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Sunday, 11 February 2018

We decided to work on the downtown Long Beach planters and street trees.  I had big ideas that we would also get to the Anchorage Cottages garden and then get rugosa roses cut down in the beach approach garden by the arch.

As I began with the southernmost planters, Robert (wasband and former co-gardener) bicycled up and we had an interesting chat, reminiscing about our friend Lily who died some years ago of ALS.

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My mission was to trim back any Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ still standing and to clip santolina hard so it will make a nice round ball instead of getting rangy.

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after; this planter has too much of a boring little hardy geranium but is not one I plant to re-do.

crocuses in a planter

crocuses and an iris reticulata

santolinas, before

an after from across the street, because I forgot…

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Would be huge escallonias that we cut back hard by the pet shop last fall are leafing out:

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After clipping and tidying in eight planters and three trees, I re-joined Allan who had been working on a difficult tree garden that whole time.

before, with an unfortunate batch of rugosa roses

Those roses reseeded into there, and I thought, years ago, how cute, and let one or two stems bloom.  Oh, what a mistake…and yet it does look pretty when blooming in summer.

after; unfortunately, the roses will come back.

after; will this be the year we prevail?

I notice every time I come to a clump of narcissi and find flower stalks picked.  (Deer are not the culprits here, although they might be with tulips.)

Why not leave ALL the flowers for all the people to enjoy?

It was not a pleasant weather day, with wind that became increasingly strong and cold.

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Another street tree job by Allan:

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after (the stems are a hardy fuchsia)

In another tree, we worked on eliminated all but two corners of Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’; I planted too much of it way back when I had a low budget, and it was free (for good reason).

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sidewalk display at The Wooden Horse gift shop

In the last two blocks, the wind was much colder and stronger.  We were determined to finish.

We cut back these chrysanthemums, with foliage undamaged because of our mild winter.

Allan cut down the other two escallonias that are crowded into a planter.

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after

I came along behind him and trimmed those green santolinas hard.

At home, I was able to erase the Long Beach downtown planters from the work board, and added the Pop Outs (little gardens on Ocean Beach Boulevard).

There may be a reader who is wondering when Kite Museum will appear on the work board.  It finally got added on Feb. 14th!

It took hours after work to finally feel warm again.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

With the rainy windy day that had been predicted, we did not get the port spring clean up done.  I must confess that maybe if we worked between 8 and 11 AM we might have accomplished some of it

The rain increased considerably after 11 AM.  Allan went to pick up books at the library and took this photos of the early crocuses and irises at the community building in which the library is housed.  You can click on the photos in this mosaic to view them individually.

I had finished the excellent book The Shock Doctrine and was pleased at the prospect of a new batch of library books.  While I waited, I photographed a pile of old postcards (from the collection of our friend Joe Chasse) for my Grandma’s Scrapbook blog.  They will begin to appear there later this year.

A sneak peak:

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My books arrived.  What excitement opening the book bag! This new assortment contains some fiction, for a change.

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I settled right in with one of them.

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It is poetically written and its only flaw is a plot twist that I did not much like.  The parts about Scrabble, I liked very much.  (A boodle is what I call a bingo.)

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Even though I only play online now, I remember this sound:

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I finished the book.  It was a much easier read than the non fiction I’ve been perusing lately.

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Skooter had been helping Allan read.

 

Our garden club weekly dinner was postponed because of members being under the weather.

For the next two days, the actually weather won’t matter much because we have indoor political activities to attend.

 

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Cold weather, a brief back problem, and an intense desire for hide out and read postponed our starting work this year.  I was using the excuse that the whole peninsula has been economically affected by the lack of clamming tourism this winter so no one would mind if we started up two weeks later than usual. (The clams have tested positive for a toxin, which happens sometimes, and so clam season has been delayed and delayed again.)

I’d written the first work board of the year several days ago.

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Allan had loaded the tools into our van on Saturday.  As he loaded buckets into the trailer, I talked through the window to Jasmine, one of two new neighbours right next door.

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introduced myself to Jasmine

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in our garden (Allan’s photo)

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We began close to home with the Ilwaco street trees and planters.

