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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Before following the example of the way we clean up other people’s gardens, read about how a wild winter garden is good for pollinators.

The following idea would be hard for me because I don’t like reaching into sharp stubble to weed, and I remember reading how Christopher Lloyd disliked seeing gardeners leaving short stems because it is painful to work in.  Stubble spreads the nesting out more leading to less disease among the bees:

Leave some stubble for the bees!

Mike’s Garden

We began a few blocks to the east at Mike’s garden.

At this time of year, we usually ruin the day of at least a few spiders by having to break their webs in order to garden.

Mike's front garden...

Mike’s front garden…

...had several big spider webs.

…had several big spider webs.

I managed to save this one, and despite a close call when Allan almost forgot, we preserved one across the path by walking around another way.

south end of front path

south end of front path

Before we left, we pruned that jaggedy gold lonicera into more of a round shape, because that is what Mike likes.  A spider’s web got ruined in the process even though I tried not to.  I was going to give the lonicera a bit of a mohawk to save the web but clipped in just the wrong place by accident.

The echinops (blue globe thistle) has come back beautifully from having the floppy stems cut back hard.

The echinops (blue globe thistle) has come back beautifully from having the floppy stems cut back hard.

Between jobs, we stopped off at home and I had a word with my neighbour, Rudder.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Depot Restaurant

Because we were making a run to the dump with some debris from yesterday and Mike’s garden, Allan cut back some of the willow that hangs over the deck’s tent cover.  I did some cosmos deadheading.

still lots of cosmos

still lots of cosmos

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

The irrigation is back on for the front windowboxes, at my request, and they have revived.

The irrigation is back on for the front windowboxes, at my request, and they have revived.

Long Beach

While Allan tidied the Veterans Field gardens, mostly clipping back storm damaged cosmos in the corner garden bed, I checked up on a couple of blocks worth of planters for last minute deadheading.

cosmos still going strong

cosmos still going strong in city planter

lots of Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in Veterans Field

lots of Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in Veterans Field flag pavilion bed

Anchorage Cottages

On the way to the Anchorage, we always look for this dog, and almost always find him or her in this playhouse.

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When we got to the Anchorage, I found the explanation for why I felt so uncomfortable and as if I might be getting sick with a fever.  It had not occurred to me till Allan pointed it out that the temperature was so high in mid October!

This 80 degree photograph was the only one I took at the Anchorage!

This 80 degree photograph was the only one I took at the Anchorage!

Allan's before photo of digging out some more running roses...

Allan’s before photo of digging out some more running roses…

and after

and after

Long Beach 

Back to Long Beach…I wanted to check up on the Lisa Bonney memorial planter out on the beach approach.  A member of her family had, we heard, planted some new plants there for a little memorial service.

Hmm, they had added some impatiens, which were not all that happy... but had probably looked fine on the important day.

Hmm, they had added some impatiens, which were not all that happy… but had probably looked fine on the important day.

Allan's photo; impatiens are too tender for this tough location.

Allan’s photo; impatiens are too tender for this tough location.

It is so hard to keep anything but the most basic plants in this planter because showy plants always get stolen…despite the memorial plaque.  Almost all locals know the story about how the beloved and kind Lisa was murdered, in full view of witnesses, during a festival out here on the beach approach.  Her estranged boyfriend was the killer.  Every year, there is a fundraiser race against domestic violence in her honour, and I think of her every time we garden here.

plaque on Lisa's memorial planter

plaque on Lisa’s memorial planter

Some horses on their way to the beach provided some distraction.

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a nearby gull

a nearby gull

more planter weeding (Allan's photo)

more planter weeding (Allan’s photo)

Some friends will know that that I had a headache all day since every photo of me shows a cold wet bandanna around my head.

next, a big debris dump at Peninsula Sanitation transfer station's clean green pile

next, a big debris dump at Peninsula Sanitation transfer station’s clean green pile

Ilwaco

We picked up some books at the Ilwaco Timberland Library and I admired the fall crocus in the community building garden.

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lovely crocus at community building, planted by Kathleen Sayce

lovely crocus at community building, planted by Kathleen Sayce

At the port, we did a couple of hours of weeding into the very low early evening sun.

ornamental grass with setting sun

ornamental grass with setting sun

backlit

backlit

We marked the shrubs at the old Shorebank garden that are coming out for sightline reasons.  The three arbutus at the end can never be allowed to get big enough to fully flower, so they must go.

It is sad but necessary that these will be backhoed out.

It is sad but necessary that these will be backhoed out.

We had wanted to fill in the time before dinner, with a half an hour in between at home.  All of a sudden, we were racing the clock to get done with a satisfactory amount of weeding by 6:30!

6:30 was coming too soon.

6:30 was coming too soon.

