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Saturday, 2 May 2015

rhodietour

Long Beach Peninsula Rhodie Tour

Klipsan Beach Cottages

from the programme:  As you walk into the property, view the prolific lilacs peaking over the gray private backyard fence to your right. The park-like setting west of the dunes has landscaping surrounding a small pond which is refreshed by three little waterfalls. Explore a fenced deer-proof garden with artistic rebar gates, full of roses and collectors’ choice perennials. Wander by the charming clamming shed and picnic area, next to woodland gardens with shrubs and perennials.

As you leave Klipsan Beach Cottages, stroll the big lawns to the north between two tall conifers to view a semi-circle of old rhododendrons at the entrance of the road to the beach cottage next door. You are welcome to walk up that road to view the rhododendrons by “Joanie’s cottage”.

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our KBC gardens

KBC gardens

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I had every intention of getting to Klipsan Beach Cottages in time to help host guests at the Rhododendron tour.   It was not to be as all the other gardens were so fascinating.  We did not get to KBC until about 3:20.  Owner Denny told us that all the guests had been well behaved and pleasant and he sounded  delighted when he told us how one of the plein air painters had set up her easel and done two painting of the garden while tour guests watched.

A few more guests arrived, even after “closing time”.  I’ve worked in this garden for almost twenty years so it’s a great pleasure for me to see people enjoying it.

Rhododendron 'Cynthia' by the pond.

Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’ by the pond as you enter the grounds.

a tour guest tries out the bench

a tour guest tries out the bench (her dog was very tired of being in the car, so got to come, too)

the pond garden

the pond garden

more of the pond garden

more of the pond garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages, just outside the fenced garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages, just outside the fenced garden

south side of fenced garden

south side of fenced garden

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside the deer fence

Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside the deer fence

a clematis peeking through the lattice

a clematis peeking through the lattice

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

Clematis (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

Clematis (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

Pieris japonica

Pieris japonica with the beach cottages on the ridge in the background

the deer fence

the deer fence

looking in the south gate; center of garden has four columnar golden yews

looking in the south gate; center of garden has four columnar golden yews

inside the deer garden: Dutch Iris

inside the deer garden: Dutch Iris

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bubbler in the fenced garden

bubbler in the fenced garden

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Allium bulgaricum

 

below the house deck: Mary's decorated dry fountain

below the house deck: Mary’s decorated dry fountain

Tiger Eyes Sumac and Cynthia

Tiger Eyes Sumac and Cynthia

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boxwood ball outside the east gate

boxwood ball outside the east gate

Cynthia and the pond with its three little waterfalls

Cynthia and the pond with its three little waterfalls

Cynthia's trunk structure

Cynthia’s trunk structure

waterfall

waterfall

tour guests

tour guests

bench

bench

Cynthia, painted by Cynthia Pride

Cynthia, painted by Cynthia Pride for the garden tour

pulmonaria growing underneath Rhododendron 'Cynthia'

pulmonaria growing underneath Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’

Tour guests were invited to walk further in to the property.

Tour guests were invited to walk further in to the property.

red rhodies with the A Frame in background (one of the vacation rentals)

red rhodies with the A Frame in background (one of the vacation rentals)

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by a woodland area that not long ago had an understory of narcissi

up by the cottages

up by the cottages

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looking east down the road from the cottages

looking east down the road from the cottages

the south side of the pond garden (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

the south side of the pond garden (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

back in the garden:  Allan and local tour guests Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Landscaping

back in the garden: Allan and local tour guests Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Landscaping

sit spot in the fenced garden

sit spot in the fenced garden

sword ferns and columbine

sword ferns and columbine

The unfurling shows so beautifully when the old fronds have been removed in early spring.

The unfurling shows so beautifully when the old fronds have been removed in early spring.

