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Friday, 2 September 2016

All I wanted to do today was finish reading Lab Girl.

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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

I did not know this about willows, even though I have some big ones on the wild edges of my garden:

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I learned so much about plants in the short botanical chapters that are interspersed with her personal story.

A wonderful passage about helping one’s friends:

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Because I know the transcendent value of loyalty, I’ve been to places that a person can’t get to any other way.”

I so identify with this, which is why I cut my hair with garden shears:

There were certain things in life that Bill would go to almost any length to avoid, and one was going to a barbershop. The very idea of the physical intimacy inherent to the hair-cutting process overwhelmed him.

This reminds me of the experience of being self employed for 40 years (and why I want to postpone knee surgery because of the need to work and make money):

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I did do something for the garden: painted more bamboo poles, and made a couple of excursions of garden admiration.

Kniphofia 'Earliest of All'

Kniphofia ‘Earliest of All’

Vigorous passiflora

Vigorous passiflora

Finally I found the energy to cut back the big Baptisia in the front garden.  Still debating about taking it out.

It's not wonderful after it blooms.

It’s not wonderful after it blooms.

Lots of tetrapanax runners...wonderful or terrible?

Lots of tetrapanax runners…wonderful or terrible?

enormously tall Sanguisorba, probably 'Pink Elephant'

enormously tall Sanguisorba, probably ‘Pink Elephant’

Skooter came to help with my clipping.

Skooter came to help with my clipping.

gleaming light at 6 PM

gleaming light at 6 PM

At night, we watched most of The 1940s House.  I do feel that I lived during the blitz, in some strange way.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Allan had left early in the morning for a boating event in Ocean Shores (tomorrow’s post).  J9 came by in the very early afternoon to meet Skooter, and immediately sat on the ground to commune with him.  She used to have a big orange cat named Rufus.  I was so distracted by our conversation and by rushing around to pick a bouquet that I was ten minutes late to meet Ann (from Portland, the Amateur Botanist) for a late lunch at Salt Pub.

flowers for Salt Hotel

flowers for Salt Hotel

new Waterfront Way sign for Salt

new Waterfront Way sign for Salt

the view from our table

the view from our table

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caesar salad with kale, and crab hushpuppies

caesar salad with kale, and crab hushpuppies

We finished our leisurely lunch and conversation on many important and scintillating topics in time to see the last 20 minutes of the market and to get treats from Pink Poppy Bakery.

Pink Poppy Maddy had been reading a book.

Pink Poppy Maddy had been reading a book.

Ann buys some Swedish traveling cake.

Ann buys some Swedish traveling cake.

Ann framed in a booth of mirrors.

Ann framed in a booth of mirrors.

the darling Wild For Lavender booth

the darling Wild For Lavender booth

The English Nursery booth

The English Nursery booth

some mossy art

some mossy art

Ann departed to drive back to Portland via Astoria and I went home to putter in the garden a bit.

Skooter joined me.

Skooter joined me.

showing off his glorious tail

showing off his glorious tail

It rather magically catches the light.

It rather magically catches the light.

the transcendent tail

the transcendent tail

fluff

fluff

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We had had this much glorious rain.

We had had this much glorious rain.

I could take almost as many photos of Kniphofia ‘Earliest of All’ as of Skooter’s tail, and there is a resemblance.

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Kniphofia 'Earliest of All' (not early at all)

Kniphofia ‘Earliest of All’ (not early at all here; Todd says that in North Carolina, it bloomed for him in February)

Clematis 'Rooguchi'

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’

tall rose, fuchsia, leycesteria

tall rose, fuchsia, leycesteria

the first three bamboo poles that began my spray painting frenzy

the first three bamboo poles that began my spray painting frenzy

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with Stipa gigantea

After pulling one wheelbarrow full of weeds, I allowed myself to go indoors and begin a cozy “Farmer’s Market” mystery (Farm Fresh Murder, the first in a series by Paige Shelton).  Allan returned, and we finished watching The 1940s House.

It it so very good.

It is so very good.

Rather amazingly, because of the Labor Day holiday and the good solid rain, we still have two more days off work.


ginger

1995 (age 71)

September 3: Rain is forecast so I hurried and picked up the onions that I laid in the “corn patch” to cure.  For now they are in the garage in the wheelbarrow until I have time to sort them.

 

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Lorna, former owner Andersen’s RV Park, sent us two guest photos from New York City:

Lorna: "I thought of you each time I saw a planter. And I found myself stopping to see if there were any obvious signs of pilfering. Didn't see any. Think passers by are all in a hurry to get somewhere. "

Lorna: “I thought of you each time I saw a planter. And I found myself stopping to see if there were any obvious signs of pilfering. Didn’t see any. Think passers by are all in a hurry to get somewhere. “

I told Lorna that we seem to not have enough heat here to grow the wonderful sweet potato vine.

