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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sometimes we amaze even ourselves with what we can get done in one day.

We were driven by two things:  First, I planned to take Thursday off to spend with Carol.  Second, a storm was due on the weekend, with rain at last, and I needed to plan out the watering schedule around that nebulous forecast.  We began with our regular Wednesday round, the long version that includes going all the way to northern Surfside for Marilyn’s garden.

On the way north we stopped at The Planter Box to get a few plants for a needy Ilwaco planter.

at The Planter Box, some gorgeous gomphrena

at The Planter Box, some gorgeous gomphrena

and a dramatically dark Rudbeckia.

and a dramatically dark Rudbeckia.

I settled on some gazanias and a blue statice and a little curly allium for the planter, and we were off to our northern round.

Our work schedule now is pretty much the same every week and is usually only four days long, three of them about nine hours long and one just eight hours.  This week had included even more time off. The three day weekends are marvelous; I keep repeating my thought that we’ll do this as long as we can afford to.  The moment of truth will come with getting through the winter with less income from fewer fall cleanups and bulb plantings.  That’s what we’ll get for embracing time over money and quitting several jobs.  We’ve also embraced joy over money and kept a couple of the lower paying jobs while quitting higher paying ones, because we want the ones that bring the most joy to people, like…

Golden Sands Assisted Living

We did not add the usual supplemental water today, as I am counting on a big rain; we just filled the birdbaths and did some weeding and deadheading.

NE quadrant of Golden Sands courtyard with cosmos and monarda (bee balm)

NE quadrant of Golden Sands courtyard with cosmos and monarda (bee balm)

sweet peas by the courtyard entrance, climbing through roses, with white phlox

sweet peas by the courtyard entrance, climbing through roses, with white phlox

These four courtyard garden beds lack style, as they were thrown together with free “passalong” plants.  I’m trying to give them a little more structure and still have the cottage garden feeling, without having money to spend on, say, a boxwood edging.  So far, about all that I have succeeded at is making Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ be a repeater on the front of each quadrant.

NW quadrant

NW quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

I’m also pleased with the way the flowers are reseeding into the center lawn, that I would like to see turned to a wildflower meadow instead of grass (with as little work as possible!)

Knautia macedonica and blue scabiosa in the lawn

Knautia macedonica and blue scabiosa in the lawn

more scabiosa started up, and beach strawberries

more scabiosa started up, and beach strawberries

the hallway route to the outside

the hallway route to the outside 

I am always entertained, even though it’s  inconvenient for bringing in soil amendments, by wheelbarrowing through two lengthy hallways to get to the courtyard.  It is a clever design for an assisted living place to have an internal daylight courtyard for a garden.  It would be perfect for an Alzheimer’s facility (which this is not).

On the way to Marilyn’s, we shopped at Jack’s Country Store for some spray paint for my bathtub water feature.  It has a great selection of colours, more than any of the other local stores.

Their motto:  "Contrary to public opinion, we don't have everything."

Their motto: “Contrary to public opinion, we don’t have everything.”

Marilyn’s garden

At Marilyn's, I trimmed back along the path again, as the Phygelius were moving forward.

At Marilyn’s, I trimmed back along the path again, as the Phygelius were moving forward.

The north winds have knocked down some of the miscanthus.

The north winds have knocked down some of the miscanthus.

giant miscanthus and Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' from the back porch

giant miscanthus and Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ from the back porch

Looking north down the path.  That ever increasing volunteer patch of montbretia has got to go.

Looking north down the path. That ever increasing volunteer patch of montbretia (right) has got to go.

looking south: I trimmed the fig back more than the phygelius.

looking south: I trimmed the fig back more than the phygelius.

looking in from the street

looking in from the street

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We did our usual hour midsummer hour or so of deadheading and weeding.

the weekly view over the birdbath in the fenced garden

the weekly view over the birdbath in the fenced garden

view from east gate

view from east gate

southwest corner of the fenced garden

southwest corner of the fenced garden

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' in its prime. It was cut back by half in June to get smaller, less splayed flowers.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in its prime. It was cut back by half in June to get smaller, less splayed flowers.

the south gate to the fenced garden

the south gate to the fenced garden

a particularly nice daylily

a particularly nice daylily

Allan was sad that the podophyllum was down in the lawn border.

