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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.

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J9 , Cassie, B.Bird in 1993.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

at home before work

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Akebia on the arbor

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Akebia

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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).

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east end

 

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sneaky dandelion

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Allan’s photo

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heading west for more deadheads

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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.

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

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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).

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some smashing happened…

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

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Port office garden with some orange tulips…

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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.

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before

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a boat coming in (Allan’s photo)

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

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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:

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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.

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

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before, looking west

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Allan’s photo

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another painted rock (Allan’s photo)

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more edge pulling of roses (Allan’s photo)

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4.25 hours later

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before, looking east, 1:45 PM

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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6:10 PM

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Allan’s photo

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

During the job:

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

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

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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.

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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.

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The lawn ponds across the sidewalk are finally drying up.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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before, looking south

Allan cleaned up the small bed just around the corner:

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before (Allan’s photos)


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after


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weeds and self seeded poppies


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and lots of escholtzia (California poppy) seedlings


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Allan’s photo


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


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and after

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

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before


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after


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before


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after.  We also trimmed a lot of santolinas.


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The last big clumps of Miscanthus inside the fence.


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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…

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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.

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stolen, every single one!


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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south end, weeded (Allan’s photo)

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Today, we weeded all along the boatyard and Howerton Avenue.  This weekend would be the last big Ilwaco event during gardening season: the annual Blues and Seafood festival. While it is an excellent musical extravaganza, not being a blues fan, I wouldn’t be attending. I used to go when it was close to our house, so that I could listen for the rhythm and blues acts to begin.  (That I do like.)  Now it is a larger tent way out on the south side of the part where I can’t keep track from home of which band is playing and walk back and forth to pick and choose.

Because of a forecast storm, we risked not watering.  I really do believe that the 2016 watering season for the port (but not for the Ilwaco planters) is over.

Jessie's Fish Co annex east of the boatyard (Allan's photo)

Jessie’s Fish Co annex east of the boatyard (Allan’s photo)

starting at the north end (Allan's photo)

starting at the north end (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I took a series of photos to record what looks good along the boatyard bed in the autumn, walking north to south:

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white (running) achillea, euphorbia, santolina

white (running) achillea, euphorbia, santolina

a tall, running perennial sunflower whose name I do not know...some kind of helianthus

a tall, running perennial sunflower whose name I do not know…some kind of helianthus (done with its yellow flowers by now)

cistus, lavender, sweet peas, Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

cistus, lavender, sweet peas, Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’

sweet peas, cosmos, helenium, santolina

sweet peas, cosmos, helenium, santolina

pink achillea, cosmos, santolina

pink achillea, cosmos, santolina

Persicaria 'Firetail'

Persicaria ‘Firetail’

tall pink aster ('Harrington's Pink'?), santolina, cosmos

tall pink aster (‘Harrington’s Pink’?), santolina, cosmos

ceanothus, lavender, Stipa gigantea, cistus, rosemary

ceanothus, lavender, Stipa gigantea, cistus, rosemary

cistus, Stipa gigantea, rosemary

cistus, lavender, Stipa gigantea, rosemary

Solidago 'Fireworks', santolinas, lavenders, California poppies

Solidago ‘Fireworks’, santolinas, lavenders, California poppies

gravelly area past the gate with achillea, feverfew, poppies

gravelly area past the gate with achillea, feverfew, poppies, Linaria purpurea (toadflax)

santolina, Artemisia 'Powis Castle', verbascum

santolina, Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’, verbascum, rose campion

verbascum, 'Hopley's Purple' oregano, lavender, santolina

santolina, verbascum, ‘Hopley’s Purple’ oregano, lavender

california poppies, santolina, sweet peas, linaria? or a penstemon...which I need more of in this garden.

California poppies, santolina, sweet peas, linaria? or a penstemon…which I need more of in this garden.

four o clocks, white achillea, santolina (which you can see by now is the repeating theme)

four o clocks, white achillea, santolina (which you can see by now is the repeating theme)

Pennisetum macrourum, lavender

Pennisetum macrourum, lavender

sweet peas

sweet peas

euphorbia, santolina, Geranium 'Rozanne'

euphorbia, santolina, Geranium ‘Rozanne’.  Planted a baptisia start in that bare spot where I swear something got stolen earlier this year.

