Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Ilwaco boatyard garden’

Thursday, 6 July 2017

It was just an ordinary watering day.

On the way out of town, I saw something that displeased me.

DSC05134.jpg

bike parked in a tree garden (Allan’s photo)

No one in the adjacent business knew whose bike it was. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†It’s a garden, not a bike rack.

Long Beach

DSC01109.JPG

Long Beach welcome sign

DSC01108.JPG

We gave the welcome sign some fertilizer. ¬†It is heavy on blue with Geraniums ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Orion’.

DSC01110.JPG

Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ does not provide the big show that we used to get from Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’. ¬†I have regrets.

We saw our friend Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) and crew working on the garden at Subway and stopped for a chat and a pet for Jackson.

DSC05137.jpg

DSC01111.JPG

My good friend Jackson and me

Allan and I watered the 37 downtown planters; he walked south and I walked north.

DSC01112.JPG

This Geranium ‘Rozanne’ looked wilted. ¬†Had I forgotten to water it last time?

DSC01114.JPG

Nope…someone had pulled out a bunch of stems and just left them in the plant (twice this many once I was done teasing all the broken ones out).

DSC01113.JPG

Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

DSC01115.JPG

Queen Fabiola and Rozanne

DSC01116.JPG

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ finally blooming. ¬†It was WINDY.

DSC01117.JPG

delicately delicious white alpine strawberries in a planter…the shopkeeper gets to snack on them because people don’t think they are ripe yet.

Allan’s Long Beach watering photos:

DSC05139.jpg

Rozanne, cosmos, California poppies

DSC05141.jpg

DSC05143.jpg

Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’, and the not showy enough painted sage with just a tuft of pink bracts at the top.

DSC05146.jpg

Why is the painted sage not coloring as much along the stem this year? (or last year)

DSC05150.jpg

white painted sage, also not showy…

painted sage

compare to these from pre-2016 with more colour from bracts

DSC05151

elephant garlic losing its little hat

DSC05154.jpg

lots of people by Hungry Harbor and Sweet Phee’s

We got done with our watering in time for the luxury of a sit down break at Abbracci Coffee Bar.

DSC05155

leaving our weeding buckets and hoses outside

DSC01118

Pink Poppy Bakery’s “Dad Tested Chocolate Chip Cookies”

DSC05156.jpg

my favourite of the new paintings by Brad Carlson

Revived, we weeded Veterans Field and Fifth Street Park.

DSC05158.jpg

Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

DSC05159.jpg

I clipped back this big Miscanthus to show off lilies that are planted too close and must be moved this fall.

DSC05160.jpg

Allan’s photo

We watered the seven Sid Snyder beach approach planters.

DSC01120.JPG

I should bring two Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to replace the plants that got stolen from either side of the lamp post, and plant them with plaintive “I want to live here!” tags. ¬†It’s been so long I can’t remember what was stolen. ¬†Eryngiums, I think.

We met this little rescue dog named Molly.  Her person told us that Molly had been thrown out of a car in a bag.  Thank goodness she was rescued and now has a great life.

DSC05162.jpg

Molly (Allan’s photos)

DSC05163.jpg

DSC05169.jpg

Echinops (blue globe thistle) in the planter by Worldmark resort. (Allan’s photo)

Allan carried big jugs of water to the westernmost planter, whose water does not work and whose new plants are still there.

DSC05164.jpg

DSC05165.jpg

New gazanias are a bit distressed, must remember to water this planter twice next week.

DSC05167.jpg

I would have trimmed off the wilted foliage. Maybe Allan did after taking this photo.

On the way to Ilwaco, we went around the block for a closer look at the planted boxes in front of Artistic Bouquets.  They were planted up by John, an apprentice of Mark whose garden we toured yesterday.

DSC01122.JPG

Artistic Bouquets planter…I got Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ envy.

Ilwaco

Allan dropped me off at the boatyard to weed and water, while he got the water trailer and watered the Ilwaco street trees and planters.

DSC05173.jpg

weeding the back edge while watering from behind the fence

All had to look good because Friday night would be an art walk with people walking from downtown businesses to the port. ¬†We would not be going because for the past three years, I find art walks to be too peopley for my social comfort zone. ¬†Today marks the three year anniversary of a shunning situation that represented the worst side of small town living. ¬†However, the resulting increased desire for reclusiveness has gifted me with much higher productivity and less aimless “hanging out”. ¬†I think it is a good thing, and also quite possibly a bad thing, or, as Monk would say, a blessing and a curse.

DSC01124

south one third of the boatyard garden

The weeding went pretty easily, and I had long enough hoses to do over half of the watering from the front side, which enabled multi-tasking.

DSC05174.jpg

Allan’s photo, looking south

DSC05175.jpg

DSC05176.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC05178.jpg

Allan’s photo: reseeded poppies by the sidewalk

DSC01127.JPG

DSC05183.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC01128.JPG

a flying bird!

