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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Yesterday, I noticed some disturbing wilting on the Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’ by the garage.  I posted a couple of photos to Facebook this morning….

By the time we got to our first job, Ann Lovejoy had replied that it might be verticillium wilt. (One of the greatest things about Facebook is being Facebook friends with gardeners I admire.)  Anxious Googling ensued.  Turns out this is all too common a disease.  I’m amazed now that I’ve escaped having it in all the years I have gardened.  Just in case that is for sure what my Quicksilver has, I realized it might have to be removed.  It was a daunting thought on my mind all day.  What if it spread to my Japanese maples or worse yet my new Acer campestre that I want to see get huge?  However….I had to turn my mind to work.  I will admit I was googling verticillium all day between jobs.  I learned that Eleagnus is especially susceptible to it.  And that maybe Davidia is not; I certainly hope that is true because my beloved Davidia ‘Sonoma’ grows in the same bed.

The Depot Restaurant

north garden

Red Barn Arena

Allan’s photo, before

and after trimming Shasta daisy foliage

Allan trimmed and watered while I walked across the pasture to…

Diane’s garden

Misty hobbles across the pasture to greet me.

The toll was a belly rub.

Arriving at Diane’s, I immediately noticed that the septic box thingie had been cleared of weeds.

an empty palette for planting

My inspiration for planting this will be Somsri’s garden.

Misty again

the roadside garden

I look forward to a fence being put up along the road edge of the lawn so that the narrow verge garden can be replanted.

I weeded next to the porch….

…and petted Holly’s paws and schnozz.

a narrow gap by the wall

AlLan joined me just as I was planting a stray penstemon into the septic garden.

Long Beach

While passing through town, we made an emergency stop to stake and tie a gladiola.

Allan’s photo before it was fixed

The Anchorage Cottages

Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

The key drop box had a new resident who Beth was afraid  would get hurt if someone dropped keys into the box.

way down inside….this little frog comes out sometimes.

bikes to borrow (maybe guests’ bikes, too)

sweet peas

center courtyard

north end of center courtyard with walk through to west lawn

Bells of Ireland

The Planter Box

We stopped just to say hi to Theresa, whom we had not seen for awhile.

in the big greenhouse

fuchsias and begonias (Allan’s photo)

succulents (Allan’s photo)

by the entryway

pretty little portulaca (moss roses)

After a brief visit and some moaning about my possible verticillium wilt, we headed back to work at…

Klipsan Beach Cottages

…where after an hour of weeding and deadheading, I took some photos for the KBC Facebook page.

looking in the east gate

the birdbath view

bright new rose foliage

Strobilanthes atropurpureus

Helenium

I love this plant.

lilies and Thalictrum ‘Elin’

threadleaf coreopsis and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Soleirolia soleirolii (baby’s tears) was one of my grandma’s favourite plants.

cottages on the ridge

sit spot under Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

clipped some ivy to reveal a frog

sanguisorba

St Francis in the dog memorial garden (Allan’s photo)

We had time for more work, so on the way home we weeded in Long Beach at

Veterans Field….

where the flag pavilion garden is getting taken over by Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’.

I like it.

home

I clipped and clipped at the Eleagnus branches and the more I clipped, the more I knew the whole plant had to go. (One gardening source said to “put the bed [where verticillium wilt occurred] to lawn for 15 years”.  !!!)  Teresa advised soil removal, as did other sources….  I think I am instead going to try planting resistant plants here.

Allan helping

Huge roots invading in all directions is one reason it had to go.

Looks like it had nitrogen fixing roots…just too many of them.

I don’t know if this cut shows verticillium wilt inside or not.

It is gone. I moved a volunteer cotoneaster to take its place for now.

From the past…Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’ by our garage fills the whole front garden with fragrance right now.

Sure looks different without it.

I had originally planted it for privacy in case a bad neighbour moved into Nora’s house.  Now we have Devery next door and we dote on her, so having the big shrub gone is not a problem.  I would like a cool eucalyptus for the spot; they resist verticillium wilt.

And of course, we also have Devery’s dear little Royal as our neighbour next door as well.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Again, I woke after five hours of sleep and was jolted into complete wakefulness by thoughts of the Garden in Jeopardy.  It’s not the job that I worry about, it is the garden, and what will happen to it if someone less experienced in interesting plants works on it.  This is the second business day beyond the day (Friday) when I was supposed to get an answer.

I sent an email to the manager of the Garden In Jeopardy place saying I have cosmos languishing in six packs waiting to be planted there so please give me an answer as soon as possible.

A local woman passerby asked if she knew where she could buy or find some plastic pots to grow tomatoes in.  As it happened, I had extras of just the size she was looking for and took her to the greenhouse to get them.  I should have written down her name before I forgot it!  I did warn her that I have face blindness.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We were looking at this frog.

We were looking at this frog. (Allan’s photo)

frog in the water box (Allan's photo)

frog in the water box (Allan’s photo)

Mike’s Garden

Mike’s garden only gets a very few cosmos, because it does not have much space for annuals.  It needed trimming and weeding.

Allan’s project:

before

before

after

after

before

before

after

after

I still have not trimmed the boxwoods because I would like them to get bigger and meet.

Looking south: I still have not trimmed the boxwoods because I would like them to get bigger first.  I wish the original garden designer had planted them closer together; I prefer a solid line of boxwood edging.

Fuchsia magellanica, Scrophularia variegata

Fuchsia magellanica, Scrophularia variegata

OH!!  The back yard of this garden would be the perfect place to plant my pale pink extra runners of Fuchsia magellanica!

Due to Planting Time, did not have time to deadhead the entire rhodo.

