Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Jackson Strange’

Sunday, 11 October 2015

With better weather, I began gardening at about noon.  We had unexpected company when Planter Box Teresa dropped by to offer me some blue and white bearded iris.  I took some for Golden Sands and gave her a few of the Watsonia that Prissy had brought me on Friday.  I told Teresa where she could find Debbie (at the art show up in Long Beach) to donate the rest of the iris to the Master Gardeners plant sale.

impromptu plant exchange (Allan's photo)

impromptu plant exchange (Allan’s photo)

Shortly after Teresa left, Ed and Jackson Strange came by.

Jackson eager to explore (Allan's photo)

Jackson eager to explore (Allan’s photo)

Jackson got to run around all over inside our fenced back garden.  He was a good boy and did not trample through the garden beds.

Frosty kept a close eye from my window.

Frosty kept a close eye from my window.

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

Frosty, Smokey and Mary grew up with two dogs so are not especially scared of them.

Orange cat from across the street was not pleased.

Orange cat from across the street was not pleased.

Mary and Jackson had just been nose to nose, and she skittered up the ramp.

Mary and Jackson had just been nose to nose, and she skittered up the ramp.

my nephew jackson (who has many doting aunties)

my nephew jackson (who has many doting aunties)

In the evening, we had a rainbow and a spectacular sunset.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

(Allan's photo)

spider at home in the new arbour (Allan’s photo)

evening sky (Allan's photo)

evening sky (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

After some reading and a movie , we had some excitement quite late in the evening when a mother raccoon and two adolescent offspring came up the cat ramp.  Frosty’s growling alerted me.  This was the second time this family had made a foray at the house.  This time, I chased them away with more than stern words, pelting the midnight garden with rocks calculated to make noise but not actually hit the critters.  They left, and I worried.  The cat door must be made smaller so that raccoon butts cannot fit through.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Allan went boating (tomorrow’s post) and I went to Astoria with Garden Tour Nancy, where we dined at the Bridgewater Bistro and were so absorbed in conversation that we only noticed huge ships sailing by after they were too far past us for good photos.

the fireplace at the Bridgewater Bistro

the fireplace at the Bridgewater Bistro

and the bar

and the bar

The salads tempted me...

The salads tempted me…

As did the albacore salad wrap. However, I had the bahn mi sandwich...

As did the albacore salad wrap. However, I had the bahn mi sandwich…

and so very delicious it was.

and so very delicious it was.

Nancy's photos of her bistro salad with bleu cheese dressing...

Nancy’s photos of her bistro salad with bleu cheese dressing…

and asiago grilled chicken salad sandwich.

and asiago grilled chicken salad sandwich.

The remainder of the day was all weeding in the front garden…

I found an iris unguicularis from Todd that has sized up very well.

I found an iris unguicularis from Todd that has sized up very well.

front garden, weeded

front garden, weeded

Euonymus fortunei 'Wolong Ghost'.

Euonymus fortunei ‘Wolong Ghost’.

sanguisorba and elephant garlic

sanguisorba and elephant garlic

a slightly nibbled variegated sedum

a slightly nibbled variegated sedum

Before and after boating, Allan worked on making the cat door too small for raccoons, a project, involving shortening the top with some boards, that got done by lamplight so no photo is available.

I spent some of my non-gardening time for the last two days reading the first of Jan Bono’s mystery series, set on a lightly fictionalized North Beach Peninsula, which is the Long Beach Peninsula by another name.  Not only is it fun to read a book set among one’s local haunts, but I am also pleased to tell you that the mystery was well written and a pleasure to read.

AR-151009959

Bonus photo

While we were in the rain and grey skies, local gardener Ann Saari was attending the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Hailey, Idaho, where she photographed this gorgeous quilt by the 5Bee Quilt Guild.  I think some of you will enjoy seeing it:

5Bee Quilt Guild raffle quilt

5Bee Quilt Guild raffle quilt

Tomorrow: Allan’s day on the water

Read Full Post »

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Because a big storm was predicted, we did not go to our north end jobs this week.  It seemed a waste of clients’ money to groom gardens for a weekend when guests would be unlikely to be in them.  So we focused on Long Beach, which always has tourists walking by the gardens no matter what the weather.

The Planter Box

First, we took a summer worth of pots to The Planter Box for re-use.

First, we took a summer worth of pots to The Planter Box for re-use.  We must have the garage clear for Bulb Time soon.

clematis for sale

clematis for sale

I bought three pumpkins and found this little fella under one.

I bought three pumpkins and found this little fella under one.

Suddenly a gardening convention began when both Dave and Ed Strange showed up.

Dave, Jackson, Ed

Dave, Jackson, Ed

Ed, Jackson, Teresa

Ed, Jackson, store owner Teresa

pumpkins!

pumpkins! and bulb food

Long Beach

The big mission of the day was to dig out two daylilies from Fifth Street Park.  They are a lovely big maroon colour, but since we only do the park once a week, they don’t get deadheading often enough.

