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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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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Golden Sands Assisted Living

After we were done enoying the beach clean up volunteer lunch at the Peninsula Senior Center, it was easy to walk right next door and do a little planting at Golden Sands.

left: Senior Center; top left: health clinic; bottom right, Golden Sands

left: Senior Center; top left: health clinic; bottom right, Golden Sands

You can see that not only is there our courtyard garden but also a volunteer-maintained paved strolling trail garden to the north of the facility.

We had just a few plants dug up from my garden and Jo’s to plant in the courtyard: some sanguisorbas and Eryngiums from me and the spare roses that Allan dug out of Jo’s garden last week (replacing them with Floral Carpet rose).

Golden Sands, north side, some volunteer spreading of bark

outside Golden Sands, north side, some volunteer spreading of bark

Allan wheelbarrowing down the hallway to reach the courtyard garden door.

Allan wheelbarrowing down the hallway to reach the courtyard garden door.

While still mostly green, the garden looks like it is just about to pop with colour.

While still mostly green, the garden looks like it is just about to pop with colour.  SE quadrant

NE quadrant outside my mum's old window.

NE quadrant outside my mum’s old window.

NW quadrant: still frustratingly slow.

NW quadrant: still frustratingly slow.

something to admire: My mum's velvet red rose, transplanted from her old garden.

something to admire: My mum’s velvet red rose, transplanted from her old garden.

Allan planted two buckets of old narcissi bulbs.

Allan planted two buckets of old narcissi bulbs.

and was pleased to see the Sumac 'Tiger Eyes' has put out a sprout.  (Last year someone stepped on this little baby; now it has a protective teepee of bamboo.)

and was pleased to see the Sumac ‘Tiger Eyes’ has put out a sprout. (Last year someone stepped on this little baby; now it has a protective teepee of bamboo.)

We weren’t there for long before leaving for the great event of the afternoon: meeting my new nephew, Jackson Strange.

Puppy Time at Ed’s

Yesterday our friend Ed Strange had picked up his new family member, an eight week old Springer Spaniel named Jackson.  Settle back for a plethora of puppy pics:

me meeting Jackson for the first time.

me meeting Jackson for the first time.

all windblown from the beach clean up earlier in the day!

all windblown from the beach clean up earlier in the day!

a very relaxed and trusting puppy, falling asleep

a very relaxed and trusting puppy, falling asleep

After greeting me, Jackson immediately fell asleep between Allan's feet.

After greeting me, Jackson immediately fell asleep between Allan’s feet.

getting a little more comfy with Allan's boot as a pillow.

getting a little more comfy with Allan’s boot as a pillow.

a man and his pup

a man and his pup

walking into the garden

walking into the garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ed has redone the north edge of his property.

Ed has redone the north edge of his property.

In this photo from last year's garden tour, you can get a hint that the front was a solid bank of salal.

In this photo from last year’s garden tour, you can get a hint that the front was a solid bank of sala along a ditchl.  That was quite a transformation, involving the laying of culvert pipe.

the driveway shade garden

the driveway shade garden

Ed''s sweet little single wide, in a new colour

Ed”s sweet little single wide, in a new colour

Some garden discussion and admiration....

Some garden discussion and admiration….

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

An enormous gunnera is the focal point for the garden.

An enormous gunnera is the focal point for the garden.

It has made lots of little seedlings.

It has made lots of little seedlings.

Ed, me, and one other got one of the Garden signs from The Basket Case Greenhouse.

Ed, me, and one other got one of the Garden signs from The Basket Case Greenhouse.

I bet you would like to see some more puppy photos.

Ed and Jackson

Ed and Jackson

Jackson kept falling asleep.

Jackson kept falling asleep.

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me taking puppy pics

me taking puppy pics

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on Ed's coffee table

on Ed’s coffee table (Allan’s photo)

We sat on the deck visiting for awhile.  Jackson fell asleep again.

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A noise scared him and he went under my chair…and fell back asleep.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ed's corner deck display

Ed’s corner deck display

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ed got this little statue from his late friend Jimella's garden, in memory

Ed got this little statue from his late friend Jimella’s garden, in memory

Ed was taking three days off from his landscaping business to bond with his pup.  As we left for our next job, they were planning to take a nap together.

Our friend J9 lives down the street and we had a crab pot to drop off for her garden decorating project.

Our J9.

Our J9.

Then…back to work.

Andersen’s RV Park

At Andersen’s, we had a hydrangea to prune, a blueberry to plant, and the usual deadheading and weeding.

Payson Hall planters with red ranunculus

Payson Hall planters with red ranunculus and California poppies

and Allium schubertii

and Allium schubertii

on the door of Payson Hall clubhouse

on the door of Payson Hall clubhouse

and the garbage can

and the garbage can

Owner Lorna had asked me last week if a hydrangea by one of the two cottages (an area we do not take care of) was dead.  No, it was not, I told her, and today Allan pruned it all the way down, down, down to new growth and gave it some fertilizer.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

Allan's photo: deadheading along the picket fence

Allan’s photos: deadheading along the picket fence

and blueberry planting

and blueberry planting

the weekly picket fence garden view.  The sweet peas are almost an inch tall along the fence.

the weekly picket fence garden view. The sweet peas are almost an inch tall along the fence.

