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Thursday, 27 September 2018

We admired a sunflower cottage in Seaview on our way to work.  This is a garden I toured a couple of years ago, but I cannot for the life of me dredge up that old post.

The Depot Restaurant

With no watering necessary thanks to rain, we just weeded and deadheaded.  Chef Michael expressed his satisfaction with our rhododendron pruning job from last week.

Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’

I found a rock.

from Nevada!

A mole had made three hills back by the rhododendron.  I snagged the nice sifted soil to even out a patch of lawn at home by the bogsy woods.

On our way to our next task, we had confirmation that the weather was much too hot.

Long Beach

We checked the welcome sign, deadheading the four agyranthemum, and I wondered why I continue to live in hope that these cosmos will flower this year.  It is time for them to go, but not on such a miserably hot day.

We tidied the corner garden at Veterans Field.  I want to make it shrubbier.  More shrubby, less fussy.  Cistus, maybe.

Diane’s garden

I got to pet my very good old friend Misty.

a patch of shade

Allan’s photo

Deadheading took an hour!

raised box garden

Allan’s photo

a mole in the raised bed?? (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo of a reseeded pansy in the gravel

roadside garden

We deadheaded the barrels next door at The Red Barn and once again did not see that darling orange barn cat, Cosmo.  I think it has been three weeks now.

driving north

The Basket Case Greenhouse

We stopped in at The Basket Case for a browse and to say hello.  The family cat had a litter of kittens 12 weeks ago.  (Like me with a cat long ago, the humans had not known how early one must get a cat spayed.)  The homes for these little darlings had fallen through.  By the time you read this, they will be up for adoption at the South Pacific County Humane Society.

I was sorely tempted and probably was only saved by having had another vet bill for Skooter yesterday.

tiny mama kitty

kittens

Allan’s photo

I resisted.  If I had been on staycation, I probably would have taken two.

Back in the greenhouses, I petted both Penny and Buddy.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

My buddy, Buddy

Darrell (Allan’s photo)

Darrell and Roxanne (and some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ for the LB planter we re-did last week)  (Allan’s photo)

tin goats

Ocean Park interlude

We had a gardening themed t shirt to drop off at our friend Terran’s house.  She has just started her own gardening business, BeeKissed Gardening, and we recommend her highly.

Terran’s front door window (Allan’s photo)

Terran’s work trailer, on the same base as our trailer.

Because of the Timberland Library meeting last night, we wanted to take a look at the Meeting Tree by the Ocean Park branch.

Ocean Park Library

inside

The Meeting Tree goes back to when Ocean Park first came into being as a church camp.

a community meeting spot since 1883

Allan’s photo

This property south of the library is for sale.  Last night at the meeting a woman said it used to belong to her family and she intends to buy it back, build her house at the other end and preserve this historic tree.

There I met a friendly dog named Daisy Duke.

bumper sticker on Daisy’s vehicle

I like the spiky summer blooming heather in the library garden much better than the plain white flat winter blooming heather at the Ilwaco branch.

compost bin behind the library!

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We spent an hour and a half tidying the garden and doing another stage of fall clean up.

Timmie

the pond island

the pond island

Allan’s photo

fall colour on hamamelis

south gate to the fenced garden

the birdbath view

driveway garden with Tiger Eye sumac

a visit with Donna and doggies

On the way home, we visited our friend Donna and met her new puppy.

a beachy, cottage-y townhouse

Donna’s older dog, Blue, took a shine to Allan.

And to me.

new puppy Savannah

puppy bliss

Blue (Allan’s photo)

Blue and Savannah (Allan’s photos)

sleepy after play

Ilwaco Halloween….And so it begins…

When we got home at dusk, we found Jody across the street had won the imaginary prize for being the first to start on Halloween.

We had better start thinking about putting our Halloween lights out.

 

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Garden Tour Nancy had suggested earlier in the week that we join her for an event at the Ocean Park Library. Our work day was scheduled to allow that, starting with a quick shopping stop at Dennis Company; while Allan bought whatever it was he wanted, I attended to two city planters.

northernmost planter on east side with Geranium 'Rozanne' going strong.

northernmost planter on east side with Geranium ‘Rozanne’ going strong.

northernmost planter on west side with Oregano 'Herrenhausen' and Geranium 'Rozanne'

northernmost planter on west side with Oregano ‘Herrenhausen’, Geranium ‘Rozanne’, golden sage, white alyssum

then….Golden Sands Assisted Living

An hour of weeding and deadheading at Golden Sands fit perfectly into the slot before the library event. I assessed what has to be done next:

In the SE quadrant, I intend to remove all that rampant geranium. (It's one that is pinker than AT Johnson but just as pesky).

In the SE quadrant, I intend to remove all that rampant geranium. (It’s one that is pinker than AT Johnson but just as pesky).

