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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Steve and John threw a big “do” in the afternoon at their home  by the bay, in the setting of one of my favourite peninsula gardens.

Because many folks were expected, we parked below and strolled up through the garden.

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conifers by the irrigation pond

conifers by the irrigation pond

Some ice remained on the irrigation pond.

Some ice remained on the irrigation pond.

south side of the driveway

south side of the driveway

the former salal bed

one of the former salal beds (so impressively cleared out last year!)

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approaching the house

approaching the house

near the front door

near the front door

coral bark maple

coral bark maple

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Steve later told me he had picked up every fallen leaf the day before, and then a wind blew and down came more.  I said the golden leaves, from a tall cotoneaster, were like gold leaf on a fancy dessert.

coral bark maple (Allan's photo)

coral bark maple (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the pump house roof garden (which has been covered at night because of frost)

the pump house roof garden (which has been covered at night because of frost)

Inside the house:

looking out the front window at the coral bark maple

looking out the front window at the coral bark maple

just part of the delicious food items

just some of the delicious food items

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My favourite: a caviar and shrimp topped creation that was like the fanciest ever deviled egg.

My favourite: a caviar and shrimp topped creation that was like the fanciest ever deviled egg.

an exquisite mango dipping sauce; I tried not to be greedy.

an exquisite mango dipping sauce; I tried not to be greedy.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I should have known all of these people.  Because of face blindness, I was fairly well flummoxed except for a few.

dessert with a view

dessert with a view (looking east)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; John in the checked shirt

the view north to the pump house and kitchen/dahlia garden

the view north to the pump house and kitchen/dahlia garden

a tablescape

a tablescape

After noshing a bit, I happened to look out the front window again and saw the arrival of Dave and Melissa, walking up the drive with Nanci of Nanci and Jimella’s Café.

Dave and Mel and Nanci

Dave and Mel and Nanci

view to the southeast: the clipped huckleberry glade

view to the southeast: the clipped huckleberry glade

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a show of clouds to the east. The table centerpiece is called Reflections, by local artist Jim Unwin.

a show of clouds to the east. The table centerpiece is called Reflections, by local artist Jim Unwin.

Jim Unwin himself admires another artist's creation.

Jim Unwin himself admires another artist’s creation.

Seaside gardener Pam, her spouse Dave, and Sean and Jim arrived.  I gazed at this seasonal tableau while seated and chatting with Pam.  Outside, hummingbirds hovered around a blooming camellia.

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Dave and Melissa and I took an afternoon walk through the garden.

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The most sensitive rhododendrons are saying Brrrr. And it is supposed to get colder.

The most sensitive rhododendrons are saying Brrrr. And it is supposed to get colder.

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Some rhodos are just fine with the cold.

glowing dogwood twigs

glowing dogwood twigs

I hope my pittosporum 'Tasman Ruffles' eventually gets this tall.

I hope my Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’ eventually gets this tall.

The baby specimen rhododendrons are toddler sized now.

The baby specimen rhododendrons are toddler sized now.

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moss and berries

moss and berries

Pretty sure this is my favourite, whose leaves will be silver in springtime.

Pretty sure this is my favourite, whose leaves will be silver in springtime.

The irrigation pond mirrored the garden.

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back up the driveway

back up the driveway

Sean and Allan

Sean and Allan

"Take a better picture!" said Sean, but I was too far away.

“Take a better picture!” said Sean, but I was too far away.

Back inside:

clouds over the Willapa Hills

clouds over the Willapa Hills

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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We departed as the clouds began turning pink.  Thank you, Steve and John!  We overheard many words of praise about the “do”.

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twilight coral bark maple

twilight coral bark maple

On the way home, we made a detour over to Klipsan Beach Cottages to deliver Denny’s belated birthday present.

at Klipsan Beach Cottages

at Klipsan Beach Cottages

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the office door

by the office door

A bit of a social whirl will continue as we have a political meeting and a special birthday tomorrow, followed by a not so exciting dentist appointment on Tuesday and then…back to reading.

