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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Castle Rock, Washington

We continued our exploration of Castle Rock public gardens with the

Castle Rock Visitor Center.

According to an article in The Daily News, the majority of the $247,000 project was completed by community volunteers and public works employees…including the landscaping around the building.  The center opened in May of 2016, so the garden is still young.

I walked this path away from the building…

…and back again.

By the wheelie bin enclosure at the end of that path, we had found a picnic shelter and pretty bed of annuals.

The hanging baskets were padlocked.

Allan’s photo

The enclosure had some useful posters.

More posters described assorted trees.

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
the tree our bogsy wood is made of

Across the big parking lot….

…is a pollinator meadow.

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo

I could not find on my phone the location of the old jail, so we drove back downtown and got out and looked for a pedestrian to ask.  We found one just as I saw, across a parking lot, a garden that looked promising. Indeed, the pedestrian said it was the place we sought.  I noticed his t shirt for the Crosscut Taproom, which was one of two restaurants recommended at Nancy’s garden.  He was the owner, so that settled which one we would dine at (the other was Wine Down Dog).

Old Jail Park

Allan’s photo

The walls are reinforced with scrap iron and old horseshoes.

Allan’s photo of a horseshoe

A diseased tree had been recently cut…

…resulting in some scorched hostas.

Allan’s photo; beds are sponsored by local businesses.

downtown Castle Rock

We took a two block walk up and down one street a block from the park.

Allan’s photo of a poster behind the window display.

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
a curbside garden and an apartment building

One of the apartments had its own little garden display, freshly watered and next door to the library.

The double baskets are gorgeous, as they were two years ago.  Then there were more trailing potato vines; this year, the theme is pink.

In the containers, the theme was green.

I liked it very much. The big containers had plants which I feel sure like lots of water.

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
another street heading off south (Allan’s photo)

It took me till now to realize that Wine Down Dog is a pun (wind down).

Allan’s photo

We ate at the Crosscut Taproom, having gotten directions from its friendly owner.

We got there just before it got busy with the dinner crowd, including a large party who recognized us from today’s garden touring.

We enjoyed teriyaki rice bowls, cider and ginger beer…

Allan’s photo

…and petting a nice dog named Loki on the way out.

He was maybe a little tired from having had attention from many people.

As we drove away, we saw the other side of the apartment building with another sidewalk garden, one which I think I noticed two years ago.

Allan’s photo

We got home by dark.  I am already looking forward to next year’s tour.

 

 

 

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Sunday, 3 Sept 2017

As we passed through the town of Castle Rock on our way to Evan Bean’s garden, I remembered childhood camping trips for two weeks each summer at the Toutle River, a beautiful campground that got washed away when Mt St Helens erupted in 1980.

 After our garden visit, we returned to Castle Rock and stopped to admire the public gardens.  I was pleased to find a Facebook page for the volunteer (!!!) group that does these gardens.  And, oh, LOOK! They have an annual garden tour (which we have, tragically, missed).

 Next year!

The first garden runs along the parking lot and street of the Riverfront Trail.  Allan went up onto the trail and got photos of the river.

I think this might presage a boating trip.

One of them waved.

The bank below the trail is newly planted.

Allan’s photo

how it gets watered (Allan’s photo)

This looks like the work truck.

Gateway Park

It was 96 degrees as we walked through the garden.

We had driven up that curved road heading to Evan’s garden.

I noted that somebody does hose watering.

roses and hydrangeas

This park runs for several blocks along a one way street going into town from the north.

Feast your eyes on the hanging baskets!  The park shows to the left in this photo.

I realized that each pole has a round banner which appear to be made by locals.  Let’s look at the baskets along this street and then get back to the park.

The baskets have gold sweet potato vine and at the top, some pink gaura making a spray of flowers.

Many hands make light work.

Now for our walk through this most amazing park.  I think that despite what the map below says it is called Gateway Park.

It’s long and narrow, between Huntington Avenue and Front Street.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

around the base of a tree (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

One plant source is Tsugawa. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo, looking down from the road

Is this really all hose watered by volunteers?! (Allan’s photo)

white gaura (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

We’ve walked south, and now we are walking back north.

On the way through town earlier in the day, my first hint of the great garden spirit here was a glimpse of the city hall garden, so we went looking for it.  On the way, we came upon what seems to be the same commercial street and stopped to admire its planters and baskets.

