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Sunday, 21 August 2016

This morning, Allan took the cover off the south cat door (which had been blocked while the bathroom behind it was Skooter’s New Cat Sanctuary Room).  I opened the flap and guided Skooter out, then walked around the house to talk him down the ramp, a new way for him to go in and out.

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He needed much coaxing.

He needed much coaxing.

with Smokey

with Smokey

walking away=no aggression; I am pleased.

walking away=no aggression; I am pleased.

Smokey and Frosty

Smokey and Frosty

We had had a bit of rain...

We had had a bit of rain…

...not enough to fill the water barrels, I am sorry to say.

…not enough to fill the water barrels, I am sorry to say.

I had painted some more bamboo poles to install in the front garden.  More is more, right?

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With that done, I went to weed by Nora/Alicia’s driveway.  After awhile, I heard a voice saying hello and looked up to see a woman I did not know come round the corner of the house onto the patio.  I figured I was having the usual attack of face blindness and SHOULD know who she was, until she introduced herself as Allan’s high school buddy Julie.  She had emailed that she might be in the area, then that she wasn’t going to be able to make it.  Now here she was.  I found Allan, and then convinced Julie that it was absolutely fine to bring her daughter, Liz, and grandchildren into the garden.  It is rare for us to have small children visit, and I am always interested to see how they relate to this landscape.

The family stayed for a couple of hours.  I liked them very much.  I took to Mia, the granddaughter who loves reading.

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Julie in orange, Mia and her book, little James in foreground

Cora, age four, kept saying “Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!”

I was pleased one frog was sunning in the water boxes. (Allan's photo)

I was pleased that for Cora’s amusement, one frog was sunning in the water boxes, at the end of piece of driftwood. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We showed Cora the fairy doors, and she delivered some mail to the fairies, completely of her own accord.

Cora by a fairy door

Cora by a fairy door (Allan’s photo)

The leaf was "mail". She decorated the railing with a berry.

The leaf was “mail”. She decorated the railing with a berry. (Allan’s photo)

me and Mia. Wish she was my granddaughter!

me and Mia. Wish she was my granddaughter!

Cora led several tours of the garden.

Cora led several tours of the garden.

"Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!"

“Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!”

Everyone smelled and marvelled over the 7 Up plant. Stachys albotomentosa 'Hidalgo' leaves smell fizzy and fruity.

Everyone smelled and marvelled over the 7 Up plant. Stachys albotomentosa ‘Hidalgo’ leaves smell fizzy and fruity.

Mia could smell the chocolate in the chocolate cosmos.

Mia could smell the chocolate in the chocolate cosmos.

Everyone had a smell of the Melianthus major.

Everyone had a smell of the Melianthus major.

The toothed leaves of Melianthus major smell like peanut butter to some and like dirty socks to others.  These four friends were evenly divided.  Cora smelled peanut butter, Mia smelled dirty socks.

Because her trip was almost canceled, Julie had not had our address.  She had found our house by the Tangly Cottage sign over the garage door.  I was so glad she did and I do hope they all return.

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After their departure, I tried to imagine what was it like to see this garden as a small child.  Will Cora have memories of this day?  I think so.  I have garden memories from age 4 that strongly influenced my path in life.  One especially strong one is visiting a garden of a friend of my grandma’s, lying in a hammock in a flowery back garden with a blue sky overhead and being sure that the sky above my head was at the center of the world.

to see this as a child

to see this as a child

You would be down low...

Your view would be down low…

with flowers over your head....

with flowers over your head….

Cora loved the fuchsias, especially when I showed her how the fat buds made a “pop” when you squeeze them.  My grandma did not like me to pop the fuchsias; she said that they then would not open.  Cora and I popped a lot of buds, so we’ll see if Gram was right or not.

The fairy doors are an enchantment for all ages.  (They were purchased at Home and Garden Art in Seattle, a store that is now closed.)

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A friend’s middle aged son said that the fairy doors do not need stairs because the fairies can fly.  We informed him that the stairs are for the fairies’ pet frogs.

An especially shy fairy who likes to read without being bothered lives behind this fern:

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the reading fairy's door

the reading fairy’s door

I think the painted bamboo poles must also be amusing to a child.  (They certainly amuse me.)

new poles in front garden

new poles in front garden

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After I saw the above photo, I painted the tops and just inside the tops.

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Suddenly the east side of the front garden cries out to me for three tall bamboo poles.

Suddenly the east side of the front garden cries out to me for three tall bamboo poles.

A cat’s eye view is also interesting.

Skooter

Skooter

at Skooter's level

at Skooter’s level

I did accomplish some planting in the evening.

Hydrangea integrifolia

Hydrangea integrifolia

purchased when we went on the Aberdeen garden tour.

purchased when we went on the Aberdeen garden tour.

