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Monday, 30 November 2015

My Monday, not an especially stay-cation-y one as it involved bills and billing, was covered in yesterday’s post.

Allan’s Day

In a sure sign of the end of gardening season, Allan took the water pump trailer into storage over at Ilwaco City Works.

goodbye till next May

goodbye till next May

Across the street, the owner of Roots Juice and Java Bar was hanging holiday lights.

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On a trip to Dennis Company hardware in Long Beach, Allan got me this photo of the chrysanthemums still blooming at Bolstadt and Pacific.

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chrysanthemum, hardy fuchsia, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Finally, four days that felt like staycation began.

Allan’s day

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant' in the front garden

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ in the front garden

project: some silver spray painting for holiday decor

project: some silver spray painting for holiday decor

the weather

the weather

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my day

finished at 2 AM this morning

finished at 2 AM this morning

Evil Breeding, a Dog Lover's Mystery by Susan Conant

Evil Breeding, a Dog Lover’s Mystery by Susan Conant

The reading session was enjoyed by all four cats.

The reading session was enjoyed by all four cats.

from Evil Breeding by Susan Conant

from Evil Breeding by Susan Conant

One aspect of Evil Breeding that I especially liked was the subplot of protagonist Holly Winter’s financial woes.  I read the series more for the well told continuing story of Holly than for the mysteries.  I’ve had plenty of times of poverty like these:

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I share Holly’s thoughts about the rich:

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I love that  Holly is bit of a computer addict, frittering time away as I too often do.

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“surfing the web and otherwise pursuing my research”

"Just enough to take the edge off"

“Just enough to take the edge off the craving and stave of incipient delirium tremens.”

Mary and her two sons, Smokey and Frosty, enjoying staycation on my lap.

Mary and her two sons, Smokey and Frosty, enjoying staycation on my lap.

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Allan’s day

project: re-do this plant table

project: re-do this plant table

Allan began to put a new base on this old coffee table which we rescued from a free pile over on Spruce Street.  It had been my idea, and not a good one, to use roofing shingles as a base for soil and small plants.  The whole affair was slowly collapsing.

We shifted the plants over onto another table.

We shifted the plants over onto another table.

bird's eye view of Mahonia in Allan's garden

bird’s eye view of Mahonia in Allan’s garden

Before....On a trip to the Ilwaco Timberland Library, Allan trimmed the suckers off the tree in the tiered garden.

Before….On a trip to the Ilwaco Timberland Library, Allan trimmed the suckers off the tree in the tiered garden.

after...I think the small tree is Hamamelis 'Diane'

after…I think the small tree is Hamamelis ‘Diane’

my day

another Dog Lover's Mystery (working backwards through the series now, re reading ones I originally read years ago)

another Dog Lover’s Mystery (working backwards through the series now, re reading ones I originally read years ago)

Finished the mystery, began another Elinor Lipman (an author I found out about through a scene in one of Conant's mysteries, in which a character was carrying books by Lipman and Stephen McCauley)

Finished the mystery, began another Elinor Lipman (an author I found out about through a scene in one of Conant’s mysteries, in which a character was carrying books by both Lipman and Stephen McCauley)

our evening

Ilwaco Timberland Library lights after dark

Ilwaco Timberland Library lights after dark

In the evening, we met Dave and Melissa for the monthly sushi night at The Cove Restaurant.

photo by restaurant owner Sondra

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Allan’s photo

so delicious

so delicious (Allan’s photo)

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We had a cozy table by the fire.

We had a cozy table by the fire.

While I enjoyed the food and company, I felt so lightheaded during dinner that I was not very good company.  In fact, I had been so lightheaded during the day that I had finally broken down and made a doctor’s appointment…although it won’t be till January 7th due to the way life is in a small town.  If it had not been for the wind picking up, and our dinner plans, I might even have gone to urgent care across the river.  (I consulted actual friends in the medical field, not just Dr Google, and was assured my symptoms were not that of a stroke.  Probably because I talked just as much as ever.)  By the time I was in my comfy chair at home watching Survivor, I felt like I was no longer about to plotz, And I was so much better on Thursday and Friday that urgent care no longer seemed at all necessary.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Allan’s day

Allan took a few photos down by the port when he made the daily trip to the post office.

seagulls hunkered down

seagulls hunkered down

The crab pots are still stacked waiting for the delayed crab season to open.  An elevated level of Domoic acid in crab tests is responsible for the delay.  This is stressful to many locals who depend on the crab season for a good winter income.

backs to the wind

backs to the wind

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The full gale warning flag flew over the port office.

