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Friday, 12 September 2014

Larry and Robert’s Garden

Just five doors down is where we began the hot dry day by watering, weeding and deadheading. We maintain this garden so regularly that the weeding is minimal.

What I feel would make it just perfect is if it had a fence across the property on the west side, with an entry arbour; it already has a wisteria in place to grow on it.

From corner of house to west side of garden, fence with gate would be perfect.  It could be tall with the wisteria growing on it.

From corner of house to west side of garden, fence with gate would be perfect. It could be tall with the wisteria growing on it. I have no idea why wisteria in lower right corner is there with nothing to grow on.

Such a fence would prevent the deer from browsing this newly cleaned up bed.

Such a fence would prevent the deer from browsing this newly cleaned up bed.

Deer have been walking in from the front of the house and eating the Fuchsias...

Deer have been walking in from the front of the house and nibbling the Fuchsias…

..and the roses.

..and the roses.

Right where Allan is standing is where the fence could go...

Right where Allan is standing is where the fence could go…

The east side of the house, planted with deer resistant plants.

The east side of the house, planted with deer resistant plants.

the corner that gets way more sun that I thought it would...

the corner that gets way more sun that I thought it would…

I am going to move a few plants from here over to the shadier beds this fall.

The Verbena bonariensis in the boat amuses me by being tall and vertical where a sail mast would be, even if no one else notices.

The Verbena bonariensis in the boat amuses me by being tall and vertical where a sail mast would be, even if no one else notices.

Long Beach

By watering the Long Beach planters today, we hope that they will last till next Wednesday. If they can wait for watering till then, Allan won’t have to water them from Thursday to Sunday when I have gone with a dear friend on a four day trip to the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

planter in front of the smokeshop with 'Star Cluster' Coreopsis.

planter in front of the smoke shop with Coreopsis ‘Star Cluster’.

one of my favourite planters...and across from it, one that we plan to redo this fall.

one of my favourite planters…and across from it, one that we plan to redo this fall.

another angle

another angle

note to self: more patio dahlias next year

note to self: more patio dahlias in the planters next year

Basket Case Greenhouse baskets on the Long Beach gazebo

Basket Case Greenhouse baskets on the Long Beach gazebo

I noticed for the first time that Mexigo has corn planted in their half barrel.

I noticed for the first time that Mexigo has corn planted in their half barrel.

Just north of Mexigo and Scoopers Ice Cream is another problem planter; not only is it windswept, for some reason it is one of our most vandalized planters. It’s planted with two full sized escallonias and is infested with red clover amid the creeping succulents that are the only thing that thrives here.

little sempervivums all infested with clover...what a pain.

little sempervivums all infested with clover…what a pain.

I’ve managed this year to get a lavender and a santolina to grow here without being yanked out by someone, so perhaps whoever used to bother this planter so much has moved on.

The planters at the west end of the Bolstadt beach approach that we redid last fall look good even with very little water. Once a week, we are told, the city crew mists them with their water pump trailer.

not too bad for almost total neglect

not too bad for almost total neglect

Ilwaco

We were hustling because we had an early dinner engagement. Ilwaco would neatly fill up the rest of our workday. While Allan watered the planters, I checked on them closely for the first time in a couple of months. He has been doing a fantastic job on his own and I found very few, tiny weeds.

This planter in almost full shade on Spruce Street is doing remarkably well.

This planter in almost full shade on Spruce Street is doing remarkably well.

bright sun made the nasturtiums glow at First and Main.

bright sun made the nasturtiums glow at First and Main. The lotus vine is less rampant in the sun than in the shade, perhaps because the shady planter stays more moist.

same planter, backdrop of Don's Portside Café

same planter, backdrop of Don’s Portside Café

kitty corner: yellows and oranges to tone with the café

kitty corner: yellows and oranges to tone with the café

Because the planter by the Portside Café has a clogged drainage hole, it stays moist. We will have to dig it out this fall if we want to have any bulbs in it. For the summer, I took advantage of the problem by planting mimulus there.

mimulus

mimulus

more mimulus; it was a mixed batch so we could not make it all yellow.

more mimulus; it was a mixed batch so we could not make it all yellow.

Down on First and Eagle, the planter that got all its plants torn out (and then we discovered it in enough time to replant them) has sort of recovered.

The nasturtium grew again but not floriferously.

The nasturtium grew again but not floriferously.

Sunflowers grow on the south wall of the house next to that planter.

Sunflowers grow on the south wall of the house next to that planter.

Just across the street from that house is the boatyard's north fence.

Just across the street from that house is the boatyard’s north fence.

Steve was up working on his mast.  He told me he often forgets to take some tool or other up with him.

Steve was up working on his mast. He told me he often forgets to take some tool or other up with him.

I weeded the garden along the east fence of the boatyard and still had time to water it again, which I felt it sorely needed due to the heat.

boatyard garden; we water from inside of the fence.

boatyard garden; we water from inside of the fence.

Because Allan needs an hour and forty five minutes to water the Ilwaco planters with the pump trailer, I had plenty of time. I realized I could even do some weeding along the inside by pulling weeds away from the fence.

pulling grass clumps and horsetail and bindweed away from the inside

pulling grass clumps and horsetail and bindweed away from the inside

I met a new boatyard dog who condescended to be briefly petted.

I met a new boatyard dog who condescended to be briefly petted.

A mast was being raised by a crane.

A mast was being raised by a crane.

And I chatted with a woman who has two boat cats on her boat.

And I chatted with a woman who has two boat cats on her boat.

We actually ended up with fifteen minutes of turn around time at home before doing to dinner. Usually we have a later dinner; tonight, we were dining at the unusual hour of 5:30 PM at the Depot Restaurant.

Depot Restaurant

By picking an earlier hour, we had gotten the Chef’s Table at the Depot for Kathleen’s two-weeks-early birthday dinner. Chef Michael, from the open kitchen window, served us a special plate of bread and an upscale bleu cheese.

cheese

Then began the birthday feasting:

Carne Asada appetizer

Carne Asada Negro: Sautéed tender chunks of marinated, grass fed, hormone free Rib Eye on Cumin Scented Black Beans topped with mild Mama Lil’s Goat Horn Peppers and Cilantro with Fried Tortilla Chips

Thai calamari appetizer

Thai Calamari: Fried wild sustainable Calamari tossed in Thai Peanut Cilantro Sauce on fresh Spinach and Napa Cabbage mix topped with Crispy Won Tons

for Kathleen: Southern Comfort Pork with enough for tomorrow's dinner, as well

for Kathleen: Southern Comfort Pork: Braised Pork Shoulder in Southern Comfort Bar BQ Sauce on Yam Mashers seasoned with Brown Sugar surrounded by Jalapeño Creamed Corn topped with Green Onion, Maple and Bacon Salsa (enough to provide tomorrow’s dinner, as well)

for me: spicy prawns

for me: Bangkok Prawns: Sweet Lime Chile Glazed Fried Prawns on Rice Noodle Sesame Seaweed Salad topped with Crispy Fried Chinese Noodles

for Allan: Parmesan Artichoke Risotto: Vegetarian Risotto with Artichoke Flowerets, Imported Parmesan Cheese and topped with Micro Greek Salad

for Allan: Parmesan Artichoke Risotto: Vegetarian Risotto with Artichoke Flowerets, Imported
Parmesan Cheese and topped with Micro Greek Salad

lemon bundt cake with blackberry puree backed with flourless chocolate cake

lemon bundt cake with blackberry puree backed with flourless chocolate torte

sorbet

sorbet

After such a scrumptious feast, we still had more talking to do so we moved to a table on the deck for another hour or more. It was an unusual angle to me to see the hops vines from the inside of the deck; I decided it was truly a stroke of genius to have planted them against the lattice.

The other side is the garden we deadhead and water.

The other side is the garden we deadhead and water.

They look quite wonderful draping overhead.

They look quite wonderful draping overhead…

and dangling down

and dangling down

and they looked even more romantic when darkness fell.

and they looked even more romantic when darkness fell.

It seems we lead a life of luxury with constant dining out; tomorrow would be another such dinner. We’ll make up for it this winter by being frugal (I hope!)

 

 

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Monday, 4 August 2014

I almost felt that we could take Monday off, till I strained to remember something we were supposed to do and…oh, yes, the Depot rhododendron pruning. I forgot yet another one-off job in Long Beach that I had agreed to awhile back; that’s what happens when I neglect making a job list on the white board.

We knew the Depot would create some debris that would have to be dumped; finally, I would have time to get some rock for my scree garden! In order to make the dump trip worthwhile, I had the idea to get some of the blackberry canes off the west side of Larry and Robert’s lawn.

Larry and Robert’s garden

clipped canes at Larry and Robert's

clipped canes at Larry and Robert’s

I forgot to take a before photo. The difference was not dramatic because we found the blackberry vines covered with berries and figured there might be a possibility that Larry or Robert or friends of theirs were planning on a pie! However, as soon as berry time is over I want to cut those canes WAY back. The neighbours to the west have been cutting on their side so it would be a good time to reveal new lawn area or maybe a place for a new shrub.

draping canes covered with berries

draping canes covered with berries…and there is a fuchsia hiding under there.