'Hopley's Purple' oregano and Pennisetum macrourum

‘Hopley’s Purple’ oregano and Pennisetum macrourum

Pennisetum macrourum, (which as you can see is going a bit too strong), Geranium 'Rozanne', Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

Pennisetum macrourum, (which as you can see is going a bit too strong), Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

Earlier in the summer, alliums, echinops (blue globe thistle) and eryngiums and shasta daisies were showy in parts of this garden but now they are done and clipped down.  The biggest show is from assorted annual poppies which have freely reseeded.

After the boatyard session, I had a brief doctor appointment to attend to while Allan weeded at the library next door to the clinic.

Ilwaco Community Building garden...with the dreaded salal (Allan's photo)

Ilwaco Community Building garden…with the dreaded salal (Allan’s photos)

clipped back...I would so like to get rid of it.

clipped back…I would so like to get rid of it.

an eryngium transplanted last fall from our garden

an eryngium transplanted last fall from our garden

white autumn crocus by the library entrance

white autumn crocus by the library entrance

Then, down to the port to weed along Howerton Way.  Checking on the port office garden revealed a high tide by the lawn on which Saturday market will be set up for the last time this year.

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When these big fans go on, I can hear them from my desk area in my house.

When these big fans go on, I can hear them from my desk area in my house.

smooth water, and a pleasant windless day

smooth water, and a pleasant almost windless day

The Depot Restaurant

Again we went to the Depot this week, after having been there on Sunday for the paella special.  Tonight we were having a possibly farewell dinner with Basket Case Greenhouse owners Nancy and Fred, dear friends who are moving away.  Their nursery is about to change hands to new owners, and Fred and Nancy will be at last able to retire.

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Nancy does the window boxes and barrels on the north side.

Nancy does the window boxes and barrels on the north side.

Steak killian for Fred, without the green onion sauce...

Steak killian for Fred, without the green onion sauce…

and for Allan with the scrumptious scallion sauce

and for Allan with the scrumptious scallion sauce

Nancy tried the duck and pronounced it good: Naturally raised pan seared Duck Breast topped with Blackberry Hoisin Glaze on Pork Fried Brown Rice

Nancy tried the duck and pronounced it good: Naturally raised pan seared Duck Breast topped with Blackberry Hoisin Glaze on Pork Fried Brown Rice

I had Allan's usual favourite, the Parmesan Chicken.

I had Allan’s usual favourite, the Parmesan Chicken.

A sentimental dinner like this has to end with a luscious dessert.

peach cobbler

peach cobbler

caramel chocolate brownie

caramel chocolate brownie

We might get another dinner with Fred and Nancy before they go.  I tried not to get  verklempt till we actually say goodbye (and even then, Nancy will probably come back to help the new owners out with the Basket Case baskets next spring).

Nancy, Shadow, and Fred at the Basket Case in June of this year.

Nancy, Shadow, and Fred at the Basket Case in June of this year.

We intend to soon check out the offerings of the soon-to-be-new owners, who have reopened for the fall season.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Sept 21:  Finished the perennials started yesterday.  Potted the new Owen raspberry plants in large pots.  5 Varieties 5 to a pot.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 21:  I had my teeth cleaned and went to store.  This wasn’t one of my usually busy Mondays.

 

 

 

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Ilwaco

the lovely helenium by our driveway

the lovely helenium by our driveway


our midsummer dull post office garden

our midsummer dull post office garden.  The white is gaura.

I’m resistant to spending more money on plants for our volunteer Ilwaco post office garden right now.  And it is not a good time to transplant free ones.  Still, the empty spaces bother me.

The post office planter is better than the garden.

The post office planter is better than the garden.

