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Friday, 31 July 2015

Even though I’m sure it seems dull to many, I find days off without leaving my home and garden to be idyllic.

tadpoles in the water boxes:

tadpoles in the water boxes: “I don’t wanna grow up, not me!”

Allan did find one with legs!

Allan did find one with legs!

 I spent Friday planting some of the ladies in waiting and here I present the plants and tags for my own information and the amusement of other CPNs (certified plant nuts).  Before I got tucked into the task, CPN (and chef) Ann from Portland came over with her spouse, John, and a delivery of some ‘Xera Cobalt’ Agapanthus from Xera Plants.  (CPN=Certified Plant Nut.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ann was amused by the view east from our front gate, with three boats parked along the street. Normal for Ilwaco.

Ann was amused by the view east from our front gate, with three boats parked along the street. Normal for Ilwaco.

Her father, Frank W. Amato, publishes Salmon Trout Steelheader magazine and the Flyfishing and Tying Journal so Ann took a photo of the boats on the street scene for him.

back garden, east side, room for more plants

back garden, east side, room for more plants

That daylily at the front got dug out.  It has been pouting and drooping all year and was given every chance to improve.

after, with a colour switch on the pottery balls, to tone with some new Agapanthus.

after, with a colour switch on the pottery balls, to tone with some new Agapanthus.

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Sedum ussuriense 'Turkish Delight'

Sedum ussuriense ‘Turkish Delight’

Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

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Agapanthus 'Xera's Cobalt'

Agapanthus ‘Xera’s Cobalt’

Xera's Cobalt

Xera’s Cobalt

The colour of 'Xera's Cobalt'

The colour of ‘Xera’s Cobalt’

A plant new to me: Sideritis

A plant new to me: Sideritis ‘Touch of Spice’ (mountain tea)

Sideritis hyssopifolia 'Touch of Spice'

Sideritis hyssopifolia ‘Touch of Spice’; I think Teresa gave me this to try out.

another Agapanthus, this one from The Planter Box

another Agapanthus, this one from The Planter Box: ‘Two Times Blue’

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another area with a bit of room, thanks to removing a daylily and a siberian iris awhile back.

another area with a bit of room, thanks to removing a daylily and a siberian iris awhile back.

In went an unidentified eucomis, I hope the same one Pam grows so well in Seaside.

In went an unidentified eucomis, I hope the same one Pam grows so well in Seaside.

In the west bed: Dracocephalum 'Blue Moon', also new to me, from The Planter Box

In the west bed: Dracocephalum ‘Blue Moon’, also new to me, from The Planter Box

Sinningia: another plant new to me.

Sinningia: another plant new to me.

Also brought to me by our lovely friend Ann.

Also brought to me by our lovely friend Ann.

Because the Xera tag had the word “containers”, I decided that’s where it would go.

Sinningia roots! not what I expected.

Sinningia roots! not what I expected.

potted up

potted up

Talinium Limon, from 7 Dees, added to a big pot.

Talinium Limon, from 7 Dees, added to a big pot.

looking south over the back garden

looking south over the back garden

the plant vessel 'Ann Lovejoy'

the plant vessel ‘Ann Lovejoy’

the back garden

the back garden

Meanwhile, Allan worked on a project.

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This is not going to be an unlawfully tall fence.

I planted some of my new Agastaches (an obsession) in the front garden.

Agastache 'Kudo's Mandarin'

Agastache ‘Kudo’s Mandarin’

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I think the tags might be boring to some; I have heard that Steve likes to read them, so at least one reader does.

I find Agastache difficult to say.  I knew it was not Aga-stash, but for a long time I was saying it like I was aghast about something.  .  Here’s a good article about them (including various pronunciations, one of which does say “Aghast!”). Here is Agastache pronounced by Emma.

Later: I got the definitive pronunciation from garden writer Bob Nold, and am aGHAST that I have been pronouncing it per Emma for a few months:

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Thanks, Bob, as it is obsessively important to me to try to pronounce plant names correctly.

Kudo's Gold

Agastache ‘Kudo’s Gold’

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Agastache 'Navajo Sunset'

Agastache ‘Navajo Sunset’

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from the Planter Box: Rudbeckia 'Irish Eyes', in the front garden

from the Planter Box: Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’, in the front garden

Allan's photo: Here it comes.

Allan’s photo: end of the day with six of seven posts in.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

There are all sorts of big projects in the garden that I could/should be doing.  Other than planting, I am low on energy for things like digging out sod to make gravel paths.

On Saturday, I actually left the property to walk down to the Portside Café to meet Our Kathleen for lunch; she was down for her semi-monthly visit.  It has taken us this long, what with garden tours and events, to find time to try out the Portside with new owners Debbie and Lauri.  I strolled west down the meander line from the back of my garden to the café.

Looking back to the bogsy woods. Boat trailers parked at the back of the port parking lots.

