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Friday, 12 June 2015

at home

right next to my new table

right next to my new table

my new breakfasting view, to the north

my new breakfasting view, to the north

and east; breakfast is much more scenic now.

and east; breakfast is much more scenic now.

and then…off to work.

The Depot Restaurant

While weeding and watering, I contemplated that not much of anything exciting is going on yet in the Depot garden.

The cosmos took a battering from the wind.

The cosmos took a battering from the wind.

The new Sanguisorba 'Dali Marble' was distressingly thirsty. (We have to hose water this new area.)

The new Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ was distressingly thirsty. (We have to hose water this new area.)

At least the Basket Case Greenhouse annuals are exciting.

At least the Basket Case Greenhouse annuals are exciting.

Nancy Aust does these plantings.

Nancy Aust does these plantings.

planted by Basket Case Nancy

planted by Basket Case Nancy

Long Beach

In Long Beach, we skipped the welcome sign because we did not have time for it today, and went straight to Fish Alley to re-do the four whiskey barrels.  I headed over to Veterans Field to check on the gardens before the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market opening day and then rejoined Allan in the Fish Alley.

The market was setting up.

The market vendors setting up.

Allan took a series of photos of the Fish Alley project:

before

before, the kicked-apart old wooden barrel

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plants in new (smaller) barrel

plants in new (smaller) barrel

I am not sure if all the plants are going to thrive on this transplant.  Those that look peaky by next week will be replaced.

before

before

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The Gaura 'So White' did not look happy to be moved.

After: The Gaura ‘So White’ did not look happy to be moved.

When all that remained was clean up, I left to start watering the planters.  The clean up was not easy as each old whiskey barrel was one third full of river rock (a surprise to both me and Allan) that had to be shifted into buckets.  Allan watered the street tree pocket gardens when he had Fish Alley all tidy again.

Cerinthe major purpurascens in planter by Gazebo Park

Cerinthe major purpurascens in planter by Gazebo Park

city crew repainting the seahorse

city crew member repainting the seahorse

I love to see tourists posing in the Long Beach frying pan (my photos taken from across the street while watering).

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"Go like this!"

“Go like this!”

pink Oenothera and California poppies, a complementary combo

pink Oenothera and California poppies, a complementary combo

close up

close up, Oenother and poppies

When I attended a life-changing lecture by Ann Lovejoy in 1998, she used the botanical name Oenothera, but then said “just ask for an evening primrose, the pink one!”.  When I heard Ee-nothera, I never would have guessed it started with an 0.

in the same planter

in the same planter

Fifth Street Park got a quick checkup.

Fifth Street Park got a quick checkup.

Due some misunderstanding about who was watering what, I got done with the planters and there were still eight trees to water.  I tried, and did manage to successfully water two out of the four I attempted.  I am simply terrible at hooking the hose up to the tree connections.  If not for Allan, those pocket gardens would simply dry up.  Despite delays, I was thrilled that we got done in time to do our weekly session at…

The Anchorage Cottages

north wall shade bed at the Anchorage

north wall shade bed at the Anchorage

Center courtyard

Center courtyard

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New Dawn rose

New Dawn rose

Good from every angle right now.

Good from every angle right now.

Ilwaco

Allan left me at the boatyard to weed and water and took off to get the water trailer and make the rounds of the street trees and planters.

One of the planters had a…present?? for us.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

new paint jov (white trim instead of blue and purple) on the Portside Café

new paint jov (white trim instead of blue and purple) on the Portside Café

The owners of the Portside told us this morning (at the post office) that the planter outside has been messed with lately, by a human or perhaps by a stray cat.  They take extra good care, watering and fertilizing and weeding this planter so it is one of the happiest.

It looks a bit disheveled.

It looks a bit disheveled. I see Allan’s shadow.

I'm glad the café is still yellow, as I chose plants to match.

I’m glad the café is still yellow, as I chose plants to match.

I got four buckets of horse tail and dandelions and so on out of the Ilwaco boatyard and could have gotten much much more had I more time.

Was this a theft attempt or did the north wind knock this fennel over?

Was this a theft attempt or did the north wind knock this fennel over?  Looks like someone tried to dig it out.

evening shadows

evening shadows

ceanothus and California poppies

ceanothus and California poppies

shows about one fourth of the garden

shows about one fourth of the garden

blue globe thistle

blue globe thistle

When time came to water, a struggle ensued as the faucets to the north side of the gate had either hoses running up into boats…

I can't get at that hose!

