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Sunday, 22 May 2016

A day of garden puttering at home is perfection for me.  Another form of perfection might have been a rainy day so that I could read my book.

Not today.

Not today.

I wish to read it in one sitting.  Meanwhile, for my daily bedtime reading, I am partway through this excellent non fiction book:

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Smokey would have liked a reading day.

Smokey would have liked a reading day.

Before I began gardening, I got a text from a friend who had caught someone picking a bouquet at the boatyard.  Allan and I tore down there and nipped it in the bud.  The picker was parked on one side of the street with our friend parked on the other, as if, having been interrupted while picking, she had returned to her vehicle and was waiting the witness out.  The picker claimed she had just picked up broken flowers.  Our friend, still there, had witnessed her actively browsing and picking in the garden.  I knew darn well that one flower, from a plant I have only one of in the garden, was from right underneath one of the “Please Leave the Flowers for Everyone to Enjoy” signs.  No yelling was involved, but I hope stern words made an impression.  I have photos showing exactly who it was.  I won’t be sharing them publicly…this time.

a detail. She told Allan she had been sketching the garden.

a detail, with flowers in hand. She told Allan she had been sketching the garden. You can see the sketch behind the flowers.

Finally home again for the rest of a day off, in good weather, I garden puttered.  Or, as the mom of one of the Sylvia Beach Hotel called it, “piddlefarting around the garden”.

I’d been worried all weekend for Susie of the Boreas Inn, who had been ambulanced to a Portland hospital with a heart attack on Saturday morning.  The news that an angiogram showed no damage and that she could come home today was a great relief. 

Parahebe 'Waterfall Mist'

Parahebe ‘Waterfall Mist’ by Nora’s driveway


Parahebe 'Waterfall Mist', a good mounding perennial

Parahebe ‘Waterfall Mist’, a good mounding perennial


perfectly placed self sown lavender and golden oregano on the patio

perfectly placed self sown lavender and golden oregano on the patio


more self sowing...

more self sowing…


from this plant table

from this plant table


decided it was time to trim the restia

I decided it was time to trim the restia


Smokey found this most amusing.

Smokey found this most amusing.


rescued a frog who had gotten trapped in a bucket by the water boxes

rescued a frog who had gotten trapped in a bucket by the water boxes

I got trapped in a sudden heavy rain squall back by the bogsy woods and, somewhat sheltered by trees, weeded the bindweed corner.

probably won't have time for this

Here it was last week.


and today

and today

I see room for a new shade plant, or five.

During the rain, Allan painted top pieces for the new arbour.

During the rain, Allan painted top pieces for the new arbour.

When the rain stopped, Allan fixed the back gate whose hinges had rusted shut.  He had to grind off the old hinges and install more expensive, non rusting new stainless steel ones.  (“The hinges cost more than the door”, says Allan.)

Allan's project

Allan’s project


old hinge

old hinge could not be unscrewed

I failed to get a photo of the door-gate put back on.  I was able to use the door-gate to go to the other side and pull bindweed off the fence where our lot meets the gear shed property line.

From nearby, the fragrance of Philadelphus wafted about.

From nearby, the fragrance of Philadelphus wafted about.


Stipa gigantea in the back garden

Stipa gigantea in the back garden


Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' from Terra Nova Nursery

Eucomis ‘Glow Sticks’ from Terra Nova Nursery


mom's red velvet rose doing well next to a giant daylily that I am wondering why I spared in the daylily purge last year.

mom’s transplanted red velvet rose doing well next to a giant daylily that I am wondering why I spared in the daylily purge last year.

Allan also installed on the front gate a sign that was a present from Mary and Denny of Klipsan Beach Cottages.

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He also put up a bamboo rose trellis.

He also put up a bamboo rose trellis.


last garden puttering the of the day: digging some baby new potatoes for J9 to pick up tomorrow.

last garden puttering the of the day: digging some baby new potatoes for J9 to pick up tomorrow.


Allan found the first ripe strawberry.

