Posts Tagged ‘Libertia grandiflora’

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Just walking around the quilt show in the late morning made my legs hurt (not my knee) to the point where I wondered if I would get any at home gardening done today.  But I must try!  I do not know why I was so sore at the show….maybe too much standing in one place while gazing admiringly at the quilts.

When we got home, Skooter was on my go bag again….

Calvin and Skooter

Allan had agreed to help me with two difficult digging tasks, part of making room for two of my four new roses.

First was to move a Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’ that was blocking a view into one of the garden beds in summer.  Moving it further back will also give room for a new rose.

chopping into sections with an axe before digging

after with smaller piece of the grass further back

Meanwhile, I dug out a tatty columnar evergreen (some sort of Juniper, which eventually was given another chance near the fence in Allan’s garden.  He said it looked like a “Grandma tree”, as in a boring arborvitae.  I said it had been a special tree, once.  I think it might green up again.  Or not.


a pitiful specimen

In the same large bed, both of my apple trees and a Calycanthus are leaning dramatically because of wind.

Calycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’; I later put some more soil on there.

Two apple trees leaning at the same angle, from the winter wind off the port.

Allan also got a side runner piece pried off of my Lonicera fragrantissima.  I would like the whole thing out of the spot it’s in but that is just sooooo difficult.  (If someone wants it enough to dig it out, please…it is yours!)  I love it, just not in that spot, and I have been starting others in better places.  I want that garden bed opened up.

fragrant winter Lonicera (honeysuckle) in bloom in the winter…The hummingbirds were feasting from this.

It is this big now and I want it gone.

I admired a late winter bloomer:


and another pulmonaria

We had a visitor, Judy of Ocean Park, with a birthday gift! (And Larry, who stayed in their vehicle because he had the sniffles and knows I am a hypochondriac.)

I just had to finish planting a second start of silver santolina in my cat memoiral garden to be.

Judy made me a beautiful birthday corsage, as she had done for Allan on his birthday.

and cute socks from my favourite shop, NIVA green!

Allan remembered one other plant I had asked him to remove, a big tatty libertia in the front garden.  It was starting to put out all sorts of side plants, including on the other side of the entry sidewalk, so I decided it must all go.  It did not look right in this spot:

Allan’s photo, before


after I dug out all the small pieces and transplanted a Pacific coast iris there.

Some of the small pieces will be planted in the port curbside gardens.  It is beautiful in bloom.

Libertia grandiflora in my garden, 5-14-13, back when it was well behaved

It had been given me by someone who likes to plant salal in gardens, so perhaps I should not have been surprised when it turned out to be a runner.

I cannot put a rose there because deer tend to work their way into the front garden over the low fence and through my bamboo and wire barrier.

As we were finishing up that project, we had a visit from our new neighbour….

and Yarrow

Allan went away to buy a piece of iron to mend the work trailer.  Before dinner, I opened some birthday presents.

3-D kitty card from Allan

yummies and a promising looking book from Montana Mary

a garden fairy from Shaz

Birthday dinner had started out as a tiny plan when it looked like Melissa was going to be out of town for family reasons.  I had made a small reservation for four at the Depot (not a place I would think of trying to have a big DO on a Saturday St Patrick’s Day).  Then Melissa and Dave were available so we upped it to six and then to seven with Ed.  The Depot was patient and accommodating with all the changes.  I brought some libertia starts and was able to give some away to Ed.

The Depot Restaurant

Corsage going back on for dinnertime.

J9’s artichoke fritos

wilted spinach salad

surveying the first course

Southern Comfort Pork for Our Kathleen

Chef Michael’s delicious shepherd’s pie

flourless chocolate torte

apple cobbler dessert (Allan’s photo)

Nancy presented me with a birthday candle in my vanilla bean flan, and I got my wish that no one sang happy birthday.

I look forward to reading this book from Melissa and Dave (and to planting the Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel that Mel found for me at Plant Nerd Night in Portland!):

….And to trying out this mason bee home from Our Kathleen.

As part of a birthday celebration, and because rain is expected, we will take tomorrow off, as well.







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Sunday, 15 November 2015

We were pleased when the rain stopped around 10 AM, and by 11 we were out planting two more batches of bulbs.  We do feel rather wimpy as we happen to know that while we took rainy days off, Melissa, Dave, and Todd were all out working in the rain at that Oysterville garden that we like so much!  The front garden there has been dug up and the plants moved and then replaced with a new beech hedge.  Much of that had been accomplished by the owner, with Todd’s help.  I look forward to driving by there at the end of this month (when we go on the annual studio tour) and seeing what’s new.

