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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The work board just underwent a big change.

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as it was

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as it is now, entering planting time

The cosmos will be planted after Mother’s Day; some of the other plants can go in now.

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Smokey attends to my breakfast plate.

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Smokey attends to my breakfast plate. (Allan’s photo)

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post office garden

Jo’s garden

Fred had delivered Jo’s large purchase this morning and it awaited us.

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flats all line up

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Jo gave me a beautiful floral quilt, with roses.

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Jo and I survey the work to be done.

I have now been working for Jo for 21 years.  When she hired me, she was a year younger than the age I am now.

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placing some plants in the northwest bed

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supervisor (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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more plants lined up (Allan’s photo)

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all in (Allan’s photo; he always plants this area)

I thought I saw Allan taking photos of our friend Coco, the King Charles Spaniel.  I was mistaken and wish I had taken one myself. Oops.  Coco was especially interested in the squirrel.

I walked around after the four and half hour planting session and took some photos of the results.

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looking in the east gate

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by the deck

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from The Basket Case, already planted

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Some of Jo’s favourite snapdragons went in here.  We’ll plant cosmos soon.

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middle courtyard

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Siberian iris

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northwest bed from middle courtyard

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northwest bed

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west bed

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Siberian iris

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looking back

We’ll return in a week with lots of cosmos and some more special perennials.

Long Beach

I found out today that the planters in Long Beach that were going to be dug up, now are not, at least not till next fall.  We had time to go to city works, get the last two buckets of our soil from our pile and fill up the one that had been partially dug a couple of months ago. It is a relief that the digging is postponed.

I had an ornamental grass and some euphorbia starts to pop into one of the parking lots berms.  After pleasant weather at Jo’s, an icy cold wind had risen and I was glad we just had a small amount of work left to do today.

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corner garden, Veterans Field

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a pleasing show of alliums

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south parking lot berm with kniphofia from my mom’s old garden

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at home

I had a quick walk round the garden.

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Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’

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covered in little yellow flowers

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with intoxicating fragrance

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in Allan’s garden

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by the greenhouse, Eccremocarpus scaber came through the winter.

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Clematis, mostly blooming on the other side of the fence!

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more clematis blooming on Jared and Jessika’s side.

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Smokey did not want me to go out again.

However, we had a plan for the early evening.

Salt Hotel Pub

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“Learn about the early origins of the United States Coast Guard with Stephen Wood, Interpretive Specialist at Cape Disappointment, Washington State Park, as he presents a Salty Talks presentation, ‘Storm Warriors: the United States Life-Saving Service’. With historical photos and anecdotes, this program will provide a glimpse into the lives of “surfmen” as they served at the Cape Disappointment and Klipsan Beach Life-Saving Stations. This Salty Talks presentation will take place upstairs at the Salt Pub, Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Come early or stay late for a bite and a brew.”

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at Salt Hotel Pub (Allan’s photo)

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view from our table:  The Coast Guard station, and before that some of the Life Saving Service, is located at the base of that wooded bluff.

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Allan’s photo

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dinner

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Betsy Millard, director of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, announcing upcoming exhibits  (Allan’s photo)

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Stephen Wood  (Allan’s photo)

In the opening remarks, Stephen Wood praised Julez and Laila for the amazing job they have done with this old hotel.

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and a full house for the fascinating historical talk

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Ilwaco Beach is now known as Klipsan Beach.  Fort Canby is now known as Cape Disappointment State Park (but we oldtimers still call it Fort Canby sometimes).

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Allan says the semaphore is spelling out the word “Guards”.

We left just at the end, before the questions, because it takes me a long time to go down the stairs backwards.

Tomorrow, cold 30 MPH wind is predicted and it would be mighty tempting to stay home and read.  Surely no plants want to be planted in such miserable weather.

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1998 (age 74):

May 3:  I actually did some plant work today.  I started checking my violets after watching 3 basketball games.  I  cut back several plants (now I have about 50 leaves to root).  I repotted 3 trays of violets.  I even worked after the 11:00 news.  I wasn’t sleepy so I potted till 1:00.

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Saturday, 19 March 2016

I would rather have stayed home and sorted photos of Mary the cat.  (In fact, as our regular readers know, I did do the sorting and posting over the next couple of days.) However good weather, a charitable event, and work called.

