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I wandered the garden for a bit in the morning, but will make a post of those photos later. This is (almost) all about work. We began at the Ilwaco boatyard garden.

We were not the only ones working.

We were not the only ones working.

I had faith we could get the boatyard all weeded by Saturday (Ilwaco's big fireworks and market day).

I had faith we could get the boatyard all weeded by Saturday (Ilwaco’s big fireworks and market day).

A continuing problem there:  Bindweed climbs the Stipa gigantea.

A continuing problem there: Bindweed climbs the Stipa gigantea.

mixed flowers

mixed flowers

Get enough flowers in there and people might not notice the horsetail. But I am sure other gardeners do. I hope they feel sympathetic rather than critical.

looking north, showing about one fourth of the garden

looking north, showing about one fourth of the garden

looking south

looking south

While we were weeding, down the street came a man with an African Grey Parrot and a standard poodle.

by the boatyard

by the boatyard

He talked through the fence with another man, and I learned his name is Harvey. I’m happy to report that he has a boat, because he looks like he should have a boat.

Harvey

Harvey (photos by Allan)

Some flowers:

poppy and rose campion

poppy and rose campion

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

annual poppy

annual poppy

and more

and more

One of the main places I get poppy seeds, by the way, is the One Stop Poppy Shoppe.

burnished

burnished

dusky

dusky

crinkly

crinkly

pinkly

pinkly

red times two

red times two

Most of the Alliums survived the wind but we did take a particularly nice but broken stemmed one to Olde Towne…

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

Olde Towne was our next stop to take an early afternoon break and visit with Patt Doyle, a beloved former resident who was passing through town. Judy and Donna, Donna’s spouse M.R., and art historian Pat Moss joined us. (I thought perhaps we would get back to weeding the boatyard after other jobs, at the end of the day.)

an excellent coffee klatsch

an excellent coffee klatsch

This mid day break seemed to start a trend for the week as on Wednesday and Thursday we also had events small or large occurring during the work day. This one, however, showed us having considerable lack of discipline. I had sworn to myself we would only stay an hour, but I believe it was more like three….

When we left, a bee was on our windshield, clinging despite wind, making for an interesting photo opportunity.

It reminded Allan of the Coast Guard helicopter.

It reminded Allan of the Coast Guard helicopter. I hope it is ok. It looks a little battered but seemed to fly off all right.

Before leaving Ilwaco, we checked that Brunnera that we had planted a few days before in the mayor’s garden. I felt it calling to me from blocks away, and, indeed, it needed watering.

thirsty

We checked the Depot for deadheading because of course we had noticed some when we had gone there for dinner the previous evening.

Depot Restaurant wall o- hops

Depot Restaurant wall o’ hops

Last year the Fort Georger brewery (I think) harvested those hops and incorporated them into a “Co-hoperative” ale with other local hops.

The obligatory Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' at the Depot

The obligatory Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ at the Depot

Then, on to water the Long Beach planters. I’ll share some flower details:

crazy about the new Knautia

crazy about the new Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’

petunia and ornamental oregano

petunia and ornamental oregano

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

I’ve kind of gone off Lucifer, having at one time planted way too much of it in LB. The stands that are left are excellent and just about the right amount.

lavender and curry plant overtaking a bench

lavender and curry plant overtaking a bench

They look so good I cannot bear to cut them back.

Coreopsis 'Jive'

Coreopsis ‘Jive’

Diascia and "the pink one'

Diascia and “the pink one’

I will never forget how in the first wonderful lecture I heard by Ann Lovejoy, she showed a slide of Oenothera and said “just go to the nursery and say you want evening primrose, the pink one.” I was spelling it out phonetically in my notes and never would have guessed it started with an O.

At 7 PM, I wanted so much to stop and have dinner at Captain Bob’s Chowder…but we still had work to do on the Long Beach welcome sign.

Captain Bob's Chowder

Captain Bob’s Chowder

At the welcome sign, we found a man who was intently examining the planter. I thought he was taking a photo, but he turned out to be looking for a geocache. He was such an intense geocacher that he has a nickname: The Shark, and a tattoo to go with it.

The Shark

The Shark

geocache finder

geocache finder (photos by Allan)

Hey, maybe the people who “took a great photo” had the flowers and sign in it. I sure hope the horsetail was weeded that day.

Back of Welcome Sign

Back of Welcome Sign

By the time the sign garden was deadheaded and the horsetail temporarily deleted, we of course did not have time to get back to the boatyard…But we still had three days to find time get it done before the weekend.

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