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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

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wind warning flag at the port today (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach

Despite blustery weather, I decided that we should tackle the second parking lot garden in Long Beach.  I just wanted it done.

berms

bottom of photo, the three “berms”

The three “berms” (actually not berms because they are not mounded) get absolutely no supplemental water in summer, so it is impressive how well they came through the drought of 2015.

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before, 11:20 AM

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before (Allan’s photo)

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before (Allan’s photo)

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before

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before

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the south end of the south berm

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Briza maxima (quaking grass)

I decided to leave the patch of quaking grass at the south end.  It is such a pretty thing.  We pulled almost all of the rest of that grass out of the north and south berm because when it reseeds, it looks weedy to passersby. We will leave it in the center berm which doesn’t have much else going on.

Boreas Inn Bill drove by and yelled “You rock!”  He asked if I was tired of hearing that yet.  No, not at all.  It is my favourite compliment, far preferable to honking horns.

The wind gusted up to 30 mph in the afternoon.  It was annoying, but at least it was not the cold north wind.

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Veterans Field flag pavilion shows the wind coming from the south east, much more pleasant than the dreaded north wind.

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2:30 PM: the first load of debris…easy to dump buckets…at city works yard

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before, Allan’s photo

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after (Allan’s photo)

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before (Allan’s photo)

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after (Allan’s photo)

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ladybug love (Allan’s photo)

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4:37, after

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after

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after

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after

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after

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after

 

Ed Strange and his helper drove by with his 18 month old springer spaniel, Jackson, and of course I had to stop for pets.

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Allan’s photo

 

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after

We considered weeding some of the big dandelions out of the extra boring center berm.

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center berm; we often just end up string trimming most of this one.

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center berm with lots of quaking grass

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center berm; still deciding how hard we are going to tackle it.

Because it was not yet 5 o’ clock, we made up our minds that we had time to trim the sickly rhododendron in the 3rd Street Park, especially since the good parking spot, rare to acquire, was available.

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before

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before

I do not know why over half of this rhodo got sick.  I do know that some of the friendly patrons of the bar behind the fence have been asking repeatedly for the rhodo to be cut down to the top of the fence, which I have refused to do because it has very little healthy growth lower down.  Now…half of it died back, very mysteriously.  If I were hanging out in the sitting area between the tavern’s back door and the fence, I would want WANT the privacy afforded by tall shrubs.  I do not understand at all why some patrons want the shrubs to be short, but looks like they may get what they want as we may cut the other, now lopsided, side of the rhodo down once it is done blooming.  It mystifies me always why passersby rejoice at seeing shrubs cut halfway down.  Why not let them grow to their natural height and provide beauty and privacy?

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during

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after; we shortened the one to the right, as well.

This was a big cutting job for Allan’s small rechargeable chainsaw, resulting in one of the batteries melting inside the casing.

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second debris load of the day (Allan’s photo)

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from the good parking spot: rain had arrived.

Just as we were entering the city works yard to dump the large load of debris, a bolt of lightning jolted down from the sky and hit the ground…

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…somewhere between the machine and the tall trees.

That made unloading the trailer a suspenseful procedure.

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after the thunder and lightning, much rain

at home

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down to one berm!  and I was glad the rhodo had made it to work board so that I had the pleasure of erasing it.

Beth, Anchorage Cottages manager, stopped by the berm project today to tell us that she had finished building the new window boxes for the cottages, so we will be collecting and planting them soon.

I had spent much of the day thinking concerned thoughts about a blogger who has gone to hospital after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, and arrived home to a message about another garden blogger with aggressive breast cancer.  My thoughts are with both of them even though I only know them through the blogosphere.  Every day that I am able to weed, even in wind and rain, is a precious one.

On Facebook, I saw this darling update from a friend who had brought me some gardening books last week:

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That was cheering indeed.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 70):

April 13:  Got my drivers license renewed for the second time so it’s been 8 years since I’ve been behind the wheel.  I don’t understand it!  [She learned to drive at age 62 but didn’t like doing it.  My dad did not encourage her to drive.]

