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Thursday, 16 October 2014

We did the rounds of most of our public garden jobs because rain was predicted for Friday and we wanted to make sure they got done. Wiegardt Gallery, Oman Builder’s Supply and Marilyn’s garden, the three most north jobs, and Golden Sands got neglected this week.

Before work, I took a quick spin around the garden.

out the front door, Stewartia fall colour

out the front door, Stewartia fall colour

coleus by the shed

coleus by the shed

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' by the greenhouse

Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’ by the greenhouse

Soon it will be time to take my few tender succulents into the greenhouse.

Soon it will be time to take my few tender succulents into the greenhouse.

I picked up more fallen branches, so our campfire wood pile grows.

I had picked up more fallen branches yesterday, so our campfire wood pile grows. Allan had added some branch pieces from the ornamental plum pruning.

autumnal astilbes

autumnal astilbes

fuchsia magellanica

fuchsia magellanica

and another hardy fuchsia

and another hardy fuchsia

In the greenhouse, the appalling-looking tomato plants are still producing.

tomatoes

I picked some tomatoes, and then had to get to work.

I picked some tomatoes, and then had to get to work.

Ilwaco Post Office garden

We simply had to do a little bit of weeding in our volunteer garden.

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And I planted the best of the rudbeckia divisions given us by Kathleen Shaw.

And I planted the best of the rudbeckia divisions given us by Kathleen Shaw.

The Depot Restaurant in Seaview

We are no longer trying to completely deadhead the cosmos...

We are no longer trying to completely deadhead the cosmos…

I did deadhead the Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' by the window, behind that maddenly late blooming cosmos.

I did deadhead the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ by the window, behind that maddenly late blooming cosmos, some of which had broken off.

depot

Long Beach

We paused to clip Lysimachia under one Long Beach street tree.

carrying an armload of debris to the trailer

carrying an armload of debris to the trailer

On the way north out of town, I was maddened to see a very unattractive stalk of spent Schizostylis (a late blooming perennial) in the planter just north of the pharmacy. I had noticed it last week, too; something would have to be done later.

Anchorage Cottages

At the Anchorage, I was inspired to do a good fall clean up of one end of the courtyard garden, getting rid of two tatty old lavenders and a cluster of Bad Aster.

after

after

The area above got a piece of Kathleen’s rudbeckia; she used to stay at the Anchorage while visiting, before she bought her little cottage halfway up the Peninsula.

The annuals in the courtyard planters are still looking pleasant enough...although not for much longer.

The annuals in the courtyard planters are still looking pleasant enough…although not for much longer.

Lotus vine has been a big success in the four windowboxes...

Lotus vine has been a big success in the four windowboxes…

and is blooming now.

and is blooming now.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Bella was out on the lawn when we got to KBC.

She's a little camera shy.

She’s a little camera shy.

There she is!

There she is!

Mary was raking leaves.

Mary was raking leaves.

A critter of some kind had gotten into the fenced garden. I think it was a bear, over the fence! Or maybe a deer, standing on its hind legs to get the apples off the top of the young apple tree. Whoever it was, the top of the tree was broken off, and the apples were gone.

Luis pruning the broken parts off the tree, deciding what would be the new leader.

Luis pruning the broken parts off the tree, deciding what would be the new leader.

I clipped a plethora of perennials back in this corner by the greenhouse.

I clipped a plethora of perennials back in this corner by the greenhouse.

a good aster that has bloomed for weeks

a good aster that has bloomed for weeks

hardy fuchsias

hardy fuchsias

a late rose

a late rose

and a spider web on rose 'Jude the Obscure'

and a spider web on rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

Andersen’s RV Park

and

While I deadheaded the ubiqitous Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, Allan began the fall clean up of the west beds, pulling of the Bad Aster along the westernmost edge of the beds.

the aster project begins

the aster project begins

As usual, I berate myself for letting the aster take over so thoroughly after the poppies are done, when its cloud of pale blue seems welcome. Worse yet, we let it go to seed.

before

Allan’s photo: before

after

Allan’s photo: after

root length of the bad aster, Allan's photo

root length of the bad aster, Allan’s photo

I went in after him and got more roots out, as the aster roots are pernicious and have given shelter to swathes of quack grass. We would return soon for more aster mayhem.

While we were working, park owner Lorna came out to visit and told me that she now reads the Tootlepedal blog every day. I was so pleased. Now there are at least three Tootlepedal fans on the LB Peninsula. We worked till the sun was low in the sky, and then indulged in our Thursday tradition.

The Cove Restaurant

the cats of the Cove

the cats of the Cove

This Thursday's menu

This Thursday’s menu

J9, Jill and their friend Judy McP. were also there (finishing their early dinner), as I knew they would be, and, as secretly planned, J9 presented Allan with a bag of sweet goodies from a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, to thank him for the plaque he made in memory for her cat, Buddy.

Allan's treats

Allan’s treats

I had been counting the hours till I could have a glass of crisp and frosty hardy apple cider.

I had been counting the hours till I could have a glass of crisp and frosty hardy apple cider.

fried artichokes with creole mayo

fried artichokes with creole mayo

apple ginger salad with craisins

apple ginger salad with craisins and feta cheese

I had the ahi tuna; Allan had fish tacos.

I had the ahi tuna; Allan had fish tacos.

Allan had chocolate cake; I had this bread pudding with cranberries, so rich I took half home for tomorrow.

Allan had chocolate cake; I had this bread pudding with cranberries, so rich I took half home for tomorrow.

Long Beach again

That is not a finger blighter…That’s Allan, pulling the ugly schizostylis stalk that I noticed much earlier in the day. I remembered!

Now it will stop haunting my dreams.

Now it will stop haunting my dreams.

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