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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Castle Rock Nursery

331 Buland Dr
Castle Rock, Washington
(360) 274-8388

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I did not want to be greedy when offered free annuals.  I would take them all for compost!  So I only took a few geraniums and begonias that I might be able to winter over.

Allan bought a fern.

Allan’s photo

The Book of Lists is an excellent book of plants that thrive in various conditions, and other such things.  It, and another book called Plants for Problem Places, were invaluable to me before the World Wide Web. I was pleased to see a book like that still in use.

Allan’s photo

Again I wished I still had my grandma’s old sewing machine (at least the stand).  I actually did used to sew on the old treadle machine, back when I sort of knew how to sew simple things, and it was the only one I had.

I saw a gorgeous tall Panicum and asked what it was.  Our garden host did not know.  When I saw three pots of Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ and its base, I was astonished.  Could the little knee high Heavy Metal Panicums under a tree in Long Beach get that tall if they had good water?

the three pots of Heavy Metal and the big specimen

But then the daughter and plant expert returned from lunch and said the tall one was Panicum ‘Dallas Blues’.  There were two gallon pots of it left and I snagged them both.

Panicum ‘Dallas Blues’

Any other admirers would be out of luck because of my buying the last ones.

I did later google ‘Heavy Metal’ and learned that it could get to four to five feet in better conditions.

I also bought some small gauras because I want them at the Ilwaco Fire Station. Someone at the nursery told me, and I later confirmed, that gaura is the official flower of Castle Rock.  Could be true of Long Beach and Ilwaco, also, as I sure do use a lot of them.

Here is where you pay.
Allan’s photo

That was such a pleasant shopping experience.  I hope to visit again next year, when perhaps the Bloomin’ Tour will be in early August rather than early September.  May would be even better…if it were less than a two hour drive from home.  I imagine that it is the shopping hub for gardeners of the Castle Rock area.

Next: a deliriously delightful display of dahlias.

 

 

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The garden that we visited today is so excellent that I need a long evening or day off to blog about it.  Meanwhile, I can much more easily share the trip there and back.

A bouquet of flowers in our van, ready for the almost two hour drive to the garden.

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Part one of the drive: 101 to 401 to 4 to 101

As we drove along the Columbia River (on our route through Naselle that avoids the dreaded—by me—Willapa Curves), we saw that the river was carpeted with little fishing boats.  It is the height of little boat “Buoy 10” fishing season.  We pulled into the Dismal Nitch viewpoint to have a better look.

The long flat stretch of the Astoria bridge is the background here.

Tongue Point

Allan’s photo

When we arrived in South Bend, we took a coffee break at Elixir Coffee.  I had been wanting to experience their ambience.  Many years ago, Robert and I used to have a burger or fish and chips at a restaurant in the same location whenever we drove down from Seattle.

Elixir Coffee

This oyster is near Elixir.

right on the water

flower stall inside the coffee shop

For a moment, I thought the middle book on the table, below, was a journal for patrons to write it and I thought, “Uh oh, I might be here for more than the 15 minutes we had allotted.”  Fortunately for our plans, it turned out to not be a journal.

We had our coffee and tasty scones out on the deck.

view to the north

and to the southwest

I wish there had been a heron in view.

I’m sending the gardener we were going to visit a photo of the café.

We did keep our coffee break to about fifteen minutes and then embarked upon the second hour of our drive, which took us up to Aberdeen and then over toward Westport.

We turned on a road that would dead end into our destination.  On the way, I admired this cool bay window on a double wide:

I want a window like this very badly now.

Just past that house, looking ahead down the road, I saw my first glimpse of our destination garden and exclaimed “Oh, my gosh! LOOK!”

I knew right away, from my first sight of the garden bed at the end of the road, that we were in for something special.

The garden will be tomorrow’s post.  It is huge, stuffed full of cool plants, and has a beach as well, so prepare yourself for a long-winded tour.

However, in the interest of having this blog not fall more than two weeks behind Real Time, I must combine the trip there with the trip home and save the garden tour for tomorrow.

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We had gone up 101 to Aberdeen; we returned on 105 via Westport and Tokeland.

Westport Winery

 

Allan’s photo

After our day in her garden, on the recommendation of our garden host, we toured the gardens at Westport Winery and checked out their nursery.  It proved to be excellent.

The nursery is on the left side of the building.

plants for sale

shopping

Allan’s photo

iris sculptures (Allan’s photo)

Near the nursery is outdoor seating for the restaurant.

giant scrabble game

Allan’s photo

one of my four plant acquisitions

After purchasing four treasures, we walked around the large display garden.  I was having foot pain by then and could not even make it all the way to the back of the garden—it’s huge and is divided into themes, each area with excellent signs.  Allan was out there, too, and we did not even see each other in the vast garden area.

Fragrance Garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

the driftwood arch entrance to an “underwater” garden that I found most inspirational.

The early evening light made it feel like being underwater.

Allan’s photo

I walked along a series of gardens behind the main building.

behind the outdoor dining area

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

looks like a green roof in the making? (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

a wall of bottles behind a bench (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

patterns of thyme

lavender labyrinth

a showy kniphofia

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I am sure we missed a lot of garden here because of time and disability.  I hope to return…If not before, next July when the Master Gardener tour will be in this area.

Westport

We took a slight detour from our route home to see the boats in the Westport Harbor.

Allan’s photo

a substantial safety fence

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Planters along the harbor were a new addition since the last time we drove through here.

an enticing row of cottages

If we had gone on the road past the cottages, we would have found this memorial garden.  I wish we had…but then we would have not gotten out of the woods before dark.

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Allan google-earthed it.

pelicans (Allan’s photo)

jetty (Allan’s photo) Me: “Don’t break a leg up there!”

We passed this mural and I wondered if this Andersen was any relation to our friend Lorna’s dad.

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After a drive down the coast, most of which was along a quiet highway with few views of the water, we made one more detour to look at the famous Tokeland Hotel.

It is said to be haunted.

I had hoped to be home before dark.  Because the detours took longer than expected, it was dusk by the time we passed through South Bend and reached the long road along Willapa Bay.

marshes at low tide

We got out of the woodland roads and to the Columbia River by dusk and home by dark.  I look forward to writing tomorrow’s post about the garden visit that was the focal point of our journey.

A text from our friend Tony asked me if we had found the cake.  Cake?  We had come in the garage door.  I checked the front porch and indeed there was a delicious pineapple cake left there for us.  You might recall that Bailey and Rudy are our pomeranian friends.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

We woke to unexpected rain and wind.  Much as I would have liked to stay home, reading The Stations of Solitude by Alice Koller (author of An Unknown Woman), a plant expedition called to us.  We are so busy with work that we rarely get to go plant shopping off the Peninsula.  In previous less busy years, we were able to go to Joy Creek and Cistus in early May each year.  A sudden thought:  Maybe that was partly because my old garden was more or less done and did not require the time, on days off, that my newer one does.

by the driveway:  Eleagnus 'Quicksilver' bowed low by rain.  (Thanks, Todd, for IDing this plant for me.)

by the driveway: Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’ bowed low by rain. (Thanks, Todd, for IDing this plant for me.)

At the post office, I saw through rain drops something ominous: new boards in the fence along which I had planted sweet peas.

through the passenger window: Unpainted new boards bode ill for my sweet peas.

through the passenger window: Unpainted new boards bode ill for my sweet peas.

While sitting in the van, I saw our client Diane approach.  She asked when we would be planting up the container down at the Peninsula Sanitation office.  I said we had not even done Long Beach yet, but soon.  Perhaps I should not tell people this, but I usually do grease the squeaky wheels ASAP so getting some plants for her business container became a priority at our next stop:

The Planter Box

Before heading south, we went north to The Planter Box to stock up on cosmos.  While we try to avoid such a waste of gas and driving time, we need, when possible, all the good weather waking time to plant rather than shop.

