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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Before following the example of the way we clean up other people’s gardens, read about how a wild winter garden is good for pollinators.

The following idea would be hard for me because I don’t like reaching into sharp stubble to weed, and I remember reading how Christopher Lloyd disliked seeing gardeners leaving short stems because it is painful to work in.  Stubble spreads the nesting out more leading to less disease among the bees:

Leave some stubble for the bees!

Mike’s Garden

We began a few blocks to the east at Mike’s garden.

At this time of year, we usually ruin the day of at least a few spiders by having to break their webs in order to garden.

Mike's front garden...

Mike’s front garden…

...had several big spider webs.

…had several big spider webs.

I managed to save this one, and despite a close call when Allan almost forgot, we preserved one across the path by walking around another way.

south end of front path

south end of front path

Before we left, we pruned that jaggedy gold lonicera into more of a round shape, because that is what Mike likes.  A spider’s web got ruined in the process even though I tried not to.  I was going to give the lonicera a bit of a mohawk to save the web but clipped in just the wrong place by accident.

The echinops (blue globe thistle) has come back beautifully from having the floppy stems cut back hard.

The echinops (blue globe thistle) has come back beautifully from having the floppy stems cut back hard.

Between jobs, we stopped off at home and I had a word with my neighbour, Rudder.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Depot Restaurant

Because we were making a run to the dump with some debris from yesterday and Mike’s garden, Allan cut back some of the willow that hangs over the deck’s tent cover.  I did some cosmos deadheading.

still lots of cosmos

still lots of cosmos

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

The irrigation is back on for the front windowboxes, at my request, and they have revived.

The irrigation is back on for the front windowboxes, at my request, and they have revived.

Long Beach

While Allan tidied the Veterans Field gardens, mostly clipping back storm damaged cosmos in the corner garden bed, I checked up on a couple of blocks worth of planters for last minute deadheading.

cosmos still going strong

cosmos still going strong in city planter

lots of Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in Veterans Field

lots of Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in Veterans Field flag pavilion bed

Anchorage Cottages

On the way to the Anchorage, we always look for this dog, and almost always find him or her in this playhouse.

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When we got to the Anchorage, I found the explanation for why I felt so uncomfortable and as if I might be getting sick with a fever.  It had not occurred to me till Allan pointed it out that the temperature was so high in mid October!

This 80 degree photograph was the only one I took at the Anchorage!

This 80 degree photograph was the only one I took at the Anchorage!

Allan's before photo of digging out some more running roses...

Allan’s before photo of digging out some more running roses…

and after

and after

Long Beach 

Back to Long Beach…I wanted to check up on the Lisa Bonney memorial planter out on the beach approach.  A member of her family had, we heard, planted some new plants there for a little memorial service.

Hmm, they had added some impatiens, which were not all that happy... but had probably looked fine on the important day.

Hmm, they had added some impatiens, which were not all that happy… but had probably looked fine on the important day.

Allan's photo; impatiens are too tender for this tough location.

Allan’s photo; impatiens are too tender for this tough location.

It is so hard to keep anything but the most basic plants in this planter because showy plants always get stolen…despite the memorial plaque.  Almost all locals know the story about how the beloved and kind Lisa was murdered, in full view of witnesses, during a festival out here on the beach approach.  Her estranged boyfriend was the killer.  Every year, there is a fundraiser race against domestic violence in her honour, and I think of her every time we garden here.

plaque on Lisa's memorial planter

plaque on Lisa’s memorial planter

Some horses on their way to the beach provided some distraction.

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a nearby gull

a nearby gull

more planter weeding (Allan's photo)

more planter weeding (Allan’s photo)

Some friends will know that that I had a headache all day since every photo of me shows a cold wet bandanna around my head.

next, a big debris dump at Peninsula Sanitation transfer station's clean green pile

next, a big debris dump at Peninsula Sanitation transfer station’s clean green pile

Ilwaco

We picked up some books at the Ilwaco Timberland Library and I admired the fall crocus in the community building garden.

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lovely crocus at community building, planted by Kathleen Sayce

lovely crocus at community building, planted by Kathleen Sayce

At the port, we did a couple of hours of weeding into the very low early evening sun.

ornamental grass with setting sun

ornamental grass with setting sun

backlit

backlit

We marked the shrubs at the old Shorebank garden that are coming out for sightline reasons.  The three arbutus at the end can never be allowed to get big enough to fully flower, so they must go.

It is sad but necessary that these will be backhoed out.

It is sad but necessary that these will be backhoed out.

We had wanted to fill in the time before dinner, with a half an hour in between at home.  All of a sudden, we were racing the clock to get done with a satisfactory amount of weeding by 6:30!

6:30 was coming too soon.

6:30 was coming too soon.

