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Thursday, 9 June 2016

A drizzling rain began after Allan hooked up the work trailer.  We had a short workday planned so decided to wait.  The mist went on for several hours while we each worked on a blog post.

Last night I had learned that Debbie T. had been hit with the flu about halfway home from visiting here: fever, cough, aches and pains.  I felt terrible for her and also, of course, had a big attack of hypochondria.  Out came the thermometer.  I called Melissa and cancelled our dinner at the Cove, feeling we should stay home and have a restful evening.

Finally the misty rain stopped.  It had proved disappointing and had barely wet the sidewalk and had added virtually nothing to the rain barrels.

pretty much the same amount as before

pretty much the same amount as before

no rainwater in the wheelbarrows

no rainwater in the wheelbarrows, what a disappointment

We decided to accomplish just half of what we had planned for our workday.

A detour to the library to pick up a much desired book revealed some dead bulb foliage in the garden. Weeding and clipping ensued.

before

before

after

after

I saw another clump of yellowed bulb foliage by the sidewalk as we drove off.  We would return.

At the port, after some planting at the Powell Gallery curbside garden, we pulled some of the yellowed poppies at the west end and left some to reseed.  These two beds were distressed by lack of water during last summer’s drought.  I hope we can revive them this year now that we are able to use water from the Freedom Market hose (so far) to get the very west end.

SO DRY

earlier this week

after work today

after work today.  I need to start santolinas at this end from cuttings in the fall.

We dumped our bucket water into the center area which can’t be reached from either hose.  (Next time we water, we will hook our hose to the other hoses and get further.)

Back at the community building, we quickly pulled some more yellowed bulb foliage while the sky darkened and a cold wind whipped up.

As soon as we arrived home, more rain began, still of the misty kind.

I needed more than a drip of water.

I needed more than a drip of water to fill the barrels.

My book tempted me…

fifth and final volume of Cazalet Chronicle

fifth and final volume of Cazalet Chronicle

A British edition, through interlibrary loan, all the way from the New York Society Library in New York, New York!

A British edition, through interlibrary loan, all the way from the New York Society Library in New York, New York!

I decided I would rather read it in one or two sittings and went back to the blog, determined to be all caught up for a change.

A true, heavy, pelting, noisy rain began and went on long enough to make puddles in the street.  I rejoiced.

north window view, and puddles!

north window view, and puddles!

north window: rain in my mother'd birdbath

north window: rain in my mother’s birdbath

I looked on the Heroncam at the Bolstad light in Long Beach and saw lovely rain there, as well.

weather report via the Heroncam

weather report via the Heroncam

In rain clothes, Allan replaced the one recalcitrant oscillating sprinkler in the back garden.

greenhouse birdbath (Allan's photo)

greenhouse birdbath (Allan’s photo)

west shed rain barrel (Allan's photo)

west shed rain barrel (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

southeast corner rain barrel (Allan's photo)

southeast corner rain barrel (Allan’s photo)

Later came a rainbow.

I did not get my shoes on in time to catch the rainbow's brightness.

I did not get my shoes on in time to catch the rainbow’s brightness.

rain barrels full

rain barrels full

The only thing better would have been if I had filled buckets and watering cans before the barrels filled.

A bit later, from my blogging desk, a glorious evening light drew me back outside.

7:45 PM

7:45 PM

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front path

front path

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Calvin running after me.

Calvin running after me.

a white brodiaea, right

a white brodiaea, right

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Melianthus major 'Antenow''s Blue'

Melianthus major ‘Antenow”s Blue’

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As I wrote this on June 9th, I was actually blogging in real time for a change (although it will not publish till next week).  I continued to take my temperature and find it normal, to consider every slight twinge of chest congestion…hay fever or flu?…and to mildly fret over who would water Long Beach and Ilwaco if we were sick.  So far, I think we are ok.

