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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Before work: Allan saw through his window our dear neighbour Jessika picking apples. (She has a standing invitation to come pick!)

Before work: Allan saw through his window our dear neighbour Jessika picking apples. (She has a standing invitation to come pick!)


First thing: some kale and violas into the planter at Peninsula Sanitation office, by request

First thing: some kale and violas into the planter at Peninsula Sanitation office, by request


second thing: some deadheading at the Depot Restaurant garden

second thing: some deadheading at the Depot Restaurant garden


third thing: grooming the Long Beach welcome sign garden

third thing: grooming the Long Beach welcome sign garden

Nancy’s garden

Fourth thing: We put a pot of fingerling potatoes on Garden Tour Nancy and Phil’s front porch.

Nancy's kitchen garden

Nancy’s kitchen garden


her dahlias

her dahlias


and her chooks

and her chooks


something of interest

something of interest


cottages across the street

cottages across the street

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Our goal today was to polish off the last big fall project.

before: Allan plans the task

before: Allan plans the task


Allan's photo: heading in to the base of the Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Allan’s photo: heading in to the base of the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’


after: a considerably enlarged sit spot made by removed a swathe of Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

after: a considerably enlarged sit spot made by removed a swathe of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’:  Good job, Allan


Allan's before and after

Allan’s before and after


Allan's photo: larger = more inviting, we feel.

Allan’s photo: larger = more inviting, we feel.

Meanwhile, I did fall clean up in the garden.

before

before


after

after


before: tree peony

before: tree peony area


after

after


tall late blooming cosmos

tall late blooming cosmos


Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima


view in the east gate

view in the east gate


Mary and Denny tidied up this basement entry area.

Mary and Denny tidied up this basement entry area.


Sarah being cute.

Sarah being cute.


seasonal decor

seasonal decor

Anchorage Cottages

We had time to do the Anchorage Cottages garden, too, with some more fall clean up.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard


hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia


further editing of shade garden

further editing of shade garden

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Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

Ilwaco

With about one hour before sunset, Allan chopped back an old shrub at our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco post office.  What the shrub is, I do not know, but we make it go away about once a year.

before

before


Allan's photo: after

Allan’s photo: after

While he addressed the shrub problem, I walked around and checked on the Ilwaco street trees and planters, pulling pesky bits of chickweed and tiny grasses.

Griffin Gallery window downtown....

Griffin Gallery window downtown….


Halloween is a very big deal in Ilwaco.

Halloween is a very big deal in Ilwaco.

Allan joined me by the time I got to the boatyard.

Ilwaco boatyard

Ilwaco boatyard


We'll do fall clean up on the boatyard garden one of these days.

We’ll do fall clean up on the boatyard garden one of these days.


I cut a couple more branches off of the leaning columnar pear street tree.

I cut a couple more branches off of the leaning columnar pear street tree.


It has flowers in October. Weird.

It has flowers in October. Weird.

We got done just in time to go home, drop off the trailer, and head off to our weekly dinner, I mean meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

The Cove Restaurant

more signs of Halloween in the Cove Restaurant garden

more signs of Halloween in the Cove Restaurant garden (Allan’s photo)


Allan and Dave discuss garden clippers before dinner.

Allan and Dave discuss garden clippers before dinner.


Allan had the cod from this part of tonight's special menu.

Allan had the cod from this part of tonight’s special menu.  And I had that salad.


Allan's photo of his fish and noodles

Allan’s photo of his fish and noodles


Dave had this work of art.

Dave had this work of art salad.


Melissa's prawn bowl

Melissa’s prawn bowl


Allan's photo

Dave’s burger (Allan’s photo); I had the Cajun Chicken Alfredo, with enough left to make Friday’s dinner at home.

I don’t think I have laughed so hard and as much as we do with Dave and Melissa over these weekly dinners for quite some time and it makes me very happy.  Melissa says it makes them happy, too.


 

Friday, 23 October 2015

We started with a bit more fall clean up on our volunteer garden at the post office.

We started with a bit more fall clean up on our volunteer garden at the post office.

Long Beach

Today’s main project: to cut down some mean and thorny Dorothy Perkins roses from Fifth Street Park’s north fence upon which the Long Beach city crew will soon be installing the lighted sea serpent holiday decoration.

While Allan took on the fence roses, I went after some roses and some perennials in the northwest corner of the garden.

before

before


after

after


the fence rose project (Allan's photos)

the fence rose project (Allan’s photos); bet the city crew will be happy!


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the sea serpent last year, from the other side of the fence

There are two large ornamental grasses against the fence.  You can just catch a glimpse of the bigger one in my before photo.  I dithered about cutting them down, and finally decided not to.  The city crew might chop them, or we might if they seem to block the serpent once it is up.  Right now, their flowers look lovely in the autumnal light, and as Allan said, once we cut them, we can’t put them back.  They might give the effect of the serpent floating along in a marshland.  We shall see.

