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Thursday, 22 June 2017

I’ll get my initial 25 mph wind complaint out of the way right here at the beginning, and get back to more fervent complaining at the end.

First, a watering of all the container plants at home.  I still don’t have the patio area tidied and arranged and it is almost July!

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As we drove off to work, we saw that Dave and Melissa were working on a former garden we had created several years ago.  We quit because of…reasons.  I wouldn’t say it bothered me to see that garden fill with weeds; however, for the sake of the remaining good plants, I was glad to see them working on it.

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Sea Star Gardening doing a great job releasing plants from weedy smothering.

Long Beach

We weeded and tidied at the welcome sign and made sure the water was on, because the temperature for this weekend is predicted to be 90 degrees.  (I’m going to complain about that for sure.)

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Welcome sign…seems lacking without the high maintenance Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ that I decided to forgo this year. Also, no one had echibeckia available. Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ is not making a good background show at all.

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I hope the cosmos get taller soon.  Must remind self many plants have been slowed this year by cold weather.

Despite the wind, our next project was to start a methodical end to end weeding of the beach approach.  We’ve been jumping around to the sections that need mulch the most.  Today, I did not think we had time to get mulch from the works yard, so weeding took priority. (All Allan’s photos:)

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starting at the west end

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sand and clover

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These big flat yellow clovers are satisfying to pull because they come out easily on one main stems and clear a big area when gone.  (Allan’s photo)

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After: We got two out of 12.5  sections done, with probably another whole section or more done earlier this week in mulched areas further on.  Only took 1 1/2 of hours for two sections, compared to about 3 hours (meaning 6 with two people) per section on the initial spring weeding. (Allan’s photo)

My goal is to get through the whole garden by July 4th and then to do the complete mulching of all low and/or open areas by mid July’s Sandsations event.  The garden will be a little wild but will, I hope, not have tall weed grasses or vetch all through the roses.

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after

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passersby

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We usually eat lunch by holding a peanut butter sandwich with one hand and taking bites while weeding with another hand.  Often I forget to eat lunch at all. Today we rewarded ourselves for our good work with a Pink Poppy Bakery treat and coffee at Abbracci Coffee Bar by Fifth Street Park (east side).

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In the words of Madeline of Pink Poppy Bakery: “It may look plain but don’t judge a bundt by it’s cover! Pecan brown sugar pound cake will remind you of Grandma’s kitchen.”

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In Abbracci Coffee Bar

Next, we weeded in Fifth Street Park.

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I had petted this friendly little doggie named Woo Woo.

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Allan weeded an annoying scrim of horsetail.

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Allan used the string trimmer to clear this area that goes behind the restroom.

Someone years ago planted “dwarf” pampas grass on the L shaped “behind the restroom” area.  It is infested with weeds. I made it clear a few years back that it was no longer our problem.  In my opinion, it needs to be totally removed…by someone younger and stronger.

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Woo Woo and her guy having lunch from Captain Bob’s Chowder. (Allan’s photo)

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Northwest corner before weeding horsetail and trimming stems that had gone cattywampus in the wind. Forgot to take an after.

With the park pretty thoroughly weeded, we set out on our watering walkabout.  I went north and Allan went south on Pacific Way (the main street).

Allan’s photos:

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starting at the carousel

I’m amazed that allium has not been bothered.  If they would remain unbothered, I would plant a lot more of them in the planters.  In previous years, they did not last more than a few days before being plucked.

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yellow bidens

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the recently re-done southernmost planter

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ending across the street from the carousel

my photos:

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In Fifth Street park, east side: Eryngium and starry Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’.  The latter is starting to make up for its rampant, floppy foliage.

A young woman tourist stood by this Basket Case Greenhouse basket….

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and said “This is just what my baskets look like at home…” and then laughed and added, “Not so much!”  I could have said “You can get one just like that at the Basket Case on Sandridge for $29.99!”

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Looking across the street, I thought the Stormin’ Norman planter looked great…..

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…with lots of red to tone with the building.

When I got there at the end of my rounds, I found it full of chickweed and fireweed and the dangnable ornamental wire plant that we have tried to eliminate.

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Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’

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Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’

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Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’

Because I was all out of photos for the NIVA green Facebook page, I stopped in there to take some.

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NIVA green

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I peeked into the plant section at Dennis Company and saw this list of deer resistant plants.

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I have found they do eat Astilbe and Gaura, and I am sorry, but this needs a spell check.

Ilwaco

I walked around all the planters and street tree gardens and groomed them (especially the deadheading of the older and larger Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, most of which are rocking back and forth a bit after the recent windstorm).  The wind was horrible…so cold, and so strong it was like a bully almost knocking me over at times.

