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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

after

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

gdiaries

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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Saturday, 14 May 2016

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

We had had rain!  I was ecstatic.

after rain

after rain

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Every one of our rain barrels was brimming full again.

Every one of our rain barrels was brimming full again.

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

Eleagnus 'Quicksilver' laid sideways by the rain

Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’ laid sideways by the rain

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

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

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

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

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

Ilwaco Saturday Market

by our parking spot

by our parking spot

flower delivery (Allan's photo)

flower delivery (Allan’s photo)

view from the ground floor at Salt

view from the ground floor at Salt

market view from Salt Hotel (Allan's photo)

market view from Salt Hotel (Allan’s photo)

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

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

Wood Turnings

Wood Turnings

Wood Turnings

Wood Turnings

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

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

Hudson Gardens

Hudson Gardens

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

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

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

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

Hudson Gardens fairy gardens

Hudson Gardens fairy gardens

Hudson Gardens

Hudson Gardens

Hudson Gardens

Hudson Gardens

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

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

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

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

Maddie's spouse, Jacob, makes these.

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

more plants (Allan's photo)

more plants (Allan’s photo)

This year's Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt.

This year’s Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt.

evidence of delightful rain

evidence of delightful rain

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

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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more plants for sale (Allan's photo)

more plants for sale (Allan’s photo)

The canneries are bustling.  (Allan's photo)

The canneries are bustling. (Allan’s photo)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ilwaco Gardening

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

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

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

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

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

achillea and Geranium 'Rozanne'

achillea and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

a local and his wee dog, Minnie

a local and his wee dog, Minnie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

planting

planting

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allium albopilosum (Allan's photo)

Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

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planting

Ilwaco post office garden

Ilwaco post office garden

post office garden

post office garden

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

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

new plants in the post office planter

new plants in the post office planter

We watered the Ilwaco planters and added plants to many.

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

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

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

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

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

Salt Hotel Pub

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

another bouquet for Salt

another bouquet for Salt

on the second floor: Laila got some new plants.

on the second floor: Laila got some new plants.

taking pictures of the view

taking pictures of the view

margarita time

margarita time

crab hush puppies (Allan's photo)

crab hush puppies (Allan’s photo)

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

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

best tuna melts ever

best tuna melts ever

On this grey evening, I hope for more rain.

On this grey evening, I hope for more rain.

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

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

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

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

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

ginger

1997 (age 73):

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

1998 (age 74):

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 7 May 2016

I woke too early and, when my first thoughts were about the garden debacle of yesterday, I could not return to sleep.  So of course I posted about my problem on Facebook, without naming the place which had caused my grief.  Over the course of the day, several gardeners both professional and volunteer responded with stories of similar heartbreaks and gardens lost.

Before my weekly walk to the Saturday market, I browsed the garden for a bouquet for Salt Hotel.

Even though I once told Todd I have a memory like a steel trap (of which he frequently reminds me), I can’t remember the name of this red flowered shrub.  Todd knows.  (Update:  Reader Lori Baker identified it as Calycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’.  Thank you.)

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Ilwaco Saturday Market

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Asparagus is the earliest crop on offer from De Asis Produce.


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Salt Pub


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Flowers delivered to Laila at Salt


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Port Office garden; I pulled some spent bulb foliage


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transplanted Eryngium doing fine because of watering from Port Office staff; thank you to Nancy and April.

Pink Poppy Bakery and my self-imposed obligation to take photos for Discover Ilwaco are the two things that get me to the market even if I am not in the mood.

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I bought Pink Poppy chocolate cupcakes with whipped cream topping.

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I had been tipped off to a new piece of art at the Don Nisbett Art Gallery.

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Outside the gallery, Peter played The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, a favourite song of mine.


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Jenna and Don with a new art piece called “The Crabby Gardener”


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view out of Don’s gallery door

They gave me a tile with the gardener design.  I told them I AM a crabby gardener, which I am sure came as no surprise.

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my tile of garden crabbiness

at home

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Frosty at the window 

Jenna (Queen La De Da) had given me another present; she thought I needed cheering up after the gardening struggles lately.

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a literary candle; thank you, Jenna, Queen of Hearts!

My determination to get a lot done in the garden did not result in much at first.  I blamed the daunting cold north wind.  I managed to get potting soil dumped into the two large terracotta pots that I got from the Anchorage (with broken tops) and got all of four plants put into each (including  two birthday present Asphodelines from Dave and Melissa) along with Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’ and Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’).  My energy was low.

