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Friday, 9 June 2017


getting ready for work and admiring my golden Fremontodendron. I just read it has little hairs that are a skin irritant.


We’d had lots of rain.

It had been raining hard for the first part of the morning.  We got a late start.

Our first little project was to replace some missing diascia in three of the Ilwaco planters.

Mike’s garden

A few blocks east, we did some string trimming, weeding, clipping, and planting (cosmos) in Mike’s garden.


An urgent need for strimming along the outer edge


These two sprawling conifers are slowly dying. Allan pulled lilac suckers out of one of them. Lilacs are bad that way.


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo. The one without the lilac problem is also dying out in the middle.


Oriential poppies (Allan’s photo)

Rain suddenly absolutely poured on us but we kept going.


Mike’s garden with a rain spot.

Port of Ilwaco

We weeded several of the curbside gardens and I added a very few Cosmos ‘Double Click’ to the port office garden.


Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ by Ilwaco Pavilion (Allan’s photo)


my favourite bed (Allan’s photo)


curbside painting (Allan’s photo)


view to the south of Port Office garden

While Allan kept weeding, I got our check at Time Enough Books.


Scout, staff greeter

Bookstore owner Karla says she can tell if a friend is coming by Scout’s wiggling and wagging tail.


at the cash register


tomorrow’s author reading


When I emerged, I saw someone weeding with Allan.

It was Todd.  We had a chat about yesterday’s plant shopping trip.


plant talk

Long Beach

We did not have to water the planters or the street trees!

Feeling more confident by finding all the plants still living in the Sid Snyder Drive planter, we added a couple more.



squeezed some Cosmos ‘Double Click’ into Fifth Street Park; Captain Bob’s Cathy told me she saw me but could tell I was “on a mission”.


Allan planted a couple of Asclepias syriaca in the damp SW corner of the park, an area where it can behave aggressively if that is what it likes to do.  It can fight it out with the hesperantha.

I had meant to get to the police station garden before the farmers market opened to make sure none of the roses had flopped.


Oops, two hours after the market opened.  (Allan’s photo)


Vet Field (Allan’s photo)

Later, it was a little overwhelming to plant cosmos and to weed at Vet Field because the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market first market of the year (Fridays, 3-6 PM) was in session.  The corner bed still looks sad because of last week’s trampling.  The rain had delayed us so that we had not managed to make it there before market time.



trying to make a sad garden better


Later in the summer, the market will have enough vendors to encircle the field.

We bought a little sign from a little boy who was quite the salesman.


Allan’s photo, with the boy’s dad

The boy immediately turned his earnings of the day back into the local economy by buying a bag of kettle corn.


Allan’s photo


more rain while I added a plant to one more planter on the main street (Allan’s photo)

The rain is making me so happy.

We finally got out to weed the planters on the Bolstad beach approach.


I like the dark leaved sea thrift in a pool of golden marjoram.


The very blue grass is Elymus, which has been mostly pushed out by the plain green European beach grass which was planted to stabilize the dunes. (Allan’s photo)


We skipped this planter in a deep rain puddle.


lots of rugosa roses in bloom, pink ones and white ones.


one of the planters; out here, they have to be drought tolerant.


I hope soon to find time to weed out here again.


especially will enjoy weeding the emptier areas


And here will be a satisfying spot, especially because we can add some mulch.

Maybe next year the poppies will be more successful with some mulch added.

On the way to dump debris, we checked on the nice repair that the city crew had done on the Minnie Culbertson Park garden bed:


emergency watering LAST week with rotten rail road ties showing




We pruned so the plaque shows.

at home



rain gauge


evening light


Acer campestre



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Wednesday, 10 May 2017


our garden at the Ilwaco Post Office


Ilwaco post office garden (Allium cowanii) (Allan’s photo)

My goal was to plant some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and a few of the hardier (I hope) annuals in Long Beach to get a head start.  The annuals I trust to be tough are diascia, and I decided to also risk some bidens.  Fortunately, you won’t read this till around Mother’s Day, which is the time that I consider it safer to plant annuals.

