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Monday, 10 July 2017

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front path


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our garden from the street


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detail (Allan’s photo)

Mike’s garden

We began at Mike’s garden a few blocks east, where most of my time was spent watering.  There are very few clients who water as much as I would like them to.

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Mike’s garden

Allan’s pruning:

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Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’

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Long Beach

We began Long Beach with an hour spent pulling weeds at the north parking lot berm; all three of the so called berms are going to be getting more attention because of the expanded Fun Rides.

The berm (Allan’s photos), which gets no supplemental water at all:

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lupines going to seed


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with birds foot trefoil


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and without


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This Long Beach resident, Maria, was on her way home to weed and to plant some new plants in her own garden.

Then we watered downtown: 27 planters for me, 10 planters and 18 trees and six stand alone smaller containers for Allan.

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The Smoke Shop planter is one of my favourites this month.


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Unhappy words were said…


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…over this cosmos pulled out and left to wilt.


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Fifth Street Park is starting to look more colourful.


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I had had to switch to my phone camera because of zoom and lens cap-opening camera dysfunction.


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Armeria (sea thrift) with an interesting fasciated stem and two flowers.

The Geranium ‘Rozanne’ that had been messed with last week was still looking wilted because of pulled stems entangled with good ones.  It took a while to tease the dying ones out.

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Once again, the pile was twice this big when I was done.

Allan’s photos on his watering round:

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outside the Long Beach Tavern; their flower display


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by the Fun Rides

For awhile at one planter, I could sense a man standing behind me.  I thought he was some random guy invading my personal space while talking on his phone….Until I finally realized it was my former partner, Robert, actually talking to me.  (Traffic was loud.)  We had a laugh about it.  I’m used to negotiating around people while watering.  Sometimes, a person will park herself on the bench despite me, my hose, and my bucket.

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Ignoring Robert because I did not look to see who he was.

I had been looking forward to seeing him downtown because I was able to tell him that I had had my DNA tested and came up 39 percent Irish.  (Robert is very Irish.)

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in a tree garden

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Eryngium variifolium under a street tree.  I just now found out there is an E variifolium called ‘Miss Marble’; I had a cat by that name and MUST have that Eryngium!


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by Dennis Company


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A common sight.  This is the route from the Red Barn Arena to the beach.


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There is a path that goes through woods to residential streets that lead to the beach.


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If you recall the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ that was dug up for a plumbing repair and then cut way back and replanted, here it is doing well.


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Coulter Park with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Berberis ‘Helmond Pillar’


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cosmos, knautia, Cerinthe major purpurascens, sweet alyssum


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painted sage and cosmos

We finished with some weeding at Veterans Field, where I got to meet a puppy.

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Pup’s name was Eleanor

Also got to talk to this wonderful and good dog:

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Aww….This dog was watching me as I walked away, after me saying words about it being such a very good dog.

We remembered to give some bucket water to the thirsty end planter on Sid Snyder Drive.  A fellow was sitting on the bench shaking sand out of his shoes, just yards from the beach.  I had to firmly remind myself, as I often do, that the benches ARE for people, not just for me to put my bucket and tools and hose on.

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I had Allan drop me and the trailer off by the Freedom Market so that I could pull a lot of the dog daisies out of the curbside beds there.  He picked up the water trailer to water the 10 street trees and 25 planters.

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Freedom Market curbside bed, before


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before


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after

A passerby thought the the lambsear flowers looked like the finest marijuana buds, ones that “you’d be really proud of.”  He was right, and I found it amusing with the juxtaposition of the pot shop.

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lambs ear “bud”

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removed three heaping wheelbarrows of daisies


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new mural on Salt Hotel

Allan’s photos while watering:

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me starting to pull daisies


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Sweet peas at the boatyard (Allan’s photo while filling the water tank)


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at the boatyard


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Griffin Gallery’s own planter


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an old, slightly wobbly Erysimum that I’m not replacing …yet


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Asiatic lilies at the post office

Evening at the marina, after another 9.5 hour day:

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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.”

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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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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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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Hardy Plant Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

evening soirée at Dancing Oaks Nursery

Prepare for a looooong blog post.  I have not been to this nursery since I visited it with Sheila before the Eugene Hardy Plant weekend of eight years ago.  It is glorious and we are going to look at almost every bit of it.

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I was overwhelmed by plant shopping excitement and I forgot the part about the Beardless Irises garden book.

It goes up and over a steep hill.

The gravel road to Dancing Oaks is long and mysterious. It goes up and over a steep hill.

Eventually, one comes to the pillars marking the outskirts of Dancing Oaks.