Allan's photo: someone's load of cow fiber

Allan’s photo: someone’s load of cow fiber ready to tractor away soon

baby chicks at the Planter Box

baby chicks at the Planter Box

soft and yellow and fuzzy

soft and yellow and fuzzy

a wide assortment of bird feeders

a wide assortment of bird feeders

Well grown Cerinthe major purpurascens are hard to find in nurseries.  I'd snap these up if I were you.

Well grown Cerinthe major purpurascens are hard to find in nurseries. I’d snap these up if I were you.

Allan's photo: a load of cosmos

Allan’s photo: a load of cosmos

Allan's photo: a van vull

Allan’s photo: a van full

Before offloading the plants at home and leaving the Peninsula, we cleaned up old bulb foliage and added four new plants to the Peninsula Sanitation planter.

more plants next week

at Pen San: will add more plants next week

Going Overseas

Off we went, east through the town of Chinook.  When we pulled in toward Chinook Coffee drive through, a tree boggled my mind.

I did not get a long shot of it.

I did not get a long shot of it.

It took me a few minutes to remember that it is a buckeye.

It took me a few minutes to remember that it is a buckeye AKA Aesculus.

Why doesn’t this glorious tree get planted more often around here?  I remember that I planted one up in our former garden at Discovery Heights.  I wonder if it is still there.

Chinook Coffee drive through window

Chinook Coffee drive through window

and window box

and window box

Someone immediately took a big bite out of my mint chocolate brownie.

brownie

heading east out of Chinook

heading east out of Chinook

mist on the hills

mist on the hills

to our right, the Columbia River rolls on.

to our right, the Columbia River rolls on.

Now for the scary bits.  We have to go through the Chinook tunnel.  My longtime friend and professional bus driver Carol dreads this tunnel, as she thinks it is too narrow after the time we were driving through it with a semi truck driver coming the other way and his mouth was open with an expression of sheer terror.

here it comes

here it comes

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AAAAAAAAAAAA!

AAAAAAAAAAAA!

whew, out the other side

whew, out the other side

When you emerge at the east end of the tunnel during a winter storm at high tide, wave spray crashes over this rock barrier onto your windshield.

Now, the always traumatizing (to people like me) 4.1 mile long Astoria-Megler bridge.

the long straight stretch on which people like to PASS.

the long straight stretch on which people like to PASS.

going up

going up; bridge work was off today because of the weather…

better a school bus than a huge logging truck

better a school bus than a huge logging truck

almost to the top

almost to the top

rollercoastering around the curve

rollercoastering around the curve

whew!

whew!

Our first fun part of our excursion was to drive up and down Broadway in Seaside, 17 miles south, to look at Seaside city gardener Pam Fleming’s gardens.

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As usual, I just took photos from my window, as we are always short on time to walk around.  I missed getting the tall lavender thalictrum.  Some photos are blurry; am including them here for my own record.

daisies and catmint

daisies and catmint

looking west on Broadway

looking west on Broadway; note the shelter on the right

by the shelter with benches: a little tree, and hydrangeas

by the shelter with benches: a little tree, and hydrangeas

my kind of bridge, across the Necanicum River in downtown Seaside

my kind of bridge, across the Necanicum River in downtown Seaside

one of Pam's tinier gardens, with lambs ears

one of Pam’s tinier gardens, with lambs ears

daylilies, and...I wonder what that tree is?

daylilies, and…I wonder what that tree is?

outside the Pagan Pancake

outside the Pagan Pancake

Let's call this one impressionistic.

Let’s call this one impressionistic.

white against glaucous foliage

white against glaucous foliage

the turnaround at the west end of Broadway, with Lewis and Clark

the turnaround at the west end of Broadway, with Lewis and Clark and a garden fully exposed to oceanside elements.

north side of the turnaround

north side of the turnaround

south side, with the headland obscured by rainy mist

south side, with the headland obscured by rainy mist

Our main destination for the day came next, a few miles south of Seaside:

SevenDees Seaside

SevenDees Seaside

I often still call this nursery Raintree, as it was when I first moved to the beach in 1992.  I miss Janice who used to work here; she was so helpful, friendly, and a plantswoman who always pointed me to something cool and new (like Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’!).

Enkianthus in a large pot by the entryway

Enkianthus in a large pot by the entryway

entry display

entry display

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

an unusual colour of calibrachoa: Coralberry Punch.

an unusual colour of calibrachoa: Coralberry Punch.  Had to have a few.

also found it necessary to get this Salvia.

also found it necessary to get this Salvia.

salvias and heucheras

salvias and heucheras

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

The angel and I ponder a cool Euphorbia

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: part of our haul

Allan’s photo: part of our haul

Allan's photo: all ours

Allan’s photo: all ours

Allan's photo: The van could have held lots more.

Allan’s photo: The van could have held lots more.  I’m still not used to that after years of shopping in a small car.

I found the outdoor sink arrangement by the sanican to be worthy of sharing.  It would be nice to have anywhere on a garden tour where a portable loo is provided.

the sanican (a large and luxurious model)

the sanican (a large and luxurious model)

and next to it, the outdoor sink.

and next to it, the outdoor sink with a bowl of coloured glass pieces.

We had to do some necessary grocery shopping at both Costco and Fred Meyer; both stores have lighting that makes me long for escape and makes me wonder if I need to urgently see an optometrist, a feeling that lingers till I have been out in normal lighting for half an hour.  Only during plant buying season to I regularly go to these stores.  In the winter, Allan enjoys going alone as there is less kvetching that way.

my vision goes all blurry inside Costco

my vision goes all blurry inside Costco

in one of the parking lots (Fred Meyer?), rain continues

in one of the parking lots (Fred Meyer?), rain continues

now, the downhill bridge ride over the Columbia River

now, the downhill bridge ride over the Columbia River

downhill

Just to the east of the dreaded Chinook Tunnel lies a peaceful lagoon surrounded with yellow Iris pseudocaris (considered an invasive weed).  Sometimes a heron fishes there.  No parking place exists to ever see it is more than a flashing drive by glimpse.

peaceful lagoon

peaceful lagoon…whoosh, and it is gone

Ilwaco and home

Back in our town, I collected a couple of photos for the Music in the Gardens Tour page “Rhodie Driving Tour” album.

at Spruce and Maryann

at Spruce and Maryann

at Lake and Elizabeth

at Lake and Elizabeth

flowers and fireplace smoke

flowers and fireplace smoke

safely back in our own driveway

safely back in our own driveway

My cool plant acquistions:

Euphorbia, Eucomis, Salvia

Euphorbia, Eucomis, Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

Eucomis 'Glow Sticks'

Eucomis ‘Glow Sticks’

Geum 'Banana Daiquiri'

Geum ‘Banana Daiquiri’

some $2.00 ferns and Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' from Fred Meyer

some $2.00 ferns and a little bright conifer and Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ from Fred Meyer (I’d been wanting that Agastache).

more little ferns and a sedum

more little ferns and a sedum

Heuchera 'Midnight Rose'

Heuchera ‘Midnight Rose’

Now I just need a day at home to plant them, and other ladies in waiting:

the unusual primula given to me recently by Kathleen

the unusual primula given to me recently by Kathleen

and Panicum 'North Wind'; fell in love with it last summer at Rhone Street Gardens

and Panicum ‘North Wind’; fell in love with it last summer at Rhone Street Gardens

I had time to briefly assess some good and bad by the ladies in waiting area.

This plant from Todd has survived the slug and snail attacks....

This asarum from Todd has survived the slug and snail attacks….

that appear to have completely decimated 'Shell Shocked'.

that appear to have completely decimated ‘Shell Shocked’.

I have hopes for my Tetrapanax getting as tall as my garden tuteur.

I have hopes for my Tetrapanax getting as tall as my garden tuteur.

