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Thursday, 4 August 2016

In the morning, like a grown up, I made an appointment for early Sept. to talk with the knee surgeon about surgery in November.

Alicia’s garden

To be kind to Nora’s grand daughter, who now has the house next door, we pruned a tree that was shading and touching the shake roof of the garage and house.  That means Allan did the pruning and I did a lot of pointing.

before

before

Alicia has been concerned that tree branches will damage the wooden roofs by shading them, and the gutters are hard to clean when filled with leaves.  Now, me…I would have let the tree win, but we wanted to make Alicia happy as she has a lot of responsibilities now and we know her dear grandma would like us to help her.

Allan on the ladder

Allan on the ladder

after....happy roofs, happy neighbour

after….happy roofs, happy neighbour

Port of Ilwaco

In the afternoon, buffeted by a COLD 25 mph wind, we watered the Howerton Avenue gardens.  We were done by four, making it an easy day (except for the annoying wind).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Waterfront Way (Allan's photo, while hooking up a hose at the dock)

Waterfront Way (Allan’s photo, while hooking up a hose at the dock)

I did some streetside pruning...

I did some streetside pruning…

and some sidewalk side pruning at the old Shorebank building where shrubs that get much too big were planted...not by us!)

and some sidewalk side pruning at the old Shorebank building where shrubs that get much too big were planted…not by us!)

a little bitty bird by Time Enough Books (Allan's photo)

a little bitty bird by Time Enough Books (Allan’s photo)

nest in a tree in the garden (Allan's photo)

nest in a tree in the garden (Allan’s photo)

Fog rolled in from the west at 3:30 PM.

Fog rolled in from the west at 3:30 PM.

wind and fog on the marina

wind and fog on the marina

The cold wind inspired us to quit for the day rather than doing some Long Beach gardening.  We had a couple of hours to relax at home; I finished the book I’ve been slowly reading.  What a luxury to spend two daylight hours with a book.

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The Cove Restaurant

At 7 PM, we attended our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang, this time with Todd (Willapa Gardening) in attendance as well as us and Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening).

The Cove entry garden (Allan's photo)

The Cove entry garden (Allan’s photo)

calla lily in the garden (Allan's photo)

calla lily in the garden (Allan’s photo)

Todd, Dave, Melissa, me

Todd, Dave, Melissa, me

strawberry and caesar salads (Allan's photo)

strawberry and caesar salads (Allan’s photo)

burger and fish taco (Allan's photo)

burger and fish taco (Allan’s photo)

We lingered till past closing, as always.  Darling Lynn brought us some strawberry and whipped cream tiny delectable desserts.

When the vacuum cleaner starts, it is time to go! (Allan's photo)

When the vacuum cleaner starts, it is time to go! (Allan’s photo)

Friday, 5 August 2016

Long Beach

First, deadheading at the welcome sign.

First, deadheading at the welcome sign. Low yellow bidens is along the edge.

welcome sign: Geraniums 'Rozanne' and 'Orion', Echibeckia, cosmos,

welcome sign: Geraniums ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Orion’, Echibeckia, cosmos, godetia, etc

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back of sign with white bacopa along the edge

Last night at dinner, Dave and Melissa had given us a five gallon fig tree to plant for Behnoosh in the park next to Kabob Cottage.  Out would come some montbretia and a Leycesteria that we had cut back severely because it was always bothered by caterpillars in late spring.

Allan wades in.

Allan wades in.

new fig tree

new fig tree

'Desert King' fig

‘Desert King’ fig in place

Look who I saw while we dumped our debris at City Works.

Look who I saw while we dumped our debris at City Works.

After our fig tree planting project, we split up and watered the planters.

I weeded the city hall garden.

I weeded the city hall garden.

carousel planter (Allan's photo)

carousel planter (Allan’s photo)

dahlias and painted sage (Allan's photo)

dahlias and painted sage (Allan’s photo)

Oh NO!!!   At the south end, Allan found this disaster.

Oh NO!!! At the south end, Allan found this disaster.

part of the car (Allan's photo)

part of the car (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan's photo)

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan’s photo)

As we watered planters at different areas in town, Todd drove by and informed each of us that we ROCK.

two kinds of Fish Alley art projects

two kinds of Fish Alley art projects

Local people are in the painting.

Local people are in the painting.

This fellow, whose panache I always enjoy, had been meticulously repainting the Long Beach chopsticks.

This fellow, whose panache I always enjoy, had been meticulously repainting the Long Beach chopsticks.

found online: They definitely needed touching up.

found online: They definitely needed touching up.

Fifth Street Park got weeded and deadheaded.

Fifth Street Park got weeded and deadheaded.

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

I just learned that Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ has a new name.  My mind balks at this: Hylotelephium telephium ‘Autumn Joy’.

eryngium and helenium

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ and Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

A quick break garnered us treats from the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market.

