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Thursday, 16 February 2017

I took a walk toward the back of the garden to clip some branches for a friend.

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Now that I have a neighbour next door, I should plan ahead to make this a nicer looking  area instead of a debris pile.

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center bed: much to do


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west bed area where I cleared out some fuchsias shows room for new plants

My goal was to clip a few winter blooming honeysuckle branches to take with me today.

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Lonicera fragrantissima

We drove all the way up to Surfside to a former job, Marilyn’s garden.

Arriving ten minutes early, we took a brief drive through Surfside.

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Surfside Canal

Then we had a hard time finding a turn around road and were slightly late.  We became verklempt driving by the old location of Steve’s Great Day Café.

Chris and Wally’s Garden

Arriving at Marilyn’s former garden, we met with the new owners and with Dave and Melissa, who are going to do the spring clean up.

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the garden today

We’re all ever so pleased that the new owners have a great interest in the garden.

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Allan’s photo


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surveying the bunny tail grass


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neighbour cat, Alice

Marilyn’s daughter had given Chris and Wally some photos of the house before the garden was ever installed.

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and right after we had first created the garden, about 11 years ago.


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Dave admires the tiny chocolate scented blooms of the Azara microphylla


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The new folks might do a fence as a privacy backdrop, an idea that I love.

When Dave and Mel get the grasses clipped back, the garden will be almost flat again.  Here you can see a slideshow of how it transforms through the year.

Postcard Party

Here’s where our new glue sticks came into play, along with some old seed catalogs.  Local artist Michelle Naquaiya had organized one of several postcard making parties.  The idea is to send a bazillion postcards from all over the nation to D. Trump on March 15th.  Of course, my large contingent of local resisters are not sending them to express pleasure or admiration.  I suggested that arty postcards sent to any politician might be passed around more and thus get read more.  (We hear that it takes longer for a letter in an envelope to even get opened because of anthrax scares.)  I also wanted to make some thank you post cards for two of our good Washington State politicians, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

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Allan’s photo


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Naquaiya studio

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card stock for postcards

You can use old cereal and other food boxes for card stock.  I used to enjoy making postcards back before email!  It took me back to the days of looking at the collages in my grandma’s scrapbooks.

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Postcard Party at play

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tea, snacks, and art.  (Allan brought chocolate chip cookies.)


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ingredients

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I was thrilled to meet again a woman whose garden I had photographed for the edible garden tour two years ago.  Little did I know that we shared a passion for leftist politics as well as quirky garden art.  She has the same name and similar mannerisms as someone I knew long ago so I remembered her…after a little while.  It took longer than it should have because of my face blindness.

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Allan’s photo

Some of our results in two hours:

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My thank yous to Patty and Maria

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I was using material from seed catalogs.  I don’t imagine Mother Nature as a young blonde gal, but she’s all  had (and I am sure is a lovely person). I realized later that using seed catalogs inspired environmentalism as my main topic. 

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Allan’s messages had a theme:

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Our overseas readers might not know how important this is to working class self employed people.  Before the ACA (“Obamacare”), we were literally paying 1/3 of our annual income on mediocre health insurance.

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I need to work on my handwriting.

Here are some of the other creations.

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Preznit!

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and the classic one

It was, of course, satisfying and comforting to sit in a group of like minded and oh so funny folk.  A few of the post cards are just too outspoken, although hilarious, to share here.  (I think they might get well passed around a government office!)  Living here at the edge of the coast, there are no government offices to usefully picket within a two hour drive, and perhaps just once a year a bigshot politician might show up for a town hall meeting.  Phone calls and postcards and community are what we have on offer. I doubt it would make any difference to Preznit DT if the entire White House filled up with postcards.  However, it gave us much enjoyment to have an art project to do while we talked politics.  As Michelle wrote the next day, we made about 50 postcards, “All with personal messages, clever and creative remarks and original art..  We were 10 people who had a good time. It feels good to write down what you feel in this resistance. It’s a small something we can do to have impact.”

After two hours, the party wound up and Allan and I departed to do a little over an hour of clean up at…

Klipsan Beach Cottages.

I think for the next while, a KBC day and art studio day are going to be coordinated events.

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Bella was tail thumpingly happy to see us.


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Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to be clipped back


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Allan’s before and after


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Allan’s photo, new sedum growth

 

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hydrangeas and ferns to clip


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Iris reticulata


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pruning Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’


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The tree peony must not be cut back!


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Denny supervises


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Bella!


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after

The debris pile consists of clean up after yesterday’s wind storm, and today’s clippings.

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Allan’s photo

After our industrious day, and after having forgotten to bring the lunch box of emergency snacks, we were suddenly ravenous.  We treated ourselves to dinner at

Salt Pub

The view:

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo


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There goes our canine friend Ernie! (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s lobster bisque


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delicious pho

We hope for a good enough weather day tomorrow to finish cleaning up Fifth Street Park in Long Beach.  Today, I couldn’t cross a thing off the work board.  We must return soon to KBC to finish trimming sword ferns all around the landscape.  We’re planning to do so on a postcard party day. Perhaps you might like to join us.

 

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

I had suggested to Allan that putting double stick tape on his desk might keep Skooter off of it.  Skooter started to eat the tape when it stuck to his face.  Next, I suggested that cats don’t like foil.

Skooter sleeping on foil (Allan's photo)

Skooter sleeping on foil (Allan’s photo)

I don’t do much fall clean up in my own garden because I ascribe to the Ann Lovejoy school of thought of leaving most of the clean up for late winter and early spring.  I will clip bit by bit over the winter to reveal views and make space for the crocuses and snow drops to show.