Then, while Allan raked and picked up all the debris and took it to city works to dump, I walked around to deadhead and groom the planters.

the debris from the park ready to go to City Works (Allan's photo)

the debris from the park ready to go to City Works (Allan’s photo)


California poppies still blooming

California poppies still blooming


This blue statice from The Planter Box has been a real do-er in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

This blue statice from The Planter Box has been a real do-er in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.


lots of cerinthe seedlings in the front corner of that same planter

lots of cerinthe seedlings in the front corner of that same planter

The Kabob House restaurant behind the photo above was our goal for after work today, but for now I had to walk on by.

I popped into NIVA green to take a few photo for the Facebook page, and found myself buying the skeleton bird and cage.  It will be an excellent addition to our Halloween decor.

I did not carry it with me around the planters; Allan picked it up for me an hour later.

I did not carry it with me around the planters; Allan picked it up for me an hour later.

 
Shop owner Heather "went a little cat crazy" at a recent gift show.

Shop owner Heather “went a little cat crazy” at a recent gift show.

By the time I caught up with Allan, he had dumped the debris from Fifth Street Park and was weeding in Veterans Field.

Vet Field corner bed (Allan's photo)

Vet Field corner bed (Allan’s photo)

With work, including weeding in Veterans Field, done, we ended our pretty easy Long Beach day with a scrumptious late lunch at the Kabob House, which recently got a well deserved rave review in the local paper.

Kabob House

Kabob House


vegetable and beef combo

vegetable and beef combo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's chicken kabob meal

Allan’s chicken kabob meal

 

The meals come with a side of the cucumber sauce that I adore, and owner/chef Behnoosh came out to offer us more before the meal was done.  I could eat a gallon of that sauce out of a huge soup tureen. I was surprised when she told me that several people had come in to eat there after seeing it recommended on this blog.  That does amaze and please me.

On the way home, we saw that all the Ilwaco planters had wide red ribbons tied around them.  It is some kind of cancer awareness month (as if we were not already aware and scared with friends getting cancer left and right, it seems!).   I wish to compliment whoever did the banner tying for their excellent job of going under the plants and not hurting them.

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good job!

good job!

We were home early and I spent the evening catching up on the weekly blogging till quite late, followed by an 11 PM dinner with The Amazing Race.


Real time update:  If all goes according to plan, as this post publishes on the morning of October 30, we will be putting the finishing touches that day on our Corridor of Spooky plants in preparation for the amazing Ilwaco Halloween.  Several friends including Dave, Melissa, and Our Kathleen, Shelly and Steve, perhaps Todd, perhaps MaryBeth, will join us to hand out candy to the usual 300 or so trick or treaters and to walk around admiring other houses’ decorations.  We hope to have some good photos when that blog post rolls around.  If you are in Ilwaco that evening, come on over.

 

 

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Ilwaco

Ilwaco post office garden, on our way to work.

Ilwaco post office garden, on our way to work.

Our volunteer garden at the post office is still a bit gappy in the front where it got fallen upon.  Plus I want to pull that red poppy in the front corner, as it looks rather sad and tippy, but someone said she wants to collect seeds…

The leaning tower of lily is blooming.

The leaning tower of lily is blooming.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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post office cosmos

post office cosmos

It's all quite satisfactory except for the languishing sweet peas along the fence.

It’s all quite satisfactory except for the languishing sweet peas along the fence.

We saw this pedestrian on the way to put a cheque in the bank.

We saw this pedestrian on the way to put a cheque in the bank.

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Golden Sands Assisted Living

Our garden in the courtyard at Golden Sands is showing more flower colour every week.

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers with an oval concrete path

NW quadrant

NW quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

My mom did not like white flowers, so I did not have those daisies outside her window when she lived there.

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

orange lilies and Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

orange lilies and Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

Nicotiana langsdorfii (left)

Nicotiana langsdorfii (left), pink Agastache (lower center)

finally a really good clump of dahlias

finally a really good clump of dahlias

and another dahlia

and another dahlia

This is the first year that we seem to have the snails knocked back enough, with weekly applications of Sluggo, to successfully grow some dahlias at Golden Sands.

pink annual bachelor button

pink annual bachelor button

"black" bachelor buttons

“black” bachelor buttons

daisies and sanguisorba

daisies and sanguisorba

white astilbe

white astilbe

pink astilbe

pink astilbe

The Geranium 'Rozanne' river is paltry compared to mine...but at least it is flowering this year, thanks to the sprinklers working.

The Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river is paltry compared to mine…but at least it is flowering this year, thanks to the sprinklers working.

One task we do here is to use the hose to water the hydrangeas (outside of the sprinkler range) and fill the three birdbaths.

One task we do here is to use the hose to water the hydrangeas (outside of the sprinkler range) and fill the three birdbaths.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

our KBC gardens

our KBC gardens: the pond garden is the green circle at the V of two gravel roads

the pond garden at KBC, our favourite job

the pond garden at KBC, our favourite job

refreshing pond, beloved of birds

refreshing pond, beloved of birds

across the driveway from the pond

across the driveway from the pond

clam cleaning shed and picnic area

clam cleaning shed and picnic area, with cottages on the ridge

hydrangea in the woodland swale

hydrangea in the woodland swale

Mary's philadelphus was in bloom.

Mary’s philadelphus was in bloom.

Mary was thrilled at the fragrance.