Fifth Street Park before (Allan's photo)

Fifth Street Park before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

While Allan did that, I checked the planters that I had not attended to yesterday.

I got to meet a sweetheart of an 8 month old Malamute, which was an extra treat since I have been reading Susan Conant’s Dog Lover’s Mystery series with two malamutes as recurring characters. 

a darling!

a darling!

Cosmos and painted sage

Cosmos and painted sage…amd a bee caught by a spider.  The spider was gently deposited into the grass behind me.

The last day of lush planters if the storm comes...

The last day of lush planters if the storm comes…

Salvia patens

Salvia patens

This tree garden looks moderately nice.

This tree garden looks moderately nice. (I still compare them so unfavourably to Pam’s Seaside gardens.)

gunnera in Fifth Street Park (east side)

gunnera in Fifth Street Park (east side)

Fifth Street Park waterfall pond

Fifth Street Park waterfall pond

big hydrangea at the back of Fifth Street Park

big hydrangea at the back of Fifth Street Park

northeast side of Fifth Street Park

northeast side of Fifth Street Park

lots of Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' and another of those non blooming cosmos!

lots of Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and another of those non blooming cosmos!

The carousel is further dismantled.

The carousel is further dismantled.

We headed off to the city works yard to dump our debris and get some soil, attending to the northernmost block of planters on the way.

Geranium 'Rozanne' will be battered by the storm.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ will be battered by the storm.

So pleased my Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave' came back. (with Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve')

So pleased my Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’ came back. (with Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’)

my favourite planter of the year

my favourite planter of the year

(Two days later, when we drove through town, the storm had battered the planters so much that this was indeed the last day of a beautiful flower show for 2015.)(Or so we thought!)

Next: getting some soil from our dwindling pile at City Works yard (Allan's photo)

Next: getting some soil from our dwindling pile at City Works yard (Allan’s photo)

after filling the holes (Allan's photo)

after filling the holes (Allan’s photo)

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)  More room for cosmos next year!

One of the daylilies, which originally came from my garden, will go to Debbie for her Master Gardener plant sale.  The one that got infested with orange montbretia went right into the city debris pile.

Ilwaco

We drove along the port gardens just to check on them.  They must be weeded next week for sure!

at the boatyard

at the boatyard

All we did today was pull the cosmos out of the Port Office garden.

All we did today was pull the cosmos out of the Port Office garden.

at home

I realized at the city works yard that, since the wind had not yet arrived, we could have a campfire.

evening light

evening light

I hope not the last one of the season. (Allan's photo)

I hope not the last one of the season. (Allan’s photo)

DSC00494

Smokey enjoys a fire.

Smokey enjoys a fire.

He likes his own chair.

He likes his own chair.

I thought the sky promised a good sunset. Instead, it just turned to grey.

I thought the sky promised a good sunset. Instead, it just turned to grey.

how I love a campfire! (Allan's photo)

how I love a campfire! (Allan’s photo)

Smokey in his chair.

Smokey in his chair.

toasted hot dogs followed by buttered corn roasted in foil

toasted hot dogs followed by buttered corn roasted in foil

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

Read Full Post »

You may recall that a couple of days ago, I volunteered a garden bed at the Ilwaco Community Park, if it gets the funding it needs to be improved with a new play structure, picnic area, etc.  (Volunteer hours and plants will count toward the matching funds needed to get a grant for improving the park.) Here is the Ilwaco Parks and Rec GoFundMe page where you can make the park project happen.

Friday, 21 August 2015

I just finished this book a couple of evenings ago:

pscyho

This bit about bloggers made me chortle:

bloggers

And I found this bit to be true and moving:

strangeness

As some of my friends know, I have a strong objection to being Bright-Sided by Perky People.  (I prefer curmudgeons and eccentrics, aspergians and peculiars.)  I like it when someone with as droll a sense of humour as Jon Ronson says that it is possibly to be productive and interesting despite not being “especially normal.”

Despite a lack of perkiness, I enjoy my life deeply, especially days off at home.  However, today I did leave home to go out for lunch and a good talk with Garden Tour Nancy at the 42nd Street Café.  I was feeling strangely tired and rather poorly and wonky from having taken a migraine pill, so I did not take a single photograph to commemorate our pleasant meal.

When I got home again, I couldn’t find Allan even though the van was here.  I did not try hard.  In fact, I felt tired enough to just sit down with a book.  Then I heard voices, and both Allan and Todd came into view outside the window.  Todd had dropped by and they had been out looking at plants in the back garden. I went outside to socialize and before long, we had another visitor, Ed Strange and my nephew Jackson.  Both of them are actually quite cheerful people, but neither makes me feel bright-sided or like I have to be “on”.  (Jon Ronson’s quotation had got me thinking about such things.)

