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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

From my breakfasting window, I noticed something that was striking in person but hard to photograph:

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three echoes of blue, two levels of catmint and ceanothus in the background

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one of my new (last year) roses, Westerland

We started with a visit to the port office to check on the hanging baskets, and that’s when we learned that there was another marine wind advisory, so the baskets continued to hang in a sheltered spot for one more day.

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on the desk at the port office

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wind warning (Allan’s photo)

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port office curbside gardens

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We drove by the boatyard garden for a second time just to record how it is looking.

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ceanothus blooming in the boatyard garden

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The scrim of horsetail will be addressed next week.

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a boat coming in

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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We just learned from a gardener whose spouse owned the Aallotar for many years that “Aallotar is a character from the Finnish epic Kalevala. I think it means something like female wave spirit.”  I did indeed Google it and found “water nymph” and “lady of the waves”.  Fascinating!  I would love to hear many stories about this boat.

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I do know that it was built many decades ago by the Kola brothers in this old boathouse, located on the meander line.

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The old Kola boathouse.

We were pushed around by 25 mph wind gusts all day.  It is a good thing that I have The Deadliest Catch to which to compare our small potatoes wind misery.

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Our work is not this hard.

The Depot Restaurant

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north side of dining deck

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Phygelius ‘Cherry Ripe’

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Rodgersia flower (Allan’s photo)

I’d been watching every week for caterpillars on the Leycesteria on the south side of the deck.  Today, they had arrived, so we cut the whole thing down because that is just unappetizing to see when dining. For years, the shrub grew here with no problems, till the caterpillars discovered it a maybe four years ago.

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Allan’s photo

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ornamental grasses enclosing the deck (Allan’s photo)

The Red Barn Arena

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Disney, with her son peeking through the garden

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Amy and her barrel racing horse

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Disney

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later

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This time, I was not snubbed by Disney’s son.

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Red Barn garden (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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wind damage (Allan’s photo)

A crow was in the barn harassing a swallow’s nest and being harassed in return by terribly upset swallows.

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Allan’s photo

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Delosperma ‘Fire Spinner’ in a planter by the entrance (Allan’s photo)

We did a brief deadheading of the planters next door at Diane’s garden and then went to

Long Beach…

where we loaded up some buckets of Soil Energy mulch at the city works yard.

Again the killdeer mother was upset that we were near her babies and pretended to have a broken wing.

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brave mama

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Allan’s photo

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I think after awhile she figures out we are ok.

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mother and child (Allan’s photo)

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decreasing mulch pile

Our mission was more weeding and mulching on the Bolstad beach approach.   Almost photos from here on are Allan’s:

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in a beach approach planter

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planter weeding

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in the parking lot

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before

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weeding

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The garden had not been mulched for years and much sand has blown in.

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other folks working

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at end of first trip, picked up our cheque at city hall

We weeded the little popouts at last.  Whoever had put a pot inside some rearranged rocks for the past two years and taken care of a cluster of annuals had abandoned the project…

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So we re arranged the rocks more or less as they used to be.

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I never was able to find out who had temporarily adopted this little pop out.

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the next li’l popout

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These do not get any supplemental water at all.  We used to hose water them from a faucet underground…and maybe should make more an effort with them again.

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little popout number three, before weeding. with a tree trying to resprout (now a shrub of sorts)

I asked Allan to finally cut out the saddest little mugo pine in li’l popout number four.

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so much better!

We weeded in Veterans Field where I fumed mightily because someone had clipped the tops off all but one of the elephant garlic.  I had planted them as a shout out to the Friday farmers market that takes place here.  Many bad words were said after looking around to make sure no one but Allan could hear.  For this public gardening frustration I quit many good, peaceful private garden jobs!

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fuming

I fumed and thought about planting chives along the front of this problematic garden.  It was thrown together in haste when the triangular corner bed was made to house a memorial plaque; the plaque then was put somewhere else and the garden has remained a sort of thrown together bunch of plants.  It needs to be better planted with sturdier edging plants that can withstand abuse…and maybe with many more elephant garlic, of which I have an endless supply.  Maybe chives along the edge, for the farmers market feel.  Maybe some rosemary, too.

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New Fun Rides have been added a block south.

We finished with a 7 PM collection of more buckets of mulch and more fluffing of the beach approach.

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I made the mistake of giving one seagull just one corner of a cookie.

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Within seconds, all of these gulls arrived.

