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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

at home

I had promised Allan today would be an easy day…and it had better be, because I was still sound asleep at 11 AM, giving us an even later start than usual.

A small puddle in the street showed that some rain had fallen overnight.

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so happy to see rainwater on helenium...

so happy to see rainwater on helenium…

and Melianthus major...

and Melianthus major…

and Melianthus major 'Antenow's Blue'.

and Melianthus major ‘Antenow’s Blue’.

hypericum (St John's wort)

hypericum (St John’s wort)

box o' special shade plants

box o’ special shade plants from Hardy Plant Weekend purchases

Joseph's Coat rose

Joseph’s Coat rose

front garden

front garden

Ilwaco Post Office

We spent a volunteer hour weeding and thinning.  The front looked bare when we were done.

Mid August doldrums with the lilies almost done.

Mid August doldrums with the lilies almost done.

I do not like seeing so much bare ground, so will have to buy more plants.

I do not like seeing so much bare ground where poppies once were, so will have to buy more plants.

Ilwaco boatyard garden

The accursed horsetail and bindweed was returning.

The accursed horsetail and bindweed was returning.

a boat arrives

a boat arrives

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love the homey, checkered curtains

love the homey, checkered curtains

'Black Knight' sweet peas (Allan's photo)

‘Black Knight’ sweet peas (Allan’s photo)

sweet peas and heleniums (Allan's photo)

sweet peas and heleniums (Allan’s photo)

more sweet peas (Allan's photo)

more sweet peas (Allan’s photo)

sweet pea success (Allan's photo)

sweet pea success (Allan’s photo)

Nancy G. drove by (owner of the Depot, and Marilyn's daughter); I updated her on Skooter's household integration process.

Nancy G. drove by (owner of the Depot, and Marilyn’s daughter); I updated her on Skooter’s household integration process.

Petra Marie (Allan's photo)

Petra Marie (Allan’s photo)

The north end of the boatyard weeding took so long that Allan became skeptical that it would be an easy day.  However, I knew that south of the gate has so much less horsetail that it would go faster.  I felt doomed for a moment when my hip started hurting from stepping in and out of the garden.  A brief sit down in the van made it possible to keep going.

finishing up fairly easy weeding along the south end

finishing up fairly easy weeding along the south end

looking north

looking north

more sweet pea success

more sweet pea success

and more

and more

I had no success with the sweet peas I planted in Long Beach’s Fifth Street Park, so I am extra pleased with the boatyard success this year.

salmon coloured four o clock that comes back each year

salmon coloured four o clock that comes back each year.  Probably ‘Salmon Sunset’

Howerton Avenue

With the boatyard done, we moved on to grooming and watering the Howerton Avenue curbside gardens.  We would not have time to water them later this week.   A soil poke showed that, due to their well drained and windswept nature, the rain had not left any dampness in the soil, unlike the richer and deeper soil of the boatyard garden.  Allan watered the east end and west end gardens and Ilwaco pavilion gardens.  I walked the entire length of the curbside gardens, deadheading and weeding and clipping here and there, and watered at Time Enough Books and port office.  A strong and chilly wind and sore hip and knee made me focus all my endurance on getting done so I only took one photo.

I did enjoy the look of the "driveover garden" in the wind, with santolinas and Nassella tenuissima.

I did enjoy the look of the “driveover garden” in the wind, with santolinas and Nassella tenuissima.

Thanks to water from the Tuna Club, this eryngium may eventually recover from a long drought. (Allan's photo)

Thanks to water from the Tuna Club, this eryngium may eventually recover from a long drought. (Allan’s photo)

Howerton Avenue (Allan's photo)

Howerton Avenue with crab pots (Allan’s photo)

I got a ride home before Allan went to dump the debris.  I’d had a headache all day, and the debris pile is on bumpy ground.

snail on boat trailer near our debris dump spot (Allan's photo)

snail on boat trailer near our debris dump spot (Allan’s photo)

Allan went back to water the garden at Salt Hotel, and cut back one more santolina.  I’d done a few at the boatyard and Howerton earlier in the day.

before

before

after

after

an eryngium which has been getting regular water

an eryngium which has been getting regular water (but needed more)

It did turn out to be an “easy” day of only six and a half (seven for Allan) hours of work.

I communed at home with Skooter, after bringing in a bundle of catmint trimmed from my garden.  I thought it would remind him of Marilyn’s garden, where he used to roll in the catmint patch (not catNIP, which he would have eaten to the ground).  I made two piles of catmint on the bedroom and bathroom floor and he seemed pleased and amused.  Two more days indoors!

As I read Facebook on my phone with Skooter, I saw this great photo and wished I’d been at kite festival with the whale kites.

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ginger

1998 (age 74):

August 16: Sunday—what an odd day.  I worked on my [crossword] puzzle until about 10 when I got so sleepy, laid down—and slept till 5:30.  I fed Tabby and laid down again.  When I woke up it was dark so I thought it was morning but it was only 10:30 PM.  I had some chocolate and read for a couple of hours and then slept till 8:00 AM.

 

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