Empty Bowls

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Local potter Karen Brownlee devoted weeks of energy to this event, organizing, helping with the making of the bowls, and publicizing.

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We got there at 10:45 to get a good chance at the bowls I’d seen on Facebook!

(Don’t anyone tell the little ones, but I always go for a bowl by a grown up potter!)

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There was a plug for the quilt show in the window…we still hadn’t made it to the quilts.  (Allan’s photo)


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crowds gather around the bowls


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Our Kathleen arrived shortly after us.


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s first choice was the large tan bowl on the left. Our Kathleen also had an eye for its functional beauty and nabbed it later. He went for an octopus design.


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo


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our friend Robbie and her bowls

Robbie had been holding her bowls right in front, but moved them when I said they looked like a reverse coconut bra.

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live entertainment


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an assortment of soups on offer


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Allan’s photo

My very favourite soup, smokey tomato and bleu cheese from the 42nd Street Café, was one of the options.

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Robbie’s bowls


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Allan’s and my bowls (later at home)


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Allan’s photo


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Robbie’s photo: me and Our Kathleen.  (You eat out of plain bowls, not the ones you buy.)

Then, without lingering quite as long as we would have liked, Allan and I left for the Planter Box to get some mulch for Jo’s garden.

On the way north, we stopped for photos when we saw that the Long Beach carousel  being assembled for the season.

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Allan’s photo


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Installing the fabric roof in the wind


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in a planter across the street (Allan’s photo)

The Planter Box

Our goal was the dairy manure mulch, now known by a zippy new name:

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Cow WOW!


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Raymond loads our little trailer

While Allan reloaded the buckets and wheelbarrow, I took some plant photos for the Planter Box Facebook page.

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heucheras


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epimediums


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double primroses pink…


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…and white


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an early blooming white clematis that I acquired for myself a coulpe of years ago

Jo’s garden

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trailer load, one yard of Cow WOW

At Jo’s, the mulch has to be bucketed into the garden because of a few steps at the east end and just one step at the west end.

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ahead: the steps


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entry bed, mulched


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and the shade bed


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and the bed by the east deck

back to the Planter Box

Last year, we scraped the bottom of the cow mulch pile and were only able to apply one yard.  This year, the lavish pile allowed us to return to get a second yard to make the garden extra fluffy.

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Planter Box: The Next Generation


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Allan’s photo


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second load


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white bleeding heart


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calceolaria


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some poppy plants for Jo (Allan’s photo)

back to Jo’s

This time we parked at the end of the west lawn and Allan wheelbarrowed the buckets up three at a time.

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It’s a long way.

I did the dumping and spreading of mulch.  I am thankful to report that the Really Bad leg pain of a few days ago went back to just the ordinary amount…thank goodness.

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the west end entry step

One could put a ramp on that little step.  However, the brick paths are narrow and the garden full of plants, making it actually easier to bucket.

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo


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center courtyard mulched


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Allan’s photos: Jo’s sword fern yesterday…


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and today


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northwest bed mulched


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NW corner


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west bed, where we ran out last year, nicely mulched

Ilwaco

On the way home, we drove by the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and I remembered I had wanted to pull the chickweed from one of their planters before the quilt show, which had started yesterday.  Kitty Mary’s death had changed our plan to attend the quilt show on Friday and I had forgotten the weed.  We don’t take care of those two planters; the chickweed just bugs me.

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museum planter, before


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after

While weeding here, I had a brainstorm.  The small amount of mulch we had left would be just perfect to mulch our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office, so with a slight sense of reluctance I decided to donate it to that good cause instead of applying it to a few needy plants at home.

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leftover mulch (Allan’s photo)

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after??

In taking the after photo, I had another brainstorm: Those two grasses have seen their last good days and have to go!  So out they came.  You can see to the far left that they have made some nice new starts.

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the new after

Maddeningly, I thought of removing the grasses after using up all the mulch so had none to nicely fill in the empty spot.

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post office looking more colorful


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at home: akebia blooming

We had time to rest for a short while and then turned around to meet Our Kathleen for dinner at Salt Pub on the waterfront.