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At the works yard, we had also collected two buckets of plain old dirt from the debris pile and used it to fill in the trench where the bricks came out at the Norwood garden.  That got us done with a nine hour work day.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

From inside the house, I could see this on a bamboo pole:

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Allan’s photos

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‘We figured it belonged to baby Celestine down the street, who is often taken for a buggy ride past our house, so we dropped it on her porch.  Celestine is too young to have put it on the pole herself.

Ilwaco boatyard

My goal was to get an edge put on the back of the south strip of boatyard garden.  This could only be done on the weekend when we know boats won’t be coming in and out of the yard.

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before: 11:30 AM

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11:30 AM

We pushed ourselves hard because of an upcoming afternoon event.

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1:30 PM

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1:30 PM

Allan had also done some string trimming at the north end:

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It is a busy work area by the boats.

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just along the edges behind the garden

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debris

Allan dropped me at home so I could dig and box up some plants while he dumped the debris, and then we gathered our sign and earth flag and rushed over to Black Lake for the

Indivisible Climate Change Rally and Plant Exchange

The idea was that Joe Chasse and Allan would boat around the lake with earth flag and signage.  Joe’s heavy wooden sign on a small barge turned out to be too heavy to tow easily…

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So he brought it up to join the rest of us who were picketing along the street.

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Joe is a veteran and worked for years on boats, mostly in Alaska, and he knows the importance of the Coast Guard.

 

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We are legion.

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Allan did successfully sail (and row) with the earth flag.

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Allan left the flag with me and rowed back to the other end where he’d left the van.

Gwen, who organized this rally,  wrote: “It was a lovely day to be out on the streets smiling at folks as they drove by. Denny counted 70 cars in 10 minutes times 2 hours. That’s over 800 cars with an average of 2 passengers. Good audience for our smiles and poster work. Methinks there should be more poster work ahead and more pop up rallies on sunny days. The plant exchange was bountiful as well. Thanks to everyone who showed up today.”

After an hour and 45 minutes holding our signs, we had our little plant exchange.

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Gwen and Robert’s doggie.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Gwen gave me a pin that I love.

at home

When we went home to pick up our work trailer, we gave an impromptu tour to our friend Gene and his companion who had just stopped by.  Although the garden is embarassingly weedy, they seemed to enjoy it.

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Ilwaco Community Building

Allan and I got back to work, first with some deadheading at the community building that turned into a whole lot of weeding when we saw how much horsetail and bindweed had popped up.

Life Flight came over to the hospital just to the north and took off again post haste, meaning someone was having a terrible day.

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The community bulding with Life Flight coming in for a landing.

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Allan’s photo

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deadheads with bindweed (Allan’s photo)

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Life Flight leaving (Allan’s photo)

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I complained vociferously about the bindweed, horsetail, salal, and way too much heather, four reasons why I had resisted taking on this job. The upside of the job is that the library is in this building. I find it meaningful for the library to have a beautiful garden.

There are still too damn many flat, scratchy heathers, though, and it’s beyond me why anyone would plant the vigorously running salal where it can entwine with other plants.

boatyard again

We returned to the boatyard to string trim the newly weeded edge.

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repeat photo of before

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tonight

Now we just have to find time before Saturday to finish weeding the garden…

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damnable horsetail

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We are counting on the predicted five weekdays of good weather to get all gardens as perfect as possible before next Saturday and Sunday’s parades.

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Monday, 3 April 2017

We dropped some work papers off at the port and noted the intense blueness of the grape hyacinth and anemones. Photos did not capture it well. 

I resisted the temptation to weed at the Ilwaco post office.  We headed straight up north.

The Planter Box 

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single and double cherry flowers in front of The Planter Box garden store

I refreshed my supply of sweet pea seeds with 2 more packs to make sure I had enough for the boatyard.  As every year, I optimistically bought some mixed greens and sugar snap pea seeds.  Why do I always think I’ll have a good kitchen garden?  It has not worked out that way since many many years ago in Seattle. In my garden there, I used to make salads from the garden.

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garden dreams at the seed rack

I had more confidence in the artichoke that I bought, and another cardoon for the front garden.  It would be nice if the artichoke proved to be deer resistant.  I’m going to try it in the unfenced area by Devery’s driveway.

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artichokes

I was pleased to find Lamprocapnos ‘Valentine’ (bleeding heart).  I’d been wanting this one.

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And I bought one of the species rather invasive ones for the bogsy woods.

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Planter Box owner Teresa Millner (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

At KBC, I planted just a few sweet peas.  We weeded, did some belated rose pruning, and fertilized, with Mary’s help.

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me and Mary

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double hellebore and Fritillaria meleagris (Allan’s photo)

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double primrose (Allan’s photo)

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Erythronium (dog tooth violent) (Allan’s photo)

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I found the tiniest of Pacific tree frogs.

