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Thursday, 5 October 2017

While divesting ourselves of the Ilwaco street tree branches that we had pruned yesterday evening, we  admired of the east end of the marina.

I found out later that the floating enclosure is a pen…


…for young salmon, used in a recent study of some sort.


Butch, the owner of Coho Charters (the red building) is my go to person for fishing questions.

We headed north, with a brief stop at the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Allan’s photo, getting rady for Halloween


a selection of new plants at the Basket Case


including nice Euphorbia ‘Glacier Blue’

Next stop: picking up a yard of Soil Energy at Peninsula Landscape Supply. We were worried because the Soil Energy pile had been way low last time, and might be all gone.  When we arrived, we saw a truck and trailer ahead of us.  Who were these people competing with us for the last of the pile, I thought anxiously….until I saw they were our good friends Judy and Larry.

Allan’s photo


Larry, Judy, me: friends with similar goals


We were glad there was enough in the Soil Energy bin for two loads.


We parked off to the side and the mulch came to us. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages  

Our first actual job of the day was a tidying and some cutting back at KBC.

Allan dug out a daylily, the same kind that he dug out for me in my own garden recently.

It is prone to daylily leaf streak. (Allan’s photo).  The flowers are hardy fuchsia.


before cutting back Thalictrum ‘Elin’


and after


The thalictrum will come home with us for Halloween decor.

Allan cut down one part of the rugosa rose.  The whole shrub is going to come down later.

After. Now you can see through to the lower fenced garden.

As you can see, the day was (too) warm and bright.

view in the east gate


the birdbath view


the inner bench circle


a huge bud on the Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’


fall colour on hamamelis


Allan captured the moment when Mary noticed the leaf colour.

We didn’t see Denny today.  He had had a knee replacement (his second) on Tuesday and was at home napping.

                           Long Beach

On the way south, we checked up on the beach approach gardens and the Long Beach city hall garden.  This weekend’s two days of clamming will generate a lot of passersby.

the foyer at city hall (Allan’s photo)

MaryBeth stopped by when she saw us at City Hall.  She gave us a present that she had been carrying with her for the next time our paths crossed.

After checking on the Sid Snyder approach planters…

the westernmost Sid Snyder planter (Allan’s photo)

…we made sure the World Kite Museum garden looked good, because their annual One Sky One World event is this weekend.  The philosophy of One Sky, One World is needed more than ever now.

Pleased with the new containers at the kite museum.

Ilwaco

The south third of the Ilwaco boatyard garden was our destination for the yard of Soil Energy that we’d been hauling with us.

looking south from the gate, before


soil applied by bucket


cutting back Pennisetum macrourum from the sidewalk


and after….I had suddenly realized the garden should start where the paved sidewalk starts.

The dredge has been at work lately, clearing mud from the channel which is so necessary for the marina to thrive.

scooping up mud


and depositing it on a barge.


boats


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo

We still have sweet peas blooming on the fence.

sweet peas all the way to the top


bright red sweet peas

We had run out of Soil Energy about twenty feet from the end of the garden, so another load will be necessary.  The end needs such a small amount that I sort of cheated and erased boatyard mulching from the work list, changing it to mulching at the port and Time Enough Books.

The summer is long gone and I still have not accomplished one thorough, end to end good weeding at home.

At home: The garden gift from MaryBeth.

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El Compadre Mexican Restaurant

We had this week’s North Beach Garden Gang dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) at El Compadre.

hard to get a good photo of the inlaid tables that I admire so much.


Allan’s photo


tiled window frames


As often happens, we were the last to leave.

Now for an extra long weekend, during the quiet time before fall clean up and bulbs.  My goal is to not leave my property for four days while I accomplish some gardening.  Allan has some boating goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 29 September 2017

Allan was sad to see the painting of the shed gutter had not worked.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo: Paint had fallen into a spider web.

This spider, who had likely entered the van on some plant debris, had made a web inside my van door.  I did not let her come to work with us.

These garden spiders don’t scare me.

We stopped at Dennis Co on the way to work to get some paint for the window trim (which you have seen in yesterday’s post).  Allan was also able to repaint the gutter successfully.

Anchorage Cottages

The weather was just too hot to do any of the pruning projects we had planned.

These viburnums can wait for another day.

arbutus and hydrangea in the center courtyard

On the way to our next job, I was appalled at the temperature.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We stayed only to do the most important deadheading and tidying.  The heat was just too much.

bird bath view

roses

the other bird bath with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

Japanese anemone

hardy fuchsia

autumnal hamamelis

Peninsula Landscape Supply

We picked up a yard of Soil Energy.

bird baths by the pond

We learned that starting next week, PLS will be going to their off season hours, open till three on Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays.  This will require us to be less spontaneous during mulching season. We will have to make proper plans and schedules.

signs available in the office

On the way back to Ilwaco, we decided we had to delay our boatyard mulching project till early evening’s cooler weather.

Ridiculous weather! What happened to our nice crisp autumn?

home

This is the handsome gate of our “Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm” neighbours to the east.

At the base of the ornamental plum in our front garden (a tree I did not plant) is a hamamelis glowing with autumn colour.

Look to the left side of the tree trunk.

 

Tiger Eyes sumac

another hamamelis

I retreated indoors from the heat and was joined for a bit by our neighbours to the west, Devery, and her dog Royal.

It was Royal’s first time in our house. He was excited.

Ilwaco boatyard

After five o clock, we mulched 1/3 of the boatyard.  I think my estimate that three yards will cover it all is pretty close.

before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

Allan sweeps up

Aster ‘Harrington’s Pink’

leveling mulch with a broom

looking south from the north end

As we had begun our mulching, a Londoner on a bicycle had stopped to ask the location of Salt Pub.  I had to tell him the sad news that it is closed on Wednesdays.  Where could he eat, he asked, after returning from a two block jaunt to make sure Salt was closed.  I was sad to say that the only option was our little local market.  In an ideal world, we would have invited him to come to our house for a campfire, with sausages, and then driven him to his campsite at Cape Disappointment, but our conversation took place just as we got stuck in to an hour of unloading mulch.

