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

Thursday, 21 July 2016

lilies in our volunteer garden at the post office

lilies in our volunteer garden at the post office

I planted the three little gazanias.

I planted the three little gazanias.

Rudbeckia that Our Kathleen donated last year.

Rudbeckia that Our Kathleen donated last year.

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

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Mike’s Garden

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

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

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

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

The Depot Restaurant

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

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north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

lilies and helenium

lilies and helenium

more lilies

more lilies

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

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

after deadheading

after deadheading

looking south

looking south

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

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

Long Beach

the weekly grooming of the welcome sign

the weekly grooming of the welcome sign

Cosmos 'Happy Ring' reseeded from last year

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ reseeded from last year

one weird flower on the echibeckia

one weird flower on the echibeckia

both sides

both sides

and the back

and the back

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

It is doing well this year!

It is doing well this year!

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

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

Jo’s Garden

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

after deadheading some spent gladiolas

after deadheading some spent gladiolas

I hope a gardener buys this place.

I hope a gardener buys this place.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard

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

back to Long Beach

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

poor li'l Crimson Pygmy barberry got smashed.

poor li’l Crimson Pygmy barberry had gotten smashed.

It used to look nice like the others.

It used to look nice like this one.

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

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

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

before and after

before and after

the horror of bindweed

the horror of bindweed

before

before

after

after

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

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

after

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

looks nice for the art show patrons

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

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

Sanguisorba in Fifth Street Park

Sanguisorba in Fifth Street Park

white tigridia

white tigridia

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

a strange moment indeed

a strange moment indeed

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

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

edging carpet of golden thyme

edging carpet of golden thyme

pizazz in miniature

pizazz in miniature

parsley

parsley

agastache and parsley

agastache and parsley

Fun Rides

Fun Rides

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

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

a stunning cosmos (Allan's photo)

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

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

Friday, 22 July 2016

I wanted to stay home with my Smokey.

I wanted to stay home with my Smokey.

post office garden

post office garden

Port of Ilwaco

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

a boat going out

a boat going out

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

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

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

about 1/5 of the boatyard garden, looking south

about 1/5 of the boatyard garden, looking south

sweet pea success

sweet pea success

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

a little bird in the garden at Time Enough Books

a little bird in the garden at Time Enough Books

watering the most parched west end garden bed

watering the most parched west end garden bed

Gaura 'Whirling Butterfly' (Allan's photo)

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterfly’ (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium (sea holly) (Allan's photo)

Eryngium (sea holly) (Allan’s photo)

grateful plants (Allan's photo)

grateful plants (Allan’s photo)

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

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

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

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

Pokemon go players (Allan's photo)

Pokemon Go players (Allan’s photo)

still clear water today

still clear water today

a different and prettier bindweed on the bank of the marina

a different and prettier bindweed on the bank of the marina

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penstemon longing for a good dose of hose water.

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

I walked the whole length of Howerton weeding the beds.

the "drive over garden"

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

blue catananche at the east end

blue catananche at the east end

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

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

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

Debbie and her really cool jewelry

Debbie and her really cool jewelry

The Cove Restaurant

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

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

caesar salad (Allan's photo)

caesar salad (Allan’s photo)

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

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

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

and a very chocolatey dessert (Allan's photo)

and a very chocolatey dessert (Allan’s photo)

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

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

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


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

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

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

1998 (age 74):

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

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

 

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Friday, 1 July 2016

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

east end of Howerton, looking west

east end of Howerton, looking west

with Catananche caerulea (cupid's dart)

with Catananche caerulea (cupid’s dart)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

weeding along Howerton Ave

weeding along Howerton Ave

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

water buckets (Allan's photo)

water buckets (Allan’s photo)

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

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

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

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

my favourite bed by the pavilion

my favourite bed by the pavilion

still blue water at the marina

still blue water at the marina

the condor

the condor

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

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

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, reseeded poppies behind the fence

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

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

passersby admiring and asking questions about the garden.

passersby admiring and asking questions about the garden.

a close look at Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

a close look at Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

I did some watering while Allan made a debris run.