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Despite the full gale warning,  our peak gust of 38 mph did not feel terribly dramatic.

storm damage

storm damage

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holiday decor at Heidi's Inn

holiday decor at Heidi’s Inn

and at the Ilwaco Fire Department

and at the Ilwaco Fire Department (in pouring rain)

my day

more of this

more of this

The Way Men Act is set in a tourist town.  Even though it’s much more upscale than ours, passages in the books capture much about the way I feel in my own small tourist town life.  (And both Lipman novels and her memoir that I have read so far are so very good that I’ve ordered every book of hers for more staycation reading.)

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I feel this way exactly on occasion. A little show-offish about living here! “We live in Vacationland!” I’ll think to myself.

Another passage that spoke to me, when protagonist Melinda becomes close friends with the owner of the shop next door.

"I was fooled by the geography."

“I was misled by the geography of it all, and the convenience.”

And this passage captures one of the downsides of small town living (so reminiscent of Junior High or High School):

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I am pretty sure that I was once part of a group that made someone else (who I did try to, but failed to, successfully include) feel that way. I still regret not being more adamant about being inclusive.

Begun in the evening and read halfway through....

Begun in the evening and read halfway through….

The protagonist’s sister in The View From Penthouse B writes a blog about losing all her savings to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and explains why a blog does need to make money to be worth writing:

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Allan's trip to the Post Office: postmaster and decorations

Allan’s trip to the Post Office: postmaster and decorations

Instead of finishing The View from Penthouse B during the predicted rainy day, I was ambushed by sunny warmish weather and found myself weeding in the front garden.

I'm sad to see the Ilex 'Sky Pencil' on the right looking so distressed.

I’m sad to see the Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ on the right looking so distressed.  Why??

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'; the flower buds are not going to open.

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’; the flower buds are not going to open.

The Tetrapanax is starting to run. I may have a large grove of it coming on.

The Tetrapanax is starting to run. I may have a large grove of it coming on.

dramatic light in the late afternoon

dramatic light in the late afternoon

Allan put up some silver spray painted hops vines over the front gate.  I had placed silver painted branches on either side and felt it did not look as showy as I had hoped.

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As I dumped debris in the pile at the back corner of the garage, I could see the full gale warning flag still up at the port office.

I can see the weather flag in the gap between the trees and from our south window.

I can see the weather flag in the gap between Nora’s trees and from our south window.

The forecast of 65 mph winds tomorrow has me sorely concerned about tomorrow’s 5 PM lighting of the Crab Pot Christmas Tree at the port.  I talked to two of the Ilwaco powers that be and was told that the event will go on no matter what.  They have a generator lined up for if the power goes out.  I’ll need to go to get photos for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page and have been looking forward to the delightful event, which has happened in some pretty fierce wind in previous years.  Still….65 mph winds will test how tough Ilwaco really is.  One hopes the storm will fizzle and be much less severe than predicted, as happened with yesterday’s storm.

the southwest sky just before sunset

the southwest sky just before sunset

the front garden, further clipped and weeded

the front garden, further clipped and weeded

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In the last bit of light, Allan brought out the plant table for which he had made a new base out of scrap wood.

Allan's fine, just pulling some weeds from under the table.

Allan’s fine, just pulling some weeds from under the table.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo from the south window

the plants, reassembled

the plants, reassembled

In the distance, as darkness came, I saw the Jessie’s Christmas star…and the gale warning flag still flying, and wondered what tomorrow will bring for the tree lighting event that means a lot to our little town.

telephoto on the Jessie's star

telephoto on the Jessie’s star

to the left: gale warning to the right: the Jessie's Fish Company star

to the left: gale warning, to the right: the Jessie’s Fish Company star, in the middle: crab pots waiting and waiting for the season to start

Next: Will Ilwaco brave the storm for the crab pot tree?

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 16 February 2015

We finally made it to Andersen’s RV Park, and thanks, I hope, to our thorough weeding last fall, we did not find a sheet of weeds as I had feared.

At Andersen’s:

WHY are the narcissi not up in the barrels?  I poked around and felt nothing.  I hope they have not plotzed and that the bulbs are just...late, but why?