Due to Planting Time, did not have time to deadhead the entire rhodo.

looking north

looking north

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Removing scilla foliage left a gap that I hope will fill in soon.

Removing scilla foliage left a gap that I hope will fill in soon.

I may squeeze some painted sage in here later this week.

I may squeeze some painted sage in here later this week.

Ilwaco 

looking good

post office looking good

added plants to the planter that had had three stolen. fingers crossed....

added plants to the planter that had had three stolen. fingers crossed….

at Ilwaco City Hall, after adding Cosmos 'Sonata' to two planters.

at Ilwaco City Hall, after adding Cosmos ‘Sonata’ to two planters.  City crew member and I discussing why his new lawn is yellow.  (PH?  Lack of nitrogen because of planting on barky mulch?)

Long Beach

the welcome sign

the welcome sign

While weeding at city hall, I saw the goatsbeard already needed trussing.

north side of building

north side of building

We must remember to bring stronger string. We have two eyehooks permanently installed for this plant.

We must remember to bring stronger string. We have two eyehooks permanently installed for this plant.

City Hall west side (Allan's photo)

City Hall west side (Allan’s photo)

The grass is Miscanthus variegatus, my second favourite ornamental grass. (Allan's photo)

The grass is Miscanthus variegatus, my second favourite ornamental grass. (Allan’s photo)

sidewalk tile by Renee O'Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O'Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor

We planted some cosmos in Veterans Field and then headed out for more plants.

Veterans Field (Allan's photo)

Veterans Field (Allan’s photo)

Veterans Field corner garden

Veterans Field corner garden

Allan's photo

Eschscholzia californica ‘White Linen’ (Allan’s photo)

Salvia 'May Night' (Allan's photo)

Salvia ‘May Night’ (Allan’s photo)

Planter Box

We picked up our first load of Salvia viridis (painted sage).

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lupine

me and Planter Box Teresa (Allan's photo)

me and Planter Box Teresa (Allan’s photo)

me and Teresa's mom, great seed grower

me and Teresa’s mom, great seed grower

Basket Case Greenhouse

Acquired a few more trailies for Veterans Field pots and some plants I wanted for me (agastaches!).

Why is no one buying the last variegated comfrey? Recommended in a gardening book I read over the winter, got three for myself earlier).

Why is no one buying the last variegated comfrey? Recommended in a gardening book I read over the winter, got three for myself earlier).

Hard to believe no one has snatched up these Cornus 'Hedgerows Gold'. I think Fifth Street Park needs one.

Hard to believe no one has snatched up these Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’. I think Fifth Street Park needs one.

a van full again (Allan's photo)

a van full again (Allan’s photo)

Anchorage Cottages

Mitzu greets us (Allan's photo)

Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)

Added ‘Double Click’ and ‘Seashells’ cosmos and some painted sage in containers, along with doing the regular maintenance.

climbing hydrangea

climbing hydrangea

north wall shade garden

north wall shade garden

calla lilies (Allan's photo)

calla lilies (Allan’s photo)

calla lilies (Allan's photo)

calla lilies (Allan’s photo)

two of four window boxes

two of four window boxes

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

Allium albopilosum (Allan's photo)

Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

near the office

near the office

Long Beach again

We planted up the two pots pots by the Veterans Field stage (Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and red calibrachoas and white alyssum) and put some painted sage in the corner garden.

Dutch iris in the corner garden (Allan's photo)

white Dutch iris in the corner garden (Allan’s photo)

bucket watered the edging plants in the welcome sign on the way back to Ilwaco...(Allan's photo)

bucket watered the edging plants in the welcome sign on the way back to Ilwaco…(Allan’s photo)

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cosmos appreciation (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ilwaco

We added trailing plants to five more Ilwaco planters.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we hope the new plants do not get stolen this time.

home by dark

home by dusk

Our quiet, dignified neighbour, Rudder, came to say hello.

Our quiet, dignified neighbour, Rudder, came to say hello.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

at home: arm rests (Allan's photo)

at home: arm rests (Allan’s photo)

I had checked my email several times.  Still no answer about the Job in Jeopardy.  If it were not for my feeling that it is a blessing to the old folks, I would be done with it.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

May 17: Basketball—The Sonics lost Game 7 at Houston so now I’ll start rooting for the Jazz with my favorite player Jeff Hornacek.

 

 

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Again, sleep eluded me upon awaking early and remembering the Job in Jeopardy.  Today, I should get an answer, I thought, with the tiniest sip of ZZZquil so I could get back to sleep and not have to function on only four hours…a solution I prefer to avoid but sleep was required. 

at home:  Allan loading the trailer with buckets of water for burbling potted plants before planting

at home: Allan loading the trailer with buckets of water for burbling potted plants before planting

burble water

burble water

Kindly note that we provide water to several jobs, from our tap, even during April and May when Ilwaco water is monitored for an averaging that affects our bill year round.  I point this out because of those two businesses that will not let us use water from their taps to help out certain curbside gardens.  We probably contribute over 200 gallons of water a month during planting time from our metered water to various gardening jobs (mostly Long Beach and Ilwaco).  Stopping to fill from a tap at the jobs themselves would add too much time to an already harried schedule.

We got a lovely and cheering card in the mail, from the post office itself.   I’m glad because lately I’ve been wondering if some people who don’t recognize unusual plants just see our volunteer post office garden as a mess.


The Depot Restaurant

We planted cosmos, and watered because the sprinkler system doesn’t hit the front of the garden.