Cynthia from inside the fenced garden

Cynthia from inside the fenced garden

Knock Out roses inside the fence

Knock Out roses inside the fence

As we left, we walked over to look at the semi circle of old rhododendrons by the road into “Joanie’s Cottage”, another vacation rental that is managed by KBC.

looking west: the road to Joanie's cottage

looking west: the road to Joanie’s cottage

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enormous old rhodos

enormous old rhodos; some will bloom later this month

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looking south to the KBC outer lawn

looking south to the KBC outer lawn

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Thanks for joining us on the rhodie tour, whether you attended in person or just followed along here in the journal.  Here, from Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park, are some of the plein air painting from the tour:

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by Eric Wiegardt

by Eric Wiegardt

 

 

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Friday, 5 September 2014

Slow Drag at the Port of Ilwaco

On the first of our four days off (or mostly off; Allan did some watering), the weather was shockingly hot. I’d say about 90. (A weather check shows it was 89.4 F.) I did a bit of container and greenhouse watering and watering of recently transplanted plants and spent the rest of the day indoors finishing the book Eden on their Minds. Allan did go out to do some watering at Larry and Robert’s garden (five doors down) and at the Ilwaco Post Office.

He found and removed a very sneaky dandelion in the post office garden (next to Helianthus 'Lemon Queen').

He found and removed a very sneaky dandelion in the post office garden (next to Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’).

At Olde Towne Café, he switched compost buckets (and saw our friend Queen La De Da’s caddy parked there, all decorated for Rod Run weekend).

Jenna's Queen Caddy

Jenna’s Queen Caddy

At four thirty, we walked a block down to the port for the Slow Drag. You can see all the photos we took of the event here on Discover Ilwaco; this is the gardener’s perspective.

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' and...a car

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and…a car

The purpose of Slow Drag is to gun your car at the start line, then cut the gas at a certain point and coast to the finish line with no braking; whoever gets over the rope finish and comes to a halt closest to it wins the heat. I think everyone gets to go around till their third elimination; a dot gets stuck to their windshield each time they lose a heat.

Some of the competitors go to the extra effort of dressing up or making their car fit some sort of theme. There was not as much of that this year as in previous years.

We can count on the "church ladies" to make an appearance.

We can count on the “church ladies” to make an appearance.

Our friend and garden client (and favourite realtor) Cheri was walking her two boxers, Porsche and Beemer.  She took them back to her Ilwaco home as it was too hot for them!

Our friend and garden client (and favourite realtor) Cheri was walking her two boxers, Porsche and Beemer. She took them back to her Ilwaco home as it was too hot for them!

I smiled to see the WHO-BUS (as Robert and I had a VW van and I love them).  It had won the past two years in a row.

I smiled to see the WHO-BUS (as Robert and I had a VW van and I love them). It had won the past two years in a row.

Travis Matney, the WHO-BUS driver.  I really, really, really wanted him to win for the third time.

Travis Matney, the WHO-BUS driver. I really, really, really wanted him to win for the third time.

Travis joked that he was under a lot of pressure because the official t shirt art by Don Nisbett shows the WHO-BUS.

I do like an old truck even though the beds tend to be small and impractical.

I do like an old truck even though the beds tend to be small and impractical.

Between heats, which run down Howerton Way, the vehicles parade along Waterfront Way with boats and sparkling water in the background.

Between heats, which run down Howerton Way, the vehicles parade along Waterfront Way with boats and sparkling water in the background.

The Astoria Clowns vehicle is actually built backwards so it is driven from inside the rear window.

The Astoria Clowns vehicle is actually built backwards so it is driven from inside the rear window.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

putting water in the tank of an old school bus.

Putting water in the radiator of an old school bus. It was darned hot, and hard on some of the old vehicles.

Their driver was a bit young for a license.

Their driver must have recently acquired his license.

Allan's photo of an exceptionally cute dog.

Allan’s photo of an exceptionally cute dog.

Allan went up on the Port Office deck for an overview.

Allan went up on the Port Office deck for an overview.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Alan's photo looking north

Alan’s photo looking north

Allan's photo of another exceptionally cute dog.

Allan’s photo of another exceptionally cute dog.

Allan's photo of more cute dogs

Allan’s photo of more cute dogs

Windows of port buildings offer some fun photo opportunities.

Windows of port buildings offer some fun photo opportunities.

a car framed in the condor statue

a car framed in the condor statue

clover and sedum growing on the condor rock

clover and sedum growing on the condor rock

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a car framed in the Shorebank landscape.

a car framed in the Shorebank landscape.

Some people push their vehicles down Waterfront Way to save on gas and prevent overheating, as there is a lot of idling and waiting.

Some people push their vehicles down Waterfront Way to save on gas and prevent overheating, as there is a lot of idling and waiting.

My white cosmos in the port office garden port office garden and a white car.

