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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

We said goodbye to Jo’s garden today after doing the last fall clean up there before new owners take over.

The depth of my sadness when we were about to leave surprised me.  Jo and Bob are my most longtime steady clients on the Peninsula.  In 1993, I started gardening three hours a week for Jo’s mother, Maxine, and in 1994 Robert and I helped Jo turn her garden from a monoculture of rhododendrons to a perennial garden designed by Dale Browse (who at the time lived in the Seaview home that our friend Patti has now).  Jo was then about two years younger than I am now.

By the end of 1994, we had become Jo’s regular helpers.  She did most of the gardening herself.  We came in about once a month in spring and summer, usually before the festivals when her family and friends would come to stay.

After they had both retired, Jo and Bob (whose main home is near Tacoma)  spent almost all May through early September here.

In 2005, Allan became my co-gardener and has put in 11 years of helping out at Jo’s.

So today, we did the last fall clean up.  Jo likes the perennials clipped back to the ground every autumn.  With a sad feeling in my heart, I said goodbye.  (All these photos are from today unless otherwise indicated.)

Jo's garden

Jo’s garden via Google Earth

Goodbye to the house and guest cottage, built in 1892.

Goodbye to the house and guest cottage, built in 1892. (guest cottage east wall)

Goodbye, raised bed rhododendrons in the driveway. Building this bed and transplanting these shrubs from the future flower garden was our first job at Jo's garden in 1994.

Goodbye, raised bed rhododendrons in the driveway. Building this bed and transplanting these shrubs from the future flower garden was our first job at Jo’s garden in 1994.

Goodbye to the entry garden where we planted pink and red geraniums every May.

Goodbye to the entry garden where we planted pink and red geraniums every May.

Jo spent a goodly amount at the Basket Case Greenhouse every spring for geraniums and other annuals for her window boxes and baskets and containers.

after planting the geraniums in May 2016

after planting the geraniums in May 2016

Jo on garden tour day 2013

Jo on garden tour day 2013

Goodbye to the guest cottage.

Goodbye to the guest cottage.

an ensuite one bedroom haven for friends and family

an ensuite one bedroom haven for friends and family

Goodbye to the historic house and its spacious back deck.

Goodbye to the historic house and its spacious back deck.

Goodbye to the sheltered nook by the back door, great for taking shelter in a rain squall.

Goodbye to the sheltered nook by the back door, great for taking shelter in a rain squall.

Goodbye to the rounded bench on the deck.

Goodbye to the rounded bench on the deck.

comfiest wooden bench ever

comfiest wooden bench ever

on garden tour day, July 2013

on garden tour day, July 2013

snow on the deck, December 2013 (Allan's photo)

snow on the deck, December 2013 (Allan’s photo)

Jo left lots of garden art for the lucky new owners.

Jo left lots of garden art for the lucky new owners.

Jo once told me that she was not a good garden designer.  She was just wrong about that.  The whole garden was full of charming decorations.  I said to her at the time that the inside of the house, rich with quilts and embroidered samplers and family pictures, showed her good sense of design. (Over the years, she has given us three of her quilts.)

Goodbye to the center courtyard.

Goodbye to the center courtyard.

Goodbye to the center courtyard door, from which Jo often emerged to chat with us.

Goodbye to the center courtyard door, from which Jo often emerged to chat with us. Her sewing machine (she’s an avid quilter) was right inside.

goodbye to the clever courtyard drainage, created a couple of summers ago by one of Jo's daughters or granddaughters.

goodbye to the clever courtyard drainage, created a couple of summers ago by one of Jo’s daughters or granddaughters.

Goodbye to the bird feeders, now holding only pine needles.

Goodbye to the bird feeders, now holding only pine needles.

I hope the new owners will feed the birds.

I hope the new owners will feed the birds.

Goodbye to the white rambling rose, a start from a rose in Maxine's garden.

Goodbye to the central courtyard white rambling rose, a start from a rose in Maxine’s garden.

Goodbye, stone garden cat.

Goodbye, stone garden cat.

Center courtyard, July 2013. We will miss Coco, too.

Center courtyard, July 2013. We will miss Coco, too.

center courtyard, July 2016

center courtyard, July 2016

the northwest garden, July 2016 (just west of the central courtyard)

the northwest garden, July 2016 (just west of the center courtyard)

Goodbye to the sun porch that wrapped all the way around the west side of the house.

Goodbye to the sun porch that wrapped all the way around the west side of the house.

Goodbye to the huge second lot, which I would have turned into more garden if only I could have bought this place.

Goodbye to the huge second lot, which I would have turned into more garden if only I could have bought this place.

Goodbye to the honeysuckle and clematis arbor just east of the central courtyard.

Goodbye to the honeysuckle and clematis arbor just east of the central courtyard.

Goodbye to the entry garden with its heart gate and narrow brick path.

Goodbye to the northeast garden with its heart gate and narrow brick path.

By the metal gate. I wish this for the new owners.

By the metal gate. I wish this for the new owners.

Goodbye, tiny little pieces of the sprinkler system that were so easy to cut by accident.

Goodbye, tiny little spigots of the sprinkler system that were so easy to cut by accident.

Goodbye, little entry garden.

Goodbye, little northeast garden bench.

northeast garden path, July 2013

northeast garden path, July 2013

the last sweeping of leaves out of the gate. Goodbye, little white gate.

the last sweeping of leaves out of the gate. Goodbye, little white gate.

Goodbye to the steep driveway that always caught our trailer hitch!

Goodbye to the steep driveway that always caught our trailer hitch!

Goodbye, Jo’s garden.  Jo tells me she and Bob hope to buy a little cottage closer to Tacoma for a getaway.  I hope they find the perfect one and that their time there is as sweet as the summers in Long Beach.  I wouldn’t want to continue working this garden for anyone but Jo.  I’m so used to doing it Jo’s way.  I’ve recommended Sea Star Gardening for any help the new owners might need.

Two favourite posts from the past about Jo’s garden:

on the garden tour in 2013 with photos of the entire garden at its summer best

the first post I ever wrote about Jo’s garden (2007)

The Josie's Garden sign is still there.

The Josie’s Garden sign is still there.  I feel the same mix of happy memories and tears writing this as the sun and raindrops on this sign.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

I had suggested to Allan that putting double stick tape on his desk might keep Skooter off of it.  Skooter started to eat the tape when it stuck to his face.  Next, I suggested that cats don’t like foil.

Skooter sleeping on foil (Allan's photo)

Skooter sleeping on foil (Allan’s photo)

I don’t do much fall clean up in my own garden because I ascribe to the Ann Lovejoy school of thought of leaving most of the clean up for late winter and early spring.  I will clip bit by bit over the winter to reveal views and make space for the crocuses and snow drops to show.

That’s not what our clients like and understand, though.  We tidy up public gardens well because most passersby won’t feel comfortable with the wild and tangly brown and tan winter look.  We occupied ourselves with some fall clean up today as we wait for the rest of the bulbs to arrive later this week.

