Posts Tagged ‘Mike’s garden’

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Skooter waking up.

Todd and I had gone in on an order from Digging Dog nursery.  It arrived in the morning, and took an hour to unpack.  Allan’s photos:

I found it time consuming to unpack the shredded paper and to look at my list of which were for Todd and which for me.

Crambe cordifolia did not look happy.

I felt skeptical about this angelica gigas.

The rest of the plants looked promising.

just a few

more (and a hardy orchid birthday present which I have not figured out where to put yet)

While I sorted and listed, Allan went across the street to mow at J’s.  We have fallen far behind.

good thing it is a small lawn

rhodie from next door to J’s

Before we left, I picked some snails to take for a long ride to a place with wild plants.

on my alliums!

Mike’s garden

We finally got a start on getting Mike’s garden back into good order.  I decided to not plant any cosmos there so I don’t have to worry about watering them.  (All work photos today are Allan’s.)

Me and Mike discuss the prospect of getting rid of a suckering and not very floriferous lilac, at the same time that two slowly dying conifers get removed.

While I weeded, Allan’s project was to reshape two Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ to the round form that Mike likes.





Ilwaco boatyard garden

We did some weeding, and I planted cosmos.  Oh, what a difference the mulch made (applied last fall).  Last year I was hammering away at gravel to plant the cosmos.  This year, it was easy peasy.

euphorbia and columbine

This euphorbia came out. (There are plenty. It had reseeded too close to the sidewalk and was old and woody.)

We added two more of our signs.

As for the man who was caught picking flowers earlier this week and told a port office person that “no one is going to take care of them so I am saving them”, I fumed for awhile while planting.  Just exactly where did he think all these cool plants come from?  The garden was in pretty good shape; what did he think an uncared for garden looks like?  I got up a good head of steam.  I fervently hope the port comes up with some official no picking signs.

fresh cosmos

Stipa gigantea

Stipa is at its best right now.

Talking with the nice boatyard head honcho Mark about plant thievery.

stems from picking

It might seem inconsequential to pick poppies, but I have no way of knowing if someone who is picking is going to also pick the alliums and the eryngiums that only bloom once, ONE CHANCE for beauty.

For example, after the cosmos were all in, we went to the Ilwaco pavilion garden to water some new plants.  Here, the Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ are blooming.  If someone picks them, that is the last we will see of them because each puts out just ONE flower.

Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

our garden

At home, I walked back to the Bogsy Wood to check on some newly transplanted fuchsias and took a few photos on my way there and back again.  I was terribly sad at how weedy my garden is and how I do not have time for it, and yet there is still much to admire.

Thrilled to see my severely coppiced cotinus finally putting out new red leaves. Whew! I did not kill it!

dreamy Ceanothus ‘Oregon Mist’

I picked up all the weed piles I left on the lawn last week, and Allan mowed.  It had gotten so long, Frosty had to pick his paws up high.

Skooter was staring intently….

…at his next door nemesis, Onyx.

viewed over the most unweeded part of the garden

My mom’s beloved rhododendron, originally from her garden, then moved to Golden Sands when she lived there, then to here:

Rose ‘Radway Sunrise’

The snails are enjoying my compost bins.  I long for time to turn the compost.

I even had time to sit down and finish this book by my favourite cartoonist, Roz Chast.  It is due back tomorrow.

She poses an interesting question, hearkening back to when her parents would spend a day in the city:

I remember taking many long walks as a youth and not carrying a water bottle.  How was that possible?  Now, I take water with me pretty much everywhere.

I was able to erase Mike’s garden and Ilwaco from the work board Annuals Planting Time list, leaving only Klipsan Beach Cottages and here.  This means the worst of the APT pressure is over.  No wonder my headache decreased today.

The one thing that I sadly have not had the time for the past two days is watching even a short episode of Gardener’s World.



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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

We finished two more spring clean up—little ones.  Today was the first day that felt spring-like, no hoodie required for the first part of the workday.

