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Friday, 30 June 2017

We had today to get the boatyard garden weeded for tomorrow’s Port of Ilwaco fireworks display crowd….and the beach approach, for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  I did want very much want Saturday and Sunday off.

I began in my own garden by picking a bouquet for Salt Hotel’s holiday weekend.

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Astilbes are good in bouquets…

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…and I have lots of astilbes right now.

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‘Sugar Shack’ continues to come back after being given up for dead!

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Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ lives up to its name.

I am going to plant MORE Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ next year, and I would very much like to find Nicotiana sylvestris ‘Only the Lonely’, as well. (I’d rather be able to buy a flat of it than buy just one on mail order.)  Annie’s Annuals says this one self sows!

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yellow hearts of Lamprocapnos scandens

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Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’

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post office garden

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delivering bouquet to Salt (mostly astilbes and sanguisorba)

Ilwaco Boatyard garden

Our first project was to finish weeding the boatyard garden…not to absolute perfection, but as close to it as we could get.

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In three hours, we finished it!

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a boat on the move (Allan’s photos)

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Before moving on ourselves, I decided to walk the length of the garden, south to north, for a photographic record.

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Halmiocistus wintonensis

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Geranium ‘Rozanne’

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an unfortunately unclipped santolina (which is why we clip them)

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Catananche (Cupid’s Dart)

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mysteriously empty area (plant jacking?)

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

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finger blight

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Allan noticed it, too.

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sweet pea (Allan’s photo)

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clipped santolina

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past the gate

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Cistus (the one remaining of several)

 

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I love the way fallen ceanothus flowers look like a crushed glass mulch.

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Deer are not eating the lilies so will plant more.

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Echinops (blue globe thistle)

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A lot of the pink sidalcia clump had been broken or picked.

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Persicaria ‘Firetail’

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This spot was also mysteriously empty…filled in now with some cosmos and (disappointing) painted sage

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a daisy from a start from Jo’s garden

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Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’

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a running perennial sunflower from a start from Andersen’s RV Park

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calendula

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looking south from the north end

We took a short break at home…

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Skooter in the garden (Allan’s photo)

before heading to…

Long Beach

We had about five sections left to weed on the Bolstad beach approach.

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Allan manually jug watering one planter (the only way to water out here)

All but 6 of the remaining photos today are Allan’s.

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birds foot trefoil and vetch swamping the roses

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before

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during

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before (well, during)

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Rugosa rose and Sweet William

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filmy white vetch, not even pretty like the purple one

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happy tourists (telephoto) taking the obligatory arch photo

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coreopsis

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We got through all the remaining sections of the approach garden.

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rolling out the debris at city works

We just got done in time to have the weekend off and to meet Dave and Melissa and Todd for Friday night dinner at

The Cove Restaurant

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Sondra’s cat by the parking lot

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North Beach Garden Gang arrives

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in the foyer

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perusing the tempting menu

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Sondra’s dog Lacey out on the golf course

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clams for Melissa

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lemon caper pasta for me

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noodle bowl and harvest salad

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Todd and Dave tuck in

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a dessert shared by all

We stayed till we were by far the last table and the vacuum cleaner was about to come out, the hint that it is time for us to go home.

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Friday, 29 May 2015

Ilwaco

The day began with the new routine of bucket watering half of the Ilwaco city planters.

As you can see, it can be a long walk with a bucket between planters.

As you can see, it can be a long walk with a bucket between planters.

Eventually, I suppose we will return to Allan watering with the water trailer, but for now when we are so busy we just don’t have time for that; bucket watering saves over half an hour.

I do like this banner at city hall.

I do like this banner at city hall.


bucket watering the city hall planters

bucket watering the city hall planters


City Hall

City Hall; as you can see, the weather remained grey and chilly.

The Depot Restaurant

There’s not much excitement in the Depot flower garden yet.  We went after the ever present bindweed.

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today


strong foliage of Rodgersia coming up

strong foliage of Rodgersia coming up…over bindweed and the ajuga that has fallen out of my favour.


the new expansion

the new expansion


added a Sanguisorba 'Dali Marble', realized had put it too close to the Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'.

added a Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’, realized had put it too close to the Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’.

Oh dear, well, it’s ok to have plants close together if you want a quick impact at a place of business.  I can shift them in the fall….

I bought flea medication for the cats at the Oceanside Animal Clinic next door and admired the cute motel across the street.