Columbia Pacific Farmers Market

Columbia Pacific Farmers Market, 3-6 PM Fridays in Veterans Field

Jacob of Pink Poppy Bakery (Allan's photo)

Jacob of Pink Poppy Bakery (Allan’s photo)

Next, bucket watering of just some of the Bolstad beach approach planters…poor things are so dry.

also, deadheading of some of the santolinas

also, deadheading of some of the santolinas

MORE thieving of lavender wands.

MORE thieving of lavender wands.

So glad Sid Snyder approach planters have faucets in each where we can hook up short hoses to water.

Sid Snyder approach

Sid Snyder approach

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

off to ride on the beach (Allan's photo)

off to ride on the beach (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

Allan watered the trees and planters in Ilwaco.  I made his job easier by just going home instead of starting another port weeding or watering project.

his photo of sweet peas while filling the water trailer at the boatyard

his photo of sweet peas while filling the water trailer at the boatyard

 
kitty corner from the post office (Allan's photo)

kitty corner from the post office (Allan’s photo)

hydrangeas and picket fence

hydrangeas and picket fence

and finally…home, for a three day weekend of gardening (me) and some boating for Allan.

at home....three days off commences.

at home….three days off commences.

Sitting in the van looking at my garden from the outside, I was reminded again of Ryan Gainey, whose untimely death has been weighing on my mind.  I thought of his gentle voice at the end of this video, Creating the Romantic Garden:

At the end of the wonderful story of his garden in Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Gainey spoke of how he looked at his own garden from across the street and thought “I wish that were mine” and then he says “I realized it was mine because I chose to make it mine.”

With limited resources, I also choose: not to travel afar, not to live in a finer house or have fancier things, but to have this, a dream garden.


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1997 (age 73):

August 4:  HOT  Picked enough berries for a nice serving with cereal tomorrow morning.  I should get more TriStar plants for next year.  There are lots of raspberries for fall picking but they aren’t ready yet.

August 5: HOT  Watered tomatoes and houseplants.  Planted some of the snapdragons UBW.  [Upper Bed West]  Brought the trays in from shop and there were only about 20 violet leaves still unrotted.  After dinner I started making labels for perennials to be planted.  I’ll try to spend most of my time tomorrow planting those seeds.

1998 (age 74):

August 4:  HOT  Water day.  I actually got up early enough to water from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.  Store day—electric and phone bill—bank and QFC.  Lettuce 39 cents each!

August 5: Did a lot of deadheading mostly in front.  Since the seat of my garden stool split, I tried using the good kitchen stool (17″ high).  I can use it but it is a little high as I have to bend over so far my innards are all scrunched up.  I think I’d look dumb if I used it in the front so I probably will use it in the back.

 

 

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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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real time reminder:

The day that this post publishes is Edible Tour day.  See you there?

coming up August 9th

coming up August 9th

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Every year seems to have one day that drags on till dark and qualifies as the longest day, and today may have been it for 2015.

Copy editors:  I know I change tenses a lot.  I don’t mean to switch from past to present tense.  Sometimes, a work memory is so immediate that I switch to present tense as I relive it.

Ilwaco

Allan watered our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office garden while I watered my potted plants and ladies in waiting at home.

Allan's photo: someone is stripping the flowers off this lily at the post office, on a daily basis.

Allan’s photo: someone is stripping the flowers off this lily at the post office, on a daily basis.

Allan's photo: lily buds dropped on the ground.  The stripping is too thorough to be a deer.

Allan’s photo: lily buds dropped on the ground. The stripping is too thorough to be a deer.  You can see his  and the cameras shadow.

Allan's photo: It's grasshopper time

Allan’s photo: It’s grasshopper time.

post office

post office watering (Allan’s photo)

Nicotiana langsdorfii has been a champ in the garden this year, whether here in the drier front garden or in the more lush back garden.

at home: Nicotiana langsdorfii has been a champ in the garden this year, whether here in the drier front garden or in the more lush back garden.

Mary sees us off.

Mary sees us off.

I am sure she would rather I stay home, as she likes to be with me in the garden.

I am sure she would rather I stay home, as she likes to be with me in the garden.

I would rather like to have stayed home.

I would rather like to have stayed home.

on the way out of town: the planter by Queen La De Da's on Spruce Street.

on the way out of town: the planter by Queen La De Da’s on Spruce Street.

Jenna gives this one and the one across the street from her shop extra water, so it is thriving.  Too bad all the merchants don't do that for their adjacent planters...It would be so easy.  (The Portside Café does!)

Jenna gives this one and the one across the street from her shop extra water, so it is thriving. Too bad all the merchants don’t do that for their adjacent planters…It would be so easy.

A planter that gets watered daily does better than one that is watered every third day, which is what the city budget and our time allows.  Just sayin’….it’s not that hard to take a jug of water out to the planter by one’s business…or is that too much to wish for?  The Portside Café owners also give theirs extra care, and it shows.

