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A Real Time Reminder

It’s garden tour day!

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

Here’s an article about the tour by our friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com.

Now back to our chronological catching up.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office

I began the day still shaken from yesterday’s watering woes.  The sight of our volunteer garden at the post office cheered me up.  Then we were off to our north end jobs, with a couple of small jobs on the way.

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

one of the pretty horses

one of the pretty horses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the garden behind the pasture’s gate

Diane and Larry's garden next door

Diane and Larry’s garden next door with Stipa gigantea

California poppies in Diane's roadside garden

California poppies in Diane’s roadside garden

penstemon

penstemon

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

grooming the container garden (Allan's photo)

grooming the container garden (Allan’s photo)

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands, regular watering with the sprinkler system has the courtyard garden looking wonderfully lush.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we went all the way up to lower Surfside to do some weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

a neighbour of Marilyn's (Allan's photo)

a neighbour of Marilyn’s (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn's daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

looking south—Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours' garage.  The next layer down is Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' which will bloom in late summer.

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours’ garage. The next layer down is Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ which will bloom in late summer.

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After Marilyn’s we drove south again to our very favourite job, Klipsan Beach Cottages.

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

rose

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in the background: tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with hazy purple flowers

Thalictrum 'Elin'

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' and Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

daylily

daylily

driveway garden

driveway garden

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

Geranium 'Rozanne' embracing a boxwood.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ embracing a boxwood.

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

fairy door (Allan's phot)

fairy door (Allan’s photo)

Andersen’s RV Park

We had been weeding and deadheading at Andersen’s for about an hour when owner Lorna came outside and told us the big news:  Barring any unexpected last minute glitch, the deal was about to close on selling the park.   I turned in our restroom key (and said we’d get it back next week if something went wrong at the last minute).  I might as well tell you now that the deal did close for sure a few days later, so our walk around the garden saying goodbye was really the last time.  I have always told Lorna that when she sells, we are leaving with her as it is a good time to further accomplish our goal of cutting back a bit on work.  She says the new owners, a young couple from California, intend to do the gardening themselves so it worked out for the best for everyone.

A farewell look at Andersen’s gardens:

picket fence and garden shed gardens

west garden, Payson Hall (blue roof), picket fence and garden shed (upper right) gardens

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii and Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

the west garden

the west garden

west garden

west garden

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west garden telephoto

west garden telephoto

 

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

garden behind office

garden behind office

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detail: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' and godetia

detail: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and godetia

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

lilies

lilies

office

picket fence from inside

picket fence from inside

My only regret in leaving now is that I planted some of every kind of sweet pea that I had here, and now won’t see all the different colours bloom.

old fashioned wooden picket fence

old fashioned wooden picket fence

one of two big hydrangeas

one of two big hydrangeas

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a guest arriving (Allan's photo)

a guest arriving (Allan’s photo)

I will miss the fun of seeing a “wagon train” of RVs come in, led by the first driver, who is known as the wagon master.

As we were leaving, Lorna gave us this chair.  She is packing to move full time to her Seattle townhouse.

It's on my covered front porch now.

It’s on my covered front porch now; Thank you, Lorna.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob had returned from Montana.  She had called to ask me to stop by because they had brought us a present.

Jo's garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Jo’s garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Jo's back deck with bunting

Jo’s back deck with bunting

Coco! (Allan's photo)

Coco! (Allan’s photo)

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

(She did not even know I had been whinging on about my watering woes yesterday.)

Port of Ilwaco boatyard

We ended our day watering at the Ilwaco boatyard.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we have to water from behind the fence

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual...

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual…

 

 

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard north end

boatyard north end

We took some of our bucket water to give the new curbside plants at the port a boost.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

So….what shall we do with the extra few hours from not going to Andersen’s?  I suppose we could put it toward weeding the Long Beach beach approach garden, or….we just might spend it on our own garden.

We are now down by several jobs, as we quit two small jobs over bad pruning and slow payment, and Todd has the Wiegardt garden, and we gave Casa Pacifica to Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, Cheri is doing her own garden, and Flowering Hedges has been doing Erin’s garden.  It has delighted me to be divested of all of these jobs; however, I suppose we need to be careful that we don’t go too far into early retirement and lose our ability to afford to go garden touring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

at home

Smokey

Smokey

I find it so sweet that Smokey now sits on the chair closest to my new table while I have breakfast; he sat next to the other table when I would dine there.