That’s not what our clients like and understand, though.  We tidy up public gardens well because most passersby won’t feel comfortable with the wild and tangly brown and tan winter look.  We occupied ourselves with some fall clean up today as we wait for the rest of the bulbs to arrive later this week.

Nursery errands

On the way north, we picked up some bags of bulb food at The Planter Box.  Teresa told us that the greenhouse covers had held up well to the storm until one big gust suddenly ripped the plastic off two big greenhouses.

photo by The Planter Box

photo by The Planter Box

bulb food. We are ready. (Allan's photo)

bulb food. We are ready. (Allan’s photo)

Corn stalks for decorating.

Corn stalks for decorating.

gnarly pumpkins

gnarly pumpkins

Next, we drove over to Sandridge Road to pick up just six violas from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Darrell, one of the new Basket Case owners (Allan's photo)

Darrell, one of the new Basket Case owners (Allan’s photo)

They still have loads of chrysanthemums at a very good price.  I think their official autumn hours are on Thursday through Sunday.

They did not get that gust of bad greenhouse-ripping wind.

Basket Case photo

Basket Case photo

We drove up Sandridge Road and across Joe Johns.  When I saw a strikingly colourful house, we simply had to go around the block….which meant about a mile around…to get a photo of it.

eye catching colour

eye catching colour

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telephoto

telephoto

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Allan pointed out that the license plate sign reads "GroDamit Nursery"!

Allan pointed out that the license plate sign reads “Gro-Damit Nursery”!

I am intrigued.

I am intrigued.

(I asked on Facebook and learned this really is a nursery so will have to check it out next spring.)

Marilyn’s garden

The only client’s garden we have regularly left almost wild all winter was Marilyn’s.  I am sure the deer have appreciated plenty of soft, secret places to sleep.  This year, we are doing more clipping than usual because new owners are taking possession soon.  Just in case they are not gardeners,  and in case they don’t clip anything back in later winter, I want them to be able see their nice collection of narcissi next spring.  It feels strange that we won’t be planting more narcissi here this fall.

looking southwest from the street

looking southwest from the street

An old dead tree had come down in the storm, not very big.  I had grown akebia on it so there was quite a tangle.  I sicced Allan on it.

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photos)

after

after; the akebia can smother the salmonberry on the property line.

looking south into autumn sunshine

looking south into autumn sunshine

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking north

looking north

looking west from the back porch

looking west from the back porch

I hope the new folks will know that all those plants can be cut down in spring.

The neighbour's sweet tabby likes the garden (of course) Allan's photo

The neighbour’s sweet tabby likes the garden (of course) Allan’s photo

I think there might be one more visit, but this could have been our last trip to Marilyn’s…depending on when the sale closes.  Because I did not know, I did not get all verklempt about it.

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Allan cutting down the towering Thalictrum 'Elin'. We want the stems for Halloween decorations.

Allan cutting down the towering Thalictrum ‘Elin’. We want the stems for Halloween decorations.

autumn red blueberry leaves and Agapanthus seed heads

autumn red blueberry leaves and Agapanthus seed heads

Thalictrum gone

Thalictrum gone

backlit clematis

backlit clematis

cutting floppy Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

cutting floppy Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

That sedum had been in heavy shade cast by the bay tree and roses that got cut back last week.

Allan tackled the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ that was behind the garden bench.

before (Allan's photos)

before (Allan’s photos)

during

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after

after

Garden writer Christopher Lloyd would have appreciated Allan’s technique.  I recall reading of Christo criticizing a gardener who left sharp stem stubs that would stab a person’s fingers when buried in next year’s new growth.

On the other hand, it is supposed to be good for a certain kind of beneficial bee to leave hollow stem stubs for nesting places.

after more clipping

after more clipping

birdbath view

birdbath view

sign of all the rain we had: sandbags by the basement entrance

sign of all the rain we had: sandbags by the basement entrance

Helper Luis was burning the last of the pile of debris.

KBC helper Luis was burning the last of the pile of debris.

The Anchorage Cottages

When I looked at the weather forecast of rain tomorrow, I became anxious to get some of the fall clean up done at Jo’s.  It must be done by the end of this month.  So we did not stay long at The Anchorage.

center courtyard

center courtyard

A new deck in progress made me feel ok to leave the garden not quite perfect.

in the office courtyard

in the office courtyard

bee on a tattered dahlia (Allan's photo)

bee on a tattered dahlia (Allan’s photo)

Jo’s garden

We had two hours left to spend at Jo’s and we got a good start on the most severe fall clean up that we do anywhere.  Jo likes the garden cut completely to the ground and wants this done for the new owners.  I wondered if maybe they, like me, prefer more plants left standing in winter.  They can have their way next year.

looking in the gate.

looking in the gate.

entry garden, still not as clipped as I would do for Jo herself.

entry garden, still not as clipped as I would do for Jo herself.

Shasta daisies before (Allan's photo)

Shasta daisies before (Allan’s photo)

and after

and after

northwest bed. Jo would like this. I could not bear to pull the blooming impatiens.

northwest bed. Jo would like this. I could not bear to pull the blooming impatiens.

west bed before (Allan's photo)

west bed before (Allan’s photo)

and after today's efforts

and after today’s efforts

Allan got partway down the west side.

Allan got partway down the west side, clipping daisies and asters and helianthus back hard.

We will be back; we did not get the center courtyard done.

We will be back; we did not get the center courtyard done.

I hope the new owners know that the plants are still in there and did not get taken away!  I swear all I took was a small start of the clumping purple aster.