After work, we went to the little market ourselves in search of some fancy sausages, and found him outside.  He had managed to find an apple for his dinner, with some cheese that he already had.  I was afraid that “Disappointment” might sum up his feelings, and I did so wish he had been here on a night when Salt was open.

the Londoner

I was able to guide him to having breakfast tomorrow morning at the Portside Café, where his quest for pancakes should be well satisfied.

We had a good chinwag about politics.  He said he almost bet £5000 on Brexit not passing, and woke up in shock that morning (and relief that he had not made the bet). He had experienced the same shock and dismay last November 9 at the result of our election.

I told him that I used to be married to a Leedsman.  “Oh, that must have been tough!” said he.

Allan and I did not succeed at the local in our quest for fancy sausages so drove on up to Sid’s Market in Seaview, where we met with success.  We also met again a nice RVing couple who had asked us at the boatyard where to shop for groceries.  They, too, had met with shopping success. We then went home to have a campfire on the one of the warmest evenings of the year.

Nicotiana by the campfire

the moon just caught in the trees

Allan’s photo

coals

When I looked at the temperature at 1 AM, it was still 72 degrees outside.  That is just unheard of here at the beach.

Friday, 29 September 2017

After taking Thursday off so Allan could finish painting the shed, we slept late.

Skooter slept late, too. He puts his feet over Allan’s head like earmuffs.

We had believed the forecast of a half inch of rain.  The rain came overnight rather than during the day, which turned out so fine that tourists would be looking at our public gardens.  While we did not have to water, we certainly had to tidy after all.

This much rain overnight!

By the post office, we saw the first sign of Ilwaco Halloween.

And so it begins.

The Depot Restaurant

just some quick deadheading

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ towering

Long Beach

the welcome sign

We tidied the gardens at Veterans Field while the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market was in session.

Allan’s photo

I found a home for a duplicate plant of mine in Fifth Street Park. I had bought in, then realized it was the same white sanguisorba I had acquired at a Hardy Plant sale from Dan Hinkley, back when it just had a number, not a name.

Allan planted it in here, toward the back.

Needing energy, we got coffee to go.

at Abbracci Coffee Bar

We did a walk around town just to deadhead the planters.

passing by the farmers market again

I stopped it at NIVA green to take a few photos for their Facebook page, and for some reason I had to buy this little stove.

It spoke to me somehow.  Now it is mine and I don’t quite know what to do with it.

Allan pulled Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ from under the street tree near the pharmacy.

before

after

Here is a sad thing: The old, peeling cranberry mural on the south end of Dennis Company is now almost covered.  $58,000 has been spent to try to restore it five different times, and it is now too far gone to save.

Goodbye to a Long Beach icon. (Allan’s photos)

The paint peeled badly after a restoration just a couple of years ago.

Here it is in better days.  I will miss it.

We then drove up to Peninsula Landscape Supply for another yard of Soil Energy.

The shaved ice booth was heading down to Ilwaco for Saturday Market.

Ilwaco boatyard garden

We got another third of the garden mulched, all the way to the south side of the gate.

Unfortunately, we have to cover a multitude of poppy seeds.  In my own garden, I might dig and replant them.  No time for that here.

I’ve saved seeds and will re-sow.

To finish our relatively short day, we deadheaded the cosmos at the port office and Time Enough Books gardens.  I took some photos of the marina from near the port office.

someone else enjoying the view

an hour before sunset, along Howerton Avenue

home

Kniphofia ‘Earliest of All’ is changing shape.

Devery came to pick some Cripp’s Pink apples to make some applesauce.

She stood on a bucket to get some.

Canna in bloom in the water boxes

I made a sit spot in the new bogsy wood clearing.

on the table: broken china bits that I found in 2010 when making our garden

I had a sudden brainstorm which Allan helped me bring to fruition.

Skooter supervising

He helped me move this….

…out to the salmonberry cave….

…where I like it very much.

And it gave me room for a new little sit spot on the east wall of the house.

Next: another long weekend.  We are enjoying the short work weeks between tourist season and the soon to arrive fall clean up and bulb season.

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

The weather turned out as good as predicted.  I hoped to cross two mulching projects off of the work board by the end of the day.

The Depot Restaurant

Before we could acquire mulch, we had to do the rest of the fall clean up at the Depot garden, including taking the hops down from the dining deck lattice.

Chef Michael asked for an extra project, clearing a narrow area between deck and wall of bamboo so that a repairman could get in to fix the heater.

Fortunately, Allan could fit in the narrow passageway.  I am not sure I could have.  Well, I could have fit, but not worked easily.

Allan's photos: passage of chopped bamboo

Allan’s photos: passage of chopped bamboo, before


after

after

Allan did the inside passage to the dining deck.

before

before


me working on the outside

me working on the outside


inside, after

inside, after


outside, before

outside, before

All the bare, strangely textured stiff stems of hops have to be clipped and teased out through the lattice.

after

after

I had been hoping to be able to get, say, five bales of Gardner and Bloome compost from the Planter Box for this mulching project.  As soon as I was reviewed it, I realized I would need a full yard of Soil Energy from all the way up at Peninsula Landscape Supply.

Long Beach

We just had time to do some clean up of a lavatera and some perennials at Long Beach city hall on the way.

LB City Hall (west side) with more clean up done.

LB City Hall (west side) with more clean up done.


pulling some Crocosmia 'Lucifer' at Coulter Park

pulling some Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ at Coulter Park


after

after

We divested ourselves of today’s debris and headed north to

Peninsula Landscape Supply

plenty of Soil Energy on hand.  (Allan's photo)

plenty of Soil Energy on hand. (Allan’s photo)

“This light, absorbent and nutrient rich manufactured soil provides an excellent medium to grow grass, bedding plants, shrubs, roses, and fruit trees. It is our lightest and most free draining soil with great fertility and growth characteristics. This works as well in your deck’s planter boxes as it does in your landscape beds. You can plant straight into it or use it as a soil amendment added to your existing soil to give it a boost and improve its drain-ability. Soil energy combines composted wood products, aged screened sawdust, screened sand, composted chicken manure, lime, fertilizer and iron. (pH 6.2, brown tan in color, 38.9% organic matter)”

One of two scoops being loaded into our little trailer.

