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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Long Beach

I had big plans to get four things crossed off the work list.  We started with the tree that has pesky rugosa roses and with the planter nearest to it.

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planter yesterday

After cutting out the poky thing by the bench, I felt inspired to remove as much hesperantha and tired old ornamental grass as possible.

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Allan helping with the biggest grass

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during

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after

Meanwhile, Allan went after the annoying patch of volunteer rugosa roses, roots and all.  (Because they are pesky and the roots run like fury, we will have to watch for returning sprouts.)

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before

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a thuggish rose

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after

Next, we wanted to polish off the first spring clean up of Fifth Street Park.

Allan started with the hydrangea in the southeast corner.

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before

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Allan’s photos: before

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after

I wanted the right hand one a little more upright.  Easy to fix later.

It was a busy day because of a three day weekend.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

My first project was the patch of hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) by the restroom.

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before

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after

By pulling a lot of the hesperantha, and getting its annoying self out of the other plants (like Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, which Allan clipped after the above photo), we will still have plenty for next fall while having a tidier garden bed now.

I did the same to the nearby street tree garden:

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before

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after

In a nearby planter, I found…

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a tiny painted rock

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and emerging tulip foliage.

The northwest quadrant of the park also got a hesperantha going-over.

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before

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after

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Here’s what it looks like on a good summer day. (This was in 2014.)

Allan had joined me before I finished.  We’d got caught in a torrent of rain but had an escape at hand.

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inside Captain Bob’s  Chowder

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looking out: clean up abandoned for half an hour

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delicious fish tacos (before applying a yummy creamy tequila sauce)

As the rain intensity decreased, my Dark Sky app was accurate about it stopping in 15 minutes.  The prediction of drizzle for the following hour was, happily, inaccurate.

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By the end of the rain squall, I knew we would only get two out of four planned projects done today.  The temperature had dropped and a chilly wind kicked up.  We went to the two northernmost blocks and finished the planters and street trees.

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crocuses and iris reticulata (Allan’s photo)

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Iris reticulata ‘Clairette’

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Iris reticulata

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crocuses

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more crocuses

In the last planter of the day, we cut back the escallonia. Why a volunteer, back in the day, planted Escallonia ‘Pink Princess’ in two of the planters is beyond me.  It would like to be at least 15 feet tall.  By chopping it hard now, I won’t have to be clipping it all summer long.

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halfway done

and I did NOT see that piece of trash till I looked at this photo!  (Later: Allan says he saw it and disposed of it.)

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done… The green santolina on each end also got clipped.

Before we dumped our full load of debris, I popped into NIVA green (my favourite shop).  Almost a month ago I had taken some photos for its Facebook page.  Every time I chose photos to post, I could not bear to post one of a copper clad “stump” because I wanted it for myself.  It was a bit pricey and yet it had haunted me. Would it still be there a month later?

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in mid January

Yes! Twice,  people had put holds on it and then not come back to pick it up.

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It is mine now!  (It’s hollow copper clad aluminium, I’m told, so probably not for outdoors.)

Just after we dumped our debris, as Allan was locking the gate of the city works yard, the rain returned.  Perfect timing.

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At home, I got to erase two items but not the pond and popouts.  Maybe tomorrow, or maybe not with wind and rain predicted.

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Skooter likes to turn on Allan’s computer, so Allan found something for him to watch.

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Ilwaco

Because Karla at Time Enough Books had a book to lend me, we started the workday at the port.  Allan did a bit of clipping:

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before clipping one tatty old Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

I picked up the book and had a chat with Karla.  She’s noticed that I read a lot of non fiction on social justice topics.

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the book in question, an advance reading copy

I will get to it as soon as I finish reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

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Bookstore staff member Scout looks more worried that she is.

Depot Restaurant

Our first big work mission was the clipping of ornamental grasses around the dining deck of the Depot.