The Planter Box

On the way north, we stopped at the Planter Box to get some new plants for the biggest Long Beach planter.  I was impressed with how lush the plants look; it is not easy at all to keep them all watered.

Planter Box: me and owner Theresa

Planter Box: me and co-owner Theresa; it’s a family business started by her dad and mom, who have almost retired.

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roses

roses

shades of gold

shades of gold

Rudbeckia 'Irish Eyes' (I had to buy one for me)

Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’ (I had to buy one for me)

blue agastache (hyssop)

blue agastache (hyssop)

Eryngium 'Blue Hobbit'

Eryngium ‘Blue Hobbit’

Celosia 'Forest Fire'

Celosia ‘Forest Fire’

Allan's photo: snapdragons

Allan’s photo: snapdragons

With some plants acquired, we went onward to our first job.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I hope that our four flower quadrants in the courtyard at Golden Sands remind residents of cottage gardens they once knew.

from the south hallway window

from the south hallway window

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SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

dahlias

dahlias

oh, yay...have successfully grown sweet peas up my mom's Climbing Joseph's Coat roses.

oh, yay…have successfully grown sweet peas up my mom’s Climbing Joseph’s Coat roses.

dahlia

dahlia

NW quadrant

NW quadrant

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

just one third of the length of hallways that we traverse to the garden

just one third of the length of hallways that we traverse to the garden

This was actually a short day for the north end jobs, because we did not have Marilyn’s today; we do it every other week now. So we went straight from Golden Sands to…

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Photos taken after an hour of weeding and deadheading; Mary and Denny keep the gardens well watered.

Geranium 'Ann Folkard' drifting around

Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ drifting around

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod)

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

the straight path (made for easy wheelbarrow access) in the fenced garden

the straight path (made for easy wheelbarrow access) in the fenced garden

the weekly view SW across the birdbath

the weekly view SW across the birdbath

I wish I knew the names of Mary's roses.

I wish I knew the names of Mary’s roses.

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

Strobilanthes atropupurea...very hardy here, blooms late

Strobilanthes atropupurea…very hardy here, blooms later than this usually

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii in front of lilies and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

lily

lily

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

We planted the Clematis 'Rooguchi' that we acquired at the Basket Case end of season sale.

We planted the Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ that we acquired at the Basket Case end of season sale.

daisies in the lawn border (outside the deer fence)

daisies in the lawn border (outside the deer fence)

It was a hot day.  The refreshing splash of the pond waterfalls helped.

It was a hot day. The refreshing splash of the pond waterfalls helped.  That’s a plastic fern hiding the pipes…good idea.

The A Frame deck: I often think it would be nice to be a guest here, sipping a glass of cold white wine and just chillaxin'.

The A Frame deck: I often think it would be nice to be a guest here, sipping a glass of cold white wine and just chillaxin’.

Long Beach

First, we went to the city works yard and got several buckets of Soil Energy mulch from my pile.  Allan took some to Fish Alley to top off the four barrels there.

Fish Alley, Allan's photo

Fish Alley, Allan’s photo

santolina and diascia, Fish Alley, Allan's photo

diascia and santolina, Fish Alley, Allan’s photo

At last, we took the crapulous old Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ out of the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

old and tired Erysimum

old and tired Erysimum

before

before

after; we had picked up some soil at LB city works to fill in.

after; we had picked up some soil at LB city works to fill in.  The white is sluggo, because we found lots of snails.

It did not look as great as I had pictured to I added two zinnias that I had bought for me.

It did not look as great as I had pictured so I added two zinnias that I had bought for me.

Because it did not end up looking as full and wonderful as I had imagined,  I wished I had brought more plants.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Next, we went to Oman Builders Supply to get some lumber for a home project which you will be reading about soon-ish.  It’s for an idea proposed by Pam of Seaside.  $200 plus of lumber later…  A worker there had brought her new puppy!

puppy was getting belly rubs

puppy was getting belly rubs

Ilwaco

A brief stop at home to unload lumber and pick up the water trailer battery and some hoses….

In the front garden, my Rose pteracantha was giving just the effect I wanted...

In the front garden, my Rose pteracantha was giving just the effect I wanted…

sunshine glowing through the thorns

sunshine glowing through the thorns

Even thought the foliage does not look impressive, I was thrilled to see a flower on one of my pineapple lilies.

Even thought the foliage does not look impressive, I was thrilled to see a flower on one of my pineapple lilies.

Mary probably thinks we are home for the evening.  (Allan's photo)

Mary probably thinks we are home for the evening. (Allan’s photo)

leaving home again...phooey

leaving home again…phooey

Allan did his usual hour and a half watering session of the Ilwaco trees and planters while I watered the boatyard garden.

watering from behind the fence (Allan's photo)

watering from behind the fence (Allan’s photo)

We have had no rain to speak of.  Across the street, birds were pecking at ice from one of the fish trucks.