As often happens, my energy kicked in at about 4 PM and I accomplished two front garden goals.

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The energy may have come from this lunch that Allan made (tomato soup with blue cheese).  And from the Pink Poppy cupcake.


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just inside the gate, before, infested with a stinky weedy pink flowered mint relative


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and after


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east side garden before


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and after; in the background is my new Seven Sons tree that Debbie Teashon brought me last fall; also recommended by Seaside gardener Pam Fleming


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clematis on front arbor

The deer are getting in to the front garden somehow.  In case they are squeezing in over the gate, I tied a couple more bamboo poles next to it and added more along the front fence.

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Could they be squeezing between these poles?

They may have come in sometime when we were in the back yard with the front gate open, browsed a couple of roses, and never gotten through the bamboo stockade at all.

Sadly, I decided to cut down the taller than me Melianthus major.  It was hanging over the fence halfway across the sidewalk, and shading out good plants in the garden.  The new growth should grow faster now.

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Allan’s photo.  It was windy.  Again.


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a sad and battered area at the moment


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front path looking east

Allan worked on his new arbor for most of the afternoon.

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It will go over the top of the garage door.

All this time I had thought that having to put two posts on the concrete driveway would be a problem.  You cannot “puncture the seal” by nailing into the wall of a manufactured home without creating terrible problems, we have been warned.

Turns out there is a space just the width of a post between the concrete and the house wall.  His photos:

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problem solved!


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two posts in place

ginger

1998 (age 74):

May 7: I planted the 100 “special offer” glad bulbs—all red and white.  I planted some in patio bed in background and the rest in tam and pink rhody background.  My back hurt by 3:00 so I left the rest of the glads for tomorrow.  I got my stool and pulled weeds in the upper driveway along the road till 5:00.

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One day early:

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Ilwaco’s Annual Children’s Parade

Allan headed downtown (a few blocks west) to photograph the parade, while I walked to the port because I was not sure I could keep up with even the smallest children for the entire parade route.  I picked a big bouquet with some of the last tulips and some of the first Siberian iris and delivered it to Salt Hotel, and took a photo of it that did not work out because I accidentally had the camera on time delay.  Good thing I figured that out before the parade.

Allan’s photos:

Allan’s photos were the first in sequence of the parade.  It was fortunate that I did not see some of them till I got home later, as they made me fume:

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A sign had been nailed BACK onto the tree.

Various butts on planters:

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Note the ‘Baby Moon’ narcissi getting crushed by the human posterior.  I had been so happy that those narcissi were still blooming for the parade.

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OUCH

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YOUNG woman with at least two big fancy cameras, right on top of new plants.

Below: Why did these wheels just have to be placed into the perfectly weeded pocket garden?  Allan did not see this one until he looked at the full photo later on.  I am being kind enough to conceal the full shots of the people.

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WHY?

More on this topic at the end of this post.

Some of Allan’s more pleasing photos:

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Astoria Regatta float with model of the Astoria bridge and the beloved Waterfront Trolley.  Well done!

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passing by the boatyard garden, with Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department trucks

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by the boatyard garden

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These folks were showing appreciation by photographing poppies.

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I love these people!

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cars following the parade on Howerton

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crowds of people

my photos:

Because I knew nothing of the planter sitters, I had a pleasant time photographing the parade after it had turned the corner from First Avenue to Howerton.  People were respecting the curbside gardens and the only near plant casualty was when I stopped a large labradoodle from sitting on a just about to bloom penstemon.

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Salt Hotel curbside garden

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west end of Howerton Avenue

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Peninsula Beginning Band

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super power!

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Having Salt Hotel and Pub has so enhanced the port this past year.

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Ceanothus by Time Enough Books

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The charming children’s parade has long gaps, and some paraders are simply parents walking with their little ones.

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Clowns kind of scare me.

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The Wishkah Loggers marching band from Wishkah, Washington

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Fire Chief Tommy

You can see every parade photo here on the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page.

Saturday Market

Allan and I did not find each other till after we had each taken photos of the opening day of the Saturday Market for Discover Ilwaco.  Here are my favourites of the day:

my photos:

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Northwest Naturals

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Northwest Naturals

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in his guardian’s shadow

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Blue Collar Eats

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plants for sale

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I’d like a dog just like this one.

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Jacob at Pink Poppy Bakery with sprouts; I got a lime bundt cake.