I told Lorna that we seem to not have enough heat here to grow the wonderful sweet potato vine.  Where is that one in the front emerging from?? Hanging by one tiny stem?

‘Friday, 26 August 2016

Hot!

Skooter on the south cat door platform

Skooter on the south cat door platform

Skooter's view

Skooter’s view

All I managed to do for the garden was to paint some more bamboo poles and then install them in the cool of the evening, and paint the wooden bowls for a new project.

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Allan had already drilled holes in the bowls.

Allan had already drilled holes in the bowls.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

We had blissfully cool misty weather again.  You could almost call it drizzle…but not quite.  I asked Allan to go to Saturday Market for our Pink Poppy Bakery treats because going to market felt too peopley to me today.

Allan’s photos:

next door, our friend Rudder of Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm

next door, our friend Rudder of Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm

He delivered my bouquet to Salt Hotel.

He delivered my bouquet to Salt Hotel.

Salt Hotel lobby

Salt Hotel lobby

at the Wood Turner's nook

at the Wood Turner’s workshop

by the Port Office

by the Port Office

Our Kathleen was there, buying some smoked salmon chowder.

Our Kathleen was there, buying some smoked salmon chowder.

De Asis Farm

De Asis Farm

some darling doggies

some darling doggies

Maddy of Pink Poppy Bakery and Our Kathleen

Maddy of Pink Poppy Bakery and Our Kathleen

on the way home

on the way home

Kathleen came to visit me for awhile and got to meet Skooter.  Lazy snoozing Skooter did not want to come down the cat ramp so I gave him a push from indoors.

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Allan worked on the bowl project.

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After my visit with Kathleen, I turned to a new book (having finished the excellent Shrill by Lindy West).  I loved the first season of the World War II British series, Home Fires.  It was based on a non fiction booked called Jambusters, republished here as Home Fires to tie in with the telly show about the role of the Women’s Institute in English and Welsh villages.  (Scotland had a different organization than the WI.)

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serve all

The pacifist nature of the WI was not addressed in the tv show.

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I recommend that all food gardeners that I know read this book for the chapter called Digging for Victory. It is absolutely fascinating.

flowersI was interested to learn that the poorer households got a larger share of evacuees from the cities.

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Anyone who likes to put food up or who has memories of their grandma canning food will enjoy the chapter about canning and preserving, which was done on a grand scale and often while actually at risk of bombing.

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Fascinating that there were few onions available. They had previously been imported from France. Onions did not grow well in the UK climate so an onion was a precious commodity.

This passage about games played at the end of the WI meetings gets across how hard the women worked at that time. I was amazed to read that a lot of the country villages did not get electricity and plumbing until the late 1950s. Musical bumps is similar to our game musical chairs.

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I was completely transported by this book, and have ordered the author’s other book, Stranger in the House, about women’s experience when their menfolk returned from the war.  As usual, I feel that I have lived in that time, and if reincarnation were true, I would think I had been there.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

I would rather have had another reading day.  Home gardening was required and I eventually accomplished the removal of two wheelbarrows full of weeds and the cutting back of some spent perennials.

the wooden bowl project completed

the wooden bowl project completed

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Cripp's Pink apples

Cripp’s Pink apples

I had been worried in the afternoon that I had not seen Skooter all day, called to him now and then for an hour while gardening, and was overjoyed when he finally appeared.

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Skooter in the evening sunshine

Skooter in the evening sunshine

Kniphofia 'Earliest of All' (from Todd)

Kniphofia ‘Earliest of All’ (from Todd)

One of my glowing Xera agastaches

One of my glowing Xera agastaches: ‘Mandarin Dream’

Allan watered at the community building, where he found autumn blooming crocus in bloom.

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at the Ilwaco Community Building

Sorry, Skooter, campfires are still forbidden.

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late summer evening garden

late summer evening garden

"The lock upon my garden gate's a snail, that's what it is."

“The lock upon my garden gate’s a snail, that’s what it is.”

looking southeast

looking southeast


ginger

1997 (age 73):

August 26-28  Again I didn’t write down anything I did all week.

1998 (age 74):

August 26:  Today was my watering day but I didn’t water and didn’t work outside either.  I got started going through the pile of catalogs I had set aside to order stuff “sometime”.  I placed 2 or 3 orders and threw out some.  For 3 days I haven’t been outside to do any work.  The next few days are supposed to be HOT.