Today, we first finished the bulb planting at…

The Port of Ilwaco

Before planting bulbs, I had about 12 divisions of Libertia to plant.  My original libertia was a gift from Kathleen Sayce, which I had since divided and shared with the Golden Sands Assisted Living garden, and this month I divided THAT one to share with the port gardens.

Libertia grandiflora in my garden, 5-14-13

Libertia grandiflora in my garden, 5-14-13

I had recently learned that Libertia is drought tolerant so it should be perfect for the port gardens.  Several pieces went in the easternmost garden:

east end Howerton Ave, looking west

east end Howerton Ave, looking west

I am pondering what to do about how weedy the east end garden is.  Should we do a thorough weeding now so that it looks good all winter, or should we leave it weedy till February, thus saving the port several hours of labour costs?  People do walk by all winter.

It's gotten pretty bad since the end of the tourist season....

It’s gotten pretty bad since the end of the tourist season….

Next, we planted three libertia in the garden by the old Wade Gallery.

We planted narcissi, Libertia, and a couple of eremerus in the curbside garden north of the port office and unfortunately, we found some unpleasant debris (the first we have seen of this in the port gardens).

Above and below: Allan’s photos. It was hidden in the catmint that Allan was clipping. I mention this simply to share one of the hazards that public gardeners must watch out for.  This does not mean the port harbors a den of iniquity.

 Just as we finished planting bulbs there and some libertia at Time Enough Books, the pelting rain came.

I could tell by the sky that it was just a squall so we waited it out in the van, me with bulbs and bulb food in my hands.

storm flag over the port office

At the boatyard, we planted several clumps of tall narcissi.


The similar script suggests these boats have the same owner.

 We had the pleasure of a visit from Ed Strange, who was also out working. Allan had a camera in his pocket so took some photos of me, Ed and Jackson.  


With our friends gone back to work and the bulbs in, we planted the rest of the libertia at the westernmost Howerton bed, where Allan made another disturbing find.

This is an unusual find and we think indicates just one person must be responsible. We don’t know who but perhaps the powers that be (whom we notified) can figure it out and tell that person to considerately dispose of their debris.

We stopped into the lovely Salt Hotel to say hi to owner Julez, whom we had not seen for awhile.

at Salt Hotel on the port


catching up with julez. The stools are for the future restaurant.

  Julez asked if we recognized the new shrubs in the hotel courtyard.

Oh my!  Those are the arbutus that I’d asked the port to remove from the Shorebank garden. I described to him how we had been forced to keep pruning them to ugly stubs to preserve traffic sight lines and had finally said they must go.

Laila and Julez had rescued them. I hope they make it.

looking beautiful

We checked on the empty Shorebank spot and we’re pleased that it won’t need replacement soil brought in.  We did our debris disposal and admired the views at the east end of the marina.

Dave the kite flyer was doing a trial run of a kite with a water scooping bucket and told us he had dumped the bucket of water on himself.

looking east toward Yellow Bluff

On the way to plant another patch of bulbs, we saw this in the Lake Street puddle.


The Depot Restaurant garden

I cleared the garden on the north side of the dining deck while Allan cut back the hops from inside the lattice and then did some clean up along the east wall.


after, with Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ still blooming




Allan’s before and after:


The very last task was to plant five little narcissi ‘Segovia’, all I had available, back at the Port where the shrubs were removed.

a couple of weeks ago, shrubs tagged for removal.


We offloaded all the clean debris from the Depot into our own debris pile and the Depot weeds and hops into our garbage can.

Now we wait out another storm which is supposed to be substantial with two days of high wind (60 mph gusts) until we can get back to the last of the bulbing.

The work board bulb list is getting small and I was able to erase the Depot from the fall clean up list. A new list of post frost check ups had appeared; that’s something that might happen after staycation had begun.

There is hope for work later in the week:

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Today involved many annuals but was not too hellish.  It did not get off to a wonderful start when cat Frosty fell off a high bookshelf where he likes to perch and landed on my foot, which had crept out from the protective covers.  At five AM.  Being my usual hypochondriacal self, I was sure I would get an infection and sepsis and end up in the emergency from from the invisible possibly not even real puncture wound so I worrited about that for awhile but managed to sleep some more.

By 11:00 we were on our way and I reminded myself that we need to plant Cosmos in our Ilwaco Post Office volunteer garden.

Ilwaco Post Office

Ilwaco Post Office

Then we stopped at Jo’s to get paid.  I had been rather blasé about it till I got a credit card bill for plants.  While there, Allan planted a Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine).  Coco helped.

Allan and Coco

Allan and Coco

Jo’s garden was looking good as always.

