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Sunday, 13 February 2022

This morning, a blue wall appeared over the crab pots next door. Last summer, we had a back drop of uncovered crab pots with colorful floats inside. I like the blue tarp wall also. It speaks to me of living in a working class town instead of the kind of place where you see fancy blue painted stucco walls.


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Thursday, 9 February 2022

Long Beach

As we began the work year by picking up our key to the city works gate at City Hall, we spied nearby the city crew putting up the celebratory centennial banners.

I feel that it is good to be back doing our best to make the town gardens and planters look beautiful during a special year.

We began, as we almost always do, by tidying up the west side of Fifth Street Park. Allan tackled the miscanthus. It is a shame for the Malai Thai Restaurant that these grasses block their sign from midsummer to late winter. I didn’t choose them, and the restaurant was not there when the park was planted around the year 2000.

I trimmed the Leycesteria ‘Jealousy’. Allan cut back the grasses.

I weeded and planted some of my extra white phlox.

Mostly, though, I worked on the northwest quadrant of the park, where I took no before or during photos because I kept forgetting to put the camera in my pocket and the vehicle was closer to Allan. Allan took a few, including a chat with a passerby we know well, Beth who used to manage Anchorage Cottages, one of her former jobs. (We left the job when she did.)

I dug out some tired sanguisorbas and some of the dreaded orange montbretia that got a big foothold here during our absence last year.

After all our clipping and digging, we took a full load to dump.

How many deer do you see in the field by the biosolids mulch barn? The answer is below.

We collected some biosolids mulch to fill in the holes where I’d dug out the tired plants.

The number of deer:

We returned to the park and mulched.

In the planter by where we parked, the deer have chomped the tulips, but not the Iris reticulata.

The work board has a list of first visits to make. Although these visits do include weeding, we are not aiming for absolute perfection, just to get all the jobs looking good enough for now. A passerby expressed astonishment that we were gardening in February. I didn’t think to ask where he was from but told him we used to start the last week in January. I was more skint back then.

From the work board, I got to erase one letter today, the W for west side of Fifth Street Park. (Three work days later, I remembered to add the Depot Restaurant to the list. At the moment, my mind is just on Long Beach.)

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Monday, 4 March 2019

I felt the need to work despite the morning being so chilly that we discussed taking the day off.

The water boxes were frozen…

As were the ponds.

…so frozen that tossed pebbles just sat on the ice.

Cota and Bentley next door enjoyed an icy apple each.

We mulched the rose beds at the J’s garden across the street. The first bed is empty and needs a new rose.

And it needs a trellis to match the one at the other end.

Fortunately, there is a trellis going spare behind the flowering quince on the west fence.

Now we have a tiny future project, to move a trellis (Allan) and find a red or pink climbing rose (me).

The J’s garden front garden has plenty of crocuses.

To further test out the weather, we tidied the Ilwaco planters and street tree pocket gardens. Fortunately, lack of wind made 45 degrees workable. All but two of the tatty old erysimums came out of the planters today. (The two least tatty ones get a reprieve for now.)

Allan’s photo

Tatty (Allan’s photo)

I will wait till the nights are above freezing to add some Sedums. It would be great to have some hens and chickens and even echeverias, but the cooler the plant is, the more likely it will be stolen, so I must stick with something as basic as Autumn Joy that I can replace without expense.

As the day felt a bit balmier, we went on to Long Beach, first to Fifth Street Park to finish a bit of trimming in the northeast quadrant.

Allan trimmed a rudbeckia and a lavender…

…and was asked by the owners of the new barbershop to trim a rhododendron. He referred that to me. It was full of buds so I did the barest of trimming so that it does not dare to actually touch the building. It was enough to make the new business happy and feel welcomed.

You probably can’t even see a difference. Most of the pruning was at the back. People like to be listened to, and they saw me carry off several branches. I’ll try to remember to continue to leave an inch of space between the shrub and the building.

Allan had a look inside the spiffing new barber shop.

In a planter by the park, Allan saw this sorry sight in an ash tray by a planter.

Other than the rhododendron, I further pruned a row of Super Dorothy roses that had looked too thick in Allan’s after photo from last week:

After, today:

We went on to the Bolstad beach approach to check the planters. A plant thief has indeed helped themselves to some of our new sea thrifts. I think it must have happened before someone added primroses to the Lisa Bonney memorial planter, or surely there would be two holes instead of one.

