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Monday, 19 December 2016

Our friend Bill Clearman, who is going to make a beautiful bathtub enclosure for us, had stopped by twice recently with ideas.  We have been charged with making a trip “overseas” (Warrenton) to look at tile colors.  Today was going to be that day….until the weather was just so good that we had to finish the work list instead.

(I must admit I have recently shortened the work list by just erasing a couple of items.)

This morning, here is all that is left (along with the size of tiles we are supposed to look at).

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Smokey would have preferred that I stay home. 

On the reading chair alone.

We parked at the Red Barn and did a brief tidy of the planters there, then walked over to Diane’s garden.

Red Barn: the frost did take down the last of the nasturtiums. (Allan's photo)

Red Barn: the frost did take down the last of the nasturtiums. (Allan’s photo)

Diane's roadside garden (Allan's photo)

Diane’s roadside garden (Allan’s photo)

We’re still waiting to see when the septic company comes and takes down Diane and Larry’s trees and drives through the long narrow garden strip.  We clipped all the dead annuals in the back yard container garden.  The next time we come here will be February and one of the first things we will do will be to prune the hydrangea:

Diane's hydrangea must have looked grand in the recent snow.

Diane’s hydrangea must have looked grand in the recent snow.

After a mere 15 minutes of work, we were off to The Anchorage Cottages, where Mitzu and Beth greeted us.

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Mitzu (Allan's photo)

Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

center courtyard on a sunny and not so cold day

center courtyard on a sunny and not so cold day

Beth and Allan standing up a trellis

Beth and Allan standing up a trellis of climbing hydrangea

Mitzu

Mitzu

Mitzu and Beth

Mitzu and Beth

We bid the Anchorage goodbye until early next February.

In Long Beach, we did a bit of clipping on planters by NIVA green.

outside NIVA green, our favourite shop

outside NIVA green, our favourite shop

NIVA green front window

NIVA green front window

Christmas ornament display idea

in NIVA green: Christmas ornament display idea

another idea: a mobile of ornaments

another idea: a mobile of ornaments

I hope I remember those ideas for next year, when perhaps I will be in the mood for decorating.  Part of the problem this year is not just the loss of hope…I also feel like it was JUST last month when I took down last year’s decorations.  And I promise you that I did so on December 31, 2015.  The years go disturbingly fast now.  Maybe Christmas 2017 will feel like a long enough to interval to make decorating a treat again.

We checked on Veterans Field gardens and decided to postpone clipping the plants until late January, 2017.  We watered the window boxes at the Depot Restaurant for the pleasure of the bulbs.

At the Depot: two darling dogs, Rowdy and Rosie. (Allan's photo)

behind the Depot: two darling dogs, Rowdy and Rosie. (Allan’s photo)

a nice end to the afternoon

a nice end to the afternoon

We had NO wind which made for a good work day.  Tonight, a 65 mph gale is supposed to go through and that may delay the trip to look at tiles.

And that brings the work year to an end (and the tile notes transferred to something more portable than the work board):

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With how fast time goes, it will seem like just days before I am filling the board with the first of 2017’s tasks.

Allan and I are both feeling a little bit poorly.  It is my desire to be well enough to attend three more planned holiday festivities (and not disappoint friends who are counting on our presence) and to make the tile-shopping excursion.  I managed to write three blog posts this evening (this being the last of the three) and will now return to my book, Modernity Britain…only 300 pages to go.

 

 

 

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Monday 20 June 2016

Before work, we went two doors down to Jeff and Mary’s house to lend some long handled loppers.

Mary's tiny little Yorkie, Missy.

Mary’s tiny little Yorkie, Missy, all of two pounds.

The sweet and friendly dogs in the next yard over: Dickens and Harley (Allan's photo)

The sweet and friendly dogs in the next yard over: Dickens and Harley (Allan’s photo)

Dickens and Harley, the sweetest guys

Dickens and Harley, the sweetest guys

Still delaying work, we stopped up on School Hill to visit Todd, Dave, and Melissa, who were all working together on a property that will soon be for sale.   The yard was huge and enviable with one of the more private back yards I’ve ever seen in the city. The house is said to be seven bedrooms and will be far out of our price range.

from the back deck of the house

from the back deck of the house looking toward the port

The yard from Google Earth...so private...will soon be for sale. The house is said to be seven bedrooms.

The yard from Google Earth

We began our work day by poking at the Ilwaco planters and then the Long Beach planters.  Both felt like they could wait till Wednesday for water.  Because of going to the Hardy Plant Study Weekend on Thursday June 23, and not returning till Sunday June 26, I was glad to not have to water Monday and then again on Wednesday.  Leaving for four days is always stressful for me because of watering worries.  Ideally, we would water Tuesday and Friday.  Not this week.

in Long Beach: Hallelujah! Wet enough!

in Long Beach: Hallelujah! Wet enough!

