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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Another weekend off!  The desire to spend more time at home is leading to radical action.  I had an email from a client we had made a little garden for two years ago and had intermittently maintained, asking for our input, and I referred her to another very good local gardener instead.  When I opened the front door on Saturday, I found two little boxes of fresh strawberries.  Now, I am not sure who they were from, but I think they were from Margaret and Larry which shows there are no hard feelings that we are cutting back on work.

In the garden, a whole bunch of new plants to plants had somehow appeared.

It never ends; fortunately only about 1/3 were for my garden.

It never ends; fortunately only about 1/3 were for my garden.

Calvin took the air next to a big patch of ajuga.  I have been questioning the wisdom of having planted it there.

Calvin took the air next to a big patch of ajuga. I have been questioning the wisdom of having planted it there.

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One of my three Astrantia cultivars still blooming tirelessly

One of my three Astrantia cultivars still blooming tirelessly

and my very own Allium bulgaricum complete with a bee inside

and my very own Allium bulgaricum complete with a bee inside

On the front garden fence: a bluebird of happiness because of the weekend off.  (Female jay.)

On the front garden fence: a bluebird of happiness because of the weekend off. (Female jay.)

I had not slept well and needed a good strong double latte so I walked to Olde Towne for that and a delicious breakfast panini.

On the way, a newly planted garden of annuals at the Ilwaco Firestation on Pearl.  We occasionally weed Nelly's garden on the other side of the street (right).

On the way, a newly planted garden of annuals at the Ilwaco Firestation on Pearl. We occasionally weed Nelly’s garden on the other side of the street. 

The fire station folks have planted up their street planter, too.

The fire station folks have planted up their street planter, too.

On Spruce and Williams, a house for sale has such a pretty rose and clematis.

On Spruce and Williams, a house for sale has such a pretty rose and clematis.

Just some of Luanne's flowers outside the café.

Just some of Luanne’s flowers outside the café.

my panini

my panini

I hit upon a slow midmorning time so Luanne joined me for the meal.  While you might think we’d have solved all of the world’s problems over dinner the night before,  we still had plenty to talk about. The café will be closed till Thursday as Luanne is having a small modern miracle of a heart procedure in hospital.  Even though it is generally closed Sundays and always closed Mondays, it feels a bit like the heart of the town itself is missing when Olde Towne is not open on a regular day, even if I don’t have time to go for coffee.

After a long breakfast schmooze with Luanne, I visited Robert’s antique store to take some photos for its Facebook page.

Antique Gallery

Antique Gallery

and its shop clerks

and its shop clerks

I then mosied on down toward the Saturday market along First Street, where I could not help fussing a bit over the Ilwaco planters (checking for watering needs, pulling a dead leaf here and there) and past the boatyard garden.  I resisted weeding.

boatyard garden poppy

boatyard garden poppy

boatyard garden, pink yarrow

boatyard garden, pink yarrow

white campanula

white campanula

Ceanothus

Ceanothus

California poppies

California poppies

Lavender and alliums

Lavender and alliums

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and lavender

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and lavender

Cosmos

Cosmos

yellow Achillea

yellow Achillea

Rounding the corner onto Howerton Way, I passed the westernmost curbside garden, looking good even though we have not had time to weed it for awhile.

the first two sections of the Howerton Way gardens

the first two sections of the Howerton Way gardens

I strolled from one end of the market to the other.

some vibrant garden statuary

some vibrant garden statuary

This Saturday my treat from Pink Poppy Bakery was some lemon poppyseed bread (not shown).

This Saturday my treat from Pink Poppy Bakery was some lemon poppyseed bread (just barely showing at upper right).

The port office garden has some new Do Not Pick signs made by office manager Nancy!

The port office garden has some new Do Not Pick signs made by office manager Nancy!

at the English Nursery booth.  (The nursery is at 39th and Pacific in Seaview.)

a display at the English Nursery booth. (The nursery is at 39th and Pacific in Seaview.)

Hostas are a specialty at The English Nursery, and yes, the owners actually are English.

Hostas are a specialty at The English Nursery, and yes, the owners actually are English.

Blueberries and boats

Blueberries and boats

The rest of my market photos for today are over on my other blog.

I ambled up Advent Street toward home, passing the lost garden that continues to fascinate me.

Some neighbourhood children have built a port by the pond.

Some neighbourhood children have built a fort by the pond.

The garden looks more lost than ever.  I disapprove of last year's "pruning" job on that poor tree.

The garden looks more lost than ever. I disapprove of last year’s “pruning” job on that poor tree to the left.  Why, why, why???

the old fenced part of the garden

the old fenced part of the garden

There is a house for sale just down the street from me.  The yard is smallish, but a small yard did not stop Tom and Judy at the other end of the block from making a wonderful tour-worthy garden.  It would be so great if a friendly gardener buys the place.

What do you think?

What do you think?