We worked our way all along the beach approach garden, trimming ornamental grasses and pulling crocosmia. The weeding will come later.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I was pleased to find that The Toy made quick work of most of the small stems of rugosa roses along the edge.

A hellebore at city Hall:

Allan’s photo

The planters on the Sud Snyder Drive beach approach got their late winter tidy.

The planter furthest east has become a smoking lounge.

I left the smokers a wee notice.

The next planter to the west is also a smoking lounge, but those smokers have thoughtfully put a bucket by the planter for their cigarette butts.

We had time to tidy up the World Kite Museum garden at four o clock, as the temperature began to fall quickly.

It’s a shame I had not put the beach approach trimming on the work board, as I did not get the pleasure of erasing it. At least I could erase three things, leaving a short list of late winter garden check ups still to do.

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

We decided to work on the downtown Long Beach planters and street trees.  I had big ideas that we would also get to the Anchorage Cottages garden and then get rugosa roses cut down in the beach approach garden by the arch.

As I began with the southernmost planters, Robert (wasband and former co-gardener) bicycled up and we had an interesting chat, reminiscing about our friend Lily who died some years ago of ALS.


My mission was to trim back any Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ still standing and to clip santolina hard so it will make a nice round ball instead of getting rangy.


after; this planter has too much of a boring little hardy geranium but is not one I plant to re-do.

crocuses in a planter

crocuses and an iris reticulata

santolinas, before

an after from across the street, because I forgot…



Would be huge escallonias that we cut back hard by the pet shop last fall are leafing out:


After clipping and tidying in eight planters and three trees, I re-joined Allan who had been working on a difficult tree garden that whole time.

before, with an unfortunate batch of rugosa roses

Those roses reseeded into there, and I thought, years ago, how cute, and let one or two stems bloom.  Oh, what a mistake…and yet it does look pretty when blooming in summer.

after; unfortunately, the roses will come back.

after; will this be the year we prevail?

I notice every time I come to a clump of narcissi and find flower stalks picked.  (Deer are not the culprits here, although they might be with tulips.)

Why not leave ALL the flowers for all the people to enjoy?

It was not a pleasant weather day, with wind that became increasingly strong and cold.

not feeling comfortable

Another street tree job by Allan:


after (the stems are a hardy fuchsia)

In another tree, we worked on eliminated all but two corners of Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’; I planted too much of it way back when I had a low budget, and it was free (for good reason).



sidewalk display at The Wooden Horse gift shop

In the last two blocks, the wind was much colder and stronger.  We were determined to finish.

We cut back these chrysanthemums, with foliage undamaged because of our mild winter.

Allan cut down the other two escallonias that are crowded into a planter.



I came along behind him and trimmed those green santolinas hard.

At home, I was able to erase the Long Beach downtown planters from the work board, and added the Pop Outs (little gardens on Ocean Beach Boulevard).

There may be a reader who is wondering when Kite Museum will appear on the work board.  It finally got added on Feb. 14th!

It took hours after work to finally feel warm again.




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Monday, 31 July 2017


spent flower and bud on my night blooming cereus

We stopped at Ilwaco City Hall to ask that a hole be drilled into the non draining planter out of which Allan had dug all soil.


one of the two city hall planters from above

Long Beach

We did our usual “tree day” watering rounds, meaning Allan watered the street tree gardens and a couple of blocks worth of planters, while I watered most of the planters.

My Long Beach walkabout:


colourful Long Beach


planter by Funland


Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle) still making a nice understory in Fifth Street Park.


found a painted rock from Everett Rocks.


bright and glowing California poppies outside the popular Hungry Harbor Grille

Allan’s Long Beach walkabout:


I, too, had noticed this darling family.



lilies in Fifth Street Park


cosmos, fuchsia, Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ in a planter


Lysimachia punctata in a tree garden


Rose against the south wall of Funland (used to be a city garden, now cared for by the business).  I planted the rose years ago, either ‘Fourth of July’ or ‘Berries and Cream’.

We took mercy on a couple of the planters on the Bolstad approach and took two big jugs and two buckets of water to them.  It is not fair that Allan has to do all the heavy lifting.

He found a Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ pulled out and left to dry.  Deer usually just nibble.