One of two scoops being loaded into our little trailer.


Lots of other hardscaping material for sale, including oyster shells.  (Allan's photo)

Lots of other hardscaping material for sale, including oyster shells. (Allan’s photo)


one yard, tarped and ready to hit the road (Allan's photo)

one yard, tarped and ready to hit the road (Allan’s photo)

back to The Depot Restaurant

a thick layer of mulch applied, bucket by bucket over the log

a thick layer of mulch, applied bucket by bucket over the log


luscious

luscious


Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' can now be seen.

Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’ can now be seen.


ornamental grasses on the east side of the dining deck

ornamental grasses on the east side of the dining deck

We had time to go the Dennis Company in Long Beach and buy two bales of Gardner and Bloome for the pocket garden at the kite musuem.

across the street from Dennis Company

across the street from Dennis Company

World Kite Museum

one of two tightly compressed bales

one of two tightly compressed bales


with mulch applied

with mulch applied

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World Kite Museum

World Kite Museum

Rather to my surprise, we had time to tidy up the planters along Sid Snyder drive (just north of the kite museum).

Allan's photos:  The one with crocosmia, before...

Allan’s photos: The one with crocosmia, before…


and after.  Crocosmia was planted years before by a volunteer.

and after. Crocosmia was planted years before by a volunteer.

Our friends Steve and John of the Bayside Garden drove by while we were working but we didn’t see. Steve snapped this photo downtown showing a color match by one of the planters:

Photo by Steve McCormick, cropped close by me


On our way to a near dusk debris offload, we pulled a few more clumps of crocosmia from the parking lot berms.  
a large mushroom on the parking lot berm (Allan's photo)

a large mushroom on the parking lot berm (Allan’s photo)

I had time at home to write up one blog post before going to dinner at

The Cove Restaurant

where we were joined at our usual North Beach Garden Gang dinner meeting by Our Kathleen, down for a long weekend.  All we local gardeners are just getting over property tax and quarterly sales tax payments so salad followed by fish tacos ($3 each!) was the order of the night.

2 fish tacos, filling and economical

2 fish tacos, filling and economical

As usual, we closed the place down and lingered for a bit more chatting in the parking lot.

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The work board lost four things today: two mulching projects and the fall clean up of city hall and the Depot.  Now the latter two get shifted into a new column: post frost clean up, whenever that might be.

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Not all jobs get a special post frost clean up.  The Depot has window boxes that need to be cleaned out after a freeze.

Tomorrow, I hope Ilwaco and the port and the boatyard will drop off the fall clean up list.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Nov 3:  Finished digging dahlias.  Cut down lily stalks in UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] and PBB [Patio Back Bed??]  Drove around Yelm paying bills, bank, Payless, Stock Market, and Gordon’s.  Bought 16 more pansies and more perennials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a blog post after all, because something garden-y happened

Thursday, 10 December 2015

From the north window: Suddenly my Tetrapanax looks ever so sad.

From the north window: Suddenly my Tetrapanax looks ever so sad.

On the way to the post office and bank, Allan noticed our accountant's office all pretty for the holidays, along with CPA mascot Helen.

On the way to the post office and bank, Allan noticed our accountant’s office all pretty for the holidays, along with CPA mascot Helen.

our friend Helen

our friend Helen

the Christmas angel tree at Bank of the Pacific

the Christmas angel tree at Ilwaco’s Bank of the Pacific

Pick an ornament from the tree and get a gift for a child.

Pick an angel from the tree and provide a gift for a child.

Other than Allan’s errands, heavy rain kept us indoors.  I spent all my free time making slideshows and photo galleries of the year through various gardens, because that is just the sort of time lapse that I like to see.

At the Cove Restaurant

In the evening, we had our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang’s core members (me, Allan, Dave, Mel).

from our cozy corner table at the Cove

from our cozy corner table at the Cove

delicious dinner salad

delicious dinner salad

Allan's noodle bowl

Allan’s vegetable stir fry (He calls this “comfort food”.

Our Dave and Melissa, and my bowl of rich and comforting Cajun Chicken Alfredo; I always have enough left for lunch the next day.

Our Dave and Melissa, and my bowl of rich and comforting Cajun Chicken Alfredo; I always have enough left for lunch the next day.  That’s my version of comfort food.

Melissa's Prawns Solo

Melissa’s Prawns Solo

Friday, 11 December 2015

I do not know what came over me.  Allan and I were discussing how he was going to mulch at the library:  Make two trips to get the one yard at a time of soil energy mulch that our rig can haul.  Or hire Dave and Mel (Sea Star Gardening) to haul the two yards that we need with their much larger rig.  (It’s complicated because the supply yard is open by appointment only this month.) Or we could wait until I ordered a pile of said mulch for here and have Allan take two yards over to the library in buckets (27.5 5 gallons buckets x 2) = 2 yards.  I hope.)  We had talked about it over dinner last night with Dave and Mel and not come to any conclusion (although they are eager and willing to help).  Suddenly, I just picked up the phone, called Peninsula Landscape Supply, and arranged for seven yards to be dumped in our driveway….this afternoon!

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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The pile always looks smaller than I think it will, no matter how much I order.

The pile always looks smaller than I think it will, no matter how much I order.

wishing I'd ordered more!

(Allan's photo) I immediately wished I had ordered 12 yards instead of 7.

(Allan’s photo) I immediately wished I had ordered 12 yards instead of 7.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan could not deliver soil to the library garden today.  When they are open, the rather poorly designed and steep-ended parking lot is too full of cars to negotiate with soil.  It will have to be done Sunday or Monday.  He kindly helped me move at least three yards of the pile to garden beds back by the bogsy woods.  Today’s calm before tomorrow’s predicted storm was perfect for safe soil dumping under the brittle alder trees.

One of two wheelbarrows we had in play.

One of two wheelbarrows we had in play.

I was already thinking 5 yards would be plenty.

I was already thinking 5 yards would be plenty.

