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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

We took the morning off to receive guests Jay and Diane, all the way from Florida!  I’ve been Facebook friends with Jay since he first visited our garden in 2014.  On that occasion, I was smitten with his insightful questions.  For example, he wanted to know who had been my greatest gardening influence.  When I said my grandmother, he asked to know her name “because it is important to say people’s names.”  He was here visiting his Long Beach sister, along with his good friend, Diane.

Jay and Diane arrive

Jay gave Allan and I each a t shirt of this delightful design from a place called Barberville Pioneer Settlement.

We walked out into the garden.

It’s looking rather autumnal.

I took note of what they noticed.

honeysuckle

honeysuckle berries

honeysuckle flowers

 

wild impatiens (touch me not, my small and controlled patch of noxious weeds)

Everyone jumps when the seed pods pop.

an odd dandelion seedhead with a topknot

Diane said the Leycesteria (Himalayan honeysuckle) reminded her of shrimp plant.  She ate a creme brulee tasting berry.

fence decor

We sat around the fire circle for awhile (where we are not having fires lately because of dry conditions).

Diane wanted to visit the willow woods outside the south gate.

the swale between us and the port parking lots

the willow woods (Not many people ask to come this far into the depths of the property)

followed by Skooter and Smokey

We all smelled the fizzy leaves of the Stachys ‘Hidalgo’ (7 Up Plant).

Diane noticed my carniverous sarracenia.

Jay went with Allan to the workshop to look at two autoharps that he is borrowing for the week of his visit.  Diane and I walked around some more, and I noticed what she noticed:

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

Helenium ‘Carnival’

Pink phlox (left) and escallonia (right)

this hardy fuchsia

my mom’s red velvet rose

By now, Jay and Allan had repaired to the house to look at more of Allan’s old musical instruments.

a dual player dulcimer that Allan built back in the 1970s.

Jay and Diane left, with Jay carrying two autoharps.  Two more plants were especially noticed:

a white passion flower

and of course, they had to smell the peanut butter leaves of Melianthus major. (Tetrapanax in the foreground.)

Melianthus major

Allan and I waited for a couple of hours before going to water at the port; he was typing away at a boating blog post while I read the ever-disturbing news (hurricanes, Dreamers in jeopardy, fires, flooding).

Had a greenhouse tomato for lunch: Black Krim, very mild.

Then we were off to do a couple of hours of watering and weeding at the port.

hooking our hose up to the hose at Time Enough Books

watering the Time Enough Books curbside garden

the westernmost bed

I am not cutting plants back right now.  More plant life will help keep people from standing in the garden during Slow Drag on Friday (I hope).

west end of Waterfront Way

Foghorns out on the river have been a constant for the last couple of days.

The river is out past the marina, which is entered through a rather narrow channel.

I had intended to do the boatyard garden as well today.  Our working drive was weak.  Allan wanted to get back to typing, and I was not averse to going home and postponing the rest of the work till tomorrow or Friday.

I took another walk around the garden, noticing things.

Everywhere I stepped, Frosty was underfoot, as he had been with our visitors today.

Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’

a table of ladies in waiting

I managed to get just one plant planted:

Melianthus ‘Purple Haze’ from Xera Plants

back garden…not quite sure, a varieated lonicera maybe?

very autumnal with Darmera peltata and astilbe

I long for a campfire. The fire danger is excessive right now.

Even well watered astilbe is crisping up.

I am giving up on hostas as soon as I find the strength to dig these out!

I couldn’t get a GOOD photo of my favourite bird, the common flicker.

Have been completely lax at deadheading my own cosmos.

fragrant Sinningia tubiflora from Xera Plants.

Salvia patens backed with Roscoea purpurea ‘Spice Island’

Am pleased with this basket I made with ‘Lemon Slice’ calibrachoa, black eyed Susan vine, and Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’.

That was an excellent day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

I woke to puddles.  The good amount of rain had changed up our week by making it unnecessary to water the Long Beach and Ilwaco planters.  I was a little discombulated about what to do, then decided the world would not be too rocked if we did the north end jobs on Tuesday instead of Wednesday.  My dithering got us off to a late start.  Just before we left the house, I suggested we take a cat carrier in case Marilyn’s cat, Skooter, would be available.  Our plan is to adopt him so he can have a home with a garden to enjoy. (You’ll find his name spelled two ways for awhile till I get used to the K.)

On the way we tested the container soil in both LB and Ilwaco and found it nice and wet.

We reversed the polarity of the neutron flow and went from south to north, doing only some of the jobs in case we ended up with a cat in the late afternoon and would need to bring him straight home.

The Anchorage

We were greeted by our good friend Mitzu.

We were greeted by our good friend Mitzu.