This is human caused damage.  It went into a bucket of water to get refreshed and then got replanted.

The Anchorage Cottages

We went a day early because a heat wave is predicted.  It is good for all gardens to be soaked before the heat.  Beth had done a great job making sure all beds were well watered.


center courtyard with blue potato vine


pots in center courtyard


that moment of lily glory


intentional (I wish!) colour match of lilies to sign.

Long Beach

We watered the Sid Snyder Drive planters (which are plumbed for hose connection).


Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in a Sid Snyder planter


checked up on kite museum planters


Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.  I went home to do the dreaded monthly billing and some watering in advance of the heat of perhaps as high as 90 degrees predicted for Wednesday.


wild sweet peas under an Ilwaco tree.

Jodie from across the street and her family member Doug came over to see the garden.  Doug was smitten with all the cats.


communing with Skooter



We’ve been taking Tuesdays off sometimes lately.  This week, we will work Tuesday so we can take a heat wave day off later in the week.


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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Skooter in the morning, very much wanting to be let outside.  He has to stay in at least through Saturday, and it casts a pall on my mood as well as his.


Allan’s photo


Our volunteer garden at the post office

We actually had a work day that we could just use for weeding projects, with only a small amount of watering to do.

Long Beach

We started at the westernmost planters on Bolstad, tidied them, and I wished they got more water but we are not hauling buckets to all of them.  That said, a few of the ten or more did get the water we had with us.   They get a misting with the city water truck once a week, enough to stay alive.

The city crew was working nearby on preparatons for the Sandsations sand sculpting contest which will take place this weekend.  During the week, starting on Wednesday,  display sand sculptures will be constructed at the end of the beach approach.


Allan’s photo


In the Lisa Bonney Memorial Planter (Allan’s photo)

The ground level garden gets no supplemental water.  It has survived this way for over four years since we last had water out there to hook hoses up to.  It has been a good test of a droughty windy sandy place, to see what will grow.  Mainly rugosa roses, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, stressed looking coreopsis, and santolinas.  The escallonias are looking less distressed that the mugo pines.


broken barberry (Allan’s photo)


after Allan tidied it up

It took less than three hours to do an adequate weeding of all 13 parts of the beach approach garden.



Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ (Allan’s photo)


working our way east


Armeria (sea thrift) deadheading, before


and after (Allan’s photo)


Parks Manager Mike Kitzman driving by on the sand project

We got to meet Beachdog’sBeachdog’s new rescue Dane, Teacup.


Beachdog Keith and Teacup (Allan’s photo)



Teacup (Allan’s photo)

Lots of people stop to talk about the gardens.



finally at the very end

We took time to deadhead all the sea thrift at city hall.


City Hall west side


Allan’s photo


sea thrift before


and after (Allan’s photos)


Gladiolus nanus


and another Gladiolus nanus


I need to get more of these or spread them around.  (Allan’s photos)


astilbe on north side city hall (Allan’s photo)


I pruned more aruncus on the north side.  That’s the Strange Landscaping truck.  More on that later.

From city hall, I could see the heroncam pond and was reminded that its surrounding landscape needed weeding.


Allan out by the waterfall, scrimming off horsetail.

His photos:






It was high time we attended to this area.



Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ and santolina




The Anchorage Cottages

We had to park down below and schlep up the slope, which felt rather like Mount Everest.


Mitzu the Shihtzu was not at work today.


south end of parking lot (Allan’s photo)


First blooms on the sweet peas.


north (office) courtyard steps


by the office window


center courtyard


Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Allan’s photo)


Erygium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and lady’s mantle (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo

World Kite Museum

While working at city hall, we’d had a drive by chat with our friend Ed Strange, who told us he has started on the landscaping project at the kite museum.  We had time to have a look on our way south.


Yay, the tatty row of hebes is gone.


landscape fabric is down


river rock to cover the fabric


Allan’s photo


Our little garden will really show now, so we had better pay more attention to it.

Without the hebes crowding the garden, the soil inside might not get as rooty and compact as it has been.


schmoozing with Patty while Ed works

We quit pestering Ed and got back to work at the…

Port of Ilwaco

Our project was to water the east end curbside bed and the Loading Dock Village garden.


Easternmost curbside bed gets watered about every other week.


Crocosmia, quite possibly plucked by deer (Allan’s photo)

People often stop to chat with us while we are working. Usually, at the port, the conversations are as much about boats as about gardens.


