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Monday, 2 November 2015

I had been wanting a day off to read a Stephen McCauley book that I had started at bedtime last night.  It was not to be; I woke up to sunny weather.

Because we need to get a head start on fall clean up before bulb time begins (which will happen at the end of this week when the rest of the bulbs arrive), I broke it to Allan that it was a work day after all.  No more long weekends till bulb time and fall clean up are done.  We could get some of the soft, no longer appealing (to me) annuals out of the Long Beach planters.

Long Beach

We pulled the last of the cosmos out of the welcome sign garden.

We pulled the last of the cosmos out of the welcome sign garden.

echibeckia and bidens still putting on a good show

echibeckia and bidens still putting on a good show

I started on the planters, working from south to north till our trailer got full.

The parsley is a cute accent in this one...after I prevented it from filling up the entire planter, by pulling numerous seedlings.

The parsley is a cute accent in this one…after I prevented it from filling up the entire planter, by pulling numerous seedlings.

little sedums colonizing the bench, which is probably due to be replaced.

little sedums colonizing the bench, which is probably due to be replaced.

Some of the cosmos still look too good to pull.

Some of the cosmos still look too good to pull.

planter near the pet supplies shop, with a big old woody lavender

planter near the pet supplies shop, with a big old woody lavender

This planter also has a two barberries, two Pink Princess escallonias, and a variegated Euonymous that would like to get huge, all from the old volunteer days.

This planter also has a two barberries, two Pink Princess Escallonias, and a variegated Euonymous that would like to get huge, all from the old volunteer days.

after, with one of the barberries gone

after, with one of the barberries gone

The other barberry is ‘Rose Glow’, which would love to be huge, is in the center on the street side, and has its roots wrapped around the wiring and plumbing, as do the escallonias.

At my request, Allan tackled the nearby street tree pocket garden that has been colonized by rugosa rose and weedy grasses.

before

before (Allan’s photos)

during

during

after

after  (roses clipped back hard, not entirely dug out…more’s the pity)

tackling a planter (Allan's photo)

tackling a planter, and being caught by a rain storm (Allan’s photo)

It was one of those days of being too hot, putting on summer shirt, then too cold, putting on winter shirt, then too wet, putting on raincoat, then much too hot….etc.

another street tree, with Lysmachia punctata (Allan's photo)

another street tree, with Lysimachia punctata (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo), and then I asked him to dig out the carex at the left hand corner, and he did.

after (Allan’s photo), and then I asked him to dig out the carex at the left hand corner, and he did.

 

planter by police station, before

planter by police station, before

after

after

I cannot bring myself to do a hard cut-back of the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ while it still has blue flowers.

I like the look of the cotoneaster draping over the big planter in Lewis and Clark Square.  However, I knew Parks Manager Mike would be happy if I pruned it, so I did.  Meanwhile, Allan was digging out as much of the lady’s mantle as possible.

before

before

after: My shadow is brooding over the variegated ivy which I would also love to get out of there. The internal sprinkler system makes that tricky.

after: My shadow is brooding over the variegated ivy which I would also love to get out of there. The internal sprinkler system makes that tricky.  Mike is never happy when I break it.

esacallonia by Scoopers Ice Cream (NOT planted by us)

esacallonia by Scoopers Ice Cream (NOT planted by us)  Allan’s photo

Allan's photo after he cut it to the ground, at my request

Allan’s photo after he cut it to the ground, at my request

We did the same thing to the escallonia last fall.  It is E ‘Pink Princess’ and would like to be over six feet tall and wide; I’ve seen it get to ten feet tall.  It should never have been planted in any of the planters but sadly for me is in two of them and the roots are too massive to remove without risking damage to the wiring and plumbing.  The volunteer who planted it used to do an excellent job of pruning it frequently.  I am not so kind to it.

While I groomed several planters near Fifth Street Park, Allan cut down the Darmera Peltata by the pond.

before

before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

working till sunset (earlier now because of Daylight Saving Time starting yesterday)

working till sunset (earlier now because of Daylight Saving Time starting yesterday)

Allan hauling Darmera leaves to the trailer.

Allan hauling Darmera leaves to the trailer.

We had already made two runs to the debris pile today; this is the beginning of the third load, to be dumped tomorrow.

We had already made two runs to the debris pile today; this is the beginning of the third load, to be dumped tomorrow.

