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Tuesday, 2 May 2017, part one

Even though more unfortunate rain had arrived, it was not such a cold and windy rain, so we decided that we could polish off two jobs and two errands and make a pilgrimage to a favourite local garden (which deserves a post of its own, tomorrow).

The Anchorage Cottages

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not an ideal work day


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Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)

I had brought four Nicotiana langsdorfii to plant.

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lots of narcissi deadheads  (Allan’s photo)


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sword fern unfurling (Allan’s photo)


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so much scilla in the center courtyard (was there when we first started this job years ago)


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center courtyard


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species tulips

Some of the larger tulips in the office courtyard had just gone all moldy from rain, leaving some pots empty till annuals planting time…which is fortunately coming up soon.

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just sad

I was going to put the little pot into the big pot, above, for some interest, but the sides of the little pot were also sadly moldy.  (Manager Beth said she will clean it and do the tiered pot arrangement.)

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My favourite Tulip ‘Green Wave’ still looked good.


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Spring bulb window boxes will be switched out for summer ones soon.

The Planter Box

We made a brief stop to buy some fertilizer and check on our cosmos seedlings.  I did not actually walk back to look at them, just got a good report from Teresa.

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potted narcissi for sale


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Soon we will be shopping in the big greenhouse.  Mother’s Day is my target date to start planting annuals.


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Allan’s photo

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Even though the rain and wind were increasing, we knew KBC would be more sheltered from wind and figured we could stand an hour of weeding and deadheading, and we did.

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Clematis in bloom


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clematis and evergreen huckleberry (Allan’s photo)


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ajuga at its best (Allan’s photo)


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Pieris


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Euphorbia characias wulfenii (deer proof, outside the fence


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driveway garden


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in the fenced garden


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fringed tulips (Allan’s photo)

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narcissus


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lilies and Thalictrum ‘Elin’


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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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Tulips ‘Green Wave’ and ‘Flaming Spring Green’


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tree peony buds


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more tulips

Mary had placed out some new dianthus to plant.  Allan planted them.

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Now we have more chives to plant in the port gardens!

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Mary and me

We visited the rain drenched garden in Oysterville (next post) and checked on the way home if some interesting new shrubs had arrived at

The Basket Case….

where we learned that said shrubs were being fetched today.

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at The Basket Case


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tomato in a bag


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Basket Case doggie

We were cold and wet and yet very pleased to have the Anchorage and KBC done for this week.  Now we can focus completely on parade garden prep during the next three days that are supposed to deliver nicer weather.

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A Real Time Reminder

It’s garden tour day!

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

Here’s an article about the tour by our friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com.

Now back to our chronological catching up.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office

I began the day still shaken from yesterday’s watering woes.  The sight of our volunteer garden at the post office cheered me up.  Then we were off to our north end jobs, with a couple of small jobs on the way.

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

one of the pretty horses

one of the pretty horses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the garden behind the pasture’s gate

Diane and Larry's garden next door

Diane and Larry’s garden next door with Stipa gigantea

California poppies in Diane's roadside garden

California poppies in Diane’s roadside garden

penstemon

penstemon

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

grooming the container garden (Allan's photo)

grooming the container garden (Allan’s photo)

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands, regular watering with the sprinkler system has the courtyard garden looking wonderfully lush.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we went all the way up to lower Surfside to do some weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

a neighbour of Marilyn's (Allan's photo)

a neighbour of Marilyn’s (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn's daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

looking south—Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours' garage.  The next layer down is Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' which will bloom in late summer.

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours’ garage. The next layer down is Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ which will bloom in late summer.

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After Marilyn’s we drove south again to our very favourite job, Klipsan Beach Cottages.

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

rose

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in the background: tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with hazy purple flowers

Thalictrum 'Elin'

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' and Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

daylily

daylily

driveway garden

driveway garden

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

Geranium 'Rozanne' embracing a boxwood.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ embracing a boxwood.

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

fairy door (Allan's phot)

fairy door (Allan’s photo)

Andersen’s RV Park

We had been weeding and deadheading at Andersen’s for about an hour when owner Lorna came outside and told us the big news:  Barring any unexpected last minute glitch, the deal was about to close on selling the park.   I turned in our restroom key (and said we’d get it back next week if something went wrong at the last minute).  I might as well tell you now that the deal did close for sure a few days later, so our walk around the garden saying goodbye was really the last time.  I have always told Lorna that when she sells, we are leaving with her as it is a good time to further accomplish our goal of cutting back a bit on work.  She says the new owners, a young couple from California, intend to do the gardening themselves so it worked out for the best for everyone.