Mary was thrilled at the fragrance.

more hydrangeas

more hydrangeas

inside the fenced garden

inside the fenced garden

agapanthus

agapanthus

dierama

dierama

clematis

clematis

rose

rose

bench

bench

My big idea: This fall, take out the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ behind that bench so we can move the bench back, so the Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ will hang over one side of it, and there will be a better view of the ‘Polka’ rose that has gotten lost back in there, and there will be room for a table.

outside the deer fence

outside the deer fence

the lawn bed

the lawn bed

We skipped Marilyn’s this week, as it is way up north and her daughter Nancy is doing a great job keeping it watered.  We drove south again, past Andersen’s RV Park, still not knowing for sure that it had sold for sure, to The Anchorage.

Anchorage Cottages

Innkeeper's assistant, Mitzu

Innkeeper’s assistant, Mitzu

sweet peas in the office courtyard

sweet peas in the office courtyard

sweet peas

sweet peas

the office

the office

annual lobelia matching the sign.  (I'll claim it was planned that way.)

annual lobelia matching the sign. (I’ll claim it was planned that way.)

trilllum seeds ripening; sent this photo to Todd to remind him to collect them, and he had already been.

trilllum seeds ripening; sent this photo to Todd a week later to remind him to collect them, and he had already been.

On the way home, we stopped to get another garden tour poster from Garden Tour Nancy.

Nancy’s garden

Nancy’s beloved flock of chickens have scratched up her perennial flower border.  She has a fencing plan for that next year.  Meanwhile, the soil has been well aerated and the weeds chicken-controlled.

Nancy's chickens scritchy scratching around the garlic beds

Nancy’s chickens scritchy scratching around the garlic beds

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The fenced veg patch is chicken-proof...

The fenced veg patch is chicken-proof…

Nancy's purple flowered and podded edible pea.

Nancy’s purple flowered and podded edible pea.

(She gave me some seeds of that pea, and I am growing it, although not as well, but I have forgotten the name.)

The hens WANT to get into the veg garden.

The hens WANT to get into the veg garden.

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They are friendly and interested in having their photos taken.

They are friendly and interested in having their photos taken.

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Nancy showed me the plants she had gotten at Dancing Oaks, including this rhododendron....

Nancy showed me the plants she had gotten at Dancing Oaks, including this rhododendron….

and this sarracenia, which made me mad with envy.

and this sarracenia, which made me mad with envy.

On the way home, we photographed this classic yellow on yellow garden in Long Beach.

yellow glads

yellow glads

Ilwaco again

I watered by Salt Hotel and the two gardens west of there and gave Salt owner Laila a garden tour poster for their window.  Allan filled buckets for the east end garden, the one no hose can reach.

Allan's photo: filling buckets at the community building. (The boatyard water was turned off.)

Allan’s photo: filling buckets at the community building. (The boatyard water was turned off.)

in the easternmost bed on Howerton Avenue (Allan's photo while bucket watering)

in the easternmost bed on Howerton Avenue (Allan’s photo while bucket watering)

Then, home.

Melianthis major in the front garden (with lilies)

Melianthis major in the front garden (with lilies)

elephant garlic

elephant garlic (and more lilies)

in the back garden: passion flower (Allan's photo)

in the back garden: passion flower (Allan’s photo)

I found a gift bag hanging on our door...

I found a gift bag hanging on our door…

a present from our friend Queen La De Da (Jenna) who had just returned from a visit to her home town.

a present from our friend Queen La De Da (Jenna) who had just returned from a visit to her home town.

It pleases me to have “Texas pecan” flavoured coffee (even though I think Texan right wing politics are nuts!) because one of my favourite cozy mystery series, by Susan Wittig Albert, is set in the fictional Texas town of Pecan Springs.  Thanks, Jenna!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

I’ve been mentally looking ahead to staycation and I think that it got me distracted from gathering blog fodder. So when I went to breakfast (a late one, of course) on this stormy Thursday with Garden Tour Nancy, I completely forgot to take photos. Unheard of!! We were having too much fun talking about gardens, plants, bulbs, her flock of young chickens, and possible gardens for next year’s garden tour. I swiped some photos from the 42nd Street website to make up for my distraction.

a darling drawing of the Café by our friend Don Nisbett

a darling painting of the Café by our friend Don Nisbett

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inside Seaview’s 42nd Street Café

We were happy that there were only two other tables dining, as we went at a time between breakfast and lunch times. We happily tucked ourselves away in the corner table to the left.

I had the Russian scramble and Nancy had the salmon scramble, both delicious.

I had the Russian scramble and Nancy had the salmon scramble, both delicious.

When I returned home after two hours (!) of schmoozing, Allan optimistically had the trailer hooked up to go out and plant bulbs. The rain, however, refused to cease even though the forecast had called for a workable afternoon after a windy and stormy morning. This gave me a chance to do some more monthly billing (delayed by bulb sorting) and to finish reading The Sisters of Hardscrabble Bay. I liked the first part of the book better than the last; the two protoganists did not themselves read a book during the whole course of the novel and were not people I wished I knew in real life. Liking the characters is not a prerequisite for the enjoyment of a book. Perhaps I was just too eager to get it done because Three Junes has finally come from the library!

