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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Our mission today was to get three jobs done so that we could spend the rest of the week concentrating on Long Beach and Ilwaco.  This weekend will be the annual parades in each town.

Ilwaco

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at home: Tulip ‘Formosa’ proves again to be one of the latest of all.

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at home, tulips and Allium bulgaricum

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at home: Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’ is threading its airy white flowers through the Melianthus major.

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Ilwaco post office garden, lots of green waiting for flowers.

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Post Office: Allan calls this “Dog Poop Corner’ because there is often a dog poop deposited there and not cleaned up.

Anchorage Cottages

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Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)

We got the two remaining window boxes ready for them to put in place when the brackets are done (tomorrow).

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flowers will be mostly orangey to go with the sign

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honeysuckle, center courtyard

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working on center courtyard (Allan’s photo)

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Allan did lots of weeding and bluebell-pulling in the center courtyard garden.

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Allan’s photo

Manager Beth told us that not all the cottages came from Fort Canby, as we mentioned the other day.  A couple of them came from the nearby golf course and a couple of them were built on the property.

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Tulip ‘Greenland’

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Tulip ‘Green Wave’, my weird and wonderful alltime favourite

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Green Wave

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our good friend Mitzu

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Mitzu could go to a Prince memorial dance party in her purple coat.

I would go to a Prince memorial dance party if there was one nearby.

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Last week’s window boxes installed with new brackets.  More annuals to come with warmer weather.

I had to change into warmer clothes at the Anchorage because of a brisk and chilly wind.

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The rhodos are getting tall enough to provide some privacy again.

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Three yellow rhodos in a courtyard that is difficult to make look good.

I am so not a fan of bark, at all….”Just say no to barkscapes” is our motto (one of them).  However, maybe some very fine very DARK bark (shredded, not horrid nuggets) would look better around those shrubs, although I would prefer a soil based mulch.

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callas and climbing hydrangea

Golden Sands Assisted Living

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Allan’s photo

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from the hallway to the courtyard (Allan’s photo)

At last, I got the bag of dahlias planted, an assorted mix of pinks and maroons.  Each quadrant got some weeding.  There never seems to be time to achieve perfection.  The four flower gardens are in a green stage between spring bulbs and late spring flowers.  Quite dull:

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Future mission: beat back the horrible salal that is jumping into the garden.

I would love to see salal completely out of this whole courtyard….I hope we can remove some every week between now and fall.  By we, I mean Allan.

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a bit of colour with daylilies and mom’s Joseph’s Coat rose.

One of the residents told us that a new resident has enjoyed the tulips and been reminded of the tulips she had at her own home.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

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driveway to “Joanie’s Cottage” next door, where we park when we work at KBC (Allan’s photo)

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looking south from the driveway (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

He pruned a sword fern that we had missed on the outer lawn:

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before

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after (much easier to clip when dormant!)

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from our parking spot, we can see Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’ aglow.

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Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’

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Tulip ‘Marilyn’

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Allan’s photo

We missed the elegant shape of that tulip before it opens, as shown below:

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My favourite crazy Tulip ‘Green Wave’

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Tulip ‘Spring Green’

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I cannot remember what this blue flower is!

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Tulip ‘Formosa’

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Allan’s photo

When good plants go bad:  After years of being well behaved, Allium sphaerocephalon has turned into a grassy looking mess, just like another grassy allium in Fifth Street Park.

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very annoying and messy

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sword and deer ferns

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sword fern and weigela

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Camassia cusickii

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looking into the fenced garden

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looking south from the bench nook 

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At the A frame garden, Allan tucked in a teucrium that I’d taken out of a pot at the Anchorage (in prep for something more interesting).

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tucked in between tree roots

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deadheaded narcissi at the A Frame

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Allan produced lots of deadheads.

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Hydrangea ‘Lemon Wave’ (probably) Allan’s photo

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unfurling fern by the clam shed (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco again

I had clipped back a rosemary at Golden Sands that had been mysteriously bent sideways.  (One of the residents agreed it was like a bear had lain on it, but no bears can get into the courtyard.)  We delivered the clippings to Salt Pub.

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an armload of rosemary and “Don’t take my picture!” as I was feeling decrepit.

The curbside gardens need weeding before the weekend…at least, the ones that are not all river rock, because at this point I cannot even walk on river rock, much less stand on it to weed it.  Today I had some plants with me to add to the Ilwaco planters.  I was just too tired to do it.

When we arrived home, Dave and Melissa were about to leave their big pruning job two doors down.

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We admired the spiffing job.  If you cut this too hard, it will not grow back from the brown centers.  (Allan’s photo)

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Melissa pointed out two deer dossed down in Nora’s back meadow.

I told Nora’s grand daughter (now owner of the house) that it is good to have a wildlife refuge with mown paths back there.

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Allan’s photo…and our deer fence

On the other side of the yard, a darling waggle tailed dog watched us.  Allan could read his name tag: Dickens.

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Allan’s photo

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We were smitten.

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the hedge yesterday

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today, a job well done.  (The brown cut on the end was already that way…had to be because of the gate.)

Now we have three days to get Ilwaco, the Port of Ilwaco, and Long Beach parks and gardens as perfect as possible before parade weekend.

ginger

1995 (age 71):

April 26:  Finished planting begonias in baskets and pots.  Was able to get them all in by moving Forest Farm plants outside.  Next big job is planting the dahlias.

1997 (age 73)

April 26:  11:00-4:00  warm and sunny  Planted the Tristar daughter plans in 3 rows except the small ones which I put into square tray.  That job took until 5:00.  Turned on garden faucets.  Watered strawberry rows.  Then started weeding the pathway until I quit when I was exhausted.

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

We’ve been so focused on Long Beach that we had not done our north end jobs lately.

Red Barn Arena

I remembered that we had some edging blocks to install at the Red Barn.  When we got there, the edge had not been cleared yet (by Amy and her trusty tractor) so we will do the edging later.  We also found that the backside of the garden had been hit with roundup, always a risk when spraying grass next to a garden.

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zone of death: Round Up drift had killed the California poppies at the back…

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and caused yellowing foliage on the Helianthus

I got a promise that from now on, we will run our own string trimmer back there and that Round Up will not be applied again.

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Allan string trimming along the front

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an attractive new bench

Diane’s garden

Next door, we weeded at deadheaded at Diane and Larry’s.

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the roadside garden

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one narcissus

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the back patio planters

A heavy rain began while we were weeding along the road and got us both uncomfortably drenched and chilled.  Fortunately, I had a dry sweatshirt and jacket to change into. Allan’s jacket had kept him drier.

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brrrrr

Basket Case Greenhouse

Basket Case was a good place to warm up a bit.  We have begun planting some perennials, and needed more ingredients.  We are holding off on planting annuals till around Mother’s Day.

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the annuals greenhouse

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I got myself an Orange Rocket barberry and a Cardinal red twig dogwood.

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and the orange picotee Lewisia for my scree garden.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I was ever so pleased to see the bright show of tulips in the Golden Sands courtyard garden.

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with blue camassia

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view from one of the red chairs

I asked Allan to apply the Sluggo to each quadrant while I sat because my knee was acting up.

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The bird bath and plaque are from my mom’s old garden.

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Tulip viridiflora (green tulips), always my favourites.  ‘Green Wave’ is on the right.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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dog daises already (Allan’s photo)

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Pacific tree frog on moss and beach strawberries (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

While weeding, Allan commented that this little wild euphorbia reminds him of Shrek.

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a spurge, one of the cuter weeds (Allan’s photo)

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It reminds Allan of Shrek’s ears.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After considerable weeding and narcissi deadheading, I took some photos for the KBC Facebook page of the garden looking very fine.