Looking east to the bogsy woods. Boat trailers parked at the back of the port parking lots.

looking west; this little road is the closest thing to the Seattle alleys that I miss so much.

looking west; this little road is the closest thing to the Seattle alleys that I miss so much.

looking east again, farther along

looking east again, farther along

boat storage yard, former Warrior of the Seas

boat storage yard, former Warrior of the Seas

looking west toward First Avenue and the boatyard

looking west toward First Avenue and the boatyard

lots of interesting stuff

lots of interesting stuff

looking east

looking east

looking west: the boatyard

looking west: the boatyard

Portside Café

One block north on First Avenue: the appealingly cute Portside Café.

One block north on First Avenue: the appealingly cute Portside Café.

My orange chicken tropical salad and Kathleen's

My orange chicken tropical salad and Kathleen’s “hand-spanked” burger and onion rings were both big hits with these two diners.

in the Portside Café

in the Portside Café

sweet, with a framed photo (far left) that I took of Debbie and Lauri.

sweet, with a framed photo (far left) that I took of Debbie and Lauri.

looks like the back room of the café will be cozy in winter

looks like the back room of the café will be cozy in winter

Allan at work

As we dined, we saw Allan drive past with the water trailer; he had to water the Ilwaco planters.  He’d need to quit that job to have true three day weekends in summer.

Allan's photo at the boatyard, while filling the water tank.

Allan’s photo at the boatyard, while filling the water tank.

a boat coming in

a boat coming in

a deer strolling past City Hall after a nibble on the planters there

a deer strolling past City Hall after a nibble on the planters there

Ilwaco Saturday Market

I had assumed, since we had dined at one, that Kathleen would have already been to the Saturday Market.  She had not, so I walked most of the length of the market with her.

Look at the inviting tables and chairs on the deck of the Salt Hotel.

Look at the inviting tables and chairs on the deck of the Salt Hotel.

This little piggy went to market!

This little piggy went to market!

I petted the darling pig, and she wagged her tail.  And as she walked along, when something amused her, she again wagged her tail like a happy dog.  Allan had been to the market on his own and had also seen the pig.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pretty fruit tarts

pretty fruit tarts

I covet about ten of these to hang in a garden tree.

I covet about ten of these to hang in a garden tree.

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De Asis produce

De Asis Farm produce

De Asis Farm

De Asis Farm

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Of course, I bought a dessert (lime bundt cake) from Pink Poppy Bakery.

Of course, I bought a dessert (lime bundt cake) from Pink Poppy Bakery.

a noble dog outside Time Enough Books

a noble dog outside Time Enough Books

Blue Coast Farms gave me a bag of runner beans; she had an oversupply. They were delicious cooked up for dinner three nights in a row.

Blue Coast Farms gave me a bag of runner beans; she had an oversupply. They were delicious cooked up for dinner three nights in a row.

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This is one of the paths I wish to dig up and turn to gravel. So far, just wishin'.

This is one of the paths I wish to dig up and turn to gravel. So far, just wishin’.

Allan working on the project.

Allan working on the project.

I frittered the late afternoon and evening away with garden blogging, as I was still catching up on garden tour posts from Music in the Gardens.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

On the next day, a cold strong wind blew and I did not set foot out of the house except for a half an hour of bundled up plant watering.  I occupied myself with photo sorting and finishing the Music in the Gardens tour blog entries.  The cats appreciate a day like that.

Frosty

Frosty

Mary

Mary

Smokey

Smokey

Allan took a boating trip on Sunday.  It did not work out quite as he had planned, as the person he had arranged to go with canceled after he had arrived at her house.  My editorial comment:  I did not like that, as he had gotten up extra early (for us).  However, he was resourceful and he regrouped and went out on his own on the other side of the bay.  I am going to make that a bonus post for tonight so that this one is not too ridiculously long.

Even after a boating trip, Allan managed to weed and water the Ilwaco Community Building garden, a job to which he has dedicated himself once a week.

We are still mystified by the huge pile of discarded potatoes below the building, cast off from the senior lunch program for some reason.

We are still mystified by the huge pile of discarded potatoes below the building, cast off from the senior lunch program for some reason.

nasturtiums reseeded from when planters used to be by the library

nasturtiums reseeded from when planters used to be by the library

(Allan's photo): home at dusk after a long day

(Allan’s photo): home at dusk after a long day. Sadly, the next day someone folded this elephant garlic but didn’t it pose for a grand picture?

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Friday, 12 June 2015

at home

right next to my new table

right next to my new table

my new breakfasting view, to the north

my new breakfasting view, to the north

and east; breakfast is much more scenic now.

and east; breakfast is much more scenic now.

and then…off to work.

The Depot Restaurant

While weeding and watering, I contemplated that not much of anything exciting is going on yet in the Depot garden.

The cosmos took a battering from the wind.

The cosmos took a battering from the wind.

The new Sanguisorba 'Dali Marble' was distressingly thirsty. (We have to hose water this new area.)

The new Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ was distressingly thirsty. (We have to hose water this new area.)

At least the Basket Case Greenhouse annuals are exciting.

At least the Basket Case Greenhouse annuals are exciting.

Nancy Aust does these plantings.

Nancy Aust does these plantings.

planted by Basket Case Nancy

planted by Basket Case Nancy

Long Beach

In Long Beach, we skipped the welcome sign because we did not have time for it today, and went straight to Fish Alley to re-do the four whiskey barrels.  I headed over to Veterans Field to check on the gardens before the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market opening day and then rejoined Allan in the Fish Alley.

