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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

We had a relaxing day of pouring rain and wind: 86 mph at the hill called Radar Ridge east of Chinook.  More like 50 mph gusts at home.

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snooozy day

After the usual day off lengthy reading of the news, which has been rather delicious for two days, I was just able to finish Sundown Towns, and I continue to recommend it.  You can read more at the author’s website.

In the evening, we had our garden club meeting at The Depot Restaurant (burger night) to belatedly celebrate Todd’s birthday.

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Valentine decor still floating above the counter (Allan’s photo)

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the handing over of presents

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an excellently plant-y book from Allan

I had been fortunate enough to find a copy of Ryan Gainey’s The Well Placed Weed.  I still grieve for the loss last year of the wonderful and talented Mr. Gainey.

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Todd had been visiting family in Hawaii, partly on a cacao farm.  Along with a hilarious video of the family dog knocking over a banana tree, he shared these photos of cacao:

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the pods on the tree

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cacao pod harvest

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the beans

He told us that the white fibrous stuff is a necessary part of the process of making chocolate but that when it is separated from the beans, it can be made into such a delicious drink that he doesn’t know why the drink is not the main feature of cacao.  (Except that it takes a great deal of the fiber to make a small amount to drink.)

After dinner, we found one of the local painted rocks at the edge of the garden, this time from Astoria Rocks.

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Allan’s belated birthday present from Todd was a soon-to-com Mahonia gracilipes; Allan looked up a photo later at home.

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I am initiating a new idea for this blog: A short rainy day can result in a short post like this one, and the loooong work days will reflect reality with longer posts.  This should work well until we go on the sort of garden tour that makes for a week or more of entries for one day.

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I wondered if I would regret by now that I did not decorate for Christmas.  No, I am just relieved that I have more reading time instead of a day spent un-decorating.  Putting this card, from 1977, out was my entire extent of decorating this year:

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Two pleasant intervals with friends provided some holiday feeling to the season.

I had indeed gotten sick by Tuesday morning with a bad cold, just as Allan was getting over his.  Even though the evening weather had been dry and not windy, we hadn’t had a solstice campfire on Wednesday the 21st as I had hoped.  The knee brace fitter had showed up unannounced at the door with the brace, and I had sent her away politely because I felt so terrible.  (She should have called first.  I just wasn’t up to it by surprise and didn’t want to pass on the illness.  If she’d called, I could have thought ahead and done the fitting out in the garage where the germs were not thick…but I couldn’t think fast enough when put on the spot. Next week, I hope we will connect.)

Thursday, 22 December 2016

While getting the mail on Thursday, Allan had a look at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum Christmas village.

in the museum window

looking in the museum window

frontier Christmas village

frontier Christmas village

the Christmas train goes round and round.

the Christmas train goes round and round.

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Skooter helped Allan wrap some presents.

Skooter helped Allan wrap some presents.

Even though I did not think I should take my contagious self to Dave and Melissa’s holiday dinner party, Melissa was strangely insistent that I should attend.  She, Dave, and Todd all expressed conviction that they would not get sick.

Sea Star holiday dinner

at Sea Star

at Sea Star

entry way

entry way

Unlike me, Melissa did not refrain from decorating this year.  (Dave says, “It’s all Melissa.”)

a table top tree with all fruit and veg ornaments

a table top tree with all fruit and veg ornaments

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I love the indoor window between dining room and great room.

I love the indoor window between dining room and great room.

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the big tree

the big tree

Dave, Melissa, Todd

Dave, Melissa, Todd

As always, a delicious feast by the Sea Star chefs

As always, a delicious feast by the Sea Star chefs

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flowers

flowers

 

North Beach Garden Gang

North Beach Garden Gang

When gift exchange time came, we learned why Melissa had been so determined for us all to come.  She presented the entire gang with matching garden club hoodies.

How about that?

How about that?

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home made cookie assortment including chocolate truffles

home made cookie assortment including chocolate truffles, and Allan brought pumpkin pies.

It was impossible to get a good photo of the ever active Coulee.  Here he is, though, as we were also celebrating his tenth birthday.

Coulee gets a scritching.

Coulee gets a scritching.

And a hug.

And a hug.

When we arrived back home at ten, look who we found in the unfenced part of the front garden:

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and a third one behind our neighbour's house

and a third one behind our neighbour’s house

Friday, 23 December 2016

The glass blocks arrived for the upcoming bathroom beautification project.

all the way from Seattle

all the way from Seattle

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

This is all being organized by master builder Bill Clearman.

I kept reading, alternating between Modernity Britain and online discussions of intersectional feminism. By the end of the day, I had finally finished the 758 page tome of Modernity Britain, and I am anxious because I can find nothing online regarding when historian David Kynaston will publish the next volume, Opportunity Britain.  I long for it.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

I spent the afternoon reading more discussions about intersectional feminism and trying to finish a book called Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There. I was too distracted to completely finish the rather short book.  My concentration is nil these days.

Allan took a DVD back to the library, a ten block walk.

Allan's photo: library garden

Allan’s photos: library garden

view from library entrance

view from library entrance

A walk back by the marina netted another gift certificate from Salt Pub.

at Salt Hotel

at Salt Hotel

The tide was low.

The tide was low.

