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Thursday, 21 January 2016

How lucky my visitors and I had been yesterday to tour gardens in a brisk wind and no rain.  On Thursday, the Long Beach Peninsula had one of the rainiest days ever.  I put on my boots and took a garden walk.

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an exceptional amount of standing water

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looking east

 

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west side path

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fire circle

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bogsy woods lawn

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Jared and Jessika’s back yard to our east

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on my way back inside

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Fortunately, a Piet Oudolf book had arrived for me from the library.

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inspiration

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The thoughts on public gardens are so useful to me.

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one or two gardeners! 😉

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perfect winter days

Ah, “You can just sit…reading gardening books…next to your cat…”

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I appreciate the non-murderous philosophy here.

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food and kindness toward all

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Piet Oudolf…my favourite gardener

And just after midnight, here were the rain totals for today.

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The next day, Ilwaco City Hall looked like this:

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Allan’s photo

And there was standing water on roads all around the Peninsula.  The rain did stop after another quarter inch overnight, and we had a few days to dry out.

Over the course of garden book reading in the last couple of weeks, I added this many plants to my list (typed with one finger on my phone notes while holding a big book). Some I’ve wanted for a long time (Helianthus salicifolius) and others are of interest for one reason or another:

Piet Oudolf:

Selinum wallichianum

Isatis tinctoria.  (woad)

Helianthus salicifolius

Kirengeshomo palmata

Lindefolia anchusoides

Persicaria polymorpha

Persicaria amplexicaulis alba

Origanum ‘Rossenkupel’

Thalictrum ‘Hewitt’s  Double’ (used to have this)

Solidago ‘Golden Rain’

Veronicastrum

Salvia glutinosa (shade)

Molina caerulea ‘Poul Peterson’

Vernonia ‘Iron Butterfly’

Helenium ‘Rubinswerg’

Solidago ‘Golden Rain’

Agastache nepetoides. Must have.

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Apollo’

Salvia ‘Madeline’

Sanguisorba menziessi ‘Wake Up’

Actaea ‘Queen of Sheba’

Pennisetum  viridescens

From The New Shade Garden by Ken Druse:

Stilophorum diphyllum. Yellow wood poppy

Dicentra spectabilis is now lamprocapnos (must remember this)

Cornus kousa ‘Wolf Eyes’. Small tree

Bux us microphylla ‘Wanford Page’. It is Chartreuse.

Blue cohosh. Caulophyllum thalictroides

From The Art Of Gardening (Chanticleer)

Helianthus ‘Capenoch Star’

H ‘Gold Lace’

H ‘Santa Fe’

Angelica gigas

Rudbeckia ‘Henry Ellers’

Begonia grandis evansiana

Dahlia ‘Verrone’s Obsidian’

Rose ‘Westerland’.  Orange climber.

Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum

Symphytum ‘Axminster gold’

Thuja ‘Green Giant’

Salix sachalinensis ‘Golden Sunshine’

Disanthus cercidifolius

Euonymous Europeas or Americanus

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