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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

I got a message in the morning from Marla of the Real Living Garden asking if I wanted a certain plant.  Well, yes, I did indeed!  She told me it was on her porch and was a gift.  You will be thrilled (if you are a Certified Plant Nut) when you see it.  While I was sitting at my table by the front window answering said message, I saw three men who “looked like fishermen” walk by, pause, look over the fence at the garden, and I heard the word “foliage”.  That made me smile.

For our first job, we had to check on the Ilwaco mayor’s garden.

Mike’s garden

Mike's needed some water and some old rose campion pulled...Otherwise, all was well there.

Mike’s needed some water and some old rose campion pulled…Otherwise, all was well there.

The echinops (blue globe thistle) that I had cut back hard there two weeks ago was all perked up already.

The floppy echinops (blue globe thistle) that I had cut back hard there two weeks ago was all perked up already.

the northwest corner of the garden

the northwest corner of the garden

Basket Case Greenhouse

On our way to get the special plant, we stopped at The Basket Case to pick up some compost (plant material), just missing Nancy.  We got to see Fred, Walter, and Shadow.

my good friend Walter

my good friend Walter

Fred and Walter (Allan's photo)

Fred and Walter (Allan’s photo)

Real Living Garden

We changed up the usual order of our Wednesday work day to swing by Marla and Gary’s Nahcotta garden to pick up the special plant!  You may remember her garden from my original blog post about it and from it being on this year’s Music in the Gardens tour.

sweet peas on south facing fence, outside the garden (Allan's photo)

sweet peas on south facing fence, outside the garden (Allan’s photo)

looking over the west gate

looking over the west gate

perennial sweet peas by the steps to the porch

perennial sweet peas by the steps to the porch

on the porch: my plant!!!!

on the porch: my plant!!!!

Marla was at work.  Not only did I have my special plant to pick up, but of course I had to tour the garden.

on the patio table

on the patio table

Now that impresses me, when little touches like that are done even when a garden is not on tour.

looking east toward Willapa Bay

looking east toward Willapa Bay

two little birds

two little birds

healthy, well watered astilbes

healthy, well watered astilbes

best cosmos patch I've ever seen

best cosmos patch I’ve ever seen

looks like Echibeckia (Allan's photo), mulched with grass clippings

looks like Echibeckia (Allan’s photo), mulched with grass clippings

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, north side of garden

the chicken coop

the chicken coop

a couple of the girls

a couple of the girls

All the girls came running to say hi (or hoping I had a treat).

All the girls came running to say hi (or hoping I had a treat).

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Gary came home before we left, so I got to see my good friend Elly.

Elly

Elly

pets

pets

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Sadly, we had to leave and get back to work.

My plant ready for the ride!

My plant ready for the ride! (along with a some begonias from The Basket Case)

across the road: Willapa Bay

across the road: Willapa Bay

While I was at the Real Living Garden, Allan had gone next door (because he was not sure where I was) to the Charles Nelson Guest House and while there had taken a photo of the chickens.

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I was when I saw him walking back from there like a much, much older stooped man, I realized immediately that his back was “out” and started worrying and planning on how to help him not make it any worse.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I suggested, when we got to Klipsan Beach Cottages, that Allan do some easy upright tasks like deadheading.  Of course, next thing I knew he had pulled half a wheelbarrow load of spent crocosmia (not what I think of as an easy task).

lawn garden daises after deadheading (Allan's photo)

lawn garden daises after deadheading (Allan’s photo)

Today, I made sure to photograph my good friend Bella.

Today, I made sure to photograph my good friend Bella.

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Bella

view in east gate of the fenced garden

view in east gate of the fenced garden

birdbath view, looking southwest in the fenced garden, being photobombed...

birdbath view, looking southwest in the fenced garden, being photobombed…

by this little friend of mine.

by this little friend of mine.

garage wall

garage wall

agapanthus still blooming

agapanthus still blooming

rose peeking through the deer fence

rose peeking through the deer fence

cosmos after deadheading

cosmos after deadheading

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

Golden Sands Assisted Living

resident Anna's plants (Allan's photo)

resident Anna’s plants (Allan’s photo)

good seating for garden viewing

good seating for garden viewing

Rudbeckias donated by Our Kathleen are blooming.

Rudbeckias donated by Our Kathleen are blooming.

Ack! Somehow bindweed got in here.

Ack! Somehow bindweed got in here.

In the fall, I must move these helianthus that get too little water in this spot.

In the fall, I must move these helianthus that get too little water in this spot. (behind the rosemary)

in the gardens north of the building (maintained by volunteers)

in the gardens north of the building (maintained by volunteers), Allan’s photo

Ilwaco

The day devolved from pleasant to not when it came to watering Ilwaco.  Because of Allan’s back being sore, I had to bucket water the 26 planters and ten street trees.  And why was Allan’s back so sore?  Well…he was fine until after he wrestled, yesterday evening, with three heavy hoses to get 300 feet of length in order to water at the port by that business that will not let us use their hose and some of their water.  Just saying.

Allan took some boatyard photos for me while I filled the buckets.

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bucket filling

bucket filling

We have not been bucket watering much this year, so we had to scramble to get enough buckets together and even put every watering can I could find into play.  I could only fill the buckets half full because I cannot lift a full one (which weighs about forty pounds, so these were about twenty).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

A cold wind had increased and I do not exaggerate when I say a couple of times the gusts felt like they were going to blow me over.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Good looking planters make the job rewarding.

Good looking planters make the job rewarding.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan was not idle and kept busy deadheading and pulling the ever-maddening chickweed.

For some reason one of the planters at the stoplight intersection is dying back and we do not know why.  That was an irritant I did not have time to contemplate deeply.