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‘Twas a belated birthday occasion as Kathleen was in her workaday world on my birthday.  (Allan’s photo)

She gave me a fabulous plant, knowing I love green flowers:

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Hellebore ‘Jade Dragon’..or is it ‘Jade Tiger’?  It’s outside in the dark as I write this.


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I had a much needed Gibson


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Todd’s birthday flowers from Thursday are still looking fine


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flowers, Laila, and Annika


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the work board with all the spring clean up done except for Long Beach!


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which did not last long, because Penttila’s chapel (misspelled on the board) emailed back that they would love a spring garden cleanup.

Guest photos:

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Nancy Gorshe sent me this photo of my friend Scooter in Marilyn’s (her mom’s) garden


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from Todd Wiegardt:  Ipheion ‘Albert Costillo’

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 73):

March 19th:  Beautiful day.  I took Tabby to the vet to get her booster shot and nail clipping.  I didn’t get outside but got started on seed planting.  I got the ones planted that had to be put in the shop refrig.  I got labels to make for tomatoes but if it’s as nice outside I’ll work in the garden tomorrow.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

My Martha Stewart moment:  Red twig dogwood arranged in a bucket of sand on the table.  In the corner, the book recommendation pamphlets that I get from Time Enough Books, in case I run out of winter reading.

DSC01372It is unlikely that I will, because the Susan Conant Dog Lover’s Mysteries often mention books, and I now have a stack of Elinor Lipmans from the library along with two new Stephen McCauleys (and I had to look up and read an e.e. cummings poem because of this passage:

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from Brute Strength by Susan Conant

Jo’s Garden

We returned to Jo’s garden to finish the last of the fall clean up there.

We didn't get the Japanese anemones cut back.

We didn’t get the Japanese anemones cut back yesterday….

We did today.

We did today.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

We cheated and Allan sawed an azalea flush to the ground that I know Jo wanted dug out.  It was so close to the Japanese maple and some rocks.  I think the sawing will work.  If the azalea comes back, as it well might, we will clip it.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, before (featuring a horsetail that is about to be yanked)

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after (the stump is buried under the leaves)

The maple shows well now.

The maple shows well now.

I broke off some dead twigs after taking this photo.

I broke off some dead twigs after taking this photo.

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more weeding done here

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1:17 PM yesterday

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today

I planted some elephant garlic bulbs, because Jo likes them, and remembered how tedious it can be to plant bulb after bulb after bulb after bulb.

To continue the scintillating befores and afters of fall clean up:

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Unlike Jo’s garden, we are not asked by anyone to do a complete flat-top cut on the Golden Sands courtyard garden.  We did not have time to clip everything I wanted to, and we left some things with seedheads standing for the birds.  We also left the cosmos to stand for at least a couple more weeks for the last of the flowers and because birds love the seeds.

Look how tall this Cosmos 'Sensation' got. Ridiculous!

Look how tall this Cosmos ‘Sensation’ got. Ridiculous! (and he’s 6″8″)

preposterously tall cosmos. I'm 5'5 1/2 "

preposterously tall cosmos. I’m 5’5 1/2 “

NW quadrant, before (1:45 PM)

NW quadrant, before (1:45 PM)

after: 4:36 PM

after: 4:36 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

Allan's photo: Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Allan’s photo: Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

4:36 PM

4:36 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

4:36 PM

4:36 PM

NE quadrant, 1:45 PM

NE quadrant, 1:45 PM

Allan's photo: Solidago 'Fireworks'

Allan’s photo: Solidago ‘Fireworks’

(I would have left the ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod standing for bird seeds.  Allan made a different decision.)

Allan's photo, after, with pineapple sage

Allan’s photo, after, with pineapple sage

4:36 PM (I was apparently too tired to hold the camera steady)

4:36 PM (I was apparently too tired to hold the camera steady)

one of six heaping wheelbarrow loads of debris being transported down the haulway

one of six heaping wheelbarrow loads of debris being transported down the haulway carefully past the staff member with the vacuum. (Allan’s photo)

the dining room windows

the dining room windows

Residents were gathering in the dining room as we took out our last load of debris.