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from south gate

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tulips and overwintered Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

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multiflowering Tulip ‘Antoinette’

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Tulip ‘Orange Princess’

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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This tulip has come back year after year.

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a real do-er

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fringed tulip, rose, elephant garlic

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from northeast gate

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii

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Pieris and clematis

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narcissi and pieris

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the pond island bed

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unfurling ferns

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pond island bed

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sword ferns

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The podophyllum was blooming.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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beautiful Bella (Allan’s photo)

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inside the fenced garden, ocean view cottages on the ridge

Allan climbed over the pond to trim the last of the sword ferns:

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before

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after

 

Marilyn’s Garden

We had just an hour and a half to go north to Marilyn’s garden before our dinner.

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view from back porch; garage next door will disappear soonish behind foliage

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looking north

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from the road

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looking south

The Cove Restaurant

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flowers in the foyer (Allan’s photo)

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and on the table (Allan’s photo)

We had, as always, been looking forward to the weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

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Todd brought flowers….

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Allan’s photo

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and a podophyllum for Melissa and Dave.

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Allan’s photo.  I was honestly not complaining about a thing as it had been a very good day.

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delicious ahi tuna

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strawberry salad (Allan’s photo)

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lava cake with fresh pears

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lemon bar (Allan’s photo)

Except for one little rain squall and a bit of the old knee playing up, it had been a perfect day.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 70):

April 15: Went through Floralight [three tiered light table] to try to find room for tomatoes.  Moved 8 or 10 trailing violets into terracotta planter and put it on top.  Planted Gloxinia bulbs into pots as houseplants.

1998 (age 73):

April 15:  Sunny, warm . I decided I  had to get the strawberries planted if I hope to have some in June.  I worked from noon to 4:00 to plant 3 rows using 6 or 7 trays of plants—and I have 29 trays of plants!  The soil is loose from the tilling so it’s easy to plant them.  I’m planting the rows close together because I have so many plants.

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

We got up early (for us) in order to go to the high school and caucus for Bernie Sanders.  At this caucus for the democrats, Bernie was the most popular candidate by far, leading to a larger number of Bernie delegates being sent to the state convention.

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Outside the high school. We live in a fishing town.

If you wish to know  how it works, you can read more about the event here:

“PACIFIC COUNTY — During Saturday’s Democratic caucuses, Pacific County voters showed an overwhelming preference for Bernie Sanders, the Vermont democratic socialist who has galvanized young voters with his populist platform.

Just over 81 percent of the county’s caucus participants supported Sanders, and just under 19 percent supported Clinton — a 62 percent margin, according to the Washington State Democrats website. That means Pacific County will send 77 Sanders delegates, and 18 Clinton delegates to the next step in the process, the 19th Legislative District convention.”

I am pleased to live in such a progressive area.

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at the caucus

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Tiffany Turner of Adrift Hotel opens the proceedings.

Above: To the right in red is Karen Brownlee, the potter who organized the recent Empty Bowls event.

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Del Murry, Long Beach city councilman and, like me, a Ramones fan.

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My friend Annie and I picked different candidates but were getting along fine. (Allan’s photo)

I did not like it one little bit when the reporter from the local paper stuck her camera right up in our faces without asking.  Allan managed to take the above photo without my even knowing he was doing so.

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The counting of the paper ballots.  (Photo taken unobstrusively from the other end of the table!)

Our table adjourned into another building to hear some citizen speeches about why each of the two candidates was supported (Bernie, except for three speakers).

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speeches

I find it hard to stand for a long stretch of time because of knee pain and lightheadedness, so we left before the speeches ended, having already done the important part of making our choice.  And our minds were not going to be changed; that was the purpose of the speechifying (some of it most eloquent, especially when I was in agreement); at the end, attendees would be given the opportunity to change their choice.  Oh, how sad it makes me to not choose the female candidate.  It would be a wonder to see a liberal woman president in my lifetime.  As a feminist since age 12, it is disappointing, but I just find Ms. Clinton too hawkish and too much of the moneyed class.  I’ll vote for her if she wins the national nomination, which I do think she will because…money wins.  However, we live in hope.

On the way out of the parking lot, we drove by the two excellent flowers displays that someone has planted along School Road.

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Allan’s photo

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Depot Restaurant

We had a brief mission at the Depot: deadheading.

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Allan’s photo

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Long Beach

More deadheading ensued in Long Beach along with the planting of two of my birthday Asphodeline lutea ‘Italian Gold’.

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Allan was asked what these are: Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’, a naturalizing little tulip which has formed a good clump among the rugosa roses by the police station.

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Tulip clusiana ‘Lady Jane’

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Tulip clusiana ‘Lady Jane’

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Tulip acuminata

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I am smitten with these weird thin tulips.

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Tulip acuminata

 

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Tulip ‘Exotic Emperor’ and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

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Allan’s photo: The most boring planter for the rest of the year is in its brief moment of glory.

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Allan’s photo: our nemesis in a tulip

I see that Allan also noticed my new-this-year Tulip acuminata.

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Tulip acuminata (Allan’s photo)

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Tulip acuminata (Allan’s photo)

“The rare Fire Flame or Turkish Tulip dates back to at least the early 1800s. This rare heirloom has a wild form with uniquely narrow yellow flower petals edged and prominently tipped scarlet.”  (Van Engelen)  They are $2 apiece!

Basket Case Greenhouse

Last time we’d been to the Basket Case, I had been in too much leg pain to shop properly, so today we made up for it with another purchase and some more photos for the Basket Case Facebook page..

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greenhouse kitty (Allan’s photo)

I asked Allan to go to the way back yard to get a photo of skunk cabbage.

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Fred told him that a British man had asked if the nursery had them for sale, and said that in the UK, they are sold as “swamp lanterns”.  I was so pleased, as I was going to say again in the blog that I had read that they are called swamp lanterns in the UK.  I had been afraid to Google and find out it was not true, because I like the story so much.  Much joy that it is confirmed by Fred’s customer.

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Swamp Lanterns is such a good name.

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Allan’s photo: The hanging baskets, still young, will be completely covered with flowers later on.

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Fred and I discussed more possible plants to order.

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I got my birthday violas…forgot last time.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I had some seeds to plant (bachelor buttons and sweet peas), along with some gladiolus bulbs donated by our client Jo.

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at last some colour in the Golden Sands garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Deadheading narcissi, a bit of weeding, and planting of sweet peas took place at KBC, along with a discussion of knee replacement by friend and KBC manager Denny, who has had one knee done and may have the second about the same time that I have my first.  Denny is very happy with his new knee.  He said that the one thing I must NOT do is push the knee out sideways and “pop it out”.  I worried over this for quite some time while working, as this is how I work, and is how I have gardened for forty years.

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I think I am going to be in trouble.

My “bad” leg (right) is always straight and my good leg (left) bent.  If I forget to bend my knee now and then on the bad one, it locks straight and is hell to bend.  How am I going to relearn how to work in a way that does not push my leg sideways? I  pivot on that leg pretty much all workday long.  I have 7-10 months to try to figure out a solution to this.  It is making me rethink the whole thing a bit.  I wonder if I could get a brace to wear instead of a new knee.  (I am not kidding, nor am I making light of polio, which my former partner had as a child.)

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(Edited the next day to add:  My friend Sheila told me about knee braces that tennis players can wear after knee surgery.  I especially like the look of one like this:

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And another friend who has had both knees replaced tells me it is only until the knee gets strong again that you must worry about it going sideways.  So my concerns have been laid to rest.)

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People think my back must hurt but it is generally powerful and cooperative.

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clam cleaning shed patio (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo, clam shed patio

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clothes drying on the deck of one of the cottages (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Euphorbia (Allan’s photo)

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Callistemon (Allan’s photo)

The reminds me, why why why do I still not have an Embothrium in my collection?