We got most of the weeds, not quite all the way to the west end.

sunset clouds over the marina

sunset clouds over the marina

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On the way home, in the dimming light, I took a couple of photos of sweet peas at the boatyard, just to record how well these two clumps have clambered up the fence.

sweet pea 'Black Knight'

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’

and a mixed bunch

and a mixed bunch

More sweet peas next year!

sunset sky over our own garden

sunset sky over our own garden

and Jeff's boat house two doors down

and Jeff’s boat house two doors down

We got home and divested ourselves of the trailer and arrived at our weekly dinner engagement and meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang just three minutes late.  I had finally taken a migraine pill so I could enjoy dinner without the maddening headache.

The Cove Restaurant

in the foyer

in the foyer

delicious autumn pear and goat cheese salad with some beets

delicious autumn pear and goat cheese salad with some beets

Melissa had the duck.

Melissa had the duck.

I had a great craving for the ahi tuna.

I had a great craving for the ahi tuna.

Dave had my other favourite dish, the cajun chicken alfredo.

Dave had my other favourite dish, the cajun chicken alfredo.

Allan had the fish tacos, $3 each.

Allan had the fish tacos, $3 each.  (his photo)

recording the moment (Allan's photo)

recording the moment (Allan’s photos)

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Arnold Palmer (Allan's photo)

Arnold Palmer (Allan’s photo)

cannoli for dessert!

cannoli for dessert!

Melissa and Dave dig in.

Melissa and Dave dig in.

after dinner, compliments to Chef Jason Lancaster

after dinner, compliments to Chef Jason Lancaster

Jason and Lynn

Jason and Lynn

and our good friend Parking Lot Cat (Allan's photo)

and our good friend Parking Lot Cat (Allan’s photo)

Next: four, but not five, days off

 

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A Real Time Reminder

It’s garden tour day!

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

Here’s an article about the tour by our friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com.

Now back to our chronological catching up.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office

I began the day still shaken from yesterday’s watering woes.  The sight of our volunteer garden at the post office cheered me up.  Then we were off to our north end jobs, with a couple of small jobs on the way.

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

one of the pretty horses

one of the pretty horses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the garden behind the pasture’s gate

Diane and Larry's garden next door

Diane and Larry’s garden next door with Stipa gigantea

California poppies in Diane's roadside garden

California poppies in Diane’s roadside garden

penstemon

penstemon

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

grooming the container garden (Allan's photo)

grooming the container garden (Allan’s photo)

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands, regular watering with the sprinkler system has the courtyard garden looking wonderfully lush.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we went all the way up to lower Surfside to do some weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

a neighbour of Marilyn's (Allan's photo)

a neighbour of Marilyn’s (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn's daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

looking south—Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours' garage.  The next layer down is Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' which will bloom in late summer.

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours’ garage. The next layer down is Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ which will bloom in late summer.

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After Marilyn’s we drove south again to our very favourite job, Klipsan Beach Cottages.

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

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in the background: tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with hazy purple flowers

Thalictrum 'Elin'

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' and Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

daylily

daylily

driveway garden

driveway garden

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

Geranium 'Rozanne' embracing a boxwood.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ embracing a boxwood.

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

fairy door (Allan's phot)

fairy door (Allan’s photo)

Andersen’s RV Park

We had been weeding and deadheading at Andersen’s for about an hour when owner Lorna came outside and told us the big news:  Barring any unexpected last minute glitch, the deal was about to close on selling the park.   I turned in our restroom key (and said we’d get it back next week if something went wrong at the last minute).  I might as well tell you now that the deal did close for sure a few days later, so our walk around the garden saying goodbye was really the last time.  I have always told Lorna that when she sells, we are leaving with her as it is a good time to further accomplish our goal of cutting back a bit on work.  She says the new owners, a young couple from California, intend to do the gardening themselves so it worked out for the best for everyone.

A farewell look at Andersen’s gardens:

picket fence and garden shed gardens

west garden, Payson Hall (blue roof), picket fence and garden shed (upper right) gardens

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii and Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

the west garden

the west garden

west garden

west garden

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west garden telephoto

west garden telephoto

 

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

garden behind office

garden behind office

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detail: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' and godetia

detail: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and godetia

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

lilies

lilies

office

picket fence from inside

picket fence from inside

My only regret in leaving now is that I planted some of every kind of sweet pea that I had here, and now won’t see all the different colours bloom.

old fashioned wooden picket fence

old fashioned wooden picket fence

one of two big hydrangeas

one of two big hydrangeas

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a guest arriving (Allan's photo)

a guest arriving (Allan’s photo)

I will miss the fun of seeing a “wagon train” of RVs come in, led by the first driver, who is known as the wagon master.