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more plants

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new plant vendor, will be mostly cut flowers later in the season

Allan’s photos

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after the parade

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Blackberry Bog Farm

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That’s our Mayor (and garden client) Mike handing out parade awards.

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South Pacific County Humane Society Raffle Booth

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Blessing of the Fleet

Every first Saturday in May is the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, offering free boat rides on the charter boat fleet.  I always think I might go…and never do.  I thought..maybe this year…till I saw how low the tide was and how steep the ramps to the docks.

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I was hobbling with a cane today, and there was no way I could get down that grated metal ramp with any dignity or safety.

I also thought I would find it hard to get on and off the boats, and that would be embarrassing.  If only my hair would turn grey, I would feel less embarrassed about asking for help.

Allan went down to the docks and got some photos of the boats going out.  He did go out a few years ago.  All the boats proceed to the Columbia River bar, where the Coast Guard helicopter circles and drops a wreath and flowers are strewn on the water in memory of lost seafarers.

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people watching from the condor statue

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the market from the dock

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boats departing

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Our friend Butch piloting his boat, the CoHo King

Our friend Wendy did go out on one of the boats and took these excellent photos:

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photo by Wendy Murry

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photo by Wendy Murry

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photo by Wendy Murry

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photo by Wendy Murry; her daughter with a flower to throw onto the water

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photo by Wendy Murry

planter thoughts

When I got home and saw Allan’s photos of people’s posteriors parked on the planters, I felt disheartened and lost my drive to go outside and weed.  (A cold wind was another good reason to stay in.)  So, of course, I posted about it on Facebook.  Among ideas about planting prickly pear cactus or putting sharp things in the planters came a gentler idea that perhaps there could be some sort of planter design or edging that would deter sitters without harming them.  The city probably has no budget to re-fit the planters, though.  I regret having put new plants in BEFORE the parade.  I know better than to do so in Long Beach before tomorrow’s much bigger parade.

My friend Beth Sheresh (she who officiated Allan’s and my wedding in 2005) shared this essay that she wrote.  I like it so much that I think I will eventually create a permanent blog page around it:

Public Plants Public Service Announcement  by Beth Sheresh

General PSA about flowers and other plants in public places.

Flowers planted along city streets sure are beautiful, aren’t they? Makes you want to pick one or two to take home. I mean, there are a bunch, who would notice?

Please don’t.

Those flowers represent a lot of time and money, much of which may be volunteered and.or donated.

Each planter or bed has to be planted, watered, pruned, weeded, watered, cleaned out (why do people throw trash in planters?), weeded, watered, deadheaded, replanted because it’s late July and the early plants are bloomed out. This cycle can happen several times a year, depending on the plantings. It’s essentially never-ending.

It’s also costly, and not just in terms of the time represented by the work I just talked about. Plants are expensive and have a high attrition rate, even without people swiping a bloom or two.

Then there are the people who ignore the work and smash plants. Planters are not benches, nor are they designed to hold your packages while you chat with a friend.

And while I have you here, trees don’t like nails, so please don’t use them as posts for hanging flyers.

Short version: Please be nice to public/city plants. Someone worked hard to make them pretty for you to enjoy *looking* at.

Thank you, Beth!  I particularly like that she understands the repetitiveness of weeding, watering, and deadheading.

You can read more by Beth Sheresh on her Kitchenmage blog.

Tomorrow, I’ll be publishing my mother’s garden diaries for April, illustrated, including her April 30th entry.  Meanwhile,  I hope to enjoy two peaceful and productive days at home.

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Saturday, 9 April 2016

at home

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from the front porch

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our neighbour Onyx in Allan’s garden

This was a bad way to start the day:

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NOOOOOOOOO.  My own precious unwatered plants.

I have been so busy this week, and so tired at the end of the day, that I had missed watering the plants on the table outside of Allan’s shed.  I asked him to back me up by remembering to water all plants in pots, as I am clearly incapable.  As I do before planting, I immersed these pots in water until the soil stopped bubbling.

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back garden, picked some tulips to take to Salt Hotel.

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Hardy fuchsias are blooming already.

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My pink flowering currant is dying back!

Now why is that happening?  The escallonia right next to it looks a little peaky, too.  I had a pink flowering currant kick off all of a sudden in my old garden.  I’d rather something evergreen in this spot anyway…

Ilwaco

I felt exceedingly tired today and did not get as much work done as I had planned.  Allan redid one Ilwaco planter while I added some plants to four others, and we did just a bit of weeding and planting at the port instead of the large amount I had intended to do.

