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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Halloween cobwebs look so very tawdry the day after that I am always eager to get the Corridor of Spooky Plants dismantled.

the morning after

the morning after

cobwebs all round the front garden (Allan's photo)

cobwebs all round the front garden (Allan’s photo)

just down the street (Allan fetched it for my compost pile)

just down the street (Allan fetched it for my compost pile)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

fennel heads that I had tied to the arbours for decoration

fennel heads that I had tied to the arbours for decoration

I carefully clipped all the fennel seeds into the garbage can, although I had better watch for seedlings starting up from this display.

While Allan dismantled some of our cobwebs, Jacob, Maddie, and Jessika were un-decorating next door.

While Allan dismantled some of our cobwebs, Jacob, Maddie, and Jessika were un-decorating next door.

Allan's photo: Jacob, Maddie, Jessika, Rudder, and me

Allan’s photo: Jacob, Maddie, Yarrow, Jessika, Rudder, and me

Jessika said Rudder had been dressed as grandma to her Little Red Riding Hood, but he had not wanted to keep his bonnet on.

taking down the spooky plants (Allan's photo)

taking down the spooky plants (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another look at the Halloween pumpkin that Steve Pollock made

another look at the Halloween pumpkin that Steve Pollock made (Allan’s photo)

Frosty observing (Allan's photo)

Frosty observing (Allan’s photo)

de-Halloweened

de-Halloweened

Allan wants to fill in the street puddles with gravel (since the city doesn’t do so).  I don’t want him too because I love the reflections.

my water feature

my seasonal water feature

I left several big blueberry branches out for Thanksgiving decoration because I love the leaves. (Prunings from Klipsan Beach Cottages garden)

I left several big blueberry branches out for Thanksgiving decoration because I love the leaves. (Prunings from Klipsan Beach Cottages garden)

I also left the big alder branches just because I like them. Too bad I can't spray paint them silver for Christmas.

I also left the big alder branches just because I like them. Too bad I can’t spray paint them silver for Christmas.

(The Park sign really does have to be repainted to show up.  When it was on a metal arbour, the whole sign stuck up with the sky behind it, because of brackets Allan had made.  The built on bracket does not work that way.)

Allan removed the rebar and the steel and the wood stakes that have been in place for several years to hold the Halloween Corridor of Spooky Plants cross pieces.  I had not realized till they were gone how much better the garden view is without them.

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with just the green post from the new arbour

Here’s a tour of some of the autumnal garden today:

weekend rainfall (Allan's photo)

weekend rainfall (Allan’s photo)

tall mahonia blooming in Allan's garden

tall mahonia blooming in Allan’s garden

back garden, looking southwest

back garden, looking southwest

ceanothus berries

ceanothus berries

seems off-season for ceanothus to be re-blooming.

seems off-season for ceanothus to be re-blooming.

Ceanothus 'Dark Star' (love the name)

Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’

Echinops reblooming after being clipped a couple of weeks ago.

Echinops reblooming after being clipped a couple of weeks ago.

a hardy fuchsia with an upright habit

a hardy fuchsia with an upright habit

and a very downfacing hardy fuchsia

and a very downfacing hardy fuchsia

I was happy to see some water in the bogsy wood after such a long dry spell this past spring and summer.

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the usually dry creek bed inside the fence (looking west)

outside the fence, glorious water in the meander line ditch

outside the fence, glorious water in the meander line ditch

good for frogs

good for frogs

Smokey took the tour with me.

Smokey took the tour with me.

looking north

looking north

creekbed looking west

creek bed looking west

That little bridge to the outer bogsy woods is one of my favourite things about my garden.

Mary in the salmonberry tunnel

Mary in the salmonberry tunnel

what's left of the campfire wood (last winter's storm-fall)

what’s left of the campfire wood (last winter’s storm-fall)

Mary and some pulmonarias

Mary and some pulmonarias

a gold leaved hardy fuchsia

a gold leaved hardy fuchsia

by the water boxes

by the water boxes

There are several places in the garden where the soil is low, like this:

AND weedy.

low AND weedy.

I want to get about eight yards of top soil, AND get the whole garden weeded, AND get the whole thing mulched and fluffy over the winter.  And I would also like to spend the winter reading.  Last winter, the books won.

I am hoping for a rainy reading day tomorrow; later this week, the rest of the bulbs arrive and then we will have non stop work on every workable day till around Thanksgiving, if not longer.

in the evening: Mary naps on my Halloween hat (Allan's photo)

in the evening: Mary naps on my Halloween hat (Allan’s photo)

I put my feet up and finished my latest Dog Lover’s Mystery:

5 out of 5 stars: just excellent

5 out of 5 stars: just excellent

 

 

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Carol and I swanned down to Cannon Beach on the only full day of her two night trip to the beach.

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Mostly, I photographed the gardens as we walked around.

Our walk was all around this area.

Our walk was all around this area.

I am always relieved to see that other city gardeners have areas they don’t have time to make perfect:

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the other corner of that intersection

the other corner of that intersection

blackberry sneaking through a hebe

blackberry sneaking through a hebe

(I’m not being holier than thou. You can often find a blackberry sneaking into our Port of Ilwaco garden by the restroom pavilion, and to find a weedy area in Long Beach, just check the parking lot berms.)

downtown window boxes

downtown window boxes

Every single downtown business has landscaping.

