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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Our north end day was slightly delayed by a stop at 42nd Street Café to find out what needed to be done for an emergency must-be-done-by-the-weekend weeding call I had gotten from the owner.  I have a thing for restaurants, so we will take on the project….tomorrow.

I like to get as many north end jobs done as possible on Wednesdays, and lately I like to go to Klipsan Beach Cottages first.  Owner Mary was getting sad when we would show up at the end of the day, while she and Denny were having dinner and wrapping up their own day, and there would be no time to visit.

I saw a striking sight from the road as we drove up and I walked out to photograph it.  I’m not sure whether to use it on their Facebook page or not.  It does sort of imply that it rains a lot here.

reflective pool

reflective pool

inside the fenced garden

inside the fenced garden

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' taller than the greenhouse!

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ taller than the greenhouse!

Mary and I wish we knew the name of the rose that she got as a gift.

Mary and I wish we knew the name of the rose that she got as a gift.

the cottages from just outside the fenced garden (looking west)

two of the eight cottages from just outside the fenced garden (looking west)

Next, we deadheaded Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ at the little Oman Builders Supply garden.

OBS garden

OBS garden

At the Wiegardt Gallery, we planted the three Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ that last week just got a scenic tour of the Peninsula and went back home because weather was still too hot and dry.  It had definitely turned wet enough now.

Wiegardt Gallery, west wall, before

Wiegardt Gallery, west wall, before

after, with three Ilex added

after, with three Ilex added

They will make a difference, especially when I get two more.  I just do not understand why they are so hard to come by, when they are such good doers and deer resistant.  This garden used to have two Escallonias, but Eric thought they were too big, so I hope the Ilex will give some tall structure without being annoying.

We also added an Echinacea ‘Green Jewel’ to a newly cleared bed on the south side.  It looks better than any I put in the ground earlier this year and I hope it has gotten big enough to survive any slugs and snails, as they seem to love this plant.

a green jewel

a green jewel

I was at a bit of a loss regarding where to go next.  Golden Sands?  Marilyn’s?  Marilyn’s won out, as we had not gone there last week.  It still bugs me that the alders were limbed so high…

alders

 

But to get a sense of enclosure back, I am thinking the sterile Buddliea that is in the west garden might be just the right size.

Buddleai 'Blueberry Cobbler'

Buddleia ‘Blueberry Cobbler’

I really don’t want to transplant that one, so I hope I can find another one.  Asian Moon, Purple Haze, or the orange Sweet Marmalade would be good if I can just get my hands on one.

Marilyn's, looking north from by the back porch

Marilyn’s, looking north from by the back porch

Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy, has been posting some photos of the deer who live in this garden.

Nancy’s deer photos:

deer

deer

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We still had time to check on Golden Sands Assisted Living garden, which we also skipped last week.  I got two more patches of wild beach strawberries pulled:

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

Still need to get all the way around the back of the SE quadrant….

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

But the southwest quadrant is done!

The strawberries were as thick as the ones on the outside of the landscape timbers.

Allan moved the bench, making even more solidly sittable than it was before.

in 2011.  For a long time it has sat in front of the NW quadrant.

in 2011. For a long time the bench has sat in front of the NW quadrant.

Now the garden can be seen!  (such as it is)

Now the garden can be seen! (such as it is)

The bench is much better here.

The bench is much better here.

What a mess awaits us in the NW quadrant.  Strawberries, up in everyone’s business.

Gah!

Gah!

The soil is tight and rubbly, but once we spend another partial day and get this weeded, we can bring in a load of cow fiber and turn this into a place of beauty.  I have a stash of plants donated by Sheila and Kathleen S. that have been waiting since July (for the sprinkler system to be fixed) to be added to this garden.

Golden Sands: happy rose because of working sprinklers (and rain)

Golden Sands: happy rose because of working sprinklers (and rain)

While at Golden Sands, I got a call and a text from Nancy Allen asking if I could accompany her to a potential garden tour garden tomorrow.  She is already looking ahead to the July 2014 tour.  Can I resist a chance to look at a garden?  Never.  So on the way south, Allan and I added a check up on the Anchorage Cottages garden in order to make tomorrow easier.  (My promise to do that one off weeding job to 42nd Street Café,  and a predicted Friday storm have made the schedule tight for Thursday.)