August 27:  Well, Bill and his helpers spread “mud” all over the existing vinyl.  He will install new vinyl tomorrow.  I asked it he did carpet installation too (he does) but I told him I’ll wait till spring.  I spent the day inside.  The house is a mess now but it will be nice when the vinyl is installed.

August 28 (Friday): HOT   About the time I expected Bill, Bill Jr showed up with bad news.  My vinyl is on a Carpet Exchange truck in Portland.  Bill said the earliest he can get it is Wednesday.  He was so upset.  I guess he thought I’d blow my top.  I didn’t.  I told him I’ll just camp out in this mess.  I took 6 begonia pots to the table and cut off many mildewed leaves.  Also potted more seedlings to set out in patio.

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Friday, 12 August 2016

On the first of three days off, I continued to try some small moves to get Skooter closer to being part of the family.  I had already put a couple of the resident cats’ bedding in with his bedding, and now I brought out his special pillowcase (belonged to Marilyn) that he has been sleeping on for awhile.

I gave Frosty cat treats so he'd find it interesting and not upsetting.

I gave Frosty cat treats so he’d have a good association with the scent of Skooter.

Frosty found it interesting and not upsetting.

Frosty found the pillowcase interesting and not upsetting.

I took it back to Skooter at the end of the day after all the other cats had had a sniff.

Frosty is back to his unperturbed self.

Frosty is back to his unperturbed self.

The day was much too hot.  Each time I stepped outside, I went right back in.  Comfortable?  I disagree:

not comfortable when over about 65!

not comfortable when over about 65!

Instead of gardening, I read about it.

good book

good book

Finally, at 5, the temperature cooled enough to put in three hours of concentrated gardening.

My mission continued to be getting good mulch out of the debris pile.  (If we had someone living next door, I wouldn’t have such a messy area here.  In fact, we might have a shed there to give privacy in a more friendly way than a fence.)

debris pile now next to the Nora/Alicia parking area.

debris pile next to the Nora/Alicia parking area.

under the debris: good stuff

under the debris: good stuff

Over three days, I got over 20 wheelbarrowloads like this out of that pile.

Over three days, including last weekend, I got over 20 wheelbarrowloads like this out of that pile.

Calvin looking debonair on the patio. He is increasingly more confident outside, less of a scaredy cat.

Calvin looking debonair on the patio. He is increasingly more confident outside, less of a scaredy cat.

His nervous licking has stopped, resulting in a beautifully glossy coat. I hope he does not get nervous again over Skooter.

His nervous licking has stopped, resulting in a beautifully glossy coat. I hope he does not get nervous again over Skooter.

front of bogsy woods nicely mulched from debris pile

front of bogsy woods nicely mulched from debris pile

soothing to know the plants have some good soil

soothing to know the plants have some good soil

Meanwhile, Allan had done me an enormous favour by digging out the stump of the big old barberry that had lost my affection by not being spectacular in fruit.  Because I still think I might be mistaken about it, he planted it at the back of Nora’s lot. (Alicia has said we can plant anything we want back there!)

Allan's photos, before

Allan’s photos, before

out!

out!

Allan's photos, before

rehomed

Allan also rehomed these snails that I found in a crushed container in the debris pile.

They went elsewhere.

They went elsewhere.

later, with debris pile mulch added where the barberry was

later, with debris pile mulch added where the barberry was

I had an audience, to the far right, below, as I walked back and forth during the afternoon.

I so feel for him not getting to go outside.

I so feel for him not getting to go outside.

We watched a double feature of My Cat From Hell as I continue to seek tips from Jackson Galaxy.

the font of cat wisdom, Jackson Galaxy

the font of cat wisdom, Jackson Galaxy

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Skooter in my room in the midmorning...

Skooter relaxed in my room in the midmorning…

...and looking out the window, longing for the garden. I hope it will remind him of Marilyn's.

…and looking out the window, longing for the garden. I hope it will remind him of Marilyn’s.

He was no longer hissing at the door to the rest of the house.  Progress!  But until he has been here a week, he can’t have the run of the house.  When he does go outside (outfitted with a BirdsBeSafe collar), I want to have the best chance that he is bonded enough to come back.

In the early afternoon, Allan and I took the van to the Saturday Market so that he could bring home a new acquisition for the bogsy woods.

from Northwest Naturals: The green leaf is now mine.

from Northwest Naturals: The green leaf is now mine.

Allan drove home while I did my weekly walkabout of the market starting at Salt Hotel.

Salt Hotel courtyard

Salt Hotel courtyard

I delivered the weekly bouquet, which I do to show I appreciate the way Salt has enhanced our town.