On the east side of the house, the garden boat looks full and happy with the addition of some new plants last week (Cosmos ‘Antiquity’, chocolate cosmos, and Verbena bonariensis, which I fancy will grow tall like a boat mast).

east

looking south


Depot Restaurant

I was ever so pleased when Chef Michael said he did not want the rhodo against their “office” house pruned hard. I don’t like to fight a shrub’s natural form for no good reason other than to make it smaller. He just wanted it cut to make a better passage for mowing and so that it did not touch the house.

before

before

after

after


 

Peninsula Landscape Supply

We dumped our debris at Peninsula Landscape Supply and admired their selection of VERY large river rock.

rock treasures

rock treasures

rock

All we wanted was some pea gravel and a bit of slightly larger river rock to make a tiny scree garden at home. Well, ok, I WANT some of those really big river rocks but don’t have the energy to deal with them. Maybe this winter!

We loaded up with a half yard of pea gravel and a few buckets of the slightly bigger rocks. It is always suspenseful to carry a heavy load like that in our little trailer. Again, we made it!


at home

The scree garden would be next to the garden boat (The Ann Lovejoy). I had several inspirations:

1. Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden and her scree garden photos on her website.

an excellent and inspirational book

an excellent and inspirational book

2. A little scree garden that we saw on the Gearhart garden tour last year:

scree garden

scree in the Vernon garden, Gearhart

3. Robert Nold’s blog (where he points out that a mix of rock sizes is good in a scree garden).

4. The Tucker Garden in Seattle that we saw recently on the Hardy Plant Study Weekend tour.

very Beth Chatto

very Beth Chatto

5. The John Kuzma garden we had just toured in Portland, where Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery used decomposed granite for the courtyard and perhaps the same sort of gravel for a vast gravel garden. Here, we cannot get washed gravel, so pea gravel is our only choice for a scree bed; gravel with fines would pack down and be too hard. (Anyway, that’s the theory I have.)

My scree garden is ridiculously small compared to even this small part of the Kuzma garden

My scree garden is ridiculously small compared to even this small part of the Kuzma garden

6. My Rock Garden by Reginald Farrer, one of the first serious garden books I read. I own a battered old copy. I recall Farrer being the one who said that rock gardens should not look like currant buns.

books

My own little scree patch is a bit laughable compared to those that inspired me.

before (sadly, the red poppies had to go as I had gotten impatient)

before (sadly, the red poppies had to go as I had gotten impatient)

after

after (two days later, I added some rocks from the size between pea gravel and the slightly large ones)

There is horsetail in there...the little scrimmy kind...hope it won't be too hard to pull through the gravel.

There is horsetail in there…the little scrimmy kind…hope it won’t be too hard to weed through the gravel.

This looks like a scree plant...but it is a Lost Tagii from the Hardy Plant sale so I am not sure!

This looks like a scree plant…but it is a Lost Tagii from the Hardy Plant sale so I am not sure!

scree

scree

Euphorbia myrsinites (donkey tail spurge)

Euphorbia myrsinites (donkey tail spurge)

and my little yellow penstemon

and my little yellow penstemon

and in the back, Eryngium agavifolium courtesy of Todd Wiegardt

and in the back, Eryngium agavifolium courtesy of Todd Wiegardt

Now to collect more scree plants, but not too many. There’s a little “tiny bun” dianthus at Wiegardt Gallery that I might be able to snick a piece of. If I could just figure where to put the strawberry patch that is on the other side of the boat, I could expand this whole idea.

And I could now cross off the last at home project from the work board…

erased!

erased!

but I had better start adding other work and home projects to it (like battling the bindweed back out of the east side of the bogsy woods) before I forget them all.

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Planter Box garden center

Allan wanted to buy some more of our favourite hand tool, the Ho Mi/Korean Hand Plow/Zen Digger/E-Z Digger, so we stopped at the Planter Box and were pleased to find the tool in stock. He had tried ordering some online and had gotten, from two different companies, ho-mis with the handle too long!

too long and all wrong!

too long and all wrong!

Just right

Just right

We saw that there are some gorgeous cosmos for sale, now planted up in large pots:

cosmos

cosmos

including this stunning new colour called 'Antiquity'

including this stunning new colour called ‘Antiquity’

I bought some ‘Antiquity’ for Erin’s garden boat, and then for Larry and Robert’s garden boat, and then decided they both needed some chocolate cosmos as well…and a verbena bonariensis each.

Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos, and it does smell like chocolate)

Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos, and it does smell like chocolate)


Andersen’s RV Park

For actual work, we started at Andersen’s RV Park, about six blocks north of The Planter Box.

The west side garden is pretty much poppy-less now.

The west side garden is pretty much poppy-less now.

Payson Hall planters...more wildflowery than formal-ish annuals this year.

Payson Hall planters…more wildflowery than formal-ish annuals this year.

with Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

with Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

three of the six west side whiskey barrels with Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

three of the six west side whiskey barrels with Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, sanvitalia, and white bacopa

I always thought of bacopa as a shade plant but it is doing well in the sun and I am loving not having to deadhead the irksome white petunias that Lorna always wanted in here…I think the bacopa gives a better splash of white and does not get all mushy.

Lavatera 'Barnsley' in the picket fence garden

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ in the picket fence garden

Cosmos and painted sage in the garden shed garden

Cosmos and painted sage in the garden shed garden

When we left Andersen’s, we wanted to pop the new plants into Erin’s boat, but her parking area was full and we were in too much of a rush to walk the plants in from the street. We had an important gardening mission at the Port of Ilwaco.


Larry and Robert’s garden

Back in Ilwaco, we stopped at Larry and Robert’s garden to put a Cosmos ‘Antiquity’, a chocolate cosmos, and a verbena bonariensis in the garden boat.

the east side garden

the east side garden

with alllums and painted sage

with alllums and painted sage

Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer'

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’


Ilwaco Boatyard Garden

The boatyard needed weeding and watering and the Howerton Way gardens needed checking because at 6 PM the monthly summer Art Night would take place at the port. We had planned to spend all day gardening at the boatyard and the port, till we had decided that Andersen’s also had to be fit into the day.

boatyard: battering out oodles of creeping sorrel and horsetail

boatyard: battering out oodles of creeping sorrel and horsetail

The garden looks beat up after so much weeding; Allan says it "got away from us" while we were off garden touring.

The garden looks beat up after so much weeding; Allan says it “got away from us” while we were off garden touring. The haze of assorted poppies is pretty much done and had hidden many ills while blooming profusely.

It's still good overall!

It’s still good overall!

We had time to tidy up the gardens closest to the art night: by the port office, Nibsett Gallery, and Time Enough Books.


Ilwaco Art Night

Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery and Time Enough Books opened at the port for Art Night.

Don's theme for the month

Don’s theme for the month

in Don's gallery

in Don’s gallery

garden and Basket Case hanging baskets at the port office

pur garden and Basket Case hanging baskets at the port office between Nisbett Gallery and the Ilwaco Hospitality Center

Don and Jenna (Queen La De Da) have rented an extra space for the summer that they call the Ilwaco Hospitality center (in the former Tuscany Café building). Inside, Jenna set up some displays representative of Ilwaco festivities, including a small scale crab pot Christmas tree.

Jenna greets some patrons at the Hospitality Center

Jenna greets some patrons at the Hospitality Center

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to promote the crab pot tree event, always the first Saturday in December.

to promote the crab pot tree event, always the first Saturday in December.

the view from the hospitality center

the view from the hospitality center

a guest and her little dog

a guest and her little dog

Purly Shell fiber arts shop set up a spinning display with their two little dogs in attendance.

Purly Shell fiber arts shop set up a spinning display with their two little dogs in attendance.

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books, north (landward) side

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

shop dog Scout at the counter

shop dog Scout at the counter

taking care of customers (Allan's photo)

Scout assisting customers (Allan’s photo)

good reading for dogs (and that book called Quiet is a brilliant book about introverts)

good reading for dogs (and that book called Quiet is a brilliant book about introverts)

Olde Towne Café downtown was open as well with a couple of artists on site.

Luanne's flowers at Olde Towne Café

Luanne’s flowers at Olde Towne Café

with a bouquet from our garden inside

with a bouquet from our garden inside

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Allan looks at a handmade book

Allan looks at a handmade book

by artist Elizabeth Chappelle

by artist Elizabeth Chappelle


The Cove Restaurant

We only stayed an hour at art night as we wanted to have our traditional Thursday dinner at the Cove Restaurant (new tradition as of this summer).

Chef Jason Lancaster's ahi tuna...spectacular

Chef Jason Lancaster’s ahi tuna…spectacular

I was completely stumped by the flowers in the table vase.

I was completely stumped by the flowers in the table vase.

I decided they must be a fancy coreopsis but now I am thinking they might be a fancy Agyranthemum. Owner Sondra does not know what they are; she bought them somewhere…

still stumped!

still stumped!

 

 

 

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Friday, 13 June 2014

Ilwaco

A lovely coolness out my back window told me "No watering today!"

A lovely coolness out my back window told me “No watering today!”

except for the haning basket on our front porch.

except for the haning basket on our front porch.

against the porch: Dicentra scandens

against the porch: Dicentra scandens

yellow bleeding heart vine

yellow bleeding heart vine, came through our very cold (for here) winter just fine

and the hanging basket calibrachoa

and the hanging basket calibrachoa

Just down on the next block, we had a couple of plants to add to Larry’ and Robert’s garden and some weeding to do there.  I decided to put a nice edge on the lawn.

The foxglove was in the wrong spot and had to go.

The foxglove was in the wrong spot and had to go.

after

after

and on around the garden bed

and on around the garden bed

Allan put a nice edge on the boat garden bed.

Allan put a nice edge on the boat garden bed.

Strangely, this garden lacks an Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, a terrible oversight.

