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Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Planter Box garden center

Allan wanted to buy some more of our favourite hand tool, the Ho Mi/Korean Hand Plow/Zen Digger/E-Z Digger, so we stopped at the Planter Box and were pleased to find the tool in stock. He had tried ordering some online and had gotten, from two different companies, ho-mis with the handle too long!

too long and all wrong!

too long and all wrong!

Just right

Just right

We saw that there are some gorgeous cosmos for sale, now planted up in large pots:

cosmos

cosmos

including this stunning new colour called 'Antiquity'

including this stunning new colour called ‘Antiquity’

I bought some ‘Antiquity’ for Erin’s garden boat, and then for Larry and Robert’s garden boat, and then decided they both needed some chocolate cosmos as well…and a verbena bonariensis each.

Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos, and it does smell like chocolate)

Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos, and it does smell like chocolate)


Andersen’s RV Park

For actual work, we started at Andersen’s RV Park, about six blocks north of The Planter Box.

The west side garden is pretty much poppy-less now.

The west side garden is pretty much poppy-less now.

Payson Hall planters...more wildflowery than formal-ish annuals this year.

Payson Hall planters…more wildflowery than formal-ish annuals this year.

with Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

with Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

three of the six west side whiskey barrels with Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

three of the six west side whiskey barrels with Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, sanvitalia, and white bacopa

I always thought of bacopa as a shade plant but it is doing well in the sun and I am loving not having to deadhead the irksome white petunias that Lorna always wanted in here…I think the bacopa gives a better splash of white and does not get all mushy.

Lavatera 'Barnsley' in the picket fence garden

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ in the picket fence garden

Cosmos and painted sage in the garden shed garden

Cosmos and painted sage in the garden shed garden

When we left Andersen’s, we wanted to pop the new plants into Erin’s boat, but her parking area was full and we were in too much of a rush to walk the plants in from the street. We had an important gardening mission at the Port of Ilwaco.


Larry and Robert’s garden

Back in Ilwaco, we stopped at Larry and Robert’s garden to put a Cosmos ‘Antiquity’, a chocolate cosmos, and a verbena bonariensis in the garden boat.

the east side garden

the east side garden

with alllums and painted sage

with alllums and painted sage

Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer'

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’


Ilwaco Boatyard Garden

The boatyard needed weeding and watering and the Howerton Way gardens needed checking because at 6 PM the monthly summer Art Night would take place at the port. We had planned to spend all day gardening at the boatyard and the port, till we had decided that Andersen’s also had to be fit into the day.

boatyard: battering out oodles of creeping sorrel and horsetail

boatyard: battering out oodles of creeping sorrel and horsetail

The garden looks beat up after so much weeding; Allan says it "got away from us" while we were off garden touring.

The garden looks beat up after so much weeding; Allan says it “got away from us” while we were off garden touring. The haze of assorted poppies is pretty much done and had hidden many ills while blooming profusely.

It's still good overall!

It’s still good overall!

We had time to tidy up the gardens closest to the art night: by the port office, Nibsett Gallery, and Time Enough Books.


Ilwaco Art Night

Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery and Time Enough Books opened at the port for Art Night.

Don's theme for the month

Don’s theme for the month

in Don's gallery

in Don’s gallery

garden and Basket Case hanging baskets at the port office

pur garden and Basket Case hanging baskets at the port office between Nisbett Gallery and the Ilwaco Hospitality Center

Don and Jenna (Queen La De Da) have rented an extra space for the summer that they call the Ilwaco Hospitality center (in the former Tuscany Café building). Inside, Jenna set up some displays representative of Ilwaco festivities, including a small scale crab pot Christmas tree.

Jenna greets some patrons at the Hospitality Center

Jenna greets some patrons at the Hospitality Center

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to promote the crab pot tree event, always the first Saturday in December.

to promote the crab pot tree event, always the first Saturday in December.

the view from the hospitality center

the view from the hospitality center

a guest and her little dog

a guest and her little dog

Purly Shell fiber arts shop set up a spinning display with their two little dogs in attendance.

Purly Shell fiber arts shop set up a spinning display with their two little dogs in attendance.

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books, north (landward) side

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

shop dog Scout at the counter

shop dog Scout at the counter

taking care of customers (Allan's photo)

Scout assisting customers (Allan’s photo)

good reading for dogs (and that book called Quiet is a brilliant book about introverts)

good reading for dogs (and that book called Quiet is a brilliant book about introverts)

Olde Towne Café downtown was open as well with a couple of artists on site.

Luanne's flowers at Olde Towne Café

Luanne’s flowers at Olde Towne Café

with a bouquet from our garden inside

with a bouquet from our garden inside

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Allan looks at a handmade book

Allan looks at a handmade book

by artist Elizabeth Chappelle

by artist Elizabeth Chappelle


The Cove Restaurant

We only stayed an hour at art night as we wanted to have our traditional Thursday dinner at the Cove Restaurant (new tradition as of this summer).

Chef Jason Lancaster's ahi tuna...spectacular

Chef Jason Lancaster’s ahi tuna…spectacular

I was completely stumped by the flowers in the table vase.