We have had no rain to speak of. Across the street, birds were pecking at ice from one of the fish trucks.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo of a local fellow heading to the water.  (I bet Allan wished to be boating instead of watering.)

Allan’s photo of a local fellow heading back from paddling out in the Port of Ilwaco. (I bet Allan wished to be boating instead of watering.)

the usual obstacle course for boatyard watering

the usual obstacle course for boatyard watering

as always, interesting boats

as always, interesting boats

boatyard garden, looking north from the gate

boatyard garden, looking north from the gate

the south stretch of boatyard garden as I leave for further watering rounds

looking north at the whole length of boatyard garden as I leave for further watering rounds

looking east along Howerton

looking east along Howerton

looking northwest back at the boatyard

looking northwest back at the boatyard

My mission now was to water all of the Howerton Avenue gardens at which I have hose access: Time Enough Books, the port office and Nisbett Gallery gardens, and the Bruce Peterson gallery garden.

As i walk east, I ponder this scruffy little spot.  I decide to imperialize it by throwing a bunch of poppy seeds in here this fall.  If we get some rain...could be good next spring into early summer.

As I walk east, I ponder this scruffy little spot. I decide to imperialize it by throwing a bunch of poppy seeds in here this fall. If we get some rain…could be good next spring into early summer.

West end garden...too dry.

West end garden…suffering in the drought.  The most difficult one to water.

a soothing view while I unhook the port office hose to hook it up to a faucet closer to the Howerton gardens.

a soothing view while I unhook the port office hose to hook it up to a faucet closer to the Howerton gardens.

view2

As I water the gardens by the Nisbett Gallery, Don comes out to chat and tells me he has been watering them also, and he means absolutely drenching them.  He unhooks the hose for me and hooks it back up at the port office, bless his heart.

thriving gardens by Nisbett Gallery and Port office, thanks to Don's extra watering.

thriving gardens by Nisbett Gallery and Port office, thanks to Don’s extra watering.

looking west along the Time Enough Books garden

looking west along the Time Enough Books garden, which has extra cool plants because we’ve been doing this one for years.  Sometimes bookstore owner Karla adds some extra water, too.

I show Don where someone snipped themselves a bouquet of lavender.  Do they think I won't notice?  I notice everything.  If everyone did that, there would be NO flowers left.

I show Don where someone snipped themselves a bouquet of lavender. Do they think I won’t notice? I notice everything. If everyone did that, there would be NO flowers left.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' starting to fade

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ starting to fade

I love that I can flood these small beds with water and let them soak in.  Happy plants.

I love that I can flood these small beds with water and let them soak in. Happy plants.

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’

Allan, having finished the Ilwaco planter watering, is coming along after me.  His plan is to use a long series of hoses to water the gardens at the west end, and to also use it to water Salt Hotel’s curbside garden to pay them back for their water generosity.  They’ve been letting us use their hose and water to water two businesses other than their own.

Allan will water this one also.

Allan will water this one also.

I do a bit of trimming and weeding the garden above but I give it up and move on when a drunk guy who has hunkered down between two buildings starts yelling at me.  Not a pleasant working environment.

By now, I have realized Allan is having trouble because he is so far behind me.  I call him and he tells me what is going on:  Because the owners of the business close to the garden will not let us use their water, Allan is hooking up to a faucet at the docks, but wrestling with three hoses takes time.  Then he found that even three hoses was not long enough to reach, so he borrowed the Salt Hotel hose.  The Salt hose sprung a leak and he said he felt responsible because he has been using it to water for the last few weeks.  But the leak looked like the hose had been burned…but did he have to get them a new hose?  I said Oh my gawd I am too tired to even think about that, but if it looked burned, it was not our fault.  (He talked to Salt owner Laila and she agreed, but he still felt bad.)

Allan manages to get the hose all the way to the Salt garden.

Allan manages to get the hose all the way to the Salt garden.

Here’s how he did it:

route
I leave him to his struggles and walk several storefronts to water the Peterson Gallery.  Then, even though I am so tired, I unhook the Peterson hose and haul it several storefront west to the bank, where I have found a faucet that I can use just to get enough water for their street trees, so they won’t die in this drought.  This will save Allan some time and I know he must be exhausted.

When he gets to the Pavilion, I water the garden there with his hoses while he takes the Peterson hose back to hook up to THEIR faucet.  I lack manual dexterity and am lousy at threading and unthreading hoses to faucets. I imagine how good the gardens could be if I could devote the time we now spend hose watering to garden design and care instead.