The market was setting up.

The market vendors setting up.

Allan took a series of photos of the Fish Alley project:

before

before, the kicked-apart old wooden barrel

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plants in new (smaller) barrel

plants in new (smaller) barrel

I am not sure if all the plants are going to thrive on this transplant.  Those that look peaky by next week will be replaced.

before

before

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The Gaura 'So White' did not look happy to be moved.

After: The Gaura ‘So White’ did not look happy to be moved.

When all that remained was clean up, I left to start watering the planters.  The clean up was not easy as each old whiskey barrel was one third full of river rock (a surprise to both me and Allan) that had to be shifted into buckets.  Allan watered the street tree pocket gardens when he had Fish Alley all tidy again.

Cerinthe major purpurascens in planter by Gazebo Park

Cerinthe major purpurascens in planter by Gazebo Park

city crew repainting the seahorse

city crew member repainting the seahorse

I love to see tourists posing in the Long Beach frying pan (my photos taken from across the street while watering).

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"Go like this!"

“Go like this!”

pink Oenothera and California poppies, a complementary combo

pink Oenothera and California poppies, a complementary combo

close up

close up, Oenother and poppies

When I attended a life-changing lecture by Ann Lovejoy in 1998, she used the botanical name Oenothera, but then said “just ask for an evening primrose, the pink one!”.  When I heard Ee-nothera, I never would have guessed it started with an 0.

in the same planter

in the same planter

Fifth Street Park got a quick checkup.

Fifth Street Park got a quick checkup.

Due some misunderstanding about who was watering what, I got done with the planters and there were still eight trees to water.  I tried, and did manage to successfully water two out of the four I attempted.  I am simply terrible at hooking the hose up to the tree connections.  If not for Allan, those pocket gardens would simply dry up.  Despite delays, I was thrilled that we got done in time to do our weekly session at…

The Anchorage Cottages

north wall shade bed at the Anchorage

north wall shade bed at the Anchorage

Center courtyard

Center courtyard

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New Dawn rose

New Dawn rose

Good from every angle right now.

Good from every angle right now.

Ilwaco

Allan left me at the boatyard to weed and water and took off to get the water trailer and make the rounds of the street trees and planters.

One of the planters had a…present?? for us.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

new paint jov (white trim instead of blue and purple) on the Portside Café

new paint jov (white trim instead of blue and purple) on the Portside Café

The owners of the Portside told us this morning (at the post office) that the planter outside has been messed with lately, by a human or perhaps by a stray cat.  They take extra good care, watering and fertilizing and weeding this planter so it is one of the happiest.

It looks a bit disheveled.

It looks a bit disheveled. I see Allan’s shadow.

I'm glad the café is still yellow, as I chose plants to match.

I’m glad the café is still yellow, as I chose plants to match.

I got four buckets of horse tail and dandelions and so on out of the Ilwaco boatyard and could have gotten much much more had I more time.

Was this a theft attempt or did the north wind knock this fennel over?

Was this a theft attempt or did the north wind knock this fennel over?  Looks like someone tried to dig it out.

evening shadows

evening shadows

ceanothus and California poppies

ceanothus and California poppies

shows about one fourth of the garden

shows about one fourth of the garden

blue globe thistle

blue globe thistle

When time came to water, a struggle ensued as the faucets to the north side of the gate had either hoses running up into boats…

I can't get at that hose!

I can’t get at that hose!

Or no hoses at all…

Usually there are more old hoses kicking around.

Usually there are more old hoses kicking around.

I watered the south stretch with the big hose that is always there for washing boats, and looked in despair at having to drag it to the north end.  I thought about The Deadliest Catch and what the Bering Sea crab fishermen would think about my whinging to myself, “I have to drag this hose a whole block, and my thumb is cold from making the water spray, WAHHH!”  Call the WAHmbulance.

Allan returned, helped me drag the hoses, and left again to water the Time Enough Books garden.  He rejoined me at the boatyard as I was finishing up the watering.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: We water from the inside of the fence.

It was 8 PM.

It was 8 PM.

Miss Claudia, a big metal boat

Miss Claudia, a big metal boat

Miss Claudia from the side

Miss Claudia from the side

He dropped me off at home and went to water one more place: the Ilwaco post office:

Ilwaco post office at dusk.

Ilwaco post office at dusk.

At home, the Hymenocallus (Peruvian daffodil) looked so good with even more flowers open that I must share:

from the back

from the back

Peruvian daffodil

Peruvian daffodil

close

closer

looking down...I was too tired to move the hose.

looking down…I was too tired to move the hose.

front porch basket with Callie 'Lemon Slice', being clambered on by Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine)

front porch basket with Callie ‘Lemon Slice’, being clambered on by Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine, left, now called Lamprocapnos, I am sorry to say)

Now: two days off!  I MUST get most if not all of my ladies in waiting into the ground.