I was completely stumped by the flowers in the table vase.

I decided they must be a fancy coreopsis but now I am thinking they might be a fancy Agyranthemum. Owner Sondra does not know what they are; she bought them somewhere…

still stumped!

still stumped!

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

We did our usual run up north, making it all the way to Marilyn’s in Surfside again.

display window at Olde Towne

display window at Olde Towne

We procrastinated by sitting for awhile with Bonnie and her service dog, Maggie.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

my very good friend Maggie

my very good friend Maggie

She was rescued after an early life in an abusive home (where her ears were clipped)

She was rescued after an early life in an abusive home (where her ears were clipped)

She now has an excellent and much-loved life.

She now has an excellent and much-loved life.

It was awfully hard to leave all this and go to work…but we had to.


 

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Golden Sand bear-proof garbage shed!

Golden Sand bear-proof garbage shed!

Double J and the Boys (regulars at Ilwaco Saturday Market) were performing "cowboy songs" in the dining room.

Double J and the Boys (regulars at Ilwaco Saturday Market) were performing “cowboy songs” in the dining room.

Here are my usual photos of the quadrant gardens in the courtyard, to track their progress over the year.

The south east quadrant

The south east quadrant

the northeast quadrant

the northeast quadrant

the northwest quadrant

the northwest quadrant

the southwest quadrant

the southwest quadrant

There are a few late summer plants about to bloom so I do hope there is more going on here by next week.

The view into the courtyard from the south corridor window makes it look enticing.

The view into the courtyard from the south corridor window makes it look enticing.


 

Klipsan Beach Cottages

the bed below the deck of Denny and Mary's house....a deck that soon is going to get some construction work.

the bed below the deck of Denny and Mary’s house….a deck that soon is going to get some construction work.

Allan pruned some uppies off the rose/clematis arbour.

Allan pruned just a few uppies off the rose/clematis arbour.

(after) just a few, as the honeysuckle is blooming now...

(after) just a few, as the honeysuckle is blooming now…and we were short on time.

the traditional weekly look in the east gate of the fenced garden

the traditional weekly look in the east gate of the fenced garden

and a look from just inside the west gate, for a change

and a look from just inside the west gate, for a change

That blank wall at the end of the garage used to hold a trellis on which a clematis climbed. We found the trellis in the burn pile; we always check it for good scavenge items.

Allan was quite taken with the agapanthus (like a blue allium, quoth he)

Allan was quite taken with the agapanthus (like a blue allium, quoth he)

Hmmm….Some Agapanthus would be helpful at Golden Sands!

I admired it also.

I admired it also.

I had a terrible time long ago remembering the name Agapanthus, till I thought “It’s a mystery…Agatha Christie…agapanthus.”

Strobilanthes atropurpureus

Strobilanthes atropurpureus

I also had a hard time remembering strobilanthes, until I thought it’s blue and white…like a strobe light.

Strobilanthes atropurpureus, a late blooming hardy perennial

Strobilanthes atropurpureus, a late blooming hardy perennial

Allium sphaerocephalon (drumstick allium)

Allium sphaerocephalon (drumstick allium)

I am heavily promoting drumstick alliums to my friend Jamie, who has a garden in Surfside and whose spouse was a session drummer in Hollywood. Have you ever seen the Fat Albert cartoon? He played the drums in the intro!

I brought up a bucket of mixed lily bulbs from my mom’s garden when she moved into Golden Sands in 2010; some very tall ones got planted in silly spots, too close to the paths.

like this one which I am determined to move this fall.

like this one which I am determined to move this fall.

I wish Mary could find the name of this rose that she bought from a catalog.

I wish Mary could find the name of this rose that she bought from a catalog.

a glimpse of the vacation cottages on the ridge; guests are welcome to walk through the gardens.

a glimpse of the vacation cottages on the ridge; guests are welcome to walk through the gardens.

the lower part of the fenced garden

the lower part of the fenced garden


 

Marilyn’s Garden

I had a feeling that more shasta daisies would need deadheading at Marilyn’s; they can look so awful when they brown off.

As we arrived, we had an audience from the neighbour's roof.

As we arrived, we had an audience from the neighbour’s roof.

Allan starts work.

Allan starts work.

bunny tails grass

bunny tails grass (Pennisetum ‘Little Bunny’, I think)

Phygelius...just nibbled by the deer, still blooming (with Crocosmia 'Lucifer', also slightly nibbled)

Phygelius…just nibbled by the deer, still blooming (with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, also slightly nibbled)

path, west side of house

path, west side of house

Persicaria 'Firetail'

Persicaria ‘Firetail’

Cosmos fallen sideways, still blooming

Cosmos fallen sideways, still blooming

back porch, planters by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse

back porch, planters by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse

looking northwest from the porch steps, after deadheading the daisies (which did need it)

looking northwest from the porch steps, after deadheading the daisies (which did need it)

looking west...thuggish bronze fennel, daisies, tall Miscanthus

looking west…thuggish bronze fennel, daisies, tall Miscanthus

a peek at the swale garden to the east of the porch (north side of house)

a peek at the swale garden to the east of the porch (north side of house)