The view from my bedroom window shows that it will be awhile before I have a day at home to appreciate my own garden.

a patio full of plants for jobs

a patio full of plants for jobs

Because it was Tuesday night, we watched The Deadliest Catch and I pondered how wimpy I am to be so scared of a bridge and a tunnel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

At last, Allan and I left for the long awaited trip to the Sylvia Beach Hotel.  Allan suggested these photos of crossing the four plus mile long Astoria Megler bridge in foul weather:

bridge

a long stretch with no escape from trouble

a long stretch with no escape from trouble

flock of gulls riding the air currents

flock of gulls riding the air currents

up...

up…

and around...

and around…

On the flatland again...with the scariest part over...we turn south.

On the flatland again…with the scariest part over…we turn right and go south.

7 Dees garden center, Seaside

Past Seaside, we stop at 7 Dees.

Past Seaside, we stop at 7 Dees.

I got myself a corydalis and a new-to-me pulmonaria.

I got myself a corydalis and a new-to-me pulmonaria.

and all of these Eryngium 'Jade Frost' at just $6 each.

and all of these Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ at just $6 each.

On we go down the foggy coast road.

On we go down the foggy coast road.

Monkey Business 101 Nursery

38005 Hwy 101 South
Cloverdale, Oregon 97112

Teresa from The Planter Box had suggested we stop at a nursery called Monkey Business.

a road to the left just after Cloverdale, Oregon

a road to the left just after Cloverdale, Oregon

a sign that made me laugh

a sign that made me laugh

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

The nursery specializes in monkey puzzle trees and has a lot of other cool plants.  The woman who is the plant nut was not there; she was off at some sort of dog event with the smarter dog.  We bought our plant selection from her spouse.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I got two of these spider azaleas, one for me, and one for Steve and John if they want one.

I got two of these spider azaleas, one for me, and one for Steve and John if they want one.

a rhododendron area stretching out behind the greenhouses

a rhododendron area stretching out behind the greenhouses

and to the side (Allan's photo)

and to the side (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I found this narrow leaved hosta interesting enough to buy one, despite slug fears.

I found this narrow leaved hosta interesting enough to buy one, despite slug fears.

more rhodos

more rhodos

healthy and pretty dianthus

healthy and pretty dianthus

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

one of the dogs (Allan's photo)

one of the dogs (Allan’s photo)

the sign by the road

the sign by the road

Sunday, 15 March 2015:  Allan’s drive home

Wheeler, Oregon

Allan only stayed one night and drove home on Sunday.

just south of the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport

Here are some photos he took in Wheeler, Oregon.  I had been intrigued by the look of the Wheeler Hotel.

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an old photo of the Wheeler Hotel

as it is today (having lost one letter to a storm)

as it is today (having lost one letter to a storm)

inside

inside

a nearby bakery

a nearby bakery

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I’m sure this was named before seeing the horror of tsunamis elsewhere.

 

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driving through a windstorm, with the gale at his back.  (Gusts up to 100 in Newport!)

driving through a windstorm, with the gale at his back. (Gusts up to 100 in Newport!)

He arrived home to lots of twiggy storm debris in front of our garage...blown over the house from the bogsy woods.

He arrived home to lots of twiggy storm debris in front of our garage…blown over the house from the bogsy woods.

chairs and branches blown around in the back yard

chairs and branches blown around in the back yard

It was quite a storm; the chairs rarely blow this far from the fire circle.

It was quite a storm; the chairs rarely blow this far from the fire circle.  I rode it out in the swaying Sylvia Beach Hotel.

two storm flags at the Port of Ilwaco

two storm flags at the Port of Ilwaco

Thursday, 19 March 2015

  So on the way home five days later, I had a different companion: Carol, who had driven down from Seattle to join me on Sunday evening.  On our drive home, I searched Trip Advisor for a lunch stop and I was fortunate to find a garden center with a café and with five star food review, located just south of Tillamook, Oregon.

Hidden Acres Greenhouse

hidden

display garden

display garden

 

a big gunnera emerging

a big gunnera emerging

outside the Café

outside the Café

display

bonsai

door to the café

door to the café

inside

inside

A mahjong club was meeting.

A mahjong club was meeting.

many attractive displays

many attractive displays

inside

display

beach

The café counter

The café counter; the young man was the sandwich maker.

table service, and a menu

table service, and a menu

the view from our table

the view from our table

delicious food

delicious food

after lunch: out to explore the nursery

after lunch: out to explore the nursery

birdbaths

That's Highway 101 in the background; the nursery is just a bit down South Praire Road

That’s Highway 101 in the background; the nursery is just a bit down South Praire Road

plants

I can tell this place will have a good selection of interesting plants.

I can tell this place will have a good selection of interesting plants.

Digiplexis, not easy to find around here!  (I got just one because of the size of Carol's car.)

Digiplexis, not easy to find around here! (I got just one because of the size of Carol’s car.)

a whole shelf of just-emerging Terra Nova plants

a whole shelf of just-emerging Terra Nova plants

I definitely plan to be back to this nursery on a day trip later this year (and Monkey Business, too!)

Now, on the usual plethora of Sylvia Beach Hotel entries.  I will publish twice a day till I get caught up; those of you who are not as interested in SBH as I am could wait till gardening posts return perhaps three days hence.  WARNING: To avoid two lengthy posts a day going on and on and on and ON about the SBH, tune back in on March 27th for a boating excursion by Allan.

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling

a fourteen hour day!

 

Cistus Nursery

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After visiting the Lan Su Chinese Garden, we boarded two tour buses (luxurious, even with bathrooms that no one used, but no hydraulic stair lift) and departed for Cistus Nursery.  On the way, our bus driver called out,  “Let me know what the temperature is like in the back; last time I walked back to check, all the passengers screamed.”  I was instantly smitten.  The air conditioning was appreciated as it was 90 degrees or more outside.

crossing the Sauvie Island bridge

crossing the Sauvie Island bridge

Allan's photo: crossing the bridge to Sauvie Island

Allan’s photo: crossing the bridge to Sauvie Island with houseboats hugging the shore

The bus took the long way around the island, giving bloggers from other areas a pleasant tour of farmland.

The bus took the long way around the island, giving bloggers from other areas a pleasant tour of farmland.

The farms are part "edible" (cabbages, and in fall corn mazes for fun and fear)

The farms are part “edible” (cabbages to the left)

and part horticultural, with fields of roses, hydrangeas, and other shrubs

and part horticultural, with fields of roses, hydrangeas, and other shrubs.

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Its white flowers also caught Allan's eye.

The white flowers of Matilija poppy caught Allan’s eye.

"Owner Sean Hogan had meant to greet people off the bus, but we "scattered like kittens", says Allan of his photo here.

“Owner Sean Hogan had meant to greet people off the bus, but we “scattered like kittens”, says Allan of his photo here.  Sean chats with Kristen.

Allan's photo:  Bloggers in the display garden.

Allan’s photo: Bloggers in the display garden.

in the display garden:  Cistus is well known for its gravel gardens.

in the display garden: Cistus is well known for its gravel gardens.

bloggers enter into plant sales paradise

bloggers enter into plant sales paradise

By the gate, a scratch and sniff challenge.

By the gate, a scratch and sniff challenge.

This is the first time I have ever been to Cistus and walked out without spending about $300.  And think what I could spend with our large van instead of the small two door Saturn.  Struggling with a sore leg and the heat, I did not feel up to wrestling flats of plants up to the hotel room, so I bought, shockingly, nothing at all.  But am longing to go back and spend some money.

The nursery sales areas are divided into sections.

The nursery sales areas are divided into sections.

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paradise for CPNs (Certified Plant Nuts)

paradise for CPNs (Certified Plant Nuts)

I believe this chicken holds fire! during summer evening events at the nursery.

I believe this chicken holds fire during summer evening events at the nursery.

