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Thursday, 16 March 2017

At the post office, on our way to work, Allan found a note in our box asking him to talk to the postmaster.  A postal patron had urgently needed to know the identification of a plant “that looks like a coleus”.

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Here it is: a greigii tulip.

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The foliage is as great as the flower to come.

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I realized it was time to apply some sluggo.

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Ilwaco City Hall ready for St Patrick’s Day

Long Beach

We hoped to accomplish two tasks on the project list today.  The first was pruning and weeding the five roses in the back of Coulter Park.  They are exceedingly difficult because of weeds, including salmonberry, coming under the fence.  The neighbouring house has but a tiny strip between house and fence that would be almost impossible for the homeowner to maintain, and in that strip dwell salmonberries, blackberries, and birds-foot trefoil that long to join up with the roses.

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the dreaded rose bed, before

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south side of park with pieris

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Pieris and Ribes (flowering currant)

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There was another ribes in that gap that turned up its toes a few years ago, as ribes are wont to do.

Allan trimmed up in the garden next to the old train depot.

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before

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after trimming sword fern

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rose bed; line cut with half moon edger (Allan’s photo)

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I was inspired to do two lines of half moon edging.

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after

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a pretty patch of primroses

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One dead rhododendron (azalea) has thrown this old threesome off balance.

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one of the two good rhodos (Allan’s photo)

We had two cold and windy squalls of heavy rain pass through; we sat them out in the van to avoid getting drenched and miserable.  (During the second one, we went to the Great Escape espresso drive through for invigorating sustenance.)

To add to our load of debris, we decided to do a bit of pruning on an escallonia at city hall.

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city hall, west side

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before (Allan’s photos)

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and after

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city hall hellebore

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telephoto through the arch (Allan’s photo)

We dumped our debris at city works and filled up all our buckets with Soil Energy mulch.  (The crew had got us a pile from Peninsula Landscape Supply.)

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a pile of riches

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first load 

On the Bolstad approach, we filled up the lower spots in the planters.

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before

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after

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looking east

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not a good day for a picnic

And we added some mulch to city hall west side garden.

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city hall after pruning, lily bulb planting, weeding, mulching

The last five buckets went into Fifth Street Park.  Yesterday, drenched from rain, we had left behind a messy patch of sorrel:

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yesterday

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today

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mulched

A lily bulb had worked its way to the top of the soil.  This is just one third of how big it was, after I divided it:

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Allan’s photo

We followed our first load of mulching with a break for delicious crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder.

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Captain Bob’s crab rolls

Back we went to city works to get another load of mulch.  Jackpot! I saw two good pallets on the pile.

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Thank you, Allan.

Now I need just two more for my triple compost bin.

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A red wing blackbird serenaded us.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Full load of mulch buckets (Allan’s photo)

This load went to the big welcome sign garden.  It had gotten low after pulling out last year’s annuals and absorbs a large amount of soil.

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before

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We found loads of shotweed to pull.

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mulching carefully around bulbs

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after

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back side

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after

I am sorry to report that deer are eating the tulips along the east end of the front side.  I hope they don’t eat them all.  One of these years, we may have to give up on tulips here.

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well chomped

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So glad deer do not eat narcissi, my favourite flower

On the way home, we stopped briefly at the Depot Restaurant to pour some water on the two sheltered window boxes, and there we discovered a sad situation.

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a flattie!

The spare is weirdly located under the front seats.  Everything there had to be moved and the t-bar thingie assembled to loosen a bolt in the floor that holds the spare tire in place.

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complicated!

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underneath

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the culprit

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Fortunately, Allan had all the tools (even two jacks for extra safety).

Despite having to look at the instruction book, Allan got the tire changed in 40 minutes and we were back on our way home.  But tomorrow will be devoted to getting a the good (fairly new, now punctured) tire repaired.

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one more big  task on the workboard

When the boatyard spring clean up is done (I hope by Sunday evening), the board will be gloriously blank for a moment and will then fill up with the beach approach clean up and more.

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Thursday, 1 September 2016

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Because of gloriously strong overnight rain, and a substantial amount of rain predicted for the afternoon, we did not have to water the Long Beach planters.  This made it so easy to fit the work day in around a dentist appointment for me.

We stopped at the Ilwaco library to pick up a DVD of The 1940s House, an excellent British show that I had seen years ago and wanted to see again after viewing and reading Home Fires.

Outside, cyclamen donated by Our Kathleen is blooming.

Outside, cyclamen donated by Our Kathleen is blooming.

I like this sign in the library.

I like this sign in the library.

Long Beach

It was flannel shirt and hoodie weather, so comfy, so perfect for the first of September

It was flannel shirt and hoodie weather, so comfy, so perfect for the first of September

working on the welcome sign garden

working on the welcome sign garden

welcome sign, after deadheading and trimming down non blooming cosmos

welcome sign, after deadheading and trimming down non blooming cosmos

both sides

both sides

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cosmos close up (Allan's photo)

cosmos close up (Allan’s photo)

Then it became flannel shirt and hoodie weather.