1998 (age 73):

April 13:  Gray, cool, and rainy   So much for dedicating all this week to planting.  I had to go to the PO to mail my tax payment, etc.  Went to drug store and QFC.  But the time I got everything out away it was too late to work outside so I cleaned out the top shelf of kitchen pantry.  I moved all the canned fruit into that shelf.  I also found a case of 1993 canned tomatoes—two were spoiled, ugh.  [We found the same phenomenon when we cleaned out her home here in 2009; we think it is a food hoarding phenomenon from the depression area, that she could not resist cases of food items on sale.]

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

apples at The Planter Box, where we shopped for a few plants for Long Beach

apples at The Planter Box, where we shopped for a few plants for Long Beach

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The gardens are going through a dull patch.

The gardens are going through a dull patch.

midsummer doldrums

midsummer doldrums

We hose watered the sad dry hydrangeas.

We hose watered the sad dry hydrangeas.

The Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' at the back should be so much taller...not enough water.

The Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ at the back should be so much taller…not enough water.

The Helianthus on this side is getting better water.

The Helianthus on this side is getting better water.

With the sprinkler system working, the garden is still so much better than previous years that I mustn’t complain!

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I want Golden Sands to be like this garden.  This one has a lot of money lavished on plants and soil amendments and every inch gets watered.

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

The birdbath is actually a cat drinking saucer.

The birdbath is actually a cat drinking saucer.

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Cosmos and Salvia viridis

Cosmos and Salvia viridis

Mary's pale pink rose

Mary’s pale pink rose

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

with hummingbird

with hummingbird

Cosmos 'Antiquity'

Cosmos ‘Antiquity’

lily

lily

Anchorage Cottages

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My good friend Mitzu

My good friend Mitzu

towering sweet peas

towering sweet peas

Persicaria 'Dimity'; I forgot to get myself some starts of this last year.

Persicaria ‘Dimity’; I forgot to get myself some starts of this last year.

Cosmos 'Sonata' in the center courtyard.

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ in the center courtyard.

Long Beach

added three plants to the big Lewis and Clark Square planter. Still far from lush.

added three plants to the big Lewis and Clark Square planter. Still far from lush.

from The Planter Box

from The Planter Box

Port of Ilwaco

We watered all along Howerton Avenue.

Someone had messed with the lavender again. I took a small bouquet of it to Salt Hotel.

Someone had messed with the lavender again. I took a small bouquet of it to Salt Hotel.

Salt Hotel

Salt Hotel

the marina, looking southwest

the marina, looking southwest

Despite the clouds, no rain is in the forecast this week.

Despite the clouds, no rain is in the forecast this week.

Gardens...struggling by on once a week watering.

Gardens…struggling by on once a week watering.

Walking home, I spy Acanthus by the college building.

Walking home, I spy Acanthus by the college building.

Acanthus thriving on neglect

Acanthus thriving on neglect

a reflection in a boat by the street

a reflection in a boat by the street

a reward for watering in the greenhouse

a reward for watering in the greenhouse

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Ilwaco

I knew that the owners of Salt Hotel were in a crunch to get all their rooms done by the weekend so they could be fully open.  I took them a bouquet for their office.

I admire their planters and beautification

I admire their planters and beautification

against the wall of Salt Hotel

against the wall of Salt Hotel

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The Depot Restaurant

weekly deadheading, bindweed eradication, and supplemental watering

weekly deadheading, bindweed eradication, and supplemental watering

north side of dining deck, with hops on the lattice

north side of dining deck, with hops on the lattice

Long Beach 

deadheading and supplemental water at the welcome sign

deadheading and supplemental water at the welcome sign

welcome sign

welcome sign

Then, the watering and deadheading of the Long Beach planters.

outside NIVA green

outside NIVA green

my favourite planter this year

my favourite planter this year

When I watered that planter, a tiny blue damselfly buzzed all around it.  (Photo attempt too blurry.)

Gaura 'So White' in Fish Alley. Too bad the "hens and chickens" around the edges keep getting stolen.

Gaura ‘So White’ in Fish Alley. Too bad the “hens and chickens” around the edges keep getting stolen.

lilies in Fifth Street Park

lilies in Fifth Street Park

Lily speciosum rubrum and Melianthus major in Fifth Street Park

Lily speciosum rubrum and Melianthus major in Fifth Street Park

Allan took this photo of these folks who said "That's the most beautiful lily I've ever seen."