Nursery errands

On the way north, we picked up some bags of bulb food at The Planter Box.  Teresa told us that the greenhouse covers had held up well to the storm until one big gust suddenly ripped the plastic off two big greenhouses.

photo by The Planter Box

photo by The Planter Box

bulb food. We are ready. (Allan's photo)

bulb food. We are ready. (Allan’s photo)

Corn stalks for decorating.

Corn stalks for decorating.

gnarly pumpkins

gnarly pumpkins

Next, we drove over to Sandridge Road to pick up just six violas from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Darrell, one of the new Basket Case owners (Allan's photo)

Darrell, one of the new Basket Case owners (Allan’s photo)

They still have loads of chrysanthemums at a very good price.  I think their official autumn hours are on Thursday through Sunday.

They did not get that gust of bad greenhouse-ripping wind.

Basket Case photo

Basket Case photo

We drove up Sandridge Road and across Joe Johns.  When I saw a strikingly colourful house, we simply had to go around the block….which meant about a mile around…to get a photo of it.

eye catching colour

eye catching colour

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telephoto

telephoto

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Allan pointed out that the license plate sign reads "GroDamit Nursery"!

Allan pointed out that the license plate sign reads “Gro-Damit Nursery”!

I am intrigued.

I am intrigued.

(I asked on Facebook and learned this really is a nursery so will have to check it out next spring.)

Marilyn’s garden

The only client’s garden we have regularly left almost wild all winter was Marilyn’s.  I am sure the deer have appreciated plenty of soft, secret places to sleep.  This year, we are doing more clipping than usual because new owners are taking possession soon.  Just in case they are not gardeners,  and in case they don’t clip anything back in later winter, I want them to be able see their nice collection of narcissi next spring.  It feels strange that we won’t be planting more narcissi here this fall.

looking southwest from the street

looking southwest from the street

An old dead tree had come down in the storm, not very big.  I had grown akebia on it so there was quite a tangle.  I sicced Allan on it.

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photos)

after

after; the akebia can smother the salmonberry on the property line.

looking south into autumn sunshine

looking south into autumn sunshine

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking north

looking north

looking west from the back porch

looking west from the back porch

I hope the new folks will know that all those plants can be cut down in spring.

The neighbour's sweet tabby likes the garden (of course) Allan's photo

The neighbour’s sweet tabby likes the garden (of course) Allan’s photo

I think there might be one more visit, but this could have been our last trip to Marilyn’s…depending on when the sale closes.  Because I did not know, I did not get all verklempt about it.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Allan cutting down the towering Thalictrum 'Elin'. We want the stems for Halloween decorations.

Allan cutting down the towering Thalictrum ‘Elin’. We want the stems for Halloween decorations.

autumn red blueberry leaves and Agapanthus seed heads

autumn red blueberry leaves and Agapanthus seed heads

Thalictrum gone

Thalictrum gone

backlit clematis

backlit clematis

cutting floppy Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

cutting floppy Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

That sedum had been in heavy shade cast by the bay tree and roses that got cut back last week.

Allan tackled the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ that was behind the garden bench.

before (Allan's photos)

before (Allan’s photos)

during

during

after

after

Garden writer Christopher Lloyd would have appreciated Allan’s technique.  I recall reading of Christo criticizing a gardener who left sharp stem stubs that would stab a person’s fingers when buried in next year’s new growth.

On the other hand, it is supposed to be good for a certain kind of beneficial bee to leave hollow stem stubs for nesting places.

after more clipping

after more clipping

birdbath view

birdbath view

sign of all the rain we had: sandbags by the basement entrance

sign of all the rain we had: sandbags by the basement entrance

Helper Luis was burning the last of the pile of debris.

KBC helper Luis was burning the last of the pile of debris.

The Anchorage Cottages

When I looked at the weather forecast of rain tomorrow, I became anxious to get some of the fall clean up done at Jo’s.  It must be done by the end of this month.  So we did not stay long at The Anchorage.

center courtyard

center courtyard

A new deck in progress made me feel ok to leave the garden not quite perfect.

in the office courtyard

in the office courtyard

bee on a tattered dahlia (Allan's photo)

bee on a tattered dahlia (Allan’s photo)

Jo’s garden

We had two hours left to spend at Jo’s and we got a good start on the most severe fall clean up that we do anywhere.  Jo likes the garden cut completely to the ground and wants this done for the new owners.  I wondered if maybe they, like me, prefer more plants left standing in winter.  They can have their way next year.

looking in the gate.

looking in the gate.

entry garden, still not as clipped as I would do for Jo herself.

entry garden, still not as clipped as I would do for Jo herself.

Shasta daisies before (Allan's photo)

Shasta daisies before (Allan’s photo)

and after

and after

northwest bed. Jo would like this. I could not bear to pull the blooming impatiens.

northwest bed. Jo would like this. I could not bear to pull the blooming impatiens.

west bed before (Allan's photo)

west bed before (Allan’s photo)

and after today's efforts

and after today’s efforts

Allan got partway down the west side.

Allan got partway down the west side, clipping daisies and asters and helianthus back hard.

We will be back; we did not get the center courtyard done.

We will be back; we did not get the center courtyard done.

I hope the new owners know that the plants are still in there and did not get taken away!  I swear all I took was a small start of the clumping purple aster.

Long Beach and Ilwaco

planting the violas in the Stormin' Norman planter (the one we recently did over by removing scads of wire vine)

planting the violas in the Stormin’ Norman planter (the one we recently did over by removing scads of wire vine).  We chose violas of dark red and blue, the Stormin’ Norman colors.

that planter one month ago

that planter one month ago

We cleaned up the planters at Ilwaco city hall and hope to do more Ilwaco clean up later this week (and also hope to get Jo’s done before Bulb Time begins).

pulling tatty nasturtiums and cosmos at Ilwaco City Hall

pulling tatty nasturtiums and cosmos at Ilwaco City Hall

Someone had made a nice potted flower display.

Someone had made an autumnal potted flower display.

Tomorrow calls for rain and wind.  I hope it is another wrong weather forecast so that we can get back to Jo’s.

I am so excited that tonight we have a DVD of an adaptation of the Blandings books by PG Wodehouse.  I love the Blandings books even more than Jeeves and Wooster.

thrill

(Update:  It’s not nearly as good as the Jeeves and Wooster show with Fry and Laurie.)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Skooter has taken over Allan's computer desk. A pile of boxes barricades him from going behind the monitor.

Skooter has taken over Allan’s computer desk. A pile of boxes barricades him from going behind the monitor.

equal time for Frosty

equal time for Frosty

Even though rain was predicted, we went back to finish Jo’s fall clean up so that it will be done before tomorrow, when bulb sorting time begins.

Just down the street, work is being done on the old historic fire station building.

Just down the street, work is being done on the old historic fire station building.

