgrown garden.

an old pond with a pump

an old pond with a pump

espaliered pears in among larger trees

espaliered pears in among larger trees

an old outbuidling on the north side

an old outbuilding on the north side

fence along north side

fence along north side

The fence had a Japanese style roofed top.

The fence had a Japanese style roofed top.

exploring the edges of the old garden (Allan's photo)

exploring the edges of the old garden (Allan’s photo)

a box of bamboo had escaped and run...

a box of bamboo had escaped and run…

and run....

and run….

and run!

and run!

more ladies in waiting

more ladies in waiting

There will be room for all, because the property is six acres.  Four are wetlands; that leaves two to plant.

Dave is constructing a most awesome patio.

Dave is constructing a most awesome patio.

I had also so been looking forward to meeting their dogs.  Both Anna and Coulee are Hovawarts, a breed that is rare in this country.

meeting Anna (Allan's photo)

meeting Anna (Allan’s photo)

Anna is a rescue who is rather shy; she was friendly, calm and quiet.

Allan meets Anna.

Allan meets Anna.

a lovely girl

a lovely girl

Coulee is full of energy.

Coulee is full of energy.

soft and affectionate, when not focused on his ball

soft and affectionate, when not focused on his ball

one more of Anna

one more of Anna

In the fenced dog yard is a large Acer griseum (paperbark maple) that made Melissa knew she just had to have this property.  (And I knew she was a plant nut when I first met and she told me about the “Acer griseum” that she saw when she came around the corner.)

Melissa and the maple

Melissa and the maple

Acer griseum. It is gorgeous and positioned to get backlit by the western sunlight.

Acer griseum. It is gorgeous and positioned to get backlit by the western sunlight.

Anna welcomes us in for dinner.

Anna welcomes us in for dinner.

We had strips of steak made on the barbecue, baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, corn on the cob, a salad with avocado in it, and chocolate chip cookies.  Delicious.  We also saw the cats, including Jack and Butterbean.  They were too shy for photos.

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inside

The long, dark, quiet drive home emphasized how long and mostly rural our Long Beach Peninsula is.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

I felt bad that Allan spent another day working on (and finishing) the project and not doing anything fun for himself.  I felt glad that it is done because I like it very much.

Allan attaches wire to keep the deer out.

Allan attaches wire to keep the deer out.  And for sweet peas!

wiring in progress

wiring in progress

Our neighbours across the street were having a family reunion with about 50 people.  One of their cats (who spends a lot of time in our garden when we are inside or not home) came over to our side.  Allan noticed him and took these photos.

He lay by our fence ...

He lay by our fence …

took a nap

took a nap

and checked up on the goings on from afar.

and checked up on the goings on from afar.

It looked pleasant and made me wish I had a birth family of fifty instead of, now, one.

A 25 mph wind made gardening unattractive.  I did manage to water all but the front garden, and rather miraculously, did a thorough vacuuming of the house, as well.  I did not think turning the sprinkler on the front garden would help Allan finish the project.

Fuchsia 'Pink Marshmallow'

Fuchsia ‘Pink Marshmallow’

Fuchsia 'Jingle Bells'

Fuchsia ‘Jingle Bells’

new growth coming up on a "Todd fern" that we all thought had plotzed.

new growth coming up on a “Todd fern” that we all thought had plotzed.

Echinops (globe thistle) in the back garden

Echinops (globe thistle) in the back garden

There’s a lot I could be doing if the wind would stop and I could get up some energy.

Weeding this area and controlling bindweed from the gear shed lot next door.

Weeding this area and controlling bindweed from the gear shed lot next door.

weeding here and maybe cutting back the most pathetic looking salmonberries.

weeding here and maybe cutting back the most pathetic looking salmonberries. (That poor sad astilbe needs moving this fall.)

Weeding in the old Danger Tree bed would be pretty and fun.

Weeding in the old Danger Tree bed would be pretty and fun.

How the heck did orange montbretia get in there?

How the heck did orange montbretia get in there?

I could expand the end of this bed and use it for all the sad astilbes from other beds. The ones on this corner seem happy.

