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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

While Steve and John were away rhododendron touring overseas, we took a walk through their garden.  This will publish a couple of days after their return so that they can see some of the beauty that was happening at home during their absence.  Because we did not have their guidance, this entry is all about the beauty and not at all about education and plant names.

We walked down to the irrigation pond and back to the house again.

north driveway bed near the house

sword ferns (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

north side of the house (and a corner of the pump house)

Allan’s photo

the depth and layers of the garden, looking west

Some folks might be interested to know that at this point, frustrated with the misbehavior of my Sony camera (which will no longer zoom one little bit), I switched to a refurbished Lumix which had just come in the mail.  Some might also be interested to know that within a day it had already twice told me “Turn the camera off and on again”—not a good sign for longevity!

west side of house with look through to Willapa Bay

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overlooking Willapa Bay and the evergreen huckleberry dell

south side of driveway near the house

north side of driveway

Allan’s photo

The light was very bright and dark.

south side of driveway, the grove of old rhododendrons, almost done blooming

tall white one in full bloom

another cloud of white

Allan’s photo

looking southwest to the newer part of the garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

north side of driveway, toward the irrigation pond

the irrigation pond

as we walk back up toward the house

at the house again; west side

the garden between the two wings of the house

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

window reflection

Welcome back, Steve and John!

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

We had been joined by expert gardeners Pam and Prissy from Seaside, Oregon.  We’d had lunch and then Allan drove us all to Steve and John’s bayside garden.  There, we rendezvoused with Pam and Prissy’s friends Sean and Jim, who had been brunching chez Steve and John.

The Bayside Garden

When Pam was a co owner and Prissy the plant propagator of Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart (north of Seaside), it was an amazing plant collectors paradise.  Steve and John had bought a number of plants from her and she enjoys checking on “her babies” to see their progress.

Getting out of the van, I saw a little art piece new to me, although it has been there all along.

Getting out of the van, I saw a little art piece new to me, although it has been there all along.

approaching the house

approaching the house in the glow of  Chamaecyparis ‘Vintage Gold’

I feel I have not noticed this kitty before, either.

I feel I have not noticed this kitty before, either.

between the two wings of the house (Allan's photo)

between the two wings of the house (Allan’s photo)

in Steve and John's kitchen, a bouquet from Prissy

in Steve and John’s kitchen, a bouquet from Prissy

Pam and Sean and Jim (whom I was meeting for the first time and immediately liked) and John and I were chatting in the house, when I looked out the north window and saw that Allan, Steve and Prissy were already touring.

dahlia bed and green roof from north window

dahlia bed and green roof from north window

We all joined in.

dahlias and gladiolas

dahlias and gladiolas

dahlias and the green roof

dahlias and the green roof

I like this one very much.

I like this one very much.

a lovely edible pea

a lovely edible pea

flowers of the palest blush

flowers of the palest blush

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

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a true collector’s garden

John and Ulmus x hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier' (Pam Fleming's photo)

John and Ulmus x hollandica ‘Jacqueline Hillier’ (Pam Fleming’s photo)

Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Mist Maiden'

Rhododendron yakushimanum ‘Mist Maiden’

another foliar treasure (Pam's photo)

another foliar treasure (Pam’s photo)

An area recently freed from salal, with much effort.

An area recently freed from salal, with much effort.

It gives me joy to see salal gone.

It gives me joy to see salal gone.

We all admired the pleasing contours of the newly revealed planting bed.

We all admired the pleasing contours of the newly revealed planting bed.

touring the new rhodie plantings

touring the new rhodie plantings

My favourite of all their rhodies, glistening white in spring time

My favourite of all their rhodies, glistening white in spring time” Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum x pachysanthum

 Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the admiration of rhododendron leaves.

the admiration of rhododendron leaves. Tomentum is “a layer of matted woolly down on the surface of a plant” and indumentum is the velvet fuzz on the underside of the leaves.

the ever expanding garden

the ever expanding garden

Jim and Sean by the irrigation pond

Jim and Sean by the irrigation pond

Pam visits one of her babies.