I delivered the weekly bouquet, which I do to show I appreciate the way Salt has enhanced our town.

in the lobby

in the lobby

I visited owner Karla at Time Enough Books...

I visited owner Karla at Time Enough Books…

and chatted with Pink Poppy Bakery's Darby (and got some chocolate cinnamon bundt cake for later).

and chatted with Pink Poppy Bakery’s Darby (and got some chocolate cinnamon bundt cake for later).

Pink Poppy baker Maddy was reading during a slow moment.

Pink Poppy baker Maddy was reading during a slow moment.

spinning at Purly Shell Fiber Arts (with dogs and an angora rabbit)

spinning at Purly Shell Fiber Arts (with dogs and an angora rabbit)

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I'd like to be friends.

I’d like to be friends.

Blue Collar Eats' Anthony De Luz putting on a show.

Blue Collar Eats’ Anthony De Luz putting on a show.

On my walk home, the field by the parking lot, to the south of our house, shows how many boats are out and about this week.

boat trailers as far as the eye could see

boat trailers as far as the eye could see

Allan's photo: In the bogsy woods, ready to be placed.

Allan’s photo: In the bogsy woods, ready to be placed.

Although my energy was low, I did manage to finish the project of getting the last of the soil out of the debris pile.

Allan weeded and watered at the community building.

Allan's weeding job

Allan’s weeding job

In the evening, we watched a film called The Odd Life of Timothy Green, because I’d read that part of it was set in Ryan Gainey’s garden.  Only two scenes (one deleted) were set in Ryan’s greenhouse.  Fortunately, the movie was enjoyable anyway and I was interested in all the Decatur, Georgia settings because I’ve been thinking so much of Mr. Gainey lately.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

August 12:  Several of the seeds have germinated.  In the AM there was one Bellis plant and by night there were 10!  Also several in greenhouse have germinated.  Store and errand day: Tim’s, bank, and Stock Market.  Cashed in $27 worth of change in wrappers.

August 13: 11:30 to 5:30  Not quite as hot today.  Finished planting perennials seeds except 2 or 3 to be direct seeded (when it’s a little cooler).  The snapdragons (from seeds in April) needed planting but its too hot so I planted them in various containers that had tulip etc bulbs in the spring.  In October I’ll move the snaps to the garden and replant the bulbs.

1998 (age 74):

August 12:  HOT HOT  87 degrees.  7:30 AM to 9:00 PM! This time I did get up early and started watering.  Then I planted berries up to 10:00, came in for breakfast and back out to plant berries until it got too hot.  Then I sorted the seedlings to figure which goes where.  After my TV dinner I went out at 7:00 to water again and planted more berries until I came in at 9:00 PM.

August 13: HOTTER   I took the day off—too hot.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 2 July 2016

I was still feeling tired from garden touring and working.  I’d planned on skipping the Saturday Market.  When Our Kathleen stopped by and told me how big it was for the holiday weekend, I thought I had better have a look after all.  (If I hadn’t, Allan would have fulfilled my self-imposed Discover Ilwaco photo obligation by a quick trip for a few photos.  This time, he got to stay home and putter.)

It couldn’t be a totally at home day. Evening would bring the annual Ilwaco Fireworks display and we always take photos for the Fireworks page.

Ilwaco Saturday Market

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picnic on the lawn

picnic on the lawn

Wild for Lavender booth is the cutest.

Wild for Lavender booth is the cutest.

I did not notice the crow with a berry until I looked at the photo. Reminds me of the gate at Deerly Missed garden and I might have bought it.

I did not notice the crow with a berry until I looked at the photo. Reminds me of the gate at Deerly Missed garden and I might have bought it.

Northwest Natural

Northwest Natural

How Mini Donuts are made. I got some to share with Allan.

How Mini Donuts are made. I got some to share with Allan.  Pink Poppy Bakery was absent this week because of making wedding cakes.

De Asis Produce

De Asis Produce

love that face!

love that face!

At home, I worked on the Hardy Plant Weekend blog till dusk, and time to go out for:

Fireworks at the Port of Ilwaco

our pruning-in-transition garden bed at dusk

our pruning-in-transition garden bed at dusk

If I hadn't been on a photo mission, I would love to have tried this food...

If I hadn’t been on a photo mission, I would love to have tried this food…

...and would have sat by the condor to dine.

…and would have sat by the condor to dine.

Mini Donuts were still being made, a long day for them.

Mini Donuts were still being made, a long day for them.

Our dear Jenna and Don by their art gallery

Our dear Jenna and Don by their art gallery

Unlike most of our dog friends, this little one does not fear fireworks.

Unlike most of our dog friends, this little one does not fear fireworks.

The shops stayed open late. Time Enough Books.