I would love to go to such an event if there were a hotel (not a B&B) nearby.  And I mean REALLY nearby so one would not have to drive far after the event.

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Why, I could fit one of these in the van...I think.

Why, I could fit one of these in the van…I think.

We could hear the gentle sound of an employee raking gravel along the bamboo grove path.

We could hear the gentle sound of an employee raking gravel along the bamboo grove path.

Melianthus major 'Ginny Hunt'; my plant of this cultivar died over the winter; I couldn't face wrestling with this big of a replacement in the heat.

Melianthus major ‘Ginny Hunt’; my plant of this cultivar died over the winter; I couldn’t face wrestling with this big of a replacement in the heat.

more sniffing tips

more sniffing tips

Allan's photo: a sniff warning

Allan’s photo: a sniff warning

This had an excellent fragrance.

This had an excellent fragrance.

As did this.  I must return!

As did this. I must return!

A new Eucalyptus could surely be squeezed into the front garden.

Allan's photo: an "I want" Ficus; maybe one of the two plants he bought here.

Allan’s photo: an “I want” Ficus; he did not buy it.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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looking back down the path by which we entered the sales area

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and turning 180 degrees, we enter The Big Top.

inside the "Big Top"

inside the “Big Top”, a massive sales greenhouse

A shop dog whom I've met before takes refuge from the heat.

A shop dog whom I’ve met before takes refuge from the heat on damp gravel under a table.

bloggers buy plants

bloggers buy plants

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schmoozing with Sean Hogan

schmoozing with Sean Hogan

Sean takes on of our garden tour posters (it's this Saturday, July 19th!) and poses for Garden Tour Nancy.

Sean takes on of our garden tour posters (it’s this Saturday, July 19th!) and poses for Garden Tour Nancy.

In The Big Top: Cestrum newellii; used to have it, wish I still did, lost it in a cold winter.

In The Big Top: Cestrum newellii; used to have it, wish I still did, lost it in a cold winter.

Two bloggers from England sit outside the Big Top.

Two bloggers from England sit by the side door of the Big Top.

In the outdoor sales area, wilted bloggers seek shade.

In the outdoor sales area, wilted bloggers seek shade.

Both Allan and I did further exploration of the display gardens.

Allan's photo and caption: "A subtle sculpture under a glowing tree."  See, he could write this blog.

Allan’s photo and caption: “A subtle sculpture under a glowing tree.” See, he could write this blog.

Allan's photo:  hydrangea

Allan’s photo: hydrangea

Allan's photo: Cotinus and Eucalyptus

Allan’s photo: Cotinus and Eucalyptus

the urn down a shady, almost grown in brick path

the urn down a shady, almost grown in brick path

the main display garden path

the main display garden path

I got on the bus first because it was taking me a while each time to climb the stairs.

bus window view of other bloggers leaving Cistus

bus window view of other bloggers leaving Cistus

our previous visits to Cistus Nursery:

springtime visits 2010-12

summer at Cistus in 2011

Cistus in 2009 (June)

Cistus in 2009 (May)

Cistus in 2007

Next:  Joy Creek Nursery

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

I had been so worried about time and that we would not get all the tour gardens done, catch the ferry and get back to Bellevue for the first evening lecture.  Silly me; we were done with touring in time to go to two Whidbey Island nurseries.

Bayview Farm and Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Bayview Farm and Garden

Bayview Farm and Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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At Bayview Farm and Garden, I immediately found one of the plants on my acquisition list, Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’.  (Mine had not survived the move from my old garden.)

a plethora of plants

a plethora of plants, with Golden Spirit to the left behind red geraniums

Allan's photo: a homey message board

Allan’s photos: a homey message board

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chicken coop with "attack rooster" patrolling the perimeter

chicken coop with “attack rooster” patrolling the perimeter

an arch of roses

an arch of roses

a large area of Japanese maples

a large area of Japanese maples

Allan's photo: hanging baskets were $42.99

Allan’s photo: hanging baskets were $42.99

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I did not browse as effectively as usual because my head was still swimming from all the touring.

I did not browse as effectively as usual because my head was still swimming from all the touring.

Allan found the fern collection.

Allan found the fern collection.

I got my Golden Spirit and a lovely Physocarpus called 'Amber Jubilee'

I got my Golden Spirit and a lovely Physocarpus called ‘Amber Jubilee’

Just as I was about to check out, Allan called me back to the chicken coop area, as he had found a “Dan Hinkley collection” of plants.  There was Fuchsia ‘Windcliff Flurry’, a plant that had been high on my acquisition list for years, AND, also on my list,  Fuchsia ‘Mrs Popple’ which is said to get very tall.

The Hinkley collection

The Hinkley collection

a comfortable and attractive bench (for a couple hundred dollars, as I recall)

a comfortable and attractive bench (for a couple hundred dollars, as I recall)

a tempting array

a tempting array

containers as I went in the back door of the main building to check out

containers as I went in the back door of the main building to check out

I also succumbed to two of the trendy new Digiplexus plants.

I also succumbed to two of the trendy new Digiplexus plants and two ‘Orange Rocket’ columnar barberries.

Nursery shopping was not as much fun for my dear friend Sheila as she may be moving gardens so did not want to buy a lot of new plants.

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me: head still swimming from garden touring. Sheila: probably wishing she had a cartful of plants as well.  Nursery and garden touring can be hard and tiring work! 😉

check out time

check out time

Cultus Bay Nursery

Next, we went to Cultus Bay Nursery.  (We would have gone to Chocolate Flower Farm garden store as well, but we had missed it back in Langley as it was not yet open.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At the end of a long, single lane gravel road, we parked on a small grassy field near this hedge.

At the end of a long, single lane gravel road, we parked on a small grassy field near this hedge.

sign

A sign directed us to the nursery.

nearby, a woodpecker at work

nearby, a woodpecker at work

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We walked alongside a tangled garden.

We walked alongside a lush, tangled garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

textures:  Allan's photos

textures: Allan’s photos

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and arrived at the nursery entrance.

and arrived at the nursery entrance.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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in we go!

in we go!

Oh!   I wish now that I had been more focused and looked at every table.  Our minds were on catching a pre-rush hour ferry.  I know I missed many treasures here.

Oh! I wish now that I had been more focused and looked at every table. Our minds were on catching a pre-rush hour ferry. I know I missed many treasures here.

in the nursery

in the nursery

 

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the nursery cat

the nursery cat

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I wish I had bought this Cercis 'Forest Pansy'; had one in my old garden, which was, I think, too boggy and sent it into a fatal decline.

I wish I had bought this Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’; had one in my old garden, which was, I think, too boggy and sent it into a fatal decline.

I did find two cultivars of Hydrangea aspera and bought one of each!

I did find two cultivars of Hydrangea aspera and bought one of each!

Hydrangea aspera: has been on my acquisition list for years; had a very small one that got a ladder set on top of it and did not survive.

Hydrangea aspera: has been on my acquisition list for years; had a very small one that got a ladder set on top of it and did not survive.

big soft Hydrangea aspera leaves; have seen them grown very well and huge in Cannon Beach gardens.

big soft Hydrangea aspera leaves; have seen them grown very well and huge in Cannon Beach gardens.

Allan's photo:  I also found Eryngium 'Blue Glitter' that I had been seeking here and there.

Allan’s photo: I also found Eryngium ‘Blue Glitter’ that I had been seeking here and there.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, birdfeeder surrounded by santolina

Allan's photos: lightly used formal path to the front of the house...

Allan’s photos: lightly used formal path to the front of the house as we arrived…

Allan's photo: honeysuckle

Allan’s photo: honeysuckle

Allan noticed that the “straight to work paths” in the nursery were well worn!

one of the nursery paths

one of the nursery paths

in the sales building: a Better Homes and Gardens article

in the office building: Allan found a Better Homes and Gardens article

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Allan says he read in the Better Homes and Gardens article that Cultus Bay also offers bed and breakfast!  Perhaps in this screened outdoor room?

