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Here’s our volunteer project at the Ilwaco Post Office through the year in 2015.  The only catastrophe was when a fellow fell into it and broke the yellow and the dark maroon Asiatic lilies.  So far, this little garden is not plagued by deer, and since we planted many tulips in it this fall, we hope that happy state of affairs continues in 2016.

Plants featured in this garden: tulips, narcissi, lilies, California poppies, Gaura ‘So White’, cosmos, Linaria purpurea (toadflax), ornamental grasses, annuals sunflowers, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen, Salvia viridis (painted sage), Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’, penstemon, Papaver rhoeas, and more.

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a slideshow of the garden along the center front path through the year

I am still debating whether or not to turn this path to gravel.  And yet the grass is so soft underfoot, even during the two months that it turns tan rather than green.

The best thing that happened to the front garden in 2015 is when Allan implemented Pam Fleming’s idea of extending the arbour along the driveway.

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I chose a vantage point looking northwest over the southeast corner of the fence around the center courtyard.  It is not a particularly scintillating slide show, as it shows the subtle changes of a mostly green garden that is backed with Virburnum and large Ceanothus and Arbutus.

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Marilyn’s deer friendly garden through our 2015 work year, photographed from the south end of the gravel path while standing by the back porch steps.  Because Marilyn’s is a wildlife garden and is not a public one that needs to be tidied up in the fall, we leave much of it standing all winter, so it does not end up looking all clipped and shorn.  The perennials and grasses get chopped down in February.

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Here is the same view, through the year, at our garden at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Looking southwest in the fenced garden, just inside one of the east gates (except for the first photo, before I formulated my slide show plan).

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Here’s our garden bed on the north side of the Depot Restaurant dining deck through the year.  Some of the plants:  tulips and narcissi, Cosmos ‘Sensation’ mix, lilies, Solidago ‘Fireworks’, Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’, Eryngiums, Verbascum, and hops on the lattice.  How quickly a year goes.  Just before we did this year’s fall clean up, we were dining at the Depot and Allan said we had “just cut the hops down”.  I suddenly had a strong tactile memory of the way the vines feel as I clip them and it did seem we must have already done it this fall and forgotten about it.  But when we went outside after dinner, the hops were still there, so that powerful memory came from a year before and seemed like it had just happened.

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