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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Last night at about two AM I saw that a houseplant that had been given me by a friend had flowered and was indeed a plant I had always wanted. I carried it to the porch to get a clearer photo this morning.

I asked Ann Amato, houseplant expert (and seedstress) what in the world I had. It is a Queen of Tears bromeliad, Billbergia nutans.

Despite cold weather, I had a list of smallish work projects to accomplish. I hoped that the strong wind gusting through our garden would not follow us to Seaview and Long Beach.

The Depot Restaurant

We had one more grass and a few perennials standing between me and erasing Depot from the spring clean up list.

Allan’s photos:

Because of the night temperatures still being around 30F this week, I then decided we should change my plan and prune the Dorothy Perkins and Super Dorothy roses in Long Beach rather than trim back perennials in Diane’s more exposed garden. As we drove up to the park, we saw traffic cones and then the dreaded pressure washer sitting on its own during lunch break. Our plan changed (although the ideal rose pruning time is said to be Presidents Day to March 1st, which is coming fast).

We paused in Long Beach to cut two little grasses in a tiny pop out.

I was pleased to see lots of poppy seedlings.

Boreas Inn

Allan trimmed the ferns by the Yett Cottage, a vacation rental next door to the Boreas.

I trimmed the sword ferns on the northwest corner and the east entry garden at the Boreas. In order to save oodles of time trimming ferns with The Toy, it has to be done now-ish before the tight knuckles of new fronds start to uncurl.

The Boreas is a former job of ours that we passed on to another gardening outfit which did not have time to care for it properly, and so, with a gap in our schedule that was left when we departed the Klipsan Beach Cottages garden, we are taking it back. We had intended to spend that extra time on ourselves…but the Boreas called out to me.

I saw that in the west gardens, we need mulch and to get a rampant ground cover (moneywort) back under control.

That is for another day. At the end of the lawn beds, a path goes all the way to the beach.

The Garden Suite ferns, before and after:

Of course, the before photo is much prettier, but left without trimming, the ferns would have many brown fronds by midsummer. Soon the beautiful sequence of unfurling fronds will be visible.

Allan helped clean up the entry garden.

I had also pruned some hardy fuchsias that were almost into the path.

The icy wind managed to get into the courtyard, making for a rather miserable time of it. I longed for home and tea but decided we should do one more thing, get some mulch and apply it to the Port Office garden.

Allan saw this bundled up dog while acquiring the mulch.

The weather forecast showed why our work day was rather miserable.

Felt more like 32 than 39, if you ask me.

Port of Ilwaco

I found the cold wind just about unbearable at the port. Fortunately, the job was quick.

At home…

The work board tonight:

A nice of Builders, a bit of dark chocolate, and my comfy chair soon put things to right.

I watched the last episode of Monty Don’s Around the World in 80 Gardens…with a slightly curtailed view.

Better yet, I discovered a new garden show….

…featuring Monty, Joe, and Carol from Gardeners’ World and Charlie Dimmock. Even better, someone has put all of Season One up on youtube so that I don’t have to go questing about for each episode. I have already watched one. It was pure heaven. My head (or brain) was so happy that I felt like it was floating around the room.

The first video set is almost ten hours long. It is a darn good thing the weather forecast looks like this…

The rose pruning can wait till Friday or Saturday. Meanwhile, I’ll be watching telly in my comfy chair.

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Ilwaco

We began our Saturday with a brief trip to the Ilwaco Saturday Market, for photos and for a treat from Pink Poppy Bakery.

Allan's photo from the port office deck

Allan’s photo from the port office deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a damp day

a damp day

We bought Swedish Traveling Cake for work, and Chai cupcakes for after dinner.

We bought Swedish Traveling Cake for work, and Chai cupcakes for after dinner.

Allan could not resist some pickled garlic.

Allan could not resist some pickled garlic.

our neighbours' booth (Allan's photo); They have a staff of booth-runners at markets all over the Northwest.

our neighbours’ booth (Allan’s photo); They have a staff of booth-runners at markets all over the Northwest.

inside Time Enough Books at the Port (Allan's photo)

inside Time Enough Books at the Port (Allan’s photo)

I bought Ken Druse’s new shade garden book, having ordered it at Time Enough Books.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Bookstore owner Karla and I talked about how excited we are that the Salt Hotel is about to open at the end of the block, and how much it will revitalize the port.

I’ve been so busy that as I write this a week later, my new Ken Druse book has not yet emerged from its bag.

On the way north, Allan had a book to pick up at the Ilwaco Timberland Library.  He photographed the handsome unfurling of the ferns that I pruned there fairly recently:

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Dutch iris still blooming in the tiered garden (Allan's photo)

Dutch iris still blooming in the tiered garden (Allan’s photo)

As we headed north to work, I took the first of several photos for the Rhodie Driving Tour photo album.

in Seaview

in Seaview

The Depot Restaurant

a check up on the Depot garden

a check up on the Depot garden

Allan planting some bright yellow sanvitalia in the barrel by the east window.

Allan planting some bright yellow sanvitalia in the barrel by the east window.

I had a sudden revelation: Why does not the garden on the north side of the deck extend further east?  What was I thinking, stopping it an an angle like that.  No one does much mowing or strimming of that grass, so why not get rid of it?

needs expansion!

needs expansion!

Today's plans did not allow time to implement the idea.

Today’s plans did not allow time to implement the idea.

Long Beach

We had forgotten to add two Geranium ‘Rozanne’ to the back of the welcome sign.

sweeping up after some horsetail control

sweeping up after some horsetail control

The Planter Box

We needed more cosmos, necessitating a stop at The Planter Box.

snapdragons

snapdragons

calendula

calendula

Back in the employees only greenhouse, I saw a gorgeous Dicentra called ‘Valentine’.  I’ve never seen one so red.  I want it badly…but it is sold already.

Dicentra 'Valentine', now on my must have list.

Dicentra ‘Valentine’, now on my must have list.

want it, can't have it!

want it, can’t have it!

a cart full of six flats of Cosmos 'Sensation' and 'Psyche' (Allan's photo)

a cart full of six flats of Cosmos ‘Sensation’ and ‘Psyche’ (Allan’s photo)

On the way out of the back greenhouse, I noticed some Cosmos ‘Candy Stripe’ on the sales floor.  They had got past me thus far; I snagged one 6 pack for my own garden.

Wish I had more of this picotee cosmos.

Wish I had more of this picotee cosmos.

Allan's photo of me carrying the Candy Stripe cosmos; he thought the flowers looked like bagpipes.

Allan’s photo of me carrying the Candy Stripe cosmos; he thought the flowers looked like bagpipes.

Traveling north to our next job, we sustained ourselves with our Pink Poppy Bakery treat.

Swedish Traveling Cake

leaving the Planter Box carpark with Swedish Traveling Cake

Golden Sands Assisted Living

wheelbarrowing cosmos down the hallway (Allan's photo)

wheelbarrowing cosmos down the hallway (Allan’s photo)

I truly entered Annuals Planting Hell while planting 60 cosmos in the Golden Sands garden.  Maybe the sprinklers weren’t on yet; I found some of the ground was dry underneath so had to put water in each small hole.  I had not brought a dipper, so tried a tiny plastic dish that Allan found.  My head just about exploded with how long it took and after about ten cosmos, I walked out to the car (a long trip down the hallways) for a proper dipping container (a reasonable sized Costco plastic jar that had held nuts).  Life immediately became easier.