Our work day had come upon us so suddenly that Allan hadn’t had time to make lunch sandwiches, so we were glad when the sun set and we could go to the Kabob House for an early dinner.  Unlike most of my friends,  I like daylight saving time because I am tired, and I welcome long winter evenings indoors.

the welcoming glow of the Kabob House

the welcoming glow of the Kabob House

warm and out of the chilly wind

warm and out of the chilly wind

Behnoosh (Allan's photo)

Chef and owner Behnoosh (Allan’s photo)

Benoosh’s landlord, Doug Knutzen, and his wife had made this nice display of the rave review that the Kabob House recently got in the local paper.

baba ganoush

baba ganoush

chicken kabob (Allan's photo, after he already took a bite)

chicken kabob (Allan’s photo, after he already took a bite)

Behnoosh asked Allan about the boating posts on our blog, as it turns out she likes to go fishing and wants to know more about local rivers.  Her days off are rarer than ours and to be cherished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

We began our day with some Thundermuck Coffee from Columbia River Coffee Roasters.  Nora’s granddaughter, Alycia, had come to visit her grandma’s house (now her own beach house) and had given the bag of coffee beans to us.  She told me that Nora had gone with her caretaker to the coffee shop that used to be on Lake Street and said the coffee was the best she had ever had.  Said Alycia: “Gramma was almost 90, and a Finn, so she knew good coffee.”  Nora inquired and learned the coffee was the local Thundermuck brew and it became her favourite.

a gift from Alycia in memory of Nora

a gift from Alycia in memory of Nora

We went next door to say goodbye, and Alycia handed us a gift certificate from the new spaghetti house in Seaview “for being such good neighbours”.  What a sweetheart she is.  As we were talking, her friend’s little dog made a break for it and Alycia hurried down the street in pursuit.

Allan's photo; I wondered how far Alycia would have to run in her pink nightgown?

Allan’s photo; I wondered how far Alycia would have to run in her pink nightgown?

Allan's photo: Jalapeno is retrieved after a mercifully short chase.

Allan’s photo: Jalapeno is retrieved after a mercifully short chase.

Of course, at that very moment artist Don Nisbett drove up to chat and Alycia said the timing could not have been more perfect.

Before leaving for work, I noted happily that the deer fencing around the front garden is working.

my new Joseph's Coat rose is NOT being munched.

my new Joseph’s Coat rose is NOT being munched.

front garden path all greened up after a brown dormant mid summer

front garden path all greened up after a brown dormant mid summer (looking east)

looking west toward Nora's, over what might become a gravel garden on our side of the driveway

looking west toward Nora’s, over what might become a gravel garden on our side of the driveway

The Depot Restaurant

We did some deadheading and weeding at the Depot.

We did some deadheading and weeding at the Depot.

the amazing Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

the amazing Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' still flowering

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ still flowering

Long Beach

We pulled the remaining cosmos from the back of the sign.

We pulled the remaining cosmos from the back of the sign.

The front can keep its cosmos for the now.

The front can keep its cosmos for the now.

While I don’t waste time fuming about it, I am well aware that most of the cosmos in this garden were destroyed by vandals during Rod Run weekend.

The echibeckia has been a great do-er (with a front edge of bidens, and some yellow Agyranthemum 'Butterfly').

The echibeckia has been a great do-er (with a front edge of bidens, and some yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’).

The Anchorage Cottages

At the Anchorage, we did more fall clean up, pulling some of the BadAster out of the center courtyard garden, limbing up a ceanothus, and pulling cosmos that were leaning way over and would probably go down in this weekend’s predicted wind.

center courtyard

center courtyard

Allan cut back Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' in the zen garden courtyard.

Allan cut back Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ along the wall of the “zen garden” courtyard.

hardy fuchsia on north wall

hardy fuchsia on north wall

Fuchsia 'Sharpitor Aurea' or 'Sharpton's Aurea' reverting to green

Fuchsia ‘Sharpitor Aurea’ or ‘Sharpton’s Aurea’ reverting to green

I will get in there and cut the green foliage out next time.  This fuchsia is sort of how Our Kathleen and I met.  She used to stay at the Anchorage before she bought her beach house, and she asked at the Planter Box which fuchsia it might be, and Teresa called me to ask, and put Our Kathleen on the phone.  Or that is what I remember.  I also remember chatting with Kathleen in the garden here, before I knew her as a friend.  She then came to our garden when it was on the 2012 Music in the Gardens tour and we sat and talked for an hour.  Due to my face blindness, I could not figure out who she was and was too embarrassed to ask.  The next time I saw her at the Anchorage, months later, I finally sorted it out.

The last half hour of today’s time at the Anchorage, Allan and I worked in a light, not unpleasant drizzle. It increased as we drove the twenty-ish blocks back to downtown Long Beach.

Long Beach

my favourite planter, before deadheading

my favourite planter, before deadheading

and after

and after

We drove the rest of the downtown blocks and decided that no cosmos or other flowering plant needed deadheading badly enough to work in the now pouring rain.

