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a three day post so we can get back to garden touring!

Friday, 10 July 2015

We certainly are becoming slackers with having so many fewer jobs.  I’d been waiting all week to plant my ladies in waiting.

These are Allan's ladies in waiting.

These are Allan’s ladies in waiting.

and mine

and mine

and more of mine

and more of mine

Speaking of new plants, check out how tall my Eccremocarpus scaber, birthday present from Garden Tour Nancy via Annie’s Annuals, has gotten.

Eccremocarpus scaber and honeysuckle

Eccremocarpus scaber and honeysuckle

I meant to do the planting in the back garden, but instead picked up a few plants for the front garden and went there instead to the west end which had been full of self seeded poppies.

front garden: room for more

front garden: room for more

and more room

and more room

sweet peas on old crab pot

sweet peas on old crab pot

Planted a eucalyptus as I begin my plan to make the front garden more drought tolerant, more Cistus-y.

Planted a eucalyptus as I begin my plan to make the front garden more drought tolerant.

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Here's the plant Allan one at the Hardy Plant Study Weekend as a door prize.  I stole it from him.

Here’s the plant Allan won at the Hardy Plant Study Weekend as a door prize. I stole it from him.

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Baptisia 'Solar Flame'

Baptisia ‘Solar Flame’

Baptisia 'Solar Flame'

Baptisia ‘Solar Flame’ from Blooming Junction

I then had a visitor who proved to be a big distraction.

a dog of mystery

a dog of mystery

This little guy seemed lost, worried, and had no collar.  He’d wander away and then come back.

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He seemed happy when he was close by me.

My neighbour Paula drove up and he ran after her truck.  She’s quite a dog person, so since he seemed not traffic savvy, she took him with her on an errand to Salt Hotel and then to her local shop (a crafty design shop she is opening downtown; she’s a carpenter and interior designer and refurbisher of cool vintage stuff, and has worked on the Salt Hotel).  I was then able to get back to planting.

(It turned out later that the dog belonged to a neighbour just three doors down.  I’d only met him once, and though I thought he might be hers, I was not sure.  She was grateful to us for rescuing him, and plans to work on reinforcing her fence where the little rascal dug out.)

A really mean acanthus I got from Xera Plants in Portland.

A really mean acanthus I got from Xera Plants in Portland.

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That plant stabbed me so hard when I was carrying my tray of plants out of Xera that I later found a blood blister on my shoulder!  Someone asked me what I should buy such a mean plant.  Because it is cool!

Hydrangea 'Pistachio' on the north wall side of the front garden.

Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’ on the north wall side of the front garden.

Melianthus major 'Purple Haze'

Melianthus major ‘Purple Haze’

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a handsome penstemon

a handsome penstemon (Sour Grapes)

an Agastache from Blooming Junction

an Agastache from Blooming Junction

filling in

filling in

all planted up...even though it does not look full, these plants will touch when they mature.

all planted up…even though it does not look full, these plants will touch when they mature.

Allan hung up our new sign, present from Jo and Bob, on the sunporch.

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Allan did some watering and weeding at the Ilwaco community building garden so missed the whole lost dog adventure; he has taken that community building job on as his full responsibility and gives up part of a day off to maintain it weekly.

watering the ICB garden

watering the ICB garden

Just a few California poppies that I planted came up.

Just a few California poppies that I planted came up.

weeds from the community building (Allan's photo)

weeds from the community building (Allan’s photo)

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Allan took a trip of errands to Astoria, to get the van’s oil changed and shop for groceries.  He began by going to the Saturday market at the port, only to find that because of intense wind, two thirds of the vendors had packed their tents and gone home.  It’s no fun to have your tent and all your goods blow over.

Allan's photo: not much at the market, just a few really tough vendors down at the far end.

Allan’s photo: not much at the market, just a few really tough vendors down at the far end.

In Astoria:  There is no big excitement about crossing the bridge when Allan goes by himself.

Astoria: He bought some spices at The Spice Rack.

Astoria: He bought some spices at The Spice Rack…next door to the above shop.

a nearby planting on his way to sit and wait at the oil change place.

a nearby planting on his way to sit and wait at the oil change place.

Meanwhile, at home, I stayed in working on the Hardy Plant Weekend garden tour entries on this blog, with the excuse of the 20ish mph wind.  A glorious rain fell in the afternoon and I took a walk outside around the house to rejoice in it.

