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Saturday, 18 July 2015

 

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools.

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

(not a) garden 9: The Isle of Bev Wetland Restoration Project

This wetland restoration project is not a garden.  However, it will be of interest to owners of similar properties and fans of native plants.  Since 2011, Kelly Rupp and Bev Arnoldy have worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and Kathleen Sayce to restore this former Willapa Bay cannery site to its original state, including planting many native plants and dredging out a culvert pond.  Kelly will lead visitors on a guided tour around the bay-view site, which provides an opportunity to get right down to the shore of Willapa Bay with a view to the north of the Port of Nahcotta.

Google Earth satellite view

Google Earth satellite view: the large pond or lagoon is the site

the "Isle of Bev"

the “Isle of Bev”

The two houses to the left are up on a ridge and while they overlook the site, they are not part of it. Years ago, in autumn of 2005, Allan and I were hired for one day to pull English ivy off the slope of this site.  At that time, there was a building next to the lagoon that was the remnant of an oyster canning operation.

Nancy and I pre-toured the site on July 3rd:

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looking east over the lagoon to Willapa Bay

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Part of the project has been to open the lagoon to the bay so that the tide can wash in and out.

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looking southeast

looking southeast

looking north over the lagoon

looking north over the lagoon

Willapa Bay

Willapa Bay

looking north to the port of Nahcotta....with white oyster shell debris on the shore

looking north to the port of Nahcotta….with white oyster shell debris on the shore

Kelly Rupp at the site, July 3rd

Kelly Rupp at the site, July 3rd

You can see one of the overlooking houses up the ridge.

You can see one of the overlooking houses up the ridge.

tour day:

tour day

tour day

books about native plants

books about native plants

Pam Fleming, Seaside gardener, foreground, with Kelly talking about the project

Pam Fleming, Seaside gardener, foreground, with Kelly talking about the project (Allan’s photo)

Pam was surprised to find that this was the very site where some of her grasses had ended up.  Kelly had come to Seaside, Oregon to dig Calamogrostis nootkaensis from one of her planting areas.

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Kelly Rupp (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

 

north: the Port of Nahcotta

north: the Port of Nahcotta (Allan’s photo)

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houses overlooking the site

houses overlooking the site (Allan’s photo)

 

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It was so hot that I went back to wait at the van, on the shady entry road.  Allan discovered that the site held a field of sea beans, one of my favourite wild edible plants.

sea beans

sea beans

Allan says Kelly called them "sea asparagus".

Allan says Kelly called them “sea asparagus”.

They are crunchy, juicy, salty, and delicious.

They are crunchy, juicy, salty, and delicious.

This camera will record 10 years of growth.  (Allan's photo)

This camera will record 10 years of growth. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At a very high tide, the water will wash in and out.

At a very high tide, the water will wash in and out.

Our friends Ed and Jackson Strange had already toured the site.  They returned at 4 PM in hopes of seeing the tide come into the lagoon, but today’s tide was not high enough for that.

Ed and Jackson visit me at the van, where I had taken refuge from the heat.

Ed and Jackson visit me at the van, where I had taken refuge from the heat.

With the tour over, Allan I returned to Ilwaco, did some watering at the port, and later joined our garden touring friends for dinner at the Depot (already written about, here).  I found a note tucked under my front door that at first I found difficult to decipher due to the handwriting (about as hard to read as mine).  After dinner, I took another look at it and was able to discern the name and the sentence that there would be a garden tour tomorrow (Sunday, the 19th).  I realized that it was a garden I had adored and blogged about a couple of years before and that my planned Sunday of total relaxation was not to be because I simply must see it again.

 

 

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 8: Charles Nelson Guest House

A classic 1920s era Sears & Roebuck house anchors this bay view property with traditional gardens including hydrangeas, peonies, and window baskets full of flowers. Sheltered by a tree-like camellia, a pond is home to a large 16 year-old Koi.  Three raised beds display edible flowers and vegetables.   Henry, a magnificent rooster, presides over six laying hens in a purple French chicken coop.

We entered Ginger’s garden at the Charles Nelson Guest House through the side gate just across the road from her friend Marla’s garden to the north, which was also on the tour.

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

We’ll show you the front entrance first, though, as it is the way most guests would enter.

sign

Allan’s photo

front (east side)

front (east side)

front door

front door, June 1st pre-tour visit

Waterlogue

Waterlogue

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looking at house from the southeast garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

looking at house from the southeast garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

roses

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

birdbath

This painted stone sits near the birdbath.

This painted stone sits near the birdbath.

back porch

back porch

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kitchen garden, outbuildings and garage on north side of house

kitchen garden, outbuildings and garage on north side of house

kitchen garden

the charming kitchen garden

raised bed kitchen garden

raised bed kitchen garden

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

patio on north side of house

patio on north side of house, June 1st

north side patio

north side patio; dog run is behind the fence but the dogs were in the shady garage

The chickens were hiding out in the shade on tour day because of the heat.

chicken coop, photo by Kathleen Shaw

chicken coop, photo by Kathleen Shaw

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chicken coop

chicken coop

hens in the shade on tour day

the flock in the shade on tour day (that naked neck hen is supposed to look that way

Too hot!

Too hot!

Henry in the shade

Henry in the shade

Fortunately, I had visited the chickens twice before on days with more normal coastal temperatures.

June 1st

June 1st

On July 3rd, Garden Tour Nancy and I had gone specifically to get some photos that artist Barbara Sampson from Tokeland could use for the a painting for the garden tour.  It wouldn’t be painted plein air like the others, but she was unable to travel from Tokeland to do the painting.

July 3rd

July 3rd

July 3rd

July 3rd

chooks on July 3rd

chooks on July 3rd

White hen wonders why all the fuss about Henry.

White hen wonders why all the fuss about Henry.

July 3rd, Henry

July 3rd, Henry

painting of Henry

painting of Henry by Barbara Sampson of Tokeland

Henry was supposed to be a hen, and when he turned out to be a rooster, Ginger tried to find a home for him.  People wanted to make a meal of him, so she kept him.  She warns B&B guests that he does crow early.  It is the rare guest who minds that, and many say it reminds them of childhood farm life.

chicken coop from west side of garden

chicken coop from west side of garden (june 1st)

west garden bed

west garden bed

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

Bird feeders placed all around the garden attract birds for guests to enjoy watching.

Bird feeders placed all around the garden attract birds for guests to enjoy watching.  (Photo taken June 1st)

another bird feeder

another bird feeder

pre tour visit, June 1

pre tour visit, June 1

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west side deck, June 1st

west side deck, June 1st

pond by the west side deck (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

pond by the west side deck (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

June 1st

June 1st

photo by  Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

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The fountain kids look a little scary close up!

