Posts Tagged ‘Diane’s garden’

Tuesday, 31 May 2017

The workday began late because when I was walking peacefully with a mere 1/3 watering can to the greenhouse to water my tomatoes, my back went into a spasm.  I hobbled in (after watering the tomatoes!) and stood against a door for awhile to straighten up and slathered on some Traumica, the miracle cure that Jenna gave me a sample of awhile back.  I am a skeptic about natural cures so it’s not a placebo effect when I say this stuff is amazing.


I was still somewhat disabled as we took off for work, and I felt anxious about the day.


Looked at my post office garden from my passenger seat instead of getting out to pull a weed.

Because of the late start, I decided to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow and slingshot around the sun by not doing Diane’s garden first, as originally planned.  The task awaiting there was to move about a half yard of river rocks. They had been used to edge the roadside garden.  We had stacked them against the house when we dismantled that garden for the septic installation project.  That had seemed like an ideal place until we recommended the brilliant Steve Clarke to install her new lawn.  He was going to wrap it around the side of the house, so now the rocks had to go to a new storage spot.  Maybe by end of day I’d be able to bend over to bucket up the rocks.

The Depot Restaurant

I watered; Allan ran the string trimmer by the parking area.


Depot garden today


We lowered the escallonia to make the sign show. (Allan’s photo)

The Anchorage Cottages

I filled in the planters with some painted sage while Allan did some weeding.  I put off till next week the pruning of the center courtyard virburnum, which is sneaking forward into the perennials border.  My back was feeling considerably better by now although I still moved cautiously.


our good friend Mitzu (Allan’s photo)


Anchorage center courtyard


The Planter Box

I had used up all my painted sage so needed some for Diane’s garden.


white dahlia at the Planter Box


a bit more painted sage and some fish fertilizer


some chicks (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

As we parked behind the fenced garden, we heard a great screaming ruckus up in the trees.  “It’s a bald eagle,” said Allan.  In a rather horrible way, the eagle appeared to be eating out of a stellar jay bird nest.  The jays were off to the side screaming and shrieking.  (Allan later pointed out that the jays are also known to raid other birds’ nests.)


looking up


Not a nice bird at all. (Allan’s photo)


talking back to the angry jays (Allan’s photo)

In the garden, Allan’s project was to prune the honeysuckle over an entry gate.




Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


view from on high (Allan’s photo)


after, no longer raggedy with uppies

After weeding and grooming the garden, I took some photos for the KBC Facebook page.


driveway garden with purple and pink Geranium sanguineum


pink Geranium sanguineum


with chartreuse Lady’s Mantle


a crevice garden!




Allium schubertii getting starrier.


Allium albopilosum just getting started


Allium bulgaricum


Thalictrum ‘Elin’ getting taller (in front of the dark pink rugosa rose)


Another angle: The thalictrum has the blue-grey foliage.


birdbath view

I asked Allan to take some photos of the big rhododendron by where we park.



The Basket Case Greenhouse


Allan’s photo

I needed to pick up some plants for one beach approach planter in Long Beach.


a hen visiting from the house next door (Allan’s photo)


another bird


hens n chicks


afternoon snack


Allan’s photo


got two of these gorgeous diascia for me


Gazania ‘Sunshine’

I also had the pleasure of picking out two baskets for our house.  (I’ll have to get photos of them later at home.)


Allan’s photo: The center basket with pink and yellow was one that I picked.

Diane’s garden

We got to Diane’s at five, prepared to move a pile of river rock.  As we entered the garden, I saw the most joyous sight:


Steve had already moved it with a back hoe!


yard looks leveled in preparation for lawn installation


Allium (Allan’s photo)


Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)


some of the back garden pots

I squeezed Diane’s painted sage into a couple of the pots rather than out in the garden bed by the road; that bed seems dusty now with everything that is going on.


my good friend Misty

I also got to see the new puppy, Holly, twice!  Once here, and once at our last job of the day…

The Red Barn

Diane brought Holly over while checking on Diane’s horse.



I was snubbed by a whippet again!


He breezed right by me.



Our little Red Barn garden

At home, I was able to erase more from the planting list.


