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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Today Allan went boating to a different part of Long Island.  Just before he left, he found Jenna (Queen LaDeDa) picking her wild woman costume accessory plants in the garden.

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As planned, Mary, Denny, and Bella (from Klipsan Beach Cottages) came over after they had walked through the Saturday market.  Bella came right up onto the porch wagging her tail like, “Oh, YOU live HERE!”

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Skooter was not sure what to think about a big white dog.

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Going to the market had been thirsty work.

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Bella enjoyed touring the garden as much as her two human guardians did.

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Denny strolling

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Bella strolling

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Just as I stood at the front gate waving goodbye to my first guests, a car slowed down and a woman called out, “Are you Skyler?”  When I said yes, she said she reads this blog, so I invited her and her spouse in.  They are from up north and are friends with Debbie W who often comments herein.

Molly gave me a particularly nice compliment when she told me that they’d been to France with Debbie and her spouse, and Molly had been unwell and missed the day that they toured Monet’s garden.  I said how sad that was and she said “That’s ok, now I’ve seen this one.”  We talked about how Monet’s garden probably does not have nasturtiums sprawling all over the path’s as in this postcard that I have on my wall, because it would make for unsure tour garden footing.

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Molly and Stan

Molly and Stan proved to be observant garden tourers.  They noticed the little table (above) which has been quite a hit with folks lately.

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They noticed this golden shrub, whose name I had forgotten:

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It’s Cistus x hybridus ‘Mickie’

Molly noticed my faux flint top wall.

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a shout out to my visit to Yorkshire

And the quotation by the cat ramp:

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And this set of planted pipes.

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I appreciate folks who notice things so closely.

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Mollie and Stan at the front gate

Shortly after they left, the sun came out and the day turned hot.  Our Kathleen was next to visit.  We did make the obligatory garden walk to see the lilies.

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accompanied by Frosty

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We then sat in the cooler comfort of the house and had a good long visit.

Allan arrived back from his boating trip.  After Kathleen left, I started blogging and then heard a hallooooo.  Here came Jenna to show us her wonderful wild woman costume featuring plants from our garden.

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Allan’s photo

 

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with a statuesque verbascum

Later, she sent me her photos from the event.

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Jenna’s photo

In the evening, Allan started a campfire.  I finished writing the blog post and then walked out in the dusk to join him.

I’ve read that blue is the most visible colour at dusk.  It glows.

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sausage roasting for dinner

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the air scented with lilies and Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’

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Allan’s photo

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full hazy moon

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Allan’s photo

When I walked back to the house at ten o clock, white clover flowers in the lawn sparkled in the moonlight.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

While watering the greenhouse tomatoes, I found a Pacific tree frog in the watering can.  “Oh, it can’t get out!” thought I, and then the frog leaped into the long spout, out the end of the spout, and onto the wall.

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Allan’s photo in the front garden

I took the grey day opportunity to take some non shadowy lily photos.

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Frosty flopping in front of me.

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Agapanthus ‘Xera’s Cobalt’

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a popular drinking spot

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Fuchsia ‘Pink Marshmallow’

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I’m trying to show how my passionflower vine grabbed and deadheaded a nicotiana flower.

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acanthus and elephant garlic

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More traffic hazarding by Frosty

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Fuchsia ‘Chang’

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Fuchsia ‘Chang’ and Hypericum berries

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My namesake, Rosa ‘Night Owl’

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pink lilies, with snails

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Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ (and lilies)

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Lily Conca D’Or

In the evening, we took J9 out for a very belated birthday dinner at …

The Depot Restaurant.

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our garden at The Depot

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Allan’s photo

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As we waited for our table, another woman waiting told us that she reads our blog.  Check out travel writer Elizabeth Rose’s recent article about Oysterville at Wander With Wonder.

Like Chess and Mani at one of my top two favourite blogs, The Miserable Gardener, Liz’s dog also writes a blog at Cinnamon’s Blog.

J9, Allan and I lingered over our meal till closing time.