The fountain kids look a little unintentionally scary close up!  (Allan’s photo)

looking down at the pond from the deck

looking down at the pond from the deck

pond fountain

pond fountain with lurking giant koi

16 year old koi and friend (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

16 year old koi and friend (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

feeding time, viewed from the deck

feeding time, viewed from the deck

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feeding time

Speaking of feeding time, I was hungry!!  With only the “not a garden” left to see, I had a little bit of time to relax and nosh.

snacks, on the easily accessible deck

snacks, on the easily accessible deck, with another painting by Barbara Sampson

foooooood!!!!

foooooood!!!!

on the deck, photo by Kathleen Shaw

on the deck, photo by Kathleen Shaw

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck (Allan’s photo)

view to the south from the deck

view to the south from the deck

gazebo

June 1st

June 1st

musician Tom Trudell, photo by Kathleen Shaw

musician Tom Trudell, photo by Kathleen Shaw

A young man name Sam filled in while Tom took a break. Photo by Kathleen Shaw

A young man name Sam filled in while Tom took a break. Photo by Kathleen Shaw

SW corner of the garden, photo taken June 1st from the gazebo

SW corner of the garden, photo taken June 1st from the gazebo

gazebo roof (Allan's photo)

gazebo roof (Allan’s photo)

south side sunroom

south side sunroom

south side of the house

south side of the house

It boggles my mind that this was a Sears and Roebuck house!  I believe that my Grandma’s house was also a Sears Craftsman style house.  I did not know that those plans or kits came as grand as this one.

south side garden at front of house

gardens on south side at front of house

white chair

June 1st

We left the way we came in, by the gate on the north side of the house.  As we left, I saw a woman carrying THIS out of the house…a gift from Ginger for having helped out on tour day.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Scadoxus!

Scadoxus!

I may have been scary in my covetousness and plant envy.  I had first seen this flower that looks so much like a red allium at a garden on the recent Hardy Plant tour in Portland, and put it on my list of must have plants.  It is not a common plant, so how in the heck did it end up here??  I was told it had been in the plant sale next door at Marla’s garden, the plants of her orchid expert brother-in-law, Greig Warner.  I scurried back over there, but there were no more.  I was told that he could get one for me, once he moves here.

north garden

north garden (looking south)

north garden

north garden

by the walkway to the north gate, June 1st

by the walkway to the north gate, June 1st

Allan's photo, tour day

Allan’s photo, tour day

near the north gate

near the north gate

on the right, the garage

on the right, the garage

June 1st, when the callas were in bloom

June 1st, when the callas were in bloom

June 1st

June 1st

by the north gate

by the north gate as we leave on tour day

Because the last stop on the tour is a “not a garden”, I’m making it a bonus post tonight, as I am anxious to get on to a spontaneous day of garden touring that took place the next day in Astoria.

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 7: Marla’s Real Living Garden

Marla’s urban farm overlooks Willapa Bay and benefits from her early years of living on a Washington farm.  She says, “I am still amazed at nature.  You plant a seed or start and an awesome plant grows.”  In just two years, she has grown and built quite a bit, including fencing, lawn, landscaping, irrigation, flower and vegetable beds,  hanging baskets and a chicken coop.  Her pride and joy are the beautiful hens and the eggs they lay.

I wrote about Marla’s garden a year and a month before this year’s tour.  Garden Tour Nancy and I previewed it this year on June 1st.

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

driveway

driveway

tour day!

tour day!

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

in the driveway

in the driveway

front gate at SW corner of the house

front gate at SW corner of the house

birds

a landing spot for baby birds

a landing spot for baby birds

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Allan’s photo

inside the front gate

inside the front gate

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps, photo by Kathleen Shaw

clematis seedheads

clematis seedheads

by the stairway

by the stairway

perennial sweet pea

perennial sweet pea

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

containers packed with perennials and annuals

containers packed with perennials and annuals

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pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

tour day, with the porch gate open

tour day, with the porch gate open

I love the porch, all its adjacent plantings, its art and decor and the way it wraps around two sides of the house.  I’d like to pick it up and put it right down next to my house!  So we’ll explore the porch first, and then the garden.

view down back porch steps

view down back porch steps, with Marla’s mother in pink top, seated

Marla's colourful flower baskets

Marla’s colourful flower baskets (Allan’s photo)

plants

Allan’s photo

walking along the porch, looking at the garden

walking along the porch, looking down at the garden

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour.  photo by Kathleen Shaw.

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour. photo by Kathleen Shaw.

looking north

looking north toward the Charles Nelson B&B next door

on the porch

on the porch

On the east side of the porch, Portland guitarist Terry Robb performed for tour guests.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb (Allan’s photo)

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

While I listened to him, Marla's mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

While I listened to him, Marla’s mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view to the east

view to the east

over Willapa Bay

over Willapa Bay

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

Now we’ll walk return along the porch to the back steps.

south side of porch

south side of porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

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down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

porch decorations at top of stairs

porch decorations at top of stairs

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

patio corner

patio corner

Marla's next door neighbour, whose garden we'll visit next, gave her this sign.

Marla’s next door neighbour, whose garden we’ll visit next, gave her this sign for the fence by the patio.

on the patio table:  Marla's grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

on the patio table: Marla’s grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

farm whirlygig

farm whirlygig

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks, photo by Kathleen Shaw

plants

flowers

Allan’s photo

birdhouses

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looking east from the patio

looking east from the patio, pre-tour visit, June 1st

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

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ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking back at the patio

looking back at the patio

astilbes

astilbes

SE corner of house

SE corner of house (Allan’s photo)

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

cosmos, tour day

cosmos, tour day

cosmos

cosmos

over the fence

over the fence

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (right)

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (lower right)

north side of house

north side of house

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

deck on north side of house

deck on north side of house

Plants were for sale by Marla's  brother in law who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

Plants were for sale by Marla’s brother in law, Greig Warner, who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

I want to get to know this fellow better as he is a true CPN (Certified Plant Nut).  I missed out on a way cool plant here, as you will see in the next garden tour post.  I met him briefly at the tour and learned that he is moving to the beach so I hope we will get to know him.

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

gunnera by back deck, looking west

gunnera by back deck, looking west

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in the NW corner of the yard: the chicken coop and veg garden

Gunnera, June 1st

Gunnera, June 1st, looking east

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

gunnera flowers

gunnera flowers and lawn clippings to help retain moisture (Allan’s photo)

the hens' domain

the hens’ domain

on the north deck

on the north deck

Erysimum 'Constant Cheer', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Erysimum ‘Constant Cheer’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium 'Jade Frost', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

painted yard stick plant tag

painted yard stick plant tag (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo of the making of the plant tags

Allan’s photo of the making of the plant tags

view east from the henhouse corner

view east from the henhouse corner

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

pre-tour visit, June 1

pre-tour visit, June 1

On tour day afternoon, because of the unusually hot weather, the chickens were in the shade of their coop.

not a chicken to be seen!

not a chicken to be seen!

Fortunately, they had been out and about on June 1st when Nancy and I visited the garden for sneak peek photos.

Marla's beloved flock

Marla’s beloved flock

the coop

the coop

Marla’s garden was a close contender for my favourite because of its intensive container plantings, its whimsical decor, and the chickens.  While I don’t feel that I have time to care for chickens, I would surely love to incorporate a barnyard corner like this into my garden someday.  And the wrap around porch.  And the nice, friendly neighbours.  When Nancy and I visited earlier, Marla just matter-of-factly put the exciteable galloping dog into the fenced yard of the neighbour to the north.  And her neighbour to the south will be our next garden tour visit.

