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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Two nights of poor sleep from assorted aches and pains did not dissuade me from willingness to work in a light drizzle.  I couldn’t stand not having the Fifth Street Park roses pruned. My usual goal is to have roses all pruned between Presidents Day and March 1.  This year, the weather has not been conducive.

Fifth Street Park

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tree garden nearby with primroses

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I pruned by the restroom entrance, with fish bicycle rack…before

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working from the Wiegel Cottage side. The restroom building also looks cottagey.

This fence has a double line of fence boards, making for a dead zone of rose canes inside.  Un-gettatable.

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The drizzle stopped soon into the job and we had pleasant weather until increasingly hard rain in the last half hour.

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after….the rose is ‘Super Dorothy’

Meanwhile, Allan removed a messy patch of hesperantha (formerly schizostylis).  They will come back, no doubt.

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He then pruned the Super Dorothy roses on the south fence.

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That white fence was erected by the hotel next door.  I predict it is going to get weedy between tall white fence and low concrete wall and that neither the hotel staff nor us will be able to get at said weeds.

I had turned my attention to weeding in the northwest quadrant of the park, where wildly invasive alliums are a problem.  For last year’s first clean up, in early 2016, Melissa and Dave had helped us.  She had gone after those alliums with much more determination to get every bulb.  I had been curious if her effort would pay off.  No, there were just as many as always.

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northwest quadrant, before

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damnable thread like alliums have fairly inconsequential flowers in summer.

Full disclosure: I may have planted a few clumps many years ago.  Sorry now, if so.

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a nice clump of ‘Ice Follies’ or some such

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after (but not done)

My former spouse had come by on his bike while I was weeding.  We’d had a good time commiserating about politics.

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I had gotten my hopes up about having time to also tidy the roses in Coulter Park…till the rain came.

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We were fairly well drenched.

While dumping debris at city works (where Allan did all the hard work), I was thrilled to see that the city now has a pile of mulch for us.  Perhaps if we have good weather tomorrow, we will do some mulching in Long Beach.

 

Ilwaco

On the way home, we scouted for pallets at a spot that sometimes has free ones.  We scored two.  Allan did all the heavy lifting.  The scavenging spot also had an unusual offering: a pile of driftwood, maybe cleaned off the shore bank at the marina.

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Got some good decorative pieces.

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We did not try for the wood in two big bins.

A block from home:

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Ocean Thunder and Ocean Lightning parked on Lake Street

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home with a good haul.  Have enough pallets now for the first bin. Need four more to make three bins.

I had planted a few lilies in Fifth Street Park and planted more at home.  The weather had gotten fine again.

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lily time

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planted with a bit of bulb food

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It has been windy.

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bogsy wood (Allan’s photo)

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work board tonight with just three pressing things

It won’t take long to re-fill the board when those last three spring clean up tasks are done.

 

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Long Beach

I had big plans to get four things crossed off the work list.  We started with the tree that has pesky rugosa roses and with the planter nearest to it.

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planter yesterday

After cutting out the poky thing by the bench, I felt inspired to remove as much hesperantha and tired old ornamental grass as possible.

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Allan helping with the biggest grass

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during

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Meanwhile, Allan went after the annoying patch of volunteer rugosa roses, roots and all.  (Because they are pesky and the roots run like fury, we will have to watch for returning sprouts.)

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before

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a thuggish rose

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after

Next, we wanted to polish off the first spring clean up of Fifth Street Park.

Allan started with the hydrangea in the southeast corner.

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before

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Allan’s photos: before

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after

I wanted the right hand one a little more upright.  Easy to fix later.

It was a busy day because of a three day weekend.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

My first project was the patch of hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) by the restroom.

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before

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after

By pulling a lot of the hesperantha, and getting its annoying self out of the other plants (like Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, which Allan clipped after the above photo), we will still have plenty for next fall while having a tidier garden bed now.

I did the same to the nearby street tree garden:

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before

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after

In a nearby planter, I found…

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a tiny painted rock

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and emerging tulip foliage.

The northwest quadrant of the park also got a hesperantha going-over.

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before

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after

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Here’s what it looks like on a good summer day. (This was in 2014.)

Allan had joined me before I finished.  We’d got caught in a torrent of rain but had an escape at hand.

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inside Captain Bob’s  Chowder

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looking out: clean up abandoned for half an hour

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delicious fish tacos (before applying a yummy creamy tequila sauce)

As the rain intensity decreased, my Dark Sky app was accurate about it stopping in 15 minutes.  The prediction of drizzle for the following hour was, happily, inaccurate.