Mitzu

Mitzu

the center courtyard

the center courtyard

Melianthus major

Melianthus major

I spent a long time weeding in a rather drab little bed that didn’t feel worth a photo.  Maybe next week, if I mulch it, it will be worthy.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

the lawn bed with Shasta daisies that did not need much deadheading

the lawn bed with Shasta daisies that did not need much deadheading

inside the fenced garden with Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

inside the fenced garden with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

looking northwest toward the sit spot

looking northwest toward the sit spot

the birdbath view

the birdbath view

pink feathery sanguisorba just past its prime

pink feathery sanguisorba just past its prime

many hues of hydrangea

many hues of hydrangea

Allan worked on the woodland swale.

Allan's photos, before...

Allan’s photos, before…

and after

and after

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' flopping, before....

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ flopping, before….

and after

and after

our good friend Bella

our good friend Bella

As we left KBC after an hour of weeding and deadheading, I got a message from Nancy saying that she was at Marilyn’s house and would have Skooter ready for us to take.

Marilyn’s Garden

With dear Marilyn having passed away, her house will soon be listed for sale. A home has been found for the most affectionate of Marilyn’s two cats, Coral.  Because the home has children, it would not be suitable for Skooter, who liked “affection on his own terms” and probably would not relish being toted around by kind hearted and loving little girls.  This photo of him with Marilyn’s daughter Susan shows that he does like affection, within reason.

Susan and Scooter

Susan and Scooter (Allan’s photo)

We did a quick weeding session before loading Skooter into the cat carrier (accomplished by Susan and Allan with one escape attempt when the door did not close correctly).

so poignant to see Marilyn's begonias

so poignant to see Marilyn’s begonias

looking north

looking north

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Helenium 'Feuersiegel'

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Helenium ‘Feuersiegel’

Phygelius

Phygelius

By next year, another gardener (I hope!) will be keeping the phygelius within bounds, or it will be all over the place.

from the back porch; I must clip noxious bronze fennel before it goes to seed.

from the back porch; I must clip noxious bronze fennel (left) before it goes to seed.

looking north; I will miss recording these weekly views.

looking north; I will miss recording these weekly views.

There were some tears when we were ready to take Skooter; Nancy is happy he is going with someone he knows, and sad to see him go.  Her own cat would simply not accept a new addition to the household.  He did not yowl the whole way to Ilwaco as some cats might have.

at home

Here he is at home, not ready to come out of the box yet.

Here he is at home, not ready to come out of the carrier box yet.

Because getting him was a last minute arrangement (instead of having Nancy bring him on Thursday), Allan got busy and hammered a board over the cat door that leads out from the second bathroom.  That will be his sanctuary room till he is ready to meet the other cats and go outside.  Wire mesh was installed at the bottom of my study door that has a cat “tunnel” at the base.  When Scooter comes out into that room, he will be able to look but not engage with the other cats yet.  (Two days later, with separation still in place, I got a suggestion of covering that view for now until the hissing stops.  So far, all the hissing is on Scooter’s part.)

Scooter's eye view tonight of the cat tunnel covered with screen.

Scooter’s eye view tonight of the cat tunnel covered with screen.  (Allan’s photo)

He has toys, litter, food, water, and his three platform cat tower.  I felt sad when I found him half an hour later hiding in the very back of the bathroom closet.  Poor fellow.  If only we could talk about it, person to person.  (Sometimes that doesn’t work with people, though.)  Because various articles advised leaving a cat alone to explore its new sanctuary, I felt ok about keeping our dinner engagement.

Our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang was on a different night this week because of the schedule of Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening), so with Skooter all situated in his hidey hole, we met them at the nearby

Salt Hotel Pub

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the view from our table

the view from our table

A Sea Cucumber sounded perfect...

A Sea Cucumber sounded perfect…

and so it was, especially the chili salt rim.

and so it was, especially the chili salt rim.

I had been craving the delicious tuna melt...

I had been craving the delicious tuna melt…

and the potato leek soup.

and the potato leek soup.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

nachos for Dave, Melissa, and Allan

Nachos were the choice for Dave, Melissa, and Allan

The downstairs social room is where folks who cannot climb the stairs can dine. That will be me this December if I get my knee done.

The downstairs social room is where folks who cannot climb the stairs can dine. That will be me this December if I get my knee done.

The owners, Jules and Laila, also operate Skookum Surf lessons and rentals from the hotel.

The owners, Jules and Laila, also operate Skookum Surf lessons and rentals from the hotel.

Back at home, I was relieved to find Skooter out of his hidey hole and ensconced on his cat tower.

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I was even more relieved that he did not meow all night and keep us awake.  I had been anxious about losing sleep.  I look forward to the transition being over, the cats accepting each other (I do so fervently hope), and life being placid again. I had not realized till the process began how much anxiety it would cause me to introduce a new cat to our comfortable ménage.

The only entry for this date in my mother’s garden diaries is one word, for August 9, 1997:  HOT.