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before, south and east sides of deck

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giant miscanthus (Allan’s photo)

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before (Allan’s photos)

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after

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after

We also got the one miscanthus at the house next door (which is the office for the restaurant).

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Allan’s photos: before

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after

Just as we were about to leave, Todd showed up to work on the garden of the Hobbit Haven.

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I love the Depot’s next door neighbours’ sign.

Long Beach

Allan and I devoted the rest of the day to Long Beach.

First, City Hall, before and after (all Allan’s photos):

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west side, before

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after

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passersby

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I decided this hebe needed clipping because the office staff likes to see out.

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just starting…took it 2/3 of the way down.

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after

Next came the southwest quadrant of Fifth Street Park.  Allan did all of that project for today.

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before

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before

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after

I asked Allan to leave the hesperantha (used to be schizostylis; Todd reminded me of the name change when we saw him earlier in the day) for me to clean up, because I know there are some delicate sprouts of Camassia in there.  Last year they almost got clipped; Melissa was helping that day and is the one who saved them.  I’ll get to this area tomorrow.

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after. We’ll prune the roses soon.

Meanwhile, I took the green wheelie bin around two blocks worth of planters.

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Iris reticulata…’Eye Catcher’, I think

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crocuses and a couple of iris

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more crocuses

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and more crocuses

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an annoying amount of HESPERANTHA in a planter.  No time for pulling today.

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same planter.  Poky nasty yucca?? thing? keeps coming up by the sitting bench.  Its roots go deep.  Will clip back later, need big loppers to get the trunk way down low.  Why??  Planted by original volunteer, as is all of this particular planter.

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skipped this tree till tomorrow.  I have much regret for not yanking out the very first bit of rugosa rose that volunteered in here.

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I was cutting back santolinas to the new growth at the base.  Had skipped the ones across the street so as not to overwhelm wheelie bin with debris.

For the same reason, I had skipped a tree near Fifth Street.  When I rejoined Allan, his park project was done.  He tidied under this tree while I addressed some dead gaura stems in the northeast quadrant of Fifth Street Park.

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tree garden before.

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after, with hesperantha still to tidy up

Hesperantha spreads like fury.  It’s best to just yank out a lot of it, and you’ll still have enough.

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me, gaura debris, and the wheelie bin

Together, after moving the van and trailer, Allan and I tackled one more tree garden and the planter I had skipped because of debris hauling limitations.

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Allan’s tree project, with Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’, before

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after

In the planter, I was going to do patient santolina clipping to the new growth.

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Then I saw a tuft way down at soil level.

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That particular santolina might be 15 years old.  I decided to cut off all the big stems and see what happens!

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did the same thing to one of three on the other side….

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I might be sorry later.

On the way home, we drove past the Port of Ilwaco curbside gardens.  I reflected on the many grasses and sedums needing to be cut back.  Our last task, at sunset, was to pick up a piece of litter.

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Allan’s photo, looking west down Howerton

At home: Still can’t cross off Fifth Street till the hesperantha and one big hydrangea are dealt with. Can’t cross off street trees and planters because we have more to do.  However, I had the pleasure of erasing City Hall and the Depot.

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Goal for tomorrow, if weather allows: Finish Fifth Street and the street trees and planters and the pop outs and the pond.  Much glorious erasing could end a day like that.

 

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

I woke early, after maybe four hours of sleep, to the kick in the gut feeling of the election, and immediately turned to the news on my iPhone because I knew more sleep was impossible.  My heart broke over reports of hate crimes across the country.  I also learned that the biracial child of a local friend had been targeted by violent bullying; we do not think it is coincidental that it happened the day after.  I was somewhat heartened by peaceful protests across the nation (some marred by the usual small contingent of vandals).  In Portland, the peaceful protestors made a gofundme to donate to repair the vandalism and raised $51 thousand  dollars (by the time I am writing this five days later).  (Now 55K, as this publishes a week later.)