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two out of three scallops with spicy mango sauce (Allan’s photo)

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the very best clam chowder in the world (Allan’s photo)

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This summertime Asian salad is delicious if you love cilantro, which I do.

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clams bucatina for J9

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Steak Killian, with a green onion sauce and wonderful potatoes.

Tomorrow: a boating trip back to Long Island

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Now that the blog is 15 days behind, I am trying to catch up.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Our sometime neighbour, Alicia (Nora’s grand daughter), visited for the weekend and in the course of cleaning up her patio, she gave me some fabulous garden items.  The weather was too hot for gardening anyway so visiting was much more pleasant.

metal shelf

metal shelf

potting bench and pots, what a lucky day for me!

potting bench and pots, what a lucky day for me!

Allan cut down the laurel bush in front that was blocking the view of oncoming cars.

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after; should make it easier to back out of the driveway

after; should make it easier to back out of the driveway

That laurel had reseeded itself there and had never been part of Nora’s plan.  Back when she was younger, Nora had had a rose garden running down the side of the driveway in what is now all lawn.

I feel very much in love with Alicia's mom's dog, a Vizsla named Ruby.

I feel very much in love with Alicia’s mom’s dog, a Vizsla named Ruby.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Long Beach

We did the usual watering and grooming of the planters and the street tree pocket gardens.

carousel planter

carousel planter

cosmos and tigridia

cosmos and tigridia

Fun Rides new owners have already added a kicky new paint job.

Fun Rides new owners have already added a kicky new paint job.

Here's a before photo that Allan took on July 14th.

Here’s a before photo that Allan took on July 14th.

Zoltar

I found a Zoltar fortune on the sidewalk.

Zoltar Speaks…to me?

Allan will be glad to know that his pet reseeded Eryngium has recovered from an encounter with the street sweeper.

Allan will be glad to know that his pet reseeded Eryngium has recovered from an encounter with the street sweeper.

finger blight: someone pulled out several plants in one planter, including this painted sage.

finger blight: someone pulled out several plants in one planter, including this painted sage.

planter by the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop

planter by the Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop

I pronounce the word “herb” with the “h”.  Some pronounce it “‘erb”. Someone walking by the Herb N Legend smoke shop said “Let’s go into the ‘Erb ‘N Legend” and I suddenly realized, after all this time, that the name is a play on “Urban Legend.”

red and white planters in Veterans Field (Salvia 'Hot Lips' and alyssum) Allan's photo

red and white planters in Veterans Field (Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, Calibrachoa ‘Vampire’, and alyssum) Allan’s photo

in Fish Alley: The remnants of the weekend's sand sculpture (Allan's photo)

in Fish Alley: The remnants of the weekend’s sand sculpture (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo shows he noticed the eryngium.

Allan’s photo shows he noticed the eryngium.  (We go in different directions to water.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan got done watering before me and had time to tackle the weediest, most annoying tree-rooty bed in Fifth Street Park.

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finger blight! He noticed someone had swiped a big stalk of lilies.

finger blight! He noticed someone had swiped a big stalk of lilies. We do notice!

We got the little popouts weeded north of city hall.

Before: I was pleased to see some poppies and bachelor buttons had germinated.

Before: I was pleased to see some poppies and bachelor buttons had germinated.

We got the little popouts weeded north of city hall.

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While we weeded, there was a ruckus on the roof of the Scoopers Ice Cream Shop. A large flock of small birds flew off in a great flapping of wings. Crows were attacking a hawk…and my telephoto shows what I could not see, that maybe the hawk had a crow in its talons. Avert your eyes if this will upset you.

two of several angry crows

two of several angry crows

This was a really brazen move.

This was a really brazen move.

The hawk was being bombarded by several crows.

The hawk was being bombarded by several crows.

Nature red in tooth and claw.

Nature red in tooth and claw.

The hawk flew away, holding its prize, followed by five cawing crows.

We next went to the beach approach where we were able to weed the whole thing pretty well in less than two hours.  All was well except for my annoyance that someone had felt entitled to shear more than half the flowers off of the lavenders to take home and make themselves a herbal pillow or whatever.