Norwood Garden

Just two doors down, this job consists of little beds all round the house and a couple of small lawns which we occasionally mow.  While we would not drive any distance for a tiny job, this one is perfect to walk to.

narcissi in one of the narrow beds

Allan’s photos:

north bed, before

Allan rescued a narcissus from the lawn.

during, with rescued narcissus to plant.  This bed has a creeping sorrel problem, and three young hydrangeas.

[caption id="attachment_136548" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The back lawn; Sea Star Gardening prunes the hedges.

I went home with a bucket and brought back some more shade plants for the north garden.  The small starts should finally make a show this year; some are still dormant.



Mike’s Garden

Mike has retired after two terms, so this is no longer “Mayor Mike’s garden”.

Allan pruned the old pampas grass.  Fortunately, it still is green so does not need the horrid job of cutting way back.

The good looking flowers can stay for now.  (Allan’s photos)

Allan also dug out a sad little tree.



This garden was originally planted by The Elves Did It, a gardening business which is now located inland.  I had been thinking the only disadvantage in having resigned from a job earlier this week was that I’d lost my source of white escallonia cuttings.  I later remembered that Mike’s garden has a big white escallonia (Escallonia iveyi) that I believe is from a cutting given by me to The Elves Did It folks!

One of the draping conifers in front (to the left) is dying, despite our efforts with Dr. Earth evergreen fertilizer.


Mike says that later this summer, he will get someone to remove both of them for us at the same time he gets some old tatty (my word) trees next to the house cut down.  Then I will add another Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ to clip into a golden ball and bring back the symmetry, and we can plant flowers in the front.  Although…another Lonicera will block the view into the garden, and maybe the azalea off to the right provides enough symmetry.  I will have to ponder this.

The Lonicera is the ball shape off to the left.  The draping conifer to the right is also slowly losing branches to die back, not in a way that shows yet.

Oh dear, even though I was trying to avoid the digging, I might not be able to stand to wait on fixing that conifer problem, as it looks so sad in the above photo.

Mike’s garden, looking south

Port of Ilwaco & City of Ilwaco

We finally took the time to go to the port office and talk to Guy, the port manager, about what is going on with the orange and red spray painted survey marks in the boatyard garden.  He told us the date when he will be meeting with the contractors for the job, which is to modernize the wash water catch basins (for power-washing boats).  The line might NOT be dug through the garden, and yet it might.  Fortunately, the meeting is about ten days.  Unfortunately, the work won’t happen till May or later.  I hope to find that the digging will be either minimal or that it will be on the back side of the fence.  Meanwhile, we will still do the spring clean up of that garden soon.

Allan took some photos of the port office garden (south side):

Above, middle: someone cut the front of the armeria, leaving a brown edge.  Since that person did not trim anything else along the sidewalk, it looks like finger blight thievery to me.  I do not think that edge is going to get green again.

We planted some California poppy seeds, in the best colors (Apricot Chiffon, Roseblossom Chiffon, Tequila Sunrise, Copper Pot, Rose Chiffon) in some bare areas of the curbside gardens.

California poppy planting, and some bachelor buttons, too.

We were pleased to see our friend Pancho from OleBob’s Café….

…and his person, Chef Laura, who told us that the cafe will be open for weekend dinners again probably within a month.

We then went on to fix the soggy, non-draining planter container by the Portside Café.


The soil was so soupy that we used a lot of buckets, each a third full of the goopy mess.

Halfway down, we found the old mix of plain old dirt mixed with gravel…so we had never had to dig out this planter before.  That mix goes way back to when the planters were put in place, planted with …I can’t even remember what…and just left alone, with no one to weed and water them except perhaps a volunteer….and as happens, a couple of years later (about 12 years ago or more), we were asked to take them on (by which time whatever was in them was dead).