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sword fern unfurling (Allan’s photo)

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in the fenced garden

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Erythronium (from my mom’s garden)

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gorgeous new foliage of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ (will get eight feet tall)

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buds on Peony ‘Molly the Witch’

Real name is mlokosewitschii.

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Tulip ‘Orange Princess’

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one of the little narcissi

I had wanted to deadhead and the Anchorage Cottages and then plant three plants in Long Beach on the way home.  A long rain storm passed over us all the way south so we just went straight to the…

Port of Ilwaco.

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looking west from the east end port garden (Allan’s photo)

Editorializing: Nearby, grass by the parking lot was Round-up-ed.  Does it look better this way or green?

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Now it does not have to be mowed or strimmed.  But…

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narcissi to deadhead (Allan’s photo)

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prowling for deadheads (Allan’s photo)

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Tulip turkestanica closed up for the evening (Allan’s photo)

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garden boat at Time Enough Books.  (Owner Karla named it, not me.)

I had picked some rosemary for Salt Hotel’s kitchen and, after delivering it and having a pleasant chat with Julez and Laila, we returned home, after making a spontaneous stop to pop three plants into one of the Ilwaco planters (Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, a variegated oregano and a golden thyme).

More knee thoughts:  From my seat in the van, upon leaving and arriving home, I see this cluster of grassy weeds on the edge of the garden.

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little weeds

I find it extremely difficult to believe that I am supposed to not pull these for THREE months after the operation.  I know the first month will hurt, but come on!  There is no way I am going to be able to resist pulling weeds like this, especially if I am not going to work.  Some long handled tools are in order; I am used to bending right down and grabbing out any weed I see.

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a grand bit of front garden

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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front garden

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Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’

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Erythronium (dogtooth violet)

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Fritillaria meleagris

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Tulip ‘Gavota’, three years old and getting smaller in flower

Guest photo:

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bouquet and photo by Todd Wiegardt for a memorial service

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 72):

March 26:  Don came to help chipping of pile behind garage but the chipper cord was stuck too tight to start machine.  I left message for Bill [her “handyman”] to see if he can get it going.

1998 (age 73):

March 26: 1:00-4:30  Cool—rainy and sunshine.  I started a big job today.  How come I like to work in my strawberries best?  I started cleaning the rows.  The first one was easy—mostly new plants from Gordons.  But by the time I started the second row, I realized most plants needed to be divided and it’s easier to dig all the plants and divide them at the work table so I tried that but got rained on.  I divided them in the greenhouse.  I hope to continue this work tomorrow but it will take several days.

 

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The simple fact that I had four new kinds of oriental lilies, 9 bulbs each, inspired me to go to three north end jobs that I felt needed more of that wonderful flower. Weeding and deadheading happened, too.

On the way, we took a bouquet to our dear friend Jenna (Queen La De Da).

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flowers on their way to Jenna

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Our sweet Jenna

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Our volunteer garden at the Post Office got one each of lilies.

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I wish all the tulips in the post office bed would hurry up!

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a quick weeding

Golden Sands Assisted Living…

…got two each of the lilies. Golden Sands garden is also slow to get started.  If my test results come back good and I don’t have to start a new round of medical things, I hope to add some mulch to it soon.  On the way up, we’d seen that the Planter Box now has the “cow fiber” mulch!  It is so hard to get it into this garden through the hallways…and Allan would have to do all the wheelbarrowing.  Just one yard would help.

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NW quadrant.  As always, mulch would be good for this garden.

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some early tulips by the dining room at Golden Sands

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NE quadrant, Golden Sands, still so very drab

Marilyn’s garden

Marilyn’s got two each of the four lilies, or was it one each?  One. I think.

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Allan’s photo

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looking south at Marilyn’s

I went on a rampage against the Bad Aster in the driveway bed and had Allan dig out a big clump of Tradescantia that was infested it.  Tradescantia bores me anyway.  One small piece got saved and replanted on the other side of the driveway.

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OUT with the aster-ridden spiderwort

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view southwest from the street’ ferns are unfurling in foreground

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Allan’s photo, sword fern

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view west from the porch.

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looking north

Marilyn’s daughter Nancy told me that not only do deer stroll this path daylily—so do coyotes…so Scooter is brought in at night.

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Scooter grew up wild so likes to be outdoors.

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Scooter rolling about in the garden.

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Marilyn’s garden as we depart

Klipsan Beach Cottages

KBC got one each of the four lilies.

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It was time to remove the winter signs as the garden is awake now.

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by the garage

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deep red tulips

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more tulips

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Narcissi

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hellebores

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primroses and pieris

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sword fern unfurling

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a delicate double primrose

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Hellebore ‘Sparkling Diamond’

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Podophyllum

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Allan’s photo

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rhododendron

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gunnera in the swale garden (Allan’s photo)

The dappled woods around the A Frame garden holds the largest display of narcissi.

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The A Frame garden

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

Basket Case Greenhouse

I’m so bad at answering my phone that I had missed a message from Basket Case Fred last Friday saying the nursery was open with a new shipment of perennials.  I found the message while checking my phone looking for medical phone calls (none).  So we went over there to get some photos for their Facebook page and to buy just a few plants.

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Me pondering the variegation colour of the Azara I had ordered

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garden art

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perennial greenhouse filling up

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pansies and violas

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That’s our friend with a goodly assortment of garden art.

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more garden art

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a little canned ham trailer with wings!

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Our friend Shadow jumped right into our van, because it used to be his van.

On the way home, we checked the boatyard garden.  The horsetail is coming up; I still think we can put off weeding it for another week.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

home

Home, with daylight left, I planted two each of the lilies in my own back garden, along with two plants from Basket Case: Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’ and Symphytum variegata…a comfrey, raved about by Ken Druse, but…a comfrey so I’m a little filled with dread.

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looking north from the bogsy woods

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Allan mowed ours and Nora’s

I have left out considerable whining about having a really horribly bad time with my knee this afternoon.  It went completely “out” for awhile at the Basket Case and distracted me from my plant purchases.  Nevertheless, I got one (measly) bucket of the many weeds pulled at home.

I’m mystified by my other plant purchase, labeled Azara variegata.

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I thought it was going to be like my Azara microphylla variegata.  But no, it is yellow in variegation.  So maybe it’s Azara integrifolia variegata…but that is still described as having white margins.  I have to Google some more about this one.

I uploaded photos to the Klipsan Beach Cottages page and the Basket Case page, took photos of my grandma’s old recipe cards for the grandma blog, wrote up this post, and now at 10 PM it is time for dinner and Survivor.  (If I had to cook dinner, too, this would be impossible, so thanks to Allan we eat.)

A couple of guest photos:

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“The thrillium of the trillium” is Melissa’s caption (Sea Star Gardening) when she texted me this today.

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Todd Wiegardt (Willapa Gardening) planted a new bed at his brother’s gallery.  Why didn’t we ever think of that?

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 73):

March 16: 12:15-3:45.  Today I started digging out the rows of strawberries by the asparagus rows.  I trimmed the plants and heeled them into the 2 large square trays.  When I finish digging them I’ll start trimming up the strawberry patch and interplant these in the rows.

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Monday, 29 February 2016

Rain or shine, I was determined to plant lilies today, and (because the library is closed on Mondays) take some plants to the community building.  Happily, we got started in mild, non-windy, dry weather.

our garden

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some “Pam Fleming” grass

Pretty sure we got the above grass, to the left of the photo, from Back Alley Gardens when Pam was the brilliant plant buyer there.  Or, at least, she admired it in my garden.  Whatever it is, it was spectacular the first year, then disappeared for a year, and then all these seedlings came up.  While it may not be very perennial,  it will serve my purpose at the community building.