Rain continued while we offloaded debris at the city works yard.

Rain continued while we offloaded debris at the city works yard.

We took the opportunity to go to NIVA green to find a birthday present for Jenna (Queen La De Da).  Owner/artist Heather Ramsay suggested a head to go with Jenna’s many hats.

an excellent choice for a woman of many hats, both symbolically and in actuality

an excellent choice for a woman of many hats, both symbolically and in actuality

Halloween treats

Halloween treats

and a card that reflected both the weather and last night's full moon

and a card that reflected both the weather and last night’s full moon

I was pleased to be home in the late afternoon with time to write a couple of blog posts before our traditional weekly dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

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pear and goat cheese salad with bonus bread stick

pear and goat cheese salad with bonus bread stick

Todd and Dave (Allan's photo)

Todd and Dave (Allan’s photo)

Todd and Dave (waiting good-humoredly to eat while Allan photographs the food)

Todd and Dave (waiting good-humoredly to eat while Allan photographs the food)

Dave's delicious cajun chicken Alfredo

Dave’s delicious cajun chicken Alfredo

Cajun Chicken Alfredo (Allan's photo)

Cajun Chicken Alfredo (Allan’s photo)

Melissa's rack of lamb (Allan's photo)

Melissa’s rack of lamb (Allan’s photo)

Allan's fish tacos (really the feature of the night at $3 each)

Allan’s fish tacos (really the feature of the night at $3 each)

Allan is the only one who has the discipline to save money by getting the tasty fish tacos instead of one of the delicious specials.

Ahi Tuna (mine; you can now get two sizes; this is the small)

Ahi Tuna (mine; you can now get two sizes; this is the small)

looking up some sort of garden information

looking up some sort of garden information (Todd, Dave, Allan, Melissa)

a shared connolo

a shared connolo (me and Allan)

a shared cheesecake (Dave and Melissa)

a shared cheesecake (Dave and Melissa)

Tomorrow: The Halloween extravaganza begins.

 

 

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I invite you to come with us through a whole work week in two posts, so I have some hope of getting closer to the present day.  Work is repetitive now, mostly watering and deadheading.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Ilwaco Post Office garden

Ilwaco Post Office garden

Long Beach

We've stepped up the deadheading of the welcome sign to twice a week.

We’ve stepped up the deadheading of the welcome sign to twice a week.

Echibeckia is a real do-er although I'm not sure if the colour is good here.

Echibeckia is a real do-er although I’m not sure if the colour is good here.

The godetia is almost over at the curb.

The godetia is almost over at the curb.

There is a geocache hidden in this wall. Hint: look above the cigarette butt.

There is a geocache hidden in this wall. Hint: look above and to the right of the cigarette butt.

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Sometimes people dig at the end of the garden looking for this.

Downtown: The shasta daisies in the Fifth Street Park planter, chosen and planted by a volunteer years ago, have got to go.  For now, they are trimmed.

before

before

after: They are a surprisingly thirsty plant. Water twice a week is not enough to keep them from looking crispy.

after: They are a surprisingly thirsty plant. Water twice a week is not enough to keep them from looking crispy.

This sweetheart's name is Fred, waiting for his person who was in the Long Beach Tavern.

This sweetheart’s name is Fred, waiting for his person who was in the Long Beach Tavern.

A gaura reseeded on the curb of a planter.

A gaura reseeded on the curb of a planter.

reseeded from this one

reseeded from this one

Why is this cosmos wilting??

Why is this cosmos wilting??

Because someone pulled it out and it was sitting on the top of the soil. Too dry and warm to transplant it...it was a loss.

Because someone pulled it out and it was sitting on the top of the soil. Too dry and warm to transplant it…it was a loss.

POPPED into NIVA green, my favourite shop, for some photos.

POPPED into NIVA green, my favourite shop, for some photos.

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Brass Ops, a military band from Portland, played cheerful tunes at Veterans Field.

Brass Ops, a military band from Portland, played cheerful tunes at Veterans Field.

Brass Ops

Brass Ops

an appreciative audience member

an appreciative audience member

I got awfully hungry, and pondered the nearby food establishments.  I did not feel I had time to stop for food when there was a sandwich in our lunch box in the van.

Hungry Harbor Grille....

Hungry Harbor Grille….

Pizza and hot dogs...all tempting... I made it to the van for the sandwich.

Pizza and hot dogs…all tempting… I made it to the van for the sandwich.

Allan's photo of the planter by the pizza slice and hot dog place.

Allan’s photo of the planter by the pizza slice and hot dog place.