Ed, Jackson, Todd

Ed, Jackson, Todd

My nephew, Jackson

My nephew, Jackson

Allan's photo: on the patio

Allan’s photo: on the patio

looking up plant IDs on my phone

looking up plant IDs on my phone

found it!

found it! (whatever plant ID was being sought)

yammering away about some plant thing or another

yammering away about some plant thing or another

Frosty meets Jackson! (Allan's photo)

Frosty meets Jackson! (Allan’s photo)

Brothers Frosty and Smokey and their mother Mary are interested in dogs, because they grew up with two very nice dogs:

good old Annie and Jasmine, who were good friends of mine.

good old Annie and Jasmine, who were good friends of mine and companions for the cat family.

Annie and Jasmine had passed away before we inherited the three cats from their guy, Terry.

Jackson got a little too excited, so Frosty exited up the cat ramp.

Jackson got a little too excited, so Frosty exited up the cat ramp.

Ed had to leave to go to mow a lawn.  Todd stayed for awhile and we had some good Plant Talk.  I had to keep moving us to different spots to get out of the sun for coolth, into the sun for warmth, and out of the sun again.  Below, you can see Allan’s project continuing.  His next plan is an arch at the front gate but his back pain has put the project completion on hold.

Into the shade...

Into the shade…

Smokey having a drink (Allan's photo)

Smokey having a drink (Allan’s photo)

both into the shade

both into the shade

I got a useful piece of information from Todd:  I showed him one of my hamamelis (winter blooming witch hazel), commenting that one branch seemed to think it was autumn already.  He said the witch hazels are known for suckering from the graft and all the light green branches are actually ones that should be cut out!  I will do that later this weekend, as Allan had left to have dinner with some old friends from Seattle and had taken the big loppers with him in the van.  Todd also thinks that even though my baby eucalyptus from Cistus has dropped its leaves, it has not expired and will revive.

rogue branches

Hamamelis rogue branches; you can maybe see the dark red ones that are the ones to keep. (to the right of the white lilies)

[Here is what it looked like pruned two days later:]

DSC07664

With the later afternoon and evening to myself, I managed to accomplish nothing in the garden but take a few evening photos.

back garden, looking south

back garden, looking south

from the patio, looking south over the papyrus

from the patio, looking south over the papyrus

sweet pea success, almost to the top of the arbor

sweet pea success, almost to the top of the arbor

Toward the end of his evening, after dinner with his friends at The Cove, Allan saw the kite festival fireworks from the window of their suite at the Worldmark Resort.

First, came the Lighted Kite Night Fly.  Often, the wind drops at dusk.  This year, there was enough wind to get the heavier kites, with lights attached, into the air.

before dusk

before dusk

kite formation

kite formation made by several fliers with Revolution Kites

view from the Worldmark

view from the Worldmark

the sunset

the sunset

lighted kite (you'd have to have been there)

lighted kites and boardwalk lights (you’d have to have been there)

from the Worldmark: the moon, boats, and the lights along the boardwalk

from the Worldmark: the moon, boats, and the lights along the boardwalk

fireworks

fireworks

DSC04113

DSC04124

DSC04128

DSC04152

not an eclipse: the moon obscured by fireworks smoke

not an eclipse: the moon obscured by fireworks smoke

one of several fire trucks poised, just in case. The dunes are highly flammable because of our drought.

one of several fire trucks poised, just in case. The dunes are highly flammable because of our drought.

Something plant-y is going on at the WorldMark resort:

DSC04166

I’ll close here with a clever bumper sticker that Allan saw on his evening out.

DSC04167

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 5: Somsri’s Garden

A fire-circle patio welcomes you to this plant collector’s two-year-old garden, whose owner has shopped globally for unique plants from Hong Kong, Japan, and her native Thailand as well as nurseries in the Pacific Northwest.  Her beautiful raised-bed septic drain field includes driftwood creatures and garden art partially hidden among the flowers.   More magical pairings of plants and art await your discovery throughout this garden.  

Sit yourself down and make yourself comfy as I have a lot to share about this garden, which I visited twice before the tour as well as on tour day.

Nancy and I went out pre-touring on June 1st.  When we got to north Surfside we took a wrong turn and ended up half a block west of Somsri’s garden.  On that block, I said we must stop and look at the raised septic field garden.

down the block from Somsri

down the block from Somsri

a driftwood serpent

a driftwood serpent

with a marble eye

with a marble eye

When Nancy and I went in the right direction, and saw Somsri’s garden, I realized that she must have created the neighbouring one, too.  Yes, she said, she helped her neighbour by planting that garden and making the artistic touches.  I am always smitten with someone taking her personal gardening outside of her own space to beautify the world.

As usual, I will intermingle pre-tour with tour day photos of Somsri’s garden.