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a business’s planter on First Avenue

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First Avenue window

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Allan watered and fertilized all the planters with the water trailer.

Since the last thorough go-round, a lot of big weeds had appeared.

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under one of the street trees! (Allan’s photo)

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the orange lilies someone planted in one of our planters. (Allan’s photo)

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one of my favourite tree beds blowing in the wind

A friend drove by on the way to birdwatch at the port and said “It’s late, you have to go home! I saw you can hardly walk across the street!”  I said, “I can’t; this has to be done!” And it did have to be done; we could not quit with only two thirds of the planters watered and cared for.

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old Erysimum, before

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after

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boatyard

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boatyard garden (will get plenty of weeding next week)

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picotee poppy at the end of the boatyard garden (Allan’s photo)

We finished by watering and some weeding at our post office garden, by which time we were both cold and wet and miserable and windblown and squabbling after a 9.5 hour day.

Tomorrow, I have some local weeding to do and Allan has some volunteering at the playground build project. That will make for a short work week.  We will be making up for that with many hours next week.

 

 

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

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Smokey waiting for morning rain to stop

We were surprised when the weather cleared up midmorning.  Rain, wind, or sunshine, we had been planning to tidy the Ilwaco planters and street trees.  Doing so in pleasant weather was a treat.

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First, we did a bucket’s worth of weeding at our volunteer post office garden.

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Post office garden has little offseason structure, leaving room for an explosion of summer flowers.


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Fritillaria meleagris, and me weeding


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Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’


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southernmost planter: finger blight evidence shows why it looks so drab.


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Allan’s photo

Even though they are still blooming, we will soon be replacing the woody old Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’.

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They have gotten too tatty looking at their bases.


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The tree gardens need some mulch.


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amazed this windblown tree has not fallen yet.


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wish I had not let the bad aster take over a couple of the tree gardens…


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Col Pacific Motel’s mini garden


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Allan’s photo


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“yellow hoop petticoats” (Allan’s photo)


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Narcissus bulbocodium (Allan’s photo)


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downtown Ilwaco (Allan’s photo)

The weather got so warm that we went back home for summer shirts.

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Look who I found snoozing together!


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secret buddies Frosty and Calvin

I also noticed a joyous sight: a special trillium from Dancing Oaks Nursery, that had been ever so tiny and that I thought had died, had popped up after all.

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We did a bit more weeding at the community building.

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Ilwaco Community Building

Long Beach

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Deer have left us the tulips at the welcome sign.

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They are even prettier inside.

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The back of the sign should have pastel tulips soon.


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I met a very nice labradoodle named Curly.


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checked up on the city hall garden, one of our best….

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trillium, which I rescued years ago from the road next to my old house when the road was being widened.


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Allan’s photo

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Pure white resists being photographed.


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hellebore


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Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’


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Peggy’s Park, sprawling old hebe…


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cut back

Peggy’s Park, on the east side of city hall, was planted by Gene and Peggy Miles and remained in memory of Peggy, who died of ovarian cancer far too young and is still much missed.

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Brunner ‘Looking Glass’, a perennial forget me not planted soon after she died.


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I think this is hosta’s best moment.

Just inside city hall, this sign made me think:

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Even when I am at my crabbiest and most anti social, it is highly probable that one of our gardens makes someone smile every day.

Next, Allan weeded and groomed Coulter Park because there will be an art show at the old train depot building over the weekend.

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Allan’s photo; wind had the narcissi all facing backwards.

I deadheaded the two north blocks of planters and had a quick visit with Heather at our favourite shop, NIVA green (and refreshed my stash of photos for the shop’s Facebook page.)

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just north of NIVA


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That corner has also become a deer crossing so will not get new tulips next year.


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outside NIVA green (New, Inspired, Vintage, Artful)


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inside

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Walking back north to meet Allan, I saw more evidence that 2nd North is now a deer intersection.

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Drat.

I felt a sprinkle and looked south, to see rain heading our way from Ilwaco.

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By the time I rejoined Allan, the rain was coming down in earnest.  He had the bright idea of cheating and knocking down the last of a weedy bit with the string trimmer.  It worked a treat.

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By then, I was in the van, watching.

I thought we would have to skip my idea of getting some mulch for Fifth Street Park.  But by the time we had dumped our debris at city works, the sun was back and so we filled just four buckets with mulch.  A sight there made me decide to save the rest of the mulch.  I knew exactly where these plants came from: the southernmost planter on the east side of Pacific.  I would need the rest of the pile to eventually fill it back in.

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distinctive plants from a particular planter

I’m glad that planter got dug out.  It was too shrubby, going back to volunteer days.