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from the docks

from the docks

the steamer at OleBob's Café

at OleBob’s Café

a Christmas eve day walk

a Christmas eve day walk

Crabbing season will finally begin at the New Year.

Crabbing season will finally begin at the New Year.

It is hard on the crabbing families when the lucrative season does not begin till after Christmas.

The Depot Dickens Dinner

At 8 PM, we met J9 and Our Kathleen for the traditional Christmas Eve Dickens dinner at the Depot Restaurant.  I felt ever so much better than earlier in the week.

Depot Restaurant entry way

Depot Restaurant entry way

Depot tree with train and culinary ornaments

Depot tree with train and culinary ornaments

on the tree

on the tree

Dickens dinner: roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and brussel sprouts

Dickens dinner: roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and brussel sprouts

Allan had the crab stuffed petrale sole.

Allan had the crab stuffed petrale sole.

eggnog flan

eggnog flan

vanilla bean caramel cheese cake

vanilla bean caramel cheese cake

J9 and Allan tuck in to dessert after we opened our Christmas crackers and donned our crowns.

J9 and Allan tuck in to dessert after we four opened our Christmas crackers and donned our crowns.

in the pass

in the pass

a nice card from the Depot

a nice card from the Depot

Sunday, 25 December 2016

We had a quiet Christmas afternoon, with the opening of presents (not-morning-people don’t open presents in the morning) and the writing of this blog post.

Skooter enjoyed the unwrapping

Skooter enjoyed the unwrapping

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

presents from Our Kathleen, Montana Mary, Klipsan Beach Cottages, and to the right a Slow Drag mug by Don Nisbett (from Allan to me)

presents from Our Kathleen, Montana Mary, Klipsan Beach Cottages, and to the right a Slow Drag mug by Don Nisbett (from Allan to me)

a beautiful sculpture from Jenna

a beautiful sculpture from Jenna, made by Astoria artist Judith Niland

three from the pile of Christmas cards

three from the pile of Christmas cards

Allan found me a darling house.  It lights up and is not just for Christmas.

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Here, to you, our Christmas greetings; the photo is from a long ago trip.

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Sunday, 13 November 2016

A rare shot of all four cats at once; they heard the gate click as MaryBeth arrived for a visit.

A rare shot of all four cats at once; they heard the gate click as MaryBeth arrived for a visit.

Monday, 14 November 2016

At 1:30 AM on Monday morning, before sleep time, something gave me the only moment of pure joy I have felt in the past week.  Allan is ever so good to the cats and is the one who gives them their dinner, but he has never bonded with one of them before, till now:

Allan and Skooter

Allan and Skooter

I have had to resort of just a bite of a benadryl to get at least six hours of sleep.  I’d been trying to avoid it because of a tenuous and debatable link between benadryl use and Alzheimers.  Right now, I need sleep more than future sanity (and melatonin does not work for me).

Monday began slowly with the reading of news and getting choked up, for the sixth day in a row, about hate crimes across the nation, including against people in Washington State.  Meanwhile, because I had taken very seriously the rhetoric and the “dog whistles” of DT’s campaign, I was horrified but not surprised to see white supremacist and anti-Semite Bannon entering a high level of government.  

Despite this gloom, we did manage to get out to work only slightly later than usual. During the day, as has been true of every day, we encountered friends who felt as we did and were able to commiserate.

Our work day began with dry weather so that we could go to Peninsula Landscape Supply and get a yard of Soil Energy Mulch for the Anchorage.  As soon as I learned that the supply yard might be closed tomorrow, I wished I had gotten my arse in gear earlier in the day.  PLS closes at 1 o clock during these autumn months and it is difficult to mulch all day with that schedule.  With a sense of urgency, I said we would go to the Anchorage, dump off the soil really quickly, and return for a second load (for a different job) by 1:30; owner Mike readily and kindly agreed to stay open a bit longer for our sake.

first load

first load

At Anchorage Cottages, we offloaded as fast as possible and just left the mulch in piles.

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Then we rushed back to Peninsula Landscape Supply and got there at 12:45, making it less than a one hour turnaround.  I thought “We Are The Champions” should have been playing for us.

second load

second load

Back at the Anchorage by 1:05, we got the pavers removed from a circular patio that manager Beth had decided should be turned into garden.  It was cute but its benches never got used and it was terribly hard to weed among the small pavers.  She had already removed half of them.

redoing the patio

redoing the patio (Allan’s photo)

patio, after, with transplanted Japanese maple. (Allan's photo) Beth is going to move the benches to a more accessible spot.

after, with transplanted Japanese maple. (Allan’s photo) Beth is going to move the benches to a more accessible spot.  After that, we will spread the mulch around to match the other garden area.

Beth plans to make this area, which is next to a sidewalk that leads to two cottages, wider with the small pavers and to put the benches along here.

Beth plans to make this area, which is next to a sidewalk that leads to two cottages, wider with the small pavers and to put the benches along here.

And here is Mitzu.

And here is our good friend Mitzu.

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Allan’s photo

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

more Mitzu

more Mitzu

office

office

soil energy (Allan's photo)

soil energy (Allan’s photo)

Anchorage is now off the fall clean up and projects work list and relegated to the post-frost list.