Long Beach

Because Thursday will be truncated, for me, by a dentist appointment, we watered the main street trees and planters today in Long Beach.  (“Tree day” would have been Thursday.)  I find the trees almost impossible to do because I have a difficult time getting the hose faucet bayonet hooked up in the hole in the ground.

Allan's photo: quick connect hose hooked up in a tree garden

Allan’s photo: quick connect hose hooked up in a tree garden.  It was hard to hook up because of how the truck was parked.


Nature wins: The Badaster is strongly evident on the northeast side of Fifth Street Park.

Nature wins: The Badaster is strongly evident on the northeast side of Fifth Street Park.


bees and cosmos

Bees love cosmos.


Fifth Street Park: view, looking west over a hebe

Fifth Street Park: view, looking west over a hebe


Nearby, it was exciting to see the repaired ferris wheel going round. It has been broken for a long time.

Nearby, it was exciting to see the repaired ferris wheel going round. It has been broken for a long time.


I look forward to once again hearing the background noise of excited screaming.

I look forward to once again hearing the background noise of excited screaming.


The cute new ride is getting closer to functional.

The cute new ride is getting closer to functional.


Kudos to the new owners of Fun Rides.

Kudos to the new owners of Fun Rides.


This week's sand sculpture in Fish Alley. (I bucket watered the four alley planters.)

This week’s sand sculpture in Fish Alley. (I bucket watered the four alley planters.)

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I got to pet this cutie.

I got to pet this cutie.


But I didn't see this one. (Allan's photo)

But I didn’t see this one. (Allan’s photo)


This dog can often be seen outside the Long Beach Tavern.

This dog can often be seen outside the Long Beach Tavern.

The town was suddenly full of bicyclists, who had arrived via a sternwheeler tour along the Columbia River.  They converged on the local cafés, including the Cottage Bakery, Castaways, and Captain Bob’s Chowder.

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Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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all sorts of bikes

all sorts of bikes, even though it was officially a tandem tour


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

They all seemed pleasant and happy except for one not very gentlemanly fellow (not shown) who scowled and fumed and slammed his bike around angrily when I had to ask him to “please and sorry, sir” move it so that I could hook my hose up to the planter he had leaned it on.  I hope his day improved.

the tour t shirt

the tour t shirt

Allan noticed that one couple was from Minneapolis, and another woman told me she was from Virginia.

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Allan’s photo


The Long Beach gazebo planters (by the Basket Case) were in fine form. I like the raggedy banners.

The Long Beach gazebo baskets (by the Basket Case) were in fine form. I like the raggedy, colourful banners.


Basket Case basket at Fifth Street Park restroom

Basket Case basket at Fifth Street Park restroom


the southernmost planters

the southernmost planters


looking north from the last planter, with variable colours on the Sedum 'Autumn Joy'.

looking north from the southermost planter, with variable colours on the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.

I am sorry to tell you that Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is now Hylotelephium telephium ‘Autumn Joy’.  Not sure when I’ll start calling it that here.  Seems the name change happened several years ago, and I am slow to catch on.

Coast Guard helicopter and Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo, northernmost planter)

Coast Guard helicopter and Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo, northernmost planter)

Allan and I met up after watering in Fifth Street Park and had time for some weeding.

Fifth Street Park pond with Gunnera and Darmera peltata

Fifth Street Park pond with Gunnera and Darmera peltata

Leaving Long Beach, I admired the south “berm” in the big parking lots just east of town.  It gets absolutely no supplemental water.

a planting of tough stuff

a planting of tough stuff

Ilwaco

While Allan watered the planters and street trees with the water trailer, I hose watered the boatyard garden.

Artemisia 'Powis Castle', cosmos, santolina

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’, cosmos, santolina


weeding the boatyard

weeding the boatyard

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some dog admiration

some dog admiration


south end of the big boatyard building

south end of the big boatyard building


The end has been torn off.