The Cove Restaurant

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No, it’s not our usual Thursday dinner.  We had scheduled our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang to Wednesday as it was going to be the monthly sushi night.  The sushi guest chef had a medical emergency and sushi was canceled.  We did not mind, as all of Chef Jason’s dinners are delicious.  Since the bulbs are due to arrive tomorrow, it was good to have dinner tonight; tomorrow, I will be in Bulb Hell…er, I mean, sorting bulbs.

Last night chef Jason had competed in Iron Chef Goes Coastal down in Seaside, Oregon.  We had been too tired to go…

photo by Jenna Lanette Austin

Chef Jason Lancaster: photo by Jenna Lanette Austin

photo perhaps by Mariah Jewel: We do know that Jenna designed the table arrangement for the Cove.

photo perhaps by Mariah Jewel: We do know that Jenna designed the table arrangement for the Cove.  Carmen and Wendy arranging desserts. Jason at right.

I felt happy for Jason when I learned that he had come in second in the people’s choice award, and felt really sorry Allan and I had not gone, because Jason lost first place by one vote.  With us there, he would have won by a vote.  A couple of folks at the bar tonight said they wished they had gone, and if they had, he would have won by THREE votes.  Either way, being in second means that next year he will be able to take the stage for the big contest for Iron Chef Coastal 2016.

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Our four garden club members all felt tired tonight, and Melissa was especially sad because her six month old rooster, her beloved and sociable Walter, had suddenly died.  She and Dave are such good chicken parents that they are sending Walter’s body to Washington State University to find out why.

Allan's photo, me and Melissa

Allan’s photo, me and Melissa

thoughts of Walter (Allan's photo)

thoughts of Walter (Allan’s photo)

Sadly, we never got up to Melissa and Dave’s place after they got Walter and the girls, so we never got to meet him.

Pasta was good comfort food for the evening.

Wednesday has the delicious fried artichoke and sweet pototo fries appetizer.

Wednesday has the delicious fried artichoke and sweet potato fries appetizer.

Cove dinner salad

Cove dinner salad

Wednesday is pasta night. Spaghetti and meat balls for me and Dave.

Wednesday is pasta night. Spaghetti and meat balls for me and Dave.

prawns scampi for Melissa

prawns scampi for Melissa

a burger for Allan (Allan's photo)

a burger for Allan (Allan’s photo)

If those darn bulbs arrive tomorrow as UPS promises they will, I will be in the thick of sorting for two or three days.  I’m not looking forward it it one little bit because it’s hard on the old brain.

 

 

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Wanting to get a head start on some fall clean up before the bulbs arrive toward the end of this week, I proposed cutting back some more from Fifth Street Park, since we had to dump yesterday’s third load of Long Beach debris.  On the way, I threw in a few cosmos and other plant stalks from the Ilwaco post office.

post office planter and garden

post office planter and garden

We cut down the Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and weeded the back corner.

We cut down the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and weeded the back corner.

Long Beach: Fifth Street Park

I had only intended to pull a couple of cosmos and clip a couple of rose canes.  Then I got inspired to clip a whole lot of Dorothy Perkins rose on the fence in front of Captain Bob’s Chowder, and meanwhile asked Allan to clip back an unattractive ornamental grass on the southeast corner of the park.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

after

after

before

before

after

after

 There is no before photo of the rose project as I decided to do it after I had waded into the garden to pull the cosmos.

Here it is from July 9th of this year.

Here it is from July 9th of this year.

with the rose trimmed back...

with the rose trimmed back…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photos, before

Allan’s photo, before

after

after, with one less mildewy rose bush to poke canes out into the driveway

Dorothy Perkins is a mildewy unimpressive rose.  On the other side of the park, we have ‘Super Dorothy’ which is disease resistant and blooms much more profusely.  In fact, it is blooming again after Allan gave it a hard pruning in late summer.

Rose 'Super Dorothy'

Rose ‘Super Dorothy’ today

Two out of the four blooming narcissi in the park. That is peculiar.

Two out of the four blooming narcissi in the park. That is peculiar.

Allan with a big load of thorny debris at City Works.

Allan with a big load of thorny debris at City Works.

Dragging it out with a steel rake is an effective way to deal with rose canes.

Dragging it out with a steel rake is an effective way to deal with rose canes.