Allan prepped for our first job tomorrow by hauling soil amendments two doors down.


Guest photo:  Steve and John saw an Allium bulgaricum in Astoria and sent me this photo from a small garden on Exchange, just above the Fort George Brewery:


Steve’s photo

And Melissa sent me this from THE Oysterville garden:

Melissa’s photo




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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Depot Restaurant

I had noticed how low the east garden bed was and remembered (amazing!) to bring some soil for it.




Allan’s photo


Basket Case Roxanne had done the north side planting!

I texted Chef Michael to be sure to start the sprinkler system, a very sophisticated system of spouters that relies on his turning it on and off manually at the faucet.  It doesn’t reach the expanded north side garden so we have to hose water that at least once a week from now on.

World Kite Museum

We returned to where I’d wimped out from the cold wind yesterday evening.


Patty came out to discuss some plant for the garden area.  (Allan’s photo)




planted up the pocket garden


That bit of front lawn and those hebes are going to be hoiked out soon, and river rock put in (not by us),  with a stepping stone for accessing the pocket garden.  

We put in one Geranium ‘Rozanne’ at the Long Beach welcome sign and then drove north to…

The Basket Case Greenhouse

I needed a very few small plants for the Red Barn and Long Beach.  We still had a van load of cosmos that we had to get planted today in order to have an empty van to hold more cosmos from The Planter Box, later in the day.  We were already running late by an hour in my desired schedule.


my new friend Penny


Guess who got a very hurried but really thorough belly rub?


darling Penny (Allan’s photo)

If Penny were my dog, I wouldn’t be blogging right now, I’d be communing with her.


a lovely new (to me) heuchera, ‘Sweet Tea’

I collect heucheras, and it is a mark of how tired I was that I did not even look at the tag and snag this one.  Running late with so much to do (because it always takes longer to plant than I hope it will) was stressful.  I was trying to hold onto my new philosophy of don’t panic, just keep doggedly and calmly plugging along.


In the parking lot, someone (not likely to be a blog reader) wanted to pull me aside to have a conversation, despite my saying rather desperately, “It will have to be brief, we are running late!” I was lured by the thought that it must be something about gardening, which might be helpful or educational or even a job I could pass on to Sea Star Gardening.

Conversations about gardening happen daily with passersby and are part of our public relations, especially with tourists.  But this conversation blindsided me by being a personal matter, and not an easy one to solve in a couple of minutes.   No!  Please, thought I, please don’t expect a deep conversation during Annuals Planting Hell! I did my best to communicate under pressure, and my best was far from adequate to the other person’s needs.  I was left baffled and unsuccessful socially, as per usual. This cast a pall over the next half hour but I soon met up with a canine cure.

(The other result was that later in the day I realized I had been so distracted that I did NOT get the trailies I needed for the Veterans Field planters; they will remain bare of trailies till after Memorial Day.  A small matter that no one but me will notice and that bothers my sense of perfection.)


some stuff for me, some for LB, but not all that I had meant to choose…with Roxanne

The Red Barn

I planted and weeded under a cloud from the recent fraught encounter.


horsey hood ornament


The tough, gravelly small garden got some red Phygelius from my garden (where I regret planting it because it is so vigorous). And some coreopsis to complete the barrels.

Diane’s garden

Here comes the canine cure! Diane’s new puppy, Holly,  had come to her new home  this week.  She was out for a little walkabout when we arrived. (Allan’s photos till we get to KBC)



assuring Misty she is still my favourite


Diane picks up Holly…


All time and plant worried were forgotten.


new friend


That was wonderful. As for the time delay, meeting the family members of clients is always important. And we got Diane’s cosmos planted, along with a Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ to scent the enclosed back patio.


cos ready to go in



also an Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’

Long Beach

We managed to get the cosmos into four areas: Fifth Street Park NW quadrant, NE quadrant, Veterans Field corner bed and flag pavilion bed.


NE Fifth Street Park, where I hope a couple of Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ will scent the evening air.

Allan got us a takeaway Pink Poppy treat and coffee from Abbracci Coffee Bar just two doors east of the park.


much needed


Pink Poppy Bakery rhubarb cake went down a treat.


