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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers

SE quadrant, hoping to evoke memories of grandma's garden

SE quadrant, hoping to evoke memories of grandma’s garden

lots of tall maddening horsetail infesting that quadrant (Allan's photo)

lots of tall maddening horsetail infesting that quadrant. It was previously snapped off but now was growing four new shoots from the top and a fifth at the next joint. (Allan’s photo)

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

thrilled that I got sweet peas to climb the Joseph's Coat roses

thrilled that I got sweet peas to climb the Joseph’s Coat roses

monarda and cosmos

monarda and cosmos

persicaria and elephant garlic

persicaria and elephant garlic

mom's coppery rose; I am hoping to strike a cutting of this for me.

mom’s coppery rose; I am hoping to strike a cutting of this for me.

my mum's birdbath

my mum’s birdbath (used to be at her house)

NW quadrant...still the least of the four, possibly because in parts of it the irrigation seems to be missing plants.

NW quadrant…still the least of the four, possibly because in parts of it the irrigation seems to be missing certain plants.

SW: It's all rather a mishmash because of acquiring most of the plants for free (passalong plants)

SW: It’s all rather a mishmash because of acquiring most of the plants for free (passalong plants)

We have been doing supplemental watering with the hose every week as the shrubs outside the quadrants are not hit by the sprinkler system. The white hydrangeas especially need extra water.

White hydrangeas, background, are outside the water pattern.

White hydrangeas, background, are outside the water pattern.

I'm wary of messing with an area that has wiring, but would love to replace those old Siberian iris with something more drought tolerant. Sedum 'Autumn Joy' perhaps, of which I have oodles.

I’m wary of messing with an area that has wiring, but would love to replace those old Siberian iris with something more drought tolerant. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ perhaps, of which I have oodles.

I had found some short lilies blooming at the back of the NW quadrant.  I cut them and gave them to Pam, the activities coordinator, for a bouquet so that the would be seen.  Must remember to move the bulbs forward this fall.

lilies in a bouquet in the common room

lilies in a bouquet in the common room; on the wall are mailboxes for residents.

Edible Garden Sneak Peek

Between jobs, we took a peek at a garden which will be on the August 9th edible garden tour, to get some tantalizing preview photos for the tour’s Facebook page.   It was a fascinating garden, all in containers, with even the artistic home made patio being portable, because the residents are renting and would like to be able to take their whole garden if they have to move.

garden

sneak peek!

sneak peek!  They even make their own concrete planters.

I’m saving the rest of the photos to incorporate into my edible tour day blog entry.

Marilyn’s garden 

Next, we did some weeding and grooming of Marilyn’s garden, way up in Surfside.

I can report in that echibeckia seems to be deerproof, as a doe and fawns frequent this garden and it's untouched.

I can report that echibeckia seems to be deer-proof, as a doe and fawns frequent this garden and it’s untouched.

The deer are leaving about 3/4 of the phygelius flowers for us.

The deer are leaving about 3/4 of the phygelius flowers for us.

I heard the voice of a friend.

I heard the voice of a friend.

my good friend Scooter!

my good friend Scooter!

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' starting to bloom.

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ starting to bloom.

Scooter and an Echibeckia

Scooter and an Echibeckia

a sweetheart

a sweetheart

I clipped some plants so the path is clearer. (looking south)

I clipped some plants so the path is clearer. (looking south)

Wind, or possibly deer, are knocking some of the tall ornamental grasses all about.

Wind, or possibly deer, are knocking some of the tall ornamental grasses all about.

When I look down, there he is.

When I look down, there he is.

The neighbours' garage is hidden now (looking west)

The neighbours’ garage is hidden now (looking west)

looking north down the path

looking north down the path

There's my friend again.

There’s my friend again.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Agapanthus and Strobilanthes atropurpurea

Agapanthus and Strobilanthes atropurpurea; the strobilanthes is blooming early.

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

I used to have a mental block remembering the name "Agapanthus" til I associated it with "It's a mystery>Agatha Christie".

I used to have a mental block remembering the name “Agapanthus” til I associated it with “It’s a mystery=Agatha Christie”.

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

one of Mary's roses

one of Mary’s roses

looking SW over the birdbath

looking SW over the birdbath

Geranium 'Ann Folkard'

Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’

Bench area will be made bigger this fall.

Bench area will be made bigger this fall.

SW corner of the garden

SW corner of the garden

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

the lower part of the fenced garden

the lower part of the fenced garden

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

the lawn bed

the lawn bed, Allan’s photo

I love all jobs where I don’t have to worry about watering.  Mary and Denny of KBC and Marilyn’s daughter Nancy do an excellent job at the watering.

Ilwaco

While Allan watered the Ilwaco planters and street trees, I watered the boatyard from behind the fence.  The long hose that I loved has gone missing, alas.

this week's obstacle course

this week’s obstacle course

I wonder if anyone has noticed I managed to get a few sweet peas to climb the fence?