We departed with our second load of mulch, designated for the Ilwaco Community Building, with a pause at the Depot to deadhead the barrel of Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and water the window boxes under the eaves.

autumnal Depot

autumnal Depot

Ceanothus

Ceanothus

The Ilwaco Community Building houses the Library, CCAO (which provides low cost lunches for seniors), and a meeting room for the city council, local Toastmasters, and other groups.

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a two level garden

a two level garden

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We included the many fallen leaves in with the mulch. (Allan's photo)

We included the many fallen leaves in with the mulch. (Allan’s photo)

the tiered garden

the tiered garden

the tiered garden (Allan's photo)

the tiered garden (Allan’s photo)

entry garden

entry garden

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At home, a late rose blossom:

Joseph's Coat rose (Allan's photo)

Joseph’s Coat rose (Allan’s photo)

On the work board, the only project left is to apply a yard of mulch where needed in Long Beach.  We will get to that on the next nice weekday that Peninsula Landscape Supply is open. All other jobs are relegated to post-frost (or pre-holiday) clean up which means that we are one work day away from semi-staycation.  (The purest staycation feeling only begins when the work board is empty, probably in mid December.)

In the evening, we went out to the local Democrat meeting.  Being to the left of Democrats, I did not feel I fit in well.  I probably did not endear myself by saying I’d appreciate talk about “working people” rather than “the workin’ man”.  Only one attendee, a member of the Chinook Nation, brought up the issue of how racism affected the vote.  I am not giving up and am attending, on Monday, a meeting of a different, although overlapping, group of local liberals.

I took to heart the realization (not mentioned in the meeting) that shopping local is key now.  More important than ever.  I think we working poor and children and schools and the non-affluent elderly will be counting more on our dear blue Washington State for social services,  so it is crucial to not succumb to “buy with one click” online but instead to get out to our local shops for holiday shopping.

Meanwhile, I ran across words from a  friend, the great Paul Bonine of Xera Plants:  While we fight we will make the world beautiful. That hasn’t gone away.


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1997 (age 73):

Nov 14:  11:00-1:00  2 hours at the dentist for crown.  I have to go back in 2 weeks.

I spent the afternoon puttering with plants in the Floralight.  I repotted some violets. and cut off bad leaves, added systemic insecticide to soil etc.  I tossed a few dead plants.  I ran out of potting soil and was too lazy to go get more from garage.

1998 (age 74):

Nov 15: At about 4 o’clock when I brought in some wood I was stung by a bee.  It hurt as bad as any migraine I’ve ever had.  It continued hurting terribly. I considered calling 911 or St Peters but felt silly calling about a bee sting.  I used a package of frozen veggies as an ice pack.  Then when I was going to have some toast at about 11 there was a bee on the side of the table!

Next week:

  • clean out the containers
  • turn on shop hot water tank
  • while water in on clean out the BBQ
  • start planting container bulbs
  • rake and bag the fallen leaves
  • set strawberry flats in garden and cover with leaves and Reemay

Nov 14:  7 pails of apples today!  I picked up all those before it started raining.  I got the houseplants watered.  The apples in the 6 trays were almost dry.  I pared more and was then able to empty the trays and fill them up again.

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Today would be our last workday in Jo’s garden.  I picked a bouquet to take to her (and added two Allium albopilosum after Allan took this photo).

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at home, the bouquet

Allan's photo: Our planter at the Ilwaco post office

Allan’s photo: Our planter at the Ilwaco post office

post office planter and someone playing Pokemon Go.

post office planter and someone playing Pokemon Go.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob have sold their house to a beloved niece who has always dreamed of having a cottage like her aunt Jo’s.  Now she has that very cottage.

I started working for Jo’s mother, Maxine, in 1993.  In ’94, I helped with re-make of Jo’s garden from rhododenrons and bark to a cottage garden.  The garden became my most longterm continuous job and a place of beauty that has been on the local garden tour twice.  When I started working for Jo, she was one year younger than the age I am now and had realized she could not entirely keep up the garden by herself.  Thus I feel that at my age it is a good thing to let one more garden go, and I have recommended that Sea Star Gardening (Dave and Melissa) become the gardeners there if new jobbing gardeners are desired.  (If they do, I will revisit the garden occasionally.)

saying goodbye to my dear friend Coco. (Allan's photo)

saying goodbye to my dear friend Coco. (Allan’s photo)

garter snake and horsetail (Allan's photo)

garter snake and horsetail (Allan’s photo)

When we had finished the “spiffying up” of the garden today, I took a last set of photos of Jo’s own garden which will pass to its new owner later today.

Entry. Amazingly, these geraniums have thrived every year in full shade.

Entry. Amazingly, these geraniums (always alternating pink and red and edged with white alyssum) have thrived every year in full shade….

...as does this window box on the north wall of the tiny guest cottage.

…as does this window box on the north wall of the tiny guest cottage.

Entry garden was blown about by Saturday's wind.

Entry garden was blown about by Saturday’s wind.

I'm glad Jo got to see the glads blooming that she bought and had me plant this spring. My mom loved them, too. She donated some to me for Golden Sands but I did not get to see them bloom there.

I’m glad Jo got to see the glads blooming that she bought and had me plant this spring. My mom loved them, too. She donated some to me for Golden Sands but I did not get to see them bloom there.

entry patio

entry patio

Every year Jo bought impatients to go under the rhodie.