Eventually, one comes to the pillars marking the outskirts of Dancing Oaks.

so excited

so excited

We parked with many other vehicles in a big grassy field and I made a beeline for the plant sales, which were already in full swing with booths from Far Reaches Farm and Dan Hinkley’s Windcliff.  I seem to have missed one plant I was urgently questing for: Dierama ‘Merlin’, the new, extra dark “angel’s fishing rod”.  I saw someone carrying away what might have been the last one. Nevertheless, I did acquire a goodly assortment of cool new acquisitions.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

plant sales!

plant sales!

cool plants

cool plants

amusing Dan Hinkley tag.

amusing Dan Hinkley tag.

Dan Hinkley and the hardy planters (Allan's photo)

Dan Hinkley and the hardy planters (Allan’s photo)

After Allan helped me schlep two boxes of plants up to our van (in hot sunshine, but the plants would be okay for a couple of hours), I headed over to the Dancing Oaks greenhouses for more plant shopping.  (I’ll be itemizing all my new plants later when I plant them at home.)

This building is central to the garden.

This building is central to the garden.

On the way....I am not officially garden touring yet, though.

On the way….I am not officially garden touring yet, though.

inside one of the greenhouses

inside one of the greenhouses

For some reason I resisted this one, and now I am so sorry.

For some reason I resisted this one, and now I am so sorry.

Allan's photo: He saw our friend Ann giving this plant a lot of attention. Not sure why that did not inspire him to immediately buy one!

Allan’s photo: He saw our friend Ann giving this plant a lot of attention. Not sure why that did not inspire him to immediately buy one!

I had my head down in the eryngiums reading tags when Garden Tour Nancy, who was also at the weekend tried to have a conversation.  We had been passing in our vehicles like ships in the night because we were touring at a different pace. I said (hot, tired, and hungry for dinner but unable to stop till I secured my plants!) that this was not a good time for me to talk.  She said later, when we did chat, that it was the same way that she shops at a book sale, very focused on getting the books she wants before someone else does.

I acquired another two boxes of plants, including….at last…Eryngium ‘Miss Wilmott’s Ghost’, which I have wanted for years.

I do believe this is Miss Wilmott’s Ghost, reseeded by a path near the greenhouses to poke folks in the ankle.

Miss Wilmott's Ghost, named because she supposedly scattered the seeds of it in all her friends' gardens.

Miss Wilmott’s Ghost, named because she supposedly scattered the seeds of it in all her friends’ gardens.

At last, I sat for the delicious catered dinner, one of the best I have ever had at such an event.  My mind was on finding time to tour through the whole garden before the evening ended.

Allan's photo of a half consumed dinner. The heat had sapped my skills at narrative flow.

Allan’s photo of a half consumed dinner. The heat had sapped my skills at narrative flow.

After a scrumptious piece of strawberry cobbler for dessert, I leapt…well, creaked and hobbled up and began touring the gardens.  (This led to a couple more plant purchases.)

Folks still dining on the tasty food.

Folks still dining on the tasty food.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bamboo, pruned for light and space

bamboo, pruned for light and space

I remember this garden idea inspired me greatly eight years ago.

I remember this garden idea inspired me greatly eight years ago.

a dripping water feature

a dripping water feature

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dripping water

dripping water

'Twas hot and bright for my little pocketcam.

‘Twas hot and bright for my little pocketcam.

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Acer palmatum 'Fairy Hair' aroused plant lust.

Acer palmatum ‘Fairy Hair’ aroused plant lust. I did not find it for sale, which does not mean it wasn’t available.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Lobelia tupa...never does this for me at the coast, must need more heat to get big.

Lobelia tupa…never does this for me at the coast, must need more heat to get big.

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

sit spots can be found throughout the garden

Sit spots can be found tucked in throughout the garden.

I found a pond.

I found a pond.

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such a pleasant vista hidden away in a shady area

such a pleasant vista hidden away in a shady area

handsome horsetail

handsome horsetail

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oooh....Arundo donax variegata...I used to have this.

oooh….Arundo donax variegata…I used to have this.

 I immediately returned to the greenhouses to successfully quest for one of these.

I immediately returned to the greenhouses to successfully quest for one of these.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

'Mermaid' rose...I do have this.

‘Mermaid’ rose…I do have this.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Eryngium variifolium (Allan's photo)

Eryngium variifolium (Allan’s photo)

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asclepias...on my third visit to the shed containing the check-out cash register.

asclepias…on my third visit to the shed containing the check-out cash register.

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I wandered into the shrubs and trees for sale area and was gobsmacked by a cloud of white.