I wonder if anyone has noticed I managed to get a few sweet peas to climb the fence?

a new boat

a new boat

Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Depot Restaurant

supplemental once a week watering

supplemental once a week watering of the new area

cosmos and lilies

cosmos and lilies

east wall

east wall

north wall with flowers by The Basket Case Greenhouse

north wall with flowers by The Basket Case Greenhouse

Long Beach Welcome Sign

front, with echibeckia outflowering agyranthemum

front, with echibeckia outflowering agyranthemum (and needing way less deadheading)

adding supplemental hose water along the front as the soaker hoses are not doing the trick

adding supplemental hose water along the front as the soaker hoses are not doing the trick

back of sign

back of sign; the cosmos takes lots of deadheading, and I still love them

The Anchorage Cottages

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I'm pleased with Agastaches in containers!

I’m pleased with Agastaches in containers! (‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ here)

successful sweet peas in the office courtyard

successful sweet peas in the office courtyard

trimmed back the ceanothus so it no longer pokes into the parking spot

trimmed back the ceanothus so it no longer pokes into the parking spot

Center courtyard: Manager Beth's spouse was hose watering.

Center courtyard agastache: Manager Beth’s spouse was hose watering.

Oh how I tire of fighting against the 20 mph wind at work these days.

our good friend Mitzu leaning into the wind

our good friend Mitzu leaning into the wind

Mitzu (Allan's photo)

Mitzu with the wind blowing her ears (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach planters

the second of two weekly grooming and watering sessions

I always enjoy the happy carousel music.

I always enjoy the happy carousel music.

Allan's photo, planter on 7th South

Allan’s photo, planter on 7th South

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, he dotes on this volunteer Eryngium at the curb of this planter by Lewis and Clark Square.

Allan’s photo, he dotes on this volunteer Eryngium at the curb of this planter by Lewis and Clark Square.

Allan's photo: Lewis and Clark Square planter

Allan’s photo: Lewis and Clark Square planter

northernmost planter

northernmost planter, as the wind continued to blow at 20 mph

I popped into NIVA green, my favourite shop, to get some photos for the Facebook page.

nautical towels

nautical towels

birch tree trunk pattern shower curtain

birch tree trunk pattern shower curtain

kitty things

kitty things

Long Beach parks

deadheading done in Veterans Field gardens

deadheading done in Veterans Field gardens

Allan's photo: FINGER BLIGHT in Fifth Street Park

Allan’s photo: FINGER BLIGHT in Fifth Street Park

Two big daylilies AND this orange montbretia that snuck in MUST go this fall.

Two big daylilies AND this orange montbretia that snuck in MUST go this fall.

feathery pink Sanguisorba canadensis and Melianthus major

feathery pink Sanguisorba canadensis and Melianthus major

a bottlebrush sanguisorba backed with baptisia

a bottlebrush sanguisorba backed with baptisia

We had time to check on the Sid Snyder beach approach planters, in which we had turned on the mostly futile soaker hoses before going to the Anchorage.  The hoses had done very little good and the planters on that stretch look just pitiful.  We deadheading the wee kite museum garden and drove on to dinner.  On Ocean Beach Boulevard, we saw that someone has again adopted one of the little sidewalk popouts by a vacant lot, a tiny garden that otherwise would be just be unwatered ornamental grasses and crocosmia.

Whoever adopted this little garden, bless your hearts!

Whoever adopted this little garden, bless your hearts!

If I could find out who does this, I could show that person where to hook up a hose to water more easily.

The Cove Restaurant

At last, dinner with Dave and Melissa at the Cove.  How we look forward to this all week.  It’s especially pleasant for me and Allan because it’s our last day of the work week nowadays.  We get to schmooze about the workweek with other jobbing gardeners; what a blessing it was for us that they moved here.

Tired but happy diners. In the background, Lynn checks on our table, and to the left in the background is restaurant owner Sondra.

Tired but happy diners. In the background, Lynn checks on our table, and to the left in the background is restaurant owner Sondra.

Dave has settled on this pork dish as his favourite.

Dave has settled on this pork dish as his favourite.

pretty sure it is called Mayan Pork Conchita.

pretty sure it is called Mayan Pork Conchita.

my Caesar salad with anchovies

my Caesar salad with anchovies

ahi tuna

ahi tuna, my favourite

We’ve started having desserts lately at The Cove.

a fruity cheesecake

a fruity cheesecake

Now: three days off.  I am delighted that I have only one small excursion off of our property (lunch with Our Kathleen on Saturday).  Allan has grander plans involving his boat.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

We did our work route all the way up to Marilyn’s garden and back. The rain yesterday enabled us to wait till tomorrow to water Long Beach, which means we can get a three day weekend again (because the planters will be able to wait till next Tuesday for more water).

Before work, I picked a bouquet for Luanne.