Vet Field flag pavilion (with camera strap)


planting vet field corner garden

The Planter Box

By now an hour and a half later than planned, we picked up our cosmos and painted sage. Neither Allan nor I took one photo as we rushed through this plant pick up; Teresa had kindly remembered to set the white escallonia I wanted out for me or I would have forgotten it.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I had hoped to be at KBC by 3 PM; we got there at 4:45 and planted and mulched and weeded.


outer lawn (Allan’s photo)


other side of semicircle of rhododendrons


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo



putting Gardener and Bloome Soil Conditioner, from a heavy muddy bag, onto the lawn bed (Allan’s photos)





I got the KBC painted sage planted.  The rest for other gardens will have to wait for next week.  When we were done, I took some garden photos, all in the fenced garden,DSC09412.JPG for the KBC Facebook page.




right: Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’


sit spot


Dutch Iris


It had been drizzling lightly at times, making for good planting weather, except for a 20 mph maddening wind.





Allium ‘Mt Everest’


Did not quite get Allium bulgaricum in focus.


Allium schubertii starting to bloom

We had been going to prune the uppies and outies on the honeysuckle but we ran out of time.


It would make Denny happy to have this pruned and tidied.

On the way home, we stopped yet again at the Long Beach welcome sign to add a couple of yellow bidens to the east end, where we’d built up the soil.


It looks fantastic to reach to the very end.


We did not get home till 7:30 and had to unload all the painted sage and new cosmos and water everything, including pots on back patio.  The evening light was beautiful.






New panels on east fence are keeping the clematis on my side!


Where there are no fence panels, my clematis bloom on my nice neighbors’ side.


I pulled one through to admire.


Also love my new last year Fremontodendron.

The tag said Fremontodendron californicum likes no water in summer.  I need to get more of these for droughty areas in Long Beach and Ilwaco.


some erasures from the work board

We now have two days to try to achieve perfection in the Port of Ilwaco gardens (plus more cosmos planting), Long Beach parks and planters, before Memorial Day very big tourist weekend.






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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

patio watering: Skooter comes running when the hose water goes on.  (Allan’s photo)

Every morning, the annuals that I have in waiting have to come out of the greenhouse, and at night be put back in.

I thought I had a nice bag of potting soil in the garage to take to Diane’s garden; she had just let me know that she had acquired a couple of brazelberries to put in containers.  But no, it turned out the bag was a mix for “outdoor garden bed planting”.  It was a new style bag and I had not read the fine print.  This threw the day’s plan into a different order.  To further complicate matters, we still had debris left from the day before that had to be dumped in Long Beach in order to give us an empty trailer.  To make the trip more worthwhile, I gathered some snails to re-home by the old catchment pond in Long Beach, where it is several blocks’ journey for them to find any ornamental plants.

rehoming in progresss

Because I was sleepy, my first thought upon arriving in Long Beach was to stop here for a takeaway coffee:

I had forgotten they were closed on Tuesdays.  We decided to go to the Great Escape drive through coffee stand, just about three blocks north and one block east…and yet by the time we got to the stoplight, we both forgot our coffee goal and did not remember it for several hours.

Basket Case Greenhouse

Look at this pretty peacock.

(mostly) annuals house

garden sign that is more embellished than the one we bought last year

We had with us the four windowboxes for today’s project, so that I could think about what to put in them with the actual size of them right in front of me.

planning (Allan’s photo)

With the plants picked out and potting soil acquired, we drove to

The Anchorage Cottages

Our good friend Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

Mitzu, keeping us company (Allan’s photo)

Now, May 9th is actually too early to plant annuals, in my opinion.  I was hoping they would be ok in boxes right up against a building, if the nights don’t get too cold and all works out perfectly.  The spring bulbs window boxes were completely done blooming and we did want the place to look pretty for Mother’s Day weekend.

working in the trailer (Allan’s photo); used the red bag potting soil, one for each box.

At The Anchorage: planting up the boxes in the back of the trailer.