On one side of the courtyard, the red rhodos are blooming at their unpruned height.

southwest corner

southwest corner

On the other side, they got pruned severely.  I did not and do not approve, but everything outside the four quadrants of flowers is out of my hands.

the tall and the short of it (short ones are in southeast corner)

the tall and the short of it (short ones are in southeast corner)

I also noticed that the shrubs under the windows had been pruned to window sill height, but apparently at the same time someone had severely chopped two of the roses, planted by volunteers (outside the flower quadrants).

roses chopped severely...at the wrong time of year.  Why?  I do not get it.

roses chopped severely…at the wrong time of year. Why? I do not get it.  You can hardly even tell there is a rose in each of these photos.

detail:  WHY????

detail: WHY????

Oh well…I must just focus on our four quadrants…which are about to burst into bloom.

Northwest quadrant

Northwest quadrant

mom's red rose in NW quadrant

mom’s red rose in NW quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

acquilegia

aquilegia

Rudbeckia  starts from our Kathleen are sizing up!

Rudbeckia starts from our Kathleen are sizing up!

SW quadrant; Allan handwatering in case the sprinklers are not yet on.

SW quadrant; Allan handwatering in case the sprinklers are not yet on.

SE quadrant with the first of the sweet williams.

SE quadrant with the first of the sweet williams.

I'm horrified to see salal appearing at the edge of the SE quadrant!

I’m horrified to see salal appearing at the edge of the SE quadrant!

No time for salal control.,..and can’t find out about sprinklers because it is Saturday.

Allan strimmed the center lawn and spared a scabiosa that had reseeded there.

Allan strimmed the center lawn and spared a scabiosa that had reseeded there.  (I’d like it to be all moss and flowers…)  (Allan’s photo)

We have a mini-river of Geranium 'Rozanne' in that lawn.

We have a mini-river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in that mossy lawn.  Allan weeded around them. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I did some light weeding and planted 24 cosmos.  While I did so, Allan weeding along the north fence.

before:  Allan's photo.  That buddliea, belonging to a neighbor who never retrieved it, has languished in that pot for years and has now rooted into the ground.

before: Allan’s photo. That buddliea, belonging to a neighbor who never retrieved it, has languished in that pot for years and has now rooted into the ground.

After:  I didn't agree with cutting the pot away, but now I regret that so he can do so next time! (Allan's photo)

After: I didn’t agree with cutting the pot away, but now I regret that so he can do so next time! (Allan’s photo)

I resisted the buddleia rescue because they are now maligned and considered weedy (except for the new sterile cultivars).  We can just keep the old flowerheads trimmed and it will be fine.  Poor thing.

Dutch iris

Dutch iris

rose clambering into the bay tree

rose clambering into the bay tree

to the right: Thalictrum 'Elin'

to the right: Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Allium multibulbosum (white) and albopilosum (purple)

Allium multibulbosum (white) and albopilosum (purple)

Allium multibulbosum

Allium multibulbosum

rose

rose with Anthricus ‘Ravenswing’ and Dutch Iris

I wish I knew this rose's name.

I wish I knew this rose’s name.

another of Mary's roses

another of Mary’s roses

...whose name I wish I knew.

…whose name I wish I knew.

the weekly view

the weekly view

looking in the east gate

looking in the east gate

the lower level of the fenced garden, with Knockout roses

the lower level of the fenced garden, with Knockout roses

Next door, by where we park, a couple of the rhododendrons at Joanie’s cottage have come into bloom too late for the Rhodie Tour.

red one...

red one…

and pink one

and pink one

In the dump pile, Allan found this pile of spent flowers from Rhododendron 'Cynthia', raked from the lawn.

The prettiest compost in the dump pile.  Allan found this pile of spent flowers from Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’, raked out of the pond

Ocean Park

On the way north to our next job, we did a driveby check on the Oman Builders Supply garden….It did not appear to need our urgent attention.

Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park

Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park

This house and rhododendron caught my eye.

This house and rhododendron caught my eye.

This lineup at the Ocean Park Post Office caught Allan's eye.

This lineup at the Ocean Park Post Office caught Allan’s eye.

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we planted cosmos in Marilyn’s garden in Surfside, our northernmost job.  The garden had gotten terribly weedy in our absence.

Allan's photo, along the house, before

Allan’s photos, along the house, before

and after

and after

He rescued a buried Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' at the corner of the house.

He rescued a buried Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ at the corner of the house.

That Phygelius has to be pulled out from around that Eryngium, though; the Phygelius has crept sideways out of its alloted space and will get much taller than the Eryngium and will hide it again.  Next time!

during...it was worse when I started!

during…it was worse when I started!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

horsetail among the phygelius

horsetail among the phygelius

after

after

Virburnum

Virburnum

Cosmos in

Cosmos in

looking north down the path

looking north down the path

and south

and south

At the very end, I had to wade in to clip the blackberries that i saw while taking photos.

At the very end, I had to wade in to clip the blackberries that i saw while taking photos.

on the way home

There was some excitement at an intersection when three emergency vehicles drove by, and a large fire axe flew off the firetruck and landed in the ditch just north of us…and not, as it could have a few seconds earlier, in the nose of our van.

Allan retrieved it.

Allan retrieved it.

We took it back to the fire fighters, as we had seen where they were going (a few blocks north).  They were surprised that it had come loose.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The axe was riding in that slanted holder; very odd that it flew out so forecefully.

The axe was riding in that slanted holder; very odd that it flew out so forecefully.

After that adventure, we took the Nahcotta route home and photographed just a few more rhododendrons before dusk.

Rhododendrons on Willapa Bay

Rhododendrons by Willapa Bay (just south of Nahcotta Post Office)

At home, I was able to erase a few more planting tasks from the work board.

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

At last, I had a rainy day to finish my Margaret Drabble novel…

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And here are some of my favourite parts. I tried to photograph the pages in an non curvy way for astute reader MaryBeth; not sure how well I succeeded but I do hope they are an improvement.

A Frenchman makes a polite and possibly flirtatious remark to our protagonist:

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pass

Old age for people and cats is discussed:

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The characters leave London for warmer climes partway through the book. My sunshine seeking friends will identify with the following passage, although I would have preferred to stay in London:

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A character considers selling her house, and decides not to, in a way with which I strongly identify (even though no one would offer us a fortune for our humble double wide):

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Meanwhile, Allan puttered in his shop and fixed the broken fence board from the recent tree fall.