One of these days I WILL get back out into my own garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Empty Bowls event

Strangely, I found myself in bed and falling sleep by 1 AM instead of 2 last night so was awake at the bright hour of 9 AM!  This would have been a shock to Allan so I checked my email and Facebook for half an hour.  Thus, we were at the Empty Bowls event by 11 AM.  From the event page:

This annual event brings handmade bowls created by local artists and elementary students together with handmade soups and bread made by local restaurants to help fund local food service organizations. Each year bowls are made and at the event are sold for $10 each. With that donation you get a lunch of soup and bread. After the event you keep your bowl to remind you of all the empty bowls in the world. Open to the public.

This is part of a national outreach to educate and empower communities through art and understanding.

Empty Bowls is held at the Peninsula Church Center, which has a tidy garden outside.

Empty Bowls is held at the Peninsula Church Center, which has a tidy garden outside.

The rose garden must be lovely in summertime.

The rose garden must be lovely in summertime.

Inside, bowls were still being added to the display.  It was hard to choose!

Inside, bowls were still being added to the display. It was hard to choose!

Many of the bowls at this event are made by grade school children.  I asked local potter and event organizer Karen Brownlee if that is unusual, and she said yes, most of the similar events around the country have more “grown up” bowls (my words).  There are plenty of “grown up” bowls mixed in to the choices at our local event.  The children’s bowls add a great deal of charm and are a great way to introduce kids to this mix of art and community.

picking a bowl

picking a bowl

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Several different restaurants donated soup.

Several local restaurants donated soup.

Just last night on Facebook, I saw Karen put out a request for a donation of butter to make the bread better.  The butter arrived, and the bread was rustic and delicious.

bread and butter

bread and butter

Our bowls (you can buy more than one).

Our bowls (you can buy more than one).

In the background, above, Karen’s spouse is bringing our soup, as the event includes table service.  It was later pointed out to me that the two green and yellow bowls that I chose are in the colours of an Oregon sportsball team.  One even has the letter O in side!  The completely went over my head as I don’t follow sports.  I believe our good friend Susie is a fan of the team known as the Oregon Ducks (but I won’t part with my pretty green and blue bowl!)  Allan always likes to get one with a bird’s head.

Our soup arrives!

Our soup arrives!

Allan's egg drop soup and his bowls.  I wanted the red one so he got an extra as well as his usual bird selection.

Allan’s egg drop soup and his bowls. I wanted the red one so he got an extra as well as his usual bird selection.

We were graced by the presence of local artist Rose Power, who sat with us.  I had figured out (by asking around) that she was the woman at yesterday’s art event who had such nice things to say (in a delightful English accent) about our gardening.

We had to tear ourselves away from the good company in order to begin the workday. As we left, we met a most handsome dog who was just quietly lying outside.  He stood up and licked my hand when I sweet talked him, then wandered off so I guess he had just come to visit where a crowd of people gathered.

a handsome boy

a handsome boy

The Basket Case Greenhouse 

Our second pre-work stop was at the Basket Case Greenhouse, which was on our way to stops three and four.  I needed just one thing, a bag of potting soil for planting sweet peas at home, and also took the opportunity to snag some new photos for the Basket Case Facebook page.

Walter: Allan's photo

Walter: Allan’s photo

red Geum and Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

red Geum and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Papaver 'Wonderland Orange'

Papaver ‘Wonderland Orange’

Fred and me...somehow I ended up buying a few plants.

Fred and me…somehow I ended up buying a few plants.

I didn’t get much, just a red Monarda for Jo, and one for the red white and blue Veterans Field garden.

When we looked over at the van, we could see Shadow the poodle all the way inside, and Walter had been thinking about getting in.  This is not surprising for Shadow, as this used to be “his” van before we bought it from Fred and Nancy (thus VASTLY improving our lives) in autumn of 2013.