Rain!

Rain!

actual raindrops

actual raindrops

more rain drops

another rain drop

north window view of rain

north window view of rain

view from Allan's room of rain

view from Allan’s room of rain

 checking out the rain barrels

checking out the rain barrels

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rain drop in the water box

rain drop in the water box

We have seven barrels in all.

We have seven barrels in all.

These waterfalls were hugely thrilling to me, as the barrels have been empty.

These waterfalls were hugely thrilling to me, as the barrels have been empty.

a damp front garden

a damp front garden

Rose 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' is done with its blooming for this year.

Rose ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ is done with its blooming for this year.

Imagine wind roaring in the trees.

Imagine wind roaring in the trees.

my garden boat, the 'Ann Lovejoy'

my garden boat, the ‘Ann Lovejoy’

my river of Rozanne (the the boat floated in on?)

my river of Rozanne (the the boat floated in on?)

sanguisorba

sanguisorba

lilies

lilies

When Allan returned, the light rain had already stopped.  He worked on getting the fixed sprinkler for the front garden positioned just right.

sprinkler on a post, idea from Pink Poppy Farm

sprinkler on a post, idea from Pink Poppy Farm

The sprinkler water that hits the gutter runs into this barrel.

The sprinkler water that hits the gutter that runs into this barrel.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

After all that, this is all the rainwater that collected in each barrel.

After all that, this is all the rainwater that collected in each barrel.

Allan’s trip to Cullaby Lake, Oregon

Allan went to the north Oregon coast for a brief adventure.  In his words:

The tide was too low for the local rivers, or the bay, so a lake was in order.  I came across this one that was close that I’d never visited before, it looked wide, and why not? I was sure to tie the boat tightly and redundantly because if anything fell off on the Astoria bridge, it would get a long drag.

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About the length of Loomis Lake, but wider and with a large park, Cullaby Lake is inland about halfway between Warrenton & Gearhart

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Requires a $3 day pass available in the lot.

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Unlike the lakes around Ilwaco, Cullaby has power boats. This particular boat never started up as something was broken or leaking. Sounded more like a leak from what I heard, but even if the drain plug was missing…anyway a bad day for them.

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The little sailboat with the sail rolled up and the rudder flipped up. Wish there was more wind.

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Today three of these little motorcycle boats were buzzing around, sometimes dragging a raft of shrieking revelers. Still, the lake is not overly crowded, just not the quiet sort.

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There is a little plant growth along the sides but overall the lake is very clear and wide.

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A view south from the narrow northern channel. Except for the duck family, a heron and swallows, the wildlife was shy today.

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A family of ducks just about to cross in front of a gardener’s house. I was photographing from far away as I didn’t want to disturb either.

 

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Here is the gardener tending her daisies and over eight equally spaced potted plants.

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More gardening details, a shed that keeps growing.

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A large mowed grass park for fishing and swimming.

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The wind was less than 10 mph but this is a good lake to sail and is quiet enough for a quiet paddle at either end.

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With large mowed lawns, playground equipment, and marked swimming areas this is a versatile park more like the ones I remember around Seattle. A raft of kids is just taking off.

This cabin is also in the park and can be toured most of the day.

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Once the trees were so big it took only five planks to side a house.

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A house at the corner of the Highway 101 entrance sells bouquets.

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A view over the flower seller’s gate that might tempt Skyler for a visit someday to see the rest of this garden.

meanwhile, at home

I got more ladies in waiting planted in the back garden.

poppies and Geranium 'Rozanne'

poppies and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

redrotune

 

a new grass and a new geranium (lower right)

a new grass and a new geranium (lower right)

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agopyron

an Agastache added...

an Agastache added…

flame

 

done

was flummoxed where to put this "wire bush" so it went in the center of a pot.

was flummoxed where to put this corokia so it went in the center of a pot.

corokia

was flummoxed where to out a 6 foot tall Miscanthus (thought it was shorter)

was flummoxed where to out a 6 foot tall Miscanthus (thought it was shorter)

poor thing went back in partial shade (which the tag says is ok)

poor thing went back in partial shade (which the tag says is ok)

So Allan had gotten in a boating trip and useful errands over our three days off, and I had had my perfect weekend: Except for the adventure of the little lost dog, which required me to walk partway down the block, I had not left my property for three whole days.