Clematis 'Rooguchi' in the back garden (with a white spider)

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ in the back garden (with a white spider)

This clematis has been blooming for ages and also has beautiful seed pods.

This clematis has been blooming for ages and also has beautiful seed pods, preceded by fluff.

Olde Towne Café

Olde Towne Café

and this week's bouquet

and this week’s bouquet

Then, off to work. First, we drove all the way up Sandridge Road to the Eric Wiegardt’s art gallery.

today's trip

today’s trip

Wiegardt Gallery

I picked a little bouquet of huge cosmos flowers; they’d be over by the weekend. Gallery manager Christl could enjoy them for one day in a vase.

huge cosmos flowers

holding huge cosmos flowers

We had brought most of the clump of Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) that Allan had dug out of our front garden yesterday. One piece went in the north garden bed at Wiegardt’s.

North bed will be enhanced by another tall plant.

North bed will be enhanced by another tall plant.

Miscanthus sinensis variegatus and Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Miscanthus sinensis variegatus and Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

In the front garden, Eryngium 'Jade Frost' has lost its blue flower colour but the stems are still blue.

In the front garden, Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ has lost its blue flower colour but the stems are still lavender-blue.

Cosmos by the front door.

Cosmos by the front door.

I took Christl the bouquet and saw that she could see cosmos from her window now; I’m glad we redid the bed outside the office/framing room last fall.

the view, new this year

the view, new this year

Last week’s photos of Eric’s flower paintings were a hit, so here are some more.

painting

two

three

four

 

flowers

Eric offers a DVD for sale on how to paint flowers.

Eric offers a DVD for sale on how to paint flowers.

the view from the front door, looking south

the view from the front door, looking south

on the entry walk, oregano and its shadow

on the entry walk, oregano and its shadow

our view as we are about to drive away

our view as we are about to drive away

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we drove north about 45 blocks into Surfside to attend to some deadheading and weeding in Marilyn’s garden.

Marilyn's garden

Marilyn’s garden

fall crocus

fall crocus

I remembered that the colchicum were blooming in the Wiegardt garden also, and I had forgotten to photograph them, AND I had forgotten to check on the little Eucomis that had started to emerge last week. Drat. I had thought of it, and then…no follow through, as Robert used to say.

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Solidago 'Fireworks' and Phygelius

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Solidago ‘Fireworks’ and Phygelius

Who says you can’t have lots of flowers in a garden with deer?

I had to trim some flopped cosmos back off of the path; the deer do tend to push things over.

I had to trim some flopped cosmos back off of the path; the deer do tend to push things over.

It's a very tall garden.

It’s a very tall garden.

The Miscanthus vareigatus has flopped here.  The deer bed down behind it, I think.

The Miscanthus vareigatus has flopped here. The deer bed down behind it, I think.

I know there is some Joe Pye weed somewhere in the garden; it has gotten hidden so we planted a new piece where it will show next year.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Back south again, below Ocean Park to KBC; we checked Oman Builder’s Supply garden on the way and it needed nothing from us.

the weekly view into the fenced garden

the weekly view into the fenced garden

dahlia in big pot by garage

dahlia in big pot by garage

more fall crocus

more fall crocus

Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

Fuchsia 'DebRon's Black Cherry'

Fuchsia ‘DebRon’s Black Cherry’

The ridiculously tall lily is done; we will move it this fall.

The ridiculously tall lily is done; we will move it this fall.

The corner by garage wall and greenhouse, above, got a piece of Joe Pye Weed.

one of Mary's roses, a real do-er (with some blackspot problems)

one of Mary’s roses, a real do-er (with some blackspot problems)

Agapanthus is almost over.

Agapanthus is almost over.

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana', my favourite

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’, my favourite

izu

izu

Japanese anemone...a thug, but useful now.

Japanese anemone…a thug, but useful now.

Pineapple sage in a pot amid the four yews.

Pineapple sage in a pot amid the four yews.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At the Golden Sands courtyard garden, I thought as usual about all the plants I am going to bring here this fall to make it better in late summer. I have made a list, to which I must add Japanese anemone (another I may regret).

helenium

The Jerusalem artichoke is at the request of one of the residents. It is quite a runner (she even warned me of that), as is the pink phlox from my garden. I may be filled with regrets by this time next year. However, the resident wants to eat some Jerusalem artichoke; she misses it from her old garden “at home”.

The gardens sure need more late season plants.

The gardens sure need more late season plants.

my mom's red velvet rose

my mom’s red velvet rose

Angelica starting to bloom, I think quite late.

Angelica starting to bloom, I think quite late.

While Allan strimmed the patch of lawn, removed another of the old and ugly carex that languish behind the garden beds, and planted the last piece of our former Joe Pye weed, I occupied myself weeding out an awful lot of blue scabiosa starts to make room for new plants to come.

Andersen’s RV Park

I deadheaded endless (seemingly) Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in various containers.

barrels

barrels of butterfly deadheading doom

After these six, there are still five more big containers of the stuff here and there.  It was HOT and I wore my hat.

