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 Tuesday, 5 July 2016

apples at home (Allan's photo)

apples at home (Allan’s photo) and one scabby pear

Mike’s Garden

A few blocks east is the mayor’s garden, which we tidy up every couple of weeks.  Today:

from across the street

from across the street

from the corner

from the corner

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Mike's Escallonia iveyi

Mike’s Escallonia iveyi

I am pretty sure that this escallonia is grown from a cutting of the Escallonia iveyi at the Anchorage Cottages (originally from Heronswood Nursery, because the Anchorage was owned at one time by Dan Hinkley’s husband’s sister).  In 2003, Carol Jones of The Elves Did It Gardening worked with me there and took some cuttings. Later, she designed and installed Mayor Mike’s beautiful garden.  The ironic thing is that my own garden lacks this stunning pure white escallonia.  I tried cuttings last year; maybe some are out there and not big enough to bloom yet.

the fruit of the native wild cucumber vine

the fruit of the native wild cucumber vine in Mike’s shaded back garden.

Long Beach

We watered and groomed all the main street planters and the street tree pocket gardens.

by Lewis and Clark Square. The man with a red shirt (left) is reading his way along plaques that describe Lewis and Clark's journey.

by Lewis and Clark Square. The man with a red shirt (left) is reading his way along plaques that describe Lewis and Clark’s journey.

Big planter in L&C Square. That is Cotoneaster 'Coral Beauty' on the edge, planted 16 years ago or more. It got sort of made fun of in the lecture at Hardy Plant weekend, about new and much improved cotoneasters. I still rather like this one.

Big planter in L&C Square. That is Cotoneaster ‘Coral Beauty’ on the edge, planted 16 years ago or more. It got sort of made fun of in the lecture about new and improved cotoneasters at Hardy Plant weekend. I still rather like this one although I do regret planting something so big…I just wanted to keep people from sitting on the planter.

Public gardening: I had my bucket on this bench, and a jacket someone had left, and was just hooking up the hose when a woman came and shoved the bucket and jacket aside and lit up a cigarette. I did, softly and kindly (really!), get her to move to the planter nearby that I had already watered. (!!!)

Public gardening: I had my bucket on this bench, and a jacket someone had left, and was just hooking up the hose when a woman came and shoved the bucket and jacket aside and plopped down and lit up a cigarette. I did, softly and kindly (really!), get her to move to the planter nearby that I had already watered. (!!!) It was not her jacket.

One of my painted sage (late to bloom this year) was pulled totally out of the soil. It had happened so recently that it had not wilted at all and I think i saved it. Note to self: Geranium 'Rozanne' here next year.

One of my painted sage (late to bloom this year) was pulled totally out of the soil. It had happened so recently that it had not wilted at all and I think I saved it. Note to self: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ here next year.

Town was still busy.

Town was still busy.

On the busiest weekends, the stoplights are turned off to avoid traffic jams, so pedestrians cross every which way.

On the busiest weekends, the stoplights are turned off to avoid traffic jams, so pedestrians cross every which way.

lambs ears, and the new little round silver plant whose name I have forgotten, and santolina

three silvers: lambs ears, and the new little round silver plant whose name I have forgotten, and santolina

I encountered a young man with a guitar lounging supine on the bench and using a clump of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ as a pillow while smoking a cigarette.  I asked him to get up.  He did not.  I told him to move.  He did not.  I threatened to water him.  No motion.  I said I might call the police as he was smoking illegally close to a shop doorway.  Finally he moved.  By then it was funny and we both laughed.  I told him that public gardening can be rewarding but sometimes works my last nerve.  He said “Sorry in advance for my language, but I am sorry for being such a dick.”

sedums used as pillow

sedums used as pillow; plaque goes back to long gone planter volunteer days

Later the same guy told Allan “You’re using a LOT of water!” while Allan was watering the tree.  Allan felt it was in a reproving tone.

Just the Eryngium (Allan's photo)

 Eryngium in street tree garden (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in Fifth Street Park

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in Fifth Street Park

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Bees love it.

Busy town: Fifth Street Park (Allan's photo)

Busy town: Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

Full sidewalks make navigating tricky with hose and bucket. (Allan's photo)

Full sidewalks make navigating tricky with hose and bucket. (Allan’s photo)

When open, these lilies colour coordinate with the Benson's sign.

When open, these lilies colour coordinate with the Benson’s sign.