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By the end of the rain squall, I knew we would only get two out of four planned projects done today.  The temperature had dropped and a chilly wind kicked up.  We went to the two northernmost blocks and finished the planters and street trees.

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crocuses and iris reticulata (Allan’s photo)

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Iris reticulata ‘Clairette’

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Iris reticulata

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crocuses

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more crocuses

In the last planter of the day, we cut back the escallonia. Why a volunteer, back in the day, planted Escallonia ‘Pink Princess’ in two of the planters is beyond me.  It would like to be at least 15 feet tall.  By chopping it hard now, I won’t have to be clipping it all summer long.

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halfway done

and I did NOT see that piece of trash till I looked at this photo!  (Later: Allan says he saw it and disposed of it.)

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done… The green santolina on each end also got clipped.

Before we dumped our full load of debris, I popped into NIVA green (my favourite shop).  Almost a month ago I had taken some photos for its Facebook page.  Every time I chose photos to post, I could not bear to post one of a copper clad “stump” because I wanted it for myself.  It was a bit pricey and yet it had haunted me. Would it still be there a month later?

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in mid January

Yes! Twice,  people had put holds on it and then not come back to pick it up.

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It is mine now!  (It’s hollow copper clad aluminium, I’m told, so probably not for outdoors.)

Just after we dumped our debris, as Allan was locking the gate of the city works yard, the rain returned.  Perfect timing.

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At home, I got to erase two items but not the pond and popouts.  Maybe tomorrow, or maybe not with wind and rain predicted.

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Skooter likes to turn on Allan’s computer, so Allan found something for him to watch.

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Ilwaco

Because Karla at Time Enough Books had a book to lend me, we started the workday at the port.  Allan did a bit of clipping:

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before clipping one tatty old Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

I picked up the book and had a chat with Karla.  She’s noticed that I read a lot of non fiction on social justice topics.

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the book in question, an advance reading copy

I will get to it as soon as I finish reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

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Bookstore staff member Scout looks more worried that she is.

Depot Restaurant

Our first big work mission was the clipping of ornamental grasses around the dining deck of the Depot.

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before, south and east sides of deck

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giant miscanthus (Allan’s photo)

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before (Allan’s photos)

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after

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after

We also got the one miscanthus at the house next door (which is the office for the restaurant).

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Allan’s photos: before

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after

Just as we were about to leave, Todd showed up to work on the garden of the Hobbit Haven.

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I love the Depot’s next door neighbours’ sign.

Long Beach

Allan and I devoted the rest of the day to Long Beach.

First, City Hall, before and after (all Allan’s photos):

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west side, before

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after

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passersby

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I decided this hebe needed clipping because the office staff likes to see out.

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just starting…took it 2/3 of the way down.

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after

Next came the southwest quadrant of Fifth Street Park.  Allan did all of that project for today.

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I asked Allan to leave the hesperantha (used to be schizostylis; Todd reminded me of the name change when we saw him earlier in the day) for me to clean up, because I know there are some delicate sprouts of Camassia in there.  Last year they almost got clipped; Melissa was helping that day and is the one who saved them.  I’ll get to this area tomorrow.

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after. We’ll prune the roses soon.

Meanwhile, I took the green wheelie bin around two blocks worth of planters.

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Iris reticulata…’Eye Catcher’, I think

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crocuses and a couple of iris

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more crocuses

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and more crocuses

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an annoying amount of HESPERANTHA in a planter.  No time for pulling today.

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same planter.  Poky nasty yucca?? thing? keeps coming up by the sitting bench.  Its roots go deep.  Will clip back later, need big loppers to get the trunk way down low.  Why??  Planted by original volunteer, as is all of this particular planter.

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skipped this tree till tomorrow.  I have much regret for not yanking out the very first bit of rugosa rose that volunteered in here.

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I was cutting back santolinas to the new growth at the base.  Had skipped the ones across the street so as not to overwhelm wheelie bin with debris.

For the same reason, I had skipped a tree near Fifth Street.  When I rejoined Allan, his park project was done.  He tidied under this tree while I addressed some dead gaura stems in the northeast quadrant of Fifth Street Park.

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tree garden before.

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after, with hesperantha still to tidy up

Hesperantha spreads like fury.  It’s best to just yank out a lot of it, and you’ll still have enough.

