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Thursday, 10 August 201

Before we left for work, Devery brought us some of a big organic cabbage grown by a friend and told us that she had adopted a little Chihuahua pug dog, which I could meet at the end of the day.

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our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco post office…needs more santolina in the front.  Next year!

Long Beach

We had had a trace of rain overnight, not enough to save us from the watering of the Long Beach planters.  Today, the job went faster because it wasn’t street tree watering day.

First we deadheaded at the welcome sign.  Allan ran the string trimmer around it.

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Allan’s photo

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front

I wish I had taken a photo before trimming the corner plant of Geranium ‘Orion’.  I want to show how much better Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is.

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after trimming deadheads off of Orion

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Rozanne does not need deadheading and does not have a plain green center to the plant.

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Rozanne is bigger and bluer.

Rozanne, I let myself be tempted by someone else.  I wish I had nothing but you for the blue in the Long Beach welcome sign garden.  I regret that I strayed.

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back of sign with Rozanne at the ends and Orion in the middle.

In the fall, Orion is coming out of that planter and will be replaced with all Rozanne.

We split up to water the downtown planters.  Allan went north and I went south.

One of my first planters was by the carousel.

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The last two times I have watered the four planters within sound of the carousel, the music has been 80s—Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, You Spin Me Round (Dead or Alive), leading to almost painful nostalgia.  Today, the song was Karma Chameleon by Culture Club, reminding me intensely of the ten years that horror writer Wilum Pugmire lived in my attic.  We drifted apart after I moved (for a long time he did not even have email).  By leaving Seattle, I terribly disrupted his living situation (although it did turn out well in the end).

He adored Boy George and his attire evoked both Boy George and his other beloved icon, Barbra Streisand.

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me and Wilum almost exactly thirty years ago (1987) and Wilum in his full regalia

Sometimes the memories evoked by the carousel music are almost too much for me.

Moving on to the next set of planters, I was immensely cheered by these four fierce chihuahas.

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first three.

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Then a fourth one appeared.

As I watered the nearby planter, I saw many passersby amused by this quartet.  (The day was cool, almost cold, and the window was cracked open.)

I started thinking happily about my new neighbour, Devery’s chi-pug dog, whom I would soon meet.  I suddenly realized that he was the very same dog, Roy, that I’d noticed in the local humane society’s availability update.  He had appealed to me because I so like the Basket Case Greenhouse chi-pug, Buddy.  And now Roy would be my dog-neighbour! (Devery is calling him “Royal”.)

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I looked Roy’s picture up on the humane society Facebook page.

A little further on, I admired the latest tigridia blooms and noticed their crown-like center.

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Today’s tigridia

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At the south end of downtown, a sign amused me.  I’ve looked at it every week and never noticed the missing letter till now.

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I admired the excellent window boxes at Dooger’s Restaurant:

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from across the street

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and closer

And also the window box at Lighthouse Realty.

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Moving along…

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Gladiolus papilio

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the wildflower meadow look

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Lily ‘Black Beauty’ in Fifth Street Park

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Lilium ‘Black Beauty’; note the green furrows

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Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ and catmint

Photos from Allan’s watering walkabout:

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traffic jam

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Agastaches in Lewis and Clark Square planter

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Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

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Coulter Park: two fallen cosmos on the lawn

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Cosmos and Berberis ‘Helmond Pillar’

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snapdragons and agastache

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Geranium ‘Rozanne’

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Agastache

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Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and santolina

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Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

With the planters all watered in good time, we took a break at Abbracci Coffee Bar.

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Allan’s photo; we leave our gear on the tree bench

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Maddy of Pink Poppy Bakery had just delivered a brown sugar cake.

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flowers in Abbracci

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all gone (Allan’s photo)

We finished up Long Beach with some clipping in Fifth Street Park.

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I don’t think this garden is as good as usual this year.

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The problem is the cosmos, which should be tall, are short.  It seemed to me earlier this summer that the beds were not getting as much water as usual.

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In fall, I am going to divide and spread around the heleniums…

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…even though they clash with the backdrop of insipid, mildewy pink Dorothy Perkins rose.

Allan sent this man to me for a plant ID.  It was, of course, for the tigridia (Mexican shell flowers).