In the NE quadrant, I'm making good progress on removing too many reseeded scabiosas.  Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' is going into each quadrant for late summer colour.

In the NE quadrant, I’m making good progress on removing too many reseeded scabiosas. Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ is going into each quadrant for late summer colour.

In the NW quadrant, I'm thinning scabiosa and white running achillea.

In the NW quadrant, I’m thinning scabiosa and white running achillea.

In the SW quadrant, I have to keep the lysimachia from spreading too rampantly and must thin many scabiosas and columbines.

In the SW quadrant, I have to keep the lysimachia from spreading too rampantly and must thin many scabiosas and columbines.

Meanwhile, Allan strimmed the center lawn and removed a couple more tatty old carexes from outside the quadrants. We are both keeping the wild beach strawberry from jumping back into the flower gardens. You can see, above, how much it would like to do so.

Bushwick Book Club at the Timberland Regional Library, Ocean Park

We parked near a garden bed full of dahlias.

Time was tight so I telephotoed the photo; that's the elementary school in the background.

Time was tight so I telephotoed the photo; that’s the elementary school in the background.

front entrance of Ocean Park library

front entrance of Ocean Park library

inside

inside

the computer room

the computer room

I had a little time to browse the library and on a shelf display, I found that one of my favourite authors, Margaret Drabble, has a new book. I checked it and another book out. This branch of the library is larger than the Ilwaco branch and filled with natural light.

Nancy was waiting for us in the meeting room, where we settled in to hear a performance by Read and Destroy, a quartet of musicians from the Bushwick Book Club, Seattle. I’d not heard of the club before, and it made me wish for just a moment that I still lived in Seattle.

from the Bushwick Book Club website

from the Bushwick Book Club website

I thought perhaps the performance would be about an assortment of books. It turned out to be all songs inspired by one particular book, with an illustrative slideshow:

closer

 

Closer to the Ground is the deeply personal story of a father learning to share his love of nature with his children, not through the indoor lens of words or pictures, but directly, palpably, by exploring the natural world together as they forage, cook and eat from the woods and sea.”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Read and Destroy

Read and Destroy.

Note the Farenheit 451 t shirt

Note the Farenheit 451 t shirt

One of the songs was based on the attempted suicide of a 16 year old friend of the author, who asked his friend, “Why did you do it? The birds are singing!” and his friend replied, “I can’t hear them anymore.”

The book includes brief sections about different birds. Below, the drummer is reading a passage about reincarnation: “Grandma is a crow now.”

We enjoyed excerpts of the book being read before the songs.

We enjoyed excerpts of the book being read before the songs.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Below, the songwriter to the left described how he had spent time along Willapa Bay in a retreat for artists in Oysterville, at the north end of our Long Beach Peninsula.

illustrated by a slide of the musician on Willapa Bay

illustrated by a slide of the musician on Willapa Bay

The slide below is of potatoes harvested from a Seattle apartment deck garden.

accompanied by a song about potatoes

accompanied by a song about potatoes

Some of the songs were upbeat; others were interesting instrumental interpretations of the nature of birds. The bird artwork, from the book illustrations, was cut from black paper with an exacto knife.

birds

a singalong at the very end

a singalong at the very end

T shirts and CDs were for sale.

T shirts and CDs were for sale.

I was grateful that I was not the audience member called up in front to be quizzed with some oyster and clam related questions in order to win a book. That would have filled me with horror, and as I anxiously waited to see if they were going to call one more person, I was hoping that if it were me, I could get Nancy to take my place. Didn’t happen, whew!

Other than that moment of terror, I found that the performance brought up all sorts of positive emotions about bookishness and the kindredship of reading. Afterwards, I was surprised to learn that the band had not heard of the Sylvia Beach Hotel. One of them wrote down the name, so I do hope they look into it.

part of the library garden

part of the library garden

Outside, Nancy and Allan and I chatted by a small garden bed stuffed with dahlias and petunias. I suggested we have coffee at Adelaide’s Coffee and bookshop nearby; unfortunately, it was closed so Allan and I just went on to work (and a good thing, too, as otherwise we would have had trouble finishing our day before the sun got to a low and glaring angle).

Weigardt Gallery

At the Wiegardt Gallery in Ocean Park, Allan clipped the lavenders in the entry garden while I began to remove some of the Geranium ‘A T Johnson’ that so plagues this garden. I still like the Geranium macrorrhizum because of its fragrant leaves and good behavior. And the deer don’t eat it, whereas they chomp the flowers off of A.T. Johnson, making it even more useless.

entry garden

entry garden

the handsome stand of variegated Miscanthus in the back garden

the handsome stand of variegated Miscanthus in the back garden

Marilyn’s Garden

Although we were pressed for time, we drove up north to Marilyn’s garden in Surfside just to do some quick weeding and clipping along the path.

a border of giant plants

a border of giant plants

path, before

path, before

after

after trimming the fig tree and some Phygelius

You can see that my Canon Powershot is annoying me with a problem, possibly caused by a small scratch in the built in lens, causing lots of sun spots. I suppose a new camera is in order…again…and it has to be a pocketcam size for taking photos at work.