I can’t get at that hose!

Or no hoses at all…

Usually there are more old hoses kicking around.

Usually there are more old hoses kicking around.

I watered the south stretch with the big hose that is always there for washing boats, and looked in despair at having to drag it to the north end.  I thought about The Deadliest Catch and what the Bering Sea crab fishermen would think about my whinging to myself, “I have to drag this hose a whole block, and my thumb is cold from making the water spray, WAHHH!”  Call the WAHmbulance.

Allan returned, helped me drag the hoses, and left again to water the Time Enough Books garden.  He rejoined me at the boatyard as I was finishing up the watering.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: We water from the inside of the fence.

It was 8 PM.

It was 8 PM.

Miss Claudia, a big metal boat

Miss Claudia, a big metal boat

Miss Claudia from the side

Miss Claudia from the side

He dropped me off at home and went to water one more place: the Ilwaco post office:

Ilwaco post office at dusk.

Ilwaco post office at dusk.

At home, the Hymenocallus (Peruvian daffodil) looked so good with even more flowers open that I must share:

from the back

from the back

Peruvian daffodil

Peruvian daffodil

close

closer

looking down...I was too tired to move the hose.

looking down…I was too tired to move the hose.

front porch basket with Callie 'Lemon Slice', being clambered on by Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine)

front porch basket with Callie ‘Lemon Slice’, being clambered on by Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine, left, now called Lamprocapnos, I am sorry to say)

Now: two days off!  I MUST get most if not all of my ladies in waiting into the ground.

Bonus book report:

read it, loved it

read it, loved it

my favourite passage

my favourite passage

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

I had a hard time getting going this morning.  Devery stopped by while doing her daily check up on Nora’s house and picked some strawberries from our garden;  I have asked her to do so as I am too busy to keep up with them.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; Devery is there!


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Allan’s photo


strawberry pickers

strawberry pickers


Allan's photo: Tadpole check!

Allan’s photo: tadpoles in the water boxes


by our driveway: poppy flowers in the Eleagnus

by our driveway: poppy flowers in the Eleagnus


Ilwaco post office garden

Ilwaco post office garden


Post Office garden....I assess it can wait till tomorrow to be watered.

Post Office garden….I assess it can wait till tomorrow to be watered.

First job of the day:

the staking of a windblown Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' by Azure Salon

the staking of a windblown Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ by Azure Salon

Basket Case Greenhouse

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Our stop at the Basket Case was simply to pick up five plants for Long Beach planters, to replace plants stolen recently by thieving varmints.  While there, I was delighted to see Ed and my nephew, Jackson Strange.

Ed, Nancy, and Walter and Shadow

Ed, Nancy, and Walter and Shadow


me and Jackson

me and Jackson


most darling!

most darling!


still some left of one of my favourite perennials: Agastaches (hyssops)

still some left of one of my favourite perennials: Agastaches (hyssops)

As we departed, a cedar waxwing had gotten into the main greenhouse and was having a hard time figuring out how to get out.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Marilyn’s Garden

We began at our furthest north garden, in Surfside.

My good friend Goldie came to greet me.

My good friend Goldie came to greet me.


Goldie

Goldie

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my very good friend

my very good friend


looking north from the back steps

looking north from the back steps

I was mad at myself because I forgot to bring some painted sage to plant here.  Next time!

Alliums

Alliums


Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

interlude

On the way south to our next job, we bought an oscillating sprinkler at Jack’s Country Store, which resulted in driving down Ridge, one block over from the highway.  There I admired two pocket gardens which I do think might be asked to be on the garden tour next year or the year after that!  (I believe Nancy has enough gardens this year.)

garden one, a sweet cottage garden...

garden one, a sweet cottage garden…


with river rock walls...

with river rock walls…

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and a driftwood fence.

and a driftwood fence.


a few blocks south, a handsome fence and patio

a few blocks south, a handsome fence and patio

Klipsan Beach Cottages

While I groomed the fenced garden, Allan did some weeding along the woodland swale:

before

before


after

after

He got a whole heaping wheelbarrow of weeds removed.