We then delivered a check from Long Beach to the Basket Case Greenhouse, and were kindly given a preview of the clearance sale prices that will start on Wednesday.

Fred and me at the Basket Case

Fred and me at the Basket Case

I got myself several hens and chickens at 25 percent off.

I got myself several hens and chickens at 25 percent off.

As usual, Shadow wanted to ride along.

As usual, Shadow wanted to ride along.

On the way to work (finally!), I had such sad news in a message: My very good friend and all around wonderful dog, Ralph, had passed away; he had been diagnosed with cancer not long ago at age 12.  Here he is last December at his home, which he shared with his best friends, Bayside Debbie and Dave.

My very good friend Ralph did not find our conversation scintillating.

At last December’s Christmas party, a napping Ralph.  My very good friend Ralph will be sorely missed by all his fans.

Long Beach

We had time for some projects, beginning with the weeding of the pond garden by Pacific Realty.

We parked outside NIVA green, where I got to pet this soft and handsome Great Pyrenees.

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I refreshed my collection of photos for the NIVA green Facebook page.

Heather Ramsay models a new hat for sale.

Heather Ramsay models a new hat for sale.

some advice

some advice

Outside, I got to pet Jeff, one of the Pacific Realty dogs.

Outside, I got to pet Jeff, one of the Pacific Realty dogs.

an important realtor

an important realtor

pond, before

pond, before

and after (Allan's photos)

and after (Allan’s photos)

There was an antique car event in town. (Allan's photo)

There was an antique Franklin car event in town. (Allan’s photo)

With the pond garden weeded, we went to the parking lot berms and weeded the north and the south ones.

blackberry from north berm

blackberry from north berm

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Rosa rubrifolia (Allan's photo)

Rosa rubrifolia (Allan’s photo)

birds foot trefoil...a shame it is considered a weed, as it is so pretty

birds foot trefoil…a shame it is considered a weed, as it is so pretty

Spiraea douglassii

Spiraea douglassii

The spiraea is swallowing a hydrangea.

The spiraea is swallowing a hydrangea.

I pretty much let the most vigorous shrub win on these berms, which have to get by with no supplemental water in summer.

This hood ornament adorned a parked car. (Allan's photo)

This flying pig hood ornament adorned a parked car. (Allan’s photo)

Some grass weeds have returned, and the soil is low, and the red hot pokers needed deadheading.

Some grass weeds have returned, and the soil is low, and the red hot pokers needed deadheading.

This chokecherry will have oodles of black shiny berries later on.

This chokecherry will have oodles of black shiny berries later on.

berm edge, before

berm edge, before

and after (Allan's photos)

and after (Allan’s photos)

We dumped our load of debris, including rugosa rose clippings that had been sticking out sideways, and filled all our buckets from our city works Soil Energy mulch pile for the berms and for Fifth Street Park.

some mulch for Fifth Street Park

some mulch for Fifth Street Park

Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant' (Allan's photo)

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ (Allan’s photo)

Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant' (Allan's photo)

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park, NW corner mulched along the edge

Fifth Street Park, NW corner mulched along the edge

Much nicer at the berms, although could use more.

Much nicer at the berms, although could use more.

before

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after (Allan's photos)

after (Allan’s photos)

Some nice vignettes can be found on the berms.

Some nice vignettes can be found on the berms.

I had hoped to get done with work by six to have an evening at home (because I don’t like the thought of leaving home for four days!).  I keep trying to tell myself a different story, that I am going to have a great time and that I WANT to go on a garden touring adventure.  I will, and I do, but nothing for me beats a weekend at home in my own garden and I agonize over giving one up, and city traffic (Salem) is a horror to me, so I do feel anxious.

We checked on the little garden at the World Kite Museum.  It’ll be quiet after hours, I thought, only to find the board was just finishing a meeting so the parking lot was bustling.  That meant I got to meet another dog!  I’d been weepy over Ralph today, and I like to think that all the dogs I got to pet today were a gift from my good friend.

Benny!

Benny!

a cutie pie

a cutie pie. with a soft coat

Ilwaco

Getting home was delayed by the sight of much chickweed in a planter, leading to the checking of several planters for weeds that had gone rampant in the rain; the planters had not had their twice weekly once over for about ten days.  I saw a sightline problem as well, on a small columnar pear that had been broken off by vandals several years ago and had come back from the snapped trunk.

a planter that had had a mass of chickweed....

a planter that had had a mass of chickweed….

and a sightline problem...

and a sightline problem…

fixed

fixed

That’s all I wanted to do as was so eager to get home.  It will do for now.