Bonus book report:

read it, loved it

read it, loved it

my favourite passage

my favourite passage

 

 

 

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Friday, 27 March 2015

If we could get the sweet peas planted at the Boreas in today, the only sweet pea mission left would be mine at home and at the Ilwaco Post Office (our volunteer garden).  I also have the Ilwaco boatyard on the list, just in case the sweet peas sprout well everywhere, and the slugs don’t get them, and no second planting is necessary, and there are some left over.  It might be fun to have some growing on the chain link fence there.  Or it might not be, as they would need more watering than the rest of the garden.

Today we had to start down along Howerton Way at the Port, deadheading narcissi.  The weather looked chilly, and light rain was predicted.  I would rather have stayed home with the cats.  However, getting the work list whittled down is an irresistable goal at the busiest times of the year.

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Ilwaco

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Tulip clusiana ‘Peppermint Stick’

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small and exquisite

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must plant more narcissi in these three beds next fall

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Time Enough Books garden boat

Allan's photo (includes, to the left, the tool he had "lost")

Allan’s photo (includes, to the left, the tool he had “lost” and I found)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

(I did not boastfully have that little boat named after me; it was the idea of Karla, who owns the fine bookstore in whose landscape the boat sits.)

Allan's photo: tulips in the westernmost bed

Allan’s photo: tulips in the westernmost bed

Allan's photo: tulips and Artemisia...I forget the name of  this low one...."Silver Brocade' I think

Allan’s photo: tulips and Artemisia…I forget the name of this low one….”Silver Brocade’ I think

When I deadheaded the small bed on the south side of the port office, I had the idea that gravel along the back would be so helpful for a maintenance path and to keep water from splashing up onto the building.  So we collected buckets of gravel from the port’s pile and fixed it.  I think we’ll add another batch of gravel before we mulch the garden (which is high on the work list).

As workers, we get to drive down Waterfront Way to get the port office.

As workers, we get to drive down Waterfront Way to get the port office.

after: This should keep dirt from splashing up on the building.

after: This should keep dirt from splashing up on the building.

Rain water falls through from the deck above with enough force to splash the dirt up along the back of the garden.

Rain water falls through from the deck above with enough force to splash the dirt up along the back of the garden.

We stopped at home to pick up a plant I’d forgotten and the garden lured me in for a short while.

front garden thick with flowers

front garden thick with flowers

Pieris backed with Tulip 'Gavota'

Pieris backed with Tulip ‘Gavota’

How I love the small cupped narcissi!

How I love the small cupped narcissi!

Geranium macrorrhizum

Geranium macrorrhizum

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another well behaved hardy gernanium, and a white bucket where the BLUE bucket should be.  ???!!?

pulmonaria

Pulmonaria in Allan’s garden

fresh new growth from the floppy hellebore; we can cut the outside part back now that the flowers are fading.  I wonder if it will bloom again?

fresh new growth from the floppy hellebore; we can cut the outside part back now that the flowers are fading. I wonder if it will bloom again?

black hellebore

black hellebore

Smokey appreciated our brief interlude at home.

Smokey appreciated our brief interlude at home.

Epimidium

Epimidium

Smokey

Smokey in Allan’s garden

The plant that we picked up went into the planter by the Portside Café; it’s a variegated Erysimum with some yellow on the leaves.

Portside Café at First and Main

Portside Café at First and Main

Allan deadheaded nearby planters and noticed someone had plucked and dropped some good narcissi flowers.  Fie!

Allan deadheaded nearby planters and noticed someone had plucked and dropped some good narcissi flowers. Fie!  That’s Narcissus bulbicodium (yellow hoop petticoats) with golden marjoram

Finally, we were done with Ilwaco and continued on our mission to get the Boreas Inn.  However, on the way north I realized that we had better stop to check on the deadheading at…

The Depot Restaurant

The deadheading was not extensive; the window boxes in front were DRY (but we had a bucket of water with us), and I planted ten more oriental lilies.

The Depot garden

The Depot garden

Lily flowering tulips

‘West Point’ Lily flowering tulips

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Long Beach

On the way toward Long Beach, Allan suggested we should check the welcome sign.  It also was not in need of much deadheading.

It's unfortunate that there is chopped narcissi foliage in front.  (They never grew that tall before.)

It’s unfortunate that there is chopped narcissi foliage in front. (They never grew that tall before.)

It looks better on a drive-by than under close scrutiny.

The garden looks better on a drive-by than under close scrutiny.

The back side narcissi did not give me a problem like the front did.

The back side narcissi did not give me a problem like the front did.

I suppose when we plant annuals, we’ll dig some of the too-tall narcissi out and plant them into a park.  We made one more Long Beach stop: planting some white Dutch iris in the Veterans Field Garden.

Finally, the Boreas Inn!

I weeded and planted sweet peas in window box liners along the north fence, and for the first time, all along the south picket fence, below.  It was no fun as I had to get underneath the deer netting.  A few weeks ago, we half-moon edged the other side of the picket fence to clear this area for sweet peas.  Planted some lily and Dutch Iris bulbs, too.

There's netting at the height of the crossboards, making for awkward working.

There’s netting at the height of the crossboards, making for awkward working.

Meanwhile, Allan worked on weeding the west lawn beds.