Having pleasantly frittered away over two hours of my day, I was determined to get down to weeding at home.

Smokey did not make it easy to move freely through the garden.

Smokey did not make it easy to move freely through the garden.

Although weeding called to me, I decided to start with something of immediate and dramatic impact: cutting out the salmonberry grove tunnel on the west side of the bogsy wood.

before and after

before and after

more pruning to better reveal the George Schenk style plant table.

more pruning to better reveal the George Schenk style plant table.

More pruning plans:  In the west side garden bed, after the white rambling rose is done with its once a year prolific bee-laden flowering, I’ll cut it back considerably.  It reminds me of my very first Peninsula gardening client, Maxine, from whose garden I made a cutting of the white rose.

It might be Sander's White Rambler, but to me it is always Maxine's rose

It might be Sander’s White Rambler, but to me it is always Maxine’s rose

something unusual with one of the Allium albopilosum!

something unusual with one of the Allium albopilosum!  It has lost its head.

What the rest of them look like.

What the rest of them look like.

I tried to stop the Knautia macedonica from making such a large patch in the center garden.  Got busy and it got away from me.

I tried to stop the Knautia macedonica from making such a large patch in the center garden. Got busy and it got away from me. And yet I love it.

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin', my blue potato vine at the northwest corner of patio

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’, my blue potato vine at the northwest corner of patio

Rose 'Paul's Himalayan Musk'

Rose ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’

outside the deer fence, a shocking patch of creeping sorrel that I still have not gotten around to pulling.

outside the deer fence, a shocking patch of creeping sorrel that I still have not gotten around to pulling.

Another pruning project, below:  A volunteer willow tree is encroaching forward onto the west fence garden bed.  I don’t mind the willow as it has sweet pussy willows in the spring and provides privacy, but hey, I’ve got some other good plants in there.

before

before

after

after

I’m thinking it might be fun to weave the willow through the fence next spring if I get some pliant branches before it leafs out.

NO! In the west fence garden, bindweed creeping from Nora's side.

NO! In the west fence garden, bindweed creeping from Nora’s side.  Must not let it get established!

Another pruning project:  The Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in the center bed is so big that it will flop open later.  I am not sure how well it will revive from a massive chop at this time of year.  Oh the joy of not being on a garden tour this year.  I can experiment.

big sedum chopped halfway down; stay tuned.

big sedum chopped halfway down; stay tuned.

The white phlox foliage looks curly and diseased.  Phlox seems prone to that.  OUT the whole clump went into the wheelie bin.

no mercy!

no mercy!

Nearby: my stunning cutleaf elderberry from Joy Creek Nursery

Nearby: my stunning cutleaf elderberry from Joy Creek Nursery

Because the area behind the elderberry used to be the debris pile, there is still not enough view blockage of the big tarp covering the gear shed crab pot’s next door.   I have an idea…for next weekend.  Uncovered crab pots would be a treat to see.  The owners have to protect the expensive gear from the elements.

so good: Sanguisorba (left)  So bad: slug damage (right)

so good: Sanguisorba (left) So bad: slug damage (right)

the big west garden bed beginning to look more civilized

the big west garden bed beginning to look more civilized

from further back, with debris scattered on the lawn

from further back, with debris scattered on the lawn

And that, along with watching the conclusion to Orphan Black (which had finally caught my interest in the eighth of ten episodes) was my day off.  Allan’s day involved considerable puttering including some experimental work on some new sprinklers that he acquired recently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just two houses east of us is an old empty house that is gently sagging into ruin.  We were invited inside by former tenants who showed us a big upstairs room they called “the trampoline room” because the floor had so much give they were afraid to walk in there.  We hope someday to see the house loved again.

the front of the house

the front of the house

historic marker on front porch

historic marker on front porch

The house sits on a corner lot.  As one walks past its east side, one can see that it was long ago planted with beautiful trees and shrubs.

The house sits on a corner lot. As one walks past its east side, one can see that it was long ago planted with beautiful trees and shrubs.

The back yard used to fascinate me when I would walk around downtown, before I moved to Lake Street in October of 2010.

summer 2010, from the side street

summer 2010, from the side street

Someone is still dispatched by the owners to mow the lawn.

summer 2011

summer 2011

On a foggy 1st of October in 2012, the garden beckoned me in irresistably.

October

October 2012

Roses festooned the edged of a huge old Pampas grass.

Pampas grass and roses

Pampas grass and roses

An old rhododendron sprouted a topknot of Himalayan blackberry.

rhodo with blackberru

rhodo with blackberry

Looking east toward the road from the center of the garden, unkept ornamental grass with rhododendron.

grass and rhodo

grass and rhodo

It would be hard for me to bring this garden back because of the way the plants are planted sort of willy nilly.  I would feel sentimental about its past, but the arrangement would be difficult for me to work with.

a maze of grasses, roses, and rhododendrons

a maze of grasses, roses, and rhododendrons

Further in, an old area is fenced, perhaps for a veg garden.

maybe a berry patch?

maybe a berry patch?

