Posts Tagged ‘Diane’s garden’

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The Depot Restaurant

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

camassia and rodgersia (Allan’s photo)

The Red Barn Arena

This little pot by the barn door looked good.

The first section of garden looked good.

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

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

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

Cosmo the barn cat

Allan’s photo

in the barn (Allan’s photo)

thirsty coreopsis by the barn

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

We then went next door to…

Diane’s garden

Allan’s photo

our good friend Misty

back yard containers

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

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

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

the roadside garden


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


Basket Case Greenhouse

It’s hard to drive by without stopping.

Penny  (Allan’s photo)

Deb’s garden

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

future farmers’ market produce garden

planting trees in new berms along the driveway

North Beach Garden Gang

the way to Willapa Bay

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

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

Klipsan Beach Cottages

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


It was big.

after (Allan’s photos)

elephant garlic (Allan’s photo)

Sarah (Allan’s photo)

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

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


bearded iris

Allium bulgaricum

also known as Nectaroscordum

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

birdbath view

Tiger Eyes sumac

corokia cotoneaster

On the way south, we stopped at…

The Planter Box

I sought and acquired a pineapple sage.

And a couple more tomatoes and some cukes.

Shelburne Hotel

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

Allan’s photos

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

Allan’s photo

Port of Ilwaco

We watered several of the gardens along Howerton Avenue.

on Waterfront Way (Allan’s photo)

in a curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

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

Another tiny bed by the port office:

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

The Depot Restaurant

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

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

Allan’s photo

chocolate pot du creme

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


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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

I was chuffed when Kilyn, who visited on Saturday, posted this on her Instagram.

Red Barn Arena

While checking on the Red Barn planters, which I am happy to report had been watered, I saw this handsome horse named Sven.  I thought he was an appaloosa.  He is, in fact, a knabstrupper.

Diane’s garden

Allan’s photo: plants on a bench to protect from Holly the puppy.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo, septic box garden

I usually do not like double narcissi, but this one…wow, so late blooming.

Narcissus albus plenus odoratus

Based on the name, I should have stopped to smell the flower.

Basket Case Greenhouse

Allan’s photo; definitely should have smelled that narcissus.

I picked up some Salvia viridis (painted sage) that Roxanne had grown.

And some Cosmos ‘Xanthos’; I had given her some seeds.  I look forward to seeing this one bloom; it is new, and said to be a pale yellow dwarf cosmos.

staff member (Allan’s photo)

Silene dioica ‘Clifford Moor’ (Allan’s photo)

The Planter Box

I wanted some more of their excellent annuals.



spoon osteos

I got myself a new Cool Blue variegated ceanothus.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

KBC has long been my favourite job. I finally have permission to reveal that owners/managers Mary and Denny are retiring at the end of this year.  2018 will therefore be our last year working there.  We certainly hope someone buys the cottage resort and we will recommend our favourite gardeners to take over when the time comes.  It is a long drive north to do an hour or two a week at just this one job, our last remaining job at the north end of the peninsula.  Not having this job will feel like having almost an extra day per week for our other jobs…maybe the end of nine hour days in summer in 2019. We need to cut back for our health and sanity, so I am not in mourning (yet). It has been an odd feeling to care for the garden with no future plans for it, no thinking ahead to “next year”.  I’ve known about the end coming for about a year now.

I was intensely relieved that all the agastaches, from the first batch of healthy plants, still look fine in the KBC garden.  Thank goodness.

Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’

I was jealous because my own Golden Jubilee was one of the later-purchased diseased ones.  My favourite, and I don’t have one.   And now I am scared to buy any!  I will take a cutting of this one later this summer.

not sure which one this is but it looks fine…

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

another healthy specimen: Sarah

a monster creeping buttercup (Allan’s photo)

After planting some cosmos and painted sage and doing some weeding, I took some photos of the garden for the KBC Facebook page (which I will, obviously, give up administering when Mary and Denny have moved on).

in the fenced garden

Next year the rampant Japanese anemone will be someone else’s problem!

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

outside the fenced garden:

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’

Mary and Denny’s house

Now I do feel verklempt.  It is a beautiful garden.  Over the years, Mary has been wanting more space to show between plants.  That has been hard for me to achieve!