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nearby: gold hypericum underlaid with crocus

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one of the peonies I got from MaryBeth

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Allan digging out a couple of Fuchsia magellanica (the pale pink one)

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Hellebore ‘Golden Sunrise’ from Xera Plants

 

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Impatiens omeiana, the silver leafed one that I think I got from Xera, is spreading…

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as is this Impatiens omeiana which has finally gotten well established.

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Pulmonaria by the bogsy wood

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double hellebore

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My Smokey

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Tulips closed tightly in grey weather

 

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Pittosporum ‘Marjorie Channon’ from Debbie Teashon

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’

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hellebore

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hellebores black and white

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one of several dwarf conifers that I cannot name

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plants for the community building garden

A thought to remember: I must take a couple of different pulmonarias to the shade garden there!

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Ilwaco post office garden still looking dull.

I wonder why my garden looks so much more vibrant, even with bulbs, than this garden?

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a bit of colour in our post office garden

Ilwaco Community Building

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with grasses and sedums and libertia added

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Geranium macrorrhizum (a POLITE spreader) instead of kinnikinnick

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Allan’s photos, before, with blackened kinnikinnick

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and after

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Geranium macrorrhizum around the trees

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Most areas still are full of the dreaded quack grass roots.

Those white tough roots that go miles down into the clay soil are one reason I want clumping plants like the sedums, that can be lifted once a year and cleaned up, instead of a groundcover that gets just full of that grass like the kinnikinnick didd.

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Allan planted the Fuchsia in a sheltered nook.

We contributed to the community building garden two colours of Geranium macrorrhizum,  some Ranunculus ‘Brazen Hussy’, three kinds of large flowering sedums, Libertia, the grasses, poppy seeds, golden oregano, and the fuchsia.

Diane’s garden

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We planted violas and another pot of Stargazer lilies.

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Allan’s photo

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Narcissi

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We had an audience.

Basket Case Greenhouse

Basket Case is not open for the season yet.  Fred will sell bagged soil amendments and early violas by appointment.  We were after ten bags of Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Compost.

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Basket Case, Fred and Nancy’s front garden

Golden Sands Assisted Living

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on the way, going west on Cranberry Road

At Golden Sands, we planted lilies and a couple of Fuchsia magellanica starts.  The garden still looks so dull.  The Costco lily bulbs are much bigger than the pitifully small Fred Meyer lily bulbs.

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NW quadrant

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NE quadrant; wish the garden would hurry up.

Also planted a couple of heleniums from bags.  Two that I wanted, Moorheim Beauty and…another one.  Usually I never buy perennial plants in bags from a general store’s garden department, and yet I wanted these.  They looked pretty small and unpromising.

Anchorage Cottages

The Anchorage owners’ meeting is this coming weekend.  We added violas to the containers and detailed the garden.

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window box

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narcissi

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The Anchorage garden has stuff going on!

Maybe the reason the post office and Golden Sands are lacking is because I don’t spend money on the post office garden like I do my own…and Golden Sands has a low plant budget so I don’t add as many cool plants??  And yet I am sure I planted plenty of early tulips and narcissi at the post office.  Are they being picked? Are deer browsing early tulips?  I must look closer next time.  Maybe the difference is that my garden and the Anchorage have sheltered microclimates that encourage early flowering.

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Anchorage north wall garden

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Allan’s photo: a hardy fuchsia went in by the arbor, cut way back so it won’t look wilty for owners’ meeting

Depot Restaurant

Next we applied two bales of Gardner and Bloome at the Depot Restaurant garden.

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 Gardner and Bloome for fluffing. (Used to be called Soil Building Compost.)

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forgot to take an after photo because THIS started.

Mike’s garden

We were determined to mulch Mike’s garden, because otherwise the heavy bales would have to be stored at home and then reloaded.

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Mike’s garden, front path

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before

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after

The sky grew dark as dusk and we finished in a downpour.

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cold and unpleasant

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big drops of rain

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at home

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two mulching jobs erased from the work board!

I am pretty sure we will have tomorrow off, as this came to me via email, Facebook, and my weather apps:

HIGH WIND WARNING:

SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST
Areas Affected:
South Washington Coast
Effective: Mon 1:05 pm Updated: Mon 5:52 pm Urgency: Expected
Expires: Tue 4:00 pm Severity: Severe Certainty: Likely

Details:

.A STRONG PACIFIC FRONT WILL PRODUCE STRONG WINDS ALONG THE SOUTH
WASHINGTON AND NORTH OREGON COASTS AND THE EXPOSED AREAS OF THE
ADJACENT COASTAL MOUNTAINS ON TUESDAY…WITH QUITE WINDY
CONDITIONS INLAND.
…HIGH WIND WATCH UPGRADED TO HIGH WIND WARNING…IN EFFECT FROM
6 AM TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY FOR THE SOUTH WASHINGTON AND NORTH AND
CENTRAL OREGON COASTS…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY.
* WINDS: BEACHES AND HEADLANDS…SOUTH WIND 30 TO 40 MPH WITH
GUSTS 60 TO 70 MPH. COASTAL COMMUNITIES…SOUTH WIND 25 TO 35
MPH WITH GUSTS 50 TO 60 MPH.
* TIMING: WINDS WILL INCREASE FAIRLY EARLY TUESDAY MORNING AND
CONTINUE THROUGH A GOOD PART OF THE AFTERNOON.
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: ASTORIA…TILLAMOOK…LINCOLN CITY…
NEWPORT…FLORENCE…RAYMOND…LONG BEACH…OCEAN PARK.
* IMPACTS: WINDS WILL LIKELY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ON ROADS
SUCH AS HIGHWAY 101 ALONG THE COAST…AS WELL AS FOR HIGH
PROFILE VEHICLES SUCH AS TRUCKS AND VEHICLES PULLING TRAILERS.
THE WINDS MAY ALSO CAUSE TREE DAMAGE AND LOCAL POWER
DISRUPTIONS.

Information:

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

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That’s a long storm to go all the way from Ocean Park (north of Long Beach) to Florence.

Newport is the location of the beloved Sylvia Beach Hotel which will surely be creaking in the wind.

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

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morning

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We got a late start, because I was sleepy as those kitties, and because it was Sunday (always a reasonable excuse for only a half day of work).

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on the way to work, on Spruce Street in Ilwaco

Our first stop was the Depot Restaurant garden to plant some of the Miscanthus giganteus (Giant Chinese Silver Grass) that Dave helped us  dig out of Marilyn’s garden yesterday. By “helped” I mean he dug the huge clump up all by himself and chopped it into manageable pieces.

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Allan does a bit of path weeding

The Miscanthus will provide a soothing and somewhat tropical sense of enclosure to the dining deck.  This evening, I read the fascinating fact that in the UK, it may be used for fuel and electricity.  Watch the good video about it at this link.

The Planter Box

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at the Planter Box

Our next errand was to check out the seeds at The Planter Box.  I bought some more Streamers and other sweet peas.  If I’d known that Streamers, my favourite sweet pea, was available locally, I wouldn’t have made an online seed order two days ago.  This is the first time I’ve seen that sweet pea on a seed rack anywhere.  The sweet pea assortment at Planter Box is vast this year.

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I added some more California poppies to my seed purchase; they will have come back in most of my gardens, but I’d like to plant some in the beach approach garden IF we get it weeded soon enough.  And some American Legion poppies to plant at Golden Sands, as they might be significant to some of the residents there.

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paperwhites at the Planter Box (Allan’s photo)

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weeping pussy willow at The Planter Box

Golden Sands Assisted Living

We spent the rest of the day clipping and weeding the interior courtyard garden at Golden Sands.

