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Monday, 18 February 2019

Long Beach

We would have started at the Heron Pond had there been a parking place.  Instead, we began with the City Hall gardens.

I was so pleased with how the Stihl trimmer (The Toy) worked on the ornamental grasses on the west side that this is the only photo I took there.

I did not ask my phone to make its photo all artsy black and white.

Allan did better with before and after photos on the east side of city hall.

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after

I channeled Gardeners’ World’s Carol Klein by putting some cuttings of Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ into a plastic baggie to keep them fresh till I can pot them up.  I had forgotten to bring a baggie but had fortuitously found one in the gutter (lord knows what was once in it).

Before we had quite finished cleaning up, Allan espied a parking space by the pond, a block away, and hightailed the van over there to snag it, then came back for the wheelbarrow and tools.

While he tidied and weeded and clipped around the pond, I did the same for the north two blocks worth of planters, therefore missing the traditional photo of Allan crossing the little waterfall without falling in.

His work location could have been viewed on the Heron Cam, shown here the following afternoon…

…so someone would surely see if he lost his balance.

My planter photos:

Erysiumum ‘Bowles Mauve’

The Toy works wonderfully at trimming small stems in the planters, and I believe it has already saved me hours of clipping.

Before:

a messy golden oregano

after (with hand clipping around the bulb foliage):

I helped Allan finish the last bit of work around the pond.

our audience

Allan’s Heron Pond photos:

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after
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after

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after

Note how the underwear shows on the way across to the waterfall (and around the edges). I want to avoid this with our pond.

Next came Veterans Field and the Police Station rugosa roses, with only an hour clipping before time to clean up and dump debris.

Neither area allowed for use of The Toy; both required big loppers and the cutting of individual stems.

Police station (Allan’s photos):

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after

Veterans Field flag pavilion, before…

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies” has very tough stems.

The great big mess (Allan’s photo) had me fearing we would not get done by dark.

We prevailed. (I left the Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ unclipped because we are still due for some cold nights.)

Way over by that white car, below, is the little corner garden.

Because I did not get that far, I cannot erase Vet Field from the work list.  We did make an excellent dent today and also scored a gorgeous bookshelf from a “free” pile on our way home.

This morning:

This evening:

None of these work accomplishments are refined and perfect weeding jobs, just the somewhat rough first clean up.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

I spent the next day in the greenhouse at home, avoiding the rain by potting up some plants for my sale and rearranging my room to accommodate the new book shelf.  This meant that I actually emptied out my ancient and ugly filing cabinet, the one full of old letters from friends and of sorted articles (on non-gardening topics) that I have been collecting since the 70s.  Putting the files into two cardboard boxes does not mean that I can erase “filing cabinet” from my at home list.

I have a plan for the old filing cabinet.  More on this later.

Allan’s outing included taking some of his boating book to Time Enough Books (where it had sold out!) and a quick tidy of the post office garden.

Ilwaco Post Office, before
after

I even booted up my computer to write this post instead of writing from the depths of my comfy chair.  With rain due tomorrow as well, there may be a blog break.  I feel more comfortable and less pressured when the blog is running at least three days behind.

 

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Jay and Jodie’s

We had unexpectedly workable weather and began across the street at the J’s cottage.  I’d been itching to cut back the sword ferns.  We’d begun this job last year in mid summer and so had not been able to clip them thoroughly.

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before, looking west

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lots of little shotweeds coming up (lower right)

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gathering clipped fern fronds

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after

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before, looking east

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after

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really need to get some mulch for shrubs that were planted too high

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crocuses

In the back garden, Allan found pots needing drainage.

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After popping home for a drill, he fixed the problem.

Partway through the job, I took a 20 minute break to walk down to the nearby fire station with a local firefighter who is planning to beautify the landscape there.

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me and John

I said that with proper notice, I’d volunteer to help weed and also to help select plants. It was a volunteer project I’d been planning to do myself…someday…so am glad someone else has taken it in hand.

