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at Sea Star garden, photo by Melissa Van Domelen

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Friday, 28 October 2016

After falling asleep in the wee hours to the sound of pounding rain, I woke to sunshine and windlessness.  What perfect weather to do the last job of round one of bulbing: the Bolstad beach approach.

the work board this morning

the work board this morning

Long Beach

First we went to the World Kite Museum.  After planting some narcissi there a few days ago, I regretted not having added some tall alliums whose flowers would float along the top of the perennials.  Yesterday afternoon while planting my own bulbs at home, I’d found a package of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ from which I could spare some for the kite museum.

more bulbs

more bulbs

This time Allan got a photo of the twirly thing he bought one of the other day.

This time Allan got photos of the twirly thing he bought one of the other day.

It twirls effectively.

It twirls effectively on one magnetic disk floating above another. Allan wanted to buy it to enjoy and study as his last store bought whirligig didn’t whirl.

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We added three eremurus to the west side of city hall, and Allan started a bit of clean up on the east side.

removing spent hosta foliage, before

removing spent hosta foliage, before

and after (Allan's photos)

and after (Allan’s photos)

On the Bolstad approach, I had 50 cyclamineus narcissi and 150 mixed Crocus tommasinianus (5 colours).  Because we had to weed grasses and sheep sorrel out of all the empty spots where I wanted to add the bulbs, we were there for several hours.  The still air and warm weather (so warm that a summer shirt would have been comfortable) made the job so easy.

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Allan pulled old crocosmia.

Allan pulled old crocosmia.

I was pleased to see my new friend the mighty Quinn.

I was pleased to see my new friend the mighty Quinn.

a visitor feeding gulls

a visitor feeding gulls

When I say we are finishing round one of bulbing, I mean that I will probably order another bag of narcissi for the beach approach and maybe two more for the Klipsan Beach Cottage’s A Frame garden at the end of season sales.  Maybe.  And I will certainly succumb to some bulbs for me if I do that.  Today, we had enough bulbs to get from the west end of the beach approach to halfway to the arch.

planting in freshly weeded areas

planting in freshly weeded areas

I also threw down lots of little poppy seedheads gleaned earlier this year from the boatyard garden.

I also threw down lots of little poppy seedheads gleaned earlier this year from the boatyard garden.

bulbs added this far...

bulbs added this far…

with this far to go if I get more

with this far to go if I get more

Round two will at the very least include planting tulips that I am holding for four downtown planters that are going to be dug into for electrical work sometime between now and Christmas.

We did not take time to weed all of the areas where roses are too thick for bulb planting.

We did not have time to weed all of the areas where roses are too thick for bulb planting.

I don’t think it is cost effective to a thorough weeding of the approach garden at this time of year.  The weeds will be back in March, and I don’t think a bit of weediness will bother passersy here over the winter.

When we dumped our debris at City Works, I saw that the hanging baskets, at rest on the ground, are still blooming.

the last gasp of the Basket Case baskets

the last gasp of the Basket Case baskets

At home, I finished planting my bulbs.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan painting the iron fence

Allan painting the iron fence

At dusk, I took some photos of what is still amazingly in bloom in the garden.

penstemon

penstemon

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' (from Our Kathleen)

Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ (from Our Kathleen) and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

sanvitalia

sanvitalia

begonias

begonias

agastache

agastache

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

trailing rosemary

trailing rosemary

lavender

lavender

Helianthus 'Gold Lace'

Helianthus ‘Gold Lace’

big pots of Hot Lips salvia

big pots of Hot Lips salvia

assorted hardy fuchsias

assorted hardy fuchsias

yellow spires of verbascum

yellow spires of verbascum

Ceanothus 'Dark Star'

Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’

Rose 'Nearly Wild'

Rose ‘Nearly Wild’

Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’

Persicaria 'Firetail'

Persicaria ‘Firetail’

Clematis 'Freckles'

Clematis ‘Freckles’

calendula

calendula

Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' buds

Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ buds

hellebore

hellebore

cosmos

cosmos

chrysanthemum

chrysanthemum

fuchsia

fuchsia

schizostylis

schizostylis

one last poppy

one last poppy

and more:

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

hips of Rosa moyesii

hips of Rosa moyesii

Callicarpa (beauty berry)

Callicarpa (beauty berry)

'Dortmund' rose hips

‘Dortmund’ rose hips

Skooter and begonias

Skooter and begonias

And now the work board looks like this:

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The next pressing work task is to get the salvageable plants dug up and stored from Diane’s roadside garden.  More importantly, Ilwaco Halloween is almost here and we have some decorating to do.


ginger 1995 (age 71):

Oct 28: Noon-5:45  I did it!  I closed the garden water faucets!  It wasn’t as hard as Bruce said it was.  After I dug all the soil and rocks out there it was a regular faucet handle to turn off.  I did 3 with one to go.  Also I wrapped the shop pipes with the heat thing.