Then it became “maybe a raincoat” weather.

I was at a bit of a loss for what to do before the dentist.  City Hall turned out to be a good choice.

Here was a satisfactory project to tackle. Miscanthus variegatus flopping on the sidewalk.

Here was a satisfactory project to tackle. Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’ flopping on the sidewalk.

before, looking north

before, looking north

new growth in the center of each of the two grasses

new growth in the center of each of the two grasses

Allan started pulling Crocosmia a little further down the west side.

Allan started pulling Crocosmia a little further down the west side.

Just as Allan was well into making a mess on the lawn, Fitz of the city crew showed up to mow the lawn before the rain came in earnest.  Allan quickly cleaned up so the mowing could be done.

The Long Beach city crew is so well loved that it has its own fan club.

The Long Beach city crew is so well loved that it has its own fan club.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

my great big mess (Allan's photo)

my great big mess (Allan’s photo)

The serious rain came partway through the project.

The serious rain came partway through the project.

after

after

west side of city hall

west side of city hall

north side: late blooming Welsh poppy

north side: late blooming Welsh poppy

Allan would dump me off at the dentist and then dump off this load of debris.

Allan would dump me off at the dentist and then dump off this load of debris.

I had forgotten how noisy it is to get a couple of fillings.  Other than the novocaine shot being surprisingly painful, the procedure was just weird, not hurtful.  It had been years, maybe 20, since I’ve needed fillings.

Meanwhile, Allan worked for another hour and a quarter, in the rain:

staying out of the way of the big dump truck at city works

staying out of the way of the big dump truck at city works

followed by the little "Gator"

followed by the little “Gator”

He returned to city hall with some nice Soil Energy mulch.

He returned to city hall with some nice Soil Energy mulch.

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He then addressed the blackberry problem at Third Street Park, getting drenched in the process.

big blackberries rooted way in the back of the rhododendrons

big blackberries rooted way in the back of the rhododendrons

really hard work getting in there

really hard work getting in there

mean Himalayan blackberry

mean Himalayan blackberry

On the way home from the dentist’s office, I was so hungry and so numb.  Allan had the smart idea of getting s smoothie from Roots Juice, Salad, and Java Bar.

at Roots

at Roots

Roots' owner has a pet pig (Prince Piggy)

Roots’ owner has a pet pig (Prince Piggy)

quite thoroughly wet

quite thoroughly wet

We were home by mid afternoon and had a quiet time. I worked on blogging and was thrilled when Skooter came IN the living room cat door for the first time. It has taken him so long to figure out that the doors work both ways.

He is genius!

He is genius!

In the evening, we enjoyed our weekly dinner (favourite part of all our week) with Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Gardening) at…

The Cove Restaurant

gardening tales

gardening tales

a delicious repast begins (Allan's photo)

a delicious repast begins (Allan’s photo)

a special treat from Chef Jason Lancaster: turkey egg over asparagus

a special treat from Chef Jason Lancaster: turkey egg over asparagus

nice soft lemony prawn scampi for my sore mouth

nice soft lemony prawn scampi for my sore mouth

a lovely dessert treat from server Lynn, with cookies she had made herself.

a lovely dessert treat from server Lynn, with cookies she had made herself.  She is the best.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

September 1: Monday through Friday  [August] I did some work each day but didn’t write anything down for the whole week.  Washed clothes.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 1:  HOT  86 degrees   Too hot.  I took my nap in my Lazy Boy chair.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

I felt a strong desire for a four day weekend.  We could have one (except for watering the Ilwaco planters) if we got enough done in Long Beach today.

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We began by fertilizing the welcome sign garden along with the weekly horsetail attack.

welcome sign, front

welcome sign, front

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back

back

We gave the planters and street trees a good watering that will hold them till Tuesday, especially if there is a bit of rain as predicted.

the maddeningly coiling hose

the maddeningly coiling hose

and the maddening hose kink

and the maddening hose kink

Allan's photo: The hose he uses kinks even worse.

Allan’s photo: The hose he uses (not shown) kinks even worse.

I do so love the mature, clipped santolinas in some of the planters.

I do so love the mature, clipped santolinas in some of the planters.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Allan's photo)

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Allan’s photo)

Allan did the watering of the street trees, the bucket watering of Fish Alley barrels and the two north blocks.

He found Heather of NIVA green setting up for the annual Peninsula-wide garage sale weekend.

He found Heather of NIVA green setting up for the annual Peninsula-wide garage sale weekend.

Garage sale signs were already appearing. We do prefer ones like these with wire "feet" that don't mash the plants.

Garage sale signs were already appearing. We do prefer ones like these with wire “feet” that don’t mash the plants.  (Allan’s photo)

Cerinthe major purpurascens and golden oregano (Allan's photo)

Cerinthe major purpurascens and golden oregano (Allan’s photo)

Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

recently re-done Fish Alley barrels (Allan's photo). They get water hauled by bucket.

recently re-done Fish Alley barrels (Allan’s photo). They get water hauled by bucket.