Hydrangea integrifolia

Hydrangea integrifolia

Mahonia gracilipes in the bogsy wood

Mahonia gracilipes in the bogsy wood

beautiful pale underside of leaves

beautiful pale underside of leaves

Mahonia gracilipes

Mahonia gracilipes

I have wanted Mahonia gracilipes every since Dan Hinkley showed a slide of it at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show years ago.  I’ve acquired and killed a tiny one, and acquired a tall one that did not have the whitey-blue leaf undersides.  I think the third time will be the charm.

Mahonia 'Dan Hinkley'; I'll by any plant named after Dan.

Mahonia fortunei ‘Dan Hinkley’; I’ll buy any plant named after Dan.

Mahonia 'Dan Hinkley'

Despite being in the bogsy woods, this new planting area will be well drained because it is mounded up.

Hydrangea 'Bombshell' and Geranium phaeum 'Darkest of All'

Hydrangea ‘Bombshell’ and Geranium phaeum ‘Darkest of All’

Hydrangea 'Bombshell' from Blooming Nursery

Hydrangea ‘Bombshell’ from Blooming Nursery

Hydrangea 'Bombshell'

Hydrangea ‘Bombshell’…I just noticed it’s a short one.

Geranium phaeum 'Darkest of All'

Geranium phaeum ‘Darkest of All’

Hydrangea tricolor and a Symphytum 'Axminster Gold' will brighten this area.

Hydrangea tricolor and a Symphytum ‘Axminster Gold’ will brighten this area.

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In the front garden, I had planned to plant my six new boxwoods along the curve by the porch….but the wire plant is so daunting.  I thought it was a tender houseplant when I planted it in the big pot.

There is something charming about the invasive wire plant...

There is something charming about the invasive wire plant…

For now, I even like the way it has climbed into this tree.

For now, I even like the way it has climbed into this tree.

So I think the new boxwoods will have to go along here, on the right side, after moving the variegated figwort away from the edge:

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We closed an excellent day with a campfire back in the damp lawn area by the bogsy woods.

view from the fire circle

view from the fire circle

dogs for dinner

sausages for dinner

The next day, we saw the No Outdoor Burning sign in the Ilwaco post office.  Ooops.  It is stricter than the information on the Pacific County Emergency Management page which said that campfires in approved back yard fire pits were allowed.  I wonder how long before we will be able to have another campfire?  Bring on some more good rain.


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1995 (age 71):

August 21:  Picked strawberries enough for me and one for the freezer.  I planted quite a few of the chrysanthemums in the patio bed and a few in upper driveway flower bed.  There are quite a few that didn’t survive.  I will reorder them probably next spring.

1997 (age 73):

August 21:  Watered begonias both basket and pots.  Cleaned up some of mess behind house.  I put the old metal pots in greenhouse on top shelf.  Emptied all the stuff from the green table—first time in months.

1998 (age 74):

August 21:  Noon-3:00  I went out intending to do some work in the shade.  Instead, I worked on the compost box moving stuff from the old to the “new” box.  I used the piece of corrugated plastic as the front of the box.  I secured it with two spading forks. There are a lot of twigs and cones in the stuff but I won’t worry about that until next year.  Now I have a huge amount to be sieved again but not now.  I don’t know where I’ll put it.

 

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

My work behavior, or lack of it, is shocking these days. Just took three days off, and we are going to cram the work into just two days now so that I can go to the Sylvia Beach Hotel with old friend Carol from Thursday through Sunday. I am hoping we get enough done so that all Allan will have to do for work during that time is water Ilwaco (and maybe Larry’s garden if we have dry weather).

Long Beach

After the hot, dry weather, we definitely had to water the Long Beach trees and planters. Some showers are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday. Getting the soil moist now will help the rain water to soak in; otherwise, just showers would not penetrate the soil.

Allan wished to promote this decal that he saw on a car; the owners were happy to see him photographing it.

Allan wished to promote this decal that he saw on a car; the owners were happy to see him photographing it.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if this inspired me to really pursue adopting a greyhound? (Because Allan does not want a dog.) I have heard that some greyhounds chase cats, and that would not do in our house.

All the retired greyhound friends that I’ve had have been wonderful dogs indeed.

Allan's photo:  This planter was complimented as a unique one and a visitor wanted to know what was the plant mix and where to get them.

Allan’s photo: This planter was complimented as a unique one and a visitor wanted to know what was the plant mix and where to get them.

This is the same planter I was fretting over last week as being full of creeping red clover.

Allan's photo:  Trying to reduce the fall die back under a dry tree.

Allan’s photo: Trying to reduce the fall die back under a dry tree.

The tree south of the stoplight on the west side has no working water system so unless Allan hauls a bucket to it from the next planter down, it stays dry.

Allan's photo:  The next thing for your car, the tail wags with the wiper!

Allan’s photo: The next thing for your car, the tail wags with the wiper!

Allan's photo:  Long Beach was blessed as a field trip destination.

Allan’s photo: Long Beach was blessed as a field trip destination.

Allan's photo:  a very dry hanging basket before it got watered by city crew with 75 foot hose.