1997 (age 73):

Oct 28: Store day—PO, Tim’s, and QFC.   I worked  all afternoon planting bulbs and some perennials (mail order).  Got a lot done.  Then I moved all but one tray from shop to picnic table.

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

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

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

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

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

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

planting

planting

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

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

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

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

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

squeezing bulbs into a busy planter by NIVA green

squeezing bulbs into a busy planter by NIVA green

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

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

truly disgusting

truly disgusting

planting after picking out all the butts

planting after picking out all the butts

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

in NIVA green

in NIVA green

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

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

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

Tam

Tam (Allan’s photo)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and after

and after

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

perfect timing for rain

perfect timing for rain

home

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

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

Skooter and Azara microphylla 'Variegata'

Skooter and Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’

Halloween lights

Halloween spider lights

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

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

late blooming cosmos

late blooming cosmos

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


ginger

1998 (age 74):

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

 

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Ah, it looked like a good rainy, windy day to be inside and work on my Sylvia Beach Hotel full immersion blog.  BUT I got the message that there was a new availability list to peruse at the Basket Case Greenhouse.  The order needed to go out by Tuesday, so we went to have a look at what we might like the nursery to carry.

Basket Case Greenhouse

Basket Case Greenhouse

perusing the list (Allan's photo); picked out some agastaches, penstemons, and much more.

perusing the list (Allan’s photo); picked out some agastaches, penstemons, and much more.

our good friends Shadow and Walter (Allan's photo)

our good friends Shadow and Walter (Allan’s photo)

Nancy came forward to visit from the back greenhouse, where she was planting the hanging baskets for which she is famous.  She couldn’t visit long, and called for the dogs to return with her.

Walter is moving very slowly as he'd like to stay and visit for longer.

Walter is moving very slowly as he’d like to stay and visit for longer.

Fred and Allan in the greenhouse

Fred and Allan in the greenhouse

Fred shows off a new deep red annual geranium.

Fred shows off a new deep red annual geranium.  He’s teasing me because I don’t use them much.  I like the deep clear colour of that one.

the perennials house (Allan's photo)

the perennials house (Allan’s photo)

santolinas in three colours, one of my favourite perennials

santolinas in three colours, one of my favourite perennials

Fred showed me the tag for a new plant.  Our friend Ed Strange had it last year and said it bloomed prolifically and long.

plant

a cross between Echinacea and Rudbeckia; the plants are small and not available for sale yet.

A monsoon begins.  I make it into the van; Allan is stuck in a greenhouse.

A monsoon begins. I make it into the van; Allan is stuck in a greenhouse. 

Allan's photo of me escaping the torrent in the van.

Allan’s photo of me escaping the torrent in the van.

Fred has plenty to do in the shelter of the greenhouses.  (Allan's photo)

Fred has plenty to do in the shelter of the greenhouses. (Allan’s photo)

Ah, the rest of the day was spent at home catching up on this blog by writing about one of my favourite topics, the Sylvia Beach Hotel room journals!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sunshine called us out to a mission to plant sweet peas in Long Beach, and maybe Anchorage and Boreas, too.

Long Beach

Long Beach city works has a nice pile of Soil Energy for us to use on areas that need fluffing.

tarped to keep weeds out

tarped to keep weeds out

buckets for fluffing up Fifth Street Park

buckets for fluffing up Fifth Street Park

I weeded and applied mulch and Dr Earth fertilizer all along where I planted the sweet peas in Fifth Street Park, and applied much sluggo at the end in hopes of better results than last year.  Allan took photos:

before

before

mulched garden

mulched garden (after)

after

after planting sweet peas and mulching

While I worked on the sweet pea project, he weeded here (before)

While I worked on the sweet pea project, he weeded here (before)

after

after

At my request, he did some pruning (before)

At my request, he did some pruning (before)

after

after (As far as I am concerned, that whole mugo pine should disappear.)

What the heck am I doing here? Oh yeah, pruning some cotoneaster in the little park by Lewis and Clark square.

What the heck am I doing here? Oh yeah, pruning some cotoneaster in the little park by Lewis and Clark square to reveal some lost astilbes and primroses.

