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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Before we got started, the mum of our friend Thandi came to visit the garden.  (As we have with many of our friends, we had told her to tour it anytime as long as she closes the deer gates.)

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alliums and santolina in the back garden

The Depot Restaurant…

…got the usual watering and grooming.

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Dierama (angel’s fishing rod) in bloom

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Allan’s photo

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Dierema

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assorted eryngiums

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Allan’s photo

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north side of dining deck

Red Barn Arena

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Allan’s photo

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Misty was at the barn today…

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…with Holly and Diane (Allan’s photo)

In the barrels, even the red diascia have almost dried up.

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sad diascias, a plant I usually think of as pretty tough

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I cut them way back.

Even though the red diascia were by request, I swear that next year I am going to go all ultra-drought tolerant in those barrels.  Small red sedums and sempervivums around the edges would be a good solution.

Diane’s garden

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between Diane’s and the Red Barn (Allan’s photo)

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Diane’s garden

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a belly rub was insisted upon

The Basket Case Greenhouse

We made a quick stop on the way north to pick up some blue “Korean agastache” that Roxanne had grown from seed (and a few other impulse buys, of course, including a gold leafed four o clock called ‘Limelight’).

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still lots of choices in the annuals house

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Look who stopped to say hi.  (Allan’s photo)

On the way further north to Klipsan Beach, we delivered a life jacket to J9, who is planning to go boating with a friend this weekend.

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J9’s place

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J9 made a planter out of this old crab pot.

Of course, we then had to drive by Ed Strange’s place on the way back to the highway and were fortunate to find him home.

touring Ed’s Garden

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Ed’s place

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He is slowly landscaping the neighbours’ front garden, as well.

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gold and more gold by the dog run

Awhile ago, Ed ran a culvert pipe along the road, thus being able to expand the front edge of the garden into what used to be a bank of salal and a ditch.  You can see the salal in this old photo:

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2014

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same area today

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My good friend Jackson Strange (He’s a Springer Spaniel.)

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Allan’s photo

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front porch

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fancy pelargoniums

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Ed’s east facing porch and deck

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I had delphinium envy.  Maybe I could grow them in a pot.

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On the deck; he’s had this cactus for 46 years.

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view east from the deck.  The old single wide next door is going to be demolished soon.

Ed waters his handsome clump of gunnera for an hour a day, he says, and mulches it heavily.

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Allan’s photo

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The round grey “pavers” are Sedum ‘Cape Blanco’

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by the garage

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Note the gunnera on this painting.

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hebe in the back garden

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Ed’s enviable hostas

Ed agreed to be the one who will dig up and take away my sad tattered hostas and give them a better life.

We had a tour of Ed’s home.  My home would never be tidy like this if someone dropped by.

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vintage light fixture and stained glass inset

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his grandma’s pug

Then we all had to get back to work.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We weeded and tidied.  The garden had held up well since last week.  In gardens like this one, where we can count on not having to water, we get a lot more actual gardening done.

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It suddenly felt quite hot out.  (About 70 F)

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Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

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One of Mary’s glorious rose bushes

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sit spot with Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

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Allan’s photo

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Echinops (blue globe thistle)

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Allan noticed them, too.

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another healthy rose

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I wish I knew the names of all the roses Mary has.

Deadheading Rose ‘Bow Bells’ (Allan’s photos):

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before

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after

We headed all the way back to Ilwaco for our last job of a pleasantly easy day.

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Allan shopped at Sid’s Supermarket on the way (his photo)

Port of Ilwaco

We watered 9 of the curbside gardens, some long, and some just little pockets.

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Looking west on Howerton from the port office

I had an unnerving experience while watering the Time Enough Books garden.  A baby bird hopped out onto the street, followed by its anxious mother.

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The mother cheeped frantically.

The baby went further out into the street.  The mother played “I have a broken wing!”  I tried to stop traffic but had to back up…in the street!…because a woman just would not stop.  Finally she did…on top of the baby bird, which I could no longer see.  When she finally asked what was wrong, and I said there was a baby bird under her car, she asked what to do, and I told her I really had no idea.  (I could not get down and crawl under the car plus I did not trust her not to move.)  Thank all creation that when she drove on, the bird was fine.  I gently boosted it back up into the garden while the mother made another dramatic broken wing pantomime.

