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Thursday, 3 August 2017

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Ilwaco Post Office garden

I realized that the tall lilies are getting pulled down by a rather pretty and pretty annoying perennial sweet pea vine that volunteered in this garden.  I waited too long to try to eliminate it and now am stuck with this look.  I’d break the lilies if I fought with the vine now.

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Rudbeckias donated by Our Kathleen

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I’d like to have balls of silver santolina running all across the front.  But I have no budget, and no one has good ones for sale at the moment.  I will stick in more cuttings this fall.

Long Beach

We weeded Veterans Field gardens.  The Jake the Alligator Man birthday party event will be there this weekend, with lots of bands and some “Bride of Jake” contestants.  I won’t be going because, great though the event is, for me it can’t compete with a day off at home.

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Just before heading to the main street to water…

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Today, we decided the trees needed watering again because of the heat.  That meant I again watered most of the planters.  The trees, while fewer, are harder to water because the faucet connector is underground in each one.  Watering was a good job for this 80°F day.

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SO HOT.  Yet 81 felt so much better than yesterday’s 95.

Photos from my walkabout:

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Bees loving Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

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Tigridia

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I wanted to take a photo of this round ball of lavender, but it was missing some lavender colour….

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Because someone had picked themselves a bunch, coming armed with clippers, and leaving stubs.

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The other side! I thought….only to find…

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…another batch had been picked.

An accountant from Powell Seillor had something to show me.

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She had found a beautiful sunflower painted rock!

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bonus art on the back

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tigridia

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more tigridia

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and more

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My “Ann Lovejoy” plant, pink oenothera, has reseeded at the curb.

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Gladiolus papilio

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Gladiolus papilio inside

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worth a close look

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For a refreshing scent on a hot day, smell the santolina foliage.  Lemony!

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I love the white catananche

Because Jake the Alligator Man resides in Marsh’s museum, I gave some attention to that corner of Fifth Street Park.  I planted some new lilies last fall.  Apparently, I did not read the description well, because they are ridiculously short.  I like lilies to be at least four feet tall.

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Ridiculously short!  Will move them to a planter somewhere.

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huge flowers and one foot tall = just silly

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Love Helenium!

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the carousel

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We get lots of compliments on the flowers (and the Basket Case hanging baskets; I always say where they are from).  Sometimes when I am elsewhere, I think about how people are enjoying the flowers right at that moment.

I noticed a huge blackberry in the back of Third Street Park and was unable to pull it down and clip it.

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gazebo in Third Street Park

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At the Bolstad intersection, I spotted an ugly plant problem kitty corner from where I was watering.

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brown flowers on lady’s mantle

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only had time to clip some of it

 

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I adore agastaches.

Allan’s walkabout photos:

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sidewalk traffic jam

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I noticed this cutie, too, and remembered my friend Coco who moved away.

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NIVA green

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Geranium ‘Rozanne’

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ by Wind World Kites

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a cool bike

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audience

I sent Allan after the big blackberry.  His photos:

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before

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also a fireweed (rosebay willowherb)

I had noticed we were losing the sidewalk to rugosa roses on the south wall of the police station, so we finished downtown Long Beach by trimming them to make room for all the Jake brides to sashay by.

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Allan’s photos:

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Allan tidied the corner garden in Veterans Field while I worried over my foot, replacing the bandage on my sad little toe and removing the Superfeet insert to make the toe feel better, even though that makes the heel feel so much worse.

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a sad moment

We hauled water out to just one planter on the dry Bolstad approach…

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the Lisa Bonney memorial planter

And we checked up on the city hall garden.  The office staff was sad that someone had stolen the “Horton Hears a Who” flower, the elephant garlic,  I told them I will plant dozens here in autumn.

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and clipped elephant garlic (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

Allan watered the street trees and planters while I weeded at the boatyard garden.

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I weeded from the north end to here…

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and as far as the gate.

Tomorrow morning we will finish the southern section.  Our…

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…is that there will be an art walk at the port Friday evening, with a few downtown businesses joining in.

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Cosmos ‘Seashells’

I suddenly realized I was no longer hot and miserable.  The sun had dropped enough to make the temperature enjoyable.

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More of those ridiculous new short lilies, almost hidden.

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a helianthus that I acquired from Andersen’s RV Park…quite a runner.