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Monday, 1 June 2015

Allan’s day

Allan went back to the community building as he had not been able to finish the job before dark yesterday.  I feel bad that he is giving up days off to this job but have been unable to convince him to let it go.  His photos:

before

before

 

after

after

 

in progress

in progress

I sent a hardy fuchsia magellanica start with him from my garden.  How I would love to replace that salal in the above photo and yet what a pain to dig it up.

Although it had rained, Allan bucket watered the first third of the Ilwaco planters.  Rain does not get in to planters put together with what Ann Lovejoy called “the principle of stuffage”.  In fact, it is a rare planter that readily absorbs rain, in our experience.

He looked for a place in the boatyard to fill buckets with water...

He looked for a place in the boatyard to fill buckets with water…

 

The Kathryn I was one the move; fortunately, he picked a faucet that turned out to not be the slip for which she was heading.

The Kathryn I was one the move; fortunately, he picked a faucet that turned out to not be the slip for which she was heading.

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After that chore, he checked on the tadpoles in the meander line pools at the south end of our property.  Behind Nora’s and Mary’s back yards, they were still thriving in the ditch water.

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But our ditch pool had tragically dried up.  We hope they wriggled into the next area of standing water.  Next year, we will be poised for a rescue mission.

But our ditch pool had tragically dried up. We hope they wriggled into the next area of standing water. Next year, we will be poised for a rescue mission.

my day

garden tour sneak peeks

Garden Tour Nancy picked me up at 11:30 to go swanning about on a garden tour sneak peek excursion.  I operate the Music in the Gardens Tour Facebook page and took many photos to tantalize folks with images of the gardens they will see on this year’s tour.  This means, though, that I cannot yet share most of the photos here, not the ones that show too much of the gardens.  These will appear later along with the gardens on tour day…July 18th, 2015.

We went straight up to Nahcotta to Marla’s garden.

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outside the garden, right across the road from Willapa Bay

It has come along beautifully since we visited this young garden last year, and is now ready to show how very much can be accomplished in just a couple of years.

outside the fence

outside the fence

Elly, who has grown along with the garden, hurries to greet us.

Elly, who has grown along with the garden, hurries to greet us.

a glimpse of the fascinating porch

a glimpse of the fascinating porch

and a driftwood gate

and a driftwood gate

Elly got so excited that she had to go in the fenced next door yard before she knocked someone over.

Elly (still a pup) got so excited that she had to go in the fenced next door yard before she knocked someone over.

There are chooks....

There are chooks….

and lots of them!

and lots of them!

Alliums by the wrap-around porch

Alliums by the wrap-around porch

Marla, me, and Ed Strange were the three lucky people to get one of these signs from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Marla, me, and Ed Strange were the three lucky people to get one of these signs from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Marla’s garden sign was a gift from Ginger next door, who owns the Charles Nelson Guest House, which will also be on the tour with its garden which is quite possibly half an acre large.

peeking over the north gate

peeking over the north gate

Chooks live here, too!

Chooks live here, too!

and two adorable and friendly dogs.

and two adorable and friendly dogs.

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old fashioned roses

old fashioned roses

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You'll want to see the view of this little formal pond from the deck.

You’ll want to see the view of this little formal pond from the deck.

I wondered if this is Cornus controversa variegata...the wedding cake tree?

I wondered if this is Cornus controversa variegata…the wedding cake tree?

A Waterlogue of the front of the Charles Nelson Guest House

A Waterlogue of the front of the Charles Nelson Guest House

We left the B&B garden to have lunch at Bailey’s Café just a bit up the road.

Bailey's Café

Bailey’s Café

Sambucus 'Black Lace' at Bailey's door

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ at Bailey’s door

inside

inside

tortilla soup and tuna in pita bread

tortilla soup and tuna in pita bread

Just during the course of lunch, we saw Anchorage Cottages manager Beth and Shelly of Flowering Hedge Design.

and this cutie pie

and this cutie pie

On the way to our next sneak peek garden, way up as far north as you can get in Surfside (without entering the northernmost private estate), we saw a promising garden that we WISH would be on the tour.

a good planting over the raised septic system

a good planting over the raised septic system

a promising garden, from the street

 promising garden, from the street

across the way, the Surfside canal

across the way, the Surfside canal

Next, we found Sam’s garden, which will be on the tour.

Sam's garden, from her driveway

Sam’s garden, from her driveway

I soon recognized some of Sam’s touches must also be in the garden we had admired down the street, and she said that yes, she does help out with that one, as well.

Sam's garden, sneak peek

Sam’s garden, sneak peek

Acanthus in Sam's garden

Acanthus in Sam’s garden

artful use of driftwood throughout the garden

artful use of driftwood throughout the garden

white Centaurea and driftwood

white Centaurea and driftwood

Sam, originally from Thailand, has an assortment of interesting plants including some unusual specimens.  I wish I could show you more, as I took many photos, but they would be spoilers for the garden tour.  I plan to publish them along with the actual tour day photos.

She pointed out this handsome fellow whose perch is in a tree on the ridge to the east:

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After our departure from Sam’s garden, Nancy and I drove by a house on the corner that has a lovingly maintained landscape:

another Surfside garden

another Surfside garden

And we then drove back south where we had just a look from the outside at a pocket garden in Tides West, one that will be featured for its artful use of containers.

Tides West garden

Tides West garden

 

Tides West garden vignette

Tides West garden vignette

With that, our pre-tour ended with three gardens unseen, one on the bay, one in Klipsan Beach, and one that was not confirmed till after our drive-around.

at home

Mary was snoozing in her new favourite spot, a temporary plant holding bench on the back patio.

Mary was snoozing in her new favourite spot, a temporary plant holding bench on the back patio.

I had a gardening mission which had come to me when I looked out my window this morning.  I had realized that when I look south down one path that passes the center bed, I can see the edge of the garden bed that lies under the former danger tree.

looking south

looking south

But when I sight down the other path, I can’t see the bed that is under the east side alder tree.

looking south down the other path

looking south down the other path

I could bring the alder tree shade bed forward from the east side, giving me room for more of the ladies in waiting!

the bed in question

the bed in question at 4:46 PM

and at 6:49 PM

and at 6:49 PM

 

with a bed of ajuga pulled and last week's weeding debris picked up

with a bed of ajuga pulled and last week’s weeding debris picked up

Now I need to get all the way to the back in weeding along there, and I need a yard of soil.

Another large patch of ajuga, gone.

Another large patch of ajuga, gone.

Next to go will be this bed of golden creeping jenny...

Next to go will be this bed of golden creeping jenny…

and more ajuga must go!

and more ajuga must go!

I have gone off groundcovers, it seems.

Tomorrow, we must begin a busy four day work week.  I am determined that on one of those days, I will manage to fit in getting my yard of soil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Allan made a shopping trip to the two grocery stores in Ocean Park and his side trip to the Nahcotta Boat Basin provided just the tiniest bit of blog fodder for today.  I had me nose stuck in a book.  I’m exploring the fictional town of Sea Harbor, Massachussets, and will share something about that in the future.