In the fenced garden:

looking in the east gate

looking in the east gate


view over the birdbath

view over the birdbath


Verbascum

Verbascum


one of Mary's roses

one of Mary’s roses


sit spot

sit spot


fuchsias and daylily well matched in colour

fuchsias and daylily well matched in colour


honeysuckle

honeysuckle


Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’


Jude's petals on boxwood and Hebe 'Boughton Dome'

Jude’s petals on boxwood and Hebe ‘Boughton Dome’


Rose 'New Dawn' from outside the fence

Rose ‘New Dawn’ from outside the fence


outside: Euphorbia and fennel

outside: Euphorbia and fennel

Golden Sands Assisted Living

blue sky by our parking place...and hardly any wind!

blue sky by our parking place…and hardly any wind!

On the way through the hallways to the courtyard garden, I met a new friend named Susan.

Susan, very friendly and sweet! (Allan's photo)

Susan, very friendly and sweet! (Allan’s photo)

I had not even been sure we should take time to stop at Golden Sands, till I had remembered that the birdbaths surely needed filling, and indeed they did.

Each one had acquired a yellow duck.  (Allan's photo)

Each one had acquired a yellow duck. (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo: These birdbaths seem to await our arrival to be filled.

Allan’s photo: These birdbaths seem to await our arrival to be filled.


The tiny Tiger Eyes sumac may finally decide to grow this year.  (Allan's photo)

The tiny Tiger Eyes sumac may finally decide to grow this year. (Allan’s photo)


brand new seating by the dining room doors

brand new seating by the dining room doors

The weekly overview of the four quadrants:

SW quadrant

SW quadrant


SW quadrant

SW quadrant


long view of NW quadrant

long view of NW quadrant


NW quadrant

NW quadrant


NE quadrant

NE quadrant


detail

detail


SE quadrant

long view of SE quadrant


SE quadrant

SE quadrant


SE quadrant

SE quadrant

As we left, I made another new friend named Ginger.

Guiding Ginger so she did not get under our vehicle.

Guiding Ginger so she did not get under our vehicle.


my new friend, with the same name as me mum

my new friend, with the same name as me mum

Andersen’s RV Park

Allan took on the project of weeding by the entry.

before

before


after

after, a subtle difference


before

before


after

after; an impressive difference—The rose is Rosa rugosa ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’

He also tidied up along the walkway by the restrooms and laundry room.

before

before


after

after

I weeded by the garden shed, the picket fence garden, and the Payson Hall boxes:

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden


climbing rose on one of the two cottages

climbing rose on one of the two cottages


the picket fence garden

the picket fence garden


west side, the poppy field

west side, the poppy field


red poppies, many still to come

red poppies, many still to come


and California poppies mixed in

and California poppies mixed in

home

I had to do a good watering of the front garden with the new oscillating sprinkler, and on the back patio I found that the Hymenocallis (Peruvian daffodil) had begun its brief and amazing show:

Hymenocallis

Hymenocallis


AKA Peruvian daffodil

AKA Peruvian daffodil

Coolest thing today: Mary and Denny of Klipsan Beach Cottages gave us a blue gate leg table.  Wrestling it in and out of the trailer was hard (easier for Allan) and rearranging our comfy guest chair to make room for it was mentally hard, but it is now in a spot in our living room where I will be able to have breakfast while looking out the window instead of in the windowless corner (where the dining table naturally fits, due to a low hanging ceiling light fixture in the double wide floor scheme).

new table by the garden book nook

new table in the garden book corner

Next: two mostly Long Beach days during which I do hope we can manage some more beach approach weeding…

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Olde Towne

Olde Towne

After the usual every-other-day stop at Olde Towne Café to switch compost buckets, we went to Long Beach to water all the main street planters.  I had a fairly good day physically and walked around town without much leg pain.

Allan's photo: tents selling fireworks promised much noise and chaos on the weekend

Allan’s photo: tents selling fireworks promised much noise and chaos on the weekend

a charming display outside of the Wooden Horse gift shop

a charming display outside of the Wooden Horse gift shop

In a few planters and under a few trees, Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is looking all firework-y, in time for the fourth.

In a few planters and under a few trees, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is looking all firework-y, in time for the fourth.

I used to have more Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in town till I began to find it sort of a thug.  It is spectacular in its flowering, although its season is only a few weeks long, if that much.

The Salvia viridis is starting to bloom and will be the star of the planter show for a couple of months.

The Salvia viridis is starting to bloom and will be the star of the planter show for a couple of months.