I will have enough soil to fill in the low spots, especially along edges that I expanded this past summer, and if I find the energy to want to put a layer over every single garden bed, I’ll get another 7 yards later.  I do some chopping and dropping of debris in the garden beds over the course of the year so they do get some natural mulch.  I learned that from Ann Lovejoy and Anne Wareham.

Allan filled every bucket available and now has over a yard a soil just waiting in the garage to go to the library garden.  I continued to wheelbarrow soil into the front garden low spots till it was too dark to see.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

As you can see, the remaining mulch prevents us from putting our van away.  If I had a place to keep mulch in waiting, I would always have a big pile somewhere at the edge of the property.  There’s just no way to get it delivered to anywhere but the driveway.

Meanwhile, the dramatic weather has continued to have a severe effect on towns both inland and along the Oregon coast, with flooding and a complete closure of sea-faring waterways.

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Our other great accomplishment was to put up (Allan) and decorate (me) the Christmas tree.  Reading time is being delayed by that, by the need to move that mulch, and to write Christmas cards and wrap packages to mail, and by some busy weekend holiday events.  Oh how I hope that book reading time starts next Monday.

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Tuesday, 22 Sept 2015

Still sleeping only six hours, and getting punchy.  I’ve read that old folks have trouble sleeping.  Uh oh.

After a productive but somber long weekend, I was glad to get back to work as it gives me a feeling of being worthwhile and making a positive difference in the world. 

project one: at the Ilwaco boatyard

While I pulled some horsetail and bindweed, Allan dug up eight big rootballs of bronze fennel from along the fence.  Two clumps of that miscanthus that we dug up from Time Enough books last week got planted along with a nice big shrubby hypericum, some sort of good one from my garden, not the annoying ground cover one.  (The extra plant became available during the shuffling around of plants over the weekend.)

While I pulled some horsetail and bindweed, Allan dug up eight big rootballs of bronze fennel from along the fence.

boatyard garden, looking north


I'm pleased with the second blooming of the echinops (blue globe thistle).

I’m pleased with the second blooming of the echinops (blue globe thistle).


santolina ready to clip?

santolina ready to clip?

Some of the santolinas are flopping open and have good center growth.  Once, when I pruned them in late autumn and a hard winter followed, I lost several.  I should find time in the next couple of weeks to clip these while the weather is still mild, even though that will make the boatyard garden less showy.

pruning at The Anchorage Cottages

Because we were heading up to Peninsula Landscape Supply, where we can dump some debris, we did more pruning at The Anchorage today.

Look who came running to see me! My dear friend Mitzu.

Look who came running to see me! My dear friend Mitzu.


We must have a close-up!

We must have a close-up!


before (Allan's photo): the target was the flowering quince in the corner.

before (Allan’s photo): the target was the flowering quince in the corner.


Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photos, before


and after, with access for building maintenace, window washing, and air circulation

and after, with access for building maintenace, window washing, and air circulation


It is so hard to see, but there is a new Japanese maple in front of the second window from the left that will grow up and replace the privacy lost when we pruned the viburnum last week.

It is so hard to see, but there is a new Japanese maple in front of the second window from the left that will grow up and replace the privacy lost when we pruned the viburnum last week.

I pecked away at the shade border by cottage 8 in order to remove some plants that I dislike: sweet woodruff and lady’s mantle.

Here was that bed on September 1st.

Here was that bed on September 1st.


and after I got done with it today.

and after I got done with it today.


There's a chelone start in there now (pink turtlehead) that should be a delight next dall.

There’s a chelone start in there now (pink turtlehead) that should be a delight next fall.


lower lawn with Cryptomeria and pampas grass

lower lawn with Cryptomeria and pampas grass

We learned later in day that pampas grass, Cortaderia selloana, has just been added to the Washington State noxious weed list.

The Planter Box

To continue with last week’s project of re-doing two Long Beach planters, we shopped at The Planter Box for some lavender, sea thrift, and creeping thyme for the planters we dug out last week.

entry display at The Planter Box

entry display at The Planter Box


Allan's photo

marigolds and celosia (Allan’s photo)


Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spring'

Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spring’  (I was taking photos for the Planter Box Facebook page.)


Rose 'Joseph's Coat'

Rose ‘Joseph’s Coat’

I had been thinking of mail ordering Joseph’s Coat for the new front garden arbor, and here it was in a large pot and four feet tall.  So I bought it.  This was my mother’s favourite rose.  She had three of them in her garden, two of which were transplanted to Golden Sands Assisted Living when she moved there in 2009.  In her memory, I wanted one and now I have one.

plants for Long Beach. Friends will know the headband means I have a headache or am trying to keep one at bay. Today, it was raging all day long.

plants for Long Beach. Friends will know the cold wet headband means I have a headache or am trying to keep one at bay. Today, it was raging all day long.  Our Kathleen is the one friend who always recognizes what a headband means!


Teresa gave me a much appreciated 'Carnival Limeade' heuchera for my collection.

Teresa gave me a much appreciated ‘Carnival Limeade’ heuchera for my collection.

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Colleen loaded us up with a yard of Soil Energy.

Colleen loaded us up with a yard of Soil Energy.


She observed that our little trailer has served us well.

She observed that our little trailer has served us well.

We talked about retirement.  She and Mike would love to sell the supply yard and garden center and retire.  Allan and I hope to further semi-retire when he turns 66 in 3.5 years.  (To stay ahead of poverty, we will probably still do some work.  Besides, should I live so long, I’ll need gardens to blog about.  We won’t be able to afford garden touring if we try to live on social security alone.)

mulching at Time Enough Books

It took 2/3 of a yard of mulch for the curbside garden at Time Enough.  The river rocks that are still in there got buried; they are sure to resurface over time as the garden gets weeded.

Before: the soil may look like nice scree, but it is hard packed grey sandy rubble, mostly.

Before: the soil may look like nice scree, but it is hard packed grey sandy rubble, almost like concrete.


My eryngiums struggle here while beach strawberry thrives.