Allan's photo: Hungry Harbor planter (perhaps too many reseeded California poppies

Allan’s photo: Hungry Harbor planter (perhaps too many) reseeded California poppies

Allan's photo: so crowded in town that there was a line outside Castaways

Allan’s photo: so crowded in town that there was a line outside Castaways

Allan's photo: Zoltar waiting to tell your fortune

Allan’s photo: Zoltar waiting to tell your fortune

at Stormin' Norman's kite shop

at Stormin’ Norman’s kite shop

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in Fifth Street Park

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in Fifth Street Park

On the deer trail, Seventh South, planter nasturtiums are getting nibbled.

On the deer trail, Seventh South, planter nasturtiums are getting nibbled. If I had been as hungry as before  I’d had my sandwich, I might have been tempted to eat them myself.

The deer in question (Allan's photo)

The deer in question (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, tourists following the baby deer while their mom is in the background

The mother parked her babies in some brambles and took a walk. (Allan's photo) Maybe seeking some peace and quiet.

The mother parked her babies in some brambles and took a walk. (Allan’s photo) Maybe seeking some peace and quiet.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Blue on blue, Agastache 'Estella Indigo' and Geranium 'Rozanne'

Blue on blue, Agastache ‘Estella Indigo’ and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

While I was still watering, Allan deadheaded the Super Dorothy rose in Fifth Street Park.

before

before

after: Did he go too far?

after: Did he go too far?

Allan suggested we take a break and have crab rolls at Captain Bob's Chowder, so we did.

Allan suggested we take a break and have crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder, so we did.

I was so hungry still that I scarfed the delicious food down with no photo.  It’s a good looking crab roll, too.

Penttila’s Chapel

We finally found time to weed the Penttila's Chapel garden.

We finally found time to weed the Penttila’s Chapel garden.

The sprinkler system is not working well. Physocarpus (the dark leaved shrub) is proving to be drought-resistant like a champ.

The sprinkler system is not working well. Physocarpus (the dark leaved shrub) is proving to be drought-resistant like a champ.

The weeds were not growing much in dry soil. We got this many.

The weeds were not growing much in dry soil. We got this many, mostly horsetail.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Today was a somber day because we learned that former port manager Jim Neva had died of cancer.  He was a visionary about the Ilwaco gardens and initiated and supported our bringing back the boatyard garden to its former glory and remaking the Howerton Avenue gardens.  Outside of our small world of gardening, he’d been determined in his work to get funding for port dredging and other local needs, even after he had “retired”, and on top of that he was a lot of fun.  I felt saddened all week that he had just retired as full-time port manager in late 2013 and did not get to enjoy years of beachside life with his beloved wife, Jet, in Hawaii.

Mayor Mike’s garden

We got more cllmbing rose out of Mike's pine tree. Looks more like a tree now.

We got more cllmbing rose out of Mike’s pine tree. Looks more like a tree now. (right side)

ongoing project: clipping some of the old growth from the climbing rose

two weeks ago: last time we were there

There is still one thick stem of old growth that I am inclined to leave.

There is still one thick stem of old growth that I am inclined to leave.

Mike's garden is clearly getting enough water to be happy.

Mike’s garden is clearly getting enough water to be happy.

Mike's front garden

Mike’s front garden with Geranium ‘Rozanne’

lilies and Geranium 'Rozanne'

lilies and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

The Ilwaco Boatyard

We spent the rest of the day on the Ilwaco boatyard, with Allan and me both weeding and pulling out annual poppies.  Suddenly it looks like a garden of shapes instead of a wildflower garden.

My somber mood about Jim’s death led to not many photos.

The shapes of the santolina and lavenders and catmint show up now.

The shapes of the santolina and lavenders and catmint show up now.

Toward the end of the day, Allan watered the Ilwaco planters and street trees while I watered the boatyard garden.

tonight's watering obstacle course

tonight’s watering obstacle course

 

 

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers

SE quadrant, hoping to evoke memories of grandma's garden

SE quadrant, hoping to evoke memories of grandma’s garden

lots of tall maddening horsetail infesting that quadrant (Allan's photo)

lots of tall maddening horsetail infesting that quadrant. It was previously snapped off but now was growing four new shoots from the top and a fifth at the next joint. (Allan’s photo)

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

thrilled that I got sweet peas to climb the Joseph's Coat roses

thrilled that I got sweet peas to climb the Joseph’s Coat roses

monarda and cosmos

monarda and cosmos

persicaria and elephant garlic

persicaria and elephant garlic

mom's coppery rose; I am hoping to strike a cutting of this for me.

mom’s coppery rose; I am hoping to strike a cutting of this for me.

my mum's birdbath

my mum’s birdbath (used to be at her house)

NW quadrant...still the least of the four, possibly because in parts of it the irrigation seems to be missing plants.

