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Friday, 17 November 201

At the post office, I got another meaningful and tender card about my Smoky cat, from our friend Jan Bono (author of the excellent local Sylvia Avery mystery series).

My main goal today was to get to Klipsan Beach Cottages, because I had promised Mary that we’d be there on the next workable day.  I couldn’t resist working on some Long Beach planters on the way.  I had made a list of block by block work on my iPhone notes that I would take pleasure in erasing as each task was done.

Long Beach

We finished the “Shelly block”, as I had called the southernmost block that we had not completed in yesterday’s storm.

I found two very worn rocks hidden in one of the planters.

Moving on, I cleaned up the planter by the Herb N’ Legend Smoke Shop, cutting back the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ even though it still had flowers.  I want the work to be done rather than going back and dealing with mushy, icy cold plants later on.  If the winter is mild, Rozanne might even throw out some more foliage and flowers.  However, forecasters are predicting a cold and even snowy winter.

before

after; I do feel bad about cutting perennials that are still flowering.

navigating puddles

I wanted to do two more planter intersections.  Fortunately, I realized that if we did, we would run out of time up at KBC.

I still have not been sleeping well, averaging six hours a night.  I needed coffee, and we found our favourite Great Escape barista on duty.

Great Escape espresso drive through

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We vigorously attacked the fall clean up.

honeysuckle arbor at 2:15

Before cutting the honeysuckle and rose way way back so that Denny can repair the fence panels, Allan chopped two big patches of shasta daisies.

before

after (Allan’s photos)

I think of a passage I read about Christopher Lloyd in which that great gardener would criticize any worker who left stubs on a plant like daisies, stubs that would be sharp and painful the next year when one weeded among the new growth.  Christo would approve of Allan’s work.

I also remember reading that leaving stubs of woody hollow stemmed plants, like Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed), encourages beneficial little pollinators to nest.

Allan then turned his attention to the arbor.

before

He also tidied up a bit out by the road sign, an area that we don’t often work on.

before

after (Allan’s photos, and he thinks the vacancy sign should be raised up higher).

At three o clock, I became deeply worried that we should not have done any Long Beach work today, and that we were going to run out of daylight before the job was done.  Fortunately, by working at a maniacal pace for three hours and a bit, we got ‘er done by the time the twinkling garden lights came on at dusk.

clipping perennials (a mushy agapanthus)

An hour before dusk, the sky darkened and it felt like we were going to get squalled on.  All we had was a rainbow without rain.

rainbow over Mary and Denny’s house (Allan’s photo)

5:24 PM

I took some final garden photos for the album on the KBC Facebook page. (I may get more in December when we deliver holiday gifts.)

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ flower buds

Frost or nights too cold will probably come before the white tetrapanax flowers come out.   I have never seen them fully open here.  Here is a photo of what the flowers would look like.

black currant

autumn colour on blueberries (right)

Iris foetidissima

birdbath view

Mary had come out to work with us and had laid down a couple of bales of Gardner and Bloome Soil Conditioner mulch.

looking in the east gate

east gate

pink snowberry

south of the fenced garden

the pond

the fenced garden

Mary showed us a photo she had taken while walking her dog, Bella, to the beach.  This is a bear print, next to the paw of a very large Great Pyrenees dog.

bear paw print and Great Pyrenees paw, photo by Mary Caldwell

Mary had to answer an important phone call in the house just as we were finishing up, so we did not get to put out the winter garden signs.  (We don’t know where she keeps them.)  Here they are from a previous year.

Earlier in the day, while dumping debris at Long Beach City Works, one of the crew had told us they would be turning on the holiday lights in town tonight to test that all are working.  As we drove home, we saw that almost all are (except for a few of the lamp post garland lights that did not go on).

Long Beach town; I love the banner over the street.

At home, I was able to erase just one thing off the work board.

Tomorrow, good weather should continue and I hope to erase several things.

We have been binge watching This Is Us all week, after Allan suggested we get season one from the library.  I had thought I would find it schlocky and unlikeable.  How wrong I was.  Tonight, we streamed five episodes and are now caught up to the present in season two.  And I finished The Grapes of Wrath and embarked upon Cannery Row.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

After hearing rain pelting and strong wind at night and this morning, I was surprised when the weather turned sunny.