Anchorage Cottages

We had time to plant sweet peas and do some weeding and deadheading at The Anchorage Cottages.

shady bed with trilliums and pulmonaria

shady bed with trilliums and pulmonaria

sweet tiny narcissi in a windowbox.  This new Olympus pocket camera does not seem to focus well on flowers.

sweet tiny narcissi in a windowbox. This new Olympus pocket camera does not seem to focus well on flowers.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard; there’s a new pelican statue 2/3 of the way down the garden

courtyard planter

courtyard planter

more courtyard narcissi.  A innkeeper from years ago planted that heather...not me!

more courtyard narcissi. A innkeeper from years ago planted that heather…not me!

more courtyard narcissi

more courtyard narcissi; narcissi are my favourite flower

tulips by the office

tulips by the office

Tulip 'Green Star'

Tulip ‘Green Star’

The parrot tulips that usually bloom into early May are awfully early this year.

The parrot tulips that usually bloom into early May are awfully early this year.

planted sweet peas by the chimney, where Tulip 'Gavota' still looks fine except for the focus problem.

planted sweet peas by the chimney, where Tulip ‘Gavota’ still looks fine except for the focus problem.

Manager Beth tells me that Dennis Co again had the little lemon cypress trees like this one that she got.  (When we go, right after work, they are all out again!)

Manager Beth tells me that Dennis Co again had the little lemon cypress trees like this one that she got. (When we go, right after work, they are all out again!)

After the Anchorage, we were too low in energy to start planting sweet peas at the Boreas Inn, so we dumped a few more buckets of mulch in Long Beach’s Fifth Street Park and went home before dusk.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Even though we had a fine rainy day, we had to leave the house to meet with our nice accountant.

Her office has two lovely tulip bouquets.

Her office has two lovely tulip bouquets.

a red one

a red one

and a yellow one

and a yellow one

Her sweet dog Helen lay under the desk while we concentrate on our tax numbers.  The meeting went well and we left all the figures in her capable hands and took a drive past the boatyard and along the portside gardens just to reconnoiter on the way home.  I was pleased that all the big horsetail had not sprouted yet in the boatyard garden.  Allan fixed a “Please don’t pick the flowers” sign, and we discussed (him) making new ones. I noticed a lot of narcissi deadheads along Howerton Way to be dealt with tomorrow if the weather allows.

rain and a drooping sign at the boatyard

rain and a drooping sign at the boatyard

And then…home to blog like fury, so that I will be finally caught up and can spend the next day of computer time catching up on Mr. Tootlepedal and that new puppy on the Miserable Gardener blog.

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

next door to the Ilwaco post office, first sign of Ilwaco's Halloween extravaganza

next door to the Ilwaco post office, first sign of Ilwaco’s Halloween extravaganza

The Depot Restaurant

I was convinced that rain would arrive tomorrow and so we were determined to get several jobs ready for the weekend.

The Depot's late blooming cosmos, some of which still have not bloomed at all.

The Depot’s late blooming cosmos, some of which still have not bloomed at all.

I wish I knew which cosmos cultivar was the extremely late blooming one; I probably would not use it again as some have not bloomed yet at all. I mixed up the cultivars when planting, though, so it’s a mystery.

east wall with Lonicera 'Baggeson's Gold' and  Nicotiana langsdorfii

east wall with Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ and
Nicotiana langsdorfii

window boxes; trimmed out some dead foliage

window boxes; trimmed out some dead foliage

Long Beach welcome sign

Next year, the Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ (which I expected to be shorter) should go to the back with the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ (if I can bear another year of deadheading it) in the middle!

front of the welcome sign

front of the welcome sign

the back of the sign; loving the pink and white

the back of the sign; loving the pink and white (agyranthemum, blue painted sage, Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’, white bacopa on the edge)

Red Barn Arena

Over on Sandridge Road at the Red Barn, we cut down Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ along the fence.

Allan in the middle of the project

Allan in the middle of the project

Later, Allan found this photo of what the garden had looked like on July 23rd.

Later, Allan found this photo of what the garden had looked like on July 23rd.

the barn itself

the barn itself

Not only do I dislike the yellow evening primrose at one end of the garden, but the foliage of reseeded thuggish plants was disgustingly mildewed….

quite unattractive

quite unattractive

I was thrilled to pull out all of the yellow evening primrose.

Allan finished the job with a pile of bronze fennel.