Shadow is in there.

Shadow is in there.

They've been called back to the greenhouse by Fred and Nancy.

They’ve been called back to the greenhouse by Fred and Nancy.

The Bayside Garden

Next, we went a bit further north, past our first actual work destination, to deliver a lovely spider azalea which we’d gotten at Monkey Business Nursery for Steve and John.

I got two of these spider azaleas, one for me, and one for Steve and John if they want one.

At Monkey Business 101: I got two of these spider azaleas, one for me, and one for Steve and John.

Here it is in bloom.

Here it is in bloom, and here’s an article about it.

near the front door to the bayside house

near the front door to the bayside house

the drainage swale between the wings of the house

the drainage swale between the wings of the house with Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’ behind a Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Sunlight Lace’.

three rhododendrons

Rhododendron pachysanthum, in a bed of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Kinnikinnick)

by the front door

by the front door

When Steve and John invited us in for coffee and a slice of a peanut butter and chocolate “Elvis” cake, we could not resist.  (They make an excellent and flavourful cup of coffee and John is an accomplished baker.)  We then had a brief tour of part of the garden.  You may notice some lines of dug up soil, as an irrigation system is being installed by renowned local landscaper and rhododendron expert Steve Clarke’s capable team.

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by the driveway

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Rhododendron campylogynum Myrtilloides.

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detail of Rhododendron campylogynum Myrtilloides.

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Rhododendron ‘Capistrano’ (has a yellow tint that the camera ignored) 

a prostrate form of taxus backed with a Daphne, still blooming (as it was on our last visit)

a prostrate form of taxus backed with a Daphne, still blooming (as it was on our last visit three weeks ago)

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There’s that stunning white variegated Euphorbia ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ gathering the light.

Hostas just emerging.

Hostas just emerging.

Steve and John had recently visited The English Nursery in Seaview, whose owner, Dirk Sweringen, sells an impressive variety of hostas.

a garden of well defined shapes

a garden of well defined shapes

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Waterlogued

Waterlogued

Pittosporum

Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’

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the woodland, which Steve and John have painstakingly edited for beauty

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a natural cup of moss

a natural cup of moss

Have I told you that this garden is going to open for touring on May 2?

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We had to get to work, and Steve and John were off to the art show in Long Beach.  Our first work destination was just a couple of blocks to the south, where we got a yard of Soil Energy mulch and headed to our first job.

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply:  Mike bringing us a scoop

Peninsula Landscape Supply: Mike bringing us a scoop (Allan’s photo)

They have some handsome heucheras for sale.

They have some handsome heucheras for sale.

The Boreas Inn

I had one major goal for today, to get that yard of Soil Energy spread at the Boreas and then to plant two plants and some poppy seeds in Long Beach.  While Allan got the mulch moving, I delivered the red bee balm plant to Jo’s, had a brief visit with her and little dog Coco, and then hightailed it back to the Boreas to get to work at last.

It went swimmingly and by the time we were almost done, my ambition for the day had increased.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and weeding

and weeding some of the horrid creeping Jenny out (it’s too invasive)

hard at it

hard at it.  Soon weather will permit the cushions will be brought out for guests to lounge.

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Boreas lawn beds

Boreas lawn beds yesterday

and today, raised up with muclh

and today, raised up with mulch

I always wish for these beds to be level with the lawn, if not raised a little higher.  We might finally have almost achieved that.

Mission accomplished.

Mission accomplished.

The garden suite garden also got mulched.

The garden suite garden also got mulched.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The lawn beds, finally level with the lawn (for now, at least)

The lawn beds, finally level with the lawn (for now, at least)

Buddha had snail earrings today.

Buddha had snail earrings today. (Allan’s photo)

and then….back to

Peninsula Landscape Supply (again)

Colleen scooping Soil Energy

Colleen scooping Soil Energy

and dumping it into our little trailer, which holds just a yard and a bit.

and dumping it into our little trailer, which holds just a yard and a bit.