I must remember now that on sunny days, the greenhouse door must get opened.

It would be too easy to go to work and leave the plants to bake.

Greenhouse spider had wisely made a web off to the side today.

this much rain overnight

My plan to get the garage ready today for bulbs changed.  Because of the sun emerging, I happily decided that I could re-do a garden corner by digging out Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and making a space for interesting new plants.  Then I looked at the weather and saw that 54 mph winds were predicted for tomorrow, along with 1-2 inches of rain.  The most telling point was when I looked at UPS tracking and saw my bulbs are now due to arrive on Thursday, not Wednesday, affecting my work plans for later in the week.

The work board is full of bulbing now. And some at home projects have appeared.

I asked Allan if he would mind going to work to do some pre-emptive storm clean up at two resorts.  He agreed so off we went.

In the driveway, I looked at my agastache and cosmos, hoping some flowers will survive the storm.  I’m planning to make bouquets on Friday to decorate for a charity auction that will benefit local Hispanic families affected by ICE (my way of contributing without actually having to people).  Both cosmos and some (not all) agastaches originate in Mexico so it would be special to add them to the arrangements.

left, Agastaches, right, cosmos, far upper left, Skooter

Because I am eager for compost, we made a quick detour to the city works yard and nabbed two of the hanging basket plants from the debris pile…

They are big loose basket shaped mounds. Not organic because of Miracle Gro use. Never mind that, I want them.

…and then went on to…

The Anchorage Cottages

Mitzu!

center courtyard

decided to leave these window boxes for one more week

Allan installed the spring bulb window boxes and I added yellow violas.

We pulled tall cosmos in the bed above.  This area gets lots of wind that would knock them over by the weekend.

We started the project of re-doing two out of three pots at the Anchorage.  One was just full of Lamium, probably ‘White Nancy’, leaving no room for other plants.

before, last week

Because we needed more soil and plants for the two pots, we went on to

The Planter Box.

autumn colour on trees for sale

autumn display

We got lavenders, violas, a lemon cypress, potting soil, pumpkins, bulb food, and some pavers for a project at home.

our three pumpkins

Then on to

Klipsan Beach Cottages

While Allan planted some aruncus (goatsbeard) starts in the woodsy swale by the clam cleaning shed and pulled crocosmia and iris leaves, I pulled tall cosmos out of the fenced garden.  Perhaps because of being over-fertilized, several of them shot up to great height without many flowers.

before

after.  The cosmos were just silly this year.

before

after

More prolific, shorter, flowering cosmos can stay for awhile.

late honeysuckle flowers

bright hamamelis foliage

blueberry fall colour

blueberry

blueberry and tetrapanax

tetrapanax flower buds

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’ had few flowers this year.

Iris foetidissima

Fuchsia ‘Debron’s Black Cherry’

Eupatorum rugosum ‘Chocolate’

Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

looking in east gate

birdbath view

roses

Rose ‘Bow Bells’

I had been collecting cosmos and other clean clippings to take home for my empty compost bin.

I am 5’6″. Look how ridiculously tall the Cosmos ‘Sensation’ is.

We finished at KBC with some dumping of pots of annuals to make space for incoming bulbs.  (Must remember to buy potting soil.)

Anchorage Cottages again

We finished dealing with the two empty pots.  Allan’s photos:

Long Beach

We were pleased to get done in time to nip into Dennis Company during their last fifteen minutes to buy some more Halloween lights.  The clerk tested out two so-called purple lights that turned out to be reddish. Another spider lights string and a cool ghost-projector made up for that.

We did a bit of deadheading and weeding on the Dennis block.

Port of Ilwaco

I pulled some cosmos out of the south facing Port Office garden, first garden to be battered by wind.

I left the ones at the far end in case the storm does not come.

Allan took photos from the Port Office deck.

gale warning flags are up

 

Almost in the dark, with Allan’s help, I added today’s compost treasures to my third compost bin, layering the green material with brown from the second bin.  The third bin is already almost full.

Across the street, early morning wind had already knocked the J’s decor around.  Allan fixed it, for now.

The only change to the work board is that I remembered more bulb clients, and now we have only one pot to re-do at the Anchorage, this one:

Beth finds the fuchsia messy and I don’t like that it got infested with columbines.




reading

I found that popular book about The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up more annoying that instructive or amusing, and yet the author intrigues me so I have just read the sequel.