Long Beach

In the early afternoon, we tackled the Heron Pond, at the corner of Bolstad and Pacific.  You can look at it any time on the Heroncam.

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before

Oh, how I loathe the salal in this garden, obviously not planted by us.  Last year I pulled and pulled and clipped it along the front here.  Of course, the dastardly stuff is back.

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salal all up in the armeria (sea thrift) along the edge of the pond.

This is a case where the human does not win.  I didn’t even try to fight the damn stuff this year, just clipped some of it back.  That and aegepodium (variegated bishops weed) are my two most loathed plants.  Just don’t fall for them!

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after

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before

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after (silver santolina trimmed)

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fish hiding place (Allan’s photo)

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Another pale fish that has eluded the heron.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photos, before

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after.  Allan climbed out to the waterfall to trim the ferns.

We then weeded and sheared grasses in three little pop outs on Ocean Beach Boulevard.  We found to our surprise that the cold wind that we’d felt at the pond garden was much less annoying here at the first two pop outs. We had almost quit for the day after the pond; I was glad we had persisted.

Allan’s photos:

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before.  Second pop out is on the other side of the crosswalk.

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after

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before

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after

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from the back

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after

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Barbara from the Planter Box drove by and stopped to catch up.

The second little pop out was not especially photogenic before OR after.  For the last two years, someone has adopted it and planted annuals toward the front, so we simply weeded it and will wait to see what happens.

Half a block north, a citizen has been experimenting in his front yard with escallonia topiary.

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a chair

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a critter in progress

Someone has already cut back the dwarf pampas grass in the BIG pop out so we drove right by it to the third and fourth little ones, a block north of city hall.

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third little pop out, before

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after

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fourth, before (such a sad mugo pine, that had to be trimmed last year for traffic sightlines)

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after

The wind had gotten deathly cold and so every little weed did not get pulled today.

I think that mugo pine has to totally go away…sometime.  These tiny garden beds get no supplemental water and are probably browsed by deer so I’ll have to ponder on it.

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A citizen stopped for veg gardening advice.  I referred her to The Planter Box.

Brrr.

After dumping our debris, we were so glad to get home.  Before enjoying the warmth of the house, we had a little chat with our new neighbour, Devery, who was looking spiffing as always in, today in a checked jacket with a matching hat.  I’m so looking forward to sitting in the garden with her this summer when warm weather returns.  At present, it’s hard to picture summer because I have done almost no spring clean up on my own garden.

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I was able to erase three spring clean up jobs from the work board.

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

I would have liked to stay home.  I have spoiled myself with Saturdays off lately, However, we had to work today so that we can be home Monday for the plumber, and we have fallen behind enough so that we cannot have a three day weekend this time.

I was leaving good company behind.

I was leaving good company behind.

As we got ready for work, Jessika from next door, co owner of Starvation Alley Farms (purveyors of the finest organic cranberry juice) came over to pick a big bowl of strawberries.  We had offered them to her as well as Devery, because we simply do not have time to keep up.

Jessika

Jessika

She suggested we come out with a bowl to pick berries for our breakfast, not realizing that both Allan and I are pretty non-functional during the first hour of our mornings.

Ilwaco Saturday Market

Before work, I fulfilled my self-imposed obligation of taking some Saturday Market photos for the Discover Ilwaco page.  Pink Poppy Bakery was also a draw.

I continue to be thrilled to see the progress of the soon-to-open Salt Hotel.

It's already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.

It’s already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.

We strongly advise taking Surfing Lessons from Salt Surfing owner Julez Orr, as the ocean is dangerous around here and he knows how to navigate it for safety and fun.

Eventually, the view bar and restaurant will reopen on the second level.

Eventually, the view bar and restaurant will reopen on the second level.

As I walked past OleBob’s Café, I thought “What in the world is that man doing?” and then realized it was Allan trying to get a photo of the crab steamer flame.

on the north side of OleBob's

on the north side of OleBob’s

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At the market, vendors were battening down their hatches because of a strong north wind.

At the market, vendors were battening down their hatches because of a strong north wind.

As you can guess, I was not pleased that we were facing another windy day of work.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I briefly popped into my favourite bookshop to check up on its owner, Karla, who had recently had minor surgery.  She was fine and had her niece’s new puppy to show off!

south side of Time Enough Books

south side of Time Enough Books

Kelli and Karla with puppy love

Kelli and Karla with Gimli

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I got puppy kisses from Gimli.

market reflection

market reflection in OleBob’s south window

As always, lots of cute dogs

As always, lots of cute dogs

a doggie pile up

a doggie pile up

Pink Poppy produce

Pink Poppy produce

Jacob and Pink Poppy baked goods

Jacob and Pink Poppy baked goods

Allan's photo: He noticed this guy's t shirt.

Allan’s photo: He noticed this guy’s t shirt.

This reminds me of a friend recently telling me that Ilwaco will be a hipster mecca when purple monkeys fly out of his butt.  We are expecting purple monkeys soon.

This reminds me of a friend recently telling me that Ilwaco will be a hipster mecca when purple monkeys fly out of his butt. We are expecting purple monkeys soon.

We got ourselves some Swedish traveling cake for work, and some German chocolate brownies for dinner later with Our Kathleen.  We were going to her place in the evening.  We’d wanted to have a campfire here, but would not be able to because of the accursed wind.

well tended flowers at Purly Shell Fiber Arts

well tended flowers at Purly Shell Fiber Arts

Long Beach

Now, for work.  Our first project was to get the horsetail weeded off the pond garden by the stoplight.  On this busy Saturday, we parked a block away and walked with the wheelbarrow, buckets and tools south to the pond…

...past NIVA green, my favourite shop.

…past NIVA green, my favourite shop.

The pond, before

The pond, before

I weeded all around the edges.

I weeded all around the edges.

Allan's photo.  It was like a wind tunnel there.

Allan’s photo. It was like a wind tunnel there.

Allan went out onto the slippery waterfall area.

Allan went out onto the slippery waterfall area.

The heroncam watches this pond and is watched by people who wish they were in Long Beach.  So far, no one has ever gotten to see Allan fall in.

The horse wagon went by.  (Allan's photo)

The horse wagon went by. (Allan’s photo)

I crossed the street to the south to check on the dampness of the nearest planter.  I am hoping they will hold till Wednesday, because of the watering schedule changes due to needing to take Monday off.

Fortunately, the city crew waters the baskets (from Basket Case Greenhouse) every day.

Fortunately, the city crew waters the baskets (from Basket Case Greenhouse) every day.

As we were driving north to Long Beach an hour or so earlier, I had gotten a message from MaryBeth asking if Allan might be interested in a small kayak that she wanted to divest herself of.  It is a little too wide for her to easily paddle.  He was very interested, as it would make it possible for him to take another friend along on a boating excursion, so she brought it to us.  As you can see, it is so compact that it actually fit inside our van!

Allan and MaryBeth loading the kayak

Allan and MaryBeth loading the kayak

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We finished up the pond and it looks beautiful again.

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Above is an example of how salal takes over a garden.  I tried planting other stuff because Mike wanted more colour.  The darn salal comes up in everything all along the back side of the pond.  Its roots are like iron.

This pond, built years ago by a pond builder, has a bad case of the underwear showing in spots.

This pond, built years ago by a pond builder, has a bad case of the underwear showing in spots.

If the pond were mine, I would be trying to cover all the fabric with driftwood, rocks, or…something.

It shows in the middle, too, and that would be hard to conceal, although the right piece of driftwood would do it.

It shows in the middle, too, and that would be hard to conceal, although the right piece of driftwood would do it.

a fish handing out restaurant samples (Allan's photo)

a fish handing out fish ‘n’ chips samples (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We needed some coffee, not fish, to keep going through the next project.