Allan’s photo: a very dry hanging basket before it got watered by city crew with 75 foot hose.

Some of the baskets looked so stressed I thought they might have been missed on the weekend watering, or maybe it was just from the 85 degree weather. This and the other one by the Fifth Street Park restroom are just about at the end, while the four at the gazebo and police station still look excellent.

Allan's photo: city crew member watering a hanging basket

Allan’s photo: city crew member watering a hanging basket

Allan's watering life would be easier if his water trailer was set up like this.  Unfortunately, to water Ilwaco he needs 100 feet of hose (two 50 footers joined together).

Allan’s watering life would be easier if his water trailer was set up like this. Unfortunately, to water Ilwaco he needs 100 feet of hose (two 50 footers joined together).

Fifth Street Park...loving the striped cannas although only two out of three bloomed.

SW quadrant of Fifth Street Park…loving the striped cannas although only two out of three bloomed. Next year: fertilizer so they get bigger. This is a damp corner, which they should like.

across the street kitty corner in the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park:  Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' steals the show.

across the street kitty corner in the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park: Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ steals the show.

moldy old Dorothy Perkins rose

moldy old Dorothy Perkins rose

I would love to dig out that Dorothy Perkins rose, always whiteish with powdery mildew, from the NW quadrant to the park. That would undo the match with the healthy and beautiful Super Dorothy on the other side the of the street. Even so, I think plain old Dorothy has to go. It is irksome to have to constantly clip her back from the driveway, which she would love to engulf.

The city has replaced the bench that disappeared during Rod Run last weekend.

The city has replaced the bench that disappeared during Rod Run last weekend.

This was our original planter, one of four, back in volunteer days. In fact, my four planters caught the eye of the city administrator back then (Nabiel Shawa) and that led to my getting the city flower-care job eventually.

the planter by the credit union...still excellent with dahlias and California poppies

the planter by the credit union…still excellent with dahlias and California poppies and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Andersen’s RV Park

The park was still almost full of RVers.

The park was still almost full of RVers.

Clamming season will soon begin and bring even more park guests.

Clamming season will soon begin and bring even more park guests.

The Bad Aster is putting on a good show.  As soon as it is done, I will pull as much as possible so it does not take over the whole park.

The Bad Aster is putting on a good show. As soon as it is done, I will pull as much as possible so it does not take over the whole park.

the picket fence garden looking autumnal

the picket fence garden looking autumnal

I'm currently reading a delightful and amusing book about 'trailerites'; I highly recommend it.

I’m currently reading a delightful and amusing book about ‘trailerites’; I highly recommend it.

Anchorage Cottages

I was delighted to see a good review of The Anchorage on Trip Advisor with raves about the garden. I snagged the photos from the Trip Advisor app on my phone. As you can see, I have been setting my blog to publish in the early morning, but it gets written in the late evening. At least, I think these are taken by a guest, because photos from the management say “Anchorage Management” on them. Anyway, whoever took them, I like seeing the gardens (even undeadheaded cosmos) through someone else’s eyes.

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Today at the Anchorage:

Fuchsia 'Golden Gate' (I think)

Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’ (I think)

Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

Persicaria 'Dimity' still looking good in its decline.

Persicaria ‘Dimity’ still looking good in its decline.

center courtyard

center courtyard with painted sage

arbutus in bloom

arbutus in bloom

cosmos and Fuchsia magellanica; windowboxes are mismatched now as one Calibrachoa died.

cosmos and Fuchsia magellanica; windowboxes are mismatched now as Calibrachoa died on the lefthand one.

Anchorage office

Anchorage office

home

At home in the evening, I did some hose watering and especially admired two plants.

Mahonia gracilipes, for which I once paid $45 from the Heronswood catalog even though I was rather poor.  Note the white back to the leaves.

Mahonia gracilipes, for which I once paid $45 from the Dan Hinkley Heronswood catalog even though I was rather poor. Note the white back to the leaves.

I had seen a photo of the gleaming white leaf undersides in a photo during a Dan Hinkley lecture and could not resist. As a young plant, the under-leaves were not white; that developed later.

I've had it for years and it is blooming for the first time.  (It was set back from being transplanted from our old house.)

I’ve had it for years and it is blooming and berrying for the first time. (It was set back from being transplanted from our old house.)

And I noticed some pink berries on a special snowberry that I bought...somewhere.  Maybe Back Alley Gardens when Pam Fleming was there.

And I noticed some pink berries on a special snowberry that I bought…somewhere. Maybe Back Alley Gardens when Pam Fleming was there.

Allan made the second tasty dinner with Nancy’s and Phil’s gift of salmon.

with our seemingly endless supply of cherry tomatoes

with our seemingly endless supply of cherry tomatoes

This post is set to publish on 9-27 (as I fell way behind again with cottage tour posts) so:

Happy Birthday, Kathleen!

Garden theme birthday cake with white picket fence and ladyug and bee

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