Allan's photo; planting posture

Allan’s photo; planting posture

tall Cosmos 'Sensation' going in (Allan's photo)

tall Cosmos ‘Sensation’ going in (Allan’s photo)

weeding (Allan's photo)

weeding (Allan’s photo)

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cosmos in place along the front of the garden

cosmos in place along the front of the garden

the very last tulips: 'Night Rider'.

the very last tulips: ‘Night Rider’ (left)

looking south

looking south

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

south side of dining deck; hurry up, grasses!

south side of dining deck; hurry up, grasses!  I need enclosure by Memorial Day weekend!

Nancy Aust of the Basket Case had planted up the window boxes and barrels on the north side of the restaurant.  I asked Allan to take some photos while I made a plant list.

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Long Beach

We finished planting the five planters we hadn’t got done yesterday along with the tall Cosmos ‘Sensation’ in Fifth Street Park.

Sambucus 'Black Lace' in Fifth Street Park (Allan's photo)

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ in Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

Sambucus 'Black Lace' (Allan's photo)

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ (Allan’s photo)

Our friend Barbara stops by to compliment our work.  Thank you!

Our friend Barbara stops by to compliment our work. Thank you!

window display at my favourite shop. NIVA green

window display at my favourite shop. NIVA green

With Long Beach planting of the day done, we headed north, and picked up more plants on the way.

The Planter Box

The Planter Box is a farm and feed supply store as well as a plant nursery.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan thought these chicks looked like they were synchonized dancing, like The Temptations.

Allan thought these chicks looked like they were synchonized dancing, like The Temptations.

The Basket Case Greenhouse

I got myself one each of the colored callas.

I got myself one each of the colored callas.

red calibachroa for the Red Barn planters

red calibachroa for the Red Barn planters

These baskets will be completely covered with flowers soon.

These baskets will be completely covered with flowers soon.

Diane’s garden

We didn’t get to Diane’s garden till after four, much later than I had hoped.

sorting out and burbling plants in the pasture next to Diane's

sorting out and burbling plants in the pasture next to Diane’s

Allan planted cosmos along the streetside garden while I planted up the many containers by the back porch.

Alliums in the curbside garden (Allan's photo)

Allium albopilosum in the curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

Allium schubertii (center0 and albopilosum (Allan's photo)

Allium schubertii (center0 and albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

soaking the very dry streetside garden (Allan's photo)

soaking the very dry streetside garden with new cosmos and cosmos reseeded from last year (Allan’s photo)

streetside garden (Allan's photo)

streetside garden with Stipa gigantea (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

meanwhile....the planting of annuals in pots (Allan's photo)

meanwhile….the planting of annuals in pots (Allan’s photo)

Diane likes all pastels, blues, whites, pinks.  (Allan's photo)

Diane likes all pastels, blues, whites, pinks. (Allan’s photo)

Allan helped by picking up pots and sweeping up.

By now it was 7 PM and we still had the Red Barn to do.

I had been checking my phone regularly during the day and I realized that I was NOT going to get the promised call with a decision about the Job in Jeopardy.  I was too tired to fret about that…much.

stuffed full and well watered

stuffed full and well watered

The Red Barn

Fortunately, we only had 15 plants to plant at the Red Barn…12 red calibrachoa and the three Salvia ‘Hot Lips’.

Red Barn garden has seven barrels in all.  (Allan's photo)

Red Barn garden has seven barrels in all. (Allan’s photo, at dusk)

tatty old Erysimums got replaced with Salvia 'Hot Lips' because I have used up every good looking Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' for sale on this whole Peninsula.

tatty old Erysimums got replaced with Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ because I have used up every good looking Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ for sale on this whole Peninsula.

All day long I had thought we would get done in time to plant up the Ilwaco planters and water the boatyard and part of the port gardens.  It was not to be…as everything took longer than I wanted today.  So we will have to work on Saturday in Ilwaco, not the worst fate as that will be close to home. By the time we got done dealing with plants at home today, it was completely dark.

ginger

1997 (age 73):

May 13:  Started weeding in lower driveway.  Brought the begonia baskets that were nearly blooming out to the porch.  Also brought the “window boxes” out.  Moved the pots that were through blooming and made room for begonias on RR ties.  [Stacked ties formed the edge of the patio.]

1998 (age 74):

May 13:   I continued removing violet leaves and soon ran out of glasses to root them in so I tried a new way.  I used two trays each with 8 of the 5″ pots each with 9 sections.  I filled trays halfway with water and filled each section with my peat moss and vermiculite plant mix and then put 4 or 5 leaves into each section.  2 trays with 8 pots = 16 each pot with 9 sections = 288 each section with 5 (or more) = 720 leaves.

 

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Ilwaco

We had an ambitious agenda today, starting with deadheading some narcissi that I noticed during yesterday evening’s drive by of the Howerton Way gardens. (I simply had no energy then to get out of the vehicle and pick off the dead flower stems).

By the Loading Dock Village building, I found room in the garden for three Agastaches (hyssops), which I hope will do well with minimal watering.  In his excellent book High and Dry, Robert Nold warned that they need more water than most people think, so this is a test of their endurance. 

three hyssops added

three hyssops added

I do wish we could just weed all along the port this week.  I saw little creeping sorrels coming back, and pulled some.  However, fertilizing elsewhere must take a priority as a good rainy (reading! I hope!) day is due on Friday and would nicely wash it all in.

same bed: Blue Ceanothus, blue sky

same bed: Blue Ceanothus, blue sky

same garden bed: narcissi

same garden bed: narcissi

Further west by the Ilwaco Pavilion and restrooms:  Oh how mildly infuriating to see all the ‘Baby Moon’ narcissi blooming now, when in other years I have always been able to count on them being in bloom for the parade on the first Saturday in May.

my favourite of all the Howerton Way garden beds

my favourite of all the Howerton Way garden beds

Narcissus 'Baby Moon' and santolinas

Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ and santolinas, dianthus, etc

I will be curious to see what IS in bloom for parade weekend in Ilwaco and Long Beach!  One glimmer of hope is that this California poppy was already flowering in this same little garden:

California poppy (probably 'White Linen')

California poppy (probably ‘White Linen’)

reseeded from last year

reseeded from last year

If the ones reseeded from last year start to bloom this early, and the ones I sowed this year come on later, we should have a long lasting poppy show.