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Golden Sands Assisted Living. The courtyard is completely enclosed by the building.

As I walk down the hallway to get to the courtyard door, I always think about what I would have on a shelf outside my room at Golden Sands.

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I know I’m not as nice and huggy as this sweet person.

Residents are allowed to have an animal friend live with them.

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a gardener’s room

The gardener whose shelf is in the above photo is the one who grows African violets in my mom’s Floralight, a three tiered shelf which I have on permanent loan to Golden Sands (for as long as residents want to use it).  The Floralight is often mentioned in the two decade old diaries of my mom’s that I am sharing throughout this year.

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Anna’s violets

I imagine that Anna and my mom would have been good friends if their time at Golden Sands had coincided.

Near the Floralight is the door to the courtyard and its four flower gardens.

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looking north across the courtyard, before

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and after; Allan pruned the white hydrangeas along the two sides

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hydrangeas, before

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and after (Allan’s photos)

I limed the beds to try to cut down on the amount of moss and make the plants happier with sweeter soil.  However, moss is welcome in the center lawn, where I wish that moss and self seeded flowers would completely take over.

We moved a bird feeder that had been placed in one of the quadrant beds and was making a big mess of birdseed on top of plants.  Now I am worried we made it less accessible for the resident who refills it, because she will have to walk on the lawn to get at it.  Oh, dear.  On the other hand, it is now in full view of the sit spot inside the south courtyard door, and surely that is a good thing.

Looking at the hydrangeas reminded me of a big one that needs to be pruned at Diane’s garden, leading to some fretting as we can’t do so tomorrow because of another doctor’s appointment.  It is a darn good thing we have fewer jobs this year.  The wettest December through February on record has kept us from many spring clean up days.  (We are not as hardy as Sea Star and Willapa Gardening, AKA Dave, Melissa, and Todd, who work in all weather.)

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I’m assuming the rainfall is about the same for here as for Seattle, if not more.  (from KOMO news, last week)

The four quadrants of the Golden Sands courtyard were not showing much color or interest yet.  I hope the bulbs come on soon!  As usual, I feel the gardens here have the problem of being almost all “passalong plants”, ones I’ve gotten for free, which of course means ones that are thugs and interfere with each other’s space.

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SW quadrant before

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SW quadrant after (with one bird feeder moved)

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NE quadrant before, with the windows to my mom’s old room to the right

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“Mom’s garden” after, with leaves left to help enrich the soil.  I’m more of the chop and drop than of the raking out philosophy.

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NW quadrant before

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NW quadrant after, with residents in dining room for 5 PM dinner

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SE quadrant after…still needs weeding and is infested with horsetail

Allan wheelbarrowed out two heaping and one partial load of debris.

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turning the corner of the back hallway

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and down the long side hallway to the exit

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birdhouses on a windowsill

When we got home, it seemed that it had been pouring rain in Ilwaco as the sidewalk was drenched, the rain barrels were dripping…

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debris pile in background, having just planted the last piece of Miscanthus giganteus in it

…And the double triangle gale flag was still flying over the port office.

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view to the south

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The brothers were inside.

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the work board tonight

If we can just work part of tomorrow, and then for the rest of this week, we should be able to get spring clean up pared down to “just” the beach approach, berms, Jo, and mulching at the Depot.   We can’t do mulching, including Jo’s, until some “cow fiber” comes in at the Planter Box (or we may have to just use plain Soil Energy).  I look forward to settling into the regular rounds instead of spring clean up.  I’m sure Long Beach already needs weeding again.

There were no entries in my mom’s garden diaries to correspond with today.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

I woke at 7:30, after a mere five hours of sleep, with bulbs on my mind.  When I simply could not go back to sleep, I went outside at about 8:15 (almost unheard of!) and planted a few of my bulbs-in-waiting in the front garden where the chilly shade almost made me give up.  Instead, I moved to the back garden in the sunshine.  By the time Allan had made a nice hot breakfast (which he does on all work days, bless his heart), I had all the back garden bulbs in the ground and I asked if he would help me plant the front garden ones so I could stop losing sleep over them.  It will only take two of us about 40 minutes, said I, and it turned out to be just 45.  Total number of bulbs planted at home this autumn:  a mere 171 (more than last year’s 116).  I’d like to plant more but I run out of steam and I worry about money.  Memories of being poor are too strong to overcome the fact that I could buy more bulbs for me nowadays.

me being so happy to have help with the at-home bulbing

me being so happy to have help with the at-home bulbing


tossing out bags of bulbs in their proper planting place

tossing out bags of bulbs in their proper planting place

Just as we were finishing the planting of the front garden bulbs, the final end of season order from Colorblends arrived, so we were able to plant up the garden boat (the Ann Lovejoy) as well with 20 tulips Big Ups mix.

I got this as one slide was fading into another on the colorblends site.

I got this as one slide was fading into another on the colorblends site.

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I wondered why the Colorblends catalog often does not name the bulbs in their mixes; Todd suggested that perhaps this enables them to change the mix depending on which compatible bulbs they can get a good price on each year.

The arrival of the Big Ups tulips changed our plan for the day.  Instead of doing fall clean up for Ilwaco port and town, we could possibly finish Bulb Time today!

Port of Ilwaco

I had pulled 20 narcissi from my own stash to fill in the empty spot along Howerton where some arbutus had been removed for the sake of traffic sightlines.

with my head in the game (planting narcissi)

with my head in the game (planting narcissi); looking west on Howerton


Allan planted these clusters in the formerly shrubby area

Allan planted these clusters in the formerly shrubby area

 On the way to our next job, we witnessed the Port of Ilwaco crew working on the Crab Pot Christmas Tree.

Allan's photo: The tree has gotten much too big to build with just human power now.

Allan’s photo: The tree has gotten much too big to build with just human power now.

Ilwaco Community Building

Allan had helped me plant my bulbs, so I helped him plant the last of the bulbs at the Ilwaco Community Building (his job).  The difference is, I will get paid by his client.  His reward is just me having a lower stress level.

the last of the leaves at the community building

the last of the leaves at the community building

As we planted narcissi, some tulips (in an area inaccessible to deer), some crocus and pushkinia and iris reticulata, a library patron said that the garden there looked so much better since we had taken it over.  I gave all the credit to Allan.

Speaking of compliments, last week someone told me she had taken a guest to walk along the curbside gardens at the port (going to the shops and galleries) and he had commented on how tidy and well tended they are.

Allan's photo: He, or we, may emerge from staycation to mulch the community building garden which badly needs it.

Allan’s photo: He, or we, may emerge from staycation to mulch the community building garden which badly needs it.  (needs weeding, too; he’s been too busy bulbing)


Allan's photo: the really horrible soil under the new sign

Allan’s photo: the really horrible soil under the new sign

Long Beach City Hall

On the way north, I planted some hyacinths in the narrow raised bed along the city hall entryway.  They will be at a good height for smelling.  We both worked on finishing the fall clean up and clipping at city hall, thus being able to cross two things off of the work list (the dregs of the LB bulbs and the city hall cleanup).

city hall entry ramp garden (Allan's photo)

city hall entry ramp garden (Allan’s photo)

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Geranium 'Rozanne' still blooming. Allan was shocked when I clipped it, but I knew the first frost will bring it down.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ still blooming, west side of city hall. Allan was shocked when I clipped it, but I knew the first frost will bring it down.  (Allan’s photo)


hebe blooming (Allan's photo)

hebe blooming (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photos: city hall, south end of west wall, before

Allan’s photos: city hall, south end of west wall, before


after Allan clipping the Rozanne

after Allan clipped the Rozanne


wish I had gotten the whole "Ocean Beach Boulevard" sign...was not trying to. west side city hall

west side of city hall; I wish I had gotten the whole “Ocean Beach Boulevard” sign…was not trying to. 


dumping debris at city works

dumping debris at city works

After dumping our debris, we went on to the last of the 2015 bulb jobs at…

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers

Each of the four garden quadrants in the center courtyard got 20 Big Ups tulips and a few others.  I have a tiny budget there.  While I’d like to have way more tulips in this deer protected garden, at least next spring there should be a bigger show than usual.

view while bulbing in the courtyard

view while bulbing in the courtyard


the last bulb job of 2015

the last bulb job of 2015


So very tired of planting bulbs!