We got most of the weeds, not quite all the way to the west end.

sunset clouds over the marina

sunset clouds over the marina

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On the way home, in the dimming light, I took a couple of photos of sweet peas at the boatyard, just to record how well these two clumps have clambered up the fence.

sweet pea 'Black Knight'

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’

and a mixed bunch

and a mixed bunch

More sweet peas next year!

sunset sky over our own garden

sunset sky over our own garden

and Jeff's boat house two doors down

and Jeff’s boat house two doors down

We got home and divested ourselves of the trailer and arrived at our weekly dinner engagement and meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang just three minutes late.  I had finally taken a migraine pill so I could enjoy dinner without the maddening headache.

The Cove Restaurant

in the foyer

in the foyer

delicious autumn pear and goat cheese salad with some beets

delicious autumn pear and goat cheese salad with some beets

Melissa had the duck.

Melissa had the duck.

I had a great craving for the ahi tuna.

I had a great craving for the ahi tuna.

Dave had my other favourite dish, the cajun chicken alfredo.

Dave had my other favourite dish, the cajun chicken alfredo.

Allan had the fish tacos, $3 each.

Allan had the fish tacos, $3 each.  (his photo)

recording the moment (Allan's photo)

recording the moment (Allan’s photos)

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Arnold Palmer (Allan's photo)

Arnold Palmer (Allan’s photo)

cannoli for dessert!

cannoli for dessert!

Melissa and Dave dig in.

Melissa and Dave dig in.

after dinner, compliments to Chef Jason Lancaster

after dinner, compliments to Chef Jason Lancaster

Jason and Lynn

Jason and Lynn

and our good friend Parking Lot Cat (Allan's photo)

and our good friend Parking Lot Cat (Allan’s photo)

Next: four, but not five, days off

 

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Because a big storm was predicted, we did not go to our north end jobs this week.  It seemed a waste of clients’ money to groom gardens for a weekend when guests would be unlikely to be in them.  So we focused on Long Beach, which always has tourists walking by the gardens no matter what the weather.

The Planter Box

First, we took a summer worth of pots to The Planter Box for re-use.

First, we took a summer worth of pots to The Planter Box for re-use.  We must have the garage clear for Bulb Time soon.

clematis for sale

clematis for sale

I bought three pumpkins and found this little fella under one.

I bought three pumpkins and found this little fella under one.

Suddenly a gardening convention began when both Dave and Ed Strange showed up.

Dave, Jackson, Ed

Dave, Jackson, Ed

Ed, Jackson, Teresa

Ed, Jackson, store owner Teresa

pumpkins!

pumpkins! and bulb food

Long Beach

The big mission of the day was to dig out two daylilies from Fifth Street Park.  They are a lovely big maroon colour, but since we only do the park once a week, they don’t get deadheading often enough.

Fifth Street Park before (Allan's photo)

Fifth Street Park before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

While Allan did that, I checked the planters that I had not attended to yesterday.

I got to meet a sweetheart of an 8 month old Malamute, which was an extra treat since I have been reading Susan Conant’s Dog Lover’s Mystery series with two malamutes as recurring characters. 

a darling!

a darling!

Cosmos and painted sage

Cosmos and painted sage…amd a bee caught by a spider.  The spider was gently deposited into the grass behind me.

The last day of lush planters if the storm comes...

The last day of lush planters if the storm comes…

Salvia patens

Salvia patens

This tree garden looks moderately nice.

This tree garden looks moderately nice. (I still compare them so unfavourably to Pam’s Seaside gardens.)

gunnera in Fifth Street Park (east side)

gunnera in Fifth Street Park (east side)

Fifth Street Park waterfall pond

Fifth Street Park waterfall pond

big hydrangea at the back of Fifth Street Park

big hydrangea at the back of Fifth Street Park

northeast side of Fifth Street Park

northeast side of Fifth Street Park

lots of Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' and another of those non blooming cosmos!

lots of Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and another of those non blooming cosmos!

The carousel is further dismantled.

The carousel is further dismantled.

We headed off to the city works yard to dump our debris and get some soil, attending to the northernmost block of planters on the way.

Geranium 'Rozanne' will be battered by the storm.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ will be battered by the storm.

So pleased my Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave' came back. (with Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve')

So pleased my Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’ came back. (with Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’)

my favourite planter of the year

my favourite planter of the year

(Two days later, when we drove through town, the storm had battered the planters so much that this was indeed the last day of a beautiful flower show for 2015.)(Or so we thought!)

Next: getting some soil from our dwindling pile at City Works yard (Allan's photo)

Next: getting some soil from our dwindling pile at City Works yard (Allan’s photo)

after filling the holes (Allan's photo)

after filling the holes (Allan’s photo)

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)  More room for cosmos next year!

One of the daylilies, which originally came from my garden, will go to Debbie for her Master Gardener plant sale.  The one that got infested with orange montbretia went right into the city debris pile.

