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Tuesday, 14 January 2013

I would like to have continued just reading for another week at least.  Good weather said otherwise.  On the way down to Olde Towne for an invigorating brunch, I saw a couple of signs of spring in the garden at Larry and Robert’s (five doors down).

a common, rather chewed upon primrose (with a side of shotweed)

a common, rather chewed upon primrose (with a side of shotweed)

a few species crocus in the garden boat

a few species crocus in the garden boat

blue sky on the way to Olde Towne Café (at Lake and Myrtle)

blue sky on the way to Olde Towne Café (at Lake and Myrtle)

trailing rosemary flowering in one of the Ilwaco street planters

trailing rosemary flowering in one of the Ilwaco street planters

I did not linger over my coffee and breakfast panini as I had much to do.  Back home again and getting ready to garden, I looked out of my south window as an intruder walked by. A gate had been opened by Allan, who was working on a carpentry project and had just gone inside for a moment.

deer

Can you see her?

Can you see her?

A chase ensued with Allan and I guiding the deer up the west side path to one of the open gates.

up the path

up the path

The deer leapt across the garden instead of going out the gate so the herding began again.  The second time, she stopped for a snack of Escallonia on the way out.  I felt bad for the creature, but she had to go.  There are plenty of yards whose owners have not spent a fortune on a deer fence, and I am sure some of them have escallonias.  (Just stay away from Tom and Judy’s and Larry and Robert’s, please, little deer.)

some Escallonia on the go

some Escallonia on the go

Next door in Nora’s yard, the mother deer lay chewing her cud.

She was very calm.

She was very calm.

mom

mother and child

mother and child

and a third member of the family!

and a third member of the family!

Back in the garden, I began to gather some of the limbs dropped in Saturday’s storm.

firewood for New Judy (our neighbour three doors down)

firewood for New Judy (our new neighbour three doors down)

A huge limb from Danger Tree

A huge limb from Danger Tree

..makes a nice perch for Mary.

..makes a nice perch for Mary.

Some back garden thoughts:   I’m thinking of making the garden on this side of the boat into a scree garden, something that has been on my mind since last July’s Gearhart garden tour.

possibly a place for small plants...

possibly a place for small plants…

Presently, the only place where I can successfully grow small jewels of plants is on plant tables, otherwise they get swamped by bigger things.  I won’t get all spiny and cactus/agave-ish like Danger Garden and Robert Nold, but I’d like some tiny mounds and cushions and tufts and buns (classic rock garden terms).

on one of the plant tables

on one of the plant tables

Further back in the east bed, I have an empty spot where I removed a huge Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and am thinking of putting a columnar evergreen per the suggestion of Pam from Back Alley Gardens.

an empty spot!

an empty spot!

Halocarpus

This could go there:  Halocarpus what???

Chamaecyparis 'Van Pelt's Blue'

or this:   Chamaecyparis ‘Van Pelt’s Blue’

I headed to the front garden to do a project, passing my two Restios.  One looks good and one looks ominous…although I do seem to remember its stems dying before and then coming back from the base.

Restio, good....

Restio, good….

and not so good

and not so good

Fortunately, I remembered to walk back and check the gate, because look who had returned!

the minute I walked away!

the minute I walked away!

Calvin watched from the open window.  Airing the house out from both Allan and I having had the flu felt cleansing and springlike.

Calvin in my window

Calvin in my window

That’s the reflection of Danger Tree.  I really must get motivated to call a tree service and have it cut.

In the front garden, my project was to make a more cohesive edge along the entry sidewalk.  I pulled some big reseeded verbascums….

not good right next to the sidewalk

not good right next to the sidewalk

and moved a little planter which had been sitting on the edge of the sidewalk for three years.

I did find a better spot for it than this!

After just plopping it sideways, I did find a better spot for it than this!

My theory is that having more sameness along the edge will tie this difficult part shade area together.

front

It has never had much of a plan….

A euphorbia has seeded all around so that can be a theme.

Probably too much of a good thing.