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shop puttering

the fence, last Sunday, Allan's photo

the fence, last Sunday, Allan’s photo

today, all fixed, Allan's photo

today, all fixed, Allan’s photo

I finished the book and was just trying to decide which new book to start when I saw a tall man walking up our entry path to the front door. Assuming it was a politician doing some last minute campaigning, I went out onto the porch. He asked if I knew who he was. I knew I should, because he looked faintly familiar, and yet I had to confess that I have face blindness so I had no idea. He told me he was Todd, Eric Wiegardt’s brother; his resemblance to his brother is what gave me the feeling of familiarity. This is the fellow who works at the ever so famous Plant Delights Nursery and has sent us some extremely cool plants over the summer. We walked round the garden, although it was too darn windy to go all the way back to the edge of the Bogsy Wood where I’d planted the epimidiums and other shade plants he’d sent. Todd is a Certified Plant Nut and his plant knowledge far surpasses mine, so my brain had to whir really hard to try to keep up. Allan returned from an errand trip while Todd was still here and the two of them had a good look at Allan’s fern collection, which was doubled with the collectible ferns that Todd had mailed to him.

Allan's garden

Allan’s garden, much more well weeded than mine.

Nevertheless, Allan sees a weed!

Nevertheless, Allan sees a weed!

Todd and Allan

Todd and Allan

Todd told me the story of how he discovered my blog. A friend or colleague of his was looking for Azara microphylla variegata and ran across this photo of it on Tangly Cottage Journal.

a pause to admire Azara microphylla variegata by the front porch

a pause to admire Azara microphylla variegata by the front porch

He said to Todd that there existed a blog with photos of his brother’s art gallery in Ocean Park, the Wiegardt Gallery (one of our regular jobs). Pretty cool, eh?

Later:

a crescent moon over the bogsy wood, with birds

a crescent moon over the bogsy wood, with birds

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I started a new novel, Liane Moriarity’s The Last Anniversary, and later we watched a couple of episodes of Homeland season three. Tomorrow promised to be a workable day. I’m still waiting for some rainy days off in a row.

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My hope was that, while I went to the Sylvia Beach Hotel, Allan would also have four days off to do whatever he pleased. It was not to be as the promised rainy weather turned hot and sunny instead and he had to do some watering. Other than that…

He watched new ferns (from Todd Wiegardt) unfurl in his garden:

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18 September

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18 September

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21 September

18 September

18 September

Above:

Southern maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillaris-veneris) (from Todd)

Uses

This plant is used medicinally by Native Americans. The Mahuna people use the plant internally for rheumatism, and the Kayenta Navajo use an infusion of the plant as a lotion for bumblebee and centipede stings. The Kayenta also smoke it or take it internally for insanity.

Clockwise from upper left: Lady fern, Oak fern & Hart's Tongue fern & an out of focus Tatting fern

Clockwise from upper left: Lady fern, Oak fern & Hart’s Tongue fern & an out of focus Tatting fern

And he picked up fallen apples.

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before

after

after

And observed a bird:

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Life is pretty exciting with me gone, apparently.

On September 18th, J9 came over to pick some rocks from our neighbour’s guest cottage across the street. Terri wants the river rock gone so she can plant a lawn. J9 took one small bucket full.

J9 picking rocks

J9 picking rocks

Allan says: “J9 also accepted some tomatoes and we ate some raspberries.” He also reports:

“Backing up the water trailer for traffic creased the bumper a few days ago. Sanded & filled but the color I had was a bit off.

more excitement: before and after

more excitement: before and after

Fortunately, his long weekend got more interesting. Thursday the 18th included a trip across the river, not just watching ferns grow. Allan writes:

Stopped in Chinook to look at the boat launch on the way to Astoria. All quiet except sounds of exhaling air which was coming from this seal. I stood still, it approached the dock, didn’t quite climb up then swam east towards another dock about the time a local artist {Leslie Lipe, she of the sock monkey album covers!] came by to look at the docks too. There is a lighted crane working the river in the last shots.

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birds

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An excursion upriver netted Allan a new boat and a (all the way to Portland!) a roof rack to put it on.

They had a used boat like my green one that was complete so I could copy the parts I made onto Christmas wrapping paper.

Allan: “They had a used boat like my green one that was complete so I could copy the parts I made onto Christmas wrapping paper.” Me: ???? Ok, he used the Christmas paper like tracing paper.

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New boat, weighs only 60 pounds

New boat, weighs only 63 pounds; the Force 5 weighs 145 pounds.

On Saturday the 20th, the temperature was about 90 degrees, so Allan had to water.

Our volunteer post office garden:  droopy cosmos getting watered.

Our volunteer post office garden: droopy cosmos getting watered.

hot!

hot!

(It was hot down in Newport, as well, but I did not leave the hotel during the day!)

The cosmos was hanging its head in Larry and Robert's garden boat, as well.

The cosmos was hanging its head in Larry and Robert’s garden boat, as well.

Larry and Robert's garden, east side

Larry and Robert’s garden, east side

Larry and Robert's, Echinacea 'Green Envy'

Larry and Robert’s, Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

Others folks who had a day off enjoyed the Black Lake, as I had so hoped he would get to do.

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He then went on to water the Long Beach and Ilwaco planters, which I had so hoped he would not have to do.

But it had to be done!

But it had to be done!

Lady's mantle doing what it does best: showing off water droplets.

Lady’s mantle doing what it does best: showing off water droplets.

"This dog was jumping up on the planter & gulping the hose. I was too busy not scaring the dog with an eyeful of water but this was it after outside the bakery . "He loves the hose" the owners said during the play."

“This dog was jumping up on the planter & gulping the hose. I was too busy not scaring the dog with an eyeful of water but this was it after outside the bakery . “He loves the hose” the owners said during the play.”

Fish Alley barrels

Fish Alley barrels

In Ilwaco, by the boatyard, the deer are eating the nasturtiums.

In Ilwaco, by the boatyard, the deer are eating the nasturtiums.

watering till after dark

watering till after dark

You can see a pedestrian in this photo. Allan says: “While taking a pic of darkness, (8:00) a visitor with a blown tire from cutting the corner at Ed’s Bait can be seen approaching. We fixed it.”

On Sunday, he finally got his day off and of course, took out the new boat. First, he took some photos of the CranMac cranberry bog north of Black Lake getting flooded for the upcoming harvest:

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Water is being pulled out of the lake, whose level drops slightly.

Water is being pulled out of the lake, whose level drops slightly.

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Workers will wade in to collect the cranberries as they float to the top.

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He went out on the lake with his new boat on Sunday the 20th.

He had so much fun, he only took this one photo.

He had so much fun, he only took this one photo.

And now…back to some mutual work days, more than two this coming week.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Ilwaco Blues and Seafood festival will take place at the Port of Ilwaco this coming weekend (the 15th and 16th) so we spent Tuesday tidying up all the port gardens.  Blues and Seafood is moving to a new venue in a big tent at the east end of the marina, instead of its former cozy location by the civilized Ilwaco Pavilion with its nice restrooms.  So people will not be strolling right by the gardens as they used to….Still, there will be more traffic, so we cleaned the gardens from one end of Howerton to the other.

leaving Calvin behind as we go to work

leaving Calvin behind as we go to work

looking south over the front fence

looking south over the front fence

We began at the east end of Howerton.  Allan hooked up a hose to the Beacon RV Park (owned by the mayor, who happened to be there).  We did not have enough hose to stretch all the way; at least it made bucket watering easier.

easternmost Howerton Way garden

easternmost Howerton Way garden

bucket watering

bucket watering

I pruned down the shrubs at the bank by the port.  The bank is moving all its business to Portland this fall and putting the very large building up for sale.

pruning before

pruning before

after a gentle, naturalistic pruning

after a gentle, naturalistic pruning

It is a darned shame that someone planted tall shrubs there (wax myrtle and arbutus) as the constant pruning pretty much keeps the arbutus from flowering or having its attractive strawberry-like fruits.  If I keep them gently shaped, it may keep someone from pruning them with a chainsaw as happened just before Blues and Seafood last year.

before

before

after

after

call Plant Amnesty!

this time last year:  call Plant Amnesty!  This is what we are trying to prevent from happening.