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Frog Admiration Society

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Sarah (Allan’s photo)

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in the fenced garden

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tulips in the fenced garden (Allan’s photo)

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narcissi

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narcissi

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and more narcissi

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii

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outside the fence: tremendously fragrant daphne

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a deer in the landscape (Allan’s photo)

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by the pond

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sword fern

Long Beach

On the way through town going north, I had noticed two particularly dead-heady clumps of narcissi.  We stopped to deadhead them.

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planter sitter damage (Allan’s photo)

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It’s Spring Break (Allan’s photo)

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by Stormin’ Norman’s kite and gift shop (Allan’s photo)

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parrot tulip bud (Allan’s photo)

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carousel and bike rack (Allan’s photo)

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part of a future vintage Fun Ride (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco boatyard garden

I planted sweet peas along the fence while Allan did some light weeding. We already need to schedule a serious all day weeding session here.  Last year, I planted sweet peas along the fence with no expectations because I had some left over.  They did surprisingly well.

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weedy again; lots of poppy seeds

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Allan’s photo, the north fence

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big impressive Bambi (Allan’s photo)

on our block

We (Allan) needed to get two small lawns, next door and across the street from us, mowed before the rain returns tomorrow.  I figured I could get Norwood’s and J’s gardens weeded and erased from the work list.  But first…I decided that a tatty old helianthemum needed to be removed from our driveway garden.

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It is weedy, grassy, and half dead.

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Allan helped pull it.

But wait…just as I was thinking I’d have time to do an hour’s weeding at home AND the two little jobs, I remembered, at 4:45, that the Living Liberally meeting was tonight at 5:30 (way too early an hour for spring and summer).  The lawns had to be done.  Allan got started, while I went to weed and deadhead at the tiny Norwood garden.

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Look who crossed Devery’s yard to help me.

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Frosty, too, looking for the gate

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Allan mows between us and Norwood’s as fast as ever he can.

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I got most of the front garden weeded at J’s and Allan got the tiny pocket lawn mowed.

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I have to get tough on removing the cute but invasive ranunculus.  Not tonight.

Living Liberally

We made it back to the Adrift Hotel by 6, in time for one hour of an interesting meeting.

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bamboo corner at Adrift Hotel

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campfire courtyard at Adrift

The [pickled fish] restaurant was simply too busy with spring breakers after the meeting.  At least coming straight home gave me time to write a blog post.

Sweet peas are off the work board.  I hope that tomorrow, the weather will permit us to finish J’s, Ilwaco planters, and the Ilwaco Community Building.

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BONUS

Loree of Danger Garden sent me this link about THE Oysterville garden.  It has only one garden photo (featuring the favourite spot, the south terrace) but many photos of the home’s interior.  I hope to get there to see the spring garden soon, while the narcissi and hellebores are still in bloom.

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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.

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

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

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all sorts of bikes

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


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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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I’m still playing catchup with some two day posts while I try to get to only five days behind instead of fifteen.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

lilies in our volunteer garden at the post office

lilies in our volunteer garden at the post office

I planted the three little gazanias.

I planted the three little gazanias.

Rudbeckia that Our Kathleen donated last year.

Rudbeckia that Our Kathleen donated last year.

I asked Allan to photograph the Basket Case hanging baskets across the street in front of the museum (because they were on his side of the van).

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Mike’s Garden

I had big plans to prune (or rather…have Allan prune) some of the climbing rose out of Mayor Mike’s beach pine today.  We ran out of time, though, because a couple of other jobs had suddenly joined the schedule.

NEXT week...I hope...we will thin out the rambling rose.

NEXT week…I hope…we will thin out the rambling rose.

I had big plans to get Long Beach AND Ilwaco and the Port of Ilwaco gardens done today and have Friday through Monday off.  My first thought upon waking had been “Tomorrow off!”.  Two things happened to change that when I checked my email and Facebook.  1.  I found out about an art show that would take place in Coulter Park…which was a mess.  2. I found out for sure that the sale of Jo’s house had fallen through, and because we like Jo and Bob so much, I offered to keep working there after all, deadheading and grooming once a week while it is for sale…including going there today to check on the watering.

The Depot Restaurant

While we were doing our weekly watering and deadheading, a group of garden admirers came by to chat.  The daughter was studying zoo horticulture (including what not to feed to the animals), which made for an interesting and informative conversation on all sides.  The dierama (angel’s fishing rod) was a big hit.