Friday, June 10th 2016

The scheduled work day had been all watering in Long Beach and Ilwaco, now delightfully unnecessary.  We almost went to work weeding the beach approach and then more torrential rain began.  I was so happy to settle in with my book, all 573 pages of it.  I was not feeling tip top and a day of rest might ensure our being able to make it to Astoria tomorrow.

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fifth and final volume of Cazalet Chronicle…finally!

The rain continued heavily all day.  Allan filled several large green former cat litter jugs with water from the rain barrels and I took one reading break to fill all the watering cans and a few buckets.  The barrels filled again.

rain water

rain water

a good rain

a good rain

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Allan spent several hours replacing the kitchen faucet, including two trips to Dennis Company in Long Beach for parts.  On his second trip, I asked him to plant the new agastache in the empty planter space where one was stolen last week.  Thus this became a tiny little work day.

in Long Beach. Allan imparted the great news that the soil in the planter was saturated all the way down.

in Long Beach. Allan imparted the great news that the soil in the planter was saturated all the way down.

also filling in the spot where the Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning' got destroyed in a theft attempt

also filling in the spot where the Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ got destroyed in a theft attempt

at home: Allan got the broken sprinkler replaced.

at home: Allan tested the new sprinkler.

Other than a break for two episodes of Luther, I continued to read until bedtime and finished the book in one day.  Here is a description of the garden of the Duchy, matriarch of the family.

from All Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard

from All Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard

At the end, the poignancy of it being EJH’s last novel before her death, when had she lived longer she could surely have written a sixth volume taking the family into the 60s, was overwhelming for a moment.  I recalled that when I had begun the first book, I felt grumpy because I had not expected a book set pre World War II.  Only it being by an admired author kept me going for the first couple of chapters.  Then the series became one of my favourites ever.

I dreamed that I was making a photo album on the Music in the Gardens Tour Facebook page of the Duchy’s gardens.

 


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 9:  9:30-5:00  I used the garden cart for one load of split wood from Wilson’s yard.  The cart is a little awkward but will be ok I think.  Then Daryl had his truck over there loading the wood in and I asked my new neighbor, Frankie, if it is ok to back truck in her driveway which we did—all in one load.  Then I saw Walt cutting more wood so here we go again. In the eve I picked strawbs again.

June 10:  I got 8 pkgs of berries that  picked last night.  Spent from 11:00 to 5:00 planting perennials from Gordon’s (last fall) and petunias and fuchsias (in baskets). [My mom’s one misspelling, which I have corrected all along, is fuschia for fuchsia; I made the same error till around age 50!]  Then when I thought I had everything planted, I found another square tray of dianthus.  I lost quite a few of the fall plants because I didn’t get them planted before.

1998 (age 74):

June 9:  2:00-5:30 grey skies   I was late getting out tho I was awake at 7:30 and got up ar0und 8:00.  I goofed around in the house.  I took Tabby out on her leash—I think she likes it but I have to figure out a way to tire her so I can get something done.  I planted some plants in bowls, I put taller seedlings in pots till they get tall enough to set out.  I planted several begonias in tubs—the ones I don’t know if they are basket or upright.

June 10: I intended to take some trays to the shop but I set them out on the porch until it stopped raining.  So I started planting seeds.  Something seemed to pull me over the card table.  I planted seeds until 10 PM.  Then I had some ramen noodles for dinner and spent until 1:00 AM sorting the rest of my seeds.  I still have gobs left to plant.

 

 

 

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doubling up because I so want to get this blog closer to publishing in real time…

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Port of Ilwaco

We started our work day with a tiny task at the port: planting some Watsonia bulbs at Time Enough Books.

In the curbside garden, the Ceanothus is blooming again.

In the curbside garden, the Ceanothus is blooming again.

I think that is rather unusual.

I think that is rather unusual.

cosmos still blooming in the garden boat

cosmos still blooming in the garden boat

blue calm water when we went to dump our debris

blue calm water when we went to dump our debris

I saved some red twig dogwood stems from the debris generated by pruning one at Shorebank. They make good winter decorations.

I saved some red twig dogwood stems from the debris generated by pruning one at Shorebank. They make good winter decorations.