In one of our newly planted areas we cut two huge wax myrtles right to the ground in the spring; better to go all the way than half-arsed butchery.  The myrtles are just sprouting back and can be kept small enough to not be a traffic sightline hazard.

new this year garden area

new this year garden area

Something so sweet happened while we were weeding.  A fellow who lives on a boat at the port walked by, someone of slender means, and shared with me some radishes and mushrooms he had gotten at the daily lunch program for the poor and elderly.  He had some radishes, which he does not like, and some mushrooms.  He just wanted six of the mushrooms to make himself a pasta sauce on the boat.  I was touched and thought if we were more hoity toity than working class, we would not have sharing moments like those.  (The radishes were yummy too, the next evening.)

We slogged through (weeding and watering) all the garden beds.  Not all of them have easy access to water.  We did no more bucket watering, though, as we had read that it might rain.   At the east end, we paused to deadhead the container at the Peninsula Sanitation building.

very attractive for folks paying their garbage bill

very attractive for folks paying their garbage bill

Then on to finish weeding the boatyard garden.

boatyard looking north

boatyard looking north

offloading our pile of debris

offloading our pile of debris

I’m careful to not dump anything invasive out here by the marsh.  There is already a bad weed in there:

pretty sure that's Lythrum salicaria (Purple loosestrife) out there...bad.

pretty sure that’s Lythrum salicaria (Purple loosestrife) out there…bad.

When we had worked alongside Pelicano Restaurant earlier in the day, I developed a strong desire to have our monthly meal there.  It is a luxury that we indulge in when we can, especially since I have read that one’s taste buds become less sensitive as one ages, so if we are going to enjoy fine food we had better do so now.  Later, when we can’t work and don’t have the income, we’ll be happy with home made pasta sauce.

The good fortune of the day continued as we spontaneously ended up sitting, at their invitation, with Heather of NIVA green and two delightful friends of hers.  We had excellent conversation about topics such as the nature of friendship (the three women) and motorcycles (the two men).

Along with the topic of friendship, Heather and  I also talked briefly about my idea of working four day weeks.  When I said that we could not count on three day weekends regularly because of plants needing to be watered, she said we could take a bonus day during the week instead.  Not quite as good as three days off in a row, but still more time in my own garden (or, for Allan, messing about in boats).

Pelicano bouquet

Pelicano bouquet

cocktails

Flamenco for me and a cosmospolitan for Allan

Flamenco for me and a cosmospolitan for Allan

salmon

the salmon

the salmon

meringue cookies and ice cream dessert

meringue cookies and ice cream dessert

After dinner, Allan, David and Heather watch a heron come in its evening roost at the marina.

After dinner, Allan, David and Heather watch a heron come in its evening roost at the marina.

I hope in later years when we almost always dine at home, we can have such fine company sometimes.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Rain had begun the evening before and continued all day long.

joyous view from the front window

joyous view from the front (north) window

and the front (east) window

and the front (east) window

rain in the wheelbarrow behind the house

rain in the wheelbarrow behind the house

We had such a relaxing day off.  We have much to do in Long Beach to get parks and planters ready for next week’s Kite Festival.  We’ve been saved a whole day of watering the Ilwaco planters, Long Beach planters and Ilwaco boatyard garden so the day off was not a problem (I hope).  Usually rain is not enough for the planters, but this particular event was an excellent soaking lasting almost 24 hours.

I worked on this blog, getting almost caught up, and Allan did office work as well.  Partway through the day, he picked up the mail and we got an excellent package of plants from the generous blog reader Todd Wiegardt.  The plant list was addressed to the “Baker Bay CPN Rehab Department” which made me chortle then and still does now.  (Baker Bay is the Ilwaco marina bay; CPN=Certified Plant Nut.)

Read it and weep with envy, fellow CPNs:

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I am going to have to do some Googling on some of these.  I love the name Kniphofia ‘Nose Job’.

The box contained a selection of ferns for Allan to try:

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Allan starts to sort out which plants are ferns.

Allan starts to sort out which plants are ferns.

We set up a potting area in the garage and got all the plants potted up; when I planted the Colchicum and Crocus sativus bulbs out in the garden, the soil was still shockingly dry underneath and I think that makes it essential to wait awhile before putting the plants in.

Allan's new ferns all potted up

Allan’s new ferns all potted up

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my new plants all potted up

my new plants all potted up

Of course, while putting the plants on a bench by the greenhouse, I admired the damp garden.

Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns' from Joy Creek Nursery, with Lily 'Anastasia' (I think)

Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’ from Joy Creek Nursery, with Lily ‘Anastasia’ (I think)

looking southwest, white lilies and a foggy Cape Disappointment

looking southwest, white lilies and a foggy Cape Disappointment

an elephant garlic wearing a yarrow hat

an elephant garlic wearing a yarrow hat

Hyericum berries by the front stairs

Hypericum berries by the front stairs

This spot might absorb a small new plant or two.

This area might absorb a small new plant or two.

I have an awful lot of Geranium macrorrhizum in the garden.  Even though I love its piny foliage smell,  I think some of it might have to go to make room for other plants.

lilies in the front garden

fragrant lilies in the front garden (with Jared and Jessika’s house as backdrop)

Ack! A big area of dwarf fireweed in the front garden...Too wet to wade in there to weed it, said I to myself.

Ack! A big area of dwarf fireweed in the front garden…Too wet to wade in there to weed it, said I to myself.

Now we have two days to get the north end jobs done and get Long Beach ready for kite festival, after having had a deliciously restful rain-inspired bonus day off.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival

Ed Strange Garden

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Ed was not sure how “giant hebe” got put in the garden description and asked me to change it on the Facebook page to “coral bark maple”, as he did not feel a giant hebe was that much to celebrate.  Hebes are a fine plant, though.

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happy tour guests

happy tour guests

west side of driveway

west side of driveway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

The small home sits on a small lot in the Tides West neighbourhood.

The small home sits on a small lot in the Tides West neighbourhood.

As we approached the garden, who should we meet but our good friend Kathleen!

Kathleen and I in plant discussion

Kathleen and I in plant discussion  (Allan’s photo)

Ed sees us!

Ed sees us!  (Allan’s photo)

Kathleen was touring in a different direction than us, so we would not see her again till later at dinner.

to the east of the driveway

to the east of the driveway

a woodsy garden

a woodsy garden

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

east side of the front porch

east side of the front porch and deck

Our dear friend Ed and guests.

Our dear friend Ed and guests.

I was thrilled to see Randy Brown, who had been the musician for our garden tour in 2012.