Port of Peninsula
Serving the Oyster and the Crab Industries, a Gillnet fleet and Recreational Users.

The arrow is Nahcotta.  (And Flora is my Google moniker.)

The arrow is Nahcotta. (And Flora is my Google moniker.)

The arrow shows Nahcotta, on the Willapa Bay side of the Long Beach Peninsula.

The arrow shows Nahcotta, on the Willapa Bay side of the Long Beach Peninsula.

Port of Peninsula, Nahcotta

Port of Peninsula, Nahcotta

Located in the middle of the Long Beach Peninsula at Nahcotta on Willapa Bay, the Port has about 90 leased slips. A Brow Hoist Boat Sling is available for lifting boats (30′ and under) into and out of Willapa Bay. Construction of a Public Boat Launch Ramp was completed in 2003. Power and water are available, as well as a boat sewage pumpout station, the only one located on Willapa Bay.

Birders might be interested in this link to the Great Washington State Birding Trail.

Allan’s photos:

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boat ramp

boat ramp

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I’ll add here a couple of my photos of the Port of Peninsula:

Port of Nahcotta

Port of Peninsula, probably 1999 or so

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view of Port of Peninsula from the south, 2014

And there is an unexpected blog post for today, thanks to Allan’s desire to look for another place to put his kayak into the water.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Ah…rain. Wednesday had been a rainy day off during which a number of things (like business paperwork) kept me from just reading all day, so I was very pleased to see more rain at 10:30 AM:

south window, blissful rain

south window, blissful rain

And then…out came the sun.

east window half an hour later!

east window half an hour later!

We still had plants in the van so were quick to get ready to go to work.

By our driveway, an allium emerging

By our driveway, an allium emerging

and chives taking on the sun

and chives taking on the sun

We made a quick stop at Olde Towne Café to switch compost buckets; while we were there, a patron told us about a bright spot of tulips near the old high school, so on our way north, we detoured down School Road to have a look.

colour in the distance

colour in the distance

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Kudos to whoever planted these. I am surprised wandering deer don’t eat them, as our client Ann’s garden is just uphill to the south and is continually plagued by deer.

We deadheaded and weeded at the Depot Restaurant, where the tulip and narcissi show is almost over. I won’t be planting annuals till after Mother’s Day so there will be a bit of a gap. We planted some Nicotiana langsdorfii and a pineapple sage and an Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’.

Tulip 'Green Wave' is coming on still.

Tulip ‘Green Wave’ is coming on still.

My first plan had been a bit of planting on Long Beach, but instead we decided to drive straight on to Klipsan Beach Cottages. We had not been there for two weeks.

on the entry lawn at KBC

on the entry lawn at KBC

big old rhodos, visible from the highway

at KBC: big old rhodos, visible from the highway

plants to go in at KBC

plants to go in at KBC

Above, Nicotiana langsdorfii, Jackman’s Blue Rue, Agastache ‘Sangria’ and ‘Cotton Candy’, and an Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ to replace one that died, and a Lobelia tupa (which is so hard to get results from but when one does, it is spectacular). Later I added a Zaluzianskya capensis (‘Night Sceneted Phlox’).

Allan planted and weeded while I deadheaded narcissi and weeded. Below, I lift some leaves to show you some mice jumping headfirst into the ground.

Arisarum proboscideum (mouse plant)

Arisarum proboscideum (mouse plant)

By the mouseplant, mossy steps lead up to the pond.

By the mouseplant, mossy steps lead up to the back of the pond.

looking south across the pond

looking south across the pond

By the driveway, Mary has planted up the old fountain with sedums.

lady fountain all planted up.

lady fountain all planted up.

I went over to the A Frame garden to pick many and many the dead narcissi.

The A Frame woods

The A Frame woods

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They are my favourite flower.

They are my favourite flower.

deadheads:  the making of zombie bride bouquets

deadheads: the making of zombie bride bouquets

The foliage has to be let die down naturally, but it helps the bulb to pick the dead flower so no energy goes to making seeds. Or so I have read. I cling to what Ed Hume (northwest gardening personality) said in a lecture, that one can cut the foliage down three weeks after the flower blooms. I just need to do that because we have so many public gardens that look terrible with floppy old bulb foliage.

in the deer fenced garden

in the deer fenced garden

Tulip 'Jackpot' safe from munching deer

Tulip ‘Jackpot’ safe from munching deer

more tulips

more tulips

almost done

almost done

stunning foliage, including the purple-y Thalictrum 'Elin'

stunning foliage, including the purple-y Thalictrum ‘Elin’

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outside the fence, windblown Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

outside the fence, windblown Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

clematis

clematis

Pieris and the lawn border with new fountain

Pieris and the lawn border with new fountain

The most exciting thing I saw was that Mary’s Cardiocrinum giganteum (a tall stately “lily” that takes years to bloom) is reaching for the sky and has a bud. I forgot to photograph that, of all things.

The saddest thing was to learn that my dear friend Riley had died over the weekend. I will miss him.

my friend Riley, February 2005 - April 19 2009

my friend Riley, February 2005 – April 19 2009

We are going to pause now for The House Dog’s Grave by Robinson Jeffers, so brace yourselves:

I’ve changed my ways a little: I cannot now

Run with you in the evenings along the shore,

Except in a kind of dream and you,

if you dream a moment,

You see me there.

So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front door

Where I used to scratch to go out or in,

And you’d soon open; leave on the kitchen floor

The marks of my drinking-pan.

I cannot lie by your fire as I used to do

On the warm stone,

Nor at the foot of your bed: no, all the nights through

I lie alone.

But your kind thought has laid me less than six feet

Outside your window where firelight so often plays,

And where you sit to read – and I fear often

grieving for me –

Every night your lamplight lies on my place.

You, man and woman, live so long it is hard

To think of you ever dying.

A little dog would get tired of living so long,

I hope that when you are lying

Under the ground like me your lives will appear

As good and joyful as mine.

No, dears, that’s too much hope: you are not

as well cared for

As I have been,

And never have known the passionate undivided

Fidelities that I knew.

Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided…

But to me you were true.

You were never masters but friends. I was your friend.

I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures

To the end and far past the end. If this is my end

I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.

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We got a grip on ourselves and went on with the work day.

Oman Builders Supply garden, Ocean Park

Oman Builders Supply garden, Ocean Park

When we got to Bailey’s Café in Nahcotta, I had to tell Jayne that when our job at Wiegardt Gallery ends, we will no longer be doing our small sessions of weeding at Bailey’s because it will be too out of the way.

Bailey's Café and old Clamshell Railroad timetable

Bailey’s Café and old Clamshell Railroad timetable

We saw oystering out on Willapa Bay.

We saw oystering out on Willapa Bay.

lilacs blooming at Wiegardt Gallery (where we continue to do some garden care till Eric's gardening brother arrives)

lilacs blooming at Wiegardt Gallery (where we continue to do some basic garden care till Eric’s gardening brother arrives)

I thought we might go to Andersen’s RV Park next to deadhead narcissi. Then we decided to check Golden Sands Assisted Living on the way, assuming that would mean we would not have to return there next week. Oops….because the visit was spontaneous, we did not have our string trimmer for the center lawn, so we will have to return next week anyway.