This time, because of her honesty, I find her more endearing than annoying.

She admits to having “very few interests other than tidying.”

She shares how she got into trouble tidying her family’s possessions.

The same thing that made me reject her first book is repeated in this one.  Books do not belong in a closet!

Just no! No, no.

My library is one wall of the living room, and the gardening books take up another shorter wall.

And I still reject the belief that socks have feelings.

My socks have never once complained about being rolled into balls to keep pairs together.

Marie Kondo is awfully sweet, though, and while I would never let her loose on my stuff, I’ll agree that she has some good ideas.  I need inspiration, because there will be people coming for Halloween.  In fact, if you are a local liberal Halloween lover, you, too, are welcome to stop by.  I need to clean the house for company (which might include friends of Tony and Scott whom I do not know).  From the dust, you would never think I had been a professional self employed housecleaner in Seattle for 18 years.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 9 November 2015

As predicted, the weather was fine.  Our first work stop was the Planter Box for potting soil and some more bulbs; I had run short of narcissi for the boatyard garden.

a good selection of bulbs at The Planter Box

a good selection of bulbs at The Planter Box

I got myself some paperwhites.

I got myself some paperwhites.

Teresa at the Planter Box (Allan's photo)

Teresa at the Planter Box (Allan’s photo)

We are going to try out one of these solar jars.

We are going to try out one of these solar jars.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

"Plant 'em all through there" (Allan's photo, obviously)

The A Frame garden:  “Plant ’em all through there” (Allan’s photo, obviously)

This time, I just piled all the tall narcissi and let Allan arrange them.

This time, I just piled all the tall narcissi and let Allan arrange them.

Meanwhile, I planted bulbs in Mary and Denny’s garden.

Bella

Bella

Bella basking in attention

Bella basking in attention

after planting many the bulb

after planting many the bulb

blueberry foliage and agapanthus seedheads

blueberry foliage and agapanthus seedheads

hardy fuchsias

hardy fuchsias

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

blueberries, agapanthus, Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

blueberries, agapanthus, Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima

big cosmos flopped over and blooming sideways

big cosmos flopped over and blooming sideways

I pulled it because frost will perhaps soon take it down.

I pulled it because frost will perhaps soon take it down.

(That big grass needs to be moved… but where?)

I was pleased at how fast we got done (two hours!) and that we had time to plant the bulbs at our furthest north job.  On the way, I photographed this newly painted house which I simply love.

darling house in Ocean Park

darling house in Ocean Park

I think a soulmate must live here.

I think a soulmate must live here.

Marilyn’s garden

had insomnia...needed wake up beans.

had insomnia…too many bulb thoughts…needed wake up beans. (dark chocolate covered coffee beans, from the Cash and Carry in Warrenton, Oregon)

view northwest from the back porch steps

view northwest from the back porch steps

planted lots of bulbs in the newly cleared former montbretia area, left, will give good view from kitchen table window

planted lots of bulbs in the newly cleared former montbretia area, left, will give good view from kitchen table window

I concentrate the bulbs here where they can easily be seen from the windows or when getting out of a car in the driveway.

We even had time for some fall clean up.  While we leave this garden pretty wild for the pleasure of birds and critters, trimming some plants lets light in to the bulbs lurking underground from previous plantings.

Allan cut down a big Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', revealing the fall foliage of a virburnum.

Allan cut down a big Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, revealing the fall foliage of a virburnum.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photo: before cutting another blackened Helianthus.

I don’t remember ever noticing a Zebra Grass putting up a big clump of new growth in the center of flopped open stems.

Miscanthus 'Zebrinus'

Miscanthus ‘Zebrinus’ and Miscanthus variegatus.

I decided to trim them to the new fresh center growth.

before

before

after (sort of)

during (Allan’s photo)

during (Allan's photo)

during (Allan’s photo)

after: fabulous!

after: fabulous!

although now we have a trailerload of debris to deal with...

although now we have a trailerload of debris to deal with…

Marilyn's from the road, after sunset

Marilyn’s from the road, after sunset

It was glorious to get so much done and I was well chuffed with our bulb planting accomplishment.  All the batches of bulbs we put in today were big ones, making a big dent in Bulb Time.