The shops stayed open late. Time Enough Books.

crowds gathered

crowds gathered

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

waiting

waiting

Allan talked to this fisherman who had brought his boat in for some work and just happened upon the fireworks evening.

Allan talked to this fisherman who had brought his boat in for some work and just happened upon the fireworks evening.  Good timing.

His boat, Marne

His boat, Marne

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a good view (Allan's photo)

a good view (Allan’s photo)

kaboom

kaboom

Allan gets the best photos because he goes out on the docks.

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

the finale

the finale

after the crowds were gone (Allan's photo)

after the crowds were gone (Allan’s photo)

Coast Guard (Allan's photo)

Coast Guard (Allan’s photo)

Sunday, 3 July 2016

I stayed in and blogged about garden touring with wind as an excuse for an indoor day.  Allan pruned a laurel on the driveway next door (with permission) and took some sunset photos at my request.

before

before

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after

back garden arbour

back garden arbour

I see that Allan watered the community building garden that day.

I see that Allan watered the community building garden that day.

sunset

sunset

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I finally published another post over on my Grandma’s Scrapbooks blog.

We were relieved to get news that our friend came through heart surgery fine.  

Real Time Alert!

Tomorrow, Saturday July 16th, get yourself out of a garden tour if you can.  There are three to choose from.

right here on the Long Beach Peninsula

right here on the Long Beach Peninsula

in Aberdeen, 1.5 hours away

in Aberdeen, 1.5 hours away

In Tillamook, 2 hours south

In Tillamook, 2 hours south

Our posts on this garden tour day will appear about one week from today. 

If there are any railway aficionados reading this, you would love the Clamshell Railroad Days at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

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Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 2: Picked berries and that’s about all I did.

July 3:  Don called and woke me up.  He is coming out just to visit.

He switched two begonia baskets for two that looked better.

I ordered steaks and hamburger from Omaha Steaks for Skyler and Robert.  Worked on Bluestone Perennial order.

1998 (age 74):

July 2: Errand day.  Paid power bill and telephone bill, NVN renewal.  Hardware store for my screen to screen compost (which I forgot to bring home) then QFC.

July 3:  I spent all that time planting tomatoes, mostly indeterminate, in the garden.  When I pulled the black tarp back, there wasn’t a single weed.  I had to go to Yelm Hardware to get the screen that I forgot yesterday.  I kept track of the tomato varieties so I should be able to know which are best (except for 8 plants without labels).  I made a quick count of 94 plants.

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Saturday, 18 June 2016

We had a mission for the late afternoon: To see a match in Astoria by the Shanghaied Roller Dolls.  We had wanted to go for some time, but staying home in my garden has always won out for me.  After seeing their presence in last week’s Pride Parade, I had a stronger interest in attending a match, and this would be the last one of the season.  However, that will be the next post.

Port of Ilwaco

At 11:45, I went down to Salt Hotel to meet Our Kathleen for lunch.  Allan dropped me off and went for his own stroll through the market before returning to his roofing project.

the weekly bouquet for Salt

the weekly bouquet for Salt

view from the pub

view from the pub

a new booth selling lavender

a new booth selling lavender

a salad for me (as I had had breakfast just an hour before)

a salad for me (as I had had breakfast just an hour before)

a burger for Kathleen

a burger for Kathleen

On the deck, I noticed that Salt does not have a room 13.

On the deck, I noticed that Salt does not have a room 13.

After our good lunch, Kathleen and I strolled the market.

from the port office balcony

from the port office balcony (Allan’s photo, earlier)

Pink Poppy Bakery

Pink Poppy Bakery

Allan had already been by and bought some lemon curd cupcakes.

Allan had already been by and bought some lemon curd cupcakes.

port office

port office

Allan's photo (earlier)

Allan’s photo (earlier)

We visited Don Nisbett and Jenna (Queen La De Da) at the Don Nisbett Art Gallery, so that Kathleen could get a rainbow fish t shirt.

outside Don's gallery

outside Don’s gallery (Allan’s photo, earlier)

Kathleen and Don, with Jenna looking on

Kathleen and Don, with Jenna looking on

Don has been continuing his rainbow theme inspired by Astoria Pride.

Don has been continuing his rainbow theme inspired by Astoria Pride.

Don, Jenna, and their son Joe are most welcoming to customers.

Don, Jenna, and their son Joe are most welcoming to customers.

view from Don's window

view from Don’s window

Back outside to the market: The English Nursery

Back outside to the market: The English Nursery

Blue Coast Farms

Blue Coast Farms

heart tarts

heart tarts

more plants for sale

more plants for sale

Northwest Natural

Northwest Naturals

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Northwest Naturals

Northwest Naturals

Northwest Naturals

a puppy to pet!

a puppy to pet!

and a tiny Pomeranian, not a puppy

and a tiny Pomeranian, not a puppy

quilt art

quilt art

This time, I bought myself one of these birdhouses.