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me, gaura debris, and the wheelie bin

Together, after moving the van and trailer, Allan and I tackled one more tree garden and the planter I had skipped because of debris hauling limitations.

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Allan’s tree project, with Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’, before

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after

In the planter, I was going to do patient santolina clipping to the new growth.

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Then I saw a tuft way down at soil level.

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That particular santolina might be 15 years old.  I decided to cut off all the big stems and see what happens!

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did the same thing to one of three on the other side….

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I might be sorry later.

On the way home, we drove past the Port of Ilwaco curbside gardens.  I reflected on the many grasses and sedums needing to be cut back.  Our last task, at sunset, was to pick up a piece of litter.

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Allan’s photo, looking west down Howerton

At home: Still can’t cross off Fifth Street till the hesperantha and one big hydrangea are dealt with. Can’t cross off street trees and planters because we have more to do.  However, I had the pleasure of erasing City Hall and the Depot.

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Goal for tomorrow, if weather allows: Finish Fifth Street and the street trees and planters and the pop outs and the pond.  Much glorious erasing could end a day like that.

 

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Monday. 7 November 2016

Our mission today was to finish still more fall clean up.

Long Beach

Fifth Street Park was first on the agenda.  We did not know for sure if the Christmas sea serpent would be installed at the top of the fence on the northwest side.  Allan got the area ready just in case.  His photos:

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At the last minute, I decided he should not cut that one big miscanthus.  It still looks good, and balances the ones on the other side.  It is the last of several that were on the north side.  They were removed because the businesses behind them did not like the blocked visibility.

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south side of the park where visibility is not an issue

The other grass that Allan did chop all the way looked tatty and was more in the way of the dragon.  I mean sea serpent.  I always think of it as a dragon.

Here's a photo from last year.

Here’s a photo from a previous Christmas.

Sadly for us, Captain Bob's Chowder was closed today.

Sadly for us, Captain Bob’s Chowder was closed today.

Meanwhile, I tackled the south east quadrant of the park.

 

before: Darmera peltata and Gunnera

before: Darmera peltata and Gunnera

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darmera roots saved for MaryBeth

darmera roots saved for MaryBeth

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after, with a blue spotlight

after, with a blue spotlight

Now the city crew will easily be able to clean out the pond.

We both worked on a difficult rectangular bed in southwest quadrant.  It is rooty, soggy, and always a misery to weed.

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Geranium 'Rozanne' still blooming

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ still blooming

lots of debris (Allan's photo)

lots of debris (Allan’s photo)

cosmos blooming in the City Works debris pile.

cosmos blooming in the City Works debris pile.

At home, we watched some telly.  Stressful suspense about the election was foremost in my mind.  As I write this five days later, to be published a week later, I am glad I was not too hopeful that a progressive government devoted more more than less to human rights would win. You know how that turned out.  Sleep eluded me for the most part.

In good news:

 

The work list is getting smaller.

The work list is getting smaller.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Nov 7: Received firewood in pouring rain ($75.00).  They insisted it was dry.  Del Lord offered a tarp—much appreciated as the tarp I planned to use was very wet.

1997 (age 73):

Nov 7:  I did paperwork so got a late start outside.  So I only worked a couple of hours.  I planted a few tulips in the patio and UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed].  I pulled scads of sweet woodruff and cut back several perennials and weeded so at least the UDFB is put to bed for the winter.  Later I’ll add some mulch.  Also stepped on Hardy Fuchsia shrub.  Damn.

1998 (age 74):

Nov 7: Noon-6:00  Peeled apples all afternoon, and got 10 more pints canned slices.

Next week:

  • Clean the rest of the pots and containers
  • Plant Park Seed perennials
  • Start planting container bulbs
  • Cut back all plants that have frozen

 

 

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The storm forecast for Thursday through Friday changed my work plan to a two day work week.  There seemed no point at all in doing any special tidying or grooming when the news told us all would probably be blown to bits tomorrow.

Port of Ilwaco

We planted a tall clumping aster start (from Jo’s) at the boatyard garden.

beautiful warm autumn weather at the boatyard

beautiful warm autumn weather at the boatyard

a boat coming in

a boat coming in

Some pink flowered strawberries thinned out from Mike’s garden were planted by Allan into a curbside garden by Ilwaco Freedom Market (the new marijuana shop) while I made a delivery of a random bouquet to Salt Hotel for an event they are having this evening (a talk about salt-making).  We won’t be attending the first Salty Talk of the season because we planned to be working till dark to get as much done as possible before the storm.

for Salt Hotel

for Salt Hotel

Salt Hotel courtyard

Salt Hotel courtyard

Salt courtyard sit spot

Salt courtyard sit spots and greenery

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I miss going to the pub; I have felt more like reading than being social beyond our weekly dinner with Dave and Melissa.

