Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Helenium ‘Sabin’s Early’’

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The first photo that does not show what I want it to show:

many many gulls in the sky over Nora's house

many many gulls in the sky over Nora’s house

We had to work, but for a workday it was a pretty easy one.  We went to Ann’s garden just up on school hill.  Another photo that does not show what I hoped it would:

spider webs...take my word for it...

spider webs…take my word for it…

There were three or more big, perfect spider webs in the area of Ann’s garden along the fence.  I did not want to ruin the spiders’ day so I saved the weeding along there for another time.

After a couple of hours of work, we went to Olde Towne Café for a couple of hours of coffee klatsching with Judy and Tom and Patt (former Ilwaco resident who is dog, cat, and housesitting for our client Cheri).  Tom and Judy were on time while the rest of us lagged a bit, and they are the ones who got to enjoy the full band of Double J and the Boys perform.  Only two musicians were left when we got there.

music at Olde Towne

music at Olde Towne

Our coffee get together was to make up for the one we missed when the power went off on Thursday.

Olde Towne mirror

Olde Towne mirror

After two hours, we exerted enough discipline to get back to work at Ann’s and made it almost all the way around the house weeding.

Ann's hydrangea...

Ann’s hydrangea…

and the upper terrace of the back yard

and the upper terrace of the back yard

When I get a chance to divide some plants at home, I am going to bring Ann some starts:  ‘Fireworks’ golden rod and a couple of different kinds of shasta daisies.  Along the east fence in the lower garden, below the enclosed kitchen garden, is a big pruning and pulling job for Allan to do when bulb hell begins and I am sorting bulbs for three or four days.

I like Ann’s idea of hanging her sunflowers in a tree and on the fence for the birds.

sunflower

sunflower heads

sunflower heads

She and Butch would have had a good living room window view of birds feasting on these.

At home, I noticed many more orb spider webs and finally got one photo that actually shows a spider.

against the house

against the house

Our moderately expensive new this summer Honda lawn mower still will not GO properly, so Allan mowed with the old electric Husqvarna that belonged to my mum.  It takes almost an hour longer.   Despite that, I would do the mowing and would be all for the rechargeable electric mower except that it just does not cut as low as I like a lawn to be.  The problem with not having bought the gas mower locally means that, under warranty, we have to take it to Astoria for repair….a big hassle to find time for two such trips.  Allan’s research still shows that the Honda he bought SHOULD have been the best mower for the price.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A day off!  I could have slept till one, I was that tired…but the sun was out and I had garden plans.

The first thing I noticed upon going outside was the warm temperature, the second was wind.  Here’s another photo that does not show what I hoped it would:

leaves were blowing hard off the Bogsy Wood alders.

leaves were blowing hard off the Bogsy Wood alders.

The leaves were whirling the whole length of the garden.

on the lawn Allan mowed just last night

on the lawn Allan mowed just last night..

I had been inspired by the bayside garden I recently toured, whose owners had managed to clear, on their own, large wooded areas of salal.   I think I want to tackle  the salmonberry in the bogsy wood.

tatty looking salmonberry grove

tatty looking salmonberry grove

And yet, they are the first flowers for the hummingbirds in the early spring…and I can cut interesting paths through them.

a path through a grove...with a salmonberry springing back up

a path through a grove…with a salmonberry springing back up

It would be more interesting to have an assortment of shrubs.  But would be so much work.

I started cutting some canes down on the east side, then got distracted by the realization that horrible bindweed is coming through the fence from the gear shed neighbours.

bindweed crisis

bindweed crisis

After I had pulled some of the horrible vine, I realized the wind had gotten much stronger and that it would be foolish to stay under the trees.  Not only is the Danger Tree a big hazard but even the living alders have dead limbs that drop in the wind.

alder, a brittle tree

alder, a brittle tree

Danger Tree

Danger Tree

I am going to see about getting Danger Tree cut down soon.  If I have it cut, it will make far less of a mess than if it falls and its big root ball pulls up a section of garden.  Although that could create some interesting changes of elevation….Hmm…

an big limb that blew down last week

a big limb that blew down last week, one third of the way up the garden

I began to cut back the three big mixed garden beds in the back yard.  I lost my clippers, then found them, then thoroughly lost them again.

before they disappeared altogether

before they disappeared altogether

Clipperless, I started gathering in the milk crates that have been used for greenhouse shelving this summer but will soon be needed for bulb sorting.

into the garage they will go

into the garage they will go so they are good and dry for bulbs

I simply had to get back to clipping, so I got Allan’s hand clippers out of the van.  I hoped to get them put back away before he realized I had borrowed them.  (In the last two weeks, I have misplaced my blue handled clippers, my red ones, and the black handled ones and am now down to none.)

Meanwhile, Allan had tackled the forsythia between our house and Nora’s driveway.  We have to think ahead to someone maybe buying that house now that Nora is gone. We may need a path for dragging the big wheelie bin out for garbage day in case we will no longer be able to share her driveway.

forsythia before and after

forsythia before and after

That’s radical pruning, but was all my choice.  There is growth underneath that will rise up and can become a sort of hedge.  Meanwhile, the top growth still gives us some privacy.  When the lower growth gets taller, we will then cut the three remaining old trunks down.  I don’t even especially like forsythia and would probably be happiest if we could muster the strength to dig it out and plant something better.