WHY are the narcissi not up in the barrels? I poked around and felt nothing. I hope they have not plotzed and that the bulbs are just…late, but why?

I looked at last February’s blog and don’t see thick foliage in the barrels so there is hope.  But oh my…the blog is almost exactly the same story last February as this February.  I hope regular readers forget that it’s all almost the same year after year.

The Payson Hall planters don't have much to show yet...

The Payson Hall planters don’t have much to show yet…

except for these anemones...

except for these anemones…

and a few narcissi with that look I especially like...

and a few narcissi with that look I especially like…

the windblown look

the windblown look

Behind the office, these oriental poppies are freakishly tall with large buds already.  At least two months early, I'd say.

Behind the office, these oriental poppies are freakishly tall with large buds already. At least two months early, I’d say.

tulip and allium foliage in pots by the office

tulip and allium foliage in pots by the office

I say pots by the office, but it actually is pot, singular, now, as someone drove into one of the two big metal pots.

the second pot relegated the the supply yard

the second pot relegated the the supply yard

I moved the bulbs from the damaged pot into another one and was going to take the pot home, as I don’t mind damaged pots.  Unfortunately, I found that someone (not I, and not Allan!) had mixed styrofoam peanuts in with the soil so it could not be dumped out into a garden area.

NUTS!  I'll deal with this some other day.

NUTS! I’ll deal with this some other day.

Allan began working on the west side.

Allan began working on the west side.

after

after

I tackled the hydrangeas on the east wall of the house.

I tackled the hydrangeas on the east wall of the house.

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after

leucojum blooming in the east wall planter

leucojum blooming in the east wall planter

And then weeding the picket fence garden.  Before: not nearly as bad as I had feared.

And then weeding the picket fence garden. Before: not nearly as bad as I had feared.

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after

Meanwhile, Allan had also dug out a big grass infested sea thrift, at my request.

before

before

after: more room for poppies

after: more room for poppies

before: he weeded in the shade by the clam cleaning shed

before: he weeded in the shade by the clam cleaning shed

after:  Really great job, Allan.

after: Really great job, Allan.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We had fun looking at the record of the Andersen’s job on Map My Walk.

my work at Andersen's

my work at Andersen’s

an overlay showing my work and Allan's.  He added the Map my Walk app to his phone, as well.

an overlay showing my work and Allan’s. He added the Map my Walk app to his phone, as well.

overlaid on satellite view, which is not entirely accurate as we were not inside the roofed buildings.

overlaid on satellite view, which is not entirely accurate as we were not inside the roofed buildings.

I walked 4.3 miles in 4.28 hours.  Too bad its not aerobic.

The Planter Box

Allan had a brainstorm that, since we need to take tomorrow off (because I have a lunch date and that will make the day too short), I could get a load of washed dairy manure for myself.  Yes!  Spreading much mulch at home would make me feel more productive on an afternoon off (after the lunch).

crocus at The Planter Box

crocus at The Planter Box

and a primrose that I found irresistible

and a primrose that I found irresistible

These wallflowers had an outstanding fragrance.

These wallflowers had an outstanding fragrance.

Raymond dumping the mulch into our trailer...

Raymond dumping the mulch into our trailer…

fabulous dairy manure, first load of the season

fabulous dairy manure, first load of the season

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I was thrilled to have the mulch to put on the Ilwaco Post Office garden.

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before

after...now crossed off the list of projects!

after…now crossed off the list of projects!

home

a little bit dumped on the front corner at home...The rest, in the trailer, awaits my free time tomorrow afternoon.

a little bit dumped on the front corner at home…The rest, in the trailer, awaits my free time tomorrow afternoon.

When I turned on my computer to blog, I found a message from Sheila telling me that Chess, the great blog dog, had died.  I immediately turned to The Miserable Gardener, Robert Nold’s blog (one of my top two favourite blogs), and I burst into floods of tears over Chess, the purebred border Collie.  I know him from so many excellent blog posts told in his voice.  I also knew that Chess was a living link to Cindy Nold, Robert’s artist extraordinaire wife who died suddenly at age 51.  If you scroll down in this PDF of the Rock Garden Quarterly, you can read an article about Cindy written by Panayoti Kelaidis  Some of her watercolours are reproduced starting on page 25.  The article is on page 34.  Chess was her most special beloved dog. I knew Chess had been feeling poorly and had been dreading this day.  It helped that when I posted about it on Facebook, other readers of Robert’s blog joined in with their sorrow.  His skill in writing in the voice of Chess had us all pretty much convinced that when we commented on a blog post, we were writing to Chess himself.  (You can read more about Bob’s garden here.)