The Depot Restaurant

We did just some light deadheading at The Depot (and delivered the big helianthus clump for sous chef Jamie).

autumnal Depot garden

autumnal Depot garden

I bet these cosmos will be taken down by the storm.

I bet these cosmos will be taken down by the storm.

The Planter Box

A quick stop at The Planter Box garnered two lavenders for the planter we cleared yesterday.

pumpkins are in

pumpkins are in

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and gourds

and gourds

chrysanthemums

chrysanthemums

and chickens! (Allan's photo)

and chickens! (Allan’s photos)

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errands

We delivered a sign to Kathleen’s cottage….

Allan installing

Allan installing

We bypassed our next job to go to Jack’s Country Store and get a one burner camp stove so we can have coffee and soup if the power goes out.

Jack's had a whole display ready for the storm.

Jack’s had a whole display ready for the storm.

I had to push to get my storm prep errands done.  For some reason, Allan, despite his boy scout youth, does not share my urge to “be prepared”, perhaps because every huge predicted storm since 2007 has fizzled out.  My memories of the long power and telephone (land line and mobile!) phone outages of the 2007 Great Coastal Gale inspired me to at least want a little stove that will make a cup of coffee and a bowl of soup.  (New blog idea:  Allan reads these posts after I write them but before they publish.  He can add his rebuttals in italics!)

We then went on to our one big job of the day…

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We clipped perennials and pulled annuals rather than tidying and grooming.

Allan's photos: Shasta daisies before...

Allan’s photos: Shasta daisies before…

and after clipping

and after clipping; we don’t like leaving sharp little stem stubs.  Allan particularly excels at clipping TO the ground.

Mary asked me to prune back her beloved ‘Jude the Obscure’ climbing rose so that it will not rock loose in the wind.

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’ last June

That inspired me to do a big project: cutting a heavy umbrella of  ‘Climbing Cecile Brunner’ rose clambering up through a large bay tree, making a huge umbrella that would catch the wind.  Mary had already agreed that the bay could be cut low to new growth this fall, giving more light to another favourite rose of hers, ‘Polka’, that has gotten overshadows.  I am hoping we can prune the bay in a clever way like the one in THE Oysterville garden.  Denny came along with his chainsaw to cut the bay down to its new growth, as had been planned for sometime this fall.  Meanwhile, Mary had gone to stock up on groceries and bottled water (KBC is on a well so if the power is out there is no running water) and the owners of the A frame next door went out to buy a generator for the upcoming storm.

This gave me an idea for the bay tree at Klipsan Beach Cottages!

The bay tree at the Oysterville gave me an idea for the bay tree at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

Here is the KBC garden last week with bay and roses gone rampant in the background:

last week

last week

Denny attacks the bay.

TodayL Denny attacks the bay; I had already cut and pulled out some roses.

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after

The wobbly oldest section of old fence could blow down.  At least now it won’t be tangled with large branches.

the sit spot

the sit spot, after

The rose got his face and hand.

The rose got Denny’s face and hand.

our debris (Allan's photo)

our debris (Allan’s photo)

looking in the east gate

looking in the east gate

bird bath view

bird bath view

Long Beach

I was inspired to think we might clip back some ‘Super Dorothy’ roses from a similar wooden fence in Fifth Street Park.  When we arrived there, I couldn’t bear to do it.  The roses are still blooming.

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Rose ‘Super Dorothy’

from behind the fence

‘Super Dorothy’ rose from behind the fence

If the severe storm does not materialize (as often happens after dire warnings), perhaps the roses might bloom for another month.

I had checked the weather again and learned that THURSDAY might have 80 mph winds.  I had thought Thursday would be a normal storm, about 50 mph winds, and Saturday would be the bad one.  As I got anxious to get home for some storm prep, all we did in the park was cut back two clumps of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.

Allan's photos: Helianthus before

Allan’s photos: Helianthus before

and after

and after

I think this will be all windblown by next Monday.

I think this will be all windblown by next Monday.

We rewarded ourselves with pastries from The Cottage Bakery….

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; They were out of Tiger Paws!