Allan finished the job with a pile of bronze fennel. I plan to divide that ornamental grass in early spring. (I believe the notion that they don’t like to be divided in the fall.)

after clean up

after clean up, Allan’s photo

A horse grazed in an unusual place: inside the playground. Only two small ropes were enough to contain him.

ropes

horse

grazing

horse

By the adjacent pole building, stacked crab pots were being shifted around by forklift.

pots

An electrical cord was stretched on the ground from the barn to the pole building, and a thick board was placed across it. Allan chose to drive on the cord rather than the board to get to the debris dumping spot, earning a fierce scowl from one of the workers. So when we drove back to the main parking area, he drove across the board…which of course got caught in his tires, as he knew it would, and dragged along. He wished the scowling man would have seen that, but scowling man did not see.

the board in question

The board in question did not make a good bridge.

We went next door to Diane’s garden, and when we returned to the van I was amused to see all kinds of cardboard boxes lines up to make sure people drove across the board.

THAT'll show us!

THAT’ll show us!

Diane’s Garden

Diane's roadside garden with blue Perovskia (Russian sage)

Diane’s roadside garden with blue Perovskia (Russian sage)

road

on Sandridge Road

The strawberry…thingie…that is so rampant in this garden is creeping down the driveway rocks, as well.

It's on the move.

It’s on the move.

Against the house, a Cerinthe major purpurascens is reaching a surprising height.

It's this tall.

It’s this tall.

and just now starting to bloom, quite late.

and just now starting to bloom, quite late.

Osteospermum "spoons" in  one of Diane's planters

Osteospermum “spoons” in one of Diane’s planters

interlude

We drove across Pioneer Road toward The Anchorage Cottages and saw the cranberry harvest in session at the Cranberry Research Station. We hope to get to the harvesting demonstration this weekend during the Cranberrian Fair.

harvest time

harvest time

research station and Cranberry Museum

research station and Cranberry Museum

Anchorage Cottages

My good friend Mitzu the Shih tzu greeted me at The Anchorage.

My good friend Mitzu the Shih tzu greeted me at The Anchorage.

Anchorage garden bed near the office

Anchorage garden bed near the office; the virburnum I cut to the ground is coming back all nice and fresh.

I saw an ominous sight: the viburnum close to the center courtyard had been browsed by deer. This bodes ill for plants in the center courtyard.

nipped viburnum foliage

nipped viburnum foliage

Will the courtyard be next?

Will the courtyard plants be next?

by the center courtyard arbour: deer-chomped rose foliage

by the center courtyard arbour: deer-chomped rose foliage

And there were deer tracks in the south courtyard, where manager Beth had dug up a bunch of tatty old lady’s mantle. (YAY, Beth!)

south courtyard

south courtyard

I had the pleasure of Mitzu following me all around the gardens.

mitzu

mitzu

City of Long Beach

After the Anchorage, we checked the planters on the two beach approach roads (Bolstadt and Sid Snyder) as we knew clamming would brings lots of passersby. Indeed, we did some clean up on both approaches.

While we tidied up the Bolstadt planter by the Long Beach arch, Buster (who lives in the townhouses to the south of the arch) came to visit us.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Buster (Allan's photo)

Buster (Allan’s photo)

Buster (Allan's photo)

Buster (Allan’s photo)

I do so much love a happy Pug.

I do so much love a happy Pug.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' in a Sid Snyder planter (originally planted by a volunteer)

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in a Sid Snyder planter (originally planted by a volunteer)

a rather dull planter when it's pulled out (Allan's photo)

a rather dull planter when it’s pulled out (Allan’s photo)

On Sid Snyder, we cut back the old foliage from behind new flowers on the Echinops (blue globe thistle)

On Sid Snyder, we cut back the old foliage from behind new flowers on the Echinops (blue globe thistle)

Allan checked on the Kite Museum garden while I worked on more Sid Snyder planters.

Allan checked on the Kite Museum garden while I worked on more Sid Snyder planters.

our little kite museum garden (Allan's photo)

our little kite museum garden (Allan’s photo)

I then walked around downtown deadheading and grooming planters, while Allan worked on Coulter Park and Fifth Street Park garden beds.

At the south end of downtown is a great example of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ that I only partly cut back in very late spring.

smaller, pink flowers from the cut part, and big flowers, already browning, on the part that was not cut.

smaller, pink flowers from the cut part, and big flowers, already browning, on the part that was not cut.

difference

a good argument for always cutting Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in half in late spring.

The ones that were trimmed have smaller flowers and stay more upright.

The ones that were trimmed have smaller flowers and stay more upright.