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street tree poppies (Allan’s photo)

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poppies resseded at the curb near a planter (Allan’s photo)

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Helenium (but which one?) at the boatyard (Allan’s photo)

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desperately trying to get the horsetail by the gate

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the gate

We stopped at seven.  One more hour and I could have had it all weeded to the south end.  However, we were having our North Beach Garden Gang dinner a day early this week because Melissa was going to Portland Friday to visit her mum.

We did not have far to go because our destination was Salt Hotel at the port. (It was busy and we got a seat toward the middle, thus no window views for your entertainment.  We could see the view with diners that might not appreciate being photographed.)

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delicious smoked tuna melt with salad subbed for fried

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Melissa’s burger

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crab mac (Allan’s photo)

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nachos for Dave (Allan’s photo)

Tomorrow, we will finish weeding the boatyard.  I also noticed, before dinner, that the Time Enough Books curbside garden needs watering for art night.  I would like to make three art night bouquets for my favourite businesses, and we need to get to the Klipsan Beach Cottages garden, which got postponed due to heat, and we need new plants for the empty Ilwaco planter which now DOES have a hole drilled by the city crew.

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Monday, 31 July 2017

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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.

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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:

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colourful Long Beach

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planter by Funland

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

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found a painted rock from Everett Rocks.

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bright and glowing California poppies outside the popular Hungry Harbor Grille

Allan’s Long Beach walkabout:

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I, too, had noticed this darling family.

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lilies in Fifth Street Park

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

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Lysimachia punctata in a tree garden

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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.

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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.

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center courtyard with blue potato vine

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pots in center courtyard

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that moment of lily glory

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

Long Beach

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

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in a Sid Snyder planter

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checked up on kite museum planters

Ilwaco

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.

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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.

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communing with Skooter

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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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Thursday, 27 July 2017

My sore heel had felt so much better yesterday with my new shoes and Superfeet inserts that I started today with high hopes.

Before we left home, I saw a woman looking over our fence and heard Allan chatting with her while he hooked up the trailer.  I went outside and invited her and her cute dog to tour the back garden.  My foot felt pretty good walking around on the soft grass.

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tour guest Lacy (Allan’s photo)

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Cleo and Lacy (Allan’s photo)

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by the bogsy woods; I was saying how this used to be river bank.

After that pleasant beginning to the day, we were off to water Long Beach and Ilwaco, with an extra planting job thrown in.

We visited the Freedom Market marijuana shop to find out if the manager knew why all our perennials were gone from the garden.  She had not told anyone to work out there at all!  I told her I will try planting again in the fall, and this time will watch the plants closely.  Any theft, if I can pinpoint the day it happens, can be checked on the security cameras.  It would be awesome to find out whodunnit.

Long Beach

We usually do not water the welcome sign because it has a soaker hose that is always slightly on in dry weather.  (That’s not perfect for avoiding root rot and mildew.)  We give it a weekly grooming and deadheading before the weekend.

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welcome sign, front

Before watering the planters, we weeded and groomed the Veterans Field gardens.

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flag pavilion and arc garden

The flag pavilion garden was admired by someone last week while Allan was weeding it. He pointed out how it is red, white and blue without having red geraniums.  I think some people would prefer red geraniums and a tidier look.  That’s just not in me.

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red Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and red geum and ‘Crimson Pygmy barberries, white Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and California poppies, blue assorted Eryngiums and Salvia patens and Salvia ‘May Night’.  I wished when I saw this photo that I had cut back the gaura that is flopping onto the lawn.

Then came the planter watering, with Allan walking south and me walking north.

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Allan added a spare cosmos and a penstemon to the Abbracci tree garden…

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…and picked up a bucket of coffee grounds for our compost.

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tigridias (Allan’s photos)

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My first planter was the big one in Lewis and Clark Square, where I enjoyed the different colours of agastaches.

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peachy

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blue

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pink

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pink and blue

The planter in front of the police station continues to be vandalized.

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Looking across at the Stormin’ Norman planter.

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Salvia viridis (painted sage) is finally looking showy.

My heel felt pretty great with the Superfeet insoles, until, after watering for just one block, my little toe on that foot started to scream.  I looked at it and saw a bright red sad toe with a blister about to form.  (Why do I tell you this? Because it’s part of a tale of being a jobbing gardener.)  I bought some vaseline at the pharmacy to soothe it, and then I had to remove the Superfeet insert to make my foot ride lower in the New Balance shoe.  This made me so sad, because my heel immediately hurt like fury although my toe was immediately content again (stopped screaming, just ached mildly).  I did the rest of the watering shuffling with my heel slightly raised.  It was depressing and confounding and had me flummoxed about what to do next.