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The parents continued to keep a close eye on me.

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There’s a baby bird somewhere in the garden.

Allan’s photos:

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

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parsley, poppy, toadflax

Tomorrow: Back to the watering rounds in Long Beach and Ilwaco.

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

The Depot Restaurant

watering and weeding the Depot garden

watering and weeding the Depot garden

north side of deck

north side of deck

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Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod)

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

Dierama is the star of the show right now.

Dierama is the star of the show right now.

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Dierama and Nicotiana langsdorfii (backed with Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’

further admiration

further admiration

the front with planting by Nancy of Basket Case Greenhouse

the front with planting by Nancy of Basket Case Greenhouse

Long Beach 

the welcome sign

the welcome sign, front: Cosmos ‘Sonata’, Bidens, Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

from the sidewalk

from the sidewalk (godetia in foreground)

I hope Parks Manager Mike has noticed the godetia; he likes it.

I hope Parks Manager Mike has noticed the godetia; he likes it.

welcome sign, back

welcome sign, back: Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and white bacopa

We knew that an art show would be held in the Coulter Park historic train depot over the weekend, so Allan pulled the birds foot trefoil out from among the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ there.

This area is tricky to get into because of the new railing, so we've let the Crocosmia totally take it over.

This area is tricky to get into because of the new railing, so we’ve let the Crocosmia totally take it over.

the birds foot trefoil is as beautiful as the crocosmia, too bad it is seen as a weed here.

the birds foot trefoil is as beautiful as the crocosmia, too bad it is seen as a weed here.

such a pretty weed

such a pretty weed

after: now more acceptable to the public

after: now more acceptable to the public

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more Crocosmia down the block

more Crocosmia down the block

Next, some weeding at Long Beach City Hall.

looking west

looking west

Gladiolus nanus

Gladiolus nanus

gladiolus nanus

gladiolus nanus

west side, Gene and Peggy's planting of Crocosmia

west side, Gene and Peggy’s planting of Crocosmia

rosemary and lavatera

rosemary and lavatera with Nicotiana langsdorfii (lower right)

a different gladiolus nanus

a different gladiolus nanus

Allan's photo: deadheading Armeria maritima (sea thrift)

Allan’s photos: deadheading Armeria maritima (sea thrift), before

after

after

The tragic thing was that I was going to pull that whole clump out, as it is infested with creeping buttercup and is rather old and tatty…but I forgot till he had already deadheaded it, so I left it alone.

Next: watering the city planters.

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a Basket Case basket

a Basket Case basket

Resolved: redo and improve the planter by my favourite shop, NIVA green, next year.

Resolved: redo and improve the planter by my favourite shop, NIVA green, next year.  It is blah.

Kudos to Scoopers ice cream for making this planting by the sidewalk.

Kudos to Scoopers ice cream for making this planting by the sidewalk.

I want the NIVA planter be more like this one.  It is, however, less sheltered than this one.

I want the NIVA planter be more like this one. It is, however, less sheltered than this one.

Cosmos 'Sonata' with Agastache

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ with Agastache

Cosmos, Agastache, Fuchsia 'Golden Gate', blue bacopa

Cosmos, Agastache, Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’, blue and white bacopa, Salvia viridis

same planter from the sidewalk

same planter from the sidewalk

Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'

Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’

Not so nice: the tree garden outside Dennis Co was trampled in some way.

Not so nice: the tree garden outside Dennis Co was trampled in some way.

It still has one good side with a helianthemum.

It still has one good side with a helianthemum.

Heather from NIVA green came strolling up the street with her little dog, Buzz.

Heather from NIVA green came strolling up the street with her little dog, Buzz.

I admired my favourite planter from the other side of the street.