After these six, there are still five more big containers of the stuff here and there. It was HOT and I wore my hat.

Allan deadheaded Payson Hall planters.

Allan deadheaded Payson Hall planters, tired looking as they are.

a Rod Run car

a Rod Run car, Allan’s photo

This weekend is the last really big tourist weekend of the year, the Rod Run To the End of the World, a massively huge classic car show event. After it is over, I can start tearing tired plants out!

Anchorage Cottages

While weeding an area at the Anchorage by one of the parking spaces, where the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is looking tatty, a lot of ugly evening primrose rosettes have appeared from who knows where, and some horsetail has crept in, I was feeling that it is so hard to make every garden look good now. At that moment, a guest walked by and said “I love your gardens here so much. I come at all different times of the year and they always look so beautiful no matter what the season.” Well! What impeccable timing she had with her compliment.

center courtyard,

center courtyard,

The usual weeding and deadheading of all the planters was my main focus after that.

Some volunteer feverfew make this pot look fresh.

Some volunteer feverfew make this pot look fresh.

Cute little Eryngium 'Blue Hobbit' in a pot by the office.

Cute little Eryngium ‘Blue Hobbit’ in a pot by the office.

with some Alllium albopilosum

with some Alllium albopilosum

more deadheading of you know what

more deadheading of you know what

By the time I had deadheaded those two pots, I felt quite quite done for the day. I barely managed to hobble over to deadhead the brick chimney planter.

sweet pea 'Cupani' against the chimney

sweet pea ‘Cupani’ against the chimney

And yet…if we could just do one more thing, tomorrow would be so much easier. So we did…

The Long Beach Welcome Sign

Agh, Butterfly!

Agh, Butterfly!

Fortunately, I do not tire of deadheading cosmos. Well, not much. Ok, a little tired of it all.

Allan strimmed the weeds around the outside and that helped a lot.

It was a good thing we did the welcome sign. Allan went into the grocery store to buy enough treats and campfire food to get us through the weekend. There will be no shopping during Rod Run; we locals know to stock up in advance. As I waited in the car, I got a text from Jo asking “Did you come to my garden today?” I called her immediately and said I thought we were supposed to come on Friday as she had company coming Monday. No, somehow we got mixed up as she also has company coming…tomorrow night! Fortunately, we got so much done today that we have time for her AND Long Beach tomorrow, and the result is that we just may have most of Friday off. The sooner we can retreat from the crowds, the better, so I am happy.

The one Rod Run event I will attend is Friday night’s slow drag at the port, always amusing and just a block from our house.

 

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Almost always my workday in other people’s gardens begins with some thoughts about our own.  Today, the view from the kitchen sink window…

sink view

sink view

…inspired me to get a photo of a beautifully silvery corner of Allan’s ferny shade garden.

fern collection edged with ajuga

fern collection edged with ajuga

During a brief stop at Olde Towne to switch compost buckets, I added some Alliums to a dried bouquet I had started there earlier in the week.  It seemed to me that the Alliums that blow down in the boatyard garden will get a bigger audience in a vase on the Olde Towne counter.

at Olde Towne Café

at Olde Towne Café

We did not linger because we needed to start at our furthest north garden, Marilyn’s.

Marilyn's garden, the usual view

Marilyn’s garden, the usual view

Eventually I hope to do a reprise post of how this view changed over the year.

Next, the Wiegardt Gallery:

Wiegardt Gallery garden

Wiegardt Gallery garden

Japanese anemone, north side Wiegardt garden

Japanese anemone, north side Wiegardt garden

I would not let loose the Japanese anemone in a flower border but it seems to behave all right back here in the shade among the ferns.

Then came the weekly deadheading at the increasingly drought tolerant Oman Builders Supply garden in Ocean Park.  Today was not a day with extra time to stop for a snack at Jack’s Country Store.

OBS garden

OBS garden

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' and some late poppies at OBS

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and some late poppies at OBS

At Klipsan Beach Cottages we try to spend at least an hour a week grooming the garden.

KBC, looking into the fenced garden

KBC, looking into the fenced garden

some annual colour that Mary added by the pond

some annual colour that Mary added by the pond

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

Look how tall that Eucryphia is!

Look how tall that Eucryphia is!

I needed to talk with Mary about something so went up to the cottage she was cleaning.  The place was unusually empty at mid week and the ocean view decks looked so peaceful.

west facing cottage decks at KBC

west facing cottage decks at KBC

At our next stop, Andersen’s, we weeded the box by the road because car-watchers would for sure be sitting out there during Rod Run, a classic car event that would take over the Peninsula on the upcoming weekend.  The cars cruise all around the Peninsula and car lovers sit and watch.

Pacific Highway and 138th

Pacific Highway and 138th, with staffer Al in the background mowing by the road

My energy was low and I helped myself along with a handful of wake up beans (coffee beans covered in dark chocolate).

