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So much for buckling down to work as I had promised myself to do after the edible garden tour.   After being rained out early the day before, we now had a day that was interrupted with much socializing.

At home, on my usual route to and from the greenhouse to see if tomatoes needed watering, I saw an unexpected flower:

a hardy ginger in flower

a hardy ginger in flower

with Coleus 'Wasabi'

Roscoea ‘Spice Island’ with Coleus ‘Wasabi’

Going out the front gate, I noticed a Chelone blooming…one I could have sworn I had remembered to move to a damper area in the back garden.

Chelone (Pink Turtlehead)

Chelone (Pink Turtlehead)

the view in...

the view in…

First we did our every other week weeding and grooming of Mayor Mike’s garden….

blue and white theme

blue and white theme

path weeded and raked

path weeded and raked

Next, kitty corner to Cheri’s garden where we found that Charlie had finished creating the outdoor cat room.

room

kitty retreat

kitty retreat

After working in the front and side gardens there, we were only half an hour late for a coffee klatsch at Olde Towne Café, celebrating our friend and former Ilwacoan Patt finding another reason to pass through town.  While she only lived here for a year before having to move away for work reasons (her spouse’s job), she fell hard for this town.

clockwise from left:  Judy, Tom, Patt, Allan, Donna...all talking at once?

clockwise from left: Judy, Tom, Patt, Allan, Donna…all talking at once?

Our friend, art historian Pat Moss, showed up a bit later.  While I failed to get a photo of her, I did get one of her dog outside…my good friend Bella.

Bella

Bella

We stayed longer than we had planned, then hightailed to the garden by Queen La De Da’s Art Castle to get it weeded and fluffed before Art Night began at 6 PM.  We checked on a couple of other gardens along the port buildings and then made a tour from one end of art night to the other…

Randy Powell at Marie Powell Gallery

Randy Powell at Marie Powell Gallery

Nisbett

At the Don Nisbett gallery:  Susan and Sherri from Painted Lady Lavender Farm

At the Don Nisbett gallery: Susan and Sherri from Painted Lady Lavender Farm

Don and some tasty cupcakes from Sweet Celebrations in Long Beach

Don and some tasty cupcakes from Sweet Celebrations in Long Beach

his gallery was hopping

Don’s gallery was hopping

outside the Nisbett Gallery

outside the Nisbett Gallery

Peter on ukelele, baskets by The Basket Case greenhouse

Peter on ukelele, baskets by The Basket Case greenhouse

Allan and Jenna at Queen La De Da's

Allan and Jenna at Queen La De Da’s

Much as we would have liked to linger, work was not done (due to lingering earlier at Olde Towne) so we left to finish weeding the boatyard.  It still was not quite up to my standards for Blues and Seafood weekend.

The marina looked extra beautiful as we departed.

marina

boatyard garden....kind of care and tidy with old annual poppies pulled out

boatyard garden….kind of care and tidy with old annual poppies pulled out

boatyard

As we were weeding, a fisherman came to the other side of the fence and complimented the garden.  He told us that he sometimes tells people not to pick flowers from it.  Recently he saw a young man who had already picked a few flowers (despite the signs asking him not to).  The young man said he hoped it was ok because he was picking them for his girlfriend.  The fisherman told him exactly what I do:  That if everyone picked there would be none left!  He added, “You should give your girlfriend the ones you’ve already picked and tell her they are really special.”   If everyone took such care to watch out for our gardens, I would be most happy.

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Saturday Market

First, because it’s Saturday, we went to the market to take photos for Discover Ilwaco.  The garden related ones:

plant booth

plant booth

another plant booth:  Seaview's English Nursery

another plant booth: Seaview’s English Nursery

floral paintings by Marie Powell

floral paintings by Marie Powell

outdoor furniture by The Wood Elf

outdoor furniture by The Wood Elf

Gene and Peggy’s garden

Then, on to plant more plants at Gene’s garden, a memorial for his late wife Peggy, with whom he created it.  We are sort of garden coaches on this one.  It is going to be on the garden tour as an example of a small townhouse garden with excellent partial shade courtyard.

grow!!

grow!!