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Carousel

deadheading and watering...under the very big hanging basket

deadheading and watering…under the very big hanging basket

lavender that looks good on just one side. (The back is bare and woody). Allan's photo

lavender that looks good on just one side. (The back is bare and woody). Allan’s photo

Eryngium variifolium under a street tree (Allan's photo)

Eryngium variifolium under a street tree.  I love them all. (Allan’s photo)

two dogs. (Allan's photo)

two dogs. (Allan’s photo)

Hardy fuchsia and agastache in my favourite planter by Dennis Co. (Allan's photo)

Hardy fuchsia and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ in my favourite planter by Dennis Co. (Allan’s photo)

This pleases my fannish heart (and shows how crowded the sidewalks were). (Allan's photo)

This pleases my fannish heart (and shows how crowded the sidewalks were). (Allan’s photo)

Fish Alley (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley (Allan’s photo)

Later, Fifth Street Park was quieter. (Allan's photo)

Later, Fifth Street Park was quieter. (Allan’s photo)

We worked on the center berm. Eventually we will be able to cross it off the work list! It is the only project on the list right now.

We worked on the center berm. Eventually we will be able to cross it off the work list! It is the only project on the list right now.

Cries of WHEEEE from the little fish rides nearby.

Cries of WHEEEE from the little fish rides nearby.

A local businessman who owns several well run local businesses has bought the rides and they will soon be refurbished, we hear.

Center berm is SO boring and may end up just getting string trimmer treatment.

Center berm is SO boring and may end up just getting string trimmer treatment.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before (most of this was the rather pretty annual Briza media (quaking grass) that has now gone dry.

after: quick strimmer solution

after: quick strimmer solution for hardpacked miserable area

I should give up and plant more rugosas in the bare areas. Giving up because i did not want a monoculture of roses.

I should give up and plant more rugosas in the bare areas. Giving up because i did not want a monoculture of roses.  This is one place I will leave salal.

Stipa gigantea on a prettier berm (Allan's photo)

Stipa gigantea on a prettier berm (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

I had every intention of weeding at the Ilwaco boatyard garden while Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.  And then I simply could not.  I felt guilty till I realized that Allan would be done working quicker if he did not have to drop off the debris trailer at the boatyard, then pick up the water trailer, then take the water trailer home and come retrieve the debris trailer.  So I went home and worked on the garden tour blog posts and Allan took all the rest of these photos:

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taken while filling the water tank at the boatyard

taken while filling the water tank at the boatyard

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sweet peas on boatyard fence

sweet peas on boatyard fence

another break in the hose

another break in the hose

calendula flowers and seeds

calendula flowers and seeds

This nasturtium grows outside of our dear friend Jenna's Queen La De Da studio so gets extra water from her.

This nasturtium grows outside of our dear friend Jenna’s Queen La De Da studio so gets extra water from her.

 

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Friday, 1 July 2016

Today we would finish our mission of getting the Ilwaco public gardens ready for the Fourth of July weekend crowds.  I planned for it to be a short and easy day.

east end of Howerton, looking west

east end of Howerton, looking west

with Catananche caerulea (cupid's dart)

with Catananche caerulea (cupid’s dart)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

weeding along Howerton Ave

weeding along Howerton Ave

the dreaded red lava rock expanse at CoHo Charters. I'm hoping my good buddy CoHo Butch lets us make this more planty someday.

the dreaded red lava rock expanse at CoHo Charters. I’m hoping my good buddy CoHo Butch lets us make this more planty someday.

after. Butch prunes the little shrubs in a way that reminds him of his grandpa's flat top haircut.

after. Butch prunes the little shrubs in a way that reminds him of his grandpa’s flat top haircut.  Allan’s dad had that kind of haircut, too.

The sno cone vendor had arrived for the weekend market. (Allan's photo)

The sno cone vendor had arrived for the weekend market. (Allan’s photo)

We had to bucket water the planter by the former Wade Gallery, now owned by Astoria’s Fort George Brewery, because the water to the building was still turned off.

water buckets (Allan's photo)

water buckets (Allan’s photo)

But look what was in the window.  The big excitement in this for me is that if they are opening some sort of venue, the water will be turned on and they have already said we can use the hose.  (I blocked out some lines because I am not trying to nose into their business.)

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I don’t need beer or wine, just give me garden water!

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' by the Ilwaco Pavilion (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ by the Ilwaco Pavilion (Allan’s photo)

my favourite bed by the pavilion

my favourite bed by the pavilion

still blue water at the marina

still blue water at the marina

the condor

the condor

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

We went to the library so I could pick up a book, and I asked Allan to photograph the bud on a particular bulb.  I do not know what it is.  Someone told me Allium moly, but I think that is wrong.  (Later: Bob Nold, author of the excellent book High and Dry and one of my two favourite blogs, The Miserable Gardener, identified it as Allium flavum.)