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planter before

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and after (Allan’s photo)

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looking west from Howerton and Elizabeth

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narcissi at Craft 3 bank (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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By the Ilwaco Pavilion, Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ blooming three weeks earlier than they used to

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gardens north of the port office

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Tulip batalinii and a new Geum ‘Mai Tai’ at Time Enough Books

I asked Allan to rescue a plant from a curbside garden where we cannot water and replant it in the Time Enough curbside garden where we CAN water (from Port property to Port property, and besides, it is a special eryngium that I bought with me own money).

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being rehomed, as it should have been much earlier

By this time I had completely run out of steam for work and even felt nappish, which is almost unheard of.

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a busy day at the port (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Time Enough Books

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Time Enough Books garden boat

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ceanothus in full bloom

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my bouquet from home (Allan’s photo)

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delivering flowers to Salt, looking forward to dining there tonight

The Saturday Market, which begins its season on April 30th, had a small sneak preview today to coincide with the Clam Festival up in Long Beach.

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Allan’s photo from the port balcony

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Allan’s photo from high up on the port office balcony

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Allan’s photo

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a new plant booth

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We saw many people carrying lilacs.

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Allan’s photo

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Blue Collar Eats: mighty tasty food

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It’s a shame I wasn’t hungry for lunch yet.

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Although when Allan suggested a purchase of mini donuts with cinnamon sugar, I did not decline.

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Allan’s photo

When we dropped the work trailer off at home, I noticed my Davidia involucrata ‘Sonoma’ has flowers already.

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Davidia ‘Sonoma’

We had a plant buying errand to run.  Because I was worried by the wilting of my lavender in a pot, we detoured through Long Beach to check on two similar lavenders that we’d recently put in a planter.  They were fine and got some water anyway.  Town was packed with people wall to wall; I was so tired I did not even think about how Clam Festival was going on with chowder tastings and so forth.  (Here’s a post about our day at the Clam Festival two years ago.)

Basket Case Greenhouse

We collected some plant ingredients for the Ilwaco and Long Beach jobs.

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Recommended: Eryngiums ‘Jade Frost’ and ‘Sapphire Blue’, two of my favourite perennials.

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several kinds of Agastaches (hyssops), which I adore

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santolinas, excellent at the beach

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gorgeous lavenders

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I’m trying out Geranium ‘Orion’; it is supposed to be as long flowering and a better blue than ‘Rozanne’. The foliage is more delicate…

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compared to good old ‘Rozanne’, which looks rather like creeping buttercup in leaf.

home again

While unloading plants, I was relieved to see that my wilted lavender had stood back up.

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The Geum is still unhappy and will need to be cut back hard.

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over the fence

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Dutch iris and weeds I have no energy for today…

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in the front garden

I have so many snails and so many weeds and yet just went inside to write this and to post some things to the Basket Case and Discover Ilwaco Facebook pages instead of weeding.  If it weren’t for plans to go to dinner, I might even have taken the highly unusual course of trying to nap.  I feel like the week has caught up with me, first the great purge and then the anesthesia and then two days of intensive beach approach weeding and then working in yesterday’s miserable cold wind.  (So glad for the market vendors that today was windless.)

reading

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an excellent book that I read last week

A fascinating idea about geometric art being related to hallucinations and to ocular migraines.

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I have had a few ocular migraines (blessedly without pain) and they look exactly like this, image taken from this youtube video:

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The rest of the book, mostly about a passion for ferns and mosses and lichens, pleased me on every page. It was a birthday present from me to Allan, a Fern Man.

Salt Hotel Pub

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poppies already blooming in the curbside garden to the east of Salt

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along with a vibrant red tulip

We met Our Kathleen and J9 for dinner.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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our view of the Port of Ilwaco

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ham and smoked tuna melts

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burger with bacon

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ice cream and cookie with toasted caramel

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Allan’s photo

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Pink Poppy Bakery cheesecake with berries, including Starvation Alley organic cranberries

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Allan’s photo

I can rarely remember being so tired.  Now that we are back home, it is time to put our feet up and watch a film highly recommended by Melissa: Moonrise Kingdom.

Meanwhile, I have a new post up over on the Grandma Scrapbooks blog.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 70):

April 9: Some of the tomatoes in the bathroom [under lights] are sprouting.