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north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

lilies and helenium

lilies and helenium

more lilies

more lilies

lots of deadheads on the cosmos now (Allan's photo)

lots of deadheads on the cosmos now (Allan’s photos)

after deadheading

after deadheading

looking south

looking south

the front with barrels and window boxes by Nancy Aust of The Basket Case

the front with barrels and window boxes by Nancy Aust of The Basket Case

Long Beach

the weekly grooming of the welcome sign

the weekly grooming of the welcome sign

Cosmos 'Happy Ring' reseeded from last year

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ reseeded from last year

one weird flower on the echibeckia

one weird flower on the echibeckia

both sides

both sides

and the back

and the back

I decided we had better check on the kite museum garden.

It is doing well this year!

It is doing well this year!

Gift shop manager Patty has been keeping it watered and deadheading the cosmos, thus the prolific blooms.

Gift shop manager Patty has been keeping it watered and deadheading the cosmos, thus the prolific blooms.

Jo’s Garden

Here we were again at Jo’s garden, making it look fresh and nice for the realtor who would meet with Jo and Bob tomorrow.

after deadheading some spent gladiolas

after deadheading some spent gladiolas

I hope a gardener buys this place.

I hope a gardener buys this place.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard

Here is the real estate listing for this dream house and garden.

back to Long Beach

We started in Long Beach town again by working together to groom the City Hall and Veterans Field gardens.

poor li'l Crimson Pygmy barberry got smashed.

poor li’l Crimson Pygmy barberry had gotten smashed.

It used to look nice like the others.

It used to look nice like this one.

Someone had left a rock in the flag pavilion, we think in memory of a loved one. (Allan's photo)

Someone had left a rock in the flag pavilion, we think in memory of a loved one. (Allan’s photo)

Then Allan and I parted ways.  While I watered all the planters, Allan tackled Coulter Park.  It had not been done for awhile, and Friday and Saturday (July 22-23), the Peninsula Art Association would be having an art sale in the old train depot building there.  It took Allan three or four hours to undo the tangles of bindweed and salmonberry which is creeping under the fence from the north.  I’ve gotten so fed up with the situation, and especially with clipping salmonberry out from the canes of a row of thorny roses, that I’ve somewhat given up.  Fortunately, Allan is made of sterner stuff.

before and after

before and after

the horror of bindweed

the horror of bindweed

before

before

after

after

the painful rose nightmare...rose and salmonberry roots intermingled, with plenty of thorns on both.

the painful rose nightmare…rose and salmonberry roots intermingled, with plenty of thorns on both, topped with bindweed and birdsfoot trefoil

after

after (the salmonberry roots are still all entwined with the roses; you can see salmonberry taller than the fence, behind)

looks nice for the art show patrons

looks nice for the art show patrons.  A monster salmonberry looms on the other side.

Meanwhile, I watered planters and did a bit of deadheading in Fifth Street Park.

Sanguisorba in Fifth Street Park

Sanguisorba in Fifth Street Park

white tigridia

white tigridia

I collect snails from the planters and, because I don’t like to kill them, I deposit them in a couple of empty lots along my route.  There was an odd moment, when I saw this one trying to leave the bucket, that I felt for one second like it was my pet, like a dog or a cat.

a strange moment indeed

a strange moment indeed

sweet pea success in one of the planters (with a tower that holds a business name sign)

sweet pea success in one of the planters (with a tower that holds a business name sign)

edging carpet of golden thyme

edging carpet of golden thyme

pizazz in miniature

pizazz in miniature

parsley

parsley

agastache and parsley

agastache and parsley

Fun Rides

Fun Rides

Not only do I like the new paint job on Fun Rides, but the new owners are playing much better carousel music.  Instead of the same carny tune over and over, I’ve heard carnivalized versions of YMCA, Heart of Glass, and several more pop/disco songs that make me happy.

Allan got done with Coulter Park in time to water four of the planters.

a stunning cosmos (Allan's photo)

a stunning cosmos…like ‘Seashells’ but fluffier.   (Allan’s photo)

We quite simply could not get to Ilwaco, sadly, so our Friday off slipped through our fingers.  I did not feel we could have gotten done even had we worked a ten hour day.  For awhile, I felt rather glum, then reminded myself that an all Ilwaco day is not such a hard thing.

Friday, 22 July 2016

I wanted to stay home with my Smokey.