At home. Those sneaky snails...everywhere!

At home. Those sneaky snails…everywhere!

front garden lilies

front garden lilies


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 20:  HOT  I went out to pluck my pink rhody and then I found myself with a shovel digging and pulling out that purple geranium that had taken over all the beds.  I removed a huge number of plants.  That bed looks a little bleak.  I think I’ll direct seed some of the annual seeds in that area.

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Today began the planting of annuals, perhaps my least favourite part of our gardening job.  This year, without the many annuals I used to plant at Andersen’s RV Park (which sold last July), it should go faster than ever before.  I try to think positive and refer to it as Planting Time rather than Annuals Planting Hell.

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the gathering of plants in the morning

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Smokey under a temporary plant bench

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in Allan’s garden (Allan’s photo)

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Ilwaco post office garden

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post office Allium albopilosum

Long Beach

We began by planting a row of bidens and some echibeckias on the front of the Long Beach welcome sign, and white bacopa along the edge of the back.

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adding soil

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This fellow from Box K Auto Repair was volunteering to clear weeds from the sidewalk.  Much better than spraying with Round Up.

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bidens going in

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welcome sign after planting

When we were almost done planting, Mayor Jerry Phillips stopped by and told us how much he appreciates our work.  That helped, as aspects of work have been pretty fraught lately.

We moved on to downtown Long Beach, planting “uppies” and “trailies” in the planters till we ran out of time. We ran out of trailies before uppies and will have to get more.

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I’m using Agastaches for a lot of the “uppies” (center, tall plants) this year, because I just love them, and they do not need much deadheading.

Note in the above photo, what is missing?  A lavender has been stolen out of the far corner of the planter, so now it is off balance.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Our friend Rebecca stops to chat and say encourage words about how well her knee replacements work.

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Someone drove into this (boring BadAster) tree garden and scraped the tree.  That’s the same garden we tried to make better but gave up when it had bikes and dogs parked in it.  (Allan’s photo)

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I’d been planning for us to remove the “wire plant” from this planter.  Now all of a sudden, it looks just delightful to me.

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Rose “Berries and Cream’ by Funland.  I want it. (Allan’s photo)

We simply HAD to get all the planters watered because they were so dry.  For the last two, we did manage to get the watering done but did not get the plants in because we had a social engagement at seven.

Salt Pub

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Salt Hotel curbside garden

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Salt courtyard herbs

It was Heather’s birthday, the artist owner of NIVA green, our favourite shop.  I had been experiencing social anxiety over the event, imagining it brimming over with people.  How delightful, and touching, to find it was a small party, and that even though it had started at 6, and they knew we were not arriving till 7, they had waited for us before ordering their dinners.

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That’s our Jenna (Queen La De Da) and birthday girl Heather

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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a toast

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Jenna’s spouse, Don Nisbett, had made a painting for Heather.

We loved that instead of saying age 63, the painting says Level 63 (with Jenna in the picture, too, and a mer-unicorn and local celebrity Jake the Alligator Man).

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Allan’s photo

Jenna and Heather told me what a wonderful time they had had at a party to end all parties, or something like that, over in Astoria on Saturday.  Jenna had invited me and I had felt too tired and social-phobic to go.  Now I felt kind of sorry, as Heather said she had danced. (I used to go out dancing a lot, in my city days.)

Art historian Patricia Moss brings the birthday cake (by Pink Poppy Bakery, of course).

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with sparklers

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Allan’s photo

 

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Allan’s photo

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coconut cake

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the view

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I’m grateful that we were invited and also grateful that Laila and Julez have created such a perfect gathering spot at the port.

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1995 (age 71):

May 9: My new Troy Built Junior was delivered.  It looks so big. Rainy day so I worked in greenhouse.  I’m still repotting tomato seedlings.

 

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Monday, 8 February 2016

We accomplished a great deal today in the town of Long Beach with the help of Melissa and Dave of Sea Star Gardening.

Fifth Street Park

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The four quadrants of Fifth Street Park

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I helped Melissa weed while we figured out how to organize the job. (Allan’s photo)

We all plunged into different areas and finished the spring clean up of Fifth Street Park in weather that felt like summer.  (Pretty soon we were all complaining about being too hot as the temperature soared to 72 degrees.)  It’s rare for a day to be not too cold and wet, not too hot and dry, but just right.  This one did get to be just right in the hour before sunset.