The Shelburne Hotel

Back south again in Seaview, outside the Shelburne, we encountered my former co gardener, Robert.  I asked his opinion on which lavender to use in some new urns there.

I liked the tall one (‘Phenomenal’).  Allan and Robert both preferred the short one.  I was impressed when Robert asked, “Is the Melianthus major still in Fifth Street Park?  I didn’t see it; did you cut it back?”  (Yes.)

We had three planters to plant up by the bocce ball court.  We used herbs to fit in with the kitchen theme of the back yard.  There is not much garden space back here; I have some herbs and flowers along the edges. The old and unkempt kitchen garden of six railroad tie squares were removed to make the courtyard.  I was amused to see that potatoes and raspberries are determinedly making a comeback.

The front garden:

north half

Port of Ilwaco

We watered the curbside gardens by Salt Hotel, Skywater Gallery, and Freedom Market.

Salt garden santolinas (Allan’s photo)

Allan liked the santolina festooned with creeping charlie.

Salt garden (Allan’s photo). The river rock is hard for me to work on.

Freedom Market garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The columbines also appeared on their own.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I did not plant the dog daisies.  They also appeared on their own.

looking west (Allan’s photo)

As we left, a light mist had begun to fall.  I was pleased the plants would get more water.  The drizzle would not have been enough moisure on its own.

At home, I was able to erase KBC from the annuals list.

Round 2 has appeared on the list. Then we will be done.

A 9.5 hour day.

I was hoping tomorrow could be All Shelburne.  It is not to be, but perhaps we can have a long afternoon there.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Long Beach

I wanted to get one more intersection of Long Beach planters done today, mainly because they needed watering from the last round of planting.  All I had to do was add Cosmos ‘Sonata’ to one street planter and to the big Lewis and Clark Square planter.

In just two planters on that intersection, we found:

an allium broken and ruined before it ever bloomed (Allan’s photo)

a santolina pulled up and left with its roots gasping in the air.

a planter with alliums on one side still fine…

but the matching set on the other side completely gone, bulbs and all

and a Dutch iris pulled out and left lying on top of other plants, still in bud.

I fumed and muttered about quitting public gardening.  And yet I feel it is my mission, and I don’t want to work for wealthy people’s private gardens that only they and their friends or paying garden tour guests see. I feel public gardens give joy to people of all incomes.  And yet…I can hardly stand the vandalism.  (My headache was not going away.)

Dutch Iris and Allium christophii that have escaped being destroyed, so far (Allan’s photo)

the two planters I worked on

Cerinthe major purpurascens (Allan’s photo)

Allan watering

We still had more planters to finish, but today was the day to to planting at…

The Red Barn

which just got four red diascias added to the barrels.

Allan photographed Amy and horses….

And a little bird.

Diane’s garden

We planted all Diane’s containers, and added a few plants along the road and in the septic box garden. Of course, it took an hour longer than I had hoped.

Allan’s photos:

Along the road…


The bench is to protect plants from exuberant new puppy, Holly. Our good old friend Misty is on the porch.

The puppy in question:

I told Diane at least the raised septic box was safe from puppy Holly; she replied that Holly had jumped up and run across it a couple of times.

my photos; the septic garden still needs more.

On the way home, we did a watering session at

The Shelburne Hotel….

Allan watered by the new courtyard in the back.

Looks like a bocce ball or a  dog tangled with the borage patch.

After watering the Shelburne, I went home to struggle with my headachy brain over the mid month billing. Allan watered the Ilwaco planters with the water trailer for the first time this year and found this Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’ interesting.

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Monday, 30 April 2018

Skooter taking in the sun on the front porch

My most beloved Monty Don (host of Gardeners’ World) says that black beetles are a sign of a healthy garden, and that they eat slugs.

Here’s one crossing our driveway this morning. (Allan’s photo)

I love the way the slightly darker, glossier post office sets off our volunteer garden:

Stipa gigantea

By the way, someone convinced me that Stipa should be pronounced with an i like pipe or ripe.  Montagu DON says Stee-pa. So! Stee-pa it is.

Allium neapolitanum

The Red Barn Arena

We met the new barn cat, Cosmo.

A Coast Guard helicopter flew overhead while we worked.

Allan’s photos

my new friend, 9 months old

Someone had left a gift of buttercup flowers in a barrel.