Allan was sad that the podophyllum was down in the lawn border.  (They go dormant in summer, or so Google tells me.)

roses behind the deer fence

roses behind the deer fence

a bed of hydrangeas and ferns

a bed of hydrangeas and ferns  (My favourite hydrangea, Izu No Hana, is in the background in glorious blue and white.)

The Anchorage Cottages

The Anchorage was so busy that we had to park down on the street.

The Anchorage was so busy that we had to park down on the street.

sweet peas in the north courtyard, climbing ever higher.

sweet peas in the north courtyard, climbing ever higher.

Agastaches continue to be excellent container plants.

Agastaches continue to be excellent container plants requiring minimal deadheading.

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (blue potato vine) just keeps on blooming.

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine) just keeps on blooming.

the bed that needs much refining...but not today.

the bed that needs much refining…but not today.

I had a brainstorm that it was still early enough to water the Long Beach planters.  If it rains just a little bit on Friday, it might keep us from watering but it would not be enough.  If we could fertilize the planters today while they are still faintly damp from Monday, the fertilizer would “take” better, and if it does not rain, a watering today would hold them through till Monday.  (Our schedule is complicated this week because I am taking Thursday, our usual Long Beach day, off.)

But first, we had time to squeeze in the deadheading at

The Depot Restaurant

the north side of the dining deck

the north side of the dining deck

a sizeable agastache

a sizeable agastache and a cosmos that refuses to bloom

north wall planting by Nancy Aust of The Basket Case

north wall planting by Nancy Aust of The Basket Case Greenhouse

one of Nancy's fuchsias

one of Nancy’s fuchsias

Long Beach planters

We had a couple of hours before our dinner engagement, so we focused primarily on getting all the planters fertilized.

The dead-looking Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave' on the northernmost planter is reviving.

The dead-looking Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’ on the northernmost planter is reviving.

Oregano 'Hopley's Purple' and Geranium 'Rozanne' in the same planter

Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’ and Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in the same planter

my favourite planter, by the Dennis Company sign

my favourite planter, by the Dennis Company sign

a colour echo at Dennis Company, which I will pretend is on purpose.

a colour echo at Dennis Company, which I will pretend is on purpose.

Allan's photo: Third Street Park

Allan’s photo: Third Street Park

We even had time to weed and deadhead Veterans Field and Long Beach city hall gardens.

Veterans Field

Veterans Field

Basket Case Baskets at Veterans Field

Basket Case Baskets at Veterans Field

The Cove Restaurant

You might think that if we meet Dave and Melissa at the Cove, it must be Thursday.  This week, we switched our traditional meal to Noodle Night Wednesday because of my social plans for tomorrow.

Sondra's garden at The Cove

Sondra’s garden at The Cove

in the foyer

in the foyer

noodle night!  (Asian noodle bowls or Italian comfort food)

noodle night!  (Italian comfort food)

Cove noodle bowl

Cove noodle bowl

Look who joined us! Me and Seattle Carol

Look who joined us! Me and Seattle Carol

Everyone was duly impressed that Carol and I have been friends for 38 years.

After closing time, Lacy and Parking Lot Cat came to say hello.

After closing time, Lacy and Parking Lot Cat came to say hello.

Carol gives Lacy a good scritching.

Carol gives Lacy a good scritching.

In the foyer, Lacy gets a belly rub.

In the foyer, Lacy gets a belly rub.

Look at that silly face!

Look at that silly face!

Dave, Mel and me, leaving after dark

Dave, Mel and me, leaving after dark

Ilwaco

The workday was not quite done.  In the dark, we planted four plants in the Ilwaco planter where previously plants mysteriously died (an unsolved mystery; the soil still smells sweet and good).

planting in the dark

planting in the dark

Allan's photo: the statice might be too brittle.  It is a temporary centerpiece.

Allan’s photo: the statice might be too brittle. It is a temporary centerpiece.

The only Thursday task that we did not get done in advance was deadheading the Long Beach welcome sign, and it had looked pretty much ok on a driveby, so I am set for a fun day tomorrow with Carol.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Before leaving Ilwaco, we planted two tiny lavender starts in the Time Enough Books garden, where we think they will enjoy the scree-like environment.  The weather was ideal: comfortable, not too hot, very little wind.