My white cosmos in the port office garden port office garden and a white car.

Time Enough Books owners   Peter and Karla, with ice cream.

Time Enough Books owners Peter and Karla, with ice cream.

Allan's photo of me, Peter, and Karla

Allan’s photo of me, Peter, and Karla

Jenna did not run her Queen La De Da caddy in the race this year; she did park it, as did some other fancy car owners, for all to admire.

Jenna did not run her Queen La De Da caddy in the race this year; she did park it, as did some other fancy car owners, for all to admire.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; I so much wanted to get this purple car with the petunias but lacked the patience to wait for it to come around again.

Allan’s photo; I so much wanted to get this purple car with the petunias but lacked the patience to wait for it to come around again.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another fun window reflection

another fun window reflection

By the way, there is a great opportunity at the port for someone who wants to buy the old, vacant Harbor Lights Motel with its restaurant and second floor view lounge and make it into a nice place.

Here's the info; go for it.

Here’s the info; go for it.

more pushing

more pushing

Where the vehicles turn the corner to get to the Howerton Way race course, I like to get a photo of a red car against Jessie’s. I got a couple of boxy cars; Allan got something sleeker.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On Howerton Way, my favourite lines up for a heat.

On Howerton Way, my favourite lines up for a heat.

another heat begins

another heat begins

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am probably the only spectator who thinks Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' steals the show.

I am probably the only spectator who thinks Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ steals the show.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the other side of the hotel for sale, a xeriscape installed a few years back by Peninsula Landscape Supply

on the other side of the hotel for sale, a xeriscape installed a few years back by Peninsula Landscape Supply. (I’d like to get around to throwing a thin layer of pea gravel on this as the underwear, landscape fabric, shows here and there.)

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Allan’s photo of orange echoing orange is one of my favourites.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; people stand up, hold umbrellas, wiggle the vehicle back and forth, anything to slow down just the right amount without braking

Allan’s photo; people stand up, hold umbrellas, wiggle the vehicle back and forth, anything to slow down just the right amount without braking.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; Lhe church ladies added to their attire for the race heat.

Allan’s photo; The church ladies added to their attire for the race heat.

Allan's photo, a close heat at the finish line

Allan’s photo, a close heat at the finish line

On the Howerton side of Time Enough Books, it interests me that the Ceanothus is lightly blooming again.

On the Howerton side of Time Enough Books, it interests me that the Ceanothus is lightly blooming again.

Although for the most part, I saw respect for the gardens, for some reason people had put their chairs all over the garden at the Powell Gallery. Oh, I now realize this was because it was the finish line.

painful to see

painful to see

In the past, Randy Powell has roped this garden bed off. Since we took it over, with the port paying us instead of him paying us, he didn’t. I said to him I was surprised the garden was not being treated with more respect and he just said “That’s why I’m glad I don’t have it anymore.”

Randy was one of the finish line judges.

Randy was one of the finish line officials.

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In all honesty, it won’t do any lasting damage; it is just the principle of the thing for me as the gardener, I suppose.

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I’m glad I did not cut back the spent Eryngiums, as at least the spiny seedheads are protecting the crowns!

Allan's photo; Of course, he noticed, too.

Allan’s photo; Of course, he noticed, too.

These folks were standing right on top of plants in another pocket garden (one of my favourites).  I did say to them that it was causing me pain.  They moved, saying they were seeking shade.  Maybe for the dog!  There was plenty of shade next to buildings.

These folks were standing right on top of plants in another pocket garden (one of my favourites). I did say to them that it was causing me pain. They moved, saying they were seeking shade. Maybe for the dog! There was plenty of shade next to buildings.

I have no words.

I have no words.

Allan's photo; there are tender little bulbs under there.

Allan’s photo; there are tender little bulbs under there.

You may recall that Thursday evening, I painstakingly weeded all these gardens from the west to the east end of Howerton Way.

Through a blur of tears.  (Not really!)

Through a blur of tears. (Not really!) Face obscured for identity protection.

Yes, it is definitely the principle of the thing, and also the knowledge that if I had more plants in this area, they would probably still have chairs plunked on them. Oddly, though, this is the very first year of my five years of attending the slow drag that I have seen the gardens sat upon like this. Perhaps it was due to the heat.

a rather special Eryngium in that garden, not one that I can buy locally.

a rather special Eryngium in that garden, not one that I can buy locally. It will recover. I think.