Here are a couple of screenshot from the blog; I suggest that you go and read it, from the beginning, back to where it was written in Bob Nold’s voice and then segued into Chess’s point of view.

The Miserable Gardener.  A great read.

The Miserable Gardener. A great read.

Chess, I will miss you so much.  screenshot from The Miserable Gardener blog..

Chess, I will miss you so much. screenshot from The Miserable Gardener blog..

I am going to miss Chess so much.

While I sat in floods of tears over my computer, Allan went out and took some sunset photos:

flowering tree one lot away

flowering tree one lot away

This man and his dog take a kite flying walk on many evenings.

This man and his dog take a kite flying walk on many evenings.

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From Panayoti Kelaidis’ eulogy for Cindy Nelson-Nold:  “I have heard it said that we think we are our corporeal selves, flesh and blood and substance. But in fact, who we really are is our myriad reflections in the hearts and eyes of those we know. Without a community, the body may exist in its physical inertness, but what constitutes our lives is the warp and weft of our conversations, our interactions, our passions and our day-to-day interplay with other people. It could be that perhaps we are immortal, since even when our physical body perishes, our interactions continue to reverberate forever, really. “We” are the stone, but the waves we splash circle out forever into the cosmos. Our image and words live on in the hearts and minds of those we love long after body is buried or burned. Intellectually, philosophy seeks to assuage. I only wish it could or would.

 

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I took more plants with us today than actually got planted, so they rode around for the day and then came back home.

My first thought was that the Ilwaco Post Office garden, a volunteer project I came up with a couple of years ago, desperately needed a half moon edging by the little grass walkway.

Because our town does not have home mail delivery, the Post Office is a six day a week stop for many people. It’s an embarrassment when I get too busy to keep the garden nice.

blurry edge

blurry edge

Over an hour later we had weeded as well as edged, even though we had had no intention of staying that long. We especially removed reseeded Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ that seems to annoyingly travel around with everything I plant for free. In this case, it had come with some plants from my mother’s garden, along with a much worse thug:

the truly awful Euphorbia 'Fen's Ruby'

the truly awful Euphorbia ‘Fen’s Ruby’

My mother had purchased this from a catalog and I had implored her to get it out of her garden before it ran rampant…but she liked it. For awhile. Then she agreed with me, but by then it had worked its wiles into all the perennials in the border nearest the house. When her house was sold I brought a few perennials from it to the post office…and also, despite much root-cleaning, the nasty little thug. At the post office, I don’t have time to win the battle so I try to keep Fen’s Ruby edited to a small amount and hope no one falls in love with it and wants some.

Post Office garden after weeding

Post Office garden after weeding

I had originally planned to make it a rectangular garden but people do insist on cutting that corner so I gave in and left a triangle of lawn.

I still dream of sweet peas along that picket fence. Some of the ones I planted have come up, but in this dry week I wonder how they will do?

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I plant one or three of every special kind of tulip there from my yearly collection.

From the Post Office we headed north to Long Beach, stopping to photograph the new fence around Nancy’s garden. Will it be tall enough to keep the deer out? They could easily hop it, but we share her hope that the deer in Long Beach are less greedy that the Ilwaco deer who try to break through my tallest fence. A couple of wires could be added higher up if need be.

Phil and Nancy's fence

Phil and Nancy’s attractive new fence

That’s something that was so much easier about my Seattle city garden: no deer problems!

In Long Beach, I wanted to get the dwarf pampas grass cut back in the garden we call “the big pop-out” which is just south of Boo Boo’s Putt Putt Golf (I am not making that up) on Boulevard. That is a long block south of city hall.

the big pop out

the big pop out, before

In it, a rugosa rose that had behaved itself for years had gone rampant all the way to the edge over the past two years, making it a real chore to weed out the couch grass which had weaseled its way in from the lawn behind the garden.

After a bit of weeding, extreme energy measures became necessary:

two tiger paws

two tiger paws

The Cottage Bakery is only one block over, and I was tired, so tired! My tiger paw perked me up for hours. I expect that someday I will write about health woes related to this weakness.