Allan took this photo of these folks who said “That’s the most beautiful lily I’ve ever seen.”

the lily in question (Allan's photo)

the lily in question (Allan’s photo)

in all its glory (Allan's photo)

in all its glory (Allan’s photo)

We had time to turn the soaker hoses on and off on Sid Snyder beach approach (to the usual little effect).

horses out on Sid Snyder beach approach

horses out on Sid Snyder beach approach (Allan’s photo)

We even had time to do some weeding and strimming on the parking lot berms.

The three "berms" get NO water.

The three “berms” get NO supplemental water.

The middle one is so blah it just gets a strimming. Before (Allan's photo)

The middle one is so blah it just gets a strimming. Before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

before (Allan's photo)

middle berm before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)...still not lovely, eh?

after (Allan’s photo)…still not lovely, eh?

I used to dream of making that center parking lot garden more exciting, but with no water, I think not.

bird on a wire while we dumped our debris at city works

bird on a wire while we dumped our debris at city works

The Cove Restaurant

Ah, Thursday night, the end of our workweek, and dinner with Dave and Melissa.  This time Todd joined us.

Dave and Parking Lot Cat

Dave and Parking Lot Cat

fruit water and pear cider

fruit water and pear cider and Dave

Allan's photo as I bore the table with some gardening tale or other.

Allan’s photo as I bore the table with some gardening tale or other.

delicious halibut cakes (Allan's photo)

delicious halibut cakes (Allan’s photo)

Dave's favourite

Dave’s favourite: Pork Conchinita

Our Melissa (Allan's photo)

Our Melissa (Allan’s photo)

After dinner, Melissa and I both got sentimental about how much we look forward to our Thursday dinners and how happy we are that we all met.

If you got this far, thanks for sticking with us for a whole work week in just two posts.  Thank goodness it was four days instead of what it used to be:  six, or seven, or ten or more days in a row.

 

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Monday, 16 June 2014

I am so tired of months of insomnia that I had suggested sleeping in if it were possible.  It would have been a perfect morning for that, with a heavy rain falling and delighting me that watering worries were again postponed.  Yet again I woke after six hours of sleep and felt so deeply that I need more…and could not get it.

The rain stopped and when I looked out the back door, I saw in Nora’s yard the resident deer.

She sees me...

She sees me…

and calmly goes back to chewing her cud.

and calmly goes back to chewing her cud.

I wonder if she has any babies this year; last year, she had two and it was a treat to see them romping on Nora’s back lawn.

I could not figure out what in the world to do for work; my brain was low functioning and I needed a task to replace the Long Beach watering that I had expected to need to do.  Allan suggested the parking lot berms in Long Beach, pointing out that they are on the drastically shortened work list.

The "scree" garden is a project for me, not even for a job.

The “scree” garden is a project for me, not even for a job.

The list is deceptively short because even if we could find the time, the beach approach weeding usually takes about 70 hours.

So to the Long Beach parking lot berms we went.

(We checked Cheri’s garden in Ilwaco first; it looks like she is keeping up on the weeding so well that it did not need our attention.)


 

Long Beach

The berms are not truly berms as they are not raised.  There are three long narrow strip gardens in the parking lots to the east of downtown.  We had no time to weed them earlier this spring; usually, we get an initial weeding done well before this.

The north berm, and evidence of last night's glorious, labour-saving rain.

The north berm, and evidence of last night’s glorious, labour-saving rain.

And they were a terrible mess.

The three berms were a terrible mess.

Just as we got started, a heavy rain arrived; we sat it out in the van.

Contemplating the weeds through raindrops; I had gotten out the heavy pick because the weeds were so tight in the ground.

Contemplating the weeds through raindrops; I had gotten out the heavy pick because the weeds were so tight in the ground.

It seemed the rain would not stop; we contemplated going home.  Then there came a weak glow of sun, and a patch of blue that proved to be more than just a sucker hole.

Stipa gigantea (my favourite ornamental grass) against a brightening sky.

Stipa gigantea (my favourite ornamental grass) against a brightening sky.

A situation was brewing, though.  Garden Tour Nancy had emailed me that she was doing a pre-tour visit of Stephen and John’s garden at 2 PM.  I had emailed right back that I would love to go, and had texted a bit later saying where I was…just in case.  No response came for over an hour (and I kept checking) so I had given up on escaping the truly miserable weeding job.  I LIKE most of the weeding that we do, but the hardpacked soil and toughly enmeshed roots did not make for happy work.