 

Wiegardt Gallery

We head back south to Ocean Park and the Wiegardt Gallery.

entry: good lavenders, cistus by bay window is surviving after a dicey springtime, too much dang blang Geranium 'AT Johnson'

entry: good lavenders and rosemary, cistus by bay window is surviving after a dicey springtime, too much dang blang Geranium ‘AT Johnson’, probably too much Geranium macrorrhizum…

in the excellent grass beds out in the lawn

in the excellent grass beds out in the lawn

with a beautiful pink feathery Sanguisborba

with a beautiful pink feathery Sanguisborba

By what miracle have the deer who live in this garden left the sanguisorbas alone? Perhaps I will try some at Marilyn’s, also a deer garden.

The other sanguisorba tones so nicely with the window trim.

The other sanguisorba tones so nicely with the window trim. (You can see by the window the Cistus which is not entirely happy.)

Cosmos to the east of the front door in an area we re-did last year.

Cosmos to the east of the front door in an area we re-did last year. (And the annoying orange montbretia in the background…to be pulled!)

Yikes, the holly needs pruning; we mustn't let it get tall again.

Yikes, the holly needs pruning; we mustn’t let it get tall again.

elephant garlic in the north garden bed

elephant garlic in the north garden bed

At Wiegardt parking lot, the panel we scored from the KBC burn pile

At Wiegardt parking lot, the panel we scored from the KBC burn pile; Allan lashing in buckets for safe driving


Oman Builder’s Supply garden

We did not have to do anything but cut back one lily. I photographed this grass that I love and got…somewhere…in hope that Scott of Rhone Street Gardens can ID it for me!

beautiful and so blue

beautiful and so blue


Anchorage Cottages

We closed our day at the Anchorage Cottages in north Long Beach, where I was seriously out of steam and just took one photo:

a sweet edging plant, Persicaria affinis 'Dimity', must re introduce it to my own garden.  Love the multiple pink shades.

a sweet edging plant, Persicaria affinis ‘Dimity’, must re-introduce it to my own garden. Love the multiple pink shades.

Allan dug deep after this and watered the Ilwaco planters; it has to be done every three days. I, of course, worked on my blog, still writing about the Music In the Gardens tour.

 

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

We had the sort of day where we work our way from south to north…

starting with the compost bucket switch at Olde Towne Café

starting with the compost bucket switch at Olde Towne Café

The Depot Restaurant garden

We had to drag the hose to water the very front of the bed, behind the log, where the sprinklers don’t reach, and deadheading, much deadheading of the cosmos that were finally putting on a good show.

In the Depot garden bed north of the deck, the cosmos had finally popped!

In the Depot garden bed north of the deck, the cosmos had finally popped!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Cosmos 'Happy Ring', Allan's photo

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’, Allan’s photo

and the drip system for the window boxes (planted by Nancy Aust) were getting turned on, thank goodness.

and the drip system for the window boxes (planted by Nancy Aust) were getting turned on, thank goodness.

lush annuals from The Basket Case Greenhouse

lush annuals from The Basket Case Greenhouse

The rosemaries on the south side have responded very well to Dr Earth fertilizer.

The rosemaries on the south side have responded very well to Dr Earth fertilizer.

Golden Sands Assisted Living, Klipsan Beach

I want this garden to look as luscious as Floramagoria.  To achieve that, I am going to have to buy more cool plants and not use just “passalong plants” (free ones).

southeast quadrant...I want more pizzazz.

southeast quadrant…I want more pizzazz.

Now that the vast number of Sweet Williams have gone to seed, the garden needs something more.

southwest quadrant

southwest quadrant

northwest quadrant

northwest quadrant

southeast quadrant; I think it needs some tall rudbeckias.

southeast quadrant; I think it needs some tall rudbeckias.

We want to find time to pull more of the crapulous low not-very-ornamental grasses and horrible salal from behind the garden bed above.

The white hydrangeas are quite pleasing.

The white hydrangeas are quite pleasing along the west and east sides.

Wiegardt Gallery, Ocean Park/Nahcotta

Then we went all the way north to the Wiegardt Gallery and began to work our way south again.

Wiegardt Gallery:  The west wall still looks annoyingly partly.  I wish those Ilex would GROW.  Not enough water, I think.

Wiegardt Gallery: The west wall still looks annoyingly partly. I wish those Ilex would GROW. Not enough water, I think.  The hardy geranium, a good one (macrorrhizum) needs to go, as it does not like the dryness.  Lavenders instead?

I have tried other solutions for that narrow side bed.  Back when the building was pink, I had three Lavatera ‘Barnsley’, one in front and two on that side.

Barnsley in the front of the building, looking good with pink.  Eventually, the three lavateras died of old age as they are wont to do.

years ago: Barnsley in the front of the building, looking good with pink. Eventually, the three lavateras died of old age as they are wont to do.