Somsri's garden: Photo by Bob Duke

Somsri’s garden: Photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

On tour day, we arrived at the same time as our friends Ed Strange and Basket Case Greenhouse’s Fred Aust.

Basket Case Nancy was gone visiting her mother, so Fred and Ed toured together.

Basket Case Nancy was gone visiting her mother, so Fred and Ed toured together. (Allan’s photo)

My nephew Jackson

My nephew Jackson

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: Jackson was having a break from riding in the truck.

Pretty soon Debbie Teashon also turned up!  She was touring at a slower pace than ours because of taking photos and videos and listening to some of the music.  In fact, she saw only six of the gardens.  That’s a good reason to have no more than seven gardens next year, in my opinion.

me, Debbie, Ed and Fred

me, Debbie, Ed and Fred

west side of the garden

west side of the garden

south side

south side

main entrance via the driveway

main entrance via the driveway

east side of driveway

east side of driveway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

dragon2

Allan’s photo

June 1st

June 1st

June 1st: the moment I fell in love with this garden.

June 1st: the moment I fell in love with this garden.

tour day

tour day

Somsri’s repurposed found objects and her driftwood scupltures are throughout the garden all the way out to the street.

driftwood and shell planter

driftwood and shell planter, June 1st

acanthus

patio

patio2

patio

patio3

patio4

Across the patio, the music tent.

walkway to front door, photo by Kathleen Shaw

walkway to front door, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

entry garden, west garage wall, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Debbie taking photos.

Debbie taking photos.

front porch

front porch

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

west window garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

west window garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

balls

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

dierama, July 3rd

dierama, July 3rd

and on tour day

and on tour day

planters

Brian O’ Connor was the tour day musician.

brian

This man has an excellent voice.

This man has an excellent voice.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

daisy

Somsri (whose nickname is Sam), right, walks with a tour guest.

Somsri (whose nickname is Sam), right, walks with a tour guest.

On the west side of the garden, the raised drain field, required in modern septic systems at the beach, has been transformed into an eye level garden.  In my opinion, this area is the star, planted up with cool plants chosen by a true CPN (Certified Plant Nut) who is always on the lookout for something new and interesting.

south end of the drain field garden

south end of the drain field garden

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

eye level garden

eye level garden

ird

Allan’s photo

June 1st

June 1st

Sam and a tour guest

Sam and a tour guest

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

July 3rd

July 3rd

raised2

June 1st

June 1st

July 3rd

July 3rd

June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

hens2

June 1st

June 1st

north end of raised garden. June 1st

north end of raised garden. June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

plants

plants

I could walk around and around this raised bed garden for hours.  It’s great seeing the plants at this level.

pulsatilla

pulsatilla

Nothing much gets past Somsri's desire to turn objects into art.

Nothing much gets past Somsri’s desire to turn objects into art.

cup

cup2

Allan’s photo

farm

hens

bird

nest

Allan’s photo

dahlias

Allan’s photo

drift

white centaurea, June 1st

white centaurea, June 1st

A driftwood fence backs up the garden on the north side of the house.

north side of house

north side of house

a tour guest explores

a tour guest explores

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Among the beach pines on the south and west sides of the lot, Somsri places her driftwood, fishing float, and shell planters and decorations.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shell

out

mobiles

The garden extends out to the street.

The garden extends out to the street.

Gunnera, June 1st

Gunnera, June 1st

guests

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

out3

out4

out6

Allan’s photo

June 1st

June 1st

out5

Allan’s photo

out7

Allan’s photo

out9

out10

Allan’s photo; Someone else had told Allan to look for the painted driftwood pieces.

out11

June 1st

June 1st

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am sure that if you were to walk by Somsri’s garden and saw her outside, that she would invite you to tour the garden and share her love and enthusiasm for each plant and each creation.

Somsri talks to us about a plant she brought back, years ago, from Thailand.

Somsri talks to us about a plant she brought back, years ago, from Thailand.

siam4

Allan’s photo

It spends the winter indoors.

It spends the winter indoors.

She calls it Siam Lucky Plant.

She calls it Siam Lucky Plant.

siam3

Allan's photo: Somsri's spouse quietly watching the tour guests.

Allan’s photo: Somsri’s spouse quietly watching the tour guests.

I told him that I loved the garden because walking through it was the best kind of experience of being in the gardener’s mind.  He said Sam has a very busy mind, and he just helps her realize her ideas.  What a nice man.  I also told both of them that Somsri’s edges out all the other gardens as my favourite, because she is an artist and a plant collector and her garden has the quirkiness that I adore.  Another reason it was my favourite is because she does it all herself, and that always pleases me.  It’s not made to impress or dazzle anyone but Sam and her spouse, yet provides delight for anyone who walks through.  It had plants I had never seen before (ones she’d brought from Thailand and Japan years ago when it was easier to bring plants through customs).  I’d like to see the garden in all seasons.

interlude

Before we left for the next garden, I took a walk a block down the street and saw Sam’s influence on other gardens.  The way her passion for gardening has spilled out into the neighbourhood is another reason her garden was this year’s favourite of mine.

a couple of houses to the west

a couple of houses to the west

I like the wooden deck.