Allan found the first ripe strawberry.

We only had a two day weekend because we have much work to do this week making towns and resorts perfect for Memorial Day weekend.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

May 22:  In garage moved my garden stuff into empty NW corner.  Moved boxes of priced stuff over to east wall.  Planted the rest of sprouted upright begonias and one more basket. There are about a dozen of Dutch Garden begonias that haven’t sprouted.  I’ll write to them about it.

1998 (age 74):

May 22:  12:00-5:00  Worked all that time planting tomatoes.  The greenhouse is jammed.  I had to stop twice to sift compost and mushroom compost.  All the black pots, milk jugs and bleach jugs are full.  All the tomatoes are out of the shop finally.  I started throwing some away but there are about 10 left of misc varieties that I’ll plant.  Next job is to plant tulips in garden and replant begonias in the tubs.

 

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Considerable wind and rain led to a late start on our second day off accomplishments.  However, I believe it is time to declare the end of annuals planting hell, just not quite yet the end of planting.  Some gardening friends will find this amazing:  I did get every single plant of mine planted in my garden.  Allan helped with an Azara microphylla which was stuck in its pot.  By helped I mean freed it from the pot and planted it.  Other than that, I got all my cosmos and painted sage planted and even some bean seeds.  And some annoyingly small purple broccoli seeds.  Wish me luck because I am not much good at growing veg and even worse at finding time to harvest them.

These are the only plants left to plant, some at Ann’s, some at Mike’s, one at Gene’s, one at Cheri’s, two at the Depot, a couple at Larry and Robert’s, three at Dan and Leanne’s.  I am hoping to get the Ilwaco contigent all in the ground tomorrow, weather permitting:

the remaining line-up

the remaining line-up

Getting all my plants’ roots in the ground is an accomplishment, to be sure, but cleaning up afterwards wasn’t because we went to the 6:30 PM show of Star Trek: Into Darkness,  leaving the garden in quite a state.  I was ever so pleased with the film, especially the reverse echoing of a certain scene in The Wrath of Khan.  I wish I had torn myself away from planting to go see Iron Man 3 before it left town.  It won’t be as impressive on my 32 year old television set.  But I will have subtitles so won’t miss any dialog.

So, the tomatoes are planted up in the greenhouse, but the greenhouse is a mess.

I take the shelves out, and then the framework helps support the tomatoes.

I take the shelves out, and then the framework helps support the tomatoes.

The plants are in the ground, but the garden is in a state of minor chaos.

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Typically, I had let a triad of ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss Chard get taller than me without eating any.  The seed heads look like some sort of conifer.

gone to seed

going to seed

I may get some help picking up all the plant droppings, as Allan will want to mow the lawn at the next opportunity.

Two of my water tubs are rather a mess.  The one on the left needs to have last year’s dead growth cut out, and I have left it far too late.  On the right, there may be no hope, but those pots are going to be awfully heavy to pull out of the water.

in a sad state

in a sad state

My river of blue Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is showing just a few blue flowers.  Unfortunately, I could not find all the Allium albopilosum to move them further out last fall, and the ones that remain in the river are already being swallowed.  I thought they would float on top like round glass balls but the geranium is much bigger than I had expected.

Rozanne river drowns Alliums!

Rozanne river drowns Alliums!

This year I am going to mark each Allium for saving.  I know from sad experience that they do not like being moved at this time.

The patio containers are planted, but the patio is all messy; the Cosmos is moved from next to the greenhouse and the bean seeds planted, but the weeds are scattered higglety pigglety.

much to do

Here are some good things:

Dianthus and Alliums

Dianthus and Alliums

an iris

an iris

Primula vialii

Primula vialii

Camassia leichtlinii alba

Camassia leichtlinii alba

wind battered ornamental rhubarb, like red velvelt

wind battered ornamental rhubarb, like red velvet

Agastache and Persicaria

Agastache , Iris, and Persicaria

(The lawn along this part is all creeping buttercup.  I won’t use weed and feed, so that’s just the way it is.  Would love an organic solution other than digging.)