Acer campestre 'Carnival' (variegated hedge maple)

Acer campestre ‘Carnival’ (variegated hedge maple)

I had to have it, bought it, got help carrying it to a holding area where we could pick it up on the way out.  (The evening would have been easier if I had done that with all the plants I bought.)  I was fortunate to overhear that these do better in the sun than deep shade. (That may only be true here in the Pacific Northwest and in the UK, not in areas with brighter and hotter sunshine.) I would have planted it far into the shade because it looks so delicate.

outside the buying shed...the obligatory photo of the shop cat

outside the sales shed…the obligatory photo of the shop cat

By the sales shed...How many times, three? have I tried to grow Argyrocytisus battandieri (pineapple broom), and had it not bloom (my old garden), or just simply plotz (my new garden).

By the sales shed…How many times, three? have I tried to grow Argyrocytisus battandieri (pineapple broom), and had it not bloom (my old garden), or just simply plotz (my new garden).

Dierama (not 'Merlin')

Dierama (not ‘Merlin’)

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below the sales shed

below the sales shed

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an undiscovered sit spot

an undiscovered sit spot

a sit spot guarded by stone cats

a sit spot guarded by stone cats

Steps made of cottage stone have become rusticated.

Steps made of cottage stone have become rusticated.

into the sun again: a prickly cloud of Eryngiums. (I bought several different kinds, including the exciting new 'Neptune's Gold'.

into the sun again: a prickly cloud of Eryngiums. (I bought several different kinds, including the exciting new ‘Neptune’s Gold’.

The vendors' tables were still selling.

The vendors’ tables were still selling.

After seven PM, the shadows were getting softer.

After seven PM, the shadows were getting softer.

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kitty cat!

kitty cat!

back to the dripping water

back to the dripping water

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This looks like the tree that I bought; if it is, it gets a lot bigger than the tag suggests.

This looks like the tree that I bought; if it is, it gets bigger than the tag suggests (10′). Maybe that IS what 10 feet looks like.

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into the lower shade garden again

into the lower shade garden again

giant bamboo

giant bamboo

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treasures!

treasures!

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A hardy planter ogling this sedum drew my attention to it.

A hardy planter ogling this sedum drew my attention to it.

I wanted it but was too shopped out to go looking for it.

I wanted it but was too shopped out to go looking for it.

looking again at the stacked garden idea

looking again at the stacked garden idea

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I took Allan to see the white tree....love the way it is like a cloud in the evening light.

I took Allan to see the white tree….love the way it is like a cloud in the evening light.

heading back to the sales shed and holding area to pick up my own white tree.

heading back to the sales shed and holding area to pick up my own white tree.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Because we won’t be going to the Hardy Plant weekend next year (its year to be in Canada), I would like to return to Dancing Oaks and Sebright Nursery on an overnight springtime shopping tour of our own.

Next: one more day of garden touring before we return to everyday life and once a day posting.

 

 

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

We began our work day with a quick stop at the boatyard.  The planter on the corner is not draining, and before Allan realized there was a problem, the Erysimum in the center had rotted away.  We don’t want to dig the planter out till fall, so I put in one of my many extra Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to fill it out.  That won’t like wet feet either, but I have an endless supply of them.

the boatyard garden

the boatyard garden

The Depot Restaurant

We did our weekly watering and weeding session at the Depot.  A truck had knocked over one of the parking area timbers.  We were awfully glad that it had not been one next to the garden.

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oops

the newest area of the Depot garden

the newest area of the Depot garden

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It would be bad if one of these timbers got knocked out of place.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Dierama pulcherrimum

Dierama pulcherrimum

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common name: Angel's Fishing Rod

common name: Angel’s Fishing Rod

Nicotiana langsdorfii and Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Nicotiana langsdorfii and Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

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The welcome sign garden has popped into full colour and now needs deadheading weekly.

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front

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Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and Cosmos…not low maintenance

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back

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Next: watering the Long Beach planters.  They must feel privileged to get watered just three days after the last time.  That’s the way it works out, because we would have a hard time even moving in town on the coming busy weekend.

Long Beach traffic, Allan's photo

Long Beach traffic, Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

California poppies and carousel

California poppies and carousel

hydrangea in a city park

hydrangea in a city park

a reseeded Eryngium at the base of a planter (Allan's photo)

a reseeded Eryngium at the base of a planter (Allan’s photo)

police station bulletin board and Basket Case basket (Allan's photo)

police station bulletin board and Basket Case basket (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Tis the season of Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Tis the season of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Most business owners don't like really tall plants in front of their buildings,  The Wind World guy loves the Crocosmia 'Lucifer'.

Most business owners don’t like really tall plants in front of their buildings, The Wind World guy loves the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.

over about half of the planters...big baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

over about half of the planters…big baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

Good for Scoopers Ice Cream for weeding and planting against their building.