I hope to eventually have this all turn into moss spangled with little flowers.

I hope to eventually have this all turn into moss spangled with little flowers.

The beds need lots more weeding, anyway.

The beds need lots more weeding, anyway….although they are not bad and are full of promise.

I toyed again with the idea of just deadheading narcissi at Andersen’s RV Park, then thought how frustrating it would be to AGAIN have to leave without much time to weed. It was already five o clock. Deciding to give Andersen’s a longer session tomorrow, we drove right on by, heading south to the Long Beach tasks that I had originally planned to start the day with.

We deadheaded Narcissi in front of Dennis Co.

We deadheaded Narcissi in front of Dennis Co.

added plants to the planter by the arch

added plants to the planter by the arch

deadheaded city hall, where the Aruncus (goatsbeard) is growing rapidly

deadheaded city hall, where the Aruncus (goatsbeard) is growing rapidly

hosta echoes rhodo flowers in Peggy's Park, east side of city hall

hosta echoes rhodo flowers in Peggy’s Park, east side of city hall

Peggy's Park...a memory garden

Peggy’s Park…a memory garden

Allan put in a new rosemary where an old mostly dead one had come out by the police station and I deadheaded the Veterans Field white narcissi.

Tulip 'Flaming Parrot' at Veterans Field, Allan's photos

Tulip ‘Flaming Parrot’ at Veterans Field, Allan’s photos

We added a lavender to balance this planter where one had died.

We added a lavender to balance this planter where one had died.

And then, with the sun low in the sky, we replaced another lavender down at Time Enough Books at the port.

clouds over the boat storage yard, Port of Ilwaco

clouds over the boat storage yard, Port of Ilwaco

I even had a little time to sort out and move around some of the stash of unplanted plants at home. I dream of time this weekend to plant them. Tomorrow, I do hope for some good enough weather to put in a satisfying weeding session at Andersen’s RV Park.

today:  Ilwaco to Klipsan Beach to Ocean Park to Nahcotta to Long Beach to Ilwaco

today: Ilwaco to Klipsan Beach to Ocean Park to Nahcotta to Long Beach to Ilwaco

 

 

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

After loading yesterday’s fuchsia trimmings into the trailer, and Allan digging the last two clumps of the ones I wanted to transplant, we were faced with this…

rain

We wisely presevered and drove on to Peninsula Landscape Supply to dump the debris.

Debris pile will be ground for compost.

Debris pile will be ground for compost.

The rain cleared and left the pile of oversized river rocks gleaming.

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It sure would be wonderful to have a dump truck delivered of those huge river rocks.

Our mission of the day was to do a bit of planting in Surfside and Klipsan Beach. On the way we decided a quick check up on the Bailey’s Café garden in Nahcotta was in order.

in front of Bailey's Café

in front of Bailey’s Café

The garden still looked excellent.

camellia against the café wall

camellia against the café wall

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Allan's photo of fallen blossoms

Allan’s photo of fallen blossoms

The Bailey's rosemary had come through the winter well.

The Bailey’s rosemary had come through the winter well.

The very low tide gave us an opportunity to walk far out to take photos of the pilings where once upon a time the Clamshell Railroad backed up and reversed its direction.

road to the bay

road to the bay

road

oystershells

oyster shells, low tide on Willapa Bay

looking north to Nahcotta

looking north to Port of Nahcotta

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My Canon camera is defunct at the moment and I just had my iPhone, so I called Allan to walk out, partly to see the wonderful views and partly because I knew he would take good photos, as follow:

looking west toward Bailey's, from the bay road

looking west toward Bailey’s, from the bay road

I believe these are the old railroad dock pilings.

I believe these are the old railroad dock pilings.

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At high tide, the water could be up to that wall.

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looking west toward Bailey's

looking west toward Bailey’s

oyster baskets

old oyster baskets

the big pile of shells

the big pile of shells

Enough of the work intermission; we had not yet begun to apply ourselves, so we drove northwest to get to Marilyn’s garden and plant two big clumps of Fuchsia magellanica. They are naturalized in many unfenced gardens in the Pacific Northwest. I will be interested to see if the deer leave them alone.

at Marilyn's

at Marilyn’s; by summer the neighbours’ garage will be hidden.

at Marilyn's: Fritillaria meleagris speared through a leaf.

at Marilyn’s: Fritillaria meleagris speared through a leaf.

Next, south and east to the Wiegardt Gallery at the verge of Ocean Park and Nahcotta. Some say it’s in Ocean Park and others say it’s in Nahcotta. The address say Ocean Park, but the mailing address for Surfside also says Ocean Park, so it’s rather confusing.

I think it’s time to put the Peninsula map in here again!

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Wiegardt Studio Gallery

The rosemary here has come through the winter well, unlike mine that died.

The rosemary here has come through the winter well, unlike mine that died.

On the west side of the gallery, Ilex 'Sky Pencil' is not making a big impression yet.

On the west side of the gallery, Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ is not making a big impression yet.

We got the front and side garden weeded. The back will have to wait for another time. Once, to save money on materials, I mulched the back beds with free horse manure. Oh how I rue the day, as a horsey grass now infests the beds, just as it did my own (former) garden when I made the same mistake in the same year.

Washed dairy manure does not create weed grass.

Washed dairy manure does not create weed grass.

Today, we needed to get on down the road to do more jobs. We stopped at Oman Builder’s Supply to trim a lavender that we had not gotten to last time. Just a few blocks north, we paused to admire the narcissi behind Jack’s Country Store. You would think people would know to not pick the flowers. Apparently not.

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an all too familiar problem

an all too familiar problem

Here's our little garden at Oman Builder's Supply

Here’s our little garden at Oman Builder’s Supply

with some two or three year old tulips returning, with smaller flowers than the first year.

with some two or three year old tulips returning, with smaller flowers than the first year.

Our last job was at Klipsan Beach Cottages where Allan planted more Fuchsia starts in the A Frame garden and a line of Hellebores in the lawn border. I completely forgot to photograph the Hellebores once they were planted.

wheelbarrow of Hellebores and Fuchsia starts

wheelbarrow of Hellebores and Fuchsia starts

The Fuchsias went in this area.

The Fuchsias went in this area.

I spent my time pruning the old stalks of the hardy Fuchsias here and there, quite a lot of them, and as I did I happily realized that several large Fuchsias grew outside the deer fence garden and have not been bothered.

at Klipsan Beach Cottages

at Klipsan Beach Cottages

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Pulmonaria, one of my favourite early spring bloomers

Pulmonaria, one of my favourite early spring bloomers

Ann’s garden should have some of these, as clearly they are deer proof!

Pulmonaria backed with Euphorbia

Pulmonaria backed with Euphorbia

Ribes sanguineum (flowering currant), also deer resistant

Ribes sanguineum (flowering currant), also deer resistant

inside the fenced garden

inside the fenced garden

Euphorbia characias wulfenii is safe from deer outside the fence.