The orangey-amber colours will enhance the old Anchorage sign.  But the cottages are being painted so those two boxes are just sitting by the office now, which cancels out my plan that the building wall would keep them warmer.  Drat.

future window box site

The garden areas where the painters had already worked had not been treated kindly.

Allan’s photo

Allan put the blue and pink flowered boxes up by the vintage blue sign.

He also had done a project while I planted:


after (will get a half moon edging next time)

Diane’s garden

my good friend Misty

Allan had brought a drill to make holes in the new pots.  The planting product is a new one we are trying out in big pots.

He emptied some old pots (not ones we had been involved with) that were planted without holes.  The soggy smelly soil went into a garden bed.



Brazelberries (misspelled above but I’m editing on my phone) are a small thornless raspberry. Quite delicious. 

Today, I was not snubbed by the Red Barn whippet!

With some time left in the day, I thought about going back to Long Beach to plant some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Agastache (two kinds) in Lewis and Clark Square.  (It’s not too early for perennials).  Oh, but I was tired.  I remembered I’d be watching Deadliest Catch later in the evening and decided I had better dig deep and find a bit more energy.

Long Beach

It proved to be fortuitous that we went to L&C Square, because there, passersby introduced themselves as the daughter and spouse of Shirley, the woman from whose estate we bought our house in 2010. We had an interesting talk about some Ilwaco history; I wish it could have been longer.

tulip ‘Night Rider’ and another blooming by the police station.

On the other side of the light pole, the tulips had all been picked, throwing off my symmetry.

Last thing, speaking of symmetry: A beach approach planter lacked a matching Dianthus (stolen last year).  We had acquired a two gallon sized one and planted it, and I hope the size will make it look more established so that the chronic Bolstad plant thief won’t take it.

Allan planting in a beach approach planter.

At home, my Clematis montana ‘Rubens’ is blooming on the new-last-year garage trellis.

Anchorage window boxes erased; planting list expanded

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Friday, 21 April 2017

I had some small work tasks to complete, after which I figured we would make it out to the beach approach to get at least half a garden section weeded and clipped.


My own garden looked enticing…


…as did Smokey,






and neighbour cat Onyx.

But work we must.


work board this morning

Port of Ilwaco

A bit late, I transplanted some chives and elephant garlic to the Freedom Market garden.



transplanted these Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts to a less walkedupon spot!


Making the store’s garden as pretty as this, the curbside garden, is my goal…except for the walking upon is a problem.  So, making parts of it pretty is my goal.

Long Beach


deadheaded the welcome sign, front…


and back

We decided we had better dig out the ivy in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter next, in case we punctured the sprinkler system.  Best to not do that, but if it happened, best to do it when the city crew is available rather than after hours.

While Allan did the digging, I planted some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in nearby planters.




the shrubbiest planter’s one week of glory


so called “blue” tulips for the police station


street tree (Allan’s photo)

Folks were gathering in Veterans Field, half a block away, for a “Walk for Veterans”.



The walk begins (Allan’s photo)

The planter in question (Allan’s photos), before:




variegated ivy

and after:DSC02436.jpg


That was not easy.


a lot of ivy to dump at city works

When we arrived at city works, we learned that the planter at the south end of town was ready to plant.  I’d noticed the same planter as before, still roughly mortared, but now full of soil again.  The crew had met with the frustration of the one replacement planter breaking when they tried to move it…so now they will be doing their best to re-mortar the old one and make it look good.  Therefore, it was time for us to plant it.  This changed our day by giving us a more pleasant project than weeding the beach approach.

We rescued the little roses that I had heeled into the mulch pile and that had gotten covered with a new load of mulch!


found it!


battered but alive; good thing I knew sort of where to dig.

I also gathered some little shrubs, left over from volunteer planter days, that I would put elsewhere rather than back into the planter.


ready to plant a few things

Last fall, a vehicle drove into this planter and cracked it, and moved it enough to crush the plumbing system (now fixed).


roses and Rozannes in

It makes me nervous to plant all fresh plants for fear someone will steal them.

Next…something that we had to do today…

The Red Barn’s…

…little garden needed deadheading and weeding.