The Andersen's poppy field is pretty much poppyless now.

The Andersen’s poppy field is pretty much poppyless now.

At Andersen’s, two great big car-hauling trailers were already parked in which guests had transported  their rods.  (“Trailer Queens”, these cars are called, the ones that are not driven in.)  And a couple of rods rumbled into the park.  (These are classic American cars made prior to a certain year, sometimes souped up for more speed.   I personally prefer a nice British or Italian car but never mind.)

We got back down to Ilwaco and to our weeding at the boatyard.   It’s a long strip and to finish it in time for Slow Drag at the Port, we had to fit it in around other jobs.

Ilwaco boatyard

Ilwaco boatyard

The least attractive part of the garden is a section that the port crew did not entirely clear so I reclaimed it by adding some soil and doing some weeding…oh, a couple of years ago.  It never got a fresh new set of cool plants so once the poppies are done has very little structure.

before and after

before and after…adding good plants will be another improvement project for fall

We worked till dusk again…but remember, we don’t start early in the morning.

sky over the boatyard

sky over the boatyard (with Stipa gigantea)

looking north past the oil tanks

looking north past the oil tanks

and south over Jessie's

and south over Jessie’s

Thursday, September 6, 2013

Morning home garden thought:  I love the big puddle that forms in the Lake Street depression outside our driveway when it rains.  Allan always hopes the city will fill it in.  (I’ve told him to just ask them to, and I think they will.)  But I like the way it gives me a raindrop weather report and its reflective quality for photos of the house!

raindrops in our puddle

raindrops in our puddle from our front window

Thursday:  the big push to make the Port of Ilwaco gardens perfect for the Slow Drag.  By Friday morning we figured (correctly) that flagged ropes would be run down the side of Howerton Street making garden access difficult for weeding.

The Phormiums and the pampas grass that I so wanted to get the port crew to remove from the street garden by Marie Powell’s Gallery looked…okay today.  I might lose my incentive to get this done and be stuck with them for another year!

Looking east from Powell Gallery

Looking east from Powell Gallery

The spot by the Ilwaco pavilion (restrooms) that we decided to take on before Blues and Seafood showed the effect of having had dandelions gone to seed there for years…  I forgot the after photo so took one on Slow Drag evening (the next day)

before and a belated after

before and a belated after

As soon as the weather is reliably moist, I’ll put some starts of small grasses and santolina in here.  Oh, maybe that gorgeous reddish unidentified grass (might by pink muhly grass) from my garden! What’s in there now is Pacific Reed Grass which I find a bit dull (though native and all).

At the west end of the port we just had to do a small amount of weeding at the garden by Queen La De Da’s.

down by Queen La De Da's

down by Queen La De Da’s

There was a restaurant sign that kept falling down at this end so there is nothing planted there.  It’s fixed now (bolted to a post) so I could fill this area in.

an Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' still blooming

an Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ still blooming

Even though the poppies are gone, there is still enough going on here to make it interesting.  (And the big test?  During Slow Drag, this garden did not get walked on (much) even though it was by the starting line of the race…so it looked enough like a garden to keep people off… More on this during the Slow Drag blog entry!)

At the Time Enough Books garden, I cut back the Ceanothus that was overhanging the street in order to make plenty of room for pedestrians.

It was out as far as where the sidewalk is damp.

It was out as far as where the sidewalk is damp.

This did NOT look enough like a garden, apparently, because during Slow Drag some people put their chairs right in it!  (Yes, there will be a photo of that!)

With the Port gardens put to rights we headed north, first deadheading the cosmos at the Depot Restaurant.

The Depot, same old view!

The Depot, same old view!

and more admiration for Solidago 'Fireworks'

and more admiration for Solidago ‘Fireworks’

When we drove through downtown Long Beach, we could tell Rod Run was imminent.

long beach

North of town we weeded and deadheaded at the Anchorage and I did a limbing up of Viburnum by cottage 6.  Here is the “before” from last week:

What was I thinking?

two weeks ago

And the after.  I think the two long curvy branches on the sides of the one to the right should go, but Allan disagreed.

after

after

I also have a problem with the squatty short trunk on the left side.  It has to be low to let the number of the cottage show….But if I cut it to the ground, the left hand shrub will look lopsided.  What do you think?

nearby, a favourite of mine:  Fuchsia 'Hawkhead'

nearby, a favourite of mine: Fuchsia ‘Hawkhead’

The pots were windblown.  I hope they have a certain weather-sculpted charm.