Big Pop Out after

Big Pop Out after

So today my not very elaborate plan involved throwing some ‘Mission Bells’ California poppy seeds in here to fight it out with the rose, whose roots still lurk toward the front. It is a lovely white rugosa rose: ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ (the double white one). But it will pop up in any perennial that I plant here, so annuals seem like a better idea.

The job created a surprising amount of debris to be dumped at city works….

dumping

dumping

These dwarf fireweed caught my eye. No wonder I sometimes find it hard to convince people that it is a weed that needs pulling.

a very ornamental weed

a very ornamental weed

During the whole big pop out time I could have been stressing out about the next job, since as all too usual I found more to do at the pop out than I had planned. My new philosophy this year, of not rushing around and leaving things undone but doggedly finishing one thing before moving on, did feel more satisfying. We can’t always do that….For example, when checking on all the resorts gardens we need to make sure each one gets a visit even though they don’t all get everything done each week. Today, though, it felt good to really do the pop out well.

We drove a bit north to the next job only to see someone else weeding the spot that I’d been aiming at. Oops, well, people cannot wait forever for us to turn up…so we’ll go back later with the new plants for that garden.

We finished the day back in Ilwaco at Ann’s garden. I started five minutes later than Allan because I simply had to walk back and take a couple of photographs at the house at the crest of the hill where Ann used to live. It has a fine new fence:

fence with azalea

fence with azalea

And I so admire the way the sidewalk passes between their garden and their hedge.

sidewalk garden

sidewalk garden

Two of the three dogs had something to say about me taking photos.

attentive audience

attentive audience

I joined Allan a block away in Ann’s garden where we mainly worked on the back yard this time.

Ann's back garden upon our arrival

Ann’s back garden upon our arrival

Last fall we got the curved flower bed well weeded and mulch. Today we mainly had to address the return of creeping buttercup and shotweed. Allan dug up a big clump of old Siberian iris to make a spot for a birdbath.

Butch and Allan placing the birdbath

Butch and Allan placing the birdbath

They put a big paver underneath and were making sure it was quite level, although Butch says, correctly, that the ground will shift and it will have to be leveled again.

Meanwhile, I weeded an area along the west side…

west side, buttercups

west side, buttercups

And the iris divisions went in there.

newly planted iris

newly planted iris

The sword ferns caught the slanting early evening light.

ferns

ferns

ferns and trillium

ferns and trillium

Allan particularly liked the green and pink contrast on the fading trillium blooms. (They start out white, then turn to pink.)

pink and green

pink and green

The slanting light made it very difficult to find the hand clippers that I set down….somewhere…so they will stay in the garden till next time. Ann may find them, as she recently found a Ho-mi that Allan had left behind in the fall.

Somehow we lost the start of a perennial sunflower (Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’) that we were going to plant at Ann’s. It is probably in the Long Beach dump pile. Fortunately, I can acquire another piece.

At home, I had time before dark to pull one and a half buckets of weeds and to admire a few flowers.

I love the swirl of petals on this tulip bud.

I love the swirl of petals on this tulip bud.

fringed tulip

fringed tulip

a Euphorbia

a Euphorbia

evening sunshine

evening sunshine

long blooming tulips backed with cardoon

long blooming tulips backed with cardoon

white bleeding heart

white bleeding heart

Finally settling in after dark to write this, I also checked my email. Unusually, I had not done so today. I found a very nice email from Nancy at the port office saying we had left two little plants unplanted in the south side office garden. I immediately knew that they had to be two small santolinas. Argh. She offered to put them in the ground for us but I had not seen the email in time. Allan went down in the dark (only two blocks away) to check on them and they appear to have been planted; we will double check tomorrow. A big oops like that does not feel very professional. Nor does losing the clippers (as usual)…or being so far behind that someone else starts doing the weeding. Or losing a plant (even a free one) along the way. I can’t think of a clever conclusion to that train of thought.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ilwaco Post Office

Our only volunteer garden in Ilwaco is at the Ilwaco Post Office, now that the boatyard garden has turned into a “real job”.  On this, its third year, it still looked fine, although perhaps not as lovely as its first year.  Being on the garden tour 2012 consumed a lot of our time and energy.

Here is the post office garden with spring tulips.  I am happy to see that while deer do prowl Lake Street gardens (thus our ginormous deer fence), they have so far not nibbled on the Post Office tulips.