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Allan trimmed back this lady’s mantle…

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Alchemilla mollis

…and noticed the interesting seedheads (or spent flowers):

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I thinned this batch a bit.  It still has enough yellow to stay till next week.

We were done with plenty of time for our Ilwaco work tasks.

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We drove past our house to have a gander at the progress of the playground at the end of town.  Or so we planned, till I looked down Devery’s driveway and saw her with her new dog.  “Back up!” I cried, eager to meet a new friend.  Never mind the playground for today.

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my new friend, Royal

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He’s so soft and sleek.

Royal was rescued from a kill shelter in California and brought to our local no-kill shelter, where he was lucky enough to be found by Devery.

Allan went to water the Ilwaco planters, while I weeded at the Norwood and the J’s gardens.

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our own front garden

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the second of four beds that are outside the deer fence on the west side of the house

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elephant garlic next to Devery’s driveway

I got back to work:

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The J’s roses

I am pleased that the new hydrangeas in the Norwood garden are putting out new flowers (after I had to cut off the too-floppy flowers they came with).

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Endless Summer hydrangea coming back into bud

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Norwood garden Agapanthus and lavender

Just as I was leaving Norwoods, I saw Jay himself arrive…with a puppy, making the sixth darling small dog of the day.

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eight week old Julius

At home, buddies Smokey and Calvin were snoozing together.

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My last garden event of the day: harvesting cukes out of the greenhouse.

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Meanwhile, Allan watered the Ilwaco street trees and planters and got the photos I wanted that show how the planters enhance the town, even though they are small and mostly located in a difficult wind tunnel straight up from the river.

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The city hall planters are fancier because the staff gives them supplemental watering beyond our two times a week.

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This one half died for some reason.  Has been recently replanted.  Allan thinks the trailing rosemary looks like a waterfall under the fish mural.

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Our Jenna gives this one by her studio supplemental water.  Something is chomping the nasturtium leaves.

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Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Now we have three days off and a garden tour to anticipate.

Friday, 11 August 2017

I mostly just finished a mystery I was reading, except for a pleasant interlude when good  friend Judy S. and her spouse Larry came to see our lilies and to examine our deer fence.  I did only a minimum of gardening (fertilized containers) and took no photos.

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Judy appreciating the Stipa gigantea

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and the Melianthus major’s peanut butter scent.

The J’s sent over some freshly cleaned and cooked crab that Jay himself had caught that day on his boat.  I so appreciate not being given a live crab!

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before they were cleaned and cooked and turned into crab legs and shared

Allan, a much better householder than me, decided it was high time to defrost the refrigerator.  (It is old and frosts up quickly.)

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The mystery was Double Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Series #1) by Ali Brandon.  I liked it well enough to order the sequel, even though I much prefer when cats do not help solve mysteries.  At least this one was not a talking cat.

We had our weekly garden club dinner at the Cove with Dave and Melissa.

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in the entry foyer at the Cove

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rhubarb cake

Tomorrow: The Astoria garden tour, at last!

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

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Ilwaco Post Office garden

I realized that the tall lilies are getting pulled down by a rather pretty and pretty annoying perennial sweet pea vine that volunteered in this garden.  I waited too long to try to eliminate it and now am stuck with this look.  I’d break the lilies if I fought with the vine now.

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Rudbeckias donated by Our Kathleen

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I’d like to have balls of silver santolina running all across the front.  But I have no budget, and no one has good ones for sale at the moment.  I will stick in more cuttings this fall.

Long Beach

We weeded Veterans Field gardens.  The Jake the Alligator Man birthday party event will be there this weekend, with lots of bands and some “Bride of Jake” contestants.  I won’t be going because, great though the event is, for me it can’t compete with a day off at home.

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Just before heading to the main street to water…

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Today, we decided the trees needed watering again because of the heat.  That meant I again watered most of the planters.  The trees, while fewer, are harder to water because the faucet connector is underground in each one.  Watering was a good job for this 80°F day.

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SO HOT.  Yet 81 felt so much better than yesterday’s 95.

Photos from my walkabout:

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Bees loving Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

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Tigridia

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I wanted to take a photo of this round ball of lavender, but it was missing some lavender colour….

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Because someone had picked themselves a bunch, coming armed with clippers, and leaving stubs.

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The other side! I thought….only to find…

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…another batch had been picked.