Next, Allan replaced an old Erysium ‘Bowles Mauve’ with a new one in the Ilwaco Planter at Lake and First while I nipped into the Antique Gallery to take a few new photos for their Facebook page.

This appeals to me.  My dad and grandma used oil cans like this.

This appeals to me. My dad and grandma used oil cans like this.  Do people still?

and I like this...

and I like this…

and this.

and this.

Helping friends promote their businesses and causes is one way to live a life of good works.  I have found myself a good niche for that on Facebook.

We did a quick compost bucket switch at Olde Towne.  We keep four composters going with all that we get from there: coffee grounds and salad leavings.  However, Luanne is about to get a pet rabbit, so we will be getting less lettuce…and instead, some bunny poop!

Luanne's clematis is blooming outside the café.

Luanne’s clematis is blooming outside the café.


 

Depot Restaurant

Next, weeding and some pulling of dead bulb foliage at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview.

with Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

with Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

The whiskey barrel that we planted up is a bit hidden now from the front...

The whiskey barrel that we planted up is a bit hidden now from the front…

by the new Clamshell Railroad sign, which is so much smaller than I pictured it.

by the new Clamshell Railroad sign, which is so much smaller than I pictured it.

detail

I was so worried it would mess up my garden.  All turned out to be well.  In my mind’s eye it was three times as big as it actually is.

It had to go low to not block the window or their own sign.

It had to go low to not block the window or their own sign.

When I got my camera out to take the photos, I found myself a problem:  I had made off with Luanne’s spectacles from Olde Towne after borrowing them to try to help her solve a computer problem.

Argh!!  Back to Olde Towne we drove...

Argh!! Back to Olde Towne we drove…

And Allan had already realized he had left the full compost bucket still sitting back at the café, so we picked that up at last


.

Boreas Inn

Next, The Boreas Inn to plant a dianthus, a few cosmos, and a penstemon and an Achillea ‘Paprika’.  I screeched when I saw that Susie had planted a draecana on one side of one of the lawn beds.

This I could not allow.

This I could not allow.

It had been on the left edge of this bed.

It had been on the left edge of this bed.

If that tall spike had grown there, it would have tilted the whole picture like this!

If that tall spike had grown there, it would have tilted the whole picture like this!

Susie later told me she knew I would move it; she had been carrying it around and had to stick it somewhere.

I moved it to join some ornamental grasses; right now it is hidden behind these poppies on a bed along the north side of the yard.

I moved it to join some ornamental grasses; right now it is hidden behind these poppies on a bed along the north side of the yard.


 

Erin’s garden

I had just 6 new cosmos to fill in a space in Erin’s boat garden, and some dead narcissi foliage to pull.

the boat and the fire circle on the horizong

the boat and the fire circle on the horizong

My friend Felix came to greet me.

My friend Felix came to greet me.

belly

While I planted and deadleafed, and weeded in the back door courtyard, Allan tackled a little project along the street.

before: the little curved garden had disappeared

before: the little curved garden had disappeared

after

after

a fairy house by Erin's fence

a fairy house by Erin’s fence


 Long Beach

While Allan weeded the four quadrants of Fifth Street Park, I walked around and checked the three busiest blocks out of six blocks worth of planters.  Some I left to fend for themselves, since we did not need to water and they had been checked over earlier in the week.

By the Campiche Gallery: looking fine with Geranium 'Rozanne'

By the Campiche Gallery: looking fine with Geranium ‘Rozanne’

The painted sage is about to bloom.

The painted sage is about to bloom.

police station planter

police station planter

In one of the planters, I found a neat little variegated sport of painted sage.

Could Salvia viridis variegata make me rich?  If only it were a perennial.

Could Salvia viridis variegata make me rich? If only it were a perennial.

I deadheaded the Veterans Field garden during the Friday Farmers Market’s first day of the season.

The market runs from three to seven and I had forgotten to get there earlier.

The market runs from three to seven and I had forgotten to get there earlier.

At the tomato booth, I surveyed the heirloom varieties and they offered to pick out four good ones for me; I paid and said I would pick them up later.

tomatoes and cucumbers for sale.  Four tomato plants cost me only $10.00.

tomatoes and cucumbers for sale. Four tomato plants cost me only $10.00.

I considered buying some cranberry juice grown by my neighbours...

I considered buying some cranberry juice grown by my neighbours…

I WILL next time, now that I have read it will keep for 45 days.

I WILL next time, now that I have read it will keep for 45 days.

some sort of cow for milking practice

some sort of cow for milking practice

Veggie Girls

Veggie Girls

When I rejoined Allan in Fifth Street Park, I took a few photos to show its current glories.

Brodiea 'Queen Fabiola'

In the bed by the clam sculpture:  Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ (excellent, plant the bulbs in fall)

guess what?

guess what?

with a bee of course

with a bee of course

I found a good example of the superiority of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ over its parents.  I do believe it came from Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’.

I think this is Johnson's, a once blooming blue hardy geranium...

I think this is Johnson’s, a once blooming blue hardy geranium…

from whence (I think) came Rozanne, which blooms from late May through the first frost, nonstop.

from whence (I think) came Rozanne, which blooms from late May through the first frost, nonstop.

Allan's nice weeding job

Allan’s nice weeding job

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Baptisia australis, Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant', Nicotiana langsdorfii, Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Baptisia australis, Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’, Nicotiana langsdorfii, Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

I hope people notice that the park has very, very cool plants.

Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant' tends to get very tall and fall over.

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ tends to get very tall and fall over.

Not knowing how tall and floppy it was, I had it growing in two of the city planters!  When I found out its habits, I moved it to the park.

Floppy or not, it is lovely.

Floppy or not, it is lovely.

more Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

more Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

and Cerinthe major purpurascens

and Cerinthe major purpurascens


 Patti’s Garden

We had recently learned that Patti’s garden in Seaview will be on the garden tour as garden number ten!  Good thing several of the gardens are small.  On the way to our last job, we made a stop to get some preview photos for the garden tour Facebook page.

Patti's garden

Patti’s garden

I love Patti’s garden and we have worked in it on and off for years; this year, we did not have time but she found someone else good that I recommended.

The front border has transformed from perennials to a mix with annuals.

The front border has transformed from perennials to a mix with annuals.

front porch vignette

front porch vignette

windowbox

windowbox

bench from a piece of wood found in the mud of Willapa Bay

bench from a piece of wood found in the mud of Willapa Bay

back porch windowbox

back porch windowbox

Patti was glad to see us.

Patti was glad to see us.

I once got her this Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' and since then have lost mine, so am envious.

I once got her this Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ and since then have lost mine, so am envious.

water on the back deck

water by the back door

Patti's little dog Stella is always on the move.

Patti’s little dog Stella is always on the move.

Allan's photo of Patti's pergola

Allan’s photo of Patti’s pergola

and of her roses

and of her roses

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It was a quick visit because we had to get at least a bit of weeding done elsewhere.

me in Patti's back garden

me in Patti’s back garden…no time for sitting today.

Port of Ilwaco

If we could just get some weeding done in the Ilwaco boatyard, I figured passersby would think “At least they are trying.”

It quickly gets infested with horsetail and bindweed.

It quickly gets infested with horsetail and bindweed.

a melange of poppies

a melange of poppies

entering the boatyard gate!

entering the boatyard gate!

two deer.  The boatyard is another of our deer resistant gardens.

two deer. The boatyard is another of our deer resistant gardens.

Another little fawn followed along a bit later.

Another little fawn followed along a bit later.

Humans are a worse problem; I found another  hard to come by tall sea thrift pulled up and cast aside to dry.

Humans are a worse problem; I found another hard to come by tall sea thrift pulled up and cast aside to dry.

I think people are trying to pick the flowers and end up pulling the plant out…or perhaps are trying to steal it and get caught so drop the plant and walk away.   ??

Allan weeding the end...very tired

Allan weeding the end…very tired.  He kneels or squats to weed…

and I always weed bending over.

and I always weed bending over.

My hands had turned into aching claws, so we gave up…

Rozanne and yellow yarrow

Rozanne and yellow yarrow

and a nice pool of Rozanne around a water meter

and a nice pool of Rozanne around a water meter

We did the quickest possible check on the Port Office garden to make sure it looked good for Saturday Market, enjoyed the view every so briefly, and went home…ready for two days off!

I do believe two days off makes life better.

I do believe two days off makes life better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 9 June 2014

Back to work.  We had several quick stops to make on our way to Marilyn’s garden, one of our two main features of the day.


Andersen’s RV Park

First, we stopped at Andersen’s RV Park just to add a chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata) to one of the office planters.  The picket fence garden is almost at its mid-spring peak right now:

The orange lilies had popped!

The orange lilies had popped!

and

glistening, with Allium 'Purple Sensation'

glistening, with Allium ‘Purple Sensation’

lovely perennial poppy from Joy Creek nursery (have forgotten its name)

lovely perennial poppy from Joy Creek nursery
(have forgotten its name)

Lorna's white peony

Lorna’s white peony

Allium moly 'Jeannine' and Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave'

Allium moly ‘Jeannine’ and Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’

Baptisia australis (false indigo)

Baptisia australis (false indigo)

Seedhead of Allium bulgaricum, Nicotiani langsdorfii (chartreuse bells), Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Seedhead of Allium bulgaricum, Nicotiani langsdorfii (chartreuse bells), Allium ‘Purple Sensation’

east wall of house

east wall of house with hydrangea, golden spirea, and Leycesteria formosa in the center.


 

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I had just a few plants to pop in at Golden Sands.

One 6 pack of Cosmos 'Antiquity' joined the plants in the northwest quadrant.