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Randy Brown

Randy Brown

He comes all the way from his new home in McMinnville, Oregon, to play for Music in the Gardens.

At our garden, he made up a delightful song about the colourfulness of our garden and a funny song about Allan’s skilled helpfulness.  (You can listen to the latter song on Youtube, here.)  At Ed’s garden, he made up a song right on the spot about how we make the Peninsula a more beautiful place.  It was extraordinarily cheering!

That's Ed's petrified wood collection on display in front of Randy's sit spot.

That’s Ed’s petrified wood collection on display in front of Randy’s sit spot.

 

being serenaded with a complimentary song!

being serenaded with a complimentary song!

view from the porch

view from the porch

Garden touring is such a happy thing.  (Being serenaded just adds to the joy.)

Garden touring is such a happy thing. (Being serenaded just adds to the joy.)  (Allan’s photo)

on the porch

on the porch

cactus

Gunnera

Gunnera with Sedum ‘Cape Blanco’ “stepping stones”

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

straight east of the porch

straight east of the porch

The guest looking around the side of the garage was viewing Ed’s “ladies in waiting” (unplanted plants) area and she said “Your work area looks better than my garden does!”

southwest corner of garage, where one enters the walkway between garage and house

southwest corner of garage, where one enters the walkway between garage and house

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the east wall of the house

the east wall of the house

looking back at the porch (east side of house)

looking back at the porch (east side of house)

As with our manufactured home, Ed would know that with a manufactured home one must NEVER NEVER “puncture the seal” or internal havoc will occur.  So one cannot hang any sort of decoration on the outside walls.

Ed’s garage had a perfect guest area in the back, and on tour day he had a feast laid out, catered by the famous Nanci and Jimella’s Market Café.

delicious!

delicious!

complete with a friend filling in as bartender!

complete with a friend filling in as bartender!

at the back of the garage/house passageway

at the back of the garage/house passageway

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the coral bark maple in the back yard

the coral bark maple in the back yard

behind the garage

behind the garage, perfectly NOT slug-eaten hostas

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the ferny southeast corner of the back garden

the ferny southeast corner of the back garden

east end of back garden

east end of back garden

On the east side of the garage, here is the work area that was being admired by a tour guest earlier.

On the east side of the garage, here is the work area that was being admired by a tour guest earlier.

behind the house

behind the house

looking back at the passageway between garage and house

looking back at the passageway between garage and house

west wall of garage

west wall of garage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ed and tour guests

Ed and tour guests

We would love to have hung around for much longer schmoozing with Ed and listening to Randy’s song stylings, but we had four more gardens to see.

Next, we return to the Willapa Bay side of the Peninsula.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

The itinerary for our bus was different than on the schedule.

The itinerary for our bus was different than on the schedule.

Floramagoria, part 1: the front garden

There were three gardens I was especially excited to see on the tour, two because I read blogs about them (Rhone Street and Danger Garden), and Floramagoria because I had heard it is wonderful and rarely has a garden open.

Because I like to put every single last detail of gardens I tour into our blog, so that I can relive the experience later, I have divided this garden into two (or maybe even three) sections, thus avoiding an entry with over 100 photos! You will understand when you see the back garden.

The front garden is “NW/Asian” in style and is five years old.

arriving at Floramagoria; Allan's photo

arriving at Floramagoria; Allan’s photo

front

along the driveway

front

dog sculpture

dog sculpture

woodsy front garden

woodsy front garden

bird draped with Japanese forest grass

bird draped with Japanese forest grass

raised fern display

raised fern display

I suggested to Allan that he do something like this to squeeze more ferns into his garden.

I suggested to Allan that he do something like this to squeeze more ferns into his garden.

daylily...a hint of brightness to come

daylily…a hint of brightness to come

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I found the front garden pleasant, but I knew the garden was about flowers. Allan did not know that as he had not read hints about it online, as I had. So he was quite content in the front garden, especially because of his love of ferns.

Allan’s photos:

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Fatsia 'Spider's Web" (he has one in his garden)

Fatsia ‘Spider’s Web” (he has one in his garden)

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a gentle adjustable limb brace

a gentle adjustable limb brace

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Allan was in fern heaven and I believe he thought that’s what the garden was all about…until he looked up and realized everyone else had disappeared and he wondered where we had all gone.

That’s when he came around the side and joined the rest of us in the back garden.

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Prepare to have your sock knocked off!

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Annuals planting hell continued today.  We had to be somewhere at 11:30 so made a rushed stop at the Planter Box to pick up more Cosmos and Salvia viridis (painted sage) for three north end jobs.

At the Planter Box:  Primula vialii for sale

At the Planter Box: Primula vialii for sale

Rush, rush, stress…..  Hard to think in a slightly warm greenhouse.

We then went to our now former job, Seanest, and met with the person who we think will be able to take over the garden care.  He is new to gardening, but it is a simple landscape these days.  We walked through, and I took lots of photos which I am emailing him with details about what the plants are, which are weeds, what to do to each area at each time of year.

arbor rebuilding

The driftwood temple, which had partially collapsed last time we were there, is being rebuilt with plain wood which will be dressed up with driftwood.

I do not feel particularly poignant about leaving the job even though it is a garden Robert and I created years ago; Allan and I are so overbooked that cannot get any of our gardens to the state I want them in right now.  So, goodbye to Seanest.

farewell, dear garden

farewell, dear garden

Oh dear.  Now I am feeling sentimental after all.   I would have hung onto the job if the house had still been owned by artist Phyllis Ray, who liked a more lushly planted garden than the low maintenance preference of the current owner.  (That doesn’t make much sense because a more complex garden takes more time, but also inspires more love on my part.)

Next we did our minimal bit of planting at Golden Sands Assisted Living.  The budget is small, but what is a garden (of ours) without four six packs of Cosmos and 12 plants of painted sage?  I was disheartened to learn that not only have the sprinklers not been installed in the courtyard garden but there is no plan to have them set up any time soon because of another very important maintenance job that is taking priority.  I responded that it is hard for me to do a job when the plants are not watered.  I was understood, and there is talk of staff volunteering to keep it watered.  We shall see.  We do this garden at a low “grandma rate” in honour of my mother having lived here and because I feel for anyone who can no longer have a garden of their own.  I want great beauty here, but it is hard going.

Below:  Allan got this nasty area weeded;  I was fretting to myself about the watering so did not think to take a before photo.

tidier

tidier

This is outside our four flower beds, but to have it infested with grass and horsetail brings down the tone of the whole garden.  The daylilies are the boring Stella D’Oro and are here because they were free!

There are still many weeds in the four flower quadrants, so even though we had intended to only stay long enough to get the plants in the ground, we were there for over two hours.

