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First, a real time reminder:

coming up August 9th

coming up August 9th

Monday, 20 July 2015

Our mission of the day was to water the Long Beach trees and planters and spend some time on the beach approach garden.

As we got our hoses together, I found a snail in the trailer.  Before I took it to a grassy spot (because I don’t like to kill them), I wondered if it would like a drink…and it did.  (Allan’s photos)

It was actually swallowing water.

It was actually swallowing water.

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"Thanks for the drink, friend."

“Thanks for the drink, friend.”

off to water with my hose and quick-connect

off to water with my hose and quick-connect

the planter by the carousel

the planter by the carousel with tigridia and cosmos

lilies in Fifth Street Park

lilies in Fifth Street Park

nasturtiums

nasturtiums

seventh street intersection

seventh street intersection with Salvia patens and a blue Agastache

a refreshing bottle of water given to me by the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop clerk

a refreshing bottle of water given to me by the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop clerk

Allan planted some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts under a tree that has been repeatedly trampled.  They will be tougher than the hardy fuchsias that we tried (and that got smashed to nothingness).

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with high hopes

with high hopes

By Dennis Company (the cranberry harvesting mural), Allan's photo

By Dennis Company (the cranberry harvesting mural), Allan’s photo with cosmos and Agastache

Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

wee eryngium seedling (Allan's photo)

wee eryngium seedling (Allan’s photo)

The Hungry Harbor (Allan's photo)

The Hungry Harbor (Allan’s photo)

When we finished watering, we went out to the Bolstad beach approach garden to weed.  Some of the semi-permanent sand creations from Sandsations were still there.  The rest are built on the beach and washed away by the tide.  These are constructed with some glue in the mix and last about a week.

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castle

This castle had a shout out to one of our favourite restaurants...

This castle had a shout out to one of our favourite restaurants…

The Cove

The Cove

detail

impressive details

We went to work pulling weeds at a couple of garden sections near the arch.

We went to work pulling weeds at a couple of garden sections near the arch.

Allan's photo: clipping roses that poke out into the street

Allan’s photo: clipping roses that poke out into the street and pulling the long grasses

The beach approach job did not seem bad at all today.  I think I actually like it again, and I think the reason is that we finally have TIME now that Andersen’s RV Park has sold.  I also remembered that one of the perks of the job is getting to see lots of cute canines strolling by with their people.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Lorna from our bank, our client Diane, and Misty (Allan's photo)

Lorna from our bank, who helped us with our mortgage, and our friend and client Diane, and our good friend Misty (Allan’s photo)

They helped pull some long grasses while we chatted.

They helped pull some long grasses while we chatted.

at home

Because Allan had watered the Ilwaco planters the night before, we got home in time for a walk around and some garden appreciation.

sweet peas

sweet peas

the towering lilies

the towering lilies

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lilies3

lilies4

roses well matched with a hardy gladiola

roses well matched with a hardy gladiola

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lilies12

lilies and Sambucus 'Sutherland Gold'

lilies and Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’

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Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Nicotiana langsdorfii and daisies

Nicotiana langsdorfii and daisies

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It's mostly about lilies right now.

It’s mostly about lilies right now.

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

I had been so busy garden touring over the weekend that I had done no gardening at all, and I now had a new batch of ladies in waiting, mostly ones brought me by Debbie Teashon from her selection at Kingston Henery Hardware.

pitcher plants from Debbie Teashon

pitcher plants from Debbie Teashon

little bluestem grasses

little bluestem grasses

variegated pittosporum

variegated pittosporum

Sophora

Sophora ‘Little Baby’ and another Pittosporum and a Black Cherry fuchsia

ladies in waiting!

ladies in waiting!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

in the east window: the remnant of the night blooming cereus flower is still hanging on.

in the east window: the remnant of the night blooming cereus flower is still hanging on.

view out the east window

view out the east window

front garden with Tetrapanax, lilies, cardoon

front garden with Tetrapanax, lilies, cardoon

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

a new sheaf of lilies opening

a new sheaf of lilies opening

My poor sanguisorbas in the front garden just can never get enough water.

My poor sanguisorbas in the front garden just can never get enough water.

Mike’s garden

We began our work day at Mayor Mike’s garden a few blocks east.

The garden is being watered regularly now and looks better.

The garden is being watered regularly now and looks better.

west side of house

west side of house

ongoing project: clipping some of the old growth from the climbing rose

ongoing project: clipping some of the old growth from the climbing rose

Geranium 'Rozanne'...

Geranium ‘Rozanne’…

and pulmonaria showing signs of good watering.

and pulmonaria showing signs of good watering.

I was glad to see a happy, unthirsty garden there today.