I long for a day to weed the boatyard; I will fertilize lightly as we go, when that happy day arrives, to work it in well so loose dogs don’t dig in it (or not too much, one hopes).

We drove by with no time to weed.  This cute boat caught my eye enough to get her photo taken out the van window.

We drove by with no time to weed. This cute boat caught my eye enough to get her photo taken out the van window.

At the post office, I got an exciting small box from Bluestone Perennials so we paused at home so I could free the plants.

plants

plants

photos from Bluestone Perennials....wowie zowie, eh?

photos from Bluestone Perennials….wowie zowie, eh?

And Sambucus 'Lemony Lace', makes my mouth water.

And Sambucus ‘Lemony Lace’, makes my mouth water.

In the garden, I took one photo before we headed back to our work day.

a deep red primula given to me by Jayne of Bailey's Café in Nahcotta.

a deep red primula given to me by Jayne of Bailey’s Café in Nahcotta.

The Depot Restaurant

The day’s fertilizing began at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview.

Depot garden with some narcissi and tulips

Depot garden with some narcissi and tulips

I wish we had time today to severely edit the ajuga.  Soon its day of doom will come. 

Ajuga (bugleweed) creeping forward from the back...

Ajuga (bugleweed) creeping forward from the back…

and backward from the front...

and backward from the front…

On the way to run two nursery errands, we paused long enough to photograph the tulips at the welcome sign.

welcome

back

The Planter Box

We needed to buy several more bags of Dr. Earth fertilizer.

Limonium Suworowii, for sale as you walk in.

Limonium Suworowii, for sale as you walk in.

rose

The Basket Case

After planting three Agastaches at the port, I had gotten anxious about running out of them, so back we went to The Basket Case to snag some and some more Gaura ‘Whirling Butterfly’ and ‘So White’.

more, more more!

more, more more! (Allan’s photo)

Fred totals up.

Fred totals up.  (Allan’s photo)

Now we could get back to fertilizing.  Because we had skipped Klipsan Beach Cottages yesterday, we headed there.  I am trying a new plan, just getting through as many gardens as possible without getting anxious about how far along we are.  It worked yesterday….sort of….

Klipsan Beach Cottages

At KBC, owner/manager Mary helped rake the fertilizer in, and that helped speed things along.  Allan and I did some weeding and deadheading and then took some photos for the KBC Facebook page (which I help run, along with many more).

boxwood and Euphorbia

boxwood and Euphorbia

Clematis (Allan's photo)

Clematis (Allan’s photo)

Clematis on a deer fence gate (Allan's photo)

Clematis over a deer fence gate (Allan’s photo)

In the fenced garden, two pots of Angelique tulips

In the fenced garden, two pots of Angelique tulips

In the fenced garden, Tulip 'Angelique'

Tulip ‘Angelique’

Tulip 'Formosa'

Tulip ‘Formosa’

multi flowering tulip 'Florette'

multi flowering tulip ‘Florette’

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

a tulip which has come back in the ground for over five years now

a tulip which has come back in the ground for over five years now

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)  (taken without each other’s knowledge)

one of two yellow tree peonies

one of two yellow tree peonies

tree peony flowers

tree peony flowers

I was thrilled that this year I was there during their bloom time!

I was thrilled that this year I was there during their bloom time!

Pieris by the lawn garden

Pieris by the lawn garden

more Clematis (Allan's photo)

more Clematis (Allan’s photo)

detail (Allan's photo)

detail (Allan’s photo)

Joseph's Coat rose (Allan's photo)

Joseph’s Coat rose (Allan’s photo)

shadows by the A Frame woods

shadows by the A Frame woods

Narcissi in the A Frame garden (Allan's photo)

Narcissi in the A Frame garden (Allan’s photo)

cool plant from Mary's brother (Allan's photo)

cool plant from Mary’s brother (Allan’s photo)

One of Mary’s brothers lives near Heronswood and is quite the plantsman.  He’s the one who gave her the yellow tree peonies and also the Cardiocrinum giganteum that bloomed last year, a choice plant with which his own garden abounds.

the garden below the house deck

the garden below the house deck

As we left, I lazily asked Allan to photograph two things that I spotted from the vehicle’s passenger seat:

a container planting by Mary by the office door (Allan's photo)

a container planting by Mary by the office door (Allan’s photo)

Easter decor

Easter decor

a narcissi with a darling tiny cup

a narcissi with a darling tiny cup

The smaller the cup, the more I like them.

The smaller the cup, the more I like them.

Anchorage Cottages

I had brought four window box inserts to see if they would fit.  They are too short to fill the length of the windowbox frames.

not gonna work

not gonna work

Manager Beth said she would order more of the kind that the bulbs are planted in.  Two of those in each frame fill up the whole length.  The bulb ones are sort of narrow which is why I was hoping the terracotta ones would work.  Oh well.  So…we fertilized and I planted Agastaches and Nicotiana langsdorfii.

My good friend Mitzu was there.

My good friend Mitzu was there.