Every single downtown business has landscaping.

hardy fuchsias on a side street

hardy fuchsias on a side street

more hardy fuchsias

more hardy fuchsias

(Note to self: While my own garden abounds with hardy fuchsias, I could certainly use more in the Long Beach parks.)

I knew a secret path up into the cottagey beachfront neighbourhood.  It is private, but the public is allowed to walk through “at their own risk”.

the semi-secret path

the semi-secret path

up the stairs; note the sitting bench by the tree.

up the stairs; note the sitting bench by the tree.

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looking back over the steps

looking back over the steps

an attractive arbour...

an attractive arbour…

...which has two benches.

…which has two benches.

fence post toppers

fence post toppers

and a fence top gull

and a fence top gull

my favourite Cannon Beach arbour

my favourite Cannon Beach arbour

my favourite Cannon Beach Cottage (The Bears)

my favourite Cannon Beach Cottage (The Bears)

annuals

annuals

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my favourite beach front garden (cleaned up for fall)

my favourite beach front garden (cleaned up for fall)

the view from that corner

the view from that corner

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to the south, Haystack Rock

to the south, Haystack Rock

my favourite beachfront hardscape

my favourite beachfront hardscape…

and its entryway

and its entryway

the wisdom of Cannon Beach (no fireworks!)

the wisdom of Cannon Beach (no fireworks!)

another beachfront corner

another beachfront corner

in the distance, the Tillamook Lighthouse

in the distance, the Tillamook Lighthouse

telephoto of "Terrible Tillie"

telephoto of “Terrible Tilly”

historic photo

historic photo

This house was once on the cottage tour, and had a reading chair in each dormer.

This house was once on the cottage tour, and had a reading chair in each dormer.

You could buy that twin dormered ocean view home for $1,200,000.00 .  Well, someone could.

The Ocean road becomes non-vehicular.

In the next block, the Ocean road becomes non-vehicular.

stairs to the beach

stairs to the beach

We turned away and walked back to town down the main street.  I think it would have been more pleasant to walk along the beach.  We were, however, hungry for lunch at Bill’s Tavern.  I was mighty tired and dizzy when we got there.  Carol and I agreed it is hard getting old(er).

borrowed from Bill's website

borrowed from Bill’s website

inside (with Halloween decor)

inside (with Halloween decor)

excellent reasonably priced food

excellent reasonably priced food

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albacore tuna sandwich with a touch of curry, backed with cod and chips

a revitalizing albacore tuna sandwich with a touch of curry, backed with cod and chips

an opportunist at an outdoor table

an opportunist at an outdoor table

a human (not an employee) feeling compelled to ruin the bird's meal

a human (not an employee) feeling compelled to ruin the bird’s meal; why?

more good landscaping across the street

more good landscaping across the street

I wasn’t especially dizzy any more.  (Lest you worry, I’ve been lightheaded on occasion since 2008 so it is probably not life threatening yet.)

leaving Bill's with photo taking energy restored

leaving Bill’s with photo taking energy restored

I have been to Cannon Beach with friends who want to browse into every shop.  Thank goodness Carol is not like that and is content just to stroll along and look at gardens and window displays.

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one of many courtyards

one of many courtyards

hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia

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a touch of autumn

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wineshop with grape vine

wineshop with grape vine

At the end of the street of shops, Carol and I found a place to sit and relax for awhile.

overlooking the estuary

overlooking the estuary

Ecola Creek Estuary

Ecola Creek Estuary

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No vehicles on the beach at Cannon Beach....so much more beautiful than ours.

No vehicles on the beach at Cannon Beach….so much more beautiful than ours.

young gull disappointed that we had no snacks to offer

young gull disappointed that we had no snacks to offer

We decided we needed some espresso for the road so sought out one of the world’s most pleasant coffee houses in a little courtyard off the main street.

Carol approached the lovely Bella Espresso.

Carol approached the lovely Bella Espresso.

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outdoor seating nook

Carol pointed out the existence of journals!

Carol pointed out the existence of journals!

I got all excited…but the journals were not like the Sylvia Beach room journals and were mostly drawings rather than words.

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the best entry I could find

viewed from our window seat: euonymous climbing high

viewed from our window seat: euonymous climbing high

 a lovely ambience in Bella Espresso

a lovely ambience in Bella Espresso

We relaxed with our pleasant interior and outdoor courtyard view for a long while before walking back to Carol’s car and our drive back to Ilwaco.

one last Cannon Beach garden photo

one last Cannon Beach garden photo

Carol dropped me off and returned to the Sou’wester for a quiet evening of reading in the Zelmar Cruiser vintage trailer.

Next: While we went to Cannon Beach, Allan went boating on Oregon’s John Day River.

 

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Before work: Allan saw through his window our dear neighbour Jessika picking apples. (She has a standing invitation to come pick!)

Before work: Allan saw through his window our dear neighbour Jessika picking apples. (She has a standing invitation to come pick!)


First thing: some kale and violas into the planter at Peninsula Sanitation office, by request

First thing: some kale and violas into the planter at Peninsula Sanitation office, by request


second thing: some deadheading at the Depot Restaurant garden

second thing: some deadheading at the Depot Restaurant garden


third thing: grooming the Long Beach welcome sign garden

third thing: grooming the Long Beach welcome sign garden

Nancy’s garden

Fourth thing: We put a pot of fingerling potatoes on Garden Tour Nancy and Phil’s front porch.

