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As I continue to catch up with the work blog….

July 30

We begin at the Port where the garden at Time Enough Books needs some water.

I admire the Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ which is at its peak in the gardens on the north side of the Port Office.

looking east

looking east

looking west

looking west

close up

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’

Then…on to Gene’s garden in south Long Beach.  It is still looking very good from the tour, but I am going to be guiding a garden club tour there on August 7, so we want to make sure it is deadheaded thoroughly to keep the cosmos going.  (I have no idea why I write some posts in present and some in past tense, if any editor types are wondering.)

front corner of street-side garden

front (SW) corner of street-side garden

painted sage at east end of street-side garden

painted sage at east end of street-side garden

I never tire of painted sage and hope my 50? readers don’t either!

looking east

looking east

I spy a hummingbird on the Crocosmia 'Lucifer'!

I spy a hummingbird on the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’!

garden detail

garden detail

in the courtyard

in the courtyard

Gene's upcycled pallet composter and how it opens at the base

Gene’s upcycled pallet composter and how it opens at the base

courtyard table

courtyard table

Gene planted this Farfugium.

Gene planted this Farfugium on the shady courtyard wall.

looking south in the courtyard

looking south in the courtyard

Some fragrant lilies would be amazing along the east fence of this courtyard.  Gene would have to diligently protect the new sprouts from slugs.  The scent would fill up the space.

From the outside, just a hint of the courtyard's beauty

From the outside, just a hint of the courtyard’s beauty

Next, we go to Jo’s, also with the purpose of watering and deadheading while Jo and Bob are out of town.  (I can only say this because I am writing it three weeks later!)

Jo's colours still going strong

Jo’s colours still going strong

Jo is missing some of her lilies and I hope they will still be blooming when she and Bob return.  (They were, I am happy to say!)

lily with green throat

downfacing lily

upfacing

upfacing

tall and deep red

tall and deep red

with Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

daisies topped with Lavatera 'Barnsley'

daisies topped with Lavatera ‘Barnsley’

We then return to Ilwaco to spend a long session weeding in Ann’s garden

Ann's fenced veg garden

Ann’s fenced veg garden

It doesn’t look like much, but I planted a small river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (just three) down a slope on the west side of the garden.

Rozanne with potential

Rozanne with potential

It will look good sprawling and climbing near Ann’s stunning blue hydrangea.

Ann's hydrangea

July 31

We begin at the Depot where a passerby has a wonderful Saint Bernard.  This, of course, causes me to strike up a conversation in order to pet the dog.

dog

It turns out the dog’s person is on the board (President, I think) of the Water Music Festival, so he knows who I am (in that I do the Facebook page for the Music in the Gardens tour) but due to face blindness I did not recognize him.  Have also forgotten the name of the wonderful sweet dog, but have not forgotten that the website of the man’s guest cottage has a photo of the dog as a pup.  Years ago, when the larger cottage and the guest cottage belonged to Bev Rolfe, Robert and I put in a garden there.

an excellent dog

an excellent dog

He is a dry mouth St Bernard; I did not even know there was such a thing.  My cousin raised St Bernards and I remember the massive drool along with the sweet personalities.  (We were handed towels upon entering the house.)

a cute little chickadee

a cute little chickadee

Alert reader Kathleen Shaw informs me that this is not a chickadee but instead a sparrow.  She thinks it is a white crowned sparrow.

and I almost forgot, what with the dog and all: the garden

and I almost forgot, what with the dog and all: the garden

Next, we make a stop at The Planter Box to take some photos for a pre-tour sneak peeks album for the Edible Gardens page, another project of mine.  Ray Millner has a glorious veg garden just north of the garden center.

At Ray's garden, the chickens came running out to greet us.

At Ray’s garden, the chickens came running out to greet us.

veg of great beauty

veg of great beauty

veg

strawberries by the pond

strawberries by the pond

by the pond (a small lake)

by the pond (a small lake)

chickens by the water

chickens by the water

Then on up the Peninsula to Marilyn’s, which will also be on the Aug 7th little garden club tour, so I want to make sure it is deadheaded.