This was Allan this evening.


This was me yesterday evening.


lavender in a nest of Nasella tenuissima


Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’


Loading Dock Village garden


west of the Loading Dock Village


Allan’s photo

at home

While watering…




Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel’


fluffy red poppy and yellow achillea


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Thursday, 6 July 2017

It was just an ordinary watering day.

On the way out of town, I saw something that displeased me.


bike parked in a tree garden (Allan’s photo)

No one in the adjacent business knew whose bike it was.  😦  It’s a garden, not a bike rack.

Long Beach


Long Beach welcome sign


We gave the welcome sign some fertilizer.  It is heavy on blue with Geraniums ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Orion’.


Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ does not provide the big show that we used to get from Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’.  I have regrets.

We saw our friend Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) and crew working on the garden at Subway and stopped for a chat and a pet for Jackson.



My good friend Jackson and me

Allan and I watered the 37 downtown planters; he walked south and I walked north.


This Geranium ‘Rozanne’ looked wilted.  Had I forgotten to water it last time?


Nope…someone had pulled out a bunch of stems and just left them in the plant (twice this many once I was done teasing all the broken ones out).


Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’


Queen Fabiola and Rozanne


Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ finally blooming.  It was WINDY.


delicately delicious white alpine strawberries in a planter…the shopkeeper gets to snack on them because people don’t think they are ripe yet.

Allan’s Long Beach watering photos:


Rozanne, cosmos, California poppies



Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’, and the not showy enough painted sage with just a tuft of pink bracts at the top.


Why is the painted sage not coloring as much along the stem this year? (or last year)


white painted sage, also not showy…

painted sage

compare to these from pre-2016 with more colour from bracts


elephant garlic losing its little hat


lots of people by Hungry Harbor and Sweet Phee’s

We got done with our watering in time for the luxury of a sit down break at Abbracci Coffee Bar.


leaving our weeding buckets and hoses outside


Pink Poppy Bakery’s “Dad Tested Chocolate Chip Cookies”


my favourite of the new paintings by Brad Carlson

Revived, we weeded Veterans Field and Fifth Street Park.


Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)


I clipped back this big Miscanthus to show off lilies that are planted too close and must be moved this fall.


Allan’s photo

We watered the seven Sid Snyder beach approach planters.


I should bring two Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to replace the plants that got stolen from either side of the lamp post, and plant them with plaintive “I want to live here!” tags.  It’s been so long I can’t remember what was stolen.  Eryngiums, I think.

We met this little rescue dog named Molly.  Her person told us that Molly had been thrown out of a car in a bag.  Thank goodness she was rescued and now has a great life.


Molly (Allan’s photos)



Echinops (blue globe thistle) in the planter by Worldmark resort. (Allan’s photo)

Allan carried big jugs of water to the westernmost planter, whose water does not work and whose new plants are still there.



New gazanias are a bit distressed, must remember to water this planter twice next week.


I would have trimmed off the wilted foliage. Maybe Allan did after taking this photo.

On the way to Ilwaco, we went around the block for a closer look at the planted boxes in front of Artistic Bouquets.  They were planted up by John, an apprentice of Mark whose garden we toured yesterday.


Artistic Bouquets planter…I got Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ envy.


Allan dropped me off at the boatyard to weed and water, while he got the water trailer and watered the Ilwaco street trees and planters.


weeding the back edge while watering from behind the fence

All had to look good because Friday night would be an art walk with people walking from downtown businesses to the port.  We would not be going because for the past three years, I find art walks to be too peopley for my social comfort zone.  Today marks the three year anniversary of a shunning situation that represented the worst side of small town living.  However, the resulting increased desire for reclusiveness has gifted me with much higher productivity and less aimless “hanging out”.  I think it is a good thing, and also quite possibly a bad thing, or, as Monk would say, a blessing and a curse.


south one third of the boatyard garden

The weeding went pretty easily, and I had long enough hoses to do over half of the watering from the front side, which enabled multi-tasking.


Allan’s photo, looking south



Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo: reseeded poppies by the sidewalk



Allan’s photo


a flying bird!

Our reward for a long work day will be three days off.

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Friday, 28 April 2017


a postcard promising a new exhibit at our local Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Today our main mission was to get Long Beach gardens as fluffed up as possible in the areas where the annual Razor Clam Festival would take place.  But first:

The Depot Restaurant’s 

….garden needed deadheading.