Jo's garden, northwest side

Jo’s garden, northwest side

I love the curved built in bench on her porch.  It is very comfortable.  I have had many the work lunch break there over the last nineteen years.

built in

built in; there’s Jo in background

outdoor table

outdoor table

deck planter

deck planter

white lilac

white lilac



Verbascum 'Clementine'

Verbascum ‘Clementine’ in the area we planted last week

Next we decided to re-do the soil in the windowboxes at The Anchorage Cottages.  It has become mossy and compacted and was miserable to plant in last year.  Manager Beth told us that the boxes just lifted down.  That was a surprise!

Even more of a surprise was that they were lined with landscape fabric because they have an open base.

a strange an unusual design

a strange and unusual design

One of the four boxes had a horrible slug hiding in it.  I thought Allan heard me mention it.  At the end of the job, I found it he had not even seen it and had left it there so I applied MUCH sluggo to those two windowboxes.


horror hiding next to the crossplank

We collected some plants from The Planter Box for the job:  Some sunbinis, red calibrachoas, and some blue lobelia, backed with short Cosmos ‘Sonata’.  Except that one of the six packs turned out to be Cosmos ‘Cutesy’ which might be taller.  And I miscounted and ended up four lobelia short.  And I used tiny plants because the windowboxes are undersized so I thought small plants would settle in better.  They were in those very small pots  “basket stuffers” pots, so the immediate impact was nil, but they are inexpensive and I will be curious to see how soon they catch up to larger sunbinis (sanvitalia) that I planted in Long Beach.  It’s a new to me cultivar with the lovely name “Million Suns”.  Some sources call it “creeping zinnia’…odd!

beautiful poppies for sale at The Planter Box

beautiful poppies for sale at The Planter Box

I had not really intended to finish the window box planting at Anchorage today (except for the missing lobelias) but I am glad we took the time to do so because we have a lot on for tomorrow.

Then on to Andersen’s for the annual planting of the barrels with one yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in the center, circled by six yellow Calibrachoa and six white petunias.  (Lorna loves white petunias.)    First Allan cut back the narcissi foliage by half while I burbled the plants.  (Dunked each pot in a bucket of water till it stopped bubbling…usually three in each hand with two buckets.)  Then he planted while I went to the picket fence garden to weed and plant Cosmos and painted sage.

some of the barrels set up to plant

some of the barrels set up to plant

I couldn’t get a photo showing all six because an RV was parked near the laundry room, blocking the view of one of the barrels.

The picket fence garden is much easier to weed now that it is fluffy with cow fiber.  Much creeping sorrel had poked up over the last busy month and I removed a wheelbarrow load of this and that.  Lorna bought lots of tall Alliums last fall and they are looking very fine.

picket fence garden with Alliums

picket fence garden with Alliums

looking south from the middle gate

looking south from the middle gate

Alliums (Mt. Everest?)

Alliums (Mt. Everest?)



We were there till after six when the staff closed the office and gathered by one of their sites.

the crew

the crew

On the way home, we planted 9 Cosmos in the Long Beach Fifth Street park….ones I hadn’t had during the first round:  Sea Shells, Versailles, and Double Click.  I think Sea Shells is my favourite, but maybe Double Click is.

We stopped at Gene’s garden to put two bags of Harvest Supreme mulch along the narrow house beds we had weeded yesterday.

And then home.  Going to a number of different jobs makes the day easier than spending the entire time at a project like the Long Beach planters.  I even had the energy for an almost dusk walk around the front garden.

at home:  Allium bulgaricum, Astrantia, red tubular barberry

at home: Allium bulgaricum, Astrantia, red tubular barberry

It worries me when an occasional lily browns off like this.  What??

Sometimes it's worse than this one.

Sometimes it’s worse than this one.

I don’t know what it is and worry that it will spread.

A friend gave me this plant and it has become spectacular:

I almost know the name...

I almost know the name…Ah, she told me:  Libertia grandiflora

Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' is finally looking vigourous.

Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ is finally looking vigourous.

A painted sage reseeded one plant, and there are some other seedlings that I hope are good!

A painted sage reseeded one plant, and there are some other seedlings that I hope are good!

Dutch Iris

Dutch Iris

Allium schubertii

Allium schubertii

I found a corydalis hiding almost out of sight.

I found a corydalis hiding almost out of sight.

I wish someone could ID a wonderful plant that I must have acquired at a Hardy Plant weekend a few years ago.  You can see the leaves behind and above the Corydalis, above.  And more of the plant behind the Hellebore, below.

It is brownish, has small white flowers later on, and I love it.

It is brownish, has small white flowers later on, and I love it.

I see there are plenty more wild impatiens to pull.

Finally, some Saxifrage (London Pride) whose origin was Allan’s mother’s garden.

Ruth's London Pride

Ruth’s London Pride



































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