I could expand the end of this bed and use it for all the sad astilbes from other beds. The ones on this corner seem happy.

a low, hardy impatiens

a low, hardy impatiens omeiana, might be ‘Ice Storm’

I have to admit this heather is rather nice.

I have to admit this heather is rather nice.

The 20 plus mph north wind was blowing so hard that it blew the sprinkler water right away from the north end of this back yard bed:

I had to hose water the end.

I had to hose water the end.

A couple of weeks ago, I got my Sarracenia (brought to me by Debbie Teashon) planted in, well, a black cat litter tray.  They are doing well now on the shelf edge of the water boxes

Sarracenia (pitcher plants)

Sarracenia (pitcher plants)

This Anthemis from The Planter Box keeps blooming without deadheading.

This Anthemis from The Planter Box keeps blooming without deadheading.

With Allan’s help, I got a bathtub water feature moved out to where it shows.  It was hidden under the rose.  By help, I mean I dipped out most of the water, still could only barely budge it, and Allan dragged it forward for me.  We got this elegant water feature from our friend Terry, who used to live in the Cove RV Park.  When the park got new management, residents were no longer allowed to keep “junk” outside their trailers.  This was the same Terry, a Vietnam vet who struggled with PTSD, who died in 2012 and whose well-loved kitties we adopted, Smokey, Frosty, and Mary.  But I digress.  Here is the sort of water feature we see when we tour gardens:

at Little and Lewis garden

at Little and Lewis garden

the Little and Lewis-y water feature

the Little and Lewis-y water feature at Floramagoria

at a Hardy Plant tour in Bellevue

at a Hardy Plant tour in Bellevue

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And here’s what my budget and abilities run to:

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I am going to paint it with some Fusion dark green spray paint, though!

Maybe when we retire, we can learn how to build something more elegant and elaborate.

Tomatoes from the greenhouse almost eluding me by dangling behind the flower pot.

Tomatoes from the greenhouse almost eluding me by dangling behind the flower pot.

End of day: The project is done!

End of day: The project is done!

At some time, Allan will put little crosspieces over the top.

Other than that, there is just one more thing to do, by the front gate: Put up two posts and a simple cross piece to tie this all together.  I wonder if this side will be enough to keep the deer out.  They could jump the low front fence but might not want to.  If they do, I will now have the tall posts to use for running a couple of strands of wire across the front.

Tomorrow: back to the work watering rounds after a long weekend that seemed too short.

 

 

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Friday, 31 July 2015

Even though I’m sure it seems dull to many, I find days off without leaving my home and garden to be idyllic.

tadpoles in the water boxes:

tadpoles in the water boxes: “I don’t wanna grow up, not me!”

Allan did find one with legs!

Allan did find one with legs!

 I spent Friday planting some of the ladies in waiting and here I present the plants and tags for my own information and the amusement of other CPNs (certified plant nuts).  Before I got tucked into the task, CPN (and chef) Ann from Portland came over with her spouse, John, and a delivery of some ‘Xera Cobalt’ Agapanthus from Xera Plants.  (CPN=Certified Plant Nut.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ann was amused by the view east from our front gate, with three boats parked along the street. Normal for Ilwaco.

Ann was amused by the view east from our front gate, with three boats parked along the street. Normal for Ilwaco.

Her father, Frank W. Amato, publishes Salmon Trout Steelheader magazine and the Flyfishing and Tying Journal so Ann took a photo of the boats on the street scene for him.

back garden, east side, room for more plants

back garden, east side, room for more plants

That daylily at the front got dug out.  It has been pouting and drooping all year and was given every chance to improve.

after, with a colour switch on the pottery balls, to tone with some new Agapanthus.

after, with a colour switch on the pottery balls, to tone with some new Agapanthus.