And then she emailed me back!  And rescue was at hand.  Allan felt like staying on the job; I appreciated the dedication.


 

Bayside Garden in early June

Stephen, John, Nancy and I strolled throughout the entire garden, giving many shrubs and trees our proper admiration.

the three rhodos by the front door, with their soft indumentum

the three rhodos by the front door, with their soft indumentum

We'll admire this maple from another angle later.

We’ll admire this maple from another angle later.

the tidy veg garden on the north side of the house

the tidy veg garden on the north side of the house

Anchoring the corner of the veg garden:  Ulmus x hollandica 'Wredei

Anchoring the corner of the veg garden: Ulmus x hollandica ‘Wredei’

The last time we visited the garden, Pam Fleming of Back Alley Gardens gave the Chameacyparis (below, middle, behind the golden barberry) a big hug and it acquired the nickname Teddy Bear.  Now, Stephen and John think they have it properly identified.

Chamaecyparis pisifera plumosa compressa?

Chamaecyparis pisifera plumosa compressa?  Possibly Aurea?

This garden is going to thrill all CPNS (certified plant nuts) on tour day.

This garden is going to thrill all CPNs (certified plant nuts) on tour day.

white peony

white peony

with bee-ony

with bee-ony

I covet this Pittosporum 'Tasman Ruffles.'

I covet this Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles.’

I told Stephen and John that my Pittosporum had died last winter.  I suddenly realize that it was a variegated one that died and that I think I have another one out there…maybe a ruffled one!  If it were not dark…hmm, where is the flashlight?  No, I must finish this blog entry.

Their garden is so huge that is is possible to keep much better track of the specimen plants, as each has plenty of space to shine.

My memory fails me here.

My memory fails me here.

Fallen blossoms from a Kalmia

Fallen blossoms from a Kalmia

a shady glen

a shady glen with youngsters

They had recently acquired an attractive bench by finding it under a tarp (I think) at The Planter Box.

Now making a wonderful shady sit spot.

Now making a wonderful shady sit spot.

Osmanthus 'Jim Porter', I believe.

Osmanthus ‘Jim Porter’, I believe.

The garden abounds in natural, mossy vignettes like this one.

The garden abounds in natural, mossy vignettes like this one.

Nancy exploring the garden

Nancy exploring the garden, an Osmanthus in the foreground

It does not help my memory when iPhone notes corrects Osmanthus fastigiata to “fasting cats”.

Styrax japonicus 'Momo shidare' Weeping Pink Japanese Snowbell

Styrax japonicus ‘Momo shidare’
Weeping Pink Japanese Snowbell

intricacy

intricacy

Hydrangea 'Dan Hinkley'; must acquire for my garden.

Hydrangea ‘Dan Hinkley’; must acquire for my garden.

Stephen and John say that Dan droops when thirsty.  He would like my garden with its high water table.

Far from the house (with the Barclay house to the left), I admire the sculptural Escallonia against the flowing meadow.

Far from the house (with the Barclay house to the left), I admire the sculptural Escallonia against the flowing meadow.

The beds by the pond have been finished since our last visit.

The beds by the pond have been mulched since our last visit.

same beds, April 21

same beds, April 21

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and June 16

another mulched bed with yellow Genista

Another newly mulched bed with yellow Genista tones beautifully with the meadow.

Below is the newest bed.  Stephen and John refer to it as their last bed.  I don’t believe that for a moment.

the hourglass bed

the hourglass bed, just made

I forgot to show you how the sod from this bed has been neatly added to make a curving lawn edge in one of the woodland glades.

another Kalmia: such precise flowers

another Kalmia: such precise flowers

My former partner Robert told me that as a child, he played among groves of wild kalmia along the Susquehanna River near Philadelphia.

Up by the house: ingredients for the hourglass and other areas

Up by the house: ingredients for the hourglass and other areas

Hydrangea preziosa

Hydrangea preziosa with its dark red stems

Near the front door...makes me think of lace...

Near the front door…makes me think of lace…

and it is...Chamaecyparis 'Sunlight Lace', a perfect name

and it is…Chamaecyparis ‘Sunlight Lace’, a perfect name

After our long garden stroll, we sat in the kitchen for awhile discussing garden tour details.  The view from the north window has certainly changed since our last visit.