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m3

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trying a new thing: Agastaches added to containers.  I think they will bloom most of the summer.

trying a new thing: Agastaches added to containers. I think they will bloom most of the summer.

Across the street: a classic scene of beach clothes drying in the sun on a white picket fence:

fence

Boreas Inn

Allan was tormented when we drove up to the Boreas Inn’s west gardens to see Susie’s whirligig garden sculpture madly twirling.  He had bought himself one at a close out sale at Fred Meyer and his has never agreed to spin despite tinkering and oiling.

(Allan's photo)

Susie’s taunted him by whirling rapidly in very little wind. (Allan’s photo)

We fertilized and planted some Agastaches and some Nicotiana langsdorfii.  On the future work list is the task of  edging the lawn beds.

looking west

looking west

some stray narcissi in the long grass

some stray narcissi in the long grass

Long Beach

We had eight plants to plant in Long Beach:

two Champion hebes by the little monument in Coulter Park

two Champion hebes by the little monument in Coulter Park

three nicotianas at City Hall, where the red rhodo has popped into bloom overnight.

three nicotianas at City Hall, where the red rhodo has popped into bloom overnight.

City Hall

City Hall

City Hall...I love the foliage of the Aruncus (goatsbeard); I rescued this one from our old road when it was widened, years ago.

City Hall…I love the foliage of the Aruncus (goatsbeard); I rescued this one from our old road when it was widened, years ago.

and three nicotiana in Fifth Street Park, where I am determined to have them even though it was hard to squeeze them in.

and three nicotiana in Fifth Street Park, where I am determined to have them even though it was hard to squeeze them in.

home again

I managed to cast fertilizer around the front garden, and get magnesium sulfate on the roses front and back.  (The deer are still coming in and nibbling the front garden roses, hopping the low fence.)

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

I was quite excited to find, inside the front fence, a runner from the Tetrapanax!

(Allan's photo)  It's next to Melianthus major.  I may be sorry later but for now I love that the Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' is spreading.

(Allan’s photo) It’s to the left, next to Melianthus major. I may be sorry later but for now I love that the Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ is spreading.

I did not have time to work the fertilizer in and only looked at the weeds.  It will get worked in by rain and later by me when I can finally have some weeding days at home.

Tomorrow: If we can spend most of the day at Andersen’s and get its gardens fertilized and weeded, I will feel we have put in a very good six days of work.

three jobs erased, and a couple added

three jobs erased, and a couple added

Further accomplishment:  We finished watching the latest season of Doctor Who tonight and will be able to return it to the library on time.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Ilwaco

Helen, waiting to greet clients at our accountant's office.  Jennifer does her own lovely planters.

Helen, waiting to greet clients at our accountant’s office. Jennifer does her own lovely planters.

Allan's photos: We put Erysimums in two Ilwaco planters.

Allan’s photos: We put Erysimums in two Ilwaco planters.

Red Barn Arena

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We had not been to the Red Barn at all in March.

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Our garden project there is small…just a bed along a fence by the upper right corner of building, and seven big containers.

one of two pots at the entrance to the grounds

one of two pots at the entrance to the grounds

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the little fence garden, before

the little fence garden, before

and after

and after

Allan's photo: lots of little California poppy seeds coming up

Allan’s photo: lots of little California poppy seeds coming up

south wall of barn

south wall of barn

calibrachoa survived winter and is blooming!

calibrachoa survived winter and is blooming!

detail: Tulip batalinii "Bright Gem'

detail: Tulip batalinii “Bright Gem’

hugo

Hugo:  Allan's photo

Hugo: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

Just next door is Diane’s garden, which we also had skipped for all of March.

before weeding the roadside bed today

before weeding the roadside bed today

after

after

Allan's photo: We had an audience from the window.

Allan’s photo: We had an audience from the window: Jacks!

Allan's photo: an old dead shrub under the window came right out.

Allan’s photo: an old dead shrub under the window came right out.

Allan's photo: Jacks (Jax?)

Allan’s photo: Jacks (Jax?)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's before on the roadside, other direction

Allan’s before on the roadside, other direction

Allan's after

Allan’s after

My good friend Misty got a belly rub.

In the back yard: My good friend Misty got a belly rub.

OOPS.  No violas, and that orangey tulip was supposed to be some sort of pastel shade.

OOPS. No violas, and that orangey tulip was supposed to be some sort of pastel shade.

I had not planted any violas yet, and they are one of Diane’s favourites.  This called for a trip to The Basket Case Greenhouse, just five minutes up Sandridge Road.

Basket Case Greenhouse

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Allan's photo: Nancy and me

Allan’s photo: Nancy and me

Allan's photo: more Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Allan’s photo: more Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Back to Diane’s…

all in gentle shades, as she likes soft colours.

a flat of violas all in gentle shades, as she likes soft colours.

That's better!

That’s better!

The Anchorage Cottages

Our friend Mitzu the Shih Tzu was there!  (Allan's photo)

Our friend Mitzu the Shih Tzu was there! (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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The pesky scilla are having their moment of glorious blue in the courtyard (even though we pull out scads of the bulbs every year).

The pesky scilla are having their moment of glorious blue in the center courtyard (even though we pull out scads of the bulbs every year).

We had two big new containers to fill.  We had brought two big bags of potting soil, but I had forgotten how large the containers were.  This called for a trip five minutes up Pacific Highway to…

The Planter Box

The Planter Box garden center

The Planter Box garden center

We had needed to buy some fertilizer anyway.  Dr. Earth is my favourite brand.

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Limonium; owner Teresa says this statice will likely be perennial.

I love this new Limonium; owner Teresa says this statice will likely be perennial.