To add to my malaise…the WHO-BUS was eliminated.

My favourite bites the dust.

My favourite bites the dust.

the moment of victory

the moment of victory

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But another VW was the winner (and Bryan and I used to have a VW bug).

Another VW was the winner (and Bryan and I used to have a VW bug). The driver is holding his little dog.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, lots of swag for the winner

Allan’s photo, lots of swag for the winner

the winner with Port personnel

the winner with Port personnel

left to right, Artist Don Nisbett, a port guy whose name I should now, the first place winner, Nancy of the Port office, her spouse Alan, someone else I should know, and Queen La De Da.

The winner's joy and exuberance brought me back to a happy state.

The winner’s joy and exuberance brought me back to a happy state.

As did this cute little dog who rode in the winning car.

As did this cute little dog who rode in the winning car.

A painting by our garden client Eric Wiegardt was one of the first place prizes.

A painting by our garden client Eric Wiegardt was one of the first place prizes.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Another VW driver was also ecstatic...

Another VW driver was also ecstatic…

because he won the Sponsors Choice cup.

because he won the Sponsors Choice cup.

second place winners

second place winners

Allan's photo; The third prize winner had come all the way from central Oregon, and had had battery problems partway through the race.

Allan’s photo; The third prize winner had come all the way from central Oregon, and had had battery problems partway through the race.

He was happy and relieved when his car started up after Allan took this photo.

He was happy and relieved when his car started up after Allan took this photo.

We came home through the back gate, almost stumbling over a deer who was hanging out in Nora’s yard.

This was after it moved a few feet.

This was after it moved a few feet.

While I am still not much into cars, I always find Slow Drag to be an amusing event. Next year, though, I am going to have more ornamental grasses in that garden by the Powell Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The day started well enough: The sunflowers (all two of them, ‘Italian White’) had opened at the post office.

our volunteer garden at the post office

our volunteer garden at the post office

We made a very quick stop at the Andersen’s RV Park road box to pull some couch grass out of the nasturtium vines.

Andersen's road box

Andersen’s road box

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands Assisted Living, the four quadrants are showing a little more colour from Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ along the front.

southeast quadrant bed in courtyard

southeast quadrant bed in courtyard

northeast quadrant bed

northeast quadrant bed

Klipsan Beach Cottages

When we arrived at Klipsan Beach Cottages, the irritation happened. Which is rare there at my favourite job. As we parked, I saw a disturbingly large pile of elephant garlic on the burn pile.

WHAAAAAAT???

WHAAAAAAT???

Now, Denny does not like the elephant garlic (nor does he like blue globe thistle) so last week I had kindly said that he could pull the ones that were leaning over the path. What he “heard” was that he and staffer Luis could pull them all, every last one. Luis was happy to have the big, mild garlic bulbs. Denny was happy to have it gone, or temporarily happy till the depth of my unhappiness became known. Gone were the pale purple globes sailing over the garden giving it a sense of height. I love elephant garlic in bloom in a garden. Well, phooey. If it had happened at a job I did not like, it would have been the perfect excuse to quit. Denny was scarce to be seen for the rest of our time there, and Mary was sad, and then of course, I felt bad at making her sad, even though I had been very sad myself about the denuded garden. I am sure the garden still looks wonderful to everyone else; only I am obsessed with what is missing.

looking in the east gate of the fenced garden

looking in the east gate of the fenced garden

Bella's presence cheered me up.

Bella’s presence cheered me up.

dwarf escallonia on the steps up to the office

dwarf escallonia on the steps up to the office

dahlia in a big pot by the garage

dahlia in a big pot by the garage

Oman Builders Supply

After KBC, we had planned to check on the garden at Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park store, There, the window washing crew was standing in the garden on the plants washing the windows. The crew that works at many businesses around the Peninsula consists of developmentally disabled adults working under a supervisor. I waited in the van while Allan had a word with the receptive and apologetic supervisor, pointing out that there are spaces to stand other than right on the plants, and then we just moved on.

standing right on the crown of a Gaura...argh.

standing right on the crown of a Gaura…argh. (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn’s Garden

We went on to Marilyn’s garden. Its loveliness soothed my nerves, as did meeting the resident cat.

He's the neighbours' cat but loves to hang out with Marilyn.