Near to the fence, a holly seedling has sprouted vigorously right from the middle of another old rhodo.

holly usurper

holly usurper

arched branches

arched branches

There is the occasional beer can, so the paths in the lawn are worn by deer or perhaps by human feet.

deer path?  or?

deer path? or?

Like our lot two doors down, the Elfreda house lot goes through all the way to the meander line.  Until the Port of Ilwaco built up the land with dredge spoils in the middle of the last century, the south end of the lot would have been tidal riverfront.

willow

willow

This area corresponds with our “bogsy woods”.  My neighbour to the west has lived here all her life and tells me she and her friends used to swim in a swimming hole just past the willows.

to the old swimming hole

to the old swimming hole

This used to be the old swimming hole…at the river beach. Now it’s by the Port parking lots. By October 2012 it has completely dried up from an unusually droughty summer.

old swimming hole, October 2012

old swimming hole, October 2012

Here it is in late October 2011 after a more normal period of autumn rain.

22 October 2011

22 October 2011

By late December 2012 the rain had returned and the water had again risen….much better for all the little frogs, but nothing like the swimming hole that it used to be.

December 2012

December 2012

And here, once one walks around the swimming hole to the very south side of the property, is the view of the port where once the tide lapped in.

view across the meander line, Feb. 2011

view across the meander line, Feb. 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As we approach the final cottage on the 2012 tour, I reflect that I would have had these daisies deadheaded.

approach to last cottage

approach to last cottage

cottage eight

cottage eight

front garden

front garden

This was was described in the program as having an especially nice cottage garden.

rather weedy

rather weedy

This is a garden that has been much loved and planted with interesting plants.

Front garden bed has choice perennials like Echinops (blue globe thistle)

Front garden bed has choice perennials like Echinops (blue globe thistle)

side yard and garage with arboreal hydrangea

side yard and garage with arboreal hydrangea

garden by front porch

garden by front porch

The owners have made a good start here, by the front porch, at bringing back the garden to its former glory.

mown back to back yard

mown back to back yard

Perovskia (Russian sage)

Perovskia (Russian sage)

Black Eyed Susans and the dreaded bindweed

Black Eyed Susans and the dreaded bindweed

A new gardener might not know what a scourge the bindweed is.

A new gardener might not know what a scourge the bindweed is.

more good plants, with dwarf fireweed

more good plants, with dwarf fireweed

Sedum 'Autumn Joy', daisies, and buddleia

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, daisies, and buddleia

daisies along the garage

daisies along the garage

Sedum and Roses

Sedum and Roses

The beauty of this garden must have been spectacular in its heyday.  Now it needs bringing back; the new owners could read The Secret Garden for inspiration in bringing back a lost garden of tangled roses.

an old climbing rose on the garage

an old climbing rose on the garage

Phormium

Phormium

I think if the gardeners are new, they will be surprised how big that Phormium can get right by the path.

Having thoroughly explored and wondered about the history of the old garden, we now enter the cottage.

a very modern kitchen

a very modern kitchen

but an old cottage-y window

but an old cottage-y window

an upstairs view of the garden

an upstairs view of the garden

in a lost garden

in the garden

Postlude

Heading back to the car, we find a trail similar to the Ridge Trail in Gearhart.

trail, east side Cannon Beach

trail, east side Cannon Beach

Someone had built a tepee of branches.

Someone had built a tepee of branches.

Paths crossed at regular intervals and we take an ill advised turn leading to a very long trek around the reservoirs behind the downtown parking lots….plenty of time to reminisce about the 2013 tour and how much better it had been that the more modern dwellings of 2011‘s tour.  I hope to see more tiny cottages in 2013.

Of course, we stopped at Back Alley Gardens, our favourite Oregon Coast nursery.  In the parking lot we saw a truck with a hand made dog house on the back.  There were three dogs but I never got them all to stick their heads out at once.

safe riding for well loved dogs

safe riding for well loved dogs

a great nursery

a great nursery

We stop quickly at Home Depot. I stay in the car and ponder the slogan on this display outside the building. Forever is a long time; can they really promise that much?

a promise of forever

a promise of forever

After some of the things the co-founder of Home Depot said during the lead up to the 2012 elections, I doubt I will even stop there to check out the occasional choice plant that makes its way into their nursery.  But if they could promise me forever, maybe I would.

Finally, a stop at Costco (whose politics make me much happier), where I see the best example ever of the worst of red bark.  (Our business motto is “Just say no to barkscapes.”)

the reddest bark ever

the reddest bark ever

All in all, it has been a very good day.  We have had our own wonderful garden tour of Cannon Beach including many gardens that were not even on the official tour.

We have reached the end of garden tour season 2012, and it is time to turn our minds to fall garden projects, including a garden which we soon plan to help create with Nancy, the organizer of the Long Beach Peninsula garden tour.

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