When we got to Fifth Street Park and began weeding there, Cathy of Captain Bob’s Chowder brought us out a coke and an orange soda to help us keep going.  She said I looked tired.  I was more depressed than tired and her kindness cheered me up.

purveyor of delectable chowder and delicious crab rolls

purveyor of delectable chowder and delicious crab rolls

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park, northwest corner

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan's photo); I'd have deadheaded that rhodo, which was sort of the point of this photo.

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan’s photo); I’d have deadheaded that rhodo, which was sort of the point of this photo.  The frying pan is much photographed by visitors.

Fifth Street Park, southeast corner (Allan's photo) with gunnera

Fifth Street Park, southeast corner (Allan’s photo) with gunnera and Darmera peltata

Next: weeding Veterans Field

Next: weeding Veterans Field gardens

vet field (Allan's photo)

vet field (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Vet Field northeast corner (Allan's photo)

Vet Field northeast corner (Allan’s photo)

We spiffed up Coulter Park although I am daunted at the area where thick salmonberry is coming under the fence and mingling with the thorny roses.  The beach approach garden proves I have no fear of weeding around roses, but this mess thwarts my efforts.

salmonberry and bindweed from the other side creating a nightmare

salmonberry and bindweed from the other side creating a nightmare

I think the solution is for the crew to backhoe out these poor roses and replace them with some sort of single trunked shrub so we can really get in there to weed.

We worked on the little pop out a block north of city hall, where two unhappy mugo pines struggle among a pernicious weed grass. We had not had time for it lately; now with a little more time in our schedule, we can keep up with it.

reminder to self while parked near city hall: must remember to weed that tatty garden of not much up head on the corner

Last week I took this photo to remind myself to do it.

today

today

today

today

as far as we got...

as far as we got…

Next week: will add mulch after trying to get more grass roots out.

Next week: will add mulch after trying to get more grass roots out.  They go deep and the soil is hard packed.

We had just time to weed city hall’s garden before dumping our debris.

City Hall west side

City Hall west side

sidewalk tile by Renee O'Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor

I do so love this edge at this time of year.

I do so love this edge at this time of year.

City Hall north side

City Hall north side

this spot could be a little better

this spot could be a little better…

The predicted rain arrived at the perfect moment, when we were done.

city hall, east side

city hall, east side

"Peggy's Park", east side city hall memorial garden for Peggy Miles.

“Peggy’s Park”, east side city hall memorial garden for Peggy Miles.

After our debris dump, we just made it on time for our weekly dinner (second one this week!) with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening), this time with Susie and Bill of the Boreas Inn.

The Cove Restaurant

attention to detail in the ladies room

attention to detail in the ladies room

Annika and Kiaia provided music and ambience.

Annika and Kiaia provided music and ambience.  (Allan’s photo)

Dave's conchinita

Dave’s conchinita (Allan’s photo)

Melissa's beautifully arranged meal

Melissa’s beautifully arranged meal by Chef Jason Lancaster

my ahi tuna

my ahi tuna

Allan's vegetable stir fry

Allan’s vegetable stir fry

weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang

weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang (Dave, Bill, Susie, Melissa, me)

golf course view (Allan's photo)

golf course view (Allan’s photo)

We enjoyed this month’s art show featuring mosaics by our friend Annie.

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My Woman by Annie Fletcher

My Woman by Annie Fletcher

We had achieved work success and so we would now enjoy a four day weekend.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

May 26: Store day—Puget Power, Tim’s for Rx and QFC.  I had a baloney sandwich and ice cream for dinner.  I planted some seeds in early evening.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

the view while we were getting ready

the view while we were getting ready…a torrential squall

After that downpour, the day cleared up and turned into excellent weather for the (almost) last work day of the season.  The almost refers to one more job that Allan has, mulching the library garden.

Mike’s garden

We had a few clumps of mixed white narcissi and Narcissi ‘Angel Eyes’ to plant at Mayor Mike’s, just down the street.

Mike's front path

Mike’s front path

a low sprawling conifer with white tips

a low sprawling conifer with white tips

Ilwaco Post Office

More bulbs went into the Ilwaco Post Office garden.

More bulbs went into the Ilwaco Post Office garden.  Crocus tommies, iris reticulate, Narcissus ‘Angel Eyes’, Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’, Brodiaea ‘Silver Queen’

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post office window

post office window

The Red Barn

I had a bill to drop off at the Red Barn.  Again, the fields were boggy from rain.

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Allan’s photo

the narrow garden (Allan's photo)

the narrow garden (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

horses in the field next door where we usually park to work at Diane's

horses in the field where we usually park to work at Diane’s

Diane’s garden

Other than a small amount of clipping back potted annuals, our mission at Diane’s was to deliver a pot of Stargazer lilies, ordered at her request.

Misty gets pets.

Misty gets a good scritching.