I wanted to stay home with my Smokey.

post office garden

post office garden

Port of Ilwaco

Because some rain had fallen overnight, I deluded myself into thinking we wouldn’t have to water.  I was wrong.  We realized immediately upon arrival at the boatyard that the garden had not been moistened enough by the light rain.  I weeded while Allan watered.

a boat going out

a boat going out

I overheard the boat owners saying it was going to be windy this weekend.  I hoped that just meant out on the water.  One said to a friend that the boat was “so smooth you could do brain surgery while crossing the bar.”

looks like bad invasive purple loosestrife has blown in from somewhere, down where I can't get at it.

looks like bad invasive purple loosestrife has blown in from somewhere, down where I can’t get at it.

about 1/5 of the boatyard garden, looking south

about 1/5 of the boatyard garden, looking south

sweet pea success

sweet pea success

I then hoped we would not have to water the Howerton Ave. curbside gardens.  So wrong.  We ended up watering almost all of them.

a little bird in the garden at Time Enough Books

a little bird in the garden at Time Enough Books

watering the most parched west end garden bed

watering the most parched west end garden bed

Gaura 'Whirling Butterfly' (Allan's photo)

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterfly’ (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium (sea holly) (Allan's photo)

Eryngium (sea holly) (Allan’s photo)

grateful plants (Allan's photo)

grateful plants (Allan’s photo)

snaking hoses a long way from the dock (Allan's photo)

snaking hoses a long way from the dock (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' is fading to tan (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ is fading to tan (Allan’s photo)

Pokemon go players (Allan's photo)

Pokemon Go players (Allan’s photo)

still clear water today

still clear water today

a different and prettier bindweed on the bank of the marina

a different and prettier bindweed on the bank of the marina

Memorial plaques are set into the lawn at the marina. (Allan's photo)

Memorial plaques are set into the lawn at the marina. (Allan’s photo)

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Allan found the obituary of the father of the family, whose plaque is on the right.  Let’s take a moment to remember these local fishing folk.  We are always aware here that the commercial fisherfolk are a brave and hardy clan.

A light mist for about ten minutes was not enough to let us stop watering.  The water is still not on at the former Wade Gallery garden bed (which we had planted up all nice for the previous owners) so we are still bucket watering it (or rather, Allan is).

before the bucket watering, which is never enough: Even the Eryngium is suffering from lack of water.

before the bucket watering, which is never enough: Even the Eryngium is suffering from lack of water.

Penstemon longing for a good dose of hose water.

Penstemon longing for a good dose of hose water.  So frustrating.

I walked the whole length of Howerton weeding the beds.

the "drive over garden"

the “drive over garden” shows the difference when we can reach a garden with hose water.

blue catananche at the east end

blue catananche at the east end

Both Allan and I had noticed that 'Sapphire Blue' is going tan.

Both Allan and I had noticed that ‘Sapphire Blue’ is going tan.

Allan finished the workday by watering the Ilwaco street trees and planters with the water trailer while I went home and watered our own garden.  Then, our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.  (It had been delayed one day because of a Melissa excursion to Portland on Thursday.)  We had time on the way to visit the last half an hour of the PAA art show and chat with our friend Bayside Debbie.

Debbie and her really cool jewelry

Debbie and her really cool jewelry

The Cove Restaurant

sedums in Sondra's garden outside (Allan's photo)

sedums in Sondra’s garden outside (Allan’s photo)

caesar salad (Allan's photo)

caesar salad (Allan’s photo)

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

prime rib (a Friday night offering) for Dave and Mel (Allan's photo)

prime rib (a Friday night offering) for Dave and Mel (Allan’s photo)

and a very chocolatey dessert (Allan's photo)

and a very chocolatey dessert (Allan’s photo)

lemon mascarpone cheesecake, and our dear server Lynn treated us to our desserts.

lemon mascarpone cheesecake, and our dear server Lynn treated us to our desserts.

At last we had come to our three day rather than four day weekend, with plans for boating, gardening, and some time touring one of our favourite local gardens with friends.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 21: 10:30-5:00! COOLER  Picked berries, barely enough for one breakfast.  I planned to mulch and cage the tomatoes but ended up weeding, deadheading, and watering the flower beds in upper driveway and tam area.  I pulled gobs of the perennial geranium plants that are everywhere.  Did some weeding in front “ditch” but didn’t get done so I quit working at 5:00.

July 22:  Store and errands day.  Paid electric bill, Tim’s, Payless and Stock Market.  Which is being redone by new owners (QFC) so it’s very difficult finding items.

1998 (age 74):

July 21:  I put out all my quart mayo jars to recycle.  I’ll keep all the pints.  I can use mayo pints for tomatoes.  I called Foremost Insurance Co.  They will send an agent to check damage in bathroom floor—in 3 or 4 days.  [She was getting her home ready to sell so she could move to Long Beach.]