1998 (age 73):

April 9:  Worked again in garden area digging dandelions, weeding the rest of the asparagus row.  There still is a little raking to be done before Ron comes on Saturday (weather permitting) to till the whole garden area.  I also finished weeding bulkhead while watching for the mail to come.  I didn’t have to go to bed when I quit working today.

 

 

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Friday, 25 September 2015

I accomplished nothing but a good long artificially aided sleep, since more than 6 hours seems impossible without help from an OTC potion.  I proofread two weeks worth of this blog (you wouldn’t want to read the unproofread version!) and now I intend to finish an excellent book, The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives and later, to watch The Amazing Race season opener.

I hear Allan being productive out mowing the lawn, and earlier in the day, he ran errands and checked on the community building garden; he had received a phone call from the head librarian that a new sign had been installed.

A mugo pine was the casualty.

A mugo pine was the casualty.  As were some trampled colchicums.


colchicums down

colchicums down

We are glad to have the space to plant something that will give some summer colour.  We don’t have a plant budget but we do have Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ aplenty and have already intermingled them into this front border.

the new sign, readable and bright

the new sign, readable and bright.  The old sign faced the street and was vulnerable to being hit by cars in the parking lot.


Allan has taken on full responsibility for this garden.

Allan has taken on full responsibility for this garden.


a fern by the entrance

a fern by the entrance

Allan then made his own visit to NIVA green to return a book that Heather had lent him (River Horse by William Least Heat Moon).

inside the wondrous NIVA green

inside the wondrous NIVA green


"New, Inspired, Vintage, Artful" and ecologically green

“New, Inspired, Vintage, Artful” and ecologically green

He deadheaded the post office garden…

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and generally put my non-productive day to shame.  As I typed this, I hear him hammering and, until dark, he applied the crosspieces to the top of the new arbour.

industrious Allan

industrious Allan


blue crosspieces

blue crosspieces


Allan's photo: his other audience

Allan’s photo: his other audience


looking east through the new deer barrier

looking east through the new deer barrier

I heard loud meowing from far to the west.  Even Smokey had been out having adventures.

He came running from Mary's yard, two doors down.

He came running from Mary’s yard, two doors down.


Perhaps he had been even further afield visiting little dogs down the block.

Perhaps he had been even further afield visiting little dogs down the block.


He returned at a quick pace.

He returned at a quick pace….

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and flopped for a tummy rub.

and flopped for a tummy rub.

Smokey suggested that he and I should go look at the back garden.

Touring the gorgeous Oysterville garden two days ago had convinced me I need to stop pecking away at the lawn, because large green areas do so much to enhance the garden.

The lawn has gone back to green almost everywhere.

The lawn has gone back to green almost everywhere.


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The back of the garden stayed green even during the worst of this summer’s drought.

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The large lawn area by the fire circle makes it easy to circulate when we have company.

The large lawn area by the fire circle makes it easy to circulate when we have company.

I went indoors to read and completely missed the spectacular sunset.

Allan's photo: He hammered until dark.

Allan’s photos: He hammered until dark.

Allan's photo

Allan's photo

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Book News

I recently finished this excellent book.

I finished this excellent book.

One passage that especially spoke to me was how the truly poor cannot even afford a cup of tea with friends or gas to go visit someone.  That’s the truth about grinding poverty.  However, while I don’t want to give the impression that the following passage is an idyll, I loved the story about city farms amid the urban blight of Detroit:

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A point to ponder, from Jim Ziliak:

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As I have seen people struggle just to find a place they can afford to rent, I’ve known for twenty years that if I had not owned a little house in Seattle that I was able to sell when I bought a little house here, I would not have been able to survive financially despite the years when we were working seven days a week and doing odd jobs during non gardening season.

The second half of How the Other Half  Still Lives proposes all sorts of useful ideas for how to improve the lot of the poor in this country.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Allan finished the arbour crosspieces, and, below, he shows the view from the ladder-top.

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While the perfect non-garden-touring weekend for me involves not leaving my own property, we did go to the last Saturday market of the season in order to get some peaches and a delicious take-home lunch.

our post office garden

our post office garden


Allan's photo: Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in one of our curbside gardens

Allan’s photo: Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in one of our curbside gardens


looking west on Howerton

looking west on Howerton


Allan's photo from the dock

Allan’s photo from the dock


Allan's photo: three market-goers

Allan’s photo: three market-goers


De Asis Farm and Produce

De Asis Farm and Produce


The glass ball booth: I wanted these all summer and continued to frugally resist.