Ilwaco

We drove along the port gardens just to check on them.  They must be weeded next week for sure!

at the boatyard

at the boatyard

All we did today was pull the cosmos out of the Port Office garden.

All we did today was pull the cosmos out of the Port Office garden.

at home

I realized at the city works yard that, since the wind had not yet arrived, we could have a campfire.

evening light

evening light

I hope not the last one of the season. (Allan's photo)

I hope not the last one of the season. (Allan’s photo)

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Smokey enjoys a fire.

Smokey enjoys a fire.

He likes his own chair.

He likes his own chair.

I thought the sky promised a good sunset. Instead, it just turned to grey.

I thought the sky promised a good sunset. Instead, it just turned to grey.

how I love a campfire! (Allan's photo)

how I love a campfire! (Allan’s photo)

Smokey in his chair.

Smokey in his chair.

toasted hot dogs followed by buttered corn roasted in foil

toasted hot dogs followed by buttered corn roasted in foil

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

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Friday, 25 September 2015

I accomplished nothing but a good long artificially aided sleep, since more than 6 hours seems impossible without help from an OTC potion.  I proofread two weeks worth of this blog (you wouldn’t want to read the unproofread version!) and now I intend to finish an excellent book, The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives and later, to watch The Amazing Race season opener.

I hear Allan being productive out mowing the lawn, and earlier in the day, he ran errands and checked on the community building garden; he had received a phone call from the head librarian that a new sign had been installed.

A mugo pine was the casualty.

A mugo pine was the casualty.  As were some trampled colchicums.


colchicums down

colchicums down

We are glad to have the space to plant something that will give some summer colour.  We don’t have a plant budget but we do have Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ aplenty and have already intermingled them into this front border.

the new sign, readable and bright

the new sign, readable and bright.  The old sign faced the street and was vulnerable to being hit by cars in the parking lot.


Allan has taken on full responsibility for this garden.

Allan has taken on full responsibility for this garden.


a fern by the entrance

a fern by the entrance

Allan then made his own visit to NIVA green to return a book that Heather had lent him (River Horse by William Least Heat Moon).

inside the wondrous NIVA green

inside the wondrous NIVA green


"New, Inspired, Vintage, Artful" and ecologically green

“New, Inspired, Vintage, Artful” and ecologically green

He deadheaded the post office garden…

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and generally put my non-productive day to shame.  As I typed this, I hear him hammering and, until dark, he applied the crosspieces to the top of the new arbour.

industrious Allan

industrious Allan


blue crosspieces

blue crosspieces


Allan's photo: his other audience

Allan’s photo: his other audience


looking east through the new deer barrier

looking east through the new deer barrier

I heard loud meowing from far to the west.  Even Smokey had been out having adventures.

He came running from Mary's yard, two doors down.

He came running from Mary’s yard, two doors down.


Perhaps he had been even further afield visiting little dogs down the block.

Perhaps he had been even further afield visiting little dogs down the block.


He returned at a quick pace.

He returned at a quick pace….

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and flopped for a tummy rub.

and flopped for a tummy rub.

Smokey suggested that he and I should go look at the back garden.

Touring the gorgeous Oysterville garden two days ago had convinced me I need to stop pecking away at the lawn, because large green areas do so much to enhance the garden.

The lawn has gone back to green almost everywhere.

The lawn has gone back to green almost everywhere.


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The back of the garden stayed green even during the worst of this summer’s drought.

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The large lawn area by the fire circle makes it easy to circulate when we have company.

The large lawn area by the fire circle makes it easy to circulate when we have company.

I went indoors to read and completely missed the spectacular sunset.

Allan's photo: He hammered until dark.

Allan’s photos: He hammered until dark.

Allan's photo

Allan's photo

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Book News

I recently finished this excellent book.

I finished this excellent book.

One passage that especially spoke to me was how the truly poor cannot even afford a cup of tea with friends or gas to go visit someone.  That’s the truth about grinding poverty.  However, while I don’t want to give the impression that the following passage is an idyll, I loved the story about city farms amid the urban blight of Detroit:

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A point to ponder, from Jim Ziliak:

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As I have seen people struggle just to find a place they can afford to rent, I’ve known for twenty years that if I had not owned a little house in Seattle that I was able to sell when I bought a little house here, I would not have been able to survive financially despite the years when we were working seven days a week and doing odd jobs during non gardening season.

The second half of How the Other Half  Still Lives proposes all sorts of useful ideas for how to improve the lot of the poor in this country.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Allan finished the arbour crosspieces, and, below, he shows the view from the ladder-top.

