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Sunday, 17 May 2015

We did not treat ourselves to a day off. The push to get the annuals planted continued.

Ilwaco

On the way to add a couple more annuals to the planter at the Peninsula Sanitation office, we noticed some plant growth in the Sea Warrior, an old boat in the storage yard.

The Sea Warrior looks permanently landbound now. (Allan's photo)

The Sea Warrior looks permanently landbound now. (Allan’s photo)

From Peninsula Sanitation:  The name of this boat spoke to me of Annuals Planting Time.

From Peninsula Sanitation: The name of this boat spoke to me of Annuals Planting Time.

We traded out some old, leggy Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ for some new ones in the planters by Eagle and Main Streets.  This one had, unusually, formed a nice tight new set of growth at the base so we will give it a chance to come back:

a hopeful Erysimum

a hopeful Erysimum

(As I write this a week later, I feel less kindly and as if we should move that plant to the boatyard garden and put in a new one with more chance of blooming soon.)

adding some trailies by the Portside Café

adding some trailies by the Portside Café

We made a detour back home to pick up a few more plants.

Helianthemum by our driveway

Helianthemum by our driveway (Wisley Primose, I think)

poppies!

poppies!

Allium and Dutch Iris

Allium albopilosum and Dutch Iris

We then finally checked closely on the Ilwaco street tree that I had noticed, a couple of days ago, had a mysteriously flat garden.  I had simply not wanted to deal with this problem because I knew it would be upsetting.

This was AFTER I pulled off most of the chopped and dropped foliage.

Today: This was AFTER I pulled off most of the chopped and dropped foliage.

What happened??  It looks like it was hit with a strimmer, although there are no string trimmer cuts into the bark of the tree.  Or hedge shears? This was human work, not a deer browsing; deer do not mow a garden down neatly to all one level like this.  Catmint, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, golden oregano and schizostylus, all leveled to the ground.  I said to myself I was going to remain calm, which lasted until, at the end of picking up all the broken pieces and adding one little sea thrift plant, I burst into tears and a big rant of WHY??????.

WHY??????

WHY??????

Was someone string trimming this lot, and just...jumped the sidewalk?

Was someone string trimming this lot, and just…jumped the sidewalk?

This is what the tree garden would have looked like had this not happened (more or less as they don’t all have the same plants):

across the street to the south

across the street to the south

across the street to the north in front of Azure Salon

across the street to the north in front of Azure Salon

The little red poppies were already struggling to grow back and I watered them with angry and sorrowful tears.  Times like this I think I am making a mistake by focusing almost entirely on public gardens.  Private gardens are so much safer.

I immediately posted about it, with photos, on Facebook (from my phone) and got some gratifying sympathy and outrage over the rest of the day.

The Depot Restaurant & The English Nursery

I had scheduled a job that would require some battering out of a lawn area, good for releasing some steam: expanding the end of the Depot Garden

before

before

about an hour later

about an hour later

Chef Michael emerged from the kitchen and asked us if we could plant tall grasses on the south side of the deck to add to the sense of enclosure that the ornamental grasses on the east side provide.  The rosemary plants are not doing the job; I had never realized that the original idea of the garden had been for grasses to enclose the whole deck.  I knew just where to get some: three blocks away at The English Nursery.

When we arrived there, owner Dirk was hard at work trying to control the horsetail in the streetside garden.  Way back when this garden was created by volunteers, as an entry corridor along the highway intersection, both Dirk and I had pleaded with them to find the funds from the Visitors Bureau to BUY and bring in clean soil.  But no, some diggings from who knows where were provided for “FREE” and of course the “soil” was full of horsetail and bindweed.  It had been a struggle ever since.  I was offered the job twice and both times turned it down.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, Dirk vs. horsetail

a stunning iris in that garden

a stunning iris in that garden

He was possibly happy to take a break and help us buy plants.

He was possibly happy to take a break and help us buy plants.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the nursery

in the nursery

daylilies and lilies

daylilies and lilies

His specialty is hostas.