I am so tired, I can only imagine how tired Allan must be.  Fighting with four hoses is like being stuck in a nest of (nonvenomous) snakes.  I can’t help him water the east end garden, so I leave to walk three blocks to home.  (Using the water trailer would take him twice as long, because he has to wait for the tank to fill, and then wait for the water to pump back out of the tank onto a garden.)

Allan hauling hose back to the trailer, to drive down to the east end garden.

Allan hauling hose back to the trailer, to drive down to the east end garden.

By hooking up to the newly discovered (by us) dock faucet, Allan is able to give the east end garden a proper soaking for the first time this summer.  He had been hauling 20 or more five gallon buckets there once a week and tipping them out onto the garden.  (Picture also having to lift 20 heavy buckets of water out of the trailer.)

I walk home past “the lost garden”, thinking about how it once was carefully bordered with rocks, that now show because it has been strimmed.  The woman who created it is long dead, and the garden is gone.

the lost garden

the lost garden

home just before sunset.  Mary comes to greet me.

home just before sunset. Mary comes to greet me.

So does Smokey.

So does Smokey.

Allan gets home after dark.  Next time he will take another length of our hose and he’ll know his routes and the lengths he needs, so it should go faster. Thus ends what I hope will be the longest workday…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 12 June 2015

at home

right next to my new table

right next to my new table

my new breakfasting view, to the north

my new breakfasting view, to the north

and east; breakfast is much more scenic now.

and east; breakfast is much more scenic now.

and then…off to work.

The Depot Restaurant

While weeding and watering, I contemplated that not much of anything exciting is going on yet in the Depot garden.

The cosmos took a battering from the wind.

The cosmos took a battering from the wind.

The new Sanguisorba 'Dali Marble' was distressingly thirsty. (We have to hose water this new area.)

The new Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ was distressingly thirsty. (We have to hose water this new area.)

At least the Basket Case Greenhouse annuals are exciting.

At least the Basket Case Greenhouse annuals are exciting.

Nancy Aust does these plantings.

Nancy Aust does these plantings.

planted by Basket Case Nancy

planted by Basket Case Nancy

Long Beach

In Long Beach, we skipped the welcome sign because we did not have time for it today, and went straight to Fish Alley to re-do the four whiskey barrels.  I headed over to Veterans Field to check on the gardens before the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market opening day and then rejoined Allan in the Fish Alley.

The market was setting up.

The market vendors setting up.

Allan took a series of photos of the Fish Alley project:

before

before, the kicked-apart old wooden barrel

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plants in new (smaller) barrel

plants in new (smaller) barrel

I am not sure if all the plants are going to thrive on this transplant.  Those that look peaky by next week will be replaced.

before

before

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The Gaura 'So White' did not look happy to be moved.

After: The Gaura ‘So White’ did not look happy to be moved.

When all that remained was clean up, I left to start watering the planters.  The clean up was not easy as each old whiskey barrel was one third full of river rock (a surprise to both me and Allan) that had to be shifted into buckets.  Allan watered the street tree pocket gardens when he had Fish Alley all tidy again.

Cerinthe major purpurascens in planter by Gazebo Park

Cerinthe major purpurascens in planter by Gazebo Park

city crew repainting the seahorse

city crew member repainting the seahorse

I love to see tourists posing in the Long Beach frying pan (my photos taken from across the street while watering).

pan

"Go like this!"

“Go like this!”

pink Oenothera and California poppies, a complementary combo

pink Oenothera and California poppies, a complementary combo

close up

close up, Oenother and poppies

When I attended a life-changing lecture by Ann Lovejoy in 1998, she used the botanical name Oenothera, but then said “just ask for an evening primrose, the pink one!”.  When I heard Ee-nothera, I never would have guessed it started with an 0.

in the same planter

in the same planter

Fifth Street Park got a quick checkup.

Fifth Street Park got a quick checkup.

Due some misunderstanding about who was watering what, I got done with the planters and there were still eight trees to water.  I tried, and did manage to successfully water two out of the four I attempted.  I am simply terrible at hooking the hose up to the tree connections.  If not for Allan, those pocket gardens would simply dry up.  Despite delays, I was thrilled that we got done in time to do our weekly session at…

The Anchorage Cottages

north wall shade bed at the Anchorage

north wall shade bed at the Anchorage

Center courtyard

Center courtyard

nd

New Dawn rose

New Dawn rose

Good from every angle right now.

Good from every angle right now.

Ilwaco

Allan left me at the boatyard to weed and water and took off to get the water trailer and make the rounds of the street trees and planters.

One of the planters had a…present?? for us.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

new paint jov (white trim instead of blue and purple) on the Portside Café

new paint jov (white trim instead of blue and purple) on the Portside Café

The owners of the Portside told us this morning (at the post office) that the planter outside has been messed with lately, by a human or perhaps by a stray cat.  They take extra good care, watering and fertilizing and weeding this planter so it is one of the happiest.

It looks a bit disheveled.