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The pile is getting small.

While Allan weeded in Veterans Field, I did two more blocks of trees and planters.

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muscari in Vet Field (Allan’s photo)


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muscari (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo


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anemone (Allan’s photo)


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red white and blue (Allan’s photo)


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Tulip acuminata


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more Tulip acuminata (a favourite of mine)


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Delicate species tulips look best after our extra rainy month of march.

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The more showy tulips, like this four year old ‘Gavota’, get smaller flowers every year.


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This year the double and parrot tulips look just miserable so far.  Maybe no more next year…even though I love them so.


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note to self: dig out most of this horrible ivy soon


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It was challenging getting through the spring break crowds with my weed bucket.


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lots of narcissi under the trees


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and in the planters


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I thought my new “cushion bush” had made it through the winter.  No…all dried up.


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Zoltar offered to tell my fortune.

On my way back to meet Allan at Vet Field, I encountered a woman and little girl with a big bouquet of narcissi and grape hyacinths.  I said, “Oh, gee, I hope those did not come from the city planters.”  “No, she picked them on the beach!” said the mom.  “You must mean the beach approach garden,” I said, and she replied “No, they were on the beach.”

“On the beach, my arse,” I thought but did not say as I walked away.  I knew darn well they were from the beach approach garden because I recognized them as ones I had planted…and they do not grow on the beach.  Allan said he might have asked, “You mean the ‘beach’ area right past the Please leave the flowers for everyone to enjoy sign?”.  I’m trying not to make a tourist’s day miserable so I wouldn’t go that far but…sheesh.

We drove out to check on the Bolstad beach approach planters.

If people would just not pick the flowers, there would be dozens more to brighten everyone’s day.

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These were exactly the kind in the girl’s “beach” bouquet.

Allan dropped me off at the southernmost planters and we had a look at the empty one.  It must be going to be fixed or replaced because last year a car drove into it.

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We have never seen a planter empty before with all the works showing.


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of great interest to us

Allan went to Fifth Street Park to weed while I did the last two block of main street planters.

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My experiment in February of cutting back a big woody santolina seems to have worked.


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happy and multiplying species tulips


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narcissi and euphorbia

You might notice from these photos how much less pedestrian traffic we have on the south blocks of downtown.

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Fifth Street Park, NE side


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lily flowering tulips do well in rain


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Allan’s photo


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note to self: divide these lovely primroses to grow under some other trees, as well.


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note to self: weed southwest corner of Fifth Street Park at least once before tall plants hide it.

Allan had remembered to weed out the bad aster corner in Fifth Street Park.

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mulching

Finally, we deadheaded the planters on Sid Snyder Drive…

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Allan’s photo: That soil depression is the sure sign of another stolen plant.  That was after he brushed soil back into the hole.

…and last, the little garden at the World Kite Museum.

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new concrete pads


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I hope they are going to dig out this row of tatty hebes, too (hint, hint!)

The very last thing we had to do was deadhead narcissi in the window boxes at the Depot Restaurant, and we decided to eat there if they had room for us at the counter.  They did.

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Depot Restaurant and Sou’wester RV Park (Allan’s photo)


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counter view

We wanted to have delicious things that will not be on the summer menu.

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wilted spinach salad


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cinghiale with gnocchi


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French onion soup

At home: The check up list is done.  Of course, all the gardens need regular check ups from now on.  The recent check up list was because of missing almost a month at some jobs due to incessant rain.

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I’m glad we got caught up. Tomorrow’s predicted storm will most likely lay the narcissi and tulips on their sides.

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This is what’s coming. We are the blue bubble about haflway up the coast.

(As I write this on Friday, we are halfway through the storm and have lost and then regained power.  It is noisy; the tarp has blown off the stacked crab pots next door, and one of two highways leading to the Peninsula has been closed because of downed trees.  I think the worst is over, so do not worry.)

 

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Cold weather, a brief back problem, and an intense desire for hide out and read postponed our starting work this year.  I was using the excuse that the whole peninsula has been economically affected by the lack of clamming tourism this winter so no one would mind if we started up two weeks later than usual. (The clams have tested positive for a toxin, which happens sometimes, and so clam season has been delayed and delayed again.)

I’d written the first work board of the year several days ago.

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Allan had loaded the tools into our van on Saturday.  As he loaded buckets into the trailer, I talked through the window to Jasmine, one of two new neighbours right next door.

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introduced myself to Jasmine

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in our garden (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

We began close to home with the Ilwaco street trees and planters.

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Allan’s photo

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weeding at First and Eagle

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The boatyard garden can wait for a couple of weeks.