This is not a good beetle.  It was inside a curled up leaf.  I haven’t identified it, though.



north garden, with tulips, looked better in person


lily foliage and tulips

Long Beach


The wind and some deer damage (at the right end) have diminished the tulip display on the front of the sign.


The backside is still awesome.

We checked the planters on the west end of the Bolstad approach…


no Autumn Joy left in the most western one 😦

I felt a sense of mild and unsurprised disgruntlement and disappointment in human nature. But the Autumn Joy was not stolen from the next three planters to the east, so that was good news.


ducks on a pond or are they gulls? (Allan’s photo)


just off the beach approach, path from restroom parking lot is a pond now (Allan’s photo)

Allan then worked on the Veterans Field gardens and the north parking lot berm while I walked around and checked on all of the Pacific Way planters AND made notes on what plants each one might need.


Vet Field (Allan’s photo)


berm, before


after (Allan’s photo)


across the street from the berm (Allan’s photo)

my walk around:


the first flower on a Geranium ‘Rozanne’ recently added to a planter (and first Rozanne of the year)


red tulips to match red building


parrot tulip ‘Rococo’


note to Allan: must weed this horsetail before the parade on Sunday, May 7


No time to visit NIVA green today



must put nice edge on this little garden in Coulter Park before the parade…and weed the whole park…next week.


Sometimes vehicles make it hard to weed the tree gardens.


possibly Tulip ‘Madonna’


bud of T. ‘Flaming Spring Green’ and some cute yellow hoop petticoat narcissus


would love to find the energy to totally dig out and redo this planter of boring, once blooming blue geranium (left from volunteer days).  It is a mad runner and fills back in every time I thin it.


thrilling asphodel, last year’s birthday present from Dave and Melissa, from Plant Delights Nursery


Fifth Street Park still looking nice with mulch.


Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ STILL blooming

I called Allan to meet me at the last four planters because I was exhausted.  He weeded the very weediest street tree garden while I finished the planters.






southernmost east side planter; Allan in view weeding that difficult tree garden (right middle of photo)

We weeded at city hall and the big pop out because lots of folks will be walking by this weekend.


city hall detail with Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ (Allan’s photo)


Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ foliage (Allan’s photo)

After checking on the Sid Snyder Drive planters…


sweet little species tulip in a Sid Snyder Drive planter (Allan’s photos)


Tulip batalinii ‘Bright Gem’ with a poppy seedling

and the kite museum garden…..


just a touch of string trimming at the kite museum….and those tatty hebes are still there!


…we filled up the rest of the day with more weeding of the north parking lot berm.


berm, weeded (Allan’s photo)

but did not QUITE get it done before time to meet Dave and Melissa at

The Cove Restaurant


two tired gardeners (Allan’s photo)


delectable clam chowder; I made Mel take her spoon out so I could get this photo.


dinner salad


Thai street prawns (spicy)


vegetable stir fry


fish and chips (Allan’s photo)


curry fish dinner (Allan’s photo)

Melissa and I always agree that our North Beach Garden Gang dinner is the highlight of our week.

All of us had been working hard to the point of pushing ourselves to the limit and it felt mighty good to sit and eat and talk about gardening.

Tomorrow: I hope to work in my own garden!  We won’t be attending the clam festival; you can read about it from a past year here.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Long Beach

Despite forecast of a rainy and windy day, the weather looked workable so we went back to the Bolstad beach approach garden.



I like to do the beds in consecutive order.  It gives me a sense of progress.  Today, though, we skipped over the ones that had puddles at the curb.


looking west; we skipped ahead.


On the other side, deep water picnicking



before (Allan’s photo)

Allan cut down a volunteer wax myrtle that was encroaching on an escallonia.





I found a new infuriating thing: All along the two sections in which we worked today, someone has been digging up narcissi and crocus bulbs, leaving holes and broken foliage as evidence.  I suspect the same person who is thieving from the planters.


Holes and broken foliage tell the tale.


my enraged finger pointing at theft evidence

Allan dug up rugosa roses along the edges.



Our friend Cat rode by and showed off her bicycled bins made of cat litter buckets.


Allan removed most of the hard to weed patch of tatty kinnikinnick.






after (Allan’s photo)

I planted some of that Bee seed mix.