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We spent the rest of the day weeding the boatyard garden, a long process.  It did not turn out to be a short and easy day.  The garden felt dry, so after we got the first long stretch done, Allan watered from behind the fence.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, reseeded poppies behind the fence

He wants you to know that he did not see me weeding here, so when he filled my shoe with water, it was an accident.

He wants you to know that he did not see me weeding here, so when he filled my shoe with water, it was an accident.

passersby admiring and asking questions about the garden.

passersby admiring and asking questions about the garden.

a close look at Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

a close look at Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

I did some watering while Allan made a debris run.

I did some watering while Allan made a debris run.

debris and lots of it

debris and lots of it (Allan’s photo)

east end of the marina (Allan's photo)

east end of the marina (Allan’s photo)

back to the boatyard (Allan's photo)

back to the boatyard (Allan’s photo)

Allium albopilosum (AKA christophii) (Allan's photo)

Allium albopilosum (AKA christophii) (Allan’s photo)

yarrow, rose campion, santolina (Allan's photo)

yarrow, rose campion, santolina (Allan’s photo)

cosmos and helenium (Allan's photo)

cosmos and helenium (Allan’s photo)

Stipa gigantea (Allan's photo)

Stipa gigantea (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and santolina (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and santolina (Allan’s photo)

We found the energy to go to the post office and dig those columbines that have been bugging me.

dog and cat walking across from the post office (Allan's photo)

dog and cat walking across from the post office (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

7 PM at the post office, columbines removed, not a short and easy day after all

7 PM at the post office, some columbines removed, not a short and easy day after all

After a break because of the Hardy Plant garden tour posts, I’m again sharing  the matching dates of

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74)

July 1: 12:00 to 5:00 It was cool so I started planting the determinate tomato plants in the salad bowl.  That meant I had to remove the pile of mushroom compost so I sieved it into 3 old garbage cans and I moved the old burned out barrel to behind the garage to sieve into.  Then I decided to use an old post to edge the area and made a “raised garden” for the tomatoes.  (32 determinate tomato plants) Picked berries after dinner.

 

 

 

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem Oregon

I’ve dropped the owners’ surnames from the descriptions to protect their privacy, just in case they might appreciate that.

garden number two

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The second garden of the nine that were on Friday’s roster was just down this quiet driveway from the first garden.

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a little further...

a little further…looking back

and there it is...

and there it is…

I always greatly appreciate when two gardens are walking distance from each other.

from outside, the banana

from outside, the banana

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

woodsy border

woodsy border

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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enviable koi pond

approaching an enviable koi pond

enormous koi

enormous koi

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

These gardeners had a device called the Koi Café that doled out food to the koi if the humans were out of town. We repeatedly saw koi ponds with enormous koi over the three days of garden touring, and each time I wondered how this can be; where are the raccoons and herons?

a deck overlooking the koi pond

a deck overlooking the koi pond

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: netting and poles used to protect plants

Allan’s photo: netting and poles used to protect plants

I also envied the banana; mine is still two tiny leaves after two years.

I also envied the banana; mine is still two tiny leaves after two years.

We would love to have taken a walk among the old trees…but it was already 10:30 and we had seven more gardens to see before 4 PM.

garden number three

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approaching the garden

approaching the garden

front garden would definitely draw my attention if I were passing by

front garden would definitely draw my attention if I were passing by

front garden with Eryngium, my favourite perennial

front garden with Eryngium, my favourite perennial

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I really did mean to have that whole water filled rock in the photo!

Allan's photo: inside the side garden entrance

Allan’s photo: inside the side garden entrance

around the side

around the side

for Douglas and Diane

for Douglas and Diane

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

back garden, city lot sized

back garden, city lot sized

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

well planted with meticulously weeded groundcovers

well planted with meticulously weeded groundcovers

the yard sale bowling balls

the yard sale bowling balls

the best plant ID signage I have ever seen

the best plant ID signage I have ever seen

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

rooster and butterflies

rooster and butterflies

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another view of the back garden

another view of the back garden

 

 

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The Depot Restaurant

We began by watering and planting one plant (a Chelone ‘Hot Lips’, excellent fall bloomer) at the Depot.

Allan watering

Allan watering


plantings by Nancy of Basket Case Greenhouse

plantings by Nancy of Basket Case Greenhouse

This cat entertained me:

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

This well fed cat liked to be petted, so am fairly sure it is a neighbourhood resident and not a stray.