 

 

 

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Marilyn’s deer friendly garden through our 2015 work year, photographed from the south end of the gravel path while standing by the back porch steps.  Because Marilyn’s is a wildlife garden and is not a public one that needs to be tidied up in the fall, we leave much of it standing all winter, so it does not end up looking all clipped and shorn.  The perennials and grasses get chopped down in February.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Tuesday was intermittently rainy and became a day of blogging all about the Cannon Beach Cottage tour.  We sort of called the weather wrong and could have worked and yet it was satisfying to get the cottage tour posts all done in one day.  Allan was proud of the tasty dinner he made with tomatoes, apples, and peppers from the garden.

in the frying pan

in the frying pan

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Anchorage Cottages

I felt inspired to start working our way down the fall projects list by pruning viburnums at The Anchorage.  I knew resort manager Beth did not like the viburnums being up over the gutters.  Also the more leaves it has, the more it stinks when it rains.  (Yes, this viburnum is a bit of a stinker.) It is unfortunate that they were planted so close to the cottages.  I also wanted to make it possible for the staff to get back there to wash windows and do building maintenance.  (The flowering quince in the corner is also due for a trim, but not today.)

If I had been a guest in the cottage behind the green wall, I’d have not wanted to lose the green privacy, so for that reason I felt bad about cutting it down.  Beth thinks that guests will appreciate having more light.

before

before


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am obsessed with privacy and felt sad when the guest who IS staying in that room said, “I liked the privacy.”  Once you cut it, you can’t put it back.

There is a new Japanese maple there that will grow up and provide some privacy without being right next to the wall.

after

after


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Fortunately, the guest’s darling corgi gave me a kiss, which I was told was unusual, and everything was better.

She gave me a smooch.

She gave me a smooch.

I had to choose between tree-like or shrub-like on that viburnum, and so much shrub-like growth had started from below that it was easier to cut it down than to keep clipping all the lower sprouts.  My idea is that it will come back like the hedged virburnum in the center courtyard and can be allowed to be about a third of the way up the window for privacy.

center courtyard

center courtyard


center courtyard hedge

center courtyard hedge; there is a path behind it for building maintenance


The center courtyard arbutus is stunning this week.

The center courtyard arbutus is stunning this week.


Arbutus detail: Strawberry-like fruits will follow.

Arbutus detail: Strawberry-like fruits will follow.

 

our load of debris (Allan's photo)

our load of debris (Allan’s photo)

Now we had a big trailer load of debris to dump so we drove up Sandridge Road to…

Peninsula Landscape Supply

…where I took some photos for their Facebook page while Allan offloaded the branches.

We live in the land of double wides, including living in one ourselves.  On the way, Allan photographed one arriving while we waited on the shoulder to let them pass.

on Pioneer Road

on Pioneer Road


Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply


offloaded debris (Allan's photo)

offloading debris (Allan’s photo)


The debris gets ground up into mulch.

The debris gets ground up into mulch.

rocks

new planters that look like bark

new planters that look like bark


shell planter

shell planter


This water feature basin looked like concrete but was lightweight plastic...with peeling paint so I wondered if I could afford it.

This water feature basin looked like concrete but was lightweight plastic…with peeling paint so I wondered if I could afford it.

Not wanting to think about another project, I did not pursue my thought about the possible lower price of the peely water bowl.

Another customer had a cute old truck.

Another customer had a cute old ’54 truck.


He was using it as a hauling truck despite its vintage, cute appearance.

He was using it as a hauling truck despite its vintage, cute appearance.

Wiegardt Gallery

On the way to our next job, we swung by the Wiegardt Gallery just to have a peek at our old garden which is now in the fine care of Todd, artist Eric’s brother.  Who should be parked between us and the front garden but our good friend Bill Clearman, there to work on the carpentry of the front door.

That's our Bill!

That’s our Bill!


the familiar sign of the Wiegardt Gallery

the familiar sign of the Wiegardt Gallery


Todd has the north garden bed much better weeded than we did...

Todd has the north garden bed much better weeded than we did…

Marilyn’s Garden

Today was our week to go to Surside and attend to Marilyn’s garden.

view from the street

view from the street


colchicum by the driveway

colchicum by the driveway


the north end of the garden

the north end of the garden

The Miscanthus zebrinus below is all splayed out from wind, with a tidy little new tuft coming up in the middle.

Miscanthus zebrinus

Miscanthus zebrinus

We could get in there and trim the old growth off, and we just might…next time.  Although I kind of like the wild swirly wave-like look of it, I have forgotten what other good plants might be buried in there.

center" Solidago 'Fireworks. The whole garden is blown about and whirl-y.

center: Solidago ‘Fireworks. The whole garden is blown about and whirl-y by our big wind a couple of weeks ago.


view straight across from back porch with neighbours' garage hidden

view straight across from back porch with neighbours’ garage hidden


looking northwest from back porch

looking northwest from back porch


Bees were all over the Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'.

Bees were all over the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.


a big bumble bee

a big bumble bee

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looks furry and pettable...better not.

looks furry and pettable…better not.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Bella watched us from the deck. (Allan's photo)

Bella watched us from the deck. (Allan’s photo)

At KBC, I was inspired to do another fall clean up project.

Self-seeded ferns blocked the view of Denny's bubbler.

Self-seeded ferns blocked the view of Denny’s bubbler.