An accountant from Powell Seillor had something to show me.

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She had found a beautiful sunflower painted rock!

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bonus art on the back

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tigridia

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more tigridia

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and more

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My “Ann Lovejoy” plant, pink oenothera, has reseeded at the curb.

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Gladiolus papilio

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Gladiolus papilio inside

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worth a close look

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For a refreshing scent on a hot day, smell the santolina foliage.  Lemony!

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I love the white catananche

Because Jake the Alligator Man resides in Marsh’s museum, I gave some attention to that corner of Fifth Street Park.  I planted some new lilies last fall.  Apparently, I did not read the description well, because they are ridiculously short.  I like lilies to be at least four feet tall.

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Ridiculously short!  Will move them to a planter somewhere.

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huge flowers and one foot tall = just silly

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Love Helenium!

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the carousel

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We get lots of compliments on the flowers (and the Basket Case hanging baskets; I always say where they are from).  Sometimes when I am elsewhere, I think about how people are enjoying the flowers right at that moment.

I noticed a huge blackberry in the back of Third Street Park and was unable to pull it down and clip it.

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gazebo in Third Street Park

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At the Bolstad intersection, I spotted an ugly plant problem kitty corner from where I was watering.

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brown flowers on lady’s mantle

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only had time to clip some of it

 

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I adore agastaches.

Allan’s walkabout photos:

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sidewalk traffic jam

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I noticed this cutie, too, and remembered my friend Coco who moved away.

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NIVA green

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Geranium ‘Rozanne’

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ by Wind World Kites

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a cool bike

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audience

I sent Allan after the big blackberry.  His photos:

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before

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also a fireweed (rosebay willowherb)

I had noticed we were losing the sidewalk to rugosa roses on the south wall of the police station, so we finished downtown Long Beach by trimming them to make room for all the Jake brides to sashay by.

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Allan’s photos:

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Allan tidied the corner garden in Veterans Field while I worried over my foot, replacing the bandage on my sad little toe and removing the Superfeet insert to make the toe feel better, even though that makes the heel feel so much worse.

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a sad moment

We hauled water out to just one planter on the dry Bolstad approach…

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the Lisa Bonney memorial planter

And we checked up on the city hall garden.  The office staff was sad that someone had stolen the “Horton Hears a Who” flower, the elephant garlic,  I told them I will plant dozens here in autumn.

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and clipped elephant garlic (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

Allan watered the street trees and planters while I weeded at the boatyard garden.

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I weeded from the north end to here…

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and as far as the gate.

Tomorrow morning we will finish the southern section.  Our…

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…is that there will be an art walk at the port Friday evening, with a few downtown businesses joining in.

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Cosmos ‘Seashells’

I suddenly realized I was no longer hot and miserable.  The sun had dropped enough to make the temperature enjoyable.

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More of those ridiculous new short lilies, almost hidden.

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a helianthus that I acquired from Andersen’s RV Park…quite a runner.

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street tree poppies (Allan’s photo)

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poppies resseded at the curb near a planter (Allan’s photo)

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Helenium (but which one?) at the boatyard (Allan’s photo)

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desperately trying to get the horsetail by the gate

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the gate

We stopped at seven.  One more hour and I could have had it all weeded to the south end.  However, we were having our North Beach Garden Gang dinner a day early this week because Melissa was going to Portland Friday to visit her mum.

We did not have far to go because our destination was Salt Hotel at the port. (It was busy and we got a seat toward the middle, thus no window views for your entertainment.  We could see the view with diners that might not appreciate being photographed.)

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delicious smoked tuna melt with salad subbed for fried

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Melissa’s burger

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crab mac (Allan’s photo)

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nachos for Dave (Allan’s photo)

Tomorrow, we will finish weeding the boatyard.  I also noticed, before dinner, that the Time Enough Books curbside garden needs watering for art night.  I would like to make three art night bouquets for my favourite businesses, and we need to get to the Klipsan Beach Cottages garden, which got postponed due to heat, and we need new plants for the empty Ilwaco planter which now DOES have a hole drilled by the city crew.

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

I accompanied Allan on a grocery shopping trip to Warrenton, Oregon, solely to detour into Seaside and see Pam Fleming’s public gardens.  (Checking out the plant selection at Fred Meyer would be a bonus.)