On the way to Jo’s, we got some espresso at The Great Escape drive through and admired their miniature hay bale (from Joanne’s Fabrics in Astoria).

cute, eh?

cute, eh?

Jo’s garden

I had hoped to get Jo’s garden all cleaned up today.  She likes everything cut back hard for the winter.  I had a memory that one day would not be enough, and after spending an extra amount of time in Long Beach, I was even more doubtful that we could get it all done today.  Indeed, we did not.  Allan made a dump run with a full load at 3:30 while I kept weeding and trimming and when he returned we both worked till sunset.

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entry 1:17 PM

When I pulled the plants from the window boxes, I disturbed the home of snails.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

5:04 PM

5:04 PM

entry garden, 1:17 PM

entry garden, 1:17 PM

5:04 PM (not quite done)

5:04 PM (not quite done)

We didn't get the Japanese anemones cut back.

We didn’t get the Japanese anemones cut back.

1:17 PM

1:17 PM

5:04 PM

5:04 PM

center courtyard 1:17 PM

center courtyard 1:17 PM

5:04 PM (planted some Chelone, pink turtlehead, in one corner!)

5:04 PM (planted some Chelone, pink turtlehead, in one corner!);  needs more weeding

NW garden, 1:17 PM

NW garden, 1:17 PM

5:04 PM needs a tiny bit more trimming

5:04 PM: needs a tiny bit more trimming

west garden 1:17 PM

west garden 1:17 PM

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: It is really tricky to not cut the skinny sprinkler tubes.

Allan’s photo: It is really tricky to not cut the skinny sprinkler tubes.

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

5:04 PM: needs just a bit more whacking along the porch

5:04 PM: needs just a bit more whacking along the porch side

Allan's photo: pounds offloaded at the dump

Allan’s photo: 240 pounds offloaded at the dump

So while the day was productive, we will need to go back to Jo’s for an hour or two tomorrow.

at home

I love the long dark evenings after daylight savings time begins.

in the evening....

in the evening….

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Mike’s garden

We began a few blocks east by tidying up Mayor Mike’s garden.

Allan focused on the gravel path along the front.

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

cotoneaster draping over the outside wall

cotoneaster draping over the outside wall

Jo’s garden

We actually could have taken today off and done Mike’s another day, had it not been for our occasional visit to Jo’s to get the garden tidied before she and Bob have guests.  It is always a pleasure to work there.  And a TWO day work week is being a little bit TOO lazy.

For an overcast day, the working conditions were surprisingly hot and muggy.

hydrangea outside the garden

hydrangea outside the garden

entrance

entrance to Jo and Bob’s garden

just inside, a container from the Basket Case Greenhouse

just inside, a container from the Basket Case Greenhouse

The garden to the right of the entry walk had gotten so battered by wind...This was after tidying it up.

The garden to the right of the entry walk had gotten so battered by wind…This was after tidying it up.  Not much left.

Jo pointed out this maidenhair fern had reseeded under the windowbox by the guest house door.

Jo pointed out this fern had reseeded under the windowbox by the guest house door.

Persicaria 'Firetail' just inside the center courtyard. I love it; Jo thinks it "does not have enough bang for the buck!"

Persicaria ‘Firetail’ just inside the center courtyard. I love it; Jo thinks it “does not have enough bang for the buck!”

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard, north wall of house

center courtyard, north wall of house

double impatiens in a pot

double impatiens in a pot

Further along, another freaky cosmos, very tall but not blooming yet.

Further along, another freaky cosmos, very tall but not blooming yet.

Yellow cosmos! Probably 'Yellow Garden', but blooming earlier than the late blooming 'Yellow Garden', and how did it get here?

Yellow cosmos! Probably ‘Yellow Garden’, but blooming earlier than the late blooming ‘Yellow Garden’, and how did it get here?

The impatiens walk turned out well. A rare success in getting rid of Geranium 'A T Johnson'!!

The impatiens walk turned out well. A rare success in getting rid of Geranium ‘A T Johnson’!!

Jo reminded me of how much I complained about the sheer number of impatiens that she had bought and that we planted.