On the way, we saw county commissioner candidate Fred Hill putting up a campaign sign.  We circled the block to see if he had smaller signs for people’s yards.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I did score a sign and we spoke of two issues that cemented my vote for him.

I did score a sign and we spoke of two issues that cemented my vote for him.

On Allan and I went to Jo’s to finish what we began yesterday.

Jo’s garden

Allan’s photos:

before

before

after

after

I hope the new owners don’t come in and say “Hey, someone took all our plants.”  The plants are still there and will return in spring.

west garden bed

west garden bed today

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About to leave. It rained on us the whole time.

About to leave. It rained on us the whole time.

I have much more to say about this last time at Jo’s.  That will be tomorrow’s post.

Ilwaco

We picked up chicken salad sandwiches at Roots Java, Juice and Salad Bar

at Roots

at Roots

Melissa, Roots owner

Melissa, Roots owner

progress at the old fire station

progress at the old fire station

Like us, these fellows had been working in the rain.

At home, I put up our new political sign.

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I gathered up plastic milk crates from the greenhouse so they can dry in the garage to receive sorted bulbs.

The patio is still a post-storm obstacle course.

The patio is still a post-storm obstacle course.

Roots chicken salad on flatbread (you can also get it on a croissant)

Roots chicken salad on flatbread (you can also get it on a croissant)

Tomorrow: a farewell to Jo’s garden.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 18: Got my flu shot today.  Frost nipped the squash plants back by the apple tree.  I didn’t see any other frost damage.

Oct 19:  Spent 3+ hours in strawberry patch.  Made a new row of daughter plants.  Cleaned up the rows, trimming the plants and moving small plants into the rows.

1997 (age 73):

Oct 18:  I tried to put up the gadget to use to lower the baskets (in the house) but I don’t understand the directions so I’ll have to wait for Robert.  [Robert, my spouse at the time, and I were about to arrive for our yearly 4 day visit to help out with all sorts of chores and cleaning.]

1998 (age 74):

Oct 19:  What a waste.  A beautiful sunny warm day and I spent the day (again) peeling apples and tomatoes—3 dehydrator trays each plus some more applesauce.  It was cold during the night so I’ll put another blanket on the bed.  I pulled some apples down from the tree using my new rock rake.

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I’m still playing catchup with some two day posts while I try to get to only five days behind instead of fifteen.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

lilies in our volunteer garden at the post office

lilies in our volunteer garden at the post office

I planted the three little gazanias.

I planted the three little gazanias.

Rudbeckia that Our Kathleen donated last year.

Rudbeckia that Our Kathleen donated last year.

I asked Allan to photograph the Basket Case hanging baskets across the street in front of the museum (because they were on his side of the van).

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Mike’s Garden

I had big plans to prune (or rather…have Allan prune) some of the climbing rose out of Mayor Mike’s beach pine today.  We ran out of time, though, because a couple of other jobs had suddenly joined the schedule.

NEXT week...I hope...we will thin out the rambling rose.

NEXT week…I hope…we will thin out the rambling rose.

I had big plans to get Long Beach AND Ilwaco and the Port of Ilwaco gardens done today and have Friday through Monday off.  My first thought upon waking had been “Tomorrow off!”.  Two things happened to change that when I checked my email and Facebook.  1.  I found out about an art show that would take place in Coulter Park…which was a mess.  2. I found out for sure that the sale of Jo’s house had fallen through, and because we like Jo and Bob so much, I offered to keep working there after all, deadheading and grooming once a week while it is for sale…including going there today to check on the watering.

The Depot Restaurant

While we were doing our weekly watering and deadheading, a group of garden admirers came by to chat.  The daughter was studying zoo horticulture (including what not to feed to the animals), which made for an interesting and informative conversation on all sides.  The dierama (angel’s fishing rod) was a big hit.

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north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

lilies and helenium

lilies and helenium

more lilies

more lilies

lots of deadheads on the cosmos now (Allan's photo)

lots of deadheads on the cosmos now (Allan’s photos)

after deadheading

after deadheading

looking south

looking south

the front with barrels and window boxes by Nancy Aust of The Basket Case

the front with barrels and window boxes by Nancy Aust of The Basket Case

Long Beach

the weekly grooming of the welcome sign

the weekly grooming of the welcome sign

Cosmos 'Happy Ring' reseeded from last year

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ reseeded from last year

one weird flower on the echibeckia

one weird flower on the echibeckia

both sides

both sides

and the back

and the back

I decided we had better check on the kite museum garden.

It is doing well this year!

It is doing well this year!

Gift shop manager Patty has been keeping it watered and deadheading the cosmos, thus the prolific blooms.

Gift shop manager Patty has been keeping it watered and deadheading the cosmos, thus the prolific blooms.

Jo’s Garden

Here we were again at Jo’s garden, making it look fresh and nice for the realtor who would meet with Jo and Bob tomorrow.

after deadheading some spent gladiolas

after deadheading some spent gladiolas

I hope a gardener buys this place.

I hope a gardener buys this place.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard

Here is the real estate listing for this dream house and garden.

back to Long Beach

We started in Long Beach town again by working together to groom the City Hall and Veterans Field gardens.

poor li'l Crimson Pygmy barberry got smashed.

poor li’l Crimson Pygmy barberry had gotten smashed.

It used to look nice like the others.

It used to look nice like this one.

Someone had left a rock in the flag pavilion, we think in memory of a loved one. (Allan's photo)

Someone had left a rock in the flag pavilion, we think in memory of a loved one. (Allan’s photo)

Then Allan and I parted ways.  While I watered all the planters, Allan tackled Coulter Park.  It had not been done for awhile, and Friday and Saturday (July 22-23), the Peninsula Art Association would be having an art sale in the old train depot building there.  It took Allan three or four hours to undo the tangles of bindweed and salmonberry which is creeping under the fence from the north.  I’ve gotten so fed up with the situation, and especially with clipping salmonberry out from the canes of a row of thorny roses, that I’ve somewhat given up.  Fortunately, Allan is made of sterner stuff.

before and after

before and after

the horror of bindweed

the horror of bindweed

before

before

after

after

the painful rose nightmare...rose and salmonberry roots intermingled, with plenty of thorns on both.

the painful rose nightmare…rose and salmonberry roots intermingled, with plenty of thorns on both, topped with bindweed and birdsfoot trefoil

after

after (the salmonberry roots are still all entwined with the roses; you can see salmonberry taller than the fence, behind)

looks nice for the art show patrons

looks nice for the art show patrons.  A monster salmonberry looms on the other side.

Meanwhile, I watered planters and did a bit of deadheading in Fifth Street Park.