Our reward for a long work day will be three days off.

Read Full Post »

Friday, 30 June 2017

We had today to get the boatyard garden weeded for tomorrow’s Port of Ilwaco fireworks display crowd….and the beach approach, for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. ¬†I did want very much want Saturday and Sunday off.

I began in my own garden by picking a bouquet for Salt Hotel’s holiday weekend.

DSC00548.JPG

DSC00538.JPG

DSC00539.JPG

Astilbes are good in bouquets…

DSC00541.JPG

DSC00542.JPG

…and I have lots of astilbes right now.

DSC00543.JPG

DSC00544.JPG

‘Sugar Shack’ continues to come back after being given up for dead!

DSC00545.jpg

Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ lives up to its name.

I am going to plant MORE Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ next year, and I would very much like to find Nicotiana sylvestris ‘Only the Lonely’, as well.¬†(I’d rather be able to buy a flat of it than buy just one on mail order.) ¬†Annie’s Annuals says this one self sows!

DSC00546.JPG

yellow hearts of Lamprocapnos scandens

DSC00547.jpg

Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’

DSC00551.JPG

post office garden

DSC00552.JPG

delivering bouquet to Salt (mostly astilbes and sanguisorba)

Ilwaco Boatyard garden

Our first project was to finish weeding the boatyard garden…not to absolute perfection, but as close to it as we could get.

DSC00554.JPG

In three hours, we finished it!

DSC04942.jpg

a boat on the move (Allan’s photos)

DSC04943.jpg

DSC04944.jpg

Before moving on ourselves, I decided to walk the length of the garden, south to north, for a photographic record.

DSC00555.JPG

DSC00556.JPG

Halmiocistus wintonensis

DSC00557.JPG

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

DSC00558.JPG

DSC00559.JPG

DSC00560.JPG

an unfortunately unclipped santolina (which is why we clip them)

DSC00561.JPG

DSC00562.JPG

Catananche (Cupid’s Dart)

DSC00563.JPG

DSC00564.JPG

mysteriously empty area (plant jacking?)

DSC00565.JPG

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

DSC00568.JPG

finger blight

DSC04937.jpg

Allan noticed it, too.

DSC04939

sweet pea (Allan’s photo)

DSC00569.JPG

clipped santolina

DSC00570.JPG

past the gate

DSC00572.JPG

DSC00574.JPG

DSC00575.JPG

Cistus (the one remaining of several)

 

DSC00576.JPG

I love the way fallen ceanothus flowers look like a crushed glass mulch.

DSC00577.JPG

Deer are not eating the lilies so will plant more.

DSC00578.JPG

Echinops (blue globe thistle)

DSC00579.JPG

DSC00581.JPG

A lot of the pink sidalcia clump had been broken or picked.

DSC00582.JPG

Persicaria ‘Firetail’

DSC00583.JPG

DSC00584.JPG

DSC00586.JPG

This spot was also mysteriously empty…filled in now with some cosmos and (disappointing) painted sage

DSC00587

a daisy from a start from Jo’s garden

DSC00588.JPG

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’

DSC00589.JPG

DSC00592.JPG

a running perennial sunflower from a start from Andersen’s RV Park

DSC00593.JPG

calendula

DSC00596.JPG

looking south from the north end

We took a short break at home…

DSC04946.jpg

Skooter in the garden (Allan’s photo)

before heading to…

Long Beach

We had about five sections left to weed on the Bolstad beach approach.

DSC00599.JPG

DSC00600.JPG

Allan manually jug watering one planter (the only way to water out here)

All but 6 of the remaining photos today are Allan’s.

DSC04948.jpg

birds foot trefoil and vetch swamping the roses

DSC04950.jpg

before

DSC04951.jpg

before

DSC04955.jpg

during

DSC04956.jpg

after

DSC04957.jpg

before (well, during)

DSC04962.jpg

Rugosa rose and Sweet William

DSC04963.jpg

filmy white vetch, not even pretty like the purple one

DSC04965.jpg

happy tourists (telephoto) taking the obligatory arch photo

DSC04969.jpg

coreopsis

DSC04972.jpg

DSC04971.jpg

We got through all the remaining sections of the approach garden.

DSC00602.JPG

rolling out the debris at city works

We just got done in time to have the weekend off and to meet Dave and Melissa and Todd for Friday night dinner at

The Cove Restaurant

DSC01914.jpg

Sondra’s cat by the parking lot

DSC01917.jpg

North Beach Garden Gang arrives

DSC00605.jpg

in the foyer

DSC01921.jpg

perusing the tempting menu

DSC01922.jpg

Sondra’s dog Lacey out on the golf course

DSC00606.JPG

clams for Melissa

DSC00607.JPG

lemon caper pasta for me

DSC01927.jpg

noodle bowl and harvest salad

DSC00609.JPG

Todd and Dave tuck in

DSC00611.JPG

a dessert shared by all

We stayed till we were by far the last table and the vacuum cleaner was about to come out, the hint that it is time for us to go home.

