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First, a flashback to a few photos from earlier in the week, before and after work:

black Centaurea (perennial cornflower)

black Centaurea (perennial cornflower)

That tall...um..Rubus something?? that I wanted for a long time and now have might be a bit vigourous.

That tall…um..Rubus something?? that I wanted for a long time and now have might be a bit vigourous.

front gate view Saturday as we leave for Doggie Olympic Games

front gate view Saturday as we leave for Doggie Olympic Games

an annual poppy

an annual poppy

a lily in the front garden, admired as we left again to work for an hour in the early evening.

a lily in the front garden, admired as we left again to work for an hour in the early evening.

As always on Saturday morning, we took photos at Ilwaco Saturday Market and uploaded them to Discover Ilwaco. Saturday afternoon, the fun and lively annual Doggie Olympic Games kept us busy taking photos and uploading them well into the evening. Sunday I could not make myself go out into the garden because I was absorbed in uploading the rest of the photos…and it was so hot the cats were sleeping on the cool bathroom counter.

a cool spot when wearing a fur coat

a cool spot when wearing a fur coat

You can see our Doggie photos here; later this summer I may make a post of our favourites from D.O.G. and the upcoming Sand Flea Pet Parade as I did a few years back.

Sunday evening, I finally got out into the garden while Allan bucket watered the Ilwaco planters.  I had felt only mildly guilty all day even though I suspected a cool breeze from the Port might have mitigated the heat. We have worked through all sorts of weather lately without much of a rest, and it felt good to just sit.

I had big plans for my evening session….but remembered that I needed to put some fish fertilizer on the beans and water the greenhouse tomatoes and peppers and plant a few more containers of veg seed.

In looking for another container to use, I disturbed someone.

In looking for another container to use, I disturbed someone.

In the interest of not showing only the pretty things, I did NOT get to weeding this area as I had planned this weekend:

bogsy wood east edge still unweeded

bogsy wood east edge still unweeded

bogsy wood front edge still unweeded!

bogsy wood front edge still unweeded!

I realized one of my favourite garden signs had been sucked in to the salmonberry grove and retrieved it.

sign

Just before going in, I went around and took the kind of pretty picture that shows mostly just the good things. I had some company on the excursion:

Frosty

Frosty

Smokey

Smokey

Mary

Mary

I think this daylily is a keeper.

I think this daylily is a keeper.

and this one?

and this one?

Iris

Iris

and another

and another

Penstemon fallen open in rain and wind

Penstemon fallen open in rain and wind

had to telephoto an annual poppy way in the middle of the garden

had to telephoto an annual poppy way in the middle of the garden

I am loving all my Astilbes.

I am loving all my Astilbes.

another

another

just opening

just opening

another

another

and another

and another

more Astilbe and a Phygelius

more Astilbe and a Phygelius

Clematis 'Etoile Violette'

Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’

Etiole Violette has surpassed my dreams for a beautiful clematis on the arbour leading into the back garden.  Too bad she is never in bloom on a garden tour day.

Pink Campanula

Pink Campanula

Pink Campanula, although a more “cup and saucer” sort which I find very hard to come by, figured large in a bouquet from my past that changed the way I looked at flowers.

On the lawn on Sunday, I found a perfect cap that had blown off the top of an elephant garlic.  I modelled it on a metal crow:

a rakish hat

a rakish hat

But Maddy absolutely refused to wear it for me.

Maddy

 

 

 

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We enjoyed our well earned day off by, of course, working in the garden.  (In the evening, Allan rewarded himself further with a brief motorcycle ride while I had to endure two tedious hours of billing…thus avoiding a complete day off of work.)

My main mission at home was to get all my plants and seeds in the ground, and Allan’s was to mow the lawn and do some weeding in his garden beds.

I’m not very good at growing things from seed, but I tried these:

beans and sunflowers

beans and sunflowers

I like beans with gorgeous colours as I rarely get around to harvesting and eating them.  Also planted some Nigella ‘Chocolate Sundae’.  It looks lovely but I think I should have planted it earlier.  I misplaced the packet.  I also lost and found a packet of Cosmos…and have lost it again.  Same for some Nasturtium…but I certainly do not need any more nasturtium here.  It has reseeded far too freely and I am pulling some out in the mixed borders as last year it got too smothery.

I ran out of fence to plant beans on, and have some lovely long bamboo poles.  Despite my laying them out, and hinting, all Allan did was TELL me how to make a bean teepee, instead of making one for me.

He did switch all the smelly compost from one compost bin to another so that he could move the old one and set up a new rotating bin that we got for free.

Before planting anything, I did two enjoyable weeding and editing projects.  I wonder how well the difference shows:

before, front garden (east side)

before, front garden (east side)

after

after

Well, that is not at all clear, is it?  I had to switch angles for the after photo or my shadow would have been all over it.  This section is much more impressive:

before

before

after

after removing loads of wild impatiens

Also removed one stepping stone to fit in a variegated Jacob’s Ladder.

I had two visitors:

Gracie from across the stree

Gracie from across the street

Gracie is a good old girl who sometimes gets in trouble here for chasing cats through a garden bed.  She responds obediently to “Go home!” when need be.

Phoenix and Gracie

Phoenix and Gracie

Phoenix from next door is more of a rascal….a tailwagger who won’t let me near him.

the elusive Phoenix

the elusive Phoenix

Phoenix’s own yard is across the fence to the east.  He hightailed it to the back of the garden and suddenly was on his side.  I KNEW he had found a place to sneak under.  Today we were able to find it, as there was a pile of green debris and he had dragged some of it under with him, so we blocked the spot with a board.  It looked too small;  he must be able to make himself very flat.

I got my plants into the ground and now the only plants left (till I buy more) are the three artichokes for Leanne!  and an Erysimum ‘Fragrant Star’ that I am adding to an Ilwaco planter, switching it for ‘Apricot Twist’, whose tag reveals it may stop blooming in June.  Fragrant star is supposed to be an all summer bloomer.

just three!

just three!

We even had time to put out some decorative touches:

little birdhouses behind Fragrant Star

little birdhouses behind Fragrant Star

wall of china

wall of china

We think it is safe to hang the plates in the wind tunnel between the house and the shop…but I have one nail that has no plate.  I wonder where I put that plate…

Allan's mom's pot with water

Allan’s mom’s pot with water

at last I put my flock of chickens out!

at last I put my flock of chickens out!

An early evening walk through the garden revealed these good things:

Hebe 'Quicksilver'

Hebe ‘Quicksilver’

shows actual size

shows actual size

Phyteuma

a planted table

a planted table

Siberian Iris

Siberian Iris

another iris

another iris

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

Sambucus 'Black Lace'

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

Sambucus 'Sutherland Gold'

Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’

Sambucus laciniata

Sambucus laciniata

looking south

looking south

It would have been the perfect gardening day had I not needed to go inside before dark to work on billing.

I am hoping that starting next weekend we can get two days a week off.  This would be quite extravagant, and perhaps financially unwise, but if I have twenty or fewer years left as an active gardener (I would hope for more but am basing my estimate on my mother’s life), I need to spend more of it in my own garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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