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Thursday, 5 July 2018

at the post office

our post office garden

matchy matchy Asiatic lily (probably ‘Landini’) and a sanguisorba

Depot Restaurant

weeding and watering…

Dierama (Angels’ Fishing Rod) is blooming.

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, Agastache (‘Blue Boa’, maybe) and Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’

Long Beach

Allan string trimming around the welcome sign

back side

We watered the Long Beach planters downtown.

busy tourist town (Allan’s photo)

Cosmos ‘Xanthos’

We will crisscross the street to do the other three planters in a group of four while waiting for a large crowd to move on.  Still, we do end up having to ask people to move so we can water.

Only once years ago did someone get angry and ask me to come back later; I said gently that we were on our way to water all the Ilwaco planters after Long Beach so no, we could not come back later—and she did move.

Sometimes, even though Long Beach is fun, I get tired of the noise and traffic in summer and end up counting off how many planters I have to do before I am done watering.

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ persists in a planter even after I decided it was too tall and moved it to Fifth Street Park.

One of the shop workers arrives to work on this. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

We tidied up the gardens in Veterans Field for the Friday farmers market.

Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’…and a white one.

Due to sprinkler problems, the monarda looks stressed. I think I don’t want it in this bed anymore. (Sprinkler probably blocked by too many plants—typical of our gardens.)

Port of Ilwaco

We watered some, but not all, of the curbside gardens.

my one pitiful eremerus (Allan’s photo)

by Ilwaco pavilion

A pleasant fellow stopped to ask about santolinas; he liked them.

My favourite bed is still marred by finger blight.

The lavenders may not heal up. Certainly not by the big fireworks show on July 7th.

The santolina will heal…eventually.

Don Nisbett’s signs have been installed!

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ gets the most comments and queries nowadays.

We were tidying because of fireworks show crowds on Saturday and Art Walk on Friday.

This is what a properly pruned santolina looks like.  It will flower later.

This is the only one I forgot to clip!

We got the watering done from David Jensen’s architecture office all the way to Time Enough Books; then I did a walkabout of the Ilwaco planters while Allan watered them.

downtown window

before chickweed removal

after…it lurks beneath though

Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’ (top) is my favourite. I was worried people would not find it bright enough.


Good citizen Ethel was string trimming and then raking along the sidewalk for art walk night.

Ethel’s efforts to beautify the town were a perfect example of action instead of big talk and complaints.

While Allan continued watering the planters, which takes an hour and a half minimum, I watered the boatyard garden.  It used to take us half an hour or forty five minutes to water the planters back when we bucket watered them, before the water trailer.  But we are just no longer up to hauling what was literally 800 pounds of water twice a week.

view from behind the boatyard fence; the shadow is of a boat prow that was above me

While watering, I pulled some horsetail and grass away from the back of the fence.

I was daunted by huge slugs hiding down there.  I had not brought to the far end of the fence my slug disposal tools or a pair of gloves.  I was just pulling with bare hands.  I do hate touching a slug.

Afterwards, I looked at my particularly arthritic finger and for a creepy few moments I felt like it was just going to break right off at the joint.

horrific, depressing old age

I walked down to the other far end of the boatyard and the hose was not there.  (I use a series of hoses that lay around by the faucets…usually.)  I simply could not hobble all the way back to the middle of the other stretch of fence and drag a hose back.  Fortunately, Allan, who has no arthritis that we know of, showed up in the nick of time and watered the south end of the garden while I sat in the van in a state of collapse.  So glad to be home at dusk.




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Monday, 18 June 2018

By the time this publishes a week after it happened, we will, if all goes well, have returned from a five day trip to the Big City for the Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend.  Oh, how I have fretted and been filled with dread about the trip (and city traffic) because in some ways I am almost agoraphobic, and because it worries me to leave my garden and our jobs during summer.  We registered in January and I have been anxious for months!  I have been so tempted to cancel, time after time, till I missed the deadline for being able to get one’s money back.

We planned on a short week of mostly watering (which certainly won’t last while we are gone).

Long Beach

Allan watered the trees and a few planters while I watered the rest of the planters.

This tree, with Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ and an unfortunate amount of weed grass mixed in, probably looks like nothing but weeds to all but the most avid fan of ornamental grass.

Eryngium under a tree (Allan’s photos)

with lychnis and Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’

Allan found a rock.

Allan saw Bernardo from Abbracci Coffee bringing coffee grounds to our trailer…

The nice green bucket was a parting gift to us. We are sad because Bernardo and Tony have sold Abbracci and are moving back to the city.  (A new owner will reopen on June 26th, the day this publishes, in fact!)