Read Full Post »

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Our plan to finish the port on Friday suddenly got changed when I saw an ad in the paper last night that Ilwaco Freedom Market was holding a BBQ in their parking lot on Friday. ¬†Their strip of bark/would-be garden would have to be done Thursday, along with the curbside garden in front of their store. ¬†I wondered if this would change up our schedule so much that we’d have to work on Saturday…

Port of Ilwaco

In this infrequently watered garden, the recent hot day and the wind had crisped up some of the dog daisies.

DSC00467.JPG

before

DSC00468.JPG

after

DSC00469.JPG

DSC00470.JPG

Some daisies were good enough to stay through the holiday weekend.

The curbside garden got a good watering, as did the garden next door at Salt.

DSC00475.jpg

DSC00471.JPG

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Allan had the terribly boring part of the job (his photos follow): Running the string trimmer along the sidewalk to the marina:

DSC04854.jpg

and the tedium of weeds in a barkscape with tatty landscape fabric (which we are slowly removing; obviously it does not prevent weeds).

DSC04857.jpg

DSC04861.jpg

I hope that we can create more joy in this bed by next year.

On the way out of town, even though we were feeling time pressure, we circled round the block to deal with this in a tree garden (Allan’s photos):

DSC04863.jpg

DSC04864.jpg

Fortunately, the sign-putter did not get mad about being told it just could not be in the tree bed, no matter how gently placed.

DSC04866.jpg

It’s not even a great patch of garden….However, the sign sets a bad precedent for future damage.

Long Beach

We checked on and did not feel the need for any work at the welcome sign.

DSC00478.JPG

DSC00477.JPG

The Fun Rides have now moved into a parking lot area near the center parking lot berm.  We felt the need to at least string trim said berm.  Allan dropped me off at Veterans Field to weed and took time for a bit of strimming there.

Before: a rough edge had been left.

after

meadowy look around the anchor

flag pavilion garden: am thrilled Salvia patens came back

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and Salvia patens

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

I think Sapphire Blue reseeded itself into plain old eryngium, left  ??maybe

Meanwhile, Allan faced the tedium of the boring and never watered center berm:

a string trimmer job, with some dandelion pulling

He found a dirty diaper as well as weeds. Unfortunately, used diapers are not an unusual find in the parking lot area.

I started the watering round earlier than Allan did so was able to do four blocks of planters to his two.  My walkaround:

I realized that the theme of most of my planters IS the meadow look.

cosmos and California poppies

Today, I had the hard task of carrying bucket water to the four Fish Alley planters…a long walk to the back end. I sometimes think this is the hill I will die on.

It was windy…again.

Basket Case basket

I am very disappointed in the Salvia viridis, painted sage, this year.  They are supposed to look like this:

pink dahlia, pink painted sage

But this year and last year they have been disappointing. ¬†Everywhere I’ve planted them this year, they are just putting out one small disappointing bract on the top:

The bract (colored leaf) is the showy part and should be all down the stem! Why is this happening?

 

If these plants don’t shape up, I am going to go off them and not use them next year. ¬†For so many years they have been the most asked about plant (many times per each summer watering session) in the planters. ¬†Last year, when they were also dull, no one asked about them at all.

Allan’s watering walk around:

????? What have we here?

nice round lavender

a crab shell deposited in a planter

Cosmos and California poppies

So he saw this woman with a hat clearly decorated with planter flowers (Cosmos and Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and California poppy). ¬†She told him her two year old had picked them, and she was perfectly happy to have her photo taken.

In other unrelated news, a local realtor told Allan that she had seen a woman picking a bouquet from under the trees. ¬†When the realtor suggested the woman not do that, the woman (not the woman in the hat) kept picking, saying she “had permission”, which the realtor doubted. ¬†Allan assured her that permission had not been given by us.

In better news, he saw someone taking photos of the flowers, as it should be.

We finished Long Beach by weeding in Fifth Street Park.  It is taking a long time to get interesting.

slow to be colorful; we are not allowed to let much of the garden be taller than the fence.

I cut off the spent stalks of Camassias.

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ and cerinthe (Allan’s photo)

Port of Ilwaco again

More watering of the Howerton curbside gardens was essential. ¬†Allan started east of the Pavilion while I watered and weeded by the Nisbett Gallery, port office, Time Enough Books…

Coast Guard helicopter overhead (Allan’s photo)

Someone had braided a grass by Loading Dock Village. Allan thought a clever student from the driving school did it while waiting. ¬†(Allan’s photo)

Eryngium and santolina (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium and yarrow (Allan’s photo)

Port office south side…which the office staff waters.

the marina

In the curbside gardens, I have found eremerus (foxtail lily) to be a big disappointment.  They just mostly dry up like this one:

in the center, all dried up and no flower

And only one looks like it should, so I may have to give up on planting them:

beautiful tall spikes of the one happy Eremurus

port office curbside

Artist Don Nisbett told me he’d given this little bed 11 gallons of water on the recent 90 degree day. ¬†Thank you, friend!