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Our Melissa (Allan’s photo)

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Allan pruned these roses (old mildewy Dorothy Perkins)…before

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after

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Allan’s photos

Melissa continued the battle with wild alliums in the same quadrant.

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before

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after

In the southwest quadrant, I pruned the roses by the restroom entrance…

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my project before (the far superior Super Dorothy Rose) but no after.

…and Melissa finished pruning and weeding along the south fence.

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before, with Rose ‘Super Dorothy’ on the lattice

She pulled out a lot of schizostylis.  It will come back…which is a good thing and a bad thing.

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after

I was so happy to have help from someone who knows her plants, because she recognized and did not destroy the camassia that was hidden amongst the schizostylis (and that I had forgotten about).

Dave delved into the rectangular rooty awful bed in the southeast quadrant.  I’ve discussed with parks manager Mike a complete re-do of this bed, but it won’t happen this year because the city crew is involved with a big new soccer field project.

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before: rooty and with a sprinkler system in it

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Dave raking out, after

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Allan’s photo

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editing Schizostylis (Allan’s photo)

I finished some planter tidying one block north where I got rained out last week, and then Allan and I pruned the hydrangea in the southeast corner of the park..

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hydrangea before

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and after

I uncovered the Gunnera by the pond and cut off its huge seedheads.

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Threw these behind; they may reseed.

Allan had clipped and weeded under a tree I’d missed during last week’s rainstorm:

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before and after (Allan’s photos): I think that tatty old lavender has to go next time.

Allan hauled a full trailer load to city works, and we all rendezvoused at the parks on Third Street.

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dumping at city works (Allan’s photo)

 Third Street 

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Third Street parks

Veterans Field, top right corner, has one more garden bed now than shows in this satellite view.  The Columbia Pacific Farmers Market takes place on that lawn on summer Fridays.

The Aloha Charlie’s Fish building now houses the delicious Kabob Cottage Restaurant.

Dave and Melissa did the pocket park by the Kabob Cottage, behind the curved wall of Lewis and Clark Square, weeding and then raking out old rhododendron leaves.  Allan pruned back the rugosa roses on the south wall of the police station so they’ll be easier to keep back from the sidewalk in summer.

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Allan over halfway done with roses.

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roses before and after (Allan’s photos)

After a quick clipping and weeding in the Veterans Field beds, I pruned the hydrangeas in the park north of Long Beach Tavern.

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hydrangeas before

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after

The hydrangea pruning was a rather hasty job as I was in a big rush to get the city hall garden done before dark, and I had a personal mission to accomplish as well.

I left Allan, Dave, and Melissa to their final sweeping up and went on by myself with my wheelie cart to do (I hoped) the last two blocks of planter clean up.

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walking north

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in a planter

And I fulfilled my mission of taking some photos for the Facebook page of…

NIVA green

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outside NIVA green

Owner/artist Heather Ramsay has constructed a new collection of her repurposed lamps made of tins.

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Ginger Snap tin lamp

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After a quick spin around the shop with my camera, and I do mean quick, I had collected thirty or so more photos to keep the NIVA page updated.  I got all but the two northernmost planters clipped and weeded and was so sore by then that I skipped the last two for now and went to rejoin everyone at

City Hall

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a hyacinth coming up at city hall (Allan’s photo)

I wasn’t there to take before photos of three large ornamental grasses that got clipped.

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city hall west wall, after large Miscanthus were clipped

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hellebore, north side

 

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pulmonaria and leucojum, north side

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and another north side Hellebore

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The sun was setting to the west of City Hall.  To the left, the tasting room of Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm.

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after work (Allan’s photo)

With city hall garden done, our friends departed for their home near Oysterville and Allan and I went to dump one more full load at city works.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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Ginger’s Garden Diaries

This year, I am sharing day by day entries that my mom wrote in three garden diaries about 20 years ago.  I will gather each month into one entry with more detail at the end of each month of this 2016 blog.

February 8, 1998 (age 73)

Skyler and Robert got here about 6:30.  They had quite a hassle at the gate.  Even though I called the gate ahead of time, I guess they didn’t keep the message, and because I didn’t hear the phone, the three armed security people wouldn’t let them in. They finally relented.  I guess Skyler lit into them. [Ha!  I certainly do recall firmly suggesting to the guards that if they would not let us through, they had better escort me to my mom’s house because her not answering the phone could mean she had a medical problem.  I think that is what convinced them.]

 

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

The storm has arrived, and the rain had blown sideways into the porch with a saturation heretofore never seen.  I had a bag of artificial candles on the chair which Jenna picked up later in case the power went out at her spouse Don’s art gallery during tonight’s festivities.

an unusual amount of porch rain

an unusual amount of porch rain


The last apple on our apple tree.