Every year Jo bought impatiens to go under the rhodie.

east wall of the house

east wall of the house

gate to northeast garden bed, with agapanthus

gate to northeast garden bed, with agapanthus

northeast bed

northeast bed

planting nook by the entry patio

planting nook by the entry patio

Middle patio.

Middle patio. Container on gate, left, by Nancy Aust of Basket Case Greenhouse.

Jo always said the Persicaria 'Firetail' did not have enough "bang for the buck". We agreed Kathy, the new owner, might like it better than Jo does. (It is a favourite of mine because I like spikes.)

Jo always said the Persicaria ‘Firetail’ did not have enough “bang for the buck”. We agreed Kathy, the new owner, might like it better than Jo does. (It is a favourite of mine because I like spikes.)

north wall of house, under the kitchen window, wall hanging container by Nancy Aust of Basket Case Greenhouse.

north wall of house, under the kitchen window, wall hanging container by Nancy Aust of Basket Case Greenhouse.

northwest garden

northwest garden

Allan said "We won't have to deadhead the daisies this year!" and later Jo said the same thing.

Allan said “We won’t have to deadhead the daisies this year!” and later Jo said the same thing.

west garden

west garden

west garden

west garden

monkshood in west garden; Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', Strobilanthes atropurpureus and asters will bloom later.

monkshood in west garden; Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Strobilanthes atropurpureus and asters will bloom later.

looking back

looking back.  That area to the right had columbines and bellflowers earlier in spring.

Jo her ownself.

Jo her ownself.

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Our Jo.

I was in control of my emotions and only felt small pangs.  However, the next day, writing this and looking at the photos I am all verklempt.

Long Beach

We did some weeding on the Bolstadt Beach Approach and then addressed the horrible center parking lot berm east of town.

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before, a miserable thing.

after some weeding and some string trimming, I am calling it good enough and will erase it from the work board.

after some weeding and some string trimming, I am calling it good enough and will erase it from the work board.

Allan had hacked out this difficult area:

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after

after.  “Good enough!” sez I.

Across the parking lot: The owners of Stormin’ Norman’s Kite Shop, Castaways Grille and more have bought the fun rides and are fixing them up.

The ferris wheel that has been defunct for years is getting repairs!

The ferris wheel that has been defunct for years is getting repairs!

The cutest fun ride I have ever seen has appeared in the parking lot.

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“Needs a lot of work”

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wish I could fit in this rocket ship!

wish I could fit in this rocket ship!

the little fish fun ride (Allan's photo)

the little fish fun ride (Allan’s photo)

ferris wheel parts (Allan's photo)

ferris wheel parts (Allan’s photo)

When we went to dump our debris at city works, a dump truck came in twice from a big remodel project at a nearby playing field.  I was impressed at the driver’s skill in what looked like a huge Tonka truck.

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driver's helper

driver’s helper

We took a bucket of mulch back out to the beach approach to fix a planter that had been severely hit by finger blight.

One side of the planters is like this. (Allan's photo)

One side of the planters is like this.Soil tucked in where someone tried to pry up a sea thrift in the corner. (Allan’s photo)

The other side with new soil. It been completely finger blighted so that the soil was low and the underlying fabric showed around the edges. It will remain empty for now.

The other side with new soil. It been completely finger blighted so that the soil was low and the underlying fabric showed around the edges. It will remain empty for now because I am sick of the continuing thefts.

A new heuchera at city hall had been trampled flat so I had to cut it back. (Allan's photo)

A new heuchera at city hall had been trampled flat so I had to cut it back. (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

We weeded for an hour at the community building.

Why I loathe salal in the garden; this root was in a rhodendron's space.

Why I loathe salal in the garden; this root was in a rhodendron’s space.

glorious Allium flavum

glorious Allium flavum

We needed to get a Depot gift certificate for Jacob and Maddy, which I had promised for their moving of the heavy fence pieces from the museum to our place.  (They would have done it for free, but I believe in paying.)  This was a good excuse for Allan and I to have a comforting dinner at…

The Depot Restaurant

I had a look at the dining deck.  The grasses will give even more enclosure next year.

Depot deck has southeast exposure.

Depot deck has southeast exposure.

delicious Baja salad (Allan's photo)

delicious Baja salad (Allan’s photo)

clam chowder (Allan's photo)

clam chowder (Allan’s photo)

salmon with chantarelle sauce

salmon with chantarelle sauce

We sat at the counter with this view.

We sat at the counter with this view.

The comfort food was comforting indeed.

The dierama is temporarily interfering with parking. I hope folks don't mind. This driver has given it space.

The dierama is temporarily interfering with parking. I hope folks don’t mind. This driver has given it space.

the garden behind parked cars

the garden behind parked cars

Tomorrow, we will take the day off because it is the planned day for fence panel delivery and I have plans to do more weeding at home.

a comforting sight: The work board tonight.

a comforting sight: The work board tonight.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 72):

July 11:  Cut off the leaves from tulip tree branches.  Got a box full of “twigs” for stove.  There are a few branches that need to be chopped up.  I had to go to Jayhawks for cat litter.  I got out of the driveway ok on first try.

1997 (age 73):

July 11: Picked berries.

