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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Astoria Garden Tour:

a benefit for the Lower Columbia Preservation Society

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I have always loved this little rose garden.


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in the garden, a dog that “loved to be held ALL the time”


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Allan’s photo

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bachelor buttons and hops


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glass art in the garden just for the day

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hops and lilies


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hops


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Melianthus major


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the ramp up to the upper floor of the pub


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Jessica serving Fort George beer tastings


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Allan’s photo

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a glimpse of the river


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hops and compost


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looking down from the ramp at Seaside Pam in the garden


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My camera could not handle the bright sunlight.

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looking down from the ramp


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hops towering overhead


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overlooking the melianthus

This had been the final garden.  We three were hungry and thought of having lunch at Fort George.  Because of a 45 minute wait (due to Astoria Regatta and a Fort George Block Party), we instead repaired to our favourite Blue Scorcher Bakery, in the lower corner of the same building.

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By the way, the name Blue Scorcher refers to a bicycle craze:

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more sidewalk history outside the café


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lunch at an outdoor table


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breakfast burrito (Allan’s photo)


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Pam’s salad and pizza (Allan’s photo)


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Astoria Regatta celebrants passing by (Allan’s photo)

We were entertained by beautiful dogs whose people were at the next table.

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Allan’s photo


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friendly (Allan’s photo)

After lunch, we said goodbye to Pam and had a look at the rest of the plantings at Fort George Brewery.

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Will West and the Friendly Strangers playing for the outdoor block party.

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white cyclamen and hardy begonia

As we left, I saw a stand of sunflowers at the back of a parking lot across the street.  I am sure these are also Jessica’s work.

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a garden right on the edge of a sunken lot


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held up by boards


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Allan’s photo

Near where we parked, Allan photographed some interesting Astoria architecture.

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With the garden done, the day still held a treat for Allan: The early evening Highwater Boat Parade on the river.  That will be a bonus post, tonight.

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

In the early afternoon, we crossed the Astoria Megler Bridge and joined a roomful of like minded folk for an Indivisible North Coast Oregon meeting.

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a darling small house by where we parked (Allan’s photo).  A sunny garden in front would have no privacy, though.


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Allan’s photo, on the way

Astoria was parked up because of a winter brewery festival. We walked two blocks in the rain, passing one of my favourite little gardens on the way to the Fort George Brewery meeting room.

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Allan’s photo

This ornately fenced garden is built by piling soil (now mulched with washed dairy manure) on top of pavement.

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo: tulip foliage, and pigeon pecking in the manure

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a goodly crowd


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo


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a neat driftwood thing

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Some thoughts from the meeting:

Indivisible is opposed to the ABC of authoritarianism, bigotry, corruption.

A speaker advised that we send postcards to politicians…”even a picture postcard works because I think they stand out,” she said.  This made me smile because of our recent art postcard parties.

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an example from one of our postcard parties

A woman from Germany spoke, saying “who would have thought a little painter from Austria could have killed millions” and she asked, “How could my people not see this coming, how could they look away?”  She said “My life is a series of attempts to make up for the crimes of my ancestors”.  When she goes to a protest, her thought when seeing a photographer is: Is he from the newspaper or from Homeland Security?  She believes she sees the early signs of fascism.  Right here is her recommended reading on the subject.

The following speaker quoted this: “What you would be doing in 1930s Germany is what you are doing now.”

Action item: A member of KMUN radio asks that we write to or call members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations asking that public radio continue to be funded.  Small rural stations like Astoria’s KMUN depend on federal funding far more than city stations do.

Afterwards, we were encouraged to sign up if we had interest in particular topics (education, environment, immigration, health care, equal rights).DSC06882.JPG).

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Allan took the opportunity to buy a women’s march copy of the Daily Astorian.

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Afterwards, we walked by the Fort George Brewery’s lower garden, also freshly mulched.  The ornamental grasses have been cut back since last time we went to the Blue Scorcher Café next door.

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Fort George garden

We walked by the temptations of the Blue Scorcher because we wanted to try out a new restaurant in Seaside, Oregon.

In Seaside, it was too wet and miserably windy to walk around and look at Pam Fleming’s city gardens.

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drive by photo

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Allan’s photo


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a new restaurant (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo

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a warm and simple place


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Allan’s photo


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something so sweet on the menu


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many choices

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I had to try the cauliflower appetizer, hoping that it would be similar to the zahra from Seattle’s Mediterranean Kitchen…and it was.