As we were leaving, Lorna gave us this chair.  She is packing to move full time to her Seattle townhouse.

It's on my covered front porch now.

It’s on my covered front porch now; Thank you, Lorna.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob had returned from Montana.  She had called to ask me to stop by because they had brought us a present.

Jo's garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Jo’s garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Jo's back deck with bunting

Jo’s back deck with bunting

Coco! (Allan's photo)

Coco! (Allan’s photo)

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

(She did not even know I had been whinging on about my watering woes yesterday.)

Port of Ilwaco boatyard

We ended our day watering at the Ilwaco boatyard.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we have to water from behind the fence

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual...

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual…

 

 

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard north end

boatyard north end

We took some of our bucket water to give the new curbside plants at the port a boost.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

So….what shall we do with the extra few hours from not going to Andersen’s?  I suppose we could put it toward weeding the Long Beach beach approach garden, or….we just might spend it on our own garden.

We are now down by several jobs, as we quit two small jobs over bad pruning and slow payment, and Todd has the Wiegardt garden, and we gave Casa Pacifica to Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, Cheri is doing her own garden, and Flowering Hedges has been doing Erin’s garden.  It has delighted me to be divested of all of these jobs; however, I suppose we need to be careful that we don’t go too far into early retirement and lose our ability to afford to go garden touring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

It is worrisome to leave the Long Beach and especially the smaller Ilwaco planters unwatered from Thursday to next Tuesday, a day longer than I have ever left the Long Beach ones (without rain). My original plan had been to water them tomorrow and then leave for the Hardy Plant Study Weekend hotel. That sounded more exhausting the more I thought about it, so we did a thorough watering today. Allan showed one of the Ilwaco crew how to use the water trailer if the weather is hot. Fingers crossed! I think the Long Beach planters can hold up better.

First the compost bucket switch at Olde Towne Café and a new photo for the Facebook page to show the exterior with all of Luanne’s potted plants.

Olde Towne Café

Olde Towne Café

with the garden tour poster in the front door window

with the garden tour poster in the front door window

As we were about to leave the Olde Towne and Ilwaco city hall parking lot, a powerful stench drew our attention, and there was the barnacle covered tsunami debris boat that had recently washed up on our beach.

It stank to high heaven!

It stank to high heaven!

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We were told it was on its way to Peninsula Sanitation to be cleaned up and restored and will later be on display in Ocean Park.

We went to Diane’s garden to plant up the strawberry jar that we had forgotten:

with assorted hens and chicks and a diascia

with assorted hens and chicks and a diascia

And then over to Long Beach town to water and fertilize the planters. Rain, added to planters that had been well soaked, had saved us from watering them for over a week. Usually rain will not penetrate the foliage unless it happens at the perfect time, right after watering, as it did all last week.

There is a new shop in town, just opened, that looks intriguing.

Vintage Renew

Vintage Renew

I had time for a peek inside...

I had time for a peek inside…

and a peek to the right of the door, and then had to get back to work without actually walking further in.

and a peek to the right of the door, and then had to get back to work without actually walking further in.

On to the planter watering. Allan walked the south blocks and I walked the north ones.

Lewis and Clark Square planter

Lewis and Clark Square planter

Nigella in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter

Nigella in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter

and its intricate flower (reseeded from last year). Common name: Love in a Mist.

and its intricate flower (reseeded from last year). Common name: Love in a Mist.

I photographed the planter, below, to show how boring it is. It’s one I have not added anything special to, and it has a dull spring blooming perennial around the lamp post. Of all the planters, this one gets vandalized the most. And yet, it does not look too bad in the photo. All it needs is to have that dull matt of early spring bloomer removed and replaced with something tough, perhaps lavender.

the planter by Scoopers

the planter by Scoopers

Some of the Sedum 'Autumn Joy' that I cut back is making nice new growth.

Some of the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ that I cut back to prevent floppiness is making nice new growth.

I had been walking along thinking thoughts other than gardening, as I sometimes do, this time about the Facebook memes that are cropping up lately about not wanting any drama or negativity in one’s life. I pondered about the friends I have who are, a few of them, going through hard times. One has told me that when friends post the “stay away from other people’s drama”, her friendships with those people must remain on a superficial level, not a real heart to heart friendship. Life is drama, or “What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out?”. (Alfred Hitchcock) While it can be difficult helping friends who are suffering, especially about issues that we might feel (sometimes correctly) are so much less important than our own, just listening without being dismissive is the key. I deeply value my particularly close friends who WILL share with me their true selves, negativity, fears, and all. My thoughts ran: Friends, when something, even something that might be called trivial, is bothering you, you can tell me about it and I won’t roll my eyes about drama, and I will carry your secrets to the grave (how’s that for drama?). And then I found, blowing down the street, this note.

