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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

I got very little sleep because of worrying that we were both going to get sick.  With the clam festival coming up, we had much to do in Long Beach town.  There is no back up plan if we can’t do it; all of our other working gardener friends are even busier than we are.

Little dramas loom large when one is self employed.

Allan felt poorly in the morning with sniffles and a cough, and yet with the good weather, we did go to work.  It is maddening; we were so good about disinfecting our hands every time we went somewhere public, and yet…the germs got him.

If only we could have followed Skooter’s example:

Skooter

(Skooter has a chin condition, a problem common with orange cats, says the vet.  My orange cat of years ago, Valene, had the same thing.)

On the way, we dropped off a book at the library (housed in the Ilwaco Community Building).

at the Ilwaco Community Building

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ at the community building

The community building garden needs a bit of weeding…(not shown in the photos above).

In case I end up having to go to work on the bus later this week, we went to the two least-accessible-by-bus jobs first.

The Red Barn

Because I am thinking of using a different plant for the centerpiece of the Ilwaco planters, Allan pointed out how good the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ looks at the Red Barn.  They get less wind here.

My very good friend Rosie was at the barn.

Diane’s garden

My very good old friend Misty greeted us next door at Diane’s garden.

snoozing

till the camera clicked

The septic box bulb display pleased me; we had missed some of it, of course.  After deadheading:

Muscari ‘Bling Bling’

Muscari paradoxum

I was pleased to find sweet peas just emerging along the picket fence.

The corner driveway garden needs mulching; soon, I hope. I asked Allan to take this photo, and did not get what I wanted, which is the fact that the Stipa gigantea grass is already showing flower spikes.  Oops, I should have specified.

Long Beach

Long Beach had been on the schedule for all day this coming Thursday, to get the parks and planters perfect for the Razor Clam Festival.  I was fretting about what would happen if we both got sick and could not work then.  So we did a lot of it today, which led to more fretting on my part that I was going to make Allan sicker by having him work.  I brooded about how I recently delayed one day taking Calvin to the vet, prioritizing work instead because he seemed not especially sick, and then…we know how that turned out.

We went down the six downtown blocks of street trees and planters, deadheading.  I felt reassured each time I saw Allan taking a photo, figuring it must mean he did not feel too terrible.  (He said, “It’s easier than working!”)

Allan’s planter and tree garden photos:

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ and Tulip ‘Silverstream’ and Tulip sylvestris

Geum ‘Mango Lassi’ and muscari

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in street tree garden (with tulip)

Tulip ‘China Town’ and Fritillaria meleagris

Tulip ‘Princess Irene’

AKA ‘Prinses Irene’

Tulip ‘Silverstream’

Van Engelen catalog says: A magical sport of Jewel of Spring, fragrant Silverstream ranges from creamy-yellow to deep yellow with red feathering, to red with every combination in between. But the surprise garden party doesn’t stop there: it has showy, attractive foliage with silver-white margins. (Did you know that the phenomena of marginated foliage occurs due to a lack of or insufficient pigmentation and chlorophyll in the plant cells on the outer petal edges?)

I did not think to smell the tulips nor did I notice white margins on the foliage.

street tree garden

Tulips ‘Green Wave’ and ‘Formosa’

Tulip ‘Formosa’

lower left: a tulip ‘Sensual Touch’ that went mushy with rain

My planter and tree garden photos:

Tulips that had been broken, and not by the wind.

Tulip ‘Silverstream’

As you can tell by now, I planted a big run of Silverstream through town.  I think they are too tall to choose again.  And the color variation is nice but it does not thrill me.

one of the viridiflora (green) tulips…too tired to look it up

Tulip ‘Strong Gold’ in one of the windiest planters. Short and strong.

Tulip ‘Strong Gold’

Tulip ‘Strong Gold’…would that all tulips were this tough

more Silverstream

Tulip ‘Sensual Touch’ and Tulip acuminata

Tulips ‘Sensual Touch’ and ‘Black Hero’

Tulips ‘Green Star’, sylvestris, acuminata

Tulip ‘Sensual Touch’

Tulips ‘Prinses Irene’, ‘Sensual Touch’, ‘Black Hero’

We also weeded in Fifth Street Park because…Razor Clam Festival!  Fifth Street Park needs so much more attention, and I hope we can do more later this week.  So much horsetail, so much wild garlic.  (No photos there.)

We went on to Veterans Field, which will be the central place for the clam festival.  It is not ideal to deadhead and weed four days before the festival, but needs must.

Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

The last time we were in Long Beach, Allan asked where the blue was in that arc garden.  I said the grape hyacinth along the edge.  Well, now look at what a string trimmer did:

Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’ as was

And right before the festival, when we were trying to make it perfect despite feeling poorly.  I wanted to lie down on the lawn and blub, but it would be too hard to get back up again.  Some white narcissi were also casualties along the edge.  Then I thought…Ok, maybe this is a sign that I do not have to struggle so hard and fret so darn much about making it perfect.  Maybe I can stop worrying about whether we will be able to get back to deadhead on Thursday.

Still….dang blang it!

On the way south, we deadheaded the welcome sign.

And finally, we paused at the

Shelburne Hotel

where I planted 9 more violas and two Agastache ‘Apricot Sunrise’.  I would like to have weeded more, but we had already worked four hours longer than I had originally planned and Allan was not feeling any better.  The question is, was it wiser to work today so that we can take a day off? Or did it make everything worse?  It would have been so bad if we had stayed home today and then both got sick and couldn’t do a thing before the weekend.  It would be even worse if we got even sicker.  Such woes of self employment have plagued me for the last 42 years.

three by the fig tree, the rest in front

If the gardens in Long Beach are not perfect when you attend clam festival, you now know why.  We forgot to stop at First Place Mall on the way south and deadhead the one dead narcissus that I noticed in the planter there.  I will try not to lose sleep over it.

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Today’s rain lacked gloriousness because we chose to work in it.  We thought, when we woke to light drizzle, that we would enjoy the accomplishment of checking a couple of hauling jobs off of our list.  We grabbed the opportunity to chop down a couple of plants in our front garden and divest ourselves of the resulting debris.  My Rubus lineatus may not even return after this past winter’s hard freezes, and the Australian mint shrub in the foreground had a tattered look and had also got bigger than I thought it would.

before

before

after...much better view of the Hellebores

after…much better view of the Hellebores

Off we drove in a light drizzle to the Depot Restaurant in Seaview, the next beach town north.  We had two piles of debris there from previous work days to pick up, and I went along because I had three more pruning tasks in mind there.

at the Depot: forgot to take a before

at the Depot: forgot to take a before

during...native Spiraea douglasii

during…native Spiraea douglasii

after....old stems removed to encourage new growth

after….old stems removed to encourage new growth

I tackled the Escallonia that had caught my attention a few days earlier.  Not only did it have a bald top, but it is so much the wrong plant for that spot.  It would like to get huge and block the window entirely.  Now, my plan is that it will come back from the base and will then be easier to keep low.

Escallonia before

Escallonia before

and after!

and after!

You may observe that as I pruned, the skies opened and heavy rain began to fall.  It was not pleasant.

with debris loaded and ready to go

with debris loaded and ready to go

Our plan was to pick up the pile we had left after pruning a tree at The Anchorage Cottages.  We swung by Garden Tour Nancy’s on the way to leave a container of mixed sweet pea seeds on her porch, a trade for some purple podded edible peas that she’d dropped off on my porch.  She saw us and beckoned us in.  I left my dripping raincoat and wet shoes on her porch, although my hair was streaming water as I can’t bear to wear a hat while working.  That’s when the day turned better.  Not only did we have a good visit with Nancy and Phil; we were invited to a delicious impromptu lunch!

a tableau in Nancy and Phil's new powder room

a tableau in Nancy and Phil’s new powder room

view from the east windows

view from the east window

view from the south window

view from the south window

and a wonderful lunch with Nancy's homemade pasta sauce, freshly grated Parmesan, and basil

and a wonderful lunch with Nancy’s homemade pasta sauce, freshly grated Parmesan, and basil

After lunch and garden talk, the rain had stopped so we had a quick tour of the garden.

a chicken coop from a kit; soon to be occupied

a chicken coop from a kit; soon to be occupied

garlic rows

garlic rows

the flower border we made a year and a half ago

the flower border we made a year and a half ago

Muscari 'Ocean Magic'

Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’

In the lack of rain, we continued our work day by collecting our branch pile from the Anchorage Cottages just north of Long Beach.

The Anchorage

The Anchorage

Sunday's pruning job looks more defined with the branches removed from behind the tree.

Sunday’s pruning job looks more defined with the branches removed from behind the tree.