I believe it is Limonium suworowii (Russian Statice),

also a precious viola

also a precious viola

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Before returning to the Anchorage, we checked on the gardens at…

Andersen’s RV Park

We had not been there for over a week.  I was pleased that our extensive weeding had held up well enough so we can leave this job alone now till next week.

an empty space to the right, where a guest drove into one of the six whiskey barrels

an empty space to the right, where a guest drove into one of the six whiskey barrels

If I had remembered to replant narcissi in the barrels, they would have been full of yellow and shown up better.

This RV Park guest had been shopping earlier at Mostly Hats in Long Beach.

This RV Park guest had been shopping earlier at Mostly Hats in Long Beach.  (Allan’s photo)

We deadheaded narcissi all around the park.  It is said that deadheading is good for the bulb, as instead of using energy to form seeds in the pod, the energy returns to the bulb.

a pretty little poppy from The Basket Case, about to bloom (Allan's photo)

a pretty little poppy from The Basket Case, about to bloom (Allan’s photo)

Undeaded narcissi look tatty.  (Allan's photo)

Also, undeaded narcissi look tatty. (Allan’s photo)

deadheading and weeding Payson Hall (Allan's photo)

deadheading and weeding Payson Hall (Allan’s photo)

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No sign of sweet peas, but it was only been 11 days....

No sign of sweet peas, but it has only been 11 days….

container tulips by the office

container tulips by the office

Tulip 'Artist' has returned for three years.

Tulip ‘Artist’ has returned for three years.

Back to The Anchorage

Tulip 'Green Star' by the office

Tulip ‘Green Star’ by the office

It's one of my favourites.

It’s one of my favourites.

But this one got so twisty it never opened up.

But this one got so twisty it never opened up.

Tulip 'Angelique'

Tulip ‘Angelique’

Tulip 'Gavota' almost over.

Tulip ‘Gavota’ almost over.

windowboxes with species tulips and narcissi

windowboxes with species tulips and narcissi

box

windowbox

That little narcissi that has been blooming everywhere had flummoxed me, and I had thought it might be Narcissus jonquilla simplex.  But NO!  I suddenly realized it is Baby Moon, the one I plant by the hundreds because I can count on it blooming in late April and being in full bloom for the two city parades, Ilwaco and Long Beach, on the first weekend in May.  This year all the Baby Moons are blooming in late March to early April.  I choose to be pleased that they are blooming during spring break, and I wonder just what will be in bloom for the parade weekend?!

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Baby Moon

Baby Moon, a month early

accidental perfect combo with tulip and primrose

accidental perfect combo with tulip and primrose

Narcissi in courtyard

Narcissi in courtyard

some of that new pink statice

some of that new pink statice

white narcissi

white narcissi

mor courtyard narcissi

more courtyard narcissi; you can just see the edge of one of the big new planters, to the left

We used this new product, and it was a bit stronger smelling than plain old potting soil.

This is the new kind of potting soil we got to finish off the big pots.  It smelled more manure-y than regular potting soil, just faintly.

This is the new kind of potting soil we got to finish off the big pots. It smelled more manure-y than regular potting soil, just faintly.

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I found a big fat snail on one of the flowerpots.  I cannot bear to squish them, so he got carried off to the dune grass and beach pines to the west of the lawn.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I felt so tired and sleepy today (two different things) that I reminded myself that soon The Deadliest Catch telly show will start up again and I’ll be reminded that it could be a lot worse if I were crab fishing on the Bering Sea instead of merely gardening after a few nights of insomnia.

However, I was unable to resist the idea of our Thursday tradition at the Cove Restaurant, even though we had just been there last night.  The Thursday habit is hard to break especially when one feels tired and deserving of a treat.

The Cove Restaurant

The Restaurant is on the golf course.

The Restaurant is on the golf course.

Parking Lot Cat waits to greet customers.

Parking Lot Cat waits to greet customers.

again the table with the white chrysanthemum

again the table with the white chrysanthemum

bunny

Allan said the bunny wanted some of my strawberry salad.

Allan said the bunny wanted some of my strawberry salad.

my dinner; Allan had fish tacos

my dinner; Allan had fish tacos

menu

home

Two books have arrived in the last week from Australia that I so wish I had some rainy days off to read…(along with the daunting stack of good library books).

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I now have THREE unread books by my favourite Kate.

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

at home

Rain and wind provided a blissful day off.

snoozy Mary

snoozy Mary

Smokey waited for me to settle down to read.  (Calvin, not Smokey, is the one who claws this chair.)

Smokey waited for me to settle down to read. (Calvin, not Smokey, is the one who claws this chair.)

I read a gripping mystery from cover to cover.

I read a gripping mystery from cover to cover.

I did not do the things I had instructed myself to do: pack for my trip and wrap Montana Mary’s birthday presents to mail on Friday.

Allan, inspired the the orange beef that Steve recently served us for lunch, made a tasty orange chicken dish.

Allan, inspired by the orange beef recently served at lunch by Steve and John, made a tasty orange chicken dish.

At the end of the day, Mary and Frosty were again snoozing together.  A new trend.

At the end of the day, Mary and Frosty were again snoozing together. A new trend.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The work list is growing.

The work list is growing, and the beach approach weeding has not even made the list yet.

After a night of inexplicable insomnia (no particular worries, just could NOT sleep well), my big plan was to get some cow fiber mulch, shop a bit at the Basket Case, mulch Mayor Mike’s garden back here in Ilwaco and then do some mulching at the port and plant poppy seeds there.  I was hoping for two easy days to close out the week.