I could not get going outside today despite big plans. I had so little energy for gardening that I wrote two blog posts instead, feeling a nagging guilt the whole time because the weather was warm and not terribly windy.  I attribute some of the lack of energy to having heard this morning that Long Beach won’t hire an intern to weed the beach approach. I don’t get it as they have to pay someone to do it, right? So it seems like the remaining ten sections are again hanging over my head like the axe of doom. Or…it just won’t get done. Other than that, I suppose we all need a rest sometimes and I had to take one.  Fortunately, it was the longest day of the year and so even though I did not begin to garden till 4:30, I still had time to put in a good four plus hours.

I ate the Pink Poppy Bakery Swedish Traveling Cake, which I'd forgotten about yesterday, for energy.

I ate the Pink Poppy Bakery Swedish Traveling Cake, which I’d forgotten about yesterday, for energy.

Allan had already helped me enormously by setting up a sprinkler to water the front garden.

front garden lilies

front garden lilies

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pale yellow lilies in bud

pale yellow lilies in bud

Scrophularia variegata (figwort) and a variegated Hellebore

Scrophularia variegata (figwort) and a variegated Hellebore

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

I had been excited after a rain shower late last week to find the new water bin full…until Allan pointed out it also collected roof water from when we run the oscillating sprinkler.  (Our house is short).

I should have dipped water out before today's sprinkler session.

I should have dipped water out before today’s sprinkler session.

In the back garden, I found two frogs, not Pacific tree frogs but a larger kind (leopard frogs?) hanging out under a piece of driftwood in one of the water boxes.

frogs

frogs2

I could also see some small tadpoles swimming around, the ones Allan had rescued last weekend.  They are elusive and dive down when observed.

Allan had mowed the lawn earlier in the day.  I watered with the four back garden sprinklers, weeded the former Danger Tree bed and added whatever mulch I had around (not enough!), and then I partially trimmed out the sides of the salmonberry tunnel back in the bogsy woods…

before...forgot to take an after.  And the results were just middling because of lack of energy.

before…forgot to take an after. And the results were just middling because of lack of energy.

Japanese iris by the woodpile at the tunnel entrance

Japanese iris by the woodpile at the tunnel entrance

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I had company in the garden.

I had company in the garden.

Allan went to water the Ilwaco Community Building.  I observed that he does not mind going to work for a bit on a day off, whereas to me, having to work even a bit makes it completely not count as a day off.

Allan's photo: flooding the sad horsetail-y soil at the community building.

Allan’s photo: flooding the sad horsetail-y soil at the community building.

Allan's photo: Brodiaea at the community building.

Allan’s photo: Brodiaea at the community building.

When he returned, he built a campfire.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Later in the evening, I got the impulse to completely get rid of that old tricycle piece at the lower right, above; it has slowly disintegrated, and makes it impossible to expand the garden into that area.  It’s gone now.

Near the fire circle:  two beloved plants, Sambucus laciniata from Joy Creek Nursery and Rose 'Radway Sunrise' from Cistus.

Near the fire circle: two beloved plants, Sambucus laciniata from Joy Creek Nursery and Rose ‘Radway Sunrise’ from Cistus.

Walking to and from the house to collect campfire food and drink, I noticed that the vine that Nancy gave me, from Annie’s Annuals, is blooming.  I have completely forgotten its name even though it is a vine I have wanted to grow, so I hope someone can help me ID it.

exciting!

exciting!  Sorry did not get a long shot of the plant.

Paul's Himalayan Musk rose is still blooming over the big west arbour.

Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose is still blooming over the big west arbour.

Then, we settled in for our campfire.

view of the Danger Tree bed I had weeded earlier today.  I want to build the bed up higher now that the tree is just a snag.

view of the Danger Tree bed I had weeded earlier today. I want to build the bed up higher now that the tree is just a snag.

to my left: the bed that I expanded recently.  Quite satisfying to see those ladies in waiting planted.

to my left: the bed that I expanded recently. Quite satisfying to see those ladies in waiting planted.

fire

At last, a fire, and no wind.  We had hoped for this last night when Kathleen was available to join us.  It has been a couple of windy weeks waiting for a campfire evening.  Tonight was summer solstice, and even though I knew it was the longest light evening of the year, I totally forgot that we should howl and …recite poetry… and other solstice rituals.  We just quietly sat and toasted sausages and had a hard apple cider with lime each.