I spent a lot of time grooming the dead flowers off of the sea thrift.

example: before

after

Allan caught up to me and dropped off the trailer at the boatyard, went home and hooked up the water trailer, and came back to help me finish watering at Time Enough.

veronica at Time Enough

Time Enough garden boat

Purly Shell yarn shop shares the Time Enough building.

I felt a strong desire to have a nice dinner at Salt Pub.  Not tonight.

Allan still had to water the Ilwaco trees and planters.  At 7:30, he dropped me off at the boatyard to weed.

I walked down to the north end to begin.  There, the weeds were the worst with lots of tall velvet grass.

taken while Allan watered planters at the boatyard intersection

a trio on a walk (Allan’s photo shows two out of three dogs)

8:15 PM

I was thrilled to find some sweet peas, planted from seed, prevailing against the horsetail.

tree garden watering where the sign had been (Allan’s photo). I do not like that wild sweet pea in there. He does.

 

boatyard: I had got this far by 8:50 PM.

I was getting close to the stretch that had been partly weeded earlier this week.

I have planted a few lilies in the boatyard to test if deer will eat them. I think a human picked some of the flowers off this one.

I love heleniums.

8:55 PM

I started to wonder when Allan would show up, as the song lyrics “Gettin’ dark, too dark to see…” ran through my mind. ¬†I pictured slowly pushing my wheelbarrow home in the dark. ¬†The odd thing was I still had loads of energy and could have weeded for another two hours (by headlamp?), thanks in part to my Unloader knee brace.

At last Allan drove up to the trailer at the other end of the boatyard.

what I got done

The whole stretch has to be weeded reasonably well by Saturday.

It was 9:30 at home before the trailer was unhitched and parked.  Allan saw this disturbing sight on the roof next door:

Not good news. Raccoons severely damaged the shake roof on my old house…

They are bold and unafraid.

I didn’t know I still had it in me to do a ten hour day and was well chuffed.

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

Public Service Announcement:

Here is the poster for the most excellent garden tour put on by the local Master Gardeners; this is by the same group whose tour in Aberdeen was so great last year.  I do not exaggerate when I say I am counting the days in anticipation, especially after talking with one of the organizers about this year’s tour:

tour.png

Thursday, 1 June 2017

DSC09667

There had been this much rain overnight. I figured that meant we did not have to water the port gardens.

DSC09666

That made me very happy.

We had four hydrangeas to plant at two other gardens on our block.

The J’s garden

all Allan’s photos here

DSC03747

scilla to pull by the driveway, before

DSC03759.jpg

DSC03749

quite tatty

DSC03750

trying to drive a hole through the landscape fabric under one of the old hydrangeas

We had transplanted this one before realizing that there is horrible landscape fabric underneath.  At dinner the day after driving some holes, Todd said he would just take the hydrangea out, again, and cut the fabric, and put it back and water it a lot.  So we might do that quite soon.

DSC03751

more scilla to pull

DSC03755.jpg

We also simply must dig up and replant the sad hydrangea to the right.  It cannot grow upright because of the darned fabric (installed by the previous owners).  I did not have the confidence that they might survive transplanting in June till I talked to Todd about it the next day.

DSC09670

All we have are tiny leaf buds…and a cattywampus sideways plant.

DSC03752

old Hydrangea paniculata had definitely died.

DSC03754

new one in

DSC09672

Planter Box Teresa says this hydrangea caused a sensation in a garden on last year’s local tour.

Norwood garden

DSC03756.jpg

DSC03757.jpg

DSC03758

Top heavy hydrangeas were probably forced for Mother’s Day.

Port of Ilwaco

We got to stay in Ilwaco all day, weeding the port and boatyard in preparation for an Art Walk on Friday evening.  (We won’t be attending because it will be in early evening while we are still working.)  Because we wouldn’t have time for the whole strip of curbside gardens, we prioritized the ones that would be most walked by during the event: From The Ilwaco Pavilion (restrooms) to the west end.

Howerton Avenue curbside gardens:

DSC09673

by Ilwaco pavilion

DSC09675

by Ilwaco pavilion. Still have a space, left, for another Helianthemum but could only find the dark red one. I want yellow or orange.

DSC03760

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

DSC03761

Armeria maritima (sea thrift) (Allan’s photo)

DSC03764

Chatting with the captain of the Mabel Grey

DSC09676.JPG

DSC03767

Dianthus ‘Raspberry Swirl’ (Allan’s photo)

DSC03768

Cistus (Allan’s photo)

DSC03769

We both grumbled over a stolen Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ (Allan’s photo)

I was shocked that a few of the Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ were drooping their heads, so despite rain last night, we did some watering.