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While the perfect non-garden-touring weekend for me involves not leaving my own property, we did go to the last Saturday market of the season in order to get some peaches and a delicious take-home lunch.

our post office garden

our post office garden


Allan's photo: Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in one of our curbside gardens

Allan’s photo: Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in one of our curbside gardens


looking west on Howerton

looking west on Howerton


Allan's photo from the dock

Allan’s photo from the dock


Allan's photo: three market-goers

Allan’s photo: three market-goers


De Asis Farm and Produce

De Asis Farm and Produce


The glass ball booth: I wanted these all summer and continued to frugally resist.

The glass ball booth: I wanted these all summer and continued to frugally resist.


Anthony De Luz of Blue Collar Eats. He rhapsodized about the way the wine marinade caramelized on the chicken.

Anthony De Luz of Blue Collar Eats. He rhapsodized about the way the wine marinade caramelized on the chicken.

From Anthony’s website (where you will also see my photos of his market booth over the summer)”

blue collar

menu

We had smoky chicken cabernet and buttery coco chicken.

We are hoping that he will be cooking at the Salt Hotel pub after helping to get the space ready to open.

At home, after we ate our scrumptious Blue Collar Eats, Allan embarked on another project.

outdoor lamp, before and after

outdoor lamp, before and after (Allan’s photo)


I admired the new arbor top....

I admired the new arbor top….


I like the strong shadows.

I like the strong shadows.

Knowing that we were taking an unusually long weekend, I enjoyed some weeding and transplanting in the garden without feeling any pressure.

the garden at dusk

the garden at dusk


sunset over the new arbour

sunset over the new arbour

I continued to read in the evenings without booting up the computer and with only an occasional check in to Facebook and email from my phone.  We still had three days to go on our long weekend, almost a mini vacation, during the slow time before fall clean up and bulb planting.

 

 

 

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First, a real time reminder:

coming up August 9th

coming up August 9th

Monday, 20 July 2015

Our mission of the day was to water the Long Beach trees and planters and spend some time on the beach approach garden.

As we got our hoses together, I found a snail in the trailer.  Before I took it to a grassy spot (because I don’t like to kill them), I wondered if it would like a drink…and it did.  (Allan’s photos)

It was actually swallowing water.

It was actually swallowing water.

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"Thanks for the drink, friend."

“Thanks for the drink, friend.”

off to water with my hose and quick-connect

off to water with my hose and quick-connect

the planter by the carousel

the planter by the carousel with tigridia and cosmos

lilies in Fifth Street Park

lilies in Fifth Street Park

nasturtiums

nasturtiums

seventh street intersection

seventh street intersection with Salvia patens and a blue Agastache

a refreshing bottle of water given to me by the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop clerk

a refreshing bottle of water given to me by the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop clerk

Allan planted some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts under a tree that has been repeatedly trampled.  They will be tougher than the hardy fuchsias that we tried (and that got smashed to nothingness).

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with high hopes

with high hopes

By Dennis Company (the cranberry harvesting mural), Allan's photo

By Dennis Company (the cranberry harvesting mural), Allan’s photo with cosmos and Agastache

Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

wee eryngium seedling (Allan's photo)

wee eryngium seedling (Allan’s photo)

The Hungry Harbor (Allan's photo)

The Hungry Harbor (Allan’s photo)

When we finished watering, we went out to the Bolstad beach approach garden to weed.  Some of the semi-permanent sand creations from Sandsations were still there.  The rest are built on the beach and washed away by the tide.  These are constructed with some glue in the mix and last about a week.

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castle

This castle had a shout out to one of our favourite restaurants...

This castle had a shout out to one of our favourite restaurants…

The Cove

The Cove

detail

impressive details

We went to work pulling weeds at a couple of garden sections near the arch.

We went to work pulling weeds at a couple of garden sections near the arch.

Allan's photo: clipping roses that poke out into the street

Allan’s photo: clipping roses that poke out into the street and pulling the long grasses

The beach approach job did not seem bad at all today.  I think I actually like it again, and I think the reason is that we finally have TIME now that Andersen’s RV Park has sold.  I also remembered that one of the perks of the job is getting to see lots of cute canines strolling by with their people.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Lorna from our bank, our client Diane, and Misty (Allan's photo)

Lorna from our bank, who helped us with our mortgage, and our friend and client Diane, and our good friend Misty (Allan’s photo)

They helped pull some long grasses while we chatted.

They helped pull some long grasses while we chatted.

at home

Because Allan had watered the Ilwaco planters the night before, we got home in time for a walk around and some garden appreciation.

sweet peas

sweet peas

the towering lilies

the towering lilies

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roses well matched with a hardy gladiola

roses well matched with a hardy gladiola

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lilies and Sambucus 'Sutherland Gold'

lilies and Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’

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Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Nicotiana langsdorfii and daisies

Nicotiana langsdorfii and daisies

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It's mostly about lilies right now.

It’s mostly about lilies right now.