Picotee petunia with a chunk missing

Picotee petunia with a chunk missing

While I was deadheading sweet peas in the office patio I heard a deep rumbling.  Sure enough, a guest with a hot rod had arrived.

at The Anchorage

at The Anchorage

As I put my tools in our van, Allan chatted with the owner about…cars.

car talk

car talk

Thanks to a good rain, the Long Beach planters did not need watering but we did check most of them for deadheading.  The Rod Run audience was already setting up chairs in the street to see the cars come in.   The most avid fans start their vigil on Thursday and watch cars till they drive away on Sunday or Monday.

car watchers

car watchers

I appreciate the ones who bring chairs.  I can guarantee there will be much planter sitting over the weekend.

At least the hanging baskets will be unscathed...I hope.

At least the hanging baskets will be unscathed…I hope.

Oh dear, how will the city crew get through the throngs of people to water the baskets?  Probably at 7 AM!

We went back just north of downtown to the Boreas.  I do like to do jobs in order from north to south or vice versa but earlier our friend Ed Strange had been parked in “our” spot while mowing the lawn!

after deadheading at the Boreas

after deadheading at the Boreas

As we drove south through Long Beach again, I saw that the planter sitting had begun.  There were two men parked on this one, but one of them is behind the two women.

planter sitters

planter sitters

A nice Veronica is under that one man’s butt  (That’s a flowering plant, not a person!).  This does not bother me as much as you might think.  Over the years, I have gotten inured to what Rod Run audiences do to the planters.  I just observe in amazement, really.

They may not know that, at least at one time, there was a fine for sitting on the planters (except for the benches, of course, which are on the sidewalk side).  Or so I was told by then city administrator Nabiel Shawa, who may have been just humouring me.  And if it existed, it was never enforced.  (Long Beach town could get rich on that fine during Rod Run weekend.)

We finished the day doing more weeding at the boatyard garden.  Lots of people would be driving and walking by there the next evening for the Slow Drag at the Port.

a beautiful reseeded four o clock at the boatyard

a beautiful reseeded four o clock at the boatyard

Gallardia continues to dazzle.

Gallardia continues to dazzle.

I adore Oregano 'Hopley's Purple'

I adore Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’

Cosmos, Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies', Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

Cosmos, Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’, Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’

For some reason I have thought the white Gaura looks great in a garden but the pink Gaura only looks good in containers.  This pink one might make me change my mind.

I think it's 'Passionate Rainbow'.

I think it’s ‘Passionate Rainbow’.

Rain threatened after forecasts of thunder and lightning.   The Kaisha Lanae had her lights on out in the water.

a dark evening

a dark evening

The rain held off long enough so that we had time to weed the garden at the very east end of Howerton…one that has not had any supplemental water for a couple of months.

Howerton and Elizabeth, looking west

Howerton and Elizabeth, looking west

Stipa tenuissima in the wind

Stipa tenuissima in the wind

What a good sense of accomplishment.   We had gotten all the port gardens done and finally freed up a day to for weeding Ann’s garden.  With Rod Run traffic, a Friday job just  a few blocks from home would be perfect.

Friday, September 6, 2013:  before Slow Drag

At home garden thought:  Can anyone tell me what this cool plant is in my front garden?  It’s right by when I get into our vehicle in the morning.

probably from a Hardy Pant Study Weekend plant sale!

probably from a Hardy Pant Study Weekend plant sale!

I had been quite pleased with the accomplishment of getting all the Port gardens done, till I realized I had forgotten the one on the south side of the Port Office.

Allan weeding at the port office

Allan weeding at the port office

The morning was one of those still ones with the water like a mirror.

rumrunner

After that, we got back to Ann’s at last,  We had left last time to go to the Pacific County Fair, thinking we would be back the following week, and then got rained out.   In bad weather it is all we can do to get our city and resort gardens done.

The neighbour cat came over and said hello while I was weeding.

a pretty and friendly cat with a big fluffy tail

a pretty and friendly cat with a big fluffy tail

S/he may or may not have been welcome in Ann’s garden but got quite comfy on the back porch.

right at home

right at home

Allan was working on the side of the house so the wheelbarrow was far from me.  I carried my bucket down to the dump area at the bottom of the sloping lot.

admiring some 'Bright Lights' chard on the way

admiring some ‘Bright Lights’ chard on the way

And got a different view from the house.  It reminds me of a farm in the city.

at the bottom of the hill below the fenced veg and berry gardens

at the bottom of the hill below the fenced veg and berry gardens

I divided up some golden marjoram and spread it around the flower garden.  This might add some cohesiveness.

imagine a nice repeating gold along the edge

imagine a nice repeating gold along the edge

I put in a start of shasta daisy, some toadflax, some Phygelius.  (The deer might nibble the latter but they let it bloom at Marilyn’s garden.)   Now I know it also needs some Solidago ‘Fireworks’.

some new garden art by a friend of Ann's

some new garden art by a friend of Ann’s

I’m pleased to report that we got around the entire garden and were able to leave by a quarter to four to go to Slow Drag.  Last year we had also chosen Ann’s as the best place to work on Rod Run Friday and had gotten so absorbed in weeding (it was a new job then and we had a lot to do there) that we missed the first hour of the drag and some of the best photo opportunities of cars going round and round and round and round.