The Red Barn has crabbing as well as horses.


crab pots

While I was weeding, one of the dogs came by…


and snubbed me!



all pretty well weeded

Diane’s garden

Next door, we deadheaded and weeded at Diane and Larry’s place.


narcissi deadheads (Allan’s photo)


new planters to drill holes in (next time)


planter assortment


I love fringed tulips!

In the past, fringed tulips’ edges have browned off in the rain.  This year, we got massive record breaking amounts of rain and yet the fringes look great!


Tulip ‘Green Star’


Diane likes pastels, and purples and whites, not yellows and reds and oranges.


Tulip ‘White Parrot’

Basket Case Greenhouse

We drove a mile or so up Sandridge Road to get some plants for the almost empty Long Beach planter.


pelican for sale


Darrell, Roxanne, and me talking plants

Long Beach

Now we were able to make more of a planter impact, leaving room for annuals when the weather is a bit warmer.


Allan’s photos


At City Hall, we planted a couple of shrubs from the planter’s former array.


This variegated boxwood from a planter a few years back…


is now somewhat balanced by a variegated euonymous.


driving home, 6 PM

It had gotten HOT today, and for once I had been grateful for a cool wind.

We just barely had time to go home, unhook the trailer, unload some plants, load a couple agastaches, drive back to Long Beach, plant the agastaches in the planter, and be ten minutes late for dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) at

The Cove Restaurant


petting Lacy on the way in


Cove entry garden



arriving late


refreshing dinner salad


Sondra’s lasagne for me and Dave


lemony prawns scampi for Melissa


Reuben with waffle fries for Allan


a dessert for four of us to share

The four of us solved some of the world’s problems (we wish); tomorrow Allan and I will try to solve more at an Earth and Science Day demonstration.


ivy job erased!

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Friday, 31 March 2017

I knew the day would be shortened by a political event.  It got shortened much more than that.

Skooter likes to go outside for about ten minutes after his bedtime snack, and then return to go to bed.  Last night, at 1 AM (typically late night for us), he came tearing up the ramp to the cat door and burst in to the living room at top speed.  Sometimes the cats enjoy chasing each other.  This was different.  Something rammed up the ramp behind him and slammed into the cat door frame. Then there was blood on the kitchen floor.

I got my shoes on and a flashlight as fast as I could, which was not as fast as I wished, and went outside for a look.   A woman was out in the street (at 1 AM?), and she seemed to be cradling and talking to something in her arms. She walked away so fast that I had no hope of catching up to her.  I  thought, does she have a little dog that got after my cat? That seemed impossible.

Skooter’s foot bled; he would not let us look at it, and he yowled and growled for an hour from his favourite late night sit spot in the hallway.  He then took his place next to Allan’s pillow and complained some more.  I felt terrible that he was in pain and got very little sleep myself.

I woke in intense anxiety at an early hour and got an urgent veterinary appointment for the afternoon.  But meanwhile, we had to go do some plant shopping and some work.

On the way to work, I felt compelled to pull some weeds in our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco post office.


one weed bucket pulled, at least one more to go

The Basket Case Greenhouse

The Basket Case, under new ownership (Darrell and Roxanne) is now open every day.  We bought some violas for two jobs and admired the refurbished greenhouses.


new greenhouse entrance! and new co-owner Darrell on the left


checking out the annuals for later on


check out desk with mosaic by Roxanne’s mother, Anna.


fairy gardens


Allan’s photo; That is a lot of fairy world for $25.00


the perennials house


bleeding hearts


Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’


Callistemon…choice, and unusual to see it for sale here!


Plant talk with Darrell.  We take our plants to heart.

That was a pleasing visit and not one to cut short.

I still hoped to get two small jobs done before vet time.

Diane’s garden


Next door: Horse bundled up for a rather cold day.


The yellow ones are for The Anchorage.


pots with a few pansies and violas added


my good friend Misty



Fritillaria meleagris (Allan’s photo)


roadside garden

Bad weather has prevented the removal of the tree stumps. Eventually we will help with a re-creation of this front garden.