One 6 pack of Cosmos ‘Antiquity’ joined the plants in the northwest quadrant.

The asiatic lilies are just starting to bloom.

The asiatic lilies are just starting to bloom.

I had two extra irises (an ensata and  a siberica ‘Contraband Girl’) that were extras from divisions Todd had sent from North Carolina.  (Clumps that had had two rooted pieces so I had one to share.)  Golden Sands is a job with a low budget for plants, so it got the extras.


 

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Not only did I want to make sure that Mary of KBC had a fragrant chocolate flower for her garden, but I was eager to see if her Cardiocrinum had bloomed, and it had!  Snails got every leaf but not the flowers.

Himalayan lily

Himalayan lily

c3

c2

c4

I was in awe.  The fragrance is sublime.  Mary says her brother, in his expansive garden, has many.  I have tried to grow them but the slugs always win, and Mary has tried several times and failed until now.

Denny had the big pond drained and was pursuing a leak.

Denny had the big pond drained and was pursuing a leak.


 

Marilyn’s garden

I had told Marilyn’s daughter Nancy, co owner of the Depot, that we would work at Marilyn’s today, and here’s why:

a mama deer and two babies living right in Marilyn's garden

a mama deer and two babies living right in Marilyn’s garden, photo by Nancy G.

I did not see the deer, as it was midday (although sometimes they will be around at any time of the day).  However, I was inspired to photograph the flowers that are blooming even with deer living right in the garden.

Knautia  'Thunder and Lightning'

Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’

Geum (in the foliage of some Phygelius)

Geum (in the foliage of some Phygelius)

Nepeta 'Walker's Low' (catmint)

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ (catmint)

Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle)

Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle)

lavender (not quite in bloom)

lavender (not quite in bloom)

dog daisies and alliums (shasta daisies will bloom later)

dog daisies and alliums (shasta daisies will bloom later)

dog daisies and allium albopilosum

dog daisies and allium albopilosum

Bees love alliums (Allan's photo)

Bees love alliums (Allan’s photo)

Knautia macedonica and blue scabiosa

Knautia macedonica and blue scabiosa

foliage: copper fennel (a noxious weed, kind of) and some Lysimachia purpurea

foliage: copper fennel (a noxious weed, kind of) and some Lysimachia purpurea

Garage to the west would be hidden, but some of the giant Miscanthus has fallen over due to wind.

Garage to the west would be hidden, but some of the giant Miscanthus has fallen over due to wind.

bunny tail grass and Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

bunny tail grass and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Lychnis coronaria (rose campion, also comes in white and in pale pink)

Lychnis coronaria (rose campion, also comes in white and in pale pink)

Geranium 'Rozanne' (gets nibbled)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (gets nibbled)

Dianthus 'Raspberry Swirl'

Dianthus ‘Raspberry Swirl’

Persicaria 'Firetail' will bloom with red spikes.

Persicaria ‘Firetail’ will bloom with red spikes.

Cosmos

Cosmos

Hellebore, lower left, has already bloomed.

Hellebore, lower left, has already bloomed.

That deer family had been standing just left of here.

That deer family had been standing just left of here.

So, as you can see, you can have flowers and deer.  Allan caught a glimpse of another creature in the garden:

Marilyn's shy kitty

Marilyn’s shy kitty


 

lunch and an errand

We had found that Marilyn’s garden needed less work than anticipated so we hoped to have a quick lunch at the Great Day Café, just a few blocks away.  Monday turned out to be their closed day.  Then we tried the Full Circle in Ocean Park.  Also closed.  So our choice was Jack’s Country Store.

Jack's deli: delicious brocolli salad

Jack’s deli: delicious brocolli salad

Next: some gravel and some Soil Energy mulch from Peninsula Landscape Supply.

first a bit of pea gravel, then a tarp, then some mulch

first a bit of pea gravel, then a tarp, then some mulch

It's very tricky to not get too much weight in the little trailer.

It’s very tricky to not get too much weight in the little trailer.

We did a quick Long Beach job: switching the perennials from the planter at the end, now packed with pink petunias by Back Country Horse Rides, to the planter north of the kite museum.

Now this planter will be more attractive and full.

Now this planter will be more attractive and full.

I had a pleasant talk with the new folks at Back Country who did not know the planter volunteer program had ended.  They are going to care for and deadhead those petunias and geraniums.

I found a mystery in the planter:

Was it an assignation to someone, or could a friend have left it for ...me?

Was it an assignation to someone, or could a friend have left it for …me?

I did not turn the rock over, so it was not until the next day that this mystery got solved with a most poignant story.


 

Larry and Robert’s garden

Back in Ilwaco in the early evening, we revealed the gravel…

under the tarp and mulch

under the tarp and mulch

and finished the hose area on the west side of the house.

and finished the hose area on the west side of the house.

I was most pleased because I wanted it done as a nice surprise for Larry when he gets home from a trip a day later.


 

Port of Ilwaco

And we had time to address the one unweeded segment of the Howerton Way gardens down at the Port.

by the former Wade Gallery: blurry with vetch and birds foot trefoil.

by the former Wade Gallery: blurry with vetch and birds foot trefoil.

The lavenders, terribly old and woody, get to bloom once more time; then they are outta here.

The lavenders, terribly old and woody, get to bloom once more time; then they are outta here.

weeded

weeded


 

home

Allan went to water the garden down at Larry and Robert’s while I started to unload the rest of the mulch (had used a bit on Larry’s new west side garden area).   Before adding the mulch to the west side fence garden bed, I had to move more of the debris to the back corner.

before

done

Allan returned and helped me finish.  I had had plenty of energy until moving some of the gravel at Larry’s!  I was too tired to spread the mulch out nicely.

Now I will have room for some new plants.  There is also room for something tall in the center of the west bed.

It is strangely open because I moved some large fuchsias out of there.

It is strangely open because I moved some large fuchsias out of there to the bogsy wood garden.

One of only two foxtail lilies so far, and the wind knocked it over.

One of only two foxtail lilies so far, and the wind knocked it over.

and the other one is quite small compared to what I hoped for.

and the other one is quite small compared to what I hoped for.

No matter how tired I am, I still look covetously at the back yard of my late neighbor Nora’s house, and wonder if we could afford to buy it if the house goes up for sale.

I am probably too old to add another big garden...

I am probably too old to add another big garden…

Allan checked out the latest on the controlled burn site.

Soon no trace of the old house will remain.  Shall I sneak at night and plant poppy seeds this fall?

Soon no trace of the old house will remain. Shall I sneak at night and plant poppy seeds this fall?

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 2 June 2014

I was tired of looking at the projects list on the work board and longing to erase something.

You may note that the weeding list (meaning big weeding areas) on the right side is shorter!

You may note that the weeding list (meaning big weeding areas) on the right side is shorter!

I resolved that the projects were going to both get done in one day.

Just down the block at Larry’s, Allan planted some new perennials on the east side while I tackled the west side weeding problem.

before

before

east side a little fuller looking

east side a little fuller looking

west side after

Allan helped me finish.  West side after

Getting the area, which has been weeds ever since we began working on Larry and Robert’s garden, civilized revealed a new project.  The area where the hoses sit would look so good with gravel!

a new project for the board

a new project for the board

Next, we weeded the 42nd Street Café pea gravel bed again.  Partway through, I thought why?  WHY am I doing this?  I think it is because I have a weakness for good restaurants and want their gardens to look nice, even though this one does not involve much talent for plants.

42 Street front garden; more on that little dirt patch later

42 Street front garden; more on that little dirt patch in the foreground later

Then we were off to Peninsula Landscape Supply.  We couldn’t pass the Basket Case Greenhouse without stopping; I wanted more Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ but they were out.  Fred said they had been talking about me; it turned out he wanted to tease me about how I had gotten them to order an “ugly” and quite pricey plant, Primula ‘Green Lace’, a green flowered primrose.  I defended it and said I find it stunningly beautiful.  What do you think?

Who can resist? Some can, apparently.

Who can resist? Some can, apparently.

If you like it, go buy one and prove me right.  Remember that I did say it is pricey.  I have one at Klipsan Beach Cottages that has bloomed beautifully for several years.

7 June, primula 'Green Lace'

Here was mine in June of 2012.  I lost it to a hard freeze in a pot; the one at KBC is in the ground.

At Peninsula Landscape Supply, we got half a yard of pea gravel.

Half a yard is all we can carry without hurting the trailer.

Half a yard is all we can carry without hurting the trailer.

Back at the 42nd Street, we topped off the existing gravel so that bits of landscape fabric (the thin ineffective kind) no longer shows….

topped off

topped off

especially around to the north side where one enters the café...

especially around to the north side where one enters the café…

much better with fabric not peeking through

much better with fabric not peeking through

As for the nasty hardpacked soil area, I say get rid of it.

This area is just silly, with bindweed roots and dirt too nasty to grow anything good.

This area is just silly, with bindweed roots and dirt too nasty to grow anything good.

They need to take out that row of blocks and just start weedeating this area and turn it into patchy grass.

I had optimistically bought some good thick landscape fabric at Peninsula Landscape Supply for Larry’s hose area, thinking we might have some gravel left over.  Of course we did not.  So onto the work board goes that project.

We had two more Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ with which to replace old ones in the Ilwaco planters and then closed the day with some weeding in the boatyard garden.

boatyard garden poppies

boatyard garden poppies

and daisies

and daisies

and finger blight!

and finger blight!

Allan (shown above but not the finger-blighter!) showed me how the two elephant garlic stems right behind him had been snapped off.  Perhaps someone wanted garlic scapes in their dinner; now there will be two fewer tall dramatic purple flower globes.