I did some watering while Allan made a debris run.

debris and lots of it

debris and lots of it (Allan’s photo)

east end of the marina (Allan's photo)

east end of the marina (Allan’s photo)

back to the boatyard (Allan's photo)

back to the boatyard (Allan’s photo)

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

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

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

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

cosmos and helenium (Allan's photo)

cosmos and helenium (Allan’s photo)

Stipa gigantea (Allan's photo)

Stipa gigantea (Allan’s photo)

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

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

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

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

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

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

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

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74)

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

 

 

 

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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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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

As our jobs get fewer, by our choice except for one, it has become possible to do a check up on almost all the small jobs in one day.  (By small, I mean that all of Ilwaco and all of Long Beach are the big jobs.)

a pink penstemon at the Ilwaco post office

a pink penstemon at the Ilwaco post office

applying Sluggo (Allan's photo)

applying Sluggo (Allan’s photo)

The Depot Restaurant

Because the Depot dining deck is open for the summer, I am pleased that the ornamental grasses are beginning to give it enclosure.

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Allan weeding

Allan weeding

I remembered to prune the escallonia so that the railway history sign shows.  The restaurant is in a former train depot for the Clamshell Railroad.

Uh oh, the escallonia (wanting to be eight feet tall or more) is up over the sign again.

Last night

today

today

The escallonia does serve a purpose: protecting the corner of the building from bad drivers.

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Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' backed with Lonicera 'Baggeson's Gold'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ backed with Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’

I got to pet two dogs, my friend Ella (Betty’s dog) and a cute little passerby dog named Jack.

The Red Barn Arena

The Red Barn boards horses and also PushMePullYous.

The Red Barn boards horses and also PushMePullYous.

our garden at the Red Barn

our garden at the Red Barn

Diane’s Garden

Next door at Diane and Larry’s, we did a lot of watering including the streetside garden.

from the driveway

from the driveway

along the road

along the road

Allium in Diane's garden (Allan's photo)

Allium in Diane’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Nepeta 'Walker's Low' (catmint)   (Allan's photo)

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ (catmint) (Allan’s photo)

patio planters

patio planters

and more patio planters

and more patio planters

from the back gate:  We couldn't park in the field today.

from the back gate: We couldn’t park in the field today.

The Basket Case

Nancy, Shadow, and Fred (Allan's photo)

Nancy, Shadow, and Fred (Allan’s photo)

We had an errand next: to deliver the invoice from Basket Case to Long Beach. Of course, it cost me money because I could not resist buying some scented geraniums.

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Shadow gets a head-scritching from Allan.

Shadow gets a head-scritching from Allan.

The Anchorage Cottages

Allan accomplished some viburnum pruning, clipping carefully around an empty birdnest in case it might still be precious.

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

from behind the hedge (Allan's photo)

from behind the hedge (Allan’s photo)

maintenance path reclaimed (Allan's photo)

maintenance path reclaimed (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

arbour with New Dawn rose

arbour with New Dawn rose

center courtyard

center courtyard

office planters filling out nicely

office planters filling out nicely

Lower right: Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice', whose name makes my mouth water.

Lower right: Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’, whose name makes my mouth water.

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Don't know the name of this verbena that someone gave Beth.  Love it.

Don’t know the name of this verbena that someone gave Beth. Love it. (Allan’s photo)

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Allan did not quite capture the two dogs, a friend and Mitzu.

Allan did not at first quite capture the two dogs, a friend and Mitzu.

The little white dog was visiting while its people went camping; Beth said the dog did not like camping without a couch.

There they are! (Allan's photo)

There they are! (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Next, the long drive north to Klipsan, past the garden we recently lost. It can’t be seen from the road and is bothering me much less now that its loss is leading to being able to do ALL the  “small” jobs in one day!

in the fenced garden with Thalictrum 'Elin' on right

in the fenced garden: Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with tall glaucous foliage 

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

birdbath view

birdbath view

outside the fence

outside the fence

I am thrilled that the KBC crew are doing weeding around the edges so that we have less to do here.  I was, however, slightly crabby that the rocks, which used to be flat and walkable, are now all up and pointy.

Apparently I feel a little shaky about the rocks being all upended.

Apparently I feel a little shaky about the rocks being all upended.  They used to be set evenly in the soil with the flat side up.

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Mary’s callistemon, a gift from her plantsman brother

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I once thought this rose was ‘Nearly Wild’, so I bought Nearly Wild and it is not as lovely as this one.

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Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave'

Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’

honeysuckle

honeysuckle

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peony, outside the deer fence; revelation that deer don't eat peonies?

peony, outside the deer fence; revelation that deer don’t eat peonies?

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the pond island bed

the pond island bed

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Marilyn’s Garden

We spent some time weeding and trimming on this garden that we now share every other week with Melissa and Dave.

view from the street

view from the street

from the driveway

from the driveway

looking north

looking north

from the back steps

from the back steps

south end now with a good shrub screen

south end now with a good shrub screen

from where we park

from where we park

Allan found and clipped some more Himalayan blackberries.