He’s the neighbours’ cat but loves to hang out with Marilyn.

the path in Marilyn's garden

the path in Marilyn’s garden

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' beginning to bloom (and right in front, a giant Miscanthus that we tried to dig out last year.  Wrong place, will dig out again this fall.)

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ beginning to bloom (and right in front, a giant Miscanthus that we tried to dig out last year. Wrong place, will dig out again this fall.)

Next, we deadheaded the cosmos and pulled a few weeds at the Wiegardt Gallery. We were well on track to get done in time to get the reward that I had been hoping for today.

I did note how EXCELLENT the elephant garlic looks floating above the north garden bed.

I did note how EXCELLENT the elephant garlic looks floating above the north garden bed.

For a change, I took some photos of how the landscape looks from the sidewalk.

looking west on the bay to ocean paved trail

looking west on the bay to ocean paved trail

I'm glad Eric's sign is high enough to show over the tall grasses.

I’m glad Eric’s sign is high enough to show over the tall grasses.

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Cosmos east of the gallery entrance

Cosmos east of the gallery entrance

For another welcome change, let’s look inside the gallery today at some of Eric’s flower inspired paintings.

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the view of the garden from manager Christl's window

the view of the garden from gallery manager Christl’s window

Basket Case Greenhouse

We got done in time to go to Peninsula Landscape Supply and get a yard of Soil Energy mulch! On the way south from that stop, we had a kitchen table visit with Fred and Nancy at the Basket Case Greenhouse and then loaded up some old potting soil on top of the yard of soil energy…more garden ingredients.

a layer of old soil and plants to add to our compost

a layer of old soil and plants to add to our compost

Fred and Nancy have been working hard on a new garden area in front of their house where the septic system had to be redone last year.

river rock, big pots for privacy, and stepping stones

river rock, big pots for privacy, and stepping stones

a dry creek

a dry creek

which will run across here to the pond and have a bridge over it.

which will run across here to the pond and have a bridge over it.

One of the two cats almost hitched a ride with us.

One of the two cats almost hitched a ride with us.

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Ilwaco still had to be watered, and I thought that we would unload the soil and then while Allan watered the planters, I’d water the boatyard garden. I was thrilled when he offered the deal that he would water at the boatyard, as well, if I unloaded all the soil. I did not feel like going back out again after gardening at home.

I had hoped to put some nice mulch in the front garden, but my new area by the bogsy wood took every bit of mulch. I had an audience as I began:

Outside the south east gate, a deer was eating bindweed.  How useful!

Outside the south east gate, a deer was eating bindweed. How useful!

My target area for the evening, before

My target area for the evening, before

and after

and after

It took a long time. Part of the sod (behind the stump planter) needed to be layered with newspaper first. About 200 feet there and back for each wheelbarrow load.

done! and Smokey follows me back to the house

done! and Smokey follows me back to the house

while white lilies filled the air with sweetness.

while white lilies filled the air with sweetness.

One more work day and then I am dreaming of not just a three day but possibly a four day weekend. All irritation was smoothed away by the satisfaction of making a new garden bed for some of my ladies in waiting.

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Thursday, 7 November, 2013

I had been so sure we would have the day off that I was shocked when sunshine awoke me.  The sky to the south, more white than grey, perhaps boded that some work time could be found before the predicted storm.  We decided to try.  I have a few plants left to put in the ground for clients, and it is better to do so before the soil gets colder.

I went to the patio to grab a chunk of a Libertia that we divided from the Golden Sands garden.

The cosmos in the garden boat, while sideways, still have a few blossoms.

The cosmos in the garden boat, while sideways, still have a few blossoms.

One pink dahlia is going strong.

One pink dahlia is going strong.

the blue river of Geranium 'Rozanne' would look better if I had tidied it up...

the blue river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (still blooming!) would look better if I had tidied it up…

I should do something about the squash (one real, one fake).

I should do something about the squash (one real, one fake).

I WILL pick those squash tomorrow.  One has sunk into itself like a popped balloon but I think two are left.

one tall sweet pea vine to the very top of the deer fence

one tall sweet pea vine to the very top of the deer fence

We then made the forty five minute drive to the Wiegardt Gallery to plant three Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ and a clump of Libertia and, we hoped, do some fall clean up.  We also hoped to plant a Hellebore and a Libertia at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

Wiegardt Gallery west side now with five Ilex 'Sky Pencil'

Wiegardt Gallery west side, now with five Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’

and one little Sky Pencil to add some verticality (eventually) on the south side.

and one little Sky Pencil to add some verticality (eventually) on the south side.