NW quadrant…still the least of the four, possibly because in parts of it the irrigation seems to be missing certain plants.

SW: It's all rather a mishmash because of acquiring most of the plants for free (passalong plants)

SW: It’s all rather a mishmash because of acquiring most of the plants for free (passalong plants)

We have been doing supplemental watering with the hose every week as the shrubs outside the quadrants are not hit by the sprinkler system. The white hydrangeas especially need extra water.

White hydrangeas, background, are outside the water pattern.

White hydrangeas, background, are outside the water pattern.

I'm wary of messing with an area that has wiring, but would love to replace those old Siberian iris with something more drought tolerant. Sedum 'Autumn Joy' perhaps, of which I have oodles.

I’m wary of messing with an area that has wiring, but would love to replace those old Siberian iris with something more drought tolerant. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ perhaps, of which I have oodles.

I had found some short lilies blooming at the back of the NW quadrant.  I cut them and gave them to Pam, the activities coordinator, for a bouquet so that the would be seen.  Must remember to move the bulbs forward this fall.

lilies in a bouquet in the common room

lilies in a bouquet in the common room; on the wall are mailboxes for residents.

Edible Garden Sneak Peek

Between jobs, we took a peek at a garden which will be on the August 9th edible garden tour, to get some tantalizing preview photos for the tour’s Facebook page.   It was a fascinating garden, all in containers, with even the artistic home made patio being portable, because the residents are renting and would like to be able to take their whole garden if they have to move.

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sneak peek!

sneak peek!  They even make their own concrete planters.

I’m saving the rest of the photos to incorporate into my edible tour day blog entry.

Marilyn’s garden 

Next, we did some weeding and grooming of Marilyn’s garden, way up in Surfside.

I can report in that echibeckia seems to be deerproof, as a doe and fawns frequent this garden and it's untouched.

I can report that echibeckia seems to be deer-proof, as a doe and fawns frequent this garden and it’s untouched.

The deer are leaving about 3/4 of the phygelius flowers for us.

The deer are leaving about 3/4 of the phygelius flowers for us.

I heard the voice of a friend.

I heard the voice of a friend.

my good friend Scooter!

my good friend Scooter!

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' starting to bloom.

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ starting to bloom.

Scooter and an Echibeckia

Scooter and an Echibeckia

a sweetheart

a sweetheart

I clipped some plants so the path is clearer. (looking south)

I clipped some plants so the path is clearer. (looking south)

Wind, or possibly deer, are knocking some of the tall ornamental grasses all about.

Wind, or possibly deer, are knocking some of the tall ornamental grasses all about.

When I look down, there he is.

When I look down, there he is.

The neighbours' garage is hidden now (looking west)

The neighbours’ garage is hidden now (looking west)

looking north down the path

looking north down the path

There's my friend again.

There’s my friend again.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Agapanthus and Strobilanthes atropurpurea

Agapanthus and Strobilanthes atropurpurea; the strobilanthes is blooming early.

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

I used to have a mental block remembering the name "Agapanthus" til I associated it with "It's a mystery>Agatha Christie".

I used to have a mental block remembering the name “Agapanthus” til I associated it with “It’s a mystery=Agatha Christie”.

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

one of Mary's roses

one of Mary’s roses

looking SW over the birdbath

looking SW over the birdbath

Geranium 'Ann Folkard'

Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’

Bench area will be made bigger this fall.

Bench area will be made bigger this fall.

SW corner of the garden

SW corner of the garden

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

the lower part of the fenced garden

the lower part of the fenced garden

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

the lawn bed

the lawn bed, Allan’s photo

I love all jobs where I don’t have to worry about watering.  Mary and Denny of KBC and Marilyn’s daughter Nancy do an excellent job at the watering.

Ilwaco

While Allan watered the Ilwaco planters and street trees, I watered the boatyard from behind the fence.  The long hose that I loved has gone missing, alas.

this week's obstacle course

this week’s obstacle course

I wonder if anyone has noticed I managed to get a few sweet peas to climb the fence?

I wonder if anyone has noticed I managed to get a few sweet peas to climb the fence?

a new boat

a new boat

Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Depot Restaurant

supplemental once a week watering

supplemental once a week watering of the new area

cosmos and lilies

cosmos and lilies

east wall

east wall

north wall with flowers by The Basket Case Greenhouse

north wall with flowers by The Basket Case Greenhouse

Long Beach Welcome Sign

front, with echibeckia outflowering agyranthemum

front, with echibeckia outflowering agyranthemum (and needing way less deadheading)

adding supplemental hose water along the front as the soaker hoses are not doing the trick

adding supplemental hose water along the front as the soaker hoses are not doing the trick

back of sign

back of sign; the cosmos takes lots of deadheading, and I still love them

The Anchorage Cottages

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I'm pleased with Agastaches in containers!