Pam visits one of her babies.

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Our Pam (Allan's photo)

Our Pam (Allan’s photo)

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on the north side of the irrigation pond

on the north side of the irrigation pond

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prostrate genista (broom) (Allan's photo)

prostrate genista (broom) (Allan’s photo)

working our way back toward the house

working our way back toward the house

Pam, Steve, Jim, Allan

Pam, Steve, Jim, Allan

 Allan's photo

Steve, Pam, Sean, Jim (Allan’s photo)

detail

detail

Pam's photo, with Sean and Jim's snazzy kicks.

Pam’s photo, with Sean and Jim’s snazzy kicks in the background.

Pam, Steve, Sean, Jim, and plant talk

Pam, Steve, Sean, Jim, and plant talk

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Crisp lawn edge on the beds!

How often, I wonder, do they just sit without leaping up to do some gardening?

How often, I wonder, do Steve and John just sit without leaping up to do some gardening?

We love plant talk.

We love plant talk.  The tall pink one is Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) and to the right is purple spikes of liatrus.  Odd I don’t have it, because I like spikes.

Prissy and Steve (Allan's photo)

Prissy and Steve (Allan’s photo)

foliage study (Allan's photo)

foliage study (Allan’s photo)

vivid blue lacecap hydrangea

vivid blue lacecap hydrangea

purple lace cap with shiny rhodie foliage

purple lace cap with shiny rhodie foliage

the house next door, once part of the Clarke Nursery property, with Hydrangea paniculata by the porch.

the house next door, once part of the Clarke Nursery property, with Hydrangea paniculata by the porch.

It is strange that I have no hydrangea paniculatas.  I must remedy this soon.

the upper driveway garden again

the upper driveway garden again

We had not discussed and examined every plant yet, but we had to go.  Prissy had her horses to feed, and part of the day’s plan was to also take Pam and Prissy to see the Oysterville garden…next!

 

 

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

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Tulip ‘Leo’ at home.  A Christmas gift from Todd that we have been admiring daily.

Garden Tour Nancy and I had our first “swanning about” day of the year as she drove us by five of the excellent gardens she has picked out for this year’s Music in the Gardens Tour.  (She could use a couple more large gardens for the tour, so if you know of any, let me know.  The garden tour rule is that a garden cannot be repeated till four years have passed since last time it was on the tour.)

We picked up delicious chicken salad sandwiches at Roots Juice, Salad, and Java Bar in Ilwaco.

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Roots, a drive through for espresso, juice drinks and lunches

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inside Roots

I did not take any preview photos of the gardens as we were viewing them just from the road.  Soonish, we will have a proper walk through for the purpose of description writing.

the bayside garden

We took a lovely break for a picnic at one of my two favourite private gardens on the Peninsula: Steve and John had invited us to include their bayside garden, now at its rhododendron peak, in our day of swanning about.  (It was on the garden tour just two years ago and also on last year’s Rhodie tour).

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along the driveway, rhododendrons going back to when this was Clarke Nursery

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redtwig dogwoods coppiced along the right side of the drive (for brighter red stems)

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an old rhododendron to the right of the long drive

Advance garden touring is hungry work, so our picnic came first.

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a perfect seat for a picnic

Nancy had brought me a bag of birthday gifts, delightfully stretching my birthday celebration out for an extra month.

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Clever wrapping for a St Patrick’s Day birthday book: Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul

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and a bunny to go in a flower pot, and a pot holder much too pretty to hold pots with.  It will go on the wall.

And a customized card by our good friend Artist Don Nisbett with a perfect quotation inside:

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Roots picnic lunch: chicken salad sandwich on flatbread

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the view from our picnic spot

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picnic view

Satisfied with our yummy sandwiches, Nancy and I took a walk all around the garden.  Formerly part of a rhododendron nursery, it is a skillfully planted combination of young plants intermixed with mature shrubs and trees.