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

I had been so busy garden touring over the weekend that I had done no gardening at all, and I now had a new batch of ladies in waiting, mostly ones brought me by Debbie Teashon from her selection at Kingston Henery Hardware.

pitcher plants from Debbie Teashon

pitcher plants from Debbie Teashon

little bluestem grasses

little bluestem grasses

variegated pittosporum

variegated pittosporum

Sophora

Sophora ‘Little Baby’ and another Pittosporum and a Black Cherry fuchsia

ladies in waiting!

ladies in waiting!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

in the east window: the remnant of the night blooming cereus flower is still hanging on.

in the east window: the remnant of the night blooming cereus flower is still hanging on.

view out the east window

view out the east window

front garden with Tetrapanax, lilies, cardoon

front garden with Tetrapanax, lilies, cardoon

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

a new sheaf of lilies opening

a new sheaf of lilies opening

My poor sanguisorbas in the front garden just can never get enough water.

My poor sanguisorbas in the front garden just can never get enough water.

Mike’s garden

We began our work day at Mayor Mike’s garden a few blocks east.

The garden is being watered regularly now and looks better.

The garden is being watered regularly now and looks better.

west side of house

west side of house

ongoing project: clipping some of the old growth from the climbing rose

ongoing project: clipping some of the old growth from the climbing rose

Geranium 'Rozanne'...

Geranium ‘Rozanne’…

and pulmonaria showing signs of good watering.

and pulmonaria showing signs of good watering.

I was glad to see a happy, unthirsty garden there today.

Ilwaco Post Office

At our volunteer post office, something, or more likely someONE, has been stripping flowers off the tall lily.

the ridiculously tall lily...

the ridiculously tall lily…

with flowers stripped right off, not in the way a deer would.

with flowers stripped right off, not in the way a deer would.  Irritating!

Long Beach

the Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

the Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

red, white, mostly blue

red, white, blue

Salvia patens that came back big and strong from last year.

Salvia patens that came back big and strong from last year.

After weeding the Vet Field gardens, we were back out weeding the Bolstad beach approach.  It felt so wonderful to have time.

before

before

before

before

after

after

The weeding is rough, and we are not getting all the grass roots out because the sand is dry and compacted like cement.  However, it looks much more restful to the eye…and until it rains, the grasses will be dormant. I like the motto of a pro gardening friend we know:  If I can’t see it, it’s not there.

restful to the eye

restful to the eye

I'm so impressed with Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' for doing this well with no water.

I’m so impressed with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ for doing this well with no water.

Allan at work

Allan at work

looking east to the Long Beach arch

looking east to the Long Beach arch

It is a wonderful thing to go home after a productive day and cross two more sections off the beach approach on the work list.  From 13 sections, we are now down to only 2 left to weed.

the work board!

the work board!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

My work behavior, or lack of it, is shocking these days. Just took three days off, and we are going to cram the work into just two days now so that I can go to the Sylvia Beach Hotel with old friend Carol from Thursday through Sunday. I am hoping we get enough done so that all Allan will have to do for work during that time is water Ilwaco (and maybe Larry’s garden if we have dry weather).

Long Beach

After the hot, dry weather, we definitely had to water the Long Beach trees and planters. Some showers are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday. Getting the soil moist now will help the rain water to soak in; otherwise, just showers would not penetrate the soil.

Allan wished to promote this decal that he saw on a car; the owners were happy to see him photographing it.

Allan wished to promote this decal that he saw on a car; the owners were happy to see him photographing it.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if this inspired me to really pursue adopting a greyhound? (Because Allan does not want a dog.) I have heard that some greyhounds chase cats, and that would not do in our house.

All the retired greyhound friends that I’ve had have been wonderful dogs indeed.

Allan's photo:  This planter was complimented as a unique one and a visitor wanted to know what was the plant mix and where to get them.

Allan’s photo: This planter was complimented as a unique one and a visitor wanted to know what was the plant mix and where to get them.

This is the same planter I was fretting over last week as being full of creeping red clover.

Allan's photo:  Trying to reduce the fall die back under a dry tree.

Allan’s photo: Trying to reduce the fall die back under a dry tree.

The tree south of the stoplight on the west side has no working water system so unless Allan hauls a bucket to it from the next planter down, it stays dry.

Allan's photo:  The next thing for your car, the tail wags with the wiper!

Allan’s photo: The next thing for your car, the tail wags with the wiper!

Allan's photo:  Long Beach was blessed as a field trip destination.

Allan’s photo: Long Beach was blessed as a field trip destination.

Allan's photo:  a very dry hanging basket before it got watered by city crew with 75 foot hose.

Allan’s photo: a very dry hanging basket before it got watered by city crew with 75 foot hose.

Some of the baskets looked so stressed I thought they might have been missed on the weekend watering, or maybe it was just from the 85 degree weather. This and the other one by the Fifth Street Park restroom are just about at the end, while the four at the gazebo and police station still look excellent.