The four quadrants:

southeast

southeast quadrant

southwest quadrant

southwest quadrant

northwest; here is the one where I ran out of Cow Fiber mulch.

northwest; here is the one where I ran out of Cow Fiber mulch.
close up of plant table

close up of plant table in northwest quadrant

The best quadrant is the one that is outside the window where my mom lived for a year.  She invested money into buying plants for it so it has more interesting variety…even though like all the quadrants it suffers from the free plant syndrome:  Plants that are given away tend to be too free to multiply and end up being too much of one thing.  For example, all these quadrants are heavy with a pink scabiosa that I brought from many reseedlings at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

northeast quadrant

northeast quadrant, mom’s former garden area

I wonder if the resident of my mom’s old room would like to have the Euonymus in front of her window cut low enough so she could see out.  If only we had time.

another weedy bed in terribly poor soil

another weedy bed in terribly poor soil

I find this job disheartening at present.   There are areas to weed outside the four quadrants, but no time or budget to do so as often as they need.

I pondered whether there might be a way to have a fundraiser for buying some good, exciting, appropriate (drought tolerant!!) plants for the garden, or more mulch, or help getting the mulch down the long hallway.  There is no easy access to bring soil into the garden.

Allan said the secret to getting fundraisers is schmoozing, which we do not have time to do.

more weed blurred free Stella D'Oro

more weed blurred free Stella D’Oro and vinca

It was a relief to leave (even though I wanted more time to weed there, and more mulch, and a guarantee of good watering), and move on to the beautiful gardens at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

KBC fenced garden

KBC fenced garden

There, I removed a wheelbarrow full of weeds from the fenced garden (mostly the bad aster, which wants to be a good plant but is not).

out, bad aster

out, bad aster

I also pulled a fair amount of elephant garlic, vindicating owner Denny who has never liked it.  Its tall glaucous stems and Allium flowers have amused me greatly but suddenly there is far too much of it.

uh oh, too much!

uh oh, too much!

Why can’t the the gorgeous and expensive Alliums albopilosum and schubertii spread madly like this?  (And would I still love them if they did?)

by the greenhouse

a well behaved white Allium by the greenhouse

plants to go in

plants to go in

While I weeded and planted Cosmos (barely finding room to squeeze in three six packs), painted sage, a chocolate cosmos, and a petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’, Allan deadheaded the many spent narcissi around the property and did some weeding outside the fence.

by the pond

by the pond

trimmed ferns looking lovely now

trimmed ferns looking lovely now

one left out of three

one left out of three

We stopped next at Oman Builders Supply where I found several Alliums had been swiped.  Two were completely gone and the stems looked as if they had been cut, not broken.  Two were broken off and lying in the garden next to a footprint.  Whose shoe fits it?

I am sure that every public gardener makes a plan for what a garden will look like, and probably most of those plans are thwarted by finger blight.

With the larger Alliums, the frustration comes partly because the bulbs are rather expensive.

what a shame

what a shame

My favourite, Allium schubertii, is still there.

My favourite, Allium schubertii, is still there.

The first year, I went to the effort to plant Cosmos at the back of this small garden. I gave it up because it resulted in too much fretting about them getting enough water, and the perennials have filled in enough to make an attractive show on their own.  I contented myself with adding six painted sage in an empty space at one end of the garden.

OBS garden

OBS garden with Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

We finished our north end gardens of the day with the Wiegardt Gallery.  The many alliums there were undisturbed.

Wiegardt Gallery

Wiegardt Gallery

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Working in to the evening does provide a beautiful light in the garden.

Miscanthus, Aquilegia, Rhododendron

Miscanthus, Aquilegia, Rhododendron

Alliums

Alliums

Alliums

Wiegardt Gallery

lilac and the north facing studio windows

lilac and the north facing studio windows

While of course it would have been satisfying to get all the weeding and edging done, we had to head back down to Long Beach at 7 PM.  A few Salvia patens had been riding with us since yesterday and really needed to get their feet in the ground at the Veterans Field stage and Police Station planters.  I had wanted to add two to the Lewis and Clark square planter but realized it will fill in without them (unless I remove the architectural centerpiece of elephant garlic).  Downtown was jumping with exuberant people.   I felt so tired I was glad to get out of there.

We just had time to go to the Port of Ilwaco and plant some painted sage in the new garden on the south side of the office.  A few of the Saturday Market tents had already gone up.

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We did not stay for the sunset.  I had plants to sort out at home for tomorrow.

the view from the port office garden, 8:09 PM

the view from the port office garden, 8:09 PM

By dark I had tomorrow’s plants ready and a quick walk round the garden applying sluggo. That’s what they get for letting me see a couple slime their way across the dusky lawn.

Much as I long for, as I am sure Allan does too, a day OFF (for my own garden), tomorrow we will at least get the Ilwaco street planters planted up with some diascia I have here, and make a list of what else they need.  But first, Saturday is Market Day at the Port and then the local Coast Guard station is having an open house at Cape Disappointment.  There is an interesting view of Ilwaco from there that I have not seen for years, so we want to take time out to go.

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Today we went to one of the thrice yearly volunteer beach clean up events organized by the Grassroots Garbage Gang. We decided that instead of going to our usual spot on the Seaview approach or our second usual choice, Benson Beach, we would start at Beard’s Hollow. It’s the very south end of the beach that runs for (I think) 18 miles north and is a bit of a walk from the parking lot so is not as frequently cleaned. It used to be my beach walking destination when I lived in Seaview in 1993.

near the parking lot

near the parking lot

The trail used to be underwater until well into spring, causing me a lot of frustration after I moved to Ilwaco. I then found a trail up and over the big hill between me and the beach, crossing over where Discovery Heights is now, only to find that after about half an hour, when I got as far as Beard’s Hollow I could get no further without hip waders.

Since then, the Discovery Trail has been built and provides access to walkers and bicyclists year round.

Discovery Trail

Discovery Trail

beside the trail

beside the trail

licorice fern in tree

licorice fern in tree

Salmonberry

Salmonberry

still pool reflections

still pool reflections

skunk cabbage

skunk cabbage

I have read that in the UK, our native skunk cabbage is sold at a pretty price as an ornamental plant and is called “swamp lantern”. I don’t want to Google and find out it is not true. It is a gorgeous bog plant, but difficult to tranplant.

swamp lantern

swamp lantern

sword fern

sword fern (unpruned!)

When one gets to the really big rock, one is almost at the beach. The trees have grown considerably since I used to walk here.

the big rock

the big rock

Here is what the trail used to be like in winter; this is one of the roads through the dunes.

road around the rock

road around the rock

the rock

the rock

native stonecrop and blackberries

native stonecrop and blackberries

the rock

a small part of the rock

nature's moss garden

nature’s moss garden

At last, the beach…

to the beach

to the beach

The Coast Guard helicopter flew by.

Beard's Hollow fishing rocks

Beard’s Hollow fishing rocks

Someone had lost a bouquet, or tossed it overboard in a memorial service perhaps.

mystery flowers

mystery flowers

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flowers and fishing rocks

flowers and fishing rocks

The Beard’s Hollow fishing rocks have witnessed many dramatic scenes. When the tide comes in, human explorers are taken by surprise on the outer rocks and many have been rescued over the years.

rock full of birds

rock full of birds

rockscape

rockscape

clues that the tide does come in

clues that the tide does come in

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We found enough garbage in the next hour and a quarter to fill three large bags. People who drive down the beach to have a campfire…(and the beach is a legal highway, and in my opinion that is very regrettable) don’t even have to pack their garbage out on foot, so why do they leave it behind like this? Just throw it in the truck bed, folks!

campfire debris

campfire debris

They did at least put it all back in the packaging.

the south end of the long beach

the south end of the long beach

While it is satisfying to fill a bag with larger items, the tiny little bits of coloured plastic are especially bad for birds. They think it is food and fill themselves up and then starve.