Probably too much of a good thing.

Along the edge, I planted some starts of Carex ‘Ice Dancer’, just because I have clumps of it along the grass path that joins this sidewalk and there is plenty of it.

Carex

Carex

I was too impatient to go find a proper digging tool so just used little bits that I could pull up.  Pitiful!

I’m expecting more from the garden:  Galanthus!  Lots of species crocus!  I have to remind myself that this day was only the middle of January and be happy for a few hellebore flowers and this one crocus clump in the front garden:

That's all so far!

That’s all so far!

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Wednesday, 13 November, 2013

Now, having sorted many the bulb last night, I have time to share the photos of the lovely workday that preceded the bulb sorting frenzy.

We began with blue skies and warmish weather at The Wiegardt Gallery in Ocean Park.

Wiegardt Gallery

Wiegardt Gallery

What a contrast to last week’s weather when we got stormed out.  Our mission this week and next week is to get bulbs in the ground without too much distraction.

Quite a few went into this newly cleared area.

Quite a few went into this newly cleared area.

a late Cistus flower

a late Cistus flower

rhodo blooming early

rhodo blooming early (or late)

glorious autumnal grass

glorious autumnal grass

Then we planted some Narcissi at the Oman Builders Supply garden.  I was pleased at how well it continues to look; on our last two trips north we have only had time to look at it while driving by.

looking south

looking south

looking north

looking north

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve, Hebe, Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve, Hebe, Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

The only bothersomely empty spots are two areas where three gorgeous Eryngiums were stolen early in the summer.

lacking Eryngiums

lacking Eryngiums

By then, I could not acquire any to replace them with.  Or so I thought.  I remember now that The Planter Box may still have some Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’.  Perhaps if I acquired and planted some now, they would root in and be harder to steal next year.

Not brooding overmuch about the theft, we went on to the garden at Klipsan Beach Cottages where we had some plans for more than just bulb planting.   Allan got to the task of removing the big rambling rose canes that were tangled in the bay tree.

before

before

after

after

He cleared more wild violets and Schizostylis from the lawn border and planted Narcissi.

bulbs placed to go in

bulbs placed to go in, before weeding

It was backwards to put the bulbs down before he got the weeding done;  I should have laid them out on the lawn instead.

My task was to sort out the bulbs from 16 seasonal window box liners, all small species narcissi, tulips, crocus, snowdrops, Fritillaria meleagris and Iris reticulata, all blooming before May.  The window boxes have been removed from the cottages for the sake of trying to streamline the care of the gardens somewhat as we are all getting older.

old window box

delving into an old window box

a treasure trove of minor bulbs

a treasure trove of minor bulbs

I lavished them all around the gardens outside the deer fence since most will be deer resistant, and even the occasional species tulip might be too short to be tempting.

I had been especially looking forward to meeting the new dog that Mary and Denny are fostering and may adopt.  Like the dear departed Misty and Debbie, she is a Great Pyrenees.  If she and Riley (Mary and Denny’s Doberman) get along ok, she will join the family permanently.  Riley is feeling jealous so I was careful to give him more pets and attention than the new dog…

Here she is!

Here she is!

The poor girl was used as a puppy mill and is over 20 pounds underweight.

In the garden, there is still much beauty to see.

Fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry'

Fuchsia ‘Debron’s Black Cherry’

bird bath of stillness

bird bath of stillness

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

the pond island bed

the pond island bed

two of eight cottages

two of eight cottages

dusk in the autumn garden

dusk in the autumn garden

orbs

orbs

The fall clean up sessions we have been doing have inspired Mary to put one of her winter signs in the garden:

garden

And then, straight on home where I plunged into five straight hours of bulb sorting (as described in yesterday evening’s hasty blog post).  Before I entered Bulb Central (the garage), the reflection our neighbour’s upstairs window alerted me to take a look at the sunset.

moonrise over our neighbours' roof

moonrise over our neighbours’ roof

sunset over Lake Street

sunset over Lake Street

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