Now I can finally re-read the first two books of this trilogy and then read the new third book.

Now I can finally re-read the first two books of this trilogy and then read the new third book.

Later I had time to read the just first section of Three Junes. The title refers to three months of June in the history of a family. Then it was time to go to dinner with our friend and sister gardener Terran, at the Cove Restaurant, of course, for Taco Thursday.

Terran places her order from Carmen.

Terran places her order from Carmen.

The cider had changed from apple to apricot. I did not think I’d like it as am not a fan of fresh apricots. It was, in fact, deliciously tart and tasty.

beet salad

beet salad

my "prawns solo"

my “prawns solo”

$2 fish taco

$2 fish taco

Terran's fish and chips

Terran’s fish and chips

Chef Jason Lancaster sent us this delectable plate of ahi tuna!

Chef Jason Lancaster sent us this delectable plate of ahi tuna!

pumpkin cranberry stacker

pumpkin cranberry stacker

We had such a good time talking that the time slipped away and when I looked at my watch, I realized it was too late to go to the 8 PM concert at the Sou’wester. I do keep trying to get out for more musical events (and failing, it seems). So we just kept right on visiting at the Cove.

me and Terran outside in the parking lot

me and Terran outside in the parking lot

Friday, 7 November 2014: work and more food

Only the autumn sun casting a low shadow from the house shows that it's not summer.  Note the new lawn across the street.

Front window view: Only the autumn sun casting a low shadow from the house shows that it’s not summer. Note the new lawn across the street.

Sunny, warm weather had us back to planting bulbs on the south end of the Peninsula. We started with planting for an hour at our volunteer garden at the post office.

bulb bags all laid in place, and the planting begins (Allan's photo)

bulb bags all laid in place, and the planting begins (Allan’s photo)

Many the bulb goes in here as we like it to be a garden that makes post office patrons happy.

Many the bulb goes in here as we like it to be a garden that makes post office patrons happy.

bulbs for the post office planter

bulbs for the post office planter (Allan’s photo)

all planted up (Allan's photo)

all planted up (Allan’s photo)

On a check-depositing trip to the bank, I noticed an upcoming concert from the Bayside Singers. We will want to go to that as our friend Christl, manager of the Wiegardt Gallery, is in that ensemble.

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Coming at the the playhouse 3 blocks to the west…

Mike’s Garden

We took our first batch of work bulbs to Mayor Mike’s garden, four blocks east of us.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

He got some more white narcissi, some muscari, some Allium multibulbosum, to tone with his mostly blue and white (and green) garden.

Because a new deck or room is being constructed in the back garden, we planted narcissi there as well, and pruned a hydrangea that was set back by this summer’s long dry spell.

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pruning

White narcissi in semi circles around the shrubs will perk this area up.

White narcissi in semi circles around the shrubs will perk this area up.

The Red Barn

Next, we planted bulbs in the six barrels at The Red Barn. This time, no tall tulips! The wind gets to them too much. Short red and white tulips (Peppermint Stick and The First) and some yellow-orange Tulip batalinii ‘Bright Gem’, with some short and sweet narcissi ‘Baby Moon’ will be perfect. I am planting hundreds of Baby Moon this year as have found it reliably blooms in early May.

Some bulbs cast upon the ground to plant in the barrel...

Some bulbs cast upon the ground to plant in the barrel…

Bright Gem, The First, Peppermint Stick, Baby Moon, Rapture

Bright Gem, The First, Peppermint Stick, Baby Moon, Rapture

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Annuals still blooming on the south wall of the barn.

Annuals still blooming on the south wall of the barn.

our audience for the south wall planting

our audience for the south wall planting

Two adorable dogs hung around with me on the east side of the barn.

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

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Diane’s garden

Next door to the barn property, we planted lots of narcissi, crocus, and species tulips and iris reticulata and other littles in Diane’s back yard pots. And some tall tulips. All in the pastel colours that she favours. I usually plant narcissi in her roadside garden, but I am not sure what its future is as there is talk of a fence instead. It occurred to me that I’ve rarely planted narcissi and whatnot (just tall tulips) in the pots and that it will be great for Diane and Larry to be able to admire them up close.

stuffed full of bulbs

stuffed full of bulbs; we’ll be back for a post frost cleanup sometime later

My good friend Misty got a belly rub.

My good friend Misty got a belly rub.

Helichrysum 'Limelight' climbing in a barberry

Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ climbing in a barberry

Pink Poppy Bakery

On the way to our next garden, we picked up a check at Long Beach City Hall and of course a treat at Pink Poppy Bakery had to be acquired.

Madeline at Pink Poppy (Allan's photo)

Madeline at Pink Poppy (Allan’s photo)

Pink Poppy’s update below means we won’t find it quite as easy to get these treats after Thanksgiving, but we will track them down!

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Nancy’s Garden

We had a box of bulbs sorted out for Garden Tour Nancy. She and I share similar taste in tulips, especially Tulip viridflora (the ones with green markings).