1 March with Cistus in back

1 March with Cistus in back

6 March, species tulips

6 March, species tulips

6 March, narcissi

6 March, narcissi

Post Office, 2 April

Post Office, 2 April

I had great dreams of growing sweet peas along that picket fence, prepared the ground, added some manure, planted seeds around St Patrick’s Day, and had a total fail.  Possibly they did not get enough water.

11 April

11 April

6 June

6 June

21 June

21 June

Uh oh!  This seems to be the time when I became self-obsessed about our own garden and stopped taking post office photos for the year.  (I did lose in my iPhoto crash one photo of the pitiful straggle of flowerless stunted sweet peas, but maybe it is better that you not see it.)

Street Trees and Planters

On First Avenue we continue to care for the little squares at the base of the street trees and the several planters per block.

15 March, windblown narcissi by Azure Salon

15 March, windblown narcissi by Azure Salon

14 April, planter at 1st and Eagle with Narcissus bulbocodicum 'Golden Bells' (Yellow Hoop Petticoats)

14 April, planter at 1st and Eagle with Narcissus bulbocodicum ‘Golden Bells’ (Yellow Hoop Petticoats)

That garden tour prep intervened is obvious by the lack of midsummer photos!  Here is one from sometime in midsummer.

by First Avenue Rods and Customs

by First Avenue Rods and Customs in midsummer

same planter on 10th October

same planter on 10th October

10 October, by Ilwaco Antique store, looking toward Azure Salon

10 October, by Ilwaco Antiques store, looking toward Azure Salon

10 October by Portside Café

10 October by Portside Café

We try to make the Portside planter yellow, but those feverfew crept in and looked so pretty I did not have the heart to yank them.

a yellow cottage

When working on one Ilwaco garden that was new to us and got its own journal entry back in August, we got hired for a one off clean up job just down a dead end street.  It was most exciting to learn that the little yellow house on the property was a sister house to the one that I used to own behind the boatyard.

yellow cottage

yellow cottage

I had been told that three cottages used to sit in the boatyard.  One was moved to Spring Street and was our original Tangly Cottage.  I THINK the other one may have been the one next door to Lake Street house, lived in by our friend Jeannine and now by the owners of Pink Poppy Bakery.  And this yellow cottage is definitely one of the boatyard cottages.  Its owner (who owns several houses next door to it as well) told us that when it got moved, the old woman who lived in it was asked if she wanted to move, too.  She said “I always wanted to live on the hill” and so she lived here for the rest of her life.

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yellow cottage

Someone had later lived there who had planted these two beautiful hydrangeas…

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old garden revived

and the euphorbia on the east side of the house told me the previous gardener had been something of a plant collector.  We weeded out a long bed where most of the perennials had gone to weeds and had the pleasure of cleaning up and making pretty an old water feature.

tiny pond

tiny pond

Because this is a one time job, it’s not the sort of thing we usually take on, but I could not resist working around the little yellow cottage.

Cheri’s garden

Cheri’s garden, one of my favourites, had a slightly off year because the chimney came down, as it had to, and brick were piled in a corner of the back garden.  The rest of the garden had gone to the dogs…Porsche and Beamer.  For two energetic boxers, they don’t do much harm to the garden except for one corner where they like to look out of the fence and one small area where Beamer just loves to dig.

Cheri's front garden in mid spring.  Lovely!

Cheri’s front garden in mid spring. Lovely!

One of the dogs walking carefully through the flowers.

One of the dogs walking carefully through the flowers.

Now, if this were my garden, what I would do is make where Porsche is walking (above) be a wide path, and I would make the LAWN be a picket fenced garden.  Maybe plant some tough shrubs along the outer chain link fence….then a wide barked path for the dogs to run…and a fenced bed right where the lawn is…and then the sidewalk around the house.  That would be an awful lot of work, though.

Cheri's delightful cats live indoors; this is the outdoor cat.

Cheri’s delightful cats live indoors; this is the outdoor cat.

Across the street on their other lot, the red hot pokers that Cheri and Charlie transplanted are thriving along the fence.

Kniphofia

Kniphofia

a new garden

We have not even touched this one yet, but in December of 2012 we agreed to take on its care; it is kitty corner from Cheri’s so will be very convenient.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

Next: the gardens along Howerton at the Port of Ilwaco.

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