Long Beach and Ilwaco

planting the violas in the Stormin' Norman planter (the one we recently did over by removing scads of wire vine)

planting the violas in the Stormin’ Norman planter (the one we recently did over by removing scads of wire vine).  We chose violas of dark red and blue, the Stormin’ Norman colors.

that planter one month ago

that planter one month ago

We cleaned up the planters at Ilwaco city hall and hope to do more Ilwaco clean up later this week (and also hope to get Jo’s done before Bulb Time begins).

pulling tatty nasturtiums and cosmos at Ilwaco City Hall

pulling tatty nasturtiums and cosmos at Ilwaco City Hall

Someone had made a nice potted flower display.

Someone had made an autumnal potted flower display.

Tomorrow calls for rain and wind.  I hope it is another wrong weather forecast so that we can get back to Jo’s.

I am so excited that tonight we have a DVD of an adaptation of the Blandings books by PG Wodehouse.  I love the Blandings books even more than Jeeves and Wooster.

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(Update:  It’s not nearly as good as the Jeeves and Wooster show with Fry and Laurie.)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Skooter has taken over Allan's computer desk. A pile of boxes barricades him from going behind the monitor.

Skooter has taken over Allan’s computer desk. A pile of boxes barricades him from going behind the monitor.

equal time for Frosty

equal time for Frosty

Even though rain was predicted, we went back to finish Jo’s fall clean up so that it will be done before tomorrow, when bulb sorting time begins.

Just down the street, work is being done on the old historic fire station building.

Just down the street, work is being done on the old historic fire station building.

On the way, we saw county commissioner candidate Fred Hill putting up a campaign sign.  We circled the block to see if he had smaller signs for people’s yards.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I did score a sign and we spoke of two issues that cemented my vote for him.

I did score a sign and we spoke of two issues that cemented my vote for him.

On Allan and I went to Jo’s to finish what we began yesterday.

Jo’s garden

Allan’s photos:

before

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after

after

I hope the new owners don’t come in and say “Hey, someone took all our plants.”  The plants are still there and will return in spring.

west garden bed

west garden bed today

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About to leave. It rained on us the whole time.

About to leave. It rained on us the whole time.

I have much more to say about this last time at Jo’s.  That will be tomorrow’s post.

Ilwaco

We picked up chicken salad sandwiches at Roots Java, Juice and Salad Bar

at Roots

at Roots

Melissa, Roots owner

Melissa, Roots owner

progress at the old fire station

progress at the old fire station

Like us, these fellows had been working in the rain.

At home, I put up our new political sign.

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I gathered up plastic milk crates from the greenhouse so they can dry in the garage to receive sorted bulbs.

The patio is still a post-storm obstacle course.

The patio is still a post-storm obstacle course.

Roots chicken salad on flatbread (you can also get it on a croissant)

Roots chicken salad on flatbread (you can also get it on a croissant)

Tomorrow: a farewell to Jo’s garden.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 18: Got my flu shot today.  Frost nipped the squash plants back by the apple tree.  I didn’t see any other frost damage.

Oct 19:  Spent 3+ hours in strawberry patch.  Made a new row of daughter plants.  Cleaned up the rows, trimming the plants and moving small plants into the rows.

1997 (age 73):

Oct 18:  I tried to put up the gadget to use to lower the baskets (in the house) but I don’t understand the directions so I’ll have to wait for Robert.  [Robert, my spouse at the time, and I were about to arrive for our yearly 4 day visit to help out with all sorts of chores and cleaning.]

1998 (age 74):

Oct 19:  What a waste.  A beautiful sunny warm day and I spent the day (again) peeling apples and tomatoes—3 dehydrator trays each plus some more applesauce.  It was cold during the night so I’ll put another blanket on the bed.  I pulled some apples down from the tree using my new rock rake.

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Skooter in the morning.

Skooter in the morning.

Devery came by just before we left for work to scope out our apples for her apple butter making.

me and Our Devery

me and Our Devery

We sampled every apple and agreed that while the golden ones on the old tree are ready, the Cripps Pink are just barely ready and the Cox’s Orange Pippin are not ready at all.  (The latter are supposed to be good only for eating, not cooking.)

Because of a Thursday doctor appointment and because of Rod Run traffic coming into town on Friday, we did our usual Wednesday jobs today. We definitely would prefer to not be watering Long Beach during Rod Run Friday, as the planters will be popular seating for car watchers.  Good rain made this rescheduling possible; Long Beach and Ilwaco planters did not need watering today.

We skipped Diane’s and The Red Barn gardens this week and planned to skip Marilyn’s and Jo’s as well.

The Depot Restaurant

I asked Allan to take a photo showing how enclosed the deck feels with ornamental grasses. Should be even better next year.

I asked Allan to take a photo showing how enclosed the deck feels with ornamental grasses. Should be even better next year.

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

All the rain made the Solidago 'Fireworks' splay open, revealed creeping buttercup and bindweed hidden within.

All the rain made the Solidago ‘Fireworks’ splay open, revealed creeping buttercup and bindweed hidden within.

window box and barrel planted by Nancy of the Basket Case

window box and barrel planted by Nancy of the Basket Case Greenhouse

from the front, looking south

from the front, looking south

I did not plant that escallonia that wants to be at least eight feet tall and has to be pruned to keep from blocking the Clamshell Railroad sign.  I’m not allowed to remove it because it protects the corner of the building from errant vehicles.

Long Beach

On the way north through town, we grabbed the opportunity to snag a parking place right next to a street tree garden with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.

before, with a passerby

before, with a passerby

after

after

Allan's photos

Allan’s photos

Since we were in Long Beach mode, we also tidied up the Veterans Field gardens and then went to the city works yard to dump.

Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

Vet Field corner garden

Vet Field corner garden

'Seashells', my favourite cosmos

‘Seashells’, my favourite cosmos

To the west of the field, in the Funland pocket park, much progress had been made by the Funland weeder.

They are planning to tackle this area next.

On 30th August: They were planning to tackle this area next.

today

today

Klipsan Beach Cottages

the birdbath view, and hot weather all of a sudden

the birdbath view, and hot weather all of a sudden

I planted this new (to me) Boltonia asteroides and everywhere, it is too tall and toppling over.

I planted this new (to me) Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’ and it is too tall and toppling over.  Much taller than the one I used to grow.

a tall plant with much better posture: Thalictrum 'Elin'

a tall plant with much better posture: Thalictrum ‘Elin’

'Bow Bells' rose

‘Bow Bells’ rose

Marilyn’s garden after all

The deadheading of the shasta daisies at KBC made me decide to go to Marilyn’s after all.  While the house is “pending”, Marilyn’s daughter still wants the garden maintained, probably through October.  By doing Marilyn’s this week, we can start to alternate it biweekly with Jo’s garden, which is in the same state of “pendingness”.

from the street

from the street, looking southwest

Allan did another Crocosmia 'Lucifer' removal.

Allan did another Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ foliage removal. Before and after.

looking south

looking south

further south

further south

The heavy rain bowed down Solidago 'Fireworks'

The heavy rain bowed down Solidago ‘Fireworks’

...and lots of the grasses.

…and lots of the grasses.

I hope the new owners will realize that are getting cool plants, like this Miscanthus 'Gold Bar'.

I hope the new owners will realize that are getting cool plants, like this Miscanthus ‘Gold Bar’.

The garden being as tall and as floppy as it is right now is hiding some treasures at the back, shrubs and trees that will be fun for the new owners to discover.

more Crocosmia foliage removal by Allan.

more Crocosmia foliage removal by Allan.

looking north from the back steps

looking north from the back steps

floppy Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Miscanthus giganteus

floppy Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Miscanthus giganteus

looking west from the back steps.

looking west from the back steps.

I clipped some of the seedheads from the now noxious bronze fennel to make future weeding easier on the new owners.  This is one of very few fennel that I still have in any of our gardens.

more Allan tidying behind the porch.

more Allan tidying behind the porch.

We got a lot done and I am glad we visited that garden today.

The Anchorage Cottages

Our good friend Mitzu coming to greet us.

Our good friend Mitzu coming to greet us.

Animal friends add a lot of joy to the workday.

Animal friends add a lot of joy to the workday.

Mitzu the Shih Tzu. I just read that Shih Tzus are "also known as the chrysanthemum dog".

Mitzu the Shih Tzu.

I just read that Shih Tzu’s are also known as “the chrysanthemum dog, a nickname that describes the way the hair on their faces grows out in all directions — they look like a flower with a nose for the center.”

center courtyard and the challenge of working in the low slanting light

center courtyard and the challenge of working in the low slanting light

loving all the rudbeckias I planted this year

loving all the rudbeckias I planted this year

one freaky flower

one freaky flower

Long Beach again

We had time to work the front beds in Coulter Park, along Pacific Highway, where many folks will park chairs in order to watch the cars go by during Rod Run.  There, I took the opportunity to remove the last of the bronze fennels in the Long Beach Parks.  I shovel pruned it and Allan pulled it out.

Look at the size of that root!

Look at the size of that root!

It has taken me a long time to dare to dig out that fennel because it was so close to the flagpole spotlight in the garden bed.

The last clump coming out....

The last clump coming out….

and the light is still shining.

and the light is still shining.

It is a darn shame that bronze fennel reseeds so freely.  It is a stunning plant that I fell in love with years ago when Lucy Hardiman showed a slide of one with feathery foliage glistening with water droplets.  I will miss it.

 

 

SE corner of Coulter Park

SE corner of Coulter Park

Tomorrow: more Long Beach

There is no entry in my mom’s garden diaries for September 6th.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

I woke to puddles.  The good amount of rain had changed up our week by making it unnecessary to water the Long Beach and Ilwaco planters.  I was a little discombulated about what to do, then decided the world would not be too rocked if we did the north end jobs on Tuesday instead of Wednesday.  My dithering got us off to a late start.  Just before we left the house, I suggested we take a cat carrier in case Marilyn’s cat, Skooter, would be available.  Our plan is to adopt him so he can have a home with a garden to enjoy. (You’ll find his name spelled two ways for awhile till I get used to the K.)

On the way we tested the container soil in both LB and Ilwaco and found it nice and wet.

We reversed the polarity of the neutron flow and went from south to north, doing only some of the jobs in case we ended up with a cat in the late afternoon and would need to bring him straight home.

The Anchorage

We were greeted by our good friend Mitzu.

We were greeted by our good friend Mitzu.

Mitzu

Mitzu

the center courtyard

the center courtyard

Melianthus major

Melianthus major

I spent a long time weeding in a rather drab little bed that didn’t feel worth a photo.  Maybe next week, if I mulch it, it will be worthy.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

the lawn bed with Shasta daisies that did not need much deadheading

the lawn bed with Shasta daisies that did not need much deadheading

inside the fenced garden with Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

inside the fenced garden with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

looking northwest toward the sit spot

looking northwest toward the sit spot

the birdbath view

the birdbath view

pink feathery sanguisorba just past its prime

pink feathery sanguisorba just past its prime

many hues of hydrangea

many hues of hydrangea

Allan worked on the woodland swale.