Bolstad beach approach (Allan's photo)

Bolstad beach approach (Allan’s photo)

rose hips and fairy door (Allan's photo)

rose hips and fairy door (Allan’s photo)

I intended for us to do some weeding at the Ilwaco boatyard at the end of the day but I was completely out of steam.  We poked at the Ilwaco planters and decided they could wait till tomorrow for watering.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

I took some photos in my own garden while Allan started work.

My new metal plant shelf makes for another layer of pots.

My new metal plant shelf makes for another layer of pots.

hypericum berries

hypericum berries

Eryngium 'Big Blue'

Eryngium ‘Big Blue’

lilies. probably 'Montego Bay'

lilies. probably ‘Montego Bay’

more lilies

more lilies

Lily 'Conca D'Or', much taller than me

Lily ‘Conca D’Or’, much taller than me

Lily 'Conca D'Or'

Lily ‘Conca D’Or’

lilies

lilies

more lilies to come

more lilies to come

lilies

lilies

Geranium 'Rozanne' swallowing Rosa rubrifolia

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ swallowing Rosa rubrifolia

in the front garden

in the front garden

tetrapanax and lilies

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Melianthus major 'Antenow's Blue'

Melianthus major ‘Antenow’s Blue’

at the J’s

My commute to join Allan at work was a short one: We had taken on a new job just across the street at the J’s house.  Here are some befores and afters of what we accomplished.

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before (Himalayan blackberries coming from next door)

before (Himalayan blackberries coming from next door)

after; we'll cut more after the J's have blackberry cobbler.

after; we’ll cut more after the J’s have blackberry cobbler.

It is a good drought tolerant front yard, especially with the gold carex gone (it wanted more water than it was getting).

It is a good drought tolerant front yard, especially with the gold carex gone (it wanted more water than it was getting).

before: blackberry and bindweed that had crawled under the fence

before: blackberry and bindweed that had crawled under the fence in back

after; Allan did all this.

after; Allan did all this.

Allan gathered up the pile of laurel from Alicia’s front yard and, with the J’s debris, dumped 500 pounds of brush at the dump.

He went on to water the Ilwaco planters while I got to go home and start writing the Aberdeen garden tour blog.

Allan's photo: sweet pea success at the boatyard

Allan’s photo: sweet pea success at the boatyard

and an interesting boat

and an interesting boat

end of the day (Allan's photo)

end of the day (Allan’s photo)

the spectacular sunset (Allan's photo)

the spectacular sunset (Allan’s photo)

 


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 17: goofed off

July 18:  11:00 to 4:30  7:00 to 8:00   Picked berries.  Started to use old hay from pile to mulch tomatoes but it had too many branches.  Maybe I’ll use the “new” hay in garage.  Cut back some of the big plant that had fallen over into ditch.  Did some weeding in lower driveway.  After dinner I weeded the pathway in veggie garden.   By then I was exhausted.

July 19 HOT AGAIN  I was going to plant some perennial seeds but it was too hot and did some watering.  Worked in the garage sorting the stuff piled up under tarps not for sale during garage sales.  I put the “Robert stuff” together along east wall.  [She gave my spouse at the time, Robert, a lot of dad’s old tools and odd and ends.]  I put my garden stuff (trays etc) on tables etc.  I still have several boxes of pots etc in shed to be moved to garage (another day).  I wish I could get the TVs back into the shop but they are too heavy even for Don to move.

1998 (age 74):

July 17:  I went out before breakfast to pick raspberries.  It was cool and stayed that way until I finished picking and then the sun came out.  HOT. 78 degrees.  I worked in the shade transplanting seedlings.  Also watered tomatoes and the trays in the shop.

July 18:  It was cool enough to be nice and comfortable working in the garage.  In order to empty the table in the woodshed, I brought the boxes of canning jars to the garage.  I sorted them so Bill Jr can put them up on shelves tomorrow.  I straightened up the garage and got the things together for him to take to the shop.  Then I checked the trays of plants in the shop and dumped the ones that haven’t germinated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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