Chinatown, Formosa, White Parrot, Green Star

Chinatown, Formosa, White Parrot, Green Star

And best of all, parrot tulip 'Green Wave', a very late bloomer

And best of all, parrot tulip ‘Green Wave’, a very late bloomer. Tulip photos from Van Engelen

 

Nancy's veg boxes

Nancy’s veg boxes

Tomatoes.  Outdoors.  In November.

Tomatoes. Outdoors. In November.

(If I had taken better care of my greenhouse tomatoes, I would still have some. I stopped watering because I got lazy!)

Nancy's pineapple sage is the best one around!

Nancy’s pineapple sage is the best one around! (to the left, Allan down planting bulbs)

I weeded along the front of the mixed border in order to plant some species tulips and muscari and so forth. And some Baby Moons, of course. And for the first time, we planted some lilies, and I advised Nancy to start to acquire them, especially the tall fragrant oriental and orienpets.

We admired Nancy and Phil’s new flock of pretty hens, still a bit too young to be laying eggs yet. They enjoy pecking around the sod pile where Nancy grew potatoes this year. But wait, I thought just now, could potato plants be toxic to chickens? I sent Nancy an urgent email to Google this topic! As I wrote this, I heard back from her that she has been removing the old potatoes since extending the chicken run to that area.

 hens, and a kayak filled with rain water

hens, and a kayak filled with rain water

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sifting through some grass clippings

sifting through some grass clippings

Jo’s garden and The Boreas Inn

At the Boreas Inn on 6th North in Long Beach, I tossed the assorted bulbs out to be planted and then went over to Jo’s garden to plant a few bulbs while Allan planted at the inn.

Autumn roses at Jo's

Autumn roses at Jo’s

nasturtiums still blooming and clambering

nasturtiums still blooming and clambering

guest cottage window boxes still looking like summer

guest cottage window boxes still looking like summer

Some short alliums albopilosum and schubertii got planted atop this wall where they will be so easy to admire.

Some short alliums albopilosum and schubertii got planted atop this wall where they will be so easy to admire.

Four new lilies went into areas where the Sedumn 'Autumn Joy' came out.

Four new lilies went into areas where the Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ came out.

Back at the Boreas, I helped Allan finish the day and meant to get more photos. This is all I got.

the lovely west windows of the Boreas Inn

the lovely west windows of the Boreas Inn

We’d found out partway through the day that friends were in town for the evening and had made plans for dinner. With darkness now falling at around 5 PM, we had time to go home and offload the trailer before returning to Long Beach and…

[pickled fish]

The bustling [pickled fish] restaurant.

The bustling [pickled fish] restaurant.

SALT ROASTED BEET SALAD fourme d’ambert . pickled shallots . marcona almonds . starvation alley cranberry vinaigrette

SALT ROASTED BEET SALAD fourme d’ambert . pickled shallots . marcona almonds . starvation alley cranberry vinaigrette

 “dirty dirty” fries: garlic . fried pork belly . pepperoncini . goat cheese

“dirty dirty” fries: garlic . fried pork belly . pepperoncini . goat cheese

Allan had a most interesting drink with a hint of chocolate:  WARM WOOLEN MITTENS el dorado 15 year rum . 11 pisa . scrappy’s chocolate bitters .

Allan had a most interesting drink with a hint of chocolate: WARM WOOLEN MITTENS el dorado 15 year rum .
pisa . scrappy’s chocolate bitters .

In the photo above you can see, in a blur (it’s a dark sort of place) David, whom I had not seen till the 80s, and while I did not really remember our meeting long ago at The Gorilla Room and Wrex, he was delightful company. He had driven our friend Marla down for the day.

Marla dines at [pickled fish] when she visits the beach!

Marla dines at [pickled fish] when she visits the beach!

It has been fascinating to reconnect with her after having lost contact In about 1989, not because I want to talk endlessly about old times, but because it is interesting to see how much we have changed. I had sometimes wondered about her since we drifted apart geographically, before the days of being able to keep in touch with email and on Facebook.

They were driving all the way back to Seattle the same night. In the lobby of the Adrift Hotel (on whose top floor is the restaurant), David and Marla got some coffee to take for the road, a three and a half hour drive.

The lobby of the eco-hip hotel

The lobby of the eco-hip hotel

fruit infused water, coffee, and tea are available

fruit infused water, coffee, and tea are available

At home, Allan and I were happy to put our feet up and watch Grimm and The Amazing Race. The weather has promised to be good for a few more days; tomorrow, more bulbing will ensue.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

my morning

I had to get up early! Before eight AM! My inner clock does not allow me to sleep early, so I had maybe six hours. Nancy arrived with a double iced mocha in hand for me, and I ate a tahini sandwich on the way as had no time for breakfast. The reason was to go to Astoria with Nancy, Stephen, and John to be on the Diggin’ in the Dirt radio show to help promote the July 19th Music in the Gardens tour. Stephen and John’s is one of the ten tour gardens.

KMUN radio is housed here.

KMUN radio is housed here.