We are still not over our bad, debilitating colds, but we do feel more energetic today.

Tulip clusiana ‘Lady Jane’

crabbing gear at the barn

Diane’s garden

Allan added a bale of Gardner and Bloome mulch to the driveway corner garden.



I added an Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’ and some more sweet pea seeds to the long roadside bed.

Our main focus was adding some Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ and ‘Sangria’, Salvia patens, Nicotiana langsdorfii, and some seeds (alyssum, pale yellow cosmos ‘Xanthos’, night scented stock, peachy nasturtiums) to the raised septic garden.

Over the fence:

Allan’s photo

I am most pleased with the display so far in this new raised bed.

Tulip ‘Cummins’

Tulip ‘Cummins’

Tulip ‘Cool Crystal’

Tulip ‘China Town’

Tulip ‘Cool Crystal’ in a pot

The Planter Box

We visited The Planter Box to see if they might have a columnar ornamental pear to replace one that got taken out by a drunk driver in Ilwaco.  The only one was THIS size:

PB co-owner Raymond is a tall man. This tree is maybe even too big to even fit in the sidewalk hole!

Well.  We had thought we were not going to have to be the ones to deal with the tree issue at all, and now that it is so late, we may just have to plant flowers in that one sidewalk spot. I heartily rejected the proposed idea (not proposed at the Planter Box!) that we should just put in a different kind of tree.  You cannot put in one odd duck in a run of ten street trees.

If only the Planter Box had had one the size of their manageable apple trees:

At the Planter Box:

Armeria maritima (sea thrift)


Klipsan Beach Cottages

Due to bad weather, and our bad colds, and our Shelburne Hotel garden project, we had not been to KBC all month.  We found that the deer had been getting into the fenced garden and eating the roses.  Other than that, all looked well enough and we got the garden somewhat groomed and a few plants planted in a busy two hour gardening frenzy.  I was grateful that Allan did all the planting—my least favourite gardening job.

Allan’s photos:

a new Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ 

The podophyllum has gone from one leaf to three this year.

unfurling sword ferns

My photos:

tree peony

roses stripped by deer

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Tulips ‘Black Hero’ and ‘Sensual Touch’

Tulip ‘Formosa’

Tulip ‘Formosa’

Tulip ‘Cool Crystal’


viridiflora tulips

pond garden

tulips and Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

taking leave of the tidied up garden


On the way home, we made one little stop at the Shelburne, where Allan staked a little (will be big) Fuchsia ‘Sharpitor Aurea’; I had gotten worried it would be stepped on.

I had to do billing, so might not get to watch any Gardeners’ World this evening.  Maybe…just one episode at bedtime.


Bliss. In episode five of year 2015, a jungle garden is visited.

You can watch the segment Here .

At age 60, Monty can gracefully flop to the ground to commune with the plants.

I envy that spryness.

Takeaway: “It is important to make ponds because we’ve lost the ponds that used to be on farmlands all over the country.”

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

I got very little sleep because of worrying that we were both going to get sick.  With the clam festival coming up, we had much to do in Long Beach town.  There is no back up plan if we can’t do it; all of our other working gardener friends are even busier than we are.

Little dramas loom large when one is self employed.

Allan felt poorly in the morning with sniffles and a cough, and yet with the good weather, we did go to work.  It is maddening; we were so good about disinfecting our hands every time we went somewhere public, and yet…the germs got him.

If only we could have followed Skooter’s example:


(Skooter has a chin condition, a problem common with orange cats, says the vet.  My orange cat of years ago, Valene, had the same thing.)

On the way, we dropped off a book at the library (housed in the Ilwaco Community Building).

at the Ilwaco Community Building

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ at the community building

The community building garden needs a bit of weeding…(not shown in the photos above).

In case I end up having to go to work on the bus later this week, we went to the two least-accessible-by-bus jobs first.

The Red Barn

Because I am thinking of using a different plant for the centerpiece of the Ilwaco planters, Allan pointed out how good the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ looks at the Red Barn.  They get less wind here.

My very good friend Rosie was at the barn.

Diane’s garden

My very good old friend Misty greeted us next door at Diane’s garden.


till the camera clicked

The septic box bulb display pleased me; we had missed some of it, of course.  After deadheading:

Muscari ‘Bling Bling’

Muscari paradoxum

I was pleased to find sweet peas just emerging along the picket fence.