Sanguisorba in Fifth Street Park

Sanguisorba in Fifth Street Park

white tigridia

white tigridia

I collect snails from the planters and, because I don’t like to kill them, I deposit them in a couple of empty lots along my route.  There was an odd moment, when I saw this one trying to leave the bucket, that I felt for one second like it was my pet, like a dog or a cat.

a strange moment indeed

a strange moment indeed

sweet pea success in one of the planters (with a tower that holds a business name sign)

sweet pea success in one of the planters (with a tower that holds a business name sign)

edging carpet of golden thyme

edging carpet of golden thyme

pizazz in miniature

pizazz in miniature

parsley

parsley

agastache and parsley

agastache and parsley

Fun Rides

Fun Rides

Not only do I like the new paint job on Fun Rides, but the new owners are playing much better carousel music.  Instead of the same carny tune over and over, I’ve heard carnivalized versions of YMCA, Heart of Glass, and several more pop/disco songs that make me happy.

Allan got done with Coulter Park in time to water four of the planters.

a stunning cosmos (Allan's photo)

a stunning cosmos…like ‘Seashells’ but fluffier.   (Allan’s photo)

We quite simply could not get to Ilwaco, sadly, so our Friday off slipped through our fingers.  I did not feel we could have gotten done even had we worked a ten hour day.  For awhile, I felt rather glum, then reminded myself that an all Ilwaco day is not such a hard thing.

Friday, 22 July 2016

I wanted to stay home with my Smokey.

I wanted to stay home with my Smokey.

post office garden

post office garden

Port of Ilwaco

Because some rain had fallen overnight, I deluded myself into thinking we wouldn’t have to water.  I was wrong.  We realized immediately upon arrival at the boatyard that the garden had not been moistened enough by the light rain.  I weeded while Allan watered.

a boat going out

a boat going out

I overheard the boat owners saying it was going to be windy this weekend.  I hoped that just meant out on the water.  One said to a friend that the boat was “so smooth you could do brain surgery while crossing the bar.”

looks like bad invasive purple loosestrife has blown in from somewhere, down where I can't get at it.

looks like bad invasive purple loosestrife has blown in from somewhere, down where I can’t get at it.

about 1/5 of the boatyard garden, looking south

about 1/5 of the boatyard garden, looking south

sweet pea success

sweet pea success

I then hoped we would not have to water the Howerton Ave. curbside gardens.  So wrong.  We ended up watering almost all of them.

a little bird in the garden at Time Enough Books

a little bird in the garden at Time Enough Books

watering the most parched west end garden bed

watering the most parched west end garden bed

Gaura 'Whirling Butterfly' (Allan's photo)

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterfly’ (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium (sea holly) (Allan's photo)

Eryngium (sea holly) (Allan’s photo)

grateful plants (Allan's photo)

grateful plants (Allan’s photo)

snaking hoses a long way from the dock (Allan's photo)

snaking hoses a long way from the dock (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' is fading to tan (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ is fading to tan (Allan’s photo)

Pokemon go players (Allan's photo)

Pokemon Go players (Allan’s photo)

still clear water today

still clear water today

a different and prettier bindweed on the bank of the marina

a different and prettier bindweed on the bank of the marina

Memorial plaques are set into the lawn at the marina. (Allan's photo)

Memorial plaques are set into the lawn at the marina. (Allan’s photo)

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Allan found the obituary of the father of the family, whose plaque is on the right.  Let’s take a moment to remember these local fishing folk.  We are always aware here that the commercial fisherfolk are a brave and hardy clan.

A light mist for about ten minutes was not enough to let us stop watering.  The water is still not on at the former Wade Gallery garden bed (which we had planted up all nice for the previous owners) so we are still bucket watering it (or rather, Allan is).

before the bucket watering, which is never enough: Even the Eryngium is suffering from lack of water.

before the bucket watering, which is never enough: Even the Eryngium is suffering from lack of water.

Penstemon longing for a good dose of hose water.

Penstemon longing for a good dose of hose water.  So frustrating.

I walked the whole length of Howerton weeding the beds.

the "drive over garden"

the “drive over garden” shows the difference when we can reach a garden with hose water.

blue catananche at the east end

blue catananche at the east end

Both Allan and I had noticed that 'Sapphire Blue' is going tan.

Both Allan and I had noticed that ‘Sapphire Blue’ is going tan.

Allan finished the workday by watering the Ilwaco street trees and planters with the water trailer while I went home and watered our own garden.  Then, our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.  (It had been delayed one day because of a Melissa excursion to Portland on Thursday.)  We had time on the way to visit the last half an hour of the PAA art show and chat with our friend Bayside Debbie.

Debbie and her really cool jewelry

Debbie and her really cool jewelry

The Cove Restaurant

sedums in Sondra's garden outside (Allan's photo)

sedums in Sondra’s garden outside (Allan’s photo)

caesar salad (Allan's photo)

caesar salad (Allan’s photo)

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

prime rib (a Friday night offering) for Dave and Mel (Allan's photo)

prime rib (a Friday night offering) for Dave and Mel (Allan’s photo)

and a very chocolatey dessert (Allan's photo)

and a very chocolatey dessert (Allan’s photo)

lemon mascarpone cheesecake, and our dear server Lynn treated us to our desserts.

lemon mascarpone cheesecake, and our dear server Lynn treated us to our desserts.

At last we had come to our three day rather than four day weekend, with plans for boating, gardening, and some time touring one of our favourite local gardens with friends.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 21: 10:30-5:00! COOLER  Picked berries, barely enough for one breakfast.  I planned to mulch and cage the tomatoes but ended up weeding, deadheading, and watering the flower beds in upper driveway and tam area.  I pulled gobs of the perennial geranium plants that are everywhere.  Did some weeding in front “ditch” but didn’t get done so I quit working at 5:00.

July 22:  Store and errands day.  Paid electric bill, Tim’s, Payless and Stock Market.  Which is being redone by new owners (QFC) so it’s very difficult finding items.

1998 (age 74):

July 21:  I put out all my quart mayo jars to recycle.  I’ll keep all the pints.  I can use mayo pints for tomatoes.  I called Foremost Insurance Co.  They will send an agent to check damage in bathroom floor—in 3 or 4 days.  [She was getting her home ready to sell so she could move to Long Beach.]

July 22:  TOO HOT  90 degrees.  The agent called at 9:00 AM.  She will come tomorrow at 1:00.  I worked all day going over my house plants.  I repotted several, threw some out, and put the plants back in the Floralight.  I picked berries at 5:30 still hot—not many because of the heat.  I watered from 7:00 to 9:00—then showered and quit for the day.

 

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Today would be our last workday in Jo’s garden.  I picked a bouquet to take to her (and added two Allium albopilosum after Allan took this photo).

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at home, the bouquet

Allan's photo: Our planter at the Ilwaco post office

Allan’s photo: Our planter at the Ilwaco post office

post office planter and someone playing Pokemon Go.

post office planter and someone playing Pokemon Go.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob have sold their house to a beloved niece who has always dreamed of having a cottage like her aunt Jo’s.  Now she has that very cottage.