Parahebe 'Waterfall Mist'

Parahebe ‘Waterfall Mist’

Parahebe perfoliata

Parahebe perfoliata

When I ordered Parahebe from a catalog with text but no photos, I thought it would be the one I had grown before (Parahebe perfoliata), with Eucalyptus-looking leaves and blue flowers.   It isn’t, but I love the low white one, and I think if I shear it after blooming (which I did not do last year), it might rebloom.

Osteospermum and Penstemon came through the winter in a big pot!

Osteospermum and Penstemon came through the winter in a big pot!

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin', (potato vine)

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (potato vine)

Thalictrum 'Illuminator'

Thalictrum ‘Illuminator’

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Finally, although my bird photography skills are poor, here is a bird for Mr. Tootlepedal.

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For excellent daily bird (and garden, and cycling) photo, visit the Tootlepedal blog.

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Continuing my review of the gardening year at Klipsan Beach Cottages:

7 May

sunshiny tulips

sunshiny tulips

windblown

windblown

tulip

tulip

raspberries

raspberries

Euphorbia characias wulfenii has been going strong since Feb.

Euphorbia characias wulfenii has been going strong since Feb.

12 May

Euphorbia 'Tasmanian Tiger' still in bloom

Euphorbia ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ still in bloom

(If you grown Euphorbias, watch out for the milky sap which some people find has a burning nature.)

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

18 May

the biggest rhodo by the pond

the biggest rhodo by the pond

instagram

instagram

the white froth is Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

the white froth is Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’

22 May

Dutch iris

Dutch iris

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

Verbascum

Verbascum

Narcissi

Narcissi

It amazed me that narcissi still bloomed toward the end of May.  We had a long cold slow wet springtime.

31 May

'Polka' rose

‘Polka’ rose

container of plants from The Basket Case Greenhouse

container of plants from The Basket Case Greenhouse

bearded iris

bearded iris

Dutch iris

Dutch iris

 

Osteospermum (African daisy) and Helichrysum 'Limelight'

Osteospermum (African daisy) and Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

7 June

planter by the clam shed

planter by the clam shed

Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage)

Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage)

Salpiglossis with Helichrysym 'Limelight' and golden yew

Salpiglossis with Helichrysym ‘Limelight’ and golden yew

honeysuckle and rose

honeysuckle and rose

14 June

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

Allium moly 'Jeannine'

Allium moly ‘Jeannine’

Alllum albopilosum (Star of Persia ornamental onion)

Alllum albopilosum (Star of Persia ornamental onion)

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

the first lilies

the first lilies

lily buds

lily buds

office windowbox

office windowbox

Parahebe 'Waterfall Mist'

Parahebe ‘Waterfall Mist’

pond

pond

lawn with rhodo blossoms

lawn with rhodo blossoms

rose

rose

21 June

one of Mary's new roses

one of Mary’s new roses

gold leaved Hardy Fuchsia and Astrantia

gold leaved Hardy Fuchsia and Astrantia

Riley

Riley

dog memorial garden (Misty, Debbie, Raven)

dog memorial garden (Misty, Debbie, Raven)

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

29 June

lilies and roses

lilies and roses

Still have not succeeding in moving the orange lilies away from the dark pink rose!  Meanwhile, red lilies are supposed to be in the bed with the dark pink rose and aren’t. These lilies came unlabeled from my mother’s garden.  Every year the ones to be moved get marked with string…and moved…but not all, apparently!

lilies

lilies

Oh, well!

Oh, well!

Asiatic lily 'Landini'

Asiatic lily ‘Landini’

lilies

lilies

Clematis

Clematis

(According to Dan Hinkley:

“Because it grows on a lattice, some people call it cleMATis.

But Mr. Webster will not cease to hiss until they call it CLEMatis.)

 

deer gate by Robert Sullivan

deer gate by Robert Sullivan

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