This blog is mostly in my voice, unless Allan writes about a boating trip.  Don’t doubt that he also feels great dismay at current events.  At first, I thought he did not feel it as deeply as I, simply because tears were not his first reaction, but the day after I learned that he also was losing sleep and experiencing distress and feeling sick while reading the news.

We decided to start the work day with a project:

Ilwaco Freedom Market

Ilwaco now has a marijuana shop at the port.  The owner had asked us if we could make their entry garden look good.  I was thrilled to take it on.  He even wanted us to deal with the weeds along the sidewalk between Howerton and Waterfront Way, property that doesn’t even belong to the Freedom Market.  That shows a good civic spirit.

the sidewalk, before

the sidewalk, before

We decided to string trim the left side and weed the right side of the sidewalk.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

during

during

 

after

after

along the building, before

along the building, before

and after

and after

The garden itself had landscape fabric under shallow bark so that the “underwear” showed badly.

the Freedom Market garden, before

the Freedom Market garden, before

I decided the fabric had to go away.  In the process, I ended up leaving it under the south side of the garden bed which is a walking area.

The pulling commences.

The pulling commences.

Weeds with their roots stuck into landscape fabric show how ineffective it is in a garden bed.

Weeds with their roots stuck into landscape fabric show how ineffective it is in a garden bed.  In the long run, this area would have filled up with firmly entrenched weeds.

Half of the fabric was the ridiculously thin kind that tears like paper.

Half of the fabric was the ridiculously thin kind that tears like paper.

after: I provided some free Sedum 'Autumn Joy', lambs ears, and a libertia, which it now occurs to me is a perfectly named plant for a Freedom Market garden.

1.75 hours later: I provided some free Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, lambs ears, and a libertia, which it now occurs to me is a perfectly named plant for a Freedom Market garden.

The whole time we were working, the Freedom Market did a bustling business.  This should be good for the city’s tax coffers.

While Allan weeded at the Salt Hotel curbside garden, I visited Karla at Time Enough Books for some much needed commiseration.

Ceanothus having an unusual lavish autumnal bloom.

Ceanothus having an unusual lavish autumnal bloom.

some timely reading matter

some timely reading matter

Mike’s garden

After the Freedom Market, we went to Mayor Mike’s garden for its final fall clean up…a short one because we had done considerable clean up last time.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

garden spider (Allan's photo)

garden spider (Allan’s photo)

Mike's kitty cat (Allan's photo)

Mike’s kitty cat (Allan’s photo)

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Mike’s garden now goes onto the “post frost clean up” list, probably just for leaf raking.

Long Beach

Some tidying in Long Beach finished the day.  Allan worked on the Veterans Field gardens while I groomed a couple of blocks worth of planters.

Vet Field corner garden (Allan's photo)

Vet Field corner garden (Allan’s photo)

a ridiculously early anemone (Allan's photo)

a ridiculously early anemone (Allan’s photo)

The carousel is now down for the winter.

The carousel (across the street from this planter) is now down for the winter.

I am finding it helpful to stop and visit friends who I know who are also having a dark week.  At the end of the day, one fellow we visited was wearing this year’s Jake the Alligator Man event’s 2016 t shirt.

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Apparently I am still feeling intensely blurry, as today’s work board photo indeed testifies.  It does show that the “fall clean up” list is almost complete and that the “post frost clean up” work list now awaits either a frost (which we might not get) or a final clean up at some jobs before the Christmas holidays, whichever comes first.

haven't added Mike's leaf raking yet

haven’t added Mike’s leaf raking yet

The Van Engelen end of season sale began but did not include the sort of bulbs I want.  Unless they add more, some of the second round bulb planting list might simply disappear from the board.

