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After a rainy day off allowed my iPhoto organization project, I have put together a slide show of our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office.

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Spam of the day:

“I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the page layout of
your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.

But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could
connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot
of text for only having one or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?”

Hahaha!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

I immediately defeated my goal of two days off without leaving the property by deciding to go to Olde Towne Café for breakfast at ten AM. I did not feel like bugging Allan to do the Saturday Market photos instead of me, so I would have to leave the house anyway. And I had another small mission: to get a photo of John and Cheri’s lovely garden over by Spruce Street.

I told Smokey and Mary that I wasn't going to work and would soon be spending the rest of the weekend with them.

I told Smokey and Mary that I wasn’t going to work and would soon be spending the rest of the weekend with them.

I set out, with my cane although I did not feel especially gimpy today.

mission one accomplished:  John and Cheri's garden

mission one accomplished: John and Cheri’s back garden

Strolling along Spruce, I admired Jenna's plantings at Queen La De Da's new location.

Strolling along Spruce, I admired Jenna’s plantings at Queen La De Da’s new location.

At Olde Towne, I had a latte and oatmeal and was lucky to arrive at a quiet time so that Luanne was able to sit and visit for awhile.

a good table for two

a good table for two

(I forgot to take her a bouquet of flowers for the weekend; later in the day, Allan took one over for me.)

Next, a walk down First Avenue to the Market. A stop at Robert’s Antique Gallery gleaned some more photos for the Facebook page with which I help Larry and Robert by providing photos.

I especially liked these duck dishes.

I especially liked these duck dishes.

On I walked, past the boatyard garden where I averted my eyes from the occasional horsetail and dandelion.

south end of boatyard garden, with Clamshell Railroad historic sign

south end of boatyard garden, with Clamshell Railroad historic sign

On my walk to the market, Kathleen Shaw had pulled her car to the side for a confab; she was on her way home to her cottage after going to the market herself. She told me about a husky puppy named Aragon at Nate’s ice cream shop so I made sure to walk by there.

Aragon: so cute

Aragon: so cute

and cuter

and cuter (and sweet and friendly, too)

The market was bustling and my knee had started to hurt a bit so I only covered about two blocks.

market

Of course, I got a treat at Pink Poppy Bakery: two chocolate chip cookies and two scones to share with Allan.

Of course, I got a treat at Pink Poppy Bakery: two chocolate chip cookies and two scones to share with Allan.

Bonnie, an Olde Towne regular, had just bought a potted lily.

Bonnie, an Olde Towne regular, had just bought a potted lily.

plants from The English Nursery

plants from The English Nursery

To get home, I cut through the gear shed property (shhhh) to the east back gate and was met with a terrible shock. I knew some bindweed lurked back there and my weekend project was to pull it out of the southeast corner of the bogsy woods. I did not expect to see this horror from the outside of the fence!

a wall of bindweed from the gearshed side

a wall of bindweed from the gearshed side

I went inside and sat for awhile to gather strength. Then:

later....

later….

I also tackled the back corner of the bogsy wood and made some progress. Hauling the debris out will be the most tiresome part.

before

before

after: a space for a hydrangea aspera

after: a space for a hydrangea aspera

I think I’ll load it all into the trailer to go to the dump on Monday, since we can’t have a three day weekend because Long Beach planters will need watering.

A strong wind had made it a little anxious to work under the trees in the bogsy woods. The gusts were at least 20 mph. As the sun began to descend, I was glad to go inside.

Smokey flopped down in front of me, creating a moving obstacle course all the way to the front door.

Smokey flopped down in front of me, creating a moving obstacle course all the way to the front door.

Meanwhile, Allan had begun installing our new Pink Poppy Farm inspired sprinkler set up.

more details on this later

more details on this later

He then went sailing on Black Lake to reward himself:

“Almost a 30 degree tilt and good speed but rowed back after not making much headway north past the dock. Was getting stuck as the vegetation made the lake only about half the width it appears. Fog came in, last two pics from Sandridge Road”

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Earlier in the day, Allan had photographed a spider outside the back door. I didn’t post it at the beginning as did not want to scare off any arachnophobes.

a big one!  size of a quarter, Allan said.

a big one! size of a quarter, Allan said.

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

For some reason, I woke up with the notion that today would be a good day to cut down salmonberry at the front side of the bogsy wood. What came over me, I do not know; I was filled with happy energy.

Here's the first area, before.

Here’s the first area, before.

and after

and after

I thought above removing the clump to the right, then realized it would just reveal too much of the green metal wall of the next door gear shed. Now there is a sense of mystery…you can glimpse the blue hydrangea and might want to walk back for a closer look.

The second part of the project was to move the pile of campfire wood to make a new planting area along the front.

Firewood (fallen alder) had been piled all along the front.

Firewood (fallen alder) had been piled all along the front.

I had an absolute stroke of genius and used two old chairs (not safe for sitting, given to use by our client Jo) to stack the firewood on.

two chairs plus an oyster basket of bark and kindling

two chairs plus an oyster basket of bark and kindling

Allan seemed unimpressed with this, but I still hold that it is genius, as it will keep the wood up off of the always damp ground back here.

The stubby stumps of salmonberry are still in the area I cleared. Later, Allan will go in with his little chainsaw and cut them flush with the ground; then we will just clip or even use the weedeater to keep any sprouts down.