The corner driveway garden needs mulching; soon, I hope. I asked Allan to take this photo, and did not get what I wanted, which is the fact that the Stipa gigantea grass is already showing flower spikes.  Oops, I should have specified.

Long Beach

Long Beach had been on the schedule for all day this coming Thursday, to get the parks and planters perfect for the Razor Clam Festival.  I was fretting about what would happen if we both got sick and could not work then.  So we did a lot of it today, which led to more fretting on my part that I was going to make Allan sicker by having him work.  I brooded about how I recently delayed one day taking Calvin to the vet, prioritizing work instead because he seemed not especially sick, and then…we know how that turned out.

We went down the six downtown blocks of street trees and planters, deadheading.  I felt reassured each time I saw Allan taking a photo, figuring it must mean he did not feel too terrible.  (He said, “It’s easier than working!”)

Allan’s planter and tree garden photos:

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ and Tulip ‘Silverstream’ and Tulip sylvestris

Geum ‘Mango Lassi’ and muscari

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in street tree garden (with tulip)

Tulip ‘China Town’ and Fritillaria meleagris

Tulip ‘Princess Irene’

AKA ‘Prinses Irene’

Tulip ‘Silverstream’

Van Engelen catalog says: A magical sport of Jewel of Spring, fragrant Silverstream ranges from creamy-yellow to deep yellow with red feathering, to red with every combination in between. But the surprise garden party doesn’t stop there: it has showy, attractive foliage with silver-white margins. (Did you know that the phenomena of marginated foliage occurs due to a lack of or insufficient pigmentation and chlorophyll in the plant cells on the outer petal edges?)

I did not think to smell the tulips nor did I notice white margins on the foliage.

street tree garden

Tulips ‘Green Wave’ and ‘Formosa’

Tulip ‘Formosa’

lower left: a tulip ‘Sensual Touch’ that went mushy with rain

My planter and tree garden photos:

Tulips that had been broken, and not by the wind.

Tulip ‘Silverstream’

As you can tell by now, I planted a big run of Silverstream through town.  I think they are too tall to choose again.  And the color variation is nice but it does not thrill me.

one of the viridiflora (green) tulips…too tired to look it up

Tulip ‘Strong Gold’ in one of the windiest planters. Short and strong.

Tulip ‘Strong Gold’

Tulip ‘Strong Gold’…would that all tulips were this tough

more Silverstream

Tulip ‘Sensual Touch’ and Tulip acuminata

Tulips ‘Sensual Touch’ and ‘Black Hero’

Tulips ‘Green Star’, sylvestris, acuminata

Tulip ‘Sensual Touch’

Tulips ‘Prinses Irene’, ‘Sensual Touch’, ‘Black Hero’

We also weeded in Fifth Street Park because…Razor Clam Festival!  Fifth Street Park needs so much more attention, and I hope we can do more later this week.  So much horsetail, so much wild garlic.  (No photos there.)

We went on to Veterans Field, which will be the central place for the clam festival.  It is not ideal to deadhead and weed four days before the festival, but needs must.

Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

The last time we were in Long Beach, Allan asked where the blue was in that arc garden.  I said the grape hyacinth along the edge.  Well, now look at what a string trimmer did:

Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’ as was

And right before the festival, when we were trying to make it perfect despite feeling poorly.  I wanted to lie down on the lawn and blub, but it would be too hard to get back up again.  Some white narcissi were also casualties along the edge.  Then I thought…Ok, maybe this is a sign that I do not have to struggle so hard and fret so darn much about making it perfect.  Maybe I can stop worrying about whether we will be able to get back to deadhead on Thursday.

Still….dang blang it!

On the way south, we deadheaded the welcome sign.

And finally, we paused at the

Shelburne Hotel

where I planted 9 more violas and two Agastache ‘Apricot Sunrise’.  I would like to have weeded more, but we had already worked four hours longer than I had originally planned and Allan was not feeling any better.  The question is, was it wiser to work today so that we can take a day off? Or did it make everything worse?  It would have been so bad if we had stayed home today and then both got sick and couldn’t do a thing before the weekend.  It would be even worse if we got even sicker.  Such woes of self employment have plagued me for the last 42 years.

three by the fig tree, the rest in front

If the gardens in Long Beach are not perfect when you attend clam festival, you now know why.  We forgot to stop at First Place Mall on the way south and deadhead the one dead narcissus that I noticed in the planter there.  I will try not to lose sleep over it.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Before work, I dug up an Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ and a sanguisorbia to take to our first job.  I gazed mournfully upon my Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’.  I fear I may have killed it by moving it one too many times last autumn; it does not look happy.

