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Sunday, March 22 2015

It was a rainy, snoozy day.

It was a rainy, snoozy day.

In considerable rain, we drove down to Cape Disappointment State Park to have lunch at serious pizza with Susie and Bill of the Boreas Inn and Kathleen.

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Bill and Susie and me

Bill and Susie and me and Jim, owner of Serious Pizza

Co-owner and chef Chi loads a pizza into the oven.

Co-owner and chef Chi loads a pizza into the oven.

Chef Chi.  You can tell by the sparkling kitchen that Jim and Chi are perfectionists.

Chef Chi. You can tell by the sparkling kitchen that Jim and Chi are perfectionists.

We are all very thrilled that Jim and Chi will soon open a sandwich shop and eventually add pizza at their second location by Ilwaco’s stoplight: Buoy 10, opening in May!

Kathleen and I.  I am probably talking about the room journals at the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

Kathleen and I. I am probably talking about the room journals at the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

The salad with delicate, ripe pears was one of the best I've ever had.

The salad with delicate, ripe pears was one of the best I’ve ever had.

one side: goat cheese, the other: grapes, walnuts and bleu cheese

one side: goat cheese, tomatoes, olives, the other: grapes, walnuts and bleu cheese

You can also get a small pizza; this was Kathleen's choice.

You can also get a small pizza; this was Kathleen’s choice.

The Serious Pizzas are exceptionally good down to the last bite of crust.

The Serious Pizzas are exceptionally good down to the last bite of crust. (Allan’s photo)

This birthday treat from Bill and Susie was finally the official end of the celebrations of my 60th birthday.

By the time we got home, the sun had come out. Much as I longed to continue blogging about my Sylvia Beach Hotel obsession, I had to do something in the garden after a week’s neglect.  I’d acquired some lily bulbs at Costco on the way to Newport, so I planted about 20 here and there.

a wallflower and more in the front garden

a wallflower and more in the front garden

tulips and cardoon...a favourite vignette right now

tulips and cardoon…a favourite vignette right now

parrot tulips by the fence in a deer protective cage

parrot tulips by the fence in a deer protective cage

a corner shockingly full of "stinkmint" which I did not feel like weeding (and did not)

a corner shockingly full of “stinkmint” which I did not feel like weeding (and did not)

tulips

tulips

Ribes speciosum

Ribes speciosum

still strongly in bloom

still strongly in bloom

an attractive bergenia in Allan's garden.  (He could take those old leaves off.)

an attractive bergenia in Allan’s garden. (He probably does not know he could take those old leaves off.)

Onyx, the neighbours' cat

Onyx, the neighbours’ cat

in the back garden, ornamental rhubarb

in the back garden, ornamental rhubarb

There’s another birthday present in the garden: a colourful new birdbath from Allan.  I realize as I write this after dark that I don’t yet have a photo of it.

the back garden

the back garden

Mary keeping an eye on me.

Mary keeping an eye on me.

more tulip/cardoon admiration

more tulip/cardoon admiration

Allan's photo in his garden

Allan’s photo in his garden

fence tops that Allan tacked on top of the fence posts in the afternoon

fence tops that Allan tacked on top of the fence posts in the afternoon

Next door, Alicia’s dad was down for a week of clamming.  We chatted and he showed me, on his phone, photos of his impressive limit of good sized clams.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

As soon as a slight wind came up, I used it as an excuse to go in and do more reliving about the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday 4-28

Sunday….we took the day off. Shocking behavior for me after just having had three days off to go to the Sylvia Beach Hotel, but my weedy garden cried out to me, as did blogging about the SBH room journals. Because of the latter obsession, I only got (most of) the front garden weeded.

At least ten buckets of weeds came out of this and the rest of the front garden.

At least ten buckets of weeds came out of this and the rest of the front garden.

My Australian mint bush had completely popped into bloom while I was gone, and does smell deliciously like mint.

Prostranthera

prostranthera

prostranthera

A few earlier spring flowers hung on while I wait for a bigger show later this month.

golden bleeding heart

golden bleeding heart

The back garden is another story….as other than one previous major weeding session pulling shotweed, I have accomplished little back here since starting the 2013 work season.

east bed needs horsetail pulled

east bed needs horsetail pulled

middle bed:  shotweed, horsetail, creeping sorrel!

middle bed: shotweed, horsetail, creeping sorrel!

west bed....more horsetail

west bed….more horsetail

plume poppy....uh oh.

plume poppy….uh oh.