Further up the block, pink sweetpeas echo the colour of the pink ribbons that were tied around town for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

pink

The planter with dahlias by the credit union still looks fabulous:

dahlias

dahlias

dahlias

In front of the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop:

Star Cluster Coreopsis and a double Osteospermum

‘Star Cluster’ Coreopsis and a double Osteospermum

By Fifth Street Park, my one asphodeline is blooming again. I wish I had lots more of it. It’s not available in any local nursery.

Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' and one spike of Asphodeline.

Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and one spike of Asphodeline.

beautiful asphodeline foliage

beautiful asphodeline foliage

In the same planter, daisies that were cut all the way down in late summer have new flowers.

In the same planter, daisies that were cut all the way down in late summer have new flowers. And one dead leaf that got picked off right after this photo.

All along the west side of the downtown blocks, it seemed someone had walked through town and just lightly trashed the planters….just bits of Sedum flowers and lavender spikes pulled off and thrown on the sidewalk. I can only assume someone was grabbing at each planter as s/he walked by and making a small but annoying mess. When I got to the planter by the Cottage Bakery on the east side, I found more annoyance.

three painted sage pulled right out of the soil

three painted sage pulled right out of the soil

Oh well, I was tired of deadheading them anyway! Into the trash they went.

same planter, after, still looks fine.

same planter, after, still looks fine.

However, if the painted sage is allowed to stay and gets deadheaded, it still looks good, like the pink one in this photo, next to Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'.

However, if the painted sage is allowed to stay and gets deadheaded, it still looks good, like the pink one in this photo, next to Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’.

The most excellent planter by the Campiche Gallery.  Note: more dahlias and more small hardy fuchsias next year.

The most excellent planter by the Campiche Gallery. Note: more dahlias and more small hardy fuchsias next year. I’ll get another couple of weeks out of that pink and blue painted sage (right side), if no one messes with it.

Meanwhile, in Coulter Park:

Allan trimmed some of the Siberian iris...

Allan trimmed some of the Siberian iris…

after

after

before

before

after (still more to do)

after (still more to do)

By the time I met Allan back at Fifth Street Park, a heavy fog had rolled in over the town.

Fifth Street Park in fog.

Fifth Street Park in fog.

Fog had settled in over the former water treatment pond in the city works yard where we dump our debris.

The pond is no longer used for water treatment, as the city now has a modern sewer plant.

The pond is no longer used for water treatment, as the city now has a modern sewer plant.

wetlands by the city works yard

wetlands by the city works yard

The Cove Restaurant

We repaired to the Cove for our traditional Thursday night dinner.

fog over the Peninsula Golf Course

fog over the Peninsula Golf Course

fog

the view from our table

the view from our table

Chef Jason's menu for the evening

Chef Jason’s menu for the evening

delicious hard cider and beer

delicious hard cider and beer

I had the new Cranberry Coast Salad...delectable

We shared the new Cranberry Coast Salad…delectable

and ahi tuna of course

and ahi tuna. of course

Allan had fish tacos (the specialty of the evening, only $2 each)

Allan had fish tacos (the specialty of the evening, only $2 each)

This time, we saved room for strawberry rhubarb pie!

This time, we saved room for strawberry rhubarb pie!

During our dessert course, our friend Ivanna showed up and sat at our table.

Ivanna is always a hoot.

Ivanna is always a hoot.

I felt all relaxed because I was sure that rain would give us Friday off. I was mistaken.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 29 August 2014

I overslept…tired!  While Allan watered Larry and Robert’s garden (five doors down), I finished my coffee and then did some container watering and a quick tour of our own garden.

The Ladies in Waiting area is smaller now.

The Ladies in Waiting area is smaller now (with a few more plants around the corner by the greenhouse)

The barberry that missed being watered may be reviving itself.

The barberry that missed being watered may be reviving itself.

lovely hardy ginger 'Spice Islands' with wall decor by my dear friend Sheila.

lovely hardy ginger ‘Spice Islands’ with wall decor by my dear friend Sheila.

sun coleus from The Basket Case Greenhouse

sun coleus from The Basket Case Greenhouse

I really wanted to stay home with Smokey.

I really wanted to stay home with Smokey.

Post Office garden on our way to work....

Post Office garden on our way to work….needs more in the mid-front. Next year!

A quick compost bucket switch at Olde Towne Café lead to meeting Judy from three doors down and her friend from out of town, someone she had known for many years and had not seen for years, so they had lots of enjoyable catching up to do.  I invited them to come pick cherry tomatoes from my greenhouse, not sure if they found the time.  Judy is the former “New Judy”, now promoted to just “Judy”, as she has lived here for just about a year now.

Judy and her friend catch up.

Judy and her friend catch up.