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my good friend Misty

my good friend Misty

one pot of Stargazers added to the mix

one pot of Stargazers added to the mix

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hydrangea at the corner of the house, will be our first task on a late winter visit

street view with Stipa gigantea

street view with Stipa gigantea

Long Beach

At last it was time to do the final clean up of the Long Beach welcome sign.

A few remaining yellow flowers could not save the bidens along the edge.

A few remaining yellow flowers could not save the bidens along the edge.

a ridiculously early anemone

a ridiculously early anemone

sweeping up

sweeping up

I had mercy on a very few last flowers of the echibeckia.

I had mercy on a very few last flowers of the echibeckia.

We planted lots of little crocus tommasianus and iris reticulata in the Long Beach main street planters and three on the Sid Snyder beach approach.

poppy seeds sprouting in a planter I had strewn with poppy tops

poppy seeds sprouting in a planter I had strewn with poppy tops

Allan's photo: poppy seedhead

Allan’s photo: poppy seedhead

And we cut down some more plants, including chrysanthemums…

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before cutting these down, because we won’t be back to do it later..

but not these, that are about to bloom still

but we did not cut these, that are about to bloom still

and that little dwarf chrysanthemum is blooming!

and that little dwarf chrysanthemum is blooming!

Long Beach City Hall got some Narcissi ‘Angel Eyes’ in the garden bed that is a memorial to Peggy Miles; she and her spouse, Gene, planted the garden on the east side of city hall about a year before she died.

Inside city hall (Allan's photo)

Inside city hall (Allan’s photo)

The photo above shows a glimpse of a city crewman and City Manager Dave discussing the unpleasant fact that a city water main broke today, a BIG one, and although the crew got it fixed, a boil water advisory is now on for Long Beach and Seaview at least until at least Friday morning.

Inside city hall (Allan's photo)

Inside city hall (Allan’s photo)

Inside city hall (Allan's photo)

Inside city hall (Allan’s photo)

Inside city hall (Allan's photo)

Inside city hall (Allan’s photo)

stocking hung with care for city works (Allan's photo)

stocking hung with care for city workers (Allan’s photo)

The Anchorage Cottages

The very last of the mixed white and ‘Angel Eyes’ narcissi went into the entry garden at the Anchorage, where the buddliea got a trim.

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after

after

Melianthus major still standing

Melianthus major still standing

I’ll send the following photo to manager Beth with the message that she can have someone take the calla lilies to the ground if a frost blackens them or turns them limp, and the same goes for the Melianthus.

Our work season is done and these still remain.

Our work season is done and these callas still remain.

working till dusk

working till dusk

The only clump of callas that did look mushy...

The only clump of callas that did look mushy…

and did get taken down.

and did get taken down.

Next door to the Anchorage: bear traps ready to be deployed as needed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

In the almost dark, we stopped on the way home and did a last bit of clipping at The Depot Restaurant, which was closed because of the boil water advisory.

Ilwaco

We did the rounds of the flatlands to get some more holiday photos for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page.

CoHo Charters (Allan's photo)

CoHo Charters (Allan’s photo)

Santa's outhouse (!!), Allan's photo

Santa’s outhouse (!!), Allan’s photo

Englund Marine (Allan's photo)

Englund Marine (Allan’s photo)

Griffin Gallery (Allan's photo)

Griffin Gallery (Allan’s photo)

Griffin Gallery (with a bucket to catch a leak)

Griffin Gallery (with a bucket because of a leaky window)

Doupé Building (Allan's photo)

Doupé Building (Allan’s photo)

an extravaganza on Spruce Street

an extravaganza on Spruce Street

At home, I looked at all we had accomplished on the work board…

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And was able to erase all but that one mulching job…

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And because the mulching job can be accomplished any time between now and February, I think I will now declare that staycation has officially begun.  Although there will be some off-season non-publishing days on the blog, I do have a few slide shows set up to keep things ticking along for awhile.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

I woke at 7:30, after a mere five hours of sleep, with bulbs on my mind.  When I simply could not go back to sleep, I went outside at about 8:15 (almost unheard of!) and planted a few of my bulbs-in-waiting in the front garden where the chilly shade almost made me give up.  Instead, I moved to the back garden in the sunshine.  By the time Allan had made a nice hot breakfast (which he does on all work days, bless his heart), I had all the back garden bulbs in the ground and I asked if he would help me plant the front garden ones so I could stop losing sleep over them.  It will only take two of us about 40 minutes, said I, and it turned out to be just 45.  Total number of bulbs planted at home this autumn:  a mere 171 (more than last year’s 116).  I’d like to plant more but I run out of steam and I worry about money.  Memories of being poor are too strong to overcome the fact that I could buy more bulbs for me nowadays.

me being so happy to have help with the at-home bulbing

me being so happy to have help with the at-home bulbing


tossing out bags of bulbs in their proper planting place

tossing out bags of bulbs in their proper planting place

Just as we were finishing the planting of the front garden bulbs, the final end of season order from Colorblends arrived, so we were able to plant up the garden boat (the Ann Lovejoy) as well with 20 tulips Big Ups mix.

I got this as one slide was fading into another on the colorblends site.