The Cove Restaurant

Our close friends are all as devastated as we are.  It took some doing for us to find our energy to have our weekly North Beach Garden Gang meeting.  I pushed for it because it is important to me to support local businesses with simpatico owners (such at The Cove).  I was so glad we went, because at the next table were two dear friends who sorely needed hugs and conversation.  With the hate crimes in the news, people are devastated emotionally and, if potentially a target, are afraid.

Also, the food was delicious as always.

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Lomo soltado

Lomo soltado

ambient music by Tom Trudell

ambient music by Tom Trudell


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Nov 10:  I bought “berry” wire at Yelm Hardware and 3 more metal posts for the new raspberry row. I hope Robert’s back gets better—they won’t be up there till the day before Thanksgiving.  [That must be the autumn when Robert threw his back out planting bulbs and was down for several days.] I stopped at Gordon’s=32 pansies and 18 mums.

1997 (age 73):

Nov 10:  Happy Birthday Marine Corps.  I worked again in the Tam area, the same work I’ve done the last two days.  On the evening news they said it will be below freezing tonight.

1998 (age 74):

Nov 10: Beautiful warm day and I spent the entire day in the kitchen canning the applesauce I cooked last night, and peeling and cooking more which I’ll can tomorrow after I buy some more lids.   I also dried 5 large onions, potatoes, and 2 cabbages.  Cabbage doesn’t dry well.  It ends up little tiny shreds.  Too much waste.  HAPPY MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY.

[My mother was a Marine in WWII.]

 

 

 

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Last Sunday, I had such a poignant moment when I got a message from Nancy (co owner of the Depot Restaurant) that her mother Marilyn’s garden (and house) had sold.  Marilyn had passed away this past summer.  We had not been sure when the real estate closing closing would be, perhaps not even till early November, and so the possibility of one last clean up there had still been on the calendar.  Now it had passed into the hands of new owners.

So with poignant thoughts of Marilyn and her healing garden (which will get a slide show blog post later this autumn), I took my finger to erase the task from the work board.

We will deeply miss making the "healing garden" for dear Marilyn.

We will deeply miss making the “healing garden” for dear Marilyn.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

I had a strong desire to dismantle the Corridor of Spooky Plants, having removed the cobwebs from it last night after 9 PM.

the corridor of spooky plants, de-cobwebbed

the corridor of spooky plants, de-cobwebbed and ready to be undone

Skooter (Allan's photo)

Skooter (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Smokey and Skooter

Smokey and Skooter

However, I had a work plan for today rain or shine: to dismantle Diane’s roadside garden.  I collected from the greenhouse all the big pots emptied from this year’s tomato growing.

Look who I found snoozing in the stacked plastic pots.

Look who I found snoozing in the stacked plastic pots.

Pacific tree frog woken from a nap.

Pacific tree frog woken from a nap.

Basket Case Greenhouse

On the way to Diane’s, we detoured to The Basket Case Greenhouse to buy some potting soil.

at The Basket Case

at The Basket Case

me and new owner Roxanne

me and new owner Roxanne

Basket Case has some handsome cannas for sale.

Basket Case has some handsome cannas for sale.

and some black bamboo.

and some black bamboo.

Diane’s garden

Diane and Larry’s septic system has to be redone and the line of trees cut down along the road, so we dug up a lot of the perennials from the roadside garden.  Heavy equipment will be driving there.  We worked through rain squalls and wind.  Most of the time the weather was tolerable.

getting set up

getting set up

a new ramp for our good friend Misty, whose hind legs no longer work very well.

a new ramp for our good friend Misty, whose hind legs no longer work very well.

before

before

before

before

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work in progress

The digging was blessedly easy.

The digging was blessedly easy.

We left in the ground the six or more large pink heathers and the rosemary because we did not think they would transplant well.  Perhaps they and the narcissi and crocus bulbs that are still in the ground will survive being driven over.  We plan to recreate this garden in some form after the project is done.