Euphorbia characias wulfenii is safe from deer outside the fence.

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

a quick solution for an empty pot from which a Phormium was removed

a quick solution for an empty pot from which a Phormium was removed

Here once stood a might Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage)

Here once stood a might Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage)

vanquished by our cold winter

vanquished by our cold winter

Mary and Denny gave me the most charming birthday present:

prez

We are not working till sundown these days; the air gets quite cold by 5 PM. I thought how nice it would be to go to Mexican Fiesta Night at the Lightship Restaurant and get the guacamole that is made at tableside. The realization that is was Thursday, not Wednesday, sent us straight home. I made one quick venture into the back garden to show you the tulips that are starting to bloom next to the garden boat.

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The west bed where I chopped and removed some big Fuchsia clumps now needs a yard of soil.

west bed

west bed

The middle beds Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river has begun to emerge.

It will bloom from June to October.

It will bloom from June to October.

In the east bed, Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’ and Euphorbia glow in the evening sunshine.

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I would like to have clipped the dead ends off of the Leycesteria but was just too tired.

I forgot to share one birthday present from Allan in my show and tell so am adding it here. I’d found these two most darling pictures at the Ilwaco Antique Gallery and had hinted about them quite well. Here they are back then in the Gallery, soon to be on our wall:

pretty things at the Antique Gallery

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Thursday, 27 February, 2014

Over the last couple of days, the gear shed neighbours have got all their crab pots stacked behind the shed.  I know the picturesque garden back drop will disappear under a tarp soon.

stacked pots

stacked pots

crocuses multiplying in our back garden

crocuses multiplying in our back garden

Ribes sanguineum 'Apple Blossom' starting to bloom

Ribes sanguineum ‘Apple Blossom’ starting to bloom

early tulips in the front garden

early tulips in the front garden: Tulip kaufmanniana ‘The First’ (and it is the first)

We needed to dump a large load of debris and decided to top it off with Mayor Mike’s pampas grass, just three blocks down Lake Street.

before and after

before and after

Some of the white and blue assortment of bulbs that I planted there are coming on.  The snowdrops are done, but a very nice blue and white Iris reticulata is still good.

iris reticulata

Iris reticulata

After dumping our debris at the city dump off Sandridge Road (because Peninsula Landscape Supply where we usually dump is closed for the season except by appointment, and we are too spontaneous for that), we headed north with our first destination being the Oysterville Store to take photos for the next cash mob event.

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As we neared Nahcotta I suddenly remembered that we had promised a bit of gardening work to Jayne of Bailey’s Café.  I’m glad we stopped.  At first, I was just going to look and make more promises…and then decided to just get it done.

before

after, with ferns cut back

after, with ferns cut back

The Clamshell Railroad time table is on the side of the building.  Would that the train still ran but it is long gone.

Jayne wanted a little square turned into a garden bed for more herbs; it took half an hour to accomplish (with the addition of compost inside the bin).  The bin is just the top of a bin, sitting there, not buried.

before and after

before and after

finishing up

finishing up

Happily, we had a spot to dump the weeds and did not have to haul anything away from this wee job.

Near the herb bed:  evidence of Nahcotta's oyster industry

Near the herb bed: evidence of Nahcotta’s oyster industry

crows atop the oyster pile

crows atop the oyster pile

The café and herb beds are right by Willapa Bay.  Here you can see old oyster shells and the pilings where the Clamshell Railroad used to turn around.

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historic pilings

historic pilings

Unfortunately, we were on a mission and did not have time to have a delicious lunch at Bailey’s.

It was tempting....

It was tempting….

art by Pat Fagerland

art by Pat Fagerland

I had checked the Facebook page of the Oysterville Store for its hours and was sure we would be there at the right time.  Our gardening session at Bailey’s had assured that we would miss the lunch hour when the shop is closed.  A phone call would have been better as it turned out no one was there at the end of our long drive.

Oysterville Store

Oysterville Store

Our schedule, dependent on weather and the vagaries of how long each job takes, is just too darn spontaneous for phone calls.

frustrated window peering

frustrated window peering

Offseason, shops around the Peninsula do have curtailed hours.  I’ll have to make due with cash mob promo photos from the last time we visited the store.

Fortunately we had a job planned that was at the north end and we drove over to Surfside and down a ways to return to Marilyn’s garden and do more cutting back.

from 2:20 to 5:10 PM

from 2:20 to 5:10 PM

I tackled the swale behind the house where the predominant plant is Siberian iris along with some daylilies, striped running grass, and crocosmia.  From 3:30 to 4:15 I was reminded of why I don’t grow these iris in very many locations.  I simply hate cleaning them.  While I enjoy most spring clean up jobs, the cutting of sodden iris foliage depressed and irks me.  Why can’t it just pull off?  Or snip off nicely and cleanly?

before and after, with much weeding left to do

before and after, with much weeding left to do

the swale

the swale

The deer are feasting on the daylilies.

The deer are feasting on the daylilies.

We’ve been told a herd of five deer hangs out in the garden.  They’ll be shocked to find everything cut down and all their hidey places gone.  From  the photos Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy (co owner of the Depot Restaurant) has sent me, the deer are brazen enough to not need to hide.

"Who's that on the porch??"

just off the back porch

Our trailer got so full of debris that we could not fit in the last of the trimmings.  I shoved them to the back of the garden.  Even if we don’t get the mess picked up, it will become hidden, as this garden gets so tall by midsummer that the neighbours’ garage will be completely hidden.

stashing debris along the back

stashing debris along the back

Shoving the last of the clippings to the back will givethe many narcissi  room to show off.  This garden does not have many other early bulbs because of the deer.   I did find one Iris ‘Katherine Hodgekin’.

Katharine, my favourite.

Katharine, my favourite.

It’s a good thing we didn’t give ourselves the luxury of lunch at Bailey’s Café as we worked till dusk.  Tomorrow’s first task will be another dump run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 7 November, 2013

I had been so sure we would have the day off that I was shocked when sunshine awoke me.  The sky to the south, more white than grey, perhaps boded that some work time could be found before the predicted storm.  We decided to try.  I have a few plants left to put in the ground for clients, and it is better to do so before the soil gets colder.

I went to the patio to grab a chunk of a Libertia that we divided from the Golden Sands garden.

The cosmos in the garden boat, while sideways, still have a few blossoms.

The cosmos in the garden boat, while sideways, still have a few blossoms.

One pink dahlia is going strong.

One pink dahlia is going strong.

the blue river of Geranium 'Rozanne' would look better if I had tidied it up...

the blue river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (still blooming!) would look better if I had tidied it up…

I should do something about the squash (one real, one fake).

I should do something about the squash (one real, one fake).