Nancy's kitchen garden

Nancy’s kitchen garden


her dahlias

her dahlias


and her chooks

and her chooks


something of interest

something of interest


cottages across the street

cottages across the street

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Our goal today was to polish off the last big fall project.

before: Allan plans the task

before: Allan plans the task


Allan's photo: heading in to the base of the Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Allan’s photo: heading in to the base of the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’


after: a considerably enlarged sit spot made by removed a swathe of Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

after: a considerably enlarged sit spot made by removed a swathe of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’:  Good job, Allan


Allan's before and after

Allan’s before and after


Allan's photo: larger = more inviting, we feel.

Allan’s photo: larger = more inviting, we feel.

Meanwhile, I did fall clean up in the garden.

before

before


after

after


before: tree peony

before: tree peony area


after

after


tall late blooming cosmos

tall late blooming cosmos


Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima


view in the east gate

view in the east gate


Mary and Denny tidied up this basement entry area.

Mary and Denny tidied up this basement entry area.


Sarah being cute.

Sarah being cute.


seasonal decor

seasonal decor

Anchorage Cottages

We had time to do the Anchorage Cottages garden, too, with some more fall clean up.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard


hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia


further editing of shade garden

further editing of shade garden

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Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

Ilwaco

With about one hour before sunset, Allan chopped back an old shrub at our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco post office.  What the shrub is, I do not know, but we make it go away about once a year.

before

before


Allan's photo: after

Allan’s photo: after

While he addressed the shrub problem, I walked around and checked on the Ilwaco street trees and planters, pulling pesky bits of chickweed and tiny grasses.

Griffin Gallery window downtown....

Griffin Gallery window downtown….


Halloween is a very big deal in Ilwaco.

Halloween is a very big deal in Ilwaco.

Allan joined me by the time I got to the boatyard.

Ilwaco boatyard

Ilwaco boatyard


We'll do fall clean up on the boatyard garden one of these days.

We’ll do fall clean up on the boatyard garden one of these days.


I cut a couple more branches off of the leaning columnar pear street tree.

I cut a couple more branches off of the leaning columnar pear street tree.


It has flowers in October. Weird.

It has flowers in October. Weird.

We got done just in time to go home, drop off the trailer, and head off to our weekly dinner, I mean meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

The Cove Restaurant

more signs of Halloween in the Cove Restaurant garden

more signs of Halloween in the Cove Restaurant garden (Allan’s photo)


Allan and Dave discuss garden clippers before dinner.

Allan and Dave discuss garden clippers before dinner.


Allan had the cod from this part of tonight's special menu.

Allan had the cod from this part of tonight’s special menu.  And I had that salad.


Allan's photo of his fish and noodles

Allan’s photo of his fish and noodles


Dave had this work of art.

Dave had this work of art salad.


Melissa's prawn bowl

Melissa’s prawn bowl


Allan's photo

Dave’s burger (Allan’s photo); I had the Cajun Chicken Alfredo, with enough left to make Friday’s dinner at home.

I don’t think I have laughed so hard and as much as we do with Dave and Melissa over these weekly dinners for quite some time and it makes me very happy.  Melissa says it makes them happy, too.


 

Friday, 23 October 2015

We started with a bit more fall clean up on our volunteer garden at the post office.

We started with a bit more fall clean up on our volunteer garden at the post office.

Long Beach

Today’s main project: to cut down some mean and thorny Dorothy Perkins roses from Fifth Street Park’s north fence upon which the Long Beach city crew will soon be installing the lighted sea serpent holiday decoration.

While Allan took on the fence roses, I went after some roses and some perennials in the northwest corner of the garden.

before

before


after

after


the fence rose project (Allan's photos)

the fence rose project (Allan’s photos); bet the city crew will be happy!


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the sea serpent last year, from the other side of the fence

There are two large ornamental grasses against the fence.  You can just catch a glimpse of the bigger one in my before photo.  I dithered about cutting them down, and finally decided not to.  The city crew might chop them, or we might if they seem to block the serpent once it is up.  Right now, their flowers look lovely in the autumnal light, and as Allan said, once we cut them, we can’t put them back.  They might give the effect of the serpent floating along in a marshland.  We shall see.

Then, while Allan raked and picked up all the debris and took it to city works to dump, I walked around to deadhead and groom the planters.

the debris from the park ready to go to City Works (Allan's photo)

the debris from the park ready to go to City Works (Allan’s photo)


California poppies still blooming

California poppies still blooming


This blue statice from The Planter Box has been a real do-er in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

This blue statice from The Planter Box has been a real do-er in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.


lots of cerinthe seedlings in the front corner of that same planter

lots of cerinthe seedlings in the front corner of that same planter

The Kabob House restaurant behind the photo above was our goal for after work today, but for now I had to walk on by.

I popped into NIVA green to take a few photo for the Facebook page, and found myself buying the skeleton bird and cage.  It will be an excellent addition to our Halloween decor.

I did not carry it with me around the planters; Allan picked it up for me an hour later.

I did not carry it with me around the planters; Allan picked it up for me an hour later.

 
Shop owner Heather "went a little cat crazy" at a recent gift show.

Shop owner Heather “went a little cat crazy” at a recent gift show.

By the time I caught up with Allan, he had dumped the debris from Fifth Street Park and was weeding in Veterans Field.