Ilwaco Post Office

At our volunteer post office, something, or more likely someONE, has been stripping flowers off the tall lily.

the ridiculously tall lily...

the ridiculously tall lily…

with flowers stripped right off, not in the way a deer would.

with flowers stripped right off, not in the way a deer would.  Irritating!

Long Beach

the Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

the Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

red, white, mostly blue

red, white, blue

Salvia patens that came back big and strong from last year.

Salvia patens that came back big and strong from last year.

After weeding the Vet Field gardens, we were back out weeding the Bolstad beach approach.  It felt so wonderful to have time.

before

before

before

before

after

after

The weeding is rough, and we are not getting all the grass roots out because the sand is dry and compacted like cement.  However, it looks much more restful to the eye…and until it rains, the grasses will be dormant. I like the motto of a pro gardening friend we know:  If I can’t see it, it’s not there.

restful to the eye

restful to the eye

I'm so impressed with Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' for doing this well with no water.

I’m so impressed with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ for doing this well with no water.

Allan at work

Allan at work

looking east to the Long Beach arch

looking east to the Long Beach arch

It is a wonderful thing to go home after a productive day and cross two more sections off the beach approach on the work list.  From 13 sections, we are now down to only 2 left to weed.

the work board!

the work board!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 18 June 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 1: Lily and Rose Garden

The lush green entry gives you but a small clue to what is beyond. Kristine’s secret garden slopes down from a deck filled with bountiful containers of flowers and a small kitchen garden. This gentle change in elevation provides a vista of the perennials and roses she grows for bouquets. This is a classic cutting garden and bird watchers’ paradise. Continuing through a second gate to the west, you’ll discover an artistic deer fence enclosing flowers and vegetables. Granddaughter Lily’s delightful playhouse, The Lily Pad, has been the site of many tea parties.

Garden Tour Nancy and I previewed this garden on July 3rd; those photos are included in this post.

On tour day, look for the pink and red balloons.

On tour day, look for the pink and red balloons.

Kristine made all the beautiful signs for parking, guest book, and refreshments.

Kristine, an avid photographer, made all the beautiful signs for parking, guest book, and refreshments.

The day was already hot, so the greenery and shade of the front garden was restful to the eyes.

The day was already hot, so the greenery and shade of the front garden was restful to the eyes.

The garden is close to the  dunes. (Allan's photo)

The garden is close to the dunes. (Allan’s photo)

front garden

front garden

up the front door (but we are not going that way)

up the front door (but we are not going that way); note the well trimmed sword fern

front

the gate to the secret garden, with our friend Gene emerging

the gate to the secret garden, with our friend Gene emerging

(Gene’s garden was on the 2013 tour, and we have some new photos of his garden to show you in an upcoming post.)

through the gate (Allan's photo)

through the gate (Allan’s photo)

tour guests entering

tour guests entering

another of Kristine's photo signs on the entry table

another of Kristine’s photo signs on the entry table

welcome

guest book and bouquet inside the front gate

guest book and bouquet inside the front gate

The Mozart Chicks were playing under a tent in the front corner of the garden, to the right as we entered the gate.  Hot bright sun made photos difficult today.

The Mozart Chicks

The Mozart Chicks

Mozart Chicks

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the Mozart Chicks, tootling

chicks

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Kristine her ownself

Kristine her ownself

path curving around the house

path curving around the house

south wall of house

south wall of house

from a pre-tour visit on July 3

from a pre-tour visit on July 3

rose on pre-tour visit, July 3

rose on pre-tour visit, July 3

pink

I want this pale pink fringed sidalcea or whatever it is; Kristine says I can have seeds.

I want this pale pink fringed sidalcea or whatever it is; Kristine says I can have seeds.

Kristine doesn't spray anything toxic for blackspot on roses; she told us she picks off any bad leaves.

Kristine doesn’t spray anything toxic for blackspot on roses; she told us she picks off any bad leaves.

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Allan's photo, looking through flowers to the deck

Allan’s photo, looking through flowers to the deck

looking up at the back deck, pre-touring on July 3

looking up at the back deck, pre-touring on July 3

July 3

July 3

July 3

July 3

tour day

tour day

guests

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

poppies

treats

bouquet, Kristine's cards, and treats

bouquet, Kristine’s cards, and treats

choc

 

pecan

Cool liquid refreshment was so refreshing on such a hot day.

Cool liquid refreshment was so refreshing on such a hot day.  It was a scorcher by beach standards, possibly up into the 90s.

containers on the deck

containers on the deck

Brodiaea in deck container

Brodiaea in deck container

flowers

view from the deck

view from the deck

from the deck, Allan (right) taking a photo

from the deck, Allan (right) taking a photo

This is the photo Allan was taking.