The Red Barn


a mat of weeds mixed with California poppy seedlings


Allan’s photo


We did an adequate but imperfect job of weeding because we were running out of time.



a mare named Sophie going out to pasture as the weather warmed up (Allan’s photo)

Oceanside Animal Clinic

At home,  Skooter did not enjoy being put into his carrying crate.


our neighbours one door east 


not a good day for our dear Skooter (Allan’s photo)


one block north, on the way 


at the vet, another orange kitty (Allan’s photo)



member of clinic office staff (Allan’s photo)


more cuties (Allan’s photo)

The veterinarian cleaned up the hurt foot that Skooter would not let us touch, gave him a two week antibiotic shot and a pain shot that will last for three days, and said that the bite on his rear paw had indeed been caused by a small dog.  She could tell by the kind of puncture.  I said, Could a small dog really run up a cat ramp? and she said yes, in the frenzy of chase.  The garden is almost dog-proof….but not tiny-dog-proof.  I can think of a couple of places where a small dog could have squeezed in.

Now, because the wounds are on his paw pad, Skooter has to stay indoors for ten days until he is healed (and must have hydrogren peroxide applied twice daily.  No one will enjoy that one bit).  He loves the garden so much, and the watching of the frogs in the water boxes, and he will not understand why he must stay in.  I feel almost as sad as if I had to stay indoors for ten days of spring time.  At least I would have books to read.  (Cats are said to live longer if they never go outdoors.  Humans would also be safer from predators, including bad humans,  if they spent their lives indoors.  The idea of that makes me feel suffocated.)

We had a very quick turn-around at home before going out again to arrive late to the…

Burma Shave Sign campaign to invite our Congresswoman and the community to our town hall.”

But first, a garden peek over the fence by where we parked in Seaview:




nicely done


and a Little Free Library across the street

We walked past a car with a bumper sticker that we knew had to belong to one of the demonstrators.



on a different car

So the idea was to use signs to illustrate that we wish Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler would meet with her constituents on the Peninsula. (I, of course, have never voted for her.)  She has not held a town hall discussion meeting with her constituents here for six years, I am told.  As a group of local liberals, there are most certainly some items we want to bend her ear about.  Other speakers, including one of her potential Democrat challengers for 2018, will appear at the event.

my photos:


oops, her name is misspelled on a last minute sign!


except…Jaime is a congressWOMAN….




Allan’s photos:


by the busy Seaview intersection that is one main entry to the Peninsula




We will be having the town hall with or without Jaime.







group photo

Afterwards, most of us repaired to Chico’s Pizza for an early dinner and discussion hour.


Back home: The work board list got just slightly shorter.


This blog post got written.  And now for the poignant watching of the final episode of Grimm, one of our favourite telly shows.

You may have noticed we had a lot of rain this month.  From The Chinook Observer, our local paper:

“March came in like a lion and, well, pretty much went out like a lion. Rainfall for the month set a new 149-year record of 17.77 inches, smashing the old record of 16.16 inches in 1975. Third place goes to March 1997 with 16.15 inches.”

Also from the paper: The ribbon cutting ceremony from the new car charging station where we weeded yesterday.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

I had complete faith, when I saw the fairly decent weather, that we could complete three more spring clean ups today.

The Red Barn

Red Barn


our good friend Rosie (Allan’s photo)



at The Red Barn Arena


the farrier and our client, Diane


Rosie loves eating hoof trimmings


Farrier’s truck (Allan’s photo)

We care for five containers and a narrow garden bed at the barn.


Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ had not made it well through winter.


removal project; now the narcissi will show up.


sad Erysimum

We unhooked the trailer in order to go next door to Diane’s garden; her driveway was too full to turn around with our full rig.


Ice on water nearby shows how cold the air still felt.

Diane’s garden

At the barn, we had learned from Diane that the new septic still has not been installed.  That means that re-doing her roadside garden won’t happen till perhaps the end of March.


Stipa gigantea, driveway entry (Allan’s photos)



The trees have been cut down along the roadside garden and the stumps will be removed.  The county mowing truck mowed down the heathers and rosemary, the only plants we left behind when we dismantled the garden last fall….probably because it no longer looked like a garden (and it is part of the roadside verge).


hydrangea, before pruning



Diane reminded me that I had spoken of pruning her old blueberries.  We removed 1/3 of the old growth, hoping to encourage better berrying.