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Sedum ussuriense 'Turkish Delight'

Sedum ussuriense ‘Turkish Delight’

Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

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Agapanthus 'Xera's Cobalt'

Agapanthus ‘Xera’s Cobalt’

Xera's Cobalt

Xera’s Cobalt

The colour of 'Xera's Cobalt'

The colour of ‘Xera’s Cobalt’

A plant new to me: Sideritis

A plant new to me: Sideritis ‘Touch of Spice’ (mountain tea)

Sideritis hyssopifolia 'Touch of Spice'

Sideritis hyssopifolia ‘Touch of Spice’; I think Teresa gave me this to try out.

another Agapanthus, this one from The Planter Box

another Agapanthus, this one from The Planter Box: ‘Two Times Blue’

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another area with a bit of room, thanks to removing a daylily and a siberian iris awhile back.

another area with a bit of room, thanks to removing a daylily and a siberian iris awhile back.

In went an unidentified eucomis, I hope the same one Pam grows so well in Seaside.

In went an unidentified eucomis, I hope the same one Pam grows so well in Seaside.

In the west bed: Dracocephalum 'Blue Moon', also new to me, from The Planter Box

In the west bed: Dracocephalum ‘Blue Moon’, also new to me, from The Planter Box

Sinningia: another plant new to me.

Sinningia: another plant new to me.

Also brought to me by our lovely friend Ann.

Also brought to me by our lovely friend Ann.

Because the Xera tag had the word “containers”, I decided that’s where it would go.

Sinningia roots! not what I expected.

Sinningia roots! not what I expected.

potted up

potted up

Talinium Limon, from 7 Dees, added to a big pot.

Talinium Limon, from 7 Dees, added to a big pot.

looking south over the back garden

looking south over the back garden

the plant vessel 'Ann Lovejoy'

the plant vessel ‘Ann Lovejoy’

the back garden

the back garden

Meanwhile, Allan worked on a project.

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This is not going to be an unlawfully tall fence.

I planted some of my new Agastaches (an obsession) in the front garden.

Agastache 'Kudo's Mandarin'

Agastache ‘Kudo’s Mandarin’

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I think the tags might be boring to some; I have heard that Steve likes to read them, so at least one reader does.

I find Agastache difficult to say.  I knew it was not Aga-stash, but for a long time I was saying it like I was aghast about something.  .  Here’s a good article about them (including various pronunciations, one of which does say “Aghast!”). Here is Agastache pronounced by Emma.

Later: I got the definitive pronunciation from garden writer Bob Nold, and am aGHAST that I have been pronouncing it per Emma for a few months:

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Thanks, Bob, as it is obsessively important to me to try to pronounce plant names correctly.

Kudo's Gold

Agastache ‘Kudo’s Gold’

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Agastache 'Navajo Sunset'

Agastache ‘Navajo Sunset’

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from the Planter Box: Rudbeckia 'Irish Eyes', in the front garden

from the Planter Box: Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’, in the front garden

Allan's photo: Here it comes.

Allan’s photo: end of the day with six of seven posts in.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

There are all sorts of big projects in the garden that I could/should be doing.  Other than planting, I am low on energy for things like digging out sod to make gravel paths.

On Saturday, I actually left the property to walk down to the Portside Café to meet Our Kathleen for lunch; she was down for her semi-monthly visit.  It has taken us this long, what with garden tours and events, to find time to try out the Portside with new owners Debbie and Lauri.  I strolled west down the meander line from the back of my garden to the café.

Looking back to the bogsy woods. Boat trailers parked at the back of the port parking lots.

Looking east to the bogsy woods. Boat trailers parked at the back of the port parking lots.

looking west; this little road is the closest thing to the Seattle alleys that I miss so much.

looking west; this little road is the closest thing to the Seattle alleys that I miss so much.

looking east again, farther along

looking east again, farther along

boat storage yard, former Warrior of the Seas

boat storage yard, former Warrior of the Seas

looking west toward First Avenue and the boatyard

looking west toward First Avenue and the boatyard

lots of interesting stuff

lots of interesting stuff

looking east

looking east

looking west: the boatyard

looking west: the boatyard

Portside Café

One block north on First Avenue: the appealingly cute Portside Café.

One block north on First Avenue: the appealingly cute Portside Café.