I WILL pick those squash tomorrow.  One has sunk into itself like a popped balloon but I think two are left.

one tall sweet pea vine to the very top of the deer fence

one tall sweet pea vine to the very top of the deer fence

We then made the forty five minute drive to the Wiegardt Gallery to plant three Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ and a clump of Libertia and, we hoped, do some fall clean up.  We also hoped to plant a Hellebore and a Libertia at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

Wiegardt Gallery west side now with five Ilex 'Sky Pencil'

Wiegardt Gallery west side, now with five Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’

and one little Sky Pencil to add some verticality (eventually) on the south side.

and one little Sky Pencil to add some verticality (eventually) on the south side.

It is just past the end of the hose!

We chopped down some Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ (unusually short, in a northern bed that does not get much water).  While I might have continued to enjoy the blackened foliage against the pale variegated Miscanthus, I think it is one of those tableaus that passersby would see as something undone that should have been done.

before and after

before and after, with Miscanthus variegatatus and Siberian iris and Libertia

The weather having turned  dire, we popped into the gallery for a moment to get out of the wind, hoping it would die down so we could go on to the KBC garden.  Earlier in the month, Eric had picked from my wheelbarrow some tattered cosmos blossoms to paint.  Today I picked him a bouquet of the last of windblown flowers.

the last of the cosmos, from some plants we had pulled up

the last of the cosmos, from some plants we had pulled up

warm inside

warm inside

I love the painting at the center, left, with red flowers:  Knautia macedonica

I love the painting at the center, left, with red flowers: Knautia macedonica

Gallery manager Christl says she asked me for the proper spelling of Knautia!

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rose painting by Eric Wiegardt

rose painting by Eric Wiegardt

Afte chatting (and consuming some Finnish mint chocolate candy offered by Christl) we went back out into the now pelting rain.  Allan came up with the bright idea that we should try again to go to the Oysterville Store to ask the owner if he wants to be “cash mobbed” in March.  Last time we went, we happened upon his lunch break and missed seeing the inside of the store.

rain....daunting us from working

rain….daunting us from working

wind in the Wiegardt garden

wind in the Wiegardt garden

Oysterville Store it would be.  The wind chased us over to Nahcotta, just east on the bay….

Nahcotta oyster shell mountain

Nahcotta oyster shell mountain

…and on up to Oysterville, where we parked right in the middle of quiet Territory Road for some stormy day photos.

Territory Road, looking north

Territory Road, looking north

Territory

reflection

trees

the iconic Oysterville picket fence

the iconic Oysterville picket fence

bay view bench

bay view bench

I snooped with my eyes over the fence of the Huson garden, a garden created by the owners of another favourite garden of mine, a garden in Ruston that I still think of often.

Oysterville garden

Oysterville garden

along the road

along the road

It is magnificent.

It is magnificent.

Across the street, a couple of hardy fuchsias still bloomed, one overhanging one of the pumpkins that Huson has placed throughout the village.

fuchsia

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Because the dashboard clock told us the store would not be open for another few minutes,  we took a detour past Oysterville Sea Farm.

oyster beds

oyster beds and gulls

pilings

Oysterville Sea Farms

Oysterville Sea Farms

oyster shell road

oyster shell road

across from the Oysterville Store

across from the Oysterville Store

a photo of the store/post office taken last February

a photo of the store/post office taken last February

We usually see Oysterville only on a rainy day off!

You can read some history of the Oysterville store in Sydney Stevens Oysterville Daybook.

In the window of the front door, a big dog greeted us.

I wanted to stand around and pet him, but he wanted to go outside and find someone to play ball.

I wanted to stand around and pet him, but he wanted to go outside and find someone to play ball.

in the store:  books

in the store: books

a parlor off to the side

a parlor off to the side

cozy wood heat in the main room

cozy wood heat in the main room

Allan buys some Jean Nitzel greeting cards at the counter

Allan buys some Jean Nitzel greeting cards at the counter

Owner Greg Rogers told us that the candy case was original to the old store.

Old timers remember this.

Old timers remember this.

a historic scale

a historic scale

Greg also told us that the table on which the scale and candy case sit had belonged to his grandfather, Ernest Rogers.  Ernest, while working at Davies Coffee and Spice on the Seattle Waterfront in 1915 had bagged (or otherwise sorted into containers) coffee on this very table and then delivered it to Chinese restaurants.

Greg has a fondness for old signs.  The “Information” sign below is part of a park (?) sign from Hawaii, part of which was burned in a volcano eruption or lava flow.

signs

signs

seattle

The cities, above, are part of the trajectory of Greg’s life, as described in this article.

behind the counter

behind the counter

in the store

in the store

A connection from Ilwaco to Oysterville:  Kelly of Blue Crab Graphics screen prints the t shirts.

We spoke for awhile of cash mob ideas and then Allan and I re-examined the weather through the front door.

still rather dire

still rather dire

I continued to hope, as we departed, that we could get just two plants planted at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Allan pointed out that we had done a lot of time in the van to very little time working.

I wish I had stopped to take a photo looking west as we came over the hill from Oysterville to Surfside.  The ocean waves crashed dramatically high and pampas grass in residents’ gardens bent sideways in the wind.

We tried for another photo from Bay Avenue in Ocean Park but there were too many storm watching cars parked right in the scene.  Tp pass the time in hope of a weather break, we shopped at Sweet Williams on Bay for Christmas cards; owner Katie Williams always has some with a coastal theme.

Sweet Williams on Bay

Sweet Williams on Bay

Polish Pottery

Polish Pottery

The sky had just a bit of blue as we entered and left Katie’s shop.  I knew better than to fall for it. The wind had picked up to 30 mph.  We gave up on work and headed back to Long Beach in lashings of sideways rain.

at the Bolstadt street light

at the Bolstadt street light

lb

Back in Ilwaco, we saw from our driveway a garbage can heading north to south along Lake Street and Pearl.  Although our wheelie bins are of a substantial size and weight, it looks like this one might end up at the Port.

wheelie bin on a journey

wheelie bin on a journey

Getting home from work early was a good thing today.  We had a project to do in the garage, making space for bulb sorting.  Tomorrow a large bulb delivery is due to arrive.

I got plant tags from the summer stuffed into a 5 gallon bucket.  Sorting them will make a useful winter’s day project and perhaps I will even make a database of what plants have been added to my garden.

sorting project

sorting project

I rooted for the Danger Tree to harmlessly fall….

Danger Tree!

Danger Tree!

admired the Melianthus major in the front garden…

A heavy frost could take this down.

A heavy frost could take this down.

and a hebe in geometric bloom:

very tidy

very tidy

The Fatsia is blooming in Allan’s garden.

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’

and some annuals are still blooming by the garage.

even a double impatiens!

even a double impatiens!

The leaves of Nora’s maple are turning by the window where she used to sit and wave to us when we came home.

We miss her.

We miss her.

After considerable reorganizing and placing of seasonal tables (including taking Allan’s sorting table from the middle of his room!), we are now ready as can be for bulb hell time.  I have fingerless gloves:

It gets chilly in the garage.

It gets chilly in the garage.

My Colorblends mug for hot cups of tea:

It's rather a strange design.

It’s rather a strange design.

I like the way the Colorblends order always comes with some Dutch newspaper inside.

paper

Usually there is a little giftie enclosed, like the mug, or some tulip coasters, but not this year.