Allan found and clipped some more Himalayan blackberries.

and he cleaned up along the south wall...before

and he cleaned up along the south wall…before

and after

and after

Recently, Marilyn’s daughter has posted on Facebook some charming photos of our dear friend Scooter (and friend) in the garden.

photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe

skooter

photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe

back to Ilwaco

We left Marilyn’s at six and I had every intention that we would weed out on the beach approach till eight.  A welcome rain put the end to the plan and we just drove home.

Something interesting is going on in a long vacant historic building at the Ilwaco stoplight intersection.

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at home: a welcome rain

at home: a welcome rain

By morning, all the rain barrels had filled again and we had a slight reprieve on our watering rounds, which called for a day off to go shopping and visit Pam’s Seaside gardens.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 1: Noon to 5:00  Gray and comfortably cool to work   I spread two black tarps on the garden area.  I pulled some weeds from that area that look like cabbage but where did they come from?  I move around the tomato plants removing the dead ones and added more soil to each one.  Then I actually planted the old dahlias.  Now if I can remember to mark them (if they bloom).    I then weeded the area around the apple tree (which is loaded with apples). There were two snakes in that area.

 

 

 

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Ilwaco

During gardening season, picking up our mail always involves a bit of weeding and deadheading at our volunteer garden at the post office.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

post office garden

post office garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

pink California poppies

pink California poppies

We drove to the fire station to check on the water needs of the planter there, which is under the eaves and gets no rain.  I looked again at the garden areas that I keep thinking of taking over as a volunteer…especially now that we have been fired (or I suppose I could say REPLACED) at Golden Sands and therefore have an extra two hours a week.  I walked all round looking for a hose faucet and found none anywhere near the gardens, except for one down in a hole in the sidewalk that is turned off.  The lack of water, and the thought that I might be crazy to take on a new project while needing a new knee, put the kibosh on the idea for now…along with the fact that it is getting late to transplant free plants.

one of the areas that calls out to me...north wall, under wide eaves...

one of the areas that calls out to me…north wall, under wide eaves…

and the other...southwest corner, sunny

and the other…southwest corner, sunny

The station deserves a volunteer garden because the firefighters themselves are volunteers.

We did a bit of weeding at Time Enough Books (Allan's photo)

We did a bit of weeding at Time Enough Books (Allan’s photo)

and some weeding and planting at the Community Building, which got some Sedum 'Autumn Joy' starts and a couple of sanguisorbas that had come out of my garden to make room for my mom's copper rose.

and some weeding and planting at the Community Building, which got some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts and a couple of sanguisorbas that had come out of my garden to make room for my mom’s copper rose. (Allan’s photo)

free plants going in

free plants going in

Long Beach

Today was the first day for liquid fertilizing of the Long Beach planters.

As we secured an excellent parking spot by Fifth Street Park, my eyes zoomed in on something that really bugged me.

Do you notice what is wrong?

Do you notice what is wrong?

The old lavender in the planter kitty corner, that I had cut back to improve traffic sight lines earlier this spring, is so dead inside.  So ugly.  I planted another small lavender in front of it in hopes of hiding the horror.  I can’t wait, so I asked Allan if he could dig the big old one out after he did his portion of the watering rounds.

lavender on left is glaringly hideous

lavender on left is glaringly hideous

In the first planter that I watered, I found half of the Lollipop lilies broken off.

What happened here?

What happened here?

I just philosophically picked them up and threw them out.  Now the planter is all out of symmetry.

Lilies remain on the other side.

Lilies remain on the other side.

This is one of the planters with a planting scheme left over from volunteer days, with an aggressively running rose that is too vigorous for the planter (beautiful right now when in its once-blooming stage).  I don’t plant lilies in the planters because their foliage, while dying back, is unattractive.  To have them broken off just in full bud is a darn shame.  Oh well!

Right about that time, Todd drove by and called out “You guys rock!”.  That was nice.

Also nice: I had unearthed a pair of my favourite clippers, the ones Fred Meyer stopped carrying.

Also nice: I had unearthed a pair of my favourite clippers, the ones Fred Meyer stopped carrying.  I wish I could find these to buy somewhere.

a Long Beach planter (Allan's photo)

a Long Beach planter (Allan’s photo)

In Fish Alley, I came upon the city crew hard at work making a big sandbox.  There will be sand castles built here by expert builders every weekend this summer.