This time, I bought myself one of these birdhouses.

After an unproductive middle afternoon (because I find it hard to get much done if I know I am going out again soon), we left just after four to go to Astoria.

Allan had been much more productive and finished his shed porch roof.

Allan had been much more productive and finished his shed porch roof.

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Astoria, Oregon

You’ll have to wait till tomorrow’s post to see the Shanghaied Roller Dolls in action!

After a great sporting event, we repaired to Himani Indian Cuisine for dinner, and there we found Don, Jenna, and Joe, dining at their favourite place and visiting with their god daughter, Nirah.

Joe and Nirah

Joe and Nirah

a feast

a feast

Joe's tandoori chicken

Joe’s tandoori chicken

Jenna and Nirah

Jenna and Nirah

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Don and Sujay, the wonderful owner/restaurateur of Himani, Nirah’s dad

On the way home...I like how they have covered these cement planters.

On the way home…I like how they have covered these cement planters.

on the Riverwalk

on the Riverwalk (Allan’s photo)

by the river

by the river (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view from the bridge going home, with a golden glow over Ilwaco

view from the bridge going home, with a golden glow over Ilwaco

where we live!

where we live!

looking east upriver

looking east upriver

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Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 18: Prepared yesterday’s berries—8+ pkgs.  Worked in garage—cleared off plywood table and moved plywood over against the wall.  I boxed up the leftover stuff from garage sale for Skyler and Robert to take what they want.

 

 

 

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Saturday, 4 June 2016

We made our usual trip to the Ilwaco Saturday Market; I do like to support the vendors by adding some photos to Discover Ilwaco every week in season.  I had been planning to walk.  We drove because it was already 81 degrees.

On the way, I delivered some flowers to Salt Hotel.

Salt

Salt

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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flowers on the way

flowers on the way

I went in the north door, set the flowers on the table, and out the south door to the market.

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market view from Salt

 

The lounge has been re arranged. Coffee is served here to hotel guests in the morning.

The lounge has been re arranged. Coffee is served here to hotel guests in the morning.

just outside

just outside

I wish I had bought one of these birdhouses. Next time!

I wish I had bought one of these birdhouses. Next time!

It was HOT.

It was HOT.

But not too hot for a belly rub.

But not too hot for a belly rub.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We popped into Time Enough Books to deliver a gardening invoice.

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

A baby was visiting the store.

A baby was visiting the store.

and an oldster, the same age as beloved former shop dog Harper would have been.

and an oldster, the same age as beloved former shop dog Harper would have been.

puppy love

puppy love

After her pals left, Scout kept watch over the market.

After her pals left, shop dog Scout kept watch over the market.

We got our weekly treat at Pink Poppy Bakery.

I suggested to Madeline that she pose with the red poppies in the boatyard garden.

I suggested to Madeline that she pose with the red poppies in the boatyard garden.

Port Office garden

Port Office garden and Basket Case baskets

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

The English Nursery booth, where Jane kindly gave me a birdhouse as a present.

The English Nursery booth, where Jane kindly gave me a birdhouse as a present in thanks for our work on Discover Ilwaco.

strawberries

strawberries

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

You might find me and Our Kathleen in this photo.

You might find me and Our Kathleen in this photo.

more plants for sale

more plants for sale

the tall ships (Allan's photo)

the tall ships (Allan’s photo)

Anthony de Luz of Blue Collar Eats garnishing a plate

Anthony de Luz of Blue Collar Eats garnishing a plate

two darling pooches

two darling pooches

I couldn’t take the heat and turned back before I reached the far end of the market booths.

on the way to the van (Allan's photo)

on the way to the van (Allan’s photo)

at home

Due to unbearably hot weather, I spent the afternoon inside catching up on this blog, and following local online news about a frightening dune grass fire in Surfside, started by a campfire (allegedly) right by the dunes.  You can read all about it here.  I was relieved to hear it was contained, as a friend of ours has a home just a couple of blocks from the scorched dunes.  I called her and she was just about to go rescue her cat when the fire got put out by our volunteer firefighting crews.

At five, with the temperature dropping just slightly, I went outside to plant.

Allan was painting some shutters rescued from Denny's KBC burn pile.

Allan was painting some shutters rescued from Denny’s KBC burn pile.

The big pink rose in the (unweeded) patio is at its once blooming peak.