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Allan’s chicken sandwich

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The tasty baba ganoush had pickled on it; I just put them to one side because I’m not used to that.  All food is made fresh so I bet I could ask for no pickles next time, and there will be a next time.

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the turnaround at the end of Broadway


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Pam’s garden on the turnaround (Allan’s photos)

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We shopped at Costco.  Wouldn’t this elaborate plastic apple container make an interesting little seedling greenhouse?

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stormy crossing of the Columbia on the way home: freighters at anchor, waiting


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light snow and fog on the hills on the Washington side of the bridge


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in the dusk, golden daffodils that someone once planted on the hillside

According to the weather forecast, we are due for several days of bad weather, possibly even light snow.  I will not mind reprising staycation.

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Because I wanted the Astoria Pride Parade to stand alone, I’ve split this day into three parts.

After the parade, Allan and I wanted to stay in Astoria to attend at least a few moments of an early evening art event.  We dined at the Blue Scorcher Café.  Next door, at the Fort George Brewery, I admired the garden.

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Blue Scorcher Café

Fort George Brewery deck and garden (Allan’s photo)


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Blue Scorcher

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I saw what I wanted and got the last piece, after the folks in front of us placed their order.


on our table

on our table


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


ginger tea cake

ginger tea cake


and fajita style taco

and fajita style taco

When we had finished our meal, we saw locally famous wild food forager Veronica Williams, the “mushroom queen“, enter the café, so when she had taken a seat, we joined her.

Veronica's meal

Veronica’s meal


Veronica Williams

Veronica Williams

Veronica, age 85, had been gathering wild berries this very morning….6-7 weeks after a hip replacement.  She was instrumental in popularizing the delicious wild foraged sea beans among the local restaurateurs after being taught about them by a local Native American woman from whom she had bought some baskets.

Veronica is a font of wisdom about wild foods.

Veronica is a font of wisdom about wild foods.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


in the Blue Scorcher Café

in the Blue Scorcher Café


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

After our meal, we did a bit of shopping at the nearby Astoria Co-op.  If we lived in Astoria, we’d be members and shop there frequently.  It reminds me of Puget Consumers Co-op in Seattle, before it got big.

borrowed from the Co-op Facebook page

borrowed from the Astoria Co-op Facebook page


the garden outside

the garden outside


the wall garden at the Astoria Co-op

the wall garden at the Astoria Co-op

I could not resist buying a very few plants, mostly because of their names.

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got one even though I don't like zukes!

got one even though I don’t like zukes!


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could not resist

If you bring a grocery bag, the co-op gives you a bean, and when you donate it to one of three charities in a jar outside, a nickel per bean gets donated to the charity of your choice.  We picked the North Coast Food Web.

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Allan helped another shopper donate a bean.

Allan helped another shopper donate a bean.

As we walked back to our van, I saw a room I would like to write in:

Can you see the tower room?

Can you see the tower room?


a plaque by the sidewalk

a plaque by the sidewalk

We had managed to linger till almost five in order to go to the art event, so we strolled back downtown.

trolley art in a window

trolley art in a window


more planter admiration and more reflection on how these are not very sittable because of the narrow edge.

more planter admiration and more reflection on how these are not very sittable because of the narrow edge.


Old Town Framing Company

Old Town Framing Company


Old Town Framing Company was featuring art by our dear friend, Ilwaco's Don Nisbett.

Old Town Framing Company was featuring art by our dear friend, Ilwaco’s Don Nisbett.


me and our Jenna (Don's spouse, Queen LaDeDa)

me and our Jenna (Don’s spouse, Queen LaDeDa) and Don’s rainbow art on a t shirt

Don had created the rainbow fish art especially for Astoria Pride weekend.

Don and Jenna

Don and Jenna


Don, Dulcye Taylor (art gallery owner) and Jenna

Don, Dulcye Taylor (art gallery owner) and Jenna


Don Nisbett and rainbow fish for Astoria Pride

Don Nisbett and rainbow fish for Astoria Pride


people taking pictures of each other

people taking pictures of each other


Jenna and Don

Jenna and Don

We did not take in the rest of the Art Walk galleries as I was simply tired.  Even though it had been hard to leave my garden this morning and spend the day “overseas”, I felt awfully glad that I had.

At home, even Calvin and Frosty had a rare moment of unity.

I post this blurry 1 AM photo just to prove it can happen.