Also years ago, I had Salvia uliginosa growing along the side.  That lasted one year...too dry.

Also years ago, I had Salvia uliginosa growing along the side. That lasted one year…too dry.  You can see Lavatera in the background.

I don’t think the Lavatera would look good with the new colour of the gallery.

I also tried Escallonia, two, along the west side and they gave a nice solid big green anchor to the height of the building, but Eric did not want them as they were up against the wood.  So now I am trying for something green and tallish but very vertical, thus the Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ (which I believe is finding it too dry).

Fortunately, the front entrance looks inviting.

Fortunately, the front entrance looks inviting.

and grasses in the field to the south look most satifactory

and grasses in the field to the south look most satisfactory….

and so does the north garden bed...

and so does the north garden bed…

While weeding in the front, I saw someone skulk furtively across the east end of the lawn:

just a baby...

just a baby…

Baby and mother crossed to the south side of the street…

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They watched us watching them…

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And then decided we were no bother, so they came back.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

That’s why the garden has to be deer proof.

Fortunately, deer don't like Cosmos, one of Eric's favourites.

Fortunately, deer don’t like Cosmos, one of Eric’s favourites…

and a favourite of bees.

and a favourite of bees.

Oman Builders Supply Garden, Ocean Park

just a bit of deadheading at our most low maintenance garden

just a bit of deadheading at our most low maintenance garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages, Klipsan

At KBC, a tall fence protects a large area from deer.

At KBC, a tall fence protects a large area from deer.

inside the fenced garden

inside the fenced garden; Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ next to the bench

There are eight cottages on the ridge.

There are eight cottages on the ridge.

The drumstick alliums have gone all purple now; earlier, they are green, then half purple and half green.

The drumstick alliums have gone all purple now; earlier, they are green, then half purple and half green.

Andersen’s RV Park, 138th Street, North of Long Beach

the middle of the garden shed garden

the middle of the garden shed garden (painted sage along the front, and a fig tree with a few figs)

just a very few figs!

The garden/storage shed is on the northeast corner of the park.

the west side garden

the west side garden

Eryngiums by the restrooms (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ by the laundry room (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ (Allan’s photo)

poppies, Eryngium, Verbascum (Allan's photo)

poppies, Eryngium, Verbascum (Allan’s photo)

the poppy field, Allan's photo

the poppy field, Allan’s photo

Banana Cream daisies (Allan's photo)

Banana Cream daisies (Allan’s photo)

poppy field, Allan's photo

poppy field, Allan’s photo

By the back door of the office, one of the birdhouses had occupants.

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waiting and peeping

waiting and peeping

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baby just realized I was there!  or perhaps was not as focused on its upcoming meal.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in the garden below the birdhouses.

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and godetia (and the ubiquitous Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’) in the garden below the birdhouses.

Thursday, 18 July 2014

Allan starts the day by thoroughly soaking the Larry and Robert garden!

Allan starts the day by thoroughly soaking the Larry and Robert garden!  So dry now!

The cats were not making me feel like going to work.

The cats were not making me feel like going to work.  (Smokey, Frosty, and their mother Mary)

Columbia Pacific Heritage Musuem

We had been procrastinating for weeks about seeing the “Rolling Stock of the Clamshell Railroad” exhibit at the museum just three blocks east of our house.  I love stories of the railway that used to run up the Peninsula and wanted to make sure not to miss it; it would end on the weekend so we started work late in order to go to Free Thursday at the museum.

train

Oregon Washington Railroad and Navigation

train car seat

train car seat

train car door

train car door

painting

a watercolour called “Last Run”; how I wish we still had this train.

maybe not entirely idyllic

maybe not entirely idyllic

photos of train cars turned into dwellings

Jackson and Sharp car as vacation cottage, Seaview  (It is still there.  I so wanted it last time it was for sale, but the yard is small.)

And then, work.

Anchorage Cottages, Long Beach

Look how perfectly the lily matches the Anchorage sign!

Look how perfectly the lily matches the Anchorage sign!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Was this planned?  Not at all; this old sign had not been put on display when the lilies were planted.

painted sage in the center courtyard planters

painted sage in the center courtyard planters

Another motel sign; I like that these older signs have been put up between the windows.

Another motel sign; I like that these older signs have been put up between the windows.

Long Beach town

The deadheading of the welcome sign is a painstaking job now.  Wish the Geranium 'Rozanne' would get busy with providing more blue.

The deadheading of the welcome sign is a painstaking job now. Wish the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ would get busy with providing more blue.  Back:  Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’; front: Bidens

tigridia in a street planter, Allan's photo: a vibrant Mexican shell flower, seems perfectly hardy here, bulbs planted in fall or spring.

tigridia in a street planter, Allan’s photo: a vibrant Mexican shell flower, seems perfectly hardy here, bulbs planted in fall or spring.  (Allan’s photo)

Allan found a sneaky dandelion in the planter by Wind World Kites (where the shop owner likes the Crocosmia 'Lucifer' which we have removed as a thug from most of the planters).

Allan found a sneaky dandelion in the planter by Wind World Kites (where the shop owner likes the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ which we have removed as a thug from most of the planters).