My eryngiums struggle here while only beach strawberry thrives.


pulling beach strawberry, and buried quite a lot of it to deal with later.

pulled some beach strawberry, and buried quite a lot of it to deal with later.


after

after


after, with two new penstemons and an Eryngium 'Blue Glitter' added where we dug the grass out last week.

after, with two new penstemons and an Eryngium ‘Blue Glitter’ added where we dug the grass out last week.


after

after

more mulching at home

Four buckets of mulch goes back to Long Beach (because I borrowed some last week to mulch where the grass came out) and the rest went into my garden, in some areas where I have been expanding beds.  While I wheelbarrowed mulch, Allan kindly planted my new rose.

Allan's photo: I had put a rock to show him where the rose would go.

Allan’s photo: I had put a rock to show him where the rose would go.


Allan's photo: Joseph's Coat in place.

Allan’s photo: Joseph’s Coat in place.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo, expanded bed

Allan’s photo, expanded bed


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Here’s something exciting: The colchicum corm that Todd gave us is blooming; I really did not think it was going to take because I accidentally dug it up once during the course of the summer.

Colchicum 'Tenor'

Colchicum ‘Tenor’


Another Todd plant

Another Todd plant


and another that surprised me by coming up after I'd given up on it

and another that surprised me by coming up after I’d given up on it

It is a great friend who gives us plants that we have never even heard of before!  I had to read up on Chlorophytum bowkeri.

Later in the evening: The project list has been further shortened.  I moved the cutting back of beach approach roses to very early spring 2016 (thus already beginning next year’s list).

the work board tonight

the work board tonight

The routine fall clean up list is much shorter than it used to be since Dave and Melissa have Casa Pacifica and the Boreas Inn and Flowering Hedge Design (Shelly and Terran) have Erin’s garden and Ann’s garden and Discovery Heights…all former jobs of ours that we are glad to have passed into good hands.

Tomorrow: the north end rounds, AND we have been invited to see a garden I’ve wanted to see for a long time; I don’t know if I will be given permission to blog about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 6 July 2015

I'm pleased to have sweet peas successfully growing on one of my old crab pots.

I’m pleased to have sweet peas successfully growing on one of my old crab pots.

lilies in the front garden

lilies in the front garden

leaning lily in our post office garden...

leaning lily in our post office garden…

just starting to bloom

just starting to bloom

watering Long Beach

We found the planters not too badly affected by the Fourth of July crowds.

Allan did find a broken plate in one!

Allan did find a broken plate in one!

A June Bug taking a swim as Allan waters a street tree.

A June Bug taking a swim as Allan waters a street tree.

Allan's photo: kids getting their picture taken in the cartoon cutouts (where just their faces show): "I want to be the mermaid!"  "I want to be the shark!"

Allan’s photo: kids getting their picture taken in the cartoon cutouts (where just their faces show): “I want to be the mermaid!” “I want to be the shark!”  That’s Gaura ‘So White’ in the foreground, in Fish Alley.

Allan's photo: Patrons Debbie and a friend deadheading the Long Beach Tavern planters.

Allan’s photo: Patrons Debbie and a friend deadheading the Long Beach Tavern planters.

One of the Basket Case baskets in Fifth Street Park

One of the Basket Case baskets in Fifth Street Park

with Rose 'Super Dorothy'

with Rose ‘Super Dorothy’

another of Basket Case's baskets

another of Basket Case’s baskets

basket, planter, and wind

basket, planter, and wind

Cosmos 'Sonata'

Cosmos ‘Sonata’

one of my favourite planters,  by Herb 'N' Legend Smoke Shop

one of my favourite planters, by Herb ‘N’ Legend Smoke Shop

California poppies

California poppies

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

After we had watered all the Long Beach trees and planters, we dumped the plant debris we had collected at the city works yard.

I was amused to see tomatoes volunteering by the debris pile.  How did that happen?

I was amused to see tomatoes volunteering by the debris pile. How did that happen?  I smelled the leaves…definitely tomatoes.

Basket Case Greenhouse

We had not been buying plants lately, so we stopped by the Basket Case just because we miss Fred and Nancy.

We bought our van from Fred and Nancy.  Shadow remembers it and always hops in.

We bought our van from Fred and Nancy. Shadow remembers it and always hops in.

By the time you read this, Fred and Nancy will have closed for the season.  They will still sell you what's left at clearance sale prices, by appointment.

By the time you read this, Fred and Nancy will have closed for the season. They will still sell you what’s left at clearance sale prices, by appointment.

I know they still have Geranium 'Rozanne'.

I know they still have Geranium ‘Rozanne’.

I got the very last Clematis roguchii.

I got the very last Clematis Rooguchi

Peninsula Landscape Supply

The reason we had headed north was because I could not resist getting mulch for my own garden.

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply

a yard and a half of Soil Energy coming right up

a yard and a half of Soil Energy coming right up

and a purchase of some of these water plants...water hyacinth? for my latest water container

and a purchase of some of these water plants…water hyacinth? for my latest water container

No, they are not water hyacinth.  They have blue flowers, and are unidentified…

home

Allan went off on his own to water the Ilwaco street trees and planters while I spread my lovely yard and half of mulch.

an Ilwaco planter (Allan's photo)

an Ilwaco planter (Allan’s photo)

This bathing jay kept an eye on me.

At home: This bathing jay kept an eye on me.

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jay3

jay4

I was offloading with the trailer parked in Nora’s driveway, and felt another’s eyes on me…

deer

I got this close.

I got this close.

Applying the mulch to the areas I had cleared yesterday felt difficult, and at the same time it went far too fast, as usual, and I wished I had more.

all ready for some new plants

all ready for some new plants

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former home of huge Siberian iris and drab daylily

former home of huge Siberian iris and drab daylily

Note how brown the lawn is.  Usually the lawn in the back garden stays lush and green all summer.  This year, it is turning brown except for back by the bogsy woods.  We have had but a rare, light spattering of rain.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

At the beginning of the day, I picked a bouquet and we delivered it to Salt Hotel for their afternoon and evening open house.

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Mike’s garden

We began our workday with Mike’s front garden, intending to weed but finding that watering was the most urgent task.

Mike's front garden

Mike’s front garden

corner of front garden, with table to put sprinkler on

corner of front garden, with table to put sprinkler on

The only casualty was this year's growth on the schizostylis; it grows along rivers in South Africa and likes some moisture.