 

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Saturday, 9 November, 2013

I had set a goal of sorting bulbs from noon till six, then going to a community dinner, then some more sorting.  I even took a photo of the bulb room on my phone in case I had no time to blog other than from the phone app.  And then…  I went outside to take some photos of the garden so I would have an easy little something about which to blog at the end of the day.

Hebe in Allan's garden

Hebe in Allan’s garden

another of Allan's hebes, the one that looks just like a juniper.

another of Allan’s hebes, the one that looks just like a juniper.

side garden fuchsia

side garden fuchsia

another Fuchsia

another Fuchsia

a pretty Lysimachia blooming in a pot....Sorry so uninformative about the names!

a pretty Lysimachia blooming in a pot….Sorry so uninformative about the names!

Just a few tiny flowers still on the Dicentra scandens; most of it has died back.

Just a few tiny flowers still on the Dicentra scandens; most of it has died back.

heathers waiting to be planted

heathers waiting to be planted

Yes, heathers!  I was lured by these at Back Alley Gardens and they are the first heathers I have ever bought for myself.  I like the upright shapes, just cannot figure out where to put them.

Hydrangea 'Pistachio' waiting to planted because I have not found the perfect spot.

Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’ waiting to planted because I have not found the perfect spot.

my topiary bird, a gift from Sarah Sloane

my topiary bird, a gift from Sarah Sloane

The trouble started when I looked in the greenhouse and was reminded of the various plants I recently acquired at Back Alley Gardens and have not yet planted.

greenhouse

plants to winter over, and ones that should get planted

I lost the tag for the one below; it has been blooming blue for several weeks and I have no clue what it is, or how big it gets:

impressive blue thing

impressive blue thing

I continued my tour down the east side of the garden.

Penstemon backed with Euphorbia

Penstemon backed with Euphorbia

some kale I can't seem to get around to harvesting

some kale I can’t seem to get around to harvesting

Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'

Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’

a color echo with Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

a color echo with Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’ (yes, Fire instead of Joy)

cotoneaster berries and rose hips

cotoneaster berries and rose hips

a Euphorbia in waiting to put on a late winter flower show

a Euphorbia in waiting to put on a late winter flower show

There is work going on next door on the crab pots and some have emerged all bright and ready from under the silver tarp.

with old debris pile in foreground

with old debris pile in foreground

Almost to the bogsy woods, I was reminded why I don’t go back there on windy days.

two of several branches down from last Saturday's windstorm...not even from the Danger Tree

two of several branches down from last Saturday’s windstorm…not even from the Danger Tree

Across the south end of the mixed beds:

a few Nicotiana langsdorfii flowers

a few Nicotiana langsdorfii flowers

"black" scabiosa

“black” scabiosa

tall and dramatic Eupatorium heads (Joe Pye Weed)

tall and dramatic Eupatorium heads (Joe Pye Weed)

a golden hydrangea reminds me I should (but did not) put out some Sluggo.

a golden hydrangea reminds me I should (but did not) put out some Sluggo.

Turning to walk up the west side path…

Schizostylis and Hebe

Schizostylis and Hebe

Escallonia 'Pink Princess' blooming ridiculously late

Escallonia ‘Pink Princess’ blooming ridiculously late

more hardy fuchsias

more hardy fuchsias

We just last night watched a Ciscoe Morris show in which he said Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’ gets 14 feet tall.  I must have it!

Physocarpus leaves backed with Leycesteria 'Jealousy'

Physocarpus leaves backed with Leycesteria ‘Jealousy’

Almost at the north end of the west path, major procrastination slammed headlong into my bulb sorting plans.  I took a photo of another hardy Fuchsia and pondered how there is nothing to stop the eye from seeing the white white white garage next door.

view through to garage

view through to garage

When Nora was alive, I liked to leave the views open for her to see the garden.  Now I realized this would be an excellent spot for three of the evergreens I got from Back Alley…the ones languishing in the greenhouse.

I tried to ignore the project, taking another photo.

golden pineapple sage and dahlia

golden pineapple sage and dahlia

One look  back did me in.  I could move the blueberry to the cleared area of the debris pile and oh, I should do it now on this mild, pleasant day, much too nice a day to be sorting bulbs in the garage.

I could just move that blueberry....

I could just move that blueberry….

An hour later, three new plants were in and the blueberry and a Kerria japonica variegata had been moved to the debris pile and the bogsy wood.  I madly pulled potatoes out of hole in the debris pile that the blueberry went into.

after....I just walked away from the mess when done planting.

after….I just walked away from the mess when done planting.