Vet Field corner bed (Allan's photo)

Vet Field corner bed (Allan’s photo)

With work, including weeding in Veterans Field, done, we ended our pretty easy Long Beach day with a scrumptious late lunch at the Kabob House, which recently got a well deserved rave review in the local paper.

Kabob House

Kabob House


vegetable and beef combo

vegetable and beef combo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's chicken kabob meal

Allan’s chicken kabob meal

 

The meals come with a side of the cucumber sauce that I adore, and owner/chef Behnoosh came out to offer us more before the meal was done.  I could eat a gallon of that sauce out of a huge soup tureen. I was surprised when she told me that several people had come in to eat there after seeing it recommended on this blog.  That does amaze and please me.

On the way home, we saw that all the Ilwaco planters had wide red ribbons tied around them.  It is some kind of cancer awareness month (as if we were not already aware and scared with friends getting cancer left and right, it seems!).   I wish to compliment whoever did the banner tying for their excellent job of going under the plants and not hurting them.

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good job!

good job!

We were home early and I spent the evening catching up on the weekly blogging till quite late, followed by an 11 PM dinner with The Amazing Race.


Real time update:  If all goes according to plan, as this post publishes on the morning of October 30, we will be putting the finishing touches that day on our Corridor of Spooky plants in preparation for the amazing Ilwaco Halloween.  Several friends including Dave, Melissa, and Our Kathleen, Shelly and Steve, perhaps Todd, perhaps MaryBeth, will join us to hand out candy to the usual 300 or so trick or treaters and to walk around admiring other houses’ decorations.  We hope to have some good photos when that blog post rolls around.  If you are in Ilwaco that evening, come on over.

 

 

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Friday, 16 October 2015

Although I felt a distinct lack of energy on the first day off, I did apply myself to removing some salmonberry roots from the bogsy woods.  You probably won’t even be able to tell the difference between before and after unless you look quite carefully.

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before

after

after

Some of the salmonberry removal is just the cheating of cutting it to ground level as it is so wrapped around the roots of the alder trees.

Allan went out to Roots to acquire a salad for our evening meal.

at Roots Juice, Salad and Java Bar in downtown Ilwaco

at Roots Juice, Salad and Java Bar in downtown Ilwaco

After more mostly ineffectual garden puttering, evening arrived and we had a campfire.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Gazing into the fire can mesmerize us for an evening.

Gazing into the fire can mesmerize us for an evening.

I just love poking the fire with a stick.

I just love poking the fire with a stick.

Smokey sitting on his own chair. (Allan's photo)

Smokey sitting on his own chair. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

After sausages cooked on campfire forks comes the ritual roasting of buttered, salted corn wrapped in foil.

After sausages cooked on campfire forks comes the ritual roasting of buttered, salted corn wrapped in foil.

the lights of the port buildings, foggy lights from boats, and to the far right the bright windows of Salt Hotel

the lights of the port buildings, foggy glow from boats’ lights, and to the far right the bright windows of Salt Hotel

Then Allan kindly did the paperwork for me for the sale of a photo to Rodale Press.  An author found said photo on this very blog.  I said to Allan I would give him half the money if he would just sort out the paperwork for me, and he brought it to me all ready to sign, even marked with a sticky note and an arrow in the signature place, and he walked to the post office so it would go out in tomorrow morning’s mail.

With our 11 PM viewing of The Amazing Race on telly, we had our salad from Roots.  The generous portion filled two dinner plates.

Peaches, apples, pears, feta, and slivered almonds on spring and Romaine lettuce with pear gorgonzola dressing

Peaches, apples, pears, feta, and slivered almonds on spring and Romaine lettuce with pear gorgonzola dressing

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Saturday turned out to be a social day, a good excuse for not doing much weeding.  Our Kathleen arrived first for a visit.  Allan brought in a salamander to show us.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

A bit later, Steve of the Bayside Garden arrived to collect some of the alstroemeria that I had dug up last week.  (Kathleen and I both warned him of its aggressive nature.  He has room for such a thug.)  Of course, we all took a garden tour.

Kathleen, Steve, and me

Kathleen, Steve, and me

Smokey kept close to us. (Allan's photo)

Smokey kept close to us. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Onyx came to visit from the Starvation Alley house next door. (Allan's photo)

Onyx came to visit from the Starvation Alley house next door. (Allan’s photo)

I demonstrated that the berries of Leycesteria formosa taste like burnt caramel. Steve agreed.

I demonstrated that the berries of Leycesteria formosa taste like burnt caramel. Steve agreed.

I told him how hard it is to edit salmonberries out of the bogsy woods.  He said he and John prevailed in his garden by going well down into the ground with a pick.  I’m just not sure I can find the energy so I always use the excuse that I like to leave part of the garden wild (even though I would really love to cultivate every last inch).

sorting out some alstromeria roots for Steve

sorting out some alstroemeria roots for Steve

I asked the usual question of our guests on whether or not I should turn the paths outside the fence to gravel instead of lawn.  Steve likes the lawn.  The dilemma continues.  I may dither well through winter, or even for years.

Allan had his own project for the late afternoon:

Allan's photo: He was working on a trellis project but ran out of purple paint.

Allan’s photo: He was working on a trellis project but ran out of purple paint. It will be sawed out of this broken fence piece we were given by Denny of Klipsan Beach Cottages.