I started working for Jo’s mother, Maxine, in 1993.  In ’94, I helped with re-make of Jo’s garden from rhododenrons and bark to a cottage garden.  The garden became my most longterm continuous job and a place of beauty that has been on the local garden tour twice.  When I started working for Jo, she was one year younger than the age I am now and had realized she could not entirely keep up the garden by herself.  Thus I feel that at my age it is a good thing to let one more garden go, and I have recommended that Sea Star Gardening (Dave and Melissa) become the gardeners there if new jobbing gardeners are desired.  (If they do, I will revisit the garden occasionally.)

saying goodbye to my dear friend Coco. (Allan's photo)

saying goodbye to my dear friend Coco. (Allan’s photo)

garter snake and horsetail (Allan's photo)

garter snake and horsetail (Allan’s photo)

When we had finished the “spiffying up” of the garden today, I took a last set of photos of Jo’s own garden which will pass to its new owner later today.

Entry. Amazingly, these geraniums have thrived every year in full shade.

Entry. Amazingly, these geraniums (always alternating pink and red and edged with white alyssum) have thrived every year in full shade….

...as does this window box on the north wall of the tiny guest cottage.

…as does this window box on the north wall of the tiny guest cottage.

Entry garden was blown about by Saturday's wind.

Entry garden was blown about by Saturday’s wind.

I'm glad Jo got to see the glads blooming that she bought and had me plant this spring. My mom loved them, too. She donated some to me for Golden Sands but I did not get to see them bloom there.

I’m glad Jo got to see the glads blooming that she bought and had me plant this spring. My mom loved them, too. She donated some to me for Golden Sands but I did not get to see them bloom there.

entry patio

entry patio

Every year Jo bought impatients to go under the rhodie.

Every year Jo bought impatiens to go under the rhodie.

east wall of the house

east wall of the house

gate to northeast garden bed, with agapanthus

gate to northeast garden bed, with agapanthus

northeast bed

northeast bed

planting nook by the entry patio

planting nook by the entry patio

Middle patio.

Middle patio. Container on gate, left, by Nancy Aust of Basket Case Greenhouse.

Jo always said the Persicaria 'Firetail' did not have enough "bang for the buck". We agreed Kathy, the new owner, might like it better than Jo does. (It is a favourite of mine because I like spikes.)

Jo always said the Persicaria ‘Firetail’ did not have enough “bang for the buck”. We agreed Kathy, the new owner, might like it better than Jo does. (It is a favourite of mine because I like spikes.)

north wall of house, under the kitchen window, wall hanging container by Nancy Aust of Basket Case Greenhouse.

north wall of house, under the kitchen window, wall hanging container by Nancy Aust of Basket Case Greenhouse.

northwest garden

northwest garden

Allan said "We won't have to deadhead the daisies this year!" and later Jo said the same thing.

Allan said “We won’t have to deadhead the daisies this year!” and later Jo said the same thing.

west garden

west garden

west garden

west garden

monkshood in west garden; Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', Strobilanthes atropurpureus and asters will bloom later.

monkshood in west garden; Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Strobilanthes atropurpureus and asters will bloom later.

looking back

looking back.  That area to the right had columbines and bellflowers earlier in spring.

Jo her ownself.

Jo her ownself.

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Our Jo.

I was in control of my emotions and only felt small pangs.  However, the next day, writing this and looking at the photos I am all verklempt.

Long Beach

We did some weeding on the Bolstadt Beach Approach and then addressed the horrible center parking lot berm east of town.

before

before, a miserable thing.

after some weeding and some string trimming, I am calling it good enough and will erase it from the work board.

after some weeding and some string trimming, I am calling it good enough and will erase it from the work board.

Allan had hacked out this difficult area:

before

before

after

after.  “Good enough!” sez I.

Across the parking lot: The owners of Stormin’ Norman’s Kite Shop, Castaways Grille and more have bought the fun rides and are fixing them up.

The ferris wheel that has been defunct for years is getting repairs!

The ferris wheel that has been defunct for years is getting repairs!

The cutest fun ride I have ever seen has appeared in the parking lot.

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“Needs a lot of work”

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wish I could fit in this rocket ship!

wish I could fit in this rocket ship!

the little fish fun ride (Allan's photo)

the little fish fun ride (Allan’s photo)

ferris wheel parts (Allan's photo)

ferris wheel parts (Allan’s photo)

When we went to dump our debris at city works, a dump truck came in twice from a big remodel project at a nearby playing field.  I was impressed at the driver’s skill in what looked like a huge Tonka truck.

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driver's helper

driver’s helper

We took a bucket of mulch back out to the beach approach to fix a planter that had been severely hit by finger blight.

One side of the planters is like this. (Allan's photo)

One side of the planters is like this.Soil tucked in where someone tried to pry up a sea thrift in the corner. (Allan’s photo)

The other side with new soil. It been completely finger blighted so that the soil was low and the underlying fabric showed around the edges. It will remain empty for now.

The other side with new soil. It been completely finger blighted so that the soil was low and the underlying fabric showed around the edges. It will remain empty for now because I am sick of the continuing thefts.

A new heuchera at city hall had been trampled flat so I had to cut it back. (Allan's photo)

A new heuchera at city hall had been trampled flat so I had to cut it back. (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

We weeded for an hour at the community building.

Why I loathe salal in the garden; this root was in a rhodendron's space.

Why I loathe salal in the garden; this root was in a rhodendron’s space.

glorious Allium flavum

glorious Allium flavum

We needed to get a Depot gift certificate for Jacob and Maddy, which I had promised for their moving of the heavy fence pieces from the museum to our place.  (They would have done it for free, but I believe in paying.)  This was a good excuse for Allan and I to have a comforting dinner at…

The Depot Restaurant

I had a look at the dining deck.  The grasses will give even more enclosure next year.

Depot deck has southeast exposure.

Depot deck has southeast exposure.

delicious Baja salad (Allan's photo)

delicious Baja salad (Allan’s photo)

clam chowder (Allan's photo)

clam chowder (Allan’s photo)

salmon with chantarelle sauce

salmon with chantarelle sauce

We sat at the counter with this view.

We sat at the counter with this view.

The comfort food was comforting indeed.

The dierama is temporarily interfering with parking. I hope folks don't mind. This driver has given it space.

The dierama is temporarily interfering with parking. I hope folks don’t mind. This driver has given it space.

the garden behind parked cars

the garden behind parked cars

Tomorrow, we will take the day off because it is the planned day for fence panel delivery and I have plans to do more weeding at home.

a comforting sight: The work board tonight.

a comforting sight: The work board tonight.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 72):

July 11:  Cut off the leaves from tulip tree branches.  Got a box full of “twigs” for stove.  There are a few branches that need to be chopped up.  I had to go to Jayhawks for cat litter.  I got out of the driveway ok on first try.

1997 (age 73):

July 11: Picked berries.

1998 (age 74):

July 11:  11:00 – 4:30 WITH TABBY  Tabby didn’t want to come out but seemed to like being out.  She was laying down in the strawberries and then in the tomatoes.  I had to move her when she got into the area where there is old slug bait.  Later on she got spooked by something so I brought her in.  She ran under the bed with the chain following.  I finished planting some tomatoes that didn’t get planted last week.