Long Beach

I took a bigger risk by planting the white bacopa on the back of the Long Beach welcome sign.  Fingers crossed.  It is sheltered from most wind there.


double bucket burbling before planting…till air bubbles stop rising.


spent tulips pulled (Allan’s photo)

From a Colorblends newsletter:




I hope cold weather doesn’t make me regret this planting.


starting to plant in the south planters on Pacific Way (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan’s photo)

We drove by one of the parking lots berms and I rejoiced in how the shrubs look more defined without a base of weeds.  My right hand and wrist are still riddled with rugosa rose thorns from this and the beach approach weeding.





Yesterday, driving up Washington Ave to get to the Basket Case, I had seen two pleasing garden scenes. Today, I photographed them while on a another Basket Case errand.


A haze of “snow on the mountain” had caught my eye.


While it’s a runner that I would not plant, it looks fabulous here, and now.


with Lithodora, another plant I enjoy in other people’s gardens.


Further north, tulips and driftwood

Basket Case Greenhouse


Basket Case (Allan’s photo)



Roxanne bringing up a tray of bidens.


fairy gardens

Long Beach

With plants replenished, we got back to planting the toughest of annuals and some Geranium ‘Rozanne’.  Rozanne is perennial, blooms from late May through frost, needs no deadheading.  I’m adding it to most planters sort of in preparation for having easier care for someone when I retire.  Also, I love her.


Geranium ‘Rozanne’ last year

When we reached the Abracci block, we succumbed to the temptation to have a coffee break.  We found an Ilwacoan there and chatted for awhile.


Ilwacoan had left by the time I took this.

I was reading the news on my phone when I realized Allan had finished his coffee and gone back to work.  He had told me.  I had not heard.  The news is scintillating this week.


I found him weeding in the park next door.


working our way north in the planters


my awesome asphodel


Cerinthe major purpurascens (Allan’s photo)


Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ (yellow) and ‘New Baby’ (white and yellow)


Tulip ‘Night Rider’ (Allan’s photo)


a rooted piece of Othanna to replant (Allan’s photo)

We had to quit work a couple of hours earlier than usual because our garden club meeting was tonight at the Salt Pub.  Having succumbed to coffee temptation, we stopped work with still two blocks left to plant; I found it rather frustrating.


At home, I picked some flowers to take.  (This and the rest of today’s photos are Allan’s.)

Salt Pub Salty Talk


Hotelier Layla and her new assistant, Felix.



Speaker Gary Kobes and his spouse, who did some reading.


our table of six, with Our Kathleen and Todd joining us tonight.


a full house



This slide spoke to me.


a remarkable feat


shipping channel before and after the jetties

We lingered for an hour after to have our weekly garden discussion.  The predicted rainy weather arrived before we departed, making me think that Thursday and possibly Friday might be days off.  I did so want to finish the last two blocks of Long Beach planting!

Thursday, 11 May 2017, part one

We slept and slept, as rain gave way to better weather.  Good, we could finish the Long Beach planting.

We started with some deadheading at the Ilwaco Community Building.


so many weeds and no time


The rhododendrons are in bloom.

Long Beach


found in a planter (Allan’s photo)



by the Elks big blank wall.

Looking down the street, I could see an ominous black rain storm blowing north from llwaco.

Just as we got plants into the last of the two north blocks’ planters, the storm arrived.


finishing up in rain

We repaired to Abbracci Coffee Bar to see if perhaps the storm would pass.


intense rain (Allan’s photo)


from inside the coffee bar



Mexican hot chocolate

Meanwhile, a text had let me know that we could perhaps shift a planned Friday garden tour to the better weather that today might still offer.  I could see hints of blue sky. 


light around the edges

Without a confirmation message incoming yet, we decided to try to work for an hour at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Partway there, I received garden visit confirmation, so we turned instead toward the Bayside Garden….tomorrow’s post.



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Monday, 8 May 2017

I was determined to get the two scratchiest, thorniest, physically hardest jobs done today at last.

First, though, I had a couple of Nicotianas for the Ilwaco post office garden and for the Time Enough Books garden boat.

Geum ‘Mango Lassi’ in the Time Enough garden (Allan’s photo)

Ceanothus starting to bloom

a visit with bookseller Karla, someone who agrees with us about the world’s problems.

my good friend Scout

good reading

Long Beach

Before the hard jobs, we planted some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and a few agastaches in the planters.

Rozanne and an agastache…in

The white tulips lasted through the weekend!


Then, the harder work began. I finished weeding the third parking lot berm while Allan used the string trimmer on the middle berm, which is almost all grass.