Long Beach

When we arrived in Fifth Street Park, we found Debbie Teashon there adding to her collection of Peninsula garden photos.

Rainyside Debbie

Our Debbie of Rainyside.com


Debbie and I deadheading a lavender prior to a photo

Debbie and I deadheading a lavender prior to a photo

After a brief visit and a farewell as she left to take more photos at city hall and then drive a few hours north to her home, Allan and I buckled down to watering and grooming the Long Beach planters.

Watering was preceded by some grooming in Fifth Street Park. Here, the northeast side with Brodiaea 'Queen Fabiola'.

Watering was preceded by some grooming in Fifth Street Park. Here, the northeast side with Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’.


Allan watering and deadheading

Allan watering and deadheading


by Herb 'N' Legend Smoke Shop

by Herb ‘N’ Legend Smoke Shop

The planters are all of a sudden well filled in and looking fine.

Allan's photo: pink California poppy and Geranium 'Rozanne'

Allan’s photo: pink California poppy and Geranium ‘Rozanne’


California poppies, Allan's photo

California poppies, Allan’s photo


a small hardy gladiolus (Allan's photo)

a small hardy gladiolus (Allan’s photo)


planting a few new plants

planting a few new plants

To water, we use a bayonet fitting to hook up the hose.  We often find snails, baby slugs, or loads of earwigs under the plastic cap.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I kill the slugs, relocate the snails, but tend to give the earwigs a pass just because there are so MANY and I don’t want to use poisons.

Allan bucket watered the Fish Alley barrels, where I am replacing stolen edging plants with free Sedum 'Autumn Joy' divisions.

Allan bucket watered the Fish Alley barrels, where I am replacing stolen edging plants with free Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ divisions.


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The Crabby Gardener

an occasion feature when public gardening goes bad

The Crabby Gardener by Don Nisbett

The Crabby Gardener by Don Nisbett

Allan noticed a big hole when watering the northernmost planter by Dennis Company.  I went to have a look.

furious photography

furious photography

Someone had pulled out a full sized Agastache ‘Fragrant Delight’, left the hole, and had broken off at the base a Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ (probably while trying to steal it, too).  The knautia was left behind, dead.  Neither of these plants are available on the Peninsula at this time and so I cannot fix this properly.

broken dead knautia and missing agastache

broken dead knautia and missing agastache


Here is the side that did not get vandalized and stolen.

Here is the side that did not get vandalized and stolen.


Here is the side that is empty now, by one of the busiest parking lots in town.

Here is the side that is empty now, by one of the busiest parking lots in town.

It is so important to me to have symmetry in the planters that I almost wish people would just damn well steal BOTH sides so I could start over with new matching plants.  Why does symmetry matter to me when our business name is “Tangly”?  Because a little symmetry tames the wildness, just like the boxwoods in the Oysterville garden add a frame to an exuberant garden.  I spent the time while watering six more planters and weeding a park fretting over how I was going to fix that space when there are no Agastaches of that colour, and certainly not an exact match, available here.  I texted Melissa in my despair and she replied that she had a pink Agastache, so I planned to acquire it from her.  I have to keep trying even though the Finger Blighter strikes so frequently.  Debbie had even wondered earlier if it could be someone who reads this blog, and knows where the good plants are.  I assured her that because I like to have the blog running at least five days behind (takes the pressure off writing it), and the thefts often happen the day after a new plant goes in (although not in the case of this incident), I am pretty sure there is no connection.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$#@*&^%#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cheeringly, when Allan and I reunited after watering, he gave me a present from the Kite Guy at Wind World Kites.

Wind World Kites

Wind World Kites


This purple whirly flower!

This purple whirly flower!  Thanks, Wind World Kite Guy!

We moved on after our watering to weed the Veterans Field garden beds because the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market is due to open on Friday afternoons there starting this week.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


corner bed, Veterans Field

corner bed, Veterans Field

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I asked Allan to take some photos of the narrow, arced garden that goes halfway around the flag pavilion, my version of a red white and blue theme:

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Salvias ‘May Night’ and ‘Hot Lips’ and Phygelius ‘Cherry Ripe’


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Salvia ‘May Night’ and ‘Crimson Pygmy’ barberry with Eryngiums


Salvia patens (sometimes tender) has come back strong (center, next to red flowers)

Salvia patens (sometimes tender) has come back strong (center, below red Phygelius flowers)


Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Nearby, a silver, white, and pink streetside garden is one I often admire and is now at its peak.

rose campion, sea thrift, pink roses

rose campion, sea thrift, pink roses


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streetside garden, Long Beach

On the way south, we watered the edge plants at the Long Beach welcome sign.  The soaker hoses don’t help them enough till their roots are well established.  Allan feels the sign is getting battered by people standing in it, especially the back side.

welcome sign front

welcome sign front


back

back


Allan pulling the persistent horsetail.