The glass ball booth: I wanted these all summer and continued to frugally resist.


Anthony De Luz of Blue Collar Eats. He rhapsodized about the way the wine marinade caramelized on the chicken.

Anthony De Luz of Blue Collar Eats. He rhapsodized about the way the wine marinade caramelized on the chicken.

From Anthony’s website (where you will also see my photos of his market booth over the summer)”

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We had smoky chicken cabernet and buttery coco chicken.

We are hoping that he will be cooking at the Salt Hotel pub after helping to get the space ready to open.

At home, after we ate our scrumptious Blue Collar Eats, Allan embarked on another project.

outdoor lamp, before and after

outdoor lamp, before and after (Allan’s photo)


I admired the new arbor top....

I admired the new arbor top….


I like the strong shadows.

I like the strong shadows.

Knowing that we were taking an unusually long weekend, I enjoyed some weeding and transplanting in the garden without feeling any pressure.

the garden at dusk

the garden at dusk


sunset over the new arbour

sunset over the new arbour

I continued to read in the evenings without booting up the computer and with only an occasional check in to Facebook and email from my phone.  We still had three days to go on our long weekend, almost a mini vacation, during the slow time before fall clean up and bulb planting.

 

 

 

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Despite my desire to not leave my property for four whole days, I did need to go to the Ilwaco Saturday Market.  It would be the last day of the market season for Pink Poppy Bakery and I wanted treats for me and Our Kathleen, who would stop by for a visit on her way out of town.

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Maddy of Pink Poppy; I bought Swedish Traveling Cakes for teatime and lemon cupcakes for later.

Maddy of Pink Poppy; I bought Swedish Traveling Cakes for teatime and lemon cupcakes for later.

one of the plant booths

one of the plant booths

Northwest Naturals

Northwest Naturals

I was too early for lunch or I'd have gotten something from Blue Collar Eats.

I was too early for lunch or I’d have gotten something from Blue Collar Eats.

I must admit that when it comes to market photos (which I post as a volunteer to Discover Ilwaco), I do favour vendors who are friendly and nice to me, and Anthony of Blue Collar always has a friendly greeting.  If I were on salary, I would have to be impartial.

I also refreshed my supply of Starvation Alley cranberry juice.

I also refreshed my supply of Starvation Alley cranberry juice.

Peter and a friend performed outside Don Nisbett's art gallery.

Peter and a friend performed outside Don Nisbett’s art gallery.

Their dog Skip.

Their dog Skip.

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a market goer doting on her dog

a market goer doting on her dog

The Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle

The Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle

the marina scene right behind the market

the marina scene right behind the market

I actually had a mission that had caused me to turn down Allan’s offer to pick up the Pink Poppy treats and cranberry juice before he went boating:  I took Debbie Teashon’s new book, Gardening for the Home Brewer, in to Time Enough Books to show it off.

in Time Enough Books

in Time Enough Books

Karla said "That's a good publisher!", wrote down the ISBN number and posed for a photo.

Karla said “That’s a good publisher!”, wrote down the ISBN number and posed for a photo.

The book will fit right in!

The book will fit right in!

Scout watched the door.

Scout watched the door.

Karla's niece Kelly brought in her young dog, Gimli, and much romping ensued.

Karla’s niece Kelli brought in her young dog, Gimli, and much romping ensued.

Gimli and Scout

Gimli and Scout

at home

Finally a windless day let me pull bindweed on the east side of the bogsy woods where it climbs the fence from the gear shed lot.

Mary led the way.

Mary led the way.

Smokey followed.

Smokey followed.

my Smokey

my Smokey

my project, before

my project, before

outside the fence, before

outside the fence, before

and after

and after

It is maddening, but typical, to have unmaintained bindweed on both sides of my garden trying to creep in.  (Nora’s back yard has it, too.)

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Verbena bonariensis

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Verbena bonariensis, with bindweed behind it on the fence (now pulled)

bogsy wood corner, after

bogsy wood corner, after

Just when I got that done, Kathleen arrived and we had tea and traveling cake and then sat around the fire circle burning (not very successfully) a few pieces of wood.  I was sorry that she had to go back to her workaday world.

In the late afternoon, I found some more weeding to do and admired my collection of hardy fuchsias.

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I stayed out till dusk...

I stayed out till dusk…

picked some apples and tomatoes...

picked some apples and tomatoes…

And I got a little worried when Allan was not home from boating till well after dark.  He will tell you about his day in tomorrow’s post.

 

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