Walking down to the Port I paused to contemplate the pruning going on, quite visible from the street, in the “lost garden” that I think I will soon have to call the formerly lost garden.

oh dear...

oh dear…

The Hawaiian shaved ice booth was just arriving….

cone

Next, some Slow Drag photos.  It sort of relates to gardening because, well, our gardens are there.

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We now come to the less showy months in the Klipsan Beach Cottages garden, but it still has beautiful structure.  And at last we got some rain!

9 November

the fenced garden from the driveway

the fenced garden from the driveway

Rose 'Jude the Obscure' still has the occasional bloom

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’ still has the occasional bloom

Euphorbia characias wulfenii and bronze fennel both have architectural folaige.

Euphorbia characias wulfenii and bronze fennel both have architectural foliage.

the pond island bed

the pond island bed

Allan and I planted hundreds of narcissi in the woodsy areas of the A Frame gardens.

Allan and I planted hundreds of narcissi in the woodsy areas of the A Frame gardens.

25 November

a misty day of soft focus…

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

Hardy fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry'

Hardy fuchsia ‘Debron’s Black Cherry’

There used to be a specialty hardy Fuchsia nursery near Portland called “Moniere’s?? Country Garden” or something like that.  Our local Basket Case Greenhouse now carried many hardy fuschsias from their collection.

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

Hardy Fuchsia

Hardy Fuchsia

hardy Fuchsia 'Hawkshead'

hardy Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’, one of my favourites: white with a green tinge

black currants

black currants

blueberry autumn colour

blueberry autumn colour

king frog and cottages

king frog and cottages

hydrangeas and the A Frame deck

hydrangeas and the A Frame deck

planted MORE narcissi in the A Frame garden

planted MORE narcissi in the A Frame garden

10 December

Mary and Riley walk into the picture

Mary and Riley walk into the picture

the pond island

the pond island bed

Rose 'Jude the Obscure' still has some crumpled flowers.

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’ still has some crumpled flowers.

Thalictrum 'Elin' has been cut down.

Thalictrum ‘Elin’ has been cut down.

We had used the tall stems of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ and some of the other autumn trimmings to make our Halloween avenue of spooky plants at home.

pot by office stairs

pot by office stairs

Mary and Denny go all out decorating for the holidays.

on the pond island bed by driveway

on the pond island bed by driveway

by the small fenced garden water feature

by the small fenced garden water feature

the lady fountain in the lawn bed

the lady fountain in the lawn bed

lighted sweet pea tuteur

lighted sweet pea tuteur

Mary and Denny's deck

Mary and Denny’s deck

the deer fence

the deer fence

in the fenced garden with cottages in background

in the fenced garden with cottages in background

13 December

We come for the last work session of the year, and add mulch to the fenced garden.  This is almost our last day of work before we take our six week staycation.

mulch

mulch

Rose 'New Dawn' in late bloom

Rose ‘New Dawn’ in late bloom

Knock Out roses

Knock Out roses

faded last blooms

faded last blooms

Hardy Fuchsia magellanica

Hardy Fuchsia magellanica

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

And at the very end of the last KBC workday, Mary and I find and put out this sign…

at rest

at rest

So…come stay at Klipsan Beach Cottages in 2013.  (For reservations call 360.665.4888.) We promise we will do our best to make the garden just as wonderful next year.

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into the autumn….still with no rain…at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

4 October

Agapanthus seedheads

Agapanthus seedheads

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and Sanvitalia

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Sanvitalia

climbing roses

climbing roses

roses

roses

rose and Melianthus major

rose and Melianthus major

Knock Out rose

Knock Out rose

Knock Out roses

Knock Out roses

sweet peas

sweet peas

white sweet peas

white sweet peas

Hydrangea 'Izu no Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu no Hana’

a Clematis from Joy Creek Nursery

a Clematis from Joy Creek Nursery

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod) seedheads

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod) seedheads

driveway garden

driveway garden

Mary’s idea for 2013 is to make the shape of the driveway garden by the house more curvaceous.

10 October

office

office

At last I have some photos that show how it all fits together.  You drive in and park below the office…where you would have the view below:

from the driveway parking:  view across lawn to the fenced garden (looking northwest)

from the driveway parking: view across lawn to the fenced garden (looking northwest)

Fuschia containers by the driveway

Fuschia containers by the driveway

golden yews at center of fenced garden

golden yews at center of fenced garden
second area of fenced garden.  To the left, Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

second area of fenced garden. To the left, Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana' flower

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’ flower

lower fenced garden with Knock Out roses and view of cottages

lower fenced garden with Knock Out roses and view of cottages

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas and cottages

sweet peas and cottages

figs

figs

Bronze fennel (now officially considered something of a noxious weed)

Bronze fennel (now officially considered something of a noxious weed)

In the foreground, above, Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ and Euphobia characias wulfenii, which bloomed mightily and at length in the early spring.

