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When the Long Beach planters were installed years ago, no plan had been made for their planting and maintenance.  A volunteer “adopt a planter” program began with enthusiastic participants.  Unfortunately, because the enthusiasm tended to not last through the summers, the planters became weedy and unwatered by June.  Finally, a few years ago, we were asked to take over the planting and maintenance of all of them (36 on the main street, and maybe 20 more out on the beach approaches).  Because volunteers chose different plants, some of the planters still have full sized shrubs including non-dwarf barberries, escallonia, variegated euonymous, azaleas, and other too-large choices.  Each year, we re-do a couple of the planters.  In 2016, our mission is to make the planters on the two beach approaches better.  We experience more wind and salt out there, much more vandalism,  and a need, on the Bolstadt approach, to be completely drought tolerant, so wish us luck!

All of the hanging baskets are by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Here are some photos of the planters through 2015.  If you click on a photo to embiggen it, you will get back and forth navigation 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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Monday, 6 July 2015

I'm pleased to have sweet peas successfully growing on one of my old crab pots.

I’m pleased to have sweet peas successfully growing on one of my old crab pots.

lilies in the front garden

lilies in the front garden

leaning lily in our post office garden...

leaning lily in our post office garden…

just starting to bloom

just starting to bloom

watering Long Beach

We found the planters not too badly affected by the Fourth of July crowds.

Allan did find a broken plate in one!

Allan did find a broken plate in one!

A June Bug taking a swim as Allan waters a street tree.

A June Bug taking a swim as Allan waters a street tree.

Allan's photo: kids getting their picture taken in the cartoon cutouts (where just their faces show): "I want to be the mermaid!"  "I want to be the shark!"

Allan’s photo: kids getting their picture taken in the cartoon cutouts (where just their faces show): “I want to be the mermaid!” “I want to be the shark!”  That’s Gaura ‘So White’ in the foreground, in Fish Alley.

Allan's photo: Patrons Debbie and a friend deadheading the Long Beach Tavern planters.

Allan’s photo: Patrons Debbie and a friend deadheading the Long Beach Tavern planters.

One of the Basket Case baskets in Fifth Street Park

One of the Basket Case baskets in Fifth Street Park

with Rose 'Super Dorothy'

with Rose ‘Super Dorothy’

another of Basket Case's baskets

another of Basket Case’s baskets

basket, planter, and wind

basket, planter, and wind

Cosmos 'Sonata'

Cosmos ‘Sonata’

one of my favourite planters,  by Herb 'N' Legend Smoke Shop

one of my favourite planters, by Herb ‘N’ Legend Smoke Shop

California poppies

California poppies

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

After we had watered all the Long Beach trees and planters, we dumped the plant debris we had collected at the city works yard.

I was amused to see tomatoes volunteering by the debris pile.  How did that happen?

I was amused to see tomatoes volunteering by the debris pile. How did that happen?  I smelled the leaves…definitely tomatoes.

Basket Case Greenhouse

We had not been buying plants lately, so we stopped by the Basket Case just because we miss Fred and Nancy.

We bought our van from Fred and Nancy.  Shadow remembers it and always hops in.

We bought our van from Fred and Nancy. Shadow remembers it and always hops in.

By the time you read this, Fred and Nancy will have closed for the season.  They will still sell you what's left at clearance sale prices, by appointment.

By the time you read this, Fred and Nancy will have closed for the season. They will still sell you what’s left at clearance sale prices, by appointment.

I know they still have Geranium 'Rozanne'.

I know they still have Geranium ‘Rozanne’.

I got the very last Clematis roguchii.

I got the very last Clematis Rooguchi

Peninsula Landscape Supply

The reason we had headed north was because I could not resist getting mulch for my own garden.

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply

a yard and a half of Soil Energy coming right up

a yard and a half of Soil Energy coming right up

and a purchase of some of these water plants...water hyacinth? for my latest water container

and a purchase of some of these water plants…water hyacinth? for my latest water container

No, they are not water hyacinth.  They have blue flowers, and are unidentified…

home

Allan went off on his own to water the Ilwaco street trees and planters while I spread my lovely yard and half of mulch.

an Ilwaco planter (Allan's photo)

an Ilwaco planter (Allan’s photo)

This bathing jay kept an eye on me.

At home: This bathing jay kept an eye on me.

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jay3

jay4

I was offloading with the trailer parked in Nora’s driveway, and felt another’s eyes on me…

deer

I got this close.

I got this close.