I planted a Eucryphia ‘Nymansay’ and a Olearia traversii…and a third little tree whose tag I HAD but I fear it may have gotten buried and I now have no clue what it is.  Maybe Pam Fleming of Back Alley Gardens will know:

It is silver and lovely

It is silver and lovely

with delicate brown stems and tiny leaves.

with delicate brown stems and tiny leaves.

[Next day: I found the tag: Leptospermum lanigerum ‘Silver Form’]

Oh, by the way, Stephen and John of the wonderful bayside garden that I visited with Nancy not long ago have now discovered Back Alley as well and bought some very cool plants there to enhance their garden….including a Mahonia ‘Dan Hinkley’ that escaped me!  Good find!

I had already changed my socks twice and shoes once.  Twice because I put feet in nice dry socks back into the first pair of wet shoes.  In watering the new plants in I managed to pour water into my shoe.

dagnab it

dagnab it

At 1:45 I finally entered bulb land, wet shoe and all, and buckled down to work, fueled by two of Allan’s brownies.

bulb central

bulb central

I applied myself pretty well except for a couple of walks down to Judy’s house (four doors down) to share some potatoes and the one rather small acorn squash.  She had had plants to dig up two old mugo pines and replace them with fresh dwarf ones, but football had intervened.

It is not as easy as it used to be to stand and sort for many hours, so I truly did need a couple of little walks.

Meanwhile, I thought Allan had been out goofing off or perhaps collecting the pile of bamboo left at the Depot Restaurant after yesterday’s job.  Instead he had been doing a hard slog at Ann’s garden clearing a rough area along the east side of the back yard.

Allan's before...

Allan’s before…

and after.

and after.

before

before

and an impressive after

and an impressive after

The next interference to my bulb sorting focus came at 5:45 when we went three blocks down Lake Street to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum for the annual Chinook Indian Nation fundraiser and dinner.  This local tribe continues to struggle for federal recognition and their cause is one we believe in supporting.

Chinook Indian Nation dinner

Chinook Indian Nation dinner

dinner

salmon, oysters, coleslaw, fry bread...

salmon, oysters, coleslaw, fry bread…

and desserts

and desserts

I don’t like oysters, and a man at our table had gotten to the dinner just after they had run out, so I was able to give him my three oysters.  In exchange, I was offered  extra fry bread so it worked out well.

t shirts for sale

t shirts for sale

silent auction

silent auction

After dinner a group entertained us with drumming and a chant.

chant

I got choked up because it was so beautiful, especially when I looked around the room and saw audience members joining in.

joining in

joining in with hand gestures

Then…home to bulb land.  I lasted one more hour before my back hurt so much I had to give it up for the night.

bulbs

bulb central

bulb central

Unfortunately, the weather is supposed to be beautiful for two days, meaning we will have to plant bulbs during the day.  How much I would rather have three rainy days to get them all sorted at once.  That never seems to happen!

On the other hand, it may be a boon to break up the sorting with some planting because the sorting does make my back freeze up something fierce.  I have utmost respect for anyone who sorts bulbs in the bulb warehouse for eight hours a day.

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We left home late because of an unexpected visitor: a gentleman from North Carolina who was friends with Jeff and Mary (two doors down) and was here to go fishing with Jeff.  He had heard from Mary about our garden (and from her back porch, there is a view down Nora’s back garden showing an enticing glimpse of ours).  I walked through with him as he took lots of photos to show his wife.  She is, he told me, a painter who likes to paint gardens, and he told me her name so I could Google her website later on.

I was impressed with how well he saw the garden and what he chose to photograph; he noticed the tunnel cut through the salmonberry with a painted door at the end.  Not everyone notices that.

It took me two weeks to get around to looking up her page, Connie Winters Art.  I strongly encourage you to peruse it; she is a wonderful artist!

We began the work day with a quick fix: taking some buckets of water from home to the two most westerly planters on the Bolstadt beach approach in Long Beach.  There had been a misunderstanding:  Allan thought I meant to have him skip watering them because we are so bored with the planting of plain old vinca out there (done by someone else ages ago).  I had noticed them wilting the day before and wanted them refreshed before kite festival.  Had we known what the day’s weather would bring, we wouldn’t have bothered.