The only casualty was this year’s growth on the schizostylis; it grows along rivers in South Africa and likes some moisture.

We are assured that more watering will be done from now on.  People are taken by surprise at how unusually dry our weather has been.

me feeling stern about watering (Allan's photo)

me feeling stern about watering (Allan’s photo)

Escallonia iveyi in Mike's garden

Escallonia iveyi in Mike’s garden

Long Beach

Allan took on the task of pruning the white rugosa rose off the sidewalk at the Long Beach police station.

before

before

after

after

Meanwhile, I tackled a pruning job in the pocket park behind Lewis and Clark Square.

First, because some paving is being done, I cut back the spillover cotoneaster from the patio behind the park.

before

before

after

after

Awhile back, the owner of the building to the east of the patio asked us if we would take several perfectly pleasant perennials out of a bed by the wall of his building.  That’s not the kind of job I enjoy, so I declined.  I seem to recall that they were shasta daisies and a couple of other plants….

Today, I saw that this was the solution to what Evelyn Hadden would have called a “fragment” garden.

a little paradise paved over

a little paradise paved over

Huh.  Well, maybe they will put some pots on it, or maybe a café will open there (it’s for rent) and use that for an outdoor table.

The owner of the building to the south of the square had politely asked if we could make the rhododendrons not touch her wall, and I decided that I would like to be able to get underneath the rhodos to pull bindweed, so….

Before

Before

after (I was using the camera known as "Spot")

after (I was using the camera known as “Spot”)

Now I can control the bindweed, and the lawn mowing crew member will love me for making his job easier.

Now I can control the bindweed, and the lawn mowing crew member will love me for making his job easier.

the wee pocket park behind Lewis and Clark Square, after

the wee pocket park behind Lewis and Clark Square, after

driftwood fence as we drove south through town

driftwood fence as we drove south through town on our way to Ilwaco

Sou’wester in Seaview

We made a quickish stop at the Sou’wester Lodge to deliver a garden tour poster.

The Sou'wester

The Sou’wester (I planted that beech in 1993!)

Sou'wester west side

Sou’wester west side

schmoozing with Thandi (Allan's photo)

schmoozing with Thandi (Allan’s photo)

all sorts of snacks in the shop on the sunporch

all sorts of snacks in the shop on the sunporch

Sou'wester sunporch

Sou’wester sunporch

sunporch windows

sunporch windows

shady path to the laundry room

shady path to the laundry room

I just love this place, and it was a treat to have a visit with owner Thandi Rosenbaum.

Port of Ilwaco

In the evening, we finished our watering along Howerton Avenue at the Port of Ilwaco with the plan to get done in time to go to the last half hour of the open house at Salt Hotel.

look how blue

look how blue

Allan's photo: the Lady Washington was in port.

Allan’s photo: the Lady Washington was in port.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I gave the new plants at Time Enough Books extra water.

Time Enough Books and Purly Shell garden

Time Enough Books and Purly Shell garden

newly planted veronica

newly planted veronica

Perovskia (Allan's photo)

Perovskia (Allan’s photo)

and Origanum rotundifolium

and Origanum rotundifolium

At the very last of the work time, I suddenly took against a tatty blue oat grass.

before

before

after

after

There are better medium tall “blue” grasses than blue oat grass; I just wish they were readily available here.

Then we walked half a block down the street to the Salt Hotel, where we had been hearing the sounds of a happy party while we worked.  I had the usual social anxiety but I felt comfortable as soon as I got there.

Salt Hotel

south side of Salt (Allan's photo)

south side of Salt (Allan’s photo)

salt

the courtyard

the courtyard

party

birthday cake by Pink Poppy Bakery

birthday cake by Pink Poppy Bakery

Owners Julez and Laila appreciate greenery.

Owners Julez and Laila appreciate greenery.

Their Skookum Surf shop, formerly in Seaview, is now at the hotel.

Their Skookum Surf shop, formerly in Seaview, is now at the hotel.

The outdoor sink is for rinsing off wetsuits.

The outdoor sink is for rinsing off wetsuits.

party2

party3

Pink Poppy Bakery Madeline, Salt Hotel owner Laila, and Jessika of Starvation Alley organic cranberry farm.

Pink Poppy Bakery Madeline, Salt Hotel owner Laila, and Jessika of Starvation Alley organic cranberry farm.

looking north from the courtyard

looking north from the courtyard

Pink Poppy Bakery Jacob and Madeline, and Jessika

Pink Poppy Bakery Jacob and Madeline, and Jessika, our neighbour

Another neighbour of hours, Yarrow, was there.

Another neighbour of ours, Yarrow, was there.

Jacob and Madeline; you may have followed along on their wedding almost a year ago.

Jacob and Madeline; you may have followed along on their wedding almost a year ago.

The occasion was also a birthday party.

The occasion was also a child’s birthday party, with a Pink Poppy cookie monster cake.

This is going to be an amazing place to stay.

This is going to be an amazing place to stay.

Allan's photo: one of the upstairs rooms

Allan’s photo: one of the upstairs rooms

Allan's photo, looking down

Allan’s photo, looking down

still to come: refurbishing the old bar into a local pub and social space

still to come: refurbishing the old bar into a local pub and social space (Allan’s photo)

the view from the pub

the view from the pub (Allan’s photo)

the view (Allan's photo)

the view (Allan’s photo)

Our first friend who will stay there will be Rainyside’s Debbie Teashon when she comes to town for the garden tour.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Ilwaco

The day began windy as we checked on the Howerton Street gardens by the port buildings.  I planted a few cosmos on the south side of the port office, where the weather was lovely and still.

Port Office and Don Nisbett Gallery with baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

Port Office and Don Nisbett Gallery with baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

 

the marina

the marina

 

Allan's photo, as he was weeding the Time Enough Books curbside garden

Allan’s photo, as he was weeding the Time Enough Books curbside garden: beach strawberry

As soon as I got back around to Howerton, on the north side of the buildings, I was again in the full force of a cold 23 mph wind.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' hunkered down below a lavender

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ hunkered down below a lavender

All the plants in the Howerton gardens that I’ve put in over the last couple of years are low, to avoid blocking traffic sightlines, and wind and drought resistant.  They do need some watering to look their best.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Nepeta 'Walker's Low'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’

The Depot Restaurant

We watered the garden as the wind is most drying, and the sprinkler system does not include the new area, and added a 6 pack of Cosmos ‘Antiquity’.

cos

The garden remains mostly green, so far.