Look, the information booth that was parked there is gone!

Our Kathleen stopped by for a chat. World problems discussed.

weeding whilst chatting; she had just come from Abbraccio Coffee Bar

Our Kathleen is here on vacation; she is usually not a weekday lady of leisure.


Allan’s middle berm project, before:

You can imagine after, like a mowed lawn.

After a brief moment of rejoicing at the berms being done for now, we headed out to weed the very worst section of the beach approach garden.  This called for a handful of wake up beans.

wake up beans=chocolate covered coffee beans

Allan’s photo

The worst section, full of a swamp rush that defeats us.

huge clovers (Allan’s photo)

weeds along the sidewalk edge, before…

and being dealt with (Allan’s photos)


Still grassy. Nature wins this battle every time.

Other sections have clear areas and not the horrible running rush (the one I call tube grass).

I can only think there was a swamp under that one section and all those roots were lying in wait.  It’s the only section that is so daunting.

We weeded grasses down the street side of three other sections that we had not completed on our last beach approach workday.




a tidier edge (Allan’s photos)

And we could finally take the celebratory photo of the arch to signify that all the approach garden had had its first spring weeding.

As we finished, two women cyclists arrived from the west and took photos of each other under the sign.  They told us they had not ridden a bike in 20 years, and that they had just turned 62.  At age 17, they had come to Long Beach together with fake IDs for a wild weekend, and for this birthday, they came to recreate their long ago journey.  The longterm friendship reminded me of my friend Montana Mary, with whom I will celebrate (perhaps long distance) a 50 year friendship anniversary this September.

At home: some glorious erasing from the work board.

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I was so tired while writing that I called yesterday’s post “Friday” instead of Thursday. In real time, here is a PSA:



Friday, 5 May 2017

The predicted rain storm and thirty mile an hour winds did not arrive!

I was so hoping we could accomplish a whole lot of garden tidying pre-Sunday’s parade so that we would not have to go back to Long Beach on a crowded Saturday afternoon.  (We will be attending the Saturday parade in Ilwaco, but not the Sunday one in Long Beach.)

Others in our household had no particular worries:

on the porch

Smokey and Skooter

Skooter is not to be walked on.

Peace was soon restored.



Before leaving our block, we did two tiny garden tasks: mowing at the J’s and weeding round the Norwood garden.

We spent a little while weeding our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office.  The garden is still looking rather dull.  While we weeded, an old man said “Why don’t you plant something I like so that I’ll have something good to look at?”  While I chuckled weakly, here is a hint: Gardeners  prefer to not be teased while they are working.

dullsville garden at the moment

Depot Restaurant

Just some quick deadheading…

north side of deck

Tulips ‘Night Rider’ (left) and ‘Virichic’ (right)

Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’

Tulip ‘Green Wave’

Long Beach

When we got to the welcome sign and I opened the back of the van, I was momentarily appalled to see a flat of bidens sitting there, that had not been unloaded last night.  I then decided to just plant the darn things, since the welcome sign was their destination.  I would usually wait for annuals planting till the magic date of Mother’s Day (which is next Sunday).

low yellow bidens along the front edge

The tulips on the back side had gone over, every one.

all moldy and unattractive

too much rain! (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Too bad that boring moment between spring bulbs and annuals happened this weekend.

Here’s how the whole welcome sign would look if we didn’t control the horsetail:

the east end, around the faucet….

cheatin’ weedin’ with string trimmer (Allan’s photos)

The Red Barn 

Part of the weekend’s events will include a “cowboy breakfast” at the Peninsula Saddle Club.  Figuring that the patrons might spill over to the Red Barn Arena next door, we detoured to make sure the little garden there looked ok.

after some weeding (Allan’s photo)

Diane’s garden

I was eager to talk to Diane about garden plans, while deadheading her narcissi.

Misty, as you can tell, is getting older. Diane and I discuss….

The roadside garden will return as soon as a fence is built. (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach

Allan and I finished the north parking lot berm at last.

North “berm”

 I had high hopes that the second one would also be done today.  I even had a fantasy that Allan would have time to do the string trimming that is the way we handle the less planted middle berm.  I left Allan to it….

south berm

Allan’s photos:

cleaning up along the edge

…while I went to groom four blocks of tree garden and planters.

lots of Baby Moon narcissi still blooming for parade day

‘New Baby’ is white and yellow.  (really)

fringed tulips still blooming

escallonias that would like to be eight feet tall (left over from someone’s volunteer planting)

crocus foliage

I used to tidy up foliage like that before parade day.  Now I leave it, on the theory that it is good for the bulbs…and that the fuller the planter is, the less likely to be sat or stood upon.