Meanwhile, Allan worked on weeding the west lawn beds to prepare for poppy planting.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, before

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The garden suite deck

The garden suite deck

We found a bag of garden compost to use to fluff up along the picket fence where I had planted the sweet peas.  It was wet and heavy, so Allan put it in a couple of buckets and top dressed the sandy soil along the fence.  Susie was home and said it is her favourite garden bed.

I sure hope the sweet peas do well there.

I sure hope the sweet peas do well there.

A light drizzle and considerable wind had me thinking that I would not be able to plant the poppy seeds (as I don’t want to get the seed packets wet).  The rain stopped just long enough to plant some different colours of California Poppies in the west beds…Copper Pot, Dusky Rose, Tequila Sunrise, Tropical Sunset, Thai Silk and Jelly Beans mix.  Fingers crossed, as I always say about seeds.  I don’t have as much faith in seeds as I do in bulbs.

As we worked further on the weeding of the west beds, the wind got worse and the drizzle returned and I finally couldn’t stand it anymore.  (I am usually the one to decide it is time to bail out.)  I realized that these beds really need mulching, and that the Depot garden doesn’t after all, so I need to switch that task on the “projects” list.  The lawn beds here look low and I want to build them up.

Boreas lawn beds

Boreas lawn beds

Long Beach again

As we drove back to downtown Long Beach in the rain to pick just a few deadheads that I’d seen earlier, Allan suggested we stop at the Peninsula Art Association show, so we did!  The location was the old clamshell railraod Depot in Coulter Park. (The Depot Restaurant is also an old train depot.)  We walked through the back entrance of the park and I admired the Pieris and the Ribes sanguineum (flowering currant).  I wonder if very many people walk back to see this display?

Ribes bracketed with Pieris

Ribes bracketed with Pieris

But ACK, there is an unclipped sword fern!

But ACK, there is an unclipped sword fern!

Another Pieris

Another Pieris; one year, all three Pieris started to die.  I gave them Dr. Earth rhododendron fertilizer and they recovered.

I also saw an unpruned hardy Fuchsia.  The park needs some attention….later.

Entering the building, the first thing I saw, straight across from the door, was a gorgeous painting of irises.  It was by our former client, Eric Wiegardt.  Next to it sat a bouquet of pottery flowers by Karen Brownlee.

Wiegardt Irises and Karen Brownlee flowers

Wiegardt Irises and Karen Brownlee flowers.  I was totally gobsmacked by this painting.

Once again, we had accidentally timed it perfectly to be there at the opening reception for the art show…snack time!

snacks

wine, crudités, dip, crackers, cheese, hummus…

and the most amazing huge and delicious chocolate dipped strawberries

and the most amazing huge and delicious chocolate dipped strawberries

I admired the view of the restful park while I noshed.

I admired the view of the restful park while I noshed.

a tulip bouquet

a tulip bouquet

artists and admirers

artists and admirers

The woman to the right in the group above, in a mellifluous British accent, told me how much she loves all the gardens we do and that we add beauty to her life.  I wanted to ask where she was from but it seemed a bit nosy to me at the time.  Now I wish I had; she was ever so nice.

I especially like the painting of orange flowers, upper right

I especially like the painting of orange flowers, upper right

and this glorious flower painting, here with the artist, Carol Couch.  She told me the flowers "came out of her head".

and this glorious flower painting, here with the artist, Carol Couch. She told me the flowers “came out of her head”.

On the way home we did stop and deadhead some narcissi, not many as most were holding up well.  It required only one parking spot.

Long Beach planter vignette

Long Beach planter vignette

I briefly toyed with the idea of going to the port, despite the wind, and getting more buckets of gravel to apply to the port office garden, just to have it done.  Then the rain increased and I decided no.

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23 MPH had been pretty miserable while we were working at the Boreas.  Look at the gust of 49.5 on March 15 when I was at the Sylvia Beach Hotel during the storm; biggest gust so far in 2015 at the weather station partway up Sandridge Road; we probably get more wind than that at the port.

Soon after we were home and cozy with a cup of tea, the skies thoroughly opened with an impressive downpour and I was awfully glad we were not moving gravel in the fiercely pelting rain.

rain from the east window

rain from the east window

and the north window

and the north window

The rain is supposed to stop by noon tomorrow., and I want to get a lot done.  I hope we will be able to get the Boreas Inn mulched. First, we will go to the Empty Bowls event even though I feel anxious about a slow start to the work day.   I do treasure the bowls I’ve gotten the last two years.  (You pick a handmade bowl, pay $10, and get soup and bread for lunch…or in our case, breakfast at 11 AM, and you get to keep the bowl; it benefits local food banks).

bowls from previous years

treausred bowls from previous years

Allan pointed out that I need a bigger bowl for my Earl Grey tea:

Earl Grey birthday gift from Kathleen

Earl Grey birthday gift from Kathleen

The work list is getting whittled down slowly.

decreasing work list...need to change "mulch Depot" to "mulch Boreas"

decreasing work list…need to change “mulch Depot” to “mulch Boreas”

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I just want to say that on the previous day, I finished an excellent book by Linda Tirado:

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

I have a new list going on the work board, involving poppy seeds.