It is just past the end of the hose!

We chopped down some Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ (unusually short, in a northern bed that does not get much water).  While I might have continued to enjoy the blackened foliage against the pale variegated Miscanthus, I think it is one of those tableaus that passersby would see as something undone that should have been done.

before and after

before and after, with Miscanthus variegatatus and Siberian iris and Libertia

The weather having turned  dire, we popped into the gallery for a moment to get out of the wind, hoping it would die down so we could go on to the KBC garden.  Earlier in the month, Eric had picked from my wheelbarrow some tattered cosmos blossoms to paint.  Today I picked him a bouquet of the last of windblown flowers.

the last of the cosmos, from some plants we had pulled up

the last of the cosmos, from some plants we had pulled up

warm inside

warm inside

I love the painting at the center, left, with red flowers:  Knautia macedonica

I love the painting at the center, left, with red flowers: Knautia macedonica

Gallery manager Christl says she asked me for the proper spelling of Knautia!

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rose painting by Eric Wiegardt

rose painting by Eric Wiegardt

Afte chatting (and consuming some Finnish mint chocolate candy offered by Christl) we went back out into the now pelting rain.  Allan came up with the bright idea that we should try again to go to the Oysterville Store to ask the owner if he wants to be “cash mobbed” in March.  Last time we went, we happened upon his lunch break and missed seeing the inside of the store.

rain....daunting us from working

rain….daunting us from working

wind in the Wiegardt garden

wind in the Wiegardt garden

Oysterville Store it would be.  The wind chased us over to Nahcotta, just east on the bay….

Nahcotta oyster shell mountain

Nahcotta oyster shell mountain

…and on up to Oysterville, where we parked right in the middle of quiet Territory Road for some stormy day photos.

Territory Road, looking north

Territory Road, looking north

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reflection

trees

the iconic Oysterville picket fence

the iconic Oysterville picket fence

bay view bench

bay view bench

I snooped with my eyes over the fence of the Huson garden, a garden created by the owners of another favourite garden of mine, a garden in Ruston that I still think of often.

Oysterville garden

Oysterville garden

along the road

along the road

It is magnificent.

It is magnificent.

Across the street, a couple of hardy fuchsias still bloomed, one overhanging one of the pumpkins that Huson has placed throughout the village.

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Because the dashboard clock told us the store would not be open for another few minutes,  we took a detour past Oysterville Sea Farm.

oyster beds

oyster beds and gulls

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Oysterville Sea Farms

Oysterville Sea Farms

oyster shell road

oyster shell road

across from the Oysterville Store

across from the Oysterville Store

a photo of the store/post office taken last February

a photo of the store/post office taken last February

We usually see Oysterville only on a rainy day off!

You can read some history of the Oysterville store in Sydney Stevens Oysterville Daybook.

In the window of the front door, a big dog greeted us.

I wanted to stand around and pet him, but he wanted to go outside and find someone to play ball.

I wanted to stand around and pet him, but he wanted to go outside and find someone to play ball.

in the store:  books

in the store: books

a parlor off to the side

a parlor off to the side

cozy wood heat in the main room

cozy wood heat in the main room

Allan buys some Jean Nitzel greeting cards at the counter

Allan buys some Jean Nitzel greeting cards at the counter

Owner Greg Rogers told us that the candy case was original to the old store.

Old timers remember this.

Old timers remember this.

a historic scale

a historic scale

Greg also told us that the table on which the scale and candy case sit had belonged to his grandfather, Ernest Rogers.  Ernest, while working at Davies Coffee and Spice on the Seattle Waterfront in 1915 had bagged (or otherwise sorted into containers) coffee on this very table and then delivered it to Chinese restaurants.

Greg has a fondness for old signs.  The “Information” sign below is part of a park (?) sign from Hawaii, part of which was burned in a volcano eruption or lava flow.

signs

signs

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The cities, above, are part of the trajectory of Greg’s life, as described in this article.

behind the counter

behind the counter

in the store

in the store

A connection from Ilwaco to Oysterville:  Kelly of Blue Crab Graphics screen prints the t shirts.