We drove south down Sandridge Road past the beautiful sight, in the dusk, of banks of fog floating over pastures.

taken from moving van...just so I remember...lovely low white banks of fog over grassy field

taken from moving van…just so I remember…lovely low white banks of fog over grassy fields

at home

Mary and Smokey were too comfy to wake up to greet me.

Mary and Smokey were too comfy to wake up to greet me.

cute from every angle:

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Smokey in his BirdsBeSafe collar; Mary is not a bird chaser.

Smokey in his BirdsBeSafe collar; Mary is not a bird chaser.

son and mother

son and mother

I micro-sorted the bulbs for the Long Beach planters to make it easier on planting day (which might be tomorrow) and a good thing, too, as I had already sort of forgotten my plan and was able to refine it.  Allan provided snacks:

from the Ilwaco Saturday Market and good with cheese and crackers (Allan's photo)

from the Ilwaco Saturday Market and good with cheese and crackers (Allan’s photo)

The bulb planting list (left) is getting shorter, while the fall clean up list (right) remains the same....

The bulb planting list (left) is getting shorter, while the fall clean up list (right) remains the same….

A storm is due on Wednesday.  We hope to have Tuesday to bulb, with the goal of completing Ilwaco (the rest of the port, Mayor Mike’s garden, the Anchorage and perhaps some Long Beach planters).

at 1 AM

at 1 AM

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Smokey and Mary in the morning

Smokey and Mary in the morning

Halloween is almost here, and I am fretting because the weather is supposed to be bad with lashing rain and 30 mph wind gusts.  I tell myself there is no point in feeling bad about this prospect, as there is not a thing I can do.  Local parents say that when they suggested to their children that perhaps they could just attend a party instead of trick or treating, the children expressed determination to go trick or treating.  One loving parent said her boys would be livid if they did not get to go.  So fingers crossed we get lots of trick or treaters, as we are expecting several friends to come join the fun.

in the post office window today

in the post office window today

the new ramp to city hall, where we dropped off our quarterly B&O tax forms

the new ramp to city hall, where we dropped off our quarterly B&O tax forms (Allan’s photo)

We headed on up Sandridge Road to start today’s round of jobs.

The Red Barn

Allan's photo, before cutting Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Allan’s photos, before cutting Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

and after. The Helianthus is much shorter than usual as it does not get much summer water here.

and after. The Helianthus is much shorter than usual as it does not get much summer water here.

Diane’s garden

Misty greets us, and Diane was home for lunch. (Allan's photo)

Misty greets us, and Diane was home for lunch. (Allan’s photo)

Diane’s garden next door got some deadheading, but not much.  At this time of year, I have started to pretty much let the cosmos go.  “Birds like the seeds” is a good excuse.  Gold finches are said to particular savour cosmos seeds.

It would take an hour to deadhead a patch of cosmos like this now. And they don't look half bad going to seed.

It would take an hour to deadhead a patch of cosmos like this now. And they don’t look half bad going to seed.

Allan dug up some seedlings of Stipa gigantea...

Allan dug up some seedlings of Stipa gigantea…

and planted one on the other side of driveway.

and planted one on the other side of driveway.

I got to pet my good (and camera shy) friend Misty.

I got to pet my good (and camera shy) friend Misty.

My Misty-Twisters.

My Misty-Twisters.

Todd stopped by while we were at Diane’s, and I am happy to report that his eye, which he poked hard with a stick from a debris pile about two weeks ago, is all better.  Gardeners have a high risk job when it comes to our eyes, and we have had many close calls.  We should all wear goggles, and we pretty much do not (although I am fierce about wearing goggled whilst using a string trimmer or mower).

As we left Diane’s, I had a brainstorm:  We could acquire some gravel for my scree garden project!

Peninsula Landscape Supply

We were lucky to get in.  I did not look at the sign to see that they are on autumn hours and now closing at one…but Mike had not remembered to close the gate and was kind enough to load our rocks anyway.