It looks a bit disheveled. I see Allan’s shadow.

I'm glad the café is still yellow, as I chose plants to match.

I’m glad the café is still yellow, as I chose plants to match.

I got four buckets of horse tail and dandelions and so on out of the Ilwaco boatyard and could have gotten much much more had I more time.

Was this a theft attempt or did the north wind knock this fennel over?

Was this a theft attempt or did the north wind knock this fennel over?  Looks like someone tried to dig it out.

evening shadows

evening shadows

ceanothus and California poppies

ceanothus and California poppies

shows about one fourth of the garden

shows about one fourth of the garden

blue globe thistle

blue globe thistle

When time came to water, a struggle ensued as the faucets to the north side of the gate had either hoses running up into boats…

I can't get at that hose!

I can’t get at that hose!

Or no hoses at all…

Usually there are more old hoses kicking around.

Usually there are more old hoses kicking around.

I watered the south stretch with the big hose that is always there for washing boats, and looked in despair at having to drag it to the north end.  I thought about The Deadliest Catch and what the Bering Sea crab fishermen would think about my whinging to myself, “I have to drag this hose a whole block, and my thumb is cold from making the water spray, WAHHH!”  Call the WAHmbulance.

Allan returned, helped me drag the hoses, and left again to water the Time Enough Books garden.  He rejoined me at the boatyard as I was finishing up the watering.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: We water from the inside of the fence.

It was 8 PM.

It was 8 PM.

Miss Claudia, a big metal boat

Miss Claudia, a big metal boat

Miss Claudia from the side

Miss Claudia from the side

He dropped me off at home and went to water one more place: the Ilwaco post office:

Ilwaco post office at dusk.

Ilwaco post office at dusk.

At home, the Hymenocallus (Peruvian daffodil) looked so good with even more flowers open that I must share:

from the back

from the back

Peruvian daffodil

Peruvian daffodil

close

closer

looking down...I was too tired to move the hose.

looking down…I was too tired to move the hose.

front porch basket with Callie 'Lemon Slice', being clambered on by Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine)

front porch basket with Callie ‘Lemon Slice’, being clambered on by Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine, left, now called Lamprocapnos, I am sorry to say)

Now: two days off!  I MUST get most if not all of my ladies in waiting into the ground.

Bonus book report:

read it, loved it

read it, loved it

my favourite passage

my favourite passage

 

 

 

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Now that I am officially calling this a “photo diary” (having added those words to my header text), I might try a post that is just photos and captions.  But it can’t be this one because I wrote this much already!

Friday, 11 October, 2013

Depot Restaurant Garden

Depot garden, north side, with cosmos still blooming and wall of hops.

Depot garden, north side, with cosmos still blooming and wall of hops.

Sheltered from the south wind by the restaurant deck and lattice wall, these cosmos are still lush in mid October.

Sheltered from the south wind by the restaurant deck and lattice wall, these cosmos are still lush in mid October.

But the "Fireworks' goldenrod had collapsed and I cut it down...

But the “Fireworks’ goldenrod had collapsed and I cut it down…

The removal of Solidago ‘Fireworks’ (which had lost any interesting architectural quality by lying sideways) left a big hole that I halfway concealed by leaving up a couple of cosmos that were rather tatty looking themselves.

Anchorage Cottages

We did a light clean up and when I went in to talk to Beth, the manager, for a moment, I asked Allan to take a few photos for the blog.

one of the Anchorage signs

entrance to center courtyard

'New Dawn' rose

‘New Dawn’ rose on courtyard arbour

Schizostylis

Schizostylis

pampas grass on lower lawn (telephoto, with neighbour house closer than it is)

pampas grass on lower lawn (telephoto, with neighbour house closer than it is)

Andersen’s RV Park

I cleaned up dead and dying sweet peas and cosmos and a rangy somewhat invasive perennial Helianthus (not Lemon Queen) in the picket fence garden.

before and after

before and after

before and after, outside the fence

before and after, outside the fence

I can see the fence would look better if a picket were lined up to conceal the post!

Staffer Joy helped by picking snails off of the fence, revealed as the sweet peas came down, and putting them in the dumpster to ride to the dump.  She took the last of the sweet peas into the office.

the last of the sweet peas

the last of the sweet peas

by the office door

by the office door

By the way, once upon a time I used to make sophisticated container arrangements with Sedums and grasses and other perennials, but at RV Parks and tourist towns, bright cheerful colours get the most appreciation.

I have had my most elegant trailing Helichrysum in more “tasteful” planters referred to as “that grey junk”, so somewhere along the line I got much more bright and cheerful and less artistic, I suppose, with my plantings.  At ground level, I still insist on planting quirky perennials.

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

Meanwhile, Allan worked on the west side garden, pulling the BadAster that had gotten all pretty in the fall but now is ousted.  Or so I would like to think.  It no doubt will return.

during and after

during and after

That’s the poppy garden in spring and early summer and before that is a field of golden daffodils.