Long Beach

Yesterday, we had turned on the soaker hoses on the Sid Snyder beach approach planters.  While Allan turned them back off again, I deadheaded the kite museum garden.

our tiny pocket garden at World Kite Museum

our tiny pocket garden at World Kite Museum

The soaker hose situation on Sid Snyder is so unsatisfactory.  Allan fixed another leak.  The planters do not get enough water.  I fervently hope I can get the city to install quick connect fittings to those planters this winter so that next year, we can give those planters a good soaking once a week (which also washes salt off the leaves).  I must remember to agitate about this.

We made a half block detour to photograph the dahlia garden at Back Country Horse Rides.

We made a half block detour to photograph the dahlia garden at Back Country Horse Rides.

Then we split up to each water half the downtown planters.

Some of the painted sage still looks excellent.

Some of the painted sage still looks excellent.

I found people admiring the Eryngium in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

I found people admiring the Eryngium in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

with good reason

with good reason; Eryngiums are my favourite perennial

note:  more Bidens next year; it really holds its colour

note: more Bidens next year; it really holds its colour  (center plant across the street)

In Veterans Field, I noticed that half of the ‘Crimson Pygmy’ barberries are awfully small, clearly having been stepped upon or kicked.

a mere remnant of its former self

a mere remnant of its former self

how it should be; one that did not get injured

how it should be; one that did not get injured

It is such a narrow little garden, you’d think people could use the generous sized walkways instead of stepping on the plants.

The Columbia Pacific Farmers Market (every Friday in Vets Field) did not start till three, however the Rosburg Farm booth was already in session.  They do not spray their plants.

lilies for sale

lilies for sale

plants for sale, too

plants for sale, too

I love Eucalyptus.  Only having to carry the plants around saved me from adding to my Ladies in Waiting.

I love Eucalyptus. Only having to carry the plants around saved me from adding to my Ladies in Waiting.

I found a sad finger blight situation in the planter by the Funland arcade.

Someone had pulled out a blue painted sage and left it to dry and die.

Someone had pulled out a blue painted sage and left it to dry and die.  Possibly a fidgety child did this.

Now this side has only pink and white...

Now this side has only pink and white…

and the other has pink blue and white and I have a big dose of irritation.

and the other has pink blue and white and I have a big dose of irritation.

My only comfort is that the planters will all be severely sat upon the weekend after next during the annual Rod Run car event.  You’ll see.  That’s an odd sort of comfort.

Bolstadt and Pacific

Bolstadt and Pacific

Just here, when I crossed the street and turned back south again, I thought “I am too tired to get through this day.”  I knew I would get through it, though.

The planter by Campiche Studios has fuchsias and dahlias, my favourite kind of dahlia flower

The planter by Campiche Studios has fuchsias and dahlias, my favourite kind of dahlia flower

hardy fuchsias, probably 'Pat's Dream'

hardy fuchsias, probably ‘Pat’s Dream’

I heard an odd thing from some passersby as they read a sign on the Campiche Gallery: “FINE art.  Well, we won’t go in THERE!”

The sidewalks were exceedingly crowded with shoppers, parked bicycles, strollers, dogs.  I was not bothered because I knew it would be that way on the Friday of Labour Day weekend.  This happened to be the day that the planters needed water, and that is just the way it is.  However, I am thrilled there are only two more big tourist weekends (Labour Day and Rod Run) because I am just…tired.

We groomed Fifth Street Park before going on to the two blocks north of the light.

Sanguisorba and Canna flowers in Fifth Street Park

Sanguisorba and Canna flowers in Fifth Street Park

The Allan weeded Coulter Park (two blocks north of the light) while I watered two more blocks of planters.  Mercifully, the northern blocks each have only four planters each instead of six or eight.

The little caps on California poppy blossoms were a cheering sight.

The little caps on California poppy blossoms were a cheering sight.

There were a couple of birds by the Heron Pond...

There were a couple of birds by the Heron Pond…

Joy and delight:  I saw a flock of starlings bathing and frolicking in the Heron Pond (by the stoplight)

and then joy and delight: I saw a flock of starlings bathing and frolicking there.

With the main street planters and gardens done, we checked on the planters out on the Bolstadt approach.  They needed nothing done, thank goodness.

To keep going, I got us each a Swedish traveling cake from Pink Poppy Bakery...

To keep going, I got us each a Swedish traveling cake from Pink Poppy Bakery…

which is located in this building just west of city hall...

which is located in this building just west of city hall…

...and then we weeded the city hall gardens.

…and then we weeded the city hall gardens.

