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Monday – Thursday, 11-15 January

The reading blends together from day to day…

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Calvin and Elinor

I had resorted to interlibrary loan to get Isabel’s Bed.  Its setting, Cape Cod in winter,  added to my enjoyment.  I’ve now read all Lipman’s novels and will have to do another interlibrary loan for a book of essays.

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Frosty on a garden bookshelf

Now that true, quiet, non social staycation had come, I settled in to read the garden books I had purchased this year.

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about Chanticleer; we had taken a lecture by a Chanticleer gardener, Jonathan Wright, at the 2016 Study Weekend.


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Note to self: Stipa tenuissuma has a new name.

Maybe I can remember this new name by thinking of the nearby town of Naselle.

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An AIR-SPADE might be helpful for planting in the bogsy woods.


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It struck me that it is good for the bulbs that our soil stays dry underneath during out summer droughts, well into autumn.


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The Art of Gardening: a glorious book


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Next, a book lent to me by Steve of the Bayside Garden.

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I liked the essays very much (and the cartoons, of course), and some of the short stories.  As I recalled during more of my winter reading, short stories, if good, make me want them to be longer.  One essay suggested we call ourselves “guardians” rather than “owners” of cats.  That is a word I had been seeking and will adopt.

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Fortunately, Allan never pesters me like this while I am reading.


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This is exactly the weather we had on the day I read the cat book.


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Next up: a book I purchased this past summer.


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the original version from years ago

Druse’s previous shade book had been a great inspiration to me over the years.  I had even almost copied one of the photos for a garden at the Sou’wester Lodge when I lived there in ’93.  The new version was an equal pleasure to peruse.

I read all through another rainy, windy day and felt so inspired that I became gripped by the urge to go out by flashlight and transplant some epimediums into the bogsy woods (but did not follow through).

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Mary and I devoted a day to a book about Piet Oudolf, the gardener who most inspires me.


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Smokey approved.


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With Frosty. It was a three cat book.


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I will admire my Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ with a deeper appreciation after reading about his resistance work.  Bless him!


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a sinister native plant policy

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fascinating biographies interspersed among the garden lore


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backstory about the new appreciation of garden decay


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I love this passage about squabbling over a plant that still gets lots of compliments and questions in my public gardens.


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My garden thoughts were transformed by a Piet Oudolf lecture at the NW Flower and Garden show in the early 90s…and I had visited Gil Schieber’s city garden back when I lived in Seattle.


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A photo from my visit to Gil’s garden in Seattle (Ballard neighbourhood), about 1990.


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I so identify with the difficulty of charging a friend for work.


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The beauty of Piet’s vision can have me in tears, also.


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I well remember falling in love with Sanguisorbas during Piet’s lecture.


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Oh my, I wonder whose Portland garden this was?


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(A detail of a large photo) In the Oudolf-designed Lurie Garden in Chicago: Such a familiar scene to me, with the passersby talking to the gardeners.


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Wow, even Piet Oudolf started out with the hard time of getting through the winter financially.


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another familiar scenario


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and another.


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and another…being supplied with bad soil has happened in several gardens I’ve worked in over the years.


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three of my four feline companions almost shoving my book away

Meanwhile, Allan went out on errands most days.

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narcissi at the Ilwaco boatyard, 1-12-16


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He pruned old wood out of the red twig dogwood at the Ilwaco Community Building.


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He did a good rebuilt job on an old bench that we’d been given by Denny of Klipsan Beach Cottages.

 

Friday, 15 January 2016

I resolved to go out as little as possible during January as I continued to seek the life of a recluse.  However, two events drew me into social life on Friday.

lunch with Jenna

My dear friend Jenna (Queen La De Da) and I are both so busy during tourist and garden season that we were long overdue for a luncheon.  We dined at El Compadre and had a good long talk.  I thought you might enjoy seeing what a charming interior the restaurant has (quiet on a winter weekday).

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looking toward our booth from the front


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our view from our booth in the back corner

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delightfully decorated

Dave’s Birthday Dinner

Celebrating the birth of one of our favourite people (not on his exact birthday) was well worth going out for, especially when it featured dinner at the fine Depot Restaurant.

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Nancy Gorshe took this photo.  Me, Melissa, Dave, Allan.


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clam chowder, the best anywhere


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in the midst of our feasting


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Allan had the sturgeon special.


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French onion soup (goes by a fancier name here)


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Melissa’s lamb shank


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wild boar Cinghiale with gnocchi

Saturday, 16 January 2016

My book of the day was the second I’d recently read set in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Earlier during this staycation, I’d found the Madison setting entrancing in But Not For Long by Michelle Wildgen.  Both novels feature the Isthmus neighbourhood.

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the isthmus, and a botanical garden

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Maybe one year, the Garden Bloggers Fling will be in Madison, and if so, I would like to go there.

I spent the rest of the weekend engrossed in a detailed and informative book on a topic which has become an obsession again:

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an interlibrary loan from Texas A&M University

During the week of staycation perfection, I’d also read a book by Nick Jaina, and on Sunday the 17th, I’d be leaving my reading lair to see him perform at the Sou’wester.

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