I tackled this side and Allan came in from the other side.

I tackled this side and Allan came in from the other side.


after...We were out of time; next week we'll get the roots of those ferns out.

after…We were out of time; next week we’ll get the roots of those ferns out.


Mary's tree peony looking autumnal.

Mary’s tree peony is looking autumnal (the brown leaves behind the cosmos).

(I suddenly have an ominous feeling that I lost my start of that yellow tree peony in my own garden.  Must look for it!)

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' as tall as the greenhouse.

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ as tall as the greenhouse.


Schizostylis brightening up the garden.

Schizostylis brightening up the garden.


the weekly view southwest across the birdbath

the weekly view southwest across the birdbath

As we gardened at KBC, the sky got continually darker and I wondered if we would be able to complete our next job before considerable rain arrived.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The rain did hold off while we did almost an hour of strimming the lawn and weeding and deadheading in the Golden Sands courtyard.

The lights glowed from the rooms and the residents were in the dining room having dinner.

The lights glowed from the rooms and the residents were in the dining room having dinner.  (Southwest quadrant of the garden)


Southeast quadrant

Southeast quadrant


Northeast quadrant and dining room window (left)

Northeast quadrant and dining room window (left)


northwest quadrant

northwest quadrant

As we drove home, the rain arrived with perfect timing.  After yesterday’s watering, this will hold all the Long Beach and Ilwaco planters well into next week.

A good rain fell overnight.

A good rain fell overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sometimes we amaze even ourselves with what we can get done in one day.

We were driven by two things:  First, I planned to take Thursday off to spend with Carol.  Second, a storm was due on the weekend, with rain at last, and I needed to plan out the watering schedule around that nebulous forecast.  We began with our regular Wednesday round, the long version that includes going all the way to northern Surfside for Marilyn’s garden.

On the way north we stopped at The Planter Box to get a few plants for a needy Ilwaco planter.

at The Planter Box, some gorgeous gomphrena

at The Planter Box, some gorgeous gomphrena

and a dramatically dark Rudbeckia.

and a dramatically dark Rudbeckia.

I settled on some gazanias and a blue statice and a little curly allium for the planter, and we were off to our northern round.

Our work schedule now is pretty much the same every week and is usually only four days long, three of them about nine hours long and one just eight hours.  This week had included even more time off. The three day weekends are marvelous; I keep repeating my thought that we’ll do this as long as we can afford to.  The moment of truth will come with getting through the winter with less income from fewer fall cleanups and bulb plantings.  That’s what we’ll get for embracing time over money and quitting several jobs.  We’ve also embraced joy over money and kept a couple of the lower paying jobs while quitting higher paying ones, because we want the ones that bring the most joy to people, like…

Golden Sands Assisted Living

We did not add the usual supplemental water today, as I am counting on a big rain; we just filled the birdbaths and did some weeding and deadheading.

NE quadrant of Golden Sands courtyard with cosmos and monarda (bee balm)

NE quadrant of Golden Sands courtyard with cosmos and monarda (bee balm)

sweet peas by the courtyard entrance, climbing through roses, with white phlox

sweet peas by the courtyard entrance, climbing through roses, with white phlox

These four courtyard garden beds lack style, as they were thrown together with free “passalong” plants.  I’m trying to give them a little more structure and still have the cottage garden feeling, without having money to spend on, say, a boxwood edging.  So far, about all that I have succeeded at is making Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ be a repeater on the front of each quadrant.

NW quadrant

NW quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

I’m also pleased with the way the flowers are reseeding into the center lawn, that I would like to see turned to a wildflower meadow instead of grass (with as little work as possible!)

Knautia macedonica and blue scabiosa in the lawn

Knautia macedonica and blue scabiosa in the lawn

more scabiosa started up, and beach strawberries

more scabiosa started up, and beach strawberries

the hallway route to the outside

the hallway route to the outside 

I am always entertained, even though it’s  inconvenient for bringing in soil amendments, by wheelbarrowing through two lengthy hallways to get to the courtyard.  It is a clever design for an assisted living place to have an internal daylight courtyard for a garden.  It would be perfect for an Alzheimer’s facility (which this is not).

On the way to Marilyn’s, we shopped at Jack’s Country Store for some spray paint for my bathtub water feature.  It has a great selection of colours, more than any of the other local stores.

Their motto:  "Contrary to public opinion, we don't have everything."

Their motto: “Contrary to public opinion, we don’t have everything.”

Marilyn’s garden

At Marilyn's, I trimmed back along the path again, as the Phygelius were moving forward.

At Marilyn’s, I trimmed back along the path again, as the Phygelius were moving forward.

The north winds have knocked down some of the miscanthus.

The north winds have knocked down some of the miscanthus.

giant miscanthus and Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' from the back porch

giant miscanthus and Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ from the back porch

Looking north down the path.  That ever increasing volunteer patch of montbretia has got to go.