To the west of the poppy field:

RV Park, looking west

RV Park, looking west

Path to the beach is right at the end of the parking spots.

While dumping debris, I was thrilled to come upon a pile of dairy manure from The Planter Box that I did not know had been delivered.

cow fiber

cow fiber

Someone checking in to the park had made one of the usual comments to me while I pulled sweet peas by the picket fence: “Looks like work!”  I suppose that could be the reaction to the sight of several yards of cow fiber, but it looks like a happy garden to me.

Just an interesting sight:  The underside of this pulled up grass looks like burlap, because it had molded itself to the plastic grid pattern on top of one of the septic covers.

faux burlap

faux burlap

City of Long Beach

Before getting back to work, we stopped to look at the Peninsula Arts Association fall show in the old Long Beach Depot (one of the original depots for the Clamshell Railroad, although it used to be a block south where Scoopers market is now).

Long Beach Depot

Long Beach Depot

We usually forget about the show till the last day, by which time some of the art has sold and been removed by the buyers because they are leaving to return to the cities.  My theory was that by going on the first day, we would get to see all the art. But one piece had already sold:  “Garden Sentinal” a sculpture by the amazing Jan Richardson of Windy Meadows Pottery.  We were told that some people who had not even intended to be on the Peninsula had happened upon the art show and fallen in love with and purchased  Jan’s piece.  They were leaving again this same day so they were allowed to take it.  That we could certainly understand!

art show

art show

The show had many beautiful paintings and photos and mixed media pieces.  It runs through Monday (closing on that day at 2 PM, I believe).

Allan’s favourite was a stunning photo of the Astoria waterfront trolly tracks by Bonnie Lou Cozby, and I chose as favourite (for people’s choice award) a painting called Found Nest.

As we drove a side street to the Fifth Street park to get back to work, the horse and carriage went by.  Seeing it in October was a surprise.  The day, beautiful as summer, provided a treat for the carriage horse who gets a little bored when not working.

on Oregon Street

on Oregon Street

I walked up to the stoplight and back working on planters while Allan tackled a big job in the park.  The carriage passed again as I neared the Friday Farmer’s Market.

by Veterans Field

by Veterans Field

The carriage horse is such a sweetheart; I’ve seen little children run up and hug him and he is as calm as can be.

Of course, I had to check the Veterans Field flower bed…which coincidentally put me into the Farmers Market.

flower bed

flower bed and market

Locally famous mushroom gatherer Veronica (who supplies fine local restaurants) was advising a young man to never tell anyone where he harvests mushrooms.  The locations are precious and secret to the foragers.

Veronica's mushroom lore

Veronica’s mushroom lore

her beautiful smile

her beautiful smile

I would like to have visited with her for awhile, but I had to circle through the market and then get back to work as the sun would set in just an hour.

Double J and the Boys

Double J and the Boys

produce table

produce table

cider press

cider press

I do believe this was a pie eating contest.

I do believe this was a pie eating contest.

Choffy

Choffy

I had a taste of the delicious chocolate/coffee.  I could not linger to buy some because I truly did have to get back to work.

Sanvitalia in a street planter

Sanvitalia in a street planter

Agyranthemum 'Spring Bouquet' in autumn

Agyranthemum ‘Spring Bouquet’ in autumn

Just two days ago, Mr. Tootlepedal showed in his blog a photo of a late blooming poppy.  I commented that mine were pretty much all bloomed out (partly because I had pulled tatty old plants).  In Fish Alley I found a flower that belied that comment.

poppy with an almost spent while painted sage that got pulled out after the photo

poppy with an almost spent volunteer white painted sage that got pulled out after the photo

oppy

The Fish Alley barrels, other than some exuberant tall volunteers, are forming up into attractive tapestries as I had planned.

two out of four

two out of four

(above) Planters never quite match up; the Sedum ‘October Daphne’ looks much better on the left.

Fish Alley

Fish Alley

Further south, more planter vignettes:

African blue basil

African blue basil

Geranium 'Rozanne' carrying on and on and on

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ carrying on and on and on

dahlias

dahlias

I remind myself again that I want to plant more patio dahlias in the planters next year.  After an awkward stage, even the seed heads looks ok (see photo on left, above) when I don’t get them all deadheaded at this time of year.

The planter in front of Home at the Beach has turned into a riot of colour, thanks to the nasturtium.

over the top

over the top

It would be nice if it were all blue and white next year to tone better with their beautiful shop.

On the way north at noon today we had seen the frying pan park on Fifth Street was torn up and we had stopped at city works to ask Parks Manager Mike Kitzman to please, please feel free to totally tear out the garden bed to the left of the photo below, so that we could replant with something other than BadAster.