Primulas have been blooming for weeks.

thrilled that Fifth Street Park, west side, did not need weeding

Fury: Out of 20 of these late blooming tulips in two adjacent planters, all but 7 had been stolen.

I called Allan to see how he was doing…and due to the plethora of weeds, the south berm was still not done.  We had to abort that mission so that he could de-horsetail by the Heron Pond while I tidied the north two blocks of trees and planters.

more late blooming narcissi on the northernmost block

These tulips might hang on for Sunday.

As I weeded the tree garden outside Dennis Company, a friend and business owner stopped by to tell me of her anger at a politician who had just said that “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”  (Really? It took me less than one minute to remember two people I knew who had died of exactly that.)

As I deadheaded tulips in a planter five minutes later, a friend and valued community member walked by and told me how she and her family are seriously exploring a move to Canada.  I felt sad to hear it but I certainly understand.

Meanwhile, Allan’s project:


Someone had deposited painted rocks at the edge of the waterfall (without falling in).

“love” rock and some leftover easter egg decor


sidewalk edge, before


We still had the east side of Fifth Street Park to check up on with some light weeding.


Darmera peltata leaves…


and flowers (Allan’s photos)

7 PM shadows

Just last year, I would have been able to push till 8:00 PM to try to finish the berms.  Now, I find that I just cannot.  We drove by to look…and found a stack of lost buckets!  Allan said he thought he was running inexplicably short on buckets.  This is a sign of how tired we both are.

He had been too tired to remember where the buckets had gone to…. They had been just sitting by the north berm.

Nobody’s parade day is going to get ruined by some weeds in the parking lot beds and so…we are not going to finish the berms till next week.

workboard tonight

Planting Time is starting to show up on the work board.

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

By the time we went to work, the anti-health care vote had happened, and I felt furious and disgusted on behalf of the old and the poor, reading on the way to work about the projected cuts to health care for disabled school children, the proposed sharp rise in premiums for folks in their fifties and early sixties,  and more.  I pondered again just exactly how we are supposed to work harder in order to pay higher premiums.

Some might think I could give up my workdays in my own garden and use that time to take on more clients.  Many a year at my old garden I just had to think sadly, “It’s another lost year for my garden,” as I spent seven days a week working for other people. I just don’t have it in me physically any more to pushpushpush at for 20 work days in a row as I used to do.


“Push Push Push, all the way, all the time, right on down the line.”  (Twilight Zone, A Stop at Willoughby)

My former partner and I used to quote that Twilight Zone boss’s slogan to each other as we worked and worked and worked.

Today was a workday, as Allan and I were still pushing to get the Long Beach and Ilwaco gardens looking good for McCarthy Day-I-mean-Loyalty-Day weekend.  You can read some history about L Day here.  “In 1955 Congress passed a resolution designating May 1 of that year as Loyalty Day. It was the height of McCarthyism and an anti-Communist red scare in America.”  That was my birth year, in fact.  I have read that there are very few town that still have Loyalty Day celebrations.  Long Beach’s parade is a mostly cute and surprisingly long one, with lots of baton twirlers, marching bands, some llamas and horses and basset hounds.

Ilwaco boatyard garden

The dredge was getting pressure washed right next to where we needed to weed.  That did not stop us.



Allan’s photo; I started where I had quit from exhaustion yesterday evening.


I hope this one Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’ reseeds like mad (dark foliage behind the tulip).  (Allan’s photo)

Yesterday, the weather was almost 70 F and some cool misty overspray would have been welcome.  We got the boatyard weeding done at last.


looking back; we had come a long way, from the north end far in the distance.

Home again for a moment, Allan took a photo from the kitchen window of the rampant wild cucumber vine.  He says he has been training it.




We weeded and deadheaded at city hall in Long Beach, intending to follow that task with a good weeding of Coulter Park.  Almost as soon as we began city hall, we heard loud thunder and decided it would be a good time to deliver the plant cheque to…

The Basket Case Greenhouse.