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Pam Fleming has been the public gardener for downtown Seaside for as long as I can remember, and every year her gardens get better.  The gardens run along both sides of Broadway from the main highway to the beach view turnaround.

Broadway in Seaside

Broadway in Seaside

We drove and looked at the first couple of blocks as I took photos from the passenger window.

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Love that dusky Phygelius; I wonder if it is 'Salmon Leap'.

Love that dusky Phygelius; I wonder if it is ‘Salmon Leap’.

Then a parking place opened up on the busy street and we decided to walk to the turnaround and back to get a close look at the gardens.  What a good decision!

One of Seaside's well designed sit spots.

One of Seaside’s well designed sit spots.

on the bridge

on the bridge

bridge

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I love gold and variegated foliage.

I love gold and variegated foliage.

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Nigella (love in a mist) (Allan's photo)

Nigella (love in a mist) (Allan’s photo)

Pam plants flowering tobacco and head-whirling type flowers in front of the Bridgetender Tavern.

Pam plants flowering tobacco and head-whirling type flowers in front of the Bridge Tender Tavern.

Nicotiana langsdorfii (a flowering tobacco)

Nicotiana langsdorfii (a flowering tobacco)

a whirly spoon leaved osteospermum; she likes the kind with more of a color pattern but it has become hard to find.

a whirly spoon leafed osteospermum; she likes the kind with more of a color pattern but it has become hard to find.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I hope no tavern patron gets thrown into this pocket garden this year.

The Bridge Tender

The Bridge Tender

As we strolled by a café with outdoor seating, a walker approaching said to two folks seated there, “Looks like the perfect life.”   “It’s our think tank,” said the sitters; “We’re solving the world’s problems.”  “How far have you gotten?”  “Not very far.”

Pam often plants culinary plants in front of restaurants, like this seafood place.

Pam often plants culinary plants in front of restaurants, like this seafood place.

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I spy parsley in the Dooger's garden.

I spy parsley in the Dooger’s garden.  Maybe sage, rosemary, and thyme, too.

by Dooger's

by Dooger’s

This is the "swinging tree" of a little local girl who has swung from the branches for years.

This is the “swinging tree” of a local girl who has swung from the branches for years.

I'd say put leatherleaf viburnum here except I don't much like it!

I’d say put leatherleaf viburnum here except I don’t much like it!

When the business storefronts change hands, sometimes Pam’s planting scheme is thrown off; she might have plants from Mexico in front of a Mexican restaurant and then have it turn into a souvenir shop instead.

another culinary garden by the Pig 'n' Pancake, with golden lemon balm.

another culinary garden by the Pig ‘n’ Pancake, with golden lemon balm.  (I think.)

Lovage, I think, on the right.

Lovage, I think, on the right.

The vigorous houttuynia was already in the gardens when she took them on.

The vigorous houttuynia was already in the gardens when she took them on.

Why don't I ever remember to mass plant like she does? Looks so much better.

Why don’t I ever remember to mass plant like she does? Looks so much better.

I just realized my own Primrose vialii may be petered out at home.

I just realized my own Primrose vialii may be petered out at home.

Unlike some people, when I see a plant that I want in a public garden (like the primrose above), I do NOT help myself.

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As always, I envy the variety of street trees...not just boring old columnar pears like we have. Here: paperbark maple.

As always, I envy the variety of street trees…not just boring old columnar pears like we have. Here: paperbark maple.

another sit spot

another sit spot

Forever is a long, long time.

Forever is a long, long time.

a wintry windowbox

a wintry window box

shop window (Allan's photo)

shop window (Allan’s photo)

There is alchemilla (lady's mantle) looking frothy and glorious.

There is alchemilla (lady’s mantle) looking frothy and glorious.

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looks like Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' being way early!

looks like Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ blooming way early!

Sambucus 'Black Lace'

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I also envy the reliable sprinkler system in every pocket garden.

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Last year, Pam told us her mulch of choice was bales of Gardner and Bloome soil building compost.

Last year, Pam told us her mulch of choice was bales of Gardner and Bloome soil building compost.

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I was deeply smitten with this bed with its candelabra primroses.

I was deeply smitten with this bed with its candelabra primroses.