Allan pulling the four horsetail of the apocalypse.

I had read somewhere that Geranium ‘Orion’ is even better than Geranium ‘Rozanne’, that its flower size is bigger and a deeper blue.  Based on growing both of them in the welcome sign bed, ‘Rozanne’ remains the strong winner.

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’


Geranium 'Orion'

Geranium ‘Orion’


Rozanne (right) is still the champ.

Rozanne (right) is still the champ.

Ilwaco

We planted a few new curbside plants in this bed that is now back in the fold of watering.  If you water it, the gardeners will come.  This garden might even get more watering than it needs, since we are not the ones watering, and we are the ones who know which plants are utterly drought tolerant and which are not.  (Most drought tolerant plants do need good watering until they get established.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Then Allan went off to water the Ilwaco planters and street trees.

Ilwaco planter (Allan's photo)

Ilwaco planter (Allan’s photo)


traffic jam in town (Allan's photo)

traffic jam in town (Allan’s photo)

Meanwhile, I planted a few more plants and then started watering near the west end.  As I began, a couple of staff members at Salt said how much they appreciate the flowers and to use their hose anytime.  It was the first time this year that I had gotten out the Salt Hotel hose for their curbside garden.  It’s a long thin hose with a big leak patched with electric tape that spews water from the middle.

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I struggled to get it undone enough to get to the further west garden bed and I was eventually  in despair, thinking it would be embarrassing to go home and watch Deadliest Catch tonight after giving up in a hose.  I kept trying.  But I was stumped.  I have no sense of how to untangle knots, chains, and hoses.

I needed to get all the way down to that tree, by a building that is for sale and has no water, whose garden was parched and miserably dry.

I needed to get all the way down to that tree and black light post, by a building that is for sale and has no water, whose garden was parched and miserably dry.

A kind middle aged man, a guest at Salt Hotel, quickly assessed the situation and in a trice had the hose untangled.  Otherwise, I might still be there.

The whole time I was struggling with hoses, I was aware on a level beyond exhaustion and frustration of how much I love these gardens.  Curbside gardens, parking strips, also known as “hellstrips“, are one of my favourite challenges and I think that these at the port are the only ones on the entire Peninsula, which is not known for parking strips along the streets.  My life is given meaning by these beds along the port and that is why I will work so hard at getting them watered.

After watering as far west as I could with the Salt hose, I switched to the one at the new Ilwaco Freedom Market.  The Port had permission to use it from the owner of the building.  The business whose manager would not permit us to water last year has gone!  The hose, though high quality, was still a struggle for me.

blargh!

blargh!

Between the two hoses, Salt’s and Freedom Market, there is still a section in the middle of that stretch of gardens that cannot be reached, whose plants remained dry and will be that way until the adjacent building that has sat vacant for two years (former home of Queen La De Da’s gallery) is in use again.  My plan is to just pull the most stressed plants out on Thursday.

Of course, I had to coil both hoses up again all nicey nice, not my favourite task.  The Salt one got stuck under a planter and I almost fell over tugging it out.  Some ladies of a clique of which I was formerly a member had gone up to the pub (without a word, of course…it’s a dangerous social choice to leave a clique).  I thought great, I’ll be all fallen over tangled in this hose and stuck when they come out.  Fortunately, I made my escape unscathed.

I then walked up to the port office gardens and hooked up our long hose, also an untangling nightmare.

It is to weep.

It is to weep.


I did it!

I did it!

I doubled up the hose and dragged it past four or five buildings to get to the next water hook up at the Ilwaco pavilion.

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hose drag number one, Ilwaco Pavilion has the blue roof


From there, I can even reach the tiny "drive over" garden between two big driveways.

From there, I can even reach the tiny “drive over” garden between two big driveways.


looking east

looking east


my favourite bed by the Pavilion

my favourite bed by the Pavilion


The wax myrtle we cut to the ground is coming back, as planned.

The wax myrtle we cut to the ground is coming back, as planned.


The Tall Ships were still in port.