I hope it perks up.

The post office garden desperately needs wild garlic pulled.  However, the narcissi and tulips might distract people’s eyes.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo, Narcissus ‘Professor Einsten’

Diane’s garden

We continued the sweet pea rounds by planting seeds along Diane’s new roadside fence (along with a few more perennials: Eryngium ‘Jade frost’, Agastache ‘Blue Boa’, silver santolinas, a green santolina rooted from a cutting, and one libertia).

back garden:

Allan’s photo

the septic box garden (with the Red Barn way in the background)

violas that came through the winter

front garden (Allan’s photos):

I sure do hope the sweet peas work out!  Sometimes I don’t do very well with seeds…although I have had good luck at the Ilwaco boatyard and at the Anchorage Cottages in years past.  And we had sweet peas every year at Andersen’s RV Park, especially one year, when the ground was fresh because the picket fence had been redone and the sweet peas were mind blogglingly good, the best I have ever grown.

sweet peas way back when at Andersen’s RV Park

Today, we arrived earlier than yesterday to

The Bolstad Beach Approach garden

and to our goal of getting another section done.  I had thought we might escape the misery of thick roses by doing the extra long section at the west end (where the roses get more windy weather and so are smaller).  However, the wind had again proved much stronger and colder than the forecast, so we kept working east to west.  The garden is several blocks long, and the weather is harsher at the west end even on a sunny weeding day.

There is some satisfaction in working in an orderly way from one end to the other.  This year, our goal is the west end’s red buoy; some years, it is the east end Long Beach arch.  Last year, we jumped around and our progress was less satisfying.

1 PM: our goal, the red buoy in the distance

We are working away from the arch.

Allan’s photos





When the roses were cut, we dumped them at city works before finishing the weeding in order to get some mulch for the section we weeded yesterday.  I knew if we waited till the end, I would be completely out of energy.

dumping debris

gathering mulch (windy!)

mulching yesterday’s section so it doesn’t look battered

today’s section, clipped


after; Allan removed the roses that were right at the walkway end

We don’t always clip the roses right down, just every few years in the thickest sections.  We do try to keep them pushed back from the edge.

5 PM: closer to the buoy, and the next section is not as thick with roses.

We had saved four buckets of mulch for Fifth Street Park and for the big planter in Lewis and Clark Square, where I planted a few sweet peas by the metal tower.

Allan digging out annoying Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (which I regret planting here years ago).

prepping for sweet peas

in a nearby planter

police station planter, where I like to plant in shades of blue.

Even though they are pretty and low maintenance, I regret having planted white rugosa roses (‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ starts from Andersen’s RV Park!) on the south side of the police station.  It had been fun back when I could plant a “thin blue line” of blue flowers there.

white rugosa roses, having been pruned to the ground as we always do here

At least they are better than the yellowed and sun scorched rhododendrons that grew along there when I first took on the Long Beach job.

In Fifth Street Park, I planted sweet peas in the cold and windy and miserable shade, in an area where I don’t have luck with them (snail depredation, I think) and yet I try every year because ONE year long ago, I had good sweet peas there.

sweet peas

glorious sweet peas in 2012, Fifth Street Park

I dumped the last of the mulch in a couple of low areas where it just looked silly among the horrid swathes of as yet unweeded wild garlic.

This garden looks great in summer but is so slow in the early spring despite all my efforts. It is wettish and narcissi seem to just rot away.

We tagged the huge miscanthus that the city crew is going to remove for us.

It gets huge and blocks the path and lawn—part of the original landscaping designed by a landscape architect (as are the chronically mildewed Dorothy Perkins roses).

Allan mulched this little bed across the street:

Finally, we found the oomph to plant one more little batch of sweet peas in the planter by the Paws by the Sea pet store, where I also decided we must prune a variegated euonymus.  This is one of the three planters with would-be huge shrubs left over from volunteer days.

