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First:  The Music in the Gardens tour is next weekend.  For sneak peeks of some of the gardens, see: Sneak Peeks.

Sunday July 7th began with a visit to Olde Towne Café to celebrate and support the first day of their summer Sunday opening.

Olde Towne Trading Post Café

Olde Towne Trading Post Café

The best part is that we came at a lull and Luanne had time to sit and schmooze with us.

Then it was back home for a busy and productive day in the garden.  Days off have to be productive either in the garden or on the computer since there are so few of them.  No chaise lounging.

Flowers that I particularly enjoyed:

Platycodon, common name balloon flower because of the adorable buds

Platycodon, common name balloon flower because of the adorable buds

And it opens might pretty, too.

And it opens might pretty, too.

One of my sanguisorbas.  I collect them, then lose the tags.

One of my sanguisorbas. I collect them, then lose the tags.

the stunning buttercream lily

the stunning buttercream lily

if only it would last longer!

if only it would last longer!

Lower right, above:  more of the wild impatiens I keep pulling…and pulling…and yet some are flowering now…and I like them…but if they go to seed there will be zillions more to pull next year.

a rose from Heirloom, possibly Hot Cocoa, and Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

a rose from Heirloom, possibly Hot Cocoa, and Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

If I were retired, I would have have all the names and tags sorted out.

I know this one: Papaver 'Lauren's Grape'

I know this one: Papaver ‘Lauren’s Grape’

The Dahlias are out...and big...and seem kind of early to me.

The Dahlias are out…and big…and seem kind of early to me.

dahlias

dahlias

Dicentra scandens climbing into a hanging basket

Dicentra scandens climbing into a hanging basket

planted hibachi

planted hibachi

Garden tour organizer Nancy came over for awhile to pick up a ‘Banana Cream’ daisy that I had got her and to bring me some of the beautiful garden tour posters to distribute.  As we walked the garden, she was taken with this Japanese iris; this photo is to remind me to share a piece with her later this year.

a Japanese iris from my old garden

a Japanese iris from my old garden

Luanne came over to visit at the same time so we had a lovely confab sitting on the patio.  I decided not to pester them to be photographed for blog fodder.  The cats will do as they provided entertainment.

Calvin was caught out sleeping in the garlic.  He is usually so shy that no visitor sees him.  Here he might be trying to figure out how to escape the attention.

Calvin

Calvin

Mary and Smokey stage a mock battle

Mary and Smokey stage a mock battle

Mary retires to join Frosty at the cat door.

Mary retires to join Frosty at the cat door.

Nancy showed me that the scapes of the garlic (blossom tops) need to be removed so the strength goes to the bulb before harvesting.  Since I usually grow elephant garlic for the flower and its cute little paper cap, I did not know this.  Allan made sauteed snow peas with garlic scapes as part of dinner, and it was delicious.

garlic scapes and peas

garlic scapes and peas: my big harvest

I am still fretting a bit about being on the edible tour because two of the gardens that I know of so far are very serious edible growers….and my garden is frivolous except for spuds, strawberries, blueberries, herbs, raspberries…and some salad bowls.  Peas and beans.  Garlic.  No lovely rows of veg to be found anywhere, though.

I told Nancy I can grow edibles, in fact started gardening exclusively with edibles in my old Seattle garden till a fateful lecture by Ann Lovejoy turned me into a plant collector.  I related how I had asked Allan last summer “If I grow edibles, will you  cook ’em?”  He had not been very interested in that.  Later I found Nancy had had a little talk with him on this subject.  Thus the nice peas and garlic scapes for dinner!

One project for the weekend was to clean up the east side of the bogsy wood.  I had begun Saturday evening before fireworks but had taken the springy not very good ho-mi back there with me so did not get far.

before

before

Sunday: quite a satisfying after

Sunday: quite a satisfying after

Again I ran across the saying that I quite like and had the bright idea of hanging on the fence.  Allan helped.  Actually, he did all the drilling and wiring and hanging.

sign on old chair back

sign on old chair back

I was thrilled to find some of the beans I had planted and forgotten about had come up.  They got some nice fish fertilizer and Sluggo protection.

at the foot of the purple camellia

at the foot of the purple camellia

Another project: to control (i.e. pull) the nasturtiums.  That’s kind of ironic because they are edible.  But they are swamping the blueberries in one area and that will not do.

before

before

after

after

While I was in there, I got a good look at the poppies in the middle of the garden.

ruffly!

ruffly!

with filipendula

with filipendula

In the center bed, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is swallowing Alliums, Eryngiums, and Lobelia tupa.  I am beginning to get the idea of how big Rozanne is and will move more plants to give her all the room.

the voracious 'Rozanne'

the voracious ‘Rozanne’

Behind the cat bench another area needed de-nasturtiuming.

before, with the cat bench moved to one side

before, with the cat bench moved to one side

after, just a little less blurry

after, just a little less blurry

I found my lovely white dahlias all sideways under the nasturtiums making it so easy for the slugs to chew upon them.  I hope they recover now that they can see the sky again.

In the greenhouse, I have tomatoes!  Edible!  (Eventually.)

tomatoes

tomatoes

Allan did a marvellous job of weeding the very difficult bed down the east side of the fence: difficult because grass grows in under the fence from next door.

weeded

weeded

And he put up the new sign that we got at Niva green in Long Beach.

over the garage door

over the garage door

from license plates

from license plates

We were both out till dusk, and at the end of the day another lily had begun to open.

twilight in the front garden

twilight in the front garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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