Castle Rock Blooms banner

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

dangling sweet potato vine (I think that is what it is)

painted rock (Allan’s photo)

 

It was 4:30 PM and we were the only pedestrians.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

sidewalk garden beds

We found City Hall a couple of blocks away.  It had been a great benefit of my freeway avoidance that we had glimpsed its garden on our route earlier in the day.

Allan’s photo

pink gaura, also used in the baskets

Digital cameras are weird. And WOW, what a garden.

The only other person we saw was a man across the street waiting at a table and holding a bouquet. There is a story there.

waterfall rock

Water rill goes under the entry walk.

seems like they get a lot of donations…

Allan’s photo

I was well and truly astonished by Castle Rock.

Here are a few bonus photos from our drive while looking for city hall:

On the way home:

The part of highway 4 (Ocean Beach Highway) between Longview and Cathlamet scares me, but what’s new….I’m no fun on the driving part of a road trip.

The 99 degree temperature as we passed through Longview dropped to 79 as we got closer to the beach.

In Naselle, we paused for a look at the big garden by the library.

They were having a party.

and the garden across the street….

with its big rooster.

I’m kind of in love with Castle Rock now, and I fantasized about moving in retirement to join that group of volunteers….if only it were not so hot there!  Here’s an upcoming event that you might want to attend.

castlerock.jpg

 

 

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot garden on north side of deck gets its weekly deadheading and supplemental watering.

The Depot garden on north side of deck gets its weekly deadheading and supplemental watering.

cosmos and (new this year) lilies

cosmos and (new this year) lilies

Cosmos and Gladiolus papilio

Cosmos and Gladiolus papilio

Gladiolus papilio

Gladiolus papilio

Depot east wall

Depot east wall

Long Beach welcome sign

The godetia at the sidewalk end are starting to decline, as they do.

The godetia at the sidewalk end are starting to decline, as they do.

front of sign

front of sign

Echibeckias are now joining with Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

Echibeckias are now joining with Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

I'm not sure what I think of that colour combo.

I’m not sure what I think of that colour combo.  Wish the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ would size up and cool it down with blue.

back of sign

back of sign

Anchorage Cottages

We do love a job where the watering is taken care of.

We do love a job where the watering is taken care of.

windowboxes and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' on east wall

windowboxes and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and cosmos on east wall

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard with Nicotiana langsdorfii

center courtyard with Nicotiana langsdorfii

Tigridia and Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve

Tigridia and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’

colour coordinated lilies

colour coordinated trumpet lilies

lilysign

I don’t know the name of that particular lily and wish I did.  I probably got it from my mother’s garden.

lily2

lily3

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' by the office

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ by the office

Agastache 'Cotton Candy'

Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’ and cosmos and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' with Gaura 'So White' and Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso'

Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ with Gaura ‘So White’ and Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’

the successful sweet pea patch against east wall chimney

the successful sweet pea patch against east wall chimney

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Long Beach

We watered all the planters and groomed Fifth Street Park.

Rose 'Super Dorothy' in Fifth Street Park

Rose ‘Super Dorothy’ in Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park with Basket Case Greenhouse basket

Fifth Street Park with Basket Case Greenhouse basket (watered and fertilized daily by city crew)

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

Lewis and Clark Square planter, looks perkier than when just re-planted yesterday.

Lewis and Clark Square planter, looks perkier than when just re-planted yesterday.

center newly planted

center newly planted

I pruned down the rhodo behind the wall so this new restaurant shows better.  (The top of the rhodo was looking windburnt and pitiful anyway.)

I pruned down the rhodo behind the wall so this new restaurant shows better. (The top of the rhodo was looking windburnt and pitiful anyway.)

I'm excited about a kabob house opening soon.

I’m excited about a kabob house opening soon.

Uh oh, the horsetail is already back at the Bolstadt pond.

Uh oh, the horsetail is already back at the Bolstad pond.

sign at NIVA green

sign at NIVA green

I was getting lots of compliments on the planters, and on the hanging baskets (which I always credit to Basket Case Nancy and the care of the city crew), so I was in a happy place on this day.

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Coulter Park

Coulter Park

'Hopley's Purple' oregano

‘Hopley’s Purple’ oregano

early evening light

early evening light

pink Salvia viridis and pink dahlia, Allan's photo

pink Salvia viridis and pink dahlia, Allan’s photo

We finished the workday with weeding and deadheading at the City Hall gardens.

lily by city hall entrance

lily by city hall entrance

Basket Case baskets

Basket Case baskets

hall2

I just had a revelation.  I have spelling Bolstad as “Bolstadt” lo these many years.  Ooops.  It’s far too late to go back and correct dozens of blog entries.

baskets

basket4

Allan's photo: hostas lace-leafed by snails

Allan’s photo: hostas lace-leafed by snails

City Hall west side

City Hall west side

Allan's photos: grooming a gladiolus

Allan’s photos: grooming a gladiolus

Allan's photos: making annual poppies look better by taking off old leaves

Allan’s photos: making annual poppies look better by taking off old leaves (because we want them to reseed); they are in front of the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

city hall lily

city hall lily

The Cove Restaurant

Ah, I’d been looking forward all week to our dinner with Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance) at The Cove.