I like the wooden deck.

wooden deck next to raised drain field.

wooden deck next to raised drain field.

a half block to the west, the garden Sam helps out with.

a half block to the west, the garden Sam helps out with.

It has that Somsri touch.

It has that Somsri touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

doubling up on some entries so we can get back to garden tours!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Every day but Sunday: a stop at the post office because we don't get home mail delivery.

Every day but Sunday: a stop at the post office because we don’t get home mail delivery.

our volunteer garden and its monster leaning lily

our volunteer garden and its monster leaning lily

Basket Case Greenhouse

The Basket Case closed for the season on Sunday.  We stopped by to get some sale perennials, mainly to help out by leaving them fewer plants to water.

Allan's photo:  Shadow, as usual, was in love with our van (which used to be "his").

Allan’s photo: Shadow, as usual, was in love with our van (which used to be “his”).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Long Beach 

Watering the Long Beach street trees and planters was the first order of the day.

Wooden Horse gift shop: that star was $125.  We might be in the wrong business.

Wooden Horse gift shop: that star was $125. We might be in the wrong business.

The Hungry Harbor with Basket Case hanging basket

The Hungry Harbor with Basket Case hanging basket

white nigella (love in a mist) in Fifth Street Park

white nigella (love in a mist) in Fifth Street Park

my audience while doing a bit of weeding in Fifth Street Park

my audience while doing a bit of weeding in Fifth Street Park

Eryngium 'Jade Frost' in Fifth Street Park

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ in Fifth Street Park (with sanguisorba and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Nicotiana langsdorfii)

While watering the planter outside the Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop, I saw my good friend Bill Clearman working on the entryway.

Our Bill, mixing some goop.

Our Bill, mixing some goop.

in a planter: Geranium 'Rozanne' with bee

in a planter: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ with bee

Coreopsis 'Star Cluster'

Coreopsis ‘Star Cluster’

The city crew was out working hard, too.

The city crew was out working hard, too.

I'm pleased with this planter, that was all white yarrow last year.

I’m pleased with this planter, that was all white yarrow last year.  (The yarrow had been planted by a volunteer and was hard to get rid of.)

white tigridia

white tigridia

white catananche (Cupid's dart) under a street tree

white catananche (Cupid’s dart) under a street tree

I like this catananche a lot.

I like this catananche a lot.

Lilies on the east side of Fifth Street Park

Lilies on the east side of Fifth Street Park

Gunnera in Fifth Street Park (SE quadrant)

Gunnera in Fifth Street Park (SE quadrant)

yellow tigridia (Mexican shell flower)

yellow tigridia (Mexican shell flower)

Veterans Field...I must find time to deadhead that Salvia 'May Night' soon

Veterans Field…I must find time to deadhead that Salvia ‘May Night’ soon

Veterans Field with Gaura 'So White'

Veterans Field with Gaura ‘So White’

Catananche caerulea in Veterans Field

Catananche caerulea in Veterans Field

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in Veterans Field

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in Veterans Field

Ilwaco 

With Long Beach done, Allan watered the Ilwaco planters and street trees while I watered and weeded at the boatyard garden.  While we were at our house getting the battery for the water trailer, Ed Strange pulled up behind us with my nephew, Jackson.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I long to pull all the poppies...but am letting them go to seed.

I long to pull all the poppies…but am letting them go to seed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: A bee snoozing under a daisy petal

Allan's photo: The darn deer are nibbling the nasturtiums in some of the Ilwaco planters.

Allan’s photo: The darn deer are nibbling the nasturtiums in some of the Ilwaco planters.

Allan's photo: Don and Jenna were painting at Queen La De Da's

Allan’s photos: Don and Jenna were painting at Queen La De Da’s

DSC02673

DSC02675

Allan's photo: the planter by the fire station

Allan’s photo: the planter by the fire station

While I chose the plants, Allan is taking care of the Ilwaco planters pretty much all by himself this year and is doing an excellent job of watering and grooming them.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

I had to get up at 8 AM to go across the river with Garden Tour Nancy for the Diggin’ In the Dirt radio show to promote the upcoming Music in the Gardens Tour.  Morning people will laugh, but that is awfully hard for me.  Allan went back to sleep and woke up at 9:30 to listen to the show.

We'd left extra time for stopping for work being done on the Astoria Megler bridge.

We’d left extra time for stopping for work being done on the Astoria Megler bridge.

workers way up on the tippy top!!!

workers way up on the tippy top!!!