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Ilwaco boatyard, north side

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crocuses in the planters

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Allan’s photo

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in front of Azure Salon, before

I had been looking forward to tidying the alyssum from under the tree and to pulling a dead erysimum from this planter.

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Rosemary blooming in front of Azure

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Nn front of City Hall, the plant offerings are not from me.

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The Anchorage garden got some clipping and waking up because this coming weekend is a three day holiday (Presidents Day) which will surely attract guests.

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tidied center courtyard in 60 degree sunny weather

Allan trimmed a buddliea at the entrance.

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before

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after

I hadn’t intended it to go that far back but I think it will be fine and probably quite refreshed. If not…well…buddlieas of the old fashioned seedy kind are considered noxious weeds now, anyway.

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Allan pruned one large-ish ornamental grass….harbinger of many to do the same thing to soon.

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after

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spring bulb windowboxes

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Iris reticulata

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I was pleased to see there have been snowdrops.

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In bright sunshine, a hamamelis scents the Zen Courtyard

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We trimmed another grass (Allan) and a hydrangea (me) before heading back to Ilwaco.  Allan’s photos:

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after

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before

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pruning

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after

Ilwaco again

We finished with a tidying and clipping of sedums and ferns at the Ilwaco Community Building.

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hamamelis, probably ‘Diane’

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crocuses

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Allan’s photo

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Iris reticulata (Allan’s photo)

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by the entrance to the library

At home, I clipped back my Melianthus major, which, as Melissa had put it, was “not amused” by this winter’s heavy freeze.

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That is one small area clipped. So much more to go in our own garden.

We are expecting two more good weather days and are going to focus intensely on Long Beach town next.

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work board t0night

 

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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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We had to cram all the jobs into the early part of this week because of leaving on Thursday (June 23) for the Hardy Plant Study Weekend.  I was hoping and fretting about rain; it was in the forecast for Thursday but I couldn’t count on that, so watering had to be done as well.

There is very little left on the work board because of yesterday’s accomplishments.

next week....we might finally get the center parking lot berm in Long Beach done. The mulching is ongoing.

next week….we might finally get the center parking lot berm in Long Beach done. The mulching is ongoing.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ilwaco post office garden

Ilwaco post office garden

I hope to find some good plants for along the front of the post office garden at the Hardy Plant weekend, especially since two fabulous nurseries will be part of the touring.

Now that the poppies are mostly done, the front is blah.

Now that the poppies are mostly done, the front is blah.

The Depot Restaurant

success: ornamental grasses enclosing both the east and south side of the dining deck

success: ornamental grasses enclosing both the east and south side of the dining deck

looking south from the front

looking south from the front…we watered…

front plantings by Basket Case Nancy Aust

front plantings by Basket Case Nancy Aust

The Red Barn Arena

garden was dry...so we watered (Allan's photo)

garden was dry…so we watered (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s Garden

my good friend Misty

my good friend Misty…we watered and fertilized

Misty went under the porch during watering. (Allan's photo)

Misty went under the porch during watering. (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking southwest

looking southwest; thank goodness we do not have to water here.

looking south

looking south

looking west from back porch

looking west from back porch

looking north

looking north

cosmos, lilies, alliums, poppies

cosmos, lilies, alliums, poppies

poppy

poppy

This year, the deer are eating down the Persicaria 'Firetail'; in previous years, they have left it pretty much alone.

This year, the deer are eating down the Persicaria ‘Firetail’; in previous years, they have left it pretty much alone.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

through the gate

through the gate

birdbath view

birdbath view.  Mary and Denny water here, so glad!

Dierama

Dierama

Rose 'Bow Bells'

Rose ‘Bow Bells’

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Towering Thalictrum 'Elin'

Towering Thalictrum ‘Elin’

daylily

daylily

helenium

helenium

lilies

lilies

rose

rose

hydrangea

hydrangea

The Anchorage Cottages

My good friend Mitzu

My good friend Mitzu

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

office planters; that's manager Beth on the left

office planters; that’s manager Beth on the left, watering!

office planter

office planter

mouthwatering Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice'

mouthwatering Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’

window boxes

window boxes

more window boxes

more window boxes

cottage roof (Allan's photo)

cottage roof (Allan’s photo)

As we drove away, we saw this cute truck being utilized by a woman who was doing some pruning nearby.

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1946 Ford

Long Beach

added to the tiny popout an ornamental grass I've had in a pot waiting for a home

added to the tiny popout an ornamental grass I’ve had in a pot waiting for a home

weeded along the front of the big popout and trimmed the roses that were poking out

weeded along the front of the big popout and trimmed the roses that were poking out

While I weeded the popout, I sent Allan a block north to city hall as on Monday, I was sure I’d seen a weed when we drove by.  He took these photos:

Can you see the weed that I saw from our van while driving by?