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Nancy inhaling the fragrance of Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’

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Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’

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The garden abounds in young rhododendrons.

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hostas and perfectly trimmed sword ferns

(Last week when driving north on the road past this garden, I had noticed that even the ferns along the highway are perfectly trimmed.)

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Ulmus x hollandica ‘Wredei’ by the pumphouse

The succulents on the pump house roof have sailed through the mild winter:

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the Willapa Bay side of the garden; in winter, the highest tide comes up to (and maybe over) the plantings.

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clipped naturescape of evergreen huckleberries and sword ferns

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north side path

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the north upper garden

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old rhododendrons

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woodland glade with rhodos and evergreen huckleberries

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along the south side of the driveway

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This tidal stream marks the south edge of the acreage.

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The old irrigation pond

Due to my knee playing up today, we did not walk across the lawn to explore the pondside bed.

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east of the pond

As always, this garden refreshes and inspires me (and makes me go to the internet to try to find a source for buying a reasonably large Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’).

Meanwhile….Allan’s day at work

Allan took the opportunity to work on his own particular garden job at

The Ilwaco Community Building

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Rhododendrons and Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’

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Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’

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Tulip batalinii ‘Bright Gem’

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Rhododendron by the bus stop

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the curse of horsetail before weeding

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in the tiered garden bed

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before pulling the accursed bindweed in the tiered bed

Long Beach

Allan went on to continue the weeding of the center berm by the Long Beach parking lot.

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before

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It is a hard packed and miserable challenge.

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some progress made

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after

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after

There are still several feet to go.

Ilwaco

Allan and I briefly intersected before I had an evening of quiet reading whilst he went to dinner at the Salt Pub with his former spouse, Arlene, who was having a Long Beach interlude on her way to a beach vacation on the Oregon coast.

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Arlene, who had recently acquired a darling mini Cooper.

reading

I have been reading the first of the Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard.  The library only has the first so I’ll have to acquire the rest of the series through interlibrary loan.  I am completely smitten with The Light Years.  EJH had been a favourite author of mine years ago.

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How well she captures the joy of a child making a miniature landscape:

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and the English landscape itself:

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Tomorrow:  If we can get enough work done, we can have another three day weekend.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 71):

April 21:  Wasted whole day waiting to go to the store.  Bought 12 pansy plants from Gordon’s [Nursery].

1997 (age 73):

April 21:  about 2:30-6:00   It was warm enough to work outside.  I planted the 2 astrantia replacements from VB in the patio bed next to RR ties.  Planted the 10 raspberry plants that have been potted since Feb.  Then cleaned weeds out of RB row and the path between RB and SB rows [raspberries and strawberries].  When I quit and came in it was 6 and Tabby was starved.

1998 (age 74):

April 21:  Dentist appt 1:00 for a filling.  The dentist office asked me to change appt to Thurs due to emergency in other office so this day is shot.  I called in $150 Bluestone order—mostly mums.  I cut the tulip flowers in tam area.  There are lots of weeds again.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

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wind warning flag at the port today (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach

Despite blustery weather, I decided that we should tackle the second parking lot garden in Long Beach.  I just wanted it done.

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bottom of photo, the three “berms”

The three “berms” (actually not berms because they are not mounded) get absolutely no supplemental water in summer, so it is impressive how well they came through the drought of 2015.

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before, 11:20 AM

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before (Allan’s photo)

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before (Allan’s photo)

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before

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before

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the south end of the south berm

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Briza maxima (quaking grass)

I decided to leave the patch of quaking grass at the south end.  It is such a pretty thing.  We pulled almost all of the rest of that grass out of the north and south berm because when it reseeds, it looks weedy to passersby. We will leave it in the center berm which doesn’t have much else going on.

Boreas Inn Bill drove by and yelled “You rock!”  He asked if I was tired of hearing that yet.  No, not at all.  It is my favourite compliment, far preferable to honking horns.