So very tired of planting bulbs!

The newly cleared (of old siberian iris) triangle by the dining room door got some special bulbs: viridflora (green) tulips, some species tulips and narcissi, and a cluster of snowdrops.

dining room pocket garden

dining room pocket garden


with Junco close up

with Junco close up (there had been many in there eating fallen bird seed but most flew away when I raised the camera.)


cyclamen donated by Our Kathleen

cyclamen donated by Our Kathleen

We did as much fall clean up as we will do this year; thinning pesky plants can wait till next February.

Each of the four quadrants presents a different challenge.

The SW quadrant

The SW quadrant


SW quadrant problem: beach strawberry and creeping buttercup invading from the back

SW quadrant problem: beach strawberry and creeping buttercup invading from the back


SE quadrant: the most problematical

SE quadrant: the most problematical


SW: too much cranesbill geranium, and an infestation of big horsetail

SW: too much cranesbill geranium, and an infestation of big horsetail from the back corner of the courtyard…It is marching, marching, marching.


invasion of weedy grass, beach strawberry, and creeping sorrel climbing over the edging board.

SE: invasion of weedy grass, beach strawberry, and creeping sorrel climbing over the edging board.

The outer areas of the courtyard landscape are in some areas sort of a wasteland that Allan hits with a string trimmer but that we don’t have time to maintain otherwise.

more SE quadrant mess: too much blue scabiosa and (sadly) too much Sweet William.

more SE quadrant mess: too much blue scabiosa and (sadly) too much Sweet William.  The scabiosa MUST be thinned or eradicated.


A pink cranesbill geranium in one of the original pocket gardens would love to take over the SE quadrant completely.

A pink cranesbill geranium in one of the original pocket gardens would love to take over the SE quadrant completely.

The four quadrant gardens used to be scrubby, weedy lawn, and the only flower areas were the four little triangular pockets, two at each entry.

the NE quadrant

the NE quadrant

As I was trimming down the euonymus in front of the window of my mom’s old room, I saw it had been vacated. 

the Euonymus in question (Allan's photo)

the Euonymus in question (Allan’s photo)

(Note:  Don’t plant shrubs that want to be huge in front of windows.  Why this was done is beyond me, as the fire department wants the shrubs at sill height, and the residents would like to see out!)  I inquired and was relieved to learn that the latest resident of my mom’s room had moved to Seattle to be closer to family.

Biggest problem with the NE quadrant: Getting rid of the damnable pesky running salal behind the garden, as it constantly wants to invade from the back.

Biggest problem with the NE quadrant: Getting rid of the damnable pesky running salal behind the garden, as it constantly wants to invade from the back.


NW quadrant has gone from worst of all to the most problem free.

NW quadrant has gone from worst of all to the most problem free.

I pruned the poor, oversized Ceanothus outside the quadrants some more, taking some off the top so the resident behind it can see the courtyard.

Don't tell Plant Amnesty about my ugly pruning. Note the yellow rose blooming in the background.

Don’t tell Plant Amnesty about my ugly pruning. Note the yellow rose blooming in the background.  I will likely cut the ceanothus to the ground next spring.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


leaving Golden Sands at dusk

leaving Golden Sands at dusk

Ilwaco 

We checked on the crab pot tree progress.  It is all put together and ready to be decorated.

crab pot tree, real tree

crab pot tree, real tree at 5 PM

Allan’s photos by the crab pot tree:

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a half moon ornament

a moon tree topper


boat heading for the river

boat heading for the river

at home

These housemates of ours had apparently not moved all day.

These housemates of ours had apparently not moved all day.


the rapidly thinning work board!

the rapidly thinning work board!

Bulb planting is completely gone from the work board, and from the fall clean up list I removed City Hall and Golden Sands.  With 20 degree weather due on Thanksgiving, we may even get to do the post-frost checkups before the end of the month and then will officially be on staycation.

The 2015 bulb total of 3,374 is much less than 2014’s 5,121 bulbs planted, mostly because Flowering Hedge Design and Sea Star Gardening (Dave and Melissa) have two of our former big big big bulbing jobs, and Todd and Sea Star have a couple of our former medium sized bulbing jobs.  Thank heavens above!

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

My Martha Stewart moment:  Red twig dogwood arranged in a bucket of sand on the table.  In the corner, the book recommendation pamphlets that I get from Time Enough Books, in case I run out of winter reading.

DSC01372It is unlikely that I will, because the Susan Conant Dog Lover’s Mysteries often mention books, and I now have a stack of Elinor Lipmans from the library along with two new Stephen McCauleys (and I had to look up and read an e.e. cummings poem because of this passage:

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from Brute Strength by Susan Conant

Jo’s Garden

We returned to Jo’s garden to finish the last of the fall clean up there.

We didn't get the Japanese anemones cut back.

We didn’t get the Japanese anemones cut back yesterday….

We did today.

We did today.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

We cheated and Allan sawed an azalea flush to the ground that I know Jo wanted dug out.  It was so close to the Japanese maple and some rocks.  I think the sawing will work.  If the azalea comes back, as it well might, we will clip it.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, before (featuring a horsetail that is about to be yanked)

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after (the stump is buried under the leaves)

The maple shows well now.

The maple shows well now.

I broke off some dead twigs after taking this photo.

I broke off some dead twigs after taking this photo.

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more weeding done here

2:17 PM

1:17 PM yesterday

today

today

I planted some elephant garlic bulbs, because Jo likes them, and remembered how tedious it can be to plant bulb after bulb after bulb after bulb.

To continue the scintillating befores and afters of fall clean up:

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Unlike Jo’s garden, we are not asked by anyone to do a complete flat-top cut on the Golden Sands courtyard garden.  We did not have time to clip everything I wanted to, and we left some things with seedheads standing for the birds.  We also left the cosmos to stand for at least a couple more weeks for the last of the flowers and because birds love the seeds.

Look how tall this Cosmos 'Sensation' got. Ridiculous!

Look how tall this Cosmos ‘Sensation’ got. Ridiculous! (and he’s 6″8″)

preposterously tall cosmos. I'm 5'5 1/2 "

preposterously tall cosmos. I’m 5’5 1/2 “

NW quadrant, before (1:45 PM)

NW quadrant, before (1:45 PM)

after: 4:36 PM

after: 4:36 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

Allan's photo: Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Allan’s photo: Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

4:36 PM

4:36 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

4:36 PM

4:36 PM

NE quadrant, 1:45 PM

NE quadrant, 1:45 PM

Allan's photo: Solidago 'Fireworks'

Allan’s photo: Solidago ‘Fireworks’

(I would have left the ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod standing for bird seeds.  Allan made a different decision.)

Allan's photo, after, with pineapple sage

Allan’s photo, after, with pineapple sage

4:36 PM (I was apparently too tired to hold the camera steady)

4:36 PM (I was apparently too tired to hold the camera steady)

one of six heaping wheelbarrow loads of debris being transported down the haulway

one of six heaping wheelbarrow loads of debris being transported down the haulway carefully past the staff member with the vacuum. (Allan’s photo)

the dining room windows

the dining room windows

Residents were gathering in the dining room as we took out our last load of debris.