The last apple on our old apple tree.

Every morning, with permission, Jared and Jessika come over to collect an apple for their oatmeal, sometimes from a windfall on the ground.

I was reassured when I opened the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page at midmorning to find this post by a co-administrator saying that the Ilwaco show would go on no matter what:

Since Wendi's spouse Bruce would be plugging in the tree, we figured for sure the event would go on no matter what.

Since Wendi’s spouse Bruce would be plugging in the tree, we figured for sure the event would go on no matter what.


Ilwaco is made of tough stuff and will not be stopped by wind and rain.

Ilwaco is made of tough stuff and will not be stopped by wind and rain.

Bayside Singers

We have meant for some time to go to one of the concerts of the Bayside Singers, because our friend Christl from Wiegardt Gallery is in the choir.  Now, with Todd Wiegardt also a member, we were further inspired to attend their performance today.  The wind was under 30 mph so off we went to the Ocean Park Lutheran Church.

Todd, and a music donation basket at the church

Todd, and a donation basket to support the music at the church (Allan’s photo)


me and Christl (Allan's photo)

me and Christl

Not only were Todd and Christl in the group but also other folks we knew, including Suzanne and Barbara, both of whom we’ve made gardens for in the past.

the program

the program


a full house (Allan's photo)

a full house (Allan’s photo)


Barbara Bate at the piano

Barbara Bate at the piano


Our friend Christl in the center; her sister was making a recording on her phone (lower right)

Our friend Christl in the center; her sister was making a recording on her phone (lower right)


Suzanne (center, in read, soprano) with Todd (bass) behind her.

Suzanne (center, in read, soprano) with Todd (bass) behind her.

I was reminded of the book Imperfect Harmony by one of my favourite memoir writers, Stacy Horn, not because the harmonies were imperfect (indeed, they sounded pretty much perfect to me) but because it is a book that rhapsodizes about the joys of singing with others.

Just a plug for a favourite author.

Just a plug for a favourite author.

The Bayside Singers included a song called Carol of the Birds that I thought Mr. Tootlepedal (my favourite blogger, an avid tootler, singer, and birder) might especially enjoy.

For the complete Carol of the Birds, have a look and listen here.

One of the last of the songs, And Wherever You Go by Douglas Wagner, was dedicated to Pete Hanner, a legendary local singer who had died at age 99 the night before.  He had been a close friend of our neighbour Nora, and at her funeral had sung so beautifully “I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places…” and by the end of the song today I was in tears of remembrance for both Pete and Nora.

And wherever you go, may a bright sun follow you.

And wherever you go, may your cares be few.

And wherever you go, may the soft winds carry you through the clouds and the rain for the rest of your life.

And wherever you go, may a song be sung for you.

And wherever you go, may you be at peace.

And wherever you go, may a gentle melody embrace your life as your joys increase.

And wherever you go, may you know true happiness.

And wherever you go, may you meet a friend.

And wherever you go, may you find a loving heart waiting there for you just around the bend.

Everywhere you go, may your cares be few, may the soft winds carry you, for the rest of your life.

After the concert, I was pleased to meet Rose Wallace, a reader of this blog and a blogger herself at From Grandma’s Tree.

NIVA green

On the way home, we made a photo stop at Niva green, our favourite shop.  I provide photos for the Facebook page and had just run out of them and needed a new set, especially for the holidays.

NIVA green shop window

NIVA green shop window

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Heather Ramsay's new collection of lamps made from tins.

Heather Ramsay’s new collection of lamps made from tins.


NIVA green=New Inspired Vintage Artful

NIVA green=New Inspired Vintage Artful


the weather

the weather

Crab Pot Christmas Tree evening in Ilwaco

We had a half an hour turn around time at home before going back out the door to the Saturday Christmas Market at the port, which was extended into the early evening because of the festivities.  It was a good place to wait out of the rain and wind for crab pot tree lighting at 5 PM.   In order to tell that story on our Ilwaco blog, we are dividing today into two posts, one here and one there.  Tomorrow, we’ll reblog the other one over to this site for your convenience.

 

 

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

I decided to devote the whole day to planting the Long Beach tree and planter bulbs.  While it would have been gratifying to finish the port bulbs, saving the last of those for a possible stormy day is better because if there’s a brief clear interlude we can dash right out to those gardens.