DSC09678

Wilting. WHY?? You are supposed to be drought tolerant.  (It stood up after being watered.)

DSC03771

watering the Time Enough Books garden (Allan’s photo)

DSC03772

in the Salt Hotel curbside garden

DSC03774

columbine (Allan’s photo)

DSC03775

Ilwaco Freedom Market curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

DSC03778

Allan’s photo

DSC03781

Allan’s photo

DSC03784

Allan’s photo

I am frustrated with the “garden” by the Freedom Market parking lot.  The plants keep getting stepped on even in areas where I thought they would be safe.

DSC03780

I thought the log would be enough to keep people from walking on this elephant garlic.

Picking little weeds out of a barkscape without interesting plants to enjoy is not my idea of pleasant work.  I have to figure this garden out better.  I think starting with small plants did not work.  This fall, I might add a whole bunch of substantial Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in order to make more of a “This is a GARDEN!” statement.  I would think that marijuana users of all sorts would enjoy some flowers.

I’d been in a positive mood that we would get everything on Howerton done in plenty of time to have hours left for the boatyard.  Nope.  We got there at 4:30; I’d been hoping for 3:00.

DSC01140

looking south at three blocks worth of weeding

DSC03785

Stipa gigantea hanging too far over the sidewalk; we clipped it.

DSC01142

cut Stipa

DSC01149

Stipa gigantea

DSC01141

From the garden side, we always hear interesting conversations (and some swearing) from people working on boats.

I had eighteen painted sage to plant here and I delegated that to Allan because I could not stand one more planting job.

DSC03787

Painted sage comes in pink, white, and blue. I had marked the leaf as R for “rose (pink)”.

DSC03788

some water for each new plant

DSC03789

poppies out in time for Art Walk  (Allan’s photo)

DSC03790

Allan’s photo

DSC03791

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

DSC03792

A few successful sweet peas are fighting it out with horsetail. (Allan’s photo)

DSC03793

wild lupines and poppies (Allan’s photo)

DSC03794

lupines (Allan’s photo)

DSC03796

DSC01143

By 6:30, I had reached the gate and Allan had weeded the garden south of the gate.

DSC01147.JPG

I was pleased with our work.  Not every horsetail had been caught, but it was the best it had looked yet this year and while not perfect, it was perfectly fine for people walking along here during Art Walk.

Someone told me once that the boatyard garden desperately needed water because all the flowers were drooping.  I rushed to go there and water, and when I arrived I realized that the poppy buds were what she had seen.

DSC01148

This is just the way poppy buds start out, drooping and then standing upright.

The workboard has only one planting project now.

DSC09663.JPG

 

While we were weeding the boatyard, the owner of the interesting little garden at the Loading Dock Village at the port asked if we would take it on.  It is a charming little garden and I could not resist saying yes.  There is no gardening day that I like better, other than my own garden, than an All Ilwaco Day.

 

ldv

Loading Dock Village garden in 2014. I love the metal edging and big metal wall.

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

Thursday, 25 May 2017

With the big tourist crowds of Memorial Day weekend and the local extravaganza of “The World’s Longest Garage Sale” (from Chinook to Oysterville), we had to get the port looking fine.

This involved some planting as well as weeding.

DSC09429

post office garden

DSC03441

me talking with Betsy, director of the museum, taken from behind the Stipa gigantea

DSC09430

I could not find the sunflower seeds I wanted to plant at the back.  Added more cosmos.

Then we drove a couple of blocks to the port to start weeding and adding a few plants to the curbside gardens.

DSC09431

Looking east. We would do the east end if we had time later in the day.

DSC09432

looking west

DSC03443

The marina is across the parking lot. (Allan’s photo)

DSC03444

I got to pet this doggie. (Allan’s photo)

DSC03445

a good butt scritching

DSC09433

Pleased to see most of the Eryngiums are budding this year. (Some years, some of them don’t.)

DSC09434

my favourite bed. Thinking I should get a yellow helianthemum to balance the orange one.

DSC09436

Helianthemum’s only flaw is a short season of bloom.

DSC09437

Drive over garden still rather flattened. Lucky the alliums did not get driven over. Would look better with more soil, as the soil is compressed by tires.

DSC09446

north of the port office

We found time to pull most of the noxious weed, Geranium robertianum (Stinking Bob) from the south side of Purly Shell Fiber Arts; shop owner Heather emerged and helped, which I appreciated so much.

DSC03447

Stinking Bob would take over the whole port. It went in the garbage can. The pelican is from Basket Case Greenhouse.

DSC09439

at Time Enough Books, looking west

DSC09442

Bookseller Karla says the ceanothus is causing a sensation.

DSC03454

Allan’s photo ¬†OleBob’s caf√© is named for two friends, Ole and Bob.

Karla had recently¬†given¬†¬†me the wonderful book, Cutting Back. I told her about the author’s encounter with Joan Baez while pruning an old ceanothus.