The new work list, with poppy planting jobs

The new work list, with poppy planting jobs

The poppy planting needs to be done as soon as possible, although I doubt we will get them all in before I go to the Sylvia Beach Hotel on the 14th.  As soon as I return, it will be sweet pea planting time.

Ilwaco

The big plan of the day was to finish the big pop out in Long Beach and then do some more weeding and plant poppies at Andersen’s.  First, we had to top off a planter in Ilwaco with a bit more potting soil, so I took the opportunity to bring along 4 variegated golden thyme for assorted planters.  This year, I dream of sticking to tough but beautiful plants that will need to be watered a bit less frequently.  And yet, I’d like to have nasturtiums thriving, too.

newly fluffed and planted

newly fluffed and planted with a new thyme

Allan caringly gives it some water that he lugged from a faucet a quarter of a block away.

Allan caringly gives it some water that he lugged from a faucet a quarter of a block away.

I did not notice until I got in the van that the planter across the street had deadheads.  So I deadheaded them.  Then as we were driving to the next thing, I noticed the narcissi under the tree on the corner had deadheads.  Meant to get back and get them.  Forgot.  Drat.  Will be first on agenda next work day.

We drove a block south to put in a thyme at the Portside Café.  Owner Debra and her daughter Heather were outside and agreed to have their photo taken.  I loved Heather’s blue hair with the doorway.

kids

I had this weird approval seeking desire to say I used to be cool too and had my hair all sorts of different colours, way way back when, but I controlled it.   Well, since you insist:

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back in the day

Below: both the new owners, Debra and Lauri.  It seems to me that a lot of locals don’t know that the café’s new owners have revamped the menu to include more fresh, less processed food, and they are baking their own bread.  We hear it is delicious.  I have gone off going out to breakfast/brunch/lunch as I am more into spending time in my home and garden on days off, and we are so busy on workdays, but we will go there sometime soon.

with the street tree

with the street tree

cropped

an exciting new business venture for these two, both of whom have much restaurant experience

Next, we had two perennials from The Basket Case to plant at the boatyard garden, in a spot newly cleared of goldenrod.  I got distracted by the weedy northwest corner.

We should clean this up, sez I.

We should clean this up, sez I.

fifteen minutes later, planted with some California poppies.  Horsetail still lurks beneath.

fifteen minutes later, planted with some California poppies. Horsetail still lurks beneath.

Once upon a time, my boatyard garden ran all along this, the north side, as well as the east side.  It got dug up when a new electrical line was laid.  I once had a dream of wrapping it around three sides of the boatyard, back when I lived in the little house to the west.

We planted a Penstemon ‘Thorn’ and a green santolina in the former golden rod spot and I assessed it could take a few more plants.  Then we went driving east along Howerton to make a stop at home and I saw all the narcissi and realized I had better get some photos before they were done.  “I’ll do it Thursday”, I said, and then “What if someone PICKS them?! I had better do it now.”  So I did.

by the old Wade gallery (now up for rent)

by the Loading Dock Village

narcissi

further east

looking further east

Narcissi and Ceanothus

Narcissi and Ceanothus

my favourite little bed on Howerton, by the Ilwaco Pavilion

my favourite little bed on Howerton, by the Ilwaco Pavilion

By Powell Gallery, and Pelicano Restaurant used to be by this garden; Oh how we miss it.

By Powell Gallery, and Pelicano Restaurant used to be by this garden; Oh how we miss it.

marie

 

pocket garden at Marie Powell gallery

pocket garden at Marie Powell gallery

closer

closer

Long Beach

After a quick stop at home (to get some tylenol!) we were finally on our way to Long Beach.  Before we got to downtown, I saw that the welcome sign needed deadheading.

before, with trash

before, with trash

after

after

 

tulips

I fretted that the first of the red and yellow tulips are short, and the narcissi in front were so tall that the tulips did not show.  Since when??  (In the evening, I checked at home and I did use the same tulips as always, Red and Yellow Cubed, a Colorblends mix.  So what the heck?)  I trimmed the narcissi foliage by one third, sooner than was good for it, to make the tulips show better.  Some taller ones are coming on….

The back, full shade part of the sign, does not have such problems.

The back, full shade part of the sign, does not have such problems.

Before getting to our goal of finishing the weeding of the big pop out, we stopped at Fifth Street Park.  I had a big hardy fuchsia magellanica start from home that I thought would be good in this corner:

before

But there was no room for it that would not block access to the back of the building.  There are quite a few plants in there that will grow tall later.  So Allan planted it on the other side.

It will be soft to brush by when workers and meter readers need to get back there.

It will be soft to brush by when workers and meter readers need to get back there.

the north side of the park

the north side of the park

planter by the park

planter by the park

Fuchsia is in.  There is still a hole back there for some pipe reason.  No time to weed this thoroughly today.

Fuchsia is in. There is still a hole back there for some pipe reason. No time to weed this thoroughly today.

the original corner after some weeding.  I broke a flower bud off of the Camassia.  So maddening.

the original corner after some weeding. I broke a flower stalk off of the Camassia. SO maddening.  The schizostylis is TOO vigorous.  Also maddening.

