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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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out the kitchen window, moss in old dogwood

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Smokey admiring the garden from the front steps.

When we started work today, I got the big idea we might get FOUR jobs done: Norwood, Mayor Mike, Diane’s and Red Barn.  We got a late start because of a storm passing through at mid morning.  When we did begin, the air felt icy despite sunshine. The commute to our first job, just two doors down, was even shorter than yesterday’s commute to the J’s cottage across the street.

Norwood garden

Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) take care of the biggest job here, the annual pruning of the hedge.  Today, we weeded and clipped in the narrow beds around the house.

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before, on the cold and shady side

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after

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Allan’s photos

I think those three barberries are planned for removal.  Not to pass the buck, but I do think Sea Star Dave would be just the fellow to do it!

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the easiest part,  in the sun…before

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and after (with weeds and montbretia leaves pulled)

This bed especially could benefit from some mulch.  I think with such narrow beds, the most economical method (for labor) would be bales of Gardner and Bloome rather than a trip to get a yard of mulch.  Shall we?

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before, lavender

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after.  The fuchsias may leaf out or may have to be cut all the way back.

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I wondered if this, with the black berries, was privet, and later got it confirmed to be so.  Maybe usually it is pruned so hard one doesn’t see the berries.  I want one.

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We got done just in time for rain.

We took a break at home to wait out the rain, then headed out to Mike’s garden a few blocks to the east.

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Frosty and Skooter

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our neighbour Yarrow (Allan’s photo)

Mike’s garden

Allan clipped part of the pampas grass.  We’ll leave the moderately good looking uprights for now.

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before and after

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forgot a before, so this is a during.

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Decided to prune the hardy fuchsia down this year.

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trying not to step on any tulip foliage

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before (Allan’s photos)

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after

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after

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after

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This time I pruned down the buddleia.

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Pieris in bloom

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front corner

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Iris siberica ‘Eye Catcher’

Because the temperature kept dropping, we almost bailed out on work at 3 PM.  I had remembered that Diane’s garden has a big hydrangea to prune (that in previous years has taken me by surprise), so I did not want to squeeze that and the Red Barn garden onto the end of the day.  Deluded by a bit of sunshine, we decided to go on to

Coulter Park.

Coulter Park is just north of Dennis Company in Long Beach

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back entrance from Ocean Beach Boulevard

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west side with hardy fuchsias, before

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after

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northwest corner, before (Allan’s photos).  Something oily had been dumped in the corner, maybe killing an old siberian iris.

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after.  What bad thing happened here?

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the north side rose bed, horribly infested with salmonberry from under the fence

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pruning out some big old canes

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later, slightly pruned.  Refining this area is now on the “projects” list.

I still would like to talk to Parks Manager Mike about removing these roses and replacing them with non-thorny single trunked shrubs, to make it easier to control the dratted salmonberry invaders.

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two pieris and a flowering currant against bright sunshine

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north side (behind the old train depot) with siberian iris, before

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after

By four thirty, my hands were too cold to feel what I was doing.

At home, I erased Coulter, Norwood, and Mike’s:

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While the spring clean up list dwindles, the project list grows.

Tomorrow may not allow any blogging time.

 

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Skooter likes to turn on Allan’s computer, so Allan found something for him to watch.

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Ilwaco

Because Karla at Time Enough Books had a book to lend me, we started the workday at the port.  Allan did a bit of clipping:

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before clipping one tatty old Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

I picked up the book and had a chat with Karla.  She’s noticed that I read a lot of non fiction on social justice topics.

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the book in question, an advance reading copy

I will get to it as soon as I finish reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

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Bookstore staff member Scout looks more worried that she is.

Depot Restaurant

Our first big work mission was the clipping of ornamental grasses around the dining deck of the Depot.

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before, south and east sides of deck

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giant miscanthus (Allan’s photo)

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before (Allan’s photos)

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after

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after

We also got the one miscanthus at the house next door (which is the office for the restaurant).

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Allan’s photos: before

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after

Just as we were about to leave, Todd showed up to work on the garden of the Hobbit Haven.

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I love the Depot’s next door neighbours’ sign.

Long Beach

Allan and I devoted the rest of the day to Long Beach.

First, City Hall, before and after (all Allan’s photos):

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west side, before

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after

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passersby

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I decided this hebe needed clipping because the office staff likes to see out.

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just starting…took it 2/3 of the way down.

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after

Next came the southwest quadrant of Fifth Street Park.  Allan did all of that project for today.

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before

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before

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after

I asked Allan to leave the hesperantha (used to be schizostylis; Todd reminded me of the name change when we saw him earlier in the day) for me to clean up, because I know there are some delicate sprouts of Camassia in there.  Last year they almost got clipped; Melissa was helping that day and is the one who saved them.  I’ll get to this area tomorrow.

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after. We’ll prune the roses soon.

Meanwhile, I took the green wheelie bin around two blocks worth of planters.

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Iris reticulata…’Eye Catcher’, I think

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crocuses and a couple of iris

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more crocuses

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and more crocuses

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an annoying amount of HESPERANTHA in a planter.  No time for pulling today.

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same planter.  Poky nasty yucca?? thing? keeps coming up by the sitting bench.  Its roots go deep.  Will clip back later, need big loppers to get the trunk way down low.  Why??  Planted by original volunteer, as is all of this particular planter.

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skipped this tree till tomorrow.  I have much regret for not yanking out the very first bit of rugosa rose that volunteered in here.

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I was cutting back santolinas to the new growth at the base.  Had skipped the ones across the street so as not to overwhelm wheelie bin with debris.

For the same reason, I had skipped a tree near Fifth Street.  When I rejoined Allan, his park project was done.  He tidied under this tree while I addressed some dead gaura stems in the northeast quadrant of Fifth Street Park.

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tree garden before.

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after, with hesperantha still to tidy up

Hesperantha spreads like fury.  It’s best to just yank out a lot of it, and you’ll still have enough.

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me, gaura debris, and the wheelie bin

Together, after moving the van and trailer, Allan and I tackled one more tree garden and the planter I had skipped because of debris hauling limitations.

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Allan’s tree project, with Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’, before

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after

In the planter, I was going to do patient santolina clipping to the new growth.

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Then I saw a tuft way down at soil level.

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That particular santolina might be 15 years old.  I decided to cut off all the big stems and see what happens!

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did the same thing to one of three on the other side….

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I might be sorry later.

On the way home, we drove past the Port of Ilwaco curbside gardens.  I reflected on the many grasses and sedums needing to be cut back.  Our last task, at sunset, was to pick up a piece of litter.

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Allan’s photo, looking west down Howerton

At home: Still can’t cross off Fifth Street till the hesperantha and one big hydrangea are dealt with. Can’t cross off street trees and planters because we have more to do.  However, I had the pleasure of erasing City Hall and the Depot.

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Goal for tomorrow, if weather allows: Finish Fifth Street and the street trees and planters and the pop outs and the pond.  Much glorious erasing could end a day like that.

 

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