The Tall Ships were still in port.


reaching as far west as I could in the Craft 3 bank garden bed (red and brown building)

reaching as far east as possible in the Craft 3 bank garden bed (red and brown building)

I watered as far east as I could reach in the Craft 3 bank beds.  They don’t thrill me because they are mostly kinnickinnick ground cover, pretty boring to me.  If there is no rain soon, I’ll try harder to get some water onto them.

old plantings in Craft 3 beds, from way back when it was Shorebank

old plantings in Craft 3 beds, from way back when it was Shorebank

I could see Allan way way down at the easternmost garden, watering with three hoses stretched from the docks.

Allan's photo at the east end. Butch of CoHo Charters says we could use his faucet, but I guess Allan thinks this is easier or quicker.

Allan’s photo at the east end. Butch of CoHo Charters (red building to the left) says we could use his faucet, but I guess Allan thinks this is easier or quicker.


Allan's photo: laying down a lot of water; this bed has not been hose watered for a couple of weeks or more.

Allan’s photo: laying down a lot of water; this bed has not been hose watered for a couple of weeks or more.


Allan's photo: a successfully pretty much drought tolerant bed still needs water to look tip top

Allan’s photo: This successfully pretty much drought tolerant bed still needs water to look tip top.

Meanwhile, I doubled up the hose again and did another drag with high hopes that the water at the old Wade Gallery, now owned by Fort George Brewery, would be turned on by now.  (Fort George has given us permission to water.)

hose drag number 2

hose drag number 2


nice view while testing the faucet at the Fort George building

nice view while testing the faucet at the Fort George building

I was tired and the water was not on at Fort George building and the garden was dry and Allan did not hear my four phone calls asking him to bring buckets and he didn’t have the work trailer anyway, as it turned out, and I sat on a utility box and felt exhausted and decided that TOMORROW we would bucket water that little garden.  By now it was 8:30 PM, we had been working for 9.5 hours, and I couldn’t face waiting for the trailer, driving to the boatyard, filling buckets, and coming back to dump them.

"Help! We are so thirsty!" "I just can't!!!"

“Help! We are so thirsty!”
“I just can’t!!!”

At home, I watered my own containers.

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back garden, 8:40 PM


Smokey glad I am home

Smokey glad I am home

Later, watching the hard and dangerous work on Deadliest Catch, I was glad I hadn’t given up on the tangled hoses.

Deadliest Catch: keeping ropes untangled is critical

Deadliest Catch: keeping ropes untangled is critical

Tomorrow: the north end rounds of gardeners where the garden owners do the watering…thank heavens.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s gardening diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 7:  Two years have gone by since Bruce died.

I picked the weeds I pulled using the garden cart from Don.  Then I weeded in front of compost box, next to raspberry row (both sides) and picked strawberries.  The Ft Laramie plants have huge berries like the ones from California but they are hollow in the inside.  I went to bed at 10:00.

1998 (age 74):

June 7: Al’s birthday [her older brother who lived in Seattle] and 3 years since Bruce died.  I still miss him so much.

The Jazz were getting blown out when Mary Anne came over.  She put on Tabby’s halter and we went out on the porch by the shop.  However, Erik and a friend came over and Tabby bolted.  I figured she was under the shop.  Mary Anne and I kept calling and she came out from under the shed.  I think she was glad to see us.  Mary Anne said I should get another halter with a wider strap.  I called Al to wish him happy birthday.


On the 21st anniversary of my dad’s death, mom and dad camping in the early 1950s:

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and at home in the 1950s:

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

in our garden before work (Allan's photo)

in our garden before work, one of the chickadees that has made a home in the “motherboard birdhouse”  (Allan’s photo)

I do like a day spent all in Ilwaco.  With work never more than a few blocks from home, it feels the most comfortable of all work environments.  These all Ilwaco days are rare because, in order to not shock the budget, I do refrain from achieving complete perfection in the public gardens except for before the big holidays and events: Children’s Parade and Blessing of the Fleet day, Memorial Day, July 4th weekend, Tuna Classic, Slow Drag, Blues and Seafood, and so on.  This means that about once a month in gardening season I get to indulge in an all Ilwaco day.

We began by weeding gardens along Howerton Avenue.

looking west from Elizabeth Avenue

looking west from Elizabeth Avenue, before

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

much deadheading of sea thrift awaits...

much deadheading of sea thrift awaits…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

determined California poppies popping up in the east parking lot

A few determined California poppies are popping up in the east parking lot.

The weedkiller applied in early spring to  the grassy parking lot areas (not by us, of course) had no lasting effect.  I rather rejoice in that.