Still hoping to get to the big pop out, we went next to Veterans Field to plant eight blue and white violas and a red Geum ‘Sangria’.  And some red and some white California poppies.

poppies

By now, I decided to abort the big pop out mission for today as it seemed more important to get poppy seeds planted at Andersen’s RV Park.

Andersen’s RV Park

On the way in, some weeding and deadheading at the road box.  Nasturtiums are popping up.  Gladdening.

On the way in, some weeding and deadheading at the road box. Nasturtiums are popping up. SO gladdening.

In  the park, Allan’s project was to weed the beds just west of the office.  They are full of horrid couch grass despite much effort over the years.  Adding some mulch from the old pile of “cow fiber” will help loosen up the future weeds, although we have done so many times before and the roots are still tight and determined.

before

before

after

after; I had him dig out the old woody Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ that was at the lower right.

before and after (not done yet, but after 2.5 hours and a storm's arrival we had to go)

before and after (not done yet, but after 2.5 hours and a storm’s arrival we had to go)

before

before

after  I accused Allan of having flattened the oriental poppy to the front, which I remembered as standing up much taller.  It is noticeable because it already has a flower showing red.  I said I had a photo to prove it was standing up higher, but it turns out that my photo shows no such thing.  Oops.

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As we worked, the wind had kicked up to 25 miles an hour.  Fortunately, we were somewhat protected by the restroom and laundry building just to south, but the work still turned miserable.  I pulled up so much bad aster in the west garden today that I wondered whether I had dreamed that we had worked very hard pulling it up last fall.

Then I planted some of each colour of California poppy and some Shirley and some other short and tall poppies in the areas I had cleared, and hoped for the best.  I sorted the seeds in the laundry room because of the wind.  That plan worked very well. Lots of California and Flanders Field poppies have reseeded, as well.

Allan points out that last year I thought he had pulled the old tatty red poppies too soon and that they would not reseed.  Well, they did.

 

two wheelbarrow loads of aster roots came out of here.

two wheelbarrow loads of aster roots came out of here.

A windy drizzle started just as I planted the last poppy seeds.

A windy drizzle started just as I planted the last poppy seeds.

Checked the picket fence garden for narcissi deadheading...

Checked the picket fence garden for narcissi deadheading…

As soon as I get back from the Sylvia Beach, it will be time to plant sweet peas along the fence.

at home

Before hurrying into the house to get out of the weather. I briefly admired a quite lovely wallflower in the front garden.

very nice indeed

very nice indeed

It was gratifying to get to cross Andersen’s off the poppy list.

An unusual sight when I got home: Mary and her son Frosty were snoozing together; usually it is Mary and her other son, Smokey

An unusual sight when I got home: Mary and her son Frosty were snoozing together; usually it is Mary and her other son, Smokey

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

As I left four work, the cat family of mother and two brothers was hanging out by the south window.

Frosty, Smokey, and Mary

Frosty, Smokey, and Mary

Ilwaco planters

The Ilwaco boatyard garden was today’s target.  Allan got started on it straightaway.  I digressed to one block of planters and street trees that had not had their first check up of the year yet.  The planters looked good with narcissi blooming, and some chickweed and little grasses needing to be pulled.

trailing rosemary, as I look east down Main Street

trailing rosemary, as I look east down Main Street

looking southwest at the Portside Café

looking southwest at the Portside Café

Ornamental pear street tree in bloom

Ornamental pear street tree in bloom

The Portside Café recently acquired new new owners.  One of our neighbours was leaving there with two family members while I weeded under a street tree.  and told me that the food was so wonderful that she gave the chef himself an extra tip.  I’ve always loved the exterior; now I need to find time to give the food a try.

I put some of the pale orange and purple violas in the container closest to the café.

I put some of the pale orange and purple violas in the container closest to the café.

Map My Walk of working the First and Main intersection

Map My Walk of working the First and Main intersection

Closer to the boatyard, at First and Eagle, passing deer have nipped the tulips in the planter.  There are certain deer crossroads, like one intersection in Long Beach, where they eat more than they do elsewhere in town.

tulip neatly nipped off

tulip neatly nipped off

Here they reached underneath other plants and chomped away specifically on the yummy tulips.

Here they reached underneath other plants and chomped away specifically on the yummy tulips.

I won’t be planting tulips in those planters next fall.

At the corner of First and Eagle, I’ve been watching one street tree slowly lean.  There is nowhere to stake it, as it is in a small square surrounded by concrete (and is too big to stake anyway).

first

a sunken hole at the base of the trunk

a sunken hole at the base of the trunk

Allan pointed out that it is solidly in position and does not budge at all when pushed.

In the course of the one block of planters, I picked up this much trash in the grass next to the sidewalks:

trash

Does this mean no other walkers pick up trash on their journeys?  (My noble plan to do trash walks this past winter was thwarted by my overwhelming desire to just stay home.)