 

 

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Our volunteer post office garden

Our volunteer post office garden

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I will soon remedy the bareness along the front edge. I do not like seeing soil!

I will soon remedy the bareness along the front edge. I do not like seeing soil!

Long Beach

Along with some tidying of parks, we watered all the Long Beach planters.  They had not been done since Wednesday because of our garden touring trip.  Fortunately, it had rained on Thursday and misted on Friday.

dierama and Dorothy Perkins rose in Fifth Street Park

dierama and Dorothy Perkins rose in Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Asiatic lilies Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park: I moved two tiny cannas from shade to sun in hope they will do better (like the ones we saw while garden touring in Salem).

Fifth Street Park: I moved two tiny cannas from shade to sun in hope they will do better (like the ones we saw while garden touring in Salem).  Not happy that front corner is bare.

in a planter: trimmed some nasturtium leaves so the poor agastache shows

in a planter: trimmed some nasturtium leaves so the poor agastache shows

I so love these santolinas.

I so love these santolinas.

First Place Mall planter and lovely grey weather

First Place Mall planter and lovely grey weather

The parsley in this planter reseeds itself and I edit it to the right amount.

The parsley in this planter reseeds itself and I edit it to the right amount.

parsley, cosmos, agastache

parsley, cosmos, agastache

one of my favourite planters, by Dennis Co

one of my favourite planters, by Dennis Co

Fish Alley (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley (Allan’s photo)

Fish Alley planter (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley planter (Allan’s photo)

A visitor was taking photos of his gnome. (Allan's photo)

A visitor was taking photos of his gnome. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by Lewis and Clark square (Allan's photo)

by Lewis and Clark square (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

reseeded eryngium is still there (Allan's photo)

reseeded eryngium is still there (Allan’s photo). It got wiped out by a street sweeper before the next Long Beach day.

We mulched the L&C Square planter. (Allan's photo)

We mulched the big L&C Square planter. (Allan’s photo)

L&C Square planter (Allan's photo)

L&C Square planter (Allan’s photo)

L& C Square planter (Allan's photo)

L& C Square planter (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

While Allan watered the street trees and planters, I weeded the boatyard.

one of the Ilwaco planters (Allan's photo)

one of the Ilwaco planters (Allan’s photo)  The deer are not bothering the nasturtiums as much this year.

Ilwaco planter, with orange lilies somebody else stuck in (Allan's photos)

Ilwaco planter, with orange lilies somebody else stuck in (Allan’s photos).  I would have cut off those erysimum flowers.

This kitty follows his person down Lake Street. (Allan's photo)

This kitty follows his person down Lake Street. (Allan’s photo)

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It took me an hour and a half to make a big mess just in this one small stretch of garden.

It took me an hour and a half to make a big mess just in this one small stretch of garden.  It hurts to step in and out of the garden, just a slight step down.

had to cut back an echinops that had placed itself next to the sidewalk...phooey.

had to cut back an echinops that had placed itself next to the sidewalk…phooey.

at the boatyard (Allan's photo). Allan helped clean up the mess I made.

at the boatyard (Allan’s photo). Allan helped clean up the mess I made.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

at home

At last I had time for a quick look around the garden while picking a bouquet for Salt Hotel.

nicely full barrel from some overnight rain

nicely full barrel from some overnight rain

I did not mind that we had watered yesterday and then it rained.  It was good to get hose water down to the surface of the planters; sometimes rain does not penetrate through the thick foliage.

looking SE from back gate

looking SE from entry gate

Mermaid rose

Mermaid rose

a leptospermum that I bought from Pam Fleming

a leptospermum that I bought from Pam Fleming

Clematis 'Rooguchi' blooming way up high

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ blooming way up high

my new Hydrangea 'Edgy Orbits'

my new Hydrangea ‘Edgy Orbits’

the curse of bindweed and no time to deal with it

the curse of bindweed and no time to deal with it

Fuchsia Lane

Fuchsia Lane

on Fuchsia Lane

on Fuchsia Lane

Danger Tree bed; I missed the peak of the Dranunculus vulgaris.

Danger Tree bed; I missed the peak of the Dranunculus vulgaris.

the rose that Jo gave me

the rose that Jo gave me

I wanted very much to stay home with Smokey.

I wanted very much to stay home with Smokey.

I wish for time to weed my front garden.

I wish for time to weed my front garden.

Port of Ilwaco

bouquet delivered to Salt Hotel

bouquet delivered to Salt Hotel (astilbes and sanguisorba)

at the marina

at the marina

We had some weeding to do at the port before our main job of the day.  Our goal for the week: To get Long Beach and the port and the boatyard gardens looking great for the Fourth of July weekend.

chatting with Don Nisbett at his gallery

chatting with Don Nisbett at his gallery

Time Enough Books curbside garden

Time Enough Books curbside garden

a veronica and beach strawberry

a veronica and beach strawberry

pulling spent poppies by Salt Hotel

pulling spent poppies by Salt Hotel

garden at west end

garden at west end, looking east

west end garden, looking west

west end garden, looking west

FINGER BLIGHT! Some swiped an eryngium flower stalk.  Grrr.  (Allan's photo)

FINGER BLIGHT! Some swiped an eryngium flower stalk. Grrr. (Allan’s photo)

Jo’s garden

Our friend Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) was working on a garden kitty corner from Jo’s and popped over to visit before we got started.

Ed and Jackson

Ed and Jackson (Allan’s photo)

my good friend Jackson

my good friend Jackson

We spent the rest of the day weeding and grooming Jo’s garden, perhaps for the second to last time.  Jo, our longest time client for over 20 years, is passing her beach garden and cottage on to a beloved niece.  I have decided it is time to pass the garden on to Dave and Melissa and/or Todd.  I am now a year older than the age Jo was when she first hired me in 1994.

I'll miss Jo and Bob and my good friend Coco.

I’ll miss Jo and Bob and my good friend Coco.

Coco (Allan's photo)

Coco (Allan’s photo)

Jo's entry garden

Jo’s entry garden

entry flower bed, before

entry flower bed, before

and after some weeding and trimming

and after some weeding and trimming

inside the entry flower garden (Allan's photo)

inside the entry flower garden (Allan’s photo)

middle courtyard, with Jo behind the screen door

middle courtyard, with Jo behind the screen door

northwest path, before

northwest path, before

and after Allan trimmed it up

and after Allan trimmed it up

me and Jo

me and Jo

west garden

west garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

before...and...

before…and…

after (Allan's photos)

after (Allan’s photos)

the west gate (Allan's photo)

the west gate (Allan’s photo)

It has been a year of letting go.  This is a favourite garden to say goodbye to, even though it is one that we only care for once every month or so.