I got this as one slide was fading into another on the colorblends site.

big ups

I wondered why the Colorblends catalog often does not name the bulbs in their mixes; Todd suggested that perhaps this enables them to change the mix depending on which compatible bulbs they can get a good price on each year.

The arrival of the Big Ups tulips changed our plan for the day.  Instead of doing fall clean up for Ilwaco port and town, we could possibly finish Bulb Time today!

Port of Ilwaco

I had pulled 20 narcissi from my own stash to fill in the empty spot along Howerton where some arbutus had been removed for the sake of traffic sightlines.

with my head in the game (planting narcissi)

with my head in the game (planting narcissi); looking west on Howerton


Allan planted these clusters in the formerly shrubby area

Allan planted these clusters in the formerly shrubby area

 On the way to our next job, we witnessed the Port of Ilwaco crew working on the Crab Pot Christmas Tree.

Allan's photo: The tree has gotten much too big to build with just human power now.

Allan’s photo: The tree has gotten much too big to build with just human power now.

Ilwaco Community Building

Allan had helped me plant my bulbs, so I helped him plant the last of the bulbs at the Ilwaco Community Building (his job).  The difference is, I will get paid by his client.  His reward is just me having a lower stress level.

the last of the leaves at the community building

the last of the leaves at the community building

As we planted narcissi, some tulips (in an area inaccessible to deer), some crocus and pushkinia and iris reticulata, a library patron said that the garden there looked so much better since we had taken it over.  I gave all the credit to Allan.

Speaking of compliments, last week someone told me she had taken a guest to walk along the curbside gardens at the port (going to the shops and galleries) and he had commented on how tidy and well tended they are.

Allan's photo: He, or we, may emerge from staycation to mulch the community building garden which badly needs it.

Allan’s photo: He, or we, may emerge from staycation to mulch the community building garden which badly needs it.  (needs weeding, too; he’s been too busy bulbing)


Allan's photo: the really horrible soil under the new sign

Allan’s photo: the really horrible soil under the new sign

Long Beach City Hall

On the way north, I planted some hyacinths in the narrow raised bed along the city hall entryway.  They will be at a good height for smelling.  We both worked on finishing the fall clean up and clipping at city hall, thus being able to cross two things off of the work list (the dregs of the LB bulbs and the city hall cleanup).

city hall entry ramp garden (Allan's photo)

city hall entry ramp garden (Allan’s photo)

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Geranium 'Rozanne' still blooming. Allan was shocked when I clipped it, but I knew the first frost will bring it down.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ still blooming, west side of city hall. Allan was shocked when I clipped it, but I knew the first frost will bring it down.  (Allan’s photo)


hebe blooming (Allan's photo)

hebe blooming (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photos: city hall, south end of west wall, before

Allan’s photos: city hall, south end of west wall, before


after Allan clipping the Rozanne

after Allan clipped the Rozanne


wish I had gotten the whole "Ocean Beach Boulevard" sign...was not trying to. west side city hall

west side of city hall; I wish I had gotten the whole “Ocean Beach Boulevard” sign…was not trying to. 


dumping debris at city works

dumping debris at city works

After dumping our debris, we went on to the last of the 2015 bulb jobs at…

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers

Each of the four garden quadrants in the center courtyard got 20 Big Ups tulips and a few others.  I have a tiny budget there.  While I’d like to have way more tulips in this deer protected garden, at least next spring there should be a bigger show than usual.

view while bulbing in the courtyard

view while bulbing in the courtyard


the last bulb job of 2015

the last bulb job of 2015


So very tired of planting bulbs!

So very tired of planting bulbs!

The newly cleared (of old siberian iris) triangle by the dining room door got some special bulbs: viridflora (green) tulips, some species tulips and narcissi, and a cluster of snowdrops.

dining room pocket garden

dining room pocket garden


with Junco close up

with Junco close up (there had been many in there eating fallen bird seed but most flew away when I raised the camera.)


cyclamen donated by Our Kathleen

cyclamen donated by Our Kathleen

We did as much fall clean up as we will do this year; thinning pesky plants can wait till next February.

Each of the four quadrants presents a different challenge.

The SW quadrant

The SW quadrant


SW quadrant problem: beach strawberry and creeping buttercup invading from the back

SW quadrant problem: beach strawberry and creeping buttercup invading from the back


SE quadrant: the most problematical

SE quadrant: the most problematical


SW: too much cranesbill geranium, and an infestation of big horsetail

SW: too much cranesbill geranium, and an infestation of big horsetail from the back corner of the courtyard…It is marching, marching, marching.


invasion of weedy grass, beach strawberry, and creeping sorrel climbing over the edging board.

SE: invasion of weedy grass, beach strawberry, and creeping sorrel climbing over the edging board.

The outer areas of the courtyard landscape are in some areas sort of a wasteland that Allan hits with a string trimmer but that we don’t have time to maintain otherwise.

more SE quadrant mess: too much blue scabiosa and (sadly) too much Sweet William.

more SE quadrant mess: too much blue scabiosa and (sadly) too much Sweet William.  The scabiosa MUST be thinned or eradicated.