The Planter Box

Our next stop was the acquisiton of some Gardner and Bloome Soil Conditioner (formerly known as Soil Building Compost) at The Planter Box.

Allan rassling a heavy bale.

Allan rassling a heavy bale.

lots of pumpkins for sale

lots of pumpkins for sale

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Teresa gave me the prettiest tea pot for an empty shelf on my porch that she had noticed the other day.  I will be sure to get a photo of it later.

Later: And here it is, through the window of our sun porch, right where Teresa suggested I put it.

Later: And here it is, on a top shelf seen through the window of our sun porch, right where Teresa suggested I put it.

Allan's photo: I got a couple of flowering kale at the request of a client.

Allan’s photo: I got a couple of flowering kale at the request of a client.

late blooming roses

late blooming roses

Allan liked the way these pots were stacked and sorted.

Allan liked the way these pots were stacked and sorted.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Now we began a Project Day.  I wanted to get the fall projects done and off the list before Bulb Hell, I mean…Bulb Time.  At Golden Sands, the project, which Allan tackled, was to dig out some old and non blooming Siberian iris.

I noticed the shovel had some heavy clay on it; that was from the Ilwaco Community Building garden where he had worked yesterday evening.

sticky heavy clay

sticky heavy clay

Allan's project, before and after=hard work!

Allan’s project, before and after=hard work!

I planted some hellebores and cyclamen donated by Our Kathleen and then pruned a Ceanothus that was so big it blocked the views of the garden from two rooms.

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This photo from last June shows its size.

today's "after" photo

today’s “after” photo

Like many of the shrubs in the courtyard next to the windows, it is just too big (not planted by us!).  Large rhododendrons and euonymous were planted in front of most of the windows and have to be frequently pruned.  That ceanothus should break out some new lower growth that will enable me to give it a better shape.

Allan had some clean up to do in the hallway after hauling out the branches.

Allan had some clean up to do in the hallway after hauling out the branches.

some nice schizostylis in one of the beds

some nice schizostylis in one of the beds

Marilyn’s Garden

Again, Allan embarked on the project while I did a bunch of cutting back.

Some serious trimming happened here.

Some serious trimming happened here.

We leave a lot of the old plants standing in the winter for the happiness of wildlife.  We recently learned that tiny bees will overwinter in hollow stemmed plants, so it is even more beneficial than we knew to leave plants standing.  I do like to make it clear along the path, though.

Allan’s project was another hard slog: removing a patch of pesky orange monbretia that had volunteered by the back steps.

before and after

before and after

Allan's photo: Removing some carex also. Hard work.

Allan’s photo: Removing some carex also. Hard work.

Allan's photo: Scooter observed.

Allan’s photo: Scooter observed our work.

Each project was topped off with one of those bags of Gardner and Bloome.

ready for bulbs and some good flowers for a dining room table view

ready for bulbs and some good flowers for a dining room table view

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At home, we offloaded some of the tall clipped plants I was saving for our Halloween Corridor of Spooky Plants.

I was ever so pleased to have only one big fall project left.

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I love erasing projects from the work board…

but immediately filled the space with the list for BULB TIME (when the bulbs get here...)

but immediately filled the space with the list for BULB TIME (when the bulbs get here…)

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

I skived off work today to swan off with Garden Tour Nancy in order to hear Lucy Hardiman speak at the Cannon Beach Garden Club.  And took the opportunity to go boating, which will be tomorrow’s post.

Before we left town, Nancy and I got delicious chicken salad sandwiches to go from Roots Juice, Salad and Java Bar in Ilwaco.

photo from summertime because my camera did not click after all

photo from summertime because my camera did not click after all

Then we were off on the trip to Cannon Beach.

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The garden club meets here.

The garden club meets here.

The Cannon Beach Garden Club clubhouse

The Cannon Beach Garden Club clubhouse

the front yard: The club is slowly redoing the garden.

the front yard: The club is slowly redoing the garden.

