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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

We did our work route all the way up to Marilyn’s garden and back. The rain yesterday enabled us to wait till tomorrow to water Long Beach, which means we can get a three day weekend again (because the planters will be able to wait till next Tuesday for more water).

Before work, I picked a bouquet for Luanne.

Clematis 'Rooguchi' in the back garden (with a white spider)

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ in the back garden (with a white spider)

This clematis has been blooming for ages and also has beautiful seed pods.

This clematis has been blooming for ages and also has beautiful seed pods, preceded by fluff.

Olde Towne Café

Olde Towne Café

and this week's bouquet

and this week’s bouquet

Then, off to work. First, we drove all the way up Sandridge Road to the Eric Wiegardt’s art gallery.

today's trip

today’s trip

Wiegardt Gallery

I picked a little bouquet of huge cosmos flowers; they’d be over by the weekend. Gallery manager Christl could enjoy them for one day in a vase.

huge cosmos flowers

holding huge cosmos flowers

We had brought most of the clump of Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) that Allan had dug out of our front garden yesterday. One piece went in the north garden bed at Wiegardt’s.

North bed will be enhanced by another tall plant.

North bed will be enhanced by another tall plant.

Miscanthus sinensis variegatus and Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Miscanthus sinensis variegatus and Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

In the front garden, Eryngium 'Jade Frost' has lost its blue flower colour but the stems are still blue.

In the front garden, Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ has lost its blue flower colour but the stems are still lavender-blue.

Cosmos by the front door.

Cosmos by the front door.

I took Christl the bouquet and saw that she could see cosmos from her window now; I’m glad we redid the bed outside the office/framing room last fall.

the view, new this year

the view, new this year

Last week’s photos of Eric’s flower paintings were a hit, so here are some more.

painting

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flowers

Eric offers a DVD for sale on how to paint flowers.

Eric offers a DVD for sale on how to paint flowers.

the view from the front door, looking south

the view from the front door, looking south

on the entry walk, oregano and its shadow

on the entry walk, oregano and its shadow

our view as we are about to drive away

our view as we are about to drive away

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we drove north about 45 blocks into Surfside to attend to some deadheading and weeding in Marilyn’s garden.

Marilyn's garden

Marilyn’s garden

fall crocus

fall crocus

I remembered that the colchicum were blooming in the Wiegardt garden also, and I had forgotten to photograph them, AND I had forgotten to check on the little Eucomis that had started to emerge last week. Drat. I had thought of it, and then…no follow through, as Robert used to say.

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Solidago 'Fireworks' and Phygelius

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Solidago ‘Fireworks’ and Phygelius

Who says you can’t have lots of flowers in a garden with deer?

I had to trim some flopped cosmos back off of the path; the deer do tend to push things over.

I had to trim some flopped cosmos back off of the path; the deer do tend to push things over.

It's a very tall garden.

It’s a very tall garden.

The Miscanthus vareigatus has flopped here.  The deer bed down behind it, I think.

The Miscanthus vareigatus has flopped here. The deer bed down behind it, I think.

I know there is some Joe Pye weed somewhere in the garden; it has gotten hidden so we planted a new piece where it will show next year.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Back south again, below Ocean Park to KBC; we checked Oman Builder’s Supply garden on the way and it needed nothing from us.

the weekly view into the fenced garden

the weekly view into the fenced garden

dahlia in big pot by garage

dahlia in big pot by garage

more fall crocus

more fall crocus

Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

Fuchsia 'DebRon's Black Cherry'

Fuchsia ‘DebRon’s Black Cherry’

The ridiculously tall lily is done; we will move it this fall.

The ridiculously tall lily is done; we will move it this fall.

The corner by garage wall and greenhouse, above, got a piece of Joe Pye Weed.

one of Mary's roses, a real do-er (with some blackspot problems)

one of Mary’s roses, a real do-er (with some blackspot problems)

Agapanthus is almost over.

Agapanthus is almost over.

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana', my favourite

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’, my favourite

izu

izu

Japanese anemone...a thug, but useful now.

Japanese anemone…a thug, but useful now.

Pineapple sage in a pot amid the four yews.

Pineapple sage in a pot amid the four yews.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At the Golden Sands courtyard garden, I thought as usual about all the plants I am going to bring here this fall to make it better in late summer. I have made a list, to which I must add Japanese anemone (another I may regret).

helenium

The Jerusalem artichoke is at the request of one of the residents. It is quite a runner (she even warned me of that), as is the pink phlox from my garden. I may be filled with regrets by this time next year. However, the resident wants to eat some Jerusalem artichoke; she misses it from her old garden “at home”.

The gardens sure need more late season plants.