A pink cranesbill geranium in one of the original pocket gardens would love to take over the SE quadrant completely.

A pink cranesbill geranium in one of the original pocket gardens would love to take over the SE quadrant completely.

The four quadrant gardens used to be scrubby, weedy lawn, and the only flower areas were the four little triangular pockets, two at each entry.

the NE quadrant

the NE quadrant

As I was trimming down the euonymus in front of the window of my mom’s old room, I saw it had been vacated. 

the Euonymus in question (Allan's photo)

the Euonymus in question (Allan’s photo)

(Note:  Don’t plant shrubs that want to be huge in front of windows.  Why this was done is beyond me, as the fire department wants the shrubs at sill height, and the residents would like to see out!)  I inquired and was relieved to learn that the latest resident of my mom’s room had moved to Seattle to be closer to family.

Biggest problem with the NE quadrant: Getting rid of the damnable pesky running salal behind the garden, as it constantly wants to invade from the back.

Biggest problem with the NE quadrant: Getting rid of the damnable pesky running salal behind the garden, as it constantly wants to invade from the back.


NW quadrant has gone from worst of all to the most problem free.

NW quadrant has gone from worst of all to the most problem free.

I pruned the poor, oversized Ceanothus outside the quadrants some more, taking some off the top so the resident behind it can see the courtyard.

Don't tell Plant Amnesty about my ugly pruning. Note the yellow rose blooming in the background.

Don’t tell Plant Amnesty about my ugly pruning. Note the yellow rose blooming in the background.  I will likely cut the ceanothus to the ground next spring.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


leaving Golden Sands at dusk

leaving Golden Sands at dusk

Ilwaco 

We checked on the crab pot tree progress.  It is all put together and ready to be decorated.

crab pot tree, real tree

crab pot tree, real tree at 5 PM

Allan’s photos by the crab pot tree:

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a half moon ornament

a moon tree topper


boat heading for the river

boat heading for the river

at home

These housemates of ours had apparently not moved all day.

These housemates of ours had apparently not moved all day.


the rapidly thinning work board!

the rapidly thinning work board!

Bulb planting is completely gone from the work board, and from the fall clean up list I removed City Hall and Golden Sands.  With 20 degree weather due on Thanksgiving, we may even get to do the post-frost checkups before the end of the month and then will officially be on staycation.

The 2015 bulb total of 3,374 is much less than 2014’s 5,121 bulbs planted, mostly because Flowering Hedge Design and Sea Star Gardening (Dave and Melissa) have two of our former big big big bulbing jobs, and Todd and Sea Star have a couple of our former medium sized bulbing jobs.  Thank heavens above!

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Before getting down to serious work, we went to the port office to see if the baskets had been turned around to show their best side.  Last night, I had trimmed the dead trailing ends off the plants facing the water and had sent an email asking that the heavy baskets be turned around to show their good side for the Slow Drag on Friday evening.

They had been turned around.

They had been turned around.

After the busy summer, the Port office staff had gotten a nice bouquet from CoHo Charters.

After the busy summer, the Port office staff had gotten a nice bouquet from CoHo Charters.

On the way out of town, we checked up on the planter that had gotten knocked into the street yesterday.  It looks like it has revived as well as could be hoped for.

plants

battered but unbowed

The Depot Restaurant

On the south side of the dining deck, the requested ornamental grasses are slowly gaining height. Next summer, they should provide a screen.

On the south side of the dining deck, the requested ornamental grasses are slowly gaining height. Next summer, they should provide a screen.

Our flower garden on north side got weeded and watered. The hops are up to the top of the lattice screen.

Our flower garden on north side got weeded and watered. The hops are up to the top of the lattice screen.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Today was our day to go north.  At Golden Sands, I again contemplated the future removal of the ugly patch of parched siberian iris at the entry to the courtyard.
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As you can see, while going in there with a pick will require caution because of wiring, it looks like the wiring probably just goes around the outside.  So we might leave a bit of iris.  I’d like to replace the rest with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, of which I have an endless supply.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is a repeater along the front of the four quadrants.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is a repeater along the front of the four quadrants.

I also sadly contemplated my pitiful dahlias in the different quadrants.

pathetic dahlias!

pathetic dahlias!

I decided I need to read up on how to grow them.  I am not a “dahlia queen” like Shelly of Flowering Hedge Design.  The article I read years ago told me that dahlias do not like mulch or fertilizer.  Serendipitously, this same evening we watched an episode of Ciscoe Morris’s telly show and he said that dahlias need a LOT of fertilizer.  With that knowledge, maybe I can get these to do better next year.  (P.S. A week later, Todd told me he does not fertilize his spectacular daylilies and the ones at Golden Sands might have virus. So I am still uncertain.)

At least my two patches of sweet peas, climbing up on 'Joseph's Coat' roses, are good.

At least my two patches of sweet peas, climbing up on ‘Joseph’s Coat’ roses, are good.

