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the scourge of horsetail

the scourge of horsetail

This morning I woke too early and observed a lack of rain. Lay awake torn between being glad to catch up on work and wishing I had a rainy day off to read more of Tootlepedal’s blog. (On a sunny day off, I have to work out in my garden.) Then came the rain, and with it, more sleep, but I woke again to sunshine and a work day.

We began in our town by deadheading narcissi in the street planters. When we parked next to the boatyard to care for the planters at the intersection of First and Eagle, I was saddened but not surprised to see horsetail popping up in the new section. No time to deal with it today, though.

But the narcissi looked lovely.

boatyard narcissi

boatyard narcissi

Then on to weed the Time Enough Books garden (where I did not notice that the heron is tipped over til I looked at the photo just now!). I am not so egotistical as to paint my name on the boat; that was bookstore owner Karla’s idea!

Time Enough Books garden boat

Time Enough Books garden boat

Species tulips bloomed in the Port Office garden (and I did not even think to check the new garden on the other side of the building!):

north side of Port Office

north side of Port Office

The deer that wander the meander line along the Port parking lots have not discovered the tulips!

I like my little rivulet of grape hyancinths:

Muscari

Muscari

more species tulips by Don Nisbett Art Gallery

more species tulips by Don Nisbett Art Gallery

A digression: As I walked the short distance to our next curbside garden , I reflected on what a shame it is that no one has bought the empty Harbor Lights Motel. It could be such a cute motel (although the lounge and restaurant are what have the harbour view), and many of us locals would so welcome a view lounge that is not a dive. I would like one that did not play canned country music. The old one had some…incidents…such a someone being thrown off the balcony. Just in case a reader who dreams of a harbourside motel might see this, here is the information you need:

Harbor Lights for sale

Harbor Lights for sale

Equity Properties Northwest: 360.253.1212; Woodford 360.501.5500

Just past that empty building, we weeded the new gardens by Queen La De Da’s Art Castle and The Imperial Schooner Restaurant.

gardens new last fall

gardens new last fall; I forgot to straighten the photo.

In the lower right is a container holding a mix of Zeba Quench and Doctor Earth All Purpose Fertilizer for the planting of some new Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’ and Armeria.

fat low buds of species tulips—wind resistant.

fat low buds of species tulips—wind resistant.

with cute wavy foliage to boot

with cute wavy foliage to boot

white narcissi

white narcissi

Then we went to the Depot Restaurant garden in Seaview. The bulbs look good in the garden we expanded last May:

Depot bulb display

Depot bulb display

I planted, in the new herb garden by the kitchen door, some oregano brought down from Marilyn’s garden in Surfside (she being the mother in law of Chef Michael).

On the way to our next job, we dropped some more plants by Nancy’s garden. I am snagging the best of the best from the Basket Case Greenhouse’s selection for her. This time, we added 3 Delphinium ‘Butterfly Blue’, 3 Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’, a Phygelius ‘Cherry Red’, a Brunnera ‘Looking Glass’, a Heuchera ‘Stormy Seas’, and some free divisions fo golden marjoram, pineapple sage, and white phlox. Another friend of Nancy’s had planted some scilla in the main new garden bed and I said “No, no, no!” because I know how invasive it is. Most of my clients are trying to get rid of it. I suggested it go off at the end by the salmonberries, and the suggestion was well-received.

Nancy's new bed

Nancy’s new bed

Of course, some people might think the grape hyacinth that I planted are also invasive…eventually…but their foliage is not as apt to smother other plants.

Nancy's tulips

Nancy’s tulips

Muscari

Muscari

Narcissi with multiple flowers in two colours!

Narcissi with multiple flowers in two colours!

On our last visit, I failed to get a good photo of the new patio and berry patch in progress:

Nancy and Phil's new patio

Nancy and Phil’s new patio

And her excellent edible garden, where she is miles ahead of me:

the edible garden

the edible garden

It would have been nice to stay for coffee, but we moved on because we had not checked on The Anchorage this week and I do try to get to each resort garden once a week. (This week, though, we did not make it to Klipsan Beach Cottages at all, but I know they will take care of anything that looks terrible.)

On the way, traffic through Long Beach was spring break slow, enabling me to photograph a couple of our planters from the car.

Fifth Street

Fifth Street

Bolstadt

Bolstadt

I do hope people are enjoying the nicely weeded Bolstadt Beach Approach garden that we recently spent so much time on.

We made a stop at The Planter Box to buy some amendments for an area at Anchorage where the soil had been looking beaten down.

at the Planter Box

at the Planter Box

When I have time, I will comb through their plant selections for Nancy’s garden. This is definitely where I will be getting my tall cosmos and my painted sage, both of which they are growing from seed.