The gardens sure need more late season plants.

my mom's red velvet rose

my mom’s red velvet rose

Angelica starting to bloom, I think quite late.

Angelica starting to bloom, I think quite late.

While Allan strimmed the patch of lawn, removed another of the old and ugly carex that languish behind the garden beds, and planted the last piece of our former Joe Pye weed, I occupied myself weeding out an awful lot of blue scabiosa starts to make room for new plants to come.

Andersen’s RV Park

I deadheaded endless (seemingly) Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in various containers.

barrels

barrels of butterfly deadheading doom

After these six, there are still five more big containers of the stuff here and there.  It was HOT and I wore my hat.

After these six, there are still five more big containers of the stuff here and there. It was HOT and I wore my hat.

Allan deadheaded Payson Hall planters.

Allan deadheaded Payson Hall planters, tired looking as they are.

a Rod Run car

a Rod Run car, Allan’s photo

This weekend is the last really big tourist weekend of the year, the Rod Run To the End of the World, a massively huge classic car show event. After it is over, I can start tearing tired plants out!

Anchorage Cottages

While weeding an area at the Anchorage by one of the parking spaces, where the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is looking tatty, a lot of ugly evening primrose rosettes have appeared from who knows where, and some horsetail has crept in, I was feeling that it is so hard to make every garden look good now. At that moment, a guest walked by and said “I love your gardens here so much. I come at all different times of the year and they always look so beautiful no matter what the season.” Well! What impeccable timing she had with her compliment.

center courtyard,

center courtyard,

The usual weeding and deadheading of all the planters was my main focus after that.

Some volunteer feverfew make this pot look fresh.

Some volunteer feverfew make this pot look fresh.

Cute little Eryngium 'Blue Hobbit' in a pot by the office.

Cute little Eryngium ‘Blue Hobbit’ in a pot by the office.

with some Alllium albopilosum

with some Alllium albopilosum

more deadheading of you know what

more deadheading of you know what

By the time I had deadheaded those two pots, I felt quite quite done for the day. I barely managed to hobble over to deadhead the brick chimney planter.

sweet pea 'Cupani' against the chimney

sweet pea ‘Cupani’ against the chimney

And yet…if we could just do one more thing, tomorrow would be so much easier. So we did…

The Long Beach Welcome Sign

Agh, Butterfly!

Agh, Butterfly!

Fortunately, I do not tire of deadheading cosmos. Well, not much. Ok, a little tired of it all.

Allan strimmed the weeds around the outside and that helped a lot.

It was a good thing we did the welcome sign. Allan went into the grocery store to buy enough treats and campfire food to get us through the weekend. There will be no shopping during Rod Run; we locals know to stock up in advance. As I waited in the car, I got a text from Jo asking “Did you come to my garden today?” I called her immediately and said I thought we were supposed to come on Friday as she had company coming Monday. No, somehow we got mixed up as she also has company coming…tomorrow night! Fortunately, we got so much done today that we have time for her AND Long Beach tomorrow, and the result is that we just may have most of Friday off. The sooner we can retreat from the crowds, the better, so I am happy.

The one Rod Run event I will attend is Friday night’s slow drag at the port, always amusing and just a block from our house.

 

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Wednesday, 30 October, 2013

We needed to hit a lot of jobs today in order to clear the deck for Halloween Thursday (partly for the pagan rites of Ilwaco, and partly because a rainy Thursday had been predicted).  But first, a pleasant errand:  delivering some extra tubers of Darmera peltata to Windy Meadows Pottery in Surfside.  The Darmera had come from the edge of the pond in Long Beach’s Fifth Street Park where it always outgrows its space. In the fall, we peel the tubers off the pond’s edge so the crew can clean it.

Windy Meadows Pottery

Windy Meadows Pottery

Although we were sorry that potter Jan Richardson was gone for the day, we could see that she was using the newspaper (in this case, magazine) method of building a new garden area.

 a new area

a new area

As always, we admired the most beautiful raised septic….thingie…on the entire Long Beach Peninsula.

a beautiful solution

a beautiful solution

Nowadays newer septic fields have to have a long rectangular mound; this is the best solution I have seen to landscaping one.

tile

The Darmera is a large leaved northwest native that will enjoy the boggy area, as does the Gunnera whose leaves are much much larger than the Darmera’s!

Jan's Gunnera

Jan’s Gunnera

I believe that Jan created this boggy area with a plastic underlayment.