At the Anchorage:  Allan found this many pampas plumes broken by Sunday's wind.

At the Anchorage: Allan found this many pampas plumes broken by Sunday’s wind.

Manager Beth added this lovely birdbath.

Manager Beth added this lovely birdbath.

Someone, not us, did a nice job of pruning the Escallonia iveyi so one of the Anchorage signs shows better.  When I was taking a photo of it and the cleaned up pampas grass, I noticed more pampas plumes bent over and we had to clip them before we left.

to the left, bent pampas

to the far left, bent pampas

pink pampas plumes at The Anchorage

pink pampas plumes at The Anchorage

I think all the many Pampas grasses at the Anchorage were planted by Dan Hinkley because he and Robert Jones designed the garden for Robert’s sister who used to own the place!

Ironically, our last mission of the day was to tag some large grasses, including one Pampas, and a couple of Phormiums that the port crew are going to remove from the Howerton gardens on Friday.  (If you want to go down there and hang around and try to snag the plants, maybe you could!)  In the curbside garden, these plants block the sightlines and have to go.

Allan tagging a grass by the Loading Dock Village

Allan tagging a grass by the Loading Dock Village

Two more tagged by the much missed old Port Bistro café

Two more tagged by the much missed old Port Bistro café

I want to see the last of this grass and Phormium by Pelicano Restaurant's parking lot.

I want to see the last of this grass and Phormium by Pelicano Restaurant’s parking lot.

When pulling out of several parking lots along Howerton, too-tall plants can block the sight of oncoming traffic.  These plants were not chosen or installed by me, but of course we are the ones who have to chop the darn things down once a year…and that is not enough.  We will replace them with smaller grasses.

This phormium by Powell Gallery must go...it pokes into the sidewalk area.

This phormium by Powell Gallery must go…it pokes into the sidewalk area.

It seems a shame to have to take out the big Pampas grass at its prettiest time, but when it is gone, one will be able to see the sign for Marie Powell’s studio.

Pampas

Pampas

And I am sick of cutting it down.  It’s bad enough to deal with all the Pampas at the Anchorage!  And it also blocks the Pelicano restaurant sign.  Imagine, below, that my shadow is a driver of a car…who cannot see the Pelicano sign at all.

just a glimpse shows of the restaurant sign

just a glimpse shows of the restaurant sign

I am curious whether this fine restaurant’s business will increase when that grass has been replaced with a smaller one.

I took mercy on one centrally located Phormium.  It is so small now…perhaps it is a dwarf cultivar, or just young.

It has escaped the ax for now.

It has escaped the ax for now.

I love ornamental grasses, and even though Randy Powell asked me to do so, I have been refusing to cut the one by his door because it is at its best right now.

not for the chop yet if I can help it!

not for the chop yet if I can help it!

We stopped ever so briefly at Larry and Robert’s garden to add a bucket of river rock to their back garden.  The setting sun was just catching a tree with autumn colour.

autumn

autumn

At home, I watered the tomato and pepper plants in the greenhouse.  A cat drama entertained me in the front garden.

The neighbours' cat, hiding

The neighbours’ cat, hiding in Allan’s garden

I thought it was my Calvin at first till I realized this cat is much smaller.

encounter with Frosty

encounter with Frosty

Onyx

Onyx

further lurking in the front garden

further lurking in the front garden

Neighbour cats from all directions always seem to prefer our garden to their own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Having collected enough plants to finish the Long Beach planters, we stuffed more plants into the last three blocks worth at the beginning to today’s workday.   A couple of Salvia patens went into the Veterans Field garden.  They are so very blue, but I could only squeeze two in.

Vet Field Garden

I am very pleased with how it is looking right now, although a lot of the bright red is from ranunculus that will be over soon.

vet field

flowers

vet fieldSome of the blue in the tricolor Veterans Field garden is provided by my favourite plant, Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’.