The end has been torn off.


a new spot to stand and look south

a new spot to stand and look south


sweet peas as I water along the inside of the fence

sweet peas as I water along the inside of the fence


a beautiful setting for boats on land

a beautiful setting for boats on land


looking north, showing 3/4 of the length of the boatyard garden

looking north, showing 3/4 of the length of the boatyard garden (all the way to past that red building)

Meanwhile, Allan was watering downtown and took these photos.

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Some very late “Mother of Pearl’ poppies have appeared.


Queen La De's hanging basket

Queen La De’s hanging basket

Tomorrow will be our easy day, all Port of Ilwaco gardens.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

August 22:  Weeded in onion rows—mostly purslane and pulled hundreds (?) of dandelions from behind garage and in path by wood box.

1997 (age 73):

August 22: Finished “pruning” Strawberry Rows 1 and 2.  I want to find out if it is ok to take the new runner “daughter’ plants and put them in trays in greenhouse under lights for a month or so.  I’ll stop in at Gordons [Nursery] and ask them.

1998 (age 74):

August 22:  11:30-4:30  I cut out the old raspberry canes.  I chopped them up putting the leaves in the compost and the cut canes in a box to burn.  Then I weeded in the strawberry rows among the 3 or 4 rows that are solid with new runner plants.  I wanted to move plants into the rows but I know I should wait for cooler weather.  I also covered the stuff in compost box with soil from the old box.

I checked last year’s journal and found I had the first tomato on August 14.  I have lots of small ping pong size green tomatoes but no sign of any starting to ripen.

 

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 Tuesday, 5 July 2016

apples at home (Allan's photo)

apples at home (Allan’s photo) and one scabby pear

Mike’s Garden

A few blocks east is the mayor’s garden, which we tidy up every couple of weeks.  Today:

from across the street

from across the street

from the corner

from the corner

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Mike's Escallonia iveyi

Mike’s Escallonia iveyi

I am pretty sure that this escallonia is grown from a cutting of the Escallonia iveyi at the Anchorage Cottages (originally from Heronswood Nursery, because the Anchorage was owned at one time by Dan Hinkley’s husband’s sister).  In 2003, Carol Jones of The Elves Did It Gardening worked with me there and took some cuttings. Later, she designed and installed Mayor Mike’s beautiful garden.  The ironic thing is that my own garden lacks this stunning pure white escallonia.  I tried cuttings last year; maybe some are out there and not big enough to bloom yet.

the fruit of the native wild cucumber vine

the fruit of the native wild cucumber vine in Mike’s shaded back garden.

Long Beach

We watered and groomed all the main street planters and the street tree pocket gardens.

by Lewis and Clark Square. The man with a red shirt (left) is reading his way along plaques that describe Lewis and Clark's journey.

by Lewis and Clark Square. The man with a red shirt (left) is reading his way along plaques that describe Lewis and Clark’s journey.

Big planter in L&C Square. That is Cotoneaster 'Coral Beauty' on the edge, planted 16 years ago or more. It got sort of made fun of in the lecture at Hardy Plant weekend, about new and much improved cotoneasters. I still rather like this one.

Big planter in L&C Square. That is Cotoneaster ‘Coral Beauty’ on the edge, planted 16 years ago or more. It got sort of made fun of in the lecture about new and improved cotoneasters at Hardy Plant weekend. I still rather like this one although I do regret planting something so big…I just wanted to keep people from sitting on the planter.

Public gardening: I had my bucket on this bench, and a jacket someone had left, and was just hooking up the hose when a woman came and shoved the bucket and jacket aside and lit up a cigarette. I did, softly and kindly (really!), get her to move to the planter nearby that I had already watered. (!!!)

Public gardening: I had my bucket on this bench, and a jacket someone had left, and was just hooking up the hose when a woman came and shoved the bucket and jacket aside and plopped down and lit up a cigarette. I did, softly and kindly (really!), get her to move to the planter nearby that I had already watered. (!!!) It was not her jacket.

One of my painted sage (late to bloom this year) was pulled totally out of the soil. It had happened so recently that it had not wilted at all and I think i saved it. Note to self: Geranium 'Rozanne' here next year.