…and hurried home with an hour of daylight to spare.  I cut back some Solanum (blue potato vine) from my window, hoping to keep it from banging against the glass, pulled the tomato plants out of the greenhouse and put some tender plants in.  Allan did enough honeysuckle pruning to get the back greenhouse door to shut tight.  At dusk, from inside my room, I saw I still have not cut enough potato vine.  It will have to do unless I have time before the storm to trim some more tomorrow.

With 80 mph wind predicted for tomorrow, I think that our North Beach Garden Gang dinner might not happen.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 12:  Bought 2 bales of straw from Dels.  I laughed at myself trying to get them out of car, into wheelbarrow, and into the garage.  They are quite a bit larger than the “loaves of bread” kind we used to see in fields.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 12: It was rainy so I worked taking care of ripe tomatoes and apples.  I dried 3 trays of tomatoes and made 5 pints of applesauce.  I picked up some more fallen apples.

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Ilwaco

During gardening season, picking up our mail always involves a bit of weeding and deadheading at our volunteer garden at the post office.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

post office garden

post office garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

pink California poppies

pink California poppies

We drove to the fire station to check on the water needs of the planter there, which is under the eaves and gets no rain.  I looked again at the garden areas that I keep thinking of taking over as a volunteer…especially now that we have been fired (or I suppose I could say REPLACED) at Golden Sands and therefore have an extra two hours a week.  I walked all round looking for a hose faucet and found none anywhere near the gardens, except for one down in a hole in the sidewalk that is turned off.  The lack of water, and the thought that I might be crazy to take on a new project while needing a new knee, put the kibosh on the idea for now…along with the fact that it is getting late to transplant free plants.

one of the areas that calls out to me...north wall, under wide eaves...

one of the areas that calls out to me…north wall, under wide eaves…

and the other...southwest corner, sunny

and the other…southwest corner, sunny

The station deserves a volunteer garden because the firefighters themselves are volunteers.

We did a bit of weeding at Time Enough Books (Allan's photo)

We did a bit of weeding at Time Enough Books (Allan’s photo)

and some weeding and planting at the Community Building, which got some Sedum 'Autumn Joy' starts and a couple of sanguisorbas that had come out of my garden to make room for my mom's copper rose.

and some weeding and planting at the Community Building, which got some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts and a couple of sanguisorbas that had come out of my garden to make room for my mom’s copper rose. (Allan’s photo)

free plants going in

free plants going in

Long Beach

Today was the first day for liquid fertilizing of the Long Beach planters.

As we secured an excellent parking spot by Fifth Street Park, my eyes zoomed in on something that really bugged me.

Do you notice what is wrong?

Do you notice what is wrong?

The old lavender in the planter kitty corner, that I had cut back to improve traffic sight lines earlier this spring, is so dead inside.  So ugly.  I planted another small lavender in front of it in hopes of hiding the horror.  I can’t wait, so I asked Allan if he could dig the big old one out after he did his portion of the watering rounds.

lavender on left is glaringly hideous

lavender on left is glaringly hideous

In the first planter that I watered, I found half of the Lollipop lilies broken off.

What happened here?

What happened here?

I just philosophically picked them up and threw them out.  Now the planter is all out of symmetry.

Lilies remain on the other side.

Lilies remain on the other side.

This is one of the planters with a planting scheme left over from volunteer days, with an aggressively running rose that is too vigorous for the planter (beautiful right now when in its once-blooming stage).  I don’t plant lilies in the planters because their foliage, while dying back, is unattractive.  To have them broken off just in full bud is a darn shame.  Oh well!

Right about that time, Todd drove by and called out “You guys rock!”.  That was nice.

Also nice: I had unearthed a pair of my favourite clippers, the ones Fred Meyer stopped carrying.

Also nice: I had unearthed a pair of my favourite clippers, the ones Fred Meyer stopped carrying.  I wish I could find these to buy somewhere.

a Long Beach planter (Allan's photo)

a Long Beach planter (Allan’s photo)

In Fish Alley, I came upon the city crew hard at work making a big sandbox.  There will be sand castles built here by expert builders every weekend this summer.

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Parks Manager Mike driving the back hoe.

Parks Manager Mike driving the back hoe.

While bucket watering the four barrels in Fish Alley, I discovered that the two barrels at the west end of the alley had once again had every edging plant stolen. I told Mike it’s not from lack of trying that those barrels look blah.  One of the crew pointed out that all the lower light bulbs on the poles at the alley entrance had been stolen.  You can see the results in the first photo of the crew, above, and below.

light bulbs almost all gone!

light bulbs almost all gone!