A farewell look at Andersen’s gardens:

picket fence and garden shed gardens

west garden, Payson Hall (blue roof), picket fence and garden shed (upper right) gardens

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii and Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

the west garden

the west garden

west garden

west garden

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west garden telephoto

west garden telephoto

 

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

garden behind office

garden behind office

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detail: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' and godetia

detail: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and godetia

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

lilies

lilies

office

picket fence from inside

picket fence from inside

My only regret in leaving now is that I planted some of every kind of sweet pea that I had here, and now won’t see all the different colours bloom.

old fashioned wooden picket fence

old fashioned wooden picket fence

one of two big hydrangeas

one of two big hydrangeas

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a guest arriving (Allan's photo)

a guest arriving (Allan’s photo)

I will miss the fun of seeing a “wagon train” of RVs come in, led by the first driver, who is known as the wagon master.

As we were leaving, Lorna gave us this chair.  She is packing to move full time to her Seattle townhouse.

It's on my covered front porch now.

It’s on my covered front porch now; Thank you, Lorna.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob had returned from Montana.  She had called to ask me to stop by because they had brought us a present.

Jo's garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Jo’s garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Jo's back deck with bunting

Jo’s back deck with bunting

Coco! (Allan's photo)

Coco! (Allan’s photo)

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

(She did not even know I had been whinging on about my watering woes yesterday.)

Port of Ilwaco boatyard

We ended our day watering at the Ilwaco boatyard.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we have to water from behind the fence

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual...

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual…

 

 

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard north end

boatyard north end

We took some of our bucket water to give the new curbside plants at the port a boost.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

So….what shall we do with the extra few hours from not going to Andersen’s?  I suppose we could put it toward weeding the Long Beach beach approach garden, or….we just might spend it on our own garden.

We are now down by several jobs, as we quit two small jobs over bad pruning and slow payment, and Todd has the Wiegardt garden, and we gave Casa Pacifica to Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, Cheri is doing her own garden, and Flowering Hedges has been doing Erin’s garden.  It has delighted me to be divested of all of these jobs; however, I suppose we need to be careful that we don’t go too far into early retirement and lose our ability to afford to go garden touring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 31 January 2014

I did not want staycation to end, and yet the garden by Marsh’s Free Museum and Captain Bob’s Chowder in Long Beach had been bugging me lately every time we went to town.  With deep cold predicted for next week and then possible rain, I knew I would feel better about life if we got the park ready for President’s Day weekend (February 15-17) while we had good working weather.  And in the present moment I was not happy about the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’s handsome dried flowers from last year hiding the brand new crocuses and narcissi.

Fifth Street Park before

Fifth Street Park before

Now, that’s better!

after

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On the south side of the park by the restroom building, the Miscanthus had begun its usual shedding all over the lawn and another set of Sedums needed clipping.

before

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after

By the drinking fountain, two of the few remaining Phormiums in Long Beach town looked ghastly (so cleverly chosen by the landscape architect who designed the park to inset poky sharp leaves in the drinking fountain area).  We have gotten rid of most of the Phormiums in town.  One of these was too big for us to eradicate, so Allan cut it back and dug out the small one (the one closest to the drinking fountain) while I walked two blocks worth of street trees and planters doing more clipping and weeding.

phormium

before...hideous Phormium (New Zealand flax)

before…hideous Phormium (New Zealand flax)

after...

after…splendid!

While I walked around the planters, a woman with a strong accent came up to me determinedly proffering a piece of paper from a sheaf in her hands. When she saw I was busy she said “Put in your pocket.”  I had a feeling it was something religious.  Indeed it was, as I discovered upon reading it later.  It seems to be her own personal religion with no attempt to lure me to a certain church!   While the “one male and female” thing makes me wonder suspiciously if there is some anti-gay-marriage subtlety going on here, it otherwise has a certain crazy poetry to it.  You might see her around town and ask her what it all means.

a woman on a mission

a woman on a mission

Cleaning up the park took half a day and gave me a sense of great relief.   On the way home, I found two details to admire in the planters in front of the Ilwaco Timberland Library.

Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata

and some stunning tulip foliage

and some stunning tulip foliage

We were drawn to the marina by some amazing clouds and the workday reward of a good sunset.

sunset reflecting on clouds over the east end of town

sunset reflecting on clouds over the east end of town

sunset

Allan’s photo

a big puff of pink over Cook's Hill (Allan's photo)

a big puff of pink over Cook’s Hill (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo...looking east

Allan’s photo…looking east toward Stringtown Road

Smokey was glad to see me and possibly as sad as I am to see staycation end.

"Where were you all day?"

“Where were you all day?”

Saturday, 1 February 2014

I had no real intention of working on Saturday.  Allan and I had a leisurely breakfast at Olde Towne Café, where Luanne pointed out that the forsythia cuttings I had brought her to force had burst into bloom.

forsythia at Olde Towne

forsythia at Olde Towne

At home, I decided to do just one thing…other than admiring a few plants:

Hamamelis (winter witch hazel)

Hamamelis (winter witch hazel)

crocuses

crocuses

Hellebore

Hellebore

hellebore

hellebore

and hellebore!

and hellebore!