California poppies and cerinthe

California poppies and diascia

a rather insipidly pink ‘Popsocks’ cosmos

agastaches on both sides of the street

agastache, Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’, Calif. poppies

pink oenothera

This pink oenothera always reminds me of Ann Lovejoy and of the first time I heard her give a garden lecture (that changed my life).

Cosmos ‘Sonata’, (below)  a better color than ‘Popsocks’ (above)

This tree, I believe, had run under the sidewalk to the nearby planter…

and popped up!

This formerly yellow climbing rose was planted years ago by a volunteer, and has now reverted to the red flowering rootstock:

It’s roots go so deep we can’t get it out, even though it is in a ridiculous place and wants to wave into traffic.  It takes constant cutting back.  I remembered how many volunteers tried to grow something up the lamp post and how that never worked out well.

I am thrilled that after being stark white for a couple of weeks, Wind World Kites and The Candy Man got brightly painted again.

We weeded in Fifth Street Park, which is probably so wild with Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ in bud that it reads like a mess to most viewers right now.

Better soon, I hope.

Allan found and pulled a mess of bindweed in the back corner of the SE quadrant.

We regained some energy with crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder.


Shelburne Hotel

We watered and weeded.  I was encouraged to see the garden had made it from Thursday watering to Monday without much stress. That bodes well for our being gone for five days.

The wisteria needs pruning as it is reaching for the gutters.  Soon! I clipped at it just a bit.

from the pub deck

You can see where the new owners pulled it off the building.

front garden, looking north

A pretty rose at the back of the front garden:

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Allium christophii (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

and looking south

I wish we had time to dine at the pub, but more watering called.


I did a walkabout of the planters while Allan watered them.

before pulling chickweed


halfway to the boatyard, Allan watering in the distance

I watered at the boatyard while Allan finished his planter rounds.

At home, after a mere eight hour day, I petted my elderly neighbor, Rudder.

Allan went on to water the Post Office and Fire Station volunteer gardens, making his day even longer.

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The yearly planting of the annuals started slow with the loading of a few perennials for a garden down the street.

by our driveway

by our driveway

The iridescent purple African daisy is a division from one in Judy's garden.

The iridescent purple African daisy is a division from one in Judy’s garden.

I tend to linger a bit while packing up the vehicle with the daily items in order to admire nearby plants in our own garden.

a clematis on the garage wall

a clematis on the garage wall

Just on the verge of the beginning of annuals hell, I thought we should make an appearance at our newest job, Mayor Mike’s garden. My policy now is I will try to take on any pretty garden in Ilwaco because of the quick commute time, and I certainly was not going to say no to working on the mayor’s garden, especially since it is right across the street from another job, Cheri’s garden. Mike operates an RV park next to his home, and one of the residents walks by our garden a lot. (Most of them do because it is on the walking route to the post office and store.) One day last week we saw her at the post office and she said she wanted to see sunflowers in Mike’s garden. Then the next day, walking past my garden on my day off, she said that she realized that would not do because it was supposed to be a red, white and blue garden. She asked if there were such a thing as a white sunflower. Why yes, Italian white, and as it turned out I happened to have some seeds of exactly that. We went to Mike’s on Wednesday just to weed, plant a few perennials (to make our own mark on the garden!) and I did put in three little patches of white sunflower seeds, with fingers crossed.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

Now, that can’t be all red white and blue, thought I, because I see rose campion which will have magenta flowers and the previous gardener, Carol Jones, had installed a whole row of my one of my reseeding nemesis plants , pink flowered geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’.

a row of A.T. Johnson; Carol probably got it from me!

a row of A.T. Johnson; Carol probably got it from me!

(probably) Pink Panda ornamental strawberry is also not red!

(probably) Pink Panda ornamental strawberry is also not red!

Carol had planted several areas in delicate blue flax, a plant that I rarely see in gardens, and very pretty it is.

blue flax

blue flax

To be safe, the perennials I chose to plant fell into the possibly desired colour range.

Eryngium 'Jade Frost', Variegated figwort, Lobelia tupa

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’, Variegated figwort, Lobelia tupa

We were happy that the soil was damp, so someone waters this garden and it is one less watering job we need to do.

The next morning we encountered Mike at the Post Office (there is no mail delivery in town so you will see almost everyone at the PO eventually) and told him the sunflower story. He said it is not a red white and blue garden by design. (Whew!) Uh oh, it turns out he did not want sunflowers just because they would look out of place. I confessed to the planting of three would-be clumps of Italian White to please the RV park folks and said I did not think they would look too bad because they are a rather elegant sunflower. We shall see. With my not so great luck with seeds, they may not grow at all.