April 21

April 21

June 16

June 16

Here is the view from inside the front door of the Japanese maple

Here is the view from inside the front door of the Japanese maple, which goes gloriously red in autumn.

My escape from work must end...One last photo just by the front door as we depart.

My escape from work must end…One last photo just by the front door as we depart.


 

Long Beach

Back at the Long Beach berms, Allan had made much progress, and the second half proved much easier to weed with softer, damp soil.

Allan’s before and after photos:

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what an improvement!

what an improvement!

evening light with Rosa glauca and Stipa gigantea

evening light with Rosa glauca and Stipa gigantea

Unfortunately, I can’t erase “berms” from the work list, because there are still two more to do.

The middle one is mostly grass and can just be hit with a strimmer; the south one needs a weeding day.

The middle one is mostly grass and can just be hit with a strimmer; the south one needs a weeding day.

I so wish I had time to do them all this week.  It’s a short week because of our garden trip.  I am such a stick in the mud that tonight I would rather stay home and weed (although, since I am blogging several days behind, by the time you read this I will have been happily touring gardens, while I hope our housesitter is happily enjoying ours!)

Just east across the street from the "berm" we weeded is a little lost house and lost garden.

Just east across the street from the “berm” we weeded is a little lost house and lost garden.

We did one more little project that I remembered on the way to the city works yard to dump the last (second load!) of weeds.

The tiny garden bed at Washington and Bolstadt was quite a disaster.

The tiny garden bed at Washington and Bolstadt was quite a disaster.

better now

better now

And…home by eight, with Allan, I am sure, much more worn out than I was.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

On winter days like these, we usually don’t start work till noon after waiting for the air to warm up.

front path still slightly frosty at noon-ish

front path still slightly frosty at noon-ish

We went back to the Ilwaco boatyard to finish weeding its garden. A cute Siamese cat who met us near the gate was not especially interested in being petted.

note cat at stern of small boat

note cat at stern of small boat

The small Ilwaco boat has a “free” sign on it. I wish I had a place to put it, or that the port would somehow use it for a landscape display!

I’d been looking forward to weeding the south end of the two blocks long strip of garden, especially where grass crept under the chainlink fence.

creeping in

creeping in

For that project, I went to the backside of the fence.

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after weeding

after weeding

In my own garden, I would have made a perfect edge with the half moon edger, but here my mission was just to get the grass pulled back from the garden and unearth some of the buried river rock.

Next to the gate, I weeded a gravel edge that has some reseeded plants but it not officially part of the garden, and I suddenly thought “SCREE GARDEN!?” Could this be a great spot for little tufts and buns of rock garden plants? It’s tempting but I fear choice and probably pricey ones might be stolen or…walked on! Or pooped on by dogs, as we often find large deposits of dog poo in this garden.

gravel garden

gravel garden…hmmm….

Allan got most of the garden itself weeded; I did not cut any more of the plants back, even though I long to (especially the Artemisias and Santolinas) because of the upcoming bitterly cold snap we are expecting.

all weeded

all weeded

Euphorbia ready to bloom

Euphorbia ready to bloom

another Euphorbia showing effects of the cold

another Euphorbia showing effects of the cold

A couple of Lavenders were so cold blasted that I yanked them.

A couple of Lavenders were so cold blasted that I yanked them.

done for now!

done for now!

The clouds by the Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Co field were stunning, promising a good sunset.

clouds over working boats

clouds over working boats

Rocky B

Rocky B

Doesn't this look like an awesome sunset coming up?

Doesn’t this look like an awesome sunset coming up?

More fluffy clouds hung over the view toward Astoria from the field where we dump our debris at the east end of the marina.

clouds and birds on the Columbia River

clouds and birds on the Columbia River

The air temperature had dropped too much to work any more. We resolved to return to the port at sunset time.

Sunsets are so hard to predict! This one turned out to be pleasant but not spectacular at all.

subtle

subtle

birds

Allan walked out on the docks where he found a carrot floating in the water….

flotsam or jetsam?

flotsam or jetsam?

We weren't the only ones not interested in the ball game that was on telly at the time.

We weren’t the only ones not interested in the ball game that was on telly at the time.