I thought I still needed a couple more uppies and trailies that I had forgotten to get yesterday.  And, as it seems to be true every day, we needed more cosmos for tomorrow.  This entailed stops at Basket Case and Planter Box, but first we did a quick tidy at The Anchorage Cottages.  Allan cut the ugly tips off of the top of the Arbutus while I did a bit of deadheading and weeding.  The windowboxes are looking good.

window box

window box with trailies and uppies

Way back in wintertime, the staff cut back some of the Pampas grass while it was in its first stage of flowering.  I happened to notice and got them to stop after they had cut just the ones by the sport court.  Then Allan cut back the rest of them at the proper time around the end of Feb. or early March.  There is a big difference in how they look now.  I had no idea cutting them early would cause them to look so unhappy (I just wanted to protect the new plumes at their most  attractive stage), but the results by the sport court look very sad:

sport court pampas

sport court pampas

rather hideous closeup

rather hideous closeup

I wonder why they look so terrible compared to the ones we cut by one of the cottages and on the lawn, also photographed today:

by the entry drive

by the entry drive

on the lawn

on the lawn

I would never have planted them by the driveway or the sport court, ONLY on the lawn.  They get in the way in the other areas.  I wonder if Dan Hinkley planted them;  years ago, the sister of his partner owned the Anchorage and Heronswood did a design of the courtyard gardens!

After our trip to the two nurseries, with the car and trailer reloaded with plants, we went to Andersen’s RV Park.  They were filling up for the three day weekend.

Andersen's on the Ocean

Andersen’s on the Ocean

The Flanders Field poppies are just starting to show colour.

the poppy garden

the poppy garden

We planted some cosmos down by the garden shed, godetia (one of Lorna’s favourite annuals) there, in the picket fence garden and a few by the back office door, and six Salvia patens (also a favourite of Lorna’s) in the Payson Hall planters.  Except for the picket fence garden, the whole place needs to be weeded but we did not have time because we had two more jobs to attend to, and it was already 4:30 when we left.   There goes my dream of tomorrow off, because I won’t be able to enjoy a day off if Andersen’s is still weedy on a holiday weekend.

picket fence garden

picket fence garden

The half day lost to rain yesterday would have been invaluable for weeding Andersen’s.  I am glad that it has saved us much watering elsewhere, so it was worth having the torrential downpour.

After that, we went all the way up to Surfside to check on Marilyn’s garden.  What a relief to find that the replacement plants in the area that had been tragically round upped  were not looking blighted by any residual weedkiller.  With the owners’ permission, Allan had made and installed signs that we fervently hope will prevent a repeat spraying.

sign

I still do not understand why the sprayer guy thinks that dead brown weeds are an improvement.

I still do not understand why the sprayer guy thinks that dead brown weeds (and dead pretty flower seedlings) are an improvement.

Along both sides of the path, signs of round up blight remain.  I will have to give up on the blighted Alliums, but I hate to.  The bulbs are expensive, and I had planted many because of the garden being scheduled for the July garden tour.

sprayed Alliums look like this

sprayed Alliums look like this

Further back, out of the overspray zone, they look like they should.

Further back, out of the overspray zone, they look like they should.

You can see how bare it is along the edges where before the garden was billowy and spilly.  But it should fill in by tour day.  If the nozzleheads stay away from it.

Marilyn's

Finally, at a quarter til six, we got to Klipsan Beach Cottages as we had promised we would today, and got a considerable amount of garden editing done by seven.

south gate, before

south gate, before

south gate, an hour later

south gate, an hour later, with Bad Aster removed

East gate, before; too much elephant garlic

East gate, before; too much elephant garlic

east gate, after

east gate, after

The garden looked stunning, as usual.

hydrangea and hardy fuchsias

hydrangea and hardy fuchsia

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Dutch Iris

Dutch Iris

Allium bulgaricum

Allium bulgaricum

bearded iris

bearded iris

Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning' in bloom!

Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ in bloom!

Allan installed the fairy door that he had given Mary and Denny for Christmas; he had built steps for it and had to measure and cut exactly how they fit to the chosen tree.

fairy door

fairy door

We just had time on the way home to plant four more plants in the Long Beach planters and have a bit of daylight left to sort tomorrow’s plants:  Cosmos and painted sage for the Ilwaco boatyard (and then weeding Andersen’s).  I will take a bit of time first for the Saturday Market at the port.

Our neighbour Mary, two doors down, brought her little dog, Missy, for a visit.

Missy!

Missy!

At just two pounds, Missy is even smaller than Judy and Tom’s little Beep.

My dream now is to get Sunday and Monday off to plant all the plants-in-waiting in my own garden, after which annuals hell will truly be over with only a very few plants left to put in here and there.  I have lost track of how many days in a row we have worked but I believe it is over twenty now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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