Instead of planting two plants and some seeds in Long Beach, my goal had changed to mulching the Port office garden and an area in my garden and then finishing the little gravel project at the Port office garden.

Ilwaco

On the way to Ilwaco, I added to my goal the planting of sweet peas at our Ilwaco post office garden, as having some mulch to add would help them along.

post office garden, before

post office garden, before

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I DO hope I have some luck with sweet peas in this spot.  The last two years I have tried and failed for various reasons: lousy soil, not enough water, snails.

Post office garden today

Post office garden today, after some work

with Tulip 'Green Star'

with Tulip ‘Green Star’

With that done, we drove to the port office and added soil to make the garden fluffy and happy.

Port Office before

Port Office before

after mulching

after mulching

just across the lawn from our mulching job

just across the lawn from our mulching job

Next, we applied the rest of the Soil Energy at home…

on a mulch mission at home

on a mulch mission at home

filling in an edge by the bogsy wood

raising an edge by the bogsy wood

raising an edge by the bogsy wood

every last scoop of precious mulch

every last scoop of precious mulch; Allan kept the wheelbarrows filled.

And then we went back to the port, got some gravel from their supply, and finished making the backsplash for the office garden.

view from near the gravel pile

view from near the gravel pile

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gravel and mulch both applied!

gravel and mulch both applied!

After all that, I declared tomorrow a day off.  I had been able to erase more from the work board than I had expected.  And perhaps while walking around my own garden, I had been so horrified by the amount of weeds that I just had to have a day off.  I just hope I get more done than just “piddlefarting around the garden.”

plants need to be planted

plants need to be planted

The shotweed is shocking!

The shotweed is shocking!

Horsetail is popping up all over!

Horsetail is popping up all over!

and I must pull the dangblang touch-me-not!

and I must pull the dangblang touch-me-not!

Pretty things soothe my anxiety about the garden:

a marmalade Heuchera

a marmalade Heuchera

epimidium

epimidium

Smokey walking with me and flopping down in front of me

Smokey walking with me and flopping down in front of me

fringed tulip 'Cummins'

fringed tulip ‘Cummins’

the garden boat

the garden boat

The Ann Lovejoy

The Ann Lovejoy

Waterlogued

Waterlogued

Oh!! A lost ho mi in the mini scree garden!

Oh!! A lost ho mi in the mini scree garden!

tulips and gold acanthus

tulips and gold acanthus

a sentimental hosta given to me by Mary Fluaitt before she moved away

a sentimental hosta given to me by Mary Fluaitt before she moved away

Where Allan found the energy to mow our lawn AND Nora’s tonight I just cannot imagine.

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But he did.  I went inside and caught up on the Tootlepedal and Miserable Gardener blogs.

Mission accomplished: a new red bowl for tea bags!

Mission accomplished: a new red bowl for tea bags!

and a much decreased work list.  Tomorrow if I do my own sweet peas, I can erase sweet peas altogether.

and a much decreased work list. Tomorrow if I do my own sweet peas, I can erase sweet peas altogether.

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Monday, 16 June 2014

I am so tired of months of insomnia that I had suggested sleeping in if it were possible.  It would have been a perfect morning for that, with a heavy rain falling and delighting me that watering worries were again postponed.  Yet again I woke after six hours of sleep and felt so deeply that I need more…and could not get it.

The rain stopped and when I looked out the back door, I saw in Nora’s yard the resident deer.

She sees me...

She sees me…

and calmly goes back to chewing her cud.

and calmly goes back to chewing her cud.

I wonder if she has any babies this year; last year, she had two and it was a treat to see them romping on Nora’s back lawn.

I could not figure out what in the world to do for work; my brain was low functioning and I needed a task to replace the Long Beach watering that I had expected to need to do.  Allan suggested the parking lot berms in Long Beach, pointing out that they are on the drastically shortened work list.