We optimisitically packed the Anchorage bulbs also.  Even though we did not get there, I still give us full marks for bulbing excellence as it is rare to be able to get all the LB bulbs planted in one day.  To back off a bit on tootling our own horn, we did plant fewer bulbs than usual in each Long Beach planter, simply because they now have many crocuses and species narcissi that reliably return (I hope!).  And this time I did not even bother to plant tulips in the six planters by the 3rd Street deer corridor and deer recreational field, as for the last two years those tulips have been well chomped.

By First Place Mall: still floriferous on November 10th.

By First Place Mall: still floriferous on November 10th.  Parsley used as ornamental, to the right.

I had sorted, and microsorted, and thought ever so hard about what to plant where, and labelled each bag.  With the new plan of not putting tulips in the deer-iest planters, I had changed my method of planning for every single planter.  I realized after the first block that I had completely forgotten to sort for the four planters at the police station intersection!  Fortunately, after another block of fretting and almost going home for another bag of bulbs, I remembered that I had packed one extra bag just in case I had messed up.  Between that and two packs of tulips purchased at Dennis Company, today’s completion of the planter project was saved.

Fifth Street: How I love my asphodel, of which I have only one. I want many more. It is good in flower and also just in foliage.

Fifth Street: How I love my Asphodeline lutea, of which I have only one. I want many more. It is good in flower and also just in foliage.

Asphodel going strong in Fifth Street Park

Asphodeline going strong in Fifth Street Park, 4 May 2015

Asphodeline (which I wish I had more of) and drummers

Asphodeline (which I wish I had more of) and drummers, 4 May 2014

Asphodel about to bloom...wish I had more of these.

Asphodeline about to bloom again…23 October 2013

In a planter by the park, the Asphodeline was thwarted in its attempt to bloom.

The Asphodeline  thwarted in its attempt to bloom: 28 December 2013, after a frost

thrilling, and possibly because the first stalk got frozen.

thrillingly blooming in March 2014.

Enough reminiscing about the glories of asphodeline.  I just wish someone around here had it for sale.

planting bulbs in the asphodeline planter

planting bulbs in the asphodeline’s planter  (Allan’s photo)

The carousel is all gone now; Allan planting in front of the framework

The carousel is all gone now; Allan planting in front of the framework

California poppies in the Hungry Harbor planter

California poppies in the Hungry Harbor planter

Charming gift shop, The Wooden Horse

Charming gift shop, The Wooden Horse

a startling sight at Scoopers

a startling sight at Scoopers

The small front building, which has been an espresso vendor (I think) and the Mexi-Go! food window, is being torn down.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the window of my favourite shop, NIVA green

in the window of my favourite shop, NIVA green

NIVA green is closed on Tuesdays. (Allan's photo)

NIVA green is closed on Tuesdays. (Allan’s photo)

chrysanthemums almost over

chrysanthemums almost over

getting windier

getting windier

I chopped off my bangs again with the garden shears today.

Chrysanthemums and hardy fuchsias by the stoplight

Chrysanthemums and hardy fuchsias by the stoplight

By Stormin' Norman's

By Stormin’ Norman’s

The Muehlenbeckia complexa in the Stormin’ Norman’s planter is starting to work my nerves as it buries all other plants.  I had to pull out three still blooming cosmos to find a place to plant some tulips.  I thought the wire vine was a cute little house plant that would last one season, not swallow the world.  Monrovia says it’s a “moderate grower to 2 to 4 in. tall, spreading to 30 in.”  Also…zone 6-9 so well able to withstand our winters.  Danger Garden has this post about its thuggish ways.  Because it roots all along the stems, it is taking over this planter, and yet it does look so charming trailing to the ground.  Perhaps I can manage it better, or perhaps we will dig out this planter and start over.

DEFINITELY digging out this planter next spring, just before annuals planting time

DEFINITELY digging out this planter next spring, just before annuals planting time

I am tired of planting bulbs in the recurring root mass of the plain running blue hardy geranium that dates back to volunteer planter days in the planter above.  (When the planters were first installed, different volunteers did each one, and often quickly lost interest.  That is why some of them have such thugs and oversized plants, although I have no one but myself to blame for that wire vine just up the block.)

In the background, above photo, you can see the peachy pink and so tempting Kabob House; we did not have time to eat there today.

The city crew were busy putting up holiday lights including some new pieces.

by the gazebo

by the gazebo (Allan’s photo)

That's Parks Manager Mike on the right! (Allan's photo)

That’s Parks Manager Mike on the right! (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, stake driving to protect the light structure from toppling in wind

The crew has to start putting up decorations early, because they have so very many, including lights wrapped around each lamp post and illuminated stars where the small flags fly in summer.

Othanna's not so great flowers. Another plant I want more of.