The sand had been brought in for City Sandsations.  While the main event of the annual sand castle contest takes place on the beach, expert sand sculptors also create some displays right downtown in the street south of Veterans Field.  I was watering the south blocks of planters, and my knee was bothering me so much I did not feel like walking up to see the sand sculpting action, so I asked Allan to take photos for me.  I thought you might like to see them, too.

Sandsations

Sandsations sign by the police station

sculpting begins

looking east from the main street (Pacific Highway)

sculpting begins (Allan's photo)

sculpting begins

Allan's photo

Allan's photo

Allan's photo

one of the team tee shirts

Allan's photo

Allan's photo

Allan's photo

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I think they use a little bit of glue in the water to hold the  creations together for the four days of the show.

I think they use a little bit of glue in the water to hold the creations together for the four days of the show.

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dinner at The Cove

We had a cheerful plan for the evening:  dinner with our friend Michelle Z at the Cove Restaurant.

Parking Lot Cat was the greeter at the door.

Parking Lot Cat was the greeter at the door.

at the Cove

at the Cove

yum

Menu by Chef Jason Lancaster..yum… (We had the Thursday fish tacos, $2 each, and strawberry salads)

Of course, when I got home I worked some more on the Garden Bloggers Fling blog entries, as I had been doing every night .  I was enjoying touring the gardens through our photos without having to deal with any mobility problems.

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival

Nordquist Garden

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Local botanist Kathleen Sauce had suggested that the garden of the late Carol Nordquist be on the tour.  Carol’s daughter hosted the tour.  We did not get to the garden until almost 4 PM, the end of tour time.

entering the garden

entering the garden

wide brick path on west side of house

wide brick path on west side of house

by the west side porch

in a nook on the west side

lawn encircled with rhododenrons

lawn encircled with rhododenrons

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looking north

looking north

looking south

looking south

across a lawn to the south

across a lawn to the south

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

coming around to the bay side of the house

coming around to the bay side of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bay view deck

bay view deck

bayside marsh

bayside marsh

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

coming around the north side of the house

coming around the north side of the house

The red car had just pulled up; I saw that its license plate was a take on the word “Oysterville”.  It turned out to be Sydney and Nyel Stevens.  Sidney had written movingly about Carol Nordquist on her Oysterville Daybook.

Sidney and Nyel, Allan's photo

Sidney and Nyel, Allan’s photo

We had missed the guests and the musician (our friend Barbara Bate, who had played at my mother’s memorial service in 2010) at this garden, as it was already slightly after four PM.





 postscript and wrap up, Saturday and Sunday

With the garden tour over, we went back to our house in Ilwaco and sat in the back garden for well over an hour and a half with our friends who had been touring in all directions, some from the middle to the two ends (Kathleen, who got to nine of the gardens), some from south to north (Debbie and Alison, who got to eight of the gardens) and one who came all the way from Gearhart (Pam Fleming of Back Alley Gardens, who started late but got to every single garden!).

Alison and Allan in the garden, Saturday evening

Alison and Allan in the garden, Saturday evening

We had dinner at the Depot Restaurant with Kathleen and Debbie (Rainyside.com) and Alison (The Bonney Lassie blog) at the chef’s table.  (Alison had to leave early for the long drive back to Bonney Lake).

We sat at the chef's table with a special treat of bleu cheese and crusty bread.

We sat at the chef’s table with a special treat of bleu cheese and crusty bread.

After a feast of appetizers and main courses, we stayed so long that we ended up moving out to the deck and owner Nancy treated us to a dessert of our choice.

peach cobbler for us; Debbie chose ice cream

peach cobbler for us; Debbie chose ice cream

Kathleen and Debbie

Kathleen and Debbie at the end of a long, fun day

The next day, Debbie and I had a farewell coffee hour (or two) at Olde Towne Café and we were eventually joined by Garden Tour Nancy.  We had a good conversation about the tour, its successes and ways to improve it.  (Having only 7 or 8 gardens so there is time to enjoy the music is the main idea; this year two irresistible gardens came on at the last minute.)

Debbie and Nancy discussing the tour.

Debbie and Nancy discussing the tour.

Some friends of Nancy’s were there as well; they had come all the way from Pasadena just for the garden tour.

California garden tour-goers and Garden Tour Nancy

California garden tour-goers and Garden Tour Nancy

At home that afternoon, Allan and I were pleased when Ed stopped by to talk about garden tour day and his experiences as one of the garden hosts and what it was like having over 370 people come through the garden.  (One loses one’s ability to talk by the end of the day, as I recall.)  I was indoors blogging and resting my legs, but managed to get outside long enough to get Ed, who is 6’4″ tall, to pose with my very tall lilies.

Allan took the photo

Allan took the photo.

And that is the end of garden tour season for us.  There is no Peninsula Edible Garden tour this year (usually in early August) so the next such event is the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour in September.  We already have our tickets.  (If we lived in Seattle, we would still have Northwest Perennial Alliance open gardens on offer, and Portland has a series of Hardy Plant Society of Oregon open gardens all summer long.  I find myself tempted to see if the latter’s open gardens include any in quick driving distance; garden touring is addictive.)