This is the photo Allan was taking.

roses

pinks

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view looking west from next to the deck

view looking west from next to the deck

looking southwest from the deck (telephoto)

looking southwest from the deck (telephoto)

I never find time to just sit on these garden tours, especially the Peninsula tour which always has at least eight gardens.  I know that some folks here just skip and garden or two, but as the administrator of the Facebook page, I need our photos of each one, and also I just cannot bring myself to skip a garden.

southeast corner of the garden at the top of the grassy slope, next to the deck

southeast corner of the garden at the top of the grassy slope, next to the deck

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

ferns

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Halfway down the garden from the deck, on the south side, is Kristine’s cutting garden.

cutting garden

cutting garden

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

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Kristine said she wished there had been more lilies in bloom.

Kristine said she wished there had been more lilies in bloom.

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pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

Allan's photo, the Mozart Chicks viewed from the cutting garden

Allan’s photo, the Mozart Chicks viewed from the cutting garden

Allan told me he found out halfway through this garden that his camera was on a “night” setting so he did not get many photos here.

gladiola

gladiola

cutting garden path

cutting garden path

clematis in the cutting garden

clematis in the cutting garden

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

cutting

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3, 2015; a second garden area is on the other (west) side of this fence.

pre-tour visit, July 3, 2015; a second garden area is on the other (west) side of this fence.

Beside the conical tree, one enters the second (west) garden area.

Beside the conical tree, one enters the second (west) garden area.

astilbe inside the gate

astilbe inside the gate

deer fenced garden in second area

deer fenced garden in second area (pre tour visit, July 3rd)

rose climbing on deer fence, July 3rd

rose climbing on deer fence, July 3rd

looking through the deer fence

looking through the deer fence

with my camera lens poked through the fence

with my camera lens poked through the fence

a picotee gladiola

a picotee gladiola

rose

that flower that I want

that flower that I want

Outside the fence, lavender is unbothered by deer.

Outside the fence, lavender is unbothered by deer.

July 3rd

July 3rd

tours

looking through the veg patch into the playhouse patio

looking through the veg patch into the playhouse patio

and from the playhouse path looking north

and from the playhouse path looking north

veg patch, July 3rd

veg patch, July 3rd

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

Kristine’s grand daughter, Lily, is three, and could not come visit from the east coast this summer because Lily’s mom is expecting a baby soon.  As you can imagine, this has been sad for grandma Kristine.  Thanks to Skype, grandma and granddaughter can communicate daily.  This tea party was set up to Skype to Lily for her birthday.

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

tea

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a message to Lily

a message to Lily

Oh, how I do wish I had a granddaughter named Lily (or Rose, Iris, Violet, Jasmine, Poppy, Willow, Fern…)

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

view west from the Lily Pad

view west from the Lily Pad

monkey puzzle tree to the west of the Lily Pad

monkey puzzle tree to the west of the Lily Pad

a simple border along the north fence

a simple border along the north fence

looking along the north fence toward the house

looking along the north fence toward the house

Kristine’s was a contender for my favourite tour garden because of the driftwood gate on the deer fence and the assortment of colourful plants, especially the lilies.

Next: an inspirational one year old garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Despite having a first-cleanup-of-the-year list that has spilled over into March, we took a day off, because we needed one, and because life is short.  Ed Strange stopped by mid morning, as he often does on a Sunday on his way to his garden maintenance job for the Shorebank building at the Port, two blocks from our house.  Because he is a morning person, he had already been to Seven Dees nursery all the way down in Seaside.

While we were visiting, he got a phone call to tell him that his puppy had been born.  He put in on speakerphone so Allan and I could both here the description of the 2 day old littermates.  The breeder talked baby talk to the pups.  We so look forward to the puppy arriving later this spring.

Ed and I listening to puppy talk.

Ed and I listening to puppy talk.

I showed off my Rustia, in prolific bloom.  It’s to the left in the photo above.  This is the plant that, when Ciscoe Morris visited my garden, caused him to say “Ooh la la! You don’t just have ordinary plants!”

Rustia

Rustia

rustia

 

rustia

We walked around the garden, and Ed laughed and said “I see you have your favourite plant in a garbage can; how appropriate.”  (He knows I’ve eliminated many phormiums over the last few years.)

phormium

Actually, that’s an idea I got from a restaurant garden near Heronswood Nursery, on a tour day several years back.

Phormium contained

Phormium contained at a restaurant near Kingston

Ed and I had a good long chat about work related topics.  We are both trying to reduce our schedules to allow more time for leisure.  I showed him our new tin garden sign and he wanted one, too.  When he departed for the Basket Case Greenhouse on a sign quest, I settled on my project for the day: cutting back hardy fuchsias in the back garden.  The air was chilly enough that I was not entirely happy to be outdoors at all, despite the sunshine, and the soil felt too cold to make weeding enjoyable.