1998 (age 74):

July 11:  11:00 – 4:30 WITH TABBY  Tabby didn’t want to come out but seemed to like being out.  She was laying down in the strawberries and then in the tomatoes.  I had to move her when she got into the area where there is old slug bait.  Later on she got spooked by something so I brought her in.  She ran under the bed with the chain following.  I finished planting some tomatoes that didn’t get planted last week.

 

 

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Today was our day for all the jobs other than Long Beach and Ilwaco.  At this time of year, about an hour and a half of deadheading and weeding is all we need to do at the bigger ones.

Calvin says he would like me to stay home.

Calvin says he would like me to stay home.

Post office garden looks bare where we removed some grasses along the edge. I do not like to see so much soil.

Post office garden looks bare where we removed some grasses along the edge. I do not like to see so much soil.

in the post office window

in the post office window

The Depot Restaurant

Dierama at the Depot

Dierama at the Depot

"angel's fishing rod"

“angel’s fishing rod”

camera now known as Spot

camera now known as Spot

Persicaria was abuzz with bees.

Persicaria was abuzz with bees.

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garden north of dining deck

I trimmed the pollen out of the flowers that might brush someone's shoulders.

I trimmed the pollen out of the flowers that might brush someone’s shoulders.

The Red Barn Arena

our little Red Barn garden

our little Red Barn garden

I carry with me some organic mint horse treats for occasions such as these.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden supervisor

garden supervisor

a noble profile

a noble profile

"Horses make a landscape more beautiful." -Alice Walker (Allan's photo)

“Horses make a landscape more beautiful.” -Alice Walker (Allan’s photo)

barn cat

barn cat

Diane’s Garden

along the road

along the road

Lavatera 'Barnsley'

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’

blue veronica

blue veronica

back yard containers

back yard containers

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The Planter Box

We stopped to get me a couple more bags of potting soil.

front patio display

front patio display

Calendula 'Strawberry Blonde'

Calendula ‘Strawberry Blonde’

roses

roses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking south

looking south

Scooter

Scooter

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Moments communing with animal friends are the best part of my day.  It was HOT, thus the hat.

looking west from the deck, giant Miscanthus hiding the garage next door

looking west from the deck, giant Miscanthus hiding the garage next door

looking north

looking north

my good friend Scooter

my good friend Scooter

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telephoto

telephoto

I asked Allan to prune some shrubs away from the house in the native hedge by the narrow east side path.

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before

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Klipsan Beach Cottages

When we arrived and parked, the warm sweet piney smell reminded me of childhood camping near Lake Wenatchee.

blue sky, sweet smells, looking up by where we park

blue sky, sweet smells, looking up by where we park

Melissa texted this photo from The Oysterville Garden, where she and Dave were working today.  She wrote “[The garden owner] wanted you to see the allée.”  If I had gotten this text while we were still way further north at Marilyn’s, we would have driven over to Oysterville.

Hydrangea 'Incrediball' in Oysterville

Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’ in Oysterville

At Klipsan Beach Cottages:

sit spot with Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

sit spot with Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Bella

Bella

Sarah

Sarah

birdbath view, for the weekly record, spots or not

birdbath view, for the weekly record, spots or not

The Anchorage Cottages

my good friend Mitzu

greeted by my good friend Mitzu

Escallonia iveyi at The Anchorage

Escallonia iveyi at The Anchorage

An old yucca that had sat not doing much for years decided to bloom this year.

An old yucca that had sat not doing much for years decided to bloom this year.

center courtyard

center courtyard

in the center courtyard

in the center courtyard

Kindly note how the purplish inside of the Allium tones perfectly with the purplish part of the Agastache.

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This was completely intentional, as always.  😉

Allan made a bench in the Zen Courtyard sittable again.

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during.  Allan says the bench was buried when he started.

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after

Long Beach

We added some nice Soil Energy mulch to two of the Long Beach street trees.  We are planning to do this to several of the trees where soil shows.  Soon we will be out of our mulch pile, and the city crew is so busy we may not get another pile till fall.

all fluffy

all fluffy

Ilwaco

evening light on our apple tree

evening light on our apple tree

On the way home, I got a text from Jodi across the street asking if we could take on the garden of their little beach house.  I like it, it is small, and the commute is short, so I said yes.  Later in the evening, we went over to look at the project and sat around their fire circle with glasses of fine wine.

...along with my new friend, Daphne.

…along with my new friend, Daphne.

We’ll be starting the project after the upcoming garden tour weekend of July 16th.  It will give you something new to look at on this blog.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

I had not intended to have a two day work week.  Today was supposed to be the watering day for Long Beach and Ilwaco.  Pouring rain made it a Garden Tour Blogging day.  The rain barrels filled up and I was happy and content.

Because of the rain, Allan and I went to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (3.5 blocks west) to see a photography exhibit.  A modern photographer has photographed the landscapes described in a book that Allan recently read:

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While we were there, the museum director, Betsy Millard, offered us four panels of some old fencing.  It is marvelous stuff that would make our garden look like something from The Addams Family.  I looked at it and tried to lift an end of one section and felt my leg sort of give way and sorrowfully said we just couldn’t do it.

I used to be much stronger.

With Betsy.  I used to be much stronger.