The ajuga has GOT to go, and how the heck did orange montbretia get in there?

The ajuga has GOT to go, and how the heck did orange montbretia get in there?

need more hardy fuchsias on north side of city hall

need more hardy fuchsias on north side of city hall

I felt that we could manage to spend half an hour deadheading and weeding at the Boreas Inn.

Boreas Inn garden, six blocks north of Long Beach City Hall

Boreas Inn garden, six blocks north of Long Beach City Hall

It was mostly deadheading cosmos; I enjoy cutting out the candelabra of spent stems. It's my favourite plant to deadhead.

It was mostly deadheading cosmos; I enjoy cutting out the candelabra of spent stems. It’s my favourite plant to deadhead.

If I had been the one deadheading earlier on, that spike in the middle would have been cut all the way down.

Ilwaco

Allan still had to water the Ilwaco planters.  While he did so, I weeded more of the boatyard garden in order to free up time next week to have lunch and a tour at Steve and John’s garden.

down the block, Allan starts watering with the water pump trailer.

down the block, Allan starts watering with the water pump trailer.

boatyard garden, looking north

boatyard garden, looking north

I realized that nice aster at Andersen's RV Park is too dark to be 'Harrington's Pink'.  THIS is 'Harrington's Pink', a good and well behaved aster.

I realized that nice aster at Andersen’s RV Park is too dark to be ‘Harrington’s Pink’. THIS is ‘Harrington’s Pink’, a good and well behaved aster.

north end of boatyard garden

north end of boatyard garden

and with that same white cosmos as a marker, looking south

and with that same white cosmos as a marker, looking south

the running kind of goldenrod.

the running kind of goldenrod.

I think it was a blogger on Garden Rant who recently wrote that it was tiresome when bloggers say golden rod doesn’t cause hay fever, because everyone knows that by now.  I bet someone reading this does NOT know that, so I am saying right here that it does NOT cause hay fever.  There.

It takes Allan almost two hours to water the Ilwaco planters (used to take an hour with heavy, backbreaking bucket watering), so I got the whole boatyard done.

The sky was turning a bit pinkish.

The sky was turning a bit pinkish.

peachy four o clocks came back this year

peachy four o clocks came back this year

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And then we dumped debris at the east end of the marina.

a fishing boat coming in

a fishing boat coming in

evening sky in the water

evening sky in the water

That’s it for another week and now we will have a three day weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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We have so much to do, including the dreaded pruning of the 300 hydrangeas.  It’s difficult to add in the 300 hydrangea job because the place is not an ongoing client, and fitting such a huge event in just once a year, during late winter clean up, interferes with caring for our regular clients.  So, as the hydrangeas loom, we dash about here and there trying to make things look halfway decent for when we disappear for a week into hydrangea-land.

We stopped by The Red Barn and Diane C’s place for some quick deadheading and saw an adorable flock of birds which I would normally have expected to see at the beach rather than in a pasture puddle:

sandpipers?

a puddle of birds

We spent another afternoon in Long Beach adding violas to the planters.  I was appalled to discover that the planter by First Place Mall…just north of the go-kart track…has had its tulips chomped by deer who were quite bold (as usual) to walk onto the main drag and have a tasty foliage snack. That is now going to be one lop-sided flower display.

bulb chomping

tulips chomped by deer

I’m moved by the paint job on on a little gift shop in the middle of Long Beach, because look at what little red house it resembles:

red shop

little red shop

Gramma's house

little red house

Same colour scheme as my Grandma’s (and later my own) little red house in Seattle, including the very bright colour…when I had the house repainted, I made sure the colour was bright and clear.

From a mouse’s eye view of the garden by Marsh’s Free Museum, you can see that the crocuses are looking grand.

Long Beach park

As we were planting violas in the Ilwaco planters a couple of days later, I felt mystified by why a planter which is extremely exposed to the wind had the healthiest trailing rosemary, while a more sheltered planter had the deadest one.

good rosemary

happy rosemary

dead rosemary

dead trailing rosemary

Why is nature so capricious?

At least I can take joy in the many colourful flowers that are coming on in all of the planters.

species tulips, Ilwaco planter

At home, during two rainy days, I worked on updating Facebook albums while the ever energetic Allan installed near our pond an arbour built by my former partner, Robert Sullivan.  It’s a thing of beauty which once embellished my mother’s garden, and which I was not about to let be sold with her house…so here it is.  There was some debate about where to put it: Over a main path would perhaps block the movement of Allan’s motorcycle or perhaps make it hard to bring in a new appliance if the need arose, so now it is the grand entry way to our pond patio. Bless Allan for being so energetic even on a rainy day off.

arbour detail

spider web arbour detail

Allan also reports that there is still a school of fish which has survived the pokings about of the three raccoons!