The original heavy soil and rocks

We were happy to find a clogged up hole at the bottom, so we did not have to call the city crew to get a new hole drilled.  (Allan was going to ask them to find or buy a bigger concrete drill bit that the small one that makes a pencil sized hole.)  Allan shoved a wooden stake in to try to unclog the hole, and the stake tip broke, now wedged firmly like a broken cork in a wine bottle.  He used a screw driver and a heavy garden tool (for a hammer) and drove the wood and the gunk out of the hole.

a small hole for a big pot. The bottom is very thick.

We were lucky to have two big bags of potting soil at home that we used to refill the planter.  I believe in the school of using all potting soil all the way to the bottom for good drainage.

An article that agrees with me,  from Washington State University (by Linda Chalker-Scott):

Nearly 100 years ago, soil scientists demonstrated that water does not move easily from layers of finer textured materials to layers of more coarse textured. Since then, similar studies have produced the same results. Additionally, one study found that more moisture was retained in the soil underlain by gravel than that underlain by sand. Therefore, the coarser the underlying material, the more difficult it is for water to move across the interface. Imagine what happens in a container lined with pot shards! Some of my previous columns have mentioned soil interfaces and their inhibition of water movement. We can see the same phenomenon occurring here: gravitational water will not move from a finely soil texture into a coarser material until the finer soil is saturated. Since the stated goal for using coarse material in the bottoms of containers is to “keep soil from getting water logged,” it is ironic that adding this material will induce the very state it is intended to prevent. The Bottom Line: • Planting containers must have drainage holes for root aeration. • “Drainage material” added to containers will only hinder water movement. • Use good topsoil throughout in perennial container plantings for optimal water conditions and soil structure.”  -Linda Chalker-Scott

This is still a controversial topic among gardeners, and I have seen long, vehement arguments about it on gardening forums.

I brought a chunk of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to be a place holder for the center and wondered, why don’t we use Autumn Joy for ALL the centers.  They are free, look good year round, and the only big disadvantage is that deer nibble these planters and sometimes deer like Autumn Joy.  Oh, but in a few Ilwaco planters, Autumn Joy has gotten mildewy.  And CPNs (Certified Plant Nuts) might find it boring. So never mind! We have been using Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ which does not always hold up well in the wind but has the advantage of purple flowers in winter.   I also snicked some golden and some variegated oregano from other planters for the edges and put back some bulbs rescued from the gloop.

I was pleased, at home, to be able to erase three things from the work board.

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

The night had been just below freezing.  I woke early to a white frosty world, poked my camera out the south cat door for an unscreened photo of frost on the grass…

…and went back to sleep for three more hours.  When I awoke, I suggested that we go do the post-frost clean up, in hope that finally the frost had put the gardens to sleep.

We began a few blocks east at

Mike’s garden,

which we have referred to till now as Mayor Mike’s garden.  He is retiring as mayor at the end of 2017.

The sun was bright, the air cold, and the ground just lightly frozen.

Pieris promising spring

pale pink hesperantha blooming on the west side

salmon pink hesperantha blooming on the north side

pulling spent hesperantha along the front path

Allan raked.

Anchorage Cottages

Some days back, we drove in and right back out of the Anchorage parking lot because I could see the chrysanthemums by the office were still blooming.  And today they were STILL blooming.

Chrysanths that will not quit.

Today, I showed Jody, the housekeeper, who also does some gardening, how to just cut them to the ground when and if they ever brown off (which they will…).  We are not going to keep returning to check on two chrysanthemums.  I also showed her that she could cut the Melianthus if we have a hard enough freeze to make it ugly.

Melianthus major in the center courtyard

frozen birdbath (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo: In early spring, we will cut back this sprawling plant even if it does not get frozen, just to shape it up.

Long Beach

My mind had been on the one big Geranium ‘Rozanne’ that I had left untrimmed.  Surely it would be frozen by now? But no.

Allan’s photos

Frost could make the California poppies ugly, too. At least they are small.

It has been so mild that the Rozannes we cut back early this year have put out rosettes of new leaves.