I wish I knew what this rose is.

I wish I knew what this rose is.

The coppery red rose from my mom’s garden was probably ordered from Jackson and Perkins or Wayside Gardens.  I am going to try to propagate this year just by laying some cuttings in the ground.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

KBC was as far north as we went today.

the east gate of the fenced garden

the east gate of the fenced garden

Sarah

Sarah

my good friend Sarah

my good friend Sarah

Timmy

Timmy

just inside the east gate

just inside the east gate

feathery pink sanguisorba (canadensis, I think)

feathery pink sanguisorba (canadensis, I think)

Schizostylis, a bit of a runner but so worth it in late summer

Schizostylis, a bit of a runner but so worth it in late summer

In a lecture, Dan Hinkley said that schizostylis runs more in a dry area, and clumps more in a damp area, as it grows on riversides in South Africa and seeks moisture.

looking southwest over the birdbath....the changing view that will be a slideshow this winter.

looking southwest over the birdbath….the changing view that will be a slideshow this winter.

the main wheelbarrow path and the center circle path

the main wheelbarrow path and the center circle path

Japanese anemones that escaped the purge!

Japanese anemones that escaped the purge!

inside the south gate

inside the south gate with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

outside the south gate

outside the south gate

The Anchorage Cottages

My good friend Mitzu kept me company while I deadheaded container plants.

My good friend Mitzu kept me company while I deadheaded container plants.

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' has been a great doer. Today is the first time I had to do any serious deadheading on it.

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ has been a great doer. Today is the first time I had to do any serious deadheading on it.  Beth says it has been a hit with hummingbirds.

Long Beach

We filled up our last hour with a thorough weeding of the Long Beach City Hall garden beds.

Peggy's Park: memorial garden for Peggy Taylor Miles, east side of city hall

Peggy’s Park: memorial garden for Peggy Taylor Miles, east side of city hall

Basket Case baskets in the fog

Basket Case baskets in the fog

The weather all day had been annoyingly windy, and a heavy fog rolled in over Long Beach as we worked.  It had been slowly drifting in all day.  I love the fog but not coupled with a cold wind so I was glad to be done when dinnertime arrived and we drove to the Peninsula Golf Course to meet Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance).

The Cove Restaurant

Parking Lot Cat was deeply interested in this tire.

Parking Lot Cat was deeply interested in this tire.

some sort of message here

some sort of message here

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, me and restaurateur Sondra inside

Allan’s photo, me and restaurateur Sondra inside

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The apricot cider tap "blew" so Melissa and I each got a bonus of the new cask, apple cider.

The apricot cider tap “blew” so Melissa and I each got a bonus of the new cask, apple cider.

so delicious new pear and goat cheese salad

so delicious new pear and goat cheese salad

Dave and I could not resist having the chicken alfredo again.

Dave and I could not resist having the chicken alfredo again.

spicy Cajun chicken alfredo

spicy Cajun chicken alfredo

prosciutto wrapped halibut for Melissa

prosciutto wrapped halibut for Melissa

Allan opted for a burger, not the "flame thrower" spicy one

Allan opted for a burger, not the “flame thrower” spicy one. (Allan’s photo)

After dinner, in the parking lot, Allan showed Dave and Melissa our long handled Fiskars pruner, the one that doesn’t use an annoying rope to make it open and close.

more gardening talk

more gardening talk

We’re hoping that Dave and Melissa can come down to Ilwaco tomorrow evening for the always fun Slow Drag at the Port.  I’ll be posting about that on my other blog, Our Ilwaco.  Then we have a busy weekend with the four of us going to the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour (one of my favourite events of the year), followed by another trip to Cannon Beach on Sunday to hear our Debbie Teashon speak for the cottage tour garden tea.

You can read about the Slow Drag here, in a slideshow of the vehicles, and here, in a story about the race.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

It is hard to get going back to work after four days off.

Mary and Smokey were all cosy as we left for work.

Mary and Smokey were all cosy as we left for work.

After an autumn storm, I am usually anxious to go out and check on the damage to our gardens.  The timing of our recent storm was so freaky that I almost did not want to see what might have happened.  I surprised myself by not wanting to go to Long Beach Sunday or Monday and see how it fared.

It is wonderful to see the big puddle in the street after months of drought.

the Lake Street puddle

the Lake Street puddle

a new feature to reflect

a new feature to reflect

I like it.

I like it.

Our first stop: to check on the two planters in front of Ilwaco City Hall.  The new sign has just been erected regarding fundraising for City Park.  This is its first day so we hope to see the amount increase.  The city needs this amount to get matching funds.  I am hoping to do a volunteer garden there so I want this project to happen because I do like making a garden for people to enjoy.  You can contribute, if you like, at this GoFundMe page, until mid October.

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Just as I had expected, the nasturtiums were beat up by wind and had to go.

too tatty to live

too tatty to live

The off balancedness of the two planters bothers me: One has a painted sage and one doesn’t, one has a volunteer dog daisy and one has a volunteer feverfew.  I did cut back the salvia and the feverfew hard.  Even though I have tried to mostly turn the Ilwaco planters over the Allan, I can’t help but interfere.