Applying the mulch to the areas I had cleared yesterday felt difficult, and at the same time it went far too fast, as usual, and I wished I had more.

all ready for some new plants

all ready for some new plants

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former home of huge Siberian iris and drab daylily

former home of huge Siberian iris and drab daylily

Note how brown the lawn is.  Usually the lawn in the back garden stays lush and green all summer.  This year, it is turning brown except for back by the bogsy woods.  We have had but a rare, light spattering of rain.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

At the beginning of the day, I picked a bouquet and we delivered it to Salt Hotel for their afternoon and evening open house.

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Mike’s garden

We began our workday with Mike’s front garden, intending to weed but finding that watering was the most urgent task.

Mike's front garden

Mike’s front garden

corner of front garden, with table to put sprinkler on

corner of front garden, with table to put sprinkler on

The only casualty was this year's growth on the schizostylis; it grows along rivers in South Africa and likes some moisture.

The only casualty was this year’s growth on the schizostylis; it grows along rivers in South Africa and likes some moisture.

We are assured that more watering will be done from now on.  People are taken by surprise at how unusually dry our weather has been.

me feeling stern about watering (Allan's photo)

me feeling stern about watering (Allan’s photo)

Escallonia iveyi in Mike's garden

Escallonia iveyi in Mike’s garden

Long Beach

Allan took on the task of pruning the white rugosa rose off the sidewalk at the Long Beach police station.

before

before

after

after

Meanwhile, I tackled a pruning job in the pocket park behind Lewis and Clark Square.

First, because some paving is being done, I cut back the spillover cotoneaster from the patio behind the park.

before

before

after

after

Awhile back, the owner of the building to the east of the patio asked us if we would take several perfectly pleasant perennials out of a bed by the wall of his building.  That’s not the kind of job I enjoy, so I declined.  I seem to recall that they were shasta daisies and a couple of other plants….

Today, I saw that this was the solution to what Evelyn Hadden would have called a “fragment” garden.

a little paradise paved over

a little paradise paved over

Huh.  Well, maybe they will put some pots on it, or maybe a café will open there (it’s for rent) and use that for an outdoor table.

The owner of the building to the south of the square had politely asked if we could make the rhododendrons not touch her wall, and I decided that I would like to be able to get underneath the rhodos to pull bindweed, so….

Before

Before

after (I was using the camera known as "Spot")

after (I was using the camera known as “Spot”)

Now I can control the bindweed, and the lawn mowing crew member will love me for making his job easier.

Now I can control the bindweed, and the lawn mowing crew member will love me for making his job easier.

the wee pocket park behind Lewis and Clark Square, after

the wee pocket park behind Lewis and Clark Square, after

driftwood fence as we drove south through town

driftwood fence as we drove south through town on our way to Ilwaco

Sou’wester in Seaview

We made a quickish stop at the Sou’wester Lodge to deliver a garden tour poster.

The Sou'wester

The Sou’wester (I planted that beech in 1993!)

Sou'wester west side

Sou’wester west side

schmoozing with Thandi (Allan's photo)

schmoozing with Thandi (Allan’s photo)

all sorts of snacks in the shop on the sunporch

all sorts of snacks in the shop on the sunporch

Sou'wester sunporch

Sou’wester sunporch

sunporch windows

sunporch windows

shady path to the laundry room

shady path to the laundry room

I just love this place, and it was a treat to have a visit with owner Thandi Rosenbaum.

Port of Ilwaco

In the evening, we finished our watering along Howerton Avenue at the Port of Ilwaco with the plan to get done in time to go to the last half hour of the open house at Salt Hotel.

look how blue

look how blue

Allan's photo: the Lady Washington was in port.

Allan’s photo: the Lady Washington was in port.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I gave the new plants at Time Enough Books extra water.

Time Enough Books and Purly Shell garden

Time Enough Books and Purly Shell garden

newly planted veronica

newly planted veronica

Perovskia (Allan's photo)

Perovskia (Allan’s photo)

and Origanum rotundifolium

and Origanum rotundifolium

At the very last of the work time, I suddenly took against a tatty blue oat grass.

before

before

after

after

There are better medium tall “blue” grasses than blue oat grass; I just wish they were readily available here.

Then we walked half a block down the street to the Salt Hotel, where we had been hearing the sounds of a happy party while we worked.  I had the usual social anxiety but I felt comfortable as soon as I got there.

Salt Hotel

south side of Salt (Allan's photo)

south side of Salt (Allan’s photo)

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the courtyard

the courtyard

party

birthday cake by Pink Poppy Bakery

birthday cake by Pink Poppy Bakery

Owners Julez and Laila appreciate greenery.

Owners Julez and Laila appreciate greenery.

Their Skookum Surf shop, formerly in Seaview, is now at the hotel.

Their Skookum Surf shop, formerly in Seaview, is now at the hotel.