My poor Euphorbia characias wulfenii is blooming even though its tips got blighted by cold.

My poor Euphorbia characias wulfenii is blooming even though its tips got blighted by cold.

A few spires look the way they should look.

A few spires look the way they should look.

some cute little lettuces had reseeded...

some cute little lettuces had reseeded…

a rosemary half killed by cold

a rosemary half killed by cold

It was a relief to walk out into the garden with no danger tree looming.

It was a relief to walk out into the garden with no danger tree looming.

If I accomplished my one task, dumping out some dead hanging baskets and putting the soil back in a newly expanded garden bed, I could then go read…but wait…dang it…the sun came out and the weather warmed up a few degrees.  Drat and blast.  We decided we had to go weed and clip at the Ilwaco Boatyard garden, again with the mission of getting ahead of the public garden clean ups before President’s Day weekend.

Warning: three photos down I am going to post something truly unpleasant.  (Don’t be too afraid to go on.)

looking south from the north end of the boatyard garden

looking south from the north end of the boatyard garden, before…

not just weeds: reseeded California poppies and Iceland and other poppies, too!

not just weeds: reseeded California poppies and Iceland and other poppies, too! (and strawflowers)

Here is the unpleasantness, on a piece of trash.  For those who hoped the cold would kill all the slugs:  It was wishful thinking.

horrid

horrid

Allan weeded while I went all along the boatyard clipping some plants back.

a weeded stretch of garden

a weeded stretch of garden

With the cold weather (20 degrees!) predicted, I did not cut everything back…hoping the old growth will protect the base of the plants.

I left the Artemisia 'Powis Castle' unclipped for now.

I left the Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ unclipped for now.

looking south with the garden weeded all the way to the gate

looking south with the garden weeded all the way to the gate

The crocuses look better in a weeded garden!

The crocuses look better in a weeded garden!

in the boatyard...evidence of recent rainy staycation days

in the boatyard…evidence of recent rainy staycation days

boats

I’m looking forward to weeding the south end of the boatyard on the next non-rainy not too cold day.

south end

south end

It really does work to weed in the fall.  At the end of 2013’s work days, we left off at the south end and went on staycation, and even though weeds at the north end came back, they are much thicker down here.

In the evening, we met Jamie and J9 (and introduced these two friends to each other) for a talk at Time Enough Books at the Port of Ilwaco.

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book discussion

book discussion

Shop dog Scout thought the gathering was all about her.

Shop dog Scout thought the gathering was all about her.

One of the first stories the author spoke of was one in which someone has cut a tree to a twelve foot stump.  Steve Allred expressed much bafflement about why anyone would do that, and I felt much internal amusement because we had so recently done JUST that when having Danger Tree cut down!  We had our reasons, Steve: to provide a snag for birds, and branch to hang our blue bottle decorative thingie from, and I already have a climbing hydrangea attached to the trunk.

An audience member (I think Karla, bookstore owner) said that while reading the book of interconnected stories all set in the same small Oregon town, she imagined which characters would align with certain people on the Long Beach Peninsula.

Even though I was going to purchase it anyway, when Allred’s talk revealed that he is pro choice, pro gay marriage, and liberal in general, I thought to myself:  SOLD!  I look forward to reading it when I have polished off my stack of library books (with their threat of overdue fines).

Several of the audience expressed that they are not much for short stories (me neither), yet the interconnectedness of the stories made it a satisfying read for them.  “Web of life” is my favourite movie genre, and I have fond memories of the interconnected novels and short stories by Canadian author Elizabeth Laurence.  I’ll let you know how I like A Simplified Map of the Real World.

To end the evening on an excellent note, Karla gave us some of her spouse, Peter’s, cookies to take home.  They had been an excellent treat during the reading.  He had made dozens, apparently, so quite a few were left over.

Lucky us, we got a bagful to take home! enough to fill a big that a hardback book would have fit in.

Lucky us, we got a bagful to take home! enough to fill a big that a hardback book would have fit in.

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It certainly is hard to get back in the work mode after a contemplative three day trip to the Sylvia Beach Hotel.  Especially when I see how weedy my own garden is.  But Saturday, due to our heavy responsibilities for resort gardens, we did make it up to Klipsan Beach Cottages, Oman Builders Supply and Wiegardt Gallery to do the basic weeding and the deadheading of tulips and narcissi.

at KBC: tulip 'Green Star'

at KBC: tulip ‘Green Star’

and Tulip 'Cummins'

and Tulip ‘Cummins’

I hate to see the end of the Narcissi.  I often feel that they are my favourite flower, and if that is so, then they are over by early May and leave only lesser favourites for the rest of the year.  Surely they are not really my favourite.  It just feels that way because they are so glorious and so early that they make a strong impression.