Allan pulled the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ at the west end of the garden.  (The corms remain in the ground.)

before and after (Allan's photos)

before and after (Allan’s photos)

northwest corner of garden (Allan's photo)

northwest corner of garden (Allan’s photo)

The recent windstorm had knocked the cosmos about and broken some big stems.  Jo got in and helped pull some broken pieces out.

in progress (Allan's photo)

in progress (Allan’s photo)

I got the rest deadheaded and just when I stopped back to admire the results, I heard a loud crack and the main stem broke.  Drat.

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I told Jo it was because she had pulled a dead painted sage out that had been holding the whole mess up.  She laughed and said she did not mind those cosmos being gone as it is near the end of the season anyway.

I had to go into the house to get a photo of Coco with her new haircut.

She doesn't look like a King Charles Spaniel right now!

She doesn’t look like a King Charles Spaniel right now!

Jo's current quilt project is a complex pattern called "Gypsy Wife."

Jo’s current quilt project is a complex pattern called “Gypsy Wife.”

Jo saying goodbye, with the garden all ready for company.

Jo saying goodbye, with the garden all ready for company.

Long Beach

Mike’s and Jo’s gardens had taken long enough so that we only had an hour and a half before a city council workshop that we wished to attend.  (The topic was the future of the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market that takes place on Friday afternoons at Veterans Field.)  We thought we might just check on the planters on Bolstadt beach approach road and then go home to drop off the trailer and change clothes.  However, I noticed that in the first section of the beach approach garden, the rugosa roses were sticking out into the street by maybe four inches.  That would not do for Rod Run traffic, so we stopped and clipped them back.

after: forgot to take a before

after: forgot to take a before

I got to pet this lovely dog named Jack.

I got to pet this lovely dog named Jack.

Now we had a load of rose clippings to dispose off, and after a trip to city works, it turned out to be so close to meeting time that we decided to deadhead the Long Beach welcome sign and then go straight from work to the workshop.

welcome sign: front

welcome sign: front

and back

and back

colchicum on the ramp up to city hall

colchicum on the ramp up to city hall

We were joined at the city council workshop by Garden Tour Nancy and Maddy of Pink Poppy Bakery and other vendors and customers of the market in a firm defense of it not being a detriment to downtown businesses, a few of whom feel threatened by it.  More on this if and when the issue progresses further.

 

 

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Long Beach

Yesterday, while dumping debris, we had accidentally thrown, into the city dump pile, a bag of mine from the Long Beach Pharmacy.  Since we had to go back to the pile this morning to retrieve it, I thought we should pull some crocosmia from the parking lot “berms” in order to make the trip more worthwhile.

 I’m impressed with whatever shrubs can survive in those beds with no water for three months.

Abelia looks delicate but is being tough and strong.

Abelia looks delicate but is being tough and strong.

Aronia, which never registered with me before this year for some reason, is a champ.

Aronia, which never registered with me before this year for some reason, is a champ.

I read that its common name chokecherry refers to the bitterness of the edible berries.

I read that its common name chokecherry refers to the bitterness of the edible fruits.  Todd tells us its fall leaf colour is excellent; I clearly have not been paying it enough attention.

Of course, the job got bigger than I'd planned as I cut a lot of rugosa rose that were hanging over the side,

Of course, the job got bigger than I’d planned as I cut a lot of rugosa rose that were hanging over the side, as well as pulling crocosmia.

Despite its aggressive nature, Rosa rugosa alba has so much to offer.

Despite its aggressive nature, Rosa rugosa alba has so much to offer.

It thrives in drought, has white flowers...

It thrives in drought, has white flowers…

and gorgeous hips from which you could make rose hip tea or rose hip jelly.

and gorgeous hips from which you could make rose hip tea or rose hip jelly.

I needed a boost of energy, so on our way to the city works yard, we got coffee drinks…

at the Great Escape drive through.

at the Great Escape drive through.

At the works yard, one can see the way we are going after the crocosmia foliage all over town.  It is “going over” earlier this year because of the drought.  It all probably came from a clump of mine, divided and spread to various places where I thought it would be attractive, back when I thought it was a good thing.

Now it's still a good thing, but too much of a good thing.

Now it’s still a good thing, but too much of a good thing.