On the way we saw these folks photographing their vintage autos by the iconic arch.

the Bolstadt arch

the Bolstadt arch

Next, I had a small mission.  Teresa of The Planter Box had messaged me the day before asking if I wanted a “Pistachio”.  Before she even finished, I asked “Pistachio Hydrangea??!”  Yes!  It had been on my list of plants to acquire for ages, so I got two, one fore me and one for another garden….probably Larry And Robert’s where we can keep a good eye on it, although it would also look good against the greeny colour of the Wiegardt Gallery.

Hydrangea 'Pistachio' from The Planter Box.

Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’ from The Planter Box.

I admired a beautiful Clematis for sale.

I admired a beautiful Clematis for sale.

And then, way up north to Marilyn’s garden….

begonias on front porch at Marilyn's

begonias on front porch at Marilyn’s

Phygelius

Phygelius

I think this is some kind of phlox, but I wish I knew for sure.  It spreads, but not aggressively (so far) and the deer do not eat it:

phlox? wish photo had turned out better

phlox? wish photo had turned out better

?

?

I have inquired on the Plants to Identify Facebook group, as I should do more often.

Helianthis ‘Lemon Queen’ is starting to bloom and will put on a good tall show for a few weeks.

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', a favourite perennial

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, a favourite perennial

I am amazed the deer are not eating Marilyn’s lilies.  Do I dare plant more throughout the garden?  I might try!

oriental lilies

oriental lilies

looking northish from the back steps

looking northish from the back steps

bronze fennel, lovely and thuggish

bronze fennel, lovely and thuggish (too many tiny seedlings)

Next, the usual routine:  Back down to Wiegardt Gallery on the cusp of Ocean Park and Nahcotta.

The bed on the west side of the building is so unsatisfactory to me.  It does not get enough water (not for lack of trying, but soaker hoses just do not work well) and just looks scraggly.  But I have a solution!   Pam Fleming of Back Alley Gardens will be pleased to hear that I want to plant evergreens here.  Because of rampant deer and because Eric did not like it when I used to have two escallonias (too big!) , I am thinking three groups of Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’.  That may be trite, but I know they will work.  And surprisingly few people on the Peninsula use them.  (So they are not trite here…yet.)

terrible, terrible, terrible

terrible, terrible, terrible

If it got more water, the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ would be beautifully tall.  I must get rid of the horrible Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’…have tried…it is a curse.  The nice pine scented Geranium macrorrhizum can stay.  If it were my garden, I would plant some lemony small very columnar gold conifers….

The north bed looks better with three variegated Miscanthus:

grasses

height and repetition

I still love the view to the street (Bay Avenue);

lots of grasses with cotoneasters and a few rhodos

lots of grasses with cotoneasters and a few rhodos

Some drizzling began while we were weeding at Wiegardt’s.  By the time we got to Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park store, we had a serious situation.

rain and lots of it

rain and lots of it

So we went to the Full Circle Café…

driftwood fence, Full Circle on Bay Avenue

driftwood fence, Full Circle on Bay Avenue

drift

inside...nice and dry...

inside…nice and dry…

with pie

with pie

The sad thing is we had just eaten our lunchbox sandwiches or we could have had one of their tasty lunches.

We waited for awhile and saw the sky looking brighter to the southwest…so set off again optimistically.

The café is almost this close to the ocean.

The café is almost this close to the ocean.

The Klipsan Beach Cottages garden awaited us.  Even the birds looked rather hunched and miserable, as we had called the weather wrong and the rain soon returned.

hunkered down

hunkered down

After awhile, I took shelter from the torrent in the garage.  Allan was off working under some trees.  Neither of us were prepared with proper coats for this weather.

unfinished job

unfinished job

Mary, garden owner, had come out to chat and commiserate.  At first I told her we would bail out for the day and come back.  Then I realized that the weather already had us running behind and it is a long drive back to KBC, so we perservered and worked through the weather.

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

sweet peas

sweet peas

Veronicastrum virginicum

Veronicastrum virginicum…

with lilies

with lilies

After getting thoroughly soaked, we bailed on the rest of the day and went home.  I managed two photos on the way to check the greenhouse tomatoes:

Sarah Sloane's bird

Sarah Sloane’s bird

And a quotation; a reader has asked me for more photos of quotations in the garden.  Eventually, I hope to do a post with all of them together.

This seems to be a favourite!

from “The Pleasures of Merely Circulating”

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