Allan tidying

Allan tidying

Long Beach

The welcome sign flowers had held up much better than I expected.

front, with one tipsy echibeckia

front, with one tipsy echibeckia

after tidying

after tidying

at the back: refitted modern light, set at an angle and blocked by plants.

at the back: refitted modern light, set at an angle and blocked by plants.  I can’t figure out how to not have plants in the way of this angle!

The lights pointing straight at the sign are easy to work with in terms of keeping plants from being right in front of them.

The lights pointing straight at the sign are easy to work with in terms of keeping plants from being right in front of them.

The back of the sign seems well protected.

The back of the sign seems well protected.

When we got to downtown Long Beach, I felt sad to see that all the hanging baskets hung up high on the main street had been taken down.  They were simply too battered by the wind to look any good.

No basket anymore...sad...

No basket anymore…sad…with two more big tourist weekends to go.

Having the baskets down so early (usually they stay up till the end of September) made the town feel autumnal to me.  I love autumn but not this early.

The ones by the gazebo are gone, too, although the police station baskets survived.  We did a bit of deadheading and then decided to go to the Anchorage from whence an email had informed me of some storm damage.

Anchorage Cottages

Poor sweet pea trellis.  I hope that next year we can have some bolts in the chimney itself to hold a strong system of wire.

goodbye sweet peas

goodbye sweet peas

Other than that, the damage was not as bad as I had feared.

center courtyard, as a light drizzle began

center courtyard, as a light drizzle began

still pecking away at making this area (where callas and trillums reigned earlier in the year) look better.

still pecking away at making this area (where callas and trillums reigned earlier in the year) look better.

The Planter Box

Because of rain that turned torrential, we went to the The Planter Box to get a few plants to improve the Ilwaco city hall planters.  I decided on two rosemaries for now, as the centers need replacement plants.  They’ll get too big later and can go…somewhere else, maybe the new park garden!

a pear at The Planter Box

a pear at The Planter Box

and a pretty rain-spattered rose

and a pretty rain-spattered rose

back to Long Beach

With the rain having stopped again, we did some trimming up of the Long Beach City Hall garden.

so glad these baskets, on an east wall, made it through the storm.

so glad these baskets, on an east wall, made it through the storm.

Later this week, we will do a whole day of deadheading and grooming (but thankfully, not watering!)  I did think that we should take care of the very first planter one seems when coming in from the south.

before: Geranium 'Rozanne' all beat up by wind

before: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ all beat up by wind

after

after

Ilwaco

We spent the rest of the work day grooming the Ilwaco planters.  The sturdy selection of plants had held up well except for nasturtiums, which almost all had to go.

two diasia went into this planter, whose previous assortment of plants all mysteriously died.

two diascia went into this planter, whose previous assortment of plants all mysteriously died.

Two cute dogs came by. (Allan's photo)

Two cute dogs came by. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: It's tough to get windblown planters to look good again.

Allan’s photo: It’s tough to get windblown planters to look good again.

Allan's photo: This petunia has been growing in the street for weeks. We don't know where it came from!

Allan’s photo: This petunia has been growing in the street for weeks. We don’t know where it came from!

 

 

the Ilwaco boatyard...

the Ilwaco boatyard

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I figured the garden on the south wall of the port office would be badly beat up.  It was not happy, but I was pleased that the baskets had been saved.

all four baskets, safely stashed on the north side of the building

all four baskets, safely stashed on the north side of the building

Port manager Guy Glenn Jr. had gotten completely drenched moving the baskets to shelter DURING the storm.

Don Nisbett’s extra lush and well cared for baskets were just too big to move, and they show what the Long Beach ones probably looked like.

It will be interesting to see how well these might revive.

It will be interesting to see how well these might revive.  I have hope!

I did not take a photo of the office garden.  I suppose I am disheartened with how drab the gardens look with so many flowers stripped away or too battered to save.

I saw a dog friend of mine, though!

I saw a dog friend of mine, though!

looking south

looking south

looking west: the tide was high

looking west: the tide was high

Back to city hall to plant the rosemaries.

Back to city hall to plant the rosemaries.

Allan and I are in disagreement about that volunteer dog daisy.  I feel that it spoils the symmetry and looks just silly.  He likes it.  This disagreement will continue tomorrow because we now need to bring some soil to top off these two planters.

When we got home, we found a treat on our front porch.  Madeline and Jacob of Pink Poppy Bakery had had a cider pressing day, and Allan had given them a basket of our windfall apples.  Our next door neighbour, Jessika, had gone to the cider pressing and had left us a bottle of cider on the porch.

It was absolutely delicious essence of apple.

It was absolutely delicious essence of apple.

I sat myself down and finished Sue Grafton’s X, and that also made me happy. I don’t have a “bucket list” except for this:  I want to live long enough to read Y and Z.

 

 

 

 

 

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