His specialty is hostas.

hostas

a vast array of hostas

a vast array of hostas

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Dirk shows me some recently potted but not ready giant Miscanthus

Dirk shows me some recently potted but not ready giant Miscanthus

We couldn’t get the tall Miscanthus, so we returned to the Depot with three Miscanthus ‘Karl Foerster’ that we hope will get five feet tall, and one each of two exceptionally tall perennials, Filipendula and Macleaya cordata (plume poppy).  Both perennials are aggressive runners; since this garden is going to become all tall things, that will be fine.  They can fight it out among themselves.  Later, Michael will figure out a different place to put some rosemary plants, perhaps in the next door yard that also belongs to the restaurant.

Allan planting

Allan planting

While he planted, I sheared the escallonia from hiding the railway history sign.  Talk about wrong plant for the place!  It’s been there since before I started this job, and Michael feels it helps prevent rain water from washing against the building corner.

This escallonia would love to get taller than me.

This escallonia would love to get taller than me.

Boreas Inn

Next, we planted cosmos at the Boreas Inn.

This called for some wake up beans!  (Chocolate covered coffee beans)

This called for some wake up beans! (Chocolate covered coffee beans)

The Boreas garden, looking west to the beach trail

The Boreas garden, looking west to the beach trail

I got the sudden urge to put an edge on the garden beds.  Oh, how I longed to do so.  I almost got out the half moon edger.  Good thing I resisted, as some guests emerged to take photos of each other, and some other guests emerged to use the hot tub room.  We would have been in the midst of a big project had I started edging.  As it was, we were able to quickly pick up our empty plant containers and supplies and exit, leaving the guests in peace.

It sure does need edging.  That has been on the work board for ages!

It sure does need edging. That has been on the work board for ages!

The Depot Restaurant & Seaview

With a little time left, we returned to finish the Depot garden instead of leaving it to the next day.

Depot garden with mulch, cosmos, and Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' added.

Depot garden with mulch, cosmos, and Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ added.

Why did I not make this garden larger two year ago?  So much better.

Why did I not make this garden larger two year ago? So much better.

Today's plans did not allow time to implement the idea.

Here’s the before from yesterday.

Since it was seven o clock, and since we were right there, we went into the Depot for a delicious dinner.

Asian salad from the new summer menu

Asian salad from the new summer menu

Mediterranean prawns

Mediterranean prawns

Allan's photo

clam chowder, Allan’s photo

Allan's Steak Killian

Allan’s Steak Killian

On the way home, we paused to take some photos of the Seaview garden that used to belong to Maxine, Jo’s mother.  Maxine loved her rhododendrons.  Her garden was my first gardening job on the Long Beach Peninsula.

Maxine's garden (Allan's photo)

Maxine’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Maxine's garden (Allan's photo)

Maxine’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Maxine's garden (Allan's photo)

Maxine’s garden (Allan’s photo); I used to pick off each and every yellow leaf.

just around the corner, at a house whose lawn I used to mow back in the late 90s

just around the corner, at a house whose lawn I used to mow back in the late 90s

home

arriving home:  Allan's photo—"cats on patrol" in Nora's driveway

arriving home: Allan’s photo—”cats on patrol” in Nora’s driveway

the work board...with the annuals list getting noticeably shorter

the work board…with the annuals list getting noticeably shorter

 

 

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August 24, 2013

I had wanted to go across the river to Back Alley Gardens but had a miscommunication which did not get sorted out in time.  Was checking my email to see if owner Pam had had a chance to pick up any cool plants from Xera.   Little did I know she had messaged me about them on Facebook instead, but on my business page.  I did not check it.  Thus Allan went grocery shopping overseas (across the river) alone.  His list of stops was extensive and I knew he would be happier with solitary browsing.

With the whole day to myself (Allan does love to shop and would be gone a good long while, I predicted!) I walked down to take the weekly photos at the Ilwaco Saturday market.  When I passed the Lost Garden on Advent Avenue, I saw quite a lot of chopping was going on.

uh oh....

uh oh….

Is the garden not going to be lost in mystery anymore?

Is the garden not going to be lost in mystery anymore?

Some of my favourite photos from the day’s Saturday Market….

a hot day!

a hot day!

topknot and tats

topknot and tats

Double J and the Boys were making up a song about buying vegetables.

Double J and the Boys were making up a song about buying vegetables.

The big fruit and veg booth is there every week:  De Asis Produce from Eastern Washington.