Allan thought it should be left to be a backdrop for the narcissi….

but by the time he said that, it was mostly gone.

At home, I was able to erase two sweet pea jobs and one beach approach section, getting the beach approach down to single digits.

I had better add “mulch Fifth Street Park” so that the garden will look better there.

I think it will be a week, at the least, before we get back to the beach approach.  Rain is due starting tomorrow and it is our WORST job in even mildly bad weather.


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Monday, 5 March 2018

Shelburne Hotel

All we intended to do at the Shelburne was to pop in some lambs ears and a Chelone (pink turtlehead), plants from my garden.  We parked at the south end of the block and there, we were deeply bothered by the site of the sidewalk edge garden which looked ever so tatty.  We found ourselves tidying it up.

The rhododendron has tons of old montbretia around it, and someone has planted (sometime in the last ten years) persicaria, probably a division of the ‘Firetail’ I planted in the main garden years ago.

before (Allan’s photos)



and after



I admired the main garden, looking north.

Long Beach

As we headed toward our next intended job, we paused at the welcome sign to clip some annuals (yellow bidens) that still had signs of life.

Someone had the utter gall to clip and steal the spotlight from the front of the sign.

I saw this in the police report a few weeks back.

When I see that deer are eating the grape hyacinth on the sidewalk corner of this planter…

….I become very concerned about the fate of the tulips that are just emerging.

The Red Barn

We attended to the spring clean up at our littlest job.

One of the horse people’s nice dog, Junior, came for pets.

Allan’s photos, before




The Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ came through the winter surprisingly well.

Diane’s garden

I pushed the wheelbarrow across a pasture to the garden next door.

My dear old friend Misty!

lots of early flowers in the septic box garden

I planted lilies along the roadside fence and we weeded and clipped.

Allan’s photos fill out the rest of today’s blog.


after, with me planting lilies

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to clip

Long Beach

We went back to our project of tidying the Bolstad beach approach planters and shearing back ornamental grasses in the garden there (of which there are not many, for which I am grateful at this time of year).



Soon we will have to weed this whole darn garden, all the way out to that distant red buoy.  It has lots of lawn-like grass again and I dread the job, as always.  It looms as soon as we get the spring clean up list done.  Even before that, we must clip the roses in the first section to the ground, which we do every couple of years.

On the way home, I checked my messages and got some surprising news: At one of our resort-type jobs, the manager that we had worked with for the last several years is no longer working there.  I will let astute readers figure out which place, based on the fact that we resigned this very evening and it will therefore no longer appear in this blog, AND based on the clue that said manager is the person belonging to one of our favourite dogs.  No doggie friend, no point in going to that job!  (Lest anyone be worried, this is not, of course, Klipsan Beach Cottages, our most longtime job of 20 years.) This meant that at home, I had to write a resignation letter, in which I recommended three excellent gardening businesses which would be good to immediately replace us: Sea Star Gardening (Dave and Melissa), Willapa Gardening (Todd), and Flowering Hedge Design (Terran and Shelly).  I had already checked to be sure that one of the three has time for a new job, so I need not feel bad about leaving the garden.

This worked out well for us.  I had been hoping to drop a job since adding the Shelburne.  I have requested a play date sometime this summer with my doggie friend.

Tonight, I was able to erase two tasks off the work list.  We still have the Sid Snyder approach planters to do before erasing that task.

I continued to work on billing, and in the process made a list that may interest some, of all the free plants I have added to the Shelburne hotel garden in the last two weeks.


Allium ampeloprasum

elephant garlic


Allium cepa

Egyptian walking onions


Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’


Arisarum proboscideum

mouse plant


Artemisia ‘Ghuizo’


Chelone lyonii

pink turtlehead



sea holly



dog tooth violet


Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies


Geranium macrorrhizum


Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’


Iris foetidissima


Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum

golden oregano


Persicaria ‘Firetail’


Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’


Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba


Primula veris

cowslip primrose


Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’



Sanguisorba ‘Tanna’


Sanguisorba candadensis


Sanguisorba obtusa


Scrophularia auriculata ‘Variegata



Solidago ‘Fireworks’

(clumping) goldenrod


Stachys bizantina ‘Silver Carpet’

lambs ears


Stipa gigantea

feather grass


Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

rice paper plant




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