As we were leaving Ilwaco I checked my phone messages and found I had missed one from Monday.  Yikes.  It was from Parks Manager Mike in Long Beach and the beach approach garden needed to be pruned of some branches sticking out a bit too far, not into the traffic lane, but just hanging a bit over the curb to where someone who had to swerve to the side might run into them.  The whole day’s plan got upended; we postponed the mulch pick up and headed straight to the Bolstadt beach approach.  Allan took the photos:

I got right down to pruning and Allan came behind picking up and hauling and clipping anything I missed..

I got right down to pruning and Allan came behind picking up and hauling and clipping anything I missed..  You can see behind me not that much was sticking way out.

Fortunately, mugo pine wood is soft and easy to lop.

Fortunately, mugo pine wood is soft and easy to lop.

looking west at the neatened edge

looking west at the neatened edge

Maddeningly, this job had not even made it to the work list yet, at which time, when we actually schedule it, we will remove some of the rugosa roses from along the edge.  That will last for a year or so before they creep back.

trying to do as neat a job as possible while in a frenzy.

trying to do as neat a job as possible while in a frenzy.

lots for Allan to pick up

lots for Allan to pick up

getting closer to the arch

getting closer to the arch

a trailer load of prunings

a trailer load of prunings

looking west from the arch

looking west from the arch

I was in a state of “We have way too many jobs for two people” semi-misery.  Finally, we were done; I walked to city hall, a block east, to check on the garden there while Allan picked up the last pile.

Who should I see but my neighbour, Rudder!  (His people, of Starvation Alley Farms, have their business HQ by the arch.)

Who should I see but my neighbour, Rudder! (His people, of Starvation Alley Farms, have their business HQ by the arch.)

Allan's photo of Rudder

Allan’s photo of Rudder

City Hall, north side

City Hall, north side

narcissi

Narcissi and weeping love grass

Narcissi and weeping love grass

The hellebore is darkening as it ages.

The hellebore is darkening as it ages.

and a hellebore, which caused a sensation with some passersby.  "What is that plant?!"

same hellebore on Feb 14

I do love small cupped narcissi.

I do love small cupped narcissi.

Leaving the city works yard, after dumping debris, we were finally back on track for my original plan.  Near the works yard, I saw a flying bird for Mr. Tootlepedal.

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 The Planter Box

a cute driver outside the Planter Box garden center

a cute driver outside the Planter Box garden center

a lovely flowering quince

a lovely flowering quince

Dicentra spectabilis (bleeding heart)

Dicentra spectabilis (bleeding heart)

Raymond ready to scoop

Raymond ready to scoop

I told him there is nothing handsomer than a man with a scoop of cow manure.

I told him there is nothing handsomer than a man with a scoop of cow manure.

in the store: assorted abodes for bees

in the store: assorted abodes for bees

and some pertinent information

and some pertinent information

The Basket Case

We swung up and over Cranberry Road to get to the Basket Case, in order to pick up a few more violas for the Ilwaco and Long Beach planters and some more santolina and lavender for the port gardens.

The Basket Case Greenhouse

a shipment of clematis, passion flower, and climbing hydrangea; I got myself a Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit'.

a shipment of clematis, passion flower, and climbing hydrangea; I got myself a Clematis viticella ‘Polish Spirit’.

Fred waits for me to make up my mind about how many more plants to buy.

Fred waits for me to make up my mind about how many more plants to buy.  Foreground: the fragrant Viola ‘Etain’  (Allan’s photo)

Mike’s Garden

We returned to Ilwaco in a big hurry to get mulch onto Mayor Mike’s garden and the port.

mulching at Mike's: Allan's photo

mulching at Mike’s: Allan’s photo

When we had weeded there a couple of weeks ago, I thought that the soil look hard and tired.

mulch being added

mulch being added

all nice now

all nice now

We had to scoop around the edges of the trailer to get mulch that was cool to the touch, and Allan hosed it down to cool it all the way.  You can’t pile hot mulch on plants without making them very unhappy.  Speaking of hot, the weather had turned warm and I was kinda miserable but did not have time to think about it much.  I knew it would be cooler when we got to the port gardens.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

Narcissi 'Thalia', one of my favourites

Narcissi ‘Thalia’, one of my favourites.  Bulb foliage has speared an old leaf.

Mike's garden; the little table is to put a sprinkler on in summer.

Mike’s garden; the little table is to put a sprinkler on in summer.

a red pieris

a red pieris

Port of Ilwaco

By a little after four, we made it to the east end of Howerton Way at the port, a block east and a block south of Mike’s garden.

The east end bed has never gotten a nice mulching and I think it will be happier now and hold water better.  Allan took the photos of this project.

before, looking northwest

before, looking northwest

after

 

before

before

after, with me planting California poppy seeds (mixed colours) and Legion of Honour poppies down the center

after, with me planting California poppy seeds (mixed colours) and Legion of Honour poppies down the center

My dream had been to get poppy seeds planted in some of the gardens the whole length of Howerton.  I ran out of steam after planting some at the next bed that had room.  (Allan planted six santolinas and two lavenders.)

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the next bed to get poppies (and last one for today): Dusky Rose, Tropical Sunset, Buttercream, Copperpot.

the next bed to get poppies (and last one for today): Dusky Rose, Tropical Sunset, Buttercream, Copperpot.

The bed is by the Loading Dock Village.

The bed is by the Loading Dock Village building

flowering pear street tree in that same bed

flowering pear street tree in that same bed

We had collected some river rock from the east end bed and now we dumped them into the rock bed by the old hotel at the west end.

more rocks to help hide the landscape fabric

more rocks to help hide the landscape fabric

Other public gardeners will recognize how dogs like to leave a deposit right on top of a plant.