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I spy little statice. I've had helpful people pull them out as dandelions before they bloom.

I spy little statice. I’ve had helpful people pull them out as dandelions before they bloom.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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almost to the turnaround

almost to the turnaround

At first, I thought this kid might be one of Pam's workers, till I realized he was playing hide and seek.

At first, I thought this kid might be one of Pam’s workers, till I realized he was playing hide and seek.

Now I had reached the turnaround.  Allan had walked back to get the van and come pick me up.

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looking east

looking east

looking west

looking west

I found these two plaques deeply touching:

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looking south

in full wind and weather...and irrigated

in full wind and weather…and irrigated

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On the way back to the highway, one block over:

a big fluffy peony under a beach pine

a big fluffy peony under a beach pine

some flying birds by a Seaside storefront

some flying birds by a Seaside café

On the way north, we had a look at the garden of an ironworks shop in Gearhart.

Gearhart Ironworks

Gearhart Ironworks

the ironworks garden

the ironworks garden

We accomplished our grocery shopping at Costco.  I miss the old, smaller store behind the Fred Meyer.  The big new one has lighting that makes me feel dizzy and disoriented.  I find myself thinking that I must visit an optometrist immediately:

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too much glare, I feel like I am seeing double.

I prefer mood lighting while shopping.

Further toward home, I succumbed to the siren call of the Fred Meyer plant department.

petunias of interesting hues

petunias of interesting hues; I bought a yellowy-pinky one.

another unusual petunia

another unusual petunia

a haul of plants for my garden (Allan's photo)

a haul of plants for my garden (Allan’s photo)

eastern view from the highest part of the 4 mile long Astoria Megler bridge over the Columbia river.

eastern view from the highest part of the 4 mile long Astoria Megler bridge over the Columbia river.

The only flaw in this excellent day (other than the lighting at Costco) was that I had not organized a visit with Pam herself.  I felt we would not have time to do that, shop, and get to our weekly dinner in time.  Oh, how wrong I was because we got home with two hours to spare.  I did spend it puttering with my new plants; however, visiting with Pam would have been better, and rare.

The Cove Restaurant

We were slightly late to our North Beach Garden Gang meeting because I found it hard to tear myself away from my new plants.

a tad bit late to the party

a tad bit late to the party

artful dinner salad

artful dinner salad

strawberry feta salad (Allan's photo)

strawberry feta salad (Allan’s photo)

prawn scampi

prawn scampi

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

Dave, Melissa and me

Dave, Melissa and me

Todd and Dave (Allan's photo)

Todd and Dave (Allan’s photo)

We usually stay until the serving staff start sweeping up and vacuuming.  Carmen made an amusing show of sweeping right by our table.

a hug from our Carmen

a hug from our Carmen

After dinner, the usual lingering in the parking lot:

The plant that got away?

The plant that got away?

Tomorrow: back to the watering rounds.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 2: HOT in afternoon!!  Noon to six  I finally got those tulip bulbs (from the tubs and pots) planted in the garden area next to the onion and asparagus bed.  Boy I’m glad to have it done.  Then I planted seedlings into pots—the next move will be to plant them into the various bowls.  The next main job is to start planting the perennials that are on the picnic table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Planter Box garden center

Allan wanted to buy some more of our favourite hand tool, the Ho Mi/Korean Hand Plow/Zen Digger/E-Z Digger, so we stopped at the Planter Box and were pleased to find the tool in stock. He had tried ordering some online and had gotten, from two different companies, ho-mis with the handle too long!

too long and all wrong!

too long and all wrong!

Just right

Just right

We saw that there are some gorgeous cosmos for sale, now planted up in large pots:

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cosmos

including this stunning new colour called 'Antiquity'

including this stunning new colour called ‘Antiquity’

I bought some ‘Antiquity’ for Erin’s garden boat, and then for Larry and Robert’s garden boat, and then decided they both needed some chocolate cosmos as well…and a verbena bonariensis each.

Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos, and it does smell like chocolate)

Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos, and it does smell like chocolate)


Andersen’s RV Park

For actual work, we started at Andersen’s RV Park, about six blocks north of The Planter Box.

The west side garden is pretty much poppy-less now.

The west side garden is pretty much poppy-less now.

Payson Hall planters...more wildflowery than formal-ish annuals this year.