The big pink rose in the (unweeded) patio is at its once blooming peak.

On Fuchsia Lane, I dug up a large section of Persicaria bistorta that has been looking peaky for some reason.

On Fuchsia Lane, I dug up a large section of Persicaria bistorta that has been looking peaky for some reason.

Allan had helped me by putting a very big seven gallon shrub into the wheelbarrow.

Allan had helped me by putting a very big seven gallon shrub into the new wheelbarrow.

I am not used to planting seven gallon plants.  Due to budget considerations, I almost always buy gallon sized plants.

Digging a big hole, I got down to river sand. Our property used to be riverbank.

Digging a big hole, I got down to river sand. Our property used to be riverbank till the port was expanded in the past midcentury.

in 1906, this was what is now the meander line between us and the port parking lot.

in 1906, this was what is now the meander line between us and the port parking lot.

Allan helped me rassle the shrub into the ground.

Allan helped me rassle the Cephalanthus into the ground.

It had been on my want list for several years.

It had been on my want list for several years.

It should do well in this area that is wet in the winter.

It should do well in this area that is wet in the winter.

a frog hanging out on an old barley bag in the water boxes

a frog hanging out on an old barley bag in the water boxes

I went on to more planting: A Callicarpa ‘Profusion’ (third try, maybe a big one will do better than the little guys I have planted before), a new artemisia, a new to me “cushion bush”, and some new annuals tucked into whatever semi-attractive containers I could rustle up.

a haze of "love in a mist"

a haze of “love in a mist”

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Leucophyta brownii

Leucophyta brownii

This new to me artemisia had a gentle, sweet scent.

This new to me artemisia had a gentle, sweet scent.

I am smitten with Artemisia 'Parfum d'Ethiopia'.

I am smitten with Artemisia ‘Parfum d’Ethiopia’.

Allan nobly went off in the evening to water the boatyard garden.

at the boatyard, watering from inside the fence

at the boatyard, watering from inside the fence

sweet peas!

sweet peas!

the boatyard and our trailer

the boatyard and our trailer

I had thought it too windy for a campfire (especially after the unfortunate day in Surfside).  The wind simply disappeared at dusk so we ended our day with a peaceful and pleasant campfire after all.

in the evening: frog chorus begins (Allan's photo)

in the evening: frog chorus begins (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

evening light

evening light

Smokey on Black Cat Lane, looking forward to a fire.

Smokey on Black Cat Lane, looking forward to a fire.

strawberries from the garden and a momentarily vigorous campfire

strawberries from the garden and a momentarily vigorous campfire

pink sky to the east

pink sky to the east

Someone was having a bad evening.  The life flight helicopter arrived at the nearby hospital and then left during the sunset.

Allan's photo: Life Flight

Allan’s photo: Life Flight

We hope whoever was in that helicopter comes home and enjoys more evenings in whatever way is their most favourite.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 4:  The tomatoes I potted look pretty good today.  Picked first strawberries then started weeding the berries and asparagus bed.  Went to bed at 9:00 PM.

1998 (age 74):

June 4:  It was gray but would have been a good day to plant the new perennials.  However, I thought I should get more annual seeds planted for my color bowls.  So I planted from about 11:00-7:00.  Tomorrow, I’ll take more trays out to the shop.  In the evening, I sorted and threw out a lot of magazines and catalogs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 27 May 2016

I sorely felt the need for this long weekend.

First thing, we headed to the Basket Case because a new Blooming shipment was in and there were a couple of plants on my wish list.

Geranium 'Amy Doncaster'

Geranium ‘Amy Doncaster’

I had acquired Geranium ‘Amy Doncaster’ some years ago after having heard Dan Hinkley speak about the emotional association of colour in the garden.  Black mondo grass reminded him of his beloved scotty dog who had died.  We all teared up over that.  I was especially affected when he described visiting the elderly Amy Doncaster herself in a nursing home and said that she had Alzheimer’s but could remember and discuss plants, and that the geranium named after her was as blue as her eyes.  It was the most moving gardening talk I have ever heard.

me and Amy

me and Amy

schmoozing with Fred...

schmoozing with Fred…

and Nancy

and Nancy

On the way home, we drove the loop around the port to check on the gardens and happily we saw no flower pickers or egregiously weedy spots.

boatyard garden

boatyard garden

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and boats parked on our street

and boats parked on our street

Just as I began to weed back at home, a woman going to an estate sale down the block peered over the fence and said admiring things about the garden.  I invited her in and we walked through.  She was lovely, from Snohomish, and of course I forgot her name immediately.