I’m pleased with Agastaches in containers! (‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ here)

successful sweet peas in the office courtyard

successful sweet peas in the office courtyard

trimmed back the ceanothus so it no longer pokes into the parking spot

trimmed back the ceanothus so it no longer pokes into the parking spot

Center courtyard: Manager Beth's spouse was hose watering.

Center courtyard agastache: Manager Beth’s spouse was hose watering.

Oh how I tire of fighting against the 20 mph wind at work these days.

our good friend Mitzu leaning into the wind

our good friend Mitzu leaning into the wind

Mitzu (Allan's photo)

Mitzu with the wind blowing her ears (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach planters

the second of two weekly grooming and watering sessions

I always enjoy the happy carousel music.

I always enjoy the happy carousel music.

Allan's photo, planter on 7th South

Allan’s photo, planter on 7th South

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, he dotes on this volunteer Eryngium at the curb of this planter by Lewis and Clark Square.

Allan’s photo, he dotes on this volunteer Eryngium at the curb of this planter by Lewis and Clark Square.

Allan's photo: Lewis and Clark Square planter

Allan’s photo: Lewis and Clark Square planter

northernmost planter

northernmost planter, as the wind continued to blow at 20 mph

I popped into NIVA green, my favourite shop, to get some photos for the Facebook page.

nautical towels

nautical towels

birch tree trunk pattern shower curtain

birch tree trunk pattern shower curtain

kitty things

kitty things

Long Beach parks

deadheading done in Veterans Field gardens

deadheading done in Veterans Field gardens

Allan's photo: FINGER BLIGHT in Fifth Street Park

Allan’s photo: FINGER BLIGHT in Fifth Street Park

Two big daylilies AND this orange montbretia that snuck in MUST go this fall.

Two big daylilies AND this orange montbretia that snuck in MUST go this fall.

feathery pink Sanguisorba canadensis and Melianthus major

feathery pink Sanguisorba canadensis and Melianthus major

a bottlebrush sanguisorba backed with baptisia

a bottlebrush sanguisorba backed with baptisia

We had time to check on the Sid Snyder beach approach planters, in which we had turned on the mostly futile soaker hoses before going to the Anchorage.  The hoses had done very little good and the planters on that stretch look just pitiful.  We deadheading the wee kite museum garden and drove on to dinner.  On Ocean Beach Boulevard, we saw that someone has again adopted one of the little sidewalk popouts by a vacant lot, a tiny garden that otherwise would be just be unwatered ornamental grasses and crocosmia.

Whoever adopted this little garden, bless your hearts!

Whoever adopted this little garden, bless your hearts!

If I could find out who does this, I could show that person where to hook up a hose to water more easily.

The Cove Restaurant

At last, dinner with Dave and Melissa at the Cove.  How we look forward to this all week.  It’s especially pleasant for me and Allan because it’s our last day of the work week nowadays.  We get to schmooze about the workweek with other jobbing gardeners; what a blessing it was for us that they moved here.

Tired but happy diners. In the background, Lynn checks on our table, and to the left in the background is restaurant owner Sondra.

Tired but happy diners. In the background, Lynn checks on our table, and to the left in the background is restaurant owner Sondra.

Dave has settled on this pork dish as his favourite.

Dave has settled on this pork dish as his favourite.

pretty sure it is called Mayan Pork Conchita.

pretty sure it is called Mayan Pork Conchita.

my Caesar salad with anchovies

my Caesar salad with anchovies

ahi tuna

ahi tuna, my favourite

We’ve started having desserts lately at The Cove.

a fruity cheesecake

a fruity cheesecake

Now: three days off.  I am delighted that I have only one small excursion off of our property (lunch with Our Kathleen on Saturday).  Allan has grander plans involving his boat.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot garden on north side of deck gets its weekly deadheading and supplemental watering.

The Depot garden on north side of deck gets its weekly deadheading and supplemental watering.

cosmos and (new this year) lilies

cosmos and (new this year) lilies

Cosmos and Gladiolus papilio

Cosmos and Gladiolus papilio

Gladiolus papilio

Gladiolus papilio

Depot east wall

Depot east wall

Long Beach welcome sign

The godetia at the sidewalk end are starting to decline, as they do.

The godetia at the sidewalk end are starting to decline, as they do.

front of sign

front of sign

Echibeckias are now joining with Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

Echibeckias are now joining with Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

I'm not sure what I think of that colour combo.

I’m not sure what I think of that colour combo.  Wish the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ would size up and cool it down with blue.

back of sign

back of sign

Anchorage Cottages

We do love a job where the watering is taken care of.

