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Saturday, 3 November 2018

at home

I did not in the least intend to garden today.  With Allan at a holiday bazaar peddling his book, I was planning on a quiet day to blog about Halloween.  But from my desk window, I could see an area of the garden where the BadAster lurks.  I simply had to go dig and pull it.

alluring view

before

after

Aster roots are pinkish and easy to differentiate from others.

I managed to plant one lady in waiting…

Skooter helped.

This is not comfortable because of claws.

Banished from helping:

Around the garden:

planted this a few weeks ago

in the lawn

looking north

very young Acer griseum (paperbark maple)

lots of assorted fuchsias still blooming

This volunteer willow is crunching the fence. (But I love its privacy factor.)

Eupatorium ‘Elegant Feather’

at last, beautyberry success

west bed

Hyemenocallis; I love its angular form and white-grey berries.

Rain saved me from gardening and gave me three hours to blog before our evening event.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum 6×6 Art Auction

 

The theme this year for the annual fundraiser was the Wild North West.  The art pieces are almost all just 6×6 inches in size.

One of four silent auction tables

one of two cases of the live auction art

Before the auction, we feasted.

sausage made of…bear

I learned that evening that a black bear had killed two beloved pet goats in the outskirts of Ilwaco, breaking through a plywood-boarded barn door to get the second one.  I still did not eat bear sausage.

loved the woodsy decor

a sell out crowd; most tickets were sold before the doors opened.

We got a good table up front, reserved for Discover Ilwaco, and shared it with Our Kathleen and with Steve and John of the Bayside Garden.

Karla of Time Enough Books ready to take call in bids, by telegraph or telephone.

Security by Richard Schroeder

Bruce Peterson, auctioneer, with assistant Betsy Millard, museum director

the excitement mounts

a call in bid

On the screen is one of the extra offerings, a dinner for 6 prepared in your home by private chef Maddy Moore (of Pink Poppy Bakery).  This special occasion went for $750.00

a telegram bid

and telephone

Then came the pièce de résistance, the annual sock monkey art by Leslie Hall.

The pony express monkey had to be steadied by Betsy because of all the excitement.

This year’s sock monkey art, a photo bomb called Wild Outdoor Monkey:

In the usual bidding war between Karla and her sister, the monkey raised (as I recall) $800 for the museum.

monkey business

Karla hiding in the back to spring the winning bid (Allan’s photo)

Some pieces we especially liked:

I did love these crows, titled “HOA Committee” (homeowner’s association, a neighborhood body full of strict rules)

Oysterville Regatta by Tucker Wachsmuth

a lovely painting of my garden nemesis, salal

I was way outbid on this pretty little thing.  Running Wild in the Hood by Shelley Curtis Weaver (that would be Oregon’s Mount Hood)

But I did get this one, Washed Ashore by Wally Cox!

A few more favourites, photos provided by the museum:

6×6 is one of my favourite Ilwaco events of the year.  It is always in early November; come join the fun next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 6 July 2018

Ilwaco

We started by weeding and watering our little volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Fire Department.

finally filling in

An acquaintance was gardening across the street and came over to say, “Can I steal some poppies from this garden?”  I said “No.”  “From your garden then?”  I said “No.”  I thought she was serious but she was joking.  Sometimes I cannot tell.  The old man she was working for really wants some red poppies, but I can’t dig up full size ones for him.  I suggested she try the local nurseries as I know that both The Basket Case and The Planter Box have been selling poppies they have grown from seed.

My silly little variegated-leaf corn, of which two seeds germinated, is about as high as my shoe by a bit after the Fourth of July.  I did not expect corn but was hoping for more leaves.

Last night, I had picked a bouquet for Don Nisbett’s Gallery for art walk, and we delivered it next.

Don and the flowers

We spent an hour and a quarter weeding the boatyard garden (because of art walk; the route goes by there although I bet most people will drive rather than walk).

There have been some complaints about this field not being mowed.  I love it this way:

The boatyard garden:

Despite the sign, two flowers are picked, one broken off and one clipped:

Amy and April of the Port Office came by on their lunchtime walk and sympathized.