The "scree" garden is a project for me, not even for a job.

The “scree” garden is a project for me, not even for a job.

The list is deceptively short because even if we could find the time, the beach approach weeding usually takes about 70 hours.

So to the Long Beach parking lot berms we went.

(We checked Cheri’s garden in Ilwaco first; it looks like she is keeping up on the weeding so well that it did not need our attention.)


 

Long Beach

The berms are not truly berms as they are not raised.  There are three long narrow strip gardens in the parking lots to the east of downtown.  We had no time to weed them earlier this spring; usually, we get an initial weeding done well before this.

The north berm, and evidence of last night's glorious, labour-saving rain.

The north berm, and evidence of last night’s glorious, labour-saving rain.

And they were a terrible mess.

The three berms were a terrible mess.

Just as we got started, a heavy rain arrived; we sat it out in the van.

Contemplating the weeds through raindrops; I had gotten out the heavy pick because the weeds were so tight in the ground.

Contemplating the weeds through raindrops; I had gotten out the heavy pick because the weeds were so tight in the ground.

It seemed the rain would not stop; we contemplated going home.  Then there came a weak glow of sun, and a patch of blue that proved to be more than just a sucker hole.

Stipa gigantea (my favourite ornamental grass) against a brightening sky.

Stipa gigantea (my favourite ornamental grass) against a brightening sky.

A situation was brewing, though.  Garden Tour Nancy had emailed me that she was doing a pre-tour visit of Stephen and John’s garden at 2 PM.  I had emailed right back that I would love to go, and had texted a bit later saying where I was…just in case.  No response came for over an hour (and I kept checking) so I had given up on escaping the truly miserable weeding job.  I LIKE most of the weeding that we do, but the hardpacked soil and toughly enmeshed roots did not make for happy work.

And then she emailed me back!  And rescue was at hand.  Allan felt like staying on the job; I appreciated the dedication.


 

Bayside Garden in early June

Stephen, John, Nancy and I strolled throughout the entire garden, giving many shrubs and trees our proper admiration.

the three rhodos by the front door, with their soft indumentum

the three rhodos by the front door, with their soft indumentum

We'll admire this maple from another angle later.

We’ll admire this maple from another angle later.

the tidy veg garden on the north side of the house

the tidy veg garden on the north side of the house

Anchoring the corner of the veg garden:  Ulmus x hollandica 'Wredei

Anchoring the corner of the veg garden: Ulmus x hollandica ‘Wredei’

The last time we visited the garden, Pam Fleming of Back Alley Gardens gave the Chameacyparis (below, middle, behind the golden barberry) a big hug and it acquired the nickname Teddy Bear.  Now, Stephen and John think they have it properly identified.

Chamaecyparis pisifera plumosa compressa?

Chamaecyparis pisifera plumosa compressa?  Possibly Aurea?

This garden is going to thrill all CPNS (certified plant nuts) on tour day.

This garden is going to thrill all CPNs (certified plant nuts) on tour day.

white peony

white peony

with bee-ony

with bee-ony

I covet this Pittosporum 'Tasman Ruffles.'

I covet this Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles.’

I told Stephen and John that my Pittosporum had died last winter.  I suddenly realize that it was a variegated one that died and that I think I have another one out there…maybe a ruffled one!  If it were not dark…hmm, where is the flashlight?  No, I must finish this blog entry.

Their garden is so huge that is is possible to keep much better track of the specimen plants, as each has plenty of space to shine.

My memory fails me here.

My memory fails me here.

Fallen blossoms from a Kalmia

Fallen blossoms from a Kalmia

a shady glen

a shady glen with youngsters

They had recently acquired an attractive bench by finding it under a tarp (I think) at The Planter Box.

Now making a wonderful shady sit spot.

Now making a wonderful shady sit spot.