The garden remains mostly green, so far.

I chopped back a misshapen rhododendron that, now that its five or so flowers are done, was adding nothing good to the picture.  The rhodo here used to be huge, and was cut back to allow space for summer colour that would show from a block away.

On the south side of the deck, the tall grasses are growing in a not-impressive speed.  I should put up a pole with markers on it, like a water level marking pole, to keep track of progress.

Grasses planted to enclose the dining deck.

More grasses were planted to enclose the dining deck.

Long Beach

First, we added some Cosmos ‘Rubenza’ to the new garden at Veterans Field.

Allan watered the stage planters.

Allan watered the stage planters.

We set out to water the Long Beach street trees and planters.  This would be the first time round for this year’s watering of the tree gardens.  It is always difficult at the beginning because a lot of the sunken hose connections will have filled in with dirt.

Under a tree: there actually is a hose connection that is buried.

Under a tree: there actually is a hose connection that is buried.

 

Allan had to clear out 18 of these, one under each tree, to get his quick connect faucet working.

Allan had to clear out 18 of these, one under each tree, to get his quick connect faucet working.

You might wonder why the hose pipes are not up above the ground.  This will make Long Beach sound like a rough and tough place, which it is not…but vandals will kick over and break hose pipes that are above the ground.  (That’s what happens to the electrical boxes that sit above ground for plugging in holiday lights.)

Allan's photo: me hauling hose and bucket past one of the tree gardens.  I am sure I was wishing that rugosa rose had been pulled out the first time it appeared in there.

Allan’s photo: me hauling hose and bucket past one of the tree gardens. I am sure I was wishing that rugosa rose had been pulled out the first time it appeared in there.  And yet, it will be pretty.

As I watered the planters, with a hose end sprayer applying the blue stuff (not organic fertilizer, I am sorry to say, as it proved to be too expensive and too time consuming for these planters), I admired some reseeded California poppies.

burnt orange California poppies

burnt orange California poppies, with one white one

In the same planter, my head just about exploded when I saw this:

HOLEY MOLEY!

HOLEY MOLEY!

The photo does not do justice to the sad fact that that is an actual hole in the soil where someone stole a blue agastache, and did not even fill in the spot, leaving ONE formerly matched blue agastache on the other side of the light pole, now throwing my scheme off balance and infuriating me.  I immediately called The Basket Case.  Fred had one left of that special blue one with dark leaves (Estella Indigo) and will save it for me.  Why do I never actually see these plant thieves in action?  Do they do their thieving in the early morning or dead of night?  Do they have any idea how upsetting it is to have a planting scheme ruined?  DO THEY THINK I DON’T NOTICE?  Sometimes I ponder deeply, WHY did we quit almost all our private jobs, where plants do NOT get stolen, to focus almost entirely on public gardens?

Allan happened to walk by just as I was calling Basket Case Fred.

Allan happened to walk by just as I was calling Basket Case Fred, with the sad hole of missing plant behind me.

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

In other public gardening news:  Just as I began my watering rounds, I saw a nice young couple plop their very large baby carriage right onto one of the tree gardens and enter a restaurant.  I followed them in and nicely (really!) said, “Could you please not park your carriage in the tree garden?”  The nice young man came right out and moved it, to the place right next to the bench where there was plenty of room, and I wondered…why?  About halfway through the round of watering, I saw a young man tie up his handsome boxer dog right in a tree garden, one that we had recently cleared of some too vigorous plants, so it possibly just looked bare to him.  It actually has plants trying to fill in, and some seeds. The dog was pacing and pulling, looking for his guy.

a very handsome fellow

a very handsome fellow

I followed the young man into a restaurant and said “Excuse me, could you please not tie your dog in the tree garden?”  “He’ll be all right!” said the young man.  “I’m sure he will, and he is a beautiful dog, but he can’t stay in the garden.”  The fellow came out and untied the dog; I showed him an alternative spot to tie the “very handsome” dog, on the side of the building, but instead they just walked on.

Allan's photo of an adorable little dog who was NOT in a tree garden.

Allan’s photo of an adorable little dog who was NOT in a tree garden.

Meanwhile, the wind whipped along with all its cold northern bluster so we felt like we were shoving back against a big bully all day.

Veterans Field, where the flag poles clanked in the wind and I weeded the little garden.

Veterans Field, where the flag poles clanked in the wind and I weeded the little garden.

 

I was thrilled to see that Salvia patens, a tender perennial, has returned in the flag plaza garden.

I was thrilled to see that Salvia patens, a tender perennial, has returned in the flag plaza garden.

 

31 July, Salvia patens in front of Funland

31 July 2012, Salvia patens in front of Funland

 

One last freaky narcissus bloomed by the carousel.

One last freaky narcissus bloomed in the planter by the carousel.

 

gunnera by the pond in Fifth Street Park

gunnera by the pond in Fifth Street Park

 

Fifth Street Park with memorial bench

Fifth Street Park with memorial bench

After all that, I realized toward the end that the colour in my sprayer of blue stuff had not altered enough.  It had BEGUN by bubbling properly inside, and then I had not monitered it well, so the hose end fertilizer sprayer (just a bit more of a struggle than plain watering) will have to be used again next time.  Drat.

With Long Beach watered, we went on to an evening visit to:

Anchorage Cottages

The Anchorage after hours

The Anchorage after hours

 

Allan's photo: He still can't finish pruning the viburnums at the Anchorage.

Allan’s photo: He still can’t finish pruning the viburnums at the Anchorage.

and then finally to our traditional Thursday evening dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

I think that because we are switching to watering Ilwaco planters with the water trailer, we will soon be alternating between Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Cove.  Wednesdays is Noodle Night and should be fun and satisfactory although Fish Taco Thursday is still our favourite.  (Chef Jason makes an awesome noodle bowl.)