They also sympathized about us working in the horrible wind.  They thought it was probably gusting at 40 mph; it was about 35 for sure.  Miserable to work in.

O how lovely that someone had bagged their dog’s poop and left the bag tucked in the garden.

A group walked by and I heard a man say to the others, “These are just mostly just wildflowers you know.”  Oh, my head exploding quietly.

The Marine Travel Lift brings in a boat with a nice name.

We checked the east end Howerton Avenue curbside garden.  It is holding up pretty well without water.

The Ilwaco missile defense system (said Allan)

Red Barn Arena

We were so glad to get out of the portside wind while checking on the barn’s garden.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s Garden

I added two penstemons and fertilized the planters while Allan tied up sweet peas along the fence.

back yard planters

Hymenocallis festalis, Peruvian daffodil

septic box garden

Allan’s photo

Shelburne Hotel

Weeding and watering…

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

The painted sage (bottom) is colouring up better here than in Long Beach.

lots of garden admirers (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

I am still not happy about the foliage on the couple of agastaches that may be part of the agastache catastrophe.  Cannot bear to pull them while in full bloom but once the blooms peter out, they are gone.  Paul Bonine did not like the look of them either.

still disgusted did not get a refund on these suspect plants

In the dining room, the staff were getting ready for the soft opening of a Friday and Saturday dinner service. Grand opening will be on July 13th.  

We were assured the pub would not be too busy, so we decided to end our week with a good meal there.

delicious garden sandwich

and a burger for Allan

Before dinner, while having our drinks, we had a pleasant chat with some of the garden admirers, including a woman from Texas whose friends want her to move here.  When they left, they insisted on applying $10 to our dinner.  We hope our peninsula information was worthwhile and that she does move here.  They went off to enjoy the art walk in Ilwaco; I suggested they be sure to tell Jenna that one of them is a Texan, because she is from Texas, also.

Meanwhile, at art walk:

.Jenna and Don at the art walk

and an art walk visit from the new commander of the Cape Disappointment Coast Guard Station. She’s the one on the left.

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Friday, 12 June 2015

at home

right next to my new table

right next to my new table

my new breakfasting view, to the north

my new breakfasting view, to the north

and east; breakfast is much more scenic now.

and east; breakfast is much more scenic now.

and then…off to work.

The Depot Restaurant

While weeding and watering, I contemplated that not much of anything exciting is going on yet in the Depot garden.

The cosmos took a battering from the wind.

The cosmos took a battering from the wind.

The new Sanguisorba 'Dali Marble' was distressingly thirsty. (We have to hose water this new area.)

The new Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ was distressingly thirsty. (We have to hose water this new area.)

At least the Basket Case Greenhouse annuals are exciting.

At least the Basket Case Greenhouse annuals are exciting.

Nancy Aust does these plantings.

Nancy Aust does these plantings.

planted by Basket Case Nancy

planted by Basket Case Nancy

Long Beach

In Long Beach, we skipped the welcome sign because we did not have time for it today, and went straight to Fish Alley to re-do the four whiskey barrels.  I headed over to Veterans Field to check on the gardens before the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market opening day and then rejoined Allan in the Fish Alley.

The market was setting up.

The market vendors setting up.

Allan took a series of photos of the Fish Alley project:

before

before, the kicked-apart old wooden barrel

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plants in new (smaller) barrel

plants in new (smaller) barrel

I am not sure if all the plants are going to thrive on this transplant.  Those that look peaky by next week will be replaced.

before

before

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The Gaura 'So White' did not look happy to be moved.

After: The Gaura ‘So White’ did not look happy to be moved.

When all that remained was clean up, I left to start watering the planters.  The clean up was not easy as each old whiskey barrel was one third full of river rock (a surprise to both me and Allan) that had to be shifted into buckets.  Allan watered the street tree pocket gardens when he had Fish Alley all tidy again.

Cerinthe major purpurascens in planter by Gazebo Park

Cerinthe major purpurascens in planter by Gazebo Park

city crew repainting the seahorse

city crew member repainting the seahorse

I love to see tourists posing in the Long Beach frying pan (my photos taken from across the street while watering).

pan

"Go like this!"

