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Friday, 24 November 2017

I was determined to polish off the work list no matter what the weather.

First, we walked out into our garden to collect some red twig dogwood stems for decorating.

Damp and faded hardy fuchsias are still hanging on.

autumn colour on cotinus (smokebush)

another big branch down

Next door, the tarp had blown off the gear shed crab pot stack.

lots of little branch pieces lying about

As we departed, rain fell heavily.  My Dark Sky app said it would last for 15 minutes, and then we’d have forty minutes before it returned.

The Depot Restaurant

We sat in the parking lot, waiting out the squall.

The building in view is Oceanside Animal Clinic.

Our mission was, in part, to remove the annuals from the north side window boxes and barrels (expertly planted by Roxanne of The Basket Case Greenhouse).  They are still blooming. It is fully autumn now, and I am tired of summer annuals.  The roof overhang keeps them dry even when it rains, so they have be checked on at least once a week.  I want something spare and seasonal and no maintenance for the winter.

before

before; note the wide roof overhang

after

Just a bit of red twig dogwood decor. It would be even better if I had some pine cones.

Allan pruned the Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ and the escallonia.

before

after (escallonia not shown here)

autumnal garden, north side of dining deck

We did some general tidying and some pruning around the house next door that serves as the Depot office (a tree with branches that were hitting the side of the building, and some pulling of an old patch of crocosmia).  We recommended that Chef Michael hire Sea Star Gardening for a more extensive pruning of the tree.

Even though we’d had more non-rainy time than Dark Sky had predicted, the weather looked damp again as we headed to…

The Anchorage Cottages.

A windy rain squall greeted us there, and made the first fifteen minutes of work challenging.  I had thought it would be time to cut back the chrysanthemums by the office window.  No, they had barely begun to bloom, so this will not be our last visit of the year.

office window

Allan had begun by pulling some cosmos in the south courtyard.

before, valiant cosmos still trying to bloom

after. (Allan’s photos). Next year, a pool of some sort of bright and well behaved ground cover (hakonechloa maybe?) might look better around that Japanese maple.

I almost gave up on finishing the garden tidying because of the cold windy rain.  A brightening sky gave me hope, and the weather cleared.

Allan trimmed the lady’s mantle and geraniums along the front of the bed near the office.

before

after (Allan’s photos)

Even though I was trying to be merciless, some annuals still looked too good to pull.

center courtyard after today’s big tidy[/caption
Anchorage window reflection:

Captain Bob’s Chowder
At almost dusk, we rewarded ourselves and celebrated the start of staycation with a late lunch at Captain Bob’s, behind Fifth Street Park.

[caption id="attachment_132999" align="aligncenter" width="500"] a Renee O’Connor crab sidewalk tile in the park (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Cathy of Captain Bob’s was down to just one crab roll.  Allan kindly let me have the crab roll and ordered fish and chips instead.  Cathy thought that the last of the crab salad did not make for a big enough crab roll, so she gave me a piece of delicious fish on the side.

crab roll

Allan’s fish and chips

Fifth and Pacific intersection after our meal

Half a block south, we admired the lights of the Herb ‘n Legend Smoke Shop, complementing the city’s decorations.

At home, It was too dark to offload the trailer load of compostable debris that we’d acquired at today’s jobs. I was able to erase The Depot from the post frost clean up.  There’s nothing left there that frost would make look bad.  All that is left on the work list is the post-frost go-round…if frost arrives.  Or a pre-Christmas go-round if we don’t get frost.  That won’t take more than two days, probably only one and a half.  Unless some special request from a client arrives, and unless Long Beach gets a pile of mulch that needs applying, we are now off work till the end of January, giving me plenty of time for my list of home garden projects.