Finally, it was done, and I was beat and hobbling.  I do not exaggerate when I say there were a couple of moments there when I thought I might “die in the traces”.  It was not until the next day that I realized I could have used MaryBeth’s wheelie cart to haul the buckets from one planter to another. That might have meant more lifting at odd angles, though.

It cheered me up to put my new plant on the sunporch.

My plant!

My plant!  THANK YOU Marla!

Here's the tag!

Here’s the tag!  The nursery is owned by Marla’s brother in law.

And here’s hoping that tomorrow brings a better day for Allan’s back.

I must be insane, because later that evening I proposed, on a Facebook group for the Ilwaco Parks and Recreation Commission, that I might do a volunteer flower border at the soon to be refurbished park at the east end of town.  The project is dependent on the city getting matching funding for a grant.

 

 

 

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 7: Marla’s Real Living Garden

Marla’s urban farm overlooks Willapa Bay and benefits from her early years of living on a Washington farm.  She says, “I am still amazed at nature.  You plant a seed or start and an awesome plant grows.”  In just two years, she has grown and built quite a bit, including fencing, lawn, landscaping, irrigation, flower and vegetable beds,  hanging baskets and a chicken coop.  Her pride and joy are the beautiful hens and the eggs they lay.

I wrote about Marla’s garden a year and a month before this year’s tour.  Garden Tour Nancy and I previewed it this year on June 1st.

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

driveway

driveway

tour day!

tour day!

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

in the driveway

in the driveway

front gate at SW corner of the house

front gate at SW corner of the house

birds

a landing spot for baby birds

a landing spot for baby birds

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Allan’s photo

inside the front gate

inside the front gate

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps, photo by Kathleen Shaw

clematis seedheads

clematis seedheads

by the stairway

by the stairway

perennial sweet pea

perennial sweet pea

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

containers packed with perennials and annuals

containers packed with perennials and annuals

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pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

tour day, with the porch gate open

tour day, with the porch gate open

I love the porch, all its adjacent plantings, its art and decor and the way it wraps around two sides of the house.  I’d like to pick it up and put it right down next to my house!  So we’ll explore the porch first, and then the garden.

view down back porch steps

view down back porch steps, with Marla’s mother in pink top, seated

Marla's colourful flower baskets

Marla’s colourful flower baskets (Allan’s photo)

plants

Allan’s photo

walking along the porch, looking at the garden

walking along the porch, looking down at the garden

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour.  photo by Kathleen Shaw.

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour. photo by Kathleen Shaw.

looking north

looking north toward the Charles Nelson B&B next door

on the porch

on the porch

On the east side of the porch, Portland guitarist Terry Robb performed for tour guests.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb (Allan’s photo)

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

While I listened to him, Marla's mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

While I listened to him, Marla’s mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view to the east

view to the east

over Willapa Bay

over Willapa Bay

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

Now we’ll walk return along the porch to the back steps.

south side of porch

south side of porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

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down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

porch decorations at top of stairs

porch decorations at top of stairs

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

patio corner

patio corner

Marla's next door neighbour, whose garden we'll visit next, gave her this sign.

Marla’s next door neighbour, whose garden we’ll visit next, gave her this sign for the fence by the patio.

on the patio table:  Marla's grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

on the patio table: Marla’s grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

farm whirlygig

farm whirlygig

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks, photo by Kathleen Shaw

plants

flowers

Allan’s photo

birdhouses

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looking east from the patio

looking east from the patio, pre-tour visit, June 1st

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

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ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking back at the patio

looking back at the patio

astilbes

astilbes

SE corner of house

SE corner of house (Allan’s photo)

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

cosmos, tour day

cosmos, tour day

cosmos

cosmos

over the fence

over the fence

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (right)

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (lower right)

north side of house

north side of house

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

deck on north side of house

deck on north side of house

Plants were for sale by Marla's  brother in law who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

Plants were for sale by Marla’s brother in law, Greig Warner, who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

I want to get to know this fellow better as he is a true CPN (Certified Plant Nut).  I missed out on a way cool plant here, as you will see in the next garden tour post.  I met him briefly at the tour and learned that he is moving to the beach so I hope we will get to know him.

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

gunnera by back deck, looking west

gunnera by back deck, looking west

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in the NW corner of the yard: the chicken coop and veg garden

Gunnera, June 1st

Gunnera, June 1st, looking east

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

gunnera flowers

gunnera flowers and lawn clippings to help retain moisture (Allan’s photo)

the hens' domain

the hens’ domain

on the north deck

on the north deck

Erysimum 'Constant Cheer', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Erysimum ‘Constant Cheer’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium 'Jade Frost', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

painted yard stick plant tag

painted yard stick plant tag (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo of the making of the plant tags

Allan’s photo of the making of the plant tags

view east from the henhouse corner

view east from the henhouse corner

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

pre-tour visit, June 1

pre-tour visit, June 1

On tour day afternoon, because of the unusually hot weather, the chickens were in the shade of their coop.

not a chicken to be seen!

not a chicken to be seen!

Fortunately, they had been out and about on June 1st when Nancy and I visited the garden for sneak peek photos.

Marla's beloved flock

Marla’s beloved flock

the coop

the coop

Marla’s garden was a close contender for my favourite because of its intensive container plantings, its whimsical decor, and the chickens.  While I don’t feel that I have time to care for chickens, I would surely love to incorporate a barnyard corner like this into my garden someday.  And the wrap around porch.  And the nice, friendly neighbours.  When Nancy and I visited earlier, Marla just matter-of-factly put the exciteable galloping dog into the fenced yard of the neighbour to the north.  And her neighbour to the south will be our next garden tour visit.

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