Seaview Motel has cute cottages and pretty little garden beds.

Seaview Motel has cute cottages and pretty little garden beds.

Long Beach

I had meant for us to get to the Long Beach welcome sign yesterday to pull the maddening scrim of horsetail.  Today, we did, knowing it will come back by next week.

back side, before: The feathery cosmos foliage might help camouflage the horsetail to the unknowing eye

back side, before: The feathery cosmos foliage might help camouflage the horsetail to the unknowing eye


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Next, while Allan weeded at Veterans Field, I checked to see if the “dry” block of planters had been watered by the city crew.  They had, and very well indeed.

Thank you!  Nice and damp soil.

Thank you! Nice and damp soil.

We try not to plant anything tall right next to the hose connection because we have to twist our quick connect faucet and hose to get the water on.

I peeked down Sandpiper Mall at the exterior display of Home at the Beach, a charming shop that recently moved from 7th Street to this location.  I had no time to go inside today…much to do.

Home at the Beach

Home at the Beach

Todd called and then came by Veterans Field after picking up the tree peony I’d left for him in my driveway.  While he helped pull bindweed out of the Lewis and Clark Square garden, he regaled me with an excellent prank he had played at an Ilwaco cafe.  He had asked the proprietor and her helper if she knew anything about the boatyard garden because, he said, he had picked a huge armload of flowers there and a crazy lady had appeared and yelled at him that it was her garden and he should not be picking flowers!  The café ladies looked appropriately shocked when he said “I have the flowers in my car, do you want them?”  Then he broke down and confessed that he actually knows us and had helped us weed the boatyard garden a couple of times and was then informed that now they recognized him from Skyler’s blog.  Hmm.  I said “Kathleen will love this story!” (and I was right) and that he had provided some of the café patrons with a good dose of gossip.  We all got a great deal of enjoyment out of the story (and he had also brought us not just a funny tale but also two sweet treats).

I invited him to follow us to our next job so he could have a tour of….

Jo’s garden

I wondered if this rose by the entryway is Pink Grootendorst.  I think it might be because of the carnation-like fringed flowers.

Allan just happened to have pulled out a rooted side piece that I do hope came from this rose and not the more aggressive rugosa rose.  (Although this is a rugosa, so far it does not seem to run like mad.)  If it takes, I will have one in my own garden to examine.

Allan's project was to fix this...

Allan’s project was to fix this…


Without necessary parts, he capped up the one hose that was leaking.

Without necessary parts, he capped a hole in the ‘octopus’ that was leaking and will connect that sprinkler later.


Allan's photo: touring Jo's garden

Allan’s photo: touring Jo’s garden

While Allan worked on his project, fixing a broken sprinkler, I also took Todd to see the Boreas Inn garden.  Then Allan and I left Jo’s and went onward to….

The Planter Box

….Where we found Todd just finishing a shopping errand, so we had a look at the cosmos in the back greenhouse.  To his apparent amusement, I bought two more flats…after all my rejoicing that annuals planting time was over.  I could not resist, as there were some new varieties, ‘Antiquity’ and ‘Happy Ring’, both of which I very much liked last year, and ‘Rubenza’, which I think might be a shorter one.  (Just Googled…three feet tall, so shorter than ‘Sensation’, with deep red flowers.  Now I want more!)

  Cosmos 'Antiquity' last year

Cosmos ‘Antiquity’ last year

The Planter Box is the place to get a wide assortment of vegetable starts.

The Planter Box has all sorts of veg starts for sale now.

The Planter Box has all sorts of veg starts for sale now.

Andersen’s RV Park

We put in some weeding time at Andersen’s.  I weeding the picket fence garden and then helped Allan with the garden behind the office.  He took some before and after photos:

across from the back office door (before)

across from the back office door (before)


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the garden right behind the office, before

the garden right behind the office, before


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after:  This bed is challenging, always, as it is infested with couch grass.

after: This bed is challenging, always, as it is infested with couch grass.

I started weeding further along the bed behind the house, an area where mostly the staff walks, not guests, so it is always the last to get done.

Allan's photo: still much to do.

Allan’s photos: still much to do.


We were not going to get done today.

We were not going to get done today.

At the far end of the above garden, one of my favourites is coming into bloom:

Baptisia australis (Allan's photo)

Baptisia australis (Allan’s photo); the rugosa rose will swallow it if we do not do some editing soon.


the buds of Baptisia australis (false indigo), Allan's photo

the buds of Baptisia australis (false indigo), Allan’s photo


The poppy field is beginning to bloom.