Allan found this screened retreat near the plant sales area

pretty heavenly

pretty heavenly

a nursery of beauty

the “office” building

Allan's photo: inside the nursery office building

Allan’s photo: inside the nursery office building

Allan's photo: office details

Allan’s photo: office details

a wonderful nursery...I would be here frequently if it were near my home.

a wonderful nursery…I would be here frequently if it were near my home.

on the ferry to Mukilteo

Again, the Garmin thought we were swimming.

Again, the Garmin thought we were swimming.

for my non NW readers, some glimpses of Whidbey Island from my back seat in the van.

for my non NW readers, some glimpses of Whidbey Island from my back seat in the van.

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another ferry crossing

another ferry crossing

coming in to Mukilteo

coming in to Mukilteo

I found the traffic on 405 completely nerve-wracking.

I found the traffic on 405 completely nerve-wracking.

back at the Bellevue Hilton:  our van still has room for lots more plants.

back at the Bellevue Hilton: our van still has room for lots more plants.

next: the plant sales room at the Hilton and some notes about lectures…then back to touring!

 

 

 

 

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After the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour, we stopped on our way home at Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook.  Although it was past closing time, we got to peruse the new plant purchases and autumn displays in this delightful collectors nursery located in Gearhart, Oregon.

It must be (almost) autumn!

It must be (almost) autumn!

plant tables

plant tables

pretty little faces of autumn

pretty little faces of autumn

more cool plants from Xera

more cool plants from Xera

It definitely saved me money that the cash register was closed out because…just look at that little hot pink flower!   They also had some Salvia clevelandii ‘Aromas’…at least that is what I called it back when I had a late blooming sage with intensely fragrant leaves.

a planted potbelly stove

a planted potbelly stove

love the way these have decided to grow on the edge of the plant display table

love the way these have decided to grow on the edge of the plant display table

garden art

garden art

We had a pleasant visit and some good plant talk and stories of public gardening and then Allan and I were on our way.  Crossing the Astoria Megler bridge, a construction stop let us get a great view of the ships.

looking east from the bridge

looking east from the bridge

ship and Astoria

ship and Astoria

stairs at the highest part of the bridge!

stairs at the highest part of the bridge!

Looking northwest, we saw the Peninsula had become almost invisible because of a heavy bank of fog and clouds.  I hoped for a rainy Sunday so I could spend the day blogging about the cottage tour.

toward home

toward home

north on the four mile bridge

north on the four mile bridge

And the rainy day that I wanted is exactly what I got!

I took exactly one photo on Sunday the 15th of the rain out my south window.  I was able to write all day and avoid falling days behind again while posting about the cottage tour.

Sunday rain

Sunday rain; love the big pink cosmos in the garden boat

If I am lucky, Monday will be rainy as well and instead of blogging I just might catch up on paperwork.

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I did not leave the property today which is just the way I like a Sunday to be.  We had been invited to visit friends, and even offered a ride due to our defunct car, but we asked them to come visit us instead and they did.

Pat, Larry, Margaret

Pat, Larry, Margaret

We sat in the shade because Margaret is going through chemo.  I know so many friends who are, or who have done so.  They all soldier on so bravely and cheerfully.  Margaret and Larry have a charming garden in Long Beach where we put in a flower garden, and Patricia waters it for them.

We put Smokey (the friendliest cat) in the laundry room because Margaret cannot risk getting a scratch.  Where people are, Smokey will surely be.  Frosty usually follows him, and was mystified why his brother had been put away.

Frosty in the hallway

Frosty in the hallway

I decided Frosty should go in the laundry room (where the cats have food, water, and litter box) to keep his brother company, so that Smokey did not feel singled out.

After our delightful visit with human friends, we went back in the house to find that the cats had reached under the door, grabbed the hallway rug, and dragged it almost all the way into the laundry room.

disappearing area rug

disappearing area rug

How in the world did they get all that rug under the door in such a relatively short time?

all ruched up

all ruched up

They hightailed it out the cat door as quickly as they could.

out they go!

out they go!

If our friend Kathleen S has sharp eyes, she will see the cool fire extinguisher bell that she gave us.  It has been so unseasonably windy around here, we have been waiting to hang it outside til the weather settles a bit!

For most of the afternoon as I weeded and clipped in the garden, I had the mildly ominous feeling that in the evening we had to go out and water the Ilwaco planters (on foot) and the boatyard.  Oh how I wanted to just stay at home.  Then I came up with the most cunning plan.  Tomorrow, Allan can take the car into the auto shop (turns out it will “go” long enough on a battery charge to get up the highway that far) and then water Long Beach and come home on the bus, while I will water the planters, boatyard, weed down at Howerton and maybe even the mayor’s and Cheri’s gardens.  Tuesday, we could do Ann’s garden and if we are lucky enough to get the car back by Wednesday (depending on how fast an alternator can be delivered), I might not have to take the bus at all.

I am a big proponent of public transit, but the bus here is maddeningly intermittent.  Oh, and we found so many extra costs in renting a cargo van (such as one that size not even being available here) that we gave up on that plan for now.

With the burden of work off my mind, I was able to find more complete enjoyment in the rest of the day and got almost every part of the garden at least partly dealt with, except for the bogsy wood which has gone to the wild!

We had a raspberry fail; the canes of the early raspberries, loaded with berries, became burnt looking and the berries stopped growing.  Fire blight?  Allan cut those cane to the ground and they went into the wheelie bin.  What a shame, but perhaps the fall bearing ones will be all right.

Phooey!

Phooey!

I do hope all the canes are all right next year.  They are sentimental to me because most of them came from my mother’s garden.

We have all these plants to plant here and there and no way to get them to work in the very near future, so I will just get to enjoy them here a little longer!

holding area

holding area

The garden sometimes looks magical in the late evening light.

the patio

the patio

Night Owl? rose

Night Owl? rose

I was sitting at my computer typing away, about to share a passel of rose photos because not much happened today at home, when there was a knock on the door.  Allan said, “It’s Bill from the Boreas!”  I did not even make the connection in my mind that Ciscoe Morris, who was here today to give a lecture benefiting the local Boys and Girls Club, was staying at Boreas Inn tonight.  I had not gone to the lecture because of the feeling of being so far behind in the garden and having just one day off and because it was during the day when I just have to be outside.  So it took me quite by surprise that Susie and Bill had brought Ciscoe to see our garden!!

Susie had asked me if I wanted to come meet him at the inn but I felt all shy and Emily Dickinson-ish (“I’m nobody, how about you?”) and like it must be tiresome for him to have someone coming to meet him during his quiet time at the inn between events.

And here he was!

Ciscoe and the saying that would relegate me to just weeding if all my clients took it to heart.

Ciscoe and the saying that would relegate me to just weeding if all my clients took it to heart.

Classic Ciscoe!

Classic Ciscoe!

(“Nobody can design a better garden for you than the one you think out for yourself.  It could take years, but in the doing of it, you should be in paradise.”)

Oh!  And when he saw the feathery plant that is on a pot behind him in the above photo, he grabbed a frond and said “A restio!” and something complimentary about cool plants.  Yay!!!!  (You don’t see Restios much around here because, well, they look a little or a lot like horsetail, but they are wonderful!)