Now, grow!  It is a slightly anxious thing having a brand new garden on the tour.  The other two gardens of “ours” on the tour are old, established ones.  Although as you will see later, one of them also has a worrisome new area.

I think some liquid fish fertilizer is in order to give this garden a boost.

Gene came up with the idea of, after the tour, widening the garden along the house.  Yes!  This was my idea, too, using the same cement blocks and the same swoopy design.  If it were up to crazy me, I would do it before the tour.  (But…when?)

Gene has planted this fun and sweet mini-garden (below) out by the curb.  I think it is so nice, I do hope no one drives on it.  If anyone does, their car will go clunk into the hole.

mini garden

mini garden

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Then, on to Golden Sands.  After all our talk with the previous administrator about how they need better sprinklers, there is now a new admin. and the same not so good but cute copper ones are set up again.  Oh, phooey.  Well, we will deal with the problem later if the weather gets dry.  Last summer, we watered so much outside the areas those sprinklers  hit (as they just hit a small circle) that our labour cost far more than four back and forth type sprinklers would cost. The garden also has a non functioning sprinkler system.  (Some would suggest soaker hoses, but I personally find that soaker hoses do not work worth beans.)  The recent heavy rains have enormously helped the gardens here.

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

NW quadrant (the one that needs more mulch)

NW quadrant (the one that needs more mulch)

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

I am feeling optimistic that if we can have enough rain, or keep up with hand watering, and add more mulch to that last section (when??), this garden could begin to live up to my dream.  If only I had a budget for plants so I could add some Agastaches and other favourites…Now it is a bit repetitive with free pass-along plants.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

At KBC, while Allan helped haul the rose canes away,  I did a massive cutting of a huge white Rugosa rose that was cascading over and smothering Mary’s choice ‘Polka’ rose.  Oh, for a before picture!  But I forgot to take one…

after.  Before, the lattice was completely hidden.

after. Before, the lattice was completely hidden.

It was a dangerous job.  I have good rose gloves…somewhere, but not with me.

very thorny

very thorny

Our good friend Mary came out to garden with us, along with our good friend Riley.

a very good boy

a very good boy

Allium schubertii

Allium schubertii

some delightful pinks

some delightful pinks

the usual main gate view

the usual main gate view

Oman Builders Supply

I was tired.  But two more jobs remained to be done, three if I could find the energy.  (Allan’s seems boundless.)  We left KBC at about four and headed to the small garden at the OBS Ocean Park store.  The Erysimum needed massive deadheading, and I realized I have NO Eryngiums planted in this garden.  How very odd.  Perhaps one dwindled.  I will get some if Basket Case Greenhouse has any left, although they will be harder to establish in dry weather.

OBS garden

OBS garden

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' and Allium schubertii

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ and Allium schubertii

Wiegardt Gallery

A bit further to the north east where Ocean Park might actually have turned into Nahcotta, we weeded vigourously at the Wiegardt Gallery.  A friend stopped by while I was deadheading the lilac, and we discussed my recent proposal, upon hearing she is looking for garden work, that she take over one garden of ours.  She will check it out with us this week and maybe the client will go for the change…She just has room to fit it in.  That would be so wonderful for both of us!

That dreadful Scilla that someone had planted (not me!) had gone all floppy and nasty, but I have only myself to blame for planting the dratted Sweet Woodruff, back in the days when I thought I liked “groundcovers”.

tatty old scilla and creepy woodruff

tatty old scilla and creepy woodruff

I have planting things that have green and chartreuse flowers to go with the odd colour of house paint!

Allium bulgaricum

Allium bulgaricum

I wanted but failed to get a good photo of one of the many bees crawling inside the tubular flowers.  My old Pentax SLR would have gotten it easily.  Not the Canon Powershot, at least not until I figure it out better.  There IS a bee going into one of the lower flowers.