We also saved as many as we could of the river rock that edged the garden because rocks would surely get shoved down into the soil during the construction work.  It would be more expensive to buy another yard of the rock than to spend the labor saving most of it.

removing the river rock edge

removing the river rock edge

after

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after

after

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, two handsome purple penstemons, some pink and blue scabiosa, some lavenders, a Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’, an Eryngium and some bulbs were all salvaged.

The garden will live in pots over the winter.

The garden will live in pots over the winter.

piles of river rock stashed and waiting

piles of river rock stashed and waiting

an ominous looking mushroom or toadstool (Allan's photo)

an ominous looking mushroom or toadstool (Allan’s photo)

This was perhaps the most important project of the autumn.  I was glad to have it done.

The Anchorage Cottages

The bad weather held off long enough for us to do some pruning at the Anchorage.

our good friend Mitzu

our good friend Mitzu

Allan's pruning of Escallonia 'Iveyi', before

Allan’s pruning of Escallonia ‘Iveyi’, before

and after

and after.  We did not want it to obscure the sign by spring time.

Long Beach

I had been plagued recently by the memory of a dandelion I had forgotten to pull in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter.  Several times recently we had passed through town and I had gotten distracted from stopping to pull it out.

Today I remembered.

Today I remembered.

It was about to bloom!

It was about to bloom!

Geranium 'Rozanne' is still putting on a show in the planters.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is still putting on a show in the planters.

I need to remember to trim back the rugosa rose on the south side of the police station.

I need to remember to trim back the rugosa rose on the south side of the police station.

More 'Rozanne' and lavender

More ‘Rozanne’ and lavender

and this awesome succulent whose name I forget. (I only have two of them.)

and this awesome succulent whose name I forget. (I only have two of them.)

home

We got home with just enough time to undo the Corridor of Spooky Plants before dark.

down comes Halloween

down comes Halloween

I took down the plants and Allan dismantled the bamboo and rebar framework.

I took down the plants and Allan dismantled the bamboo and rebar framework.

back to normal

back to normal

one less project on the work board

one less project on the work board


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Nov 1:  Probate [from Dad’s death in June] completed per attorney.  Spent this afternoon digging dahlias tubers from Tam area [former juniper tam bed, now flowers, by the roadside].  Received Wayside and Spring Hill orders mostly perennials and some bulbs on Wayside order.  The shop [large two room outbuilding] was plenty warm this AM so I turned the heat off for the day.

 

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

The typing out of the bulb lists was not to be today.  We woke to fine autumn sunshine and decided to get as far as possible in the bulb planting of the Long Beach planters and street tree gardens.

Bulb time has started much sooner than usual this year.  For the past several years, my bulbs arrived in early November, and not early enough.  This year I called and requested earlier shipment because of my planned knee surgery.  The knee surgery is not happening this autumn after all because of economic reasons, and the payoff might be an earlier staycation than usual.

Today, we worked our way through the Long Beach blocks out of order, based on where we could find parking on a busy Sunday.

bulbs laid out in the recently redone planter in front of Stormin' Norman's gift shop.

bulbs laid out in the recently redone planter in front of Stormin’ Norman’s gift shop.

planting

planting

Geranium 'Rozanne' halfway cut back and still blooming in front of the police station

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ halfway cut back and still blooming in front of the police station

Hydrangeas in Third Street Park with fresh blooms on top of old ones.

Hydrangeas in Third Street Park with fresh blooms on top of old ones.