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lots of wood waiting for future campfires

lots of wood waiting for future campfires

above: trees with no roaring wind; what a delight

above: trees with no roaring wind; what a delight

Monday, 22 June 2015

My plan was to title this post “A lazy day and a busy one” or something like that, as I had expected to do a lot of weeding and pruning at home on Monday (while waiting for the plumber).  And then….because the next six days will be tremendously busy…I completely skived off and read the brand new book in a series that I love: The Seaside Knitters.  How could I resist?  It had come from the library, and if I did not read it today I would only have time for small bits of reading later in the week.  That is no way to read a mystery.

ahhhhh.....

ahhhhh…..

Mary immediately saw that it was going to be a good day for her, as well.

Mary immediately saw that it was going to be a good day for her, as well.

She made a good book rest.

She made a good book rest.

I love this series so much that I wrote a special blog post about it, and when I have time I have some new descriptive details about the fictional town of Sea Harbor to add to that post.  Despite an unusual number of murders, the town is idyllic, and even more so is the friendship among the women who comprise the core characters.  It is possible to find friends like that, and rare, and they should be treasured.  (I can guarantee that none of them would tolerate mean girl shenanigans any more than they tolerate unsolved murders.)

During that time, the plumber came and Allan dealt with the whole interlude so that I got to just keep reading.  He was being much more productive than me and had painted some posts and an old door for an upcoming project.

Allan's photo: He also scraped and repainted an old door that is one of the deer fence gates.

Allan’s photo: He also scraped and repainted an old door that is one of the deer fence gates.

I did not rush through my book despite my usual feelings of garden guilt, so I was not outside until after five.  (A sunny but not too hot day reading indoors is not as purely pleasurable as a winter day….)  In the following three hours, I managed to accomplish some weeding, some watering (including watering can applications from the full rain barrel), picked some strawberries and blueberries, and tied about twenty more tall bamboo stakes to the fence wherever I thought the deer might be jumping over.

bamboo stakes ready to go

bamboo stakes ready to go

evening light

evening light

reseeded Nigella (love in a mist)

under the rose arbor

deep blue nigella

deep blue nigella (love in a mist) reseeded from last year

looking south over the water boxes

looking south over the water boxes

a pretty annual given to me by Teresa from The Planter Box

a pretty yellow annual given to me by Teresa from The Planter Box

tall bamboo stakes in place

more tall bamboo stakes in place

looking south

looking south

looking southwest

looking southwest

Cosmos 'Antiquity'

Cosmos ‘Antiquity’

This daylily is a keeper.

This daylily is a keeper.

This evening I pulled a lot of bindweed off the backside of this area: East side of bogsy woods.

This evening I pulled a lot of bindweed off the backside of this area: East side of bogsy woods.

Salvia 'Hot Lips' came back from last year.

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ came back from last year.

Cyperus in the water boxes

Cyperus ‘King Tut’ in the water boxes

While I had a couple of productive hours in the garden, Allan went out to water the Ilwaco planters and street trees, so again it was not a true day off for him.  I find that a shame.  I think it bothers me more than it bothers him to see him have to go to work instead of having a real two day weekend.

We finished the day with the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line.  In one scene, June Carter uses the phrase “a hitch in your giddyup”, which is sort of cosmic because I just heard and adopted “hitch in your getalong” last week.

Tomorrow:  the north end jobs come early this week.  I am hoping, oh so fervently hoping, that the Long Beach planters will hold out till Wednesday and will not need watering tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

I am pleased to report that after a worrisome half hour at 6:30 Am when my knee hurt like the dickens, I managed to fall back asleep till 9:30 and dream that Xena Warrior Princess was serenading me.  Seven hours of sleep was a treat and a blessing (although I would love a good solid nine.)