The fence  has been replaced by local welder Jacob Moore (also of Pink Poppy Bakery) with a fence that echoes the railroad theme of the museum courtyard, where an old train car from the Clamshell Railroad is on display.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

new fence by Jacob's Hammer (Allan's photo)

new fence by Jacob’s Hammer (Allan’s photo)

the old train car "Nahcotta" (Allan's photo)

the old train car “Nahcotta” (Allan’s photo, taken yesterday)

I went home and brooded and fretted and realized I have an almost impossible time asking people for favours.  I posted about this issue on Facebook along with the realization that I could actually pay someone to deliver those excellent gothic fence pieces (not that I know exactly what to do with them yet).  I am used to being the one paid or asked to do things for people, not the other way around. Within an hour, I had offers of help and an arrangement to get them delivered on some later day by Jacob himself.

Meanwhile, Allan fetched the one small piece that would fit in our trailer.

sliding it under the new fence

sliding it under the new fence

at home. You can see how the wide pieces would overpower our tiny little wooden trailer.

at home. You can see how the wide pieces would overpower our tiny little wooden trailer.

 In the evening, we had our meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang at…

The Cove Restaurant

We were joined by Todd this time, always a treat.

same old story...going on about finger blight or some such thing. Allan, please feature someone else talking next time. It does happen!

same old story…going on about finger blight (plant theft) or some such thing. Allan, please feature someone else talking next time. It does happen!

strawberry and feta salad

strawberry and feta salad

spicy Thai prawns

spicy Thai prawns

vegetable noodle bowl (Allan's photo)

vegetable noodle bowl (Allan’s photo)

We stayed till after closing, as always, and were given sweet little desserts by the delightful Lynn, our server.

Thank you!

Thank you!

We always know it is time to go when she gets the vacuum cleaner out.

Sondra's Cove Restaurant garden at dusk. (Allan's photo)

Sondra’s Cove Restaurant garden at dusk. (Allan’s photo)

There would be no lingering and talking in the parking lot today because of sideways wind and rain.

I’ve already written about July 8th in the “plant tag” post of a couple of days ago so next will be the July 9th weekend.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries 

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 7: cool and cloudy  Picked raspberries—froze 2 pkgs.  Worked from 3:00 to 5:00 “pruning” rows 1 and 2 of strawberries.  Called in Bluestone Perennial order.

1998 (age 74):

July 6: HOT  Today I worked in the shade planting seedlings into several bowls.  There are several plants (annuals) too tall for bowls.  I think I’ll plant these in some big peat pots and some in the peat trays so I can plant them directly into the flower bed when they are big enough to fend for themselves.

July 7: Another morning headache so I took this day off.

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Again, sleep eluded me upon awaking early and remembering the Job in Jeopardy.  Today, I should get an answer, I thought, with the tiniest sip of ZZZquil so I could get back to sleep and not have to function on only four hours…a solution I prefer to avoid but sleep was required. 

at home:  Allan loading the trailer with buckets of water for burbling potted plants before planting

at home: Allan loading the trailer with buckets of water for burbling potted plants before planting

burble water

burble water

Kindly note that we provide water to several jobs, from our tap, even during April and May when Ilwaco water is monitored for an averaging that affects our bill year round.  I point this out because of those two businesses that will not let us use water from their taps to help out certain curbside gardens.  We probably contribute over 200 gallons of water a month during planting time from our metered water to various gardening jobs (mostly Long Beach and Ilwaco).  Stopping to fill from a tap at the jobs themselves would add too much time to an already harried schedule.

We got a lovely and cheering card in the mail, from the post office itself.   I’m glad because lately I’ve been wondering if some people who don’t recognize unusual plants just see our volunteer post office garden as a mess.


The Depot Restaurant

We planted cosmos, and watered because the sprinkler system doesn’t hit the front of the garden.

Allan's photo; planting posture

Allan’s photo; planting posture

tall Cosmos 'Sensation' going in (Allan's photo)

tall Cosmos ‘Sensation’ going in (Allan’s photo)

weeding (Allan's photo)

weeding (Allan’s photo)

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cosmos in place along the front of the garden

cosmos in place along the front of the garden

the very last tulips: 'Night Rider'.

the very last tulips: ‘Night Rider’ (left)

looking south

looking south

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

south side of dining deck; hurry up, grasses!

south side of dining deck; hurry up, grasses!  I need enclosure by Memorial Day weekend!

Nancy Aust of the Basket Case had planted up the window boxes and barrels on the north side of the restaurant.  I asked Allan to take some photos while I made a plant list.

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Long Beach

We finished planting the five planters we hadn’t got done yesterday along with the tall Cosmos ‘Sensation’ in Fifth Street Park.

Sambucus 'Black Lace' in Fifth Street Park (Allan's photo)

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ in Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

Sambucus 'Black Lace' (Allan's photo)

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ (Allan’s photo)

Our friend Barbara stops by to compliment our work.  Thank you!

Our friend Barbara stops by to compliment our work. Thank you!

window display at my favourite shop. NIVA green

window display at my favourite shop. NIVA green

With Long Beach planting of the day done, we headed north, and picked up more plants on the way.

The Planter Box

The Planter Box is a farm and feed supply store as well as a plant nursery.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan thought these chicks looked like they were synchonized dancing, like The Temptations.

Allan thought these chicks looked like they were synchonized dancing, like The Temptations.