Thus ended a productive but dull day; the most fun was had discussing the merits or lack of them in the Green Lace primrose.  I was happy enough to erase two projects from the workboard.

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 30 May 2014

Larry and Robert’s garden

Even though we had the whole of Long Beach town to check, we simply had to do some weeding at Larry and Robert’s garden just five doors down.  I found the casualty of a gold leaved hardy fuchsia and sacrificed the one that I had in a pot at home to replace it in order to keep the front garden in balance.

Allan weeding

Allan planting a hardy fuchsia

the east side, weeded

the east side, weeded

the corner garden looks good...

The corner garden looks good…

with Allium schubertii

with Allium schubertii

but I feel it needs more plants, as will the west side garden bed when we get it dug out (next week, I hope!)

but I feel it needs more plants, as will the west side garden bed when we get it dug out (next week, I hope!)

Ilwaco planters

We replaced five more Erysimums in the Ilwaco planters before going plant shopping for the Larry and Robert project.

We parked by the boatyard to redo one of the planters by Eagle Street.

We parked by the boatyard to redo one of the planters by Eagle Street.

I have a finger blight story to share about the boatyard garden.  A few weeks ago, I wondered why it was not blooming yet.  Today I read this story in a thread on Facebook about stolen planters, and it all became clear.  This is despite signs that say “Please leave the flowers for everyone to enjoy.”

A passerby’s story from the last week in April: ” The week before Loyalty Days and the Blessing of the fleet I was driving to Ilwaco. Walking along the road next to the boat yard were 2 adult women and 4 children. The children we picking every one of the flowers in the flowerbeds. Not just one or two, but each child had a handful of the beautiful flowers that The City of Ilwaco pays to plant and maintain. The flowers were so pretty and would have been delightful for everyone to enjoy, especially for the Kids parade and Blessing of the fleet visitors…… but they were ALL PICKED. A friend of mine also saw them picking and stopped to say something about leaving them for all to see and was told by the two moms that “Kids Pick Flowers” and that there was nothing wrong with them doing it.. They had their permission to have a field day and strip all the flowers. Two of the kids actually came up to her car and hissed like a cat and said go away, we can do whatever we want.”

I wonder what would have happened if Allan or I had been there and said we were the gardeners????

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Allan switched the Olde Towne Café compost bucket while I added a few more trailies to the planter on that block.

Allan switched the Olde Towne Café compost bucket while I added a few more trailies to the planter on that block.

The café was bustling.

Basket Case Greenhouse

Next we simply had to go to the Basket Case to check out the new shipment of perennials!

I needed one of these pink Gauras to balance out a planter in Long Beach.

I needed one of these pink Gauras to balance out a planter in Long Beach.

I acquired a selection of cool perennials to add to Larry and Robert’s garden next week.  Among them:

Phygelius 'Yellow Trumpet'

Phygelius ‘Yellow Trumpet’

and some Dianthus

and some Dianthus

and some Eupatorium ‘Gateway’, Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ and more.

and for me, a chocolate flower

and for me, a chocolate flower

and some sweet basil for my little greenhouse

and some sweet basil for my little greenhouse

There are still loads of annuals available.

There are still loads of annuals available.

I’ve been trying to explain to our client Erin just how big the tiny tulip tree that she had us plant in her back yard is going to get.  So I took this photo of Allan photographing flowers of the specimen just north of the Basket Case.

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

and its flowers

and its flowers

Long Beach

By the time we got to Long Beach, we had only three and a half hours to do the whole town before a dinner engagement.

We began with a boost: A quick stop at Pink Poppy Bakery’s shop by the Long Beach arch for four little lemon curd hand pies.  Allan got a photo of Madeline’s mixer tattoo.

a baker's friend

a baker’s friend

After we snarfed the hand pies, Allan weeded Fifth Street Park while I walked four blocks worth of planters, then we did the two north blocks of planters together and checked the ones on the beach approach streets.  A miserable cold 20 mph north wind blew throughout the whole Long Beach job.

In the southernmost planter, I tried an experiment and cut back just the front half of the Sedum 'Autumn Joy'.

In the southernmost planter, I tried an experiment and cut back just the front half of the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.

the rose in the planter by frying pan part of Fifth Street park is doing its one time set of blooms.

the rose in the planter by frying pan part of Fifth Street park is doing its one time set of blooms.

pretty while it lasts; then I will cut it all the way back.

pretty while it lasts; then I will cut it all the way back.  The sign goes back to when volunteers did the planters.

flowers, and folks getting the classic frying pan tourist photo.

flowers, and folks getting the classic frying pan tourist photo.

I was pleased to see that where someone picked the verbascum stalk a little while back, new buds have formed.

I was pleased to see that where someone picked the verbascum stalk a little while back, new buds have formed.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and 'Jade Frost' in that park garden bed

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and ‘Jade Frost’ in that park garden bed

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

and a bee

and a bee

Three allium albopilsoum twined together

Three Allium albopilsoum twined together

Basket Case baskets at the police station

Basket Case baskets at the police station

That rose on the Funland south wall, planted by me years ago.

That rose on the Funland south wall, planted by me years ago.

berries and cream

berries and cream?

Fifth Street Park garden

Fifth Street Park garden

Captain Bob's Chowder, behind the park

Captain Bob’s Chowder, behind the park (with Allium bulgaricum)

Allan suggested we check the kite museum garden; I was tired and could not make words so we had to turn around the block and go back to it.

Kite museum garden looking pretty fine.

Kite museum garden looking pretty fine.

We almost forgot to check the Depot garden, but remembered in time.

Depot in early evening light.

Depot in early evening light.

Ilwaco

We had just enough time to plant two more Erysimum, acquired today at The Basket Case for that purpose, into two more Ilwaco planters, before meeting Olde Towne Luanne for dinner at Pelicano Restaurant at the Port.

Erysimum 'Jade Frost' outside the building that houses Marie Powell Gallery and Pelicano.

Erysimum ‘Jade Frost’ outside the building that houses Marie Powell Gallery and Pelicano.

We were treated Luanne to celebrate her just having completed a personal move to live in Ilwaco.  We are so pleased to have her nearby during non-working hours.  Our conversation was so lively (as just seeing her and especially getting out of the horrid cold wind revived my ability to make words) that I forgot to take any photos of the scrumptious food until dessert.

the view from our table of someone enjoying the window view (tables for two)

the view from our table of someone enjoying the window view (tables for two)

We shared all three of the Pelicano desserts.  Chocolate pot de creme, lemon tart, homemade meringue cookies with homemade ice cream sandwich

We shared all three of the Pelicano desserts. Chocolate pot de creme, lemon tart, homemade meringue cookies with homemade ice cream sandwich

Best of all, we had got enough done so that we could ALMOST take the whole weekend off.  (Allan will have to try out the water trailer for watering the Ilwaco planters, and I have to spend a few hours doing billing for May.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My apologies in advance to friends who are going through chemo, who are lonely, who are suffering in other ways.  My hell is nothing like your hell.

That said….for the last two days Annuals Planting Time did get rather hellish.

Sunday, 11 May 2014, Annuals Day Three

Did not want to leave my garden...I so want to weed the east bed...

Did not want to leave my garden…I so want to weed the east bed…

and the west bed, and I want to make that red box level!

and the west bed, and I want to make that red box level! and maybe plant something in it!

So many plants are flowering...Persicaria bistorta suberba...

So many plants are flowering…Persicaria bistorta suberba…

I don't remember planting this!

I don’t remember planting this!

Siberian iris reminds me why I put up with its floppy ways.

Siberian iris reminds me why I put up with its floppy ways.

This will be the last year I miss May in my own garden.  Or do I say that every year??  Off to work….

To work:  we planted cosmos, painted sage and a lavender in the Port Office garden.

To work: we planted cosmos, painted sage and a lavender in the Port Office garden.

Some time on Saturday, someone stole an Allium!  Of course I notice!

Some time on Saturday, someone stole an Allium! Of course I notice! And mutter.

I plant many to try to counteract the finger blight, but never enough.

I plant many to try to counteract the finger blight, but never enough.

The view soothes my nerves.

The view soothes my nerves.

The day starts to go pear shaped when we run an errand and had a brief but stressful encounter with someone who has a chip on her shoulder about this and that.  I feel a little head explosion because I do not have time for all this….It is ANNUALS time, not time to sort out the problems of someone who is not a friend.

Next, the Planter Box, where I buy out all the painted sage that they grew for me.

Next, the Planter Box, where I buy out all the painted sage that they grew for me, and more tall cosmos for Andersen’s RV Park.

I make sure to get some Sweet 100 tomatoes; last year, I waited till after annuals hell and there were no more to be had.

I make sure to get some Sweet 100 tomatoes; last year, I waited till after annuals hell and there were no more to be had.

At the desk, a California poppy that I do not have.  Was it called 'Bubbles'??

At the desk, a California poppy that I do not have. Was it called ‘Bubbles’??  (next day: it’s Candy Kiss’)

Next, The Basket Case Greenhouse for still more annuals.

Next, The Basket Case Greenhouse for still more annuals.

I made sure to get a photo of Biggun, who was visiting (with the kids) for mother's day.

I made sure to get a photo of Biggun, who was visiting (with the kids) for mother’s day.

Godetia for Andersen's.  It is a pleasure to have a big vehicle this year.

Godetia for Andersen’s. It is a pleasure to have a big vehicle this year.

