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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.

Anchorage Cottages

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

Long Beach City Hall

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

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before

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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.

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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…

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…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)

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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

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

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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.

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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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Friday, 6 May 2016

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Ilwaco post office garden

We stop at the post office every day because our little town does not have home mail delivery, so it easy to follow the progress of our volunteer garden there, and sometimes too easy to stop and weed for a few minutes or an hour instead of getting straight on to work.  I find myself wondering if the people who do NOT compliment it (many do) just think it is messy.  We’ve donated 99.9% of the plants and mulch and so it has quite an assortment.  Looking at the photo as I create this blog entry makes me think again about something that happened later in the day.

The Red Barn

We did a quick checkup and weeding at the Red Barn and at Diane’s garden next door.

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at the Red Barn (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo, mother and son


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We will be planting new annuals in the Red Barn barrels soon.  The bulb foliage is at that awkward stage.

I forgot to take my camera when I walked across the pasture to Diane’s garden.

The Basket Case Greenhouse

I had three flats of plants to pick up for the Long Beach welcome sign.

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I couldn’t resist some perennials and a clematis for me.  (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo


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buying ONE last plant for today, an artichoke

a saddening work experience

I’m not naming the next job because I don’t want it searchable here, mainly because I think what happened today is a fluke that will blow over.  I hope.  I learned upon arriving today that an interim manager does not like our flower garden, the one we created as volunteers when my mom lived here and then kept as a job after she died, charging extra low “grandma rates” for the past six years.  The labor budget keeps us limited to about an hour and a half a week maximum, so not every corner of the areas outside our flower beds (or in them) gets perfectly weeded.  (It is not unusual for us to throw in a little time for free.) We mostly concentrate on our four flower beds; since the small center lawn was not getting mowed, we string trim it and have let some flowers like blue scabiosa and rose campion seed into it.  The temporary Person in Charge used a word like “trashy” to describe the garden and, even though she was given our phone number, had already had one or two other people bid to WEED it.  My first reaction was to turn and walk out and never go back, till I was assured the situation was temporary and the the WEEDERS had not actually been hired yet.  The temporary Person in Charge was not there, and will be leaving next week, we were told.  I was asked to please not quit.  I went to look at the garden.  It was NOT full of weeds and I think that someone does not recognize what is a weed and what is a perennial plant.  Fortunately, no one had WEEDED which  I believe have would have resulted in good plants getting pulled and little seedlings getting trampled.  We would have been happy to pull every last horsetail in the worst horsetail corner if our labor budget could be increased to about twice as many hours as we have now (because the area is about twice as big as our flower gardens).  That brings up another issue: How many hours a week can we devote at Grandma rates when those extra hours would take away from jobs with our full wages?

I was upset and in a state of shock and cried in the bathroom and then watered the garden with my tears.  I do not want to leave it, but I will not compromise on this one and turn it into a tidy barkscape, if that is what was desired.  It is supposed to be a “grandma garden”, a cottage garden, and I have heard nothing but love for it from the residents of this place.  It is for them that we create it.  It has the plants my mother loved, many from her garden. I have a strong clear vision for how I want this garden to be and it’s not something I will change, not after 6 years of trying on a shoestring to achieve it.   Before we arrived this week, I had heard from someone that the garden was looking beautiful, and it had been praised and photographed a few days ago on the place’s Facebook page, so I did not show up to work expecting to be met with news that someone else had almost been hired to “weed” it.

My hope is that the regular Person in Charge returns on Monday as predicted.

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in that awkward stage when everything is ALMOST ready to bloom.


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Soon there will be lilies and many flowers of perennials.


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Outside the flower beds, wild strawberry was a pre existing ground cover.  We cannot weed that area in our time budget so we use the string trimmer on it.


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The original bed outside my mom’s room (which is empty this week).  Outside the flower bed edge, wild strawberry and the dreaded salal, both pre existing.

Each of the four flower beds was dug out by us as volunteers from scrubby, weedy, dried out, uncared for grass.

Right now the garden is in flux between spring bulbs and late spring color.  My own garden is good year round but then I spend lavishly on plants.  At this job I spend maybe $30 to $50 a year on plants (in order to add some annuals) and another $20 to $30 on bulbs.

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my mom’s birdbath which we have left here, since we see it every week in work season.  That little triangle bed has plants put into it long ago by other volunteers.


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soon to be flowery…I think it could have defended itself from dislike if it had been more flowery right now.


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There are four rose bushes from my mother’s garden and probably two dozen perennials from her old garden.


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This rose, outside the flower beds, was dying from lack of water and care.  It had been planted by a someone for one of the residents.  We nurtured it and brought it back to health.  (Allan’s photo)


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more outside the garden beds, with ground covers planted long before we were on the scene.  All we have time for is to use the string trimmer around the plants.  The groundcovers could look like weeds to someone who is used to barkscapes.