Good for Scoopers Ice Cream for weeding and planting against their building.

This planter, which gets a lot of wind, is doing well this year.

This planter, which gets a lot of wind, is doing well this year.

My favourite planter this year is the one we re-did from boring old vinca.

My favourite planter this year is the one we re-did from boring old vinca.

Agastache, Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'

Agastache, Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’

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The planter is protected from wind by the wall of Dennis Co.

by lawyer's office:  Geranium 'Rozanne' and golden oregano

by lawyer’s office: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and golden oregano

Rozanne is swallowing an agastache.

Rozanne is swallowing an agastache. (I see some cerinthe, too.)

The Dennis Company planter from across the street.

The Dennis Company planter from across the street.

the delicious daphne by the Elks building

the delicious daphne by the Elks building

I popped into NIVA green to garner a few more photos for the shop’s Facebook page.

NIVA green: magnifying glasses

NIVA green: magnifying glasses

funny little clocks

funny little clocks

By the pharmacy: Eryngium variifolium  under a street tree.

By the pharmacy: Eryngium variifolium under a street tree.

Lucifer again behind Lewis and Clark Square

Lucifer again behind Lewis and Clark Square

From all the way across Fifth Street Park, I saw a splash of pink that surprised me.

looking northwest

looking northwest

I went to investigate: It was sidalcea, purchased last year at The Basket Case.

I went to investigate: It was sidalcea, purchased last year at The Basket Case.

My grandma had sidalcea in her garden.

My grandma had sidalcea in her garden.

It looked so healthy.  I’d pulled the one at KBC out because it got rust.  I think the rust was caused by that particular plant being too dry.  Here, it is close to the sprinklers.

the NW quadrant of Fifth Street Park

the NW quadrant of Fifth Street Park

Because so many people would pass the beach approach planters for the Fourth of July, we checked on them all.

Allan's photo at the beach end of the approach road

Allan’s photo at the beach end of the approach road

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Eschscholzia californica  'White Linen' (California poppy)

Eschscholzia californica ‘White Linen’ (California poppy) doing well in drought

Some yobbo had pulled out a sea thrift and let it sit there and die.

Some yobbo had pulled out a sea thrift and let it sit there and die.

The planters go all the way out as far as the dunes.

The planters go all the way out as far as the dunes.

(telephoto)  This guy had been walking around all over town.

(telephoto) This guy had been walking around all over town.

The planters were slightly damp.  The water truck city crewman must have watered them.  However, the shasta daisies planted back in volunteer days were a goner.  Perhaps the watering had only started recently.

These daisies have simply got to go, this fall.   Wrong plant for the dry conditions.

These daisies have simply got to go, this fall. Wrong plant for the dry conditions.

At the end of the Sid Snyder beach approach, Back Country Horse Rides have volunteered to do a planter, and they must be watering it daily because these annuals would otherwise not do well in full exposure to beach conditions.

fantastic job by Back Country Horse Rides

fantastic job by Back Country Horse Rides (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ilwaco

In Ilwaco, I walked around and checked on all the planters, which I have been leaving to Allan for last couple of months.  He’s been going a good job and I found very few weeds.

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' by the Doupé Building

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ by the Doupé Building

nasturtiums by Queen La De Da's; Jenna gives this planter extra water.

nasturtiums by Queen La De Da’s; Jenna gives this planter extra water.

Allan had the usual problems with his collapsible hose.

Allan had the usual problems with his collapsible hose. After four patches with electrical tape, this one finally got the toss.

I spent the next couple of hours weeding the boatyard garden, as lots of folks would be walking by it for the Ilwaco fireworks display on the evening of July 3..

boatyard, with Clamshell Railroad interpretive sign

boatyard, with Clamshell Railroad interpretive sign

boatyard poppies and white lupine

boatyard poppies and white lupine

We watered the new plants at the Bruce Peterson Gallery.

We watered the new plants at the Bruce Peterson Gallery….

...and the new plants at Time Enough Books.

…and the new plants at Time Enough Books.

The Cove Restaurant

At 7:30, we met Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance) at the Cove for our Thursday night tradition, which they’ve become a regular part of.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the Cove garden

the Cove garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We all had the fish tacos tonight, being of like mind (and the ahi tuna was sold out).

At the end of the evening, Sondra gave us a piece of her apple cake, her mom's recipe.

At the end of the evening, Sondra gave us a piece of her apple cake, her mom’s recipe.

after dinner, Melissa and me (Allan's photo)

after dinner, Melissa and me (Allan’s photo)

Tomorrow: more garden tour previews with Garden Tour Nancy

 

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