The strong wind brought two big rain squalls over us, during which we took shelter in the van.  The squalls passed quickly, so that we were able to get our target section done and move on to a second one.


second section, before (Allan’s photo)


rain and lots of it! (Allan’s photo)

Before we got very far with the dream of getting two sections done, a serious squall appeared with no bright sky behind it, so we gave up for the day.  So much for being as tough as the crab fishers on Deadliest Catch!





not much got done in the second section


Allan’s photo


heavy rain


puddles forming quickly


We got drenched just packing up.

In the works yard, we found a green bucket that we had feared lost!


found and rescued!

Maddeningly, as we got to city works to dump our debris, we could see blue sky….


…and by the time we drove out of the city works yard, the squall had passed.


We had gotten too wet and cold to go back to the approach garden.  Instead, we went home and I turned most of a compost bin.


compost bliss


Allan’s photo

Allan worked in his garden…


floppy hellebore, before



I got to erase just one section of beach approach from the work board…


Our goal is to get the beach approach and the two parking lot berms weeded by the Clam Festival on April 29th…

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

In the morning, like a grown up, I made an appointment for early Sept. to talk with the knee surgeon about surgery in November.

Alicia’s garden

To be kind to Nora’s grand daughter, who now has the house next door, we pruned a tree that was shading and touching the shake roof of the garage and house.  That means Allan did the pruning and I did a lot of pointing.



Alicia has been concerned that tree branches will damage the wooden roofs by shading them, and the gutters are hard to clean when filled with leaves.  Now, me…I would have let the tree win, but we wanted to make Alicia happy as she has a lot of responsibilities now and we know her dear grandma would like us to help her.

Allan on the ladder

Allan on the ladder

after....happy roofs, happy neighbour

after….happy roofs, happy neighbour

Port of Ilwaco

In the afternoon, buffeted by a COLD 25 mph wind, we watered the Howerton Avenue gardens.  We were done by four, making it an easy day (except for the annoying wind).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Waterfront Way (Allan's photo, while hooking up a hose at the dock)

Waterfront Way (Allan’s photo, while hooking up a hose at the dock)

I did some streetside pruning...

I did some streetside pruning…

and some sidewalk side pruning at the old Shorebank building where shrubs that get much too big were planted...not by us!)

and some sidewalk side pruning at the old Shorebank building where shrubs that get much too big were planted…not by us!)

a little bitty bird by Time Enough Books (Allan's photo)

a little bitty bird by Time Enough Books (Allan’s photo)

nest in a tree in the garden (Allan's photo)

nest in a tree in the garden (Allan’s photo)

Fog rolled in from the west at 3:30 PM.

Fog rolled in from the west at 3:30 PM.

wind and fog on the marina

wind and fog on the marina

The cold wind inspired us to quit for the day rather than doing some Long Beach gardening.  We had a couple of hours to relax at home; I finished the book I’ve been slowly reading.  What a luxury to spend two daylight hours with a book.


The Cove Restaurant

At 7 PM, we attended our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang, this time with Todd (Willapa Gardening) in attendance as well as us and Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening).

The Cove entry garden (Allan's photo)

The Cove entry garden (Allan’s photo)

calla lily in the garden (Allan's photo)

calla lily in the garden (Allan’s photo)

Todd, Dave, Melissa, me

Todd, Dave, Melissa, me

strawberry and caesar salads (Allan's photo)

strawberry and caesar salads (Allan’s photo)

burger and fish taco (Allan's photo)

burger and fish taco (Allan’s photo)

We lingered till past closing, as always.  Darling Lynn brought us some strawberry and whipped cream tiny delectable desserts.

When the vacuum cleaner starts, it is time to go! (Allan's photo)

When the vacuum cleaner starts, it is time to go! (Allan’s photo)

Friday, 5 August 2016

Long Beach

First, deadheading at the welcome sign.

First, deadheading at the welcome sign. Low yellow bidens is along the edge.

welcome sign: Geraniums 'Rozanne' and 'Orion', Echibeckia, cosmos,

welcome sign: Geraniums ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Orion’, Echibeckia, cosmos, godetia, etc


back of sign with white bacopa along the edge

Last night at dinner, Dave and Melissa had given us a five gallon fig tree to plant for Behnoosh in the park next to Kabob Cottage.  Out would come some montbretia and a Leycesteria that we had cut back severely because it was always bothered by caterpillars in late spring.