We spoke for awhile of cash mob ideas and then Allan and I re-examined the weather through the front door.

still rather dire

still rather dire

I continued to hope, as we departed, that we could get just two plants planted at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Allan pointed out that we had done a lot of time in the van to very little time working.

I wish I had stopped to take a photo looking west as we came over the hill from Oysterville to Surfside.  The ocean waves crashed dramatically high and pampas grass in residents’ gardens bent sideways in the wind.

We tried for another photo from Bay Avenue in Ocean Park but there were too many storm watching cars parked right in the scene.  Tp pass the time in hope of a weather break, we shopped at Sweet Williams on Bay for Christmas cards; owner Katie Williams always has some with a coastal theme.

Sweet Williams on Bay

Sweet Williams on Bay

Polish Pottery

Polish Pottery

The sky had just a bit of blue as we entered and left Katie’s shop.  I knew better than to fall for it. The wind had picked up to 30 mph.  We gave up on work and headed back to Long Beach in lashings of sideways rain.

at the Bolstadt street light

at the Bolstadt street light

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Back in Ilwaco, we saw from our driveway a garbage can heading north to south along Lake Street and Pearl.  Although our wheelie bins are of a substantial size and weight, it looks like this one might end up at the Port.

wheelie bin on a journey

wheelie bin on a journey

Getting home from work early was a good thing today.  We had a project to do in the garage, making space for bulb sorting.  Tomorrow a large bulb delivery is due to arrive.

I got plant tags from the summer stuffed into a 5 gallon bucket.  Sorting them will make a useful winter’s day project and perhaps I will even make a database of what plants have been added to my garden.

sorting project

sorting project

I rooted for the Danger Tree to harmlessly fall….

Danger Tree!

Danger Tree!

admired the Melianthus major in the front garden…

A heavy frost could take this down.

A heavy frost could take this down.

and a hebe in geometric bloom:

very tidy

very tidy

The Fatsia is blooming in Allan’s garden.

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’

and some annuals are still blooming by the garage.

even a double impatiens!

even a double impatiens!

The leaves of Nora’s maple are turning by the window where she used to sit and wave to us when we came home.

We miss her.

We miss her.

After considerable reorganizing and placing of seasonal tables (including taking Allan’s sorting table from the middle of his room!), we are now ready as can be for bulb hell time.  I have fingerless gloves:

It gets chilly in the garage.

It gets chilly in the garage.

My Colorblends mug for hot cups of tea:

It's rather a strange design.

It’s rather a strange design.

I like the way the Colorblends order always comes with some Dutch newspaper inside.

paper

Usually there is a little giftie enclosed, like the mug, or some tulip coasters, but not this year.

I have paper, a clipboard, a chair, a calculator, crates to sort in, bags, a sharpie (better have more than one) and a U shaped table arrangement…and still room for the van to park.  One table is for tulips, one for narcissi, one for small bulbs and one for Alliums.

Couldn't be more ready...

Couldn’t be more ready…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 10:  It is easier to go to work while the cats snooze than it was during wild late winter weather.  They seem to pick such uncomfortable places…

Mary and Smokey

Mary and Smokey

We began with a check up on Diane’s Sandridge garden.  I am happy with the way the roadside bed is filling in (thanks in part of Larry’s good watering).

It looks even better if (right) I use a slight telephoto effect and squeeze the plants closer together.

It looks even better if (right) I use a slight telephoto effect and squeeze the plants closer together.

Next door, the garden by the Red Barn is looking better…

Red Barn garden

Red Barn garden

And in the barn, I could not resist going to look at a burro (or donkey?)

donkey

And a horse, maybe named Peace or maybe that is the sentiment of the horse’s person.

peace

peace

From there, we stopped at The Basket Case so I could get myself one of those Banana Cream daisies, and I also picked up some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ to add to the Long Beach planters.  I will probably hold them till better planting weather in fall.

Lobelia tupa is coming into bud!

Lobelia tupa is coming into bud!

Echinacea looking fabulous

Echinacea looking fabulous

Then on to Peninsula Landscape Supply to dump debris and get half a yard of Soil Energy to add to Marilyn’s.  We arrived at an exciting time when a big delivery of stone arrived.

much activity

much activity

Garden tour poster in the window

Garden tour poster in the window

Peninsula Landscape Supply will be one of the ticket sales points for the July 20th tour.