Next time, i hope to do Marilyn’s BEFORE Golden Sands, so we can take some Phygelius down there that is trying to run out into Marilyn’s path.

At the south end of the garden, Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ is proving to be deer resistant and a good privacy screen. I need one more to stop the eye at the end, and I can divide a bit of this shrub easily to extend it along the open space.

Lonicera, left alone by deer.  The Ceanothus to the left is not growing well, probably in too much shade.

Lonicera, left alone by deer. The Ceanothus to the left is not growing well, probably in too much shade.

'Wilma Goldcrest' Cypress is also not bothered by the deer.

‘Wilma Goldcrest’ Cypress is also not bothered by the deer.

looking northwest-ish from the deck; the giant Miscanthus is totally blocking the view of the neighbours' garage

looking northwest-ish from the deck; the giant Miscanthus is totally blocking the view of the neighbours’ garage

This garden is a bird haven (and deer haven) so is allowed to go to seed and won’t get cut back til time to plant bulbs, and then only partially. The big cut back will happen in late winter.

Speaking of deer, they’ve decided to munch Geranium ‘Rozanne’ by Marilyn’s front porch

I won''t be planting a river of Rozanne in Erin's garden, after all.

I won”t be planting a river of Rozanne in Erin’s garden, after all. Phooey; the deer left Rozanne alone till now.

Oman Builders Supply

Back in Ocean Park, we paused to trim the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ spent flowers at the Oman Builders Supply hardware store.

obs

Klipsan Beach Cottages

looking in the east gate of the fenced garden, where I don't have to battle the deer.

looking in the east gate of the fenced garden, where I don’t have to battle the deer.

Allan’s project for today was to cut down the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ from behind the bench.

before

before

after

after

Allan's before and after

Allan’s before and after

south side of the fenced garden

south side of the fenced garden

KBC owner Mary worked with us for awhile. She had bought some round hebes to make a little formal entry to the small pond inside the fenced garden, the area where Allan had cleared much Lysimachia last week.. I forgot to take a photo of them after she planted them. Next time!

dinner at The Cove

In the parking lot of the Cove Restaurant (our Thursday tradition as of this past summer) was parked a cute old truck with a winch. It must be local because of the Jake the Alligatorman sticker on the back.

cute ride

cute ride

Parking Lot Cat played hard to get tonight.

Parking Lot Cat played hard to get tonight.

golfers

golfers

sunflowers by the restaurant entrance

sunflowers by the restaurant entrance

It is a great comfort to have a weekly ritual of a good meal out in friendly surroundings, especially because, if we are feeling frugal, we can just have $2 fish tacos…what a deal! I have, however, become addicted to having a nice salad and ahi tuna.

the Thursday Chef's Mercy menu

the Thursday Chef’s Mercy menu

While I’m not big on French fries (chips), I wanted to try the spicy creme fraiche dip.

spicy and delicious

spicy and delicious

Allan decided to diverge from the usual and try the burger. As we have heard from others, it was exceptionally tasty. We did end up with fries in our lunch box the next day.

burger

chanterelle mushroom swiss burger

Roasted Beet and Apple Salad with Rogue River Blue Cheese

Roasted Beet and Apple Salad with Rogue River Blue Cheese, slivered almonds and molasses maple vinaigrette

my ahi tuna; I managed to take the photo before diving in this week.

my ahi tuna; I managed to take the photo before diving in this week.

our golf course view

our golf course view

As if our evening was not already so very pleasant, Chef Jason sent out a treat for us:

He wrote us a note to explain it...

He wrote us a note to explain it…

absolutely delectable...mushrooms from local forager Veronica, and carrots from local Farmer Fred

absolutely delectable…mushrooms from local forager Veronica, and carrots from local Farmer Fred

The dessert menu included an irresistible new addition: pie! With all the food shown above, that’s why we had to have apple and strawberry rhubarb pie (and fries) to go.

We were sort of greedy.  I always tell them it's because we had such a hard, hard day.

We were sort of greedy. I always tell them it’s because we had such a hard, hard day.

The sun was setting when we left, leaving a pink glow in the eastern sky….

sky

house

the golf course owners’ residence with sunset and moon

sunset over the Cove Restaurant

sunset over the Cove Restaurant

and to the west; the ocean is past those houses and trees.

and to the west; the ocean is past those houses and trees. (Allan’s photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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