The ridiculously dry weather meant that we had to water the Ilwaco planters. I had a very few plants ready to go into them….

Erysimum 'Apricot Twist' and some Diascia 'Blackthorn Apricot' with the pretty yellow of the Portside Café.

Erysimum ‘Apricot Twist’ and some Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’ with the pretty yellow of the Portside Café.

Each street tree has simple perennials at the base. I would love to take the bricks out because they are so annoying to weed. Maybe someday. Maybe this year!

tree garden

tree garden

The boatyard also needed watering. Imagine my dismay when I found the crew had sprayed round up or some such along the gravel on the back side of the fence.

sprayed Linaria

sprayed Linaria

sprayed California poppies

sprayed California poppies

Why???????? AND the spray had drifted and distorted leaves on the back of the garden itself. I put on my softest voice and talked to the head of the crew with utmost self control; really. Really, I was very nice. I WAS!! He said it will never happen again. I believe him. I did point out that only the pretty seedlings were killed, and horsetail did not even flinch.

He promised never to let them spray again.

He promised never to let them spray again.

A nice local woman stopped as I continued watering and asked if I were really busy with work. I told her so busy I could cry so please don’t even ask! Could I recommend any other gardeners, she asked, and I said I could not think of any that were not also totally overbooked. It is a problem! I could set the right person up with almost a full schedule of jobs that we cannot take on.

After all that, I was happy to stop for the second to last Olde Towne coffee klatsch with Judy and Patt. (Patt has been working part time locally even though she moved to Battleground because of her spouse’s work transfer; her job ends next week and with it our weekly coffee get together….a break I can ill afford the time for during garden season but I remind myself that life is fleeting and friendship is more meaningful than being caught up on work.) Today we were joined by would-be, someday Peninsulite Kathleen, who hopes to retire here and would love to find an affordable vacation home in the meantime. We had met because she vacations at the Anchorage Cottages till her dream home materializes.

I must admit I vented about overwork and the “weed” spraying almost before sitting down and it took at least fifteen minutes and one of Luanne’s delicous vegetarian sandwiches before I relaxed. (Thanks for listening, P, K, and J.) With all that, I forgot to take a photo of all of us. Here are Kathleen and Patt, after Judy departed. (Allan had gone off to water Time Enough Books and some port gardens.)

Kathleen and Patt

Kathleen and Patt

Allan and I then drove off to the Basket Case Greenhouse to start the serious acquisition of annuals. Walking through the first greenhouse, I almost had to sit down from dizziness. It was a little scary. A lot scary. The same thing happened a year ago while I was deadheading the Anchorage planters, so I remembered that I had survived that. I soldiered on and felt better after (on owner Nancy’s advice) drinking a whole bottle of water. I had not drunk any since before watering the boatyard, just an iced double latte at Olde Towne. One MUST remember to hydrate while gardening.

Crisis averted, the annuals were gathered and off we went to Andersen’s RV Park to begin the yearly planting.

Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice'

Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’

The above “million bells” has been a big seller at The Basket Case this spring and I did not get as many as I wanted. Just the name makes my mouth water.

Petunia 'Pink Lemonade'

Petunia ‘Pink Lemonade’

Last year I discovered Pink Lemonade petunia when it was almost sold out. I have never been big on petunias but many people love them, and they are appealing to me more with the great new colours, especially Pretty Much Picasso. (The next day when I added more annuals I discovered I had almost missed the PMP chartreuse and green ‘tunia: there were only five left and I snagged them all! Nancy has used a lot of them in her hanging baskets.)

At Andersen’s I planted Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, a great bright yellow d0-er, along the back of the Payson planters…

three Payson Hall planters

three Payson Hall planters

…with some Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and some Sanvitalia and those lemon slices tucked in among overwintered diascias along the front. Owner Lorna had not liked the white with peach cups Narcissi against the white building so Allan replanted all of them over by the restroom/laundry/clam cleaning building. He made an interesting curve.

Allan's design

Allan’s design

I was so pleased to see that a patch of rugosa roses has grown in so thickly that it hides (almost) the one area of weeds that we never got to.

the advantage of rugosas

the advantage of rugosas

And…jackpot!! Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’ almost perfectly matches the new paint job on Lorna’s benches. Lorna wanted it peachier in colour, but maybe with this perfect match in pots nearby the colour will be more acceptable.

It's a miracle!

It’s a miracle!

(She probably wanted the benches exactly that Diascia colour.)

We planted seven big pots, worked till after seven and still did not get the picket fence garden weeded. We need more plants for Payson Hall so back tomorrow.

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