Our friend Ed Strange stopped by regarding our project of planting up six pots at the kite museum.  He had offered to place the pots and the pavers they will sit on and wanted me to accompany him to decide on where the pots should go.  I looked at his tall truck and said “I can’t get into that!” so sent him to get Allan to help instead.

I’d had a plant casualty by clipping an eryngium and two catananche stems by accident in Veterans Field.  I briefly popped into NIVA green to give them to Heather.

This cat on a bag looks exactly like our Calvin, who has food anxiety because of his first seven years of not being regularly fed.

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northernmost planter intersection

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Coulter Park

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golden oregano needs its sunburnt tips trimmed off….not today.

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Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Origanum laevigatum ‘Hopley′s Purple’

A happy thing: Many columbines were easy to pull today out of a planter infested with them.

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bucket full of ugly columbines.  Had to be hauled for a block to a garbage can.

Meanwhile, Allan was at the kite museum with Ed:

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getting into Ed’s truck with Jackson

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planning

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Ed also enlisted ideas from some of the museum volunteers.

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Ed and Allan went to museum staffer Patty’s house to fetch the heavy pots.

Unfortunately for us, Ed had other jobs to do so did not have time to help dig in the pavers to the river rock hardscape he had installed.  Allan got back to watering.  We met up in Fifth Street Park.

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Allan’s photo

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sanguisorba and Dorothy Perkins rose (Allan’s photo)

We discussed whether we had time to have lunch at Captain Bob’s Chowder.  It was irresistible.

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delicious crab rolls

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Allan’s photo

We then checked the planters on the Bolstad beach approach.  They are so dry! A city crew member waters them with the water truck once a week but it is not enough.  I have said as of a year ago that Allan and I are no longer able to haul and apply over 800 pounds of water out there in buckets.  We are in our 60s, after all, and plagued with assorted gardener related physical problems.

I was furious to find plants stolen yet again out of the Lisa Bonney planter.

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You would think this sign would discourage thieves.

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But again, plants have been stolen from the corner.

I watered three of the planters on the Sid Snyder approach and then joined Allan, who was placing the pavers into the river rock.  The day was slipping away fast considering we still had Ilwaco watering to do.

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They had to be dug in or the pots would be all cattywampus. (Allan’s photo)

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job in progress (Allan’s photo)

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burbling the plants

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a stem that broke off one of the pretty Origanum ‘Amethyst Falls’ (Allan’s photo)

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watering and washing down the pavement

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The plants I used are not necessarily ones I would choose long term for this windy and semi shady spot.  Basically, I chose what I could find that still looks good for purchase in late July!  Next year, I will probably use brighter colors.

We finished watering the last four planters on the Sid Snyder approach (which runs to the beach past the kite museum) and then still had Ilwaco to water.

Ilwaco

There was lots of Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ deadheading to do in the planters, so I walked very slowly with no right heel touching for four blocks to do so.  It’s time consuming and Allan does not have time for thorough tidying while watering.

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a small but noisy sidewalk convention.

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I love fun little alliums in the planters.  Unfortunately, all but about three through the whole array had been picked.

I found three Erysimums that are so sad they need replacing.  Note to self: Do not get sentimental when they look sort of ok in May.  Put in new ones! Old ones will not last the summer!  Fortunately, I had three little new ones on my ladies in waiting table at home just for this eventuality.

It takes Allan an hour and half minimum to water the Ilwaco street trees and planters.  My plan was to finish out my time weeding and deadheading at the boatyard.  But oh, my foot hurt so bad.  I had tried putting the comfy insert back in and found it made my little toe start screeching within a minute.  I wanted badly to have Allan just drive me home.  What kept me there was the fact that he had unhooked and parked the work trailer for my weeds and I did not want him to have wasted his time.  So I persisted.

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looking south from the end of the boatyard with the trailer in the distance

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daisies and lilies

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daises and sweet peas.  When the center of this form of Shasta daisy starts to get brownish, it is time to deadhead it.

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more sweet pea success

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intensely fragrant lily

I will plant more lilies here for next year.  They are not all getting picked, nor are the deer eating them!

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using verbascum as a cane to step down into the garden

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more sweet pea success

I worried over how dry the boatyard garden is even though Allan watered it Monday.  Later, he said he would water it again this weekend.