“Go like this!”

pink Oenothera and California poppies, a complementary combo

pink Oenothera and California poppies, a complementary combo

close up

close up, Oenother and poppies

When I attended a life-changing lecture by Ann Lovejoy in 1998, she used the botanical name Oenothera, but then said “just ask for an evening primrose, the pink one!”.  When I heard Ee-nothera, I never would have guessed it started with an 0.

in the same planter

in the same planter

Fifth Street Park got a quick checkup.

Fifth Street Park got a quick checkup.

Due some misunderstanding about who was watering what, I got done with the planters and there were still eight trees to water.  I tried, and did manage to successfully water two out of the four I attempted.  I am simply terrible at hooking the hose up to the tree connections.  If not for Allan, those pocket gardens would simply dry up.  Despite delays, I was thrilled that we got done in time to do our weekly session at…

The Anchorage Cottages

north wall shade bed at the Anchorage

north wall shade bed at the Anchorage

Center courtyard

Center courtyard

nd

New Dawn rose

New Dawn rose

Good from every angle right now.

Good from every angle right now.

Ilwaco

Allan left me at the boatyard to weed and water and took off to get the water trailer and make the rounds of the street trees and planters.

One of the planters had a…present?? for us.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

new paint jov (white trim instead of blue and purple) on the Portside Café

new paint jov (white trim instead of blue and purple) on the Portside Café

The owners of the Portside told us this morning (at the post office) that the planter outside has been messed with lately, by a human or perhaps by a stray cat.  They take extra good care, watering and fertilizing and weeding this planter so it is one of the happiest.

It looks a bit disheveled.

It looks a bit disheveled. I see Allan’s shadow.

I'm glad the café is still yellow, as I chose plants to match.

I’m glad the café is still yellow, as I chose plants to match.

I got four buckets of horse tail and dandelions and so on out of the Ilwaco boatyard and could have gotten much much more had I more time.

Was this a theft attempt or did the north wind knock this fennel over?

Was this a theft attempt or did the north wind knock this fennel over?  Looks like someone tried to dig it out.

evening shadows

evening shadows

ceanothus and California poppies

ceanothus and California poppies

shows about one fourth of the garden

shows about one fourth of the garden

blue globe thistle

blue globe thistle

When time came to water, a struggle ensued as the faucets to the north side of the gate had either hoses running up into boats…

I can't get at that hose!

I can’t get at that hose!

Or no hoses at all…

Usually there are more old hoses kicking around.

Usually there are more old hoses kicking around.

I watered the south stretch with the big hose that is always there for washing boats, and looked in despair at having to drag it to the north end.  I thought about The Deadliest Catch and what the Bering Sea crab fishermen would think about my whinging to myself, “I have to drag this hose a whole block, and my thumb is cold from making the water spray, WAHHH!”  Call the WAHmbulance.

Allan returned, helped me drag the hoses, and left again to water the Time Enough Books garden.  He rejoined me at the boatyard as I was finishing up the watering.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: We water from the inside of the fence.

It was 8 PM.

It was 8 PM.

Miss Claudia, a big metal boat

Miss Claudia, a big metal boat

Miss Claudia from the side

Miss Claudia from the side

He dropped me off at home and went to water one more place: the Ilwaco post office:

Ilwaco post office at dusk.

Ilwaco post office at dusk.

At home, the Hymenocallus (Peruvian daffodil) looked so good with even more flowers open that I must share:

from the back

from the back

Peruvian daffodil

Peruvian daffodil

close

closer

looking down...I was too tired to move the hose.

looking down…I was too tired to move the hose.

front porch basket with Callie 'Lemon Slice', being clambered on by Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine)

front porch basket with Callie ‘Lemon Slice’, being clambered on by Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine, left, now called Lamprocapnos, I am sorry to say)

Now: two days off!  I MUST get most if not all of my ladies in waiting into the ground.

Bonus book report:

read it, loved it

read it, loved it

my favourite passage

my favourite passage

 

 

 

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