Allan's photo: city crew member watering a hanging basket

Allan’s photo: city crew member watering a hanging basket

Allan's watering life would be easier if his water trailer was set up like this.  Unfortunately, to water Ilwaco he needs 100 feet of hose (two 50 footers joined together).

Allan’s watering life would be easier if his water trailer was set up like this. Unfortunately, to water Ilwaco he needs 100 feet of hose (two 50 footers joined together).

Fifth Street Park...loving the striped cannas although only two out of three bloomed.

SW quadrant of Fifth Street Park…loving the striped cannas although only two out of three bloomed. Next year: fertilizer so they get bigger. This is a damp corner, which they should like.

across the street kitty corner in the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park:  Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' steals the show.

across the street kitty corner in the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park: Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ steals the show.

moldy old Dorothy Perkins rose

moldy old Dorothy Perkins rose

I would love to dig out that Dorothy Perkins rose, always whiteish with powdery mildew, from the NW quadrant to the park. That would undo the match with the healthy and beautiful Super Dorothy on the other side the of the street. Even so, I think plain old Dorothy has to go. It is irksome to have to constantly clip her back from the driveway, which she would love to engulf.

The city has replaced the bench that disappeared during Rod Run last weekend.

The city has replaced the bench that disappeared during Rod Run last weekend.

This was our original planter, one of four, back in volunteer days. In fact, my four planters caught the eye of the city administrator back then (Nabiel Shawa) and that led to my getting the city flower-care job eventually.

the planter by the credit union...still excellent with dahlias and California poppies

the planter by the credit union…still excellent with dahlias and California poppies and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Andersen’s RV Park

The park was still almost full of RVers.

The park was still almost full of RVers.

Clamming season will soon begin and bring even more park guests.

Clamming season will soon begin and bring even more park guests.

The Bad Aster is putting on a good show.  As soon as it is done, I will pull as much as possible so it does not take over the whole park.

The Bad Aster is putting on a good show. As soon as it is done, I will pull as much as possible so it does not take over the whole park.

the picket fence garden looking autumnal

the picket fence garden looking autumnal

I'm currently reading a delightful and amusing book about 'trailerites'; I highly recommend it.

I’m currently reading a delightful and amusing book about ‘trailerites’; I highly recommend it.

Anchorage Cottages

I was delighted to see a good review of The Anchorage on Trip Advisor with raves about the garden. I snagged the photos from the Trip Advisor app on my phone. As you can see, I have been setting my blog to publish in the early morning, but it gets written in the late evening. At least, I think these are taken by a guest, because photos from the management say “Anchorage Management” on them. Anyway, whoever took them, I like seeing the gardens (even undeadheaded cosmos) through someone else’s eyes.

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Today at the Anchorage:

Fuchsia 'Golden Gate' (I think)

Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’ (I think)

Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

Persicaria 'Dimity' still looking good in its decline.

Persicaria ‘Dimity’ still looking good in its decline.

center courtyard

center courtyard with painted sage

arbutus in bloom

arbutus in bloom

cosmos and Fuchsia magellanica; windowboxes are mismatched now as one Calibrachoa died.

cosmos and Fuchsia magellanica; windowboxes are mismatched now as Calibrachoa died on the lefthand one.

Anchorage office

Anchorage office

home

At home in the evening, I did some hose watering and especially admired two plants.

Mahonia gracilipes, for which I once paid $45 from the Heronswood catalog even though I was rather poor.  Note the white back to the leaves.

Mahonia gracilipes, for which I once paid $45 from the Dan Hinkley Heronswood catalog even though I was rather poor. Note the white back to the leaves.

I had seen a photo of the gleaming white leaf undersides in a photo during a Dan Hinkley lecture and could not resist. As a young plant, the under-leaves were not white; that developed later.

I've had it for years and it is blooming for the first time.  (It was set back from being transplanted from our old house.)

I’ve had it for years and it is blooming and berrying for the first time. (It was set back from being transplanted from our old house.)

And I noticed some pink berries on a special snowberry that I bought...somewhere.  Maybe Back Alley Gardens when Pam Fleming was there.

And I noticed some pink berries on a special snowberry that I bought…somewhere. Maybe Back Alley Gardens when Pam Fleming was there.

Allan made the second tasty dinner with Nancy’s and Phil’s gift of salmon.

with our seemingly endless supply of cherry tomatoes

with our seemingly endless supply of cherry tomatoes

This post is set to publish on 9-27 (as I fell way behind again with cottage tour posts) so:

Happy Birthday, Kathleen!

Garden theme birthday cake with white picket fence and ladyug and bee

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Monday, 23 December, 2013

Today was the last day of running around, trying to get things done day before Christmas.  How, without family or children involved, do we create such busy-ness!?  Fortunately, it was ever so enjoyable.

With Olde Towne coffeeshop closed, we got right down to errands and work after a late breakfast.  Yes, work, but I’m not calling it work because we did not charge anyone money for three brief garden checkups.