We decided it was time to start lighting our Halloween lights.

We decided it was time to start lighting our Halloween lights. (Allan’s photo)

In the evening, we left the property (!!) to go to a concert at the Sou’wester Lodge.  There may be more of this with the shorter days of autumn and winter.  I feel that having had a couple of almost completely successful, long, not-leaving-the-property weekends, I am more open now to short excursions.

On the way, we photographed the Halloween display at Griffin Gallery.

downtown Ilwaco

downtown Ilwaco

At The Sou’wester

vintage rental trailers at the Sou'wester

vintage rental trailers at the Sou’wester

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: The trailer on the left is the one I lived in from late December ’92 to April ’93

south side of the lodge and one of the trailers

south side of the lodge and one of the trailers

in the living room: LPs and a display rack showing which one is playing

in the living room: LPs and a display rack showing which one is playing

chatting with owner Thandi Rosenbaum (Allan's photo)

chatting with owner Thandi Rosenbaum (Allan’s photo)

trailer photos on the wall (Allan's photo)

trailer photos on the wall (Allan’s photo)

the quiet, introspective music of Vikesh Kapoor (Allan's photo)

the quiet, introspective music of Vikesh Kapoor (Allan’s photo)

Vivek’s music was extra quiet and sad that night; he said he usually stands to play and is not perhaps quite as somber.  At one point he asked, “Are you ok with this kind of mood?” and an audience member responded, “Yeah, go darker!”

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Allan went shopping across the river.  I embarked on the project of shifting the debris pile outside the deer fence.  It’s not the most necessary project.  Yesterday, I could only explain to Steve and Kathleen that the big messy pile is a throwback to my grandmother’s compost pile; she composted all plant material and the humusy smell of her compost pile was a pleasure to me as a child.  I end up with lots more debris and am selective, avoiding most weeds and any diseased foliage.

the work area of the garden, next to Nora's driveway

the work area of the garden, next to Nora’s driveway

While Nora was alive, I made this a flower area for her to enjoy.  Now there is no one to see it most of the time but me and Allan.  This is the area where I keep dithering about whether or not to turn the paths to gravel.  Guests and readers mostly vote for lawn (even though it is brown and dormant in summer in this spot).

before

before

after, with two wheelbarrows of good soil moved to the inner garden.

after, the pile shifted to one end, with two wheelbarrows of good soil moved to the inner garden.

I disturbed several frogs.

I disturbed several frogs.

Growing potatoes in the debris pile proved to be successful, with more left to harvest from the bottom layer.

today's harvest

today’s harvest: red fingerling and Yukon Gold

I had way too many potatoes for us but over the following few days, gave some to our neighbour to the east, Jessika, and our neighbour across the street, Terry, and will be delivering some to Garden Tour Nancy and to Melissa and Dave. While giving away potatoes to the neighbors we heard that there had been a mother bear and her two cubs next door in their tree. A porcupine had also been sighted on the lawn across the street.

Allan returned with purple paint (and a necessary cord for a computer problem he’d been having) and finished his trellis project.

Allan's photo: He completed filling in the empty space on the west garage wall.

Allan’s photo: He completed filling in the empty space on the west garage wall.

Monday, 19 October 2015

I had so been hoping for the predicted rainy reading day, as I wished to simply sit and read Anne Hillerman’s Rock with Wings, a Navajo mystery in the style of her father, Tony Hillerman.  That was not to be.  The weather was misty, dampish, but gardenable.

The garden looked autumnal again, even though Allan had mowed on Friday.

The garden looked autumnal again, even though Allan had mowed on Friday.

Today’s project, after some light weeding here and there: Move much of the strawberry bed to enable an extension of the scree garden all around the boat.

before

before: 1:50 PM.

I discarded the center strawberries with big thick roots...

I discarded the center strawberries with big thick roots…

and transplanted the offshoots into containers behind the garage and along an edge of the newly cleared debris pile

and transplanted the offshoots into containers behind the garage and along an edge of the newly cleared debris pile

I also made a planter of strawberry plants for neighbour Jessika (of Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm) to plant in her garden, even heeling them into the long narrow plastic container with some soil.  That’s significantly nicer than giving away plants because I am something of a soil hoarder.

3:30 PM

3:30 PM

This segued into cleaning out the tomato and pepper plants from the greenhouse and dumping the old potting soil into the future scree bed.

5:20 PM

5:20 PM

the last of the tomatoes and peppers

the last of the tomatoes and peppers

THAT segued into moving some potted tender plants into the greenhouse: scented geraniums, a Salvia laciniatum, a couple of agaves, and more.  Allan helped me shift the biggest ones.  With the mild winter predicted, quite possibly they all could have stayed outdoors.

a possibly unnecessary move into the greenhouse

a possibly unnecessary move into the greenhouse

Several passion flowers still bloom on the arbour near the greenhouse.