I don’t even know why I went into Olde Towne Café…not to change the compost bucket as it was their first day of the week to be open.  However, due to lots of lovely, lovely rain, mostly conveniently timed at night, I did not feel hugely pressured at the start of the day and sat and visited with Luanne for at least fifteen minutes while Allan schmoozed with a new acquaintance, Kyle, a local gardener.

Olde Towne Café

Olde Towne Café

I meant to get a photo of the outside of the building with all the lovely plant containers..and forgot.

Then, off to work; I had not meant to get such a late start.


 

Red Barn Arena

Driving home the other day we had noticed some daisies needed deadheading in the roadside garden next door to the Red Barn.  We rarely do one without the other, so we deadheaded and weeded at the barn first

Red Barn garden

Red Barn garden

One of our barrels at the Red Barn

One of our barrels at the Red Barn

In the field to the north, young equestrians practiced.

Amy watches her daughter.

Amy watches her daughter.

Riding bareback in pajamas!

Riding bareback in pajamas!

and jumping bareback

and jumping bareback

It's all old hat for the dogs.

It’s all old hat for the dogs.

One of the two perennial barrels by the entrance to the barn property

One of the two perennial barrels by the entrance to the barn property


 

The Evils of Round Up

I wll not name and shame the garden next door!  However, when Allan was checking the garden along the road, where he had recently weeded just to prevent anyone from feeling the urge to use weedkiller, he found a small garden catastrophe.

roadside garden

roadside garden

This is what Round Up did to the painted sage that I had planted along the edge:

And there are no more for sale with which to replace these.

And there are no more for sale with which to replace these.

I called the garden owner who admitted it had been she who had sprayed, she thought so carefully.  She rushed right home from work and we took the walk of shame down the edge of the garden.  Her spouse joined us; he, too, had sprayed and said he will always spray as that is just what he does.  His was the outside edge with the dead painted sage.  Her inside edge of the garden was not as bad although some annual candytuft seedlings were blighted.  I jocularly told him he had now gotten the title of Nozzlehead and could put N.H. after his name.  And I told her that only because I do care enough to mope about the little dead plants am I good at my job; she agreed.

One thing I learned in Master Gardener class (even though I have to mention my dislike of the term Master Gardener) is that Round Up, when sprayed on a still day, can drift in a toxic cloud around your garden and kill plants even with no wind to blow it into the garden.  I personally will not buy or use the stuff because I do not wish to give money to Monsanto.

The effect of Round Up on me:  As we drove on, I started a new list of Questions for Potential New Clients, and here are the two questions to which the correct answer must be given:

rules

The rules being: Clients MUST water and MUST NOT use Round Up, Crossbow, or any of those sorts of weedkillers.

We also learned that the roadside garden is going to go away.  The trees that you can see on the left of the photo of that garden are going to be cut this fall, and tree fellers’ trucks will be driving on the garden area.  The trees used to provide privacy with their lower limbs till the county right-of-way pruners whacked those limbs all off, so after the trees are cut, a fence will be built and the roadside garden will be no more…at least not as it is now.  The plants will be saved by heeling them into a pile of mulch for the winter.


 

Basket Case Greenhouse

We had completely forgotten till she showed us that our client has asked us to plant something in a strawberry jar.  A stop at The Basket Case for some sedums could be accomplished on our way north.

In the Basket Case perennial house

In the Basket Case perennial house

The pickings are getting slim at the Basket Case; it is a seasonal nursery and will be sold out of plants and closed by the end of July, and will not reopen till next spring.  I would advise visiting soon while there are still cool perennials to be had…and there are!

These mixed dianthus are pretty and often come back although they are sold as annuals.

These mixed dianthus are pretty and often come back although they are sold as annuals.


 

Wiegardt Gallery

Due to our upcoming trip, we have a three day work week and wanted to hit all but two of the north end jobs today.  (We skipped Marilyn’s and Golden Sands this week.)

Wiegardt Gallery in Ocean Park

Wiegardt Gallery in Ocean Park

a lavender that I planted years ago, still going strong

a lavender that I planted years ago, still going strong

Three Ilex 'Sky Pencil' on the south side; frustratingly, three different shades of green.  Probably due to soaker hose location.

Three Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ on the south side; frustratingly, three different shades of green. Probably due to soaker hose location.

This Eryngium 'Jade Frost' (with chartreuse bells of Nicotiana langsdorfii) still has not coloured up.

This Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ (with chartreuse bells of Nicotiana langsdorfii) still has not coloured up.  The small thistle flowers will turn from white to cobalt blue.

and on comes the macro for Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

and on comes the macro for Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

with a Knautia macedonica entwined

with a Knautia macedonica entwined

and a tall white Allium (multibulbosum, I think)

and a tall white Allium nigrum (multibulbosum)

Oman Builders Supply, Ocean Park

More deadheading of the Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

More deadheading of the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

in our fine looking and quite low maintenance garden

in our fine looking and quite low maintenance garden

One little task was to remove the dead bulb foliage from the Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’.  Like allium foliage, it always looks worst just when the flower looks best, and removing it always results in pulling a flower, or a few of them, by mistake.

my my my my my my my mistake

my my my my my my my mistake

Queen Fabiola is so lovely I have to grow her anyway.

Queen Fabiola is so lovely I have to grow her anyway.

another shade of blue with California poppies

another shade of blue with California poppies

Papaver rhoeas (corn poppy, Flanders Field poppy)

Papaver rhoeas (corn poppy, Flanders Field poppy)

I was distributing garden tour posters for Garden Tour Nancy today; one had gone to Basket Case, and now one got posted in the OBS window.

the store manager posts the poster

the store manager posts the poster

in a prime place

in a prime place


 

Klipsan Beach Cottages

three o clock in the garden

three o clock in the garden

A robin bobbed along the fence when I entered the garden at KBC.

robin

and gave me a suspicious look.  (Kudos to the Tootlepedal blog for teaching me the many expressions of birds.)

and gave me a suspicious look. (Kudos to the Tootlepedal blog for teaching me the many expressions of birds.)

Now if this rose were in my garden...out it would go.

Now if this rose were in my garden…out it would go.

Any amount of rain makes the petals brown off in an unsightly way.

Any amount of rain makes the petals brown off in an unsightly way.

Mary acquired the rose and defends it for its prolific flowers which do look good in a dry spell.

lily bloom and bud

lily bloom and bud

Lily:  'Landini' or 'Black Out'

Lily: ‘Landini’ 

iris ensata (Japanese iris)

iris ensata (Japanese iris)

Even though we worked at KBC six days before, we still got a wheelbarrow load of debris out of the garden.

Andersen’s RV Park

Andersen's poppy field

Andersen’s poppy field

Allan fertilized the west side container gardens and then set to weeding around the poppy field.  I weeded here and there, everywhere but the garden shed garden.

While I pulled some weeds in the west side garden, a gust of wind billowed the Stipa tenuissima like a cloud and I thought it was a big furry dog running up to me.

While I pulled some weeds in the west side garden, a gust of wind billowed the Stipa tenuissima like a cloud and I thought it was a big furry dog running up to me.

The Payson Hall planters are more wildflowery this year as California poppies reseeded.

The Payson Hall planters are more wildflowery this year as California poppies and red poppies reseeded.

Last week a guest said "Your wildflowers are so charming!"

Last week a guest said “Your wildflowers are so charming!”

The picket fence garden

The picket fence garden

Lily...'Landini' again or 'Black Out'

Lily…’Landini’ again or ‘Black Out’

the eye popping orange lily and blue Baptisia combo at its peak

the eye popping orange lily and blue Baptisia combo almost at its peak

Orange lilies and Agastache 'Summer Glow'

Orange lilies and Agastache ‘Summer Glow’

The sweet peas are coming up along the picket fence, still too short to climb; I encouraged some with bits of twine.

the two roses on the cottage, west and south sides

the two roses on the cottage, west and south sides

And of course….

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

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and bees

with bees and bees and bees

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a pollen-laden bee on a Cosmos

a pollen-laden bee on a Cosmos

Helianthemum 'Ben Nevis' (I think)

Helianthemum ‘Ben Nevis’ (I think)

KBC had gotten a garden tour poster, and so did Andersen’s.

office door

office door

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We could have used more time weeding the west bed (and I would dearly love to have had a look at the Golden Sands garden) but at six o clock, we went on to our last job of the day.  I was mighty tired by then and when I suddenly remembered that it was Deadliest Catch night on telly, I felt revitalized with anticipation of seeing crabbers work much, much harder than we ever do.