The weedkiller applied in early spring to the grassy parking lot areas (not by us, of course) had no lasting effect. I rather rejoice in that.

after weeding and deadheading

after weeding and deadheading

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

debris, water for any thirsty plant, and the marina in the background

debris, water for any thirsty plant, and the marina in the background

lavender and Nassella tenuissima

lavender and Nassella tenuissima

We seem to have a lot of white rose campion this year, very nice.

We seem to have a lot of white rose campion this year, very nice. (backed with dog daisies that just appear on their own)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' on north sides of the light pole.

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ on north sides of the light pole.

By the old Wade Gallery (now owned by Fort George Brewery who have given us watering permission, bless them), I reflected that the soil needs mulching this fall.

Even the Agastaches need better soil

Even the Agastaches crave better soil.

I do so long to pull the fabric out of this bed.  Rock mulch would have worked better than bark.

I do so long to pull the fabric out of this old bed. Rock mulch would have worked better than bark.  The adjacent business does the escallonia pruning.

At the Craft 3 bank building, we did some pruning for sightlines.

Allan's photos, before

Allan’s photos, before

and after

and after

I finally made the decision to take a pair of wax myrtles to the ground.  They have been pruned harshly in the past (not by us) and looked all stumpy but with fresh new growth at the base.

before

before

making the decision

making the decision

making a further decision to get radical

making a further decision to get radical

after

after

Pretty shocking, but we did the same thing to a myrtle just one garden west, and it has come back nicely and is easy to keep low and shapely.

Here is the result we hope for.

Here is the result we hope for.

No regrets; my mission was clear sightlines while pulling out of that parking lot.

No regrets; my mission was clear sight lines to the west while pulling out of that parking lot.

My favourite garden bed is still the same as last year: the one with the clipped wax myrtle.  Allan took some photos of it at my request:

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pink California poppies

lavender

lavender

We worked our way west and when we got to the port office curbside garden, I went to the south side of the building to check on the little garden there.

port office garden with baskets from Basket Case Greenhouse

port office garden with baskets from Basket Case Greenhouse

a lovely tall allium

a lovely tall allium

But wait, what's this? FINGER BLIGHT!

But wait, what’s this? FINGER BLIGHT!

Each allium has just one flower per year, a flower that will dry and look grand on the stem all summer long.  Nancy and April in the port office were so mad when they saw that the one above had been picked that they made a sign.

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back to Howerton Ave: Port Office garden looking east

back to Howerton Ave: Port Office garden looking east

I also learned that one of the two businesses that wouldn’t let us use their hose for the curbside bed is gone.  I hope the new business going into its place, which happens to be a marijuana shop (so I hear), will be friendly enough toward plants to be generous with a splash of water during the dry season.

new business

new business

I would be surprised if they were not kind to plant life.  Fortunately, it has been raining enough lately that I don’t have to worry about that at the moment.

westernmost Howerton bed (Allan's photo)

westernmost Howerton bed (Allan’s photo)

a weed and an ornamental grass that died from lack of water last year

a weed (not “weed”) and an ornamental grass that died from lack of water last year

finished with our Howerton curbside weeding (Allan's photo)

finished with our Howerton curbside weeding (Allan’s photo); in the very west end only the most drought tolerant survived last summer.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The dog daisy is actually a weed.  I choose my battles to be kind to the budget.  (Allan's photo)

The dog daisy is actually a weed. I choose my battles to be kind to the budget. (Allan’s photo)

 

After weeding the cursbide gardens, Allan left me at the boatyard and went off to water Ilwaco planters and street trees with the water trailer.  As I pulled horsetail and bindweed, I reflected after awhile that he was taking a terribly long time.  He returned at almost sunset with the dire news that the water pump had stopped working, necessitating watering with just gravity feed.  Eventually, that had taken too long so he left me again to dump debris and then finish the last few planters with hand-lugged buckets, the old way.  I kept weeding even though I was longing to stop.

bucket watering the last few planters (Allan's photos)

bucket watering the last few planters (Allan’s photos)

boatyard at twilight

boatyard at twilight

I hadn’t gotten the bed on the south side of the gate weeded.  It has so much less horsetail and bindweed that I said it would just have to do for the Memorial Day weekend. We were out of time for this project.

boatyard looking south

boatyard looking south from midway along

twilight poppies and ceanothus

twilight poppies and ceanothus

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Very last task:  At my request, Allan shifted one of our polite Do Not Pick signs to hang right over the plant that gets picked the most.  Or rather, people try to pick it, but the stem is tough and often the flower just gets twisted and bent over, and then sometimes the would-be pickers return with clippers.