Looking north down the path. That ever increasing volunteer patch of montbretia (right) has got to go.

looking south: I trimmed the fig back more than the phygelius.

looking south: I trimmed the fig back more than the phygelius.

looking in from the street

looking in from the street

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We did our usual hour midsummer hour or so of deadheading and weeding.

the weekly view over the birdbath in the fenced garden

the weekly view over the birdbath in the fenced garden

view from east gate

view from east gate

southwest corner of the fenced garden

southwest corner of the fenced garden

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' in its prime. It was cut back by half in June to get smaller, less splayed flowers.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in its prime. It was cut back by half in June to get smaller, less splayed flowers.

the south gate to the fenced garden

the south gate to the fenced garden

a particularly nice daylily

a particularly nice daylily

Allan was sad that the podophyllum was down in the lawn border.

Allan was sad that the podophyllum was down in the lawn border.  (They go dormant in summer, or so Google tells me.)

roses behind the deer fence

roses behind the deer fence

a bed of hydrangeas and ferns

a bed of hydrangeas and ferns  (My favourite hydrangea, Izu No Hana, is in the background in glorious blue and white.)

The Anchorage Cottages

The Anchorage was so busy that we had to park down on the street.

The Anchorage was so busy that we had to park down on the street.

sweet peas in the north courtyard, climbing ever higher.

sweet peas in the north courtyard, climbing ever higher.

Agastaches continue to be excellent container plants.

Agastaches continue to be excellent container plants requiring minimal deadheading.

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (blue potato vine) just keeps on blooming.

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine) just keeps on blooming.

the bed that needs much refining...but not today.

the bed that needs much refining…but not today.

I had a brainstorm that it was still early enough to water the Long Beach planters.  If it rains just a little bit on Friday, it might keep us from watering but it would not be enough.  If we could fertilize the planters today while they are still faintly damp from Monday, the fertilizer would “take” better, and if it does not rain, a watering today would hold them through till Monday.  (Our schedule is complicated this week because I am taking Thursday, our usual Long Beach day, off.)

But first, we had time to squeeze in the deadheading at

The Depot Restaurant

the north side of the dining deck

the north side of the dining deck

a sizeable agastache

a sizeable agastache and a cosmos that refuses to bloom

north wall planting by Nancy Aust of The Basket Case

north wall planting by Nancy Aust of The Basket Case Greenhouse

one of Nancy's fuchsias

one of Nancy’s fuchsias

Long Beach planters

We had a couple of hours before our dinner engagement, so we focused primarily on getting all the planters fertilized.

The dead-looking Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave' on the northernmost planter is reviving.

The dead-looking Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’ on the northernmost planter is reviving.

Oregano 'Hopley's Purple' and Geranium 'Rozanne' in the same planter

Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’ and Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in the same planter

my favourite planter, by the Dennis Company sign

my favourite planter, by the Dennis Company sign

a colour echo at Dennis Company, which I will pretend is on purpose.

a colour echo at Dennis Company, which I will pretend is on purpose.

Allan's photo: Third Street Park

Allan’s photo: Third Street Park

We even had time to weed and deadhead Veterans Field and Long Beach city hall gardens.

Veterans Field

Veterans Field

Basket Case Baskets at Veterans Field

Basket Case Baskets at Veterans Field

The Cove Restaurant

You might think that if we meet Dave and Melissa at the Cove, it must be Thursday.  This week, we switched our traditional meal to Noodle Night Wednesday because of my social plans for tomorrow.

Sondra's garden at The Cove

Sondra’s garden at The Cove

in the foyer

in the foyer

noodle night!  (Asian noodle bowls or Italian comfort food)

noodle night!  (Italian comfort food)

Cove noodle bowl

Cove noodle bowl

Look who joined us! Me and Seattle Carol

Look who joined us! Me and Seattle Carol

Everyone was duly impressed that Carol and I have been friends for 38 years.

After closing time, Lacy and Parking Lot Cat came to say hello.

After closing time, Lacy and Parking Lot Cat came to say hello.

Carol gives Lacy a good scritching.

Carol gives Lacy a good scritching.

In the foyer, Lacy gets a belly rub.

In the foyer, Lacy gets a belly rub.

Look at that silly face!

Look at that silly face!

Dave, Mel and me, leaving after dark

Dave, Mel and me, leaving after dark

Ilwaco

The workday was not quite done.  In the dark, we planted four plants in the Ilwaco planter where previously plants mysteriously died (an unsolved mystery; the soil still smells sweet and good).

planting in the dark

planting in the dark

Allan's photo: the statice might be too brittle.  It is a temporary centerpiece.

Allan’s photo: the statice might be too brittle. It is a temporary centerpiece.

The only Thursday task that we did not get done in advance was deadheading the Long Beach welcome sign, and it had looked pretty much ok on a driveby, so I am set for a fun day tomorrow with Carol.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A two day work week?  My goodness, we have gotten lazy.  We have more time off as we have quit jobs that were too hard on my knees (the up and down steep slopes jobs).  When I was very mildly fretting today about whether we should be trying to make more money, Allan pointed out that time off now, when we can enjoy it, might be more valuable than time later when we might be in wheelchairs, perhaps with money made now but with less mobility to get around the garden or the lake.  Our late and missed neighbour Nora often reminded us to do things and SEE things now while we still could walk and had good vision.  Perhaps she herself wished that she had worked less.  The day may come when we have to give up restaurant dining and garden tour trips; we will live on memories, online touring, and Allan’s good cooking.