Can you see the weed that I saw from our van while riding by?

Allan pulled it.

Allan pulled it.

a big dandelion!

a big dandelion!

Port of Ilwaco

We watered all along the port, at least 3/4 of the garden beds.

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

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

Eryngium, santolina, achillea (Allan's photo)

Eryngium, santolina, achillea (Allan’s photo)

watering east end garden (Allan's photo)

watering east end garden (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Nasella tenuissima (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Nasella tenuissima and lavender (Allan’s photo)

Yay, another eremerus!

Yay, another eremerus!

at Time Enough Books

at Time Enough Books

view across from port office garden

view across from port office garden, south side

north side of port office

north side of port office

(irritating lens spot today) Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and lavender

(irritating lens spot today) Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and lavender

Santolina at Salt Hotel (Allan's photo)

Santolina at Salt Hotel (Allan’s photo)

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

not a round ball anymore (Allan's photo)

not a round ball anymore (Allan’s photo)

looking east from the west end

looking east from the west end

Salt Pub

We had our weekly dinner early this week at the Salt Pub.

Allan, Melissa, and Dave

Allan, Melissa, and Dave (Sea Star Gardening)

view

view

delicious potato soup

delicious potato soup

smoked tuna melt, always scrumptious

smoked tuna melt, always scrumptious

nachos for Allan

nachos for Allan

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Ilwaco

Yesterday, I had forgotten about doing Mayor Mike’s garden so we started there.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

…Followed by some fussing over the post office garden.

our volunteer garden at the post office

our volunteer garden at the post office

snails picked from lilies, got rehomed

snails picked from lilies, got rehomed

Long Beach

watered along the edges of the welcome sign

watered along the edges of the welcome sign

welcome sign: turned up the soaker hose pressure

welcome sign: turned up the soaker hose pressure

We watered the street trees and planters (fertilized the planters), splitting up and going in different directions.

Fifth Street Park, Super Dorothy rose

Fifth Street Park, Super Dorothy rose, basket by Nancy Aust

agastache, Calif. poppy, lavender

agastache, Calif. poppy, lavender

agastache and cosmos

agastache and cosmos

smoke shop planter

smoke shop planter

Fish Alley sand castle (Allan's photo). The sponsor was the RV park where we used to garden (til our good friend and RV Park owner Lorna retired).

Fish Alley sand castle (Allan’s photo). The sponsor was the RV park where we used to garden (til our good friend and RV Park owner Lorna retired).

Fish Alley, sandcastles every weekend (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley, sandcastles every weekend (Allan’s photo)

by Dennis Co (Allan's photo)

by Dennis Co (Allan’s photo)

reseeded eryngium (Allan's photo)

reseeded eryngium (Allan’s photo)

preachers in Lewis and Clark Square (Allan's photo)

preachers in Lewis and Clark Square (Allan’s photo)

The tree gardens are just not as good as the planters. They get watered less and....I keep meaning to do better.

The tree gardens are just not as good as the planters. They get watered less and….I keep meaning to do better. (Allan’s photo)

The only sad planter thing was that one little lavender we’d planted to replace a tatty old lavender had gotten crispy and sad looking.  No photo.  I am hoping no one notices till I can get a better one.

Veterans Field: Salvia patens, Phygelius 'Cherry Ripe', Salvia 'Hot Lips', Salvia 'May Night'

Veterans Field: Salvia patens, Phygelius ‘Cherry Ripe’, Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, Salvia ‘May Night’

Ilwaco

Allan watered the planters and street trees with the water trailer.

Ilwaco planter (Allan's photo) with sneaky chickweed

Ilwaco planter (Allan’s photo) with sneaky chickweed.  Chickweed got cocky during week of rain when we did not have to water.

Allan's view of the boatyard while watering.

Allan’s view of the boatyard garden while watering planters and trees.

downtown (Allan's photo)

downtown (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco city hall (Allan's photo)

Ilwaco city hall (Allan’s photo).  Deer are nibbling the nasturtiums.

Despite predicted rain tonight, I watered the boatyard garden.  I can’t count on the rain and we won’t be watering again till Monday.  It was one of the hardest boatyard waterings ever due to lots of noise (welding, compressors), a bigger than usual obstacle course of tools and gear behind the boats and fewer hoses available.  I persevered and got it done.