This is not a crazy crime ridden town.  Yet things like this are so frustrating.  I told the crew that I had just had a brainstorm:  I am going to stuff the back two barrels with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ which is easily replaced with divisions if the plants get stolen.  It is the perfect plant for that: drought tolerant, so divisible, and yet not invasive or impolite toward other plants.  No more special plants for whomever is repeatedly stealing there.

Outside Wind World Kites, I joined in on petting the Mighty Quinn, whose tail never stopped wagging.  Quinn is so big and only two years old.

Quinn and the Kite Guy

Quinn and the Kite Guy

Quinn’s predecessor was a good friend of Tank, the kite shop mascot dog, and after Tank died of old age, his buddy used to check out Tank’s “office” in the back of the shop to see if maybe Tank was there.

Tank in his office

my very good friend Tank in his office, years ago

Allan finished watering and accomplished his lavender removal project.  His photos:

before

before

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He moved the new small lavender into the space.

He moved the new small lavender into the space.

after

after

I’d like to redo that whole planter and get the curly teucrium and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ out of it—both too invasive—but not this spring.

Allan's photo by Hungry Harbor Grille

Allan’s photo by Hungry Harbor Grille

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Walking by the park on Third Street reminded me that Mike had asked me to prune the hydrangeas by the bench.  After watering, Allan and I parked by there and did so.

after pruning. The hydrangeas had been blossoming through the back and seat of the bench.

after pruning. The hydrangeas had been blossoming through the back and seat of the bench.

A fellow smoking by the fence told me he had picked some flowers (rhododendrons, I believe) from the park and then felt he had done something wrong.  I was touched by his confession and gave him the hydrangea flowers I had needed to cut.  He was ever so pleased.

At the back of the park: aegepodium. DO NOT ever plant it! and tall fireweed. I left the fireweed, remembering that in the UK it goes by the lovely name rosebay willowherb.

At the back of the park: aegepodium. DO NOT ever plant it! and tall fireweed. I left the fireweed, remembering that in the UK it goes by the lovely name rosebay willowherb and is much admired.

Allan bucket watering the stage planters at Veterans Field

Allan bucket watering the stage planters at Veterans Field

We have a lot of little things to remember to do in Long Beach in order to keep plants alive and happy.

Eschscholzia californica 'White Linen' and Salvia 'May Night' in vet field corner garden

Eschscholzia californica ‘White Linen’ and Salvia ‘May Night’ in vet field corner garden

We had saved the northern two blocks of planter fertilizing till late afternoon.  I took a break  to go into NIVA green and get some more photos for the shop’s Facebook page.

front window, NIVA green

front window, NIVA green

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Heather Ramsay’s lamps

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a seat for a miniature garden

a seat for a miniature garden

doggies

doggies

Heather has the most artistic selection of greeting cards around.  I had a birthday gift certificate from Todd burning a hole in my wallet and I decided a wide selection of cards would be the perfect things to spend it on.

owl card

owl card

many choices throughout the shop

many choices throughout the shop

Allan's photo by Dennis Company

Allan’s photo by Dennis Company

Back to Fifth Street Park Allan and I went to get some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.  I planted all the rest of my sweet pea seeds, tired of packets floating around the house with just a few seeds in each.  It is crazy late to plant, I know.

looking toward the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park

looking toward the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park

When I took the above photo, I did not even remember that it was the planter whose lilies had been broken off on the north side.  That’s because I was being all philosophical about plant damage today.

Fifth Street Park, NW corner

Fifth Street Park, NW corner

Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage) (Allan's photo)

Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage) and the first lily (Allan’s photo)

We dumped our debris and got some soil from the city yard and went to Fish Alley to replant the stripped out two barrels.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' on the move (Allan's photo)

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ on the move (Allan’s photo)

Fish Alley replanting (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley replanting (Allan’s photo)

Because we still had time in our day, we went to the Bolstad approach to remove some of the clover that had turned out to have boring, lax white flowers.

the silver Pacific Ocean, end of the Bolstad approach (Allan's photo)

the silver Pacific Ocean, end of the Bolstad approach (Allan’s photo)

clover attack

clover attack

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photos)

and after

and after

I worked on pulling grasses from among the roses.  As I approached the nearby planter, I let out a bellow and all thoughts of being philosophical flew away.

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!

That hole marks where a brand new perfectly shaped santolina had been planted within the past month, to match its brother on the other side of the planter.