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Parks Manager Mike driving the back hoe.

Parks Manager Mike driving the back hoe.

While bucket watering the four barrels in Fish Alley, I discovered that the two barrels at the west end of the alley had once again had every edging plant stolen. I told Mike it’s not from lack of trying that those barrels look blah.  One of the crew pointed out that all the lower light bulbs on the poles at the alley entrance had been stolen.  You can see the results in the first photo of the crew, above, and below.

light bulbs almost all gone!

light bulbs almost all gone!

This is not a crazy crime ridden town.  Yet things like this are so frustrating.  I told the crew that I had just had a brainstorm:  I am going to stuff the back two barrels with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ which is easily replaced with divisions if the plants get stolen.  It is the perfect plant for that: drought tolerant, so divisible, and yet not invasive or impolite toward other plants.  No more special plants for whomever is repeatedly stealing there.

Outside Wind World Kites, I joined in on petting the Mighty Quinn, whose tail never stopped wagging.  Quinn is so big and only two years old.

Quinn and the Kite Guy

Quinn and the Kite Guy

Quinn’s predecessor was a good friend of Tank, the kite shop mascot dog, and after Tank died of old age, his buddy used to check out Tank’s “office” in the back of the shop to see if maybe Tank was there.

Tank in his office

my very good friend Tank in his office, years ago

Allan finished watering and accomplished his lavender removal project.  His photos:

before

before

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He moved the new small lavender into the space.

He moved the new small lavender into the space.

after

after

I’d like to redo that whole planter and get the curly teucrium and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ out of it—both too invasive—but not this spring.

Allan's photo by Hungry Harbor Grille

Allan’s photo by Hungry Harbor Grille

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Walking by the park on Third Street reminded me that Mike had asked me to prune the hydrangeas by the bench.  After watering, Allan and I parked by there and did so.

after pruning. The hydrangeas had been blossoming through the back and seat of the bench.

after pruning. The hydrangeas had been blossoming through the back and seat of the bench.

A fellow smoking by the fence told me he had picked some flowers (rhododendrons, I believe) from the park and then felt he had done something wrong.  I was touched by his confession and gave him the hydrangea flowers I had needed to cut.  He was ever so pleased.

At the back of the park: aegepodium. DO NOT ever plant it! and tall fireweed. I left the fireweed, remembering that in the UK it goes by the lovely name rosebay willowherb.

At the back of the park: aegepodium. DO NOT ever plant it! and tall fireweed. I left the fireweed, remembering that in the UK it goes by the lovely name rosebay willowherb and is much admired.

Allan bucket watering the stage planters at Veterans Field

Allan bucket watering the stage planters at Veterans Field

We have a lot of little things to remember to do in Long Beach in order to keep plants alive and happy.

Eschscholzia californica 'White Linen' and Salvia 'May Night' in vet field corner garden

Eschscholzia californica ‘White Linen’ and Salvia ‘May Night’ in vet field corner garden

We had saved the northern two blocks of planter fertilizing till late afternoon.  I took a break  to go into NIVA green and get some more photos for the shop’s Facebook page.

front window, NIVA green

front window, NIVA green

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Heather Ramsay’s lamps

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a seat for a miniature garden

a seat for a miniature garden

doggies

doggies

Heather has the most artistic selection of greeting cards around.  I had a birthday gift certificate from Todd burning a hole in my wallet and I decided a wide selection of cards would be the perfect things to spend it on.

owl card

owl card

many choices throughout the shop

many choices throughout the shop

Allan's photo by Dennis Company

Allan’s photo by Dennis Company

Back to Fifth Street Park Allan and I went to get some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.  I planted all the rest of my sweet pea seeds, tired of packets floating around the house with just a few seeds in each.  It is crazy late to plant, I know.

looking toward the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park

looking toward the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park

When I took the above photo, I did not even remember that it was the planter whose lilies had been broken off on the north side.  That’s because I was being all philosophical about plant damage today.

Fifth Street Park, NW corner

Fifth Street Park, NW corner

Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage) (Allan's photo)

Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage) and the first lily (Allan’s photo)

We dumped our debris and got some soil from the city yard and went to Fish Alley to replant the stripped out two barrels.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' on the move (Allan's photo)

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ on the move (Allan’s photo)

Fish Alley replanting (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley replanting (Allan’s photo)

Because we still had time in our day, we went to the Bolstad approach to remove some of the clover that had turned out to have boring, lax white flowers.

the silver Pacific Ocean, end of the Bolstad approach (Allan's photo)

the silver Pacific Ocean, end of the Bolstad approach (Allan’s photo)

clover attack

clover attack

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photos)

and after

and after

I worked on pulling grasses from among the roses.  As I approached the nearby planter, I let out a bellow and all thoughts of being philosophical flew away.