One of my painted sage (late to bloom this year) was pulled totally out of the soil. It had happened so recently that it had not wilted at all and I think I saved it. Note to self: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ here next year.

Town was still busy.

Town was still busy.

On the busiest weekends, the stoplights are turned off to avoid traffic jams, so pedestrians cross every which way.

On the busiest weekends, the stoplights are turned off to avoid traffic jams, so pedestrians cross every which way.

lambs ears, and the new little round silver plant whose name I have forgotten, and santolina

three silvers: lambs ears, and the new little round silver plant whose name I have forgotten, and santolina

I encountered a young man with a guitar lounging supine on the bench and using a clump of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ as a pillow while smoking a cigarette.  I asked him to get up.  He did not.  I told him to move.  He did not.  I threatened to water him.  No motion.  I said I might call the police as he was smoking illegally close to a shop doorway.  Finally he moved.  By then it was funny and we both laughed.  I told him that public gardening can be rewarding but sometimes works my last nerve.  He said “Sorry in advance for my language, but I am sorry for being such a dick.”

sedums used as pillow

sedums used as pillow; plaque goes back to long gone planter volunteer days

Later the same guy told Allan “You’re using a LOT of water!” while Allan was watering the tree.  Allan felt it was in a reproving tone.

Just the Eryngium (Allan's photo)

 Eryngium in street tree garden (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in Fifth Street Park

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in Fifth Street Park

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Bees love it.

Busy town: Fifth Street Park (Allan's photo)

Busy town: Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

Full sidewalks make navigating tricky with hose and bucket. (Allan's photo)

Full sidewalks make navigating tricky with hose and bucket. (Allan’s photo)

When open, these lilies colour coordinate with the Benson's sign.

When open, these lilies colour coordinate with the Benson’s sign.

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Carousel

deadheading and watering...under the very big hanging basket

deadheading and watering…under the very big hanging basket

lavender that looks good on just one side. (The back is bare and woody). Allan's photo

lavender that looks good on just one side. (The back is bare and woody). Allan’s photo

Eryngium variifolium under a street tree (Allan's photo)

Eryngium variifolium under a street tree.  I love them all. (Allan’s photo)

two dogs. (Allan's photo)

two dogs. (Allan’s photo)

Hardy fuchsia and agastache in my favourite planter by Dennis Co. (Allan's photo)

Hardy fuchsia and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ in my favourite planter by Dennis Co. (Allan’s photo)

This pleases my fannish heart (and shows how crowded the sidewalks were). (Allan's photo)

This pleases my fannish heart (and shows how crowded the sidewalks were). (Allan’s photo)

Fish Alley (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley (Allan’s photo)

Later, Fifth Street Park was quieter. (Allan's photo)

Later, Fifth Street Park was quieter. (Allan’s photo)

We worked on the center berm. Eventually we will be able to cross it off the work list! It is the only project on the list right now.

We worked on the center berm. Eventually we will be able to cross it off the work list! It is the only project on the list right now.

Cries of WHEEEE from the little fish rides nearby.

Cries of WHEEEE from the little fish rides nearby.

A local businessman who owns several well run local businesses has bought the rides and they will soon be refurbished, we hear.

Center berm is SO boring and may end up just getting string trimmer treatment.

Center berm is SO boring and may end up just getting string trimmer treatment.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before (most of this was the rather pretty annual Briza media (quaking grass) that has now gone dry.

after: quick strimmer solution

after: quick strimmer solution for hardpacked miserable area

I should give up and plant more rugosas in the bare areas. Giving up because i did not want a monoculture of roses.

I should give up and plant more rugosas in the bare areas. Giving up because i did not want a monoculture of roses.  This is one place I will leave salal.

Stipa gigantea on a prettier berm (Allan's photo)

Stipa gigantea on a prettier berm (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

I had every intention of weeding at the Ilwaco boatyard garden while Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.  And then I simply could not.  I felt guilty till I realized that Allan would be done working quicker if he did not have to drop off the debris trailer at the boatyard, then pick up the water trailer, then take the water trailer home and come retrieve the debris trailer.  So I went home and worked on the garden tour blog posts and Allan took all the rest of these photos:

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taken while filling the water tank at the boatyard

taken while filling the water tank at the boatyard

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sweet peas on boatyard fence

sweet peas on boatyard fence

another break in the hose

another break in the hose

calendula flowers and seeds

calendula flowers and seeds

This nasturtium grows outside of our dear friend Jenna's Queen La De Da studio so gets extra water from her.

This nasturtium grows outside of our dear friend Jenna’s Queen La De Da studio so gets extra water from her.

 

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Friday, 1 July 2016

Today we would finish our mission of getting the Ilwaco public gardens ready for the Fourth of July weekend crowds.  I planned for it to be a short and easy day.

east end of Howerton, looking west

east end of Howerton, looking west

with Catananche caerulea (cupid's dart)

with Catananche caerulea (cupid’s dart)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

weeding along Howerton Ave

weeding along Howerton Ave

the dreaded red lava rock expanse at CoHo Charters. I'm hoping my good buddy CoHo Butch lets us make this more planty someday.

the dreaded red lava rock expanse at CoHo Charters. I’m hoping my good buddy CoHo Butch lets us make this more planty someday.

after. Butch prunes the little shrubs in a way that reminds him of his grandpa's flat top haircut.

after. Butch prunes the little shrubs in a way that reminds him of his grandpa’s flat top haircut.  Allan’s dad had that kind of haircut, too.

The sno cone vendor had arrived for the weekend market. (Allan's photo)

The sno cone vendor had arrived for the weekend market. (Allan’s photo)

We had to bucket water the planter by the former Wade Gallery, now owned by Astoria’s Fort George Brewery, because the water to the building was still turned off.

water buckets (Allan's photo)

water buckets (Allan’s photo)

But look what was in the window.  The big excitement in this for me is that if they are opening some sort of venue, the water will be turned on and they have already said we can use the hose.  (I blocked out some lines because I am not trying to nose into their business.)

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I don’t need beer or wine, just give me garden water!

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' by the Ilwaco Pavilion (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ by the Ilwaco Pavilion (Allan’s photo)

my favourite bed by the pavilion

my favourite bed by the pavilion

still blue water at the marina

still blue water at the marina

the condor

the condor

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

We went to the library so I could pick up a book, and I asked Allan to photograph the bud on a particular bulb.  I do not know what it is.  Someone told me Allium moly, but I think that is wrong.  (Later: Bob Nold, author of the excellent book High and Dry and one of my two favourite blogs, The Miserable Gardener, identified it as Allium flavum.)

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We spent the rest of the day weeding the boatyard garden, a long process.  It did not turn out to be a short and easy day.  The garden felt dry, so after we got the first long stretch done, Allan watered from behind the fence.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, reseeded poppies behind the fence

He wants you to know that he did not see me weeding here, so when he filled my shoe with water, it was an accident.

He wants you to know that he did not see me weeding here, so when he filled my shoe with water, it was an accident.

passersby admiring and asking questions about the garden.

passersby admiring and asking questions about the garden.

a close look at Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

a close look at Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

I did some watering while Allan made a debris run.

I did some watering while Allan made a debris run.

debris and lots of it

debris and lots of it (Allan’s photo)

east end of the marina (Allan's photo)

east end of the marina (Allan’s photo)

back to the boatyard (Allan's photo)

back to the boatyard (Allan’s photo)

Allium albopilosum (AKA christophii) (Allan's photo)

Allium albopilosum (AKA christophii) (Allan’s photo)

yarrow, rose campion, santolina (Allan's photo)

yarrow, rose campion, santolina (Allan’s photo)

cosmos and helenium (Allan's photo)

cosmos and helenium (Allan’s photo)

Stipa gigantea (Allan's photo)

Stipa gigantea (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and santolina (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and santolina (Allan’s photo)

We found the energy to go to the post office and dig those columbines that have been bugging me.

dog and cat walking across from the post office (Allan's photo)

dog and cat walking across from the post office (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

7 PM at the post office, columbines removed, not a short and easy day after all

7 PM at the post office, some columbines removed, not a short and easy day after all

After a break because of the Hardy Plant garden tour posts, I’m again sharing  the matching dates of

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74)

July 1: 12:00 to 5:00 It was cool so I started planting the determinate tomato plants in the salad bowl.  That meant I had to remove the pile of mushroom compost so I sieved it into 3 old garbage cans and I moved the old burned out barrel to behind the garage to sieve into.  Then I decided to use an old post to edge the area and made a “raised garden” for the tomatoes.  (32 determinate tomato plants) Picked berries after dinner.

 

 

 

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Monday, 13 June 2016

…a rainy day of blogging about the Sunday evening vigil in Astoria, reading sad news, repotting houseplants, and finally getting out into the garden for an hour of evening weeding and a few garden photos.

Asiatic lilies

Asiatic lilies

Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns' getting nibbled by caterpillars (but I could find none)

Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’ getting nibbled by caterpillars (but I could find none)

middle bed

middle bed

weeded most of this area

weeded most of this area

Hardy fuchsia and hydrangeas as the rain returned

Hardy fuchsia and hydrangeas as the rain returned

Dranunculus vulgaris about to bloom

Dranunculus vulgaris about to bloom

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Morning rain made me wonder if we would be able to work.  One weather app said we would have dryness all day, another said rain all day.  We chanced it. I hoped to get a few plants planted in Long Beach and Fifth Street Park groomed at the least.  It is an unusual amount of rain that makes it unnecessary to water the planters.  We had had just that sort of rain.

at the Ilwaco post office

at the Ilwaco post office

our volunteer garden at the post office

our volunteer garden at the post office

Long Beach

As we pulled horsetail from the welcome sign, I noticed that on the back side, a whole section of missing white bacopa along the edge.

What the heck??

What the heck??

I decided later we would get soil from our pile at city works to fill in all the way along the sign garden; we have let the east end be unplanted for some reason.  Laziness?  Not enough soil there? If I have to get more bacopa, I might as well extend the planting.

We did our Fifth Street Park planting project.

Allan's photo: before, SW quadrant, a damp area heavy with horsetail

Allan’s photo: before, SW quadrant, a damp area heavy with horsetail problems and too much schizostylus

Allan's photo, after: Trying out Chelone 'Hot Lips' in here

Allan’s photo, after: Trying out Chelone ‘Hot Lips’ in here

Driving north on Boulevard, I noticed that a little popout on 7th and Boulevard had had its mugo pine cut to the ground so figured the same might have happened to the little pop out north of city hall.  Yes it had!  So we did some more weeding there, and went on to Coulter Park to do another little project.  A huge Veterans Affairs van was parked by the garden so we had to park a half block away and break out the wheelbarrow.

Coulter Park: a blurry edge

Coulter Park: a blurry edge

I'm trying to keep the fennel down here by clipping it repeatedly. Afraid to dig it because of wiring.

I’m trying to keep the fennel down here by clipping it repeatedly. Afraid to dig it because of wiring.

after half-moon edging

after half-moon edging

We dumped our debris at city works and gathered buckets of soil for several places.

Really big truck parked where we usually dump, so had to dump elsewhere.

Really big truck parked where we usually dump, so had to dump elsewhere.

Funny that two really big vehicles had been in our desired spots!  (The world does not revolve around our needs, I have noticed.)

back to the little popout north of city hall with some soil

back to the little popout north of city hall with some soil and a couple of transplanted sedums

back to Coulter Park with some soil so people don't fall into a sunken garden!

back to Coulter Park with some soil so people don’t fall into a sunken garden!

Then I found some poppy seeds at Dennis Company…

admired a planter along the way

admired a planter along the way

added more soil and some poppy seeds (rather late but we live in hope) (Allan's photo)

added more soil and some poppy seeds (rather late but we live in hope) (Allan’s photo)

Next, deadheading the sea thrift at city hall and adding another two buckets of soil

Next, deadheading the sea thrift at city hall and adding another two buckets of soil

Allan's photos, before....

Allan’s photos, before….

after (and then I pulled some more damnable creeping buttercup out)

after (and then I pulled some more damnable creeping buttercup out)

City Hall, west side

City Hall, west side

north side, with flag at half mast for Orlando shooting

north side, with flag at half mast for Orlando shooting

I noticed this "weeping love grass" looked utterly decrepit.

I noticed this “weeping love grass” looked utterly decrepit.

20 minutes later

20 minutes later

City Hall entrance with Basket Case Greenhouse baskets

City Hall entrance with Basket Case Greenhouse baskets

City Hall east side

City Hall east side

a good hydrangea

a good hydrangea

inside city hall

inside city hall

We went back to city works to refill all our buckets with soil.  We then had a look at Veterans Field’s gardens.

half mast flags...

half mast flags…

Veterans Field

Veterans Field

I thought…Imagine going to a dance club, the same sort that I used to love to go to back in Seattle.  We  don’t know when we will die, but if on the way to the nightclub, if you even had a premonition that tonight is the night of your death, how impossible would it be to imagine that your own death would be commemorated with flags at half staff all across the nation…how completely unthinkable that would be to envision.  Yes, my heart is still breaking, just as it has for other shootings (high schools, Black churches, synagogues).  This time, it is more personally affecting, because it is human nature to be able to imagine being caught up in such horror in a familiar setting, and a gay dance club is a familiar place to me.

Still, work continued in a somber mood.

fluffed up the 7th Street little pop out with more soil and some poppy seeds

fluffed up the 7th Street little pop out with more soil and some poppy seeds; mugo pine used to be on the right side

and added more soil to the welcome sign's east end

and added more soil to the welcome sign’s east end

the back side

the back side

Ilwaco boatyard

5:30 was too early to quit for the day so we spent another couple of hours at the boatyard garden, pulling pesky horsetail.

before trimming back some Stipa gigantea stems from the sidewalk

before trimming back some Stipa gigantea stems from the sidewalk

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan clipped the blank stems from the blue globe thistle before I took my photo which was going to show how despite the sign, people are popping the heads off the flowers!

Imagine the irony of the bare stems...but only a few flowers gone, not all of them this year

Imagine the irony of the bare stems…but only a few flowers gone, not all of them this year

Some lilies were also gone.  Dang it.

weeding (Allan's photo)

weeding (Allan’s photo)

boatyard garden

boatyard garden

We got over halfway done with an imperfect weeding.

Bless the rain that has made the gardens so happy.

Bless the rain that has made the gardens so happy.

in the boatyard

in the boatyard

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This productive day would have been consumed with all watering, watering, watering, had not the blissful rain let us accomplish all PROJECTS.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 12: 49th Wedding Anniversary.  [Her husband, Bruce, had died in June 1995.]

I got a late start but did some good.  I moved tomato and snapdragon flats to greenhouse and put them under lights.  Finished planting the dianthus into the deep pots.  In the fall I will put them out in flower beds.

June 13: 10:30-4:45 Long day.  The Bulls won NBA title again. I set more tomato plants outside in a double row.  These were the ones from the first planting that were too small to plant earlier.  Picked berries—a full bowl (the deep yellow plastic bowl).  Used Safer weedkiller on dandelions in front ditch and lower driveway.

1997 (age 74):

June 12:  72 degrees  I had the first big picking up strawberries.  It took an hour and I was hot so I came in and took care of the berries and then planted more seeds until 9:00.  The Jazz beat the Bulls so it isn’t over yet.  Game 6 is on Sunday.

June 13: 11:00 to 5:00  I watered plants in shop and then intended to put sawhorses behind house, so I can move tomatoes out so I can move seedling trays into greenhouse.  I found myself planting mums in tam area then weeding patio bed and UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] areas.  I pulled several plants of geraniums that have taken over, then planted mums and some asters in those areas.  This was a good week as I worked outside every day.

 

 

 

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