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Saturday, 18 April 2015

After my concern that someone mean would look over the fence and sneer at my weeds, I opened the curtains this morning to see a stranger gazing over the low front fence into the garden with a most appreciative expression. I ducked so she would not be embarrassed.

I wish I could start with a burst of energy on days off.  Instead, I tend to fritter and put off the beginning of the gardening day.

Smokey encouraged me to get started.

Smokey encouraged me to get started.

I got a surprising amount done considering that I did not begin till noon, including transplanting four roses into the back (fenced) garden, as I am tired of deer eating them.  (But now what will they eat when they jump the low front garden fence?)  The rose transplanting should have been done in March or earlier.  I got several Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ planted along the fence, to fill in between the ones already there, because I like them so much.

before filling in

before filling in

 After that, I tackled the weedy corner of the front bed, below.

before, looking west

before, looking west

I soon realized that I wanted to remove ALL the variegated carex along the front border.  The more I examined it, the more concerned I got by how far it has run into the center of the garden.  This required much swinging of the pick.  When Allan returned from his motorcycle excursion, he helped me with one large and stubborn clump; the pick simply bounced off unless swung with extreme force.

My energy got flowing full force at around 4:30 PM.  We had dinner plans so I couldn’t take advantage of that and work till dusk.

5:50 PM

5:50 PM

When we began this garden in fall of 2010, I thought it was such a good idea to use the carex as an edger along the front.  Having to trim its tatty blades back hard in early spring this year made me go off of it, and its running habit was the death knell.

after

after, with gallon sized Sky Pencils planted along the fence.

The weather looks pleasant in the photos.  It was not.  All day a strong, cold, irksome wind buffeted the garden.

At six, we met Kathleen for dinner at Long Beach Thai.  The first thing I asked her when we all sat down is if, during the months of long daylight, could she possibly manage to wait till 7 to eat?  (She is on a much more morning-person schedule than we are.  At home, we dine at nine or ten o’ clock.)  She agreed, so I won’t be having to stop gardening this soon again.

The food was delicious, spicy and with all of the flavours that Thai food is supposed to have.

fresh rolls

fresh rolls

larb gai

larb gai

Allan's cashew curry stir fry

Allan’s tofu cashew stir fry

We lingered until sunset.  Because of wildfires in Siberia, the sun here is setting in a huge red ball.

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After dinner, I sat down at home and read Straw Bale Gardens; the pressure was on as it was two days overdue.  The author’s gently droll sense of humour made it entertaining as well as informative.

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Example:

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I won’t have time to try out his methods this year.  Maybe someday, in retirement.

As for now, I planned to take two more days off to plant and weed.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Smokey and Mary waiting for me to get started

Smokey and Mary waiting for me to get started

After the usual difficulty in getting started, I went back to weeding and planting Sky Pencils in the front garden.  I found one more deer-nibbled rose to move to the back garden.

Allan helped me by getting out two difficult clumps of carex.

Allan's photo: before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

carex pile just from that one spot

carex pile just from that one spot

By pre-arrangement, Debbie and Dave came by to pick up a pile of the Carex, some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, a few sanguisorbas and a few other divisions for the fall plant sale.

Debbie will divide and pot them all up.

Debbie will divide and pot them all up.

After the carex removal and a construction type chat with Dave (who is an expert builder and in fact built the house in which he and Debbie live), Allan went down to the port to see his pal Chris sailing his trimaran.

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Chris pulling up the main sail as his friend holds the pontoon

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lot’s of hand paddling after Allan pushed them off the dock

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it looks like they’re up on the hydrofoils in this long shot as the Ginger returns to port

While I complained all day (mostly quietly in my mind) about the horrible cold maddening wind, Chris drove by after his outing and said it had been wonderful and he had “never before gone so fast”.

Meanwhile, Allan had nobly gone to work for a little while and strimmed behind the fence at the boatyard.  We hope this keeps the boatyard crew from even thinking about breaking out the Round Up.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

after.

after.