Clematis armandii 'Snowdrift'

Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ at the Planter Box

At the Anchorage, we spread the nice soil amendment…

Gardener and Bloome Soil Building Compost

Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Compost

and I contemplated how much I dislike Sweet Woodruff, another groundcover that many love but I have come to loathe.

Sweet Woodruff and wild beach strawberry both annoy me in the garden.

Sweet Woodruff and wild beach strawberry both annoy me in the garden.

Here is a photo for Kathleen Shaw to show just where the trilliums are located. (The Anchorage is her home from home till the happy day for all of us when she can move here.)

where the trillium do grow

where the trillium do grow

I do not like that broken paver, but I did not put it there, so I had better leave it alone.

Allan made a bamboo and string trellis for our traditional sweet pea spot in the office courtyard.

this year's trellis

this year’s trellis

Maroon and Yellow Tulip 'Gavota' goes well with brick.

Maroon and Yellow Tulip ‘Gavota’ goes well with brick.

Fritillaria meleagris 'Alba' in a container by the office.

Fritillaria meleagris ‘Alba’ in a container by the office.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard

I swear I did not mean to line those tulips up like soldiers. I suspect that Allan planted them!

When we departed, Allan suggested that we at last remember to check on the Kite Museum garden and I am happy to say we found only a little bit of cutting back of perennials (especially a Gaura), nothing too embarrassingly neglectful.

I do so much like these Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’.

Ocean Magic grape hyacinth

Ocean Magic grape hyacinth at Kite Museum

I forgot to take a photo of the entire little garden till we were about to drive away.

little kite bed

little kite bed from the car

And then, home. On the way to the Port I had been struck by how good Larry and Robert’s narcissi look so I walked the half block from home to photograph them in the last light, in case tomorrow’s storm beats them up.

the new garden boat

the new garden boat

the narcissi show

the narcissi show

That new Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’ had better be leafing out. I need to take a closer look soon. Mine is just barely budding so I hope this one is ok.

I could not get past the Hornbuckle garden without some photos….

Tom and Judy's tulips

Tom and Judy’s tulips

their new porch peace sign: very nice

their new porch peace sign: very nice

and more Hornbuckle tulips

and more Hornbuckle tulips

(I hear they are redoing their back patio water feature. Photos will come…)

At home, I picked a bouquet of tulips for my neighbour, Nora….. I have photographing my garden in bits and pieces all week for tomorrow’s entry.

And that was an easy day. Why, some might ask, would I think it was easy when we went to so many places? Because the wind was only somewhat annoying, and had no rain with it. Because it is much easier to scat about between jobs than work all day doing the same thing (like on the beach approach). Because I got to sleep in, and got to visit with two friends.

The only bad thing about today is that by the time I have finished this, I have no time left to read another month of the year 2011 in Tootlepedal’s blog. Perhaps tomorrow there will be a rainy gale and I can read the entire rest of that year (April through December). He writes prolifically every single day so it will take awhile…and then there will be all of 2012 to enjoy.

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In Seattle

In Seattle for his father’s memorial service in late February, Allan photographed this stunning Callicarpa (beauty berry) for me.  Mine are still but small, but I still remember the time when, going from one housecleaning job to another in the Laurelhurst neighbourhood of Seattle, stopping still in amazement at the sight of one in someone’s yard.  I had no idea at the time what it was or why it was blooming in winter.

Allan did not know what it was either, but he knew I would want to see it.

A Seattle beautyberry

A Seattle beautyberry

At Home

19 February

back garden crocus run, more filled out than last year.

back garden crocus run, more filled out than last year.

You can see the neighbouring gear shed (other side of fence) has their crab pots restacked so their crabbing season must be slowing down or over.

Smokey enjoys the new water feature

Smokey enjoys the new water feature

Smokey

1 March

Smokey among the Hellebores

Smokey among the Hellebores

Wherever I go in the garden, there is Smokey also.

early tulips

early tulips

on the new plant table

on the new plant table

At Work (and Around)

25 February at Discovery Heights

Upon his return, while I was obsessively working on my blog prequel, Allan did a session chopping grasses at the Discovery Heights middle garden.

before

before

after

after

tidy

tidy

 27 February: touring Oysterville

In the drizzle, we took a drive up to Oysterville to get photos for a new Discovery Coast Real Estate page.  We photographed houses and scenery, and the Huson garden, well known as a glorious new landscape at in town.  The owners have also spread narcissi through the town, and pumpkins in fall and lights at Christmas.

along the Huson fence

along the Huson fence

Huson garden hellebores

Huson garden hellebores

Huson garden, moss and pear

Huson garden, moss and pear

That night on Facebook, I was messaging with my friend Kathleen S, who does not live on the Peninsula but will soon, I hope.  She has been visiting for years and I swear she knows more about the Peninsula than I do.  She told me the last name of one of the gardeners in this Oysterville garden and I said…wait a sec…and looked up the name of a garden that I had adored as one of my favourite gardens ever in Ruston (near Tacoma).  I had toured it in 2010 with Sheila on the Hardy Plant Weekend.  I messaged Kathleen with the question:  could the Oysterville Huson be related to the Ruston Huson?  She who knows all told me it is the SAME person.  How about that?  The Ruston garden has stuck firmly in my memory since my visit there….It was truly a place of dreams.