We do love a job where the watering is taken care of.

windowboxes and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' on east wall

windowboxes and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and cosmos on east wall

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard with Nicotiana langsdorfii

center courtyard with Nicotiana langsdorfii

Tigridia and Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve

Tigridia and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’

colour coordinated lilies

colour coordinated trumpet lilies

lilysign

I don’t know the name of that particular lily and wish I did.  I probably got it from my mother’s garden.

lily2

lily3

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' by the office

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ by the office

Agastache 'Cotton Candy'

Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’ and cosmos and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' with Gaura 'So White' and Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso'

Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ with Gaura ‘So White’ and Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’

the successful sweet pea patch against east wall chimney

the successful sweet pea patch against east wall chimney

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Long Beach

We watered all the planters and groomed Fifth Street Park.

Rose 'Super Dorothy' in Fifth Street Park

Rose ‘Super Dorothy’ in Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park with Basket Case Greenhouse basket

Fifth Street Park with Basket Case Greenhouse basket (watered and fertilized daily by city crew)

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

Lewis and Clark Square planter, looks perkier than when just re-planted yesterday.

Lewis and Clark Square planter, looks perkier than when just re-planted yesterday.

center newly planted

center newly planted

I pruned down the rhodo behind the wall so this new restaurant shows better.  (The top of the rhodo was looking windburnt and pitiful anyway.)

I pruned down the rhodo behind the wall so this new restaurant shows better. (The top of the rhodo was looking windburnt and pitiful anyway.)

I'm excited about a kabob house opening soon.

I’m excited about a kabob house opening soon.

Uh oh, the horsetail is already back at the Bolstadt pond.

Uh oh, the horsetail is already back at the Bolstad pond.

sign at NIVA green

sign at NIVA green

I was getting lots of compliments on the planters, and on the hanging baskets (which I always credit to Basket Case Nancy and the care of the city crew), so I was in a happy place on this day.

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Coulter Park

Coulter Park

'Hopley's Purple' oregano

‘Hopley’s Purple’ oregano

early evening light

early evening light

pink Salvia viridis and pink dahlia, Allan's photo

pink Salvia viridis and pink dahlia, Allan’s photo

We finished the workday with weeding and deadheading at the City Hall gardens.

lily by city hall entrance

lily by city hall entrance

Basket Case baskets

Basket Case baskets

hall2

I just had a revelation.  I have spelling Bolstad as “Bolstadt” lo these many years.  Ooops.  It’s far too late to go back and correct dozens of blog entries.

baskets

basket4

Allan's photo: hostas lace-leafed by snails

Allan’s photo: hostas lace-leafed by snails

City Hall west side

City Hall west side

Allan's photos: grooming a gladiolus

Allan’s photos: grooming a gladiolus

Allan's photos: making annual poppies look better by taking off old leaves

Allan’s photos: making annual poppies look better by taking off old leaves (because we want them to reseed); they are in front of the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

city hall lily

city hall lily

The Cove Restaurant

Ah, I’d been looking forward all week to our dinner with Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance) at The Cove.

Sondra's garden at The Cove

Sondra’s garden at The Cove

open doors to evening light

open doors to evening light

dinner salad

dinner salad

strawberry salad

strawberry salad

Melissa's noodle bowl

Melissa’s noodle bowl

ahi tuna for me, of course

ahi tuna for me, of course

scrumptious cannolo for dessert

scrumptious cannolo for dessert

PLC (Parking Lot Cat)

PLC (Parking Lot Cat)

We enjoy having this Thursday tradition, and Allan and I were ready for our new-this-year tradition of three days off.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Ah, it looked like a good rainy, windy day to be inside and work on my Sylvia Beach Hotel full immersion blog.  BUT I got the message that there was a new availability list to peruse at the Basket Case Greenhouse.  The order needed to go out by Tuesday, so we went to have a look at what we might like the nursery to carry.

Basket Case Greenhouse

Basket Case Greenhouse

perusing the list (Allan's photo); picked out some agastaches, penstemons, and much more.

perusing the list (Allan’s photo); picked out some agastaches, penstemons, and much more.

our good friends Shadow and Walter (Allan's photo)

our good friends Shadow and Walter (Allan’s photo)

Nancy came forward to visit from the back greenhouse, where she was planting the hanging baskets for which she is famous.  She couldn’t visit long, and called for the dogs to return with her.

Walter is moving very slowly as he'd like to stay and visit for longer.

Walter is moving very slowly as he’d like to stay and visit for longer.

Fred and Allan in the greenhouse

Fred and Allan in the greenhouse

Fred shows off a new deep red annual geranium.