The Cove Restaurant entry garden

The Cove Restaurant entry garden, orange rose, orange California poppies

 

Owner Sondra is in the know that California poppies don't just come in orange.

Owner Sondra is in the know that California poppies don’t just come in orange.

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

Allan's photo: most welcome hard apple cider (and checking in on Facebook)

Allan’s photo: most welcome hard apple cider (and checking in on Facebook)

What a relief to get out of the wind! We had been hoping that Melissa and Dave of Sea Star Landscape Maintenance could join us but they were still well stuck into a pruning job and could not get away.

I decided on Lomo Saltado tonight.

I decided on Lomo Saltado tonight, and Allan chose the vegetable stir fry (with chicken).

 

Lomo Saltado

Lomo Saltado

 

noodle bowl

noodle bowl

In the background of the noodle bowl, you can see Steve and John of the Bayside Garden, dining with Rainier and Darlene, who are also friends with Garden Tour Nancy.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

our view of the Peninsula Golf Course

our view of the Peninsula Golf Course

 

As we left, Parking Lot Cat was hoping to slither in and tour the dining room for pets.

As we left, Parking Lot Cat was hoping to slither in and tour the dining room for some petting.

 

Allan's photo: my good friend PLC

Allan’s photo: my good friend PLC

Friday, 5 July 2015

Ilwaco

We watered the post office garden....so dry from the wind (even though it is sheltered by the building).

We watered the post office garden….so dry from the wind (even though it is sheltered by the building).

Even though we had sworn off bucket watering the Ilwaco planters, we still did not have time for Allan to get out the water trailer, so we gathered bucket water to do two intersections of planters that had not been done for a few days.  In this wind, they could not wait.  Despite blue skies, the wind was miserably cold at about 25 per hour.

boatyard garden, from inside while filling the buckets

boatyard garden, from inside while filling 8 buckets

looking south from Eagle and First

looking south from Eagle and First

a First Avenue stray

a First Avenue stray

Long Beach

As we drove north to Long Beach, we saw the fog rolling in so now not only was the wind cold, but also the air itself.  We dumped yesterday’s debris at city works and filled up buckets from our pile of Soil Energy to mulch some areas at City Hall where the soil seemed thin and compacted.

Allan's photo: a killdeer at the city works yard

Allan’s photo: a killdeer at the city works yard

 

City Hall, west side

City Hall, west side, mulched

 

and north side, mulched

and north side, mulched

My mission, since expanding a garden bed at home on Monday, has been to find time to get myself a yard of Soil Energy to fill up the new area and plant the ladies in waiting.  The plan for today had been to spend three afternoon hours getting another section of the beach approach garden weeded and then get the mulch, perhaps even coming back to finish the beach approach section if need be.  We also had to pick up a replacement for the stolen agastache whose absence I discovered in a planter yesterday.  I could not bear the wind and cold and suggested to Allan that we give up our day off Monday in hope that the weather would be better for the beachy job then. He agreed, so we were off to the nurseries.

The Basket Case Greenhouse

Our stop at the Basket Case was brief and to the point.  The weather there was lovely, blue sky, nary a heavy breeze.  I pondered how over the years we have resigned from four bayside gardens in order to focus on public and resort gardens, which are all on the west side in the wind.

in the greenhouse, one of Nancy's planted pots

in the greenhouse, one of Nancy’s planted pots

Peninsula Landscape Supply…

….is the source of Soil Energy mulch.

and grasses and perennials

and grasses and perennials

As our trailer got its load of Soil Energy, the fog and wind arrived on the bayside as well.  We headed home, with the hope of getting the rest of the afternoon off; we would make up three hours of work time on Monday, I figured.  However, on the way south, I drove by one of our gardens and a plant in a roadside barrel screamed out to me that it was thirsty.  I called the business owner, who was out of town and could not water.  By then, we were about 20 blocks south of the plant, so we had to turn around and go back and water six containers.  I won’t say where because I don’t want to embarrass anyone. I am promised regular watering from now on….

The reddish dry leaves of this Erysimum had screamed out to me.  I am not sure it will revive; it may need to be replaced.

The reddish dry leaves of this Erysimum had screamed out to me. I am not sure it will revive; it may need to be replaced in order for this planter to look good for the rest of the summer.

This sucked up enough time that we were no longer getting done with work three hours early.

home

The yard of soil needed to go into the new beds out by the bogsy woods, and a very scary proposition it was with the wind.  I found that a large dead alder branch had already come down right where I needed to dump most of my wheelbarrows. The wind’s intensity felt like a winter storm.

As I loaded up one barrowful, I saw another big branch fall in Nora’s back yard.  I ended up just dumping and not spreading the mulch, and could not plant any of the ladies in waiting because it was just too dangerous.

I went out at dusk to take a few after photos:

looking south between east and middle bed

looking south between east and middle bed; the wind was roaring in the alder grove.

 

the newly expanded shade bed

the newly expanded shade bed

 

the big branch that had come down on that bed before I mulched

the big branch that had come down on that bed before I mulched.  No campfires in this weather!

 

Smokey followed me out and back in.

Smokey followed me out and back in.

When I returned to the front door, I saw a gift bag on the porch.  Inside was this:

The very pitcher that I had pictured in my blog, from the NIVA green shop in Long Beach!

The very pitcher that I had pictured in my blog, from the NIVA green shop in Long Beach!

 

It reminds me of these gold pieces; the teacups and the teapot were my grandma's.

It reminds me of these gold pieces; the teacups and the teapot were my grandma’s.

It took me two days of investigation to track down who had brought it to me; thank you again, Lisa!

I hoped for better weather on the weekend as I so very much wanted to get some ladies in waiting planted.  However, the forecast called for wind on Saturday and I’d already canceled a potential campfire with our Kathleen and turned it into a sit down restaurant dinner plan instead.  I was anticipating a visit from two garden bloggers from Portland in the afternoon and had just learned of a potential garden tour on Sunday. The poor ladies in waiting might have to wait some more.

about a mile southwest of us

wind graph about a mile southwest of us.  (I don’t know what the blue line is.)

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