In two days we will begin (weather permitting) the hydrangea job…and when it is done I may actually get my own garden, all of Long Beach, and every other garden of ours truly ready for spring.

spider web arbour

spider web arbour

It is a darn shame that Robert did not continue on with his ironwork.  I believe there are three wonderful arbours like this in existence: one here, one at Kathleen’s Sea Garden, and one at my friend Sharon’s garden near Portland.  A number of his gates are at Klipsan Beach Cottagesand at a friend’s house in Ridgefield.  If I had a talent like that, I would pursue it with passion.

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We must make Long Beach perfect for the annual Loyalty Day parade, always the first Saturday in May.  I have some issues with Loyalty Day.  This month Peninsula school children are given art  assignments with patriotic themes (this year: “Liberty inspires the world”, which at least is MUCH vaguer in patriotic jingoism than some other recent years’ slogans.)  Since Loyalty Day was begun to counter the perceived communism of International Worker’s Day celebration of May Day, it seems nationalist indoctrination of children is contradictory to the concept of freedom of thought.  I just think the world would be a better place without nationistic fervour from any nation.

However, since parades will be marching through both Ilwaco and Long Beach, I am filled with my own plant-loving fervour which simply requires that all the gardens along the parade routes be absolutely perfect.

Fountain Park, Berberis ‘Helmond Pillar’, and a tulip under a street tree with Fuchsia ‘Sharpton’s Aurea’

Long Beach allots more time to the gardening budget for holiday preparation, so we spent many the hour in the parks, weeding them all with devotion, including almost all the volunteer planters needing help to attain perfection. We usually leave the planters to the volunteers, but for special occasions we spend several hours weeding the planters, as volunteers do get busy with their lives.

On Wednesday the first long day, I spent quite a long time cleaning up the old blades of a huge Phormium tenax in the garden in front of Marsh’s Free Museum. It looked remarkably better with all the sideways, broken, tattered, and old blades gone. Allan trimmed some of the pampas grass behind the restrooms and did the sort of obsessively thorough weeding job that our time budget does not usually allow.  I then had the unfortunate adventure of accidentally puncturing the soaker hose in the nearest planter, resulting in a jet of water worthy of a decorative fountain shooting forth into my eyes, and a scramble to hold the leak closed while I found the hidden turn off handle.  Happily for me, no passersby witnessed the event.

At the end of the day we hobbled into the Depot to reward ourselves with Burger Night, including, for me, an orange flan for dessert, and a pre-dinner appreciation of the tulips show which lingers on the protected side of our Depot garden.

The Depot Restaurant garden. Narcissi ‘Tommy’s White’ is putting on a welcomely late show in all our gardens, and next year must be planted in great quantity!

For two more days we focused on Long Beach: The quadrant of parks on 5th Street  (fountain park, frying pan park. and the two obelisk parks), and Coulter Park; the police station garden (which we are replanting as we had to cut it way back to enable siding of the building); The Summerfest entry garden, all the trees and planters, the two pocket parks by the Gazebo, City hall, the big and little popouts, and the rather hidden park behind the Lewis and Clark Square wall. We also weeded at the Boardwalk Cottages which will have plenty of parade related foot traffic, and did a touch up of the beach approach, which remains sadly weedy but is at least lush and exuberant.

beach approach garden

Much weeding awaits us on the beach approach, such as the Santolina, left, which is infested with the dreaded but pretty bird’s foot trefoil.  But it abounds in vignettes, still with that wonderful Tulip batalinii, and I hope that the clammers who will come in droves this weekend (clamming and Loyalty on the same weekend!) will notice only the pretty things.

Narcissi ‘Baby Moon’ with a late tulip and Erysimum ‘Bowle’s Mauve’ in an Ilwaco streetside planter

By Friday evening, I would challenge anyone to go from Dennis Company on 2nd North in Long Beach to Sid Snyder Drive, formerly 10th South, and find enough weeds along the Pacific Highway parks and planters to fill a coffee mug! After working till 7.15 each night, we are quite exhausted but have one more day to go before a day off.

[2012 note: After President Obama was elected I decided to give the Loyalty Day parade a try and was pleasantly surprised that a lot of it had a Democratic flair. (This is a liberal county.)  It really has a lot of cute and charming small town floats. Now we wouldn’t miss it. I still do not like the students being assigned patriotic homework.]

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