We’ve toured 55 gardens in the last month (not counting the 6 Astoria gardens that Nancy toured and photographed for us)!  I ran across this appropriate quotation by Dulcy Mahar:

I certain

from Back in the Garden with Dulcy

from Back in the Garden with Dulcy

I certainly hope that is true!

Before I get back to the everyday work blog, I have one more fabulous garden event to share: a glorious wedding at Pink Poppy Farm.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

We weeded all day at the Port of Ilwaco’s Howerton Way gardens, partly as our original plan for the week was to make the gardens look perfect for Thursday Art Night, and additionally because we had heard that the Beachfront Bargain Hunt television show would be filming at the Port of Saturday.  Supposedly, the home hunters would stroll the Saturday market and take a charter fishing trip with Coho Charters.

Howerton Way north of the Port Office

Howerton Way north of the Port Office

garden by Don Nisbett Art Gallery with art night sign

garden by Don Nisbett Art Gallery with art night sign

We met our friend Bill Clearman coming out of Time Enough Books with a purchase of a new history book.

We met our friend Bill Clearman coming out of Time Enough Books, on his way back to carpentry work with a purchase of a new history book.

Allan took another series of photos during his weeding day at the port.

a beach strawberry's fruit in the curbside garden by Time Enough Books

a beach strawberry’s fruit in the curbside garden by Time Enough Books

He found $20 in one of the gardens!

He found $20 in one of the gardens!

poppy and Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' at the easternmost Howerton Way garden bed

poppy and Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ at the easternmost Howerton Way garden bed

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The deadheading of the Armeria maritima (sea thrift) by the Marie Powell Gallery took him a long time.  It is a slow sort of job if one wants to leave the new pink flowers to brighten up the scene.

before

before

after

after

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before

after

after…I think he ran out of steam or time in the lower corner.

Geranium 'Rozanne' at the Powell Gallery

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ at the Powell Gallery

a birdnest at the Powell Gallery

a birdnest at the Powell Gallery.  (We left the area around it unweeded.)

We finished up at the boatyard garden:  Cupid's Dart among old lupine seedheads (which I wish we had time to cut back)

We finished up at the boatyard garden: Cupid’s Dart among old lupine seedheads (which I wish we had time to cut back)

the boatyard garden, pretty glorious even without time for a thorough weeding

the boatyard garden, pretty glorious even without time for a thorough weeding

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folks engaged in boat work

folks engaged in boat work

We arrived at Art Night shortly after 6 (because we had a dinner date with a friend for later on).

Don Nisbett's Gallery had Beach Belly Dancers from the Painted Lady Lavender Farm.

Don Nisbett’s Gallery had Beach Belly Dancers from the Painted Lady Lavender Farm.

The event drew a crowd.

The event drew a crowd.

Olde Towne Café was also a participant.

Olde Towne Café was also a participant, opening back up in the evening.

Luanne's container garden outside of Olde Towne.

Luanne’s container garden outside of Olde Towne.

and two featured artists in berets

and two featured artists (Coral Hughes and Cynthia Pride Moore)  in berets

We'd brought Luanne a bouquet earlier in the day.

We’d brought Luanne a bouquet earlier in the day.

Another quick stop at home before dinner brought a couple of flowers by our garage driveway to my attention.  They certainly are the ones I see the most often.

a beautifully veined calendula

a beautifully veined calendula

and the flower buds of Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

and the flower buds of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

We actually had time to catch our breath before meeting Patt for dinner at The Cove Restaurant.

Chef Jason Lancaster brought out this most amazing appetizer.

Chef Jason Lancaster brought out this most amazing appetizer.

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For Patt, he created delicious vegan tacos, and told us later that they were the first vegan tacos he had ever made.

It can be a challenge for Patt to find vegan dishes at a restaurant.

It can be a challenge for Patt to find vegan dishes at a restaurant.

Patt had stayed with our cats while we went to the Hardy Plant weekend, then had done a housesitting job at the hydrangea job house on the bay, and would be heading back to her new home in Battleground the next day.  I was so glad that we managed to see her in time.

me and Patt, after a tasty dinner

me and Patt, after a tasty dinner

I had known Patt and I would be friends when I first saw the marriage equality bumper stickers on her car, almost two years before, parked outside of Olde Towne when she and her spouse lived in Ilwaco.

one of Patt's bumper stickers

another of Patt’s many bumper stickers

Every evening after work since returning home, I had been doing a blog entry about the garden tours at the Hardy Plant Study Weekend.  I had one pre-set to publish on the 26th so that I could take a day off and just enjoy our dinner.

 

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

A large part of me did not want to leave my property at all on Saturday; however, it was Saturday Market day and I also knew that Luanne at Olde Towne Café needed some flowers.  So off I went soon after waking….

Past Tom and Judy's house...

Past Tom and Judy’s house…

Past Larry and Robert's house...