I was so glad when he arrived at the boatyard at nine PM.  It had been a nine and a half hour day.  When we got home, I took my sock off and looked at my bright red toe and burst into tears (alone; Allan was unhooking the trailer).  “My toe hurts and I hate feet!” I wailed.  (I have a thing: I hate having my feet touched. And I find that toes look kind of strange at the best of times.). I embarrassed myself. It’s not cancer, ALS, or other dreaded diseases that take people away. It’s just a dang toe.

Now I have three days off.  I do not intend to spend the whole weekend nursing my foot.  My garden needs some serious attention.  Its soft grass and soil will be nicer to work on than the hard pavements of all of our jobs.

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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.

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Allan’s photo

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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.

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Allan’s photo

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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.

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broken barberry (Allan’s photo)

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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.

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Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ (Allan’s photo)

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working our way east

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Armeria (sea thrift) deadheading, before

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and after (Allan’s photo)

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Parks Manager Mike Kitzman driving by on the sand project

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

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Beachdog Keith and Teacup (Allan’s photo)

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Teacup (Allan’s photo)

Lots of people stop to talk about the gardens.

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finally at the very end

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

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City Hall west side

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Allan’s photo

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sea thrift before

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and after (Allan’s photos)

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Gladiolus nanus

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and another Gladiolus nanus

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

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

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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.

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Allan out by the waterfall, scrimming off horsetail.

His photos:

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before

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after

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It was high time we attended to this area.

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Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ and santolina

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honeysuckle

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The Anchorage Cottages

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

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Mitzu the Shihtzu was not at work today.

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south end of parking lot (Allan’s photo)

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First blooms on the sweet peas.

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north (office) courtyard steps

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by the office window

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center courtyard

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Allan’s photo)

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

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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.

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Yay, the tatty row of hebes is gone.

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landscape fabric is down

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river rock to cover the fabric

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Allan’s photo

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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.

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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.

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Easternmost curbside bed gets watered about every other week.

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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.

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This was Allan this evening.

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This was me yesterday evening.

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lavender in a nest of Nasella tenuissima

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

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Loading Dock Village garden

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west of the Loading Dock Village

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Allan’s photo

at home

While watering…

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astilbes

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Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel’

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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.

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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

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Long Beach welcome sign

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

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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.

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My good friend Jackson and me

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

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

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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).

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Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

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Queen Fabiola and Rozanne

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ finally blooming.  It was WINDY.

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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:

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Rozanne, cosmos, California poppies

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

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

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white painted sage, also not showy…

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

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elephant garlic losing its little hat

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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.

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leaving our weeding buckets and hoses outside

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

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my favourite of the new paintings by Brad Carlson

Revived, we weeded Veterans Field and Fifth Street Park.

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Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

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

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Allan’s photo

We watered the seven Sid Snyder beach approach planters.

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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.

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Molly (Allan’s photos)

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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.

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

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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.

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

Ilwaco

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.

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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.

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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.

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Allan’s photo, looking south

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo: reseeded poppies by the sidewalk

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Allan’s photo

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a flying bird!

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

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Monday, 26 June 2017

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Our post office garden

We headed to Long Beach to begin with some weeding and mulching of the Bolstad beach approach.  We’d already gotten a late start (because of the Monday doldrums) and had done a bit of a garden driving tour in Seaview, waiting till the magic moment of noon when registration would open for a Willapa Bay barge trip for members of the Willapa friends group.  We parked in the Long Beach big parking lot so Allan could register with “Eventbrite” on his phone.  That did NOT work so we drove all the way home so he could do it via computer.  Therefore, we did not even start work till 1 PM!

First, we gathered Soil Energy at the works yard (and saw the killdeer family hustling about too fast for photos).  The mother only played “broken wing” for a moment so she might be starting to trust us.

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Allan’s photo

I had walked from the yard half a block to the office to ask for another heap of mulch to be acquired.  (After the Fourth of July, I was told; they crew is very busy right now.)  On that short walk, I realized I had completely forgotten to wear my knee brace after a weekend of intermittent gardening at home.  I would regret that as the day progressed.

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beach approach garden

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rose hips and a painted rock (Allan’s photo)

We are already getting asked by passersby what the rose hips are.