Narcissi at KBC

Narcissi at KBC

In a mix I bought for the A Frame woodsy garden at KBC are some doubles.  I don’t really like the doubles and never buy them for Long Beach.  What do you think?

double narcissi...good or not so good?

double narcissi…good or not so good?

Among my favourites are the ones that look like birds with swept back wings and the ones with the tiniest of cups.

poeticus Narcissi

small cupped Narcissi

AT KBC, the trimmed ferns continue to unfurl…

sword ferns

sword ferns

The unfurling is the most amazing sight, if only one could sit and watch for days.

Euphorbia characias wulfenii continues to impress with its long period of bloom:

It's been like this since February!

It’s been like this since February!

The Welsh poppy is the first “poppy” to bloom.   My grandmother had these all over her garden:

Meconopsis cambrica

Meconopsis cambrica

A tiny little daphne (I think!) that Mary C. bought is almost hidden by bulb foliage:

If it is fragrant, it should be on top of a wall, because it is very low to the ground and far from my nose.

If it is fragrant, it should be on top of a wall, because it is very low to the ground and far from my nose.

The island bed around the pond is at its floriferous peak right now:

flowering treeds and shrubs

flowering tree and shrub with unfurling ferns and Japanese maple leaves

The on to a brief deadheading stop at Oman Builders Supply where one of my “green tulips” made me happy.

Tulip 'China Town'

Tulip ‘Greenland’ (I think)

We were in such a hurry at Wiegardt’s to get a satisfactory amount of weeding done that I took no photo at all.  We needed to get home and have a bit of turnaround time and then go to dinner with Carol, who after our trip to the Sylvia Beach Hotel had stayed in Long Beach for two more nights of vacation time.

Of course, we could not enter the restaurant until we had deadheaded the tulips and narcissi in the the Depot Restaurant garden!

Depot tulips

Depot tulips

tulips and narcissi at the Depot

tulips and narcissi at the Depot

And then….a last social get together with Carol until I see her again in the fall, when she plans a visit to the Peninsula.

The Depot was busy so we ate at the counter.

The Depot was busy so we ate at the counter.

And then, in fall 2014, we will, I hope, go back to the SBH.  I just cannot take spring vacations; they throw me off the gardening schedule too much.  We have both agreed that we need to stay at SBH for more nights (but will we end of extending our visit night after night because we won’t be able to leave….at all?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking back on the year at KBC

Because I also administrate the KBC Facebook page (because the owners are dear friends, and because I think it is the best place to stay on the Peninsula, and because it is still my favourite job),  I have a wealth of garden photos for 2012, enough to make an entry for each season.

13 February

2-13...We arrive to wake up the garden.

We arrive to wake up the garden.

2-13, Euphobia characias wulfenii

 Euphobia characias wulfenii

crocus backed with Melianthus major, 2-13

crocus backed with Melianthus major

2-13, Crocus and Anthriscus 'Ravenswing'

 Crocus and Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’

2-13, Iris reticulata

 Iris reticulata

Euphorbia 'Tasmanian Tiger'

Euphorbia ‘Tasmanian Tiger’

16 March

Narcissi and heather by a cottage

Narcissi and heather by a cottage

Pulmonaria and Narcissi in A Frame garden

Pulmonaria and Narcissi in A Frame garden

A Frame garden with Hellebore and Pulmonaria

A Frame garden with Hellebore and Pulmonaria

inside the deer fence

inside the deer fence

Great news!  A clematis we thought had died put out a new shoot.

Great news! A clematis we thought had died put out a new shoot.

26 March

the lady fountain

the lady fountain

Pieris (which my grandma called Andromeda) and primrose

Pieris (which my grandma called Andromeda) and primrose

7 April

Allan pruning roses

Allan pruning roses

13 April

Euphorbia characias 'Wulfenii'

Euphorbia characias ‘Wulfenii’

tulip buds

tulip buds

Fritillaria meleagris (checkered lily, guinea hen flower)

Fritillaria meleagris (checkered lily, guinea hen flower)

Erythronium (dogtooth violet)...from my mother's garden

Erythronium (dogtooth violet)…from my mother’s garden

21 April

quintessential spring green with tulips

quintessential spring green with tulips

one of the "green" tulips

one of the “green” tulips

tulips

tulips

28 April

4-28

tulip 4-28

tulip 

4-28 Tulip 'Cool Crystal'

 Tulip ‘Cool Crystal’

4-28

4-28 broken by rain

 broken by rain

tuilip 4-28

tulip 

4-28 by the pond

by the pond

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