The Time Enough Books garden

The Time Enough Books garden

Then we were off toward some north end jobs, beginning with a check up on the planters at

The Red Barn Arena

I finally managed to get two photos of the baby, born earlier this spring.

foal

foal2

one of the barrels

one of the barrels

We couldn’t cut across a pasture to the garden next door as a horse grazed in that pasture today, so we walked along the highway.

Diane’s garden

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.


Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea


back garden planters

back garden planters

On the road again, I remembered that Garden Tour Nancy had asked me if we would check out a potential tour garden for her.  Located in Tides West, it was on our way to our next job.

a garden tour sneak peek

I do believe this one will be on the tour, so I can’t show too much.  I was so impressed; the owner has built all these features herself in just one year.

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I was immediately impressed.

I was immediately impressed.


I wish I had such skills!

I wish I had such skills!


Just one year old

Just one year old


one of two cute dogs

one of two cute dogs

I was inspired to turn two photos into Waterlogues:

Painted in Waterlogue

Painted in Waterlogue

The gardener told us that Ed Strange had recommended that she contact Garden Tour Nancy, and that he calls her garden “Neverland”.  She thought he meant it was like a magical fairyland until she learned he actually meant he thought she would never be finished with projects.  It is just around the corner from our friend J9’s and I am surprised I had not noticed it before, until I realized that  I first visited J9’s new abode and walked around that block over a year ago, and this garden had not even begun then.

Back to the world of work…

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Next, Golden Sands, where Allan strimmed the center lawn (because its easier to bring a string trimmer than a lawn mower down the hallways to the central courtyard).

outside the dining room

outside the dining room (NW quadrant)


SE quadrant

SE quadrant

I had had a plan for quite some time that I finally got around to.  I wanted to prune the rhododendrons behind the SW quadrant to be closer to the height of the ones in the upper right above, that were severely pruned two years ago (not by me).

SW quadrant

SW quadrant: Behind the maple tree are the rhodies I have had my eye on.

The best time to prune them is shortly after they bloom, so last month would have been better.

before: the view out the back hallway window

before: the view out the back hallway window


Here they are pruned...

Here they are pruned… and not looking all bare and stubby.


Well done, if I do say so...and now someone in the corner has a view of the garden.

Well done, if I do say so…and now someone in the corner has a view of the garden.


And there is a garden view from the back hallways window.

And there is a garden view from the back hallways window.

It might seem like a bad plan to have large shrubs blocking the view.  However, before we got our hands on them, the four quadrants were just scrubby sections of lawn.

Allan hauled four wheelbarrowloads of branches down the halls and out to the debris pile.

With a great sense of accomplishment, we went about ten blocks up the road to

Klipsan Beach Cottages

looking in the east deer fence gate

looking in the east deer fence gate


a little frog in a nest of ivy (not planted by us, and not the dreaded English ivy)

a little frog in a nest of ivy (not planted by us, and a more delicate choice than the dreaded English ivy)


the birdbath view

the birdbath view


sit spot in the fenced garden, with Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

sit spot in the fenced garden, with Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’


Alliums and roses

Alliums and roses


bright orange lilies, bright sunshine

bright orange lilies, bright sunshine


River of Geranium 'Rozanne' in the shade along the road to the cottages

River of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in the shade along the road to the cottages


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


I'm pleased that some Fuchsia magellanica that I brought from my garden are sizing up.

in the A Frame garden: I’m pleased that some Fuchsia magellanica that I brought from my garden are sizing up.


A Frame garden: hydrangea and Allium albopilosum

A Frame garden: hydrangea and Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

On the way further north, we stopped at Jack’s for some snacks and a hose fitting.

Jack's Country Store, Ocean Park

Jack’s Country Store, Ocean Park


I noticed someone working on a nice curbside garden at Anita's Coastal Café.

I noticed someone working on a nice curbside garden at Anita’s Coastal Café.

Marilyn’s garden

At our northernmost garden, I had at long last remembered to bring 13 little painted sage plants, and when they were in the ground, Annuals Planting Time was finally truly done!