The day goes further pear shaped when we are planting, and planting, and planting at Andersen’s, and I go for the flat of pretty big blue Bacopa and…it is still back at the Basket Case, left by me in one of the greenhouses.  I think hard but can blame no one but me.  We go back at four to get it (fortunately a short drive) and don’t realize till the next day how nice Fred was to put up with us…because we had forgotten they close at three on Sundays!!

the blue bacopa retrieved

the blue bacopa retrieved

plants lined up on the Andersen's lawn

plants lined up on the Andersen’s lawn

The day degenerated further when I realized there was no way in the world we are going to get The Anchorage planted, too.  That had been my great big ridiculous unlikely dream.  It took way longer at Andersen’s because of the way that the white phlox has gone berserk in the picket fence garden.  Allan masterfully dug a whole bunch out (and if we were not so swamped, someone could have had the starts) to make room for cosmos.

phlox gone, cosmos in, thanks Allan

phlox gone, cosmos in, thanks Allan

I even found some sweet pea babies still alive that had been swamped by the rampant phlox.  And put in more seeds; we shall see how that goes.

Andersen's west side

Andersen’s west side

More plants were added to fill out the Payson Hall planters.

More plants were added to fill out the Payson Hall planters.

Payson Hall alliums (schubertii and albopilosum)

Payson Hall alliums (schubertii and albopilosum)

Maybe too many volunteer California poppies at Payson Hall.

Maybe too many volunteer California poppies at Payson Hall. (The red is ranunculus.)

pink armeria (sea thrift)

pink armeria (sea thrift)

We had to run an errand to Seaview, to deliver some Sluggo (iron phosphate slug bait) to The Depot Restaurant for owner Nancy Gorshe to apply to her mom Marilyn’s garden.  I waited, sitting by the door like someone whose date had not showed up, because it was mother’s day and people kept coming in to be seated.

My view while waiting; all mothers got a red rose.

My view while waiting; all mothers got a red rose.

I got a little verklempt about the mother thing, and Allan (I found out later) fell asleep in the van while sitting in the driver’s seat waiting.  I enjoyed watching Nancy at work graciously seating party after party and after awhile was able to give her a quick lesson in how to apply Sluggo.  (I kept the jug of it under my seat till then as it is not a very appetizing thought, slugs.)  When I told her that I felt guilty we had not been up to Marilyn’s for a month or more, she said she would rather do some tasks (deadhead narcissi and apply sluggo, her two recent garden lessons) than have us quit.  She said if she had not been so busy, she would have posted on FB a happy mother’s day as I have been mother to the Marilyn garden since we created it seven years ago.  That reminded me that Basket Case Nancy had wished me Happy Mother’s Day for my cats, and Planter Box Barbara had wished me a Happy Mother’s Day for my plant babies.  I became less verklempt.

The Depot garden

The Depot garden

Finally we got back, as planned,  to Garden Tour Nancy’s in Long Beach, where I helped her place the plants she had acquired at the Basket Case the day we were pre-touring gardens and her car broke down.  Seemed like forever ago, before annuals planting kicked in full force.  We spent a little time in the house then, having the most delicious curry caper dip with chips and crackers.  I was greedy because the food at the Depot Restaurant, being carried past me to the tables, had looked and smelled so good.

Nancy's windowsill, from my chair while eating snacks.

Nancy’s windowsill, from my chair while eating snacks.

Home at dusk, exhausted.

Monday, 12 May 2014, Annuals Day Four

A couple of things weighing on my mind, not the least the unpleasant encounter at the hardware store the day before, woke me with a start at 7:30 AM and that was that.  I read emails and looked at Facebook till Allan awoke as there would be no more sleep.  So, with just about five hours of sleep to fuel my day, we were off again for day four of Annuals.  Starting to seem like planting hell instead of planting time.

My goal was to do several smaller jobs and be able to check more than just one off the list.

It was pleasant to plant cosmos and painted sage at Larry and Robert's, just half a block away.

It was pleasant to plant cosmos and painted sage at Larry and Robert’s, just half a block away.

a garden corner there

a garden corner there; the soil was still moist and easy to plant in.

To make life just that little bit difficult, I had somehow a few days earlier got a thorn in the back of my hand, and today it was too sore to wear a glove or even a bandaid, and yet I could not get soil in the wound because hypochondriac me was sure that would mean infection and death.  This led to much whining.  (Poor Allan.)  He said it was in a very sensitive spot, the same spot you test infant formula to see if it is the right temperature as there are lots of nerves there.  I felt like less of a whiner then.

Next, we went to The Anchorage Cottages, a day later than I had hoped.

added trailing lobelia, Cosmos 'Sonata' and lotus vine to the windowboxes; the violas still look to good to replace.

added trailing lobelia, Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and lotus vine to the windowboxes; the violas still look too good to replace.

south courtyard needs weeding but no time

south courtyard needs weeding but no time

got the pots all planted up in center courtyard (shown here) and in office courtyard

got the pots all planted up in center courtyard (shown here) and in office courtyard

On the way out, I saw dead stems on a Viburnum right by one of the cottage doors...NO time to prune, which is maddening.

On the way out, I saw dead stems on a Viburnum right by one of the cottage doors…NO time to prune, which is maddening.  (Look next to the number 7…dead twigs!!!)

On the way to the next job, we realized why we were increasingly uncomfortable.

81 degrees????!!!!!!

81 degrees????!!!!!!

We had a few plants with us for the Red Barn and Diane’s garden so we got the Red Barn ones planted (all eight of them).

part of our scenic view there

part of our scenic view there

horse getting groomed

horse getting groomed

We just placed Diane’s plants in her containers (next door to the barn) and I made a list, and then we were off up Sandridge Road to the Basket Case for more annuals.

At Basket Case...they have an astilbe I want but danged if i can find the time to buy it..too focused on annuals time.

At Basket Case…they have an astilbe I want but danged if i can find the time to buy it..too focused on annuals time.

We were rushing to get back to Diane’s to plant before dinnertime, which always seems like the wrong time to be working at a private home, when a friend driving in the other direction waved us down.  Allan pulled over, while I pleaded “Drive, DRIVE!  JUST DRIVE!”  I am sure when our friend approached I looked wild eyed in the passenger seat as I said I did not have time to talk because we were trying to get work done before dark and we were already running late.  If I believed in astrology, I would think the moon was in SOMETHING as the encounter had to do with an apology for something, the second difficult encounter in two days.  Mercury in retrograde?  Why, why, why, during planting hell (which WAS ticking along as the new and improved Annuals Planting TIME till days three and four turned hellish).  (Ok, the apology was for saying my planters don’t look as good as the ones in Victoria.  Or that they do not matter because Ilwaco does not look as good as Victoria.  Or something like that.  I don’t even know and I don’t have time to deal with it right now.)  (Let me assure you this has nothing at all to do with anyone who regularly appears in this blog!!)

Back to Diane's, planted up all her pots.

Back to Diane’s, planted up all her pots.

I was so tired that I said i could not face planting the cosmos I’d brought for the roadside bed.  Then I thought how miserable it would be to not plant them and not get to cross the job off the list.  So I dug deep, deep, deep, and did it, with Allan’s help.  (He did the toughest part, planting in an area that needed some weeding first.)

just finishing the planting of the roadside bed

just finishing the planting of the roadside bed

I must remember to buy something tall for this corner.

I must remember to buy something tall for this corner.  Did not have enough cosmos.  Am STILL gonna cross the job off the list!!!  (And i did swear off multiple exclamation points awhile back, didn’t I?)

no time to finish weeding the corner of this bed...MADDENING.

no time to finish weeding the corner of this bed…MADDENING.

back where we park outside Diane's lot; I was so seized up I could NOT walk over the The Red Barn.  Needed a ride.

back where we park outside Diane’s lot; I was so seized up I could NOT walk over the The Red Barn. Needed a ride.

We had two new little barrels to plant up by the new entry fence.  I had picked fairly drought tolerant plants…thyme, catmint, gazania, sedum, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ because someone will have to haul water to these:

one of them, just planted

one of them, just planted, using Ann Lovejoy’s principle of stuffage for instant effect and so the plants can prop each other up in this windy site.

Allan had to heave the heavy bags of soil to fill these, and while I planted he dug congested narcissi out of another barrel, not an easy task at 7 PM after a hard day.

the cleaned up barrel, planted with red, yellow, and blue annuals

the cleaned up barrel, planted with red, yellow, and blue annuals

Blue bacopa, Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, Diascia ‘Deep Red’, Cosmos ‘Sonata’, white alyssum, Calibachroa ‘Lemon Slice’ and ‘Vampire’.

While Allan planted, I sorted and burbled (soaked in a bucket) plants for the next three whiskey barrels.  (Those would get the same as above, but without the red diacia; earlier in the day, they had each gotten two Diascia ‘Denim Blue’.  WHY did they not get red diascia?  Well, I could have SWORN I had bought four of them at Basket Case but I had miscounted somehow…HOW???? and I only had ONE!!  ONE, why?????)

Allan planting the other three barrels in the dusk.

Allan planting the other three barrels in the dusk.

NOOOOOO!  these blue lobelia were supposed to go in the Diane planters!!!!!!

NOOOOOO! these blue lobelia were supposed to go in the Diane planters!!!!!!

Blast.  I have a bit of a second wind so am able to walk over to Diane’s and quietly pop the lobelia into her back porch pots.  I hope they get watered soon because I did not want to turn on the hose and make a ruction.