The Cove Restaurant

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No, it’s not our usual Thursday dinner.  We had scheduled our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang to Wednesday as it was going to be the monthly sushi night.  The sushi guest chef had a medical emergency and sushi was canceled.  We did not mind, as all of Chef Jason’s dinners are delicious.  Since the bulbs are due to arrive tomorrow, it was good to have dinner tonight; tomorrow, I will be in Bulb Hell…er, I mean, sorting bulbs.

Last night chef Jason had competed in Iron Chef Goes Coastal down in Seaside, Oregon.  We had been too tired to go…

photo by Jenna Lanette Austin

Chef Jason Lancaster: photo by Jenna Lanette Austin

photo perhaps by Mariah Jewel: We do know that Jenna designed the table arrangement for the Cove.

photo perhaps by Mariah Jewel: We do know that Jenna designed the table arrangement for the Cove.  Carmen and Wendy arranging desserts. Jason at right.

I felt happy for Jason when I learned that he had come in second in the people’s choice award, and felt really sorry Allan and I had not gone, because Jason lost first place by one vote.  With us there, he would have won by a vote.  A couple of folks at the bar tonight said they wished they had gone, and if they had, he would have won by THREE votes.  Either way, being in second means that next year he will be able to take the stage for the big contest for Iron Chef Coastal 2016.

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Our four garden club members all felt tired tonight, and Melissa was especially sad because her six month old rooster, her beloved and sociable Walter, had suddenly died.  She and Dave are such good chicken parents that they are sending Walter’s body to Washington State University to find out why.

Allan's photo, me and Melissa

Allan’s photo, me and Melissa

thoughts of Walter (Allan's photo)

thoughts of Walter (Allan’s photo)

Sadly, we never got up to Melissa and Dave’s place after they got Walter and the girls, so we never got to meet him.

Pasta was good comfort food for the evening.

Wednesday has the delicious fried artichoke and sweet pototo fries appetizer.

Wednesday has the delicious fried artichoke and sweet potato fries appetizer.

Cove dinner salad

Cove dinner salad

Wednesday is pasta night. Spaghetti and meat balls for me and Dave.

Wednesday is pasta night. Spaghetti and meat balls for me and Dave.

prawns scampi for Melissa

prawns scampi for Melissa

a burger for Allan (Allan's photo)

a burger for Allan (Allan’s photo)

If those darn bulbs arrive tomorrow as UPS promises they will, I will be in the thick of sorting for two or three days.  I’m not looking forward it it one little bit because it’s hard on the old brain.

 

 

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doubling up because I so want to get this blog closer to publishing in real time…

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Port of Ilwaco

We started our work day with a tiny task at the port: planting some Watsonia bulbs at Time Enough Books.

In the curbside garden, the Ceanothus is blooming again.

In the curbside garden, the Ceanothus is blooming again.

I think that is rather unusual.

I think that is rather unusual.

cosmos still blooming in the garden boat

cosmos still blooming in the garden boat

blue calm water when we went to dump our debris

blue calm water when we went to dump our debris

I saved some red twig dogwood stems from the debris generated by pruning one at Shorebank. They make good winter decorations.

I saved some red twig dogwood stems from the debris generated by pruning one at Shorebank. They make good winter decorations.

The Planter Box

Our next stop was the acquisiton of some Gardner and Bloome Soil Conditioner (formerly known as Soil Building Compost) at The Planter Box.

Allan rassling a heavy bale.

Allan rassling a heavy bale.

lots of pumpkins for sale

lots of pumpkins for sale

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Teresa gave me the prettiest tea pot for an empty shelf on my porch that she had noticed the other day.  I will be sure to get a photo of it later.

Later: And here it is, through the window of our sun porch, right where Teresa suggested I put it.

Later: And here it is, on a top shelf seen through the window of our sun porch, right where Teresa suggested I put it.

Allan's photo: I got a couple of flowering kale at the request of a client.

Allan’s photo: I got a couple of flowering kale at the request of a client.

late blooming roses

late blooming roses

Allan liked the way these pots were stacked and sorted.

Allan liked the way these pots were stacked and sorted.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Now we began a Project Day.  I wanted to get the fall projects done and off the list before Bulb Hell, I mean…Bulb Time.  At Golden Sands, the project, which Allan tackled, was to dig out some old and non blooming Siberian iris.

I noticed the shovel had some heavy clay on it; that was from the Ilwaco Community Building garden where he had worked yesterday evening.

sticky heavy clay

sticky heavy clay

Allan's project, before and after=hard work!

Allan’s project, before and after=hard work!

I planted some hellebores and cyclamen donated by Our Kathleen and then pruned a Ceanothus that was so big it blocked the views of the garden from two rooms.

SW quadrant

This photo from last June shows its size.

today's "after" photo

today’s “after” photo

Like many of the shrubs in the courtyard next to the windows, it is just too big (not planted by us!).  Large rhododendrons and euonymous were planted in front of most of the windows and have to be frequently pruned.  That ceanothus should break out some new lower growth that will enable me to give it a better shape.

Allan had some clean up to do in the hallway after hauling out the branches.

Allan had some clean up to do in the hallway after hauling out the branches.

some nice schizostylis in one of the beds

some nice schizostylis in one of the beds

Marilyn’s Garden

Again, Allan embarked on the project while I did a bunch of cutting back.

Some serious trimming happened here.

Some serious trimming happened here.

We leave a lot of the old plants standing in the winter for the happiness of wildlife.  We recently learned that tiny bees will overwinter in hollow stemmed plants, so it is even more beneficial than we knew to leave plants standing.  I do like to make it clear along the path, though.

Allan’s project was another hard slog: removing a patch of pesky orange monbretia that had volunteered by the back steps.

before and after

before and after

Allan's photo: Removing some carex also. Hard work.

Allan’s photo: Removing some carex also. Hard work.

Allan's photo: Scooter observed.

Allan’s photo: Scooter observed our work.

Each project was topped off with one of those bags of Gardner and Bloome.

ready for bulbs and some good flowers for a dining room table view

ready for bulbs and some good flowers for a dining room table view

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At home, we offloaded some of the tall clipped plants I was saving for our Halloween Corridor of Spooky Plants.

I was ever so pleased to have only one big fall project left.

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I love erasing projects from the work board…

but immediately filled the space with the list for BULB TIME (when the bulbs get here...)

but immediately filled the space with the list for BULB TIME (when the bulbs get here…)

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

I skived off work today to swan off with Garden Tour Nancy in order to hear Lucy Hardiman speak at the Cannon Beach Garden Club.  And took the opportunity to go boating, which will be tomorrow’s post.

Before we left town, Nancy and I got delicious chicken salad sandwiches to go from Roots Juice, Salad and Java Bar in Ilwaco.

photo from summertime because my camera did not click after all

photo from summertime because my camera did not click after all

Then we were off on the trip to Cannon Beach.

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The garden club meets here.

The garden club meets here.

The Cannon Beach Garden Club clubhouse

The Cannon Beach Garden Club clubhouse

the front yard: The club is slowly redoing the garden.

the front yard: The club is slowly redoing the garden.

Garden Tour Nancy about to go in, with her Dick and Jane lunch bag from NIVA green. ;-)

Garden Tour Nancy about to go in, with her Dick and Jane lunch bag from NIVA green. 😉

inside: bouquets with pin oak foliage

inside: bouquets with pin oak foliage

center: Lucy herself, one of my favourite speakers ever

center: Lucy herself, one of my favourite speakers ever

We all dined on the lunches we had brought; the club provided luscious chocolate cake for dessert.