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Stephen, Nancy, and John

Stephen, Nancy, and John

view from the KMUN waiting room

view from the KMUN waiting room

Pam from my favourite local collectors nursery, Back Alley Gardens, joined us for the show to promote her Seaside walking tour which will take place on July 27 (sadly for me, it starts at 8 AM). The organizer of the Astoria garden tour was there also; it’s July 12th and I am very sorry to miss it this year as we will be at the Bloggers Fling in Portland. I wish there was some way I could have a sneak peek at the gardens.

After the show, we all walked a few blocks to have coffee together at the Blue Scorcher Café.

on the way, we saw goats...

on the way, we saw goats…

a hillside pasture for city goats!

a hillside pasture for city goats!

and gnarled old rhodo trunks reminiscent of some of the very old rhodos in Stephen and John's bayside garden.

and gnarled old rhodo trunks reminiscent of some of the very old rhodos in Stephen and John’s bayside garden.

walking and looking

walking and looking

My left calf had felt absolutely seized up with pain when I woke briefly at three AM, yet by midmorning had recovered enough that I was able to walk up and down hills in Astoria with not much trouble.

We gazed upon this because Stephen and John are conifer men...one more than the other, I think perhaps.

We gazed upon this because Stephen and John are conifer men…one more than the other, I think perhaps.

wild cucumber vine

wild cucumber vine

at the Blue Scorcher

at the Blue Scorcher

Pam, John, Stephen, Nancy

Pam, John, Stephen, Nancy

Pam's delicious looking brunch (some sort of curry soup); I simply had a chocolate croissant.

Pam’s delicious looking brunch (some sort of curry soup); I simply had a chocolate croissant.

On the way back, we happened upon a George Schenkian public garden that I admire very much. Jessica Schlief’s garden that she made by piling soil on top of asphalt to make beds has been here for years.

roses inside an ornate fence

roses inside an ornate fence

Pam and John.  (Stephen and John buy cool plants from her nursery.)

Pam and John. (Stephen and John buy cool plants from her nursery.)

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inside

inside

poppy and lily

poppy and lily

roses

roses and, I think…feverfew perhaps

bee balm

bee balm

My favourite ornamental grass, Stipa gigantea

My favourite ornamental grass, Stipa gigantea

sunflowers

sunflowers

The potted yew was a hit.

The potted yew was a hit.

garden admiration

garden admiration

John and Stephen

John and Stephen

all grown in raised beds atop unbroken asphalt

all grown in raised beds atop unbroken asphalt

Alllum schubertii

Alllum schubertii

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allium shadow

allium shadow

The day had gotten bright and very hot. Back at KMUN to get the vehicles, I admired a bumper sticker.

I SOO dislike beach driving except for litter clean up and surf rescue.

I SOOO dislike beach driving except for litter clean up and surf rescue.

As Nancy and I drove back to the Peninsula, she expressed a desire to peek at the very secret house that I had dreamed about on Saturday. So we did. I did not pine for it as much, mostly because I have realized I would have to have a deer fence there, and it has no fencing at all.

Meanwhile I was on the phone with Allan, who informed me that it was very, very hot, that he had been sweating while starting his work day by watering Larry and Robert’s garden, and that I might not want to work. I could feel it, but thought surely we could accomplish our project, which was to weed one of the Long Beach parking lot berms.

I took time to stop at Nancy’s to meet her new chickens, still housed in the living room till their feathers grow in.

chickhouse

very curious

very curious

a peek at Nancy's veg garden

a peek at Nancy’s veg garden

her purple peas

her purple peas

She's very pleased about these Liberty apples.

She’s very pleased about these Liberty apples.

alliums in the flower garden we made there

allium albopilosum in the flower garden we made there

Allium schubertii

Allium schubertii

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

After the brief garden stroll, I called Allan and said that it was indeed TOO TOO hot, and would he come and get me and we would go home and go back out to work in the evening. After dumping the weeds he had already collected, he came over and we all sat on Nancy and Phil’s porch and drank ice water for awhile…and just as Allan and I were about to depart, a faintly cool breeze wafted from the north and I thought that perhaps we could go back to work after all.

Allan’s morning

This is how hot it was (so unusual for the beach…although seems to be ominously less unusual lately):

He saw this man while driving through Long Beach.

He saw this man while driving through Long Beach.

92 F!!

92 F!!

another fellow lounging in the shade by one of our planters.

another fellow lounging in the shade by one of our planters.

a before photo of the weedy parking lot berm

a before photo of the weedy parking lot (not really a) berm

He began by pruning back the overhanging roses

He began by pruning back the overhanging roses

then tackled the horrible mess in this garden for which we had had not time yet this year.

then tackled the horrible mess in this garden for which we had had not time yet this year.

Our afternoon

After we decided to get back to work despite the heat, we paused at Fifth Street park for a restroom stop and I checked the nearby planters; amazingly, there were still damp enough to not have to be watered yet.

The city crew was mowing, surely glad the temperature had dropped a bit.

The city crew was mowing, surely glad the temperature had dropped a bit.

park

I joined Allan in the berm weeding.

Yikes!

Yikes!

I had accidentally packed the wrong homi, the one that is too straight and springy.

I had accidentally packed the wrong homi, the one that is too straight and springy.

I tried the double tool but it did not have enough oomph.