The wind gusted up to 30 mph in the afternoon.  It was annoying, but at least it was not the cold north wind.

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Veterans Field flag pavilion shows the wind coming from the south east, much more pleasant than the dreaded north wind.

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2:30 PM: the first load of debris…easy to dump buckets…at city works yard

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before, Allan’s photo

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after (Allan’s photo)

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before (Allan’s photo)

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after (Allan’s photo)

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ladybug love (Allan’s photo)

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4:37, after

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after

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after

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after

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after

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after

 

Ed Strange and his helper drove by with his 18 month old springer spaniel, Jackson, and of course I had to stop for pets.

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Allan’s photo

 

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after

We considered weeding some of the big dandelions out of the extra boring center berm.

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center berm; we often just end up string trimming most of this one.

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center berm with lots of quaking grass

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center berm; still deciding how hard we are going to tackle it.

Because it was not yet 5 o’ clock, we made up our minds that we had time to trim the sickly rhododendron in the 3rd Street Park, especially since the good parking spot, rare to acquire, was available.

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before

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before

I do not know why over half of this rhodo got sick.  I do know that some of the friendly patrons of the bar behind the fence have been asking repeatedly for the rhodo to be cut down to the top of the fence, which I have refused to do because it has very little healthy growth lower down.  Now…half of it died back, very mysteriously.  If I were hanging out in the sitting area between the tavern’s back door and the fence, I would want WANT the privacy afforded by tall shrubs.  I do not understand at all why some patrons want the shrubs to be short, but looks like they may get what they want as we may cut the other, now lopsided, side of the rhodo down once it is done blooming.  It mystifies me always why passersby rejoice at seeing shrubs cut halfway down.  Why not let them grow to their natural height and provide beauty and privacy?

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during

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after; we shortened the one to the right, as well.

This was a big cutting job for Allan’s small rechargeable chainsaw, resulting in one of the batteries melting inside the casing.

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second debris load of the day (Allan’s photo)

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from the good parking spot: rain had arrived.

Just as we were entering the city works yard to dump the large load of debris, a bolt of lightning jolted down from the sky and hit the ground…

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…somewhere between the machine and the tall trees.

That made unloading the trailer a suspenseful procedure.

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after the thunder and lightning, much rain

at home

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down to one berm!  and I was glad the rhodo had made it to work board so that I had the pleasure of erasing it.

Beth, Anchorage Cottages manager, stopped by the berm project today to tell us that she had finished building the new window boxes for the cottages, so we will be collecting and planting them soon.

I had spent much of the day thinking concerned thoughts about a blogger who has gone to hospital after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, and arrived home to a message about another garden blogger with aggressive breast cancer.  My thoughts are with both of them even though I only know them through the blogosphere.  Every day that I am able to weed, even in wind and rain, is a precious one.

On Facebook, I saw this darling update from a friend who had brought me some gardening books last week:

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That was cheering indeed.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 70):

April 13:  Got my drivers license renewed for the second time so it’s been 8 years since I’ve been behind the wheel.  I don’t understand it!  [She learned to drive at age 62 but didn’t like doing it.  My dad did not encourage her to drive.]

1998 (age 73):

April 13:  Gray, cool, and rainy   So much for dedicating all this week to planting.  I had to go to the PO to mail my tax payment, etc.  Went to drug store and QFC.  But the time I got everything out away it was too late to work outside so I cleaned out the top shelf of kitchen pantry.  I moved all the canned fruit into that shelf.  I also found a case of 1993 canned tomatoes—two were spoiled, ugh.  [We found the same phenomenon when we cleaned out her home here in 2009; we think it is a food hoarding phenomenon from the depression area, that she could not resist cases of food items on sale.]

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

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The Jane Kerr Platt Garden

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Parking for this garden scared the jeewhillikers out of me; fortunately, after difficulties down on the curving road (which I’ll describe in my next post, so as not to detract from this garden), we were able to drive up and park in the upper parking lot.  That is where most visitors would be able to park, since most garden events here would probably not draw such large numbers all at once.  I’ve heard about this garden for years, so despite arrival problems was glad to be able to enjoy it.