I admired my favourite planter from the other side of the street.

didn't have time to sit a spell at NIVA green...

didn’t have time to sit a spell at NIVA green…

Allan's photo: tigridia by the carousel

Allan’s photo: tigridia by the carousel

I relished the increasingly cool, grey weather.

I relished the increasingly cool, grey weather.

outside Captain Bob's Chowder

outside Captain Bob’s Chowder

We did a quick weeding and fluffing of Fifth Street Park and then heading south to water in…

Ilwaco

I watered the boatyard garden and then did some weeding there, while Allan watered the street trees and planters in town.

at the boatyard...

at the boatyard…

...a departure

…a departure

...and the Marine Travelift just squeaks by where Allan is parked filling up the water trailer.

…and the Marine Travelift just squeaks by where Allan is parked filling up the water trailer.

Allan's photo as the travelift eases by.

Allan’s photo as the travelift eases by.

I have to water from behind the fence, which is frustrating when I see weeds.

I have to water from behind the fence, which is frustrating when I see weeds.

in the boatyard

in the boatyard: the watering obstacle course

looking north from the boatyard gate

looking north from the boatyard gate

south end of boatyard garden

south end of boatyard garden

Horsetail and bindweed are the curse of this garden.  The rose campion does not like the dry soil.

Horsetail and bindweed are the curse of this garden. The rose campion does not like the dry soil.

Santolinas are poised to be the stars of the garden when I pull the poppies.

Santolinas are poised to be the stars of the garden when I pull the poppies.

santolina, rose campion, achillea, poppies

santolina, rose campion, achillea, poppies

blue catananche

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Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

santolina and pink achillea (yarrow)

santolina and pink achillea (yarrow)

The Cove Restaurant

At seven thirty, we met Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Landscape Maintenance for our tradition, which now includes catching up with them on a week’s worth of happenings in the garden.

Allan's noodle bowl

Allan’s vegetable stir fry with chicken

Dave's lomo saltado

Dave’s lomo saltado

my ahi tuna

my ahi tuna

Dave and Allan dig in.

Dave and Allan dig in.  Melissa had the delicious Prawns solo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, July 18th

Our very first thing on Thursday was to go to The Planter Box garden center to take some photos for the Peninsula Cash Mob Facebook page. Some of our friends were there, so we timed it well. Unlike offseason cash mobs, we could not wait around for more folks to show up. We heard later that Tom and Judy went and bought another Japanese maple for a grand total of 31 in their small garden.

friends at the cash mob

friends at the cash mob

Then we began our work day back in Long Beach checking on the planters on the Sid Snyder beach approach. I want to share how good the World Mark resort garden looks at the west end of the road. It had been languishing and looking pretty awful a few years ago, with tatty overgrown Phormiums and lots of weeds. Local landscaper and nurseryman Steve Clarke took it on a little over a year ago and now it looks wonderful.

garden by Steve Clarke

garden by Steve Clarke

We checked on Gene’s garden and did just a little more weeding and deadheading to keep it absolutely spiffing for tour day.

Allan weeding Gene's cute little streetside pocket garden

Allan weeding Gene’s cute little streetside pocket garden

ready for tour day

ready for tour day at Gene and Peggy’s garden

Peggy, who created this garden, died of ovarian cancer late this spring. She would have been so proud of all the work Gene has done here. The arrangements of pots and hanging baskets is all his (with large baskets created by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse). All we did was add plants to the long streetside garden and do some advising and weeding on the rest of the garden.

Gene's porch and driveway arrangements

Gene’s porch and driveway arrangements

Next, the Depot Restaurant, where the Dierama is in its full glory.

at the Depot

at the Depot

Cosmos filling in at the Depot

Cosmos filling in at the Depot

Then…

the weekly deadheading and horsetail purge at the Long Beach welcome sign

the weekly deadheading and horsetail purge at the Long Beach welcome sign

And on to Jo’s for the last thorough check up before garden tour day.

newly planted area looking good at Jo's

newly planted area looking good at Jo’s

friendly little bird at Jo's

friendly little bird at Jo’s

no telephoto required for Jo's birds!

no telephoto required for Jo’s birds!