Salvia patens and Helichrysum 'Limelight' in center of fenced garden

Salvia patens and Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ in center of fenced garden

Salvia africana-lutea in a container

Salvia africana-lutea in a container

The above very cool brown Salvia has leaves that smell, to me, a bit of root beer.  I have brought it through winter in a cold greenhouse before.

In the background above, the fabulously tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ from Dan Hinkley’s Heronswood.

Rose, Coreopsis 'Flower Tower', Melianthus major

Rose, Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’, Melianthus major

I got Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ from Joy Creek Nursery a couple of years ago, and in summer 2012 was able to get more at The Basket Case Greenhouse locally.  It is a fun plant because the usual small yellow coreopsis flowers bloom on a towering stem that can get taller than me.

25 October

flowering currant

flowering currant

From the bench above, looking south, we have this view of the garden:

looking south

looking south

On the very right in the background, above, you can see the tallness of Thalictrum ‘Elin’.

The showy autumn stems of the very tall Thalictrum 'Elin'

The showy autumn stems of the very tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Japanese maple at the A Frame

Japanese maple in the A Frame garden

mophead hydrangeas in the A Frame garden

mophead hydrangeas in the A Frame garden

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October

After caring for the pretty new flower borders all summer long, mainly just fluffing and deadheading, we got back to the project in October and added a new shade area in a nook on the east side of the house.

October 9th

October 9th

October 11th

October 11th

Once again, we dug out the sod because I wanted to plant bulbs in November; the newspaper method would not have allowed that as the paper would not break down in just one month.

another after photo

another after photo

Next to the shrub that was already there, we planted Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’.  it is a great beauty. Got it years ago from Heronswood Nursery for Klipsan Beach Cottage; this one is the offpsring of that one.

the flower of Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

the flower of Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

Now we just need a very special tree for the very back corner. Small, deciduous, choice, preferably at least a bit unusual. Thoughts: Robinia psuedoacacia ‘Frisia’, or a very special Japanese maple to tie in with Tom and Judy Hornbuckle’s beautiful garden across the street to the east; Descaisnea fargessii would be very fun. All probably require a trip off the Peninsula or mail order to acquire.

We used rock next to the house again.

We used rock next to the house again.

11 Oct: now the garden goes all down the east side.

11 Oct: now the garden goes all down the east side.

The whole day of October 11th we had an audience.

one of the three dogs

one of the three dogs

November

On November 28th, we started the next phase of Larry and Robert Garden 2012, and I almost forgot to take a before picture.

almost before

almost before

November 28th, 10:42 AM

November 28th, 10:42 AM

We were knocking ourselves out to do this project fast, because it came in the middle of bulb planting season and we needed to get back to planting thousands of bulbs in assorted gardens.  We probably would not have scheduled it for this time except that we happened to have unexpectedly acquired, from Chester Land at Olde Towne Trading Post, the main ingredient: a garden boat.

November 28th, 4:44 PM

November 28th, 4:44 PM

This was accomplished in heavy rain and a roaring wind sweeping up Pearl Street straight from the port.  The boat, a little fiberglass pram, was so lightweight that I fretted and stressed greatly to make sure it was well secured.  Allan drove rebar through the bottom into the ground to make sure that even an 80 mph gale could not budge it.   I hope it looks like it washed up in a storm.

29 November

29 November

On November 29th, we dug out beds around trees, which should make the trees healthier, and acquired more rocks from Peninsula Landscape Supply to soften the straight line at the west end of  the “beach”,  but darkness fell before we could apply said rocks.

29 November; I am still not satisfied with the shape of the rock beach.

29 November; I am still not satisfied with the shape of the rock beach.

On November 30th, we softened up the squareness of the beach and at last I felt pleased with the results.

30 November

30 November

30 November

30 November

We planted bulbs (deer resistant ones like Narcissi and Alliums) in these new beds and the beds we made earlier this summer.  By now we were hearing word around town that passersby liked the boat in the garden.  The old fisherman who make a daily trek on foot from an RV park at the east end of town to the grocery store at the west end of town were especially appreciative.  One told us how he used to have a garden and now that he lives in a trailer, he deeply misses having ground to putter in.

30 November

30 November

Above, you can see our good friends Tom and Judy’s historic house in the background.

On December 4th, we planted a few plants, at Larry’s request, for winter colour: a heuchera or two, some primrose starts, and a really cool plant with pink berries that I got from Back Alley Gardens, but whose label I lost.

December 4th

December 4th

In the spring, we will move these plants to the new corner garden in semi shade in order to make room for more showy summer annuals in the boat.

On December 19th when I was upstairs in Judy’s guest room admiring her exquisitely detailed miniature Christmas village, I got to see the great view of the Larry and Robert garden from next door.

December 19th

December 19th

The best thing for me is that it is just half a block from home so it is going to be a pleasure to see it every single day.

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