July 22:  TOO HOT  90 degrees.  The agent called at 9:00 AM.  She will come tomorrow at 1:00.  I worked all day going over my house plants.  I repotted several, threw some out, and put the plants back in the Floralight.  I picked berries at 5:30 still hot—not many because of the heat.  I watered from 7:00 to 9:00—then showered and quit for the day.

 

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Our mission continued to get Long Beach and Ilwaco gardens close to perfection before the Fourth of July weekend.  I hoped to finish today in order to avoid the crowds streaming into town on Friday for the most chaotic weekend of the year.

Ilwaco Post Office

I decided the “weeping love grass” by the little triangle of gravel that people cut across sometimes had to go.  It was too much of a foot grabber.

closest thing to a before pic is the grass in the trailer

closest thing to a before pic is the grass in the trailer, along with some debris from yesterday

I added some new eryngiums from Dancing Oaks Nursery.

I added some new eryngiums from Dancing Oaks Nursery.

much too empty now!

much too empty now!

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I want time to dig up the dratted columbines along the front; they had reseeded too freely.

Long Beach

Allan's photo. The law allows fireworks to be shot off for about seven days in a row. It is tiresome.

Allan’s photo. The law allows fireworks to be shot off for about seven days in a row. It is tiresome.

Someone had pushed over the anchor at Veterans Field, and the garden was smashed up in the middle, too.

Someone had pushed over the anchor at Veterans Field, and the garden was smashed up in the middle, too.

I wonder what happened.

I wonder what happened.

Although I love agastaches, I’m not impressed with the red one that I put in the planter by the tattoo shop.

The red agastache is small and weak.

The red agastache is small and weak.

I wanted a showy red one because the planter is near Red Dog Tattoo.

I wanted a showy red one because the planter is near Red Dog Tattoo.

Geranium 'Rozanne' excels in these planters.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ excels in these planters.

I weeded by Scrappucino.

I weeded by Scrappucino.

carousel (Allan's photo)

carousel (Allan’s photo)

petunia array by the Long Beach Tavern (Allan's photo)

petunia array by the Long Beach Tavern (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo (while watering street trees)

Allan’s photo (while watering street trees)

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Geranium 'Rozanne' and California poppy

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and California poppy

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Note to self: Put Geranium 'Rozanne' at each end of this planter by Funland that gets frequently sat upon.

Note to self: Put Geranium ‘Rozanne’ at each end of this planter by Funland that gets frequently sat upon.

Someone broke a big old lavender apart.

Someone broke a big old lavender apart.

It looks even uglier now on the inside.

It looks even uglier now on the inside.

still good on the outside

still good on the outside

I took the lavender from the broken part to Heather at NIVA green, my favourite shop.

NIVA green (Allan's photo)

NIVA green (Allan’s photo)

sand sculpture in Fish Alley

sand sculpture in Fish Alley

The sculptor will have to knock down last week’s sculpture to make room for the new one. He says he puts that off as long as possible.

by Wind World Kites: Crocosmia 'Lucifer' will still be blooming for the Fourth of July.

by Wind World Kites: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ will still be blooming for the Fourth of July.

A thought in Third Street Park:  Which shrub is better for a summer tourist town, rhododendrons or hydrangeas?

old rhododendrons

old rhododendrons

the new hydrangeas I planted a few years back to replace some tatty old rhodos. I rest my case.

the new hydrangeas I planted a few years back to replace some tatty old rhodos. I rest my case.  (Steve and John, they were not special rhodos!)

Lately, I have been distressed about the string trimmer whacking my along the edges of city parks.  I finally called and left a message about this one.  (No swearing or yelling, I promise.)

Weed-eater damaged Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Weed-eater damaged Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

Nasturtiums swallowing the other plants on Seventh Street.

Nasturtiums swallowing the other plants on Seventh Street.

We checked the planters out on the beach approaches.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Some wedding flowers had been left last week in the Lisa Bonney planter. Our friends Bill and Susie (Boreas Inn) had been close friends of Lisa and had officiated at her daughter’s wedding.

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The wedding flowers were dried up by now, so I placed them in the spot where she died, close to this planter.  Felt choked up about it, as I often do in this place.

There was a snake out in the road by the next planter.  Allan herded it into the safety of dune grass.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; I wish we had taken it home to eat slugs and snails.

We would have nabbed that snake for home, but a tourist passing by was terrified so we had to get it off the sidewalk quickly.

I decided that one section of roses needed to be pruned back, even though I knew this meant we would be pressed to find time to water Ilwaco tonight.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

On the Sid Snyder approach, the planter closest to Ocean Beach Boulevard had had both of its lovely lavenders stolen by next to the lamp post.