Allan helped with three different projects (AND mowed the lawn).

First, he fixed my best plant table that I got from a “free” pile of stuff over on Spruce Street.

The underlying fabric had collapsed at one end.

The underlying material had collapsed at one end.

Inside the second hand table is a lip which used to hold a sheet of glass.

Inside the second hand table is a lip which used to hold a sheet of glass.

fixed with "two skinny planks and a small piece of plywood and a piece of bamboo"

fixed with “two skinny planks and a small piece of plywood and a piece of bamboo”

It was a mistake (mine!) to use asphalt roofing as the underlayment.  It should have been a piece of plywood with holes drilled in it.  I can see now that it will slowly need more fixing and replacement as the shingles sag.

Allan also removed the hardy fuchsia whose base was infested with horrid orange montbretia.  It is one of several of the same kind of hardy fuchsia magellanica so I did not lose anything special.

pick attack

pick attack

success!  It would have taken me a lot longer.

success! It would have taken me a lot longer.

all clear, and the only collateral damage was one big fat lily bud

all clear, and the only collateral damage was one big fat lily bud

I did decide to cut the big fuchsia that had new growth up high all the way to the ground.  I like walking through a forest of fuchsias, so I don’t know what possessed me except that the up high growth was thin, and the basal growth looked so thick and healthy.

chopped down

chopped down

I used to love the fuchsia walk at my old house, over behind the boatyard, in a garden so sheltered that the fuchsia magellanica turned into trees that were taller than me.

the fuchsia path

the fuchsia path

fuchsia walk, silver shed

fuchsia walk in winter at our old garden

In our new(ish) garden, a lot of winter wind is probably what causes the die back and lack of tree-like height.

golden ninebark

Physocarpus…golden ninebark

I was trying out my new Olympus camera today and perhaps it was the overcast day that led to a lack of detail.  Hmmm.

the center bed river of Geranium 'Rozanne'

the center bed river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

I do love my blue Rozanne river in summer, and yet reading The Miserable Gardener blog by Bob Nold, the author of High and Dry, has made me cast about for more areas to put a scree garden.  I now have a small one by the garden boat, and yet…would not this center bed make an incredible scree garden?  I just don’t think I can give up my Rozanne effect though….even though it makes the garden all soft and fuzzy and not a home for special little things.  I loved his suggestion of using buried rubble of all sorts to build up the spine of a garden bed.

raised-beds

 

Maybe I can find room somewhere else in the garden….or next door in Nora’s yard, where her granddaughter said I could plant anything I wanted.  That would be a surprise!  I am grateful to her for letting us use her grandma’s parking pad for loading and unloading the trailer.

We created this much debris, and that's after Allan walked on it.

We created this much debris, and that’s after Allan walked on it.

Time to put out the bogsy wood sign, as one hopes no more big branches will fall from storms.

Time to put out the bogsy wood sign, as one hopes no more big branches will fall from storms.

narcissi by the bogsy woods

narcissi by the bogsy woods

Look at the growth on one of the peony starts that MaryBeth gave me!

Look at the growth on one of the peony starts that MaryBeth gave me!

I decided to clip the dead tips on my Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'

I decided to clip the dead tips on my Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’.

after...rather tidier

after…rather tidier

Nearby, big fat lily buds emerging

Nearby, big fat lily shoots emerging

more

more lily shoots

Frosty was also checking out the garden.

Frosty was also checking out the garden.

crocuses and lily shoots

crocuses and lily shoots (and shotweed)

Oh, and I put up some fence slats that I got from the Long Beach city works debris pile.  (I did ask!)  They are just tied on the the fence behind which, later, will be a tarped pile of crab pots by the neighbours’ gear shed.  Now that they are in place, maybe Allan can help to affix them better.  He’s clever like that.

just tied in place with string

just tied in place with string…to stop the eye for eight slats wide, at least

The third project that Allan helped with today was putting up the new garden sign that we got at the Basket Case yesterday.  Ed had gone straight from our house to the Basket Case, gotten one of his own, and texted me a photo of it already up!  The pressure was on.  Allan still had to coat ours with a rust proof product and let it dry.

Ed's sign already up

Ed’s sign already up

I had suggested that ours go on the arbour on the front of the house.  Allan thought that would be too show-offy, so we compromised on the west side arbour, which still shows from the street.

centered on the west arbour

centered on the west arbour

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garden

He also added two stars that have been kicking around.

He also added two stars that have been kicking around.

star

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am now on a casual quest for something not quite as gaudy to decorate the top of the front arbour.

 

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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.

view2

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:

list

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

dahlias2

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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