Past Larry and Robert’s house…

next door to the Post Office...

next door to the Post Office…

Down Lake Street to First, I turned and in half a block I found a treasure:

Allan had left his Felco clippers in one of the city planters and they were still there!

Allan had left his Felco clippers in one of the city planters and they were still there!

Luanne's bouquet from our garden...

Luanne’s bouquet from our garden…

with some Primula viallii

with some Primula viallii and some Sanguisorbas

Luanne had a new friend...

Luanne had a new friend…

Thor, six weeks old.

Thor, a very young bunny.

I was also smitten with, but resisted buying, these little boats.

I was also smitten with, but resisted buying, these little boats.

Finding the clippers, meeting Thor (who lives in rooms behind the café) and having a delicious breakfast panini made leaving the house worthwhile, as did a quick visit to Larry’s antique shop to get some Facebook photos.

On Spruce Street, Queen La De Da's new shop is not yet open but is still enhancing the sidewalk.

On Spruce Street, Queen La De Da’s new shop is not yet open but is still enhancing the sidewalk with baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse.

inside Larry's Antique Gallery Too!

inside Larry’s Antique Gallery Too!

Then, back home again for a brief regrouping…

liking our bright front garden from the street

liking our bright front garden from the street

with a nice flow of Geranium 'Rozanne' down the middle

with a nice flow of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ down the middle

with lilies

and another bed with lilies

I weeded and puttered at home and in the garden, accomplishing little of not other than cleaning off the living room table, whose papers had piled and piled during gardening season.  We are going on a little trip soon, and a friend will stay at our house to enjoy Ilwaco.  This is inspiring all sorts of clean up projects.

my major accomplishment of the day

my major accomplishment of the day

Then, after 3 in the afternoon, I walked around the corner and down to the market.

Past the abandoned garden on Advent Avenue

Past the abandoned garden on Advent Avenue

and the newly cleared ditch on the meander line

and the newly cleared ditch on the meander line

past the community college ( an annex to the one in Aberdeen)

past the community college ( an annex to the one in Aberdeen, WA)

between the cannery and the bank building

between the cannery and the bank building to the market

that mossy booth

that mossy booth

Back when I did the bank landscape, there would not have been a big blackberry!  (I quit because gardens of all "native" plants are not my thing.)

Back when I did the bank landscape, there would not have been a big blackberry! (I quit because gardens of all “native” plants are not my thing, and it did not pay well enough to make up for that.)

De Asis Produce, at the market every Saturday, and then at the Astoria Sunday Market

De Asis Produce, at the market every Saturday, and then at the Astoria Sunday Market

farm fresh produce

farm fresh produce

Astilbes for sale (one of my favourites for shade)

Astilbes for sale (one of my favourites for shade)

Marie Powell flower art

Marie Powell flower art

Those two had been admiring the Port Office garden close up.

Those two had been admiring the Port Office garden close up.

Three belly dancers from Painted Lady Lavender farm came to visit the Don Nisbett Gallery, and quite possible to promote their upcoming festival.

Three belly dancers from Painted Lady Lavender farm came to visit the Don Nisbett Gallery, and quite possible to promote their upcoming festival.

garden decor

garden decor

I got a cupcake with Chai frosting from Pink Poppy Bakery.

I got a cupcake with Chai frosting from Pink Poppy Bakery.

the cutest slippers from Heartfelt Handbags.

the cutest slippers from Heartfelt Handbags.

One of the reasons I had puttered at home for three hours before marketing was to have enough appetite for lunch from Canby Asparagus Farms and Tamales booth.

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I follow my lunch, past the lost garden and around the corner to home.

I follow my lunch, past the lost garden and around the corner to home.

Later, I managed to accomplish just one other thing, planting the four tomatoes that I had bought at the Friday Farmers Market in Long Beach:  San Franciso Fog, Kimberly, Red Alert, and Sun Cherry tomatoes.  I added them to the Sweet 100s that I had acquired earlier.  All have small fruits, the only ones that are truly successful in our cool weather.

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Saturday was perhaps the least accomplished day of any non rainy day I’ve had this year.  I just could not seem to find much energy at all despite all the garden projects I want to do.  I truly do not look forward to leaving town for a few days; I hate to miss the time at home even though our plans are rather exciting (for gardeners).  Much more on this later, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 7 June 2014

I woke to the disconcerting smell of heavy wood smoke in our house.  At first thinking, because it was a cool morning, that someone had a particularly heavy wood stove fire going, I got up with my eyes and throat stinging and looked out the windows.  To the north, half a block away, I saw thick smoke, Allan pointed out that one could actually see the waves of heat, and I called 911.  Turns out it was the fire department doing a controlled burn of an old house.

a very old house

a very old house

In 2012, it was being swallowed by nature.

In 2012, it was being swallowed by nature.

the controlled burn, with the wind just happening to be pointed toward our house.

the controlled burn, with the wind just happening to be pointed toward our house.