Several passion flowers still bloom on the arbour near the greenhouse.

the very last sweet pea pickings

the very last sweet pea pickings

The drizzly day had not even required the putting on of a rain jacket.  At the end, I walked back to the bogsy woods.

lots of good shade garden colour for late October

lots of good shade garden colour for late October (pulmonaria and hardy fuchsias)

a hardy fuchsia with delicate flowers

a hardy fuchsia with delicate flowers

creeping buttercup creeping back on the edge of the swale!

creeping buttercup creeping back on the edge of the swale!

ten minutes later

ten minutes later

a welcome sight: some water in the meander line ditch

a welcome sight: some water in the meander line ditch

In the last two hours before dark, Allan went to the Ilwaco Community Building to plant some hellebore and cyclamen starts given us by Our Kathleen.  They were slated for Golden Sands but I decided to divide them among our two jobs where we have little budget for plants.

little babies going into the ground

little babies going into the ground

and some more Sedum 'Autumn Joy' added

and some more Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ added

and then he made cookies! (Allan's photos)

and then he made cookies! (Allan’s photos)

Tomorrow: back to work, because we are taking Wednesday off for a garden lecture (me) and boating (Allan).

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Despite my desire to not leave my property for four whole days, I did need to go to the Ilwaco Saturday Market.  It would be the last day of the market season for Pink Poppy Bakery and I wanted treats for me and Our Kathleen, who would stop by for a visit on her way out of town.

at the market

Maddy of Pink Poppy; I bought Swedish Traveling Cakes for teatime and lemon cupcakes for later.

Maddy of Pink Poppy; I bought Swedish Traveling Cakes for teatime and lemon cupcakes for later.

one of the plant booths

one of the plant booths

Northwest Naturals

Northwest Naturals

I was too early for lunch or I'd have gotten something from Blue Collar Eats.

I was too early for lunch or I’d have gotten something from Blue Collar Eats.

I must admit that when it comes to market photos (which I post as a volunteer to Discover Ilwaco), I do favour vendors who are friendly and nice to me, and Anthony of Blue Collar always has a friendly greeting.  If I were on salary, I would have to be impartial.

I also refreshed my supply of Starvation Alley cranberry juice.

I also refreshed my supply of Starvation Alley cranberry juice.

Peter and a friend performed outside Don Nisbett's art gallery.

Peter and a friend performed outside Don Nisbett’s art gallery.

Their dog Skip.

Their dog Skip.

skipsign

a market goer doting on her dog

a market goer doting on her dog

The Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle

The Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle

the marina scene right behind the market

the marina scene right behind the market

I actually had a mission that had caused me to turn down Allan’s offer to pick up the Pink Poppy treats and cranberry juice before he went boating:  I took Debbie Teashon’s new book, Gardening for the Home Brewer, in to Time Enough Books to show it off.

in Time Enough Books

in Time Enough Books

Karla said "That's a good publisher!", wrote down the ISBN number and posed for a photo.

Karla said “That’s a good publisher!”, wrote down the ISBN number and posed for a photo.

The book will fit right in!

The book will fit right in!

Scout watched the door.

Scout watched the door.

Karla's niece Kelly brought in her young dog, Gimli, and much romping ensued.

Karla’s niece Kelli brought in her young dog, Gimli, and much romping ensued.

Gimli and Scout

Gimli and Scout

at home

Finally a windless day let me pull bindweed on the east side of the bogsy woods where it climbs the fence from the gear shed lot.

Mary led the way.

Mary led the way.

Smokey followed.

Smokey followed.

my Smokey

my Smokey

my project, before

my project, before

outside the fence, before

outside the fence, before

and after

and after

It is maddening, but typical, to have unmaintained bindweed on both sides of my garden trying to creep in.  (Nora’s back yard has it, too.)

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Verbena bonariensis

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Verbena bonariensis, with bindweed behind it on the fence (now pulled)

bogsy wood corner, after

bogsy wood corner, after

Just when I got that done, Kathleen arrived and we had tea and traveling cake and then sat around the fire circle burning (not very successfully) a few pieces of wood.  I was sorry that she had to go back to her workaday world.

In the late afternoon, I found some more weeding to do and admired my collection of hardy fuchsias.

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fuchsia2

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fuchsia6

fuchsia7

fuchsia8

fuchsia9

fuchsia10

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I stayed out till dusk...

I stayed out till dusk…

picked some apples and tomatoes...

picked some apples and tomatoes…

And I got a little worried when Allan was not home from boating till well after dark.  He will tell you about his day in tomorrow’s post.

 

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Despite having a first-cleanup-of-the-year list that has spilled over into March, we took a day off, because we needed one, and because life is short.  Ed Strange stopped by mid morning, as he often does on a Sunday on his way to his garden maintenance job for the Shorebank building at the Port, two blocks from our house.  Because he is a morning person, he had already been to Seven Dees nursery all the way down in Seaside.

While we were visiting, he got a phone call to tell him that his puppy had been born.  He put in on speakerphone so Allan and I could both here the description of the 2 day old littermates.  The breeder talked baby talk to the pups.  We so look forward to the puppy arriving later this spring.

Ed and I listening to puppy talk.

Ed and I listening to puppy talk.

I showed off my Rustia, in prolific bloom.  It’s to the left in the photo above.  This is the plant that, when Ciscoe Morris visited my garden, caused him to say “Ooh la la! You don’t just have ordinary plants!”

Rustia

Rustia

rustia

 

rustia

We walked around the garden, and Ed laughed and said “I see you have your favourite plant in a garbage can; how appropriate.”  (He knows I’ve eliminated many phormiums over the last few years.)

phormium

Actually, that’s an idea I got from a restaurant garden near Heronswood Nursery, on a tour day several years back.