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Allan’s photo

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weeding at First and Eagle

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The boatyard garden can wait for a couple of weeks.

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Ilwaco boatyard, north side

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crocuses in the planters

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Allan’s photo

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in front of Azure Salon, before

I had been looking forward to tidying the alyssum from under the tree and to pulling a dead erysimum from this planter.

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Rosemary blooming in front of Azure

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Nn front of City Hall, the plant offerings are not from me.

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The Anchorage garden got some clipping and waking up because this coming weekend is a three day holiday (Presidents Day) which will surely attract guests.

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tidied center courtyard in 60 degree sunny weather

Allan trimmed a buddliea at the entrance.

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before

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after

I hadn’t intended it to go that far back but I think it will be fine and probably quite refreshed. If not…well…buddlieas of the old fashioned seedy kind are considered noxious weeds now, anyway.

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Allan pruned one large-ish ornamental grass….harbinger of many to do the same thing to soon.

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after

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spring bulb windowboxes

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Iris reticulata

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I was pleased to see there have been snowdrops.

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In bright sunshine, a hamamelis scents the Zen Courtyard

Long Beach City Hall

We trimmed another grass (Allan) and a hydrangea (me) before heading back to Ilwaco.  Allan’s photos:

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before

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after

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before

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pruning

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after

Ilwaco again

We finished with a tidying and clipping of sedums and ferns at the Ilwaco Community Building.

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hamamelis, probably ‘Diane’

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crocuses

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Allan’s photo

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Iris reticulata (Allan’s photo)

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by the entrance to the library

At home, I clipped back my Melianthus major, which, as Melissa had put it, was “not amused” by this winter’s heavy freeze.

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That is one small area clipped. So much more to go in our own garden.

We are expecting two more good weather days and are going to focus intensely on Long Beach town next.

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work board t0night

 

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My mission for the last 9 days of staycation was to read and to non-people as much as possible.  A long and deep book called Evicted took three days to finish (partly because of being distracted by reading the maddening daily news).   After Evicted (poverty, misery and heartbreak eloquently described), I had thought I might try a bit of light reading, so I had picked out a Blind Date book from the library.

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When I unwrapped it, it turned out to be an Agatha Raisin mystery, which of course I had already read!  So I contented myself with a re-read from my own library, Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden, about WWII refugee children, and then back to more serious reading.

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Carrie’s War, as wonderful as I’d remembered from years ago

Several days worth of reading….

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

A brief quest for a birthday present took us to Time Enough Books at the Port.

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Time Enough Books

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Scout being exceptionally cute

Monday, 6 February 2017

Allan used pallets to fix an outdoor plant table that had collapsed….

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Allan’s photo, after

….I read, and we did have to go out and “people” at a local political meeting in the evening.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

I started a monstrously huge book.  After all my winter reading about civilian life in WWII Britain, I felt the need to see how the war all fit together.

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The pages were a delight to look upon even though the contents were grim.

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Well done, Smithsonian.

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Well done, indeed.

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and inspiring

Meanwhile, Allan …and on this rainy afternoon, even I…had been helping a good friend of ours move in next door.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Two photos that Allan took on one of the moving trips (from Ilwaco to Long Beach and back again):

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Iris reticulata and crocuses in a Long Beach planter

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We have been having a great deal of rain.

Ann and her friend Alex arrived from Portland for a quick stop…I was lending Ann my mother’s three tiered Floralight for seed growing.

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Ann and Alex, both of whom work at the great Cistus Nursery

With floods threatening local roads, they hightailed it back to Portland before dark.

The Floralight in olden days when me mum grew African violets:

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In the evening, Allan and I met Melissa and Dave for our garden club meeting at [pickled fish] restuarant, joined by a former client, K.L., whose garden Dave and Mel have taken on.  Allan and I had  worked weekly on her “Sea Garden” during the summer and autumn of 2008. Now Dave and Mel are bringing it back to its former beauty.

At the [pickled fish]:

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wood for the pizza ovens

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We had delicious pizzas.