My orange chicken tropical salad and Kathleen's

My orange chicken tropical salad and Kathleen’s “hand-spanked” burger and onion rings were both big hits with these two diners.

in the Portside Café

in the Portside Café

sweet, with a framed photo (far left) that I took of Debbie and Lauri.

sweet, with a framed photo (far left) that I took of Debbie and Lauri.

looks like the back room of the café will be cozy in winter

looks like the back room of the café will be cozy in winter

Allan at work

As we dined, we saw Allan drive past with the water trailer; he had to water the Ilwaco planters.  He’d need to quit that job to have true three day weekends in summer.

Allan's photo at the boatyard, while filling the water tank.

Allan’s photo at the boatyard, while filling the water tank.

a boat coming in

a boat coming in

a deer strolling past City Hall after a nibble on the planters there

a deer strolling past City Hall after a nibble on the planters there

Ilwaco Saturday Market

I had assumed, since we had dined at one, that Kathleen would have already been to the Saturday Market.  She had not, so I walked most of the length of the market with her.

Look at the inviting tables and chairs on the deck of the Salt Hotel.

Look at the inviting tables and chairs on the deck of the Salt Hotel.

This little piggy went to market!

This little piggy went to market!

I petted the darling pig, and she wagged her tail.  And as she walked along, when something amused her, she again wagged her tail like a happy dog.  Allan had been to the market on his own and had also seen the pig.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pretty fruit tarts

pretty fruit tarts

I covet about ten of these to hang in a garden tree.

I covet about ten of these to hang in a garden tree.

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De Asis produce

De Asis Farm produce

De Asis Farm

De Asis Farm

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Of course, I bought a dessert (lime bundt cake) from Pink Poppy Bakery.

Of course, I bought a dessert (lime bundt cake) from Pink Poppy Bakery.

a noble dog outside Time Enough Books

a noble dog outside Time Enough Books

Blue Coast Farms gave me a bag of runner beans; she had an oversupply. They were delicious cooked up for dinner three nights in a row.

Blue Coast Farms gave me a bag of runner beans; she had an oversupply. They were delicious cooked up for dinner three nights in a row.

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This is one of the paths I wish to dig up and turn to gravel. So far, just wishin'.

This is one of the paths I wish to dig up and turn to gravel. So far, just wishin’.

Allan working on the project.

Allan working on the project.

I frittered the late afternoon and evening away with garden blogging, as I was still catching up on garden tour posts from Music in the Gardens.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

On the next day, a cold strong wind blew and I did not set foot out of the house except for a half an hour of bundled up plant watering.  I occupied myself with photo sorting and finishing the Music in the Gardens tour blog entries.  The cats appreciate a day like that.

Frosty

Frosty

Mary

Mary

Smokey

Smokey

Allan took a boating trip on Sunday.  It did not work out quite as he had planned, as the person he had arranged to go with canceled after he had arrived at her house.  My editorial comment:  I did not like that, as he had gotten up extra early (for us).  However, he was resourceful and he regrouped and went out on his own on the other side of the bay.  I am going to make that a bonus post for tonight so that this one is not too ridiculously long.

Even after a boating trip, Allan managed to weed and water the Ilwaco Community Building garden, a job to which he has dedicated himself once a week.

We are still mystified by the huge pile of discarded potatoes below the building, cast off from the senior lunch program for some reason.

We are still mystified by the huge pile of discarded potatoes below the building, cast off from the senior lunch program for some reason.

nasturtiums reseeded from when planters used to be by the library

nasturtiums reseeded from when planters used to be by the library

(Allan's photo): home at dusk after a long day

(Allan’s photo): home at dusk after a long day. Sadly, the next day someone folded this elephant garlic but didn’t it pose for a grand picture?

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Before leaving home, I noticed two things in particular:

My night blooming cereus had a bud! The first one since 2003!

My night blooming cereus had a bud! The first one since 2003!

And something I've noticed before: No matter how much I water it, my Davidia involucrata 'Sonoma' always looks kind of...thirsty...and not very attractive.

And something I’ve noticed before: No matter how much I water it, my Davidia involucrata ‘Sonoma’ always looks kind of…thirsty…and not very attractive.

At our post office garden.