Allan had a long walk, twice, back to the debris pile at the barn.



My dear friend Mistie, aged 10, who is doing much better than she was last fall, got a good belly rub and hugging.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We made our second spring clean up trip to KBC to cut back the ferns.


Denny, Mary, and Bella


darling Bella


view in fenced garden, east gate


crocuses and Iris reticulata




and more crocuses



clean up of the driveway garden, before




and after talking to Mary about how she wants room to plant some dwarf conifers here.


east end of pond island bed, before and after trimming ferns


the pond, before


Allan’s brave crossing


before (Allan’s photo)





after (Allan’s photo)


The pond island has many ferns, most of them awkward to reach.






by cottage eight, before and after (Allan’s photos)


near cottage one (Allan’s photos).  Those ferns probably got missed in last year’s pruning.


Allan rescued St. Francis.


the dog memorial garden for Misty, Debbie, and Raven


the first narcissi in the A Frame garden


Allan noticed them, too.








hamamelis (witch hazel) and the cottages on the ridge

I never did get to KBC over the winter to read more cottage journals.  I got too entrenched in my reading chair at home.  Maybe next winter.


by the clam cleaning shed


the last fern of the day

The temperature had dropped drastically.  We were glad to be done.


The crocuses had closed up.  (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo

a dreamy garden

In the van, just before leaving, I checked my messages and saw that Our Kathleen had sent me a real estate link.  Although we are not house hunting, she knows we like to see interesting properties.

Here is the link.

“This is so much more than 4 vacant land parcels. Enter the gates and you enter a private garden like no other. 100s of plants in containers, a grove of bamboo, mature trees and beautiful one-off gazebos and garden features. All of this is anchored by a grand pavilion made from steel and found materials in the grand style of The Rural Studio and Samuel Mockbee. The site features a private well, 2 RV cleanouts, 100amp power, sleeping area, kitchen and bathroom, and 40′ steel storage container.”

I swiped these three photos, because I suppose at some time the real estate listing will go away.


amazing pavilion


a party from the past


a paradise!

I had to see, so we drove about fifty blocks north, only to find another aspect of the property’s perfection:


It has two big gated driveways and you cannot see in, at all—complete privacy.


The other gate

Allan stood on a bucket and said no one was there. He took some photos over the gate…because I was desperate to see inside and I was too sore from work to stand on a bucket.




It is glorious.




Even though there is no house in there, the description included a sleeping area, kitchen, and bathroom.  Oh, if I were even five years younger…I feel too old to uproot my Ilwaco garden.

While fantasizing about living in the 40 foot storage container, I had to firmly remind myself of the advantages of living near a bookstore, post office, library, hospital, and Salt Pub.  And yet…this one will haunt me for awhile.  It had 4000 more square feet than our property does.  I did some online snooping and found the owners are just a bit more than a decade older than us.  That increased my feeling of being too old to move.

Maybe you can buy it and invite us over.

Salt Pub

Tonight, Our Kathleen was in town for our weekly North Beach Garden Gang meeting.  Sadly, Dave and Melissa were unable to attend.


the view


Our Kathleen (Allan’s photo)


pub burger




smoked tuna melt


vanilla creme brulee

We stayed till after closing time, as I figured we would, and that is why I skipped a blogging day.  I was so tired that I forgot to erase three more jobs from the workboard until the following morning.


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Last Sunday, I had such a poignant moment when I got a message from Nancy (co owner of the Depot Restaurant) that her mother Marilyn’s garden (and house) had sold.  Marilyn had passed away this past summer.  We had not been sure when the real estate closing closing would be, perhaps not even till early November, and so the possibility of one last clean up there had still been on the calendar.  Now it had passed into the hands of new owners.

So with poignant thoughts of Marilyn and her healing garden (which will get a slide show blog post later this autumn), I took my finger to erase the task from the work board.

We will deeply miss making the "healing garden" for dear Marilyn.