That’s what we did with another area that was pure salmonberry:

the salmonberry tunnel

the salmonberry tunnel

The entire bogsy wood was a rough mess when we began the garden.

what our woods looked like in Oct. 2010 when we bought the place

in October 2010

If we don’t keep up with clipping any sprouts, the salmonberry will creep back in, like it did in the area below:

My third project of the day, before

My third project of the day, before

It took only about one hour to bring that area back to this.

It took only about one hour to bring that area back to this.

I’ll never get all the salmonberry out of the bogsy wood, so I just like to make paths and tunnels in it. It is the first flower for the hummingbirds (so I have read) and, later, berries for all the berry eating birds. That’s my excuse, and it’s a good one.

Between today’s and yesterday’s clearing, I have a view now of the blue hydrangea back in the woods.

clearing

Don’t you just want to walk back there?

I can even see the blue of the hydrangea all the way from my bedroom window.

and maybe the hydrangea looks back; this is what it would see,

and maybe the hydrangea looks back; this is what it would see,

Looking south over the river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’, the edge of the bogsy woods looks more clearly defined.

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My eye is drawn to how much better the fuchsia shows up.

My eye is drawn to how much better the fuchsia shows up.

Now i need a yard of Soil Energy to build up the former wood pile area so that I can plant some of my other new fuchsias there.

Speaking of unplanted plants, here’s the sad story of one of my ladies in waiting. I had two ‘Orange Pillar’ barberries when garden touring on Whidbey Island in June. I have decided they will go in the front garden after I have moved two big thirsty sanguisorbas to the back garden. That can’t be done till fall, so the barberries wait in pots. One was hidden at the back of the ladies in waiting benches and got missed:

the good

Here’s the happy one that was toward the front…

and the terribly sad one; it got well soaked yesterday and I hope it puts out new leaves.

and the terribly sad one; it got well soaked yesterday and I hope it puts out new leaves.

At the end of the day, I especially admired a few things (and judged one thing):

admired white lilies in the back garden

admired white lilies in the back garden

and...Lily 'Anastasia' still blooming, towering over Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'

and…Lily ‘Anastasia’ still blooming, towering over Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’

and another pink lily has joined Anastasia; they must be eight or more feet tall.

and another pink lily has joined Anastasia; they must be eight or more feet tall.

and the gorgeous berries of Billardia longifloria on the front garden arbour

and the gorgeous berries of Billardia longifloria on the front garden arbour

at northeast corner of house

at northeast corner of house

The judgement: I think I may have way too much Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, and this daylily has got to go:

I think it will find a new home at Andersen's RV Park.

I think it will find a new home at Andersen’s RV Park.

Allan took a photo of how the “dead” camellia trunks in the back garden, painted purple two years ago, are sprouting new leaves!

While I don't really want the camellia to come back, I am impressed.

While I don’t really want the camellia to come back, I am impressed.

Life would be just perfect if we had a three day weekend; unfortunately, the Long Beach planters simply must be watered tomorrow. Allan had to water the Ilwaco planters today, so he did not even get a two day weekend.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Ilwaco Blues and Seafood festival will take place at the Port of Ilwaco this coming weekend (the 15th and 16th) so we spent Tuesday tidying up all the port gardens.  Blues and Seafood is moving to a new venue in a big tent at the east end of the marina, instead of its former cozy location by the civilized Ilwaco Pavilion with its nice restrooms.  So people will not be strolling right by the gardens as they used to….Still, there will be more traffic, so we cleaned the gardens from one end of Howerton to the other.

leaving Calvin behind as we go to work

leaving Calvin behind as we go to work

looking south over the front fence

looking south over the front fence

We began at the east end of Howerton.  Allan hooked up a hose to the Beacon RV Park (owned by the mayor, who happened to be there).  We did not have enough hose to stretch all the way; at least it made bucket watering easier.

easternmost Howerton Way garden

easternmost Howerton Way garden

bucket watering

bucket watering

I pruned down the shrubs at the bank by the port.  The bank is moving all its business to Portland this fall and putting the very large building up for sale.

pruning before

pruning before

after a gentle, naturalistic pruning

after a gentle, naturalistic pruning

It is a darned shame that someone planted tall shrubs there (wax myrtle and arbutus) as the constant pruning pretty much keeps the arbutus from flowering or having its attractive strawberry-like fruits.  If I keep them gently shaped, it may keep someone from pruning them with a chainsaw as happened just before Blues and Seafood last year.

before

before

after

after

call Plant Amnesty!

this time last year:  call Plant Amnesty!  This is what we are trying to prevent from happening.

In one of our newly planted areas we cut two huge wax myrtles right to the ground in the spring; better to go all the way than half-arsed butchery.  The myrtles are just sprouting back and can be kept small enough to not be a traffic sightline hazard.

new this year garden area

new this year garden area

Something so sweet happened while we were weeding.  A fellow who lives on a boat at the port walked by, someone of slender means, and shared with me some radishes and mushrooms he had gotten at the daily lunch program for the poor and elderly.  He had some radishes, which he does not like, and some mushrooms.  He just wanted six of the mushrooms to make himself a pasta sauce on the boat.  I was touched and thought if we were more hoity toity than working class, we would not have sharing moments like those.  (The radishes were yummy too, the next evening.)