KMUN community radio

KMUN community radio in Astoria

kmuninside

the view over buildings to the Columbia River

the view over buildings to the Columbia River

onair

My job was to describe the tour gardens, and Nancy’s was to talk about the music and other tour particulars.  I think it went well. Pam Fleming, our friend and the city gardener for Seaside, Oregon, joined us to promote her tour of the Seaside city gardens, which will take place on July 26th.

Pam's tour

After the show, we went to breakfast at the Blue Scorcher.  Getting to have breakfast with Pam, whom we do not see often enough, was one of my big motivations for getting up so early.

on the way: poppies

on the way: poppies

a courtyard

a courtyard

Pam and Nancy outside the Blue Scorcher

Pam and Nancy outside the Blue Scorcher

Blue Scorcher planter

Blue Scorcher planter

at the door of the Blue Scorcher

at the door of the Blue Scorcher

bc

bc2

I bypassed delicious treats...

I bypassed delicious treats…

treats2

...in favour of a breakfast burrito, and Pam got the quiche.

…in favour of a breakfast burrito, and Pam got the quiche.

Blue Scorcher dining

Blue Scorcher dining

at our table

at our table

breakfast burrito

breakfast burrito

delicious quiche, made sweet by cabbage (we traded bites)

delicious quiche, made sweet by cabbage (we traded bites)

From this delightful (although sleepy) morning, I went home and then to the horror of weeding…

The Long Beach beach approach garden

before...our goal was to get two sections done (out of 13)

before…our goal was to get two sections done (out of 13)

before

before

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

It is such a tough job in this drought.  The weeds are stuck in so firmly.  The best parts of the afternoon:  When a passerby reminisced about her grandma making rose hip jelly, and how it smelled of roses.  And when the dial a ride bus stopped next to us and the doors opened and I said “Have you come to take us away?” and the driver said “The best thing Long Beach ever did for its gardens in town and out here was to hire you two!”  And when a woman asked “Are they edible?” when she was already nibbling on a rose hip.  (Good thing they are).  And when our neighbour Jared walked by with my good dog friend, Rudder.

Allan's photo: Rudder!

Allan’s photo: Rudder! (the big black dog, the other one is Yarrow)

This is about as good as we are getting it done.

This is about as good as we are getting it done.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: what we are up against

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

after

after

baafter2

after

Allan's photo: I resorted to desperate measures.

Allan’s photo: I resorted to desperate measures.

the parts where I just got fed up and used the strimmer.

the parts where I just got fed up and used the strimmer.

Ilwaco

On the way home, we drove by the port to see if any plants needed watering.  What did I spy but a fingerblighter, a woman in person, caught in the act, picking herself a bouquet of Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’!

Allan's photo: caught in the act

Allan’s photo: caught in the act

She was caught red handed as we pulled our van up next to her, and she had the grace to look mortified when I told her to stop.  She said she was sorry.  She said that the Eryngium was “just so unusual.”  Allan said it was an expensive plant.  I said it only blooms once, and that we work hard on the gardens and she was lessening them.  She asked if there was some way we could replant the flower.  (!!!)  I said no there was not. She said “I blame my grandmother because she always picked flowers and I got it from her.”  I could not think fast enough to say that MY grandmother taught me to NOT pick flowers from anyone’s garden, public or private.  As she bicycled away, I felt sorry for her and called “It was your bad luck that we happened to be driving by.”

or, rather, to protect the guilty

or, rather, to protect the guilty (Allan’s photo)

a soul-soothing view

a soul-soothing view

watering at Time Enough Books

watering at Time Enough Books

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

Sunday, 24 May 2015

I repeated yesterday’s day off in a way:  I worked on catching up on this blog for much longer than I had planned.  At least I got outside…without my camera…at 3 PM instead of 5.  Weeded like mad in the back garden till almost 8 and dug out a surprising amount of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (way too much of a good thing) and a sickly looking Centaurea montana (rather a shame).  The latter might have come back if I had just cut it back hard but I suddenly was in a frenzy to dig it out completely.  (Now I will miss its spidery blue flowers.  Todd informs me that there are new cultivars in blue that are better than the old one that I had.)

Centaurea montana...bye bye

Centaurea montana…bye bye

BLACK Centaurea montana

pretty sure I still have the cool BLACK Centaurea montana in the front garden

Allan’s productive days

On a drive to Long Beach to get some gutter fittings, Allan took some photos of Black Lake.  His hope was to go boating on Monday.

Black Lake, Ilwaco

Black Lake, Ilwaco, a popular place on a holiday Sunday

Black Lake dock

Black Lake dock

After buying his supplies at Dennis Company in Long Beach, Allan took this photo of the carriage ride going by the flowers at Long Beach City Hall.

mainly featuring lambsears and sea thrift

mainly featuring lambsears and sea thrift

His project: to fix a rotten board at the top of our garage.  This has bothered him for years; other projects have taken priority before now.  He was inspired by his desire to put another downspout for another rainwater collection bin, and he photographed the project as it went along.