We head for home at last after moonrise, 8:10 PM

We head for home at last after moonrise, 8:10 PM

the two new barrels, looking rather tiny after all that work

the two new barrels, looking rather tiny after all that work

At home, I am able to have the pleasure of making a dent in the work list.

checking jobs off the list

checking jobs off the list

even better when I erase them from the whiteboard

even better when I erase them from the whiteboard

Tomorrow, we will start on the Long Beach parks and planters.  That could take two days, and that is if all goes well.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Wanting to get all the perennials planted here and there before Annuals Planting Hell begins late next week, I gathered a couple of trays of them into the van.  All the while, I could hear marching band music from the high school. It was getting louder as if the students were going to do what they sometimes do and march along the port to practice for the Loyalty Day Parade this weekend.  I expected them to march on down Pearl or Advent so while I continued sorting plants, Allan went to have a look-see.  I felt a great love for my little town while listening to the upbeat and well played music.

Ilwaco High School marching band

Ilwaco High School marching band

They had already turned and were marching back up the hill to the high school.

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Allan said they were playing that new hit song “Happy” (which I have somehow avoided hearing).

 

Larry and Robert’s garden

We started at Larry and Robert’s garden, half a block away.

very hard to get a photo of the shade border, which provides context for the next photo

very hard to get a photo of the shade border, which provides context for the next photo

two brunneras in the shade border:  'Jack Frost' and 'Looking Glass'

two brunneras in the shade border: ‘Jack Frost’ and ‘Looking Glass’

bright rhodo at the northwest corner of the house

bright rhodo at the northwest corner of the house

southwest corner of yard where we cleaned out a big pile of debris a year or so ago...now with Honesty

southwest corner of yard where we cleaned out a big pile of debris a year or so ago…now with volunteer Honesty

the little bit of landscaping that we did in the back yard...

the little bit of landscaping that we did in the back yard…

..inspired Larry to put out a table and chairs.  I like to see that.

..inspired Larry to put out a table and chairs. I like to see that.

Along west side of back yard...here's a big job, removing blackberries.

Along west side of back yard…here’s a big job, removing blackberries.

and we still have not had time to finish this!

and we still have not had time to finish this!

Today all we did was plant five Nicotiana langsdorfii in the flower garden.

Today all we did was plant five Nicotiana langsdorfii in the flower garden.

Howerton Way, Port of Ilwaco

Next, we planted (by which I mean Allan planted and I weeded elsewhere) three sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ clumps dug out of our own garden.

Allan has them planted but needs something from the van...much backing and forthing across the street as I set up plants.

Allan has them planted but needs something from the van…much backing and forthing across the street as I set up plants.

Narcissus 'Baby Moon', one of the latest bloomers.  I can count on it to be blooming on parade days (first weekend in May)

Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’, one of the latest bloomers. I can count on it to be blooming on parade days (first weekend in May)

Tomorrow we will be weeding all the curbside gardens to prepare for Saturday's children's parade

Tomorrow we will be weeding all the curbside gardens to prepare for Saturday’s children’s parade

It was hot, hot, hot; later I heard from Our Judy that it was 74 F in the shade in her garden.

From where we were working, we could see all along the meander line that backs the properties that front onto Lake Street.

a makeshift panorama of the meander line.  Our bogsy woods are next to Jeff's red boat shed.

a makeshift panorama of the meander line from Myrtle to Advent. Our bogsy woods are next to Jeff’s red boat shed.

To the far right, above, willows mark the pond in the back of the Lost Garden.

I telephotoed a new sign behind the bogsy woods (easier than walking over to it).   It is going to be the new boat trailer parking area for the port. That used to be east of the marina, where now they are planning to set up Blues and Seafood in August.  I think the grassy field out back of our place will be livelier this year.

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We added Eryngiums, sea thrift, and penstemons to the Marie Powell Gallery garden.

We added Eryngiums, sea thrift, santolinas, and penstemons to the Marie Powell Gallery garden.

Long Beach

All I wanted to get done in Long Beach town was to plant some Gaura ‘So White’ and Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ at Veterans Field and the big planter in Lewis and Clark Square.  In the big planter, we found some errant lady’s mantle and a dead Gaura ‘Whirling Butterfiles’ from last year, so some digging ensued.  I’d love to get all the lady’s mantle out of the planter.  Unfortunately, some of it is so close to the sprinkler heads that we can’t.  It just reseeds too much and has become one of my disliked thugs.

Allan digging out plants

Allan digging out plants

dead gaura and unwanted lady's mantle

dead gaura and unwanted alchemilla (lady’s mantle)

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' in the Lewis and Clark Square planter

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in the Lewis and Clark Square planter

After that, I felt the strong need for a revitalizing snack.  The wise thing would be, perhaps, a banana, but the lure of instant energy was too strong.

Cottage Bakery

Cottage Bakery

Tiger Paws!  I don't get a sugar crash at all; one of these keeps me going for hours.

Tiger Paws! I don’t get a sugar crash at all; one of these keeps me going for hours.

Several of my friends are embarking on much more healthful food regimens, especially because of the theory that cancer cells feed on sugar.  I should be more mindful, and actually have been having far fewer tiger paws this year.  Today, though, I was just in so darn much pain (sore from yesterday’s long day) that three ibuprofen barely made a dent.

When we dumped our debris, a small flock of these birds peeped and fluttered around the Long Beach city works yard.

When we dumped our debris, a small flock of these birds peeped and fluttered around the Long Beach city works yard.

My friends tell me it’s a killdeer and it will drag its wing and pretend to be injured if we came near its nest.  Sheila tells me, “They nest and lay their eggs in the gravel in open areas. I’ve had to block,off areas of my driveway to protect their nests.”

Erin’s Garden

We only had two plants to add to Erin’s garden:  Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ (she likes yellow flowers) and a Dianthus ‘Essex Witch’ (I like the small old fashioned pinks).

Felix emerged to say hello.

Felix emerged to say hello.

The boat narcissi required much deadheading.

The boat narcissi required much deadheading.

I am sure this is Princess Irene tulip, supposed to be a single early tulip; how can she bloom for so amazingly long?

I am sure this is Princess Irene tulip, supposed to be a single early tulip; how can she bloom for so amazingly long?

This tulip has been nonstop for weeks.

This tulip has been nonstop for weeks.

Oh, good going, someone got new lavenders to replace dead ones that we removed by the porch.

Oh, good going, someone got new lavenders to replace dead ones that we removed by the porch.

Soon we will be planting cosmos in the boat.

Soon we will be planting cosmos in the boat.

the garden of the cottage east of the big house

the garden of the cottage east of the big house

cottage garden: groundcovers good and bad

cottage garden: groundcovers good and bad

I am flummoxed by any way to get rid of the march of the oxalis through this garden.  (I did not plant the stuff.)

But I love the epimidium (bishop's hat), which I did plant.

But I love the epimidium (bishop’s hat), which I did plant.

Tulips, and the march of the oxalis

Tulip ‘Virichic’

tulippeach

tulips and a peachy heuchera

still more tulips coming on, an another groundcover that annoys me in its lust for space: sweet woodruff

still more tulips coming on, an another groundcover that annoys me in its lust for space: sweet woodruff

Tulip 'White Parrot'

Tulip ‘White Parrot’

poeticus narcissi, my favourite kind

poeticus narcissi, my favourite kind

fountain, and solomon's seal.  I wish I had some of that plant!

fountain, and solomon’s seal. I wish I had some of that plant!

It's a shady beauty.

It’s a shady beauty.

I was so busy deadheading that Allan had to point out to me the houses at the base of the fountain.

I was so busy deadheading that Allan had to point out to me the houses at the base of the fountain.

three of them

three of them

Erin had added a lovely Dicentra to her back garden.

Erin had added a lovely Dicentra to her back garden.

Anchorage Cottages

Just a bit north of Erin’s garden, we planted three dwarf escallonias where the pampas grass used to be at Anchorage Cottages.

laburnum beginning to flower by where we parked

laburnum beginning to flower by where we parked

No need to prune

“No pruning necessary; it just grows like this.”

I planted some dahlias in the same area, as it seems to be the only space not full of plants and Manager Beth craved some dahlias.  I hope they work out, get enough sun, and are not eaten by slugs and snails.  That took all my energy so photos fell by the wayside.

Boreas Inn

We had about ten plants (Agastaches, Eryngium, Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’, violas and night scented phlox) for the Boreas garden, and while Allan planted them, I began to edge the gardens with the half moon edger.  He was skeptical about whether or not they needed edging, but I felt strongly that they did need it and  that weeding along the round rock edge would not be enough.

After I got the three main lawn beds cut out, I went to get the Boreas wheelbarrow from the other side of the inn.

Oh, no, the handle is broken!

Oh, no, the handle is broken!

Being that close to the entry garden, I had to have a peek.

white scilla redeeming its invasive nature with beauty

white scilla redeeming its invasive nature with beauty

Drat! The Leycesteria needs its ends trimmed.

Drat! The Leycesteria needs its ends trimmed.

And a hardy fuchsia needs its old stems cut...blast!

And a hardy fuchsia needs its old stems cut…blast!

Those things would have to be added to the end of the day.  Meanwhile, I joined Allan at pulling up the cut strips of sod around the beds, and we shared our wheelbarrow with only minor squabbling.  I think he may be as tired as I am and that might be why he was not thrilled about the edging job.

After awhile, I desperately needed bengay for the pectoral muscle involved in lifting and flinging sod.  There was a panic as I could not find any.  Finally, I fished out from under the passenger seat a tube that I had cut in half to get some dregs last time I needed it, and I was able to find a usable amount to soothe my pectoral muscle and finish the job.

a beautiful find.  And a removed sock because my toe hurt.  And it is six o clock and still much edging to finish.

a beautiful find. And a removed sock because my toe hurt. And it is six o clock and still much edging to finish.

one of three big beds, before and after, well worth it, I think.

one of three big beds, before and after, well worth it, I think.