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My heart ached for the writer of the note, and I would like to have had a nice long supportive talk with her. The last time someone pestered me about the way I look, I said something like “Don’t look at me, look at the beauty I create, just look at the planters, not me.” My thoughts digressed on how society’s emphasis on appearance has such an effect on self worth…and then a friend drove by and honked at me and (after my usual thought which is always “Don’t honk at me!” because it is so startling), I got back to just thinking about plants again.

Heart rocks last week, a poignant note this week…as surprising finds in Long Beach make the day more intriguing. (Recommended reading: The Obesity Myth by Paul Campos.

Reunited with Allan after all the main street planters were watered (glad that rain saved us from the much more difficult watering of the street trees), we groomed the Veterans Field garden and the Bolstadt beach approach.

The beach approach garden, narrow and several blocks long.

The beach approach garden, narrow and several blocks long.

We have not weeded it at all this year. Parts of it look good at a glance, but really all of it is quite weedy.

clover entwining a rugosa rose

clover entwining a rugosa rose

There is simply not enough time for all our jobs, and the beach approach, and having weekends off. It is not a skilled weeding job; a summer intern could do it.

The garden at Long Beach City Hall came next.

City Hall:  Echinops ritro (blue globe thistle)

City Hall: Echinops ritro (blue globe thistle)

Echinops macro

Echinops macro

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ at City Hall

In Fifth Street Park, we did the usual weeding.

The two year old E. 'Jade Frost' there is reverting to green, as it does.

The two year old E. ‘Jade Frost’ there is reverting to green, as it does.

I buy new ones every year because of its determination to revert.

I buy new ones every year because of its determination to revert.

I buy new ones every year because of its determination to revert.  The flowers will soon turn deep blue.

I buy new ones every year because of its determination to revert. The flowers will soon turn deep blue.

The last task in Long Beach was the welcome sign. It plagues me this year. So much horsetail, and the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is just sitting, not getting any bigger, despite fertilizing. Very frustrating indeed.

I suppose it looks moderately attractive.

I suppose it looks moderately attractive.

But the blue from Rozanne is just not there yet.

But the blue from Rozanne is just not there yet.

Then: the Ilwaco planters. I walked the planter blocks, checking on them all, while Allan filled the water trailer and drove his watering route.

After a slow start, they are looking not too bad!

After a slow start, they are looking not too bad!

I may have gone "off" trailing rosemary though...too big and lopsided??

I may have gone “off” trailing rosemary though…too big and lopsided??

the non draining planter with mimulus thriving in boggy conditions

the non draining planter with mimulus thriving in boggy conditions

and its close-up

and its close-up

Mimulus: monkey flower

Mimulus: monkey flower

My route took me past the boatyard garden where I pulled only one bucket of horsetail and creeping sorrel and regretted the loss of the rest of the workweek.

boatyard garden with daisies and toadflax

boatyard garden with daisies and toadflax

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reseeded candytuft

reseeded candytuft

and its fancy flower

and its fancy flower

a new boat arrival

a new boat arrival

Around the corner and onto Howerton, I pulled a few weeds at the first curbside garden and saw that there is a new café in town!

Coastal Cones and Snacks

Coastal Cones and Snacks

The fellow painting the building (very nicely, and it needed a paint job) said the snack shop will have seating, be open into the early evening, and have wraps at a good price. He asked about a certain plant in the garden that had caught his and his girlfriend’s eye:

Well, of course it had!

Well, of course it had!

and another Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue', further down Howerton.

and another Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, further down Howerton.

While Allan finished watering, I weeded many annoying little grasses out of the Time Enough Books garden and as I did so, flung rocks over to the river rock-scape on the other side of the sidewalk.

My goal is mulch instead of river rock; easier to weed, room for poppies.

My goal is mulch instead of river rock; easier to weed, room for poppies.

How long will it take to fling all those rocks?

looking east over the port office gardens on Howerton

looking east over the port office gardens on Howerton

and the Port Office garden on the water side, overhung with hanging baskets

and the Port Office garden on the water side, overhung with hanging baskets

Agastache 'Apricot Sunrise'

Agastache ‘Apricot Sunrise’

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view to the west with the grass strimmed, must have been a hard job!

view to the west with the grass strimmed, must have been a hard job!

and to the east with the grass unstrimmed

and to the east with the grass unstrimmed

And then, home to pack for the Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend. I am so tired I can barely think about what to take. Main things: camera, batteries, notebook for taking notes, pens, reading glasses…phone charger…

By the time you read this, because I am so far behind, we will have returned…if all goes well! My concerns regarding sleep deprivation and city traffic will have been countered by excellent garden tours (much blog fodder coming up!) and lectures.

 

 

 

 

 

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