Garden Tour Nancy about to go in, with her Dick and Jane lunch bag from NIVA green. ;-)

Garden Tour Nancy about to go in, with her Dick and Jane lunch bag from NIVA green. 😉

inside: bouquets with pin oak foliage

inside: bouquets with pin oak foliage

center: Lucy herself, one of my favourite speakers ever

center: Lucy herself, one of my favourite speakers ever

We all dined on the lunches we had brought; the club provided luscious chocolate cake for dessert.

The Cannon Beach Garden Club

The Cannon Beach Garden Club

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I simply had to get a luncheon photo of Lucy sitting with June Kroft, who has one of my favourite gardens ever.  I visited it years ago when I took a workshop in Cannon Beach from Lucy and another garden idol of mine, Anne Lovejoy.  And it was on the cottage tour in 2014.  I learned today that Lucy went to school with June’s children and so they have known each other for many years.

Lucy and June

Lucy and June

June said to Nancy that she could come see her garden and I later said to Nancy that she must make that happen and invite me!

during the lecture

during the lecture

My lecture notes on Lucy Hardiman’s Beyond Plants: Furnishing the Garden

Lucy said “I would do anything June Kroft asked.” thus she had come to give this lecture.   Because she so admired “the woman and artist that June is.” 

Furnishing and art in the garden

Gateway tells gardener’s personality and the way they see the world. 

Dismal entries are never an invitation 

Looking through a portal into the rest of the garden

Lucy’s thing: Art in the public domain on private property

Pulling the eye in 

From the street a sense of what we’ll see 

Invite people into different spaces the same way you would invite them in from the street

Multiplication by division.  Small garden made bigger by dividing. 

Poetry box by the door

Yellow stopping the eye 

Less lawn equals less watering. Seven percent cultivated space is lawn in USA

Water. Not too big. Little ruffle sound of small water feature. 

Gardens should be about surprises. 

It was a glorious hour or two.  My gardening energy, which had been waning, was revived by inspiration.

On the way home, we stopped at Seven Dees just south of Seaside.

Dennis Seven Dees

Dennis Seven Dees: “Vampire Free Zone—We Have Garlic”

in the display house

in the display house

For Mr. Tootlepedal

For Mr. Tootlepedal

I almost bought this fountain.  I loved it and yet I wondered if the clack clack clack of the beak would work my nerves eventually.  (My first attempt at inserting a video.  I hope it works!)  I’m still thinking about it.

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After Lucy’s lecture, I feel pretty good about the entryway to my garden.  However, I have now decided that YES, I should paint the top board of the wooden fence green.  The weather is too autumnal now, so…next year.

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spider web on front gate

spider web on front gate

The east front gate also makes me happy. Idea by Pam Fleming, executed by Allan. Can you see Mary?

The east front gate also makes me happy. Idea by Pam Fleming, executed by Allan. Can you see Mary?

Here she is.

Here she is.

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Spider webs are all over the garden and the arbours.

Spider webs are all over the garden and the arbours.

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Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' was available down at Seven Dees; here it is in Allan's garden.

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’ was available down at Seven Dees; here it is in Allan’s garden.

Melianthus major 'Antenow's Blue'

Melianthus major ‘Antenow’s Blue’

fuzzy wuzzy verbascum

fuzzy wuzzy verbascum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling

a fourteen hour day!

Joy Creek Nursery

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Our bus drivers parked in the overflow parking lot and we walked down the road to the nursery. (The driver of our bus, Andy, was so enormously kind in the way he helped me down the bus stairs each time that I became even more smitten with him.) This was the first garden stop during which I felt really hampered by my torn calf muscle, and my ability to take photos or to completely enjoy the garden was impacted. Fortunately, I have visited the nursery several times before so the most irksome part was not feeling up to going on a tour guided by owner Maurice Horn, as he is such a fount of plant knowledge. I was able to get around in the more level parts of the display garden at my own snail’s pace.

Even walking down the road was seriously painful.