The poppy field is beginning to bloom.  (Allan’s photo)


foxglove

foxglove (Allan’s photo)

The foxgloves around the park always remind Lorna of her mother; her parents started the park in the late 1960s and she took over in 1988 and has run it since then.

Lorna also loves the old bearded iris.

Lorna also loves the old bearded iris.

Because real estate is “hot” on the Peninsula right now, I had many poignant thoughts about possibly leaving this garden if it sells.  I know I keep saying I want fewer gardens in order to actually get caught up.  And yet…the sweet peas are coming on  at Andersen’s…and I do adore some of the plantings.

office back door garden

office back door garden


This is the only garden where I have Halmiocistus wintonensis.

This is the only garden where I have Halmiocistus wintonensis.


Halmiocistus wintonensis...a handsome once-a-year-bloomer

Halmiocistus wintonensis…a handsome once-a-year-bloomer


The picket fence garden, with sweet peas a couple of inches tall...sigh...

The picket fence garden, with sweet peas a couple of inches tall…sigh…

Penttilas Chapel by the Sea

On the way home, we spent a couple of hours at the difficult end of the funeral home garden in Long Beach, getting velvet grass out of the groundcover of kinnickkinnick.  Many of the grass roots remain.  I am thinking the groundcover should come out for easier weeding.  Along the sidewalk, a bed of lavender infested with thick white grass roots in tight soil was a challenge to weed.  Allan’s before and after photos:

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after: no time before dark to finish the most obscure corner

after: no time before dark to finish the most obscure corner


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after (with some creeping buttercup left behind due to lack of time

This is not even the sort of job I would take on, were it not that the larger driveway garden is so very much more to my taste.

driveway garden has interesting plants (last week)

driveway garden has interesting plants (last week)

Even though there were some weeds left, I was able to cross Penttila off the “projects” list and now consider it a regular maintenance job.  Now there is just one big project left: the thirteen sections of the beach approach garden, and fertilizing my own back garden at home….which I have a feeling might not happen this year except for individual needy plants.

I suppose I need to add

I suppose I need to add “plant cosmos!” again.

We are taking a three day weekend.  Or rather I am, as Allan would like to get the community building garden weeded, after a boating adventure on Saturday.

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Annuals Planting Time day 12

We had taken all the plants for Casa Pacifica out of the van to water them last night, so this morning began with reloading them and driving to the private garden near Wallicut Farms, our only job east of the Peninsula.   Sometimes I think of this being the one more job we need to resign from to keep our schedule manageable…because it’s off of our usual driving route and parts of the garden are on difficult terrain for me…but I sure do love their dog, my friend Dusty.

Dusty shares my string cheese.

Dusty shares my string cheese.

a soft mouth

a soft mouth

Dusty helping

Dusty helping

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Most of the time, he walks around quietly right next to me so that my hand rests on the top of his sleek head.

my good friend

I so love my good friend.

The other dogs are more skittish but deigned to have bites of cheese that I threw to them.

Darcy

Darcy

Spook lurking

Spook lurking

I got closer to Spook today than I have ever managed to before.  I have been trying for years to cultivate her affection.  She is perfectly loving with her people but was rescued and does not trust strangers.

Dusty usually hogs the attention when I try to reach out to Spook.

Dusty usually hogs the attention when I try to reach out to Spook.

this close, no telephoto

this close, no telephoto

such a shy girl

such a shy girl

In other critter news, we heard a loud croaking from our trailer and found a frog that had hitched a ride from our house and was hiding in a fold of a tarp.

We left it there, hoping it would ride back home with us.

We left it there, hoping it would ride back home with us.

Oh, right, gardening, the real subject of the blog…

We planted 141 annuals from small pots and 13 6 packs (cosmos ‘Sonata’, lobelia, alyssum) for a total of 219 plants.  Or more, as Dusty may have absconded with a pot or two.  All went into 12 whiskey barrels and some other pots.  Calibrachoa, assorted colours, and Agyranthemum (white, and yellow ‘Butterfly’), lotus vine and diascia.  I am capable of planting pots with cool perennials, grasses, and more “sophisticated” designs, but the materials are not necessarily available here, and besides, my clients like colour all season long and lots of it.

barrels near the house

five barrels near the house parking area

and seven are around the big garage further down the entry drive

and seven are around the big garage further down the entry drive

Someone had cut the dying narcissi foliage down in all the barrels before we came, making our jobs so very much easier and quicker.  That kindness left us with some time for weeding around the garden, as well.