We slogged through (weeding and watering) all the garden beds.  Not all of them have easy access to water.  We did no more bucket watering, though, as we had read that it might rain.   At the east end, we paused to deadhead the container at the Peninsula Sanitation building.

very attractive for folks paying their garbage bill

very attractive for folks paying their garbage bill

Then on to finish weeding the boatyard garden.

boatyard looking north

boatyard looking north

offloading our pile of debris

offloading our pile of debris

I’m careful to not dump anything invasive out here by the marsh.  There is already a bad weed in there:

pretty sure that's Lythrum salicaria (Purple loosestrife) out there...bad.

pretty sure that’s Lythrum salicaria (Purple loosestrife) out there…bad.

When we had worked alongside Pelicano Restaurant earlier in the day, I developed a strong desire to have our monthly meal there.  It is a luxury that we indulge in when we can, especially since I have read that one’s taste buds become less sensitive as one ages, so if we are going to enjoy fine food we had better do so now.  Later, when we can’t work and don’t have the income, we’ll be happy with home made pasta sauce.

The good fortune of the day continued as we spontaneously ended up sitting, at their invitation, with Heather of NIVA green and two delightful friends of hers.  We had excellent conversation about topics such as the nature of friendship (the three women) and motorcycles (the two men).

Along with the topic of friendship, Heather and  I also talked briefly about my idea of working four day weeks.  When I said that we could not count on three day weekends regularly because of plants needing to be watered, she said we could take a bonus day during the week instead.  Not quite as good as three days off in a row, but still more time in my own garden (or, for Allan, messing about in boats).

Pelicano bouquet

Pelicano bouquet

cocktails

Flamenco for me and a cosmospolitan for Allan

Flamenco for me and a cosmospolitan for Allan

salmon

the salmon

the salmon

meringue cookies and ice cream dessert

meringue cookies and ice cream dessert

After dinner, Allan, David and Heather watch a heron come in its evening roost at the marina.

After dinner, Allan, David and Heather watch a heron come in its evening roost at the marina.

I hope in later years when we almost always dine at home, we can have such fine company sometimes.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Rain had begun the evening before and continued all day long.

joyous view from the front window

joyous view from the front (north) window

and the front (east) window

and the front (east) window

rain in the wheelbarrow behind the house

rain in the wheelbarrow behind the house

We had such a relaxing day off.  We have much to do in Long Beach to get parks and planters ready for next week’s Kite Festival.  We’ve been saved a whole day of watering the Ilwaco planters, Long Beach planters and Ilwaco boatyard garden so the day off was not a problem (I hope).  Usually rain is not enough for the planters, but this particular event was an excellent soaking lasting almost 24 hours.

I worked on this blog, getting almost caught up, and Allan did office work as well.  Partway through the day, he picked up the mail and we got an excellent package of plants from the generous blog reader Todd Wiegardt.  The plant list was addressed to the “Baker Bay CPN Rehab Department” which made me chortle then and still does now.  (Baker Bay is the Ilwaco marina bay; CPN=Certified Plant Nut.)

Read it and weep with envy, fellow CPNs:

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I am going to have to do some Googling on some of these.  I love the name Kniphofia ‘Nose Job’.

The box contained a selection of ferns for Allan to try:

ferns

Allan starts to sort out which plants are ferns.

Allan starts to sort out which plants are ferns.

We set up a potting area in the garage and got all the plants potted up; when I planted the Colchicum and Crocus sativus bulbs out in the garden, the soil was still shockingly dry underneath and I think that makes it essential to wait awhile before putting the plants in.

Allan's new ferns all potted up

Allan’s new ferns all potted up

ferns

my new plants all potted up

my new plants all potted up

Of course, while putting the plants on a bench by the greenhouse, I admired the damp garden.

Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns' from Joy Creek Nursery, with Lily 'Anastasia' (I think)

Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’ from Joy Creek Nursery, with Lily ‘Anastasia’ (I think)

looking southwest, white lilies and a foggy Cape Disappointment

looking southwest, white lilies and a foggy Cape Disappointment

an elephant garlic wearing a yarrow hat

an elephant garlic wearing a yarrow hat

Hyericum berries by the front stairs

Hypericum berries by the front stairs

This spot might absorb a small new plant or two.

This area might absorb a small new plant or two.

I have an awful lot of Geranium macrorrhizum in the garden.  Even though I love its piny foliage smell,  I think some of it might have to go to make room for other plants.

lilies in the front garden

fragrant lilies in the front garden (with Jared and Jessika’s house as backdrop)

Ack! A big area of dwarf fireweed in the front garden...Too wet to wade in there to weed it, said I to myself.

Ack! A big area of dwarf fireweed in the front garden…Too wet to wade in there to weed it, said I to myself.

Now we have two days to get the north end jobs done and get Long Beach ready for kite festival, after having had a deliciously restful rain-inspired bonus day off.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

I had to get a grip and go back to work; it’s not as if I can afford to simply retire.   Besides, my own garden might not provide enough to blog fodder.  My three days off had done my knee some good, so we did all our north end gardens.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

When we arrived, we saw evidence of bears getting into and onto the big wheelie bins by where we park.

smashed lids

smashed lids

We were told that the bear tossed the bins around like toys.  The maintenance man was busy building a better enclosure.

bins

In the enclosed courtyard, I weeded the four quadrant flower beds while Allan mowed the center lawn; we’ve started bringing my mom’s old rechargeable mower sometimes for this purpose.