The Basket Case Greenhouse

I got myself one each of the colored callas.

I got myself one each of the colored callas.

red calibachroa for the Red Barn planters

red calibachroa for the Red Barn planters

These baskets will be completely covered with flowers soon.

These baskets will be completely covered with flowers soon.

Diane’s garden

We didn’t get to Diane’s garden till after four, much later than I had hoped.

sorting out and burbling plants in the pasture next to Diane's

sorting out and burbling plants in the pasture next to Diane’s

Allan planted cosmos along the streetside garden while I planted up the many containers by the back porch.

Alliums in the curbside garden (Allan's photo)

Allium albopilosum in the curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

Allium schubertii (center0 and albopilosum (Allan's photo)

Allium schubertii (center0 and albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

soaking the very dry streetside garden (Allan's photo)

soaking the very dry streetside garden with new cosmos and cosmos reseeded from last year (Allan’s photo)

streetside garden (Allan's photo)

streetside garden with Stipa gigantea (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

meanwhile....the planting of annuals in pots (Allan's photo)

meanwhile….the planting of annuals in pots (Allan’s photo)

Diane likes all pastels, blues, whites, pinks.  (Allan's photo)

Diane likes all pastels, blues, whites, pinks. (Allan’s photo)

Allan helped by picking up pots and sweeping up.

By now it was 7 PM and we still had the Red Barn to do.

I had been checking my phone regularly during the day and I realized that I was NOT going to get the promised call with a decision about the Job in Jeopardy.  I was too tired to fret about that…much.

stuffed full and well watered

stuffed full and well watered

The Red Barn

Fortunately, we only had 15 plants to plant at the Red Barn…12 red calibrachoa and the three Salvia ‘Hot Lips’.

Red Barn garden has seven barrels in all.  (Allan's photo)

Red Barn garden has seven barrels in all. (Allan’s photo, at dusk)

tatty old Erysimums got replaced with Salvia 'Hot Lips' because I have used up every good looking Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' for sale on this whole Peninsula.

tatty old Erysimums got replaced with Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ because I have used up every good looking Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ for sale on this whole Peninsula.

All day long I had thought we would get done in time to plant up the Ilwaco planters and water the boatyard and part of the port gardens.  It was not to be…as everything took longer than I wanted today.  So we will have to work on Saturday in Ilwaco, not the worst fate as that will be close to home. By the time we got done dealing with plants at home today, it was completely dark.

ginger

1997 (age 73):

May 13:  Started weeding in lower driveway.  Brought the begonia baskets that were nearly blooming out to the porch.  Also brought the “window boxes” out.  Moved the pots that were through blooming and made room for begonias on RR ties.  [Stacked ties formed the edge of the patio.]

1998 (age 74):

May 13:   I continued removing violet leaves and soon ran out of glasses to root them in so I tried a new way.  I used two trays each with 8 of the 5″ pots each with 9 sections.  I filled trays halfway with water and filled each section with my peat moss and vermiculite plant mix and then put 4 or 5 leaves into each section.  2 trays with 8 pots = 16 each pot with 9 sections = 288 each section with 5 (or more) = 720 leaves.

 

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We spent almost two work days getting Ilwaco, the Ilwaco boatyard, and the Port of Ilwaco ready for the children’s parade, which would take place on April 30th.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

We began with the Ilwaco boatyard garden, which we had minimally weeded a couple of weeks ago.  Today, we were seeking something closer to perfection.

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horsetail interfering with poppies (Allan’s photo)

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a froth of “fried egg plant” (Allan’s photo).  This garden would all be horsetail like shows inside the fence if we abandoned it for a month!

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Allan’s photo, before

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Stipa gigantea (Allan’s photo)

I got to meet, but not pet, a “grumpy” little Schipperke named Rebel, who lives on a boat called Bambi. I told Rebel’s human that I’ve won over some grumpy little biting Schipperkes before, two of them that no one else but their humans liked, and convinced them to like me.  I am hoping that if I see Rebel often enough, he will be my friend.

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He was interested in and enjoyed one of the dog biscuits that we carry.

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Rebel, Rebel, my future friend

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Allan’s photo

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horsetail inside the fence

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on to the south section of the boatyard garden (Allan’s photo); less horsetail here, thank goodness

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Geranium ‘Rozanne’ already starting to bloom.

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I always appreciate the defined shadows on the sidewalk.

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poppies and lupines

The last couple of years, I’ve found time to hack away at the other side of the fence with the heavy pick or a mattock, to get the grasses back from the fence.  This year, I haven’t, because of all the time we spent weeding the beach approach garden in Long Beach.

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must get to this soon before anyone sticks a strimmer whip under the fence…

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poppies

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Old story:  One day in summer of maybe 2012, a woman came up to me while I was walking to a local café and said “You’ve gotta get down to the boatyard; all your plants are wilting!”  I aborted my café mission and hustled down to the boatyard only to realize that she had thought that the drooping buds of unopened poppies signified a watering crisis.

 

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It’s normal for poppy buds to droop.

By three fifteen, we were done with the boatyard and got started on the east end of the Howerton Avenue gardens.  I doubted we would get as far as I had hoped for.  The weeds were thick in spots because, in order to keep the port budget balanced, we had been saving some of these gardens for a big pre-parade weeding.