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lots of scrimmy horsetail

lots of scrimmy horsetail

Thorough weeding will have to wait till next week, to get it pretty near perfect for the big Fourth of July festivities (fireworks in Ilwaco on Saturday, July 2nd).

most poppies are looking tatty but can't pull them till they reseed somewhat

most poppies are looking tatty but can’t pull them till they reseed somewhat

I long for time to make an edge along the back.

I long for time to make an edge along the back.

poppies are no longer a blaze of red

Poppies are no longer a blaze of red.

I long to pull them and reveal the shapes of the perennials.

I long to pull them and reveal the shapes of the perennials.

a deer grazing in the boatyard

a deer grazing in the boatyard

an unusual name for a boat

an unusual name for a boat

Finally home, I started running the sprinklers around the garden.  After three of six post-mounted sprinklers had run for half an hour each, a rain started that seemed strong enough so I could stop the watering.  I hope it continues all night and into tomorrow because that will hold the various city planters, so susceptible to drying out, until Monday.

And that, in two days, was all the jobs we still do, except for our occasional check up in Jo’s garden in Long Beach.

Because the blog is running a week late, by the time you read this, we will have returned from Hardy Plant (fate willing).

To give me time to catch up on work next week before beginning the Hardy Plant garden tour posts, tomorrow’s post will be from my mother’s garden diaries, June ’97 and ’98, including some non-gardening entries that I haven’t shared in the daily entries.

And then….a wealth of tour garden posts should appear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Oh how I wanted to finish my book…but first I was still figuring out how to write about what happened Wednesday regarding that thing that I am probably done writing about.  It worried me how to say it best, and took part of the morning and some advice from friends including my dear old copy editor friend, Montana Mary, to refine it.  As soon as it was done, I felt free and went out into the garden with a deep sense of joy and of having TIME.  The book would have to wait till after dark.

First thing I saw:  The old tree that has never had fruit since we moved in here in 2010 has fruit this year.

The tree to the left...

The tree to the left…

...has fruit on some branches.

…has fruit on some branches.

water box frog (one of several)

water box frog (one of several)

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Allan decided to make a landing spot for the fledgings when they emerge from the Motherboard Birdhouse.

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after

after

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He got the itch to prune Paul’s Himalayan Musk:

before

before

after

after

I got a considerable amount of enjoyable weeding done while Allan went to Ilwaco Community Building to work for a couple of hours on his own job.  I am helping there more but he likes to have that job be his own, I think.

Community Building garden

Community Building garden

a fern and the dreaded salal

a fern and the dreaded salal

He had a snack while sitting by Black Lake.

He had a snack while sitting by Black Lake.

Black Lake memorial plaque

Black Lake memorial plaque

Memorial Day fishing

Memorial Day weekend fishing

and a catch

and a catch

When he returned, we had a campfire that made a perfect end to the gardening day.

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overhead: blue evening sky

overhead: blue evening sky

evening light

evening light

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perfect corn roasted in foil with butter, salt and pepper

after sausages and buns: perfect corn roasted in foil with butter, salt and pepper

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my beloved Smokey

my beloved Smokey

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Stipa gigantea (Allan's photo)

Stipa gigantea (Allan’s photo)

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the remainder of last winter's windfall wood

the remainder of last winter’s windfall wood

An episode of Luther and finishing my book made for a good day’s end.  I loved Casting Off (book four of the Cazalet Chronicle…one more to go) so much that I sat and hugged the book for awhile when I was done with it.

Monday, May 30 2016

Allan had a plan to go boating.  As happens with long weekends, he had to water the Ilwaco planters first.  Unfortunately.  He does not get the good stretch of time off that I do.  In fact, I have to admit that while he was watering, I was sleeping.  I had started a new book at 1 AM and found it most absorbing.

Allan’s watering Ilwaco photos:

bindweed and a daisy at the boatyard faucet where he fills up.

bindweed and a daisy at the boatyard faucet where he fills up.

California poppies

California poppies

at the boatyard

at the boatyard

Harvey-O

Harvey-O

across from the post office

across from the post office

This is adorable. Thanks to whoever did this!

This is adorable. Thanks to whoever did this!

By the Griffin Gallery. Plant protectors.

By the Griffin Gallery. Plant protectors.

Ilwaco City Hall planters

Ilwaco City Hall planters

He returned home, loaded the MaryBeth boat and headed down to Seaside for an adventure.  I began my pleasant day of weeding, staying out from under the big trees because of a strong 20 mph not too cold wind.

front garden before...

front garden before…

after

after

next door at Nora's

next door at Nora’s

He let me get this close.

He let me get this close.