The outdoor sink is for rinsing off wetsuits.

The outdoor sink is for rinsing off wetsuits.

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party3

Pink Poppy Bakery Madeline, Salt Hotel owner Laila, and Jessika of Starvation Alley organic cranberry farm.

Pink Poppy Bakery Madeline, Salt Hotel owner Laila, and Jessika of Starvation Alley organic cranberry farm.

looking north from the courtyard

looking north from the courtyard

Pink Poppy Bakery Jacob and Madeline, and Jessika

Pink Poppy Bakery Jacob and Madeline, and Jessika, our neighbour

Another neighbour of hours, Yarrow, was there.

Another neighbour of ours, Yarrow, was there.

Jacob and Madeline; you may have followed along on their wedding almost a year ago.

Jacob and Madeline; you may have followed along on their wedding almost a year ago.

The occasion was also a birthday party.

The occasion was also a child’s birthday party, with a Pink Poppy cookie monster cake.

This is going to be an amazing place to stay.

This is going to be an amazing place to stay.

Allan's photo: one of the upstairs rooms

Allan’s photo: one of the upstairs rooms

Allan's photo, looking down

Allan’s photo, looking down

still to come: refurbishing the old bar into a local pub and social space

still to come: refurbishing the old bar into a local pub and social space (Allan’s photo)

the view from the pub

the view from the pub (Allan’s photo)

the view (Allan's photo)

the view (Allan’s photo)

Our first friend who will stay there will be Rainyside’s Debbie Teashon when she comes to town for the garden tour.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A reminder:

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

Monday, 29 June 2015

The day started well with this note enclosed with a client's cheque.

The day started well with this note enclosed with a client’s cheque.

Garden Tour Nancy had been texting me during our trip to the Hardy Plant weekend to reassure me that the local weather had turned misty and cool.  All the planters had held up well after not having been watered since Wednesday (Long Beach) and Thursday (Ilwaco).  Our mission of the day was simply to water our city planters and street trees in Long Beach and Ilwaco, and to add some Hellstrip Gardening inspired colour at the port.

Long Beach

my little friend, Tam, the smoke shop dog

my little friend, Tam, the smoke shop dog

planter

santolina

santolina


santolina: clipped in early spring, good from every angle

santolina: clipped in early spring, good from every angle

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California poppies and Cosmos 'Sonata'

California poppies and Cosmos ‘Sonata’


with dahlias

with dahlias


pink California poppies

pink California poppies

bee

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bees

bee3

California poppies and lavender

California poppies and lavender

California poppies

parsley

parsley

Thinning some parsley that I use as an ornamental, I remembered Evelyn Hadden suggesting that taprooted plants might help break up compacted soil and encourage deep water penetration in curbside gardens (hellstrips).

Agastache and Cosmos 'Sonata'

Agastache and Cosmos ‘Sonata’


Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

Allan found this tableau in one of the street tree gardens:

"Hey kids, don’t take up smoking. I found myself tossed to the side of the road. If only I hadn’t…"

“Hey kids, don’t take up smoking. I found myself tossed to the side of the road. If only I hadn’t…”

He was unhappy to find that the hardy fuchsias he had recently planted in the street tree garden in front of Castaways Grille had been destroyed.

dag blag it

dag blag it; even the roots seem to be destroyed


"Doing over" this tree garden seems impossible because any new plants get  trompled.  We need to plant more, and sizeable plants, but now the dry season is not a good time. We may just have to wait for the vigorous golden lemon balm to fill it up again.

“Doing over” this tree garden seems impossible because any new plants get trompled. We need to plant more, and sizeable plants, but now the dry season is not a good time.
We may just have to wait for the vigorous golden lemon balm to fill it up again.


Allan's photo:  The line at the Cottage Bakery is so long in the summer that we don't even try to get tiger paws.

Allan’s photo: The line at the Cottage Bakery is so long in the summer that we don’t even try to get tiger paws.


Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in the Veterans Field garden

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in the Veterans Field garden


I've gone off blue oat grass...these are coming out in the fall (or sooner!)

I’ve gone off blue oat grass…these are coming out of the flag pavilion garden in the fall (or sooner!)


flag pavilion garden

flag pavilion garden


my version of red white and blue

my version of red white and blue


the new vet field corner garden filling in

the new vet field corner garden filling in


hardy gladiolas at city hall

hardy gladiolus at city hall


city hall west side (planted by Gene and Peggy Miles)

city hall west side (planted by Gene and Peggy Miles)


sanguisorba in Fifth Street Parks

sanguisorba in Fifth Street Park


Allan's photo: he tackled the weeds in this damp corner.

Allan’s photo: he tackled the weeds in this damp corner.  (The grassy looking plant is schizostylis, which always needs thinning.)