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perfect creme brulee

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lemon pudding

As we departed, the entryway planters got admired by five gardeners all at once.

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Even though I had not been managing to effectively non-people, I got another fifty or so pages read in the WWII book, a book so large that Smokey had to push in for lap space.

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more strong women

Skooter hangs around with Allan as much as possible.

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Skooter (Allan’s photo)

On a trip to the library, Allan saw more signs of winter’s end.

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Iris reticulata at Ilwaco Community Building

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cyclamen, provided by Our Kathleen

In the rain, someone was photographing the heather.

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K.L. (whose primary home is in island country rather than here) had stayed for another day and we all had dinner again, this time at Salt Pub.

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Allan’s photo

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from the south side (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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the view

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spinach salad (Allan’s photo)

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delicious Pad Thai

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Allan’s photo

I would have but one more true Winterval reading day on Saturday, followed by a social Sunday, and then….work.  I did not feel I had succeeded very well in non peopling for the last week.  It is a highly elusive retreat when the good company of good friends beckons.

 

 

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Friday, 11 March 2016

I went to see yet another doctor, a new one who was kind and funny.  Another round of tests will be forthcoming, but not till he sees the results of this coming week’s tests!  This is what I get for avoiding doctors; I knew it would catch up to me someday.  (Fortunately, so far, all results have been good.)

In the afternoon, we realized the weather was good so we hurried out to do four hours of work.

The Anchorage Cottages

Allan’s photos:

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tidying up planters and pots and garden beds

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windblown hyacinth and Tulip ‘Gavota’

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Tulip ‘Gavota’ (right) goes well with red brick.

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Zaluzianskya capensis is blooming startlingly early.

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window box came through the storm

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trilliums on a north wall

Long Beach

We did the whole town of Long Beach deadheading walk in a light rain.  We each did half of the planters and street tree gardens.

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I should have moved my weed bucket for a better photo.

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Remarkably, Tulip sylvestris held up to yesterday’s “hurricane”.

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As did some of the narcissi.

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Allan’s photo:  We did have extensive narcissi deadheading through the town.

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Allan’s photo: after

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Allan’s photos, before

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and after

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These three year old ‘Gavota’ tulips came back.  I love them toning with that sign.

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Tulips are blooming ridiculously early.

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Windblown tulips in Fifth Street Park

City Hall looked great on a driveby as most of its narcissi are on the north side; Veterans field is more exposed and needed lots of deadheading.

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Vet field corner, Allan’s photo, before, lots of little grassy weeds to pull as well

Port of Ilwaco

At almost dusk, we just needed to check the garden on the south side of the Port Office.

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Port of Ilwaco office building

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I found an unclipped sword fern!

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the narcissi all shredded to mush what a shame

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fog and rain

A hot toddy at Salt Pub tempted me but I resisted, as I wanted to get back to working on the Grandma Blog.…which after ten posts has all of two followers.  All the doctor appointments and tests have given me a sense of urgency.

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end of the workday

Saturday, 12 March 2016

I worked obsessively on the Grandma blog, having now progressed into telling her life story with old photos starting around 1915.

Allan took a long walk through town to get the mail and a DVD from the library and to deadhead a planter of narcissi that had looked bad when we drove through town yesterday evening at dusk.  His photos:

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new at Ilwaco City Hall

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Iris reticulata at the community building

Allan picked this zombie bridal bouquet from the Ilwaco planters.

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Shortly after he returned, a series of hailstorms passed through.

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dramatic noisy weather

(Susie, if you are reading this, that jade plant to the left is from cuttings I got out of your yard debris pile!)

Tomorrow’s forecast looks dire again, and I’m hoping the power stays on because if it does, I might be able to finish the photo history part of the grandma blog.

For crying out loud!  If the power goes off, there’ll be tears before bedtime.  Allan reminds me that there was a big storm like this a year ago in March when I was at the Sylvia Beach Hotel:

High Wind Warning in effect from Sunday, 10:00 AM PST until Sunday, 9:00 PM PST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service
…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 10 PM PDT SUNDAY FOR
THE SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS UPGRADED THE HIGH
WIND WATCH TO A HIGH WIND WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM
TO 10 PM PDT SUNDAY.