Peninsula Landscape Supply autumn hours

Peninsula Landscape Supply autumn hours (M-W-F-Sat, 9-1).

small to medium river rock

small to medium river rock

OOPS!  I had intended to get about half that much.  I delegated to Allan the task of raising a hand to stop the dumping, and had not been clear that enough rock to just cover the bottom of the trailer would be plenty.  Now we had to deal with the anxiety of hauling a too-heavy trailer.  As you can see, our rig in not exactly heavy duty.  Allan pulled over halfway to our next job to check the tires.  They were warm, so I fretted.  If they got hot, they could blow out.

Fortunately, the next job was fairly near Peninsula Landscape Supply and we were not going all the way to our garden job in Surfside today.  The big concern would be the drive home.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Denny, Mary, and Bella (Allan's photo)

Denny, Mary, and Bella (Allan’s photo)

view in the east gate of the fenced garden

view in the east gate of the fenced garden

the weekly view southwest over the bird bath

the weekly view southwest over the bird bath

an autumn rose

an autumn rose

Allan's photo: In the thick of fall clean up

Allan’s photo: In the thick of fall clean up, with colourful blueberry foliage

more pruning and clean up in the expanded sit spot

more pruning and clean up in the expanded sit spot

Denny had sawed out a big trunk of the bay tree at my request, and today I took about a third off of the blueberries.  Remember, in your own personal garden, leaving it wilder for the winter (less raking and less removal of perennial foliage) is better for the natural order of beneficial insects and li’l critters.

Allan's photo: At my request, he dug out some pesky Geranium 'A.T .Johnson'.

Allan’s photo: At my request, he dug out some pesky Geranium ‘A.T .Johnson’.

Iris foetidissima, one of my favourites for autumn berries.

Iris foetidissima, one of my favourites for autumn berries.

Denny, observing the sky, said that a big rain was about to dump on us.  He was right.  It began just as we were left.  Allan needed pumpkin (canned) for Halloween pie and so we went north to Jack’s Country Store.  I was relieved when he said that the rain would cool the trailer tires.  (I asked him if he was serious, and he said yes.)

the scene parked next to Jack's

the scene parked next to Jack’s

dramatically increasing rain

dramatically increasing rain

Dark Sky promises it will stop before the hour is over.

Dark Sky promises the downpour will stop before the hour is over.

Thus our work day ended.  Golden Sands garden had been on the list.  It can wait till next week and perhaps be given a whole afternoon of fall clean up.

Dark Sky told me the rain would stop in 50 minutes.  While that would be perfect for offloading the rock at home, it seemed unlikely with the sky dark all around.

at home

The rain stopped pouring just as we got home. (Allan's photo)

The rain stopped pouring just as we got home. (Allan’s photo)

The rain did stop at just the perfect time and we got all the rocks unloaded.  What excellent timing, as just when we parked in Nora’s driveway to offload, we got a call from her granddaughter who was coming to spend the night.  We were glad to not have to unload in the rain.  (Kind Alycia wouldn’t have made us move the trailer, but we would have felt we should anyway.)

Alycia arrived with a friend and the friend’s tiny dog, Jalapeno.

Alycia's spiffing shoes, and a shy Jalapeno.

Alycia’s spiffing shoes, and a shy Jalapeno.

offloading rock (Allan's photo)

offloading rock (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan found room for the extra back in the bogsy wood swale.

some rock in the swale

some rock in the swale

hardy fuchsia (Allan's photo)

hardy fuchsia (Allan’s photo)

Now my scree garden has been expanded and I need some more scree plants.

scree garden rocks put in place but not arranged

scree garden rocks put in place but not arranged; I will make the boat stern garden scree, too, when I have time.

Note to self: I must remember to divide this gorgeous variegated iris….

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…and put some on this side to make some symmetry on the paths.

...and put some on this side to make some symmetry on the paths.

Something also to remember: I planted three little bulbs of cardiocrinum giganteum and must protect them from slugs and snails.

Cardiocrinum planted right where the soil is ruched up!

Cardiocrinum planted right where the soil is ruched up!

I had an excellent evening reading an entire book (interpersed with watching Survivor and then three episodes of Girls).

finished at 2:30 AM

finished at 2:30 AM

I recommend the Dog Lover’s Mystery series to all dog lovers.  The plots are good, the characters endearing, and the stories are full of dog treats in the form of educational information about dogs (especially malamutes).

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Tomorrow: more work, more rain.

 

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