Last year I found time to actually dig out a strip of grass along the fence.  This year, time for that has eluded me.

Allan had to move assorted gear in order to do a good job.

before

before

after

after

and a boat

and a boat

My big project of the day was to weed all the “stink mint” out of the north east corner of the garden and plant some more Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ along the fence.  Here is before photo from last week:

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I found a darling little plant that had been completely hidden by a cluster of suckers from the big tree.  I’m pretty sure that I got it at Joy Creek Nusrsery.

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While perfection was not achieved, the results were certainly an improvement, and I had gotten all of my Sky Pencils planted.

at stopping time

at stopping time

I was happy to stop at 6:30, as we had plans for another dinner out.  We treated Todd to dinner at the Depot in thanks for all the great plants he has sent us and in celebration of having a true CPN (Certified Plant Nut) back on the peninsula.  When he arrived, my 60th birthday celebration that seems to never end continued with two cool plants, a pardacanda (candy lily) and a Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, surely the last of the endless birthday

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I forgot to photograph the three scrumptious scallops that we had for a starter; they were so beautiful, and so good, that I dived right in.

Here they are, courtesy The Depot website

Here they are, courtesy The Depot website

the special:  Rockfish, with parsley pesto, on beans, with clams.

the special: Rockfish, with parsley pesto, on beans, with clams.

Allan's rockfish with a mushroom sauce

Allan’s rockfish with a mushroom sauce

At my request, we got to hear the story of how Todd became the curator of the display garden at Plant Delights, and reminiscences of learning to love plants as a child while exploring the woods and bayside of the Peninsula. He told us that his first memory was of admiring a container of pansies at his parents’ house and thinking “Those are cool!”, and said that someone told us we often follow a path in life inspired by our first memory.  I think my first memory is listening to my Grandma’s cuckoo clock.  Hmmm.

We lingered till after closing time, while the staff put the chairs put up on the other tables.  Chef Michael kept telling us we did not have to leave yet.  When we did, the restaurant looked like the final scene in My Dinner with Andre, the film in which two friends talk and the end shows them suddenly realizing that the restaurant is closed and the floor is being swept.  (This seems to be a common occurence when we go out to dinner with friends.)

Chef Michael Lalewicz

Chef Michael Lalewicz

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Just before bedtime, I finished a book that I would give ten stars instead of five on Goodreads, if I could.  I recommend it highly and I hope to find time to write about it a little bit more, some rainy day.

I am smitten with author Dee Williams and wish that we were friends.

I am smitten with author Dee Williams and wish that we were friends.

I intend to take one more day off and get as many of my “ladies in waiting” (plants in waiting) into the ground as possible.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Before we went to work, Allan had his Moto Guzzi trailered off to a repair shop on Sandridge Road.

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Much as I wanted to finish the Long Beach berms, we chose to go north to more sheltered jobs because of a brisk wind and somewhat chilly weather.  On the way, we stopped off at The Basket Case to peruse a plant availability list.  Fred and Nancy had acquired a new line of Mexican folk garden art.

big birdhouse

big birdhouse

roosters

roosters

pedalling...donkeys??

pedalling…donkeys??

I could not resist the “Garden” sign, below:

One of these came home with us.

One of these came home with us.

Shadow, with Fred and Nancy feet.

Shadow, with Fred and Nancy feet.

Fred and Nancy told me they planned to open for the season on Thursday, March 5th!

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Our first task today: to cut back the sword and deer ferns at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

before, the pond's island bed

before, the pond’s island bed

after

after

pulmonaria in bloom

pulmonaria in bloom

pond ferns, before

pond ferns, before

Allan bravely prepares to leap the water.

Allan bravely prepares to leap the water.

He made it without any exciting dunking.

He made it without any exciting dunking.

after

after

The KBC ferns all still looked green and good, unlike the crispy brown ones at the Boreas Inn and other jobs.  They needed to be cut, anyway, if we were to see the delightful uncurling of the new fronds and not end up with old, tired ferns in midsummer.  I cut back some large ferns in the swale, and Allan pruned a leggy white Escallonia ‘Iveyi’.