I was awfully glad we were not out watering the Ilwaco planters when they all showed up;  I had, as often happens, not turned on my phone during the day, so had missed Susie’s call.

me, Ciscoe, Allan, Susie

me, Ciscoe, Allan, Susie

with Ciscoe

It was a particular thrill for me when we were partway back into the garden and he said again that I had a lot of cool plants that you don’t see everywhere, and asked where I got them, and of course knew exactly what I meant when I said I used to mail order from Heronswood, and that we take a trip most years to Cistus and Joy Creek, and that I had gotten some at Dancing Oaks near where Sheila lives.  He said we must go to Far Reaches Farm, and I very much want to.  I said we had been to Dragonfly Farms and he beamed. I told him I get to help pick the plants ordered by the Basket Case and that Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart gets plants from Xera.  He agreed that if a plant has a Xera tag it is worth trying out, and admired the Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ and the Verbascum ‘Eleanor’s Blush’ (which was new to him!) that I had ordered through Basket Case.  Oh!!  And when I said my plant table in the bogsy wood was big enough to be George Schenkian, he knew exactly what I meant.  It was just so fun to not have to go into the whole explanation of what lay behind the idea.  Not that I don’t enjoy recommending George Schenk’s great gardening books to people!

He wasn't used to our chilly evening wind!

He wasn’t used to our chilly evening wind!

He had interesting information about many of the plants, and of course my mind was sort of reeling and I probably have forgotten some of it.  I think tomorrow I’ll walk our route around the garden and see what I remember.  One particular thing he said was, upon admiring a pinky-mauve Astrantia in the front garden, that in England a garden was planted almost all in Astrantias and the garden had no slugs and snails so they might actually repel slugs.  Must get many more of them.

poppy admiration society

poppy admiration society

He remarked upon a particularly large Oriental poppy that had thrived on the dairy manure.  Susie was very pleased to hear it is one that I acquired from her former volunteer planter in Long Beach where I thin them out and replant them here and there so they don’t take over the planter and then leave a big gap when they go over.

the tale of Susie's poppy plant

the tale of Susie’s poppy plant

I promised Susie to bring a piece back to her garden!

Everyone was in an exuberant and happy mood.

in the garden

Ciscoe admired Allan’s own garden and seemed to think it clever that I had offered him a larger area so I don’t have as much to weed.  Of course, he is famous for his funny stories about how he and his wife have separate garden spaces and sometimes compete for plants.

by Allan's garden...Bill finds something very funny!

by Allan’s garden…Bill finds something very funny!

He also seemed to enjoy Allan’s spreadsheet of all the plant names, but could not help identify the one mystery fern that we just call the lettuce fern.

reading the spreadsheet

reading the spreadsheet

admiring Allan's garden

admiring Allan’s garden

discussing the fern of mystery

discussing the fern of mystery

And like me, he was amazed at the chocolate scent of one my Xera plants, new last year, that had finally bloomed and that he had never heard of either!

nodding chocolate flower

nodding chocolate flower

the tag, from Xera plants

the tag, from Xera plants

a closer look

a closer look

You have to lift the blossom to smell it.  Ciscoe said “Now I want a candy bar!”  Maybe he even said “Ooh la la! Now I want a candy bar!”

As we lingered around Allan’s garden, we heard our friend Devery’s voice at the gate.  Not ten minutes before, I had been telling Ciscoe (as we were by the transparent fence that gives a clear view of Nora’s house and gave Nora a view of our garden) about how when Nora and a friend of hers and Devery had heard Ciscoe was coming, and when I said (but not seriously believing it) that Susie had wanted to bring him to our garden, they all got very excited!  Especially Devery, who is a big fan and watches his show every Saturday and just loves him and Meeghan Black.    It was poignant that Nora’s funeral had been yesterday (I was explaining the big gathering of chairs for our memorial get together in the garden afterwards.)

Devery was walking by our house on her way to close the curtains of Nora’s house, and she had heard and recognized Ciscoe’s voice in the garden.  Oh please, do come in and meet him! I said.  She was so filled with delight, I could not have thought her naturally happy personality could get any bubblier, but it did!

joy!

joy!

Devery and Ciscoe

Devery and Ciscoe

Ciscoe takes off his hood for a better pic

Ciscoe takes off his hood for a better pic

Devery and Ciscoe

Devery and Ciscoe

a delightful moment

a delightful moment

This made me happier than anything, to have a part in bringing Devery so much happiness.

Allan, Devery and I were all quite giddy after Ciscoe left to go back to the inn with Susie and Bill, and we hung about the front steps chattering and laughing until it got so cold that we parted.   Devery said we must get together more, and idea that I was so glad to hear because we like her so very much and I have been worried we would lose touch with Nora gone.

There are people who just exude joy and bring happiness wherever they go.  Ciscoe is one and Devery is another and the fact that they got to meet in our garden is the happiest thing of the whole delightful evening.

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This was not the final day of planting.  There are still some cosmos to plant in Ann’s garden, a very few plants (about ten!) that I want to add to Long Beach, and quite a few plants for my own garden.  But the big planting jobs are all done now. What a relief.

So as we headed to first job, we got our mail and there was a catalog for….bulb planting hell!

bulb catalog with the last big batch of annuals

bulb catalog with the last big batch of annuals

Bulb hell has its own quality, but is easier.  My clients, who have all become friends, and I go in together for bulbs from Van Engelen, and then there are hundreds of bulbs in my garage while I sort out everyone’s order.  And plant them.  With annuals, we keep having to go out to get more, and more, and more, and although plant shopping is enormously fun, it is time consuming and not very lucrative (because it is hard to charge for the time accurately, since much is spent schmoozing about plants, and we don’t resell the plants at a profit because we want all our clients to get the best plants possible and the biggest amount for their budgets!).  Bulbs hell includes the anxiety of getting them all in the ground, despite weather, by early December.

Saturday, we first we planted at the Ilwaco boatyard in increasing drizzle.  Here is another lesson in Round Up weedkiller damage.  A few weeks back the boatyard crew sprayed behind the fence with weedkiller, trying to kill the horsetail.  While the horsetail is still happy as can be, some of the boatyard plants are still blighted by drift.  (The crew boss promises this will not happen again.)

yellowed poppy foliage, happy horsetail

yellowed poppy foliage, happy horsetail

blue globe thistle was hit

blue globe thistle was hit

I feel fortunate at so little damage.  When I have time I will prune out the bad parts.  If the weedkiller had caused as much damage as it did at Marilyn’s garden, where a one foot or more strip on each side of a path was affected by someone spraying Round Up (Am I still brooding about this?  Kinda.), the long, narrow boatyard garden would have been a goner.

The annual poppies seemed particularly susceptible (and you can see how, in this section we have not yet weeded, the horsetail just brayed with laughter and had no damage at all).

 Poppies are a delicate flower.

Poppies are a delicate flower.

The garden looks fine overall.  We planted the newer areas with cosmos and painted sage, and left the center area, three years old, to perennials and reseeded poppies.

newest section

newest section

Our plans to also weed the middle section were thwarted by heavy rain, so we went to Olde Towne Café for lunch and hoped for the weather to lighten.  It didn’t.

weather view from Olde Towne

weather view from Olde Towne

I have set for myself an enjoyable obligation of photographing the Saturday Market for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page.  Lately, because we have been working Saturdays, Allan has helped by taking photographs, too.  We feel for the market vendors as this is the second bad weather Saturday in a row!  In three previous years of photographing the market (only missed two Saturdays due to garden events!), I don’t remember two dire weeks back to back.

Allan took this from the Port Office deck.

Allan took this from the Port Office deck.

Japanese maples for sale, and Portside Café booth.  (That's the yellow café in whose street planter we plant yellow flowers.)

Japanese maples for sale, and Portside Café booth. (That’s the yellow café in whose street planter we plant yellow flowers.)

a line up of flowers in stone vases

a line up of flowers in stone vases

Allan and I both photographed the spectacular lupines at the Marie Powell Gallery.  His photo is much more clever.

my photo

my photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Those sea thrift (pink, foreground) are a bugger to deadhead later in the year but I love them.

After a wet walk through the market, it was back to work.   We got perhaps the last batch of cosmos for work at The Planter Box, where the tomatoes were irresistibly healthy looking (so I got three):

Planter Box tomatoes

Planter Box tomatoes

They have dozens of quite a few interesting varieties, so get ’em!