I had a catastrophe at the police station intersection.  I have bulbs for each planter sorted into a separate bag or sometimes a bag for an entire intersection.  I noticed when planting the police station intersection (Third Street) that all of the tulips were viridiflora (green) tulips.  I always use green tulips for the NIVA green block, but since they are my favourite tulips, I did not wonder that I had them for the Third Street block also.  That is, until I got to NIVA green and saw the “POLICE” bag was still in the van.  I had grabbed the NIVA bag by mistake.  Fortunately, I still had one set of green tulips for the NIVA planter itself.  The other three on that block went purple and pink this year.  Dang it all.

squeezing bulbs into a busy planter by NIVA green

squeezing bulbs into a busy planter by NIVA green

Each planter is a little different, and many that we have not redone still have rampant plants going back to the days when each one was done by a different volunteer.  We don’t redo all of them, just the ones with extremely annoying plants like a nest of vinca or a thuggish hardy geranium. (In the recent case of the wire vine in front of Stormin’ Norman’s, I had only myself to blame.)  Three planters have would-be huge escallonias that I cannot remove because their roots are all into the “works” of the plumbing, so I am stuck with constant pruning. Some have would be full size barberries that need constant attention, all leftovers from volunteer days.  Each planter started with a dwarf rhododendron (on the street side of the lamp post.  One of two that remain can be seen in the photo above) and two big heathers on either side of the lamp post, provided by the city.  ALL the heathers are gone now.  Oh my, they were boring, and filled up way too much space with flat dullness.  The volunteers themselves eliminated most of the heathers.

I was tremendously annoyed today to find that someone who is hanging out by the NIVA green planter on a regular basis is filling it with cigarette butts even though there is an ashtray receptacle RIGHT NEXT TO THE PLANTER.

truly disgusting

truly disgusting

planting after picking out all the butts

planting after picking out all the butts

I popped briefly into NIVA green to get some Halloween display photos for the shops Facebook page (which I help manage).

in NIVA green

in NIVA green

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Fuchsias still blooming in the planter at the south end of Dennis Co (and the flowers across the street are long lasting chrysanthemums).

Fuchsias still blooming in the planter at the south end of Dennis Co (and the flowers across the street are long lasting chrysanthemums).

My good friend Tam O’Shanter came to the door of the Herb N’ Legend Smoke Shop.

Tam

Tam (Allan’s photo)

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planting at the smoke shop, with more late blooming Geranium 'Rozanne'

planting at the smoke shop, with more late blooming Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Allan planted from the street side of this planter by Sweet Phee's pizza place.

Allan planted from the street side of this planter by Sweet Phee’s pizza place.

To my amazement, we did get all the planters and street tree bulbs installed, except for the four plants (Bolstad stoplight down to the police station) which might get dug up because of a problem with that electric line.  I am holding  tulips for those planters.

I was glad that I had also brought the box for Veterans Field even though I had been almost sure we would not get to it.

Vet Field corner garden before adding bulbs (of blue, white, and red flowers of course).

Vet Field corner garden before adding bulbs (of blue, white, and red flowers of course).

and after

and after

By the time we finished this little project, we were in a drizzle, and by the time we had finished dumping our trailer load of debris at City Works, a lashing rain had begun.

perfect timing for rain

perfect timing for rain

home

The work board is shorter, at least until I think of more projects.

The work board is shorter, at least until I think of more projects.

Skooter and Azara microphylla 'Variegata'

Skooter and Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’

Halloween lights

Halloween spider lights

a pleasing perennial chrysanthemum in the garden (from The Planter Box nursery)

a pleasing perennial chrysanthemum in the garden (from The Planter Box nursery)

late blooming cosmos

late blooming cosmos

Tomorrow it will surely rain and give me time to type up the bulbs spreadsheets.


ginger

1998 (age 74):

Oct 23:  12:00-5:00  I worked in Tam area again planted tulips and narcissus.  Also cleaned up the area by pruning and weeding.  It was a lot cooler than yesterday.  I called the WSU [Washington State University] extension office for up to date instructions on canning tomatoes, freezing, and drying.

 

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Long Beach

Another inaccurate weather forecast had called for a day of 30 mph wind and a half an inch of rain.  Instead, we got a glorious warm day and were able to do post-storm clean up of the Long Beach planters.  I had been looking forward to that.  Even though the storm had not brought the predicted 90 mph, over 50 mph wind in Long Beach had made the planters look rather battered.