It got cut back anyway, because we are not going to keep checking on it through January and I don’t want to think about a potential blackened heap of frozen leaves later on.

An anemone was already blooming in Veterans Field.

Allan’s photo

a wreath in Veterans Field (Allan’s photo)

We did some cutting back in Fifth Street Park, of a pineapple sage, some Verbena bonariensis, and a bit of the sprawling Melianthus.

pulling some spent hesperantha flowers

as tidy as its going to get till at least late January

Once upon a time, the scrim of unclipped catmint along the front, above, would have greatly bothered me.  For some reason, this year I think it looks interesting against the dry flower heads of the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’…or maybe it was just that my hands were so cold.

Primroses (cowslips) were already blooming under a street tree.

I can feel exactly how it will feel to go back to work in late January or early February, and the prospect feels ok.  My only problem is that I have gotten pretty much nowhere on my indoor winter projects.

We celebrated the true end of the work year with coffee, warmth, and Pink Poppy Bakery treats at Abbracci Coffee Bar.

Abbracci co-owner Tony

We and another regular customer each got to take home one of the Christmas centerpieces.. very nice, since we never got around to putting up a tree, and later the flowers can go in my wonderful compost bins.

Abbracci tree and centerpieces

Ilwaco Timberland Library

We had some books to pick up.

at the library entrance

deep shade behind the wall

In the library

As expected, I got quite a pile of books, despite my original staycation plan for re-reading books on my own bookshelves.  Maybe that will wait till sometime when I am homebound for one reason or another.

a new batch, and the previous batch is not done yet

We had brought home a bucket of Abbracci coffee grounds and enough clean compost to add a wheelbarrow’s worth to my bins.  As I chopped it into small pieces and turned some from one bin to another at dusk, I did not mind the cold at all.

I have a compost obsession.

All the work got erased from the work side of the board, as did “Call Accountant”.  I had found an email address for the accountant we want, so I emailed her on the way home this afternoon.  I won’t have to call unless we don’t hear back in my preferred medium for anything business related (email, text, Facebook messaging, anything but a business phone call!).  (Carol, this does not mean you and Bill!)

a joyous sight

Salt Pub

After dark, we attended a Salty Talk at Salt Pub.

“Join Jim Sayce, historian and Executive Director of the Pacific County Economic Development Council, in a SALTY Talks presentation, “Reading the Land: Forensic Ecology” exploring the changes in the local landscape over time. Jim will show us how to recognize the subtle clues that can help find the original or historic landscape of a site within the bones of the built environment.”

Allan’s photo

delicious burger with salad subbed for fried (Allan’s photo)

window reflection

night marina

More boats than one used to decorate with lights.  The winter storms and wet weather caused too many electrical problems and so that pretty tradition ended just a few years back. We were happy to see one or two boats still carrying it on.

The Salt holiday tree

The lecture was well attended for one so close to the holidays.

Museum director Betsy Millard introduces the lecture (Allan’s photo)

Jim has a good collection of photos to illustrate how you can see the underlay of history.  For example, a line of trees representing old fence lines (where the trees grew up under the fence and the fence eventually disappeared):

He showed our changing views due to accretion of the beach (in some places half a mile wider than it used to be) and the growth of beach pines, which were not there a century ago.   Many beach trails were begun over 100 years ago and have simply been lengthened by trodding feet as the beach itself moved westward.

Allan captured some of the interesting old photos:

The “elephant rocks” used to be out in the surf, as an old photo showed, and are now well inland of Waikiki Beach.

rocks once out in the surf…

and now on land

An old highway has gone back to nature by the new highway 101.  Through a layer of grass and moss, the yellow line of the old highway occasionally shows through.

Jim Sayce

Jim’s laser pointer was not working.

The old and new photos pleased and fascinated us.

Jim’s blog, circa 2011 and before, is here.

It is now time for five weeks of true staycation.




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Thursday, 14 Sept 2017

We started at a garden just a few blocks east of us.

Mayor Mike’s garden

….with tidying, clipping some errant rose canes and some spent perennials.