Allan's photos, before...

Allan’s photos, before…

and after

and after

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' flopping, before....

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ flopping, before….

and after

and after

our good friend Bella

our good friend Bella

As we left KBC after an hour of weeding and deadheading, I got a message from Nancy saying that she was at Marilyn’s house and would have Skooter ready for us to take.

Marilyn’s Garden

With dear Marilyn having passed away, her house will soon be listed for sale. A home has been found for the most affectionate of Marilyn’s two cats, Coral.  Because the home has children, it would not be suitable for Skooter, who liked “affection on his own terms” and probably would not relish being toted around by kind hearted and loving little girls.  This photo of him with Marilyn’s daughter Susan shows that he does like affection, within reason.

Susan and Scooter

Susan and Scooter (Allan’s photo)

We did a quick weeding session before loading Skooter into the cat carrier (accomplished by Susan and Allan with one escape attempt when the door did not close correctly).

so poignant to see Marilyn's begonias

so poignant to see Marilyn’s begonias

looking north

looking north

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Helenium 'Feuersiegel'

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Helenium ‘Feuersiegel’

Phygelius

Phygelius

By next year, another gardener (I hope!) will be keeping the phygelius within bounds, or it will be all over the place.

from the back porch; I must clip noxious bronze fennel before it goes to seed.

from the back porch; I must clip noxious bronze fennel (left) before it goes to seed.

looking north; I will miss recording these weekly views.

looking north; I will miss recording these weekly views.

There were some tears when we were ready to take Skooter; Nancy is happy he is going with someone he knows, and sad to see him go.  Her own cat would simply not accept a new addition to the household.  He did not yowl the whole way to Ilwaco as some cats might have.

at home

Here he is at home, not ready to come out of the box yet.

Here he is at home, not ready to come out of the carrier box yet.

Because getting him was a last minute arrangement (instead of having Nancy bring him on Thursday), Allan got busy and hammered a board over the cat door that leads out from the second bathroom.  That will be his sanctuary room till he is ready to meet the other cats and go outside.  Wire mesh was installed at the bottom of my study door that has a cat “tunnel” at the base.  When Scooter comes out into that room, he will be able to look but not engage with the other cats yet.  (Two days later, with separation still in place, I got a suggestion of covering that view for now until the hissing stops.  So far, all the hissing is on Scooter’s part.)

Scooter's eye view tonight of the cat tunnel covered with screen.

Scooter’s eye view tonight of the cat tunnel covered with screen.  (Allan’s photo)

He has toys, litter, food, water, and his three platform cat tower.  I felt sad when I found him half an hour later hiding in the very back of the bathroom closet.  Poor fellow.  If only we could talk about it, person to person.  (Sometimes that doesn’t work with people, though.)  Because various articles advised leaving a cat alone to explore its new sanctuary, I felt ok about keeping our dinner engagement.

Our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang was on a different night this week because of the schedule of Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening), so with Skooter all situated in his hidey hole, we met them at the nearby

Salt Hotel Pub

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the view from our table

the view from our table

A Sea Cucumber sounded perfect...

A Sea Cucumber sounded perfect…

and so it was, especially the chili salt rim.

and so it was, especially the chili salt rim.

I had been craving the delicious tuna melt...

I had been craving the delicious tuna melt…

and the potato leek soup.

and the potato leek soup.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

nachos for Dave, Melissa, and Allan

Nachos were the choice for Dave, Melissa, and Allan

The downstairs social room is where folks who cannot climb the stairs can dine. That will be me this December if I get my knee done.

The downstairs social room is where folks who cannot climb the stairs can dine. That will be me this December if I get my knee done.

The owners, Jules and Laila, also operate Skookum Surf lessons and rentals from the hotel.

The owners, Jules and Laila, also operate Skookum Surf lessons and rentals from the hotel.

Back at home, I was relieved to find Skooter out of his hidey hole and ensconced on his cat tower.

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I was even more relieved that he did not meow all night and keep us awake.  I had been anxious about losing sleep.  I look forward to the transition being over, the cats accepting each other (I do so fervently hope), and life being placid again. I had not realized till the process began how much anxiety it would cause me to introduce a new cat to our comfortable ménage.

The only entry for this date in my mother’s garden diaries is one word, for August 9, 1997:  HOT.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Today was our day for all the jobs other than Long Beach and Ilwaco.  At this time of year, about an hour and a half of deadheading and weeding is all we need to do at the bigger ones.

Calvin says he would like me to stay home.

Calvin says he would like me to stay home.

Post office garden looks bare where we removed some grasses along the edge. I do not like to see so much soil.

Post office garden looks bare where we removed some grasses along the edge. I do not like to see so much soil.

in the post office window

in the post office window

The Depot Restaurant

Dierama at the Depot

Dierama at the Depot

"angel's fishing rod"

“angel’s fishing rod”

camera now known as Spot

camera now known as Spot

Persicaria was abuzz with bees.

Persicaria was abuzz with bees.

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garden north of dining deck

I trimmed the pollen out of the flowers that might brush someone's shoulders.

I trimmed the pollen out of the flowers that might brush someone’s shoulders.