It would take days to fill a back with these tiny pieces

It would take days to fill a back with these tiny pieces

I become obsessed with picking up each one but I know that many more are tumbled under the sand.

Far in the distance with the telephoto I could see folks in groups cleaning to the north.

cleaning crew

cleaning crew

People enter at each of the major beach approaches or walk out from their own streets. Most start at 9:30 AM but we usually manage to roll in at about 10:15. Today about 325 signed in.

We walked down as far as this shallow seasonal stream.

stream

stream

The one time I do like to see vehicles on the beach “highway” is when the volunteers come along to take our bags.

loaded with debris

loaded with debris

And then, back through the green along the beautiful trail.

a side trail around the big rock

a side trail around the big rock

bicyclists

passing the big rock

passing the big rock

more licorice ferns

licorice fern, a tree dweller

licorice fern, a tree dweller

Sambucus racemosa (red elderberry) has a tropical look.

Sambucus racemosa (red elderberry) has a tropical look.

elderberry grove

elderberry grove

moss and mushrooms

moss and mushrooms

The trail is a draw for bicyclists as it goes all the way from Ilwaco to north of Long Beach.

discovering the trail

discovering the trail

Discovery trail map

Discovery Trail map

We were just down at the Beard’s Hollow section. Click here for a larger view.

Next on our agenda: the volunteer soup feed reward halfway up the Peninsula at the Senior Center. Because we start late, and go late, we have been known to arrive for the very last bowls of soup, but today we arrived in time to have two choices, and we both chose clam chowder made by Steve of The Great Day Café.

soup reward for volunteers

soup reward for volunteers

The Senior Center is right next door to Golden Sands Assisted Living so we found it handy to check on all the new plants starts we planted yesterday, and I am happy to report they are all standing up tall…no wilting. Allan found this very nice monthly newsletter that shows how much they appreciate the courtyard garden.

from Golden Sands newsletter

from Golden Sands newsletter

Thus we segued into the work day and after going north past Nahcotta on the bay to pick up a free plastic pond (more on this later), we checked on Marilyn’s garden. My intention was to do nothing but deadhead the narcissi and move on, but oh dear…horsetail was on the march and had to be dealt with…and then my eye fell on a problem that had been bothering me for some time.

This giant Miscanthus had ended up in the foreground of the garden where it blocks the view of the Helianthus behind it. It bothers me every year.

This ornamental grass will get taller than me, and is in the wrong place.

This ornamental grass will get taller than me, and is in the wrong place.

I worried at it with the pick for a short while. Its roots are like iron. Allan decided to have a go so I went back to the horsetail, and returned to this satisfying result.

what an accomplishment

what an accomplishment!

It’s a challenge to find anything evergreen and tall to block the view of the neighbours’ driveway and garage because deer practically live in this garden…so I rely on tall deciduous plants.

Marilyn's today, looking north from back porch

Marilyn’s today, looking north from back porch

There is much to do here, especially since the plan is for this garden to be on the Peninsula garden tour in July of this year…but we had to move on to have time to check three more gardens.

At the Wiegardt Gallery, the lilac is close to bloom:

Wiegardt lilac

Wiegardt lilac

Tulip 'Lilac Wonder' opens wide in the faint sunshine.

Tulip ‘Lilac Wonder’ opens wide in the faint sunshine.

The narcissi are still looking fine, but how did scilla get into the garden? I most certainly did not plant it.

narcissi...and scilla

narcissi…and scilla

This thug will be bad news. I wonder if someone else planted some bulbs to be nice? Because they are so pretty.

the dreaded scilla invasion

the dreaded scilla invasion

I have three other thugs in this garden: sweet woodruff and the bad aster that came from who knows where, and geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ that I once thought a very fine plant indeed.

Eric’s brother sometimes plants a very choice treasure, and I am hoping that these Eremurus that he put in two years ago might flower this year.

Here's hoping for some foxtail lilies

Here’s hoping for some foxtail lilies…

We still have lots more to do at Wiegardt’s (sounds so familiar) but we had to get on to Klipsan Beach Cottages. On the way, we did a quick check up at Oman Builders Supply in Ocean Park.

There is the exciting new ‘Green Star’ tulip. Have I been calling it ‘Green Ice’?

You have to get Green Star against a dark background or it does not show up well.

You have to get Green Star against a dark background or it does not show up well.

It's a lily flowering tulip and a green tulip all at once.

It’s a lily flowering tulip and a green tulip all at once.

There were three but someone swiped one, and the finger blight evidence of twisted stem shows the person did not even have clippers but just worried the stem till the stolen tulip was theirs.

The shattered star shape of the stem is evidence...

The shattered star shape of the stem is evidence…

At Klipsan Beach Cottages, we had delegated a rhododendron removal job to another landscape business, and had not expected the end result to be a bed all askew and us with no time to fix it. My fantasy was that we would find the job all done. Silly. Realistically I probably should not have hoped that a backhoe would be brought in, huge rhododendrons pulled, and then the edging put back all nicey nice (by whom?) All we could do today was deadhead the narcissi and check for weeds. Next weekend we can deal with the other problem, maybe.

narcissi in cottage windowbox

narcissi in cottage windowbox

Tulip clusiana 'Lady Jane'

Tulip clusiana ‘Lady Jane’

in the garden

in the garden

In a pot I had six Tulip ‘Green Star’ and in this safe haven, no one had picked any.

Green Stars

Green Stars

Green Star

Green Star

The first year I saw this in the Van Engelen catalog, I waited too long to order and they had sold out. So it was a year and a half before I had it in bloom, and I am a little obsessed with it this month.

Green Star

Green Star

in the garden...

in the garden…

two matching pots

two matching pots

and some Blushing Ladies

and some Blushing Ladies

I wonder if this year at long last the Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal [not very] Giant’ will get the size I have seen it elsewhere. It has been sulking for three years.

still only as tall as a daylily

still only as tall as a daylily

sword fern...I like our pruned ones better than mother nature's messy ones!

sword fern…I like our pruned ones better than mother nature’s messy ones!

Lathyrus vernus from Joy Creek Nursery

at KBC: Lathyrus vernus from Joy Creek Nursery

A rain squall decided our stop time at KBC but by the time we got home, the sky had cleared again. I thought I was too cold, and extra tired from getting up “early” for beach clean up, and that all I had the oomph to do was look out the window.

back garden window view

back garden window view

Then I remembered the pond form and had to go think about where it might go.

It probably won't look very real...

It probably won’t look very real…

pondering

pondering

We decided to install it next to the boat. Because of my upcoming mini-vacation (why???) we won’t have time for awhile.

While I uploaded photos to the Grassroots Garbage Gang Facebook page, Allan mowed the lawn. He reports that it takes an hour and a quarter. Less than it did last year because of my winter expansion of the garden beds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The day started chilly but dry and with a chance of showers.  I optimistically pictured them as light and intermittent.   The knowledge that new plants had arrived at the Basket Case Greenhouse put me in a cheerful mood, as did the sight of the new-to-us tulip “Green Star’ in bloom in our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office.