I tried the double tool but it did not have enough oomph.

I borrowed Allan's ho mi that had enough oomph.  (Ho Mi, Korean Hand Plow, Zen Weeder, E-Z digger)

I borrowed Allan’s ho mi that had enough oomph. (Ho Mi, Korean Hand Plow, Zen Weeder, E-Z digger)

weeds!

weeds!

awful

awful

a nightmare indeed

a nightmare indeed

We had been hinting around that maybe a city parks intern could do this area…and finally it had gotten so bad I could not bear to leave it alone.

certainly an improvement!

certainly an improvement!

The main problem is the soil is tight and difficult, so lots of weed roots were left behind.

a battered looking weeding job

a battered looking weeding job

not great at close inspection

not great at close inspection

with some pockets of weeds that were so daunting we left them there for now

with some pockets of weeds that were so daunting we left them there for now

It is...better.

It is…better.

There are some good plants in this garden that may distract people from the rough rootiness at ground level.

Rosa glauca and Stipa gigantea

Rosa glauca and Stipa gigantea

Rosa glauca and Stipa gigantea

Rosa glauca and Stipa gigantea

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

assorted shrubs

assorted shrubs

Echinops (Blue Globe Thistle)

Echinops (Blue Globe Thistle)

Even the horrible phormium

Even the horrible phormium

had redeemed itself by putting out a flower.

had redeemed itself by putting out a flower.

Across the parking lot, a garden at the Oceanic RV Park was brimming with potted astilbes.

a very nice little garden on the north wall

a very nice little garden on the north wall

Home, so tired from such a tedious job and the early morning, I got back to garden tour blogging. I glimpsed from my window that the sky promised a good sunset and then got so absorbed in writing that I forgot to look again. Judy four doors down probably won’t mind that I show you the sunset photos that she posted on Facebook.

sunset on Lake Street

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

another social day

The parade did happen despite some WEATHER and I’ll get to that in the next entry; in the interest of not having an entry a mile long, I wish to share some of the social day (and food) that bracketed the parade attendance.

Garden Tour Nancy and Phil had invited us to a pre Cinco de Mayo brunch preceding the parade.

with delicious appetizers

with delicious appetizers on a stunningly gorgeous plate

Margaritas would have been on offer, as well, but I knew I could not drink one and then function to photograph the parade.

table with lilacs

table with lilacs

Nancy made enchiladas a la Martha Stewart

Nancy made enchiladas a la Martha Stewart

creamer: an estate sale find

creamer: an estate sale find

Nancy had gone to my beloved Pink Poppy Bakery to buy some of Madeline’s exquisite baked goods.

Pink Poppy delicacies

Pink Poppy delicacies

And then…the parade, which you can view in the next entry if you are so inclined.

Afterwards.we went back to Nancy and Phil’s as, being one block south of downtown Long Beach, it was an excellent place to leave our van. I gave myself a drizzly tour of Nancy’s garden.

the enviable veg patch

the enviable veg patch

part of the flower border we made in fall of 2012

part of the flower border we made in fall of 2012

tulips

I asked Nancy if she had Sensual Touch, and then qualified that with “Sensual Touch tulips, that is!” I think that might be the tulip, above. I planted some bulbs for her last fall and she also got some from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. That looks like Sensual Touch to me.

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and some pink ones

and some pink ones

garlic

garlic

chives and veg

chives and veg

and spuds growing to break down the sod pile

and spuds growing to break down the sod pile

In the house, we had another long visit with Nancy; she described an estate sale full of books where she and Phil had found over 400 books to buy, and she showed me one from another sale that has the most lovely cover.

the paper jacket

the paper jacket

with a treasure underneath

with a treasure underneath

From outside the kitchen door, we were watched by Nancy’s almost tame feral cats.

Grey Kitty

Grey Kitty

orange kitty

orange kitty

columnar apple tree

columnar apple tree

Nancy's sunflower seedlings reminded me that I want to plant some at the Ilwaco post office.

Nancy’s sunflower seedlings reminded me that I want to plant some at the Ilwaco post office.

leaving Nancy's garden

leaving Nancy’s garden

And then, after an hour long interlude at home, we were back out the door to have dinner at The Depot Restaurant with Kathleen Shaw, a celebratory meal for her purchase of a cottage here.

some of our tasty food items

some of our tasty food items

Finally, when we got home (ready to process over 200 parade photos each), I gasped and exclaimed with the thrill that my Davidia involucrata is actually blooming. In spring of 2011, I planted ‘Sonoma’, a cultivar from Gossler Farms that is supposed to bloom in a couple of years instead of ten. Fourteen years after planting the one in my old garden, it still had not bloomed. So I am thrilled that, small though it is, and still behind a wire enclosure to protect it from nibbling deer, my baby tree is blooming.

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It’s in the front garden to someday, I hope, astound passersby. Tomorrow, we’ll take the cage off to get better pictures of this momentous event.

It has been a wonderfully social weekend. I now feel that I must have tomorrow off to not leave my own home and garden and recuperate, so I am actually fervently hoping for rain.