I walked by the burn on my way to Olde Towne for Saturday breakfast and hoped the smoke would not be as bad when I got home.

flowers at Olde Towne

flowers at Olde Towne

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Luanne had enhanced a bouquet from my garden with some calla lilies from her own.

Luanne had enhanced a bouquet from my garden with some calla lilies from her own.

Kathleen Shaw was down for the weekend and met me for a leisurely breakfast; Luanne had just a little quiet time to sit with us before a crowd showed up. And then we drove to the Saturday Market.  The smoke from the fire drifted over the market and one of the t shirt vendors from Astoria told me that all the vendors of cloth items were very concerned that the smell would permeate their goods.

spinning demo from Purly Shell shop, with Valerian in the foreground

spinning demo from Purly Shell shop, with Valerian in the foreground

a lavender rose in the Knotty and Nautical booth

a lavender rose in the Knotty and Nautical booth

I just love this little creation; why didn't I buy it?  Next week!

I just love this little creation; why didn’t I buy it? Next week!

market bowls

market bowls

our Port Office garden with baskets from The Basket Case

our Port Office garden with baskets from The Basket Case

Verbascum 'Eleanor's Blush'

Verbascum ‘Eleanor’s Blush’

santolina (lavender cotton)

santolina (lavender cotton)

 

hats from Sweaterheads

hats from Sweaterheads

Minding the booth was a member of the duo who had, a couple of months back, performed Bill Dale’s Luckiest Man Alive, making it my favourite song of the year and maybe the decade.

music to buy hats by, and I did buy one.

music to buy hats by, and I did buy one.

bargain tomato plants

bargain tomato plants

I had, of course, bought a lemon curd and a rhubarb hand pies from Pink Poppy Bakery, and just a bit later so baker Madeline shopping for herself.

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When I turned, I saw J9, and both Maddy and J9 told me that Canby Asparagus Farm had a booth at the market.  Maddy had a beautiful looking taco, with lots of greens on it.  After a bit, I remembered that the Asparagus Farm is a fixture at the Astoria Sunday Market.

Having just dined at Olde Towne, I did not have the appetite to try a taco.  Next week!

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breakfast

some of the offerings

some of the offerings

Kathleen and I shared a plate of four delicious fried, bacon wrapped asparagus.

Kathleen and I shared a plate of four delicious fried, bacon wrapped asparagus.

asparagus from De Asis Produce

asparagus from De Asis Produce

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and onions

and onions

and beets

and beets

birdhouses from The Wood Elf

birdhouses from The Wood Elf

Blue Coast Farms

Blue Coast Farms; it is north of Cranberry on Sandridge Road.  I would like to visit.

lettuce from Blue Coast Farms

lettuce from Blue Coast Farms

And at the blueberry display, I took my leave of Kathleen and turned toward home.

And at the blueberry display, I took my leave of Kathleen and turned toward home.

(Those are the garden-themed photos of the market.  For all the photos from this Saturday, see my other blog.)

On the way home, I walked through the lost garden.

the pond and kids' fort

the pond and kids’ fort

In through the back gate of my garden, I found it hazy with smoke, smoke with a slightly toxic feel to it.

a heavy haze of smoke over the town

a heavy haze of smoke over the town

I spent the day weeding and puttering with burning eyes and lungs.  It is a necessary thing for our volunteer fire department to learn how to protect all of us through the learning experience of a controlled burn.  I just selfishly wish it had not happened while I had a precious day in my own garden.

The first of two days off is usually spent in a lackadaisical way, first Olde Towne and the market, then accomplishing some gardening tasks without urgency.  The second of two days is spent in an anxious push to get as much done as possible before having to work again.  I think three days off would be ideal (for my mood if not my budget).

white monkshood

white monkshood

one of my three year old roses from Heirloom Roses.

one of my three year old roses from Heirloom Roses.

I may have too much Sedum 'Autumn Joy'.

I may have too much Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.

Dortmund rose among the hops.

Dortmund rose among the hops.

Asiatic lilies

Asiatic lilies

another rose...its first bloom, so heavy it is on the ground.

another rose…its first bloom, so heavy it is on the ground.

I really must find my list of what roses I ordered from Heirloom in 2011!

Maxine's rose, from a cutting

Maxine’s rose, from a cutting

That saying, much as I love it, is classist indeed.  Not everyone has an unlimited budget for gardening.  I behave like I do and go through a lot of money on this garden; even so, other than the deer fence, I don’t have the money to spend on fancy hardscaping or water features.

I thought this was Gloire de Dijon but that label is on a different rose.  This one has terrible blackspot and luscious flowers.

I thought this was Gloire de Dijon but that label is on a different rose. This one has terrible blackspot and luscious flowers.

Egyptian walking onions

Egyptian walking onions

some weeding has been accomplished

some weeding has been accomplished

Even though the smoke was still drifting about, I opened the windows and doors figuring that the wind mixed with smoke would be preferable to the old smoke just sitting inside the house from this morning.

Meanwhile, in the evening, I wondered if I would get a call that Allan had had a boating accident as he was gone till rather late; as you will be in the next entry, he survived and brought back some Loomis Lake photos.

 

 

 

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