I post this blurry 1 AM photo just to prove it can happen.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 11: Another day of puttering.  Picked strawberries in a misty rain—got another 8 Sealameal bags for the freezer.  Sorted the various boxes I brought up from the garage sale.

The Jazz lost—MJ 3 pointer with seconds left in the game.

1997 (age 74):

June 11:  11:00 to 4:45  Another good day’s work.  I worked in the shop dumping the trays of planted seeds that didn’t germinate—most of them were old seeds.  Then I started on plants on patio—mainly so I can get the saw horses to move the tomatoes out of greenhouse.  I put several dianthus in large bowl.  Planted some other plants in tam area.  After dinner I planted more seeds until 9:00.

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We have done a small flower bed at Seaview’s Depot Restaurant (our favourite!) for several years.  Here is how the north side garden bed looked in the mid 90s:

Depot garden before

Depot garden before

Sometime around maybe 2007 we started to garden there.  (This is the sort of moment when I really miss iPhoto and its dates in my defunct computer.  I could reload it year by year from discs but am hoping to find an expert who can extract it into my new computer in one fell swoop.)

And here is is during the first year after we made a flower garden there.

And here is is during the first year after we made a flower garden there.

I had been wanting to get rid of that strip of lawn for several years, especially since restaurant owner Nancy wanted more colour that could be seen from the street.  In 2012, we were given the go ahead and …

8 May 2012, 11:16 AM

8 May 2012, 11:16 AM

8 May 1:39 PM

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8 May 5:54 PM

8 May 5:54 PM

We waited til the next day to plant because the Soil Energy mulch was hot.

22 June, the garden coming on

22 June, the garden coming on

22 June, under the northeast window

22 June, under the northeast window

Above, my favourite perennials, Ergyngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, Cistus, and Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’.

22 June, early summer rain

22 June, early summer rain

28 June

28 June

The new part of the garden is planted mostly with Savlia viridis (painted sage) and assorted tall Cosmos grown at The Planter Box.

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28 June

Cosmos

Cosmos

3 July

3 July

3 July

3 July

The lattice is behind the garden covered with hops.

22 July, Dierama (angel's fishing rod) on east wall

22 July, Dierama (angel’s fishing rod) on east wall

23 July

23 July

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23 July

The shrub to the left is Leycesteria formosa (Himalyan honeysuckle), a particular favourite of Chef Michael’s.

12 September

12 September

12 September, exactly the way I wanted it to turn out!

12 September, exactly the way I wanted it to turn out!

12 September, cosmos and Solidago (goldenrod) 'Fireworks'

12 September, cosmos and Solidago (goldenrod) ‘Fireworks’

21 September, Salvia viridis (painted sage) overhung with Leycesteria formosa

21 September, Salvia viridis (painted sage) overhung with Leycesteria formosa

21 September

21 September

21 Sept; the hops went crazy with improved soil.

21 Sept; the hops went crazy with improved soil.

21 September

21 September

21 Sept from the NE corner of the restaurant.

21 Sept from the NE corner of the restaurant.

foreground: Schizostylis (pink, blooms late), Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ (yellow), Acidanthera (white)

On October 30th:  Here’s a first: the hops we grow at The DEPOT Restaurant were included in an ale made by Astoria’s Fort George Brewery.

30 Oct, Co-Hoperative Ale

30 Oct, Co-Hoperative Ale

drawing a glass

drawing a glass

and very delicious it was.

and very delicious it was.

Not only that, but the Fort George harvesters did an impressive job of picking the hops without trampling the garden.  Thank you!

On December 5th, the Cistus and Ageranthymum were still blooming (both from The Basket Case Greenhouse).

5 Dec, Cistus

5 Dec, Cistus

5 Dec, blooming Schizostylis

5 Dec, blooming Schizostylis

The cosmos had gone over and we pulled them, and mulched the new garden with a yard of scrumptious washed dairy manure from The Planter Box.  (Photos to be inserted, perhaps, if/when I get my iPhoto revived…if I took any that day.)

At Chef Michael’s request, we stuck some greens and some bits of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ dried flowerheads into the windowboxes to replace dead annuals.

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windowbox with holly sprigs, evergreen huckleberry, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, red and yellow twig dogwood

(Preview:  I am pleased to tell you these still looked passably good on February 10th 2013!)

Nancy had wanted colour that showed from the street to draw attention to the restaurant, and at the end of the season, she told us that with the new garden bed expansion, “You knocked it out the park!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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