27 February at Klipsan Beach Cottages

On the way home, we stopped to chat with the owners of the A Frame on the grounds of KBC about their five year garden plan.  In the drizzle, we did not want to actually work (although the ferns need cuting back) so all I did outdoors was take one photo of an early rhododendron.

rhodo and pond island at KBC

rhodo and pond island at KBC

1 March in Long Beach

We cleaned up Peggy’s Park, a pretty garden bed by Long Beach City Hall.

Peggy's cyclamen

Peggy’s cyclamen

Long Beach Planter at 3rd and Pacific

Long Beach Planter at 3rd and Pacific

crocuses in a Long Beach planter

crocuses in a Long Beach planter

Fifth Street Park in front of Captain Bob's Chowder

Fifth Street Park in front of Captain Bob’s Chowder

When we have time, which we sometimes do not, we like to get a delicious crab roll from Captain Bob.

3 March in Long Beach

clean up of pond garden at Bolstadt and Pacific

before

before

after

after

2 March at Jo’s garden

Allan working on a re-do

Allan working on a re-do

Jo wants the above bed all dug out except for a few roses and redone, because she fell in love with the look of our flower beds when she came to see our garden on tour last year.  We are determined to accomplish this, but time is tight.  There are still seven jobs we have not even BEEN to yet.

3 March at Andersen’s RV Park

narcissi in Payson Hall Planters

narcissi in Payson Hall Planters

and a Payson Hall frog!

and a Payson Hall frog!

Fritillaria michailovskyi in Payson Hall planter

Fritillaria michailovskyi in Payson Hall planter

The Van Engelen catalog says “Native to Turkey, it has up to five, pendant reddish-purple bells with a yellow edge on the outside and a shiny yellow interior” and adds that it blooms April/May.   Hmmm.  It’s a bit early, then.

Narcissi in Payson Hall planters

Narcissi in Payson Hall planters

Lorna of Andersen’s bought many of the great big narcissi like King Alfreds and other large cultivars.  Since I always buy mostly the little ones, it will be interesting to see how the big ones do in her west side garden….which we are about halfway through mulching with cow fiber from The Planter Box.

This center bed will be full of King Alfreds.

This center bed will be full of King Alfreds.

lovely mulch

lovely mulch

and some new Carex testacea

and some new Carex testacea

Larry and Robert’s garden

Their little garden boat is starting to show some spring bloom.

19 February

19 February

7 March

7 March

BONUS:  Judy and Tom’s garden

Just down the street from us and across the street from Larry and Robert’s, we like to watch the season unfold in our friends’ garden.

6 March, as I leaned over the fence to admire..

6 March, as I leaned over the fence to admire..

7 March, new primrose pots

7 March, new primrose pots

and a fun new whirligig

and a fun new whirligig

7 March:  Today, we cleaned up Larry and Robert’s, the boatyard, and a Howerton Street garden.   Two clients have contacted us today regarding when we will get to their gardens.   As for the seven gardens….and one Long Beach park….and the very very very long and tedious beach approach garden….that we have not even been to yet…

I can only say that we will get there when we get there.  I am trying a new policy of not fretting and losing sleep over the schedule, as that does not make things go any faster.  (I joked to one of the clients that maybe someone will do us a favour and fire us! As usual, we need two fewer jobs than what we have.)

We even…gasp! stopped for an hour today and had a coffee break with Patt and Judy at Olde Towne Café.   Life is too short, as I have learned extra hard this winter from the experience of a friend and sister gardener who has cancer, to spend it all fretting about work.  I want to slow down, but have not yet figured out how without making at least some clients sad.  Who could possibly be patient as they wait for us and look at a weedy garden?  There seems to be no solution to this other than I just have to stop worrying about it.

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On August 9th, Ann Skordahl’s garden club from Vancouver toured our garden and Tom and Judy Hornbuckle’s garden four houses down.  Ann’s garden was also on the garden tour this year.  Every year, her club visits a couple of weeks later to see the gardens that were her favourites on the year’s tour. This club had, in the past, been welcome guests at my old garden and my mother’s garden.

entering Tom and Judy's front garden

entering Tom and Judy’s front garden

In the photos of the club touring the Hornbuckle garden, you can see not only how lovely and well maintained the garden is, but how much fun it is to have an appreciative and knowledgeable group come to visit one’s garden.