Other public gardeners will recognize how dogs like to leave a deposit right on top of a plant.  (Second grass clump)

We added Viola ‘Etain’ and some more variegated lemon thyme to a few more of the city planters.  We found a cute surprise in the one by the Portside Café.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

By 6:45, we were done and even though we were tired after a difficult day, the appeal of some delicious ahi tuna at the Cove Restaurant was too hard to resist.

Cove Restaurant

the garden outside (Allan's photo)

the garden outside (Allan’s photo)

behind the counter (Allan's photo)

behind the counter (Allan’s photo)

menu

the ceremonial photography of the food (Allan's photo)

the ceremonial photography of the food (Allan’s photo)

We had dived into a caesar salad with anchovies before remembering to take a photo…

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ahi tuna

bronzed scallops with lemon butter

bronzed scallops with lemon butter

I got to erase two thing: mulch Mike and mulch Port...

I got to erase two thing: mulch Mike and mulch Port…(Marylin for poppies should be Marilyn)

Tomorrow….I so hope for an easy day, but it will have to start with packaging Montana Mary’s presents (I’m a lousy wrapper; my friends are used to sloppy packaging but I do struggle each time to do better) and then finishing the poppy planting at the port….and then some tidying in Long Beach and (I hope) finishing the big popout, and then packing for a trip to the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m still running behind on blogging due to the caterpillar emergency evening, so here I continue to attempt to catch up.

Larry and Robert’s garden

Monday morning, the first item was to water Larry and Robert’s garden because we had planted a new little tree. We could not count on rain to keep the new plants happy, and in fact found a couple of perennials with thirst-wilted leaves. (The green Echinacea seems highly miffy when it comes to needing water.) Allan drive and I walked a bit later as I still had a few potted plants to water in my own garden. On the way, I looked over the fence to admire Judy’s Eryngium, nicknamed “LB”.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Saliva patens on Larry's front steps

Saliva patens on Larry’s front steps (from The Planter Box)

watering

watering

The Depot Restaurant

We next checked on the Depot garden to see if those plants needed water. The Eryngiums had fallen over a bit.

but we were stakeless

but we were stakeless

The garden did need watering because the sprinkler system does not hit the new garden.

Planter Box and Basket Case

Next, The Planter Box…for some Dr Earth organic CATERPILLAR spray. We have to deal with them at a commercial job, whereas, as I have said, in my own garden I would let nature take its course. Look at all the glorious cosmos that Planter Box still has for sale:

glorious cosmos for sale at Planter Box

glorious cosmos for sale at Planter Box

another great Planter Box annual: Salpiglossis

another great Planter Box annual: Salpiglossis

I bought some stunning Gazania there, and we then nipped over to The Basket Case to get a different kind of Gazania. There we saw a sign welcoming the Sisters on the Fly club, and Fred told us that he’d gotten an email from Lorna of Andersen’s RV letting him know that the club was collecting “something blue” on this trip. He and Nancy had put a collection of blue flowering plants at the front of the center greenhouse. Very clever. Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Lithodora, Salvia ‘Queen Victoria’. With this knowledge, we bought some Queen Victoria to add to the Payson Hall planters because the rest of our day would be spent at Andersen’s.

Basket Case

Once upon a time, I had several old nonfunctioning wheelbarrows planted with flowers, and I then “went off” the idea, but seeing how great the Basket Case wheelbarrows look, I will try again the next time one becomes not work worthy.

planted with Nancy's magic touch

planted with Nancy’s magic touch

Andersen’s RV Park

At Andersen’s, we stopped at the road box to add Gazania. The reseeding nasturtiums are being slow and not putting on any show so far.

workin' on the road box

workin’ on the road box

a Gazania 'Stars and Stripes mix' from Planter Box

a Gazania ‘Stars and Stripes mix’ from Planter Box

It is always a trick to plant this planter because nothing in it can be too tall or signs will be blocked.

for example...

for example…

We finished the detailed weeding of the picket fence and west gardens. Meanwhile staffer Rob was appreciating the flowers by taking some photos which are slated for the Andersen’s website.

with a macro lens

with a macro lens

We brought some coils of fishing rope which had been left in the bogsy woods by David Maki, the son of the former owner of our house, Shirley Maki. Some of it has gone to decorate at Queen La De Da’s, some hangs on our fence, and now some is at Andersen’s artistically enhancing two big planters.

Al starts uncoiling rope

Al starts uncoiling rope

pot number one

pot number one

It took three staffers to coil the rope around; it is quite stiff, and I was impressed that they managed it!

having at pot number two

having at pot number two

finished

finished

We got the weeding done and Payson Hall deadheaded but not before a big storm moved in. It rained so hard I felt like I was breathing rain, and we did not even have our raincoats with us as had not expected it til Tuesday.

Payson Hall planters all refreshed

Payson Hall planters all refreshed

I was, in fact, thrilled because the rain meant that we did not have to drive far north to Surfside to water Marilyn’s in the late evening. I could only hope (because the Peninsula is long enough that the weather differs) that it also rained reasonably hard up there, although the sky looked suspiciously light in that direction.

The group leaders of the Sisters on the Fly and a few other trailers had already arrived. There will be many trailers by Wednesday evening and we must get back to see them. (Payson will need deadheading again anyway for such a special event; the women will be dining there.) Here is a sampling. They were even cuter before the rain came and some of the decor got put away.

trailer

Rod and Reel

Rod and Reel

two cuties

two cuties

another cutie

another cutie

another cutie

We have the pleasure of knowing that the gardens are just about as perfect as we can get them for this fun group and we look forward to stopping by later this week to see all of the painted and decorated vintage trailers.

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