IMG_2319

perfect book

Leslie was pruning at a retreat when Joan Baez emerged.

IMG_2346.JPG

IMG_2348

Karla will order the book for you if you want to read more. ¬†Meanwhile, the UPS truck ¬†delivered a new t shirt with Ilwaco’s longitude and latitude on display.

DSC09443.jpg

DSC09445

on the left: a must read for me; I am not very good at growing cutting flowers.

DSC03448

figuring out where to plant

DSC03450

weeding the bookstore landscape (Allan’s photos)

DSC03451.jpg

DSC03453

Karen Boardman from Ocean Park stops to give us words of admiration for all our gardens.

After the planting of the garden boat and some curbside plants at Time Enough, Allan went to string trim and weed a bit down by Ilwaco Freedom Market while I backtracked to weed the curbside at Powell Gallery.

DSC09447

With my knee brace on, I was able to walk on this river rock bed that I have lately had to delegate to Allan.

DSC03455

velvet grass in a California poppy at Salt (Allan’s photo)

trimming

Allan’s string trimming

It seemed we now had time to loop around to the east end curbside beds. ¬†But driving down Lake Street, I realized we hadn’t checked Mike’s garden for a couple of weeks. ¬†We hoped to find nothing to do there. Of course, there was some weeding, deadheading, and path raking.

DSC03459

path caked with cherry blossoms (Allan’s photo)

DSC09448

Mike’s raked path

Then on to weed some of the beds from Elizabeth Avenue to the Ilwaco Pavilion.

DSC09449

Looking west from Elizabeth

DSC03462

just across the parking lot (Allan’s photo)

I must confess that we skipped over three xeriscape (lava rock, river rock, and bark) gardens that we do not plant up.  We still had the whole boatyard to do and only today for Ilwaco.

After weeding at the old Shorebank building, we stopped at Salt to check on a santolina that Allan thought was not worth saving.  He was right.

DSC09450

by Ilwaco Freedom Market

DSC09452

We skipped weeding the last two beds. I hope the dog daises will dazzle people (those who don’t know it’s sort of a noxious weed) and distract from weedy grasses.

DSC03466

The curbs had been painted all along the port. (Allan’s photo)

DSC03471

columbine reseeded into the Salt river rock bed, which has soil covered with landscape fabric under the rock (not our doing!) (Allan’s photo)

DSC09453

Salt had a new and attractive smoker. ¬†Wish I had gotten the whole sign…was tired.

DSC09455

making brisket, smelled delicious

DSC03465

Allan’s photo

Next, the boatyard.

DSC03472

Our friend, former LB city manager Gene Miles stopped by to talk about bonsai.

Allan left me at the boatyard with wheelbarrow and cosmos¬†and went off to hook up the water trailer and water the street trees and planters. ¬†I was mighty tired. ¬†While getting plants out of the van, I found a bag of seeds that had gotten soaking wet…My fault. My proposed kitchen garden of red runner beans and some greens. I would have to plant them as soon as I got home.

DSC03473

Allan’s photo. He had been cultivating a garden of poppies under the red sign. Someone had string trimmed it flat.

Allan’s photos in town:

DSC03474

more digging in the corners of the tree beds. What is up with this??? This one has a perennial sweet pea.

DSC03475

one of the Ilwaco city hall planters; we can plant more delicate plants there because the office staff waters.

Parts of the boatyard garden were so hard and gravelly I could not hammer any cosmos into them.  We simply MUST mulch this whole garden next fall.  I had not realized it had gotten so low in spots.

DSC09456

7 PM….I had come this far…

DSC09459

and had this far to go including the long strip beyond the gate.

Being on hour nine of work was just about beyond me.

DSC09457

The garden had a haze of horsetail again.

DSC09458

so much to do

I skipped that center section as Allan arrived; it takes him an hour and three quarters to water the Ilwaco planters.  He set to weeding the section above and I went on with cosmos to the end.  My mood was dire as I had to accept that the boatyard would be far from perfect for the holidays.  The only comfort is it looks fairly good driving by, not so good to critical walkers-by.

DSC03476

weeds and plants in the boatyard garden (Allan’s photo)

DSC03477

cosmos seedling, watered with a dipper, and sluggo (Allan’s photo). My thought: poor little things.

DSC03478

Allan’s photo

I have been trying to be chipper and say Annuals Planting “Time” instead of “Hell”, but today was most definitely planting hell. ¬†The last minutes were cheered ¬†by two passing young fishermen, one of whom commented that they enjoy the gardens and that “Gardening is hard work!” I said, “Not as hard as The Deadliest Catch!” And he said, “That’s not so hard; it’s all done by hydraulics!”

Sometimes I wish there could be some signage explaining that all the public flower gardens (not the lawns) in Long Beach and Ilwaco are done by just two people, so have mercy with the imperfection.