I am still wanting the four quadrants to be more vibrant at this time of year.

southwest quadrant

southwest quadrant

southeast

southeast…rather blah now!

northeast...better!

northeast…better!

northwest...just needs MORE.

northwest…just needs MORE.

Inside, one of the residents, Ann, told us how much she loves the garden, and talked about the garden she had to leave behind when she moved in. So even if I’m not satisfied, the gardens are still giving pleasure to the residents.

So even if I'm not satisfied, the gardens are still giving pleasure to the residents.

To the left, you can see the wheelbarrow that I am about to push down the long, long hallway.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

the usual look into the fenced garden through the east gate

the usual look into the fenced garden through the east gate

Melianthus major, so small compared to last year because it died all the way back in the winter.

Melianthus major, so small compared to last year because it died all the way back in the winter.

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

lily

lily; when my mom moved into Golden Sands, I moved some of her lilies up here.

probably 'Conca D'Or'

probably ‘Conca D’Or’

daisies in the lawn border

daisies in the lawn border

pulmonaria under the big rhodo on the pond island

pulmonaria under the big rhodo on the pond island

Chocolate flower (some children were touring the garden and loved smelling this)

Chocolate flower (some children were touring the garden and loved smelling this)

Oman Builders Supply garden, Ocean Park

the usual deadheading...

the usual deadheading…

Marilyn’s Garden, Surfside

We had not gotten as far north as Marilyn’s garden for what felt like an awfully long time (but was probably just three weeks at most).

When we arrived, we found a doe and a fawn in the front garden.

When we arrived, we found a doe and a fawn in the front garden.  They ambled away.

giant miscanthus by the lawn hiding the neighbours' house

giant miscanthus by the lawn hiding the neighbours’ driveway

looking south along the garden path

looking south along the garden path

oregano by the path

oregano by the path

along the path

along the path; the garden was abuzz with bees

view from the porch

view from the porch looking northwest

Oddly, the deer don't eat the lilies here.

Oddly, the deer don’t eat the lilies here.  Do I dare to plant more?

Cosmos

Cosmos

and more cosmos

and more cosmos

Wiegardt Gallery

Heading back south again to Nahcotta…our weekly stop at Wiegardt Gallery.

the front garden

the front garden

in the ornamental grass garden near the street

in the ornamental grass garden near the street…I am very pleased the deer are not eating the pink feathery sanguisorba

And they aren't eating the sanguisorba near the front door either...

And they aren’t eating the sanguisorba near the front door either…

...even though they nibbled on it earlier in the year.

…even though they nibbled on it earlier in the year.

bees on the cosmos again

bees on the cosmos again

If I had to pick a favourite annual, I think cosmos would win over painted sage.

If I had to pick a favourite annual, I think cosmos would win over painted sage.

The Cove Restaurant

The reward for actually leaving the house and going to work: dinner at the Cove Restaurant.

a little wildflower garden by the parking lot

a little wildflower garden by the parking lot

You can see that the Cove is right by the Peninsula Golf Course; golfing is not my thing, but it does make for a green and peaceful setting.

looking north to the clubhouse and restaurant

looking north to the clubhouse and restaurant

I envy the success with sunflowers in front of the restaurant.

I envy the success with sunflowers in front of the restaurant.

dahlias in the entry garden

dahlias in the entry garden

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dahlias

entry garden with Alllum schubertii

entry garden with Alllum schubertii

inside at the bar, that is not our friend Ed Strange

inside at the bar, that is not our friend Ed Strange, and that is golf on the telly

Even though it was fish taco Thursday, I had to have the ahi tuna

Even though it was fish taco Thursday, I had to have the ahi tuna

And Allan had the yakisoba bowl

And Allan had the yakisoba bowl

I had bites of Allan’s dinner; the delicious ingredients went all down through the noodles, not just piled on top, and included wonderful sea beans from the shores of Willapa Bay.

 

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Much as it pains me to have posts out of order, I was too busy writing about garden touring to process the work photos. So…we have flashbacks…how disconcerting to the timeline. Still, wasn’t it luxurious to tour 58 gardens (including Pink Poppy Farm) with no work interruptions?

Monday July 14th

It was so good to see my own garden again after being gone for four days to the Garden Bloggers Fling. I took a quick walk round the garden.

lilies in the back garden

river of blue (Geranium 'Rozanne'), back garden

river of blue (Geranium ‘Rozanne’), back garden

lilies; the yellow are 'Conca D'Or'

lilies; the yellow are ‘Conca D’Or’

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I was shadowed by friends who were awfully happy to have me home. This time they had not had Patt staying at the house so had been all alone except for a Saturday visit from friend J9.

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Smokey particularly did not want me to go to work...but we had to water Long Beach.

Smokey particularly did not want me to go to work…but we had to water.

While I watered Larry and Robert’s garden, Allan went to Ilwaco works yard to pick up the water trailer battery. The city crew had watered the street planters once while we were gone. He found that the parking lot was all ripped up; the crew used a machine to level a way for him to get in and retrieve the water trailer; he had to bring the rig home and park it in Nora’s driveway.

a big surprise at city hall

a big surprise at city hall

Then: Long Beach town. After our long weekend away, I was surprised at how well the Long Beach planters had held up without watering. Another day and they would have begun to be distressed.

a moth in one of Allan's watering puddles

a moth in one of Allan’s watering puddles

Allan's photo:  Crocosmia 'Lucifer' in the planter by Wind World Kites.