Some boat pictures from Allan:

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We drove out to the south end of the marina to look toward Cape Disappointment and the Coast Guard station.

at the south end of the marina, looking seaward

at the south end of the marina, looking seaward
a sea serpent cloud on the horizon

a sea serpent cloud on the horizon

Monday, 3 February 2014

I had thought that, the previous evening, Allan had low enthusiasm for working another day. Yet when I got up, the lunchbox was packed and ready to go. We had gotten stuck on Friday with a half load of Long Beach debris so it seemed like a good idea to make more Long Beach debris in order to make a dumping trip up to town financially worthwhile.

The key to the city works yard gate got changed and we don’t have our own copy yet. We work different hours from the crew and often have a load to dump well after they have gone home for the day, especially in the long days of summer.

I didn’t have a plan for what to actually accomplish in Long Beach. Allan suggested the parking lot berms, a great idea because they would create lots of debris.

north berm, before, with Stipa gigantea, my favourite ornamental grass

north berm, before, with Stipa gigantea, my favourite ornamental grass

after

after

south berm, with another dratted phormium

south berm, with another dratted phormium

Back when I couldn’t bear to throw away a plant, I’d move Phormiums from one place to another. Now I wish I had just ditched them all!

We acquired a whole trailer load of debris but delivered it to the dump site in two trips so that we could go at break time and try to get a key. No joy! but we’ve been promised one as soon as they make more copies. (Honest, it’s not because of us that they changed the lock!)

south berm.  That was supposed to be a dwarf mugo pine.

south berm. That was supposed to be a dwarf mugo pine.

We did very little weeding, just chopping and clipping and pulling tatty rose campions. The weeding will come another day.

early Narcissi on the south berm

early Narcissi on the south berm

and some species crocus

and some species crocus

On our second dump run, we found treasure in the brush pile! The crew had thrown out the old fence from the police station garden, the one that was run into by a car late last year. Allan can make it into a shorter fence. Score!

salvage!

salvage!

We still had daylight left; we’d had to get into the city works gate before it closes at four. So we went downtown to trim up a few planters near The Cottage Bakery. (This did lead to the acquisition of two delicious tiger paw pastries.)

I was so disappointed to see that the Phormiums in the garden south of Funland (the one that looks like it is a city garden but is not) had been cut back rather than removed. I had lobbied hard for their removal.

horrendous Phormium (the biggest)

horrendous Phormium (the biggest) a couple of weeks ago

today

today

I felt all disgruntled and wished if someone decided to just cut it back, could they not leave it stumpy like that? We did not prune that!

Oh well, on to the planters.

before

before

after

after

Allan worked across the street from me, including trimming plants in the whiskey barrel planters in Fish Alley. He called out, “There is a beautiful iris here; it’s three colours and looks like an insect’s wings.” I said, “Must be Katherine Hodgekin!” and indeed she was. Katharine Hodgekin is a rock garden iris cultivar that I haven’t grown before and I’ve been waiting for her to make an appearance. The Royal Horticultural Society calls her an iris reticulata but I bought her as Iris histrioides.

Iris 'Katharine Hodgekin'

Iris ‘Katharine Hodgekin’

from Allan's iPhone camera

from Allan’s iPhone camera

another, next to Sedum 'Cape Blanco'

another, next to Sedum ‘Cape Blanco’

Iris reticulata from a mix

Iris reticulata from a mix

One of the barrels had some lichen on the side.

barrel

a close up for Mr Tootlepedal, who has been photographing lots of lichens of late

a close up for Mr Tootlepedal, who has been photographing lots of lichens of late

Update: Mr Tootlepedal says it is a fungi.

more Iris reticulata in one of the street planters

more Iris reticulata in one of the street planters

How I love them! I do hope passersby are noticing them. Two people have commented about them to me at Olde Towne Café, so I know some people do see them.

Again, the clouds looked like a good sunset was brewing. I felt too tired to chase it down at the port so just went out to the back yard next door to see it.

I could tell by the line of light over the western hills that the sunset over the ocean was spectacular...

I could tell by the line of light over the western hills that the sunset over the ocean was spectacular…

I settled for reflective clouds over School Hill.

I settled for reflective clouds over School Hill…

and to the east over my garden.

and to the east over my garden.

I do fervently hope to have a few more staycation days starting on Tuesday… Surely it is not good for the plants to be cut back right before a cold snap so we can slack off for another week or so? I still have such a very large pile of library books to read. There is a sure sign that staycation is sort of over, though:

The work board is full again!

The work board is full again! (not in order of importance)

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