I don't even notice it anymore.

Side: I don’t even notice it anymore.

front

front

In the dark, with misty rain falling, and lots of progress showing.

In the dark, with misty rain falling, and lots of progress showing.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Allan’s garage repair project continued.

DSC01013

new wood spliced to old solid wood, replacing old rotten wood

all painted, with no seam showing....I am impressed.

all painted, with no seam showing….I am impressed.

new downspout installed

new downspout installed

Allan rewarded himself with a boating excursion on Black Lake…coming up after I regale you with some garden (and PUPPY!) photos.  (There will be a bird in Allan’s set of photos.)

Monday in the garden

the poppies by our driveway

the poppies by our driveway

As I was doing some weeding in the front garden to make room for planting the last of the six packs of cosmos, our friend Ed Strange drove up, bringing my nephew Jackson for a welcome visit.

Jackson weighs 20 pounds now!

Jackson weighs 20 pounds now!

That face! That paw!

That face! That paw!

Jacks in motion

Jacks in motion

sit and shake hands

sit and shake hands

What a good boy!

What a good boy!

Then the back garden became much more interesting than Ed and a treat.

Then the back garden became much more interesting than Ed and a treat.

DSC01022

an enormous treat for me

an enormous treat for me

Ed left for a gardening job, while I got back to my weeding and planting.

back garden in progress

back garden weeding in progress

After removing six or more huge Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, I sheared the rest.  I picked up most of the clippings; leaving them lie there leads to a veritable grove of Autumn Joy.

Did you know its original name is Sedum 'Herbstfreude'?

Did you know its original name is Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’?

Removing some of the sedums gave me space for new plants.

Removing some of the sedums gave me space for new plants (my new Agastaches and Sanguisorbas).

Some accomplishments and failures in the garden this weekend:

This area had been thick with weeds, and snails and slugs had eaten a Shasta daisy to the ground.  Weeded: check!

This area had been thick with weeds, and snails and slugs had eaten a Shasta daisy to the ground. Weeded (pretty much): check!

where on Saturday, I removed a sickly, sprawling Centaurea montana.

where on Saturday, I removed a sickly, sprawling Centaurea montana.

Two huge sedums removed, making room for two small plugs of Panicum 'Northwind' instead.

Middle bed: Two huge sedums removed, making room for two small plugs of Panicum ‘Northwind’ instead.

Rosa moyesii and Stipa gigantea

Middle bed: Rosa moyesii and Stipa gigantea

did not get the end of the middle bed weeded: fail.

did not get the end of the middle bed weeded: fail.

end of east bed, before

end of east bed, before

after.  Weedy sedge dug out.  Check!

after. Weedy sedge dug out. Huge Autumn Joy removed.  Dwarf fireweed pulled. Check!

southeast shade bed: weeding not done, and what was done not picked up.  Fail!

southeast shade bed: weeding not done, and what was done not picked up. Fail!

Mary expected a better job.

Mary expected a better job.

the garden left in chaotic condition....

the garden left in chaotic condition….

Some Todd plants found...Triumph!

Some Todd plants found…Triumph! And Sluggo cast all about to protect them…

Despite wishing I had gotten more weeding done, I felt pleased that I had gotten about 20 of my ladies in waiting planted and was able to enjoy an evening stroll around the garden.

a fragrant old rose (moved from my other garden, lost the ID on the way)

a fragrant old rose (moved from my other garden, lost the ID on the way)

This rose used to live at the Wiegardt Gallery...back when the building was pink and the garden undiscovered by the deer.

This striped rose used to live at the Wiegardt Gallery…back when the building was pink and the garden undiscovered by the deer.

Iris siberica

Iris siberica

Patio still laden with the last of work Annuals (and Perennials) Planting Time

Patio still laden with the last of work Annuals (and Perennials) Planting Time

Allan boating on Black Lake

Allan rewarded himself for a job well done with a late afternoon excursion to Black Lake, which, though small, is only a few blocks away.

DSC00101

Black Lake rhododendron

Black Lake rhododendron

DSC00105

an interpretive sign

an interpretive sign

Our local paper just had this interesting article about local youth making Josh’s trail better.

ready to launch

ready to launch

DSC00139

from the water

 

Allan was able to quietly float up to this heron.

Allan was able to quietly float up to this heron.

DSC00119

DSC00120

 

DSC00133

Allan felt sorry when his presence annoyed the bird into flapping out of the water.

those annoying humans

those annoying humans

DSC00121

DSC00122

the built-up side of the lake revealed

the built-up side of the lake revealed

The bird came back to fish some more, and allowed another photo, my favourite:

DSC00135

Allan tested out his new waterproof camera by actually putting in under water to photograph the weeds that can make this lake feel shallow for boating:

water weeds

water weeds

We had both worn ourselves out with our weekend extertions.  Fortunately, our next work week would be only four days  long as Allan has another boating expedition planned for next Saturday.  I am thinking that three day weekends make life much more pleasant than twelve day work weeks.