Allan’s photo: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in the planter by Wind World Kites.

The owner of Wind World really likes the tall Crocosmia. Most shop owners would be agitating to have it cut down for better visibility, but he says leave it till after Rod Run (weekend after Labour Day).

I had a lovely compliment as I watered the south end of town; a woman from New Zealand stopped and chatted and said how lovely the town was and that the parks, planters, and hanging baskets reminded her her travels to a town in Australia that was voted the prettiest in all of Australia. It might be Murwillumbah!

Later in the week, during our next watering session, a woman whose accent suggested she came from Jamaica or another beautiful place like that also said that Long Beach was the prettiest town she had ever seen because of all the flowers.

getting some iced mocha at Great Escape espresso drivethrough halfway through the day....we were so tired.

getting some iced mocha at Great Escape espresso drivethrough halfway through the day….we were so tired.

Long Beach took all day, although I must admit our days were shorter than usual as I was still in considerably annoying leg pain. Allan still had to water Ilwaco’s planters and street trees with the water trailer. Fortunately he was able to dig deep and find the ability to do so.

the water trailer, where he fills it in the Ilwaco boatyard

the water trailer, where he fills it in the Ilwaco boatyard

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

a stop at Olde Towne Café for a quick treat and changing of the compost bucket...

a stop at Olde Towne Café for a quick treat and changing of the compost bucket…

The garden tour poster was in the window...

The local garden tour poster was in the window…four days away.

and it was in the window of Captain Bob's Chowder in Long Beach.

and we stopped to give one to Captain Bob’s Chowder, where it got the place of pride in the window.

As we headed north on Boulevard, I saw to my delight that someone has adopted one of the “little popouts” that we have neglected for lack of time.

Someone has added some annuals!

Someone has weeded it and added some annuals!

We had promised Susie of the Boreas Inn some weeding so that was our first priority.

Boreas Inn: one of the lawn beds

Boreas Inn: one of the lawn beds

Susie's glads

Susie’s glads

looking west to the beach path

looking west to the beach path

looking east to the inn

looking east to the inn

just west of the arbour, I am sure that is a bear poop.

just west of the arbour, I am sure that is a bear poop.

We were determined to finally finish weeding the Bolstadt Beach Approach because the weekend would bring the Sandsations sand castle contest and lots of people walking by the garden.

Allan begins

Allan begins

looking east at how far we had to go

looking east at how far we had to go

after

after

rugosa roses trimmed back to the edge

rugosa roses trimmed back to the edge

 

the traditional arch photo to show we made it this far with the first weeding...which usually happens in early spring.

the traditional arch photo to show we made it this far with the first weeding…which usually happens in early spring.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Maddie of Pink Poppy Bakery had walked by with a friend. Her bakery storefront is just past the arch, so I was able to get another garden tour poster on display.

In the planter by the arch, I found a plant pulled out...and it had been done so recently that I was able to get it replanted in time.

In the planter by the arch, I found a plant pulled out…and it had been done so recently that I was able to get it replanted in time.

I wanted to walk down and take a photo of the garden tour poster (and use the restroom at city hall).

Just from here to the city hall building a block or so away...

Just from here, past the arch to the city hall building a block or so away…

I got a little bit past the arch and my calf muscle hurt so much I had to call Allan on the phone to come give me a ride. I felt pitiful and old.

But we drove by the Pink Poppy door to admire the poster.

Since I couldn’t walk there, we drove by the Pink Poppy door to admire the poster.

As I did every day post-fling, I spent the evenings reliving and blogging about garden touring in Portland.

 

 

 

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival

Nordquist Garden

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Local botanist Kathleen Sauce had suggested that the garden of the late Carol Nordquist be on the tour.  Carol’s daughter hosted the tour.  We did not get to the garden until almost 4 PM, the end of tour time.

entering the garden

entering the garden

wide brick path on west side of house

wide brick path on west side of house

by the west side porch

in a nook on the west side

lawn encircled with rhododenrons

lawn encircled with rhododenrons

photo 5

looking north

looking north

looking south

looking south

across a lawn to the south

across a lawn to the south

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

coming around to the bay side of the house

coming around to the bay side of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bay view deck

bay view deck

bayside marsh

bayside marsh

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

photo 2

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

coming around the north side of the house

coming around the north side of the house

The red car had just pulled up; I saw that its license plate was a take on the word “Oysterville”.  It turned out to be Sydney and Nyel Stevens.  Sidney had written movingly about Carol Nordquist on her Oysterville Daybook.

Sidney and Nyel, Allan's photo

Sidney and Nyel, Allan’s photo

We had missed the guests and the musician (our friend Barbara Bate, who had played at my mother’s memorial service in 2010) at this garden, as it was already slightly after four PM.





 postscript and wrap up, Saturday and Sunday

With the garden tour over, we went back to our house in Ilwaco and sat in the back garden for well over an hour and a half with our friends who had been touring in all directions, some from the middle to the two ends (Kathleen, who got to nine of the gardens), some from south to north (Debbie and Alison, who got to eight of the gardens) and one who came all the way from Gearhart (Pam Fleming of Back Alley Gardens, who started late but got to every single garden!).