Great Escape Coffee drive-through

Great Escape Epsresso drive-through

Allan thought these pampas grass demonstrated the strong cold wind that plagued us all day.

Allan thought these pampas grass demonstrated the strong cold wind that plagued us all day.

Our next project: Allan weeded the north side at the back of Coulter Park, while I went after bindweed sneaking up through various shrubs.

the south fence garden bed in Coulter Park

the south fence garden bed in Coulter Park

The south garden bed is easy to maintain, as the other side of the fence is mowed lawn.  The north side is a nightmare, as the neighbouring property line is made of salmonberry, blackberry, and bindweed, all of which run fiercely into the park’s garden bed and intermingle with the roots of the roses.  This disheartening situation had discouraged me from scheduling this weeding job till now.

south bed

south bed

The trees at the southwest corner of the park have an habit of being ugly inside:

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I spend a bit of time cutting dead wood out of them; they’ve been pruned to allow access at the back entry to the park so the dead interiors show.

I could spend hours at this....but did not.

I could spend hours at this….but did not.

made it just a little better

made it just a little better

Allan’s project:

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before

after

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I don’t think many citizens know that there is such a peaceful park area behind the Long Beach depot building in Coulter Park.

looking east

looking east

looking west; It used to have picnic tables.

looking west; It used to have picnic tables.

We were hoping to strim the long grass from the center parking lot berm.  When we found that there were too many cars parked close to it (as we sort of expected on a Saturday), we cancelled that mission and just weeded the pocket garden by Culbertson Field. (Allan remembered it!) 

it’s three blocks east of the Long Beach arch.

 
Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

after

after

all tidied up

all tidied up

Minnie Culbertson

Minnie Culbertson

In the little garden, I found a prize: a little tin box (photographed later at home):

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I expected to find a treasure, or a stash, but it was empty.

I expected to find a treasure, or a stash, but it was empty.

nearby: a day out at Culbertson Field

nearby: a day out at Culbertson Field

Dumping our load of debris at City Works ended the Long Beach part of our day.

one of the City Works killdeer family

one of the City Works killdeer family

Ilwaco Boatyard Garden

Back in our town, we tackled the north stretch of the boatyard garden, weeding out the horsetail.  It is determined to take over; we are determined to prevail against it.

boatyard garden with Stipa gigantea

boatyard garden with Stipa gigantea

boatyard Ceanothus

boatyard Ceanothus

I also diagnosed, easily, a problem with the city planter at the corner of the boatyard.  Instead of being dry, it is not draining, and the Erysimum is rotting.

soupy!   This one will need very little watering till autumn when we can dig it all out.

soupy! This one will need very little watering till autumn when we can dig it all out.

At last, work was done, we dumped our debris, went home, and changed clothes, picked a bouquet and dropped off the trailer and headed out for the evening.

by the Ilwaco stoplight, heading north

by the Ilwaco stoplight, heading north

evening out

On the way to Kathleen’s cottage, we picked up delicious tacos at the truck by North Jetty Brewing in Seaview.

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Chef Jason Lancaster from the Cove Restaurant only works there in person on Sundays.  However, we learned Thursday evening that his Korean and Hawaiian tacos are featured there every day now.  We are thrilled.

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I liked the look of this vignette across the street.

I liked the look of this vignette across the street.

We arrived at Kathleen’s with Waikiki tacos for her and spicy Korean and Bahn Mi tacos for me and Allan.

Our Kathleen

Our Kathleen

at Kathleen's cottage

at Kathleen’s cottage

Our Kathleen

Our Kathleen

Kathleen had been to the Garlic Festival today and had met Debbie, who recognized her from the blog.  Kathleen invited Debbie to join us for Ilwaco Halloween at our house.  I hope she does!

a simple bouquet

a simple bouquet

Now for two days off, except for watering the Ilwaco planters…I do hope I muster up enough energy to get some gardening projects done at home.  And I hope our slightly leaky pipe does not blow, as my garden needs a thorough watering so I simply must have water.

 

 

 

 

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