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!

That hole marks where a brand new perfectly shaped santolina had been planted within the past month, to match its brother on the other side of the planter.

Now its brother is all alone.

Now its brother is all alone.

utterly maddening

utterly maddening

The fairy door at the base of the planter had not protected it nor had the little green soldier that Allan found in the planter itself.

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I looked around to make sure no tourists or children were nearby and then let out a string of swearing and imprecations against plant thieves.  To anyone looking from the distant hotel windows, I must have looked like a cartoon character hopping about and waving my arms in rage.

hopping mad!!

hopping mad!!

This is why the beach approach planters look so sparse.  I plant repeatedly, and choice new additions are repeatedly stolen.  I suspect it might be just one person, maybe the same one also stealing in Fish Alley, who is furnishing quite a nice little garden somewhere.  I have no idea who.  Someone who knows good plants and only takes the choicest ones. Perhaps they think I will just replace the plant.  Well, no, because now every nursery on the Peninsula is sold out of it.  I found a small specimen of a different santolina cultivar at ground level, where I had stuck in some cuttings earlier this year.

It would have been swamped by resprouting roses anyway.

It would have been swamped by resprouting roses anyway.

into the planter it goes...maybe won't be stolen as is not impressive.

into the planter it goes…maybe won’t be stolen as is not impressive.

On the other side of the sidewalk, I noticed that someone had stolen one of the fairy doors, breaking it off in the process of prying it from the driftwood.

gone!

gone!

Wendy Murry had sent me this photo of it on May 15th.

Wendy Murry had sent me this photo of it on May 15th.

All thoughts of being philosophical had disappeared and I was back to being a crabby gardener.

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The Crabby Gardener by Don Nisbett, an art idea suggested, oddly enough, by someone who knows me.

In better news:  The beach approach was so easy to weed now that we got two sections done in less than an hour and stopped work at the eight hour day mark.

It should be easy to do a weeding of the rest of the approach, maybe just a one day job.

It should be easy to do a weeding of the rest of the approach, maybe just a one day job.

at home

the garden at 8 PM

the garden at 8 PM

I moved my kitty statue from near the greenhouse over to Mary’s grave after suddenly realizing how much it looks like Mary.

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Mary herself

Mary herself

Rose 'Mary Rose' planted on her grave

Rose ‘Mary Rose’ planted on her grave

Mary Rose, picked for a closer look

Mary Rose, picked for a closer look

and to float in my mom's birdbath

and to float in my mom’s birdbath


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

On this day in 1995, my father went into the hospital with a heart problem.  The diary entries from May 23 through June of that year will appear in one post at the end of this month.

1997 (age 73):

May 23:  Don [her neighbor helping get ready for a garage sale] 12:00-3:00.  We sorted the rest of the boxes from garage shelves.  I found some pink dishes that might match Skyler’s dishes and several pieces of colored glass to put on kitchen shelf over sink.  Sorted through flower seeds for ones to direct seed.

1998 (age 74):

May 23: Cool wet dreary—too lousy weather to go outside so I planted seeds—for several hours.  I keep switching trays between heating mats on the card table and Floralight.  The Jazz swept the Lakers.

 

 

 

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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.

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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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I expected another stormy day off and instead woke to sunshine.  Hoping for nothing worse than a few showers, we decided to finish the mortuary garden (Penttila’s Chapel).

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our Ilwaco Post Office garden

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at the post office

 

On the way, we stopped in at our accountant’s office to sign our tax return.

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Jennifer’s office: tulips

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and accounting mascot, Helen

At Pentilla’s, I did a bit more detwigging of the dead bits on the coral bark maple.

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before

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after

I felt lightheaded enough while pruning to finally get the nerve to call the neurologist’s office for my test results…only to find, through a series of phone calls to his office and the hospital, that he had not been sent the results.  NOW he has them but his office is closed tomorrow, so perhaps I will hear on Monday.Oh, good, three more days that I can indulge in Ostrich Syndrome. If the results are good, he’ll tell me on the phone.  If bad, we have to go to Aberdeen again.  (During the worst of the lightheadedness, which did pass, I thought, well, I’m already at the mortuary, that’s convenient!)