Sondra's garden at The Cove

Sondra’s garden at The Cove

open doors to evening light

open doors to evening light

dinner salad

dinner salad

strawberry salad

strawberry salad

Melissa's noodle bowl

Melissa’s noodle bowl

ahi tuna for me, of course

ahi tuna for me, of course

scrumptious cannolo for dessert

scrumptious cannolo for dessert

PLC (Parking Lot Cat)

PLC (Parking Lot Cat)

We enjoy having this Thursday tradition, and Allan and I were ready for our new-this-year tradition of three days off.

 

 

 

 

 

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On the way to work Monday, we touched up the Ilwaco Post Office garden.

not really work, a volunteer project

not really work, a volunteer project

lily and Eryngium

lily and Eryngium

Then I went off garden touring with Nancy while Allan undertook a Long Beach project on his own: the pond at the corner of Pacific and Bolstadt; it had become a haze of horsetail since our spring cleanup there.

before and after

before and after with weed buckets

He had just finished when I rejoined him and we accomplished the replanting of the Fish Alley planters. The Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ had gotten leggy and tired from fighting the wind.

before...and afters

before…and afters

I am determined to have to water these less, as they are a bucket watering chore, so am going with Sedums, Sempervivums, Thymes.

With that accomplished, we did more weeding at Jo’s garden. A weekly visit between now and the July 20th garden tour will keep it in tip top shape.

Jo's east garden

Jo’s east garden

Jo's, looking west

Jo’s, looking west

one of Jo's feeders

one of Jo’s feeders

adorable youngster

adorable youngster

east side patio

north side patio

Not only did we weed but also did a bit of planting; Jo had gotten some lovely plants to fill in the hole where we removed a daylily last time.

newly planted spot

newly planted spot

We closed Monday out with some planting at Gene’s garden. I wanted the streetside garden to be full and had felt it needed more along the edges. Gene had bought some Dianthus and some Alyssum from the Basket Case and we had a few more plants to add.

Gene has been working hard on new areas.

Gene has been working hard on new areas.

I now feel the garden looks full.

I now feel the garden looks full.

ready for the tour! with a month to fill in

ready for the tour! with a month to fill in

Tuesday, we finally made it back to Casa Pacifica. Increasing rain did not stop us from getting the garden looking satisfactory again. We had intended to put in the day on the Long Beach Bolstadt beach approach garden, to get it spiffing for Doggie Olympic Games on the beach the coming Saturday, but an intense wind changed our garden choice to this sheltered somewhat inland one.

no before picture, but this area had been no longer recognizable as garden!

no before picture, but this area had been no longer recognizable as garden!

before and...improved

before and…improved

lawn island, before and after

lawn island, before and after

Dusty kept a close eye on my work.

Dusty kept a close eye on my work.

Spook continued to be shy.

Spook continued to be shy.

the back garden, south side

the back garden, south side

the back garden, north side

the back garden, north side

rose campion and lavender

rose campion and lavender

Halmiocistus wintonensis draping the rock wall

Halmiocistus wintonensis draping the rock wall

and its flowers

and its flowers

 

groundcover wall

groundcover wall

I would so love to see this garden mulched with yards and yards of dairy manure, and I would so like to avoid being the one to heft yards and yards of it up over those rocks. I must suggest that perhaps this garden owner could find a young person who wants to make a day’s wages shifting lovely non smelly Cow Fiber.

After almost five hours we left. Unusually for us we ended the work day early. There was simply nowhere else close enough by to finish the day out of the blustery wind (although it did die down enough so that we were able to enjoy our own garden!) First we ran an errand to the Basket Case Greenhouse, where their plants told the tale of how windy it had been.

toppled and strewn about!

toppled and strewn about!

We chose a hanging basket to go by our garage. It was a tough choice. Would it be this one?

callibrachoa dark red

calibrachoa dark red

Or this one?

double callies

double callies

Or this one?

blue and pink

blue and pink

Allan picked this one, liking the way that the yellow matched some of the trim on our house:

new basket at home

new basket at home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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