DSC03479

geese seen while dumping weeds (Allan’s photos)

DSC03480.jpg

Erasing quite  a bit off the work board was not as cheering as usual.  I really had so much wanted to achieve perfection.  Once upon a time, when I was up to working seven days a week, ten hours a day at this time of year, we could achieve perfection before the holiday weekends.  Maybe we could have if we were not combining weeding with planting.

Of course, I had no oomph left to plant the veg seeds that had gotten wet.  I put them on a plate with a wet paper towel to keep them damp till our Saturday off.

DSC09460.JPG

Read Full Post »

On Monday, our friend J9 dropped by some delicious mulligatawny soup as a belated birthday present. ¬†She also showed me this postcard I had sent her 25 years ago. I met her in 1993 when I was working at the Sou’wester Lodge and she was a guest. ¬†She came with her old dog, Cassie, and her lovebird, B-bird.

bbird.jpg

j9

J9 , Cassie, B.Bird in 1993.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

at home before work

DSC08384.JPG

Akebia on the arbor

DSC08383.JPG

Akebia

DSC02646.jpg

Allan’s photo, wild cucumber vine

Port of Ilwaco

We did a brief deadheading all along Howerton Avenue¬†because of the Saturday Market’s early opening this year (on April 29 to coincide with the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival).

DSC08385.JPG

east end

 

DSC08386.JPG

sneaky dandelion

DSC02648.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC02647

heading west for more deadheads

DSC08387.JPG

Note to self: Must trim up these shrubs before the May 6 children’s parade!

I am thinking of cutting the wax myrtle all the way down, because usually they come back quite nicely.  However, the one a couple of gardens west has not revived from being chopped last fall.

DSC08389.JPG

hmmm. ¬†I don’t really want it here, anyway.

DSC08388.JPG

The maybe dead wax myrtle is part of this garden by the Ilwaco Pavilion.

I tire of BIG shrubs that were planted at the port (not by me) and need frequent pruning to preserve traffic sightlines.

The driveover garden got driven over (or something).

DSC08390.JPG

some smashing happened…

DSC08391.JPG

This is why it’s “the driveover garden”.

DSC08393.JPG

Port office garden with some orange tulips…

spaces.png

and spaces for at least two new plants

Next, we finished a rough weeding of the boatyard, to be repeated next week in a more perfect way before the children’s parade.

DSC08396.jpg

before

DSC02651.jpg

a boat coming in (Allan’s photo)

DSC08398.JPG

an hour later (boat was being power washed, too)

DSC08397.JPG

at the south end, a tangle of bindweed left unpulled for now

Sunday, before we go to an afternoon Indivisible event at Black Lake, I hope we can find time to make a trench or gap by pulling grasses along the back of the chain link fence. ¬†I’ve done it in previous years and it is easier than it sounds.

While he was taking a couple of boat photos (below), Allan talked to the port manager, Guy, and his dad, also Guy, who happens to be our lawyer. ¬†The elder Guy commented that our garden at Diane’s was gone. ¬†It is nice to know the roadside garden was noticed. ¬†Allan reassured him it is not gone for good and that we will be recreating it.

Allan’s boat photos:

sinkinfeeling.jpg

DSC02655.jpg

DSC02657.jpg

DSC02659.jpg

Long Beach

We went to the beach approach with the hope of getting one more section done. ¬†I decided to shake things up by weeding four sections of thick rugosa roses. ¬†There is no way to weed the centers of those sections without thorns and eye pokings, so they actually go faster than the more open sections. ¬†I also wanted to get the roadside edge dealt with before all the traffic arrives for the¬†weekend’s clam festival.

DSC02661.jpg

a painted rock by where we parked ¬†(Allan’s photo)

DSC08400.jpg

before, looking west

DSC02669.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC02670.jpg

another painted rock (Allan’s photo)

DSC02675.jpg

more edge pulling of roses (Allan’s photo)

DSC08411.JPG

4.25 hours later

DSC08402.jpg

before, looking east, 1:45 PM

DSC02662.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC02665.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC02666.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC08410.JPG

6:10 PM

DSC02676

Allan’s photo

DSC02678.jpg

¬†A dog named June out by the restrooms. ¬† Part boxer part Great Pyrenees! (Allan’s photo)

During the job:

DSC08404.JPG

I might have left some clover “for the bees”.

DSC08406.JPG

Allan pruned some but not all the stubs on mugo pines that keep getting cut back (not always by us) for traffic sightlines.  

DSC02679.jpg

after

I’d like to find time to tidy up all the pines. ¬†Some of them look so beaten by all the wind that I’m not sure they will provide any soothing greenness this year.

DSC08405.JPG

in the wheelbarrow: an accidental narcissus casualty

Fortunately, Martha walked by with her dog Ray, so I was able to give her the flowers.  She said it was the most beautiful casualty she had ever seen.

DSC08407.JPG

The lawn ponds across the sidewalk are finally drying up.