Alison and Allan in the garden, Saturday evening

Alison and Allan in the garden, Saturday evening

We had dinner at the Depot Restaurant with Kathleen and Debbie (Rainyside.com) and Alison (The Bonney Lassie blog) at the chef’s table.  (Alison had to leave early for the long drive back to Bonney Lake).

We sat at the chef's table with a special treat of bleu cheese and crusty bread.

We sat at the chef’s table with a special treat of bleu cheese and crusty bread.

After a feast of appetizers and main courses, we stayed so long that we ended up moving out to the deck and owner Nancy treated us to a dessert of our choice.

peach cobbler for us; Debbie chose ice cream

peach cobbler for us; Debbie chose ice cream

Kathleen and Debbie

Kathleen and Debbie at the end of a long, fun day

The next day, Debbie and I had a farewell coffee hour (or two) at Olde Towne Café and we were eventually joined by Garden Tour Nancy.  We had a good conversation about the tour, its successes and ways to improve it.  (Having only 7 or 8 gardens so there is time to enjoy the music is the main idea; this year two irresistible gardens came on at the last minute.)

Debbie and Nancy discussing the tour.

Debbie and Nancy discussing the tour.

Some friends of Nancy’s were there as well; they had come all the way from Pasadena just for the garden tour.

California garden tour-goers and Garden Tour Nancy

California garden tour-goers and Garden Tour Nancy

At home that afternoon, Allan and I were pleased when Ed stopped by to talk about garden tour day and his experiences as one of the garden hosts and what it was like having over 370 people come through the garden.  (One loses one’s ability to talk by the end of the day, as I recall.)  I was indoors blogging and resting my legs, but managed to get outside long enough to get Ed, who is 6’4″ tall, to pose with my very tall lilies.

Allan took the photo

Allan took the photo.

And that is the end of garden tour season for us.  There is no Peninsula Edible Garden tour this year (usually in early August) so the next such event is the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour in September.  We already have our tickets.  (If we lived in Seattle, we would still have Northwest Perennial Alliance open gardens on offer, and Portland has a series of Hardy Plant Society of Oregon open gardens all summer long.  I find myself tempted to see if the latter’s open gardens include any in quick driving distance; garden touring is addictive.)

We’ve toured 55 gardens in the last month (not counting the 6 Astoria gardens that Nancy toured and photographed for us)!  I ran across this appropriate quotation by Dulcy Mahar:

I certain

from Back in the Garden with Dulcy

from Back in the Garden with Dulcy

I certainly hope that is true!

Before I get back to the everyday work blog, I have one more fabulous garden event to share: a glorious wedding at Pink Poppy Farm.

 

 

 

 

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Allan had actually worked while I toured with garden club on August 7, watering, weeding and trimming the Long Beach street tree gardens and the beach approach planters.  He also….bought a van from the owners of The Basket Case!   Now we will be able to buy lots more plants…but it would be a couple of weeks before we would have it ready for work with a trailer hitch installed.  While leaving the car insurance office in Long Beach he overhead the call of “Hey! Ho!  Let’s go!” and followed the sound to Veterans Field where a very youthful band was performing Ramones songs.

These young men had excellent taste in music.

These young men had excellent taste in music.

August 8

On August 8th, we had a normal work day, beginning with a stop at Olde Towne Café to switch the compost pail.  (We take the coffee grounds and fruit and veg trimmings home to enhance our compost production.)

at Olde Towne

at Olde Towne

We stopped at The Planter Box on a small errand, to get some barley to keep our square water boxes clear.

At The Planter Box, a shy little sunflower

At The Planter Box, a shy little sunflower

Then, work.  I felt like I had been slacking, but it was only going to get worse with the edible tour coming up.  We began up north at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Last year’s dahlia had finally bloomed after just sulking the previous summer.

grown in a very big pot to help protect it from snails

grown in a very big pot to help protect it from snails

at KBC: berries of Billardia longiflora

at KBC: berries of Billardia longiflora

lilies

lilies

the blues:  Agapanthus and Strobilanthes

the blues: Agapanthus and Strobilanthes

I have always found it difficult to get a good photo of the hardy Strobilanthes atropurpureus and it is also hard for me to remember the name of both of these plants.  I now remember Agapanthus as “a mystery…Agatha Christie…Agapanthus” and “bright blue and white…strobe light…Strobilanthes.”

Strobilanthes backed with Agapanthus with a blue globe thistle to the side.

Strobilanthes backed with Agapanthus with a blue globe thistle to the side.

strobilanthes atropurpureus...Hardy Persian Shield from the Himalayas in Northern India

strobilanthes atropurpureus…Hardy Persian Shield from the Himalayas in Northern India

The Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ has so not lived up to its name at KBC.  This year it is finally putting on some height.

not very steroidal nor giant

not very steroidal nor giant

Some of the Alliums have broken or fallen over so I stuck the stems firmly into an ornamental grass.

a good way to display

a good way to display old Alliums (better yet, spray paint them!)

another lily

another lily

inside the fenced garden

inside the fenced garden

and outside, with sweet pea success

and outside, with sweet pea success

After KBC, we spent an hour watering at Golden Sands because…surprise (not!), the oscillating sprinklers for which I long had not been installed yet.

At Golden Sands, a dahlia

At Golden Sands, a dahlia

one of the pretty, twirly, expensive but fairly useless sprinklers

one of the pretty, twirly, expensive but fairly useless sprinklers

We still, due to hand watering needs, had no time to weed or cut back….’

messy

messy

An Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ surprised me by putting out a new flower (pale blue than its earlier ones).

a nice surprise

a nice surprise

The maintenance man had been moving the pretty twirly sprinklers around to help them reach more areas.  Unfortunately, he is not a plants person.

oops

oops

After Golden Sands, Andersen’s RV Park got some time weeding and deadheading.

west side poppy garden

west side poppy garden

And then, Long Beach, for watering the main street planters.

evening light on a planter

evening light on a planter

Geranium 'Rozanne', Coreopsis 'Jive', ornamental oregano 'Hopley's Purple'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Coreopsis ‘Jive’, ornamental oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’

The bench is still gone in that planter (northernmost one on west side).

wondering if the curry plant in that planter will ever brown off so I can cut it back!

wondering if the curry plant and lavender in that planter will ever brown off so I can cut it back!

horses heading for the beach past Long Beach's main street

horses heading for the beach past Long Beach’s main street

We watered Gene’s garden because he had gone out of town for a few days on a trip which was later written about in our local paper.

from an article in The Chinook Observer

from an article in The Chinook Observer

And then home in time to put the barley into the water by our patio.

the barley solution to still, murky water

the barley solution to still, murky water

August 9

Friday was my big day planned to get the garden perfect for Sunday’s edible garden tour.  I did accomplish a lot….perfect weeding in the bogsy wood, deadheading and more weeding all around….and was so busy the only photos that I took were of Smokey being irresistibly cute on the patio.

Smokey and his rock pillows

Smokey and his rock pillows

Smokey

Smokey

He is wearing his BirdsBeSafe collar.

There may have been a bit of sitting and visiting with Judy during the day, which just may be when I noticed Smokey’s cute pose.  Allan did a superb job of mowing the lawn but we decided the edges did not need another go-round with the strimmer.

I had planned to have Saturday off to prepare, as well, but it had transpired that part of the day would be taken up with an edible garden pre-tour.  I decided to relax and go with it as I had heard that at least one of the other gardeners was not aspiring to perfection.  However I still thought that since I would probably have the fewest “edibles” I had darn well better have a perfect garden.

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Monday, August 5th, we needed to do a check up on Gene’s and Jo’s gardens because on the 7th, I would be coming around with a ladies’ gardening club.

Gene’s garden, the Peggy Miles Memorial Garden

Looking west from the street:  Gene's garden would catch any gardener's eye.

Looking west from the street: Gene’s garden would catch any gardener’s eye.

the street-side garden

the street-side garden

the obligatory painted sage photo!

the obligatory painted sage photo!. Courtyard gate and veg box in background.

I knew the courtyard would be a big hit with the garden club.

the cozy, shady courtyard (looking north from the gate)

the cozy, shady courtyard (looking north from the gate)

a blue Scabiosa from 7 Dees

a blue Scabiosa from 7 Dees

I love this flower that Gene acquired and planted.

I love this flower that Gene acquired and planted.

One of Gene's containers

One of Gene’s containers

featuring a fabulous annual verbena that he found somewhere!

featuring a fabulous annual verbena that he found somewhere!

His little drainage garden is going strong and I knew the club would love it.

drainage area by the street

drainage area by the street

We did some very light weeding and deadheading just to make it perfect.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob were still out of town so we put in a good session of deadheading and weeding while I worried about whether they would be back in time for the garden club.  Without them, the water feature in the patio would not be functioning and it adds so much to the garden.  (I won’t leave you in suspense:  They did get back.)

the newest perennial planting, still luscious

the newest perennial planting, still luscious

lily

lily still blooming, waiting for Jo’s return

and another

and another

and another

and another

and more

and more

and more

and more

the tall dark red one

the tall dark red one

another, with daisies

another, with daisies

and one in bud

and one in bud

I was so very pleased that the lilies would still be blooming for Jo; had been afraid she would miss their biggest show.

looking west

looking west

view from the deck, looking northeast

view from the deck, looking northeast

on the deck

on the deck

Crank’s Roost

We ended the day with a weeding and pruning visit to Crank’s Roost.  This might be our last visit to this garden that we took on a couple of years ago.  No, four years ago!  It is about to be sold, but its owners are very likely moving to another garden which we quite admire.

It was rather poignant taking the last photos of the garden after we were done.

front porch

front porch

front window

front window

patio

patio

hammock

hammock

back porch

back porch

north side

north side

The north side of the cottage is the area we have worked most on, developing paths and plantings in what was a boggy wilderness.

shady sit spot

shady sit spot

I had planned to plant lots more lilies...

I had planned to plant lots more lilies…

From outside the gate…closed for maybe our last visit here.

maybe the last photo...as we leave

maybe the last photo…as we leave

I did not get all verklempt about it.  At some time in the next 12 years, I am going to have to let go of a lot of gardens as I doubt I can keep working this hard into my late 60s.

At home, I had another edible success:  a really quite impressive salad from the garden!

less than a week till the August 11th edible tour!

less than a week till the August 11th edible tour!

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I spent the weekend at home weeding and prepping for the Edible Garden tour.  My standards are high when my garden is on a tour so I even had to weed in the bogsy wood (so I told myself).  I must admit that part of each day was spent sitting with Judy (my gardening friend from four doors down!) either in her garden or mine.