Damn the hide of whoever is doing this...and I think it is one person, and local.

Damn the hide of whoever is doing this…and I think it is one person, and local.

It should have lavenders like this one, further along.

It should have lavenders like this one, further along.  The plaque goes back to volunteer days of yore.

As the plants repeatedly get stolen from the planters on both beach approaches, I have stopped replacing them.  The bareness of the planters probably makes people think that we (or the volunteers that they may think still do the planters) are not doing our job.  I have given up, quite frankly.

Someone left a present, and that was a bit cheering.

Someone left a present, and that was a bit cheering.

The Long Beach welcome sign, both sides

The Long Beach welcome sign, both sides

front

front

and back

and back

There was no way that we could get all of the Ilwaco gardens done as well today.  At least we had time to water the planters before our weekly garden club dinner, and we would not have to return to Long Beach on Friday.

Ilwaco

This time I walked around and checked on all the planters.

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right: Diascia 'Blackthorn Apricot', my favourite

right: Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’, my favourite

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I crossed paths with Allan and his water trailer.

I crossed paths with Allan and his water trailer.

I spent the rest of my time weeding at the boatyard.

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NOOOOOO. I pulled out a healthy sweet pea.

NOOOOOO. I pulled out a healthy sweet pea.

I blame the low angle of sun being in my eyes....

I blame the low angle of sun being in my eyes….

and the damnable horse tail that grows along the fence.

and the damnable horse tail that grows along the fence.

I was awfully glad when Allan arrived to pick me up.

I was awfully glad when Allan arrived to pick me up.

We even had time to drop the trailer off at home before meeting Dave and Melissa for dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

…where we were joined by Bill and Susie of the Boreas Inn.  The Boreas garden is one I have let go, last year, and passed into the capable hands of Dave and Mel (Sea Star Gardening).

Sondra's gladiolas in the entry garden (Allan's photo)

Sondra’s gladiolas in the entry garden (Allan’s photo)

and lilies (Allan's photo)

and lilies (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Melissa, Susie, me, and delicious warm bread

Melissa, Susie, me, and delicious warm bread

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caesar salad

caesar salad

strawberry feta salad (Allan's photo)

strawberry feta salad (Allan’s photo)

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

spicy Thai prawns (Allan's photo)

spicy Thai prawns (Allan’s photo)

Moroccan chicken (Allan's photo)

Moroccan chicken (Allan’s photo)

 

 

 

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Our volunteer post office garden

Our volunteer post office garden

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I will soon remedy the bareness along the front edge. I do not like seeing soil!

I will soon remedy the bareness along the front edge. I do not like seeing soil!

Long Beach

Along with some tidying of parks, we watered all the Long Beach planters.  They had not been done since Wednesday because of our garden touring trip.  Fortunately, it had rained on Thursday and misted on Friday.

dierama and Dorothy Perkins rose in Fifth Street Park

dierama and Dorothy Perkins rose in Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Asiatic lilies Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park: I moved two tiny cannas from shade to sun in hope they will do better (like the ones we saw while garden touring in Salem).

Fifth Street Park: I moved two tiny cannas from shade to sun in hope they will do better (like the ones we saw while garden touring in Salem).  Not happy that front corner is bare.

in a planter: trimmed some nasturtium leaves so the poor agastache shows

in a planter: trimmed some nasturtium leaves so the poor agastache shows

I so love these santolinas.

I so love these santolinas.

First Place Mall planter and lovely grey weather

First Place Mall planter and lovely grey weather

The parsley in this planter reseeds itself and I edit it to the right amount.

The parsley in this planter reseeds itself and I edit it to the right amount.

parsley, cosmos, agastache

parsley, cosmos, agastache

one of my favourite planters, by Dennis Co

one of my favourite planters, by Dennis Co

Fish Alley (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley (Allan’s photo)

Fish Alley planter (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley planter (Allan’s photo)

A visitor was taking photos of his gnome. (Allan's photo)

A visitor was taking photos of his gnome. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by Lewis and Clark square (Allan's photo)

by Lewis and Clark square (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

reseeded eryngium is still there (Allan's photo)

reseeded eryngium is still there (Allan’s photo). It got wiped out by a street sweeper before the next Long Beach day.

We mulched the L&C Square planter. (Allan's photo)

We mulched the big L&C Square planter. (Allan’s photo)

L&C Square planter (Allan's photo)

L&C Square planter (Allan’s photo)

L& C Square planter (Allan's photo)

L& C Square planter (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

While Allan watered the street trees and planters, I weeded the boatyard.

one of the Ilwaco planters (Allan's photo)

one of the Ilwaco planters (Allan’s photo)  The deer are not bothering the nasturtiums as much this year.