Potted lilies were on offer further on down Waterfront Way.

pink lilies

pink lilies

with boats

with boats

or in a bouquet

or in a bouquet

I love the parade of dogs at the Saturday Market.

I love the parade of dogs at the Saturday Market.

One of our clients, Randy Powell, at the booth selling the art of his wife Marie.  We care for their tiny garden behind their portside building.

One of our clients, Randy Powell, at the booth selling the art of his wife Marie. We care for their tiny garden behind their portside building.

Basket Case flowers and Peter on banjo

Basket Case flowers and Peter on banjo

Artist Don Nisbett is a blessing to us, not just a good friend but he also takes care to water the gardens on the Howerton Street side of his and the Port Office buildings.

Port Office, south side:  Basket Case baskets and our garden bed.

Port Office, south side: Basket Case baskets and our garden bed.

Jane from The English Nursery with plants and baskets for sale.

Jane from The English Nursery with plants and baskets for sale.

The English Nursery in Seaview is so named because both its owners, Dirk and Jane, are English transplants.

The English Nursery in Seaview is so named because both its owners, Dirk and Jane, are English transplants.  Jane always brings a selection of plants to the market.

After my market visit, I realized that will Allan being gone a-shopping, I had forgotten to drink coffee….so a stroll to Olde Towne Café was in order.

On the way, passing our accountants office.  Her sweetheart of a dog, Helen, lounges by Jennifer's well planted pots.

On the way, passing our accountants office. Her sweetheart of a dog, Helen, lounges by Jennifer’s well planted pots.

I had picked a bouquet for Luanne and remembered to take a photo of it...walking down Lake Street.

I had picked a bouquet for Luanne and remembered to take a photo of it…walking down Lake Street.

Captain Phil and Chester were shooting the breeze outside Olde Towne.

Captain Phil and Chester were shooting the breeze outside Olde Towne.

After my coffee and a treat, I walked back home along Spruce Street (the main drag east to west through town).

a pretty Spruce Street arbour

a pretty Spruce Street arbour

another Spruce Street garden

another Spruce Street garden

At home, all the alliums that fall over are on display in a pot by the front gate.

Alliums albopilosum and schubertii

Alliums albopilosum and schubertii

Due to the warm weather, I spent some time inside trying to catch up on this blog, then went out to do some cutting back of old Knautia alongside the river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’..

before

before

But I forgot that I had taken the before photo outside and took the “after” from my screened south window.

after

after

I have the urge to cut a lot of plants back and am trying to not go too crazy with it.

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Our favourite local restaurant and one that gets all the top star ratings is The Depot Restaurant in Seaview, Washington, and we are honoured to work on their small garden.

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot building was indeed a depot for the Clamshell Railroad. The Depot gardens consist of the front door container plantings, a garden bed on east side (left) of entrance, a garden bed behind the log that defines the parking area (backed with a wall of hops). You enter the dining deck from behind the clump of bamboo in the crook of the “L”.  A raised bed with ornamental grasses segues into a bed of herbs as it wraps around the east and south sides of the dining deck.

Depot, two garden beds, 30 June

Above: On a sunny day in June, the east wall garden bed with Cistus and Cosmos (left), and the north side of deck garden bed with Astilbe and Allium schubertii (right).

5 August, Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

Above, Dierama, Cosmos, Hardy Fuchsia, Cistus in the east wall bed.

5 August, Persicaria ‘Firetail, Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’, Astilbe

5 August, Hardy Fuchsia, Astilbe

Above six photos on August 5th: The mostly shady garden bed on the north side of the outdoor dining deck.

Alongside the outdoor dining deck, a raised bed of railroad sleepers (ties) was built back when the restaurant opened and planted up with ornamental grasses and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ from The English Nursery, a small collector’s nursery just three blocks away.  These make a privacy screen and rustling backdrop for outdoor dining in the summer.

Ornamental grass border along dining deck

In tribute to the delicious beers on tap at the Depot, we planted hops on the north side of the deck.

5 August, hops, views from inside and outside the dining deck

The containers and windowboxes around the entryway were planted up by The Basket Case Greenhouse.

Depot front door plantings

window box with plants from The Basket Case

late summer, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ by the dining deck.

5 August, fresh herbs right outside the kitchen door

Let me know if you want company for dinner; we are always eager to dine at the Depot!

at entrance to outdoor dining deck

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