Eryngium 'Jade Frost' at Marilyn's

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ at Marilyn’s


one of the cosmos that reseeded from last year

one of the cosmos that reseeded from last year

Just as I thought we were done with our weeding session, I saw an Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ that needed deadheading.

before

before


after

after


path, looking south; we did a fair amount of gravel weeding today

path, looking south; we did a fair amount of gravel weeding today


the buds of Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

the buds of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’


more Crocosmia 'Lucifer' buds

more Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ buds


Cosmos

Cosmos


the back deck

the back porch


looking north from the back porch

looking north from the back porch

I had pulled out a big clump of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, behind the montbretia to the right, because I felt it blocked Marilyn’s view of the garden.  Her assistant told me a mother deer and two baby fawns are frequenting the garden and Marilyn loves to observe them.  There is still plenty of ‘Lucifer’ on the other side of the path.

  I wish there were not so much orange montbretia.  It was the only plant in the landscape when we began, just a bit here and there.  That clump got huge before I realized it.

Tall Miscanthus now blocks the view of the garage to the west.

Tall Miscanthus now blocks the view of the garage to the west.


north view with catmint  sprawling on the path

north view with catmint sprawling on the path


Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum


Agastaches and poppies by the driveway

Agastaches and poppies by the driveway

I had hoped we would be done in time to do Andersen’s RV Park today.  It was not to be, so that will have to wait for tomorrow.

We finished with a tiny pruning job at the south side of the port office, where once again we were in the cold north wind.  A volunteer elderberry needed some branches trimmed.  The wind discouraged photos of the process.

Allan's photo: the port wind warning flag was up, as it has been often this month.

Allan’s photo: the port wind warning flag was up, as it has been often this month.

 

 

 

 

 

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August 21, 2013

We began work at our northernmost job, Marilyn’s garden…

Marilyn's, looking south

Marilyn’s, looking south

Nancy was there and I told her if anyone questions her about the Buddliea growing in the garden, especially since our local paper just had a little story about them being invasive, to say that is it “one of the new sterile hybrids”, which is absolutely true.

Buddliea 'Blueberry Cobbler'

Buddliea ‘Blueberry Cobbler’

From inside the house, I could see that my pruning of the fig tree had re-opened the view of the garden.

living room view

living room view

Next, moving south….the Wiegardt Gallery….

Wiegardt Gallery front entrance walk

Wiegardt Gallery front entrance walk

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', short from lack of water!

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, short from lack of water!

Soaker hoses are just not satisfactory but it would be hard, in this narrow bed by the house, to set up anything that sprays water.

Next: Jack’s Country Store for snacks.   I was pleased to find my favourite Greek salad.

a pleasant breaktime

a pleasant breaktime

And then, Oman Builders’ Supply garden….

OBS, looking south

OBS, looking south, another garden with pitiful soaker hoses

I plant only the most drought tolerant plants here now….no more cosmos.

Then, Klipsan Beach Cottages where I can totally count on the garden being well watered.

KBC, looking west in the fenced garden

KBC, looking west in the fenced garden

Veronicastrum still looking fine

Veronicastrum still looking fine

At KBC:  Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' at its proper size when well watered

At KBC: Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ at its proper size when well watered

lilies and Melianthus major

lilies and Melianthus major

I had some new rosemaries and garlic chives for the Depot…We are still sorting out the organization of our van, but look at all that room!

plant vehicle!

plant vehicle!

But before we went to the Depot, we stopped at Golden Sands…to water.  I looked forward to the sprinkler system being fixed there.  I heard the repair was imminent!

Golden Sands, NE courtyard quadrant

Golden Sands, NE courtyard quadrant

My big idea of the day for Golden Sands was to move the bench that sits in front of the NW quadrant.

bench

It is blocking the view of the garden.  This is the quadrant where we ran out of dairy manure mulch, so I am not in a huge hurry to reveal it…not till we have time to fix it up.

bench2

But when we do get the mulch, maybe in mid September, the bench can go here instead:

three

It will be wonderful to have working sprinklers and, instead of hose watering, spend our time here turning this courtyard into a paradise.  My dream is for it to be good enough to be on the garden tour.  Because it is completely enclosed, I have no deer problems there at all!

Oh dear, we ran out of day before we got to the Depot to plant the rosemaries…They would have to wait until tomorrow.

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