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Thursday, 12 February 2015

I decided we should go back to Long Beach and do some pruning that parks manager Mike Kitzman had requested.  On the way, we chopped the ornamental grasses at

The Depot Restaurant

before

before, grasses on east side of dining deck

after

after

Allan did the grass chopping while I weeded in the other beds.

Rosemary and chives bed before tidying

Rosemary and chives bed before tidying

and after

and after

The rosemary looks so much happier since I fertilized them with Dr Earth all purpose fertilizer last year.  Will do so again in springtime.

north flower bed

north flower bed

Long Beach

First on the agenda: Long Beach city hall

west side of city hall, before

west side of city hall, before

and after cutting down Sedumn 'Autumn Joy' and variegated miscanthus

and after cutting down Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and weeding

I’d cut the tall ornamental Miscanthus variegatus late last fall to keep it from flopping forward onto the sidewalk.  That certainly made “spring” clean up easier.

north side city hall: Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant' is blooming mighty early

north side city hall: Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ is blooming mighty early

city hall pulmonaria in bloom

city hall pulmonaria (spotted dog, lungwort) in bloom

and a hellebore, which caused a sensation with some passersby.  "What is that plant?!"

and a hellebore, which caused a sensation with some passersby. “What is that plant?!”

Allan chopped the last three big Miscanthus in Fifth Street Park.

before

before

after

after

I did some weeding under the nearby street trees and had a bad moment while tackling a little-ish street tree bed that was horribly over run with creeping sorrel.  There was so much of it.  And as I pulled and pulled I suddenly thought of all the weeds waiting for us at Andersen’s RV Park and thought “Argh, I just can’t do this anymore.”  My legs hurt and at all seemed like too much work still looming in the future.  The moment passed.

We decided to not prune the big hydrangea in the Fifth Street Park yet but to instead do the ones by the Long Beach Tavern a block north.  They are more visible and look uglier right now.  Also, the crew was about to install some new benches.

Park by LBT, before pruning

Park by LBT, before pruning

and after

and after

I picked up about 30 cigarette butts that tavern patrons drop over the fence even though they have BUCKETS on THEIR side of the fence along with SIGNS saying not to litter.  Also straws, a beer bottle, and other litter.

I’d ask Allan to limb up a big rhododendron that was overhanging the lawn.  Parks manager Mike wants the rhododendrons lowered; I had asked him to let us wait till after the May 2 Peninsula Rhododendron tour and he had agreed.  Limbing up lost some flowers but will keep the crew happy as they will be able to mow.

A rhodo too wide for its spot

A rhodo too wide for its spot

Allan did an excellent job.

Allan did an excellent job.

(My solution would have been to widen the bed and let the rhodo do what it wants to do.  Less lawn is almost always a good thing, in my opinion.)

I do not WANT to lower the rhododendrons.  They WANT to be tall.

rhodos

This one is the tallest and it has not much middle layer of growth so is just going to look bad when cut:

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These, in the corner, look just fine the way they are.

These, in the corner, look just fine the way they are.

It makes me CRABBY to have to prune them.  I think they look fine the way they are and I do not want to make them fence height.

feeling very crabby indeed about the prospect of downsizing the rhododendrons

feeling very crabby indeed about the prospect of downsizing the rhododendrons

One of the tavern regulars said he thought it would look so great to have the big rhodos cut to fence height.  Why?  Why would that be an improvement? I asked him.  It would look so neat, he said, as in tidy.

This is why when some rhodos died, I successfully campaigned to replace them with the hydrangeas, which bloom lengthily in summer (when more tourists are here) and which can be easily kept to “fence height”.

Then we were off to City Works with a second load of debris.

Then we were off to City Works with a second load of debris.

Soon we will limb of the rhododendrons on the gazebo side of the park.

Soon we will limb of the rhododendrons on the gazebo side of the park.

Later we are supposed to make those short, as well.  Agh.

Bill’s Birthday at the Cove

We just had time to go home, drop the trailer off, change clothes and head back out again for a birthday dinner at the Cove Restaurant.  This marked our return to Thursday nights at the Cove, our favourite meal of the week.  (They were closed for dinner in January.)

Bill and Susie are good friends of ours and also gardening clients; they own the Boreas Inn (whose spring garden clean up we have not yet begun).

Allan's photo of part of the gathering

Allan’s photo of part of the gathering

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There was much excitement and discussion when the delicious food came.  For one thing, we are all eagerly anticipating when Chi and Jim (left) open their new sandwich café in Ilwaco; they already operate the very fine Serious Pizza at Ilwaco’s Cape Disappointment State Park.

Although I usually cannot resist the seared ahi tuna, I had the Thai Beef Vegetable Coconut Red Curry Soup.

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my delicious soup

my delicious soup

The diner across from me had the ahi tuna....looking as delectable as always.

The diner across from me had the ahi tuna….looking as delectable as always.

Allan had the Jamaican jerk chicken sandwich.

Allan had the Jamaican jerk chicken sandwich.

We had just a taste of the tiramisu dessert as we had eaten a plentiful dinner.

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In fact, I took home some of my soup and had it much later while watching a Ruth Rendell mystery on DVD.

I think back to a quotation that I found in The Year of Reading Dangerously:

I sometimes feel like Nietzche in Ecce Homo, feeling it appropriate to give an account of his dietary habits…convinced that nothing that concerns him could be entirely without interest“.  Michel Houllebecq, Public Enemies.

Next: more Long Beach on Friday.

 

 

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