DSC08409.JPG

thick grass in the thickest rose thicket

I am hoping that next fall, we can cut back the three thickest rose sections to the ground, giving us a chance to weed in fall and early spring.  Meanwhile, I hope the roses distract passersby from the weeds.

At the city works yard, a killdeer was finding food amongst the green debris.

DSC08417.JPG

at home

I can’t erase “boatyard” from the work board till it is done well next week. ¬†I decided to count today’s beach approach sections as three done, two to go. ¬†We have one, the worst ¬†section (rugosa roses and swamp¬†rushes, almost impossible), untouched, and I’d like to do some further weeding of the ones I worked on today, probably less work than a whole section would take. ¬†That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

DSC08418.JPG

‘Tomorrow: a check of all planters and of Veterans Field before the clam festival, and maybe time to finish weeding one berm.

I had been planning to go to a climate vigil in Seaside on Saturday. ¬†It would have been fun to see Pam Fleming’s downtown gardens. ¬†A combination of exhaustion and of not looking forward to the actual ride down there and of my own garden being a mess has me seriously considering Saturday being a day off at home.

Read Full Post »

By which I mean the last spring clean up job of 2017; I hope not the last of our career, as we plan to keep working at least part time for several more years.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

We were pleased to have a good weather day for weeding and clipping the boatyard garden.

DSC07449.JPG

before, looking south

Allan cleaned up the small bed just around the corner:

DSC01333.jpg

before (Allan’s photos)


DSC01334.jpg

after


DSC07450.JPG

weeds and self seeded poppies


DSC07452.JPG

and lots of escholtzia (California poppy) seedlings


DSC01335.jpg

Allan’s photo


DSC01336.jpg

north end of garden, before (Allan’s photos)


DSC01338.jpg

and after

Some of the very old woody lavenders needed to go away.  Allan did the digging:

DSC01341.jpg

before


DSC01342.jpg

after


DSC01343.jpg

before


DSC01345.jpg

after.  We also trimmed a lot of santolinas.


DSC01346.jpg

The last big clumps of Miscanthus inside the fence.


DSC01347.jpg

after

I have forgotten which one this is.  I have learned so many plant names in the last two years that I thought I would remember and don’t.  I need to make a list as I learn them, because my memory does not grab on like it used to.

Edited to add: I found the name.  Not a miscanthus. Pennisetum macrourum. 

The garden still had a few crocuses…

DSC07451.JPG

But I had expected there to be daffodils, especially since I had planted about 100 of the same one as is blooming right now in the Long Beach welcome sign.  As I began working in the garden, I realized Every Single Damn One had been PICKED.  Not by deer (which would be unusual because narcissi are poisonous) but by humans.  Each stem was cut down low.  The foliage was not nipped at all like a deer would do.

DSC07455.JPG

stolen, every single one!


DSC07456.JPG

empty stems

A boat guy said that he had seen “a couple messing around in the garden” earlier that morning.  Or the thievery could have happened over the weekend or late last week.  It must have taken awhile to pick every single flower. So much for creating a great big beautiful show.

It was not a gardener thief, and I know that because I found a number of bulbs pulled out and just left lying on top.  A gardener thief would have considered the bulbs to be extra bounty.

DSC07458.JPG

bulb pulled out and left behind

I persisted at the job.  It would have been enjoyable to work among flowers instead of in a garden with only a few crocuses.  About a third of the way along, I thought we would never get it finished today.  By the time we passed the gate and only had about one third left, I thought we would get done after all.  And we did.

DSC07459.JPG

looking south from the gate

The new owners of Marilyn’s garden stopped their vehicle to say hello.  They are happy with Dave and Melissa’s spring clean up work at their new home.  I am so glad the garden is in the hands of people who appreciate it.

DSC01350.jpg

Passersby did not have much to admire.  I enjoyed when a small family passed, and the dad was reading aloud as he walked.  I thought he said, “When she wanted to have her morning coffee there, she simply lifted him down into the garden.”  I wondered from which story that comes.  Google let me find it!  Pippi Longstocking:

pippi.png

DSC01352.jpg

south end, weeded (Allan’s photo)

I took my after photos from the van because I was too sore to walk.

DSC07460.JPG

DSC07461.JPG

It would look a lot more interesting with 100 narcissi.

We had not put up our polite “do not pick” signs yet.  Allan dropped me off at home and went to dump debris, and on the way back he put up the two signs that were still in good enough condition.  The words “horse” and “barn door” come to mind.  We have caught people picking flowers right smack dab under these signs before.  I do think signage might deter some.

DSC01355.jpg

DSC01357.jpg

DSC01358.jpg

Wouldn’t it look nice if there actually were some flowers to leave?

At home, I was pleased to erase the last spring clean up job from the work board.

DSC07465.JPG

Tomorrow, I had been hoping for good weather.  Now the forecast calls for rain.  We need to check up on the Anchorage Cottages garden, and I want to photograph all the narcissi in Long Beach, while they are still there.

 

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »