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Back to work, and determined as ever to thoroughly document the work year, here is a run down of the first two days of the week.

Monday, July 22

While I keep saying we will not do on- off plain old hard slog weeding jobs, I cannot resist the yellow cottage on top of Ilwaco’s School Hill whose owner, Robin, asked us to weed last fall and then again about a month ago.  We finally got round to it.  This cottage used to be in the Ilwaco boatyard (before it was the boatyard) and along with two other cottages was moved.  One of those three cottages became the original Tangly Cottage, my residence from  1994 through fall of 2010.  Like this one, it was tiny.  Robin told me when the yellow cottage was moved, the old woman who lived in it was asked if she wanted to move to its new location.  She said “I’ve always wanted to live in the hill!”  Later, the cottage was dwelled in by a gardener who since had to go to assisted living, and there are just remnants of her garden left.  If I am remembering correctly what Robin told us last fall, the gardening tenant used to own Ilwaco’s Sunset Tavern (which is no more).   I heard from someone else that she was a kind woman who would feed meals to poor retired fisherman and let them take a shower in a bathroom above the tavern.

I just like to be around this yellow cottage on School Hill.

I just like to be around this yellow cottage on School Hill.

garden bed west of the cottage, noon

garden bed west of the cottage, noon

five forty PM

five forty PM

a little pond, at noon

a little pond, at noon

and at five forty PM

and at five forty PM

also weeded and excavated shells and rock in this area

also weeded and excavated shells and rock in this area

the west side of the cottage

the west side of the cottage

looking south from west side of cottage

looking south from west side of cottage

When we are in the yellow cottage garden, I feel that if I owned it and lived there, and also owned the enormous field to the west and the vintage Spartan trailer therein, my life would be perfection!

looking west...in my dreams...

looking west…in my dreams…and tsunami safe

former deer-proof garden

former deer-proof garden

still to do....

still to do….

By the south side of the cottage is another remnant of the former tenant’s garden:

lilies

lilies

I would like just a little start of this bulb...

I would like just a little start of this bulb…

As we drove away, we were amused by the deer-pruned trees just south down the hill…

deer topiary

deer topiary

Tuesday, July 23

Tuesday, we finally got back to Ann’s School Hill garden after sorely neglected it to get three other gardens ready for the Music in the Gardens tour.

Ann and her husband, whom she fondly called "The Finn", care for the veg garden.

Ann and her husband, whom she fondly called “The Finn”, care for the veg garden.

garden below the house, 12:15 PM

garden below the house, 12:15 PM

4:45 PM

4:45 PM

The creeping buttercup comes out of the clay soil like butter now that we have mulched with Soil Energy and Cow Fiber.  I hope to apply another layer this fall along with starts of some more deer resistant perennials.

The old windows around the veg garden are from the old high school, I believe.

The old windows around the veg garden are from the old high school, I believe.

the front garden, weeded

the front garden, weeded

Then, after spending the day on School Hill, we went home to our own garden.

At home, I am so pleased to finally have acquired and grown well a Dichora febrifuga!

soon to be a beautiful blue!

soon to be a beautiful blue!

lilies in front garden at home

lilies in front garden at home

lilies in back garden

lilies in back garden

east side bed, back garden

east side bed, back garden

Clematis 'Etoile Violette' still going strong

Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’ still going strong

I never could quite figure out what to do with the kale I grew (from the plants Nancy Allen kindly gave me), and the leaves got too big and bitter, so I chopped them.  Also, they had caterpillars, and I found that disturbing.  By the time I chopped them, the caterpillars seemed to have moved on.  It is working, getting new little leaves, which may make them last till the Edible Garden Tour on August 11!

kale experiment (and some cilantro in foreground pot)

kale experiment (and some cilantro in foreground pot)

Finally, look at the size of this lily!  I have several so they must be from a Costco bag.

enormous lily flower

enormous lily flower

just one petal next to a kitchen spoon!

just one petal next to a kitchen spoon!

There is great charm in spending two days gardening only in Ilwaco!

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