The Red Barn Arena

our little Red Barn garden

our little Red Barn garden

I carry with me some organic mint horse treats for occasions such as these.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden supervisor

garden supervisor

a noble profile

a noble profile

"Horses make a landscape more beautiful." -Alice Walker (Allan's photo)

“Horses make a landscape more beautiful.” -Alice Walker (Allan’s photo)

barn cat

barn cat

Diane’s Garden

along the road

along the road

Lavatera 'Barnsley'

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’

blue veronica

blue veronica

back yard containers

back yard containers

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The Planter Box

We stopped to get me a couple more bags of potting soil.

front patio display

front patio display

Calendula 'Strawberry Blonde'

Calendula ‘Strawberry Blonde’

roses

roses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking south

looking south

Scooter

Scooter

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Moments communing with animal friends are the best part of my day.  It was HOT, thus the hat.

looking west from the deck, giant Miscanthus hiding the garage next door

looking west from the deck, giant Miscanthus hiding the garage next door

looking north

looking north

my good friend Scooter

my good friend Scooter

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telephoto

telephoto

I asked Allan to prune some shrubs away from the house in the native hedge by the narrow east side path.

before

before

after

after

Klipsan Beach Cottages

When we arrived and parked, the warm sweet piney smell reminded me of childhood camping near Lake Wenatchee.

blue sky, sweet smells, looking up by where we park

blue sky, sweet smells, looking up by where we park

Melissa texted this photo from The Oysterville Garden, where she and Dave were working today.  She wrote “[The garden owner] wanted you to see the allée.”  If I had gotten this text while we were still way further north at Marilyn’s, we would have driven over to Oysterville.

Hydrangea 'Incrediball' in Oysterville

Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’ in Oysterville

At Klipsan Beach Cottages:

sit spot with Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

sit spot with Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Bella

Bella

Sarah

Sarah

birdbath view, for the weekly record, spots or not

birdbath view, for the weekly record, spots or not

The Anchorage Cottages

my good friend Mitzu

greeted by my good friend Mitzu

Escallonia iveyi at The Anchorage

Escallonia iveyi at The Anchorage

An old yucca that had sat not doing much for years decided to bloom this year.

An old yucca that had sat not doing much for years decided to bloom this year.

center courtyard

center courtyard

in the center courtyard

in the center courtyard

Kindly note how the purplish inside of the Allium tones perfectly with the purplish part of the Agastache.

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This was completely intentional, as always.  😉

Allan made a bench in the Zen Courtyard sittable again.

before

during.  Allan says the bench was buried when he started.

after

after

Long Beach

We added some nice Soil Energy mulch to two of the Long Beach street trees.  We are planning to do this to several of the trees where soil shows.  Soon we will be out of our mulch pile, and the city crew is so busy we may not get another pile till fall.

all fluffy

all fluffy

Ilwaco

evening light on our apple tree

evening light on our apple tree

On the way home, I got a text from Jodi across the street asking if we could take on the garden of their little beach house.  I like it, it is small, and the commute is short, so I said yes.  Later in the evening, we went over to look at the project and sat around their fire circle with glasses of fine wine.

...along with my new friend, Daphne.

…along with my new friend, Daphne.

We’ll be starting the project after the upcoming garden tour weekend of July 16th.  It will give you something new to look at on this blog.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

I had not intended to have a two day work week.  Today was supposed to be the watering day for Long Beach and Ilwaco.  Pouring rain made it a Garden Tour Blogging day.  The rain barrels filled up and I was happy and content.

Because of the rain, Allan and I went to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (3.5 blocks west) to see a photography exhibit.  A modern photographer has photographed the landscapes described in a book that Allan recently read:

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While we were there, the museum director, Betsy Millard, offered us four panels of some old fencing.  It is marvelous stuff that would make our garden look like something from The Addams Family.  I looked at it and tried to lift an end of one section and felt my leg sort of give way and sorrowfully said we just couldn’t do it.

I used to be much stronger.

With Betsy.  I used to be much stronger.

The fence  has been replaced by local welder Jacob Moore (also of Pink Poppy Bakery) with a fence that echoes the railroad theme of the museum courtyard, where an old train car from the Clamshell Railroad is on display.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

new fence by Jacob's Hammer (Allan's photo)

new fence by Jacob’s Hammer (Allan’s photo)

the old train car "Nahcotta" (Allan's photo)

the old train car “Nahcotta” (Allan’s photo, taken yesterday)

I went home and brooded and fretted and realized I have an almost impossible time asking people for favours.  I posted about this issue on Facebook along with the realization that I could actually pay someone to deliver those excellent gothic fence pieces (not that I know exactly what to do with them yet).  I am used to being the one paid or asked to do things for people, not the other way around. Within an hour, I had offers of help and an arrangement to get them delivered on some later day by Jacob himself.

Meanwhile, Allan fetched the one small piece that would fit in our trailer.

sliding it under the new fence

sliding it under the new fence

at home. You can see how the wide pieces would overpower our tiny little wooden trailer.

at home. You can see how the wide pieces would overpower our tiny little wooden trailer.

 In the evening, we had our meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang at…

The Cove Restaurant

We were joined by Todd this time, always a treat.

same old story...going on about finger blight or some such thing. Allan, please feature someone else talking next time. It does happen!

same old story…going on about finger blight (plant theft) or some such thing. Allan, please feature someone else talking next time. It does happen!

strawberry and feta salad

strawberry and feta salad

spicy Thai prawns

spicy Thai prawns

vegetable noodle bowl (Allan's photo)

vegetable noodle bowl (Allan’s photo)

We stayed till after closing, as always, and were given sweet little desserts by the delightful Lynn, our server.

Thank you!

Thank you!

We always know it is time to go when she gets the vacuum cleaner out.

Sondra's Cove Restaurant garden at dusk. (Allan's photo)

Sondra’s Cove Restaurant garden at dusk. (Allan’s photo)

There would be no lingering and talking in the parking lot today because of sideways wind and rain.