Fred shows off a new deep red annual geranium.  He’s teasing me because I don’t use them much.  I like the deep clear colour of that one.

the perennials house (Allan's photo)

the perennials house (Allan’s photo)

santolinas in three colours, one of my favourite perennials

santolinas in three colours, one of my favourite perennials

Fred showed me the tag for a new plant.  Our friend Ed Strange had it last year and said it bloomed prolifically and long.

plant

a cross between Echinacea and Rudbeckia; the plants are small and not available for sale yet.

A monsoon begins.  I make it into the van; Allan is stuck in a greenhouse.

A monsoon begins. I make it into the van; Allan is stuck in a greenhouse. 

Allan's photo of me escaping the torrent in the van.

Allan’s photo of me escaping the torrent in the van.

Fred has plenty to do in the shelter of the greenhouses.  (Allan's photo)

Fred has plenty to do in the shelter of the greenhouses. (Allan’s photo)

Ah, the rest of the day was spent at home catching up on this blog by writing about one of my favourite topics, the Sylvia Beach Hotel room journals!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sunshine called us out to a mission to plant sweet peas in Long Beach, and maybe Anchorage and Boreas, too.

Long Beach

Long Beach city works has a nice pile of Soil Energy for us to use on areas that need fluffing.

tarped to keep weeds out

tarped to keep weeds out

buckets for fluffing up Fifth Street Park

buckets for fluffing up Fifth Street Park

I weeded and applied mulch and Dr Earth fertilizer all along where I planted the sweet peas in Fifth Street Park, and applied much sluggo at the end in hopes of better results than last year.  Allan took photos:

before

before

mulched garden

mulched garden (after)

after

after planting sweet peas and mulching

While I worked on the sweet pea project, he weeded here (before)

While I worked on the sweet pea project, he weeded here (before)

after

after

At my request, he did some pruning (before)

At my request, he did some pruning (before)

after

after (As far as I am concerned, that whole mugo pine should disappear.)

What the heck am I doing here? Oh yeah, pruning some cotoneaster in the little park by Lewis and Clark square.

What the heck am I doing here? Oh yeah, pruning some cotoneaster in the little park by Lewis and Clark square to reveal some lost astilbes and primroses.

Anchorage Cottages

We had time to plant sweet peas and do some weeding and deadheading at The Anchorage Cottages.

shady bed with trilliums and pulmonaria

shady bed with trilliums and pulmonaria

sweet tiny narcissi in a windowbox.  This new Olympus pocket camera does not seem to focus well on flowers.

sweet tiny narcissi in a windowbox. This new Olympus pocket camera does not seem to focus well on flowers.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard; there’s a new pelican statue 2/3 of the way down the garden

courtyard planter

courtyard planter

more courtyard narcissi.  A innkeeper from years ago planted that heather...not me!

more courtyard narcissi. A innkeeper from years ago planted that heather…not me!

more courtyard narcissi

more courtyard narcissi; narcissi are my favourite flower

tulips by the office

tulips by the office

Tulip 'Green Star'

Tulip ‘Green Star’

The parrot tulips that usually bloom into early May are awfully early this year.

The parrot tulips that usually bloom into early May are awfully early this year.

planted sweet peas by the chimney, where Tulip 'Gavota' still looks fine except for the focus problem.

planted sweet peas by the chimney, where Tulip ‘Gavota’ still looks fine except for the focus problem.

Manager Beth tells me that Dennis Co again had the little lemon cypress trees like this one that she got.  (When we go, right after work, they are all out again!)

Manager Beth tells me that Dennis Co again had the little lemon cypress trees like this one that she got. (When we go, right after work, they are all out again!)

After the Anchorage, we were too low in energy to start planting sweet peas at the Boreas Inn, so we dumped a few more buckets of mulch in Long Beach’s Fifth Street Park and went home before dusk.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Even though we had a fine rainy day, we had to leave the house to meet with our nice accountant.

Her office has two lovely tulip bouquets.

Her office has two lovely tulip bouquets.

a red one

a red one

and a yellow one

and a yellow one

Her sweet dog Helen lay under the desk while we concentrate on our tax numbers.  The meeting went well and we left all the figures in her capable hands and took a drive past the boatyard and along the portside gardens just to reconnoiter on the way home.  I was pleased that all the big horsetail had not sprouted yet in the boatyard garden.  Allan fixed a “Please don’t pick the flowers” sign, and we discussed (him) making new ones. I noticed a lot of narcissi deadheads along Howerton Way to be dealt with tomorrow if the weather allows.

rain and a drooping sign at the boatyard

rain and a drooping sign at the boatyard

And then…home to blog like fury, so that I will be finally caught up and can spend the next day of computer time catching up on Mr. Tootlepedal and that new puppy on the Miserable Gardener blog.

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