Othanna’s not so great flowers. Another plant I want more of.

lots of flowers in the Lewis and Clark Square planter

lots of flowers in the Lewis and Clark Square planter

I may have planted enough Allium albopilosum in the L&C Square planter that some might survive despite finger blighters. Across the street, you can see the holiday lights thing that the city crew put in place.

With all the main street planters done by 4 PM, we were able to plant assorted bulbs in the Veterans Field gardens, after pulling some still blooming cosmos that was too much in the way.  The sky turned dark and we felt a few drops of rain and I feared, as I walked back to the main street to add a few species tulips to a planter, that we would be caught in a downpour.

I was changing the tulip plan because I had seen a pile of deer poop on the lawn in Veterans Field, boding ill for tulips in that garden.  I still planted some green and white ones in the curved garden by the flags.  Hoping for mercy.  The viridiflora green and white tulips would look so sweet when the kids have their Easter Egg hunt, if they happen to bloom at the right time and not get chomped.

As I crossed the street, the sky put on a dramatic show.

As I crossed the street, the sky put on a dramatic show.

The rain did not materialize although the wind kicked up considerably, and the sky lightened again, making the work easier.

To finish up, we planted some species tulips and narcissi in the newly redone two planters at the east end of Sid Snyder beach approach road, as the sun set.

The last of the Long Beach bulbs and some poppy seeds (Allan's photo)

The last of the Long Beach bulbs and some poppy seeds (Allan’s photo)

(There is still a chance I might buy a few more end of season sale bulbs so I can’t guarantee this is the very last bulb to be planted in Long Beach this year.)

sunset over Adrift Hotel

sunset over Adrift Hotel

Just as we got in the van, the predicted rain storm (said to be a big one lasting for the next day or more) arrived, and the holiday lights lit up in the planter we had just worked on.  (Only this one planter’s lights came on; the city will be waiting till closer to Thanksgiving to start its holiday lights extravaganza.)

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I am so proud of us.  I was able to erase Long Beach from the work board and we now have only six small-ish bulb plantings to do and could finish easily in two days…when the weather breaks.  And then…pure fall clean up of each garden.  And then…staycation (and a blog that will be random rather than daily).

Bulb time is much shorter this year as two of our biggest bulb jobs of years past are now in the capable hands of other gardeners (Flowering Hedge Designs at Erin’s garden and Sea Star Gardening (Dave and Melissa) at Casa Pacifica).

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You can see that a fall project has appeared in the lower left.

Bulb planting with the intensity of today’s work leads to conflict and argy bargy.  I had bought Allan the perfect candy bar at Dennis Company.  He still had it in the lunch box when we got home.

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We had tested out that solar jar from the Planter Box by putting it in the greenhouse all day.  It had charged up and created a delightful effect out in the garden:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: Would be interesting with clear marbles inside.

Allan’s photo: Would be interesting with clear marbles inside.

Unfortunately, rain and wind (audible outside as I write this) will not mean a lovely reading day as I have hours of bulb spread sheets to create.  That it a task I actually enjoy although not as much as diving into my pile of Elinor Lipman, Lena Dunham, and Stephen McCauley library books, optimistically ordered two weeks ago and rapidly approaching being overdue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

We began our day with some Thundermuck Coffee from Columbia River Coffee Roasters.  Nora’s granddaughter, Alycia, had come to visit her grandma’s house (now her own beach house) and had given the bag of coffee beans to us.  She told me that Nora had gone with her caretaker to the coffee shop that used to be on Lake Street and said the coffee was the best she had ever had.  Said Alycia: “Gramma was almost 90, and a Finn, so she knew good coffee.”  Nora inquired and learned the coffee was the local Thundermuck brew and it became her favourite.

a gift from Alycia in memory of Nora

a gift from Alycia in memory of Nora

We went next door to say goodbye, and Alycia handed us a gift certificate from the new spaghetti house in Seaview “for being such good neighbours”.  What a sweetheart she is.  As we were talking, her friend’s little dog made a break for it and Alycia hurried down the street in pursuit.

Allan's photo; I wondered how far Alycia would have to run in her pink nightgown?

Allan’s photo; I wondered how far Alycia would have to run in her pink nightgown?

Allan's photo: Jalapeno is retrieved after a mercifully short chase.

Allan’s photo: Jalapeno is retrieved after a mercifully short chase.

Of course, at that very moment artist Don Nisbett drove up to chat and Alycia said the timing could not have been more perfect.