Ilwaco planter, with orange lilies somebody else stuck in (Allan's photos)

Ilwaco planter, with orange lilies somebody else stuck in (Allan’s photos).  I would have cut off those erysimum flowers.

This kitty follows his person down Lake Street. (Allan's photo)

This kitty follows his person down Lake Street. (Allan’s photo)

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It took me an hour and a half to make a big mess just in this one small stretch of garden.

It took me an hour and a half to make a big mess just in this one small stretch of garden.  It hurts to step in and out of the garden, just a slight step down.

had to cut back an echinops that had placed itself next to the sidewalk...phooey.

had to cut back an echinops that had placed itself next to the sidewalk…phooey.

at the boatyard (Allan's photo). Allan helped clean up the mess I made.

at the boatyard (Allan’s photo). Allan helped clean up the mess I made.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

at home

At last I had time for a quick look around the garden while picking a bouquet for Salt Hotel.

nicely full barrel from some overnight rain

nicely full barrel from some overnight rain

I did not mind that we had watered yesterday and then it rained.  It was good to get hose water down to the surface of the planters; sometimes rain does not penetrate through the thick foliage.

looking SE from back gate

looking SE from entry gate

Mermaid rose

Mermaid rose

a leptospermum that I bought from Pam Fleming

a leptospermum that I bought from Pam Fleming

Clematis 'Rooguchi' blooming way up high

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ blooming way up high

my new Hydrangea 'Edgy Orbits'

my new Hydrangea ‘Edgy Orbits’

the curse of bindweed and no time to deal with it

the curse of bindweed and no time to deal with it

Fuchsia Lane

Fuchsia Lane

on Fuchsia Lane

on Fuchsia Lane

Danger Tree bed; I missed the peak of the Dranunculus vulgaris.

Danger Tree bed; I missed the peak of the Dranunculus vulgaris.

the rose that Jo gave me

the rose that Jo gave me

I wanted very much to stay home with Smokey.

I wanted very much to stay home with Smokey.

I wish for time to weed my front garden.

I wish for time to weed my front garden.

Port of Ilwaco

bouquet delivered to Salt Hotel

bouquet delivered to Salt Hotel (astilbes and sanguisorba)

at the marina

at the marina

We had some weeding to do at the port before our main job of the day.  Our goal for the week: To get Long Beach and the port and the boatyard gardens looking great for the Fourth of July weekend.

chatting with Don Nisbett at his gallery

chatting with Don Nisbett at his gallery

Time Enough Books curbside garden

Time Enough Books curbside garden

a veronica and beach strawberry

a veronica and beach strawberry

pulling spent poppies by Salt Hotel

pulling spent poppies by Salt Hotel

garden at west end

garden at west end, looking east

west end garden, looking west

west end garden, looking west

FINGER BLIGHT! Some swiped an eryngium flower stalk.  Grrr.  (Allan's photo)

FINGER BLIGHT! Some swiped an eryngium flower stalk. Grrr. (Allan’s photo)

Jo’s garden

Our friend Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) was working on a garden kitty corner from Jo’s and popped over to visit before we got started.

Ed and Jackson

Ed and Jackson (Allan’s photo)

my good friend Jackson

my good friend Jackson

We spent the rest of the day weeding and grooming Jo’s garden, perhaps for the second to last time.  Jo, our longest time client for over 20 years, is passing her beach garden and cottage on to a beloved niece.  I have decided it is time to pass the garden on to Dave and Melissa and/or Todd.  I am now a year older than the age Jo was when she first hired me in 1994.

I'll miss Jo and Bob and my good friend Coco.

I’ll miss Jo and Bob and my good friend Coco.

Coco (Allan's photo)

Coco (Allan’s photo)

Jo's entry garden

Jo’s entry garden

entry flower bed, before

entry flower bed, before

and after some weeding and trimming

and after some weeding and trimming

inside the entry flower garden (Allan's photo)

inside the entry flower garden (Allan’s photo)

middle courtyard, with Jo behind the screen door

middle courtyard, with Jo behind the screen door

northwest path, before

northwest path, before

and after Allan trimmed it up

and after Allan trimmed it up

me and Jo

me and Jo

west garden

west garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

before...and...

before…and…

after (Allan's photos)

after (Allan’s photos)

the west gate (Allan's photo)

the west gate (Allan’s photo)

It has been a year of letting go.  This is a favourite garden to say goodbye to, even though it is one that we only care for once every month or so.

 

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