At our post office garden.  (We watered)

Post Office garden

Post Office garden

Post Office overview

Post Office overview

Red Barn Arena

Red Barn

some weeding and watering

some weeding and watering

Diane’s Garden

grooming along the roadside

grooming along the roadside garden

poppies

 

Penstemon 'Sour Grapes'

Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’

Penstemon

Penstemon

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Stipa seedlings!  I could put one on the other side of the driveway!

Stipa seedlings! I could put one on the other side of the driveway!

south side of driveway

Other side of driveway will get a stipa seedling this fall.

Stipa will go right here!

Stipa will go right here! (empty spot)

Diane and Larry's driveway garden

Diane and Larry’s driveway garden

detail:  Allium albopilosum and Perovskia (Russian sage)

detail: Allium albopilosum and Perovskia (Russian sage)

Allium albopilosum and schubertii

Allium albopilosum and schubertii

Lavatera 'Barnsley' and blueberries

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ and blueberries

Blueberries packed with delicious fruit. Yes, I had a few.

Blueberries packed with delicious fruit. Yes, I had a few.

Vaccinium 'Pink Lemonade' (pink blueberries!)

Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’ (pink blueberries!)

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Golden Sands

Golden Sands

In the courtyard: a new patio set for sitting and enjoying the garden

In the courtyard: a new patio set for sitting and enjoying the garden

Allan said “They need an assembler.”  He used to assemble furniture and exercise equipment and bikes for Fred Meyer stores and he can put things together right quick. But we were there to garden, not assemble.

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

my favourite kind of dahlia

my favourite kind of dahlia

I like the precise style of pom pom dahlias.  Our former client Laurie said they were so uptight that she just wanted to smack them; she liked the blowsier kinds.

Northeast quadrant

Northeast quadrant

dahlias

dahlias

I sure wish my mom was alive to see these.

I sure wish my mom was alive to see these.

dahlias

dahlias

astilbe

astilbe

Almost all the plants in this garden were donated by us, or given to us by friends for the garden, except for a few special plants that I bought on the limited budget and some that my mom bought during the year she lived there.

I bet all the glads were bought by my mom; she loved them.

I bet all the glads were bought by my mom; she loved them.

I did use the budget this year for cosmos and agastaches.

I did use the budget this year for cosmos and agastaches.

NW quadrant

NW quadrant

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

If you lived at Golden Sands, what would you put on the small shelf outside your room?

If you lived at Golden Sands, what would you put on the small shelf outside your room?

Marilyn’s Garden

all the way up in lower Surfside

Surfside is jwest of Oysterville

Surfside is west of Oysterville

looking south on the path

looking south on the path

same lily as at post office

same lily as at post office

looking north on path

looking north on path

tall miscanthus now completely hiding the garage to the west

tall miscanthus now completely hiding the garage to the west

Marilyn;s daughter Nancy tells me they are loving the poppies this year.

Marilyn;s daughter Nancy tells me they are loving the poppies this year.

That remind me!  Here are some photos that Nancy herself took in the garden in June of this year.

deer

deer

deer

This is definitely a deer friendly garden.

Alliums

Alliums

I spent my time mostly weeding the gravel path.  It was HOT work.

I spent my time mostly weeding the gravel path. It was HOT work.

A sweet friend appeared to keep me company.

A sweet friend appeared to keep me company.

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He likes the catmint. (Nepeta, not catNIP but cats still love it.)

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hydrangea in the cool shade on north side

hydrangea in the cool shade on north side

poppies by the driveway

poppies by the driveway

poppy

poppy

and more poppies

and more poppies

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Bay Avenue Art Gallery

Bay Avenue Gallery is right across the street from Adelaide's Books.

Bay Avenue Gallery is right across the street from Adelaide’s Books.

We stopped in at Bay Avenue Gallery to have a gander at the plein air art that was painted by local artists for the upcoming garden tour (which happened on July 18th and will soon be featured in this blog.)