On the way to the transfer station (AKA the dump), we stopped at Dennis Company so I could buy more sweet pea seeds.  The tulips in the planter just north of the store looked promising.  A sharp eye can see chickweed underneath them.  We did not have time to deal with it because the local dump closes at four thirty.

city planter: to be weeded later

city planter: to be weeded later

The dump is located east of Sandridge Road.  We could have taken to debris to Peninsula Landscape Supply but I thought they might have closed their gates in discouragement over the torrential rain.  On the way to the dump, we drove past cranberry bogs and saw we were not the only ones working in bad weather.

cran

digging out a bog

digging out a bog

entering the transfer station road

entering the transfer station road

up and over a little hill

up and over a little hill

and here we are; we dump yard waste behind the big blue building.

and here we are; we dump yard waste behind the big blue building.

4:25 PM: On the way back home down Sandridge Road, we were cheered by the sight of our client Diane’s nice display of Narcissi.

heading south past Diane's garden

heading south past Diane’s garden

Oddly, when we got home the weather had almost completely cleared and yet…the power was out.  Our plans to have dinner with visiting friend Kathleen Shaw looked perilous, as we learned that the power had gone out all the way to Klipsan Beach, encompassing every dinner restaurant that we like.  Even stranger, our telephone internet (4G) also disappeared just after I’d managed to learn from the local Facebookers how widespread the outage was.

I’m so happy to tell you that the power returned at 5:45 PM, just in time to fulfil our plan to dine at Mexican Fiesta night at the Lightship Restaurant in Long Beach…the last fiesta night of the winter.

at the Lightship:  Guacamole made tableside

at the Lightship: Guacamole made tableside

We were joined by local artists Don Nisbett and Jenna (Queen LaDeDa) and their son Joe for an even more festive fiesta night.

Kathleen and Jenna

Kathleen and Jenna

I had a feeling that the next day would turn out to be another work day.  I’m still hoping for a storm this weekend that will permit me to read High and Dry!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Still with the halfway decent weather and no rainy reading day!  (Does all this wanting to stay home and read mean I want to retire?  Maybe.  I spend some time at work these days wondering why we are working so hard when we could afford to partially retire.  The problem is, we really like all of our jobs.)

So we began at the Port, weeding a bit and planting some assorted California poppy seeds in the Howerton Street gardens.

West end of Howerton, looking east

West end of Howerton, looking east

detail

detail

While Allan weeded the Howerton Way beds on the north side of the Port Office, I weeded the little bed on the south side.

Port Office, south side

Port Office, south side

Muscari and Anemone blanda

Muscari and Anemone blanda along Howerton

Muscari 'Ocean Magic' backed with tulips

Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’ backed with tulips

early tulips

early tulips

peacock

I had hoped to have a rainy day get together at Olde Towne Café with our friend Kathleen before she drove back north.  The good weather intervened.  We finally made it there, after Judy (four doors down) had been and gone and Kathleen was done with her lunch.  A half an hour did pass before we got back to work.

the view from our Olde Towne table; I was very taken with that brown coffeepot even though brown is "not my colour"

the view from our Olde Towne table; I was very taken with that brown coffeepot even though brown is “not my colour”.

other patrons at Olde Towne

other patrons at Olde Towne

one of our city planters right outside Olde Towne Café

one of our city planters right outside Olde Towne Café

To further our mission of getting sweet pea and poppy seeds planted, we went to the next (and last!) sweet pea job, the Boreas Inn in Long Beach.  I was pleased to see some of my mom’s dogtooth violets coming up….  I had transplanted them here and there when my mother left her garden.

Erythronium at Boreas Inn garden

Erythronium at Boreas Inn garden

Because grass always creeps under the fence from the neighbour’s lawn into the area where Susie likes to plant sweet peas, I had decided to try a new method: planting them in long, narrow containers.

project, before

project, before

And then I began to plant poppy seeds and noticed that the hole where Ed Strange had removed a Phormium a few weeks before still had no new soil added.  I decided that we should go get a yard of soil as I knew Ed was running behind in his landscape and mowing business because of rain.  Part of what he does so excellently is mowing lawns, and that’s not a job that can wait for very long.  So off we went.  As we departed the Boreas property, a heavy rain began to fall and I felt sunk in gloom, being determined to do the soil job but expecting to be thoroughly and miserably drenched.

On the way to Peninsula Landscape Supply, we stopped at The Basket Case Greenhouse to pick up a few more santolinas and an Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’.

Eryngium' Jade Frost'...I love it so much I always want more.

Eryngium’ Jade Frost’…I love it so much I always want more.