Osmanthus 'Jim Porter', I believe.

Osmanthus ‘Jim Porter’, I believe.

The garden abounds in natural, mossy vignettes like this one.

The garden abounds in natural, mossy vignettes like this one.

Nancy exploring the garden

Nancy exploring the garden, an Osmanthus in the foreground

It does not help my memory when iPhone notes corrects Osmanthus fastigiata to “fasting cats”.

Styrax japonicus 'Momo shidare' Weeping Pink Japanese Snowbell

Styrax japonicus ‘Momo shidare’
Weeping Pink Japanese Snowbell

intricacy

intricacy

Hydrangea 'Dan Hinkley'; must acquire for my garden.

Hydrangea ‘Dan Hinkley’; must acquire for my garden.

Stephen and John say that Dan droops when thirsty.  He would like my garden with its high water table.

Far from the house (with the Barclay house to the left), I admire the sculptural Escallonia against the flowing meadow.

Far from the house (with the Barclay house to the left), I admire the sculptural Escallonia against the flowing meadow.

The beds by the pond have been finished since our last visit.

The beds by the pond have been mulched since our last visit.

same beds, April 21

same beds, April 21

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and June 16

another mulched bed with yellow Genista

Another newly mulched bed with yellow Genista tones beautifully with the meadow.

Below is the newest bed.  Stephen and John refer to it as their last bed.  I don’t believe that for a moment.

the hourglass bed

the hourglass bed, just made

I forgot to show you how the sod from this bed has been neatly added to make a curving lawn edge in one of the woodland glades.

another Kalmia: such precise flowers

another Kalmia: such precise flowers

My former partner Robert told me that as a child, he played among groves of wild kalmia along the Susquehanna River near Philadelphia.

Up by the house: ingredients for the hourglass and other areas

Up by the house: ingredients for the hourglass and other areas

Hydrangea preziosa

Hydrangea preziosa with its dark red stems

Near the front door...makes me think of lace...

Near the front door…makes me think of lace…

and it is...Chamaecyparis 'Sunlight Lace', a perfect name

and it is…Chamaecyparis ‘Sunlight Lace’, a perfect name

After our long garden stroll, we sat in the kitchen for awhile discussing garden tour details.  The view from the north window has certainly changed since our last visit.

April 21

April 21

June 16

June 16

Here is the view from inside the front door of the Japanese maple

Here is the view from inside the front door of the Japanese maple, which goes gloriously red in autumn.

My escape from work must end...One last photo just by the front door as we depart.

My escape from work must end…One last photo just by the front door as we depart.


 

Long Beach

Back at the Long Beach berms, Allan had made much progress, and the second half proved much easier to weed with softer, damp soil.

Allan’s before and after photos:

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before

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what an improvement!

what an improvement!

evening light with Rosa glauca and Stipa gigantea

evening light with Rosa glauca and Stipa gigantea

Unfortunately, I can’t erase “berms” from the work list, because there are still two more to do.

The middle one is mostly grass and can just be hit with a strimmer; the south one needs a weeding day.

The middle one is mostly grass and can just be hit with a strimmer; the south one needs a weeding day.

I so wish I had time to do them all this week.  It’s a short week because of our garden trip.  I am such a stick in the mud that tonight I would rather stay home and weed (although, since I am blogging several days behind, by the time you read this I will have been happily touring gardens, while I hope our housesitter is happily enjoying ours!)

Just east across the street from the "berm" we weeded is a little lost house and lost garden.

Just east across the street from the “berm” we weeded is a little lost house and lost garden.

We did one more little project that I remembered on the way to the city works yard to dump the last (second load!) of weeds.

The tiny garden bed at Washington and Bolstadt was quite a disaster.

The tiny garden bed at Washington and Bolstadt was quite a disaster.

better now

better now

And…home by eight, with Allan, I am sure, much more worn out than I was.

 

 

 

 

 

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