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outside the front door

outside the front door

garden art, including the rooster of one of the gardens

garden art, including the rooster of one of the gardens (more on this on garden tour day)

Henry the rooster

Henry the rooster

garden art

garden art

garden art by Eric Wiegardt

garden art by Eric Wiegardt

I just had a funny thought.  Now that Eric’s brother Todd has moved here, and taken over the Wiegardt Gallery garden, and gone to the Hardy Plant weekend with us, we think of Eric as Todd’s brother instead of thinking of Todd as Eric’s brother. 😉

more garden art

more garden art by Bette Lu Krause

some cool non-garden art by our friend Joe Chasse

some cool non-garden art by our friend Joe Chasse (Allan’s photo)

our good friend Joe

our good friend Joe

Klipsan Beach Cottages

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our good friend Bella

our good friend Bella

Bella is lying in front of a patch of pulmonaria, common name spotted dog, so it would be more amusing if she were a dalmation.

It was so hot that Mary and I had to take a rest in the shade (Allan's photo)

It was so hot that Mary and I had to take a rest in the shade (Allan’s photo)

hosta by the pond garden

hosta by the pond garden

fuchsia

fuchsia

outside the deer fence

outside the deer fence

the lawn bed

the lawn bed

dierama in the fenced garden

dierama in the fenced garden

garage wall

garage wall

looking southwest in the fenced garden

looking southwest in the fenced garden

sweet peas

sweet peas

agapanthus

agapanthus

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’ (flower of Izu) from eastern coast of Japan’s Izu Peninsula

Anchorage Cottages

Anchorage Cottages: It's a short walk through beach pines and dunes to the beach.

Anchorage Cottages: It’s a short walk through beach pines and dunes to the beach.

Melianthus major in the center courtyard

Melianthus major in the center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

Rose 'Zepherine Drouhin'

Rose ‘Zepherine Drouhin’

sweet peas in the office courtyard

sweet peas in the office courtyard

best sweet peas at any job this year

best sweet peas at any job this year (except for maybe Andersen’s RV Park…)

sweet pea detail

sweet pea detail

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Calibrachoa...something -berry, I like the odd colour

Calibrachoa ‘Coralberry Punch’, I like the odd colour

I made the number 6 show up again (Allan's photo)

I made the number 6 show up again (Allan’s photo)

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I trimmed back viburnum and flowering quince foliage that was hiding these benches (taken with the camera known as 'Spot')

I trimmed back viburnum and flowering quince foliage that was hiding these benches (taken with the camera known as ‘Spot’)

And that was that for work.  Wednesday has turned into our furthest-reaching work day so you can see why we couldn’t do a two day post this time.  (We are trying to catch up to garden tour time!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 6 July 2015

I'm pleased to have sweet peas successfully growing on one of my old crab pots.

I’m pleased to have sweet peas successfully growing on one of my old crab pots.

lilies in the front garden

lilies in the front garden

leaning lily in our post office garden...

leaning lily in our post office garden…

just starting to bloom

just starting to bloom

watering Long Beach

We found the planters not too badly affected by the Fourth of July crowds.

Allan did find a broken plate in one!

Allan did find a broken plate in one!

A June Bug taking a swim as Allan waters a street tree.

A June Bug taking a swim as Allan waters a street tree.

Allan's photo: kids getting their picture taken in the cartoon cutouts (where just their faces show): "I want to be the mermaid!"  "I want to be the shark!"

Allan’s photo: kids getting their picture taken in the cartoon cutouts (where just their faces show): “I want to be the mermaid!” “I want to be the shark!”  That’s Gaura ‘So White’ in the foreground, in Fish Alley.

Allan's photo: Patrons Debbie and a friend deadheading the Long Beach Tavern planters.

Allan’s photo: Patrons Debbie and a friend deadheading the Long Beach Tavern planters.

One of the Basket Case baskets in Fifth Street Park

One of the Basket Case baskets in Fifth Street Park

with Rose 'Super Dorothy'

with Rose ‘Super Dorothy’

another of Basket Case's baskets

another of Basket Case’s baskets

basket, planter, and wind

basket, planter, and wind

Cosmos 'Sonata'

Cosmos ‘Sonata’

one of my favourite planters,  by Herb 'N' Legend Smoke Shop

one of my favourite planters, by Herb ‘N’ Legend Smoke Shop

California poppies

California poppies

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

After we had watered all the Long Beach trees and planters, we dumped the plant debris we had collected at the city works yard.