By then, I could see a lighter cast to the southwest sky and got some hope that the rain might stop.

still raining at Peninsula Landscape Supply while our soil was being loaded into the trailer

still raining at Peninsula Landscape Supply while our soil was being loaded into the trailer

While sitting in the van hoping for the rain to stop, I realized I needed MORE Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ and a few other cool perennials for a long bed next to the squirting clam in Fifth Street Park.  Fred and Nancy were not terribly surprised when we pulled back into the Basket Case parking lot and bought another two trays of perennials.

at the Basket Case

at the Basket Case

the perennial greenhouse

the perennial and herb greenhouse

On the way back to Boreas, we swung by Long Beach City Hall to drop off a plant bill.  The north side display of mostly white flowers is looking even better than last week.  And the rain had stopped!

Long Beach City Hall

Long Beach City Hall

With our yard of soil, Allan fluffed up the Boreas’ Garden Suite bed where he had positioned the new sweet pea planters.

after

after

We added soil to various spots in the lawn beds and, at Susie’s request, used to rest to level out some dips in the lawn itself.

looking west

looking west

It looks rather odd now.

It looks rather odd now.

Brown sand might have been better; I’m wondering if the lawn will now have areas that are too happy because of being in better soil.  However, it needed to be done, and now it’s done, and Ed is happy that he does not have to find time to do it.

looking east toward the inn and the hot tub gazebo

looking east toward the inn and the hot tub gazebo

As we drove off, Susie herself was happily broadcasting some lawn seed.

Susie seeding

Susie seeding

I had high hopes for a big storm coming in the next day so that I would have time to sit down and read High and Dry.

Friday, 28 March 2014

At last…after a good long sleep, I awoke to the sound of pelting rain.  I celebrated with rain photos from every window.

Allan took this photo, from his window, of a robin on the wheelbarrow.

Allan took this photo, from his window, of a robin on the wheelbarrow.

from the kitchen window

from the kitchen window

delicious rain

delicious rain

rain to the east

rain to the east

and the south

and to the south

The work board was peacefully almost empty of first time garden clean ups.

soon the next round of work will be added...

soon the next round of work will be added…but for now there is little guilt.

While breakfasting, before settling down to read High and Dry, I checked my Facebook feed on my phone.  There, I saw that it was Olde Towne Café owner Luanne’s birthday.  That changed the day’s plan.

Allan and I went to the new fiber arts shop at the Port, Purly Shell, to get her a gift certificate for yarn.

Purly Shell, right next to Time Enough Books

Purly Shell, right next to Time Enough Books, with art by Don Nisbett

inside Purly Shell

inside Purly Shell

a cosy place for knitting and crocheting

a cosy place for knitting and crocheting

We popped next door to Time Enough Books.  I had a certain kind of book in mind for Luanne, one that speaks to the joys and strengths of solitude and self discovery.  I was thinking SARK or May Sarton (Plant Dreaming Deep).  Although bookshop owner Karla did not have those on such short notice, she knew exactly what I meant and picked up a copy of Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman.  I had read it oh so recently on a rainy day and it was the perfect choice.

I also quite liked the “I dress this way…” magnet as it reminded me of the passage I had read just yesterday (in Sing Them Home) about a woman, new to a small town, being critiqued for the way she dressed.

dressing

On the board where customers can recommend a good book, I added Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening, another wonderful recent read.

book recommendations

book recommendations

And then…Olde Towne Café.  At first, Luanne was too busy cooking and serving to join her own birthday party!

Luanne on the move at Olde Towne

Luanne on the move at Olde Towne

After we sat visiting with Jenna, Cat, and Rosemary for awhile, the lunch crowd thinned and Luanne’s son and coworker Michael took over so she could relax for a bit.

Luanne with a bouquet sent by her daughter back east

Luanne with a bouquet sent by her daughter back east

Luanne opens some tiny buttons from Cat.

Luanne opens some tiny buttons from Cat.

Cat's gift: inspirational mug and buttons

Cat’s gift: inspirational mug and buttons

“Wild and beautiful heart”, ‘Soul sisters teach us how to fly”, “Put on your brave girl boots”.

birthday book and cards

birthday book and cards

Just as the party was almost ending, our friend J9 arrived to get a cup of coffee.

J9 and Luanne

J9 and Luanne

Meanwhile, in the background, Allan talked with Chris about the new Black Lake Yacht Club, which apparently is a real plan (for really small boats), not just a joke.  If Allan’s going to join a “yacht club”, we really will have to find a way to cut back on work.

By the time we got home, the rain had stopped and instead of reading, I had to go out and plant my own damn sweet peas, which led to some weeding, and to another day gone without reading.  Rain is predicted for tomorrow.  Could I possibly be so lucky?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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