On a tiny lot, similar to the small lots that might be found in a city, Tom and Judy have created an impeccable garden with several microclimates, a collection of Japanese maples, two courtyard areas and a collection of carefully chosen annuals and perennials.  Tom mows his lawn every three days in the growing season, and it is simply perfect.

Tom talks lawns

Tom talks lawns

down the west side

down the west side

into the driveway

into the driveway

admiring the porch

admiring the porch

the porch

the porch

photo time

photo time

garden club friends

garden club friends

around the east side

around the east side

on the east side

on the east side

admiring

admiring

front garden again

front garden again

happy garden dance

happy garden dance

explaining how it's done

explaining how it’s done

and off they go...four doors down to our garden.

and off they go…four doors down to our garden.

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I had been admiring Tom and Judy Hornbuckle’s garden since 2010, even before I had met them.

summer 2010

summer 2010

At first, I just walked by and took photos of the outer gardens…the front yard and (right) the garden by their driveway.  By the winter of 2010-11, I had moved to Lake Street and we had become acquainted.

February 2011

February 2011

By summer of 2011, I knew Judy well enough to get invited through the back gate to photograph the water feature in their private fenced courtyard.

tulips by the back gate

tulips by the back gate

courtyard water

courtyard water

October 2011

October 2011

So when Nancy, the garden tour organizer, asked Allan and I to put our garden on the 2012 tour, I suggested that the Hornbuckle garden would be the perfect accompaniment.  There is nothing on a tour that I like better than having two gardens on the same block.  The contrast between our large and tangled garden with the tiny, groomed perfection of Tom and Judy’s would be entertaining, and people with small city lots could get all kinds of ideas from theirs.


SW corner, June 2012

SW corner, June 2012

It was great fun to have neighbours down the block to plan the tour with.  We had many back and forth messages about what sort of refreshments we would serve,  how many people might come, how much more preparation we had to do….and in the course of those many conversations, we found that we had much more in common than gardening.

Tom spent every other week leading up to the garden tour having chemo.  (He’s fine now!)  I worried a lot that the tour would be too much, but in fact I think that gardening, and planning, proved to be a great distraction and healer.  He was even able to keep up with his exacting regimen of mowing the perfect lawn every THREE days.

During and after tour day, many positive comments filtered back to us, including one we particularly liked: “Lake Street ruled the tour!”   The four of us on Lake Street did feel pleased with ourselves that of all the tour gardens, ours were the only two that were pulled together with absolutely no help from paid staff or volunteer friends….even though Tom’s health and our full time work had made it a challenge.

So here we go, through Tom and Judy’s garden on tour day and the day after, when those of us who opened our gardens and thus could not go on the tour went around to enjoy each others’ gardens.

Into the front garden and around the side....

Into the front garden and around the side….

front garden detail

front garden detail

side garden

side garden

from the programme guide: “In this pocket sized Ilwaco city lot, Tom and Judy grow and sculpt perfectly pruned trees and shrubs including over 20 Japanese maples. Their tiny garden includes four distinct microclimates from drought to mossy shade and complements their house with its exterior restored to its appearance in 1890. A velvety curvaceous lawn leads to a private courtyard where each stone accent is thoughtfully placed. Spots of colour provided by perennials and annuals are the finishing touch to this exquisite garden, which will provide great inspiration to those who garden in small places.”

side garden detail with coleus

side garden detail with coleus

the back porch

the back porch

I particularly love the back porch, which Judy says is a wonderful place to sit on a rainy day.  Anyone who knows the meticulous way this garden is maintained will not take seriously the “lazy hog” sign.

in the back courtyard

in the back courtyard

Tom fretted that the pouring rain on Friday had made it impossible for him to mow the lawn the day before the tour; however, having the grass just a touch longer (i.e four days between mowing!) made it better able to stand up to the approximately 1000 feet (500 people) who came through.

courtyard maple, photo by Kathleen Sayce

courtyard maple, photo by Kathleen Sayce

I could not get away to take photos of Judy’s garden on tour day, so I lack photos of the happy times in the courtyard with their musician, Barbara Bate (for whom we had once created a garden!).  Judy told me that people danced…laughed….I would have loved to have seen the dancing in the tiny courtyard.  I think I can somewhat recreate the feeling with a few photos taken on the 9th of August when a garden club from Vancouver came to see Tom and Judy’s sanctuary.

garden club day

garden club

garden club

Judy and me

Judy and me

As the tour season came to a close it became clear that I had finally been given something that had long been a dream of mine, a good gardening neighbour.  Ever since reading a chapter about gardening neighbours in a good book called People with Dirty Hands and a chapter on that subject in Gardening from the Heart: Why Gardeners Garden, I had longed for a gardening neighbour.  Whenever I would run across friendly neighbouring gardens on garden tours, I would feel envious.  At last, even though we did not have the ideal situation of being next door neighbours, I finally had a gardening neighbour and good friend just four doors down.

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