Echinops ritro (blue globe thistle), a prime finger blight target

Echinops ritro (blue globe thistle), a prime finger blight target

While he was zip tying the sign onto the fence, a fellow from the Harvey O chatted with us and admired the gardens.  He imparted the interesting information that Harvey O is an old boat with a lot of history, can be seen in a video at the local museum, and used to be docked in Juneau, Alaska.

The Harvey O

The Harvey O

I wrote a couple of blog posts about the boatyard in my Ilwaco blog, reflecting in one that boats are more often named for women than for men.

The day had turned out to be longer than I’d expected (9.5 hours), and it was a little frustrating to not get the whole boatyard weeded.  It was no doubt more frustrating for Allan who spent another hour after dark working on the pump, and satisfying that he managed to fix it.

He says it was corroded electrical parts.

He says it was corroded electrical parts.

Meanwhile in Scotland…(yesterday)

I forgot to add this yesterday:  On our way home from work I read the Tootlepedal blog, after having been advised by Mr T. in a comment on my blog that I might want to be sitting down while reading it.  I was sitting, in the van, and a good thing, because there were Garden Tour Nancy and her spouse, Phil, at Mr and Mrs T’s garden.  Even though I knew they were visiting Scotland, and that Nancy is a daily reader of that excellent blog, it had never occurred to me they might visit Langholm.  (I probably would have been too shy.)  Today via email, Nancy sent me these photos:

Nancy (center) with the Tootlepedals

Nancy (center) with the Tootlepedals

Nancy with Mrs T

Nancy with Mrs T

You can read all about it from Mr Tootlepedal’s point of view here.

I usually do not envy travel.  I have to admit I felt a stab of it, not initially, but later when I thought more about it!  I was comforted by Mr T’s own comment that due to the distance and his dislike of flying, he would be unlikely to take them up on the invitation to come to the peninsula garden tour.  (I would love if they did visit.  His comment made me feel less alone in my disinclination to travel long distances; financial conditions are another reason, of course.) From reading his blog every day, I sometimes almost feel like I am standing in Mrs. T’s garden anyway.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

May 24:  After going to the store, I worked outside.  I planted Freesia by the Hydrangea; caladiums in a container.  In the front of the tam area [formerly juniper tams, now flowers, by the road], I planted 100+ anemones, Pulmonarias, and the new mums, also the yellow daylilies (Stella D’Oro) from Raintree last year.  I came in at 5:00 shaking from exhaustion.

 

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I created the garden on the east side of the Ilwaco boatyard as a volunteer project in the mid 90s, and, over the years, it turned into a job for the Port of Ilwaco.  The garden is a challenge because of being deeply infested with horsetail and bindweed and because it needs to be hand-watered from behind the fence.  Most of it is drought tolerant so we only water once or twice a month.  The silver balls that you’ll see in many of the photos are Santolina (lavender cotton), one of my favourite perennials.  We removed the tall bronze fennel at the end of this season because, while it was a welcome plant back in the 90s, it is now on the noxious weed list.

A good source for multi-coloured California poppies is the One Stop Poppy Shop.  They come not just in orange but also in pinks, dark orange, almost red, pale yellow, and cream.

Here is the garden in 2015.   I decided to present the photos as a gallery rather than a slide show so that those who wish can see them in more detail.  If you click on the first one to biggify, you will get a nice display with backward and forward arrows.

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We care for the curbside gardens along Howerton Avenue in Ilwaco.  Originally, sometime around 2003, the garden beds were installed and planted up with things that proved to be much too tall: pampas grass, New Zealand flax, Arbutus, California wax myrtle.  In 2005, street trees (columnar pears) were planted. We were hired around that time to care for the bed to the north of Time Enough Books, and the job eventually evolved to being hired by the port to care for all of the gardens.  Our mission has been to add drought tolerant plant diversity that can hold up to the wind and to replace tall plants with low ones that allow good traffic sightlines.  The long drought of summer 2015 proved challenging for the gardens.  We especially wish to thank the businesses that let us hook up to their water: Time Enough Books, Bruce and Wendi Peterson and Salt Hotel. There are two places where we can hook up to port water to reach a few of the gardens (at the port office and the Ilwaco pavilion).  We are hoping (or dreaming) for two or three more convenient water hook ups to appear by 2016. Thanks also to CoHo Charters who keep their escallonias nicely trimmed and healthy and to Don Nisbett and Jenna Austin who regularly water the garden near their gallery.

Here are the curbside gardens through the year in 2015.  I decided to present them as a gallery rather than a slide show so that those who wish can see them in more detail.  If you click on the first one to biggify, you will get a nice display with backward and forward arrows.

 

 

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