After our self guided garden tour, we checked on Marilyn’s garden, not far away from Jan’s.

tall Miscanthus at Marilyn's

tall Miscanthus Zebrinus (Zebra Grass) at Marilyn’s

midlevel ornamental seed heads

midlevel ornamental seed heads

low growing Bunny Tail grass

low growing Bunny Tail grass

the jungle effect

the jungle effect

the view of neighbour's garage completely hidden...for now

the view of neighbour’s garage completely hidden…for now

After Marilyn’s we did some more autumn thinning of the garden at the Wiegardt Gallery.  Out with more bad asters!

Cosmos still looking fine on the west side of Wiegardt Gallery

Cosmos still looking fine on the west side of Wiegardt Gallery

Next, Klipsan Beach Cottages garden:

KBC fenced garden

KBC fenced garden

Garden shapes become more clear by the week.

Garden shapes become more clear by the week.

the good lavender aster that keeps on going...

the good lavender aster that keeps on going…

Agapanthus seedheads

Agapanthus seedheads

Verbascum 'Southern Charm'

Verbascum ‘Southern Charm’

golden yew...the woods...the cottages

one of quite a few hydrangeas

one of quite a few hydrangeas

Fuchsia magellanica 'Versicolor' in the dog memorial garden

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Versicolor’ looking ethereal in the dog memorial garden

Misty, Debbie, and Raven (two Great Pyrenees and a black Labrador), all of whom I loved very much,  are buried there.

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

looking in through the deer fence with Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

looking in through the deer fence with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

I forgot that I had meant to work on the rampant rambling rose….

too much of a good thing

too much of a good thing

so instead we tackled the three maddening ground covers in the lawn border…none of which I planted.  Wild volets, mint, and creeping Jenny.  We did not have time to get it done but it looks much better….

about halfway done

about halfway done

We pulled some shabby lavenders.  They were the wrong plant for here.  Mary agrees that hellebores and heucheras would be a better idea as the bed is shadier than we though it would be.

Sarah kept us entertained throughout the time we worked at KBC….

outside the deer fence

outside the deer fence

and on the driveway

and on the driveway

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Next, we spent a couple of hours at Andersen’s RV Park.

a bright Euonymous elata

a bright Euonymous elata in the west garden

Allan weeded near the restrooms while I did some cutting back down by the garden shed at the east end of the park.

before and after

before and after

I feel inspired to tackle this area extensively next week and hope to remove all of the lady’s mantle and three tired old Stella D’Oro daylilies.

out they must go!

out they must go!

After dumping this week’s wheelbarrow full of debris in the woods, I dug into the new pile of “cow fiber” for the first time so as not to run an empty wheelbarrow back to the shed.

dairy manure...a great mulch

a dent in the pile of dairy manure…a great mulch

Then, at the Anchorage Cottages, we pulled some annuals because I am sick of looking at them even if they have a few nice flowers left.

stemmy and leggy Petunia 'Picotee'...pulled

stemmy and leggy Petunia ‘Picotee’…pulled

Anchorage:  Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' flowering on

Anchorage: Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’ flowering on

The sky darkened too early for dusk and we were so, so tired.  As we departed, a welcome rain came….meaning we did not have to find another hour of work to do.

blissful rain

blissful rain

We hoped the rain would come and go before Halloween evening as we were ALMOST ready for the Ilwaco extravaganza.  A moderate wind had been predicted, so I would wait till the last couple of hours before trick or treat time to finish the potentially topheavy Corridor of Spooky Plants.

Having been inspired by the tall and spooky creature in a front yard over on Spruce Street, I  had asked Allan to get a sheet up and over the garden tuteur.  Even though it had yellow rose flowers all over it, it looked satisfyingly ghostlike in the dusk.

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Thursday, 24 October, 2013

We lopped two more lower branches off of the Ilwaco street tree that seems to be so un-columnar that it is hiding the Portside Café.  I forgot to take an after photo, and I think we might lop a couple more branches  tomorrow as we have a load of debris to dispose of.

before and no after

before and no after

At the Depot Restaurant, we deadheaded the cosmos…especially important since we are dining there with our gardening friend Debbie (Rainy Side Gardeners) later this week!

some cosmos still blooming at the Depot

some cosmos still blooming at the Depot

The hops on the lattice look pretty tatty by now.  I like to leave them till after Halloween, probably because Halloween is such a big deal in Ilwaco and they look a little spooky.  There is really no reason to be leaving them at the Depot in Seaview, other than that it is a rather big clean up job on the deck side of the lattice when the hops come down…

I checked the rosemary to see if it looks any greener since last week’s application of IronSafe.  I think it does….or am I deluding myself?  With no before photo, I cannot tell for sure…

rosemary bed

rosemary bed

So now I do have a photo for comparison.

the worst and saddest ones, today

the worst and saddest ones, today

Our real mission was to get to the north end jobs.  Driving through Long Beach, we had a comfort stop at the Fifth Street restroom and I was lured by the sight of the horrible bad aster in the frying pan park.   I thought, let’s just pull three clumps and dispose of them at the city works dump.

before

before

The city crew had been working on this park but got called off for a water emergency down in Seaview.

half an hour later!

half an hour later!