And then we did the pruning in the entry garden.

with the dead fuchsia sticks pruned away

with the dead fuchsia sticks pruned away

the sword ferns looking lovely

the sword ferns looking lovely

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especially this one against the blue porch wall

especially this one against the blue porch wall

I keep hoping to find this little area (by stairs the guests don't use) miraculously transformed with some pavers.  One of these days, we will do it.

I keep hoping to find this little area (by stairs the guests don’t use) miraculously transformed with some pavers. One of these days, we will do it.

Susie's kitchen windowbox at the Boreas

Susie’s kitchen windowbox at the Boreas

west side deck

west side deck

Deck planter with dahlia and the very fragrant Viola 'Rebecca'

Deck planter with dahlia and the very fragrant Viola ‘Rebecca’

One of three plants we planted on the deck is Zaluzianskya, a new name to memorize…

It's a night scented phlox that is supposed to smell like chocolate in the late evening hours.

It’s a night scented phlox that is supposed to smell like chocolate in the late evening hours.

home

Home at last.  I thought this was going to be an easy day.  We had one plant, a Verbascum ‘Eleanor’s Blush’, to plant at Jo’s.  Even though she lives just south of the Boreas, at the end of the day I just could not do it because I was too tired to make words.

at home, bright light at 8 PM on Nora's garden to our west.

at home, bright light at 8 PM on Nora’s garden to our west.

a dazzling vignette in our front garden with wallflower and golden oregano

a dazzling vignette in our front garden with wallflower and golden oregano

I just about had enough oomph to take some plants out of the greenhouse; it’s getting awfully warm during the day.

Onyx and Mary on Nora's driveway

Onyx (from next door east) and Mary on Nora’s driveway

Smokey, Onyx, Frosty and Mary hanging out

Smokey, Onyx, Frosty and Mary hanging out on Nora’s parking pad

The few moments in our own garden were glorious and brief, after which I sat down and have not moved for two hours.  During our usual late dinner, we will be watching…any minute now…The Deadliest Catch.  I am sure it will inspire me with strength for tomorrow, as it always does.

my inspiration

my inspiration

I hope tomorrow, an all Ilwaco day to make perfect the gardens on Saturday’s parade route, turns out to be the pleasant and easy-ish day that I had in mind for today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I wish I could say that all the gardening took place in my own very weedy garden, but no.

Saturday, 19 April 2014, evening

After getting home from the beach clean up and the clam festival, I was so worn out I just sat down to work on the blog; entries about garden tours or local events are always the most time consuming to write.  Out of the corner of my right eye, I caught a glimpse of the late evening sun on the rhododendron in Nora’s garden next door and was drawn outside to take some photos.

Nora got to see her rhododendron bloom last spring, before she died.

Nora got to see her rhododendron bloom last spring, before she died.  I miss her.

our garden boat, the Ann Lovejoy

our garden boat, the Ann Lovejoy

the rhubarb that was in a whiskey barrel here when we moved in.

the rhubarb that was in a whiskey barrel here when we moved in.

lots of verdant growth

lots of verdant growth…

and lots of horsetail that I have lacked time or energy to pull...

and lots of horsetail that I have lacked time or energy to pull…

Sambucus 'Sutherland Gold' (golden cutleaf elderberry)

Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’ (golden cutleaf elderberry)

Persicaria bistorta superba...I should put some in the damp garden in Fifth Street Park.

Persicaria bistorta superba…I should put some in the damp garden in Fifth Street Park.

ornamental rhubarb

ornamental rhubarb

just north of the bogsy wood

just north of the bogsy wood

tulips, two or three years old

tulips, two or three years old

from both sides now

from both sides now

strong lily foliage

strong lily foliage

apple 'Cox's Orange Pippin'

apple ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’

Euphorbia characias wulfenii

Euphorbia characias wulfenii

Oh, and look, Allan weeded the raspberry patch!

Oh, and look, Allan weeded the raspberry patch!

Sunday 20 April 2014

We had to work and did so close to home.  I had thought of finally getting the 42nd Street Café weeded and then realized that working there during Easter Sunday brunch might not be a good idea.  Instead, we did some weeding and deadheading at Larry and Robert’s garden half a block down the street.

All those bluebells were dormant under the lawn two years ago before we made this garden bed.

All those bluebells were dormant under the lawn two years ago before we made this garden bed.

poeticus narcissi

poeticus narcissi

narcissi and pulmonaria

narcissi and pulmonaria

Heucheras have done well in this garden.

Heucheras have done well in this garden.

heuchera and hellebore

heuchera and hellebore

Tulip 'Green Star'

Tulip ‘Green Star’

the front garden

the front garden

the garden boat, looking east toward Tom and Judy's garden

the garden boat (with Tulip ‘Princess Irene’), looking east toward Tom and Judy’s garden

bright white tulips in Tom and Judy's garden

bright white tulips in Tom and Judy’s garden

Allan reminded me that we were only halfway through weeding a bed on the west side of Larry and Robert’s house.  I decided we had better get to the real mission of the day, and I’m glad I did as it took the rest of the afternoon.  Perhaps later this week, we’ll get back to Larry and Robert’s between rain showers.

My main mission was the garden at One Pacific Bank on Howerton Way at the port.  This used to be Shorebank and was one of our regular jobs.  We were paid a monthly amount which was actually not enough to do all the weeding up to my standards, and eventually we passed the job on to a friend when I realized that we were working extra hours (for free) over budget to keep the garden as well weeded as I wanted it to be.  My other consideration at the time was that it was planted as a native landscape, and I do get bored when I have to garden totally by someone else’s plan without much creativity allowed.

The port has now asked us to make all the curbside gardens along Howerton Way look good, and I was happy to get this one weeded again today.  Our replacement gardener is sterner than we are at not working overtime so there were plenty of grasses and shotweed and dandelions to pull.

12:39 PM, before

12:39 PM, before

before: The garden is carpeted with srawberries and kinnikinnick, which would stay.

before: The garden is carpeted with srawberries and kinnikinnick, which would stay.

It had been originally planted with arbutus and red twig dogwood.  The arbutus is beautiful and yet gets much too tall for the traffic sight lines so had been pruned drastically and repeatedly.  The dogwoods had been cut to about waist high but not coppiced since we left the job several years ago.

The gardens inside the sidewalk are not our problem.

I used to keep that corner perfectly weeded, pretty much for free...

I used to keep that corner and edge perfectly weeded, pretty much for free…

and this corner as well...

and this corner as well…

When we did our perfect weeding job, we did NOT do an excellent job, as our replacement does, of keeping the parking lot (pavers with spaces in between) perfectly groomed and strimmed.  I was too preoccupied with garden bed weeding.

Here are the dogwood with lots of old growth left inside.  If one coppices in spring, cutting old stems to the ground, one gets bright new red or gold twigs.  Coppicing means cutting all the stems to the ground but I prefer to do it in sections in a public garden like this and leave the new growth.

before coppicing

before coppicing

crowded with old growth

crowded with old growth

All the thick grey stems could be removed.

All the thick grey stems could be removed.

after, 3 PM...still a green carpet but not weedy

after, 3 PM…still a green carpet but not weedy  (the tufts are crocus foliage)

after

after

Allan did a beautiful job on the dogwoods.

Allan did a beautiful job on the dogwoods, leaving just the thin new stems.

so much better!

so much better!

We weeded two other sections of the Howerton Way curbside gardens that have now officially fallen under our care, dumped at the debris area and then went home.  I was inspired to do a little bit of guerilla gardening at the J’s house across the street.  I’d noticed the sword ferns had not been trimmed for a couple of years and I snuck in to the garden and did it.

ferns before

ferns before

I hope they like it.

and after; I hope the J’s  like it.

I took a walk around our garden after accomplishing just two tiny things…planting a pitiful rescued Euphorbia that may revive and a start of Super Dorothy rose that I got out of Fifth Street Park.  (Well, it had popped up a runner by the sidewalk, and I know it’s an own root rose because it came from Heirloom Roses.)

Without the prospect of the three days off in a row that I need to get my own weeding done, I took a stroll all the way back to the bogsy woods trying to just enjoy the good things as my energy to weed on into the evening was nonexistent.

bogsy wood bridge to south gate

bogsy wood bridge to south gate

bluebell woods outside the fence...created with bulbs everyone wants to get rid of.

bluebell woods outside the fence…created with bulbs everyone wants to get rid of.

Our lot ends at the mysterious meander line between residential lots and the port parking lot.  The line is about halfway into a little seasonal pond where tadpoles frolic.  My dream is always to have an area next to the pond clear so I can see it, and yet nature has completely taken the edge back with willows and salmonberry and sedge.

south edge of our property

south edge of our property

looking back in the gate

looking back in the gate (with Smokey looking out)

and back toward the house

and back toward the house

I pulled a very few weeds.  Perhaps if I promise myself one five gallon bucket a day on pleasant evenings when we get home before dusk…

Tomorrow, between predicted rain showers, I hope we can weed at the 42nd Street Café and then we have an excited soirée to attend: a rhododendron bloom celebration at a gorgeous private garden on the bay.  It seems whenever we go to Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart, we find that avid plant collectors Stephen and John have just been there.  I’m eager to see what plants they’ve added since I saw the garden last September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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