Phormium contained

Phormium contained at a restaurant near Kingston

Ed and I had a good long chat about work related topics.  We are both trying to reduce our schedules to allow more time for leisure.  I showed him our new tin garden sign and he wanted one, too.  When he departed for the Basket Case Greenhouse on a sign quest, I settled on my project for the day: cutting back hardy fuchsias in the back garden.  The air was chilly enough that I was not entirely happy to be outdoors at all, despite the sunshine, and the soil felt too cold to make weeding enjoyable.

Allan helped with three different projects (AND mowed the lawn).

First, he fixed my best plant table that I got from a “free” pile of stuff over on Spruce Street.

The underlying fabric had collapsed at one end.

The underlying material had collapsed at one end.

Inside the second hand table is a lip which used to hold a sheet of glass.

Inside the second hand table is a lip which used to hold a sheet of glass.

fixed with "two skinny planks and a small piece of plywood and a piece of bamboo"

fixed with “two skinny planks and a small piece of plywood and a piece of bamboo”

It was a mistake (mine!) to use asphalt roofing as the underlayment.  It should have been a piece of plywood with holes drilled in it.  I can see now that it will slowly need more fixing and replacement as the shingles sag.

Allan also removed the hardy fuchsia whose base was infested with horrid orange montbretia.  It is one of several of the same kind of hardy fuchsia magellanica so I did not lose anything special.

pick attack

pick attack

success!  It would have taken me a lot longer.

success! It would have taken me a lot longer.

all clear, and the only collateral damage was one big fat lily bud

all clear, and the only collateral damage was one big fat lily bud

I did decide to cut the big fuchsia that had new growth up high all the way to the ground.  I like walking through a forest of fuchsias, so I don’t know what possessed me except that the up high growth was thin, and the basal growth looked so thick and healthy.

chopped down

chopped down

I used to love the fuchsia walk at my old house, over behind the boatyard, in a garden so sheltered that the fuchsia magellanica turned into trees that were taller than me.

the fuchsia path

the fuchsia path

fuchsia walk, silver shed

fuchsia walk in winter at our old garden

In our new(ish) garden, a lot of winter wind is probably what causes the die back and lack of tree-like height.

golden ninebark

Physocarpus…golden ninebark

I was trying out my new Olympus camera today and perhaps it was the overcast day that led to a lack of detail.  Hmmm.

the center bed river of Geranium 'Rozanne'

the center bed river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

I do love my blue Rozanne river in summer, and yet reading The Miserable Gardener blog by Bob Nold, the author of High and Dry, has made me cast about for more areas to put a scree garden.  I now have a small one by the garden boat, and yet…would not this center bed make an incredible scree garden?  I just don’t think I can give up my Rozanne effect though….even though it makes the garden all soft and fuzzy and not a home for special little things.  I loved his suggestion of using buried rubble of all sorts to build up the spine of a garden bed.

raised-beds

 

Maybe I can find room somewhere else in the garden….or next door in Nora’s yard, where her granddaughter said I could plant anything I wanted.  That would be a surprise!  I am grateful to her for letting us use her grandma’s parking pad for loading and unloading the trailer.

We created this much debris, and that's after Allan walked on it.

We created this much debris, and that’s after Allan walked on it.

Time to put out the bogsy wood sign, as one hopes no more big branches will fall from storms.

Time to put out the bogsy wood sign, as one hopes no more big branches will fall from storms.

narcissi by the bogsy woods

narcissi by the bogsy woods

Look at the growth on one of the peony starts that MaryBeth gave me!

Look at the growth on one of the peony starts that MaryBeth gave me!

I decided to clip the dead tips on my Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'

I decided to clip the dead tips on my Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’.

after...rather tidier

after…rather tidier

Nearby, big fat lily buds emerging

Nearby, big fat lily shoots emerging

more

more lily shoots

Frosty was also checking out the garden.

Frosty was also checking out the garden.

crocuses and lily shoots

crocuses and lily shoots (and shotweed)

Oh, and I put up some fence slats that I got from the Long Beach city works debris pile.  (I did ask!)  They are just tied on the the fence behind which, later, will be a tarped pile of crab pots by the neighbours’ gear shed.  Now that they are in place, maybe Allan can help to affix them better.  He’s clever like that.

just tied in place with string

just tied in place with string…to stop the eye for eight slats wide, at least

The third project that Allan helped with today was putting up the new garden sign that we got at the Basket Case yesterday.  Ed had gone straight from our house to the Basket Case, gotten one of his own, and texted me a photo of it already up!  The pressure was on.  Allan still had to coat ours with a rust proof product and let it dry.

Ed's sign already up

Ed’s sign already up

I had suggested that ours go on the arbour on the front of the house.  Allan thought that would be too show-offy, so we compromised on the west side arbour, which still shows from the street.

centered on the west arbour

centered on the west arbour

garden

garden

He also added two stars that have been kicking around.

He also added two stars that have been kicking around.

star

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am now on a casual quest for something not quite as gaudy to decorate the top of the front arbour.

 

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

We took the day off because of wind and rain and were both going to go shopping overseas (Warrenton, Oregon), until Allan pointed out that the grocery list was long and that I don’t really enjoy shopping.  So off he went, happily alone, while I stayed home to read.

Or so I thought.  The drizzle was not enough to keep me indoors when I had a couple of new bareroot plants from Todd that needed to go into the ground.  I started by planting a Baptisia sphaerocarpa (yellow false indigo) behind the cat bench in the back garden as I had removed a Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ that was too low.  THEN I googled it.  Oops, it only gets three feet tall.  Some musical plants ensued, resulting in my getting more planted than I thought I would.