This is how happy I felt when that big batch of annuals was planted.

This is how happy I felt when that big batch of annuals was planted.  Allan noticed the face on the driftwood and put it on display.

the back garden

the back garden

the guardian

the guardian

healthy hostas and heucheras

healthy hostas and heuchera

I delegated all the hilly weeding to Allan and weeded the level areas around the house myself.

I delegated all the hilly weeding to Allan and weeded the level areas around the house myself.

colour coordination with peony, rose, and rhodo

colour coordination with peony, rose, and rhodo

one of the peonies I planted for Leanne, blooming at last.

one of the peonies I planted for Leanne, blooming at last.

Baptisia (false indigo)

Baptisia (false indigo), one of my favourite perennials

Halmioscistus wintonensis

Halmioscistus wintonensis

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I have added some of my favourites to this garden; I’d add more if I could just get some mulch onto that garden atop the stone wall.  But it is a difficult wheelbarrowing and bucketing job and I’m too old and tired to do it!  I’ll wheelbarrow all day if I need to, but not uphill.

would that someone young and strong would add some nice Soil Energy or Cow Fiber mulch to this garden

would that someone young and strong would add some nice Soil Energy or Cow Fiber mulch to this garden.

a challenging garden to mulch

a challenging garden to mulch

Much to my surprise, we were done in time to go to the Basket Case and get some bags of potting soil for our evening project in Long Beach.

Basket Case greenhouse

Basket Case greenhouse

While at The Basket Case, I realized we had not planted any godetia in Long Beach, and it is a favourite of parks manager Mike K.

awhile later: adding some godetia on the west side of Long Beach city hall

awhile later: adding some godetia on the west side of Long Beach city hall

We put in 12 more white alyssum to fill in along the edges of the Veterans Field garden. As soon as they were in the ground, I was able to declare Annuals Planting Time 2014 officially over.  There will be more to add here and there, but our gardening life will return to the pleasures of maintenance instead of ALL planting ALL the time.

I am very pleased with how nicely the red dianthus have returned from last year.

I am very pleased with how nicely the red dianthus have returned from last year.

Finally, we went out to that last planter on the Sid Snyder beach approach to dig it out.

what a horrible weedy mess

what a horrible weedy mess

after much stressful muddy nasty digging, and three and a half bags of potting soil

after much stressful muddy nasty digging, and adding three and a half bags of potting soil

Argh, the weed roots went all the way down to the gravel fill, so even 3.5 big bags of soil were not enough.  It’s fortunate that I had not thought we’d get this far with our day, as if I had had the plants with me I’d have been even more frustrated.  (They are perennials so do not count as Annuals Planting Time.)

It would have been satisfying to have a celebratory End of Annuals cocktail at The Pickled Fish which loomed high over the area where we were working.  Unfortunately I had a headache and a cocktail would have made it worse.  (Those who know me well would have been able to tell from the first photo in today’s entry that I had a headache; the clue is that I only wear a headband when my head is hurting.  Keeping it wet with cold water really helps.  Like anything I wear these days, it’s not a fashion statement.)

The Pickled Fish, atop the Adrift Hotel

The Pickled Fish, atop the Adrift Hotel…oh well….

We also were streaked with mud from the heavy sticky clay that for reasons unknown was mixed in with the potting soil of the planter we had just finished digging out.  And another thing, I was too tired to make words and if someone I knew happened to be at the restaurant, that might be misunderstood as unfriendliness.

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the work board, now with just the kind of jobs I like best.

The day had a happy ending.  Remember the little frog who rode with us to work?  It came back home quite safely and is again back by the water boxes outside my window croaking loudly with its friends and family.

frog on the wheelbarrow

frog on the wheelbarrow, at home

being carried by Allan back to the water

being carried by Allan back to the water

safely back home

safely back home

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Tomorrow begins a three day slam to try to get all the resorts and the town of Long Beach looking spiffing for Memorial Day weekend so that we can take two or three days off….I hope with every fiber of my being.

Now to watch Deadliest Catch and feel rather silly about all my complaining about planting annuals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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