I went back to clipping in the back garden (with Allan’s clippers!).  Smokey accompanied me throughout the day.

Smokey

Smokey

The wind had Frosty all excited and I saw him dashing back and forth in the bogsy wood.  I kept one eye on the trees and listened for cracking sounds and stayed out of the south end of the garden…most of the time.

smoke

When I noticed Smokey drinking from a frog bowl, I remembered another one way back in the woods. I did not want it to get broken by a falling branch and made a quick dash of my own to get it, feeling rather stupid.  Obviously, I survived.

I pondered, while cutting down some Shasta daisies, that garden writer Christopher Lloyd was said to be a stickler for cutting stems low enough so that one does not get stabbed by sharp old stubs when weeding the following year.

left: not good enough; right: probably good enough for Christopher Lloyd

left: not good enough; right: probably good enough for Christopher Lloyd

I think of that whenever I get into a garden bed and cut down the perennials.

Ann Lovejoy is a big believer in waiting till spring when the stems often break off easily.  I used to leave my gardens a wild tangle all winter long, following her example.  Somehow, in tidying up gardens for the cities and resorts, I’ve come to enjoy a sparser winter look.

I like to leave plants up that have a good architectural shape, and anything potentially spooky looking has to be cut down shortly before Halloween for our Corridor of Dead Plants (more on this as the month progresses).  If I cut the spooky things too soon, they might soften up.

One of my lobelia tupas is finally blooming!  I have to move it away from Geranium ‘Rozanne’ soon.

But it is sideways and rather pitiful.

It is sideways and rather pitiful.

Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’ is blooming, looks wonderful, and I remembered its name.  Also wonderful.

'Chocolate' Joe Pye Weed

‘Chocolate’ Joe Pye Weed with Euphorbia in front

Throughout the garden my large and sadly unlabeled collection of hardy Fuchsias still flowers profusely.

Fuchsias

some fuchsia or other

cheerful Helenium 'Sabin's Early'

cheerful Helenium ‘Sabin’s Early’

a late dahlia

a late dahlia

A white begonia reminds me of my friend Mary F. who had to move away for health reasons (to be closer to family).  Moving to a colder clime, she gave many of her plants to Peninsula friends.  A year after being told she was near death, she is still creating beauty all around her and has cancer beaten back.

Mary's white begonia

Mary’s white begonia

The cosmos in the boat are bravely blooming even though they have been sideways since recent winds.

the good ship 'Ann Lovejoy'

the good ship ‘Ann Lovejoy’

Over the roofs, I saw a blaze of red from Larry and Robert’s tree and telephotoed it so you can see it, too.

half a block to the west!

half a block to the west!

On the kitchen garden front, I got some more beautiful spuds out of the debris pile.

such pretty potatoes

such pretty potatoes

It just takes ruching around by hand to find these healthy tubers.

There’s plenty going on in the assorted squash patch by Nora’s driveway.  I have no idea when to harvest these or what to do with them!

big and green

big and green

I fooled Judy and even myself a couple of times with a glass gourd.  Now it has a real squash next to it.

real and fake

real and fake

I grew some zucchini, which I do not like, just because of the edible tour.  This round one might be ready for Judy to harvest (and she could get some little gold tomatoes out of the greenhouse, as well).

Oh, Judy...I can't tell if this little guy is ready or not.

Oh, Judy…I can’t tell if this little guy is ready or not.

Maybe a “zucchini squash” is not really a zucchini.

Another mystery squash...Is it supposed to turn orange, or what?!?

Another mystery squash…Is it supposed to turn orange, or what?!?

a pitiful harvest of sweet and delicious corn

a pitiful harvest of sweet and delicious corn

The day’s results:  After clipping out the unattractive old stems of shasta daisies and such, and the too tall, sideways falling stems of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, there is a little more definition in the big east side bed.

results

results

I did lots of cutting of daisies, Lemon Queen, and blue globe thistle stems, and pulling of volunteer nasturtiums in the west bed.  The rather warm wind was still whipping so I had to avoid the area closer to the trees.

west bed, before

west bed, before

The red drawer was planted for the edible garden tour with some old kale seeds.  I might as well have just stuck the label in and not planted the seeds.  They turned out to be no longer viable!  I got a fall crop of kale in two out of four drawers but don’t know what to do to make it tasty other than fry it up with bacon.  That would seem to defeat the purported health benefits of the kale.

after

after

I couldn’t haul the debris to the west side debris pile because it is way back past Danger Tree.

piles of debris on west path...for when the wind stops.

looking south at piles of debris on west path…for when the wind stops.

The new debris pile is almost all the way to the south end of the fence.

through a west gate: the autumn garden

through a west gate: the autumn garden

My latest plan is to put the Gearhart Garden tour inspired scree garden to the right, next to the garden boat.  Or maybe a pond!  But then where will the scree garden go?  Such a dilemma.

I stopped before dark.  The wind was getting pretty annoying.  I got Allan’s clippers back into the van and I don’t think he realized I used them.  The truth will come out tomorrow when I have to use his back-up clippers for work.

south window view

south window view

Allan does his own thing on days off, which today had something to do with the lawnmower being drained, and the hood of the van being open while he did something about the engine, and some sawing noises, and the putting up of the Halloween lights!

spider lights

spider lights

Read Full Post »