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

cupid's dart and blue hardy geranium; this geranium, not long blooming like 'Rozanne', has come back after its first bloom because I cut it back hard when it started forming seedpods.

cupid’s dart and blue hardy geranium; this geranium, not long blooming like ‘Rozanne’, has come back after its first bloom because I cut it back hard when it started forming seedpods.

The Long Beach gazebo with baskets by Nancy of the Basket Case Greenhouse

The Long Beach gazebo with baskets by Nancy of the Basket Case Greenhouse

The planter closest to the Long Beach Tavern had been sat upon or otherwise somehow thrashed.

The planter closest to the Long Beach Tavern had been sat upon or otherwise somehow thrashed.

I took a whole bouquet of yellow Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' to the LBT crowd, as it had been broken right off.

I took a whole bouquet of yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ to the LBT crowd, as it had been broken right off.

They told me they had seen a woman “messing with the planter for about fifteen minutes” not long before.  Wish I had caught her in the act!

This much painted sage was broken off, to my deep disgust.

This much painted sage was broken off, to my deep disgust.

Awhile later, to cheer myself up, I popped into my favourite shop, NIVA green, to have a quick natter with Heather.

Heather Ramsay, artist, makes many creations, including lamps made of tins.

Heather Ramsay, artist, makes many creations, including lamps made of tins.

another piece of Ramsay art

another piece of Ramsay art

I just barely resisted this teapot.

I just barely resisted this teapot.

With Long Beach all watered, we went on to the Anchorage Cottages north of town.

Anchorage, where we cut the stinky viburnum back earlier in the year,

Anchorage, where we cut the stinky viburnum back earlier in the year,

This resort was the favourite spot of our friend Kathleen Shaw before she bought her own cottage near the beach.

The Music in the Gardens tour poster, posted in the office window

The Music in the Gardens tour poster, posted in the office window

Peruvian daffodil by the office bench

Hyemnocallis festalis (Peruvian daffodil) by the office bench

and a floppy Allium albopilosum

and a floppy Allium albopilosum

Rose 'New Dawn' by the center courtyard

Rose ‘New Dawn’ by the center courtyard

Allan did some pruning on an Escallonia that had been badly hacked at on the south side of the cottages.

during....he'd already cut some floppy sideways branches

during….he’d already cut some floppy sideways branches

after: pruned to where the trunks are showing new foliage buds

after: pruned to where the trunks are showing new foliage buds

We also went out to the Sid Snyder beach approach road to turn on the soaker houses in those street planters.

In the westernmost planter, Back Alley Horse Rides is doing a good job of taking care of the petunias that they planted. (Allan's photos)

In the westernmost planter, Back Alley Horse Rides is doing a good job of taking care of the petunias that they planted. (Allan’s photos)

In the westernmost planter, Back Alley Horse Rides is doing a good job of taking care of the petunias that they planted.  (Allan's photo)

blue globe thistle in one of the planters, an excellent plant from back in volunteer planter days

blue globe thistle in one of the planters, an excellent plant from back in volunteer planter days

At home, back under the former danger tree, the Dranunculus vulgaris had bloomed for the first time.

two flowers

two flowers

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Although it is supposed to smell of rotten meat, I could detect no foul odor.

Although it is supposed to smell of rotten meat, I could detect no foul odor.

My lovely purple podded peas, from seeds given me by Garden Tour Nancy, had turned out to be purely decorative; I had not had time to pick and eat them.

My lovely purple podded peas, from seeds given me by Garden Tour Nancy, had turned out to be purely decorative; I had not had time to pick and eat them.

too old now...but I have enjoyed looking at them.

too old now…but I have enjoyed looking at them.

Calvin is getting bolder about coming out to take the air.  He even followed me partway into the garden.

Calvin is getting bolder about coming out to take the air. He even followed me partway into the garden.

In the evening, I continued to blog about our recent garden tours.  I finished writing about the very last (and one of my favourites) of over twenty gardens!

Meanwhile, Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.

While filling the water tank in the boatyard, he notcied a woman with a bird enjoying the Clamshell Railroad history sign.

While filling the water tank in the boatyard, he noticed a woman with a bird enjoying the Clamshell Railroad history sign.

The hose had popped again and he repaired another two feet of it with electrical tape.

The hose had popped again and he repaired another section of it with electrical tape.

 

 

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