Mayor Mike’s front garden

Just as we were finishing there, a parade of many old Dodge vehicles drove by down Lake Street.

Our next mission was chop the myrtles at ….

The Port of Ilwaco


cutting flush to the ground with our rechargeable saw

after. We will make this garden interesting again with divisions from other plants, after some rain comes.

The myrtles will grow back, and I will keep them small.

The sightline in late summer:

22 August: before pruning the myrtles

and today

While Allan pruned, I watered three garden beds.

my favourite port garden

the driveover garden

 Having decided on a midday cultural work break, we parked at the post office.

The deer have discovered the miniature rose in the post office planter.

We walked across the street to the

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

to peruse the Derby Days exhibit. You still have time to see it.

“Join the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum as we explore the history of “Derbyville” and the early years of salmon derbies, recreational fishing, and the emergence of the charter-boat fishing industry on the Long Beach Peninsula. This exhibit will be on view August 4 – October 7, 2017.”

The old Dodges were parked in the museum lot and across the street.

In the museum, we were fascinated with the old photos of the marina…

…and especially by photos showing the shoreline back when our lot was riverfront property.

The river bank is now the meander line, a ditch between us and the port parking lots.

We spent considerable time peering at the photo above, and the one below, trying to pinpoint our lot and the house that used to sit on it.

An old postcard touts the climate that was one of the reasons I moved here:

The water is no longer cheap and the summers are hotter than they used to be.

Allan enjoyed this old photo of Black Lake boating.

The salmon derby camps were along the banks of the Columbia, east of Chinook.

One of my favourite parts of the musuem is their replica street of shops.  It is being changed up with some new finds.

New school room display includes a typewriter like the one I typed a very bad novel on in high school.

tailoring shop

Allan likes the Chinook canoe:

Work called.  In case the rain did not arrive on Sunday, I wanted to get four more of my most favourite curbside gardens watered, and Allan had some hedge trimming to do.

 Port of Ilwaco

port office garden

the marina

I weeded and watered three pocket gardens…

…and the Time Enough Book garden….

…and visited my good friend Scout in the book store.

as always, good books.

I had no intention of buying a book, yet I did purchase this one.

As I walked home, I noted that the meander line ditch is completely dry.  It will soon become a stream again when the rains arrive.

by the community college annex, showing the size the California wax myrtles like to attain.

Meanwhile, Allan had pruned two escallonias down at Coho Charters.

one of them, before

and after


frog in a water barrel (Allan’s photo)

Allan set to his new project, removing old shakes from the shed, which, in WWII years, was an electrical repair shop for small appliances.

Apparently, the shakes were just a decorative overlay. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

I rearranged some plants on the patio, accidentally pulling a santolina out of a planted chimney pot.  While transplanting it by Devery’s driveway, I saw that Frosty had gone next door to visit his new bestie, Royal.  Devery was taking photos from her porch while I was taking photos from the driveway.

 Devery and I are both delighted by this sweet friendship, initiated by Frosty.




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Wednesday, 22 February 2017


out the kitchen window, moss in old dogwood


Smokey admiring the garden from the front steps.

When we started work today, I got the big idea we might get FOUR jobs done: Norwood, Mayor Mike, Diane’s and Red Barn.  We got a late start because of a storm passing through at mid morning.  When we did begin, the air felt icy despite sunshine. The commute to our first job, just two doors down, was even shorter than yesterday’s commute to the J’s cottage across the street.

Norwood garden

Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) take care of the biggest job here, the annual pruning of the hedge.  Today, we weeded and clipped in the narrow beds around the house.


before, on the cold and shady side




Allan’s photos

I think those three barberries are planned for removal.  Not to pass the buck, but I do think Sea Star Dave would be just the fellow to do it!


the easiest part,  in the sun…before


and after (with weeds and montbretia leaves pulled)

This bed especially could benefit from some mulch.  I think with such narrow beds, the most economical method (for labor) would be bales of Gardner and Bloome rather than a trip to get a yard of mulch.  Shall we?


before, lavender


after.  The fuchsias may leaf out or may have to be cut all the way back.