I’ve already written about July 8th in the “plant tag” post of a couple of days ago so next will be the July 9th weekend.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries 

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 7: cool and cloudy  Picked raspberries—froze 2 pkgs.  Worked from 3:00 to 5:00 “pruning” rows 1 and 2 of strawberries.  Called in Bluestone Perennial order.

1998 (age 74):

July 6: HOT  Today I worked in the shade planting seedlings into several bowls.  There are several plants (annuals) too tall for bowls.  I think I’ll plant these in some big peat pots and some in the peat trays so I can plant them directly into the flower bed when they are big enough to fend for themselves.

July 7: Another morning headache so I took this day off.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

in which we do all the jobs but Long Beach and Ilwaco

at home

at home

front path, looking east

front path, looking east

The Depot Restaurant

Grasses enclosing the deck. This fall, I will try transplanting some Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' there.

Grasses enclosing south and east side of dining deck. This fall, I will try transplanting some Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ there.

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

east wall

east wall

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod)

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

looking southeast from the parking lot

looking southeast from the parking lot

The Red Barn Arena

our little Red Barn garden

our little Red Barn garden

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Diane’s garden

along the highway

along the highway

The Basket Case Greenhouse

We stopped to see what was left of the end of season sale and I bought a few variegated oregano and thyme for the Ilwaco post office edge.

me and Fred (Allan's photo)

me and Fred (Allan’s photo)

Fred and Nancy are retiring right after this end of season sale…and that is another “letting go” that is happening this year.  They have buyers who will take over the business.  I am fighting the “It’ll never be the same!” feeling.

Marilyn’s garden

looking southwest from the road

looking southwest from the road

from the driveway

from the driveway

looking south

looking south

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

looking north

looking north

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

There is a lot of plant snobbery about plain ol’ shasta daisies.  Well.  I like ’em, and that is my truth.

looking west from the back porch

looking west from the back porch

Allan weeded along the back wall.

Allan weeded along the back wall.

While we were away garden touring, Marilyn’s daughter sent me this:

"so love all the poppies and red this year. thank you, garden magician" photo by Nancy Gorshe

“so love all the poppies and red this year. thank you, garden magician” photo by Nancy Gorshe

And I don’t think I have posted these yet:

Scooter and a deer

Scooter and a deer, photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe; the deer are eating the Crocosmia this year.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

my good friend Bella

my good friend Bella

and Sarah or Tommy

and Sarah or Tommy

Clematis 'Rooguchi'

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’

Helenium 'Autumn Lollipop'

Helenium ‘Autumn Lollipop’

Helenium 'Autumn Lollipop' is so cute!

Helenium ‘Autumn Lollipop’ is so cute!

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'

Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’

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birdbath view

birdbath view

sit spot

sit spot

lily

lily

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roses and hydrangea

roses and hydrangea with Thalictrum ‘Elin’ on the left

Allan's deadheading of 'New Dawn' rose, before

Allan’s deadheading of ‘New Dawn’ rose, before

and after

and after

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Anchorage Cottages

center courtyard

center courtyard

A ceanothus that had been slowly dying had finally completely plotzed, so Allan cut it down.  I recently read that it is not unusual for ceanothus to die off like this.

before

before

after

after

Now the one on the other end of the center courtyard garden a tall healthy ceanothus throws the garden off balance…drat.

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (blue potato vine)

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine)

east wall near office

east wall near office

office courtyard

office courtyard

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Since the Hardy Plant Society garden tour weekend, I have had a nagging feeling that I need a new client who is a plant nut, with a big budget, and no need for hardscaping, and who would just let me play with planting new plants.  I realized today that that client is ME.

At home, Allan found this unusual carrot in a package and thought it should be recorded:

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Real time announcement: On today, Wednesday, June 22nd, the Basket Case Greenhouse summer clearance sale begins with 40% off annuals, 25% off perennials, and $5 off baskets!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Smokey and our neighbour, Onyx

Smokey and our neighbour, Onyx

I like the way these Landini lilies have arranged themselves...

I like the way these Landini lilies have arranged themselves…

compared to this clump more out in the open.

compared to this clump more out in the open.

There is a big fuss on the internet lately about lilies being toxic to cats, even pollen that might fall on them.  This does concern me, but…I have had cats coexisting with lilies for over thirty years with no problem.  I hope my luck (and the cats’ luck) continues.

I'd like to stay home and enjoy my garden and cats...

I’d like to stay home and enjoy my garden and cats…

Going to work was required.  At least I had a couple of nursery visits to anticipate.

The Red Barn Arena

The Red Barn garden has clearly enjoyed all our good rain (including more last night).

The Red Barn garden has clearly enjoyed all our good rain (including more last night).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Diane’s garden

Misty!

Misty!

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back yard pots got groomed

back yard pots got groomed

from the street

from the driveway

curbside garden

curbside garden with penstemon

Agastache, probably 'Cotton Candy'

Agastache, probably ‘Cotton Candy’

Misty following me around

Misty following me around

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Basket Case Greenhouse

We picked up the bill to take to Long Beach city hall, and found some white bacopa to replace the ones missing at the welcome sign.

in the greenhouse

in the greenhouse

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“What you looking at?”

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"You are disturbing me."

“You are disturbing me.”

a bigger tray

a bigger tray

Some neighbours were visiting.

Some neighbours were visiting.

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Hen liked pets!!!

Hen liked pets!!!

The duck had feasted on slugs under the bench.

The duck had feasted on slugs under the bench.

Hen and duck brought joy.

Hen and duck brought joy.

Fred says they visit often.

Fred says they visit often.

The Planter Box

I acquired a second heuchera for Long Beach city hall.