 

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Friday, 20 May 2016

I awoke after five hours of sleep, thought briefly about the lost Golden Sands garden, and went back to sleep for two more hours.  The cycle of sleepless stress is finally broken.

Before work, Allan helped me place my mother’s birdbath in the front garden.  It will make a fine view from my writing desk.

Allan's photo: Two round marks in the center are from yellow duckies that sat on it at Golden Sands...where it was only filled with water on the days we worked there, or by rain.

Allan’s photo: Two round marks in the center are from yellow duckies that sat in the birdbath at Golden Sands…where it was only filled with water on the days we worked there, or by rain.

I found decorative glass pieces to put on those spots.

I found decorative glass pieces to put on those spots.

Mom's birdbath under the Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

Mom’s birdbath under the Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’, from the window

On the front gate, we found a treasure:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Later, an email revealed it was from Patti of the Seaview garden.  She’d also given us some cool rusty stuff earlier in the week after Melissa’s birthday party.

rust from Patti (Allan's photo)

rust from Patti (Allan’s photo)

At the library, I had a book to pick up: an interlibrary loan of book 4 of the Cazalet Chronicle.  We did some weeding along the sidewalk while we were there and I cast a stern eye on the clump of salal that wants to run to the right and interfere with the rhododendron.

I am sure its horrid roots are firmly entrenched under the sidewalk.

I am sure its horrid roots are firmly entrenched under the sidewalk.  I want it gone.

I placed the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (rescued from mowing in the Golden Sands lawn) atop the wall  and Allan planted it.  The ones that had not been mowed flat, he cut back hard to avoid them looking wilty to passersby.

placing Rozanne at the Community Building

placing Rozanne at the Community Building

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, a planting place for Rozanne

pulling bindweed

pulling bindweed

Long Beach

the welcome sign

the welcome sign

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after pulling some horsetail

after pulling some horsetail

Next on the Long Beach town list: weeding the big pop out.

It was a pleasantly cool day for comfy clothes.

It was a pleasantly cool day for comfy clothes.

after...just a little better.  The roses are rambunctious.

after…just a little better. The rugosa roses are rambunctious. I regret planting them here.

We checked on all the planters on the Bolstad approach.  A Mental Health Walk was planned along there for Saturday, sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

lots of sand in planters closest to the beach (Allan's photo) due to recent winds

lots of sand in planters closest to the beach due to recent winds (Allan’s photo)

beach sand and verbascum (Allan's photo)

beach sand and verbascum (Allan’s photo)

This darling little dog was ignoring his guardian.  He came to us and Allan nabbed him and carried him back to her.

little dog on the loose (Allan's photo)

little dog on the loose (Allan’s photo)

I found some of the usual theft (which is one reason why the beach approach planters are especially challenging, the others being sand, salt, drought and wind).

one side: nice little golden thyme tucked in on the edge under the catmint

one side: nice little golden thyme tucked in on the edge under the catmint

other side: matching thyme is gone, and the catmint is a small division to replace one that was stolen earlier.

other side: matching thyme is gone, and the catmint is a small division to replace one that was stolen earlier.

Someone treats these planters as their own personal nursery of free plants.  I put golden thyme back on the shopping list, hoping the Basket Case still had some of the same cultivar.

Allan weeding

Allan weeding

big footprints in the sand

big footprints in the sand

a bit of weeding on the beach approach ground level

a bit of weeding on the beach approach ground level

I realized with glee that our weeding job earlier this spring had been so effective that we could probably touch up the entire beach approach garden in just one day.  Soon, I hope.

rugosa roses

rugosa roses

view looking east

view looking east

the fairy door some good fairy added to a planter

the fairy door some good fairy added to a planter

am thrilled to see some of the poppy seeds that I planted have germinated

am thrilled to see some of the poppy seeds that I planted have germinated

How beautiful thyme is when it is left alone to establish rather than being swiped.

How beautiful thyme is when it is left alone to establish rather than being swiped.

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To my delight, I found another fairy door in the garden.

telephoto so as not to disturb the occupants

telephoto so as not to disturb the occupants

roses that were cut back to the ground not long ago

rugosa roses that were cut back to the ground not long ago

reminder to self while parked near city hall: must remember to weed that tatty garden of not much up head on the corner

reminder to self while parked near city hall: must remember to weed that tatty garden of not much up ahead on the corner

Jo’s Garden

We planted a plethora of painted sage in Jo’s garden.

Jo's center courtyard

Jo’s center courtyard

center courtyard daylily

center courtyard daylily

northwest garden bed

northwest garden bed

The center of the shasta daisy patch is lower than the edges.  I think it because the Cow Wow! mulch got spread more thickly along the edge.

Plants respond to Cow Wow.

Plants respond to Cow Wow.  The center is lower.  Phlox is along the fence.

west garden bed

west garden bed

north side of house

north side of house, looking east

center courtyard

center courtyard

guest cottage

guest cottage

painted sage (Salvia viridis) added to entry garden

painted sage (Salvia viridis) added to entry garden

salvias planted (Allan's photo)

salvias planting before (Allan’s photos)

and after

and after

With all this planting of salvia viridis going on, I had better show new readers what it looks like:

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

I was relieved to see that the entry garden had begun to grow out of a mysterious problem of repeatedly dying foliage.  Jo was not at home till later today, but she texted me that she had figured it out.  She had sprayed with that anti-mosquito recipe that has been making the rounds on Facebook, with ingredients including mouthwash and epsom salts.  In the areas she sprayed, the plant leaves were burned.  Mystery solved!  Beware of where you spray that recipe (and note that Google will tell you it’s not very effective, anyway).

The big Annuals Planting Time is officially over for work, leaving only the rest of my annuals planting at home.

Basket Case Greenhouse

We couriered the cheque for plants from Long Beach over to the Basket Case Greenhouse.

in the perennial house

in the perennial house

Geranium 'Orion', supposed to be even better than 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Orion’, supposed to be even better than ‘Rozanne’

I recommend these echibeckias for long season of colour, even though they were not hardy for me.  I was going to plant eight of them at Golden Sands!  OH WELL!

I recommend these echibeckias for long season of colour, even though they were not hardy for me. I was going to plant eight of them at Golden Sands! OH WELL!

With all the salvias out of the van, I actually had room to buy my two hanging baskets!

perusing the Blooming availability list, and remembering (finally) two hens and chickens for Diane's little planter

perusing the Blooming availability list, and remembering (finally) two hens and chickens for Diane’s little planter

I did get one golden thyme, then ran out of steam to go back to the beach approach and plant it.

World Kite Museum

We added Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Compost to improve the garden.

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It takes an effort to get the tightly compacted mulch out of the bale.

It takes an effort to get the tightly compacted mulch out of the bale.

Our friend Patty, the museum store manager and official Garden Waterer, came out to admire.

Our friend Patty, the museum store manager and official Garden Waterer, came out to admire.