Now piles of vilella husks are appearing in the work yard, remnants of a huge wash-up onto the beach of this small jellyfish.

Now piles of velella husks are appearing in the work yard, remnants of a huge wash-up onto the beach of this small jellyfish.

This is the city beach sweeper that would have picked up that pile. (Allan's photo)

This is the city beach sweeper that would have picked up that pile. (Allan’s photo)

Jo’s Garden

We checked up on Jo’s garden for a couple of hours, and enjoyed all the beauty there while deadheading daisies and pulling some horsetail.

east wall of guest house, outside the garden

east wall of guest house, outside the garden

front gate, looking west

front gate, looking west

entry garden

entry garden

lily and rugosa rose

lily and rugosa rose hips

That's our Jo!

That’s our Jo!

on Jo's deck

on Jo’s deck

a couple of errant, late clematis flowers over the arbour

a couple of errant, late clematis flowers over the arbour

looking east from the center courtyard, with flowers from The Basket Case Greenhouse

looking east from the center courtyard, with flowers from The Basket Case Greenhouse

Amazing: Jo and kin got rid of a huge climbing once blooming white rambling rose that was so very big for this corner.

Amazing: Jo and kin got rid of a huge climbing once-blooming white rambling rose that was so very big for this corner.  “Room for more flowers”, says Jo.

northwest garden bed

northwest garden bed

What is it with these cosmos that get so tall before they bloom!

Allan sweeping after weeding the path.

Allan sweeping after weeding the path.

I forgot to take a close up; you can see on the very right that one of the cosmos plants is pale yellow!

I forgot to take a close up; you can see next to the weather vane tower that one of the cosmos plants is pale yellow!

There is a pale yellow tall cosmos called Yellow Garden.  One year the Planter Box grew it, but it did not bloom till October, and when I read that it was normal for it to be a very late bloomer, I gave up on it despite its beauty.

After that pleasant interlude, at such a lovely garden with an irrigation system so no worries about water, we were back to the usual rounds of watering.

Ilwaco

I watered the boatyard garden while Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.  This week, I had the good fortune to find a hose hooked up to every spigot that I needed to reach the whole two block long garden bed, so the job went swimmingly.

this week's obstacle course at the boatyard

this week’s obstacle course at the boatyard

the usual interesting scenery

the usual interesting scenery

boats

The sailboat in the foreground has been there most of the summer; it's getting its new paint job now.

The sailboat in the foreground has been there most of the summer; it’s getting its new paint job now.

I'm so pleased with the sweet pea success at the boatyard. Next year: many more. I did not think it would work this well.

I’m so pleased with the sweet pea success at the boatyard. Next year: many more. I did not think it would work this well.

a salmon coloured four o clock

a salmon coloured four o clock

four o clock

four o clock

Someone had pestered this santolina.

Someone had pestered this santolina.

I walked on to water the gardens on Howerton where I have a hose available, while Allan came behind me later to water the ones where he has to haul three of our own hoses.

Time Enough Books: a thirsty garden boat

Time Enough Books: a thirsty garden boat

the watering rounds, Allan's photo

the watering rounds, Allan’s photo

south side of port office

south side of port office

Don Nisbett Gallery

Don Nisbett Gallery

Don waters his Basket Case baskets like mad.

Don waters his Basket Case baskets like mad, sometimes more than once a day.

the spectacular effect of Don's intensive watering

the spectacular effect of Don’s intensive watering

I am pleased that I never have to water the south side port office garden because office staff member April does it regularly.

marine: looking west

marine: looking west

looking east

looking east

folks heading to a boat

folks heading to a boat

a sit spot

a sit spot

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

By the time I finished watering the Bruce Peterson Gallery garden, Allan was coming behind me and had gotten as far as the pavilion.  I was out of available hose gardens so I walked home while he finished up at the east end.

Peterson Gallery garden, looking east

Peterson Gallery garden, looking east

Agastaches doing pretty well in drought conditions.

Agastaches doing pretty well in drought conditions.  And my shadow.

Agastache 'Summer Glow'

Agastache ‘Summer Glow’

at home

evening light on the back garden

evening light on the back garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Real Time Reminder

It’s garden tour day!

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

Here’s an article about the tour by our friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com.