 

The Anchorage Cottages

Anchorage center courtyard

Anchorage center courtyard

Calla lily (top),  lily (middle), Melianthus major (bottom)

Calla lily (top), lily (middle), Melianthus major (bottom)

office courtyard in evening light

office courtyard in evening light

By the time of our arrival, the office was closed, so I just slipped the garden tour poster under the door and hope to see it in the window next time we come.

At home, greenhouse tomato watering was followed by chores such as laundry as we try to prepare to leave.  I walked through the garden and imagined that our houseguest will enjoy it while we are gone, and I put some alder wood in the fire circle in case she decides to have friends over for a campfire.

 

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Wednesday, we added a Brunnera ‘Looking Glass’ to fill in a space in Mayor Mike’s garden…

much better!

much better!

admired this combo at our Ilwaco Post Office volunteer garden:

Asiatic lily and Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Asiatic lily and Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Note:  Mike’s garden, which we just started doing this year, needs some white lilies.

We stopped at The Basket Case Nursery, where Walter greeted us.

Walter, one of three poodles

Walter, one of three poodles

Next, we stopped at The Planter Box for more Dr. Earth organic caterpillar spray and to confirm the date (July 18th!) when they will be “cash mobbed”.  (Later in the week, we got back to “the caterpillar job” and decided not to spray again.  There were just a few left and we did not want to hurt the busy bees.)

at The Planter Box

at The Planter Box

Next, on to Andersen’s RV Park.  From here on, it would be a “north end day”.  I like a north end day because the gardens are all favourites of ours and it is easier to do two hours here and two there with a car ride in between than a steady slog at one garden all day.

Andersen's west garden

Andersen’s west garden

Baptisia australis backed with Stipa gigantea

Baptisia australis backed with Stipa gigantea

west side garden with Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

west side garden with Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

west side

west side

Staffer Rob Rosett had taken some wonderful photos of the Sisters on the Fly gathering.  Here he is in the office with two of them.

Rob Rosett

Rob Rosett

Stunning photos, eh?

On our way north to our next job, we stopped at our friend Sarah Sloane‘s home to drop off a couple of roses for her garden.  I was smitten with the Dianthus in her neighbour’s window box.  The apartment complex has sweet garden beds.  I was distracted by conversation and forgot to take more photos.

at South Wind Apartments

at South Wind Apartments

Klipsan Beach Cottages came next.

at KBC

at KBC

fenced garden

fenced garden

roses

roses

lilies

lilies

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

Allium schubertii

Allium schubertii

The week of rain had been hard on some of the roses.

unopened buds

unopened buds

That rose looked fine once we pruned it.  (Down to the next junction with five leaves.)

all better

all better

This rose was just fine despite rain.

This rose was just fine despite rain.

I decided a tree in the lower fenced garden (where the fence protects raspberries, a fig tree, apple trees and more roses) should be limbed up for the sake of the plants underneath. “No sooner said than done” Allan had already cut one branch by the time I took the before photo.

(sort of) before and after

(sort of) before and after

By the drive up the the cottages, the foxgloves were still going strong although the unseasonable strong winds of the last week pushed them sideways.

entry sign

entry sign

To the south of that sign, I have a river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (plant of the century!)

Rozanne blooming in shade

Rozanne blooming in shade

Because I love fuchsias, there are several, including one of my favourites:

Fuchsia 'Hawkshead', white with green tips

Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’, white with green tips

Hawkshead is a tall one.

Hawkshead is a tall one.

Behind it, a Callistemon still blooms.

bottlebrush

bottlebrush

Next, we stopped to deadhead Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ (three big ones!) at Oman Builders Supply in Ocean Park.

OBS garden

OBS garden

And we concluded our workday at The Weigardt Gallery (which had closed by the time we got there).

Wiegardt Gallery

Wiegardt Gallery

the north side, showing Eric's upstairs studio

the north side, showing Eric’s upstairs studio

By the time we left there, it was 6:30 PM.  Since I’d been to Marilyn’s garden with Nancy on Sunday on our pre-tour look at the tour gardens, and since rain had been falling on us off and on all day, we knew it would not need watering.  We were both rather damp and tired so we ended the workday early and headed home.