I wondered if this, with the black berries, was privet, and later got it confirmed to be so.  Maybe usually it is pruned so hard one doesn’t see the berries.  I want one.


We got done just in time for rain.

We took a break at home to wait out the rain, then headed out to Mike’s garden a few blocks to the east.


Frosty and Skooter


our neighbour Yarrow (Allan’s photo)

Mike’s garden

Allan clipped part of the pampas grass.  We’ll leave the moderately good looking uprights for now.


before and after


forgot a before, so this is a during.



Decided to prune the hardy fuchsia down this year.


trying not to step on any tulip foliage


before (Allan’s photos)








This time I pruned down the buddleia.


Pieris in bloom


front corner


Iris siberica ‘Eye Catcher’

Because the temperature kept dropping, we almost bailed out on work at 3 PM.  I had remembered that Diane’s garden has a big hydrangea to prune (that in previous years has taken me by surprise), so I did not want to squeeze that and the Red Barn garden onto the end of the day.  Deluded by a bit of sunshine, we decided to go on to

Coulter Park.

Coulter Park is just north of Dennis Company in Long Beach


back entrance from Ocean Beach Boulevard


west side with hardy fuchsias, before




northwest corner, before (Allan’s photos).  Something oily had been dumped in the corner, maybe killing an old siberian iris.


after.  What bad thing happened here?


the north side rose bed, horribly infested with salmonberry from under the fence


pruning out some big old canes


later, slightly pruned.  Refining this area is now on the “projects” list.

I still would like to talk to Parks Manager Mike about removing these roses and replacing them with non-thorny single trunked shrubs, to make it easier to control the dratted salmonberry invaders.


two pieris and a flowering currant against bright sunshine


north side (behind the old train depot) with siberian iris, before



By four thirty, my hands were too cold to feel what I was doing.

At home, I erased Coulter, Norwood, and Mike’s:


While the spring clean up list dwindles, the project list grows.

Tomorrow may not allow any blogging time.


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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

We heard a big storm would arrive at the end of the week, so we embarked on some jobs of light deadheading and grooming, hoping to have time for one fall project.  I had actually started a work board, with a list of bulb planting and a project list.  The bulbs are not here yet and the project list is so far just one thing:


Mike’s garden

We finally got round to clipping the boxwoods at Mayor Mike’s garden.  I started the project and had to turn it over to Allan when my back went into a big SPROING.

tidy boxwoods; I just wish they were close enough to meet.

tidy boxwoods; I just wish they had been planted close enough to meet.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Red Barn

After clipping back tall Helianthus along the fence

After clipping back tall Helianthus along the fence

one of two whippets who came to be petted

one of two whippets who came to be petted

mother and son (Allan's photo

mother and son (Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

I like Helichrysum 'Limelight' climbing through a barberry.

I like Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ climbing through a barberry.

Diane's roadside garden

Diane’s roadside garden (Allan’s photo)

I should add the moving of the long narrow portion of this garden to the list of fall projects.  We had been going to delegate it to Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) but now I think we will have the time and energy to do it.  The plants must be dug and stored in a pile of mulch till the septic system is redone and then the garden remade next spring.

The Anchorage Cottages

center courtyard

center courtyard

our good friend Mitzu (Allan's photo)

our good friend Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

looking east over the Anchorage lawn

looking east over the Anchorage lawn

Long Beach

We did get done with the Anchorage in time to embark on a project.  We decided to re-do the planter in front of Stormin’ Norman’s kite and gift shop…IF we could find a parking place next to it, and we did, sort of.  (Allan had to unhook the trailer and wheel it to the crosswalk end of Fish Alley.)  I was happy to have a job in the shade because the sun was actually hot.