Now back to our chronological catching up.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office

I began the day still shaken from yesterday’s watering woes.  The sight of our volunteer garden at the post office cheered me up.  Then we were off to our north end jobs, with a couple of small jobs on the way.

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

one of the pretty horses

one of the pretty horses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the garden behind the pasture’s gate

Diane and Larry's garden next door

Diane and Larry’s garden next door with Stipa gigantea

California poppies in Diane's roadside garden

California poppies in Diane’s roadside garden

penstemon

penstemon

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

grooming the container garden (Allan's photo)

grooming the container garden (Allan’s photo)

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands, regular watering with the sprinkler system has the courtyard garden looking wonderfully lush.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we went all the way up to lower Surfside to do some weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

a neighbour of Marilyn's (Allan's photo)

a neighbour of Marilyn’s (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn's daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

looking south—Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours' garage.  The next layer down is Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' which will bloom in late summer.

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours’ garage. The next layer down is Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ which will bloom in late summer.

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After Marilyn’s we drove south again to our very favourite job, Klipsan Beach Cottages.

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

rose

rose2

in the background: tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with hazy purple flowers

Thalictrum 'Elin'

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' and Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

daylily

daylily

driveway garden

driveway garden

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

Geranium 'Rozanne' embracing a boxwood.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ embracing a boxwood.

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

fairy door (Allan's phot)

fairy door (Allan’s photo)

Andersen’s RV Park

We had been weeding and deadheading at Andersen’s for about an hour when owner Lorna came outside and told us the big news:  Barring any unexpected last minute glitch, the deal was about to close on selling the park.   I turned in our restroom key (and said we’d get it back next week if something went wrong at the last minute).  I might as well tell you now that the deal did close for sure a few days later, so our walk around the garden saying goodbye was really the last time.  I have always told Lorna that when she sells, we are leaving with her as it is a good time to further accomplish our goal of cutting back a bit on work.  She says the new owners, a young couple from California, intend to do the gardening themselves so it worked out for the best for everyone.

A farewell look at Andersen’s gardens:

picket fence and garden shed gardens

west garden, Payson Hall (blue roof), picket fence and garden shed (upper right) gardens

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii and Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

the west garden

the west garden

west garden

west garden

west3

west garden telephoto

west garden telephoto

 

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

garden behind office

garden behind office

office2

detail: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' and godetia

detail: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and godetia

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

lilies

lilies

office

picket fence from inside

picket fence from inside

My only regret in leaving now is that I planted some of every kind of sweet pea that I had here, and now won’t see all the different colours bloom.

old fashioned wooden picket fence

old fashioned wooden picket fence

one of two big hydrangeas

one of two big hydrangeas

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a guest arriving (Allan's photo)

a guest arriving (Allan’s photo)

I will miss the fun of seeing a “wagon train” of RVs come in, led by the first driver, who is known as the wagon master.

As we were leaving, Lorna gave us this chair.  She is packing to move full time to her Seattle townhouse.

It's on my covered front porch now.

It’s on my covered front porch now; Thank you, Lorna.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob had returned from Montana.  She had called to ask me to stop by because they had brought us a present.

Jo's garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Jo’s garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Jo's back deck with bunting

Jo’s back deck with bunting

Coco! (Allan's photo)

Coco! (Allan’s photo)

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

(She did not even know I had been whinging on about my watering woes yesterday.)

Port of Ilwaco boatyard

We ended our day watering at the Ilwaco boatyard.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we have to water from behind the fence

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual...

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual…

 

 

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard north end

boatyard north end

We took some of our bucket water to give the new curbside plants at the port a boost.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

So….what shall we do with the extra few hours from not going to Andersen’s?  I suppose we could put it toward weeding the Long Beach beach approach garden, or….we just might spend it on our own garden.

We are now down by several jobs, as we quit two small jobs over bad pruning and slow payment, and Todd has the Wiegardt garden, and we gave Casa Pacifica to Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, Cheri is doing her own garden, and Flowering Hedges has been doing Erin’s garden.  It has delighted me to be divested of all of these jobs; however, I suppose we need to be careful that we don’t go too far into early retirement and lose our ability to afford to go garden touring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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