I stopped counting the weeks to staycation when my best cat, Smoky, got sick.  I’m not as ecstatic at having this time at home as I usually am.  The other three cats will enjoy the company … not as much as Smoky did, and I will miss him during my reading days.  I have a blog post memorial to him planned, with photos through the years…when I can manage it.  Meanwhile, our first week of staycation should be busy enough to provide some blog fodder, a week that culminates in Ilwaco’s Crab Pot Tree Festival.

event poster by Don Nisbett

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

study

Saturday, June 27 2015:  Schweppe garden

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Allan's photo, from the street

Allan’s photo, from the street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

entering by the front driveway

entering by the front driveway

I walked up the driveway and saw this gate but decided to go round the other way.  This is the gate by which we eventually exited.

I walked up the driveway and saw this gate but decided to go round the other way. This is the gate by which we eventually exited.

a hedge of Lonicera 'Hedge Hog'.  I love the name of it, and I love golden boxleaf honeysuckle, so I want this plant.

a hedge of Lonicera ‘Hedge Hog’. I love the name of it, and I love golden boxleaf honeysuckle, so I want this plant.

a volunteer hellebore by the front porch

a volunteer hellebore by the front porch

water

front garden fountain

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front garden windowbox

front garden window box

barberry hedge in front garden

barberry hedge in front garden

Paris podophylla

Paris podophylla

At the corner of the house, the Paris podophylla stopped me in my tracks.  Fortunately, Todd was right behind me and was able to ID it immediately, and I then saw one of the gardeners’ good ID tags.

acquired from Heronswood

acquired from Heronswood

I remembered that it had been my list of top plants to acquire after seeing it in a slideshow by Dan Hinkley, and that I had ordered it from Heronswood and…then what?  It got lost somewhere in the move from my old house.  I MUST have it again.

Todd communing with the plant.

Todd communing with the plant.

looking out into the front garden

looking out into the front garden

We walked up the side of the house to the paradise of a small back garden.  The 50X100 foot lot is the size of my old garden in Seattle, and I remember what it was like to just have narrow side yards.

coming around the side, peeking through the sun porch into the back garden (Allan's photo)

coming around the side, peeking through the sun porch into the back garden (Allan’s photo)

the back garden

the back garden

in the back garden, a shady sit spot and outdoor shower

in the back garden, a shady sit spot and outdoor shower

Todd's photo

Todd’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

head

hydrangea

quicksilver

bamboo

corner of the back garden

astrantia

astrantia

astrantia and bee

astrantia and bee

I suggested to Allan that he make me a water feature like this.

I suggested to Allan that he make me a water feature like this.

It emerged from the shady corner.

It emerged from the shady corner.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo  (I hope he was thinking deep thoughts about this.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of the balanced wind art

birds

Todd and Allan

Todd and Allan (perhaps discussing how to construct that water feature)

the garage wall behind the umbrella

the garage wall behind the umbrella

cabinet on garage wall

cabinet on garage wall

shelf with pots behind the umbrella nook

shelf with pots behind the umbrella nook

umbrella

a deck overlooks the garden

a deck overlooks the garden

sunporch overlooking the garden

sunporch overlooking the garden

looking diagonally toward a sunny corner

looking diagonally toward a sunny corner

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potting bench

potting bench

Another tour guest said she had never seen borage this tall.  (You can use the pretty little blue star shaped flowers as a garnish on soup or salad.)

Another tour guest said she had never seen borage this tall.

detail

bee

low

inside the back gate

inside the back gate

egg

the inside of the gate by which we exited

the inside of the gate by which we exited

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the door fitting the arch

As we departed, we paid attention to the curbside garden.

curb

at the curb

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of  another way to highlight mondo grass

view across the street to a neighbour's garden

view across the street to a neighbour’s attractive garden

(Maybe to get a gardening neighbour, I need to just pick up and move to a new home with at least three good gardens in close proximity!)

Todd asking for a plant ID

Todd asking for a plant ID

If Todd, the former display garden curator at the famous Plant Delights Nursery, doesn’t know the name of a plant, I most certainly won’t!

looking back at the luscious paradise

looking back at the luscious paradise

a thoughtfully placed "garden advance" bench along the street

a thoughtfully placed “garden advance” bench along the street

 

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