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rugosa rose and beach strawberry (Allan’s photo)

I said to Allan that if we just did the “end cap” section by the arch, we would be halfway done with the beach approach garden (because I had done the other short “end cap” section last week).  When I saw how many roses were poking out into the street, we ended up trimming the end cap and the first section, so now, HALLELUJAH!, we are more than halfway done with the 13 sections of this rather half-arsed, rushed weeding job.

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shearing roses by the arch

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after

We then started the watering of the Long Beach planters AND trees.  Because of so much rain, this is the first time the street tree pocket gardens have needed watering this year.  Allan did the 18 trees and 5 planters and the Fish Alley barrels while I did the rest of the 37 main street planters.  (There are fewer trees than planters, but the trees are much harder to water because the quick-connect dealie is down in a hole, and the first time, the hole is often filled with mud.)

Allan’s photos (brace yourself for something yucky in the second one and a later one):

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the quest for the faucet, which is in a slightly different spot in each tree.

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EWWWWWWWW baby slugs.  (I find this in the planter faucet caps, too.)

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poor li’l slugs

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faucet hooked up (then hose gets attached)

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another search for the hook up

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found it (just for fun, they are not always on the same side of the tree)

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EWWWWWWWW I don’t even want to see this!  I don’t even like seeing the picture on slug bait boxes.  But this is the true life of gardeners.

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faucet is often filled up with dirt

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found the hook up

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tree garden by Abbraccio coffee bar is all smashed up by some recent roofing next door (we think)

I’d like the Abbraccio tree to be the best because I like the new coffee bar so much.  Unfortunately, it is one of the most boring tree gardens.  Next year will be better.

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not easy to water the corners

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hookup right under a bumper

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another one full of dirt

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Dirt has to be pried out so that the quick connect bayonet can go in.

My watering round photos were few because I was really missing my knee brace:

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City crew member at work.

I noticed big blackberries emerging from a rhododendron at the back of this park, way up high.  I didn’t have time or equipment to deal with it today.  Must remember later.

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Someone yanked a gladiolus right out of the ground, for no good reason, and left it there.  I did not plant big glads in the planters but I leave the ones planted by volunteers years ago.  I replanted this one.  It will now not bloom this year because it was distressed, and so was I.

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looking across the street at a planter by the Elks drab wall.

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Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ making up for its annoyingly messy foliage

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I saw where the corner of a tree garden was dry because of car bumper problems.

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Hungry Harbor Grille

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Glad I planted the tough and pretty Knautia macedonica under some of the trees.  (It’s not a noxious weed here, yet.)

Speaking of noxious weeds….I had been unable to get one of the planter’s water to turn on (one where the faucet is really low in the planter) so we finished by moving the van to that one, so that Allan (with more manual dexterity than me by far) could hook up the hose for me.  Then he removed a problem that has been bugging me: a fennel under one of the trees.  It is definitely on the noxious list…

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And reseeded itself from here:

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And has been setting a bad example under that tree.  He couldn’t get the root out because it went under the concrete.

I completely forgot my idea that we should check and water the planters in Long Beach on Sid Snyder drive.  Now that will have to wait till Wednesday.  We would not have had time, anyway.  Allan worked till dark.

My big plan had been to water the Ilwaco boatyard while Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.  I simply could not; my leg hurt and the boatyard watering takes a lot of stepping over and around obstacles.  It can wait till tomorrow, which will be one of my favourite kind of work days: an all Ilwaco day.  In fact, we will have two all Ilwaco days while we try to get the public gardens perfect for this Saturday’s fireworks show at the port.

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Allan’s photo while watering an Ilwaco planter

 

 

 

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Friday, 9 June 2017

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

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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.

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An urgent need for strimming along the outer edge

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

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Allan’s photo

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

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Oriential poppies (Allan’s photo)

Rain suddenly absolutely poured on us but we kept going.

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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.

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

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my favourite bed (Allan’s photo)

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curbside painting (Allan’s photo)

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view to the south of Port Office garden

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

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Scout, staff greeter

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

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at the cash register

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tomorrow’s author reading

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When I emerged, I saw someone weeding with Allan.

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

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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

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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.

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trying to make a sad garden better

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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.

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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.

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Allan’s photo

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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.

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

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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)

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We skipped this planter in a deep rain puddle.

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

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

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

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especially will enjoy weeding the emptier areas

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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:

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emergency watering LAST week with rotten rail road ties showing

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today!

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We pruned so the plaque shows.

at home

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rain gauge

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evening light

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Acer campestre

 

 

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