Still the Allium b’s look good from underneath!

Allium bulgaricum, AKA Nectroscordum siculum

Allium bulgaricum, AKA Nectroscordum siculum

Allan did a great weeding of a neglected corner, and I completely forgot to photograph before, during, OR after.  He planted the LAST plant of the latest batch, an Echinacea ‘Green Jewel’, on the left of the sidewalk going to the front door.

The entry walk has too much geranium, despite my most fervent editing attempts.

The entry walk has too much geranium, despite my most fervent editing attempts.

Marilyn’s garden

All the way up to Surfside we drove next, feeling we should at least check on Marilyn’s after the round up disaster and replanting.  A couple of days ago, the culprit who sprayed the path and damaged the garden was revealed, and he has volunteered to pay for replacement plants, mulch,  and labour.  I will not say who because he is someone I like (but he should have known better!).  Knowing I had a bigger budget, I wish now I had bought some nice gallon lavenders on our recent shopping trip; the garden edge still looks so bare, and we must find time to bring mulch, and SOON.  If we get a yard of cow fiber, some could go here and some could finish the needy Golden Sands quadrant.

replanted edges

replanted edges

still so bare...and with deer prints, which limits what can be used to fill in.

still so bare…and with deer prints, which limits what can be used to fill in.

The catmint that I did not remove still looks damaged:

Round Up yellowness

Round Up yellowness

I cut it back hoping it will revive in time.  The Allium damage has caused me the most distress:

These were going to be my big show on tour day!

Woefulness!  These were going to be my big show on tour day!

Even some of the Alliums a foot into the garden are not opening quite right now.

I am fuming all over again!

I am fuming all over again about this distorted Allium!

“I knew it was windy but thought I had it contained,” were the words of contrite Nozzlehead Man.  He is a “licensed applicator”, so it goes to show how dangerous to ornamentals it is to spray next to them.  Oh, I am still quite upset.  Allium albopilosum and schubertii are not something I can replace for the tour.  Blast.

After an hour of somewhat therapeutic weeding, and pondering that I jolly well WILL buy more replacement plants for this garden and charge them to “weed”killer man, we headed way back south to the Port of Ilwaco to finish the day…  We managed therefore to get to four jobs after KBC instead of just two.

Ilwaco Boatyard Garden

boatyard 7 PM

boatyard 7 PM

7:31 PM with a heaping wheelbarrow of horsetail removed

7:31 PM with a heaping wheelbarrow of horsetail removed

Here I found more examples of bad Round up-ping.

ugly dead plant

ugly dead plant

It has been a couple of weeks, at least, since Round Up was sprayed behind the fence (with some damaging drift onto our precious garden).  And the dead plants still look awful.  And the horsetail is thriving despite spraying.

dead and ugly...How is this better than green?

dead and ugly…How is this better than green?

If the above plants had not been sprayed, they would look like these, because they are (were!) the attractive Linaria (toadflax).

Toadflax has pretty pink or purple spikes.

Toadflax has pretty pink or purple spikes.

I am sure I am preaching to the choir here about weedkiller, so let’s move on to some pretty things in the boatyard garden.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and white Phygelius

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and white Phygelius

Oriental poppies

Oriental poppies

daylily

daylily and my favourite grass, Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea flowers

Stipa gigantea flowers

Stipa at its best, with gold spangles

Stipa at its best, with gold spangles

Someone may have cast lupine seeds in the garden...

Someone may have cast lupine seeds in the garden…

See above photo for the way the weeds on backside of fence should have been handled…by mowing and weedeating!

I do think that after all we accomplished today, we have earned Sunday off, so happy, happy us.

end of day in the boatyard

end of day in the boatyard

Just in the back of the above photo you can see, with blue trim, the dormer of our old house, site of the former Tangly Cottage garden.  I wonder how it is doing without us?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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