We made the north end rounds today; next week, we will check on all the rest of the private gardens.

We went all the way to Marilyn's in Surfside today.

We went all the way to Marilyn’s in Surfside today.

The Depot Restaurant in Seaview (between Ilwaco and Long Beach)

the weekly photo from the east end of the flower garden

the weekly photo looking west from the east end of the flower garden

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

It looks like the Fort George Brewery Co-HOPerative folks may have come to pick the hop flowers for brewing a beer from several different local hops sources.

Basket Case Nancy, if you are reading this:  The windowboxes still look good for this time of year; I just forgot to take a photo!

Long Beach Welcome Sign

There are a lot of Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ to deadhead, an enjoyable enough task, and the twelve unenjoyable Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, which it crossed my mind could be pulled out soonish.

The bidens along the front provides plenty of yellow to "stop the eye".

The bidens along the front provides plenty of yellow to “stop the eye”.

The back of the sign is edged with white bacopa.

The back of the sign is edged with white bacopa.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The four quadrants of the courtyard garden aren’t looking too bad right now, thanks to Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Solidago ‘Fireworks’, some sadly yellow-foliaged Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, and not enough cosmos.

Google Earth of the building surrounding the courtyard.

Google Earth of the building surrounding the courtyard.

Southwest quadrant

SW quadrant

NW quadrant (the front a little bare where a bench used to sit).

NW quadrant (the front a little bare where a bench used to sit).

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

Southeast quadrant

SE quadrant

Every week Allan removes with the pick a couple more of the tatty old carexes that are behind the quadrants.  I think when they are gone, the snail problem will improve as I am sure they hide in those grasses.  That could make it easier to grow more dahlias next year.

I had three ideas later in the day of plants I can get for free to add to the very late summer show at Golden Sands.

Sometime this winter I want to get around to a blog post about how the residents decorate the entryways to their rooms. How would you decorate if this area was your statement to the world?  I thought I’d write it last winter and did not.  Perhaps a sneak peek will motivate me.

One of the residents clearly likes the Rod Run.

One of the residents clearly likes the Rod Run.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

the weekly look in the east gate

the weekly look in the east gate

Mary made a new container.

Mary made a new container planting.

'Streamer' sweet peas

‘Streamer’ sweet peas

and more 'Streamer' sweet peas

and more ‘Streamer’ sweet peas

boxwood and Sedum 'Autumn Joy' backed with Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'.

boxwood and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ backed with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’.  A piece or two of that Persicaria will go to Golden Sands.

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'; a piece of this could go to Golden Sands (and to Marilyn').

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’; a piece of this could go to Golden Sands (and to Marilyn’).

the garden bench backed with Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

the garden bench backed with Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

The Corokia cotoneaster has happily lived in the big blue pot for years.

The Corokia cotoneaster has happily lived in the big blue pot for years.

Sarah

Sarah (0r Timmy?)

Oman Builders Supply, Ocean Park

Some deadheading of the Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' was all this low maintenance success needed.

Some deadheading of the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ was all this low maintenance success needed.

It could use a new plant here later, maybe another Gaura 'Whirling Butterfly'; something got swiped here, probably another Eryngium.

It could use a new plant here later, maybe another Gaura ‘Whirling Butterfly’; something got swiped here, probably another Eryngium.

Marilyn’s Garden, Surfside

We had a talkative audience from the next door roof.

We had a talkative audience from the next door roof.

Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy who is co owner of the Depot Restaurant, has been doing a marvelous job of keeping the garden well watered.

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, taller than me (as it gets with enough water)

looking south

looking south

Phygelius can go to the Golden Sands garden!  I can get many pieces of it from here as it wants to go out into the gravel path.

Phygelius can go to the Golden Sands garden! I can get many pieces of it from here as it wants to go out into the gravel path.

Some of the cosmos are seedy and hard to reach.  That's ok because this is a bird garden and birds love cosmos seeds...especially goldfinches.

Some of the cosmos are seedy and hard to reach. That’s ok because this is a bird garden and birds love cosmos seeds…especially goldfinches.

We're keeping the cosmos along the path deadheaded.

We’re keeping the cosmos along the path deadheaded.  The Buddleia to the right is a sterile cultivar, ‘Blueberry Cobbler’.

the deck with pots planted by Basket Case Greenhouse Nancy.

the deck with pots planted by Basket Case Greenhouse Nancy.

The chaise lounge keeps the deer who live in this garden from browsing the annuals on the deck.

Looking northwest; A gust of wind  made the giant Miscanthus rustle enchantingly.

Looking northwest; A gust of wind made the giant Miscanthus rustle enchantingly.

Wiegardt Gallery, Ocean Park

Eric’s gallery was hopping with a painting class which had been brought by their instructor “to get inspiration”.  They had painted at Oysterville Sea Farms the day before, and today at the Oysterville church and school, and tomorrow they will paint at the Ilwaco boatyard.

front garden, cosmos underlaid with the very determined Bad Aster.

front garden, cosmos underlaid with the very determined Bad Aster.

fall crocus

fall crocus

the old kitchen door

the old kitchen door

picotee cosmos

picotee cosmos

a Miscanthus beginning to take its autumn bow.

a Miscanthus beginning to take its autumn bow.

The dratted deer ate the tops off of the Sedumn 'Autumn Joy'...

The dratted deer ate the tops off of the Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’…

leaving the front garden looking rather empty.

leaving the front garden looking rather empty.

the north side of the gallery

the north side of the gallery

The predicted showers for today had not happened yet.  Rain is so much needed, I would have welcomed working in it.

Sword ferns are looking unusually distressed from hot dry weather.

Sword ferns are looking unusually distressed from hot dry weather.

Port of Ilwaco

When we got back to Ilwaco, we took a drive around the town to check on the Howerton Way gardens.

We saw three dandelions at the east end; Allan hopped out to get them.

We saw three dandelions at the east end; Allan hopped out to get them.

Then we decided to deadhead at the Port office and Time Enough Books.  In the garden north of the office, a Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ was pulled almost out of the ground.

Did someone get interrupted mid theft?

Did someone get interrupted mid theft?

South side of the Port Office

South side of the Port Office and Don Nisbett Art Gallery with baskets from The Basket Case

Don’s baskets are bigger from more watering and fertilizing.  He’s been asked to give his special attention to the port office baskets as well next year.

Seashells Cosmos

Cosmos ‘Seashells’

and the marina

and the marina

at home

I did just a bit of weeding and clipping in the front garden.  Tomorrow (September 18th), I’m leaving for the Sylvia Beach Hotel with Carol, a Seattle friend for 36 years.  Rain would be the perfect weather for staying indoors at the bookish hotel.  I was pleased when a drizzle finally began just before I came indoors to blog.  At dusk, the drizzle continued; may it continue for three days so that Allan does not have to do any watering work while I am gone.  (With just a break for the painting class to do their pleine air painting at the boatyard.)

delightfully drizzly window views:

north

north

north

north

photo 2

looking east

I hope that when I return and share whatever I wish to share from the trip that I can then somehow catch up to publishing this blog closer to real time.

 

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A VERY typical day indeed as we got back to maintenance.  The only thing approaching a project was Allan removing some lady’s mantle that was crowding three new blueberry plants at Diane’s garden.  He also transplanted some Cerinthe although, in my opinion, it would not hurt the blueberries at all (but Diane wanted the area cleared all but for the berry bushes).

Allan's project, before and after

Allan’s project, before and after

The blueberry to the left is ‘Pink Lemonade’ and had lots of berries.  I got all excited thinking that maybe my Pink Lemonade at home might have berries.  (I found at the end of the day that it doesn’t, even in its third summer here.)

Diane and Larry's 'Pink Lemonade' blueberry

Diane and Larry’s ‘Pink Lemonade’ blueberry

Meanwhile, I deadheaded the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ at The Red Barn.  The lovely Helianthemum ‘Lemon Queen’ in that area does not need deadheading at all.

Helianthemum 'Lemon Queen'

Helianthemum ‘Lemon Queen’

beautiful in every stage of flower

beautiful in every stage of flower

beloved of all sorts of bees and the like

beloved of all sorts of bees and the like

bee

I do wish the whiskey barrels got more watering at The Red Barn!

two out of four barrels

two out of four barrels

The one closest to the barn door (left) gets the most water because people dump their stable cleaning buckets into it.  The next one gets far less (i.e. not enough) water.  Note the difference in the size of the nasturtiums.  (The third one, furthest from the door, is, of course, the paltriest!)

The happiest one is by the stable on the south side of the building, protected from the north wind.

lopsided but happy

lopsided but happy

In a wonderful gardening book that I just read, A Breath from Elsewhere, Mirabel Osler wrote a chapter about plants she dislikes.  One is sanvitalia (creeping zinnia) and I just don’t know why.  Yes, it is bright yellow, but with a charming green center.

I find sanvitalia to be just charming.

I find sanvitalia to be a delight.

At the barn, I feel sorry for the horses that are inside dark stalls with no one coming to put them out to pasture.

Indoors at one in the afternoon.

Indoors at one in the afternoon.

I will pick a handful of lush grass in for the poor horsie to eat.  Just a taste of the fresh outdoors.

These two were more fortunate.

The one on the foreground came over to say hello.

The one on the foreground came over to say hello.

two being led out to pasture

two being led out to pasture

After my work at the Barn, I went back to Diane’s (next door) and deadheaded her cosmos.  I have some lavenders to add to the roadside bed but am waiting for damper weather.

still so unsatisfying...will mulch with cow fiber!

still so unsatisfying…will mulch with cow fiber!