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There was not much time in our garden this week but what time we had was very productive.  Sunday, part of my day off was spent on the pleasant activity of garden touring.  When I got home at almost three, a very rained on Maddy greeting me with complaints about the weather.

grumpy

grumpy

Calvin had been more sensible and stayed dry on the cat perch.

a sensible boy

a sensible boy

I am trying to decide which daylilies stay and which will go.  This one was in disfavour on Sunday but I thought it looked pretty attractive on Thursday morning…

Am I going to be a softie?

Am I going to be a softie?

This one I do like.

This one I do like.

This one is horrid.

This one is horrid.

I must tag the horrid ones so I remember to remove them later.  I am thinking, because the flowers are edible, that they had better all stay till after the edible garden tour on August 11th!

My task of the afternoon was to plant all my acquisitions from Saturday’s plant shopping excursion.  The light and not too cold rain made for perfect planting weather, negating the need to water anything in.  To my disappointment, I found that the still somewhat empty end of the new west side border is still unplantable.  It looks enticing but is mostly unbroken down garden clippings on top of newspaper with just a thin layer of soil on top.

deceptive

deceptive

Frustrating because I needed more room for my new plants, but I did manage to get them all into soil here and there.  I think Cataline ‘Gilded Grape’ Torenia looks wonderful next door to Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’.

Torenia and Petunia

Torenia and Petunia

Some garden vignettes:

arbour with Clematis 'Etoile Violette'

arbour with Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’

The ends of these beds were extended last winter.

The ends of these beds were extended last winter.

Allan cut a monster branch of this tree, but I forgot to take a before pic.  Lots more sun for potato pile now!

Allan cut a monster branch of this tree, but I forgot to take a before pic.

Lots more sun for the potato pile now…spuds grown in debris pile along the east fence.  (Someone recently told me that if spuds come back on their own, crop rotation is not an issue.  I hope that is true.)

Sambucus 'Black Lace'

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

"Maxine's white rambler"

“Maxine’s white rambler”
by the cat bench

by the cat bench

Centaurea montana; I have not had this become a weed...yet.

Centaurea montana; I have not had this become a weed…yet.

My version of edible gardening...neglecting to harvest the chard.

My version of edible gardening…neglecting to harvest the chard.

Rose 'Dortmund' bowed by rain

Rose ‘Dortmund’ bowed by rain

Rose 'Nearly Wild':  I am unimpressed.

Rose ‘Nearly Wild’: I am unimpressed.

some of Allan's ferns

some of Allan’s ferns

Pulmonaria

Pulmonarias

Dicentra scandens

Dicentra scandens

And a few hardy Fuchsias:   I love them and have at least thirty different kinds.  I got many of them at The Basket Case Greenhouse where you will find an excellent collection for sale.

Debron's Black Cherry

Debron’s Black Cherry

pale pink magellanica

pale pink magellanica

fuchsia

I got my passion for Fuchsias from my grandma, who grew a few small flowering hardy ones and lots of annual ones, wintered over under lights.  She called them her dancing girls.

Fuchsia

This is why I keep quitting jobs lately….to try to strike a better balance between being able to pay the bills and yet having more time at home in our own garden.

Tuesday after work I had another garden interlude at home because an intense wind made it unpleasant to work anywhere in Ilwaco or Long Beach.  We had gone to a garden a bit inland for about five hours.  When we got home, the wind had blown alder leaves and even a few Oriental poppy petals all the way over the low roof of the garage and into the driveway.

windblown

windblown

I thought that I would stay indoors and work on catching up on the blog (which is running about three days behind); then suddenly the wind died down enough to weed outside without fear of falling tree limbs, and Allan got the lawn mowed, even unto the bogsy woods.

My photos of our garden from that day were taken before work:

intensely fragrant white lilies by the sidewalk fence

intensely fragrant white lilies by the sidewalk fence

Melianthus major by the sidewalk fence (handy for showing people that the leaves smell like peanut butter!)

Melianthus major by the sidewalk fence (handy for showing people that the leaves smell like peanut butter!)

front garden, still mostly green

front garden, still mostly green

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant' hiding a lily

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ hiding a lily

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

Tomorrow:  The week in work, and maybe then I will be caught up just momentarily.

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