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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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Friday, 19 June 2015

First thing in the morning, I heard an ominous hissing sound under the bathroom floor.  Allan crawled under the house to check and indeed, we had a small leak.  We called the plumber, but of course it was midmorning by then, so we were told they would call back if they could get to us.  With the house water and water heater turned off, we went to work but had to be aware of a possible phone call all day; we would have had to quickly stop our Long Beach watering mission and get back to Ilwaco.  I was so hoping for the call as I did not want to go into the weekend with a house leak.

We’d had a blessed rain shower the night before.  It had been enough to fill one third of the water bins under the gutters (plastic garbage cans), not enough to water the planters thoroughly.

On the way, I checked out my post office garden.  One allium that got fallen on last week by an unfortunate passerby is somewhat reviving.

It might get round after all...

It might get round after all…

But this one is thoroughly smashed.

But this one is thoroughly smashed.

Long Beach

I began by grooming the gardens in Long Beach’s Veterans Field, as the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market would be in session from mid afternoon till 7 PM.  The weather: blue sky, not too windy, not too hot.  Just about perfect!

Some vendors began setting up by noon-ish.

Some vendors began setting up by noon-ish.

our flag pavilion garden

our flag pavilion garden

The corner garden, new this year, still looks young.

The corner garden, new this year, still looks young.

Half a block away is a streetside cottage garden that I always admire.  It was pinker a month ago when the sea thrift was freshly in bloom.  Today, I remembered to take a photo of this gift to the street.  Lucy Hardiman would call this a “garden advance instead of a garden retreat”.

still very pretty

an admirable garden with roses, sea thrift, rose campion, daisies

I began my watering rounds of most of the main street Long Beach planters.  Allan watered the 18 street tree pocket gardens, the eight planters in the two northernmost blocks, and the Fish Alley barrels.

Lady's mantle redeeming itself in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

Lady’s mantle redeeming itself in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

A section of lady’s mantle, a perennial that I have mostly gone off, looks lovely right now and reminds me with its frothy charteuse flowers why I planted it in the first place.  (Its short period of bloom is why I have gone off it over the years.) I have not been able to remove it from here because it is too entwined with the sprinkler system.

As I watered the planter across from Fifth Street Park, I saw two women clearly admiring the flowers.  I read in their body language that they needed a plant ID, and went across to talk to them.  To my surprise, the ID was for Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.  I pulled up a small side plant and gave to the woman who had fallen in love with it.  The plant in her garden will always remind her of the fun town of Long Beach. The man who was with them lay down on a bench while we talked plants for a bit.  I went back across the street to get my hose and move it to a planter on the west side of the street.  The man came up to me and insisted on giving me $5.  I demurred but he was determined, so I took it as a donation for the Ilwaco Post Office garden!

I noticed in the southwest quadrant of the park that the Super Dorothy climbing rose is looking simply splended, heavily budded without a hint of mildew.

Rose 'Super Dorothy'

Rose ‘Super Dorothy’

Meanwhile, in the northwest quadrant, plain old Dorothy Perkins rose is, as always, covered with powdery mildew.  Years ago, when parks manager Mike Kitzman and I went to Heirloom Roses and some other inland nurseries to buy plants for the parks, we were advised that Super Dorothy was a vast improvement.  (The landscape architect had already gotten the Dorothy Perkins roses into the ground on the one side.)  The rose experts were so right.

I took a break when I got to my northernmost planter at the pharmacy to go to NIVA green, my favourite shop, to get a now belated birthday present for Seattle Carol.  (Her birthday is the 19th.) On the way, I took a photo of the horsetail over-run pond garden as a reminder that we (meaning Allan) must clamber out to the waterfall soon and clean it up.

It is a mess!

It is a mess!

inside NIVA green

inside NIVA green

cute little planter

cute little planter

I knew exactly what I wanted: an embroidered tea towel.  I snagged a series of photos to slowly feed onto the NIVA green Facebook page and got back to work.

the tea towel, embroidered by local artisan Shellie Thomas

the tea towel, embroidered by local artisan Shellie Thomas

Allan and I had crossed paths while watering and I’d asked him to address the powdery mildew problem on the Dorothy Perkins rose.  By the time I got back to the park, he had the worst of the greyed, ugly canes trimmed off.  The park looked so much better.

You might still be able to see that the flower buds have a haze of powdery mildew.

You might still be able to see that the flower buds have a haze of powdery mildew.

The four quadrants of Fifth Street Park

The four quadrants of Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park, southwest quadrant

Fifth Street Park, southwest quadrant, with Captain Bob’s Chowder to the left

Close up: Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant'

Close up: Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ entiwined with Baptisia australis

daylily and Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

daylily and Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’

While we were almost done with weeding and grooming the park, we ordered crab rolls to go from Captain Bob’s Chowder.

They get good reviews on Trip Advisor...

They get good reviews on Trip Advisor…

and have recently acquired this comfortable new seating.  I do love a restaurant booth.

and have recently acquired this comfortable new seating. I do love a restaurant booth.

The plumbing company had not called and would now not be available till Monday.  Rats.  We would have to work on Saturday instead of Monday, then, in order to be home, and this would sort of throw off the watering schedule for next week, along with my plans to have a Saturday lunch with Our Kathleen at the Portside Café.

Ilwaco

Our evening project: Watering the Ilwaco street trees and planters (Allan) and weeding and watering the Ilwaco boatyard (me).  I weeded the garden south of the gate this time.

Ilwaco boatyard garden

Ilwaco boatyard garden

boatyard2

three year old lavender

three year old lavender

pink California poppy (Eschscholzia californica 'Rosa Romantica')

pink California poppy (Eschscholzia californica ‘Rosa Romantica’)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and green santolina

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and green santolina

From the gate to the north only got water, no weeding, this evening.

From the gate to the north only got water, no weeding, this evening.

I have a pleasant view of the boats while dragging the hose around and watering from behind the fence.

The Northern Star

The Northern Star

Allan crawled under the house and managed to tape up the leaky pipe so it has but a tiny drip.  If we are lucky and it does not “blow”, we can have water this weekend during the hours we are at home and awake.  He had plumbing problems on his mind all day and took no photos.

While fretting around outside while he was enduring the unpleasantness of lying in a puddle in the crawl space, I did see a beautiful sunset.

from the front yard

from the front yard

from the back yard over the Paul's Himalayan Musk rose arbor

from the back yard over the Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose arbor

old pink rose by the house

old pink rose by the house

Hymenocallis festalis still blooming

Hymenocallis festalis still blooming

south view in the dusk

south view in the dusk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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