I was amused to see tomatoes volunteering by the debris pile.  How did that happen?

I was amused to see tomatoes volunteering by the debris pile. How did that happen?  I smelled the leaves…definitely tomatoes.

Basket Case Greenhouse

We had not been buying plants lately, so we stopped by the Basket Case just because we miss Fred and Nancy.

We bought our van from Fred and Nancy.  Shadow remembers it and always hops in.

We bought our van from Fred and Nancy. Shadow remembers it and always hops in.

By the time you read this, Fred and Nancy will have closed for the season.  They will still sell you what's left at clearance sale prices, by appointment.

By the time you read this, Fred and Nancy will have closed for the season. They will still sell you what’s left at clearance sale prices, by appointment.

I know they still have Geranium 'Rozanne'.

I know they still have Geranium ‘Rozanne’.

I got the very last Clematis roguchii.

I got the very last Clematis Rooguchi

Peninsula Landscape Supply

The reason we had headed north was because I could not resist getting mulch for my own garden.

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply

a yard and a half of Soil Energy coming right up

a yard and a half of Soil Energy coming right up

and a purchase of some of these water plants...water hyacinth? for my latest water container

and a purchase of some of these water plants…water hyacinth? for my latest water container

No, they are not water hyacinth.  They have blue flowers, and are unidentified…

home

Allan went off on his own to water the Ilwaco street trees and planters while I spread my lovely yard and half of mulch.

an Ilwaco planter (Allan's photo)

an Ilwaco planter (Allan’s photo)

This bathing jay kept an eye on me.

At home: This bathing jay kept an eye on me.

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I was offloading with the trailer parked in Nora’s driveway, and felt another’s eyes on me…

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I got this close.

I got this close.

Applying the mulch to the areas I had cleared yesterday felt difficult, and at the same time it went far too fast, as usual, and I wished I had more.

all ready for some new plants

all ready for some new plants

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former home of huge Siberian iris and drab daylily

former home of huge Siberian iris and drab daylily

Note how brown the lawn is.  Usually the lawn in the back garden stays lush and green all summer.  This year, it is turning brown except for back by the bogsy woods.  We have had but a rare, light spattering of rain.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

At the beginning of the day, I picked a bouquet and we delivered it to Salt Hotel for their afternoon and evening open house.

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Mike’s garden

We began our workday with Mike’s front garden, intending to weed but finding that watering was the most urgent task.

Mike's front garden

Mike’s front garden

corner of front garden, with table to put sprinkler on

corner of front garden, with table to put sprinkler on

The only casualty was this year's growth on the schizostylis; it grows along rivers in South Africa and likes some moisture.

The only casualty was this year’s growth on the schizostylis; it grows along rivers in South Africa and likes some moisture.

We are assured that more watering will be done from now on.  People are taken by surprise at how unusually dry our weather has been.

me feeling stern about watering (Allan's photo)

me feeling stern about watering (Allan’s photo)

Escallonia iveyi in Mike's garden

Escallonia iveyi in Mike’s garden

Long Beach

Allan took on the task of pruning the white rugosa rose off the sidewalk at the Long Beach police station.

before

before

after

after

Meanwhile, I tackled a pruning job in the pocket park behind Lewis and Clark Square.

First, because some paving is being done, I cut back the spillover cotoneaster from the patio behind the park.

before

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after

after

Awhile back, the owner of the building to the east of the patio asked us if we would take several perfectly pleasant perennials out of a bed by the wall of his building.  That’s not the kind of job I enjoy, so I declined.  I seem to recall that they were shasta daisies and a couple of other plants….

Today, I saw that this was the solution to what Evelyn Hadden would have called a “fragment” garden.

a little paradise paved over

a little paradise paved over

Huh.  Well, maybe they will put some pots on it, or maybe a café will open there (it’s for rent) and use that for an outdoor table.

The owner of the building to the south of the square had politely asked if we could make the rhododendrons not touch her wall, and I decided that I would like to be able to get underneath the rhodos to pull bindweed, so….