Now its brother is all alone.

Now its brother is all alone.

utterly maddening

utterly maddening

The fairy door at the base of the planter had not protected it nor had the little green soldier that Allan found in the planter itself.

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I looked around to make sure no tourists or children were nearby and then let out a string of swearing and imprecations against plant thieves.  To anyone looking from the distant hotel windows, I must have looked like a cartoon character hopping about and waving my arms in rage.

hopping mad!!

hopping mad!!

This is why the beach approach planters look so sparse.  I plant repeatedly, and choice new additions are repeatedly stolen.  I suspect it might be just one person, maybe the same one also stealing in Fish Alley, who is furnishing quite a nice little garden somewhere.  I have no idea who.  Someone who knows good plants and only takes the choicest ones. Perhaps they think I will just replace the plant.  Well, no, because now every nursery on the Peninsula is sold out of it.  I found a small specimen of a different santolina cultivar at ground level, where I had stuck in some cuttings earlier this year.

It would have been swamped by resprouting roses anyway.

It would have been swamped by resprouting roses anyway.

into the planter it goes...maybe won't be stolen as is not impressive.

into the planter it goes…maybe won’t be stolen as is not impressive.

On the other side of the sidewalk, I noticed that someone had stolen one of the fairy doors, breaking it off in the process of prying it from the driftwood.

gone!

gone!

Wendy Murry had sent me this photo of it on May 15th.

Wendy Murry had sent me this photo of it on May 15th.

All thoughts of being philosophical had disappeared and I was back to being a crabby gardener.

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The Crabby Gardener by Don Nisbett, an art idea suggested, oddly enough, by someone who knows me.

In better news:  The beach approach was so easy to weed now that we got two sections done in less than an hour and stopped work at the eight hour day mark.

It should be easy to do a weeding of the rest of the approach, maybe just a one day job.

It should be easy to do a weeding of the rest of the approach, maybe just a one day job.

at home

the garden at 8 PM

the garden at 8 PM

I moved my kitty statue from near the greenhouse over to Mary’s grave after suddenly realizing how much it looks like Mary.

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Mary herself

Mary herself

Rose 'Mary Rose' planted on her grave

Rose ‘Mary Rose’ planted on her grave

Mary Rose, picked for a closer look

Mary Rose, picked for a closer look

and to float in my mom's birdbath

and to float in my mom’s birdbath


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

On this day in 1995, my father went into the hospital with a heart problem.  The diary entries from May 23 through June of that year will appear in one post at the end of this month.

1997 (age 73):

May 23:  Don [her neighbor helping get ready for a garage sale] 12:00-3:00.  We sorted the rest of the boxes from garage shelves.  I found some pink dishes that might match Skyler’s dishes and several pieces of colored glass to put on kitchen shelf over sink.  Sorted through flower seeds for ones to direct seed.

1998 (age 74):

May 23: Cool wet dreary—too lousy weather to go outside so I planted seeds—for several hours.  I keep switching trays between heating mats on the card table and Floralight.  The Jazz swept the Lakers.

 

 

 

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Again, sleep eluded me upon awaking early and remembering the Job in Jeopardy.  Today, I should get an answer, I thought, with the tiniest sip of ZZZquil so I could get back to sleep and not have to function on only four hours…a solution I prefer to avoid but sleep was required. 

at home:  Allan loading the trailer with buckets of water for burbling potted plants before planting

at home: Allan loading the trailer with buckets of water for burbling potted plants before planting

burble water

burble water

Kindly note that we provide water to several jobs, from our tap, even during April and May when Ilwaco water is monitored for an averaging that affects our bill year round.  I point this out because of those two businesses that will not let us use water from their taps to help out certain curbside gardens.  We probably contribute over 200 gallons of water a month during planting time from our metered water to various gardening jobs (mostly Long Beach and Ilwaco).  Stopping to fill from a tap at the jobs themselves would add too much time to an already harried schedule.

We got a lovely and cheering card in the mail, from the post office itself.   I’m glad because lately I’ve been wondering if some people who don’t recognize unusual plants just see our volunteer post office garden as a mess.


The Depot Restaurant

We planted cosmos, and watered because the sprinkler system doesn’t hit the front of the garden.