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Last night as we sat round the campfire, Allan had a brilliant idea: that we should name the four lanes of grass that run north-south in the back garden.  I immediately came up with four good names, although I am wavering between ideas on one of them.  Here they are:

the west path: Fuchsia Lane

the west path: Fuchsia Lane

Fuchsia lane has some nice hardy fuchsias.

on Fuchsia Lane

on Fuchsia Lane

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on Fuchsia Lane

on Fuchsia Lane

the right center path: Black Cat Lane

the right center path: Black Cat Lane

because of the kitty bench

because of the kitty bench

left center path: Pippin Lane

left center path: Pippin Lane

because of the Cox's Orange Pippin apple tree.

because of the Cox’s Orange Pippin apple tree.

Although I did think of calling it Radway Lane because of the Radway Sunrise rose.

Although I did think of calling it Radway Lane because of the Radway Sunrise rose.

the east path: Nearly Wild Lane

the east path: Nearly Wild Lane

because it is the narrowest lane and starts with the Nearly Wild rose.

because it is the narrowest lane and starts with the Nearly Wild rose.

I first thought of calling the east lane Blueberry Lane because it ends at a patch of blueberries.  Which do you like best, Blueberry Lane or Nearly Wild Lane?

Allan even spoke of making signs.  I wonder if he will?

looking southeast from the double door gate

looking southeast from the double door gate

All the lanes converge on Campfire Cove and beyond that is Salmonberry Loop through the bogsy wood.

I am very satisfied with all of this.

Tomorrow: Allan’s day on the good ship MaryBeth.

For those who like old pictures: I have added a couple more posts to The Grandma Scrapbooks.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

May 29: cool  12:30-4:30  It tried to rain but only a few drops so I stayed out.  I planted sweet peas near a rose trellis.  Planted some begonias in wooden tubs.  These are the ’96 bulbs that I didn’t label so I don’t know if they are upright or cascade.  I planted some of the “little” bulbs in bowls.  I quit early because I was tired and I wanted to eat before basketball game.

May 30:  I planted more seeds in house.  I didn’t feel like going outside.

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Saturday, 14 May 2016

As had happened every morning lately, I woke early and immediately thought of the garden at the Job in Jeopardy.  This time, I was able to go back to sleep (after an hour of worry and fuming) without resorting to any sleep aid.  This meant a late start to the day, which was ok because it was a Saturday of garden jobs near home.

We had had rain!  I was ecstatic.

after rain

after rain

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Every one of our rain barrels was brimming full again.

Every one of our rain barrels was brimming full again.

water in the tiniest bird and bee bath (Allan's photo)

Eleagnus 'Quicksilver' laid sideways by the rain

Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’ laid sideways by the rain

clematis to the top of the front arbour (Allan's photo)

clematis to the top of the front arbour (Allan’s photo)

We had to work today, but first, the Saturday Market.

flower bouquet of the week on its way to Salt Hotel...just something I do because I love their pub and restaurant so much.

flower bouquet of the week on its way to Salt Hotel…just something I do because I love their pub and restaurant so much.  (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco Saturday Market

by our parking spot

by our parking spot

flower delivery (Allan's photo)

flower delivery (Allan’s photo)

view from the ground floor at Salt

view from the ground floor at Salt

market view from Salt Hotel (Allan's photo)

market view from Salt Hotel (Allan’s photo)

Betsy Millard (left), director of Ilwaco's Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (Allan's photo)

Betsy Millard (left), director of Ilwaco’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (Allan’s photo)

Wood Turnings

Wood Turnings

Wood Turnings

Wood Turnings

in the Wood Turnings shop (open Saturdays next to Time Enough Books) (Allan's photo)

in the Wood Turnings shop (open Saturdays next to Time Enough Books) (Allan’s photo)

Hudson Gardens

Hudson Gardens

This new plant vendor will be there every other week (Rozanne and Darrel) (Allan's photo)

This new plant vendor will be there every other week. (Allan’s photo)

Darrel and Rozanne, Hudson Gardens (Allan's photo)

Darrel and Rozanne, Hudson Gardens (Allan’s photo)

Hudson Gardens fairy gardens

Hudson Gardens fairy gardens

Hudson Gardens

Hudson Gardens

Hudson Gardens

Hudson Gardens

Along with buying the usual Saturday treat, I arranged with Maddie of Pink Poppy to make Melissa's birthday cake for Monday.

Along with buying the usual Saturday treat, I arranged with Maddie of Pink Poppy to make Melissa’s birthday cake for Monday.

Pink Poppy's Madeline Moore (Allan's photo)

Pink Poppy’s Madeline Moore (Allan’s photo)

Maddie's spouse, Jacob, makes these.

Maddie’s spouse, Jacob, makes these. The nigella were grown in a hoop house.

more plants (Allan's photo)

more plants (Allan’s photo)

This year's Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt.

