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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Other than having to go take photos of the Ilwaco fireworks (for a Facebook page that I administrate), I planned to spend the weekend at home, hoping to accomplish some weeding and compost sifting.

Saturday, I was on day three of feeling like I had an ear infection (which used to be chronic) and I did not garden much at all. I did try, but with 70 F weather, it was too hot for me to enjoy the outdoors.  I stayed in and finished my Hardy Plant Study Weekend blog series and had a good visit, in person, with Our Kathleen.

Of course, I was stressed that my little ear infection might turn big and make me miss the Grayland/Markham garden tour which is the garden touring high point of my year.

Frosty helped me blog.

At dusk, we went out to take the fireworks photos.

front garden sky (Allan’s photo)

A few favourites:

waiting

High tide made for good reflections.

While I staked out my favourite spot on the dock bridge with a good reflective view, Allan walked around on the docks in the dark.  Without falling in.

These guys were dancing to music up on their boat.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Allan went boating in Grayland, which you can read about on his blog.  He also succeeded, after quite a quest, into getting us tickets there for the Grayland/Markham garden tour!

Upon arising quite late and well rested (unusual!), I went out on the porch to rinse off my foot after stepping barefoot in a small pile of cat york.  On the way back in, I caught my little toe on the door frame, badly.  With my weird knee, sometimes I just do not know where my foot is anymore.

Never have I had a wee toe pain so extreme. The pain made me think for awhile I had broken it and made gardening impossible for the day, so….I worked on getting caught up on my blog, fretting that my toe would make it difficult to tour the Grayland/Markham gardens on July 14th. Finally, I consulted Dr Google and realized I should be icing my toe.  By the end of a day of icing, it was almost better.

So no gardening got done at all this weekend except for hobbling out on Sunday to turn on and off almost all of the sprinklers.

During my 6 PM sprinkler walk, I did take some photos.

Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel’

edge of the bogsy wood

Iris ensata in the bogsy wood

plant table in progress

Paul Bonine (Xera Plants) admired this fuchsia when he visited earlier this week.

astilbes

more astilbes

Luma apiculata beginning to bloom

bench in waiting

Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’

I have not had time lately to write here about reading.  I have finished Mirabel Osler’s memoir about her life, not just about gardening.  I recommend it to anyone bereaved.  More on it some time later….and have begun an astonishingly good book by her friend Katherine Swift.  I only have time to read a chapter or part of a chapter a day during these long summer evenings.

Real time alert: The Wade and Spade Garden Tour in Tillamook is coming up July 21st.  You can read about it here.  This tour happens only every other year.

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

We took advantage of much of what our town had to offer today.  Earlier in the week, while weeding the port gardens to get them spiffing for today’s events, I had had that feeling of being smitten with love for this little town.  The first Saturday in July is always special here, with probably the biggest Saturday market of the year followed by a fireworks extravaganza at the port in the evening.

Ilwaco Saturday Market

Knowing that the Pink Poppy Bakery booth would be at the market today is part of what drew us down there.  (Baker Maddy is pregnant and therefore not doing every week of market this summer.)

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in one of our port gardens (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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The lines were long at the food booths.

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plants for sale

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at one of the plant booths

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the cutest booth of all

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port office garden

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tied as a result of recent windstorm

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Purly Shell Fiber Arts spinning demonstration

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Frilly lamps at Suzy Q’s Magical Glass

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Salt Hotel and Pub

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booths with a view

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Charter fishing

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fresh produce

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Northwest Naturals

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Northwest Naturals

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another garden booth

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Blue Coast Farm

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another booth featuring plants.

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Pink Poppy: I acquired two slices of the marble chocolate cake, second from left.

As I walked home, I sadly contemplated the really bad pruning in the Lost Garden.

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sad

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Why do inexperienced pruners feel they just have to hack at shrubs and trees?

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I paused next door to pet Old Man Rudder.

At home, I fortified myself with a slice of Maddy’s pound cake in order to accomplish an afternoon gardening  project.  But that’s all there is about gardening in this post.  We’re going to jump straight to 8 PM and the evening’s events.

Fireworks at the Port of Ilwaco

The evening’s festivities started with a special bonus: a performance of renowned Astoria band Holiday Friends in the courtyard at Salt Hotel.

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Holiday Friends.  They were good.

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I was pleased to see books at the table next to me.

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Allan’s photo, featuring our curbside garden

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appreciative audience

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Salt Pub’s kitchen pass shows that the restaurant was busy.

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I popped into Time Enough Books…

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…to say hi to owner Karla and to store mascot Scout.

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in Time Enough Books

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port office garden

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Don Nisbett Art Gallery

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Our dear friends Jenna and Don

Darling Jenna made both me and Allan delicious tacos, saving us from standing in line at the popular food booths that had stayed on after Saturday market.

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Thank you, Jenna!

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classic fairway treat

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a growing crowd as dusk settles in

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Smoked Salmon Chowder (Allan’s photo)

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This chowder is delicious (Allan’s photo)

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good accessorizing

Allan walked out on the docks and gleaned some lovely photos of evening at the marina.