By the time we got there, serious rain had begun.


heading for refuge from the rain; Darrell told me how his grandma had been struck by lightning more than once!


Allan’s photo.  I like this, because my liberal heart was bleeding today.




There are still a few callistemon left.  I’m getting them all if they are still there next time I go!


Check out time.  (Pink petunias were not mine.)  Had stayed out of the rain as long and productively as possible.

Long Beach

At Coulter Park, we worked in a storm of wind, thunder, rain, and pink petals.


The back end of this park continues to be a challenge where the roses are, because of salmonberry and bindweed coming under the fence.


Salmonberry running UNDER the roses and then popping up.  Everything is thorny and difficult.


the horror of a grass infested rose

That particular grass WAS the variegated bulbous oat grass that I used to like so much, till I found out how quickly it reverts to green, and how its bulbous roots like to migrate.


Allan won that battle.


There’s a dead columnar conifer along the fence, too, and two other conifers toward the front seem to be dying.


The south back side, away from the fence of invasives, is doing just fine.


Allan’s photo


just about to leave the park to dump debris

I checked Dark Sky.  It was discouraging.  “Heavy rain stopping in 30 minutes, starting again 11 minutes later.”


I thought we could stand to do one more thing in the rain, so I scooped up six buckets of mulch at city works…


…and we returned to the front corner of Coulter Park, where lots of people will line up for the parade on Sunday.


Last week:



a quick fix

I looked at Dark Sky again.  Stopping in 30 minutes and then overcast?


We decided to go to Abbracci Coffee Bar.  On the quest for parking, we passed the little popout and stopped there for another quick fix.  I said it would take two minutes.




12 cold, wet, and windy minutes later

And then: Abbracci


Allan’s photo.  Abbracci is just south of the Fun Rides.


shelter from the storm




more treats available than on our first visit!


and they have Pink Poppy Bakery treats now!


the wonderful owners Bernardo and Anthony  (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo




We like the floral art.


The other customers were a knitter, two chess players, and a woman reading a book in the other window seat.


waiting out the rain

Even better, we acquired a bucket of coffee grounds for my compost pile!

With the rain stopped, I headed out to deadhead a block worth of planters while Allan went to weed and deadhead at Veterans Field (main stage for the festivities following Sunday’s parade).


tree garden outside of Abbracci: still lots of narcissi for parade day


and bright tulips

Guess what, there should be TEN tulips in each of those planters.  Broken off stems showed that five had been stolen.


only five left, dang blang it.

Does someone think I won’t notice or care?  I DO notice.  Plus, these were special tulips from Brent and Becky’s bulbs.

Allan came over to help me finish the little park behind Lewis and Park Square, where the city crew had dug a trench at the lawn’s edge, surprising me with an unexpected clean up job.  He pulled bindweed from the rugosa roses on the south side of the police station, where many will walk by to go to Vet Field on Sunday, and then we went over the two Vet Field beds again for more tiny weeds.



Note to self: Monarda is swallowing this Jade Frost Eryngium; maybe next time, I can move it.


Someone had carefully filled a tulip with some grape hyacinth foliage, making a fanciful flower.  (Allan’s photo)

We finished the Vet Field gardens as this returned:


But in driving from Abbracci to Vet Field, Allan had found an emergency by one of the parking lot berms.



A tourist information trailer had been parked next to the weedy south berm.  All we usually know is the date of each festival, but the intricacies of what the city crew does is left for us to discover on our own.  I decided we simply had to do some weeding.


Allan’s photo


the biggest weed of all (Allan’s photo)


6:20 PM


7:11 PM

One more debris dump trip ended the work day.


At home, I could have erased one berm from the work board.  We have the north one about fifteen minutes from being done, and the south one is over halfway done.  That surely counts as one done…but I did not feel like finagling on the board.  I did finally get to erase the boatyard!


Everywhere Skooter sits for awhile lately ends up looking like an explosion of cat fur.


front porch from today


And yet here he is, still whole and fluffy!


and Frosty

I could hardly believe my last check on the weather for tomorrow, showing heavy rain all day with 30 mph winds.  No!  This means we would have to do the planter deadheading in Long Beach on late Saturday afternoon among throngs of visitors.  Oh please.  Just give us a few hours of workable weather tomorrow so we can finish the two berms and the deadheading, and please spare the tulips from 30 mph winds that would blow them all apart.