In my old garden, I could hardly get Macleaya cordata (plume poppy) to struggle along. In this garden, it is going to be a problem and live up to its vigorous reputation. Drat!

The back garden looks pretty good if I squint. I am not at all sure when I will get a gardening day at home, as this coming weekend is full of local festivities that I need to preapre the town gardens for and then attend. Allan is going to be the judge for the Ilwaco children’s parade on Saturday. We were asked, and I volunteered him because I do like a free mind for taking photos for our Ilwaco blog and so on.

Once upon a time, I would have gardened at home till dusk. Now I come home and must do…The Daily Blog. How does one garden AND blog? Especially when the days are long?

I did have one very clever idea. Allan had a larger shade garden at our old house, and I suggested he might very much like to take over a couple of areas I had planted up. They are planted with things he likes so I don’t think he would want to change them but…if they are part of his garden, he will weed them!

Allan's new nicely weeded acquisiton

Allan’s new nicely weeded acquisiton

He will probably make a grid and map of it eventually.

Monday 4-29

Monday we had to buckle down to work, most particularly getting some more plants in the ground. On our first stop, Crank’s Roost, a robin sat over the gate.

Robin in the honeysuckle

Robin in the honeysuckle

We had one plant for this garden, an Azara microphylla, a very special small tree that I had been pleased to get from The Basket Case.

Here it is in difficult light to photograph.

Here it is in difficult light to photograph.

I wish I could get Azara lanceolata. I had it in my old garden and it was spectacular until it mysteriously died….And my Azara microphylla blew down in a big wind just when it was about to have its winter blooms for the very first time.

I am thinking, at Crank’s Roost, of trying do battle with this last huge swamp sedge. That means my garden champion, Allan, would attack it with a pick. The whole back garden was thick with this when we added paths some years ago. Now this one looks sort of out of place. Because its roots go under the willow tree, it would always be trying to come back, but we could reduce it and keep it reduced.

should it go away?

should it go away?

In Long Beach, we planted some more not-too-tender (we hope!) annuals in the new Veterans Field garden. I prefer to wait til around Mother’s Day to plant annuals, but the dedication is this coming Sunday. Parks manager Mike Kitzman wants it to be very stuffed full of plants and showy and, of course, red white and blue. The trickiest thing to manage at this time of the year is to get red flowers that are not geraniums.

coming along but needs more, and needs it now...

coming along but needs more, and needs it by Sunday…

I got to pet this cute 7 month old dog who belonged to one of the carpenters working on the stage construction!

I got to pet this cute 7 month old dog who belonged to one of the carpenters working on the stage construction!

We also need to get all the parks and planters in both Long Beach and Ilwaco perfect for the Loyalty Day Saturday and Sunday parades. I wish the parades were to celebrate the beginning of May and International Workers Day instead of nationalistic patriotism. (From Wikipedia: The holiday was first observed in 1921, during the first Red Scare. It was originally called “Americanization Day,” and it was intended to replace the May 1 celebration of theInternational Worker’s Day which commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago.) Our two small town parades have evolved beyond the jingoism of the holiday’s origins into just being a good time with lots of floats, music, and happy crowds, and Allan and I like the gardens to be perfect. It’s a week too early to plant tender annuals and most of the tulips have gone over (even though, in Long Beach, I concentrate on a lot of May flowering tulips) so being well weeded is key to having them look good.

There is not much point in making them perfect on the Monday before the weekend event so we decided to get some shopping done overseas (in North Oregon, across the Astoria Megler Bridge) while we could take a bit of free time.

On the way (feeling rather like a slacker) we got espresso to go at Chinook Coffee Company and took some Chinook photos for a friend’s real estate page. Like Ilwaco, Chinook is a fishing town, and feels like it is only three blocks wide between the Columbia River and the hills.

Port

at the Port of Chinook

at the Port of Chinook

on the waterfront road

on the waterfront road

Other than at the Port, our Chinook photos today were garden-centric.

This used to be a nursery; now it's Family and Friends Adult Family Home

This used to be a nursery; now it’s Family and Friends Adult Family Home

Family and Friends front garden

Family and Friends front garden

house on the main road

house on the main road

and just for the Tootlepedals, a bird in a puddle:

bathing bird

bathing bird

Our shopping mission consisted of groceries at Costco. Of course, we drove on past to Gearhart to check in on one my favourite collectors’ nurseries, Back Alley Gardens.

Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook

Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook (used to be Fitzgeralds and they left that sign out of happy memories of the place)

There we saw:

a vertical salad garden

a vertical salad garden

planted rocks

planted rocks

a mossy basket

a mossy basket

a driftwood "chandelier"

a driftwood “chandelier”

bird artbird art

bird art

bird art

a water feature

a water feature

a garden sign

a garden sign

There was another sign that amuses me more in retrospect than when I saw it. At least it sticks in my memory. It read: The best way to get real enjoyment out of the garden is to put on a wide straw hat, dress in thin, loose-fitting clothes, hold a little trowel in one hand and a cool drink in the other, and tell the man where to dig.” (Charles Barr) I couldn’t disagree more.

The nursery is expecting more plant deliveries this week. I did find one plant irresistable: Astrantia ‘Hapsden Blood’, surely on my list of plants to acquire.

When we got to Costco, I saw that the ugly red garden bark that had hurt my eyes on a previous visit has now faded to pink.

"You Americans and your barkscapes..." -Rosemary Verey

“You Americans and your barkscapes…” -Rosemary Verey. It really is garish, pinker than it looks here.

We got home in time for a walk round the garden…

flowers on my young Cox's Orange Pippin apple tree!

flowers on my young Cox’s Orange Pippin apple tree!

barberry

barberry

A special barberry that I bought on a trip to Dancing Oaks Nursery is flowering and I can look forward to its spectacular berries this year.

tulips

tulips

that crazy ornamental rhubarb

that crazy ornamental rhubarb

and already some Fuchsia magellanica flowers

and already some Fuchsia magellanica flowers

I still was not feeling very much in the work mode. It is dangerous to take a vacation break in April (unless to weed my own garden). I have to get back into full force work enthusiasm or we will be regret it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 8, a walk round before work

front garden

front garden

front garden

front garden

tulips

tulips

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing', front garden

Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’, front garden

tulip and bergenia

tulip and bergenia

tulips, front garden

tulips, front garden

Fritillaria meleagris alba

Fritillaria meleagris alba

Disporum 'Night Heron' in Allan's garden

Disporum ‘Night Heron’ in Allan’s garden

back garden, Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns' and horrible horsetail

back garden, Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’ and horrible horsetail

The horsetail will be my next weeding focus.  You can see in the background that the neighbouring crab pots are still uncovered and picturesque.

back garden:  Santolina 'Lemon Fizz' wants to go green.

back garden: Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’ wants to go green.

I must find time to cut the green bits off this Lemon Fizz!

back garden: Euphorbia

back garden: Euphorbia

back garden: parrot tulips

back garden: parrot tulips

April 9 before work, a brief look at the front garden

Erythronium

Erythronium

tulips

tulips

Tulips 'White Parrot'

Tulips ‘White Parrot’

Tulip 'Leo'

Tulip ‘Leo’

Dicentra spectabilis alba

Dicentra spectabilis alba

ferns in Allan's garden

ferns in Allan’s garden

Then followed several work days so busy that there was no time to appreciate our own garden except quickly in passing.

April 14, day off

front garden

Arisarum proboscideum (mouse plant) in Allan's garden....flowers like mice diving into the ground

Arisarum proboscideum (mouse plant) in Allan’s garden….flowers like mice with tails!

Tulip 'Leo'...I only have a few of these...love them.

Tulip ‘Leo’…I only have a few of these…love them.

Tulip 'Leo'

Tulip ‘Leo’

a barberry with tiny flowers, from Cistus Nursery

a barberry with tiny flowers, from Cistus Nursery

detail:  hummingbirds love it

detail: hummingbirds love it

path, front garden east

path, front garden east

Tulip

Tulip

Disporum 'Night Heron' in Allan's garden

Disporum ‘Night Heron’ in Allan’s garden

Fatsia japonicia 'Spider's Web' in Allan's garden

Fatsia japonicia ‘Spider’s Web’ in Allan’s garden

Omphalodes 'Starry Eyes' in Allan's garden

Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’ in Allan’s garden

Tetrapanax papifer 'Steroidal Giant'

Tetrapanax papifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

back garden

ornamental rhubarb

ornamental rhubarb

ornamental rhubarb

ornamental rhubarb

into the bogsy wood

into the bogsy wood

bogsy wood path

 

scilla planted outside the bogsy wood fence

scilla planted outside the bogsy wood fence

meander line seasonal pond (south edge of property)

meander line seasonal pond (south edge of property)

hellebore

hellebore

Euphorbia and wallflower

Euphorbia and wallflower
looking southwest from patio

looking southwest from patio

Plant Vessel Ann Lovejoy

Plant Vessel Ann Lovejoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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