Tulip 'Green Star'

Tulip ‘Green Star’

We headed north through Long Beach because we needed to buy some magnesium sulfate at The Planter Box.  (We apply it to roses at this time of year:  a cupful per rose to encourage basal breaks.)

Long Beach planter at the stoplight

Long Beach planter at the stoplight

At The Planter Box, I had the great pleasure of petting some baby ducks.

ducklings!

ducklings!

While we were at the Basket Case admiring the new plant acquisitions, the cold rain began.  Misty wore a fluffy pink coat and still shivered.

Walter and Misty

Walter and Misty

We filled our small car with wonderful plants, with me fretting to myself as usual that someone else would come along and get some of the best ones before I do.

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’!

From the Basket Case, we drove to Andersen’s RV Park and deadheaded the road box.  I suggested we drive on to points north because the sky looked just a bit light around the edges and the weather might improve as we traveled.  We traveled to Ocean Park and deadheaded a few narcissi from the Oman and Son Builders Supply garden.

OBS spring bulbs

OBS spring bulbs

and rain...

and rain…

The rain was not just wet but very chilly.   We decided to go north of Nahcotta to pick up a free composter that had been offered to us.  When we turned onto the residential road off Sandridge a memory surfaced from past work.

One summer before 2002, Robert and I had cared for the garden at the end of the road.  It had had a view of the bay from its deck and we had planted containers on the deck.  The new trendy plant at the time was Helichrysum petiolare and oh how I loved it.  Only later in the summer did I find out that the man of that household called it “that grey junk that she planted.”

I also had a strong memory of dropping a container of Soil Moist (the synthetic product we then used in pots;  now we use Zeba Quench, even though it is getting harder to find) on the lawn and having to pick up all the slippery little jelly pieces and then having to put a cone there so no one would walk on it and fall.  What an embarrassment!

not the best gardening memories!

not the best gardening memories!

Just to the left of the top of the driveway, our sad Soil Moist incident occurred.

And here is our wonderful new composter, a valuable acquisition.  It rotates.

nice composter

nice composter

Heading south again, we stopped at the Wiegardt Gallery to deadhead a few narcissi and plant a ‘Jade Frost’ Eryngium and a pine scented rosemary (intoxicating!).

Allan planting in the rain

Allan planting in the rain

We had piled our new plants on top of our raincoats and were still hoping the rain would stop.   The narcissi glowed in the grey weather and took my mind off being cold.

Narcissi

Narcissi

at Wiegardt Gallery

at Wiegardt Gallery

love the wee frilly cup!

love the wee frilly cup!

Narcissi and pine scented rosemary

Narcissi and pine scented rosemary

The rain washed away my enthusiasm for weeding the bed at the north end of the parking lot.  We decided an in-car Hawaiian barbecue feast might pass the time till the rain lifted so we stopped at Tu Tu’s Lunch Wagon in Ocean Park.

Tu Tu's

Tu Tu’s

During our car picnic the truth finally sunk in:  the rain had no intention of stopping.  We determined that we would at least get the narcissi deadheaded at Klipsan Beach Cottages and Andersen’s and then go on home.

Ocean Park interlude:  Why I dislike pampas grass:

so ugly if not cut back

so ugly if not cut back

But we love this driftwood fence and admire it every time we are in Ocean Park.

lovely

lovely

Then on to the deadheading at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

very wet

very wet

Oh how deeply thrilled I was to see that over the past week. Luis had mulched the fenced garden with the washed dairy manure from The Planter Box!  We are still behind on work so we are so glad to not have to do this.  What a beautifully detailed job he did, too.

mulched fenced garden

mulched fenced garden

a beautiful job by Luis

a beautiful job by Luis

stunning dark red tulips

stunning dark red tulips
Tulip 'Cool Crystal'

Tulip ‘Cool Crystal’

tulips

Tulips

Tulips

a returning tulip

a returning tulip

Most of the large KBC tulips are planted in pots and treated as annuals, but this particular tulip (above) has returned year after year in the garden.

Tulip

tulip

by the basement door

After attending to the house garden we walked across the drive to deadhead narcissi at the A Frame (one of the rentals when not occupied by its owners, Pete and Darlene).  Darlene wanted a vast show of narcissi in her woods garden so last fall we planted more, and more, and more…and finally this is the first year we got the breathtaking show that we wanted.  Enjoy:

entry to A Frame driveway

entry to A Frame driveway

A Frame garden A Callistemon blooms among the narcissi….

Narcissi

what a show!

what a show!

Allan had finally retrieved his raincoat from under the plants in the car and he toned will with the narcissi display.

Allan

narcissi and clam cleaning shed

narcissi and clam cleaning shed

The windowboxes on the cottages feature tiny species bulbs.  This will be the last year for the windowboxes;  they are being phased out and these bulbs will instead be displayed in some larger seasonal containers.  We all agree we’ll miss the windowboxes but they take too much time in the busy summer.

cottage windowbox

cottage windowbox

cottage windowbox

cottage windowbox

It’s nice to have the view of looking up into the faces of the flowers.  Sometimes they look back.

tulip

tulip

Owner Mary asked me to take some photos inside the cottages for the website…That made for a nice dry job for awhile while Allan continued to weed.

windowbox from inside

windowbox from inside

a wonderful place to stay

a wonderful place to stay

much more pleasant than out in the rain

much more pleasant than out in the rain

I fell in love with this valance in the cottage four kitchen.

I fell in love with this valance in the cottage four kitchen.

The cottages all have guest journals and I do so want to come up some winter day and read them all.  The last time I read them was the winter when Robert and I painted the cottages inside, to make some winter money, and that must have been before 2002.

room journal

room journal

guests from Russia!

guests from Russia!

and a recommendation

and a recommendation

Before we moved on from KBC, three more shots of the garden:

by the garage: Corokia cotoneaster

by the garage: Corokia cotoneaster

sword fern unfurling...the payoff for all the earlier cutting back

sword fern unfurling…the payoff for all the earlier cutting back

rhododendron and waterfall

rhododendron and waterfall

On the way back south I was sorry to have forgotten to even take a look at the Golden Sands Assisted Living garden….and our second visit of the year is so overdue…but we no doubt would have seen some big need that would have given me sleepless hours tonight.  We drove straight on to Andersen’s to deadhead the narcissi in the RV park.

west side garden

west side garden

Payson Hall planters

Payson Hall planters

tulips

tulips

Lorna will be thrilled that her tulips have almost popped, but the most thrilling sight of the entire day to me was that her sweet peas are up.  With the cold wet weather I have been terribly worried, having planted all the special seeds with no way to replace them if they failed.

Thank you, Mother Nature, for those teeny tiny sprouts.

Thank you, Mother Nature, for those teeny tiny sprouts.

The silver lining to the day is that although this blog entry took much longer than I thought it would, I may have time to read a few back entries of the Tootlepedal blog tonight.   I don’t know how he gets so much done and also writes such long blog entries each day.  Perhaps with practice at daily writing will come more speed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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