Even walking down the road was seriously painful.

as one enters the diplay area

as one enters the display area

a level area through which to hobble;  How I wish I had taken friend J9's advice and acquired a cane.

a level area through which to hobble; How I wish I had taken friend J9’s advice and acquired a cane.

Actually, another blogger kindly offered me her collapsible cane, but I was afraid I would misplace it.

an enormously tall beech; didn't feel up to bending over to get a shot to the very top!

an enormously tall beech; didn’t feel up to bending over to get a shot to the very top!

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The display garden is enormous.

Hydrangea aspera (so glad I have two cultivars, now languishing in gallon pots till I figure out where to put...)

Hydrangea aspera (so glad I have two cultivars, now languishing in gallon pots till I figure out where to put…)

into the shade

into the shade

colour echoes

colour echoes

the tallest monardas I've ever seen, buzzing with bees

the tallest monardas I’ve ever seen, buzzing with bees

One of the sponsors, Dramm tools, was giving a talk while the bus of dairy free or vegetarian bloggers had their lunch.

One of the fling sponsors, Dramm watering tools, was giving a talk while the bus of dairy free or vegetarian bloggers had their lunch. Our lunch would be available a little later.

Allan's photo of bloggers eating lunch and watching the Dramm demonstrations.  (They had one hose end nozzle that looked excellent to me.)

Allan’s photo of bloggers eating lunch and watching the Dramm demonstrations. (They had one hose end nozzle that looked excellent to me.)

During the part of the demo that I saw, the speaker said that people used to water with their thumb over the end of the hose. Hmm, I still water that way most of the time as almost every hose nozzle I try seems to get some sort of problem.

The Dramm speaker

The Dramm speaker

I sat next to this lovely hydrangea and soon got too hot without a hat...would have been so sensible to have brought a hat for me and for Allan.

I sat next to this lovely hydrangea and soon got too hot without a hat…I think Allan had the hat I had brought, and we had somehow not brought two despite knowing it was going to be very hot.

I had to depart from the plastic chair to seek shade. Maurice himself directed me to sit on the front porch of the house. I couldn’t get up the stairs, so I sat on them, in a nice cool place.

the view from where I sat, looking straight ahead

the view from where I sat, looking straight ahead

with Eryngiums

with Eryngiums

and to my left

and to my left, from my seat on the stairs

After a rest, I was able to hobble around some more.

the small patch of lawn, which is planted on a gravel base.

the small patch of lawn, which is planted on a gravel base.

Here is an article about the Joy Creek method of creating a gorgeous lawn.

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It is enormously irksome to me that I do not have Eryngium giganteum (Miss Wilmott's Ghost)

It is enormously irksome to me that I do not have Eryngium giganteum (Miss Wilmott’s Ghost)

It is a testament to how much I was hampered that I did not go straight to the sales field and look for that Eryngium to buy. I have seen it before, so why I don’t have it is beyond me. There were so many stunning specimens in the garden that they had probably sold out of it (or so I tell myself now).

pleasant shade

pleasant shade

little apricot bells

little apricot bells

See, normally I would have found out what the plant is above (a penstemon?) and rushed to buy one.

foliar drama

foliar drama

I made it up to the office area but was unable to face walking around all the tables.

I made it up to the office area but was unable to face walking around all the tables.

I did achieve my goal of leaving some rack cards for our local garden tour (Saturday, June 19th on the Long Beach Peninsula)

I did achieve my goal of leaving some rack cards for our local garden tour (Saturday, June 19th on the Long Beach Peninsula, only a two hour drive from Joy Creek)

sales area display

sales area display

a clever planting by the office

a mossy planting by the office

birdbaths

birdbaths

Last time I visited Joy Creek (in spring of 2012), I bought myself one of these birdbaths. One of the bloggers told me that they are perfect for near a beehive, because bees like water but will drown in a deep birdbath.

Another, or maybe the same blogger (I was in a daze of hot weather and leg pain) told me that there was a Melianthus major on a sales table. She had clearly been a good listener and heard me say I wanted to replace mine. (I have the straight species but my special cultivars died…OH! She must have seen me coveting the two gallon one at Cistus!) I had to walk down to see it.