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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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Monday, 11 November, 2013

Another nice day required more planting of bulbs…First, at The Depot Restaurant where Allan dug out schizostylis and ajuga along the front of the east wall garden.  It will be good to have more colourful things in this area in summer.

before

before

after

after, room for a bright patch of summer annuals

While he accomplished this great thing, I planted bulbs along the north side garden and pulled out some hops roots which will go to Jim Karnofski of Biocharm Farm.  They are the same hops that Fort George Brewery made into CoHoperative Ale last year so should grow productively for Jim.

bulbs planted...

bulbs planted…

The cosmos just will not give up.  I left a couple of them for the sake of diners who will enjoy seeing the last flowers.

Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead' continues to bloom.

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’ continues to bloom.

hops roots for Jim

hops roots for Jim

Halfway through the Depot tasks, I realized it was a three ibuprofen day.  For further comfort, we stopped at The Great Escape espresso drive-through window for a mocha and a chai tea.

coffee window

coffee window

Next, we planted tulips in the pots at The Anchorage, and little species narcissi in the window boxes, and some narcissi in the ground.  I want to get the manager to do what KBC used to do for window boxes:  Instead of having wooden window boxes filled directly with soil, build wooden enclosures and then slip plastic inserts in with bulbs for spring  and then take them out and slip in new inserts with summer annuals.  That allows for many more bulbs to be planted and enjoyed; I just did not think of it in time for this year.

Autumn at The Anchorage

Autumn in The Anchorage center courtyard

annuals still blooming

annuals still blooming

Violas from the Basket Case Greenhouse (last spring) still blooming with precious faces

Violas from the Basket Case Greenhouse (last spring) still blooming with precious faces

The viburnums are making up for being stinky after rain by beginning their glorious winter flowering.

Virburnum, three stages of blooms

Virburnum, three stages of blooms

autumn colours by the sport court

autumn colours by the sport court

Next, we planted a smaller batch of bulbs at the Boreas Inn, including some extras as a belated birthday present for Susie.  I have learned it is best to throw out clumps of fives or sevens still in the bag so the individual bulbs do not roll away and get lost.  A long drift still needs to be placed by hand.

bulbs placed at the Boreas

bulbs placed at the Boreas

One of these days I will prattle on about some changes in which narcissi I’ve chosen to plant this year.  (That will take more energy that I have tonight.)  I used to plant only tasteful heirloom and species ones…but now…there’s been a bit of a shakeup.

signs of autumn at the Boreas...bright blueberry foliage and a firewood delivery

signs of autumn at the Boreas…bright blueberry foliage and a firewood delivery

The last of the cosmos came out today in this garden and it has entered a quiet phase.

Boreas, looking east

Boreas, looking east

It has been a most satisfactory year in this garden after we did the big landscape fabric removal project in the spring.  Still to do: a nice layer of cow fiber mulch.

We had a little break at the restrooms out on the beach approach, where we saw a project going on.  Turns out the sand has built up by the boardwalk to the point of covering some of the steps and even drifting across the boardwalk itself, so the dunes are being groomed by backhoe.

reshaping sand

reshaping sand

Our last bulb planting of the day was a bigger batch at Nancy Allen’s.  I had been limping terribly at The Boreas so Allan kindly did the planting while I walked (slowly) around with Nancy and discussed some new garden ideas.  Then we sat on the porch and had a pleasant chat while Allan worked.  By the time I took any photos, we were almost in the dusk.

Nancy has the best pineapple sage I have seen anywhere this year.

Nancy has the best pineapple sage I have seen anywhere this year.

Nancy and Phil have covered their mound of last year’s sod with a tarp to help it break down; next year, they will plant potatoes in it to complete the process.

Mount Sod, covered

Mount Sod, covered

cotoneaster berries at twilight

cotoneaster berries at twilight

Nancy's good crop of winter kale.

Nancy’s good crop of winter kale.

I am sure that, unlike me, Nancy actually harvests her kale and makes good things with it.  The only way I can think of to make it taste is smothered with butter and bacon.  Although I do remember an amazing mashed potato and kale dish that a Dutch friend made…again, swimming with butter.

By 4:39 the autumn twilight had arrived.

cozy glow from neighbouring windows

cozy glow from neighbouring windows

And then…home to sort bulbs.  As I delved into the boxes to try to stay one day ahead in case the weather is nice tomorrow, I pondered some difficult news I heard today from a good friend.  It is painful to see someone dear go through a hard time and even I believe with all my heart that the outcome will be okay (because it just HAS to be so), I sorted bulbs through tears.  I got enough done to still be one day ahead and Allan helped me get the garage back to car-parking status because I was still limping piteously.

While beginning to blog (can’t miss a day because am doing that November daily blog writing challenge!) I multitasked as usual.  In my email, I found a message that my friend Carol C. had dropped something off for me on the porch.  Could it be the garlic that had mysteriously appeared a couple of days ago?  No, this was something more recent, and it made me feel so uplifted to find, in a pretty gift bag, the little kitten picture I had so admired and written about after visiting the shop Beach Home Old and New on the recent cash mob day.

such a very comforting kitten

such a very comforting kitten

Thanks, Carol C!  Your timing was impeccable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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