Our main focus today was the north side of the front garden.

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Allan’s photo, during a rain squall

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kinnikinnick full of quack grass and creeping buttercup

The kinnikinnick is a horrible ground cover as its stems are loose and sprawling, giving plenty of room for weeds to come through, and its humped up centers are treacherous foot catchers.  There are ground covers that I think do the job much better: Geranium macrrorhizum and epimediums come to mind, and since we yanked a bunch of kinnikinick today, I think I will bring starts of something better to add to this garden.

Why the kinnikinick is so bad:

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matts of white quack grass roots all tangled up with the kinnikinnick roots; horrible!

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Allan’s photos: before

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after

I got out huge mats of the white grass roots; this involved a lot of standing in one place and eventually my knee hurt like blazes.

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After.  I threw in some poppy seeds.

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lots of heavy and horrible weed roots

With some time left in the day, we deadheaded at Long Beach City Hall…

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City Hall Garden

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poeticus narcissi

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trilliums and hellebore

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after more deadheading at Culbertson Park

We got rained on hard thrice during the day, including when we went to city works to get some buckets of mulch for one of the parks.

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Lightness around the edges always gives us hope.

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more park mulching accomplished

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Allan’s photo: Camassia

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Allan’s photo: tulip

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Allan’s photo: under a street tree

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Allan’s photo with the Long Beach chop sticks; good one!!

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Allan’s photo

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Tulip ‘Portland’ (Allan’s photo)

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primroses still going strong

While working with pain, I tried not to think of the doctor’s word “collapsing” about my knee.  As the upcoming total knee replacement, and how it affects gardening, weighed on my mind, I remembered the ridicule of a (former) friend toward a former neighbour (also a gardener by trade) who sought Facebook sympathy for his hip replacement.   I thought to myself weakly at the time that anyone, no matter how unlikeable, might validly seek sympathy for such an event, but did not speak up.  However…My narrative flow here is not about getting sympathy; it is about the interesting (to some) chronicle of the progression of age on the full time gardener.  So I might go on about my knee on occasion, and that is just the way it will be.

I am reading a good book called Being Mortal by Atul Gawande in which he quotes Philip Roth:  “Old age is not a battle. Old age is a massacre.”  For my grandma, knee pain was chronic from her mid 50s on.  The massacre of extreme debilitation came at about age 78; for my father, at 79 and for my mother, at 85.  Both mum and grandma had a son or daughter or granddaughter to help them live pretty well from 75 on when they began to weaken.  Childless, I wonder how that will go for me.  Many of my friends are childless; if we were together, we could help each other, perhaps.

Upon our arrival back home, the beauty of the garden was cheering, as was my greeting from Smokey:

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Fritillaria meleagris alba

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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another kind of frit, I think?

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Tulip ‘Portland’

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Dutch iris and Ribes speciosum

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Tulip sylvestris

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Arisarum proboscideum are blooming under its leaves.

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common name, Mouseplant, with flowers like little mice diving into the ground

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Allan’s photo

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gold foliage in Allan’s garden

In the back garden, I picked a bouquet to take to Salt Pub.

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back garden

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Tulips

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Tulips, with Smokey and Onyx

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I must find time to weed the horsetail.

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by the bogsy woods

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Pulmonaria, corydalis, and Smokey

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Corydalis

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our neighbour Onyx

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debating whether to cut that golden Hypericum to new growth at base

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The Ann Lovejoy

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Frosty

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Fuchsia magellanica is already blooming!

Then we were off to Salt Hotel to meet Dave and Melissa for our weekly garden club meeting.

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a bouquet for Laila

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a nerve-soothing Gibson

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our view

I had a Black Forest Ham melt in honor of having been working on a blog about my grandma’s recipes; she loved a ham dinner.

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I almost forgot to take a photo of Melissa’s crab cakes.

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Mel backs off from her dinner so I can take a photo.

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Just in time!

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We do enjoy our meetings! (Allan’s photo)

With Penttila’s erased from the workboard, nothing but bad weather and deadheading and doctors can keep us from the beach approach and berms.

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Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 72):

March 24:  Don brought another check which makes more than 12 grand [for selling toy trains that had belonged to her husband, who had died in 1995].  He followed me over to the Texaco station down the road and I discovered they don’t have that thing on the hose that makes it so hard to put gas in the car so I should be able to pump my own gas!  Got gas for chipper, too.

1998 (age 73):

March 24:  Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower seeds are up in 3 days!

 

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