During the job, a lovely and interesting person came up to talk to us and it turns out she reads this blog and figured out it must be us working!  We had a good plant conversation while I pulled asters.

After the park is done (the goal being to get the clam sculpture plumbed to squirt water on the hour) we will add some good soil to this bed and make it better for next year:  No more asters, and a nice new rosemary and some bulbs.

Finally, we got on our way to Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Some mossy branches near where we park begged to be photographed.

moss

moss

My plan had been to pull a lot of wild violets out from Mary’s lawn border.

all muddled up with violets

all muddled up with violets

We made her this border as a birthday present some years ago, and since then the violets must have crept in from the groundcover of the pond island which is just separated by a strip of lawn.

pond island groundcover

pond island groundcover

I don’t know why I am on such a mission to remove rampant ground covers.  I think I must be influenced by Judy and Tom’s beautiful and tidy garden where the beds are not mucked about with violets and ajuga and so on.

One peek into the deer fenced garden distracted me from the violet job and it did not get done at all.  It is a good thing that I usually decide for myself what needs doing at most jobs, or our clients would be greatly disappointed..

looking into the fenced garden

looking into the fenced garden

On the right, I cut down a sanguisorba that I would have let stand till spring in my own garden.  I don’t think resort guests would see the same beauty in it that I do.

a sanguisorba that I once got from Heronswood Nursery (back in the Hinkley days)

a Sanguisorba that I once got from Heronswood Nursery (back in the Hinkley days)

It was a lecture by Piet Oudolf at the Northwest Flower and Garden show…pre-2005…that inspired my interest in collecting Sanguisorbas.

In the southwest area of the garden, a running clump of tall asters proved irresistible to pull.  They are taller than the ones I call the BadAster, but just as poorly behaved.  Their roots are the usual aster pinky-purple, which should make them easy to eradicate from the soil.  I always seem to miss a few and back it comes next year.

aster roots

aster roots

1:59 PM and 3:53 PM

1:59 PM and 3:53 PM

While working on that area, I looked up and briefly pondered the climbing Cecile Brunner rose scrambling all over the bay tree…  That is project for another day.

maybe next time

maybe next time

In the garden, a very good lavender aster has been blooming for three weeks, still looks beautiful, and has stayed in the same well behaved clump for several years.

aster, blueberry, Agapanthus seedheads, Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

aster, blueberry, Agapanthus seedheads, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia

Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’

Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

Halloween lights and Helichrysum 'Limelight'

Halloween lights and Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

New Dawn rose

Rose ‘New Dawn’ (blackspot and all)

witch hazel buds promising early spring fragrance (like apricots!)

witch hazel buds promising early spring fragrance (like apricots!)

While I had been working inside the fenced garden, Allan had tackled what we call the swale, a woodsy area near the clam cleaning shed and patio.

considerable cutting back was done

considerable cutting back was done

Then we were on to Wiegardt Gallery.  There, a cute little tree frog complemented the leaves of Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’.

a little frog

a little frog

We did some thinning and pulling of aster (as usual) and Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ (also as usual).

after

after

I suppose the problem is still that we have too many clients and so can rarely achieve perfection anywhere…or get rid of the bad aster once and for all (or that annoying hardy geranium).  Good news:  Discovery Heights finally found someone to take over all the landscape care so Allan will no longer have to try to keep those gardens up just a bit.

At dusk, we drove the almost half hour trip back down to Ilwaco with a stop at the Ilwaco Timberland Library.

Ilwaco Timberland Library

Ilwaco Timberland Library entrance

Our local library is central to our lives.

public computers

public computers

bookshelves

bookshelves

When I moved here in December of 1992, I arrived with boxes of used paperback books on which I had stocked up because I figured a small town library would be inadequate.  Instead, I learned that our library is part of the Timberland Regional Library system throughout the state and that one can find and order almost any book.  If they don’t have a book, they can order it through an interlibrary loan.  I have gotten ILL books from many different libraries across the country.  The library also carries a wide selection of DVDs, mainstream and obscure movies and documentaries and telly series.  With winter coming, it is time to plan out my reading and make sure that a large pile of books will arrive around the beginning of December.

Just as darkness came, we drove by Larry and Robert’s house to assess a pile of debris that Larry created by pruning some trees today.  It looks like we can manage it in one trailer load, so that will be project number one tomorrow.

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