Before leaving for work, I noted happily that the deer fencing around the front garden is working.

my new Joseph's Coat rose is NOT being munched.

my new Joseph’s Coat rose is NOT being munched.

front garden path all greened up after a brown dormant mid summer

front garden path all greened up after a brown dormant mid summer (looking east)

looking west toward Nora's, over what might become a gravel garden on our side of the driveway

looking west toward Nora’s, over what might become a gravel garden on our side of the driveway

The Depot Restaurant

We did some deadheading and weeding at the Depot.

We did some deadheading and weeding at the Depot.

the amazing Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

the amazing Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' still flowering

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ still flowering

Long Beach

We pulled the remaining cosmos from the back of the sign.

We pulled the remaining cosmos from the back of the sign.

The front can keep its cosmos for the now.

The front can keep its cosmos for the now.

While I don’t waste time fuming about it, I am well aware that most of the cosmos in this garden were destroyed by vandals during Rod Run weekend.

The echibeckia has been a great do-er (with a front edge of bidens, and some yellow Agyranthemum 'Butterfly').

The echibeckia has been a great do-er (with a front edge of bidens, and some yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’).

The Anchorage Cottages

At the Anchorage, we did more fall clean up, pulling some of the BadAster out of the center courtyard garden, limbing up a ceanothus, and pulling cosmos that were leaning way over and would probably go down in this weekend’s predicted wind.

center courtyard

center courtyard

Allan cut back Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' in the zen garden courtyard.

Allan cut back Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ along the wall of the “zen garden” courtyard.

hardy fuchsia on north wall

hardy fuchsia on north wall

Fuchsia 'Sharpitor Aurea' or 'Sharpton's Aurea' reverting to green

Fuchsia ‘Sharpitor Aurea’ or ‘Sharpton’s Aurea’ reverting to green

I will get in there and cut the green foliage out next time.  This fuchsia is sort of how Our Kathleen and I met.  She used to stay at the Anchorage before she bought her beach house, and she asked at the Planter Box which fuchsia it might be, and Teresa called me to ask, and put Our Kathleen on the phone.  Or that is what I remember.  I also remember chatting with Kathleen in the garden here, before I knew her as a friend.  She then came to our garden when it was on the 2012 Music in the Gardens tour and we sat and talked for an hour.  Due to my face blindness, I could not figure out who she was and was too embarrassed to ask.  The next time I saw her at the Anchorage, months later, I finally sorted it out.

The last half hour of today’s time at the Anchorage, Allan and I worked in a light, not unpleasant drizzle. It increased as we drove the twenty-ish blocks back to downtown Long Beach.

Long Beach

my favourite planter, before deadheading

my favourite planter, before deadheading

and after

and after

We drove the rest of the downtown blocks and decided that no cosmos or other flowering plant needed deadheading badly enough to work in the now pouring rain.

Rain continued while we offloaded debris at the city works yard.

Rain continued while we offloaded debris at the city works yard.

We took the opportunity to go to NIVA green to find a birthday present for Jenna (Queen La De Da).  Owner/artist Heather Ramsay suggested a head to go with Jenna’s many hats.

an excellent choice for a woman of many hats, both symbolically and in actuality

an excellent choice for a woman of many hats, both symbolically and in actuality

Halloween treats

Halloween treats

and a card that reflected both the weather and last night's full moon

and a card that reflected both the weather and last night’s full moon

I was pleased to be home in the late afternoon with time to write a couple of blog posts before our traditional weekly dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

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pear and goat cheese salad with bonus bread stick

pear and goat cheese salad with bonus bread stick

Todd and Dave (Allan's photo)

Todd and Dave (Allan’s photo)

Todd and Dave (waiting good-humoredly to eat while Allan photographs the food)

Todd and Dave (waiting good-humoredly to eat while Allan photographs the food)

Dave's delicious cajun chicken Alfredo

Dave’s delicious cajun chicken Alfredo

Cajun Chicken Alfredo (Allan's photo)

Cajun Chicken Alfredo (Allan’s photo)

Melissa's rack of lamb (Allan's photo)

Melissa’s rack of lamb (Allan’s photo)

Allan's fish tacos (really the feature of the night at $3 each)

Allan’s fish tacos (really the feature of the night at $3 each)

Allan is the only one who has the discipline to save money by getting the tasty fish tacos instead of one of the delicious specials.

Ahi Tuna (mine; you can now get two sizes; this is the small)

Ahi Tuna (mine; you can now get two sizes; this is the small)

looking up some sort of garden information

looking up some sort of garden information (Todd, Dave, Allan, Melissa)

a shared connolo

a shared connolo (me and Allan)

a shared cheesecake (Dave and Melissa)

a shared cheesecake (Dave and Melissa)

Tomorrow: The Halloween extravaganza begins.

 

 

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