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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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On Monday, our friend J9 dropped by some delicious mulligatawny soup as a belated birthday present.  She also showed me this postcard I had sent her 25 years ago. I met her in 1993 when I was working at the Sou’wester Lodge and she was a guest.  She came with her old dog, Cassie, and her lovebird, B-bird.



J9 , Cassie, B.Bird in 1993.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

at home before work


Akebia on the arbor




Allan’s photo, wild cucumber vine

Port of Ilwaco

We did a brief deadheading all along Howerton Avenue because of the Saturday Market’s early opening this year (on April 29 to coincide with the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival).


east end



sneaky dandelion


Allan’s photo


heading west for more deadheads


Note to self: Must trim up these shrubs before the May 6 children’s parade!

I am thinking of cutting the wax myrtle all the way down, because usually they come back quite nicely.  However, the one a couple of gardens west has not revived from being chopped last fall.


hmmm.  I don’t really want it here, anyway.


The maybe dead wax myrtle is part of this garden by the Ilwaco Pavilion.

I tire of BIG shrubs that were planted at the port (not by me) and need frequent pruning to preserve traffic sightlines.

The driveover garden got driven over (or something).


some smashing happened…


This is why it’s “the driveover garden”.


Port office garden with some orange tulips…


and spaces for at least two new plants

Next, we finished a rough weeding of the boatyard, to be repeated next week in a more perfect way before the children’s parade.




a boat coming in (Allan’s photo)


an hour later (boat was being power washed, too)


at the south end, a tangle of bindweed left unpulled for now

Sunday, before we go to an afternoon Indivisible event at Black Lake, I hope we can find time to make a trench or gap by pulling grasses along the back of the chain link fence.  I’ve done it in previous years and it is easier than it sounds.

While he was taking a couple of boat photos (below), Allan talked to the port manager, Guy, and his dad, also Guy, who happens to be our lawyer.  The elder Guy commented that our garden at Diane’s was gone.  It is nice to know the roadside garden was noticed.  Allan reassured him it is not gone for good and that we will be recreating it.

Allan’s boat photos:





Long Beach

We went to the beach approach with the hope of getting one more section done.  I decided to shake things up by weeding four sections of thick rugosa roses.  There is no way to weed the centers of those sections without thorns and eye pokings, so they actually go faster than the more open sections.  I also wanted to get the roadside edge dealt with before all the traffic arrives for the weekend’s clam festival.


a painted rock by where we parked  (Allan’s photo)


before, looking west


Allan’s photo


another painted rock (Allan’s photo)


more edge pulling of roses (Allan’s photo)


4.25 hours later


before, looking east, 1:45 PM


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


6:10 PM


Allan’s photo


 A dog named June out by the restrooms.   Part boxer part Great Pyrenees! (Allan’s photo)

During the job:


I might have left some clover “for the bees”.


Allan pruned some but not all the stubs on mugo pines that keep getting cut back (not always by us) for traffic sightlines.  



I’d like to find time to tidy up all the pines.  Some of them look so beaten by all the wind that I’m not sure they will provide any soothing greenness this year.


in the wheelbarrow: an accidental narcissus casualty

Fortunately, Martha walked by with her dog Ray, so I was able to give her the flowers.  She said it was the most beautiful casualty she had ever seen.


The lawn ponds across the sidewalk are finally drying up.


thick grass in the thickest rose thicket

I am hoping that next fall, we can cut back the three thickest rose sections to the ground, giving us a chance to weed in fall and early spring.  Meanwhile, I hope the roses distract passersby from the weeds.

At the city works yard, a killdeer was finding food amongst the green debris.


at home

I can’t erase “boatyard” from the work board till it is done well next week.  I decided to count today’s beach approach sections as three done, two to go.  We have one, the worst  section (rugosa roses and swamp rushes, almost impossible), untouched, and I’d like to do some further weeding of the ones I worked on today, probably less work than a whole section would take.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


‘Tomorrow: a check of all planters and of Veterans Field before the clam festival, and maybe time to finish weeding one berm.

I had been planning to go to a climate vigil in Seaside on Saturday.  It would have been fun to see Pam Fleming’s downtown gardens.  A combination of exhaustion and of not looking forward to the actual ride down there and of my own garden being a mess has me seriously considering Saturday being a day off at home.

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