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Sunday, 3 Sept 2017

As we passed through the town of Castle Rock on our way to Evan Bean’s garden, I remembered childhood camping trips for two weeks each summer at the Toutle River, a beautiful campground that got washed away when Mt St Helens erupted in 1980.

 After our garden visit, we returned to Castle Rock and stopped to admire the public gardens.  I was pleased to find a Facebook page for the volunteer (!!!) group that does these gardens.  And, oh, LOOK! They have an annual garden tour (which we have, tragically, missed).

 Next year!

The first garden runs along the parking lot and street of the Riverfront Trail.  Allan went up onto the trail and got photos of the river.

I think this might presage a boating trip.

One of them waved.

The bank below the trail is newly planted.

Allan’s photo

how it gets watered (Allan’s photo)

This looks like the work truck.

Gateway Park

It was 96 degrees as we walked through the garden.

We had driven up that curved road heading to Evan’s garden.

I noted that somebody does hose watering.

roses and hydrangeas

This park runs for several blocks along a one way street going into town from the north.

Feast your eyes on the hanging baskets!  The park shows to the left in this photo.

I realized that each pole has a round banner which appear to be made by locals.  Let’s look at the baskets along this street and then get back to the park.

The baskets have gold sweet potato vine and at the top, some pink gaura making a spray of flowers.

Many hands make light work.

Now for our walk through this most amazing park.  I think that despite what the map below says it is called Gateway Park.

It’s long and narrow, between Huntington Avenue and Front Street.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

around the base of a tree (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

One plant source is Tsugawa. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo, looking down from the road

Is this really all hose watered by volunteers?! (Allan’s photo)

white gaura (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

We’ve walked south, and now we are walking back north.

On the way through town earlier in the day, my first hint of the great garden spirit here was a glimpse of the city hall garden, so we went looking for it.  On the way, we came upon what seems to be the same commercial street and stopped to admire its planters and baskets.

Castle Rock Blooms banner

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

dangling sweet potato vine (I think that is what it is)

painted rock (Allan’s photo)

 

It was 4:30 PM and we were the only pedestrians.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

sidewalk garden beds

We found City Hall a couple of blocks away.  It had been a great benefit of my freeway avoidance that we had glimpsed its garden on our route earlier in the day.

Allan’s photo

pink gaura, also used in the baskets

Digital cameras are weird. And WOW, what a garden.

The only other person we saw was a man across the street waiting at a table and holding a bouquet. There is a story there.

waterfall rock

Water rill goes under the entry walk.

seems like they get a lot of donations…

Allan’s photo

I was well and truly astonished by Castle Rock.

Here are a few bonus photos from our drive while looking for city hall:

On the way home:

The part of highway 4 (Ocean Beach Highway) between Longview and Cathlamet scares me, but what’s new….I’m no fun on the driving part of a road trip.

The 99 degree temperature as we passed through Longview dropped to 79 as we got closer to the beach.

In Naselle, we paused for a look at the big garden by the library.

They were having a party.

and the garden across the street….

with its big rooster.

I’m kind of in love with Castle Rock now, and I fantasized about moving in retirement to join that group of volunteers….if only it were not so hot there!  Here’s an upcoming event that you might want to attend.

castlerock.jpg

 

 

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Continuing the review of the 2012 gardens at Klipsan Beach Cottages

5 September

rose

rose

Rose 'Jude the Obscure' with honeysuckle

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’ with honeysuckle

Melianthus major

Melianthus major (leaves smell like peanut butter)

mixed bed with ocean view cottages in background

mixed bed with ocean view cottages in background

boxwood and garden art

boxwood and garden art

Echinops (Blue Globe Thistle)

Echinops (Blue Globe Thistle) and Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' behind the bench

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ behind the bench

sweet peas on the deer fence

sweet peas on the deer fence

deer fence gate closed at end of day

deer fence gate closed at end of day

13 September

September 13th was a very hot day.

September 13th was a very hot day.

Cosmos 'Double Click'

Cosmos ‘Double Click’

rose bud

rose bud

the cobalt blue berries of Billardia longiflora

the cobalt blue berries of Billardia longiflora

20 September

garden bed with view of cabins

garden bed with view of cabins

The summer drought continued throughout September.  I think we had two months with no appreciable rain.

Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso' in center of fenced garden

Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ in center of fenced garden

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

26 September

sweet peas and endlessly blue sky

sweet peas and endlessly blue sky

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

gold on gold in center of fenced garden:  Helichrysum 'Limelight', golden yew, Miscanthus 'Gold Bar'

gold on gold in center of fenced garden: Helichrysum ‘Limelight’, golden yew, Miscanthus ‘Gold Bar’

autumn crocus

autumn crocus from my mother’s garden

a refreshing spot of green

a refreshing spot of green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I had a flurry of photographing the downtown Long Beach planters during tulip time, and then, like with most of 2012, became distracted by our garden tour preparation and slacked off on recording the rest of the year in pictures.

Long Beach Welcome Sign

Long Beach Welcome Sign

On April 1st, we found that deer had at long last discovered the tulips in the Long Beach welcome sign (above), right about where Allan is standing.  I thought for sure they would eat them all but they only nipped a few down at that end.

They do come right into the main drag of Long Beach and eat tulips from some of the planters at street intersections.

29 April: Tulip 'Gavota'

29 April: Tulip ‘Gavota’

Sometimes I do try colour coordination (like matching yellow flowers to the yellow Portside Café in Ilwaco), and above, I chose Tulip ‘Gavota’ to match the trim colours of the Hungry Harbor Grille.

29 April in front of NIVA green

29 April in front of NIVA green

NIVA green in Long Beach is my favourite gift shop, well, ever.  The artist who owns the shop, Heather Ramsay, has a connection with me because her sister gardened with me way back in 1998 or so, then moved back to the city to start a family.  I had met Heather back then and was just thrilled when she moved here and opened this shop, thus putting me back in touch with her sister, as well.  (In early January of 2013, I had the joy of having dinner here at the beach with Heather, her sister, and her sister’s two daughters!)

by NIVA green

by NIVA green

I had every intention of having green tulips in the NIVA green planter.  Better luck in 2013 I hope!  Meanwhile across the street, the planter bu Scoopers had a stunning ‘Spring Green’ tulip just about to bloom at the beginning of May.

Tulip 'Spring Green'

Tulip ‘Spring Green’

29 April across from the merry go round

29 April across from the merry go round
in front of the Sand Dollar Deli

in front of the Sand Dollar Deli

In front of a rental cottage on Fifth Street downtown, we went with a mostly yellow theme for the little yellow Summerhouse rental cottage.

Summerhouse

Summerhouse

Summerhouse

Summerhouse

Summer, the time of few photographs for 2012, is here represented by the California poppies in one planter.

summer planter

summer planter

I have a mystery in one of the planters just outside the Long Beach Elks.  Left over from when the planters were done by volunteers is this very fragrant, midsummer blooming plant.  Can someone ID it for me?

what am I?

what am I?

On the same June day that we redid the Kite Museum garden, we also refurbished the Fish Alley planters.  They had had the saddest old mugo pine in one and a crapulous Phormium in the other.  After some struggle, we got the big old tired boring plants removed and replanted them with our favourite annuals, with Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’ as a semi-permanent centerpiece.  (I saw semi-permanent because this floriferous perennials usually needs replacing every couple of years.)

Fish Alley planters with yellow sanvitalia and cosmos and painted sage

Fish Alley planters with yellow sanvitalia and Cosmos’Sonata’ and painted sage

Fish Alley

Fish Alley has four planted whiskey barrels and a giant frying pan

I used a lot of the yellow Sanvitalia (from The Basket Case Greenhouse) in planters around town and also tried out a new Agyranthemum called Spring Bouquet.  The latter looked wonderful in May, then petered out and I almost went off it. But when we sheared it, it came back with a fabulous show in late summer…(below) in a planter on the Veterans Field stage.

Agyranthemum 'Spring Bouquet'

Agyranthemum ‘Spring Bouquet’

on Veterans Field stage, still going strong on 9-28

on Veterans Field stage, still going strong on 9-28

That was relief because I had suggested that The Basket Case carry it (after I had seen one all pretty in pinks and pale yellows) and I did not want it to be a failure.

Speaking of The Basket Case, they again provided their amazing hanging baskets for the city.

basket at Fifth Street restroom

basket at Fifth Street restroom

June 2012, Long Beach City Hall, hanging baskets by The Basket Case Greenhouse

June 2012, Long Beach City Hall, hanging baskets by The Basket Case Greenhouse

I was never very big on putting petunias in the Long Beach planters, but some of the colours of petunia have won me over.  Here’s ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ in one of the containers at The Anchorage Cottages, another Long Beach job.

Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso'

Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’

I intend to use lots of Sanvitalia and Pretty Much Picasso in the 2013 planters and have every intention of taking more photos.

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