In Long Beach, the freezing temperatures of a couple of weeks ago had hit the schizostylis in all the planters and parks and turned it to mush.  That is not something I will spend time fixing at this time of year, but a lesson learned is to maybe cut it all back during earlier fall clean up next year.

mushy Schizostylis in planter by Fifth Street Park

mushy Schizostylis in planter by Fifth Street Park

I did particularly want to stop at the planter above to clip off some white stalks that had caught my eye unfavourably last time we drove through town.

more mush in Fifth Street Park

more mush in Fifth Street Park

Above, I am leaving the dead stalks to hide the weedy mess behind the restroom building, an area we can’t easily get at in the summer…and while I was somewhat bothered by the grass blades on the lawn, I was not bothered enough to do anything about it, especially since we had not brought a rake.  It will have to wait till February or for a member of the city crew to notice it.

later!

later!

It does bother me, though...

It does bother me, though…

No, I have turned in my last bill of the season to Long Beach and am on break.  Darn it.  Walk away.

In a planter by the park, the Asphodeline was thwarted in its attempt to bloom.

In a planter by the park, the Asphodeline was thwarted in its attempt to bloom.

We stopped at the Cottage Bakery to get a couple of pastries for a Christmas present.

Cottage Bakery holiday window

Cottage Bakery holiday window, downtown Long Beach

And at Sweet Celebrations to get six cupcakes to add to our present for Klipsan Beach Cottages.

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in the tiny little mall just north of The Cottage Bakery

Then we stopped at NIVA green, my favourite shop, for twofold reasons:  To get a few more last minute presents and to deliver the pastry present to owner Heather Ramsay.

a new creation by Heather: a lamp inside an old heater.

a new creation by Heather: a lamp inside an old heater.  “Moth 2 Flame” art lamp

After a pleasant social visit during which local author Sarah Sloane dropped by (very fortuitously, as Allan had a present for her which he was going to leave with Heather!) we drove on to do a little more work in Ocean Park.  I knew the cold weather would have browned off the Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in the Oman Builders Supply garden, as I well remember how last year my first visit there revealed the shocking sight of some that had looked terrible for who knows how long.

I was so right!

I was so right!

There was far more Gaura than I had remembered and we were hard pressed to stuff all the debris into a big garbage bag.  We did not even have a broom to pick up the mess as we have removed all but a few hand tools from the van.

all cleaned up (sort of)

all cleaned up (sort of)

As for the lavender and the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, they can keep their old spikes till February because we ARE on staycation, after all.

On the way south again, we made our Christmas present exchange stop at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

winter deer fence at KBC

winter deer fence at KBC

In the dusk, I just had to cut down the damaged Melianthus major, some Agapanthus and, precariously, some Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ in the center planter…dangerous because I did not want to cut the cord of the decorative lights!

Melianthus...down...

Melianthus…down…

I managed to not cut the light cord in  the planter this time!  (There was a sad story about some summer “bee” lights that got snipped once upon a time.  I wrecked them; Allan tried to fix them to no avail.)

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KBC garden

some more lights in the KBC garden

the tree on pond island

the tree on pond island

Inside, we had some wine and a short but pleasant visit before the family dinnertime, and the agreement that we had all been so busy during the year that a longer visit was long overdue.

in the living room

in the living room

That's Sarah, or Timmy, with Denny and Mary-Mom.

That’s Sarah, or Timmy, with Denny and Mary-Mom.

and the new dog, Bella (a rescued Great Pyrenees)

and the new dog, Bella (a rescued Great Pyrenees)

and one of the kitties drinking from the sink, so cute.

and one of the kitties drinking from the sink, so cute.

On the way back home, we happily succumbed to a suggestion planted by a photograph on the 42nd Street Café’s Facebook page and stopped there to get the hot cider drink (with “cedar bitters”) and dinner.

the suggestion

the suggestion

the suggestion

and our result

42nd Street Café

42nd Street Café

Intrigued by the idea of pizza made with delicious naan bread, yet mystified by the word “muffaletta”, I queried owner Blaine Walker and learned that muffaletta had something to do with olives.  I love olives, so ordered it and I would happily eat this every day of my life.

pizza made with muffaletta sauce

pizza made with muffaletta sauce

We sat next to an Eric Wiegardt painting and there, in the background above, sat our gardening client Eric and his family.

Starters at the 42nd Street always include some fresh, warm bread and their signature corn relish.  I also had a cup of their  tomato soup, the best version of tomato soup with blue cheese that I’ve ever eaten.  I’d had a craving for it ever since our friend Patricia Moss served it at a birthday party.  It is their most requested recipe.

bread and corn relish

bread and corn relish

This goes way back to the days of the previous owners and to my early days on the Peninsula, when the 42nd Street was a basic roadside diner serving comfort food (pot roast, chicken fried steak, and the like).  Those things are still on the menu along with more “fine dining” options.  I tried a comfort food item which was absolutely delicious on a cold evening:

I could happily eat this every week!

