Friday, 13 June 2014
A lovely coolness out my back window told me “No watering today!”
except for the haning basket on our front porch.
against the porch: Dicentra scandens
yellow bleeding heart vine, came through our very cold (for here) winter just fine
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.
and on around the 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. Do people still?
and I like 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.
Next, weeding and some pulling of dead bulb foliage at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview.
with Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’
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.
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.
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…
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
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.
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!
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 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
My friend Felix came to greet me.
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
a fairy house by Erin’s fence
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’
The painted sage is about to bloom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
some sort of cow for milking practice
When I rejoined Allan in Fifth Street Park, I took a few photos to show its current glories.
In the bed by the clam sculpture: Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ (excellent, plant the bulbs in fall)
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…
from whence (I think) came Rozanne, which blooms from late May through the first frost, nonstop.
Allan’s nice weeding job
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.
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.
more Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’
and Cerinthe major purpurascens
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.
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.
front porch vignette
bench from a piece of wood found in the mud of Willapa Bay
back porch windowbox
Patti was glad to see us.
I once got her this Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ and since then have lost mine, so am envious.
water by the back door
Patti’s little dog Stella is always on the move.
Allan’s photo of Patti’s pergola
and of her roses
It was a quick visit because we had to get at least a bit of weeding done elsewhere.
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.
a melange of poppies
entering the boatyard gate!
two deer. The boatyard is another of our deer resistant gardens.
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.
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. He kneels or squats to weed…
and I always weed bending over.
My hands had turned into aching claws, so we gave up…
Rozanne and yellow yarrow
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.
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