The Cannon Beach Garden Club

The Cannon Beach Garden Club

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I simply had to get a luncheon photo of Lucy sitting with June Kroft, who has one of my favourite gardens ever.  I visited it years ago when I took a workshop in Cannon Beach from Lucy and another garden idol of mine, Anne Lovejoy.  And it was on the cottage tour in 2014.  I learned today that Lucy went to school with June’s children and so they have known each other for many years.

Lucy and June

Lucy and June

June said to Nancy that she could come see her garden and I later said to Nancy that she must make that happen and invite me!

during the lecture

during the lecture

My lecture notes on Lucy Hardiman’s Beyond Plants: Furnishing the Garden

Lucy said “I would do anything June Kroft asked.” thus she had come to give this lecture.   Because she so admired “the woman and artist that June is.” 

Furnishing and art in the garden

Gateway tells gardener’s personality and the way they see the world. 

Dismal entries are never an invitation 

Looking through a portal into the rest of the garden

Lucy’s thing: Art in the public domain on private property

Pulling the eye in 

From the street a sense of what we’ll see 

Invite people into different spaces the same way you would invite them in from the street

Multiplication by division.  Small garden made bigger by dividing. 

Poetry box by the door

Yellow stopping the eye 

Less lawn equals less watering. Seven percent cultivated space is lawn in USA

Water. Not too big. Little ruffle sound of small water feature. 

Gardens should be about surprises. 

It was a glorious hour or two.  My gardening energy, which had been waning, was revived by inspiration.

On the way home, we stopped at Seven Dees just south of Seaside.

Dennis Seven Dees

Dennis Seven Dees: “Vampire Free Zone—We Have Garlic”

in the display house

in the display house

For Mr. Tootlepedal

For Mr. Tootlepedal

I almost bought this fountain.  I loved it and yet I wondered if the clack clack clack of the beak would work my nerves eventually.  (My first attempt at inserting a video.  I hope it works!)  I’m still thinking about it.

home again

After Lucy’s lecture, I feel pretty good about the entryway to my garden.  However, I have now decided that YES, I should paint the top board of the wooden fence green.  The weather is too autumnal now, so…next year.

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spider web on front gate

spider web on front gate

The east front gate also makes me happy. Idea by Pam Fleming, executed by Allan. Can you see Mary?

The east front gate also makes me happy. Idea by Pam Fleming, executed by Allan. Can you see Mary?

Here she is.

Here she is.

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Spider webs are all over the garden and the arbours.

Spider webs are all over the garden and the arbours.

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Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' was available down at Seven Dees; here it is in Allan's garden.

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’ was available down at Seven Dees; here it is in Allan’s garden.

Melianthus major 'Antenow's Blue'

Melianthus major ‘Antenow’s Blue’

fuzzy wuzzy verbascum

fuzzy wuzzy verbascum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

I was beginning the day under a cloud.  On a trivial note, I’d had a stubborn headache since yesterday.  On a serious note, the newspaper had contained an obituary of my friend Mary Fluaitt.  I had just been getting to know her as a sister gardener rather than an acquaintance when she was diagnosed, three years ago, with brain cancer and she moved away to be closer to her family.  She was a darling.

In the evening, I organized some photos of her garden into an album on the Music in the Gardens page and if you wish, you may peruse them here.  Her Surfside garden, just half a block from Marilyn’s garden, was on the garden tour in 2007 and 2011.

Work called, though, so we had to go…

The Red Barn

Allan's photo: autumn decorations at our little Red Barn garden

Allan’s photo: autumn decorations at our little Red Barn garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

Next door to one of the Red Barn pastures, our friend Misty came to say hello.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

While tidying the containers by Diane’s back porch, I bent over and my back went into a sudden excruciating spasm.  I yelled OW and dropped my clippers and then could not even bend over to pick them up.  At that moment, Diane drove up for her lunch break and fortunately, I know her well enough to be honest about my plight and ask her to hand me my clippers.  Then I found some deadheading that I could do without bending over for awhile.

Diane's roadside garden

Diane’s roadside garden

Marilyn’s garden

Next, we went way up to Surfside to Marilyn’s garden.  Marilyn’s mother, Nancy (co owner of the Depot Restaurant), had asked me to prune the fig tree back hard.  I had no idea when I planted it (a gift from another of Marilyn’s daughters) that it would get way too big in that spot.  This was a good job for me with my back problem as I could do it standing up, interpersed with hopeful stretching.

before: the monster fig tree

before: the monster fig tree, looking north

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a radical pruning job, with some clean up help from Allan

The view for watching deer in the garden will certainly be improved!

Scooter showed up to inspect my work.

Scooter showed up to inspect my work.

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I was feeling more limber by the time Scooter arrived and was able to pet him and then do some weeding, cautiously because it had hurt so much when my back went OUT at Diane’s.

slow, cautious bending

slow, cautious bending

When I cut back the catmint, I left one for Scooter to enjoy.

When I cut back the catmint, I left one for Scooter to enjoy.

Today was not the day to dig out the big patch of montbretia.

Today was not the day to dig out the big patch of montbretia.

looking south

looking south

Meanwhile, Allan worked on the driveway garden.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Oh how I loath pushy greedy salal! (Allan's photo)

Oh how I loath pushy greedy salal! (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo); that’s an Azara microphylla in foreground, and apparently the deer continue to leave it alone.

just down the street as we were leaving (Allan's photo), two of a family of three that spend much time in Marilyn's garden.

just down the street as we were leaving (Allan’s photo), a family of three that spend much time in Marilyn’s garden. The third is left of the shrub.

The young ones were born in Marilyn's garden (Allan's photo)

The young ones were born in Marilyn’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Two cats kept watch on the deer. (Allan's photo)

Two cats kept watch on the deer. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Things were going better physically, as both my headache and backache were gone.

through the east gate of the fenced garden

through the east gate of the fenced garden

the weekly garden view

the weekly garden view

did lots of cutting back in one corner

did lots of cutting back in one corner

I saved the eight foot or more tall stems of the Thalictrum ‘Elin’ that was there to use in our Corridor of Spooky Plants for Halloween.

no time today to make this sit spot bigger, as planned for sometime this fall

no time today to make this sit spot bigger, as planned for sometime this fall

Mary and Bella came out to say hi. (Allan's photo)

Mary and Bella came out to say hi. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

our dear Mary, owner/manager at KBC

our dear Mary, owner/manager at KBC (Allan’s photo)

by the greenhouse

by the greenhouse

seeds collected from the yellow tree peony

seeds collected from the yellow tree peonies (Maybe Todd or Teresa can grow them!)

Squirrel!

by where we parked (Allan's photo)

by where we parked (Allan’s photo)

humans!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The sun was getting mighty low when we got to Golden Sands, so we just strimmed the courtyard lawn (Allan) and did some light weeding, and planted a fuchsia and some watsonia.  I decided I did not want bearded iris in the courtyard garden so I snuck it into the landscape to the north of the building!

seasonal cranberry decorations outside one of the resident's rooms

seasonal cranberry decorations outside one of the resident’s rooms

One of the autumnal quadrants

One of the autumnal quadrants in the courtyard

one of my mom's rosebushes

one of my mom’s rosebushes

I took a cutting each from my mom’s coppery rose and her deep red rose, and when I got home I laid them in the soil with just a tip sticking out and we’ll see if they make rosebushes.  I have successfully started rambling roses that way before.

You may recall that I recently read Jan Bono’s first two books of her mystery series set on the Peninsula.  I liked this scene in Starfish, in which a character visits his wife in a facility that resembles Golden Sands:

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Tomorrow will have to begin with a run to the dump to offload all that fig tree debris, and we plan for it to end with a delicious dinner at the Cove with Melissa and Dave.

 

 

 

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