This year’s Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt.

evidence of delightful rain

evidence of delightful rain

A Sea Breeze Charters had just unloaded its fish and its happy customers.

A Sea Breeze Charters had just unloaded its fish and its happy customers. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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more plants for sale (Allan's photo)

more plants for sale (Allan’s photo)

The canneries are bustling.  (Allan's photo)

The canneries are bustling. (Allan’s photo)

asparagus and greens at De Asis Produce (Allan's photo)

asparagus and greens at De Asis Produce (Allan’s photo)

We like the little Port of Ilwaco truck.  (Allan's photo)

We like the little Port of Ilwaco truck. (Allan’s photo)

a passerby at the Craft 3 Bank garden (We care for the curbside garden only there.)

a passerby at the Craft 3 Bank garden (We care for the curbside garden only there.)

Ilwaco Gardening

pulled a few little weeds from this Howerton Ave curbside garden that we call the driveover garden (between two driveways)

pulled a few little weeds from this Howerton Ave curbside garden that we call the driveover garden (between two driveways)

Today was not the day to weed the curbside gardens; I was focused on getting cosmos into the boatyard garden and trailing plants into the Ilwaco planters.  Despite the rain, each planting hole in the boatyard garden was dry underneath the surface and had to have a dipper of water poured into it.

sweeping up after an hour and a half of planting and weeding at the boatyard

sweeping up after an hour and a half of planting and weeding at the boatyard

achillea and Geranium 'Rozanne'

achillea and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

a local and his wee dog, Minnie

a local and his wee dog, Minnie

I got to say hi to Minnie several times as she and her guy walked back and forth fetching things for their boat.

I got to say hi to Minnie several times as she and her guy walked back and forth fetching things for their home.

poppies seeded into the lawn at the south end of the garden

poppies seeded into the lawn at the south end of the garden

I found this giant dandelion in the gravel inside the boatyard gate.

I found this giant dandelion in the gravel inside the boatyard gate.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

planting

planting

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allium albopilosum (Allan's photo)

Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Next, we planted cosmos in our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office, which took almost as long as planting at the boatyard.

planting

planting

Ilwaco post office garden

Ilwaco post office garden

post office garden

post office garden

The grey, faintly misty day kept the California poppies closed (Allan's photo)

The grey, faintly misty day kept the California poppies closed (Allan’s photo)

new plants in the post office planter

new plants in the post office planter

We watered the Ilwaco planters and added plants to many.

Someone, not me, stuck lilies in this planter.  Sweet, but the dying foliage will not be good so they will get moved to under a street tree once they have flowered.

Someone, not me, stuck lilies in this planter. Sweet, but the dying foliage will not be good so they will get moved to under a street tree once they have flowered.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At the last minute, I had pulled some red diascias for the Red Barn Arena garden from the tray of available trailies, so I ran out by the last two planters.

This one still has a hole where someone stole a lemon thyme last week...and I'm out of plants for today.

This one still has a hole where someone stole a lemon thyme last week…and I’m out of plants for today.

With all the Ilwaco planting accomplished, we had time to celebrate the end of our six day week.

Salt Hotel Pub

We had removed a few tatty, woody old Erysimums from the planters and Allan suggested we give the flowers to Laila.

another bouquet for Salt

another bouquet for Salt

on the second floor: Laila got some new plants.

on the second floor: Laila got some new plants.

taking pictures of the view

taking pictures of the view

margarita time

margarita time

crab hush puppies (Allan's photo)

crab hush puppies (Allan’s photo)

crab mac and cheese and tuna melt (Allan's photo)

crab mac and cheese and tuna melt (Allan’s photo)

best tuna melts ever

best tuna melts ever

On this grey evening, I hope for more rain.

On this grey evening, I hope for more rain.

Our nice clean van was marked with dirt from everywhere I touched it on this planting day.

Our nice clean van was marked with dirt from everywhere I touched it on this planting day.

Feeling extraordinarily tired, I resolved to take Sunday and Monday off even if it resulted in a frantic rush later in the week.  My own garden sorely needs attention.

at home: Planting Time on the work board is getting whittled down.

at home: Planting Time on the work board is getting whittled down.  I remembered I still need plants for the Veterans Field planters in LB.

ginger

1997 (age 73):

May 14:  Brought the spring bulbs, dahlias etc from shop to porch, made labels, etc.  Should be planted ASAP.  Weeded more in lower driveway.

1998 (age 74):

May 14:  Errand day—Tims for a birthday card for Robert [her son in law, my spouse at the time], post office, and QFC.

 

 

 

 

 

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