Read Full Post »

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Annuals planting time probably could have started full force by now because of an early spring…although I am wary of planting tender annuals when the nights are still chilly.

On the way, I added some Agastaches to the Ilwaco post office garden.

On the way, I added some Agastaches to the Ilwaco post office garden.

There, we saw our neighbour Jessika of Starvation Alley Farms and got their attractive new postcard.

There, we saw our neighbour Jessika of Starvation Alley Farms and got their attractive new postcards,

I had one lavender to plant (for balance) in the Ilwaco boatyard.

I had one lavender to plant (for balance) in the Ilwaco boatyard.

at the boatyard, Stipa gigantea in bloom

at the boatyard, Stipa gigantea in bloom

lavender and lupines at the boatyard

lavender and lupines at the boatyard

Still on the way to Jo’s, we did some planting in Veterans Field in Long Beach:

added some more eryngiums

added some more eryngiums

At last, we arrived at Jo’s at about one thirty.

Jo’s garden

I wish I had thought to take a photo of all the flats of annuals lined up when we arrived.  I moved them because we needed to start planting in that area.

The flats covered the soil on both sides of the entryway.

The flats had covered the soil on both sides of the entryway.

flats of impatiens...

flats of impatiens (on the bench) and godetia (lower left)

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

more impatiens

more impatiens

and more

and more

and flats of mixed annuals for the windowboxes...

and flats of mixed annuals for the windowboxes…

Allan's photo: his project of planting geraniums edged with white alyssum

Allan’s photo: his project of planting geraniums edged with white alyssum

Allan's photo: me sorting plants for the windowboxes

Allan’s photo: me sorting plants for the windowboxes

Allan's photo: his first project done

Allan’s photo: his first project done

We had one lovely little break:  Ed Strange, who had been mowing just north of us at the Boreas Inn, came by with his new puppy, whom we had first met on April 23rd..

me and Jackson

me and Jackson; how he has grown!

Ed and Jackson

Ed and Jackson

finding a place for Jackson to piddle

finding a place for Jackson to piddle

Allan's photo: planting impatiens

Allan’s photo: planting impatiens

Allan's photo: after

Allan’s photo: after

Allan's photo: north wall, before

Allan’s photo: north sunporch wall, before

after

after

About five hours after we began:

window boxes on west side of guest cottage

I did all the but one of window boxes (here, on west side of guest cottage)

overflow geraniums in pots

overflow geraniums and diascia in pots

Allan has to stand on a bucket to plant geraniums up here.

Allan has to stand on a bucket to plant geraniums in this windowbox.

impatiens under a rhodo

impatiens under a rhodo

impatiens by the middle gate

impatiens by the middle gate

impatiens down the north side in the area we'd cleared of Bad Aster and Geranium 'AT Johnson' (the too rampant pink one) last fall.

Allan planted the impatiens down the north side in the area we’d cleared of Bad Aster and Geranium ‘AT Johnson’ (the too rampant pink one) last fall.

Allan waters in some new perennials we had brought with us to also plant.

Allan waters in some new perennials we had brought with us to also plant.  All the geraniums are in along the entry.

Alliums and perennials

Alliums and perennials

all planted up.  Jo's magic makes her geraniums bloom all summer in heavy shade.

all planted up. Jo’s magic makes her geraniums bloom all summer in heavy shade.

pink rose in bloom and empty space waiting for cosmos (next week)

pink rose in bloom and empty space waiting for cosmos (next week)

Here’s what Jo’s looks like in midsummer, whether or not it is on a garden tour.

Other than puppy love, we had some good entertainment at the end of the evening when the neighbour’s girlfriend rode up on her horse.

DSC00559

Allan’s photo

I thought, wouldn’t it be great to be young again and have a girlfriend who comes to visit on a horse?  After awhile, they all left with the young woman sitting in the back of the truck with the horse, whose name was Goose, placidly following on a lead.

Very very Long Beachy

Very very Long Beachy (Allan’s photo)

Just as we were finally packed up (and utterly tired), Fred and Nancy from the Basket Case drove by to say hi.  They had just had dinner at the Depot’s burger night and knew (from Fred’s morning delivery of the plants) that we would be unable to join them.  They were impressed that we had gotten it all done in five hours.

I’d begun the day with a fantasy that we could also get a messy planter in Long Beach completely redone.  How silly to think we’d have had time for that.

On the way home we had a look at the hotel at the port that is being restored.

We were thrilled to see the dark grey paint job covering the red.

Hotel on Howerton Avenue by the Port: We were thrilled to see the dark grey paint job covering the red.

Many buildings around here are painting the same “beach red”.  The story may be apocryphal, but I heard that once years ago there was a big sale on red paint….

Next: annuals planting time continues….

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »