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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

at home

Rain and wind provided a blissful day off.

snoozy Mary

snoozy Mary

Smokey waited for me to settle down to read.  (Calvin, not Smokey, is the one who claws this chair.)

Smokey waited for me to settle down to read. (Calvin, not Smokey, is the one who claws this chair.)

I read a gripping mystery from cover to cover.

I read a gripping mystery from cover to cover.

I did not do the things I had instructed myself to do: pack for my trip and wrap Montana Mary’s birthday presents to mail on Friday.

Allan, inspired the the orange beef that Steve recently served us for lunch, made a tasty orange chicken dish.

Allan, inspired by the orange beef recently served at lunch by Steve and John, made a tasty orange chicken dish.

At the end of the day, Mary and Frosty were again snoozing together.  A new trend.

At the end of the day, Mary and Frosty were again snoozing together. A new trend.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The work list is growing.

The work list is growing, and the beach approach weeding has not even made the list yet.

After a night of inexplicable insomnia (no particular worries, just could NOT sleep well), my big plan was to get some cow fiber mulch, shop a bit at the Basket Case, mulch Mayor Mike’s garden back here in Ilwaco and then do some mulching at the port and plant poppy seeds there.  I was hoping for two easy days to close out the week.

As we were leaving Ilwaco I checked my phone messages and found I had missed one from Monday.  Yikes.  It was from Parks Manager Mike in Long Beach and the beach approach garden needed to be pruned of some branches sticking out a bit too far, not into the traffic lane, but just hanging a bit over the curb to where someone who had to swerve to the side might run into them.  The whole day’s plan got upended; we postponed the mulch pick up and headed straight to the Bolstadt beach approach.  Allan took the photos:

I got right down to pruning and Allan came behind picking up and hauling and clipping anything I missed..

I got right down to pruning and Allan came behind picking up and hauling and clipping anything I missed..  You can see behind me not that much was sticking way out.

Fortunately, mugo pine wood is soft and easy to lop.

Fortunately, mugo pine wood is soft and easy to lop.

looking west at the neatened edge

looking west at the neatened edge

Maddeningly, this job had not even made it to the work list yet, at which time, when we actually schedule it, we will remove some of the rugosa roses from along the edge.  That will last for a year or so before they creep back.

trying to do as neat a job as possible while in a frenzy.

trying to do as neat a job as possible while in a frenzy.

lots for Allan to pick up

lots for Allan to pick up

getting closer to the arch

getting closer to the arch

a trailer load of prunings

a trailer load of prunings

looking west from the arch

looking west from the arch

I was in a state of “We have way too many jobs for two people” semi-misery.  Finally, we were done; I walked to city hall, a block east, to check on the garden there while Allan picked up the last pile.

Who should I see but my neighbour, Rudder!  (His people, of Starvation Alley Farms, have their business HQ by the arch.)

Who should I see but my neighbour, Rudder! (His people, of Starvation Alley Farms, have their business HQ by the arch.)

Allan's photo of Rudder

Allan’s photo of Rudder

City Hall, north side

City Hall, north side

narcissi

Narcissi and weeping love grass

Narcissi and weeping love grass

The hellebore is darkening as it ages.

The hellebore is darkening as it ages.

and a hellebore, which caused a sensation with some passersby.  "What is that plant?!"

same hellebore on Feb 14

I do love small cupped narcissi.

I do love small cupped narcissi.

Leaving the city works yard, after dumping debris, we were finally back on track for my original plan.  Near the works yard, I saw a flying bird for Mr. Tootlepedal.

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 The Planter Box

a cute driver outside the Planter Box garden center

a cute driver outside the Planter Box garden center

a lovely flowering quince

a lovely flowering quince

Dicentra spectabilis (bleeding heart)

Dicentra spectabilis (bleeding heart)

Raymond ready to scoop

Raymond ready to scoop

I told him there is nothing handsomer than a man with a scoop of cow manure.

I told him there is nothing handsomer than a man with a scoop of cow manure.

in the store: assorted abodes for bees

in the store: assorted abodes for bees

and some pertinent information

and some pertinent information

The Basket Case

We swung up and over Cranberry Road to get to the Basket Case, in order to pick up a few more violas for the Ilwaco and Long Beach planters and some more santolina and lavender for the port gardens.

The Basket Case Greenhouse

a shipment of clematis, passion flower, and climbing hydrangea; I got myself a Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit'.

a shipment of clematis, passion flower, and climbing hydrangea; I got myself a Clematis viticella ‘Polish Spirit’.

Fred waits for me to make up my mind about how many more plants to buy.

Fred waits for me to make up my mind about how many more plants to buy.  Foreground: the fragrant Viola ‘Etain’  (Allan’s photo)

Mike’s Garden

We returned to Ilwaco in a big hurry to get mulch onto Mayor Mike’s garden and the port.

mulching at Mike's: Allan's photo

mulching at Mike’s: Allan’s photo

When we had weeded there a couple of weeks ago, I thought that the soil look hard and tired.

mulch being added

mulch being added

all nice now

all nice now

We had to scoop around the edges of the trailer to get mulch that was cool to the touch, and Allan hosed it down to cool it all the way.  You can’t pile hot mulch on plants without making them very unhappy.  Speaking of hot, the weather had turned warm and I was kinda miserable but did not have time to think about it much.  I knew it would be cooler when we got to the port gardens.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

Narcissi 'Thalia', one of my favourites

Narcissi ‘Thalia’, one of my favourites.  Bulb foliage has speared an old leaf.

Mike's garden; the little table is to put a sprinkler on in summer.

Mike’s garden; the little table is to put a sprinkler on in summer.

a red pieris

a red pieris

Port of Ilwaco

By a little after four, we made it to the east end of Howerton Way at the port, a block east and a block south of Mike’s garden.

The east end bed has never gotten a nice mulching and I think it will be happier now and hold water better.  Allan took the photos of this project.

before, looking northwest

before, looking northwest

after

 

before

before

after, with me planting California poppy seeds (mixed colours) and Legion of Honour poppies down the center

after, with me planting California poppy seeds (mixed colours) and Legion of Honour poppies down the center

My dream had been to get poppy seeds planted in some of the gardens the whole length of Howerton.  I ran out of steam after planting some at the next bed that had room.  (Allan planted six santolinas and two lavenders.)

oppies

the next bed to get poppies (and last one for today): Dusky Rose, Tropical Sunset, Buttercream, Copperpot.

the next bed to get poppies (and last one for today): Dusky Rose, Tropical Sunset, Buttercream, Copperpot.

The bed is by the Loading Dock Village.

The bed is by the Loading Dock Village building

flowering pear street tree in that same bed

flowering pear street tree in that same bed

We had collected some river rock from the east end bed and now we dumped them into the rock bed by the old hotel at the west end.

more rocks to help hide the landscape fabric

more rocks to help hide the landscape fabric

Other public gardeners will recognize how dogs like to leave a deposit right on top of a plant.

Other public gardeners will recognize how dogs like to leave a deposit right on top of a plant.  (Second grass clump)

We added Viola ‘Etain’ and some more variegated lemon thyme to a few more of the city planters.  We found a cute surprise in the one by the Portside Café.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

By 6:45, we were done and even though we were tired after a difficult day, the appeal of some delicious ahi tuna at the Cove Restaurant was too hard to resist.

Cove Restaurant

the garden outside (Allan's photo)

the garden outside (Allan’s photo)

behind the counter (Allan's photo)

behind the counter (Allan’s photo)

menu

the ceremonial photography of the food (Allan's photo)

the ceremonial photography of the food (Allan’s photo)

We had dived into a caesar salad with anchovies before remembering to take a photo…

ahi

ahi tuna

bronzed scallops with lemon butter

bronzed scallops with lemon butter

I got to erase two thing: mulch Mike and mulch Port...

I got to erase two thing: mulch Mike and mulch Port…(Marylin for poppies should be Marilyn)

Tomorrow….I so hope for an easy day, but it will have to start with packaging Montana Mary’s presents (I’m a lousy wrapper; my friends are used to sloppy packaging but I do struggle each time to do better) and then finishing the poppy planting at the port….and then some tidying in Long Beach and (I hope) finishing the big popout, and then packing for a trip to the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 27 June 2014

Rain had made a soothing accompaniment to sleep and had filled the street with puddles.

on Lake Street

on Lake Street

Usually rain is not hard enough to save us from planned watering of the planters in Ilwaco and Long Beach, as thick foliage prevents water from reaching the soil.  THIS rain had been hard enough.  As it continued to drizzle, we still had to go to work as some tasks had not yet been done for the week.

The day before, I had noticed that two of the Ilwaco planters by the boatyard were especially dry, so despite the good rain, just those two (probably dry from wind) got some bucket water.

boatyard garden and rain puddles

boatyard garden and rain puddles

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The Aquarius was getting a bath.

The Aquarius was getting a bath.

Passing Ilwaco City Hall, we saw a startling sight.

These two planters at city hall are the ones that used to be at outside the library.

These two planters at city hall are the ones that used to be at outside the library!

Two circles of dirt were all that remained outside the library where the planters had stood.

Two circles of dirt were all that remained outside the library where the planters had stood.

I asked at city hall and found that this all has to do with watering and the fact that the staff at city hall will keep the planters watered, whereas the librarians are no longer allowed to water on work time.    The planters will show up better in their new home and will get the extra water needed to make them thrive with showier plants than those in the other, less frequently watered city planters.

Next, we deadheaded and weeded at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview.

The pretty much weekly Depot garden photo.

The pretty much weekly Depot garden photo.

containers and windowboxes by Nancy of The Basket Case Greenhouse, and the new railroad history sign

containers and windowboxes by Nancy of The Basket Case Greenhouse, and the new Clamshell Railroad driving tour history sign

Nancy's plantings

Nancy’s plantings

I am going to use some of those geraniums next year.

I am going to use some of those geraniums next year.

Next, we deadheaded and dealt with the continuing horsetail problem at the Long Beach welcome sign.

Next, we deadheaded and dealt with the continuing horsetail problem at the Long Beach welcome sign.

The Geranium 'Rozanne' at the welcome sign is finally beginning to show some blue.

The Geranium ‘Rozanne’ at the welcome sign is finally beginning to show some blue.

We weeded and deadheaded the Veterans Field garden and wondered if vendors would show up for the Friday Farmer's Market in the rain.

We weeded and deadheaded the Veterans Field garden and wondered if vendors would show up for the Friday Farmer’s Market in the rain.

I'm not pleased about the "Not Here" doggie signs blocking the view of flowers in our two small stage planters!!

I’m not pleased about the “Not Here” doggie signs blocking the view of flowers in our two small stage planters!!

Allan pulled some bindweed in the nearby tiny park behind the Lewis and Clark Square wall.

Lewis and Clark wall, bindweed on the rhodos, Allan's photo

Lewis and Clark wall, bindweed on the rhodos, Allan’s photo

a white spider on a bindweed flower, Allan's photo

a white spider on a bindweed flower, Allan’s photo

As we worked, three vendors set up despite the rain.

As we worked, just three vendors set up despite the rain.

Next came the Anchorage Cottages.

Next came the Anchorage Cottages; a historic sign newly hung looks good on one of the cottages.

We had to cut short our garden care for The Anchorage and rush home when I checked my email and found out from our medical insurance provider that a glitch in the system had resulted in our bill not being paid.  We got a check out the old fashioned way, in the mail.

lilies next to our garage driveway at home

lilies next to our garage driveway at home

At five, we went back out to work for three challenging hours on the beach approach garden.

Allan found a card at Olde Towne Café showing the beach approach before the garden was installed.

1990...one year before I came camping on the Peninsula and fell in love

1990…one year before I came camping on the Peninsula and fell in love

back

back to work on some more sections of the horrible Bolstadt beach approach garden

back to work on some more sections of the horrible Bolstadt beach approach garden: before

after

after

It was fairly miserable with soaking rain and wind and I kept saying we would quit, and then would see one more enticing patch of weeds to pull.

The slugs being out in force made it more unpleasant.

The slugs being out in force made it more unpleasant.

Finally, with the light failing and rain increasing, we gave up...with many sections of garden left to go.

Finally, with the light failing and rain increasing, we gave up…with many sections of garden left to go.

That’s as good as the beach approach was going to get for the Doggie Olympic Games 2014, scheduled for the very next day.

This year, I  just wanted to stay at home on Saturday and Sunday either in my own garden or working on my garden tour blog from the Hardy Plant Study Weekend rather than go see the doggies.  I was enjoying the nightly review and blogging about the wonderful gardens we had visited, and managed to do a couple more entries on Friday night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 16 May 2014, annuals planting time day eight

It was a long day.

We began by planting the container in front of Peninsula Sanitation in Ilwaco, and then checked out the new plant delivery at The Basket Case Greenhouse.

more Penstemons that are new to me.

more Penstemons that are new to me. (Pink Dawn on left)

I love the muted colours of Irish Molly viola so I bought most of the flat.

I love the muted colours of Irish Molly viola so I bought most of the flat.

With new perennials stuffed into the van along with flats of cosmos that we sorted and loaded at home, we went on up Sandridge Road, with Bill Dale’s CD playing, to plant cosmos at the Wiegardt Gallery. Just as we arrived, I called Golden Sands Assisted Living to see if their sprinkler system had been turned on; I was hoping to plant there, and feared finding dry soil. I was assured it had been on for two weeks and was chuffed to bits to know that finally, watering was not going to be a problem for us.

Wiegardt Gallery

Allan deadheaded the lilac...

Allan deadheaded the lilac…

I went into the gallery filled with ancitipation as I knew that plants were waiting for me, shipped from North Caroline by Eric’s plantsman brother, Todd.

Gallery manager Christl had unpacked the box and kept the plants watered for me!

Gallery manager Christl (above) had unpacked the box and kept the plants watered for me!

I could tell just by looking at the assortment that these were treasures, including Epimediums and Polygonatums that I had mentioned, here on this blog, craving more of. All looked healthy. I took the whole basin where they were sitting in a bit of water with me, and then got down to work planting cosmos and some Nicotiana langsdorfii (whose charteuse flowers echo the colour of the building). When we were done with that, I did a quick photo tour of the gallery gardens to show Todd what he is getting into when he arrives someday to care for them.

north beds.  Good:  Miscanthus variegatus, Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'..,

north beds. Good: Miscanthus variegatus, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’….

and a nice white Siberian iris.

and a nice white Siberian iris.

bad: couch grass and too many lilac suckers to count

bad: couch grass along the edges and too many lilac suckers to count

north side of house:  rhodos were transplanted from the south side against the house wall, years ago, to this shadier north side.  Danger: running Japanese anemone, could get out of hand

north side of house: rhodos were transplanted from the south side against the house wall, years ago, to this shadier north side. Danger: running Japanese anemone, could get out of hand. Maybe is already out of hand.

good: Epimedium!!  Bad...well, we have clearly not trimmed that sword fern yet.

good: Epimedium!! Bad…well, we have clearly not trimmed that sword fern yet.

more north wall, more transplanted rhodos, lots of creeping buttercup which we hope to tackle soon.

more south wall, more transplanted rhodos, lots of creeping buttercup which we hope to tackle soon.

south wall outside the office, recently redid the front edge to make space for new plants.  Alliums: so good!

south wall outside the office, recently redid the front edge to make space for new plants. Alliums: so good! Nice peachy rhodo. Will get huge (pruned back last year as was rangy).

peachy

peachy

bad: montbretia, plain orange thuggy one, under the rhodo.  I want to get rid of it.  Need time!

bad: montbretia, plain orange thuggy one, under the rhodo. I want to get rid of it. Need time!

east side of entrance:  good, Alliums.  Questionable, Lysimachia.  Too much of it.

east side of entrance: good, Alliums. Questionable, Lysimachia. Too much of it.

front entrance:  the curse of Geranium 'AT Johnson' throughout the beds.  The cistus is slowly dying and a new shrub of some sort will be needed.  (Deer would eat a rose; I found that out here years ago.)

front entrance: the curse of Geranium ‘AT Johnson’ throughout the beds. The cistus is slowly dying and a new shrub of some sort will be needed. (Deer would eat a rose; I found that out here years ago.)

We hope to get that damn geranium edited out once annuals planting time is over.

We hope to get that damn geranium AT edited out once annuals planting time is over. The Geranium macrorrhizum is still one that I like, though.

I can see the top of the Eucomis but no leaves; applied sluggo all around it, leaving a space for it.

I can see the top of the Eucomis but no leaves; applied sluggo all around it, leaving a space for it.

Here is where we never have time to eradicate G. AT and the badaster!

Here is where we never have time to eradicate G. AT and the badaster! We do like the Knautia macedonica, and of course the Alliums are good. And Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’

There's a cute little bun of some sort of collectible Dianthus (?)

There’s a cute little bun of some sort of collectible Dianthus (?)

west side:  the curse of sweet woodruff that came from who knows where.  Trying to get some structure with Ilex 'Sky Pencil'.  Much weeding will occur here soon.

west side: the curse of sweet woodruff that came from who knows where. Trying to get some structure with Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’. Much weeding will occur here soon.

The eremurus Todd planted are still here against the wall, doing better this year than last year.

The eremurus Todd planted are still here against the wall, doing better this year than last year.

south lawn, one of my successes here.

south lawn, one of my successes here.

It started with lots of little rhodos dotted around the lawn, planted well before we began working here.  We started joining them up into beds and adding ornamental grasses.

It started with lots of little rhodos dotted around the lawn, planted well before we began working here. We started joining them up into beds and adding ornamental grasses, .

The grasses include assorted Miscanthus and three of my favourite, Stipa gigantea. I was inspired by Piet Oudolf and in the long run if had the time, would have added more cool meadowlike perennials. (There are some Oudolfian sanguisorbas in there.)

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one of the original rhodos, now joined with others into a big bed

 

the street view, looking east

the street view, looking east

Onward!!

Oman and Son Builders Supply

No annuals to plant here.  Proof we can do a low maintenance garden bed.  The watering is done by soaker hoses turned on by the staff.

No annuals to plant here. Proof we can do a low maintenance garden bed. The watering is done by soaker hoses turned on by the staff.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

At KBC; we go in to a parking space at 'Joanie's Cottage', past banks of rhododendrons.

At KBC; we go in to a parking space at ‘Joanie’s Cottage’, past banks of rhododendrons.

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the road to Joanie's cottage

the road to Joanie’s cottage

Mary and Denny's house

managers Mary and Denny’s house

in the garden, Thalictrum 'Elin' gaining height

in the garden, Thalictrum ‘Elin’ gaining height

Allium bulgaricum

Allium bulgaricum

pinks by one of the gates

pinks by one of the gates

Aquilegia 'Clementine white' outside the deer fence

Aquilegia ‘Clementine white’ outside the deer fence

Dutch iris

Dutch iris

bearded iris

bearded iris

Dutch iris and Verbascum 'Southern Charm'

Dutch iris and Verbascum ‘Southern Charm’

After planting 6 six packs of cosmos and a penstemon and more, no time to prune the uppies on the honeysuckle

After planting 6 six packs of cosmos and a penstemon and more, no time to prune the uppies on the honeysuckle…next time!

I will be so glad when all the annuals are in and we can get back to regular maintenance. I do not enjoy planting!! At all! But, onward. It was after five and I really wanted to get about 24 cosmos in the ground at Golden Sands.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

It was a joy to plant in soil moistened by the now functioning sprinkler system and to see the garden at least looking healthy. Now all we need is time to weed the beds.

Southwest quadrant.  The garden has never looked this healthy before.

Southwest quadrant. The garden has never looked this healthy before.

bearded Iris and Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

bearded Iris and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

northeast quadrant (where the rhodo backdrop got severely pruned, to my distress still)

northeast quadrant (where the rhodo backdrop got severely pruned, to my distress still)

all the sweet williams have reseeded

all the sweet williams have reseeded

northeast quadrant

northeast quadrant

lots of lilies about to bloom; my mom's special yellow rhodo in the background by her old window

lots of lilies about to bloom; my mom’s special yellow rhodo in the background by her old window

northwest quadrant; each got six cosmos added (it's a budget garden)

northwest quadrant; each got six cosmos added (it’s a budget garden)

It brings tears to me eyes to wish that my mom could see how great this garden, inspired by here, still looks. It would be nice to have some kind of little plaque honoring her influence on this courtyard.

Even the roses planted by residents' family members, outside the quadrants we care for, look happier with the sprinklers working.

Even the roses planted by residents’ family members, outside the quadrants we care for, look happier with the sprinklers working.

After Allan had wheeled the wheelbarrow down the hall and outside, I found water for the birdbaths.

After Allan had wheeled the wheelbarrow down the hall and outside, I found water for the birdbaths.

It was a long hobble from the laundry room back down the hallway and around the corner to fill the birdbaths.  Ouch.  But should help add more birds for the residents' viewing pleasure.

It was a long hobble from the laundry room back down the hallway and around the corner to fill the birdbaths. Ouch. But should help add more birds for the residents’ viewing pleasure.

I got another chance to appreciate how well the garden looks.

I got another chance to appreciate how well the garden looks.

well watered! at last! joy!

well watered! at last! joy!

Long Beach

We needed to check the ten or so Bolstadt beach approach planters, which we had been neglecting, because there will be a mental health walkathon there tomorrow morning.

it is extra irksome to find finger blight as late as 7 PM...sea thrift pulled out and left to dry and die.

it is extra irksome to find finger blight as late as 7 PM…sea thrift pulled out and left to dry and die. It came from where the clippers are and lay parched toward the back of the planter.

the three outermost planters need more plants STAT, little drought tolerant perennial plants.

the three outermost planters need more plants STAT, little drought tolerant perennial plants.

looking east:  it is shocking to report that we have NOT done our usual weeding of the beach approach garden

looking east: it is shocking to report that we have NOT done our usual weeding of the beach approach garden

and yet it still has its charm.

and yet it still has its charm.

Rugosa roses; there is talk of going back to wildflowers instead next year...

Rugosa roses; there is talk of going back to wildflowers instead next year…

looking west...wildflowers won't hold up to the trampling of kite festival and will require lots more maintenance...

looking west…wildflowers won’t hold up to the trampling of kite festival and will require lots more maintenance…

the roses are just once blooming, followed by large orange or red hips.  Here, single pink...

the roses are just once blooming, followed by large orange or red hips. Here, single pink…

single white

single white (Rosa rugosa ‘Alba)

double white...'Blanc Double de Coubert'

double white…’Blanc Double de Coubert’

semi double pink

semi double pink

wild lupines

wild lupines

winter damaged escallonia may leaf out after all

winter damaged escallonia may leaf out after all

pinks in a planter

pinks in a planter

someone was really after the sea thrift!

someone was really after the sea thrift!

Then into town, where we planted the edges of the planters by the police station and the gazebo

Then into town, where we planted the edges of the planters by the police station and the gazebo

I love Pretty Much Picasso above all petunias (a plant I used to scorn).

We could hear as we planted a vocal group singing with exquisite harmony on the Veterans Field stage.

They were from Columbia Basin college in Pasco, Washington

They were from Columbia Basic college in Pasco, Washington

home at last, almost dusk

wind has blown the Clematis 'Etoile Violette' off the arbour

wind has blown the Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’ off the arbour

I took a walk and had some time to admire cool plants among the weeds, and then I potted up my NEW cool plants from Todd Wiegardt.

all potted up to hold till I can plant them

all potted up to hold till I can plant them

Feast your eyes on this list, my CPN (Certified Plant Nut) friends:

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And check out the change in the work board:

morning...and evening

morning…and evening

My dream is that tomorrow we will do Boreas, Erin, Depot and MAYBE even Kite Museum and the boatyard as APT continues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 14 March 2014

I was so sure I would have a rainy day off to finish my book.  Instead, bright sun slipped into my room and woke me all too early and then my utter shock re having to go to work kept me awake, so I functioned all day on just five hours of sleep.

Allan cheered me up with a decorated breakfast.

breakfast (vegetable patty with cheese, a dried plum (nice words for prune) and Dave's Killer Bread.

breakfast (vegetable patty with cheese, a dried plum (nice words for prune) and Dave’s Killer Bread.

Because the annual quilt show will draw many to the museum near the post office from Friday through Sunday, I felt I had to do one thing that has been bothering me in our volunteer post office garden:  cut back a Cistus.  It looked somewhat tatty from freezing, and was a donated plant that I probably would not have chosen.  It’s the one with rather nondescript pale pink flowers and a short bloom period and it was taking up rather a lot of space.

in the midst of pruning...

in the midst of pruning…

and after.  We may completely remove the cistus later one.

and after. We may completely remove the cistus later one.

I’d piled rocks in back to hide how the bottom of the wall was not painted; back when the painting was done, lawn grass hid the bottom.   I guess the Cistus did some service by hiding that ragged edge!

I had been so sure we’d get the day off that I had not made a work plan.  However, I did remember that one of the Ilwaco street tree pocket gardens had been bothering me with its weeds as we drove by at the end of each recent work day.

tiny tree garden, a mess indeed!

tiny tree garden, a mess indeed!

Allan tackled that square while I weeded a couple of the street planters and seven of the other tree gardens.  None of them were as terribly weedy as the one that had been on my mind.

This was the first planter to start blooming with narcissi a couple of weeks ago or more and is still going strong.

This was the first planter to start blooming with narcissi a couple of weeks ago or more and is still going strong.

I also popped into the Antique Gallery to take some photos for its Facebook page.  The Gallery’s owners are our gardening clients, Larry and Robert; they have a second antique shop around the corner on Spruce Street.

The ornamental pear street trees are in bloom.

The ornamental pear street trees are in bloom.

inside the Antique Gallery at First and Lake.

inside the Antique Gallery at First and Lake, just one corner out of several rooms.

Allan kept soldiering away on that one messy garden bed; I suggested just removing the golden marjoram that was terribly infested with grass.

tree, after

tree, after

We were still operating without much of a work plan for the day.  Because we had some buckets of plant starts with us,  we went to the Sid Snyder Ave. beach approach to add some sedums and catmint to one of the planters that we redid last fall.

It had been full of Vinca and creeping Jenny.

It had been full of Vinca and creeping Jenny.

From there, we were inspired to weed and tidy up the 7 other planters along Sid Snyder, and then to add sedums and catmints to two other planters on the Bolstadt beach approach.

The city crew was hard at work, too, putting lights on the arch on the Bolstadt approach.

the iconic Long Beach arch

the iconic Long Beach arch

There is some debate about whether or not we really do have the world’s longest beach.  It is an old and traditional slogan.

Last fall, we had removed sheets of boring Vinca (planted by volunteers some years ago) in the two westernmost planters, so each got some sedum and catmint.  They get little water in summer….only when we haul it out in buckets.

Looking west: There's a planter between the Discovery Trail and the boardwalk.

Looking west: There’s a planter between the Discovery Trail and the boardwalk.

looking east toward town

looking east toward town (the arch is between those two big buildings)

Next, I remembered that we could further the weeding project and control of rugosa roses in the big popout on Ocean Beach Boulevard.  While Allan got set up there, I stopped at Pink Poppy Bakery, just east of the arch, and learned of a local event which we will likely attend (the evening part of it):

eventI brought two cupcakes to the big popout.

chocolate Guinness cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream frosting

chocolate Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting

Could I keep the cupcakes as a reward for a job well done?

center of the big popout, before.

center of the big popout, before.

No, I ate mine right away, for strength.   Allan did the hardest part of the job, swinging a pick to remove rugosa roses, leaving them standing only at the back of the garden.  I used to love Rugosa roses and still would appreciate any that are not such vicious runners as this one, Rosa rugosa ‘Alba’.  They are immune to disease, don’t mind salty winds, and are pretty much left alone by deer.

after

after

I know the soil is still thick with deep rose roots and the rhizomes of couch grass, and I wish the Pampas grass was not the centerpiece.  However, with diligence, we may be able to turn this into some sort of lovely eye level display of charming rock garden plants.

Next, after dumping a trailer load of debris at city works, we did the one thing that I had fervently wanted to do:  planted some free plant starts at Erin’s garden, site of the project of our previous two days.

erin

erin

In the brand new bed, we planted starts gleaned from recent cleanups:

*creeping sedum, Nepeta (catmint) and Lychnis (rose campion) and a toadflax from Jo’s garden

*golden marjoram and a small red leaved Euphorbia from my garden

*Helianthemum from the Picture Attic garden

I had dug up a precious Eryngium start and some Calendula seedlings from my garden this morning, put them in the bottom of an empty bucket for safekeeping, and somehow they had gotten mixed with weeds and discarded.  Maddening.  Other than than that, it was a successful start to a new garden.

We finished the day at The Anchorage Cottages.  I am looking forward to the results of manager Beth’s plan to have a backhoe remove these pampas grasses from the entry garden.  They’ve been there since before I took on the gardening job.

They will not be missed!

They will not be missed!

fragrant Hyacinths by the office door

fragrant Hyacinths by the office door

a well established patch of Trilliums at The Anchorage

a well established patch of Trilliums at The Anchorage

I finally cut back the hardy fuchsias at The Anchorage.  Sometimes the stems come through the winter fully alive and I can have fuchsias the size of (very) small trees; this past hard winter killed them to the base.  They will return and are already putting out new foliage at ground level.

We did not get as far as Andersen’s RV Park even though I thought we might.  Simply too tired (me, anyway) to go on, we quit at a little after five PM.

At home, I contemplated from my window the sad fact that all my tall hardy fuchsias may have to be cut to the ground as well.

Fuchsias in our back garden are the predominant plants in one of the large beds.

Fuchsias in our back garden are the predominant plants in one of the large beds.

window view to the southeast; the crab pots behind the gear shed have been covered with a tarp and are no longer a scenic backdrop.

window view to the southeast; the crab pots behind the gear shed have been covered with a tarp and are no longer a scenic backdrop.

I sat at the computer and caught up on two weeks’ worth of my favourite gardening blogs: Mr. Tootlepedal (in the Scottish borders) and The Miserable Gardener (in Colorado).

Tomorrow (Saturday, March 15th) is the March cash mob way up north at the Oysterville Store and therefore will not be an opportunity to catch up on rest.

P.S.  Late in the evening, our friend Michele Z posted this photo of how fabulous the arch looks with its new lights:

Long Beach arch at night

Long Beach arch at night

 

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I am determined to catch up, having fallen behind on the caterpillar emergency non-blogging day, and skipping a day has been exacerbated by the long hours of daylight.  You see, if I suddenly pop my clogs, Allan would know how to keep the business going just by reading the blog for 2013 and replicating the work!  It is the same every year, pretty much!

He would find three jobs had been quit this year, but there is plenty to fill in on the other jobs (thus the quitting).

So:  Friday and Saturday in Long Beach and Ilwaco.

Friday, we began with some deadheading at Larry and Robert’s garden half a block away.  No watering necessary due to blissful rain!

their garden boat

their garden boat

My dear friends Judy and Tom’s new car shows up pretty and red in this photo.

The empty new planters had been put in place in downtown Ilwaco (more on this later) but not in the best spots (more on THAT later) so Allan shifted two of them.  While we were parked for that task, our good friend and brilliant carpenter Bill Clearman stopped for a by-the-car visit.  Allan provided a bucket for a seat.

catching up with Bill

catching up with Bill

Bill is an inspiration to us, still working hard at 70 plus.

Bill's reaction on learning he was being photographed for The Blog

Bill’s reaction on learning he was being photographed for The Blog

We checked on The Depot Restaurant garden next.

at the Depot

at the Depot

Next we drove up to The Basket Case to get soil for the Ilwaco planters.  Because Basket Case closes for the season in mid July (having originally been mostly annuals and hanging baskets), we are glad to have the chance to help them sell more of their soil now.

Basket Case

I wish I had bought myself one of their yellow Shasta daisies!  I just was not quick enough with the realization that I want one.  Or two.

yellow daisies

“Banana Cream’ yellow daisies

Next:  Long Beach.  I will regale you with some photos of the planters downtown;  I walked around weeding and deadheading all of them while Allan went out to Bolstadt to weed the beach approach….a job we had planned to spend two days on but wind and rain intervened.  At least I did not have to water the planters!

northernmost planter, east side of street

northernmost planter, east side of street

Diascia and Sunbini

Diascia and Sunbini

Geranium 'Rozanne' and golden marjoram

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and golden marjoram

My goal:  to have two Rozanne in each planter.  I formulated this goal too late to add them this year, as I think good, damp planting season is over (and the planters are full of annuals).  Rozanne has surpassed my expectations as a good container plant.  I might buy some and hold for fall planting.

Note:  Plant Brodiaea 'Queen Fabiola' in Vet Field garden.  Great blue for early summer.

Note: Plant Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ in Vet Field garden. Great blue for early summer.

also...white and blue Nigella (love in a mist)

also…white and blue Nigella (love in a mist)…here in a planter near the LB pharmacy

The big planter by Lewis and Clark Square is a mish mash that I am not very happy about.  I have gone through phases in this planter.  The phormium phase…long gone.  The Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ phase.  Still pulling those as they come back.  I like the Erysimum.  Every time we tear into it to do it over, we manage to puncture some sprinkler hoses, thus not making parks manager Mike K happy.

what to do?

what to do?

I have tried to get rid of all the Lady’s Mantle and look how much has come back.  Oops.

Across the street from Home at the Beach, the painted sage is fabulous in a re-done planter.  Good, new soil has it thriving.

Salvia viridis about to pop

Salvia viridis about to pop

Kitty corner to that by an empty lot is a planter that continues to thwart me.  I keep thinning the yarrow, planted by a volunteer back in the day, in order to add more interest, and the yarrow keeps winning.  This is one that can only be fully changed by ripping out plants, soil and all and starting over.  It is pretty enough when the yarrow blooms….

kind of dull

kind of dull

The planter in front of Home at the Beach cheered me up again.

Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice'

Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’

I made it through all the planters and walked past City Hall to join Allan on the beach approach.

City Hall Astilbe (north side)

City Hall Astilbe (north side)

I love Astilbes and should plant more in LB.

The wind knocked my prize goatsbeard specimen over so badly that we had had to cut half of it back off the sidewalk earlier in the week!

city hall

Now, the beach approach.  The rugosa roses, which have taken over the whole garden pretty much, are glorious right now.

pink ones

pink ones

single pink

single pink

slightly double pink

slightly double pink

pink

white

white

single white (Rosa rugosa alba)

single white (Rosa rugosa alba)

Coreopsis and roses

Coreopsis and roses

I checked the planters all the way to the end, where the two westernmost ones (planted with horribly dense vinca by volunteers way back when) have practically merged into the dunes.

almost a lost cause

almost a lost cause..and that dratted vinca

the westernmost planter

the westernmost planter

The last planter is just feet from the Long Beach boardwalk.  It could be so much better but we would have to tear out ALL the soil because of the dratted vinca and start over.  This has been the case with a number of the volunteer planters.  We manage to redo one or two a year.

The beach approach garden itself, due to our lack of time this week, did not get done as well as we could have with an extra day….the day we went to a sheltered garden to work instead because of 30 MPH winds.   We (especially Allan) did, however, make a difference.

before and after

before and after

Then we had to leave to get those three Ilwaco planters done.  They had been languishing in semi-hidden neglected spots in private yards; the city crew had gathered and emptied them and placed them for us to fill with soil and plants.

First, we did one in yellows down by the Portside Café.

yellow enhancing yellow

yellow enhancing yellow

golden thymes and marjoram, Erysimum 'Fragrant Sunshine'

golden thymes and marjoram, Erysimum ‘Fragrant Sunshine’

I will now illustrate with buckets how we found the planters placed this morning at the intersection of First and Spruce, where big trucks and trailers sometimes swing wide.

Can you see the faint tire tracks?

Can you see the faint tire tracks?  southeast corner

You can definitely see the tire tracks on the northeast corner!

You can definitely see the tire tracks on the northeast corner!

looking southwest

looking southwest; bucket marks where planter WAS placed

The planters would have been wiped out there, so Allan had moved them inboard.

looking east

looking east down Spruce

adding soil

adding soil

That odd little planter is left over from when there used to be a café and antique shop on this corner, whose owner had put out several containers of plants.

one...

one…

The planters are mismatched because I could not find any more good Erysimums for centerpieces.

The Hebe is a good center so I wish I had gotten two!

The Hebe is a good center so I wish I had gotten two!

That Hebe is left over from when I thought I needed one for a spot at Andersen’s RV Park…and didn’t…

When this job was done at sunset Friday evening, we had the refreshing feeling that we now had two days off!

home to a beautiful sunset, blissful prospect of leisure

home to a beautiful sunset, blissful prospect of leisure

Perhaps our plan of a Saturday taking photos at Saturday Market and then the Doggie Olympic Games was not entire a prospect of leisure, and not my perfect day off at home in the garden…but when I checked my email I realized we had to do a bit of work Saturday after all.

One of the port business owners wished to have her garden tidied, and while we did not need to jump to it, I did want to get it done for the fourth of July and especially for the Ilwaco sixth of July fireworks.  So in order to get it off the list, we did it Saturday late afternoon after Doggie Olympics.

hot and tedious work

hot and tedious work

but now it is done

but now it is done (too tired to straighten photo!)

We had a wonderful reward for doing that job when we did.  While dumping the debris out in the field at the east end of the port, we saw the Tall Ships set sail and were able to photograph them on their way to their Battle Cruise.  Cannons, sea shanties, climbing the rigging, and other delights awaited the passengers.  Well, the passengers were not made to climb the rigging, but I do believe they had to sing sea shanties.

We saw two ships go sailing out

We saw two ships go sailing out

Technically, they were motoring, not sailing, till they got farther out.

ships

ships

Avast, me hearties!

Avast, me hearties!

I reflected, as I often do, on what an amazing place Ilwaco is to live in.  Somehow, through a series of events that often seemed like mistakes, we ended up in this glorious place and with right livelihood.

ships

The Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftan

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On the way to resume the hard task of weeding the beach approach garden on Bolstadt, we stopped at Olde Towne to check on progress of my favourite ever coffee shop.  The sink was hooked up, but Chester would not let me take a picture of him turning the water on.  They still have to have the  inspection (although we are sure that will go well)  before they can officially open, and Chester drolly said that if people saw a photo of running the water, they would start coming in for coffee!

It is hooked up!

It is hooked up!

I feel urgency about tidying up the little gardens under the trees in Ilwaco, but since the mid morning was still chilly and misty, we decided to postpone it till the end of the day.  I made the same plan yesterday and did NOT get the tree pocket gardens done.

To pass a bit of time till the skies cleared (as I felt they would because the sky was light around the edges), we stopped at Stylin’ Boutique so that I could take some photos as teasers for the next Peninsula Cash Mob (April 13th at Stylin’).

Stylin'

Stylin’

And I got to meet shop dogs Buddy and Sadie, both of whom I found delightful.

Buddy and Sadie

Buddy and Sadie

By then, I really had put off work long enough, so we headed to the approach.  But on the way, Allan made a little detour and we admired the narcissi that we had planted at Margaret’s garden last fall, in the little beds we made along the street the previous spring.  The beds seem to be doing well and benefiting greatly from an autumnal mulch of dairy manure.

Margaret's narcissi

Margaret’s narcissi

Margaret's narcissi

Now why in the world did I plant all yellow in one spot and all white in another?  I think that they would look better mixed up, but will I remember to do so later on?

cute little beachy cottage

cute little beachy cottage

And…here we go, on the approach, at the spot where we left off yesterday after doing three and a quarter of the twelve and a half sections.  I did hope to get three more done today.

looking east toward the arch

looking east toward the arch

That whole ground level haze of green is almost entirely grass and clover…Oh dear.

Today we were asked three times what the power boxes are on the north side of the street.  Two questioners thought they were for hooking up motor homes, and one had the correct thought, that they were probably for kite festival, a beautiful and beloved local event.  That they are, for when fair booths are set up all along both sides of the street, leading to much back and forth foot traffic right across the garden.  And that is why we planted, from a native plant nursery that offered them for a very low price, Rugosa roses on the beach approach garden.  That is why the garden is no longer full of pretty little annuals and perennials.  It needs something strong enough to stand up to the festival.  See:

The Walk of Shame 2001 (about halfway down the page)

The Walk of Shame 2002 (partway down the page)

The Walk of Shame 2003 (toward the bottom of the page)

The Walk of Shame 2004 (a particularly gruesome one with befores and afters!)

and Kite Festival from a gardener’s perspective, 2007

This is why when we weed the approach now, we wrestle the weeds out from among prickly roses, and pull rose runners off from the very sides of the garden so they don’t overhang into the sidewalk area.    Many people do comment on how much they love the roses in bloom, but I miss the prettier garden of old.  However, the old garden needed watering in the summer, but the roses don’t, so that is a big plus because the beach approach is a bugger to water and involves many hose hook ups and hose dragging.

After two sections, I needed a break and went to my favourite shop, NIVA green, to buy a birthday present for my favourite coffee shop owner, Luanne…and I returned with two Tiger Paws from the Cottage Bakery.  A big gooey chocolate and maple Tiger Paw does the trick of giving us strength to keep going for a couple more hours far more than any healthy lunch I have ever eaten.  I hate to admit such a bad thing, but it is true.

On the way back to the approach, I admired the narcissi along the north side of city hall, a planting I like because they have become  a nice mix of white and yellow over the years.  This is a place where I plant some extra special cultivars (but don’t keep track of which ones).

city hall narcissi

city hall narcissi

city hall

city hall

Finally, fueled by sugar, we finished the third section.  I truly had thought we might not make it that far, and I would have found that very disappointing.  Here is how much closer we are to the arch:

so near yet so far.

so near yet so far.

There are six sections and a bit to go (the bit at the far end past the last planter), but one of them is so terrible that there,  we pretty much let nature win.

The worst section of all!

The worst section of all!

This whole section (between a planter and a sidewalk cut-through) is infested with what we call tube grass.  A rush, actually.  Wetlands run on the south side of the sidewalk and lawn, and I am sure that this particular section had the rush underneath it when the garden was made.  We pull out a few clumps of velvet grass in here and then…shocking indeed…we just let the “tube grass” win!  We simply do not have time to engage in a battle for supremacy over mother nature here. I hope passersby, if they are gardeners, feel sympathy and understanding, and that non gardeners just walk on by to a nicer section.

On the way home, we deadheaded the Narcissi at the Long Beach welcome sign.  We have been so busy that we never did stop to get a photo of it at its peak, before it had mostly deadheads.

past its narcissi peak

past its narcissi peak

There are tulips coming on:  red and yellow for this side, and pink and white for the other side.  If we continue to be lucky, the deer will not move in on them.  (Last year, they ominously nibbled a few at the far end.)

We got back to Ilwaco to see more progress at Olde Towne!

Espresso sign in the window

Espresso sign in the window

And…we did NOT get the tree pocket gardens done in Ilwaco…yet again.  Tomorrow, we must do them first thing.

I walked around my own garden to pick some flowers for my neighbour and saw some exciting things…

lily shoots!

lily shoots!  (and, argh, horsetail)

If these lilies are this far along, I simply must get planted…so late!…the bag of lilies that is still languishing in the garage for lack of time.

Look at the colour on this emerging ornamental rhubarb!

so bright!

so bright! (and….dwarf fireweed, argh).

And, eying me from my neighbour Nora’s window, her granddaughter’s cat, Coco!

Coco!

Coco!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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