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Allan’s photo, before

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east end garden looking west

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east end garden looking east

The Armeria maritima (sea thrift) are glorious right now.  They will need a lot of deadheading later.  I find that if I get behind on clipping all the little pink or white balls, they politely reseed themselves around, so that’s a good excuse to not get it done immediately.

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Here is a spot with a depression where someon came along and stole a sizeable plant.  I notice.

Just because they are north of the restroom pavilion, we also weeded the two Ilwaco pavilion beds next.

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Helianthemum (Allan’s photo), Ilwaco Pavilion

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Allan’s photo

We had then time (with a big push and some stress) to get the two westernmost curbside gardens done.  We have only the most difficult dragging-three-houses water access for the very westernmost bed, and this year I am probably going to test it out for complete drought tolerance.    You can already tell the difference from last year, when it got less water than other sections.

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Allan’s photo, before weeding

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Allan’s photo

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big weeds and santolina (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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I believe that deer, rather than humans, are removing flowers from the columbines. (Allan’s photo)

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I found this old toy gun under the soil (Allan’s photo)

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This toy gun dates to the 1930s, Allan found.  Made of cast iron.  I find it weird it is called “Border Patrol”; I guess we were xenophobic even back then.

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Allan’s photo

Below: These photos of Allan’s show the difference between the second to last bed, which we were able to water with the hose from the next door Salt Hotel…

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just down from Salt Hotel

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thick with flowers

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the last bed, getting  sparser

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furthest west and hardest to water bed

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and the very west end, with less plant diversity because we can’t water from the adjacent business (so this year may let it be dry).

You may recall that last summer, we had a drought that went for months.  If this summer is wetter, that will make a difference.

For ideas on drought tolerant gardening, we recommend two books: Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden and the best dry garden book of all, High and Dry by Bob Nold.

With my knee getting painful by the end of the day, I found it terribly hard just to step in and out over the curb over and over and over again.  While working along the port, and because I am obviously either limping or dragging one leg like the walking dead, I’ve talked with a couple of fishermen who also need knee replacements but are trying to get through the fishing season first, as I am trying to get through the gardening season (till after bulb time in November).  By five o clock, I was having to hang onto a bucket for support each time, and finally holding onto to the curb to get in and out of the garden, and yowling in pain, and then almost fell over sideways (yelling for Allan but he was too far away, and so was my bucket).  Before then, I had been wishing we could work till eight because we still had so much to do.  I was glad to stop to have dinner at 6:30 with Fred and Nancy from The Basket Case Greenhouse.

The Depot Restaurant

Allan quickly deadheaded the Depot garden before dinner, and a good thing, too, as I forgot about it later in the week.

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blackberry cheescake preceded by Burger Night burgers

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Although I was anxious about how much we had to do in Long Beach, I decided we should finish Ilwaco first because it would be the windiest garden tomorrow (when wind and rain was predicted).

Allan began with the simple bed by CoHo Charters.  Butch of CoHo prunes the escallonia.

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before

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after, lava rock on landscape fabric

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Allan weeded this bed by a business for sale.  Hard for me to walk on these rocks. Landscape fabric makes it hard to add plants.

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after

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My project: The curbside bed at Craft 3 Bank with lots of little weeds where some too-tall shrubs came out last fall

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better; I thinned and replanted some clumps of narcissi to spread them around

Fortunately, the parade turns before Craft 3 as it is a garden in flux right now.

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Allan’s photo: ceanothus by Time Enough Books

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darling little penstemon (Allan’s photo)

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Time Enough Books garden (where we took out a big ornamental grass last fall): Allan’s photo

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the blues (Allan’s photo)

I dug five excellent favourite plants (a penstemon, three eryngiums, and a lavender that was small enough to move) out of one of the two no-water garden beds and put them in the port office and Time Enough beds where they can be cared for properly.  Even most drought tolerant plants don’t look their best when they go months without a drink.

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transplanted penstemon

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transplanted eryngium (right)

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garden boat; ‘Strong Gold’ tulips were done, Tulip ‘Formosa’ hanging on.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo: port office curbside garden

We weeded the street tree gardens and planters at the last two Ilwaco intersections and then with the feeling that the town and port plantings were pretty near perfect, we went on to Long Beach at 4:15 PM, an hour and a quarter later than what I had been hoping for.

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sidewalk chalk by Ilwaco’s Col Pacific Motel (Allan’s photo)

Next: a day and a bit getting Long Beach ready for parade day.

ginger

1995 (age 71):

April 27: 1:30-4:30  Cleaned up the tam flower bed [used to be juniper tams], weeded, deadheaded some, removed mulch and put it all in bags to be shredded someday.

1998 (age 74):

April 27:  11:00-5:30 WARM   I worked all afternoon planting begonias in boxes and baskets.  There is another day’s work to finish.  I took time to scrape the labels off about a dozen of the white baskets.  I didn’t do that last year because I was anxious to get baskets filled.  It is supposed to be hot all week.

April 28:  11:30-5:00.  Ditto from yesterday.  All the baskets are full.  I think I have 22.  I have 3 trays with 15 or so bulbs that I will put into the various tulip pots when the tulips are done.  Unfortunately some of these bulbs were not labeled so I won’t know if they are trailing or upright until they bloom.  I must label these begonias this summer.

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