Melianthus major 'Antenow's Blue' or...Red Brown?

Melianthus major ‘Antenow’s Blue’ or…Red Brown?

I thought it looked like 'Antenow's Blue' but the tag said Red Brown.

I thought it looked like ‘Antenow’s Blue’ (my favourite!) but the tag said Red Brown.

Tragically, the pot was heavy (I was feeling terribly decrepit if I thought a damp gallon pot was too heavy; Joy Creek does mulch their pots with gravel, but still! How pitiful) so I left it behind and began to hobble back to the porch steps.

a bright sunny border on the way

a bright sunny border on the way

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lilies

lilies

Near the house, Peter (Outlaw Gardener) photographs a viburnum.

Near the house, Peter (Outlaw Gardener) photographs a viburnum.

We were told it's Viburnum 'Shasta', a double file; I had no idea it could get so large.

We were told it’s Viburnum ‘Shasta’, a double file; I had no idea it could get so large.

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I sat for a spell, then walked down the gentle hill with considerable difficulty.

I wanted to see if the big metal sculpture was still there.

I wanted to see if the big metal sculpture was still there. It was.

gently descending path

gently descending path

Here's the flower of a large shrub that I bought at Joy Creek two years ago; it is doing wonderfully for me, but I can never remember its name.

Here’s the flower of a large shrub that I bought at Joy Creek two years ago after seeing it on display; it is doing wonderfully for me, but I can never remember its name.

cardoon, I assume;  I suddenly realize that mine did not come back after the winter.

cardoon, I assume; I suddenly realize that mine did not come back after the winter.

Maddeningly, pain made me turn back before the hydrangeas, and I could not even get to the sloping garden to my right, which I knew had interesting plants (of course)

Maddeningly, pain made me turn back before the hydrangeas, and I could not even get to the sloping garden to my right, which I knew had interesting plants (of course)

but I did have these to cheer me up

but I did have these to cheer me up

heading back to the porch steps

heading back to the porch steps

Allan had brought me my lunch so I ate it sitting there. Two or three bloggers from Texas were up on the porch chairs, discussing how folks thought they could handle heat like we were having but that in Texas, they would be indoors with the AC on sipping iced tea.

the house at Joy Creek

the house at Joy Creek, taken on our visit in March 2012 (different stairs from where I sat)

(Allan reminds me that one of the fling organizers was walking around passing out water to make sure we did not dehydrate.)

I was pining after that Melianthus major in its heavy gallon pot and asked him if he would go back to the sales area and get it for me. This series of photos were the result:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo:  With great foresight, she had brought a tub to carry plants in on the bus.

Allan’s photo: With great foresight, she had brought a tub to carry plants in on the bus.

Allan's photo, happy shopping

Allan’s photo, happy shopping

Allan's photo.  Somehow I, the cat lover, missed meeting this kitty.

Allan’s photo. Somehow I, the cat lover, missed meeting this kitty.

sweet!

sweet!

Even sweeter:  Allan snagged the last Melianthus major...

Even sweeter: Allan snagged the last Melianthus major…

It had two tags and one does say 'Antenow's Blue'.  The Red Brown is a mystery to me AND to Google.

It had two tags and one does say ‘Antenow’s Blue’. The Red Brown is a mystery to me AND to Google.

Allan's photo in the office.  (There were chocolate chip cookies, too, a Joy Creek staple.)

Allan’s photo in the office. (There were chocolate chip cookies, too, a Joy Creek staple.)

Allan says this abutilon was getting lots of attention.

Allan says this abutilon was getting lots of attention.

a last view of Joy Creek from the bus; I will return when I am in better condition to appreciate all its beauties.

a last view of Joy Creek from the bus; I will return when I am in better condition to appreciate all its beauties.

Previous visits to Joy Creek:

in the year 2000

in 2007

in 2009 (May)

in 2009 (June)

in 2011

in 2010-2012

Next: perhaps my favourite garden of any I have ever seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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