Allan's photo; planting posture

Allan’s photo; planting posture

tall Cosmos 'Sensation' going in (Allan's photo)

tall Cosmos ‘Sensation’ going in (Allan’s photo)

weeding (Allan's photo)

weeding (Allan’s photo)

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cosmos in place along the front of the garden

cosmos in place along the front of the garden

the very last tulips: 'Night Rider'.

the very last tulips: ‘Night Rider’ (left)

looking south

looking south

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

south side of dining deck; hurry up, grasses!

south side of dining deck; hurry up, grasses!  I need enclosure by Memorial Day weekend!

Nancy Aust of the Basket Case had planted up the window boxes and barrels on the north side of the restaurant.  I asked Allan to take some photos while I made a plant list.

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Long Beach

We finished planting the five planters we hadn’t got done yesterday along with the tall Cosmos ‘Sensation’ in Fifth Street Park.

Sambucus 'Black Lace' in Fifth Street Park (Allan's photo)

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ in Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

Sambucus 'Black Lace' (Allan's photo)

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ (Allan’s photo)

Our friend Barbara stops by to compliment our work.  Thank you!

Our friend Barbara stops by to compliment our work. Thank you!

window display at my favourite shop. NIVA green

window display at my favourite shop. NIVA green

With Long Beach planting of the day done, we headed north, and picked up more plants on the way.

The Planter Box

The Planter Box is a farm and feed supply store as well as a plant nursery.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan thought these chicks looked like they were synchonized dancing, like The Temptations.

Allan thought these chicks looked like they were synchonized dancing, like The Temptations.

The Basket Case Greenhouse

I got myself one each of the colored callas.

I got myself one each of the colored callas.

red calibachroa for the Red Barn planters

red calibachroa for the Red Barn planters

These baskets will be completely covered with flowers soon.

These baskets will be completely covered with flowers soon.

Diane’s garden

We didn’t get to Diane’s garden till after four, much later than I had hoped.

sorting out and burbling plants in the pasture next to Diane's

sorting out and burbling plants in the pasture next to Diane’s

Allan planted cosmos along the streetside garden while I planted up the many containers by the back porch.

Alliums in the curbside garden (Allan's photo)

Allium albopilosum in the curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

Allium schubertii (center0 and albopilosum (Allan's photo)

Allium schubertii (center0 and albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

soaking the very dry streetside garden (Allan's photo)

soaking the very dry streetside garden with new cosmos and cosmos reseeded from last year (Allan’s photo)

streetside garden (Allan's photo)

streetside garden with Stipa gigantea (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

meanwhile....the planting of annuals in pots (Allan's photo)

meanwhile….the planting of annuals in pots (Allan’s photo)

Diane likes all pastels, blues, whites, pinks.  (Allan's photo)

Diane likes all pastels, blues, whites, pinks. (Allan’s photo)

Allan helped by picking up pots and sweeping up.

By now it was 7 PM and we still had the Red Barn to do.

I had been checking my phone regularly during the day and I realized that I was NOT going to get the promised call with a decision about the Job in Jeopardy.  I was too tired to fret about that…much.

stuffed full and well watered

stuffed full and well watered

The Red Barn

Fortunately, we only had 15 plants to plant at the Red Barn…12 red calibrachoa and the three Salvia ‘Hot Lips’.

Red Barn garden has seven barrels in all.  (Allan's photo)

Red Barn garden has seven barrels in all. (Allan’s photo, at dusk)

tatty old Erysimums got replaced with Salvia 'Hot Lips' because I have used up every good looking Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' for sale on this whole Peninsula.

tatty old Erysimums got replaced with Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ because I have used up every good looking Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ for sale on this whole Peninsula.

All day long I had thought we would get done in time to plant up the Ilwaco planters and water the boatyard and part of the port gardens.  It was not to be…as everything took longer than I wanted today.  So we will have to work on Saturday in Ilwaco, not the worst fate as that will be close to home. By the time we got done dealing with plants at home today, it was completely dark.

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1997 (age 73):

May 13:  Started weeding in lower driveway.  Brought the begonia baskets that were nearly blooming out to the porch.  Also brought the “window boxes” out.  Moved the pots that were through blooming and made room for begonias on RR ties.  [Stacked ties formed the edge of the patio.]

1998 (age 74):

May 13:   I continued removing violet leaves and soon ran out of glasses to root them in so I tried a new way.  I used two trays each with 8 of the 5″ pots each with 9 sections.  I filled trays halfway with water and filled each section with my peat moss and vermiculite plant mix and then put 4 or 5 leaves into each section.  2 trays with 8 pots = 16 each pot with 9 sections = 288 each section with 5 (or more) = 720 leaves.

 

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