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We continued to improve the sidewalk gardens along Howerton Avenue at the Port, especially trying to make the sight lines safe by using smaller plants than the original plantings (which were not done by us).

14 April along Howerton, looking east

14 April along Howerton, looking east

Above, in the garden beds north of the Port of Ilwaco office and the Don Nisbett Art Gallery:  Santolina (lavender cotton), California poppies, Carex (bronze sedge), Armeria (sea thrift), Lavender, Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’

species tulips, April 14th, sidewalk garden

species tulips, April 14th, sidewalk garden

2 May with sea thrift in bloom (little pink balls in foreground)

2 May with sea thrift in bloom (little pink balls in foreground)

Meanwhile, on the 5th of May, we saw that the Harbor Lights Motel (which was trying to reopen but is now for sale) had their formerly messy and weedy patch of sand garden redone by Mike from Peninsula Landscape Supply.  The xeriscape looks much better than the weeds did!

Harbor Lights Motel gardenby Peninsula Landscape Supply

Harbor Lights Motel garden
by Peninsula Landscape Supply

Harbor Lights Motel landscape by Peninsula Landscape Supply

Harbor Lights Motel landscape by Peninsula Landscape Supply

Back to our Howerton gardens:  Here they are in summer.

Time Enough books garden, looking east, Ceanothus in bloom

Time Enough books garden, looking east, Ceanothus in bloom

looking east

looking east, 26 July

15 September, looking east

15 September, looking east

Gaura during the annual Slow Drag at the Port!

Gaura during the annual Slow Drag at the Port!

Above, the white spiky flowers of Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ caused a sensation among passersby.  (Not as much of a sensation as The Slow Drag, though.)

Autumn light in the Time Enough Books garden

Autumn light in the Time Enough Books garden

In October, the Port of Ilwaco crew cleared two more overgrown sections at the west end of  Howerton and we planted them up with divisions of plants from the other sections.

19 October, looking east

19 October, looking east

These two sections are to the north of Queen La De Da’s Art Castle and The Imperial Schooner Restaurant.

19 October, looking west

19 October, looking west

We also continued to care for the garden right next to our favourite bookshop, Time Enough Books.  In spring the garden boat sported a show of bright yellow tulips, either ‘Big Smile’ or ‘Mrs John T. Scheepers’ (the single one) and a double yellow Peony tulip.  (I could tell you exactly which ones had it not been for my computer crash!)

2 May

2 May

2 May

2 May

2 May

2 May

I don’t recall why there are some red tulips in there.  I usually go for yellow, because I learned from a gardening lecture way back when that yellow “stops the eye” for a split second and is therefore a good colour to use when you want to draw attention to a garden.

I do love a garden boat, and the new one at Time Enough inspired me (because it’s a little smaller than the old one) to try a more layered planting scheme with Cosmos, Salvia viridis (painted sage) and some Agyranthemum ‘Spring Bouquet’.

27 July

27 July

I don’t think the Agyranthemum shows up well enough, so next year I might try the bright yellow one called ‘Butterfly’.  At ground level, I used Geranium ‘Rozanne’ to simulate water.

Next: some photos of more public and private gardens to close out the year.

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