I finally got my Berberis ‘Orange Rocket’ (2 of them, acquired in Seattle last June) in the ground, after transplanting two sanguisorba starts into the back garden.

Berberis 'Orange Rocket'

Berberis ‘Orange Rocket’

While Todd visited the other day, I’d noticed a few exciting things during our tour of the garden.  A mystery evergreen shrub in the front garden has white berries.  It is an angular plant, looks thorny but is not painful to touch, and neither of us could ID it.

white berries

white berries

My Edgeworthia rubra has buds already.

My Edgeworthia rubra has buds already.

Dicentra scandens still blooming by the sun porch.

Dicentra scandens still blooming by the sun porch.

My white sanguisorba died back to the base...

My white sanguisorba died back to the base…

but it's putting out new growth

but it’s putting out new growth

I admired a few dwarf conifers (can’t name them, though).

conifer

conifer

conifer

In Allan's garden

In Allan’s garden

I was inspired by the damp but almost windless weather to go back to the bogsy wood and transplant a golden Virburnum that I had planted too close to a variegated elderberry.  Then I saw two small, new hydrangeas were too close together.  All got shifted around.

former danger tree shade bed

former danger tree shade bed with Virburnum removed…

and it went in here...

and it went in here…along with 2 Sauromatum venosum bulbs from Todd.

It's a good thing I have a new shade bed in the works as I am almost out of room again!

It’s a good thing I have a new shade bed in the works (under that tree, by the swale) as I am almost out of room again!

I checked the most satisfactory rising of the water in the seasonal swale outside the south gate.

pondy swale

pondy swale

water under the willows

water under the willows

water in the long grass

water in the long grass

...the grass I wanted to pull, but didn't.

…the grass I wanted to pull, but didn’t.

My grass-cut finger is only now healed from when the grass fought back almost two weeks ago (or more).

Hardy fuchsias gleamed in the rain.

Hardy fuchsias gleamed in the rain.

fuchsias

Nicotiana langsdorfii has put out new flowers.

Nicotiana langsdorfii has put out new flowers.

pineapple sage

pineapple sage

My river of blue Geranium ‘Rozanne’ has put out fresh new growth.  If I had cleaned up the old spent growth, it would look all fresh and new.  The strangely warm weather has inspired all this strange late-blooming behavior.

Geranium 'Rozanne' new and old growth.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ new and old growth.

Languishing in a corner of the garden I found the tin pig that sadly reminds me of a friendship lost not by my choice.  Poor pig.  Makes me feel baffled just to look at it.

languishing pig

languishing pig

I put Pig up front with the Halloween decor so I can give him to Pink Poppy Madeline.

Now I'll remember to send Pig to a happy new home.

Now I’ll remember to send Pig to a happy new home.

I know Maddy will like the pig, because she and Jacob had its sister and brother at their wedding.

wedding pigs will be good company

Wedding pigs will be good company; perhaps my pig will grow wings.

I finally remembered to transplant (again) the yellow Baptisia into the front garden.

Despite all the rain, the soil is still powder dry right under the surface.

Despite all the rain, the soil is still powder dry right under the surface.

I still need to find a good spot for this wiegela from Todd.

I still need to find a good spot for this dusky leaved wiegela from Todd.

I added some sopping wet plant stalks to the corridor of spooky plants.  It is now almost done except for the decorative touches and the final part that inconveniently blocks the lawn path.

the Halloween entry corridor

the Halloween entry corridor

I called Allan on his shopping trip to tell him that even though I had said we would not use cobwebs this year as they look so tawdry in daylight, we needed them after all.  The corridor is not spooky enough without them.

Finally, the rain came down strong enough so I could go inside guilt free.

south window view

south window view

I felt bothered by the darkness created in the living room by the Halloween window film.

Next year will wait till the last day to put this up!

Next year will wait till the last day to put this up!

My book, The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty, had a number of thought provoking passages about age.  I’m sorry to say I identify with the pain stuff even though I am not QUITE 60, surely too young to be OLD.

book

Rose attends a funeral and contemplates old age:

age

old

She remembers what it was like to THINK she was old, but still be young:

50

Memories of her sister:

memories

memories

I am working hard on appreciating every moment now.

Also, I apologize to MaryBeth at my failure to make the book photos less curvy.

The Last Anniversary is mostly set on a fictional Australian Island, has a set of characters of all ages, and like all Liane Moriarty’s books, I recommend it for a good read.

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Book frontispeice:  A mystery set on a little island; how very satisfactory!  Irresistible!

I had to get it through interlibrary loan; it did not take long to arrive.

I’d forgotten it was Thursday till our friend Jenna (Queen La De Da) texted me to invite us to join her birthday dinner at the Cove.  We couldn’t, because Allan was still across the river.  When he returned, we did go to the Cove for a late dinner, and I was glad to have been reminded of the day as otherwise I could have missed our Thursday tradition.

Allan's photo: entering the Cove

Allan’s photo: entering the Cove

the menu

the menu

Caeser salads

Caeser salads

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

Our day concluded with two episodes on DVD of the most recently released season of True Blood.  I do wish my memory were better for what happened in the intricate and convoluted plot during previous seasons.

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