Teresa's hanging baskets; she said they got hailed on yesterday.

Teresa’s hanging baskets; she said they got hailed on yesterday.

silver and white baskets

silver and white baskets

fuchsia, an award winner at RHS or Chelsea

fuchsia, an award winner at RHS or Chelsea

I still have not found time to browse the selection of healthy and happy roses.

I still have not found time to browse the selection of healthy and happy roses.

We headed up to Surfside for an hour of weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking south

looking south

Scooter!

Scooter!

Scooter (Allan's photo)

Scooter (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Scooter keeping me company while I detail the path.

Scooter keeping me company while I detail the path.

looking north

looking north

view west from back porch

view west from back porch

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

Garden Tour sneak peek

On the way south again, we stopped for half an hour at a friend’s home in Ocean Park.  Her tiny garden will be on this year’s Music in the Gardens tour. I needed some sneak peek photos for the tour’s Facebook page.

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a dreamy little cottage

I will be feeding some of these photos onto the page between now and tour day (July 16th).  Blog readers get an advance look today.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pink on pink

pink on pink

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This campanula will be done blooming by tour day. I recently bought one like it at The English Nursery in Seaview, and a cobalt blue version at The Planter Box.

This campanula will be done blooming by tour day. I recently bought one like it at The English Nursery in Seaview, and a cobalt blue version at The Planter Box.

The sneak peek trick is to get photo vignettes that don’t give away too much.  The following photos gives a lot away; Allan helped our friend Debbie trim some errant kiwi off the side of the cottage.

Ocean Park Debbie's cottage

Ocean Park Debbie’s cottage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

You may recall that we had dinner there last winter and watched a documentary about Dead Moon.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

A little over an hour of weeding and deadheading got the KBC gardens looking pretty near perfect, our goal for every week.

bird bath view

bird bath view

If only Geranium 'Ann Folkard' reseeded like the annoying blah pink one!

If only the gold and purple Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ reseeded like the annoying blah pink one!

daylilies, Asiatic lilies, Allium albopilosum

daylilies, Asiatic lilies, Allium albopilosum

elephant garlic

elephant garlic

pulmonaria under rhododendron

pulmonaria under rhododendron

rockwork by the pond

rockwork by the pond

south gate with rose New Dawn

south gate with rose New Dawn

Garden Tour Sneak Peek

The next sneak peek garden was conveniently located a few blocks south of Klipsan Beach Cottages.  And across the street from the Lost Garden, leading me to reflect that I was grateful to now have the free time to run pleasant errands.  However, the administration at our former job has not paid us for February, March, April or May despite submitting the earlier invoices twice…so I fear we are going to have to engage with them again eventually and I am not looking forward to that.

The particular garden at which I was going to sneakily peek is one that I greatly admired when it was on the tour several years ago.  My peek at it today was particularly sneaky as I just took some photos from the street.

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It's a garden featuring choice trees and shrubs.

It’s a garden featuring choice trees and shrubs…

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...lots of garden art...

…lots of garden art…

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and a collector's eye for plants.

and a collector’s eye for plants.

I look forward to seeing the hidden areas of this garden again on tour day.  It is one of my top ten favourites of the tour gardens over the past ten years.

The Anchorage Cottages

Back to work in north Long Beach, Allan did a weeding project and I did the general grooming of the gardens at The Anchorage Cottages.

Allan’s project: weeding alongside the sport court under the grape arbour for the first time this year (oops).

before

before

weeds creeping under

weeds creeping under

under the grapes, before

under the grapes, before

after

after

after

after

after

after

vigorous grapes, not pruned for ages

vigorous grapes, not pruned for ages

this many weeds!

this many weeds!

evening light on a north wall garden

evening light on a north wall garden

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office courtyard

office courtyard

Snails are making dahlias unsuccessful center plants for the two smaller pots...dang it.

Snails are making dahlias unsuccessful center plants for the two smaller pots…dang it.

center courtyard

center courtyard

Long Beach

out on the beach approach...poignant half mast flag

out by the beach approach…poignant half mast flag

This gull actually did have two legs.

This gull actually did have two legs….

and dozed off while I watched.

and dozed off while I watched.

We added another heuchera at City Hall....

We added another heuchera at City Hall….

I noticed this "weeping love grass" looked utterly decrepit.

which looked like this two days ago.

We added more white bacopa back in to the welcome sign garden, and I had a revelation…The area where the whole stretch of plants is missing is right where I saw a guy reclining with a rucksack next to the planter last week.  I thought it odd at the time that he would not have chosen a more private spot to nap.

welcome sign back, edged properly again

welcome sign back, edged properly again

welcome sign front

welcome sign front

The Depot Restaurant

We made the spontaneous decision to try to get in on the last burger night of the season at the Depot.  The sign on the door said “closed” but as it was before eight, we barged in anyway, and they were kind enough to serve us.

the very last burger of the last burger night before summer 2016!

the very last burgers of the last burger night before summer 2016!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Depot garden at dusk

Depot garden at dusk

home

at home: the cereus bud is getting fatter

at home: the cereus bud is getting fatter


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 15:  I heard Walt’s chain saw again cutting wood in his yard, then he went over next door and cut more but didn’t feel like going over there.  I went out back and picked berries again (10 pkgs).

1998 (age 74):

June 15:  11:00 to 6:00  It took me until 3:00 to pick, rinse, hull, and slice strawberries.  I put 5 pkgs in the freezer.  After a short rest I went out again.  I moved the various bowls over the the cover of the wood box so I could move the tomatoes out of the greenhouse.  Now I’ll move out some seed trays to the greenhouse starting tomorrow?

 

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