The problem is, I forgot to take a before picture.

The problem is, I forgot to take a before picture.

My new not very expensive Olympus pocketcam had arrived, and yet because I did not want to learn a New Thing, I took “Spot”, my Canon pocketcam, to work.  I think it really is time to retire Spot from outdoor photos:

poor old Spot

poor old Spot

I think that this fragrant shrub is a Viburnum, from Mary's gardening brother.

I think that this fragrant shrub is a Viburnum, from Mary’s gardening brother.

A pale pink flowering current is in full bloom.  Sadly, the red one seems to have plotzed.

A pale pink flowering current is in full bloom. Sadly, the red one seems to have plotzed.

narcissi along the drive to the cottages, with clam cleaning shed in background

narcissi along the drive to the cottages, with clam cleaning shed in background

I do love the narcissi with reflexed petals.

I do love the narcissi with reflexed petals.

My favourites are the small-cupped narcissi.

My favourites are the small-cupped narcissi.

KBC manager/owner Mary really likes the "pink" ones.

KBC manager/owner Mary really likes the “pink” ones.

I found a hellebore whose leaves I had forgotten to cut back.  The horror!

I found a hellebore whose leaves I had forgotten to cut back. The horror!

Whew, that's better!

Whew, that’s better!

Here's the weekly view into the fenced garden.  Not visiting weekly yet but soon will be.

Here’s the weekly view into the fenced garden. Not visiting weekly yet but soon will be.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

We made our first wake up call to the courtyard garden at Golden Sands.  Here it is from Google Earth; the courtyard is the area with the oval walkway, completely enclosed by the building.

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The beds look pretty drab right now.

The beds look pretty drab right now.

ornamental courtyard trees in bloom

ornamental courtyard trees in bloom

We cut back the Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and weeded....

We cut back the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and weeded….

Allan in the southwest quadrant

Allan in the southwest quadrant

NE quadrant by the window of my mom's old room

NE quadrant by the window of my mom’s old room

NW quadrant with just a bit of tulip colour

NW quadrant with just a bit of tulip colour and a blooming rosemary

The temperature dropped radically around three o clock.  It was a long walk down two corridors and across a parking lot back to the van to get my jacket, so I just soldiered on with much complaining.

Before we left, I had a chat with a resident named Ann.  She’s the one who requested that we bring back my mother’s old three tiered plant table.  After my mother died, it had fallen into disuse and we had taken it home.  Now it’s back and Ann is filling it up with plants.

It's all cleaned up and sparkling, with African violets, my mother's favourite houseplant.

It’s all cleaned up and sparkling, with African violets, my mother’s favourite houseplant.  That makes me so happy.

Ann was telling me how sometimes she takes a new "baby", a little plant, on a walk around the hallways to show it off to people.  I love that!

Ann was telling me how sometimes she takes a new “baby”, a little plant, on a walk around the hallways to show it off to people. I love that!

I was glad to be done and to drop by Kathleen’s cottage, where we discussed dinner possibilites and settled on going to Long Beach Thai for an early repast.  Allan and I had not been there since it changed ownership about two years ago.  How did that much time slip away?  It used to be a favourite of ours till the quality went downhill, and I’m delighted to say that the quality with the new owners and chefs is high again.

I had Crying Tiger...not as big a portion as before but excellent in flavour

I had Crying Tiger…not as big a portion as before but excellent in flavour

The Fresh Rolls, on the other hand, were bigger than they used to be, and just wonderful.

The Fresh Rolls, on the other hand, were bigger than they used to be, and just wonderful.

Kathleen had pad Thai...yum!

Kathleen had pad Thai…yum!

Allan couldn't remember the name of the tofu dish he ordered.

Allan couldn’t remember the name of the tofu dish he ordered.

On the way home, I decided that we simply had to take Sunday off.  I am trying to remember that life is all too short.

Next: a slideshow of Klipsan Beach Cottages gate view throughout 2015.

 

 

 

 

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