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Aallotar, built in 1926 or 7

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I found my favourite spot for taking fireworks photos, one of the bridges to the docks.

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view of the marina

High tide made the reflections especially good this year.

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Allan, more agile and adventurous and unlikely to fall off the dock in the dark, ranged from the port office deck to the docks to get his photos.

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after racing down the stairs from the deck (which was not open to the public) on the way to the docks

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the grand finale

After the fireworks comes the traffic jam…

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traffic backed with personal fireworks up on the hill

We are among the lucky ones because we only have to walk three blocks to get home.

Tomorrow: back to the usual subject with our gardening weekend.

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Saturday, 2 July 2016

I was still feeling tired from garden touring and working.  I’d planned on skipping the Saturday Market.  When Our Kathleen stopped by and told me how big it was for the holiday weekend, I thought I had better have a look after all.  (If I hadn’t, Allan would have fulfilled my self-imposed Discover Ilwaco photo obligation by a quick trip for a few photos.  This time, he got to stay home and putter.)

It couldn’t be a totally at home day. Evening would bring the annual Ilwaco Fireworks display and we always take photos for the Fireworks page.

Ilwaco Saturday Market

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picnic on the lawn

picnic on the lawn

Wild for Lavender booth is the cutest.

Wild for Lavender booth is the cutest.

I did not notice the crow with a berry until I looked at the photo. Reminds me of the gate at Deerly Missed garden and I might have bought it.

I did not notice the crow with a berry until I looked at the photo. Reminds me of the gate at Deerly Missed garden and I might have bought it.

Northwest Natural

Northwest Natural

How Mini Donuts are made. I got some to share with Allan.

How Mini Donuts are made. I got some to share with Allan.  Pink Poppy Bakery was absent this week because of making wedding cakes.

De Asis Produce

De Asis Produce

love that face!

love that face!

At home, I worked on the Hardy Plant Weekend blog till dusk, and time to go out for:

Fireworks at the Port of Ilwaco

our pruning-in-transition garden bed at dusk

our pruning-in-transition garden bed at dusk

If I hadn't been on a photo mission, I would love to have tried this food...

If I hadn’t been on a photo mission, I would love to have tried this food…

...and would have sat by the condor to dine.

…and would have sat by the condor to dine.

Mini Donuts were still being made, a long day for them.

Mini Donuts were still being made, a long day for them.

Our dear Jenna and Don by their art gallery

Our dear Jenna and Don by their art gallery

Unlike most of our dog friends, this little one does not fear fireworks.

Unlike most of our dog friends, this little one does not fear fireworks.

The shops stayed open late. Time Enough Books.

The shops stayed open late. Time Enough Books.

crowds gathered

crowds gathered

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

waiting

waiting

Allan talked to this fisherman who had brought his boat in for some work and just happened upon the fireworks evening.

Allan talked to this fisherman who had brought his boat in for some work and just happened upon the fireworks evening.  Good timing.

His boat, Marne

His boat, Marne

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a good view (Allan's photo)

a good view (Allan’s photo)

kaboom

kaboom

Allan gets the best photos because he goes out on the docks.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the finale

the finale

after the crowds were gone (Allan's photo)

after the crowds were gone (Allan’s photo)

Coast Guard (Allan's photo)

Coast Guard (Allan’s photo)

Sunday, 3 July 2016

I stayed in and blogged about garden touring with wind as an excuse for an indoor day.  Allan pruned a laurel on the driveway next door (with permission) and took some sunset photos at my request.

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after

after

back garden arbour

back garden arbour

I see that Allan watered the community building garden that day.

I see that Allan watered the community building garden that day.

sunset

sunset

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I finally published another post over on my Grandma’s Scrapbooks blog.

We were relieved to get news that our friend came through heart surgery fine.  

Real Time Alert!

Tomorrow, Saturday July 16th, get yourself out of a garden tour if you can.  There are three to choose from.

right here on the Long Beach Peninsula

right here on the Long Beach Peninsula

in Aberdeen, 1.5 hours away

in Aberdeen, 1.5 hours away

In Tillamook, 2 hours south

In Tillamook, 2 hours south

Our posts on this garden tour day will appear about one week from today. 

If there are any railway aficionados reading this, you would love the Clamshell Railroad Days at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

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Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 2: Picked berries and that’s about all I did.

July 3:  Don called and woke me up.  He is coming out just to visit.

He switched two begonia baskets for two that looked better.

I ordered steaks and hamburger from Omaha Steaks for Skyler and Robert.  Worked on Bluestone Perennial order.

1998 (age 74):

July 2: Errand day.  Paid power bill and telephone bill, NVN renewal.  Hardware store for my screen to screen compost (which I forgot to bring home) then QFC.

July 3:  I spent all that time planting tomatoes, mostly indeterminate, in the garden.  When I pulled the black tarp back, there wasn’t a single weed.  I had to go to Yelm Hardware to get the screen that I forgot yesterday.  I kept track of the tomato varieties so I should be able to know which are best (except for 8 plants without labels).  I made a quick count of 94 plants.

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