After dropping books off at the Ilwaco library and adding some Geranium sanguineum starts to that garden, we began clean up at the Long Beach welcome sign.

before

before

after

after

both sides. The geraniums 'Rozanne' and 'Orion' on the back side were still blooming.

both sides. The geraniums ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Orion’ on the back side were still blooming.

We hoped to have time to return to the sign later in the day.

In town, we tidied up the beat up plants.

 Geranium 'Rozanne' about to be cut back

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ about to be cut back (Allan’s photo)

further tidying

after, further tidying

It was so hot that for awhile I thought I had a flu-ish fever.  (Ok, it was 61 degrees.)

Todd stopped by with some bulbs from a shared order Brent and Becky’s.

I'm showing him a santolina that died.

I’m showing him a santolina that died.

The smoke shop owner told me that the sign she had made to protect the flowers has been stolen…before the wind storm.

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If you see this stolen sign (how ironic), it belongs to the Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop.

Allan trimmed this lavender.

Allan trimmed this lavender.

We had made the right decision last week to leave the blooming, top heavy ‘Super Dorothy’ roses in Fifth Street Park.  The wind was not enough to topple the fence or to remove the flowers.

Super Dorothy Rose (an improved Dorothy Perkins, from Heirloom Roses) Allan's photo

Super Dorothy Rose (an improved Dorothy Perkins, from Heirloom Roses) Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.  I am so glad we did not cut these.

This catmint is about to be cut to the base.

This catmint is about to be cut to the base.

after, with lots of California poppies pulled from the kitty corner planter

after, with lots of California poppies pulled from the kitty corner planter

This is far from the final clean up.  Another go round will be on bulb planting day and then a last go round will come after a hard frost.  I trimmed the green santolinas after Allan took the photo above.

excellent chrysanthemum, several years old (Allan's photo)

excellent chrysanthemum, several years old (Allan’s photo)

from the other side (Allan's photo)

from the other side (Allan’s photo)

We did have time to get back to the welcome sign.  After dumping our debris at the city works yard, we scraped up the last of the old, tarped, soggy pile of Soil Energy mulch into five buckets.  Now we are officially out of mulch.

parking lot gardens fall colour

parking lot gardens fall colour, euonymous (burning bush)

Aronia

Aronia

At the sign, we planted 200 tulips bulbs, red and yellow for the front of the sign, and purple and pastels for the sunset colors of the back of the sign.

the sprinkling of bulbs food

the sprinkling of bulb food

My favourite garden guru Ann Lovejoy has written that bulbs come with all the food inside of them that they need for the first year.  Here, the bulb food will nurture older bulbs, like the grape hyacinths already coming up along the front.

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This year we planted the tulips more toward the front edges in hopes any tall narcissi will bloom behind them.  Last spring we tried to shift the tall narcissi to the back.  I know we missed some.

a nice ledge to sit on while planting

a nice ledge to sit on while planting

after

after

after. I hope the city crew has time to get us another yard of mulch.

after. I hope the city crew has time to get us another yard of mulch.

At home, I sorted the packages of Todd bulbs into the appropriate areas of Bulb Central.  I am now awaiting the arrival of another batch via UPS and then bulb time will resume.

I planted the questionable Costco bulbs, the ones I had not unpacked soon enough.  The totally soft ones went into the debris pile.  I hope the just slightly soft ones might still have some life in them.


ginger

1998 (age 74):

Oct 17: I peeled apples and tomatoes from about 11:00 to 6:00.  That’s a lot of time to get 5 pts applesauce and 2 pts tomatoes.  (It would have been 6 pts applesauce but I ate the other one.  Delicious even without sugar.)