From the parking lot, we walked a bit uphill and through a gap in a hedge to view the expansive garden.  It reminded me of the garden on Whidbey Island whose creator had died and left a mature garden behind, and like the Froggwell garden it gave me a poignant feeling.

looking across the lawn to the house

looking across the lawn to the house

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden beds to the side of the lawn

garden beds to the side of the lawn

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echinops (blue globe thistle)

echinops (blue globe thistle)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

crocosmia

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poppies

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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rose

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

scree

trees

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the rock garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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smitten with the sun on this rhododendron

smitten with the sun on this rhododendron

easy steps to climb

easy steps to climb

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Allan’s photo

at the top

at the top

woodenbench

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sedum

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Allan taking photos

Allan taking photos

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Allan’s photo

descending to the house level

descending to the house level

trilliums

trilliums ripening

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another rhododendron gleaming in sunlight

another rhododendron gleaming in sunlight

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

returning to the lawn, as others begin to climb the stairs

returning to the lawn, as others begin to climb the stairs

I think that's an enormous stewartia.

I think that’s an enormous stewartia.

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an old character of a tree

an old character of a tree

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Allan’s photo

the house

the house

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I see an Acer griseum.

I miss the paperbark maple that I left behind at my old house, and keep forgetting to replace it.  I had a long admiration session with this one in the Platt garden.

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vista across the lawn

vista across the lawn

just below the house

just below the house

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behind the house

behind the house

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Allan’s photo

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mesmerized

returning on the path below the house

returning on the path below the house

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back to the paperbark maple

back to the paperbark maple

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

patio and pond at front of house

patio and pond at front of house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

It was still so hot that this tour guest was putting a bag of ice on her head.  (Allan's photo)

It was still so hot that this tour guest was putting a bag of ice on her head. (Allan’s photo)

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We had a sudden rain shower—a blissful moment in the heat.

Allan rejoined me and we walked down the lawn to the parking, hoping to leave at a quiet traffic moment before a number of folks wanted to leave at once.

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one last rhododendron

one last rhododendron

The study weekend was over and the time had come make our way home and get back to work.  Tonight: one last short bonus post before the work blog begins again.

For another view of the garden tours, see Alison’s Bonney Lassie blog about the art in the gardens and about touring gardens in the heat.

 

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Ilwaco

We began our Saturday with a brief trip to the Ilwaco Saturday Market, for photos and for a treat from Pink Poppy Bakery.

Allan's photo from the port office deck

Allan’s photo from the port office deck

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Allan’s photo

a damp day

a damp day

We bought Swedish Traveling Cake for work, and Chai cupcakes for after dinner.

We bought Swedish Traveling Cake for work, and Chai cupcakes for after dinner.

Allan could not resist some pickled garlic.

Allan could not resist some pickled garlic.

our neighbours' booth (Allan's photo); They have a staff of booth-runners at markets all over the Northwest.

our neighbours’ booth (Allan’s photo); They have a staff of booth-runners at markets all over the Northwest.

inside Time Enough Books at the Port (Allan's photo)

inside Time Enough Books at the Port (Allan’s photo)

I bought Ken Druse’s new shade garden book, having ordered it at Time Enough Books.

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Allan’s photo

Bookstore owner Karla and I talked about how excited we are that the Salt Hotel is about to open at the end of the block, and how much it will revitalize the port.

I’ve been so busy that as I write this a week later, my new Ken Druse book has not yet emerged from its bag.

On the way north, Allan had a book to pick up at the Ilwaco Timberland Library.  He photographed the handsome unfurling of the ferns that I pruned there fairly recently:

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Dutch iris still blooming in the tiered garden (Allan's photo)

Dutch iris still blooming in the tiered garden (Allan’s photo)

As we headed north to work, I took the first of several photos for the Rhodie Driving Tour photo album.

in Seaview

in Seaview

The Depot Restaurant

a check up on the Depot garden

a check up on the Depot garden

Allan planting some bright yellow sanvitalia in the barrel by the east window.