At The Basket Case, we picked up some Armeria (sea thrift) to fill in any spaces we might find in the Bolstadt beach approach planters.

Here are three more perennials that I did not mention in my rave review of Basket Case perennials:

Helenium (Helen's Flower)

Helenium (Helen’s Flower)

Basket Case has at least two kinds of Helenium, a tall mid to late summer plant with warm tones of daisy-like flowers.  I got me one of this new one.   These might not even bloom before Fred and Nancy close in midsummer, so only the discerning buyer will realize how great a plant this is.

Eupatorium 'Gateway'

Eupatorium ‘Gateway’

This Joe Pye weed is a little shorter than the others, claiming to grow “only” to five feet, with great big fluffy pink flowers that butterflies love.  My opinion is that it likes lots of summer water.  I adore this plant and bought one even though I probably already have it (but my Joe Pye gets taller than five feet! which might be just because it is mulched with cow fiber!).

There were only a couple of these left yesterday!

Helianthemum

Helianthemum

This orange Helianthemum is ‘Ben Nevis’.  These plants are great for growing on a rock wall.  I have found they do not bloom all summer, but the trailing foliage remains good.  Also comes in pink and yellow; not sure which other cultivars Basket Case has in stock.  I believe The Planter Box also has some cultivars of Helianthemum (rock rose).  Don’t be confused because Cistus (an excellent shrub which Basket Case also carries) is also called rock rose.

Dianthus 'Raspberry Swirl' and 'Fancy Knickers'

Dianthus ‘Raspberry Swirl’ and ‘Fancy Knickers’

Cute names, gorgeous plants.  “Pinks” are not always pink!  These are nice big healthy Dianthus.   I’m getting myself two more Raspberry Swirls if there are any left next time!

The rain continued to fall and we made the decision that we could not finish the weeding at Andersen’s RV Park this weekend.  We feel that to work in rain, with dripping raincoats, just makes vacationing guests feel sad for us and brings down the jolly weekender feeling!   We hope the guests there will see the pretty things (all the planters and containers are looking great, and plants well outnumber weeds in the garden beds).  I am too tired to give up my two days off because of not meeting the Andersen’s goal that I had set for us.

Allan also said he felt it was more important to check on the beach approach planters because more foot traffic walks by them, so we did.  We quickly used up the perennials we had bought for the Bolstadt approach planters (six Armeria, two Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’) and found space for about eight more tough perennials which we will buy and add later this week.

Allan weeding the Lisa Bonney memorial planter

Allan weeding the Lisa Bonney memorial planter

One of the planters surprised me with this beautiful columbine!

One of the planters surprised me with this beautiful columbine!

not as miserable a job as it looks because the weather was not cold...

not as miserable a job as it looks because the weather was not cold…or windy

The beach approach garden is weedy again, of course!  But when we get around to doing it again, it will not be as miserable a job as the first weeding of the year.

beach approach, west end

beach approach, west end

Adorably, the Armeria (sea thrift) has reseeded at the end of the lawn.  I have read that it grows wild on the sea cliffs in Wales.

sea thrift

sea thrift

approach garden looking west

approach garden looking west

looking east; rugosa roses about to bloom

looking east; rugosa roses about to bloom

rugosa roses in bud

rugosa roses in bud

The rugosa roses are thuggish and a pain to weed around, but they will earn their keep from now till frost, first with flowers of pink, magenta, or white, and then with big orangey red hips.  They are also known as “The Tomato Rose” because of the size of the hips (about which some tourists ask us, “Are those tomatoes?”) and “The Salt Spray Rose” because they can take beachy conditions.

Dianthus in a beach approach planter, at least seven years old.

Dianthus in a beach approach planter, at least seven years old.

and a hardy geranium

and a hardy geranium

rain brings the colours out

rain brings the colours out

I wish the volunteers, back in the day, had not planted chocolate mint in the easternmost planter.

why?

why?

It has choked out the other plants, except for dog daisies.  Someone in passing commented to me last year how lush and wonderful the planter used to be.  Well…yes, before someone stuck the mint in there and it got well established.  The Nepeta (catmint, not a mint, not invasive) is buried with just one flower showing.

mint vs. catmint: no contest

mint vs. catmint: no contest

With about fifty of these planters to care for, we redo poorly planted old ones at a rate of maybe two a year.  We might eventually get to this one, which would involve having to dig it out, soil and all, and start over…or we might just decide the mint is fragrant and has a pretty flower and just let it be mostly one thing.

We were still in the rain as we left the beach approach for our next job.

the Long Beach arch

the Long Beach arch

We had some plants for the tiny World Kite Museum garden on the Sid Snyder Beach approach.  While Allan weeded it, I walked the approach and weeded the seven planters along its north side.  I must admit some of the weeding was just cosmetic because we had much still to do and it was six o clock.

Kite garden with Cosmos 'Cutesy', painted sage, one one sanguisorba added to the remaining perennials.

Kite garden with Cosmos ‘Cutesy’, painted sage, one one sanguisorba added to the remaining perennials.

There seems to be a big fail in the volunteer mowing, in that it does not include weed-eating, apparently!   We are not really in the weedeating business, but last year after declining to hand weed all along the shrub border, below, we did weed eat it a few times.  I think we will have to step up to weed eat around our little garden, as well.

the shrub parking lot border, which we most decidely do not have time to weed.

the shrub parking lot border, which we most decidely do not have time to weed.

The soil in the tiny flower garden was weird in spots.  When we redid it last year, we mulched with some bagged soil amendments.  Over the winter, it has turned into a weird rooty sawdusty substance in some areas and despite the rain was very dry.  Where are the roots coming from?  They are definitely roots, not fungi.  It is odd.  I pulled some out to have a good look.

weird and unsettling

weird and unsettling

Surely the escallonia on one side or hebe on the other could not be encroaching with this many roots?

We hope to take a yard of cow fiber up to Marilyn’s garden soon to mulch the edges where we had to replant (due to round up, blah blah blah!) and I will save out a few buckets full for this garden.  It could take about a half an inch of mulch.

Next we went back down to Ilwaco.  We stopped at the boatyard to photograph some boats for Discover Ilwaco, and I pondered the amount of horsetail in the middle area where we have not yet weeded.

oh dear, oh dear

oh dear, oh dear

One hopes the two well weeded ends of the garden will keep passersby happy.

in the boatyard

in the boatyard

We finally did the last of Saturday’s planting at the Port of Ilwaco office garden with some Cosmos ‘Cutesy’, since we want the flowers to remain short in order to show off the Basket Case baskets that hang above.  Or maybe I should still add a very few salpiglossis.

port office garden

port office garden

There are some tiny little seedling that we are leaving in the garden till I figure out what they are.  I usually can identify seedlings….but these look like painted sage, which is unlikely as I had never planted it here, nor do I ever find it to re-seed this prolifically.

my favourite perennials, Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue', in the port office garden

my favourite perennials, Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, in the port office garden

Basket Case plants above and below

Basket Case plants above and below

just south of Port Office garden

just south of Port Office garden

Rain had stopped!  The gardens on the Howerton side of the office glowed with California poppies.

Howerton gardens

Howerton gardens (photo taken earlier in the day)

Finally, at 8 PM, we weeded the gardens at the east end of Howerton.  What had caught my eye when driving past earlier were the dead leaves (now picked off) on the Eryngium there.

bad leaves now plucked!

bad leaves now plucked!  This was caused by the hot spell around Mother’s Day.

Howerton by Queen La De Da's Art Castle

Howerton by Queen La De Da’s Art Castle

The Howerton garden that was most recently done (below) is the very westernmost one;  it was filled in with plants divided from other areas, and they will size up to fill the space but maybe it needs a little something more to be added.

perhaps a few more wind tolerant perennials...

garden to right….perhaps a few more wind tolerant perennials…

Along with Andersen’s RV Park, we did not get to the weeding at the Howerton garden section at the very west end of the street.  And both will have to wait because, having caught up with this blog, I am about to commence on two days off.  (I can feel that Howerton Street weeding project tugging at me, but I will try to resist.)