In the midst of all the action, Colleen loaded us up…

Colleen

and off we went to Marilyn’s.  The garden is looking pretty tour worthy!

tour ready

shasta daisies and painted sage and more

shasta daisies and painted sage and more

I took lots of photos so that I could get the deer page ready by Friday when tickets (with the link) were to go on sale.  We had the strimmer and used it along the backside of the garden so it now looks good from all angles.

behind the garden

behind the garden

The two Rozannes ended up at Marilyn’s along the driveway after we had added the mulch to that area and to another path spot behind the back porch…and then we were off back south to the Wiegardt Gallery in Ocean Park.

Wiegardt Gallery front garden

Wiegardt Gallery front garden

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

Gallery manager Christl expressed amazement that the Eryngium just keeps getting more intensely blue.

Eric Wiegardt himself showed up with a new painting, and lots of cars arrived for a workshop he was about to teach.

The Artist

The Artist

We left for Klipsan Beach Cottages to do weeding and deadheading.  Two slightly different views than the usual:

the garden view people get when they check in

the garden view people get when they check in

a view from inside a garden bed while weeding

a view from inside a garden bed while weeding

I am not just weeding out weeds but trying to get rid of damnable Japanese anemone, a plant I once liked till I found how invasively it runs through a garden.

The sweet peas at KBC are doing better than mine.  So are the ones at Andersen’s…I think because they got more care than mine at home!

sweet peas and Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

sweet peas and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

sweet pea and Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

sweet pea and Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

We then went to Golden Sands Assisted Living, where I took the usual pictures of the four quadrants.  We had to water around the edges again but this time I had a great talk with the maintenance man who is going to address the powers that be about getting some better sprinklers set up.  The ones they have a pretty twirly things that get baffled by plants growing in to them and that do not reach the edges of the gardens.  We discussed how I could get the courtyard looking good enough to be on the garden tour if the water situation got resolved and if we had some help cleaning up the pitifully weedy and drab areas outside the quadrants, where I actually think bark mulch (NOT RED) would help.

outside the quadrant

outside the quadrants

southwest  quadrant

southwest quadrant

detail: Sanguisorba

detail: Sanguisorba

NW quadrant...still needs mulch!

NW quadrant…still needs mulch!

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant detail

SE quadrant detail

By the time we were almost ready to leave, some of the residents were taking an after dinner walk through the courtyard and we were most pleased to hear their happy words about the flowers.

Not done yet, we spent an hour or so at Andersen’s RV Park.  The main show of poppies in the west garden is declining but some of the newly planted areas are coming on with poppies sown this year rather than reseeded ones.

west garden at Andersen's

west garden at Andersen’s: middle section is petering out

but the south side has new poppies

but the south side has new poppies

and so does the west end.

and so does the west end.

Here’s a different view than the usual one of the picket fence garden on the east side of Lorna’s house.

Usually I take a photo looking south over the fence.  This is looking north.

Usually I take a photo looking south over the fence. This is looking north.

For your amusement: a cute staff dog!

For your amusement: a cute staff dog!  What a face!

and the garden tour poster in the window!

and the garden tour poster in the window!

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As promised, here’s a peek inside the Eric Wiegardt Gallery, in a historic 1897 house just where Nahcotta and Ocean Park meet on the north Long Beach Peninsula.  Some old timers say the house is in Nahcotta and others (incomers?)  say it is Ocean Park.  I keep forgetting to ask the authority:  Eric or gallery manager Christl!

Wiegardt Gallery

Wiegardt Gallery

The inside photos are all of the downstairs; it did not occur to me to go upstairs where Eric has a big painting studio on the north side of the building.   Upstairs would be a good place to take a photo of the garden from above, too, so maybe next time.

the first room

inside

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instruction

art instruction DVDs

boats

boats

landscapes

landscapes

Just inside the front door, stairs up to the studio

Just inside the front door, stairs up to the studio

Christl at work downstairs in what used to be the kitchen

Christl at work downstairs in what used to be the kitchen
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Speaking of work, we got a little garden task done there that has been on my mind: putting an edge on the front border.

during...

during…

after

after

I like a good edge

I like a good edge

Next:  The rest of our day including a peek at the Sisters on the Fly encampment at Andersen’s RV Park.

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