Finally, after an hour and a half, I was done with the six trees and eight planters that had been on my agenda and joined Allan at the boatyard garden.  As I got down to work, the Life Flight helicopter flew over the oil tanks kitty corner from the boatyard and I wished the best to whoever was having a scary awful day.

oil

Meanwhile, I was fortunate enough to be having a pleasant day at work next to a boatyard full of interesting sights.  A radio played country music, which I at least  find preferable to classic rock.

boat

Steel Breeze

Fear Naught

Fear Naught

Ankeny Street (named after a street in Portland, Oregon)

Ankeny Street (named after a street in Portland, Oregon)

Steve, who lives on a sailboat in the marina came by with his dog Aleutia (a certified search and rescue dog).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan had already made some progress.

before:  Allan's photo when he started

before: Allan’s photo when he started

boatyard

An hour and a half later, I join the boatyard weeding at 0ne PM.  

 

spot

I came along behind, clipping santolinas and Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’:

half an hour later

half an hour later

Allan's photo, looking south, before

Allan’s photo, looking south, before

after

after, Allan’s photo

 

Santolina and Artemisa, before clipping

Santolina and Artemisa, before clipping

after: clipped so they will be roundish and not splay open in late summer

after: clipped so they will be roundish and not splay open in late summer

See that stem of Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ on the ground toward the bottom of the photo?  If I clipped it short and stuck it in the ground, it would probably root and make a nice new plant.  Same with the clippings from the Santolina.  I get overwhelmed with armloads of clippings and don’t have time to make a santolina cutting nursery.  I have started a lot of them right in the ground, though, over time.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

What have we here?

What have we here?

We’d noticed earlier, on drive-bys, that the center (slightly wider) section of the garden had a smashed down rosemary and flattened Stipa gigantea.  I tried to imagine what had caused it.  I forgot to take an after photo, although this one, looking back, shows it looking tidier:

The center point is where the fence goes in to a gentle V.

The center point is where the fence goes in to a gentle V.

By now, it was 3 PM and I was concerned that we would not get to the end of the boatyard before dark.

4:35 PM:  Had finally crossed the gate to the south section of the garden.  Here, looking north.

3:35 PM: Had finally crossed the gate to the south section of the garden. Here, looking north.

I had many, many more santolinas to clip.  I lost count.  I have two different kinds of silver ones, and green ones, and “Lemon Fizz’, the gold one that loves to revert to green.

looking south: still lots of creeping sorrel and shotweed to remove

looking south: still lots of creeping sorrel and shotweed to remove (and, happily, lots of poppy seedlings): 3:30 PM, still at least two hours till dusk.

Moving right along at 4:30 PM

Moving right along at 4:30 PM.  That’s Euphorbia characias wulfenii in bloom

By now, Allan had already made one trip to dump a full cart of debris.  I had removed, with a pick, some goldenrod that someone had planted during the dark years when the garden was not mine.  (The other thing that got planted then was a long row of pampas grass, which soon blocked half the sidewalk!  It got removed, by backhoe, when I got the garden back.)  I’d left the goldenrod for years and it had stayed somewhat well behaved; now it is running and had to go. The goldenrod roots I bagged up to throw in the trash, because I don’t want it to get started elsewhere.  (I still use Solidago ‘Fireworks’ because it stays in a polite and well-behaved clump.)

Brief history of the boatyard garden:  I started it as a volunteer in 1997 when I had a shady garden behind the boatyard; I wanted to improve the town and also to have a place for sunloving plants.  In 2003, a new electrical line was laid, which required the digging up of the whole garden.  I had many gardening jobs by then and the garden had become a burden to me, so I did not mind letting it go.  Also, there was a scary man who had a boat in the yard at that time.  He was known to be…disturbed…and he would mutter, from  behind the fence,  the most horrible things to me like “They knew what to do with people like you in Nazi Germany.”  It made me not want to go there to work on the garden.  (The demented fellow is gone now…thank goodness.)  In 2011, the port hired me to bring it back the garden back thing of beauty, and here we are.

5 PM: the end is in sight.

5 PM: the end is in sight.  Allan is clipping the ornamental grass at the very end.

looking back

looking back

I am sure the weeding was less thorough as we rushed to get to the end before dark.  Allan made another run to the debris field while I did the last of the weeding.

5:45 PM: at last, the end!

5:45 PM: at last, the end!  The rest is lawn, running to the viewing bench.

done!

done!

Unfortunately, big old horsetail lurks under the garden and will start popping up soon and then we will have to deal with that.

the viewing bench at the south end of the boatyard

the viewing bench at the south end of the boatyard

As we finished up, boats were coming in and out of the harbour.

boat

rocky

The Rocky B going out

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (compressed via telephoto)

I used Map My Walk again today and the app says I walked 3.83 miles on this job.  The visible route, as usual, does not quite line up with reality, as all of it took place outside the boatyard fence:

satellite view of the workday

satellite view of the workday

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See the trees in the lower left, above?  That’s where our old house is, the original Tangly Cottage Garden.

Around the curve of the road, where it turns into Howerton, just past the lower right corner, we have a curbside garden yet to weed.

 

At home, even though dusk was softening up the outlines, I took a photo of our pink tree to show its form.  Tomorrow, we are said to be due for 40 mph east wind and we may lose some blossoms.

home

I thought I was going to get the deep satisfaction of erasing Ilwaco from the February work list…till I remembered there are still two planters unchecked over on Spruce Street.  Drat!  And the Port of Ilwaco remains on the list till we get the last two garden sections cleaned up along Howerton Way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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