When I get my own cosmos and painted sage, container plants and perennials,  planted in my own garden, I will officially declare Annuals Planting Hell 2013 over!

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I woke in the night to the sound of rain. On and on. This was good. All the plants we have been planting will get watered.

It was not so good at ten AM when a seemingly ceaseless torrent was falling. We had in the garage five flats of plants for today’s job and I just wanted them out of here. I did not want to be carrying them out to the patio to get light, and then into the car tomorrow instead of today. Annuals hell must end, as weeding jobs are urgently calling to us. As is my own garden.

Mary sets a tempting example

Mary sets a tempting example

But wait…Was there some lightness in the sky to the south? The sky was definitely light around the edges to the south and to the west. I said we should just go to the job. I cited the example of Deadliest Catch, an inspirational tv show about hardworking crabbers on the Bering Sea. Allan looked skeptical about the weather, especially since the forecasts all called for it to worsen hourly all day long. But the rain suddenly stopped. We loaded, and as we did the rain came lashing sideways again. I did not care (much). Surely we could endure and plant twelve whiskey barrels even in a torrent. And yet…if I stayed home I could read a couple more months of the Tootlepedal Blog archives.

But we went to Casa Pacifica, Dan and Leanne’s garden near Wallicut Farms. It is our only job off the Peninsula (unless one is a stickler for the fact that technically Ilwaco is part of the mainland).

When we got there, the sun came out intermittently. And rain came back for a while but not for long.

after a squall

after a squall

Soon raincoats came off and stayed off and all twelve barrels and several smaller containers were cleaned up and planted.

The barrels have Narcissi so we cut the foliage back by two thirds. It must be done in order to plant. My guru Ann Lovejoy would not approve; in this recent article she writes of the importance of letting the foliage mature. And yet once NW garden celebrity Ed Hume (who was as well known as Ciscoe in his day) said in a lecture that narcissi foliage can be cut three weeks after the flower has bloomed.

before

before; unplantable.

before:  last year's boringly overgrown Helichrysum

before: last year’s boringly overgrown Helichrysum

after

after, Helichrysum cut back VERY hard

Planted: An Agyranthemum in the center (“Butterfly’, ‘Spring Bouquet’, or the white one) and around the edges mixed (80!! total) calibrachoas of various colours and sanvitalias and, in the planters closer to the house, some blue felicia as well. In the mid-center of each, three painted sage triangulated around the Agyr. Some have Diascia that came back from last year.

Dusty lives in hope that I will stop to play fetch. It will not happen as then he will not stop pestering. But most of the time he walks with me all around the job with his head just where I can reach down and pet him. I love that and lavish him with smooches.

Dusty

Note Spook in the background.

Dusty

Dusty

Spook continues to be very shy, but it is progress that she stays out from under the deck while we are here.

Spook

Spook

We did not have time to weed, but I did walk along the bottom of the garden casting Sluggo up into it, with camera in hand. (Allan deadheaded narcissi while I talked to Dan and Leanne at the end of the work session.)

the shady end of the long border

the shady end of the long border

I don’t add many new perennials to this garden because it has water troubles in the summer; the well is just not enough for home and garden, too. It might be fixed for this year. It has therefore been a garden that peaks in mid springtime.

Another problem is that I would like to lavish the garden with cow fiber mulch but the lawn where a truck would have to drive to deliver the load close to the garden is also the septic field. And it would have to be wheelbarrowed up at the end of the wall. And if the pile were dumped in the driveway it would be far from the end of the wall. And I am tired just thinking about it. Maybe this fall we will manage to do it. As I have said to myself every year since taking on this job.

long curved border goes from shade to sun

long curved border goes from shade to sun

guardian of the garden

guardian of the garden

geranium and hosta

geranium and hosta

Silene

Silene

hardy geranium

Geranium macrorrhizum

Halmiocistus wintonensis

Halmiocistus wintonensis

Around the north side of the house, in a spot that is usually wet from roof runoff, I found a small blue flower which I think is a kind of Camassia that I planted last fall. I would have rain barrels at every gutter catching water for summer in this garden.

camassia

I surprised Spook in her nap on the hot tub cover and got as close to her as I ever have!

snoozing

she was snoozing

With this, the last of the big batches of annuals is planted, and I can see the light at the end of Annuals Planting Hell. There are still a few days of filling in here and there. The concrete planter in Ilwaco that needs a hole drilled is still undrilled. Andersen’s needs more cosmos and some Salvia patens. Some gaps in the Long Beach planters need filling, and because I had made a careful list of exactly what plant was needed where, we went to The Basket Case to get some more annuals.

My list would have been incomprehensible to another: two uppies here, four trailies there, five herbie flatties there. But I knew what I wanted.

We also got some plants for a big shady planter against the house at Andersen’s RV Park; it only gets morning sun.

I'm trying a big new impatiens there.

I’m trying a big new impatiens there.

and assorted types of begonias

and assorted types of begonias

These might like more sun but they do ok in the east facing planter. The tuberous begonias excel and are the same thing that Andersen’s owner Lorna’s dad used to plant there.

At The Planter Box I stocked up on Cosmos for planting at the Ilwaco boatyard, Larry and Robert’s garden and….soon I hope! my garden. Uh oh, I still need more for my friend Nancy! And more for a few last clumps of Cosmos at Andersen’s, in an area it was too late to weed tonight. I got one flat of the very good Salvia patens plants that Planter Box grew this year.

At The Planter Box

At The Planter Box

Teresa and I talked a bit about when would be a good date for a midsummer madness Cash Mob at the Planter Box, probably in early July.

Planter Box

Planter Box

I saw salpiglossis starts and wanted some for gardens of ours that might be on the tour this year, but we were full up with plants by then.

Salpiglossis has a gorgeous flower.

Salpiglossis has a gorgeous flower.

I also saw just two of this cute little plant I had once found for sale somewhere and planted in an Ilwaco planter. It looked adorable all summer long. Apparently, it is a house plant. I don’t know why it is not sold in quantity for summer containers.

so cute!

so cute!

Then…Andersen’s after six. The wind had come up with a biting chill and the rain returned, but the east facing planter was not at all bad to work in with the house between us and the ocean. I was so tired I did not put on gloves, then regretted it, then could not get them on over wet hands. I just remembered that one of the crew gave me some Hershey’s kisses, as he often kindly does, and I was so busy I put them in my pocket and did not eat a one. (I think that shirt is still in the car….tempting….). I decided to hold off on planting some Salvia patens in the Payson Hall planters, as it is supposed to get down to 44 degrees tonight. I think they will be happier if they wait till we go to Andersen’s (and all other north end resorts) on Friday to fluff it up for the three day holiday weekend.

The last task was to plant 12 tiny little not very promising white petunias in the two west side whiskey barrels that lacked them. They were in little six packs so small that one could hardly tell each held six plants. The wind and rain blew straight from the sea just over the foredune and I thought very hard about Deadliest Catch while planting the little plugs.

I often think in bad weather, "Could be worse, could be crabbing on the Bering Sea!"

I often think in bad weather, “Could be worse, could be crabbing on the Bering Sea!”

It’s on tonight and I look forward to sitting in my chair eating warm food and drinking wine and feeling inspired by the crabbers’ hard work in almost all weather. I have put on hand lotion five times and my hands still feel dry from the wet cold soil. I could never be a crabber…too wimpy.

Home by seven PM! I had had it with the outdoors, but Allan went out and mowed and weed-ate our lawn…in the drizzle. The grass was long and so wet it is amazing A) that he did it and B) that our little rechargeable electric mower got through it at all.

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