I could happily eat this every week!

Allan got the rockfish special of the evening and was very pleased.

Allan got the rockfish special of the evening and was very pleased.

As we dined, one of the head servers came out with a piece of cake with a lit birthday sparkler fizzing away on top.  I was utterly charmed by the way she paraded the bright little cake around the entire room before presenting it to the birthday girl who was seated at the table closest to the door, and then the whole restaurant sang happy birthday.  It still brings a tear to me eye to remember it as this part of the best of human nature.

For dessert, we each got the tiny mint chocolate sorbet “for those who want just a hint of chocolate and sweetness after their meal”.

exquisite and really not all that tiny

exquisite and really not all that tiny

At the very end of the meal, Blaine brought us a taste of a squash liqueur, a specialty of the Café.  I found it fascinating (especially since it is only in the past few years that I have learned to appreciate dishes like butternut squash ravioli).  Next time, I will be sure to order some.  I think that next time will be soon as I have suddenly fallen in love with dining at the 42nd Street.

At last, all our Christmas errands but one were complete and we could settle into two weeks of staycation before January and (I am sorry to say) potential jury duty for me.  Staycation itself will last until February…and possibly INTO February if I feel I have some jury time to make up for!

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Wednesday, 13 November, 2013

Now, having sorted many the bulb last night, I have time to share the photos of the lovely workday that preceded the bulb sorting frenzy.

We began with blue skies and warmish weather at The Wiegardt Gallery in Ocean Park.

Wiegardt Gallery

Wiegardt Gallery

What a contrast to last week’s weather when we got stormed out.  Our mission this week and next week is to get bulbs in the ground without too much distraction.

Quite a few went into this newly cleared area.

Quite a few went into this newly cleared area.

a late Cistus flower

a late Cistus flower

rhodo blooming early

rhodo blooming early (or late)

glorious autumnal grass

glorious autumnal grass

Then we planted some Narcissi at the Oman Builders Supply garden.  I was pleased at how well it continues to look; on our last two trips north we have only had time to look at it while driving by.

looking south

looking south

looking north

looking north

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve, Hebe, Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve, Hebe, Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

The only bothersomely empty spots are two areas where three gorgeous Eryngiums were stolen early in the summer.

lacking Eryngiums

lacking Eryngiums

By then, I could not acquire any to replace them with.  Or so I thought.  I remember now that The Planter Box may still have some Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’.  Perhaps if I acquired and planted some now, they would root in and be harder to steal next year.

Not brooding overmuch about the theft, we went on to the garden at Klipsan Beach Cottages where we had some plans for more than just bulb planting.   Allan got to the task of removing the big rambling rose canes that were tangled in the bay tree.

before

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after

after

He cleared more wild violets and Schizostylis from the lawn border and planted Narcissi.

bulbs placed to go in

bulbs placed to go in, before weeding

It was backwards to put the bulbs down before he got the weeding done;  I should have laid them out on the lawn instead.

My task was to sort out the bulbs from 16 seasonal window box liners, all small species narcissi, tulips, crocus, snowdrops, Fritillaria meleagris and Iris reticulata, all blooming before May.  The window boxes have been removed from the cottages for the sake of trying to streamline the care of the gardens somewhat as we are all getting older.

old window box

delving into an old window box

a treasure trove of minor bulbs

a treasure trove of minor bulbs

I lavished them all around the gardens outside the deer fence since most will be deer resistant, and even the occasional species tulip might be too short to be tempting.

I had been especially looking forward to meeting the new dog that Mary and Denny are fostering and may adopt.  Like the dear departed Misty and Debbie, she is a Great Pyrenees.  If she and Riley (Mary and Denny’s Doberman) get along ok, she will join the family permanently.  Riley is feeling jealous so I was careful to give him more pets and attention than the new dog…

Here she is!

Here she is!

The poor girl was used as a puppy mill and is over 20 pounds underweight.

In the garden, there is still much beauty to see.

Fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry'

Fuchsia ‘Debron’s Black Cherry’

bird bath of stillness

bird bath of stillness

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

the pond island bed

the pond island bed

two of eight cottages

two of eight cottages

dusk in the autumn garden

dusk in the autumn garden

orbs

orbs

The fall clean up sessions we have been doing have inspired Mary to put one of her winter signs in the garden:

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And then, straight on home where I plunged into five straight hours of bulb sorting (as described in yesterday evening’s hasty blog post).  Before I entered Bulb Central (the garage), the reflection our neighbour’s upstairs window alerted me to take a look at the sunset.

moonrise over our neighbours' roof

moonrise over our neighbours’ roof

sunset over Lake Street

sunset over Lake Street

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