Ilwaco

In a Long Beach realtor’s window, Allan had noticed how inexpensively one can still move here.

This house only has room for a pocket garden.

This house only has room for a pocket garden.


home to get the battery for the water trailer...with a bit of rain

home to get the battery for the water trailer…with a bit of rain

A sprinkle of rain did not mean that the thirsty Ilwaco planters did not need Allan to water them.

He barely had room to squeeze the water trailer out of the Ilwaco works yard.

He barely had room to squeeze the water trailer out of the Ilwaco works yard.


foggy mist...does not mean not having to water (Allan's photo)

foggy mist…does not mean not having to water (Allan’s photo)

It was one of those frustrating watering sessions at the port where the water at the boatyard was turned off, so he had to fill the tank at the community building (where lesser water pressure makes it take 15 minutes longer).  He used the opportunity to weed a bit and then to give some plants there a drink.

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Our new addition of Sedumn 'Autumn Joy' is doing well.

Our new addition of Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ is doing well.


typical: roofers left a mess of sawdust on the sidewalk.

typical: roofers left a mess of sawdust on the sidewalk.


Allan photographed the cute container garden at the Portside Café.

Allan photographed the cute container garden at the Portside Café.

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The city planter by Portside Café

The city planter by Portside Café


Nasturtiums are being browsed by deer.

Nasturtiums are being browsed by deer.

I collected some new plants and went to the port to do a bit of hellstrip improvement, inspired by Evelyn Hadden to make ALL the curbside gardens look as good as the ones by the port office.  I have only recently taken over most of the gardens along the port.  While I’ve been doing the Time Enough curbside bed for years, for some reason I have never packed it full of plants.  I was daunted by all the river rock, until I realized it has the makings of a rock (scree) garden display.  It has perhaps the worst soil of any of the port beds, and I am thinking that I could add some mulch and work it into the rocks.  I can care for these new plants properly because there is hose water available at this garden.

It took swinging a pick to make holes for new plants: perovskia and a penstemon

It took swinging a pick to make holes for new plants: Perovskia and a penstemon


veronica

veronica


ornamental oregano (Kent Beauty, I think)

ornamental oregano (Kent Beauty, I think)


more agastaches and penstemons

more agastaches and penstemons


curbside by the port office

curbside by the port office


port office curbside

port office curbside

I pushed my wheelbarrow with some more plants down to the old Wade Gallery garden.  (Last year, I did not have water there so did not plant anything new, and the old plants there died of thirst.  Now we are reviving it because there is hose water available.)   On the way I saw that someone had further pruned the bank garden.  Why???  Whoever did it had left clippings all over.  GAH!  (I found out later it was an intern from the port who had not been told to pick up the clippings…I guess.  In my opinion, we had already pruned the shrubs short enough, even though I agree the shrubs—not planted by us!— are a problem for sightlines and should be removed.)

clippings...argh!

clippings…argh!


dead clipping dropped down into the shrubs

dead clipping dropped down into the shrubs


more plants for the next section

more plants for the next section


a foggy view while getting the hose...so nice after Portland heat

a foggy view while getting the hose…so nice after Portland heat

Allan joined me and started to clean up the mess at the bank garden, so I did some pruning of a ceanothus to keep busy; now that it is done blooming, it should not be over the sidewalk.

Allan's photo of the mess left all along the bank curbside garden

Allan’s photo of the mess left all along the bank curbside garden


clippings from the bank garden

clippings from the bank garden


before

Pruning the ceanothus, before


after (if it were up to me, I'd let it encroach on the sidewalk more, but I like to keep the powers that be happy)

A bit off the top and sides. (If it were up to me, I’d let it encroach on the sidewalk more, but I like to keep the powers that be happy)


delicious fog

delicious fog

 

 

 

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2009 was the second year that we planted and cared for a small entry garden at Oman & Son Builders Supply‘s Ocean Park Store.  We were pleased with the way the seasons unfolded and with the massive amount of colour we managed to pack into a small area.  It’s a tiny job that we check on but once a week; we count on the staff to turn on the soaker hoses.  This particular year a staff member loved the garden and gave it a hose watering regularly.  That always helped freshen up a garden and wash off the parking lot dust.

If nothing else, the garden shows off the good assortment of colours one can find in California poppies.

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2009 was the year we tried Cosmos ‘Yellow Garden’ and it was beautiful indeed, tall, with the usual feathery cosmos foliage and pale yellow flowers, but unfortunately even in this garden against a warm wall it did not bloom till late September.

In the winter, the Santolina and Erysimum carry the garden through, and we’ve since added a few Hebes for more winter colour.

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