Payson Hall planters…more wildflowery than formal-ish annuals this year.

with Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

with Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

three of the six west side whiskey barrels with Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

three of the six west side whiskey barrels with Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, sanvitalia, and white bacopa

I always thought of bacopa as a shade plant but it is doing well in the sun and I am loving not having to deadhead the irksome white petunias that Lorna always wanted in here…I think the bacopa gives a better splash of white and does not get all mushy.

Lavatera 'Barnsley' in the picket fence garden

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ in the picket fence garden

Cosmos and painted sage in the garden shed garden

Cosmos and painted sage in the garden shed garden

When we left Andersen’s, we wanted to pop the new plants into Erin’s boat, but her parking area was full and we were in too much of a rush to walk the plants in from the street. We had an important gardening mission at the Port of Ilwaco.


Larry and Robert’s garden

Back in Ilwaco, we stopped at Larry and Robert’s garden to put a Cosmos ‘Antiquity’, a chocolate cosmos, and a verbena bonariensis in the garden boat.

the east side garden

the east side garden

with alllums and painted sage

with alllums and painted sage

Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer'

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’


Ilwaco Boatyard Garden

The boatyard needed weeding and watering and the Howerton Way gardens needed checking because at 6 PM the monthly summer Art Night would take place at the port. We had planned to spend all day gardening at the boatyard and the port, till we had decided that Andersen’s also had to be fit into the day.

boatyard: battering out oodles of creeping sorrel and horsetail

boatyard: battering out oodles of creeping sorrel and horsetail

The garden looks beat up after so much weeding; Allan says it "got away from us" while we were off garden touring.

The garden looks beat up after so much weeding; Allan says it “got away from us” while we were off garden touring. The haze of assorted poppies is pretty much done and had hidden many ills while blooming profusely.

It's still good overall!

It’s still good overall!

We had time to tidy up the gardens closest to the art night: by the port office, Nibsett Gallery, and Time Enough Books.


Ilwaco Art Night

Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery and Time Enough Books opened at the port for Art Night.

Don's theme for the month

Don’s theme for the month

in Don's gallery

in Don’s gallery

garden and Basket Case hanging baskets at the port office

pur garden and Basket Case hanging baskets at the port office between Nisbett Gallery and the Ilwaco Hospitality Center

Don and Jenna (Queen La De Da) have rented an extra space for the summer that they call the Ilwaco Hospitality center (in the former Tuscany Café building). Inside, Jenna set up some displays representative of Ilwaco festivities, including a small scale crab pot Christmas tree.

Jenna greets some patrons at the Hospitality Center

Jenna greets some patrons at the Hospitality Center

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to promote the crab pot tree event, always the first Saturday in December.

to promote the crab pot tree event, always the first Saturday in December.

the view from the hospitality center

the view from the hospitality center

a guest and her little dog

a guest and her little dog

Purly Shell fiber arts shop set up a spinning display with their two little dogs in attendance.

Purly Shell fiber arts shop set up a spinning display with their two little dogs in attendance.

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books, north (landward) side

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

shop dog Scout at the counter

shop dog Scout at the counter

taking care of customers (Allan's photo)

Scout assisting customers (Allan’s photo)

good reading for dogs (and that book called Quiet is a brilliant book about introverts)

good reading for dogs (and that book called Quiet is a brilliant book about introverts)

Olde Towne Café downtown was open as well with a couple of artists on site.

Luanne's flowers at Olde Towne Café

Luanne’s flowers at Olde Towne Café

with a bouquet from our garden inside

with a bouquet from our garden inside

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Allan looks at a handmade book

Allan looks at a handmade book

by artist Elizabeth Chappelle

by artist Elizabeth Chappelle


The Cove Restaurant

We only stayed an hour at art night as we wanted to have our traditional Thursday dinner at the Cove Restaurant (new tradition as of this summer).

Chef Jason Lancaster's ahi tuna...spectacular

Chef Jason Lancaster’s ahi tuna…spectacular

I was completely stumped by the flowers in the table vase.

I was completely stumped by the flowers in the table vase.

I decided they must be a fancy coreopsis but now I am thinking they might be a fancy Agyranthemum. Owner Sondra does not know what they are; she bought them somewhere…

still stumped!

still stumped!

 

 

 

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