Larry, Diane’s spouse,  mulched the roadside bed with cranberry mulch but I don’t think it adds anything other than a nice dark colour.

Next came the deadheading of the welcome sign.  How very badly it needs more blue in the planting!

Yellow "stops the eye" but next year will have Geranium 'Rozanne'

Yellow “stops the eye” but next year will have Geranium ‘Rozanne’

In downtown Long Beach, Allan went to work on Coulter Park while I started walking around to deadhead the planters.  I thought at first I would get away without watering them, but they just were not damp enough to hold till Monday and look fresh and happy.  Soon the watering rounds will stop but not yet.

I keep meaning to Google for what type of Daphne this is:

short, fragrant, long period of bloom

short, fragrant, long period of bloom

The daphne planter is kitty corner from the cranberry harvest mural on the south wall of Dennis Co.

The daphne planter is kitty corner from the cranberry harvest mural on the south wall of Dennis Co.

In the planter by the Long Beach Pharmacy, one cosmos continues to behave strangely with green non-flowers.

an odd cosmos indeed

an odd cosmos indeed

It has some flowers low down on the stem.

It has some flowers low down on the stem.

I weeded and deadheaded at Veterans Field.

at three o clock, vendors were setting up for the afternoon farmers market

at three o clock, vendors were setting up for the afternoon farmers market

I am impressed by the continuing red white and blue-ness of the little Veterans Field garden.

Next year:  More Salvia 'Hot Lips' as it has been a great doer.

Next year: More Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ (right) as it has been a great doer.

Some of the short Cosmos has been excellent and some just terrible.  I have a feeling the ones called ‘Cutesy’ were the bad ones (and the reliable, tried and true ‘Sonata’ the good ones).

good (left) and bad (right)

good (left) and bad (right) with one paltry flower and a lot of dead

In the above right photo, you can also see a paltry Lobelia tupa.  Of three planted there, two of them look better:

a good tupa!

a good tupa!

but none have bloomed with the glorious flowers that we had from the Boreas Inn’s tupa!

Lobelia tupa, 8-2

Lobelia tupa should be doing this!

Back to the planter watering….I admired the schizostylis (river lily) now blooming under many of the trees.

Schizostylis in pale and dark pink

Schizostylis in pale and dark pink

At the restroom on Fifth Street, as elsewhere around town, the baskets from Basket Case Greenhouse still look wonderful.

 

basket

I think the park at Fifth Street is looking great, too.

I did not deadhead every cosmos...It would have taken hours.

I did not deadhead every cosmos…It would have taken hours.

I still long for the day when watering Ilwaco does not come right after Long Beach…so we can have crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder!

When I got to Fish Alley, I did not have to bucket water the barrels.  (Joy!) I did chop back  the variagated sedum that still looked just awful.

water spots? too much rain? mildew? yuck!

water spots? too much rain? mildew? yuck!

I walked down Fish Alley and the alley to the east to get back to the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market.

looking east

looking east

I can’t bear to pull the Cerinthe that reseeded in the left hand barrel, even though they symmetry has been thrown off.

at the market

at the market

Kim from River Rock Farm was making bouquets out of dahlias (but cleverly avoided being photographed).

Kim from River Rock Farm was making bouquets out of dahlias (but cleverly avoided being photographed).

heirloom tomatoes from River Rock Farm

heirloom tomatoes from River Rock Farm

The Clatsop Weavers and Spinners Guild were doing a demo.

The Clatsop Weavers and Spinners Guild were doing a demo.

Our realtor friend and garden client Cheri is a member of this group but was off getting a treat at Sweet Celebrations cupcake shop!

I had been hoping that Wholesome Hearth Bakery would be at the market with their delicious little black bottom cupcakes.  They weren’t.  One of the spinners suggested I could go to one of the two Long Beach bakeries but I said the treat would not be as much fun if it did not come from the open air market.

Heading west again…a telephoto looking through Fish Alley to show that the view corridor goes all the way to the beach (half a mile west through the dunes).

looking west

looking west

The photo that got away:  Due to traffic I just missed a couple walking through Fish Alley carrying a bouquet of dahlias from the farmers market.  Imagine…

As I finished the planters, I realized that we should not have pulled the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ out of the planter in front of Wind World Kites (of which just one blue corner shows above).  Not before Rod Run!   The Fuchsia that we had pulled the Crocosmia to reveal got almost totally smashed by Rod Run car-watching planter-sitters.

a lesson learned...

a lesson learned…smashed Fuchsia would have been protected by thickly planted Croscosmia!

I have no photos to show the excellent job that Allan did all around Coulter Park….

And will close with a selection of tomatoes that I picked at home while he went out to water the Ilwaco planters.

tomatoes

tomatoes

…and the still golden view from the south window.

dusk

Next:  If fate is willing and no catastrophe intervenes, I’ll be posting about something I have been looking forward to all summer long:  tomorrow’s Cannon Beach Cottage Tour!

 

 

 

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