I had dreaded this project because I thought all the soil would have be dug out and replaced.  We don’t have a pile of new soil at City Works yet and I feared we’d not be able to scrape enough out of the dregs of the old pile.  I also predicted it would be ever so hard to do, and it was.  My motivation was that I felt that Stormin’ Norman deserved a much more interesting planter.

before: a great splodge of Muehlenbeckia axillaris (wire vine)

before: a great splodge of Muehlenbeckia axillaris (wire vine)

I planted the wire vine a few years back, thinking it a house plant that would make a delicate little trailing accent and would not survive the winter!  It swamped the planter and almost everything in it.

a big project

a big project

combing through the soil for little pieces of root

combing through the soil for little pieces of root; moved the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ to the outer corners

replanting bulbs

replanting bulbs



I was surprised at how much soil was salvageable.  We did not have to top the planter up with more.  This disadvantage of not removing all the soil is that I fear the vine will resprout from tiny bits of root.  We will keep a close eye on this planter to remove any that reappears.

On the way south: Something bad had happened to a lamp post downtown.



good for us that is not a planter lamp post.

good for us that is not a planter lamp post.

Oh, how I laughed when I saw this reader board at the bank.  They seem to have run out of “r”s for “Cranberrian Fair”.


Kite Museum

We even had time to check on the kite museum.  I was glad we did; the cosmos looked pretty awful.

before...and the shade was cold now.

before…and the shade was cold now.


after…to be re-checked later this fall.

at home…a clematis in bloom:


I finally finished reading Nella Last’s Peace and loved it so much.  I will share some of it on a rainy day post later this fall.

Real time update Saturday 15 October:

Here is the storm moving past us offshore. And staying out there, giving us only 60 mph wind gusts at the port, a normal seaside storm. No more tornado warnings today. That was the worst weather anxiety I’ve ever had here. 



1997 (age 73):

Oct 11:  I only worked about 3 hours.  I was going to plant bulbs in the patio but ended up rolling up the flat hoses, raking up the cut up branches that I chopped a few days ago, picked up the weeds etc that I pulled yesterday in front and brought in wood from the wood box.  I feel I accomplished a lot even tho no bulbs got planted.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Again, I woke after five hours of sleep and was jolted into complete wakefulness by thoughts of the Garden in Jeopardy.  It’s not the job that I worry about, it is the garden, and what will happen to it if someone less experienced in interesting plants works on it.  This is the second business day beyond the day (Friday) when I was supposed to get an answer.

I sent an email to the manager of the Garden In Jeopardy place saying I have cosmos languishing in six packs waiting to be planted there so please give me an answer as soon as possible.

A local woman passerby asked if she knew where she could buy or find some plastic pots to grow tomatoes in.  As it happened, I had extras of just the size she was looking for and took her to the greenhouse to get them.  I should have written down her name before I forgot it!  I did warn her that I have face blindness.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We were looking at this frog.

We were looking at this frog. (Allan’s photo)

frog in the water box (Allan's photo)

frog in the water box (Allan’s photo)

Mike’s Garden

Mike’s garden only gets a very few cosmos, because it does not have much space for annuals.  It needed trimming and weeding.

Allan’s project:









I still have not trimmed the boxwoods because I would like them to get bigger and meet.

Looking south: I still have not trimmed the boxwoods because I would like them to get bigger first.  I wish the original garden designer had planted them closer together; I prefer a solid line of boxwood edging.

Fuchsia magellanica, Scrophularia variegata

Fuchsia magellanica, Scrophularia variegata

OH!!  The back yard of this garden would be the perfect place to plant my pale pink extra runners of Fuchsia magellanica!

Due to Planting Time, did not have time to deadhead the entire rhodo.

Due to Planting Time, did not have time to deadhead the entire rhodo.

looking north

looking north


Removing scilla foliage left a gap that I hope will fill in soon.

Removing scilla foliage left a gap that I hope will fill in soon.

I may squeeze some painted sage in here later this week.