An hour and a half later (much of it spent blubbing to myself), we left, not knowing what was going to happen in the long run, feeling terrible (me), still reeling.  There are several residents who especially like the flowers and two who talk with us every week.  I would hate to leave them.  Perhaps by next week, this tempest will just prove to have been tea-potty and all with be back to normal here.

Marilyn’s garden

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from the street

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Scooter cheered up my depressed mood.

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view from back deck


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looking north; will be planting cosmos soon

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Here, we had only a short time for weeding and deadheading bulbs.  We had watering to do at the south end of the Peninsula before dark.

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view from the sit spot


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the sit spot


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Dutch iris


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Siberian iris


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Allium bulgaricum


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Allium schubertii


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Bella (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo

Long Beach

By five o clock, we were back in Long Beach trying out the new faucets on the Sid Snyder approach planters.  It is wonderful that Parks Manager Mike put in new connectors so we will be able to hose water these.

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happy plants!  The plaque is from volunteer days of yore.


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litte plants in a planter we recently re-did (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

I now had high hope for a weekend almost off.  We got to Ilwaco by six and I started watering the boatyard garden.  It had held up very well for not having been watered yet at all this year.  Allan fetched the water trailer and watered the Ilwaco planters and street trees.

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watering the boatyard


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from inside the fence

Today, because each faucet where I needed a hose HAD a hose, and none of the hoses were attached to boats,  I did not have to drag a hose around the obstacle course.  As we worked, a cold wind came up, sometimes blowing hard enough to make me feel off balance.  A cute white haired fisherman offered me the use of the hose by his boat (which I already HAD used) and said he liked the garden, and another fisherman with a boat in the yard said he loved the flowers.

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in the boatyard


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wind warning flag over the port (Allan’s photo)


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planter at city hall (Allan’s photo); that volunteer feverfew must go away or the two planters won’t match.

Reunited after the boatyard and planter watering, Allan and I set out to water the gardens by the port pavilion and by the old Wade Gallery, now owned by Fort George Brewery.  We had permission to use the Fort George water…but the building hand just changed hands and the water was turned off.  Blargh!  We filled up buckets from the Ilwaco pavilion faucet and bucket watered the Fort George garden.  Hard work and we hope that faucet is back in play soon.

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nearby, Allan noticed this planter (not ours) with an artificial flower and a weed.

The east end curbside garden still needed watering in this dry and windy weather, and I thought Time Enough Books and the Port office curbsides probably did, too.  I also thought I needed to drown my sorrow from earlier in the day with one drink at Salt Pub.  It closes at 9 on Fridays.  It was decided that we would do the rest of the watering Saturday evening.

Salt Pub

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the comfort of a Mojito (Allan’s photo)

The nicest thing today, something that lifted my spirits, happened at Salt.  Laura, a woman whose lawn Robert and I mowed lo! 20 years ago bought our drinks, saying she had seen Allan and I both out watering in the evening.  She has toured our own garden once on the official tour and once stopping by, and I told her to tour it any time she likes.

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taco salad with tuna (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo


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our view


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night fall


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crab hushpuppies


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The bar also offers a port view in the big mirror.

I was heartened by Laura’s kindness and by another fisherman, at the bar, who told Allan how much he likes the boatyard garden.  The work situation from mid day still weighed on my mind and reminded me of many gardens lost over the years (when people move away, when they die, when someone new takes over and wants “the plants to not touch” or doesn’t want us to water, when someone can no longer afford to have a gardener, and so on…).  Two days almost off would be just the cure for my malaise.

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view to the north as we head for home (Allan’s photo)

ginger

1998 (age 74):

May 6:  Gray skies cool breeze.  Another busy day.  I took the white hose in the shop and watered all the tomatoes and begonias [under lights].  It worked pretty good.  Also watered in greenhouse and strawberries.  I potted the new mums and 10 butterfly plants.  I shuffled trays around in shop and put the 2 trays of begonia seeds from house to under lights.  I took out three trays of tomato plants to plant into milk jugs but did not get them done—too busy.  [She cut the tops of plastic milk jugs and grew tomatoes in them in her greenhouse, with drainage holes, I assume.]

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Just after the library closed yesterday, I saw in an email that volume three of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s Cazalet Chronicle had arrived.  I suppose it was a good thing that I did not pick it up, because if I had I would have used Sunday’s heat as an excuse to stay in reading all day.

During the previous week, I had finished Love All by EJH, with a heartrending subplot of a garden designer having to leave the garden she created over many years:

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That breaks my heart.