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I weeded, Allan string trimmed and mowed.  I was so distressed to find that the darn snails have, in the past four busy work days, chowed down on my special cosmos in the garden boat.  They chose ‘Seashells’ and ‘Double Click’, of course, the ones I can’t get more of.

dag nab it, stripped to just the stem

dag nab it, stripped to just the stem

frogs in the pond

Frogs in the water boxes were a comfort.

Later in the afternoon, Devery popped in the gate and we had a good natter on the patio.

She laughingly posed with the last wee drop of vodka that we provided for an afternoon lime drink.

our Devery

our Devery

I had some potting up to do so was able to visit and garden at the same time.  Devery said that at least she had gotten me to sit down.  As I planted some basil and lemongrass, she told me that they grow wild where she grew up: Saint Kitt’s Island.  Sounds like paradise.

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a good afternoon

a good afternoon

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I got every plant I had acquired in the morning planted and planned to get to my favourite gardening activity, weeding, tomorrow.

one of my new callas

one of my new callas

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back garden at 7 PM

back garden at 7 PM

I like agastaches in pots.

I like agastaches in pots.

Frosty's evening stroll

Frosty’s evening stroll

Diascia 'Blackthorn Apricot', my favourite

Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’, my favourite

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

in the back garden

in the back garden

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love this grass that seeded itself into a little hole

love this grass that seeded itself into a little hole

Lamprocapnos scandens

Lamprocapnos scandens

Meanwhile, up the street on School Hill, Ann Saari saw this from her window:

photo by Ann Saari; bear is heading to the high school.

photo by Ann Saari; bear is heading to the high school.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Because I like to show support for a business that is a joy to have at the port, I took our weekly bouquet down to Salt Hotel and Pub.

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I felt sympathy for the Saturday Market vendors as the wind was intense and they had been rained on earlier in the morning.

a low tide

a low tide

a sparse market

a sparse market

Quite a few vendors had packed it in because of the weather.  That must be disappointing for folks who came to shop on this big holiday weekend.  The vendors who make a living from markets are the ones more likely to brave any sort of weather.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; The rain makes our lives easier with less watering worries.

Jane of The English Nursery all bundled up.

Jane of The English Nursery all bundled up.

Jane said that not long before, she had been desperately trying to hold down her tent in the wind while a passerby helped her.

English Nursery

English Nursery

I bought a campanula from Jane because for some strange reason, I only have one kind (a trailing one) in my garden.

Mandolin Pete had friends today outside Don Nisbett's Art Gallery.

Mandolin Pete had friends today outside Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery.

This lad played well and we contributed to his fund.

This lad played well and we contributed to his fund.

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a happy dog (Allan's photo)

a happy dog (Allan’s photo)

a dampish day

a dampish day

Port Office garden

Port Office garden

Now I do wish I had planted some cosmos in here.

Now I do wish I had planted some cosmos in here.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We bought our treat from Pink Poppy Bakery…where we can count on Madeline or Jacob toughing it out in bad weather.

By the state of empty plates, Jacob had had a good day.

By the state of empty plates, Jacob had had a good day.

Allan bought a cutting board from this vendor.

Allan bought a cutting board from this vendor.

Scout in the doorway of Time Enough Books.

Scout in the doorway of Time Enough Books.

Walking past the Time Enough Books garden led to some weeding and trash pick-up.  The contents of a McDonalds bag had blown all around.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in the Time Enough curbside garden.

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in the Time Enough curbside garden. (Allan’s photo)

pulling some bulb foliage from the Time Enough garden boat.

pulling some bulb foliage from the Time Enough garden boat.

Back home again, I used the cold wind as an excellent excuse for finally settling down with volume four of the Cazalet Chronicle.

Smokey soon joined me in my reading chair.

Smokey soon joined me in my reading chair.

Not today.

at last

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Frosty preceded Smokey into the chair.

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Despite the rain, and by working partly in the garage, Allan got the top pieces nailed onto the new arbour.

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I read on—with an interruption to watch an episode of a new to us British detective show, Luther—till two AM and did not quite finish.  The next day I’d be torn between weeding and reading.

A fine use for the new cutting board. (Allan's photo)

A fine use for the new cutting board. (Allan’s photo)


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

May 27:  Cool and rainy.  I started about 10:30 to plant seeds and quit at 9:00 with time out for dinner.  I have about 20 flats 3 deep in Floralight and on card table etc.

May 28:  12:30-5:00 beautiful day  I started bringing trays of begonias and seedlings out of the shop and then took trays from the house into the shop.  Then I sieved mushroom compost into the garden cart and sieved compost soil (mud) into wheelbarrow.  Then I dumped the bulbs and soil from the tubs, etc, and washed them out so I can plant begonias and other flowers in them.

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