Jo’s garden is looking wonderful and would get one more pre-tour visit.

We next weeded in Long Beach’s Coulter Park because a “Railroad Days” event would take place the next day in the old train depot building there. (I love the annual Railroad Days but this year its weekend would be all garden touring instead.) It is so difficult to weed where a neighboring house lets salmonberry and bindweed grow up thickly on the other side of the fence so that it pops through both above and underground. I despair.

Coulter Park disaster

Coulter Park disaster

I had found a solution to the problem of having to water the Long Beach planters again. We would do them again on Thursday, and that would hold them through the weekend. We just would not have time on Friday. The plants must have been thrilled to get delicious water two days in a row…unheard of! Allan watered the tree gardens and bucket watered the Bolstadt beach approach planters (so tiring) and I did the city ones. No resting on the cute bench by NIVA green!

NIVA bench

NIVA bench

By seven thirty, we were back in Ilwaco giving a good watering to Larry and Robert’s garden. Tom and Judy came across the street and visited with us while we finished up.

the boat needs more plants!!

the boat needs more plants!!

right: Larry and Robert garden, and across the street, Tom and Judy's

right: Larry and Robert garden, and across the street, Tom and Judy’s

Finally, in the later evening at home I had a bit more time to check my garden. Even though I was expecting three discerning garden friends to visit I had not had time to make it perfect. That will have to wait till we are on the Edible Garden tour on August 11!

a lily at home

a lily at home

in the back garden

in the back garden

Friday, July 19th

We had cleared the decks of work and only needed to check the three tour gardens one last time! At each one, I took a series of photos of the garden in perfection, as I knew that on tour day there will be people milling about (another good photo subject, but I would like some clear shots of each garden as well).

We took our best table and chairs up to Marilyn's lawn.

We took our best table and chairs up to Marilyn’s lawn.

and only found this many weeds and clippings to remove!

and only found this many weeds and clippings to remove!

Marilyn's mom, Nancy, is ready for tour day!

Marilyn’s mom, Nancy, is ready for tour day!

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and so is the garden, all filled in on the edges!

Yes, the Round Up disaster was successfully thwarted and the garden looks lush.

"Marilyn and Nancy's healing garden"

“Marilyn and Nancy’s healing garden”

Just down the street, a deer demonstrated why this garden is a good example of how one can have lots of flowers even with deer browsing by the house windows.

by the road

by the road

We made a quick stop at Jo’s and found very little to do other than take lots of photos to add to the tour day album.

Jo is ready, too.

Jo is ready, too.

Coco would love to meet all the people on tour day.

Coco

Coco

But Coco is going “to the doggy spa” on tour day so that there is no chance she might escape the garden with all the gates open and people going into and out of the house.

Sorry, Coco!

Sorry, Coco!

At Gene’s, we met his daughter who had come to help on the last day. Gene was off buying food for the tour since he, as all the tour hosts, were going all out on hospitality.

Gene's garden is ready!

Gene’s garden is ready!

And finally…after texting them several times to report about how close we were to being done with work…we got to Olde Towne Café in time to join our friends from out of town!

Kathleen, Olde Towne owner Luanne, and Sheila!

Kathleen, Olde Towne owner Luanne, and Sheila!

Debbie Teashon showed up shortly after this photo was taken and the party was complete.

Later that evening we gathered for a Serious Pizza dinner in our garden along with Tom and Judy, our wonderful gardening neighbours from down the block.

pizza party with Sheila, Judy, Tom, Debbie, Allan

pizza party with Sheila, Judy, Tom, Debbie, Allan

Kathleen was staying at the north end of the Peninsula so we would not see her again till Saturday.

Just outside the fence from our party patio (where we have quiet, good neighbour gatherings only!) sits my late neighbour Nora’s house. I miss her and hope that someday when it goes up for sale that some wonderful gardener neighbours buy it….someone like my friends here.

Oh for a good neighbour

Oh for a good neighbour

Next, the Music in the Gardens tour! But first, do let me remind you of a wonderful tour coming up on July 27th:

CASA tour

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