Frying Pan Park

Frying Pan Park

We learned that new lighting is being put in and that the clam is finally being readied to squirt again every hour on the hour!  My friend Mary will be so pleased…as in 1997 she wrote this letter to the editor (which I have shared before, but it bears repeating).  She is describing the scene from the coffee shop known as Pastimes, located where Benson’s restaurant is now.  (I am the one who got misty eyed describing the clam.)

Mary's letter in the Chinook Observer

Mary’s letter in the Chinook Observer

Mike agrees the asters can go away and he might even get the crew to dig them out, but if not, we will.

While I did my planter rounds (and market visit), Allan cleaned up the area of Darmera peltata behind the pond.  The crew always appreciates that at this time of year so they can get in easily to clean the pond itself.

The carriage passed by him, as well.

The carriage passed by him, as well.

The foliage is showing its autumn colour.

The Darmera foliage is doing its autumn descent.

darmera

before and after

before and after

Then, what joy, the day had finally come when we did not have to go to Ilwaco to water planters and could instead have dinner at Captain Bob’s Chowder!

Behind Fifth Street Park

Behind Fifth Street Park

It has tantalized us all the busy summer when we did not have time to stop.  So tonight we each had crab rolls and I had chowder.

The crab rolls are lavish and scrumptious.

The crab rolls are lavish and scrumptious.

outside the front door

outside the front door

chowder after dark

chowder after dark

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On the way to work Monday, we touched up the Ilwaco Post Office garden.

not really work, a volunteer project

not really work, a volunteer project

lily and Eryngium

lily and Eryngium

Then I went off garden touring with Nancy while Allan undertook a Long Beach project on his own: the pond at the corner of Pacific and Bolstadt; it had become a haze of horsetail since our spring cleanup there.

before and after

before and after with weed buckets

He had just finished when I rejoined him and we accomplished the replanting of the Fish Alley planters. The Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ had gotten leggy and tired from fighting the wind.

before...and afters

before…and afters

I am determined to have to water these less, as they are a bucket watering chore, so am going with Sedums, Sempervivums, Thymes.

With that accomplished, we did more weeding at Jo’s garden. A weekly visit between now and the July 20th garden tour will keep it in tip top shape.

Jo's east garden

Jo’s east garden

Jo's, looking west

Jo’s, looking west

one of Jo's feeders

one of Jo’s feeders

adorable youngster

adorable youngster

east side patio

north side patio

Not only did we weed but also did a bit of planting; Jo had gotten some lovely plants to fill in the hole where we removed a daylily last time.

newly planted spot

newly planted spot

We closed Monday out with some planting at Gene’s garden. I wanted the streetside garden to be full and had felt it needed more along the edges. Gene had bought some Dianthus and some Alyssum from the Basket Case and we had a few more plants to add.

Gene has been working hard on new areas.

Gene has been working hard on new areas.

I now feel the garden looks full.

I now feel the garden looks full.

ready for the tour! with a month to fill in

ready for the tour! with a month to fill in

Tuesday, we finally made it back to Casa Pacifica. Increasing rain did not stop us from getting the garden looking satisfactory again. We had intended to put in the day on the Long Beach Bolstadt beach approach garden, to get it spiffing for Doggie Olympic Games on the beach the coming Saturday, but an intense wind changed our garden choice to this sheltered somewhat inland one.

no before picture, but this area had been no longer recognizable as garden!

no before picture, but this area had been no longer recognizable as garden!

before and...improved

before and…improved

lawn island, before and after

lawn island, before and after

Dusty kept a close eye on my work.

Dusty kept a close eye on my work.

Spook continued to be shy.

Spook continued to be shy.

the back garden, south side

the back garden, south side

the back garden, north side

the back garden, north side

rose campion and lavender

rose campion and lavender

Halmiocistus wintonensis draping the rock wall

Halmiocistus wintonensis draping the rock wall

and its flowers

and its flowers

 

groundcover wall

groundcover wall

I would so love to see this garden mulched with yards and yards of dairy manure, and I would so like to avoid being the one to heft yards and yards of it up over those rocks. I must suggest that perhaps this garden owner could find a young person who wants to make a day’s wages shifting lovely non smelly Cow Fiber.

After almost five hours we left. Unusually for us we ended the work day early. There was simply nowhere else close enough by to finish the day out of the blustery wind (although it did die down enough so that we were able to enjoy our own garden!) First we ran an errand to the Basket Case Greenhouse, where their plants told the tale of how windy it had been.

toppled and strewn about!

toppled and strewn about!

We chose a hanging basket to go by our garage. It was a tough choice. Would it be this one?

callibrachoa dark red

calibrachoa dark red

Or this one?

double callies

double callies

Or this one?

blue and pink

blue and pink

Allan picked this one, liking the way that the yellow matched some of the trim on our house:

new basket at home

new basket at home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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