Allan wades in.

Allan wades in.

new fig tree

new fig tree

'Desert King' fig

‘Desert King’ fig in place

Look who I saw while we dumped our debris at City Works.

Look who I saw while we dumped our debris at City Works.

After our fig tree planting project, we split up and watered the planters.

I weeded the city hall garden.

I weeded the city hall garden.

carousel planter (Allan's photo)

carousel planter (Allan’s photo)

dahlias and painted sage (Allan's photo)

dahlias and painted sage (Allan’s photo)

Oh NO!!!   At the south end, Allan found this disaster.

Oh NO!!! At the south end, Allan found this disaster.

part of the car (Allan's photo)

part of the car (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan's photo)

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan’s photo)

As we watered planters at different areas in town, Todd drove by and informed each of us that we ROCK.

two kinds of Fish Alley art projects

two kinds of Fish Alley art projects

Local people are in the painting.

Local people are in the painting.

This fellow, whose panache I always enjoy, had been meticulously repainting the Long Beach chopsticks.

This fellow, whose panache I always enjoy, had been meticulously repainting the Long Beach chopsticks.

found online: They definitely needed touching up.

found online: They definitely needed touching up.

Fifth Street Park got weeded and deadheaded.

Fifth Street Park got weeded and deadheaded.

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

I just learned that Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ has a new name.  My mind balks at this: Hylotelephium telephium ‘Autumn Joy’.

eryngium and helenium

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ and Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

A quick break garnered us treats from the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market.

Columbia Pacific Farmers Market

Columbia Pacific Farmers Market, 3-6 PM Fridays in Veterans Field

Jacob of Pink Poppy Bakery (Allan's photo)

Jacob of Pink Poppy Bakery (Allan’s photo)

Next, bucket watering of just some of the Bolstad beach approach planters…poor things are so dry.

also, deadheading of some of the santolinas

also, deadheading of some of the santolinas

MORE thieving of lavender wands.

MORE thieving of lavender wands.

So glad Sid Snyder approach planters have faucets in each where we can hook up short hoses to water.

Sid Snyder approach

Sid Snyder approach

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

off to ride on the beach (Allan's photo)

off to ride on the beach (Allan’s photo)


Allan watered the trees and planters in Ilwaco.  I made his job easier by just going home instead of starting another port weeding or watering project.

his photo of sweet peas while filling the water trailer at the boatyard

his photo of sweet peas while filling the water trailer at the boatyard

kitty corner from the post office (Allan's photo)

kitty corner from the post office (Allan’s photo)

hydrangeas and picket fence

hydrangeas and picket fence

and finally…home, for a three day weekend of gardening (me) and some boating for Allan.

at home....three days off commences.

at home….three days off commences.

Sitting in the van looking at my garden from the outside, I was reminded again of Ryan Gainey, whose untimely death has been weighing on my mind.  I thought of his gentle voice at the end of this video, Creating the Romantic Garden:

At the end of the wonderful story of his garden in Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Gainey spoke of how he looked at his own garden from across the street and thought “I wish that were mine” and then he says “I realized it was mine because I chose to make it mine.”

With limited resources, I also choose: not to travel afar, not to live in a finer house or have fancier things, but to have this, a dream garden.


1997 (age 73):

August 4:  HOT  Picked enough berries for a nice serving with cereal tomorrow morning.  I should get more TriStar plants for next year.  There are lots of raspberries for fall picking but they aren’t ready yet.

August 5: HOT  Watered tomatoes and houseplants.  Planted some of the snapdragons UBW.  [Upper Bed West]  Brought the trays in from shop and there were only about 20 violet leaves still unrotted.  After dinner I started making labels for perennials to be planted.  I’ll try to spend most of my time tomorrow planting those seeds.

1998 (age 74):

August 4:  HOT  Water day.  I actually got up early enough to water from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.  Store day—electric and phone bill—bank and QFC.  Lettuce 39 cents each!

August 5: Did a lot of deadheading mostly in front.  Since the seat of my garden stool split, I tried using the good kitchen stool (17″ high).  I can use it but it is a little high as I have to bend over so far my innards are all scrunched up.  I think I’d look dumb if I used it in the front so I probably will use it in the back.



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