Ilwaco

After a day so long and action packed that it would not even fit into one post, I was eager to get home.  At the stoplight intersection, we had to make one last stop to get some photos of the (now closed, with a building needing restoration) Doupé Hardware Store.  A citizen (we don’t know who) had made the effort to make an attractive window display.  This is very welcome at the main entrance to town.

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Allan’s photo: This beautiful building was once a thriving store.

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Allan’s photo

At home, we got more news of the revitalization of town when our friend Julez (a local surfing instructor) stopped by on his way to visit the Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm household just next door to us.  He and his spouse have taken on the Harbor Lights Motel and Lounge at the port, which has been closed for several years.  We are so excited that it will be reopening this summer, and we see craft cocktails made with organic cranberry juice sometime in the future.

Julez, of Skookum Surf and now the Harbor Lights Motel.

Julez, of Skookum Surf and now the Harbor Lights Motel.

his new little dog (Omar?):  Allan's photo

his new little dog (Omar?): Allan’s photo

with his other dog, Taco (Allan's photo)

with his other dog, Taco (Allan’s photo)

It seems Ilwaco is turning around again with a boost of youthful energy.

Tomorrow:  We hope to do the weeding at the Ilwaco Community Building Garden.  This time I’ll go with Allan and see what I’ve gotten us into by saying yes to the job.

We have a tremendously busy week ahead as by next weekend the Ilwaco and Port of Ilwaco gardens need to look perfect for the Saturday children’s parade and opening day of Port of Ilwaco Saturday Market, and Long Beach has to be perfect for the Sunday parade, and Klipsan Beach Cottages has to be perfect for the Saturday Rhodie Tour, and the other resorts should look pretty nice because it’s a big tourist weekend.  This is my last chance to remind you about the Rhodie Tour as this blog is, as usual, running several days behind. Locals, we hope to see you there.

a reminder

a reminder

 

 

 

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival

Ed Strange Garden

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Ed was not sure how “giant hebe” got put in the garden description and asked me to change it on the Facebook page to “coral bark maple”, as he did not feel a giant hebe was that much to celebrate.  Hebes are a fine plant, though.

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happy tour guests

happy tour guests

west side of driveway

west side of driveway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

The small home sits on a small lot in the Tides West neighbourhood.

The small home sits on a small lot in the Tides West neighbourhood.

As we approached the garden, who should we meet but our good friend Kathleen!

Kathleen and I in plant discussion

Kathleen and I in plant discussion  (Allan’s photo)

Ed sees us!

Ed sees us!  (Allan’s photo)

Kathleen was touring in a different direction than us, so we would not see her again till later at dinner.

to the east of the driveway

to the east of the driveway

a woodsy garden

a woodsy garden

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

east side of the front porch

east side of the front porch and deck

Our dear friend Ed and guests.

Our dear friend Ed and guests.

I was thrilled to see Randy Brown, who had been the musician for our garden tour in 2012.

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Randy Brown

Randy Brown

He comes all the way from his new home in McMinnville, Oregon, to play for Music in the Gardens.

At our garden, he made up a delightful song about the colourfulness of our garden and a funny song about Allan’s skilled helpfulness.  (You can listen to the latter song on Youtube, here.)  At Ed’s garden, he made up a song right on the spot about how we make the Peninsula a more beautiful place.  It was extraordinarily cheering!

That's Ed's petrified wood collection on display in front of Randy's sit spot.

That’s Ed’s petrified wood collection on display in front of Randy’s sit spot.

 

being serenaded with a complimentary song!

being serenaded with a complimentary song!

view from the porch

view from the porch

Garden touring is such a happy thing.  (Being serenaded just adds to the joy.)

Garden touring is such a happy thing. (Being serenaded just adds to the joy.)  (Allan’s photo)

on the porch

on the porch

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Gunnera

Gunnera with Sedum ‘Cape Blanco’ “stepping stones”

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

straight east of the porch

straight east of the porch

The guest looking around the side of the garage was viewing Ed’s “ladies in waiting” (unplanted plants) area and she said “Your work area looks better than my garden does!”

southwest corner of garage, where one enters the walkway between garage and house

southwest corner of garage, where one enters the walkway between garage and house

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the east wall of the house

the east wall of the house

looking back at the porch (east side of house)

looking back at the porch (east side of house)

As with our manufactured home, Ed would know that with a manufactured home one must NEVER NEVER “puncture the seal” or internal havoc will occur.  So one cannot hang any sort of decoration on the outside walls.

Ed’s garage had a perfect guest area in the back, and on tour day he had a feast laid out, catered by the famous Nanci and Jimella’s Market Café.

delicious!

delicious!

complete with a friend filling in as bartender!

complete with a friend filling in as bartender!

at the back of the garage/house passageway

at the back of the garage/house passageway

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the coral bark maple in the back yard

the coral bark maple in the back yard

behind the garage

behind the garage, perfectly NOT slug-eaten hostas

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the ferny southeast corner of the back garden

the ferny southeast corner of the back garden

east end of back garden

east end of back garden

On the east side of the garage, here is the work area that was being admired by a tour guest earlier.

On the east side of the garage, here is the work area that was being admired by a tour guest earlier.

behind the house

behind the house

looking back at the passageway between garage and house

looking back at the passageway between garage and house

west wall of garage

west wall of garage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ed and tour guests

Ed and tour guests

We would love to have hung around for much longer schmoozing with Ed and listening to Randy’s song stylings, but we had four more gardens to see.

Next, we return to the Willapa Bay side of the Peninsula.

 

 

 

 

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