* WINDS: SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS PEAKING WITH GUSTS TO 60
MPH…EXCEPT WITH GUSTS TO 70 MPH BEACHES AND HEADLANDS.

* TIMING: DEVELOPING AFTER 11 AM SUNDAY. STRONGEST WINDS BETWEEN 1
PM AND 6 PM SUNDAY.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: RAYMOND…LONG BEACH…OCEAN PARK

* IMPACTS: WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE CAN CAUSE LARGE TREES OR LIMBS
TO FALL…ESPECIALLY WITH SATURATED SOIL. FALLING TREES OR LIMBS
CAN BE DEADLY. POWER DISRUPTIONS ARE LIKELY. TRAVEL MAY BECOME
HAZARDOUS AT TIMES…ESPECIALLY FOR TRUCKS…TRAILERS…AND
OTHER HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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my mother’s garden diaries from two decades ago

1997 (age 72):

March 11:  Started growing tomato seeds in the 3 new Park Star trays and the 6 APS-40 trays.  I got most of the tomato seeds planted before I got tired.

March 12:  Dr Elledge appt as follow up on diabetes.  Got various lab tests.  Made appt for physical on Friday.

1998 (age 73):

March 11:  I brought wood in from behind shop.  I moved two pallets to the wood pile area to be ready when I have energy to start stacking the new wood.  I also potted the Park Seed begonia bulbs (12).

March 12:  12:30-4:15  A nice warm day, a new record, 68.  I worked at round table potting the Dutch Gardens perennials plants.  I put them in greenhouse but didn’t turn the lights on.  I still have many more to plant and hope to get out earlier tomorrow.

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From a sunnier day: I think I forgot to post this lovely crocus, the first of the large ones, back by the bogsy woods.

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From February 6

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

A hard rain followed by light drizzle gave us a day off. The forecast suggests five more days of rain will follow.  I looked at last year’s spreadsheet and saw that, except for one Long Beach day at the end of January, we did not begin work till February 10th, so we have not fallen behind yet.  And we had so very much more to do last year.   Sea Star Gardening has taken on our Boreas Inn and Casa Pacifica jobs and Andersen’s RV Park was a huge spring clean up job that we no longer have (since owner Lorna sold the place in July of 2015). We have one less private garden as well, and Todd now cares for his brother Eric’s Wiegardt Gallery, so we have eight fewer days of garden clean up to do in February and March.  That makes me happy.

Before enacting my plan of settling in with a book, I took a walk around the front garden.  (I wish Smokey could have joined me.  He is still having to stay inside while his paw heals.  He is not a happy cat.)

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view from the porch

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Geranium macrorrhizum is certainly blooming early…

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Acanthus ‘Hollard’s Gold’ continuing to brighten the scene.

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Allan’s box of succulents

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double hellebores

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single white hellebore

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“black” hellebore

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way in the back of Allan’s garden, a hellebore that escaped having its tatty old leaves trimmed

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Hamamelis (witch hazel)

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moved these from the back patio to front garden last weekend…

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front path, looking east

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last year’s allium head blown into the garden

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last year’s alliums

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Many hellebores need to be turned up to see their greatest beauty.  They’d be best dangling over a wall.

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Crocus tommies are in a decline…soon to be followed by larger crocus.

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In the front garden, with the dark foliage of a “black” hellebore emerging at lower right

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Scrophularia variegata (variegated figwort sounds prettier) and hellebore.

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Japanese maple in a pot not looking very lively.

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Not happy about this great hellebore  being hidden behind the big pot.

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Love the bright new foliage of the lamprocapnos and the promise of flower bus

What, you might ask, is Lamprocapnos?  It is the new name for Dicentra, I am sorry to say.  You can read all about the change here, where I also learned its common names aside from Bleeding Heart, including “Venus’s Car, Lady’s Locket, Lyre Flower, Tearing Hearts, Our Lady in a Boat, Chinese Pants”

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grape hyacinth and a fern that needs trimming, backed with Euonymous ‘Wolong Ghost’

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Iris reticulata and some fine looking soil with good texture.  And a California poppu, lower right.