Ilwaco

In order to not have to water on Sunday, we drove around to all the Ilwaco planters and added just enough water to make them happy, without getting out the water trailer or the usual 20 buckets for bucket watering.  Thanks to rain this past week, they each needed just an empty Costco sized mixed nuts jar dipper full of water.

freshly planted not long ago

freshly planted not long ago

I did not plant any nasturtium seeds in the planters this year because last year, the deer feasted on them.

By the boatyard garden: someone had picked a bouquet and then abandoned it in a planter...which is not the meaning of the signs that read "please leave the flowers for everyone to enjoy"!

By the boatyard garden: someone had picked a bouquet and then abandoned it in a planter…which is not the meaning of the signs that read “please leave the flowers for everyone to enjoy”!

boatyard garden, looking south

boatyard garden, looking south

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north fence...once upon a time I had a garden along here, too.

north fence…once upon a time I had a garden along here, too.  It got dug up when new utility lines were installed.

east: the leaning tree garden and one little planter

east: the leaning tree garden and one little planter

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center: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

center: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

south end of boatyard garden

south end of boatyard garden

Salt Pub

After a brief time at home, I went out again to meet Our Kathleen for dinner at Salt Pub.  Allan stayed home because he was loading up his boat for a sailing adventure in Portland tomorrow.

Salt

Salt Hotel and Skookum Surf (surfing lessons)

I had just had time to pick a bouquet, something I try to do weekly for Salt because I value the place highly.

I had just had time to pick a bouquet, something I try to do weekly for Salt because I value the place highly.

my delicious chili

my delicious chili

Kathleen's nachos

Kathleen’s nachos

We had the baked to order cookie with ice cream for dessert; so good, and the end of such an eventful work week, that I forgot to take a photo.  We had been so deep in conversation that I had not even photographed the view of the port.

the moon over Salt after dinner

the moon over Salt after dinner

later, on my lap: Smokey and Frosty

later, on my lap: Smokey and Frosty

Now for two days off in my garden.  I have a desire to not leave my property even for the Saturday Market.  Meanwhile, Allan will be off on a Saturday adventure.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my  mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 71):

May 20:  1:00-7:40 with time out to eat.  HOT  Spent almost all afternoon planting flower seed (finally).  I love doing this job outside so it doesn’t matter if I’m sloppy.  Then I spent the evening sorting my seeds into: Do now, do next, do later i.e. plant in fall, winter, etc.

1997 (age 73):

May 20:  ?-5:30  Dahlias were my #1 job for today but it was raining.  It cleared up in early afternoon so I went out and got all the dahlias planted!  Then I started pulling the bedraggled forget me nots, the yellow invasive plants and sweet woodruff.  I am going to plant some seeds in front to see how they do.

1998 (age 74):

May 20: cool-rainy.  I had the blahs today.  I really didn’t want to go out but I did around 2:00.  I potted some tomatoes and needed more room in the greenhouse so I dragged the “window box” begonias out.  (Don’t ask me how I managed that.)  I replaced the tubs of tulips with the begonia boxes.  Then it started raining.  I also moved several trays of tomatoes to the greenhouse to be repotted (maybe tomorrow).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

In the wee hours, just  before sleep time,  I started thinking about the recent job debacle, when a new temporary manager of a place thought our courtyard cottage garden was “trashy”, and it sunk in that a staff member had suggested I bid on doing the job that I had turned from weeds and scrub into a garden and had been doing for over 6 years.  (She was trying to help; the temporary manager did not even bother to contact me before bringing in other people to bid.) All sleep fled till I took a benadryl.  (I wish Melatonin worked for me; it does not.)  I’ve been swearing off benadryl because of a scary study (inconclusively) linking it to Alzheimer’s. Lack of enough sleep made the sorting and loading of plants in the morning a matter of intense concentration.

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breakfast: eggs from Garden Tour Nancy’s chickens

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at the Ilwaco post office

Long Beach

The big plan for the day was to finish planting the “uppies” in the Long Beach planters that we did not get to yesterday, and pick up Jo’s cosmos and painted sage and get over to Jo’s to plant in good time.

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Some agastaches (this year’s uppie!) ready to plant in Lewis and Clark Square

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In the big Lewis and Clark Square planter, orangey-peachy agastaches will echo the colour of the Kabob Cottage behind the square, I hope.

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Kabob Cottage earlier this spring

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Four new perennials went into the Vet Field corner.  Helenium ‘Chelsey’ (red) and Lobelia laxiflora..  I need more of something along the front edge by the flag pole.

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Vet field looking south; am thrilled no one is bothering the alliums

Planter Box

Long Beach took so much longer than I thought it would that we did not get to The Planter Box till almost two.

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the main greenhouse

Today was the day we began picking up cosmos six packs.  The painted sage is not quite rooted enough so we will plant them on another go-round next week.

(By the way…three days later….we have picked up all we need and the Planter Box still has some left for sale.)

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coleus ( a plant I’d get for myself if I weren’t too busy to nurture it)

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Teresa and I admiring the Marble Arch sage; healthy but not quite big enough yet.

Basket Case Greenhouse

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collecting some more annuals from the back greenhouse

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rearview mirror of the van (Allan’s photo)

Jo’s garden

We did not get to Jo’s till after three and worked on cosmos planting, along with six choice Heleniums, for two hours.

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cosmos going in (Allan’s photo)

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Siberian iris (Allan’s photo)

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honeysuckle (Allan’s photo)

 

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just one area at Jo’s where we planted cosmos today

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roses

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Allan’s photo

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and more roses

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cottage window box (Allan’s photo)

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neighbor dog visiting (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach welcome sign

We collected some buckets of soil from our pile at the city works yard to fluff up the sign garden. By 5:30, we were adding Cosmos ‘Sonata’ to the front and back of the welcome sign, along with four Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly” to the front.  I had debated about the latter, as it is a pain to deadhead.   Its bright yellow is perfect, though, for drawing the eye to the sign.

Todd stopped by to inform us that we rock.  He noticed the bidens along the front (a yellow trailing annual) and said it is a weed in North Carolina.   We agreed that its seeds are like painful little needles.

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I was probably orating about the number of plants…

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Allan’s photo, soil added to the back of the sign

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front

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back

My big plan was to finish the day by planting cosmos in the garden boat at Time Enough Books and watering the curbside gardens there and by the port office, while Allan watered the Ilwaco planters, and then sort more plants at home.  Even though it was only 6:30 when we finished the welcome sign, I simply could not find the oomph to do another planting job.  It was good thing that I went home instead and got to sorting as that task (including making lists on a clipboard) took until dark.  Somehow Allan found the strength to get the Ilwaco planters and street trees watered.

Tomorrow would be our day to return to the job that was on shaky ground, along with two longtime jobs, with cosmos in tow to plant at each one.

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from a few days ago: Calvin on the quilt that Jo gave to me

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1995 (age 71):

May 10:  Pulled broccoli plants that had gone to seed.  They are to be shredded.  Potted the rest of tomato seedlings in greenhouse.

 

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