It was hot today, somewhere around 80, so my big gardening-all-day plans were thwarted by my weather wimpiness.  In and out of the house I kept going, to rest from the heat.

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bright and hot out

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Frosty also thought it was too darn hot to be outdoors.

Finally at 3:30, the wind that had been keeping me from working in the shade of the trees died down and so I embarked on some weeding along the west side of the bogsy woods.

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hardy fuchsia in cool shade

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southwest corner of garden, before

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two hours later

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pursuing errant salmoberry (Allan’s photo)

The bogsy wood is thick with salmonberry, and it always wants to come forward into the gardens I’ve established along its north edge.  Because the salmonberry roots are entwined with the alder tree roots, humans would not win at removing it.  At least not this human.

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I do make tunnels and clearings in the salmonberry groves, just for fun.

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salmonberries that had crept into the preferred shrubs

I then set upon the dead salmonberry patch on the east side.  Of all of the groves of salmonberry in the bogsy woods, this one is on the most raised up hump of ground and I think its roots could not get into the water table last summer.

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before

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2/3 gone; the rest will need sawing at the base

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a much nicer view into the woods without a big dead thing among the trees

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dry branches to chop down into small kindling for a campfire

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A lot of chopping made the wood small enough for our tiny fire.

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We had some sausages ready for a campfire night and had a most pleasant time except for a new phenomenon: a cloud of mosquitos.  It must be going to be a bad mosquito year as they usually have not been especially bothersome in our garden.

 

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near the campfire…Oh how the snails love that hosta.  They leave the impatiens omeiana alone.

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Aquilegia ‘Clementine White’

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Camassia leichtlinii Alba

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and the still so very unweeded east side beds

Monday, 2 May 2016

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next door, Nora’s roses

Less heat, and no wind so that I could work back in the shade again, made for a productive day.

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“new” broken pots from The Anchorage ready for planting

Allan went out to do errands and to water the Ilwaco planters, and bought me two round pavers for under those pots so that the horsetail will not creep through the hole and into the potting soil.  He also got wood for building an arbour at the front of the garage.

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I’m excited that he decided to start on the arbour!

I did feel bad for Allan that the Ilwaco planters needed watering.  We have not had rain for over a week and no appreciable amount is forecast.  It is a one person job (or would cost the city too much money if a second person was along but not always busy).

Allan’s workday:

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The Post Office garden needed some watering….Allan noted that the California poppies matched the Oregonian box.

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…but he couldn’t find the key to the faucet so only some of it got watered.

The watering season always starts out with a bit of a struggle to find various important little hose and faucet parts.

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post office garden, columbines

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Allan picked up the water trailer for its work season.

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While it filled at the boatyard, he ran the string trimmer behind the fence.

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the long stretch of hose to water a street tree

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Wisteria at the house by the boatyard

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The owner of that house is watering the nearby planter, bless her! Allan could tell by the water coming out the base.

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giving a planter and its escapees a good soaking

meanwhile at home:

I sawed away at the salmonberry trunks left from yesterday, with plans for another campfire with the dry chopped up wood.

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The dead clump is all gone and the middle of the grove weeded.

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I look forward to weeding in here.  I think an elderberry sprout is poised to grow on that little knoll.

As I was cleaning up my piles of weeds, and Allan was building the fire, we heard the voice of our friend Devery calling to us.  She’d heard our little battery chain saw toiling away and came to see what we were up to.  When invited to join our campfire, she revealed that she had never toasted a hot dog or marshmallow over a fire before.  Growing up on St Kits Island, she was so close to nature that “going camping” was not a thing; “We just went outside!” she said.

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campfire time

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campfire stories

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We recommended toasting the bun first. (Allan’s photo)

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all the fixings

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My Smokey likes a campfire evening.

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I was happy when he got in his own chair.

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Smokey (Allan’s photo)

For those who like my Grandma’s scrapbooks, I published another post on that blog.

Tomorrow, we must get back to work.

ginger

1998 (age 74):

May 1: Store day because I had to go to Tim’s to pick up a prescription.  So I went on errands to hardware store, telephone to pay bill, to Gordon’s to get some more fuchsias amd I bought a 6 pack of tomato plants!  Also to QFC.  I received a back ordered box from Parks and my order from Bluestone Perennials.  I did accomplish paying bills and the laundry.

May 2:  9:30-10:00  Finished planting tall dahlias in tam and UDFB.  It was cool and cloudy.  12:30-3:00 Watched Sonics win the first round against the Timberwolves.  They now must play the Lakers.  3:00 to 6:00 Weeded the tam “ditch” next to the road that was loaded with dandelions.  I came in and fed Tabby, took a shower and had a bowl of Frosted Flakes for my dinner.

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