We will deeply miss making the “healing garden” for dear Marilyn.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

I had a strong desire to dismantle the Corridor of Spooky Plants, having removed the cobwebs from it last night after 9 PM.

the corridor of spooky plants, de-cobwebbed

the corridor of spooky plants, de-cobwebbed and ready to be undone

Skooter (Allan's photo)

Skooter (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Smokey and Skooter

Smokey and Skooter

However, I had a work plan for today rain or shine: to dismantle Diane’s roadside garden.  I collected from the greenhouse all the big pots emptied from this year’s tomato growing.

Look who I found snoozing in the stacked plastic pots.

Look who I found snoozing in the stacked plastic pots.

Pacific tree frog woken from a nap.

Pacific tree frog woken from a nap.

Basket Case Greenhouse

On the way to Diane’s, we detoured to The Basket Case Greenhouse to buy some potting soil.

at The Basket Case

at The Basket Case

me and new owner Roxanne

me and new owner Roxanne

Basket Case has some handsome cannas for sale.

Basket Case has some handsome cannas for sale.

and some black bamboo.

and some black bamboo.

Diane’s garden

Diane and Larry’s septic system has to be redone and the line of trees cut down along the road, so we dug up a lot of the perennials from the roadside garden.  Heavy equipment will be driving there.  We worked through rain squalls and wind.  Most of the time the weather was tolerable.

getting set up

getting set up

a new ramp for our good friend Misty, whose hind legs no longer work very well.

a new ramp for our good friend Misty, whose hind legs no longer work very well.






work in progress

The digging was blessedly easy.

The digging was blessedly easy.

We left in the ground the six or more large pink heathers and the rosemary because we did not think they would transplant well.  Perhaps they and the narcissi and crocus bulbs that are still in the ground will survive being driven over.  We plan to recreate this garden in some form after the project is done.

We also saved as many as we could of the river rock that edged the garden because rocks would surely get shoved down into the soil during the construction work.  It would be more expensive to buy another yard of the rock than to spend the labor saving most of it.

removing the river rock edge

removing the river rock edge





Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, two handsome purple penstemons, some pink and blue scabiosa, some lavenders, a Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’, an Eryngium and some bulbs were all salvaged.

The garden will live in pots over the winter.

The garden will live in pots over the winter.

piles of river rock stashed and waiting

piles of river rock stashed and waiting

an ominous looking mushroom or toadstool (Allan's photo)

an ominous looking mushroom or toadstool (Allan’s photo)

This was perhaps the most important project of the autumn.  I was glad to have it done.

The Anchorage Cottages

The bad weather held off long enough for us to do some pruning at the Anchorage.

our good friend Mitzu

our good friend Mitzu

Allan's pruning of Escallonia 'Iveyi', before

Allan’s pruning of Escallonia ‘Iveyi’, before

and after

and after.  We did not want it to obscure the sign by spring time.

Long Beach

I had been plagued recently by the memory of a dandelion I had forgotten to pull in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter.  Several times recently we had passed through town and I had gotten distracted from stopping to pull it out.

Today I remembered.

Today I remembered.

It was about to bloom!

It was about to bloom!

Geranium 'Rozanne' is still putting on a show in the planters.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is still putting on a show in the planters.

I need to remember to trim back the rugosa rose on the south side of the police station.

I need to remember to trim back the rugosa rose on the south side of the police station.

More 'Rozanne' and lavender

More ‘Rozanne’ and lavender

and this awesome succulent whose name I forget. (I only have two of them.)

and this awesome succulent whose name I forget. (I only have two of them.)


We got home with just enough time to undo the Corridor of Spooky Plants before dark.

down comes Halloween

down comes Halloween

I took down the plants and Allan dismantled the bamboo and rebar framework.

I took down the plants and Allan dismantled the bamboo and rebar framework.

back to normal

back to normal

one less project on the work board

one less project on the work board


1995 (age 71):

Nov 1:  Probate [from Dad’s death in June] completed per attorney.  Spent this afternoon digging dahlias tubers from Tam area [former juniper tam bed, now flowers, by the roadside].  Received Wayside and Spring Hill orders mostly perennials and some bulbs on Wayside order.  The shop [large two room outbuilding] was plenty warm this AM so I turned the heat off for the day.


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