I may squeeze some painted sage in here later this week.


looking good

post office looking good

added plants to the planter that had had three stolen. fingers crossed....

added plants to the planter that had had three stolen. fingers crossed….

at Ilwaco City Hall, after adding Cosmos 'Sonata' to two planters.

at Ilwaco City Hall, after adding Cosmos ‘Sonata’ to two planters.  City crew member and I discussing why his new lawn is yellow.  (PH?  Lack of nitrogen because of planting on barky mulch?)

Long Beach

the welcome sign

the welcome sign

While weeding at city hall, I saw the goatsbeard already needed trussing.

north side of building

north side of building

We must remember to bring stronger string. We have two eyehooks permanently installed for this plant.

We must remember to bring stronger string. We have two eyehooks permanently installed for this plant.

City Hall west side (Allan's photo)

City Hall west side (Allan’s photo)

The grass is Miscanthus variegatus, my second favourite ornamental grass. (Allan's photo)

The grass is Miscanthus variegatus, my second favourite ornamental grass. (Allan’s photo)

sidewalk tile by Renee O'Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O'Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor

We planted some cosmos in Veterans Field and then headed out for more plants.

Veterans Field (Allan's photo)

Veterans Field (Allan’s photo)

Veterans Field corner garden

Veterans Field corner garden

Allan's photo

Eschscholzia californica ‘White Linen’ (Allan’s photo)

Salvia 'May Night' (Allan's photo)

Salvia ‘May Night’ (Allan’s photo)

Planter Box

We picked up our first load of Salvia viridis (painted sage).



me and Planter Box Teresa (Allan's photo)

me and Planter Box Teresa (Allan’s photo)

me and Teresa's mom, great seed grower

me and Teresa’s mom, great seed grower

Basket Case Greenhouse

Acquired a few more trailies for Veterans Field pots and some plants I wanted for me (agastaches!).

Why is no one buying the last variegated comfrey? Recommended in a gardening book I read over the winter, got three for myself earlier).

Why is no one buying the last variegated comfrey? Recommended in a gardening book I read over the winter, got three for myself earlier).

Hard to believe no one has snatched up these Cornus 'Hedgerows Gold'. I think Fifth Street Park needs one.

Hard to believe no one has snatched up these Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’. I think Fifth Street Park needs one.

a van full again (Allan's photo)

a van full again (Allan’s photo)

Anchorage Cottages

Mitzu greets us (Allan's photo)

Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)

Added ‘Double Click’ and ‘Seashells’ cosmos and some painted sage in containers, along with doing the regular maintenance.

climbing hydrangea

climbing hydrangea

north wall shade garden

north wall shade garden

calla lilies (Allan's photo)

calla lilies (Allan’s photo)

calla lilies (Allan's photo)

calla lilies (Allan’s photo)

two of four window boxes

two of four window boxes

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

Allium albopilosum (Allan's photo)

Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

near the office

near the office

Long Beach again

We planted up the two pots pots by the Veterans Field stage (Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and red calibrachoas and white alyssum) and put some painted sage in the corner garden.

Dutch iris in the corner garden (Allan's photo)

white Dutch iris in the corner garden (Allan’s photo)

bucket watered the edging plants in the welcome sign on the way back to Ilwaco...(Allan's photo)

bucket watered the edging plants in the welcome sign on the way back to Ilwaco…(Allan’s photo)


cosmos appreciation (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


We added trailing plants to five more Ilwaco planters.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we hope the new plants do not get stolen this time.

home by dark

home by dusk

Our quiet, dignified neighbour, Rudder, came to say hello.

Our quiet, dignified neighbour, Rudder, came to say hello.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

at home: arm rests (Allan's photo)

at home: arm rests (Allan’s photo)

I had checked my email several times.  Still no answer about the Job in Jeopardy.  If it were not for my feeling that it is a blessing to the old folks, I would be done with it.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries


from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

May 17: Basketball—The Sonics lost Game 7 at Houston so now I’ll start rooting for the Jazz with my favorite player Jeff Hornacek.



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