Next week:

  • Plant hydrangeas in bulkhead
  • Plant primroses in tam area
  • Plant all the perennials from behind house
  • Throw out the annuals
  • Pick up apples daily

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

We heard a big storm would arrive at the end of the week, so we embarked on some jobs of light deadheading and grooming, hoping to have time for one fall project.  I had actually started a work board, with a list of bulb planting and a project list.  The bulbs are not here yet and the project list is so far just one thing:

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Mike’s garden

We finally got round to clipping the boxwoods at Mayor Mike’s garden.  I started the project and had to turn it over to Allan when my back went into a big SPROING.

tidy boxwoods; I just wish they were close enough to meet.

tidy boxwoods; I just wish they had been planted close enough to meet.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Red Barn

After clipping back tall Helianthus along the fence

After clipping back tall Helianthus along the fence

one of two whippets who came to be petted

one of two whippets who came to be petted

mother and son (Allan's photo

mother and son (Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

I like Helichrysum 'Limelight' climbing through a barberry.

I like Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ climbing through a barberry.

Diane's roadside garden

Diane’s roadside garden (Allan’s photo)

I should add the moving of the long narrow portion of this garden to the list of fall projects.  We had been going to delegate it to Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) but now I think we will have the time and energy to do it.  The plants must be dug and stored in a pile of mulch till the septic system is redone and then the garden remade next spring.

The Anchorage Cottages

center courtyard

center courtyard

our good friend Mitzu (Allan's photo)

our good friend Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

looking east over the Anchorage lawn

looking east over the Anchorage lawn

Long Beach

We did get done with the Anchorage in time to embark on a project.  We decided to re-do the planter in front of Stormin’ Norman’s kite and gift shop…IF we could find a parking place next to it, and we did, sort of.  (Allan had to unhook the trailer and wheel it to the crosswalk end of Fish Alley.)  I was happy to have a job in the shade because the sun was actually hot.

I had dreaded this project because I thought all the soil would have be dug out and replaced.  We don’t have a pile of new soil at City Works yet and I feared we’d not be able to scrape enough out of the dregs of the old pile.  I also predicted it would be ever so hard to do, and it was.  My motivation was that I felt that Stormin’ Norman deserved a much more interesting planter.

before: a great splodge of Muehlenbeckia axillaris (wire vine)

before: a great splodge of Muehlenbeckia axillaris (wire vine)

I planted the wire vine a few years back, thinking it a house plant that would make a delicate little trailing accent and would not survive the winter!  It swamped the planter and almost everything in it.

a big project

a big project

combing through the soil for little pieces of root

combing through the soil for little pieces of root; moved the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ to the outer corners

replanting bulbs

replanting bulbs

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after

I was surprised at how much soil was salvageable.  We did not have to top the planter up with more.  This disadvantage of not removing all the soil is that I fear the vine will resprout from tiny bits of root.  We will keep a close eye on this planter to remove any that reappears.

On the way south: Something bad had happened to a lamp post downtown.

!!!!

!!!!

good for us that is not a planter lamp post.

good for us that is not a planter lamp post.

Oh, how I laughed when I saw this reader board at the bank.  They seem to have run out of “r”s for “Cranberrian Fair”.

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Kite Museum

We even had time to check on the kite museum.  I was glad we did; the cosmos looked pretty awful.

before...and the shade was cold now.

before…and the shade was cold now.

after

after…to be re-checked later this fall.

at home…a clematis in bloom:

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I finally finished reading Nella Last’s Peace and loved it so much.  I will share some of it on a rainy day post later this fall.

Real time update Saturday 15 October:

Here is the storm moving past us offshore. And staying out there, giving us only 60 mph wind gusts at the port, a normal seaside storm. No more tornado warnings today. That was the worst weather anxiety I’ve ever had here. 

 



ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 11:  I only worked about 3 hours.  I was going to plant bulbs in the patio but ended up rolling up the flat hoses, raking up the cut up branches that I chopped a few days ago, picked up the weeds etc that I pulled yesterday in front and brought in wood from the wood box.  I feel I accomplished a lot even tho no bulbs got planted.

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