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first narcissi in the front garden

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Daphne buds backed with Azara microphylla variegata

For readers who’ve been enjoying the excerpts from my mother’s garden diaries of 20 some years ago, I’m sorry to say she did not make any entries for February 10th.

My plan for reading a book changed to reading and transcribing her diaries and scheduling them to appear, by month, at the end of each month of 2016.  I’ll continue to add pertinent posts to matching dates in my ongoing journal of the year.

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Allan brought back this photo of one of the Ilwaco planters today.

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“Look at the camera!” says Ed.  Ed and Jackson Strange came over for a minute but only Allan saw them; he was string trimming the lawn while I was indoors typing away.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

noon:  On this stormy day, I continued to be obsessed with transcribing my mother’s diaries, even though a gardening book arrived from the library that I am desperate to sit and read.  I am (surprisingly not frantically) concerned about being sent to a neurologist in March; as soon as my primary care RN invoked the words “possible brain tumor, benign or malignant”, I imagined going blind (as happened to a good friend and avid gardener, Mary F., who later died from her gioblastoma) and thought, “I must get these diaries set up NOW to publish once a month through 2016!”  Yesterday I completed transcibing them through May and hope to make much more progress today, while the gardening book by Dan Pearson taunts me from the other side of the room.  The monthly entry will include more illustrations and non-gardening posts than the daily share from her diary (which I am adding to my blog posts day by day).

I remember my mother getting many tests, including CAT scans, to try to get to the bottom of her dizziness (and migraines) and she never got a diagnosis that helped to cure her of the problem.  I find that mildly reassuring.  My primary care RNs other ideas were TIAs or “maybe just glucose” so…we shall see, as the results of assorted tests roll in.

Later: I got June, July and August and one year of September transcribed.  I am a fast (if not accurate) four finger typist.  Still, how do people sit at a desk all day?

Transcribing the month my father died was a poignant experience.

Here is my mom’s entry from 21 years ago today:

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1995 (age 70):

Feb 11: Supposed to be below freezing by tomorrow so: Finally I spread mulch on as many flower beds as I could before I ran out of mulch and strength.  (I got very dizzy and nauseated.)  I used all 5 bags of shredded leaves from last fall and recent shredding.  The stuff in old burn barrel was all composted below 1/3 of pile.

 

 

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Friday, 29 January 2016

I’m still keeping Smokey in his convalescent room (the large bathroom); now I’m putting his mum, Mary, in there to keep him company during the day and they both seem content.  He has been a very good boy about letting me put ointment in his wound twice a day.  Just a slight meow of protest.  In the evening, we close the cat door and mother and son can emerge to join the household.

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I paused while writing this as was sick to death of iPhoto crashing every time I click info on a photo.  In the Apple Support Community, I got help:

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I had to Google again to find out how to GET to the resources, and then with much trepidation dragged the two Google things to my trash.  I still seem to be able to Google and to navigate the web, even though iPhoto now sternly informs me in the info box that my computer is “not connected to the internet”.  But it is.  And I can get info on the date a photo was taken without a complete iPhoto crash.  And I hope stays that way.  I figure if I save the instructions here, I’ll be able to find them if trouble brews later.

Back to January 29th!  The lovely afternoon enabled me to weed a large area of the front garden’s east bed and to enjoy brightly illuminated flowers.

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two sorts of hellebore

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a single hellebore

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Melianthus major and Crocos tommasianus

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Crocus tommasianus

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crocuses lavender and yellow

 

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Iris reticulata

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Iris reticulata

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more hellebores

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front path looking east

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Frosty in the garden

I missed having my best cat friend, Smokey, quietly following me around, and I am sure he misses going outside.  We hope the vet will give him the all clear after ten healing days have passed.

Meanwhile, Allan took a two mile walk around town, first onto the beginning to the Discover Trail that begins at the wast end of town:

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and then down to the boatyard and port to pick some trash out of the gardens.

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