I have paper, a clipboard, a chair, a calculator, crates to sort in, bags, a sharpie (better have more than one) and a U shaped table arrangement…and still room for the van to park.  One table is for tulips, one for narcissi, one for small bulbs and one for Alliums.

Couldn't be more ready...

Couldn’t be more ready…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Sunday, July 21, I had the pleasure of arranging a private garden tour for my friends who had come from out of town for the Music in the Gardens tour the day before.  We met, of course, at Olde Towne Coffee Café.

(l-r)  Debbie, Kathleen, Luanne (Olde Towne Owner), Sheila, me

(l-r) Debbie, Kathleen, Luanne (Olde Towne Owner), Sheila, me, photo by Allan

9 AM required an early rising for me but it was not a problem with such a great day to look forward to.

We went first to Tom and Judy’s garden just down the street.  The day might have seemed grey to some, but to us it was perfect weather as the light was ideal for Debbie to take photos.  Below, Judy shows off her latest of 30? Japanese maples.  Or is it 31?

Tom, Debbie, Judy

Tom, Debbie, Judy

Along the fence, Debbie found a perfect specimen of Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ to photograph.  And I find, looking at my photos later, that it was so interesting to watch Debbie’s choices of what to photograph with her handsome professional camera that I sort of forgot to take many pictures myself!  The Eryngium might attain fame some day on her website, Rainyside Gardeners, or in a gardening magazine.

a vignette in the Hornbuckle garden

a vignette in the Hornbuckle garden

Next we went to the Boreas Inn to have a look at the west side gardens which are exposed to ocean salt wind.

Boreas:  Path to the beach is just past the arch

Boreas: Path to the beach is just past the arch

I had been very mildly appalled when owner Susie bunged some gladiolas into “my” mixed borders.  How declassé!  What, I wondered at the time, would famous NW gardener Ciscoe Morris think when he came there to stay (as planned for June).  The week after, I saw on his telly show that he loves glads.  Now, with this dark plum coloured set looking so grand, I can see why.

glads at the Boreas

glads at the Boreas

Next, we converged on Andersen’s RV Park.  I forgot to explain that the white petunias in the whiskey barrels are a favourite choice of owner Lorna’s.  (The petunias are looking bedraggled with all the wind we have been having.)

at Andersen's, looking NW

at Andersen’s, looking NW

Debbie took lots of photos, I think of the poppy garden.

poppies

Deb and the poppies

poppies

Meanwhile, Sheila and Allan were intent on something.

on the path through the poppy garden

on the path through the poppy garden

AHA!  Sheila was collecting seeds!

sheila

Busted!   She even had a little plastic bag at the ready.

caught redhanded

caught redhanded

My plan to keep viewing gardens from south to north was kiboshed by everyone being hungry, so we skipped the three Klipsan/Ocean Park gardens and went straight on north to Nahcotta to have a delicious lunch at Bailey’s Café.  I became a little anxious about the time, as usual, but forgot to fret when our food came.

An absorbed Kathleen, and Sheila at Bailey's Café

An absorbed Kathleen, and Sheila at Bailey’s Café

After lunch, we went further north to Rita’s amazing garden on the bay.  First we stood and marveled at a bad boxwood pruning job that had been hired out.  When Rita herself prunes her boxwood entrance it is perfect, not like this at all (and this is after two months of growing in).

Rita, Kathleen, Debbie, Sheila

Rita, Kathleen, Debbie, Sheila

Gardeners can discuss something like this for a long time.

garden west of house

garden west of house

The garden is green on green on green and meticulously maintained.

garden east of house

garden east of house

Rita and Ken laid every rock of that wall themselves.  When Allan and I used to work there, she had me trim back draping cotoneaster so it would not hide the work they had done.

west side porch

west side porch

upper pond

upper pond

From a pool on the west side of the house, a stream runs to a waterfall pond in the lower, east side garden overlooking Willapa Bay.

boulder by path going to bayside overlook garden

boulder by path going to bayside overlook garden

the lower pond, east side of house

the lower pond, east side of house

waterfall

I was so interested in my friends’ reactions to the spectacular garden that I did not take any photos of the bay view.  Here’s one taken in early spring from when we used to work in the garden (which we did for a year until time constraints forced us to let it go).

view in 2011

view in spring 2011

After a good long visit with Rita, we departed back southwest to Ocean Park to see two gardens created by neighbours.  This duo of gardens was on the Music in the Gardens tour in 2010 and I had remembered it fondly.

The Door House

The Door House

I have always believed the local legend that this house was made from shipwrecked doors, but its owner enlightened us that the doors came from an old building, a large lodge of some sort which had many doors.  The walls inside the house (and we were all thrilled to be invited in to see) show the insides of the doors!

a house made of doors

a house made of doors

on the garage wall

on the garage wall

between garage and house, looking north

between garage and house, looking north

To the south of the Door House, a gate leads into the neighbour’s garden.

a friendly gate

a friendly gate

Through the gate is the garden of the Greutter family.  The Door House dog felt very at home there.

dog

in the Greutter garden

patio with interesting containers

patio with interesting containers

I especially like the very raised up Phormium, which is the only way I like to grow them myself now (in rustic old garbage cans).

patio containers and recycled glass

patio containers and recycled glass

glass bottle edging

glass bottle edging

fire circle

fire circle

How I love this little garden!

How I love this little garden!

nautical corner

nautical corner

Hydrangea aspera!

looking north to the Door House

From Ocean Park, we drove south to Klipsan Beach Cottages where Debbie took photos in the fenced garden and the three-waterfall pond by the entry drive.

Debbie in the courtyard

Debbie in the courtyard

Debbie was on a mission to get lots of seaside garden photos;  Sheila and Allan and Kathleen and I had a great time just walking around and talking with Mary and Denny.

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

This robin had just been seen pilfering blueberries.

This robin had just been seen pilfering blueberries.

For our last stop we visited Patti Jacobsen’s Seaview garden.

Allan and Patti; Debbie photographs a little pond

Allan and Patti; Debbie photographs a little pond

Patti's puppy Stella in a rare moment of almost repose

Patti’s puppy Stella in a rare moment of almost repose

Patti told the story of how some years ago, someone found her this driftwood, perfect for a bench, in the mud of Willapa Bay.  It is one piece of wood, and she had recently polished up to gleaming finish.

driftwood bench

driftwood bench

Stella flattening an ornamental grass

Stella flattening an ornamental grass

entry to Patti's edible garden

entry to Patti’s edible garden

back deck and door

back deck and door

bouquet in Patti's kitchen window

bouquet in Patti’s kitchen window

So our tour day which had begun at 9 AM ended at 6 PM and Kathleen and Debbie departed from Seaview for their homes in Olympia and Kingston.  I had one more social evening with Sheila because she was staying till early Monday morning.  We had dinner at the always delightful Pelicano Restaurant at the Port of Ilwaco and then she returned to her nearby motel and I had that poignant feeling when good friends have all left.

[Edited to add:  Here is an article Debbie wrote using some of her photos from this day.]

The next day, the regular round of work would begin again, but I had the Gearhart garden tour to look forward to at the end of the week.

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