Before

Before

after (I was using the camera known as "Spot")

after (I was using the camera known as “Spot”)

Now I can control the bindweed, and the lawn mowing crew member will love me for making his job easier.

Now I can control the bindweed, and the lawn mowing crew member will love me for making his job easier.

the wee pocket park behind Lewis and Clark Square, after

the wee pocket park behind Lewis and Clark Square, after

driftwood fence as we drove south through town

driftwood fence as we drove south through town on our way to Ilwaco

Sou’wester in Seaview

We made a quickish stop at the Sou’wester Lodge to deliver a garden tour poster.

The Sou'wester

The Sou’wester (I planted that beech in 1993!)

Sou'wester west side

Sou’wester west side

schmoozing with Thandi (Allan's photo)

schmoozing with Thandi (Allan’s photo)

all sorts of snacks in the shop on the sunporch

all sorts of snacks in the shop on the sunporch

Sou'wester sunporch

Sou’wester sunporch

sunporch windows

sunporch windows

shady path to the laundry room

shady path to the laundry room

I just love this place, and it was a treat to have a visit with owner Thandi Rosenbaum.

Port of Ilwaco

In the evening, we finished our watering along Howerton Avenue at the Port of Ilwaco with the plan to get done in time to go to the last half hour of the open house at Salt Hotel.

look how blue

look how blue

Allan's photo: the Lady Washington was in port.

Allan’s photo: the Lady Washington was in port.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I gave the new plants at Time Enough Books extra water.

Time Enough Books and Purly Shell garden

Time Enough Books and Purly Shell garden

newly planted veronica

newly planted veronica

Perovskia (Allan's photo)

Perovskia (Allan’s photo)

and Origanum rotundifolium

and Origanum rotundifolium

At the very last of the work time, I suddenly took against a tatty blue oat grass.

before

before

after

after

There are better medium tall “blue” grasses than blue oat grass; I just wish they were readily available here.

Then we walked half a block down the street to the Salt Hotel, where we had been hearing the sounds of a happy party while we worked.  I had the usual social anxiety but I felt comfortable as soon as I got there.

Salt Hotel

south side of Salt (Allan's photo)

south side of Salt (Allan’s photo)

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the courtyard

the courtyard

party

birthday cake by Pink Poppy Bakery

birthday cake by Pink Poppy Bakery

Owners Julez and Laila appreciate greenery.

Owners Julez and Laila appreciate greenery.

Their Skookum Surf shop, formerly in Seaview, is now at the hotel.

Their Skookum Surf shop, formerly in Seaview, is now at the hotel.

The outdoor sink is for rinsing off wetsuits.

The outdoor sink is for rinsing off wetsuits.

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Pink Poppy Bakery Madeline, Salt Hotel owner Laila, and Jessika of Starvation Alley organic cranberry farm.

Pink Poppy Bakery Madeline, Salt Hotel owner Laila, and Jessika of Starvation Alley organic cranberry farm.

looking north from the courtyard

looking north from the courtyard

Pink Poppy Bakery Jacob and Madeline, and Jessika

Pink Poppy Bakery Jacob and Madeline, and Jessika, our neighbour

Another neighbour of hours, Yarrow, was there.

Another neighbour of ours, Yarrow, was there.

Jacob and Madeline; you may have followed along on their wedding almost a year ago.

Jacob and Madeline; you may have followed along on their wedding almost a year ago.

The occasion was also a birthday party.

The occasion was also a child’s birthday party, with a Pink Poppy cookie monster cake.

This is going to be an amazing place to stay.

This is going to be an amazing place to stay.

Allan's photo: one of the upstairs rooms

Allan’s photo: one of the upstairs rooms

Allan's photo, looking down

Allan’s photo, looking down

still to come: refurbishing the old bar into a local pub and social space

still to come: refurbishing the old bar into a local pub and social space (Allan’s photo)

the view from the pub

the view from the pub (Allan’s photo)

the view (Allan's photo)

the view (Allan’s photo)

Our first friend who will stay there will be Rainyside’s Debbie Teashon when she comes to town for the garden tour.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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