Marilyn's

Marilyn’s looking south

and looking north

and looking north

Heading back down to Ocean Park, we check on the Wiegardt Gallery garden….

Lavender and Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Lavender and Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

hoping the deer don't eat the lilies

hoping the deer don’t eat the lilies

broken stemmed Alliums tucked into the Cistus

broken stemmed Alliums tucked into the Cistus

north side (Eric's studio) with elephant garlic

north side (Eric’s studio) with elephant garlic

Next: Oman Builders Supply where the garden is showing some stress from not getting enough water.  Our job here is not to water, and it is complicated because one needs a long hose and a key (which we have) to turn on the faucet, and time to stand around and water if the soakers are not doing a good enough job (they are not!)

OBS

OBS, looking south

Next, we spend the usual time thoroughly weeding and deadheading at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  I am pleased that a dahlia which did not do much last year is spectacular now.  We planted it in a pot because the garden has a snail problem.

dahlia at KBC

dahlia at KBC

KBC is another Facebook page that I do, and I am way behind on uploading garden photos there, which I used to do on a weekly basis…till this year when I started blogging here daily.

The KBC sweet peas are doing better than at any of our other gardens.

sweet peas

sweet peas

more

As with all the gardens, the lilies are fabulous this week.

lilies

lily

lilies

lily

lily

lily

lily

I feel there is no such thing as lily overload, although I do wish they did not all go through an awkward stage after blooming while we wait for the stem to die back (and clip a little off every week).

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

garden overview

garden overview

You can see Allan on the left, above, pruning the New Dawn rose over the south gate.  While I swan about taking lily photos.  Really, I do work.

Next, we go to Golden Sands Assisted Living.  This time, my expectactions that the watering problems will be fixed are very low.  I know it is too soon, but I hope the wheels of progress have begun to turn.  So we hand water (with our long hose) the whole courtyard.  We have to drag our own hose in because theirs are firmly fixed to the ineffective twirly sprinklers.

The white hydrangeas would get no water at all except for our hose watering.

The white hydrangeas would get no water at all except for our hose watering.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

It’s gone rather dull now that the blue scabiosa has gone over.  It would look so much better if we had time to groom and weed rather than standing around hose watering.

At present there is no time to weed this area, which only gets water from us.

At present there is no time to weed this area, which only gets water from us.

Daylilies are a plant that gets overused in a situation like this because it is so easy to get them for free.  Here they sit, not doing much at all.

The NE quadrant outside my mom's old room is still the best...

The NE quadrant outside my mom’s old room is still the best…

Whoever is living in my mom’s old room can’t see out the window because of overgrown shrubs.  It is not our job to fix that, but I would if I had the time.

NW quadrant

NW quadrant

The NW quadrant is still pitiful due to lack of mulch.  (Need I even add…no time…)

If the sprinkler system gets fixed, the corners will get water!

If the sprinkler system gets fixed, the corners will get water!

Next, we go for our weekly session at Andersen’s RV Park.  A man who introduces himself as Bob the Basket Maker (I think) has set himself up there for a few weeks making wonderful baskets.

Basket maker

Basket maker

His baskets are selling well.

His baskets are selling well.

artist at work

artist at work

Walking back, I see a view of the garden that I usually do not see from that far to the west.  The camera does not show it the way my eyes see it, but a severely squashed by telephoto shot sort of does…

The whiskey barrels are not that close together.

The whiskey barrels are not that close together; again, Allan works while I….ooops.

Deadheading Payson Hall is time consuming at this time of year.

Deadheading Payson Hall is time consuming at this time of year.

The picket fence garden

The picket fence garden

Down at the garden shed border, the Alchemilla (lady’s mantle) so very much needs deadheading, but we are about to run out of daylight so we just do not have time.

why I don't especially like lady's mantle....

why I don’t especially like lady’s mantle….

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