Saturday, August 4, saw a mystery.  The night before, Frosty had come in without his BirdsBeSafe collar!  I was so hoping to find it and get it back on him before he resumed his hunting ways.  Saturday morning, I found this on the lawn near the patio:

The BirdsbeSafe collar cover laid out straight on the lawn, and a ways behind it, the quick release collar, also laying straight!

The BirdsbeSafe collar cover laid out straight on the lawn, and a ways behind it, the blue quick release collar, also laying straight!

Behind the collar was this paper, which had the words "food safe paper" so must have wrapped some take out food!

Behind the collar was this paper, which had the words “food safe paper” so it must have wrapped some take out food! (photographed later in the house)

I know some friends visited the garden a couple of days before and may have accidentally dropped some snack paper, but why in the world was it all lined up with the lost collar?   It remains a mystery, but Frosty again is wearing his colours.

Smokey models his BirdsBeSafe collar.

Smokey models his BirdsBeSafe collar.

Meanwhile, I had two edible garden triumphs.  Our neighbours had a surprise birthday party and as they spoke on their deck, I heard one guest ask “Where’s your basil?”  They had none!  I was able to pick a sizeable sheaf of basil from my greenhouse and, going to the fence, said “I couldn’t help but overhear;  here is some basil.”  Yes!   I am a legitimate edible gardener!

On Sunday, I saw that our friend, client, and realtor Cheri Diehl had posted on Facebook that if anyone was going to the Astoria Sunday Market, she needed some arugula and basil.  I was able to email her to come and get some and added a bouquet of sweet peas and a flower of edible tuberous begonia.

Cheri proves that my garden is edible!!

Cheri proves that my garden is edible!!

I was well chuffed to be able to share (had already been sharing cukes with Judy!) and it made me feel more ready for the edible tour.

Cheri made a Caprese salad with the arugula and basil (and, I gather, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes).

Some photos from the garden after a weekend of weeding:

A year and a month after being pruned hard and painted purple, the camellia is trying to make a comeback!

A year and a month after being pruned hard and painted purple, the camellia is trying to make a comeback!

shade bed by the bogsy wood

shade bed by the bogsy wood

cat bench

cat bench

Lilies, please last one more week til tour day!

Lilies, please last one more week til tour day!

not a good photo, but I love the accidental echo of a pale peachy hardy gladiolus with a pale peachy rose.

not a good photo, but I love the accidental echo of a pale peachy hardy gladiolus with a pale peachy rose.

Because the Depot Restaurant was having its yearly Paella special, we got a reservation for the latest possible spot in the evening (to allow as much gardening time as could be had.)

Paella...so delicious

Paella…so delicious

departing after dark

departing after dark

Depot aglow at night

Depot aglow at night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With two weeks to go before the edible garden tour, I took the day off to weed at home while Allan worked up on Discovery Heights.  He took some photos….

nicely weeded in the middle garden

nicely weeded in the middle garden

weeded but blah section in lower garden

weeded but blah section in lower garden

sprinkler fail

the uphill side is too dry while the lower side is happy

The fact that the sprinkler system has problems and the garden is too dry, coupled with the climbing on rocks to do the job AND the lack of a bathroom (!) are among the reasons I am letting this job go.  But Allan is finding it hard to let go….because it is a garden we installed when he first moved here in January 2005.

Meanwhile, I was happily weeding at home.  The trick with a garden tour is do not wait and do heavy weeding the week before, because the garden will look beat up.  Do the big weeding (if you have been busy and neglectful) at least two weeks ahead of time and a then keep it nice until tour day.

I took no befores (not that the befores were too terribly bad) but lots of afters, in the evening.

looking south, back garden

looking south, back garden

I fretted:  Would any lilies still be in bloom on tour day, August 11th?

lilies

lilies

Would they last?

Would they last?

lilies

Lilies with Sambucus 'Sutherland Gold'

Lilies with Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’

lilies

shade garden by bogsy wood

shade garden by bogsy wood

path into bogsy wood widened due to injudicious location of Gunnera!

path into bogsy wood widened due to injudicious location of Gunnera!

I continued to fret mildly over my lack of edibles.

potatoes growing on debris pile

potatoes growing on debris pile

all of four corn plants squeezed in with ornamentals.

all of four corn plants squeezed in with ornamentals.

Agastache 'Blue Fortune'; hyssop counts as an herb!

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’; hyssop counts as an herb!

'Black' Scabiosa...how I love it

‘Black’ Scabiosa…how I love it in every stage of bloom

Geranium 'Rozanne' river from the side

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river from the side

Smokey and Frosty in their new collars

Smokey and Frosty in their new collars

My two voracious hunters are now adorned with BirdsBeSafe collars and joy! They are no longer (to my knowledge, and before it was all too apparent) catching birds!

Finally, a photo with one blurry pink sweet pea.  It is in a place (the south side of the garden boat) that I cannot walk in to get a close photo due to the strawberry patch.  But that pink sweet pea is special to me because this year, with my pitiful sweet pea crop, I at least got one of this one:  It’s Alan Titchmarsh sweet pea acquired for me by my friend Sheila!  Mr. Titchmarsh is beloved to me because of the telly show Ground Force.

very special indeed

that pink blur is very special indeed

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