Allan planting some bright yellow sanvitalia in the barrel by the east window.

I had a sudden revelation: Why does not the garden on the north side of the deck extend further east?  What was I thinking, stopping it an an angle like that.  No one does much mowing or strimming of that grass, so why not get rid of it?

needs expansion!

needs expansion!

Today's plans did not allow time to implement the idea.

Today’s plans did not allow time to implement the idea.

Long Beach

We had forgotten to add two Geranium ‘Rozanne’ to the back of the welcome sign.

sweeping up after some horsetail control

sweeping up after some horsetail control

The Planter Box

We needed more cosmos, necessitating a stop at The Planter Box.

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snapdragons

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calendula

Back in the employees only greenhouse, I saw a gorgeous Dicentra called ‘Valentine’.  I’ve never seen one so red.  I want it badly…but it is sold already.

Dicentra 'Valentine', now on my must have list.

Dicentra ‘Valentine’, now on my must have list.

want it, can't have it!

want it, can’t have it!

a cart full of six flats of Cosmos 'Sensation' and 'Psyche' (Allan's photo)

a cart full of six flats of Cosmos ‘Sensation’ and ‘Psyche’ (Allan’s photo)

On the way out of the back greenhouse, I noticed some Cosmos ‘Candy Stripe’ on the sales floor.  They had got past me thus far; I snagged one 6 pack for my own garden.

Wish I had more of this picotee cosmos.

Wish I had more of this picotee cosmos.

Allan's photo of me carrying the Candy Stripe cosmos; he thought the flowers looked like bagpipes.

Allan’s photo of me carrying the Candy Stripe cosmos; he thought the flowers looked like bagpipes.

Traveling north to our next job, we sustained ourselves with our Pink Poppy Bakery treat.

Swedish Traveling Cake

leaving the Planter Box carpark with Swedish Traveling Cake

Golden Sands Assisted Living

wheelbarrowing cosmos down the hallway (Allan's photo)

wheelbarrowing cosmos down the hallway (Allan’s photo)

I truly entered Annuals Planting Hell while planting 60 cosmos in the Golden Sands garden.  Maybe the sprinklers weren’t on yet; I found some of the ground was dry underneath so had to put water in each small hole.  I had not brought a dipper, so tried a tiny plastic dish that Allan found.  My head just about exploded with how long it took and after about ten cosmos, I walked out to the car (a long trip down the hallways) for a proper dipping container (a reasonable sized Costco plastic jar that had held nuts).  Life immediately became easier.

On one side of the courtyard, the red rhodos are blooming at their unpruned height.

southwest corner

southwest corner

On the other side, they got pruned severely.  I did not and do not approve, but everything outside the four quadrants of flowers is out of my hands.

the tall and the short of it (short ones are in southeast corner)

the tall and the short of it (short ones are in southeast corner)

I also noticed that the shrubs under the windows had been pruned to window sill height, but apparently at the same time someone had severely chopped two of the roses, planted by volunteers (outside the flower quadrants).

roses chopped severely...at the wrong time of year.  Why?  I do not get it.

roses chopped severely…at the wrong time of year. Why? I do not get it.  You can hardly even tell there is a rose in each of these photos.

detail:  WHY????

detail: WHY????

Oh well…I must just focus on our four quadrants…which are about to burst into bloom.

Northwest quadrant

Northwest quadrant

mom's red rose in NW quadrant

mom’s red rose in NW quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

acquilegia

aquilegia

Rudbeckia  starts from our Kathleen are sizing up!

Rudbeckia starts from our Kathleen are sizing up!

SW quadrant; Allan handwatering in case the sprinklers are not yet on.

SW quadrant; Allan handwatering in case the sprinklers are not yet on.

SE quadrant with the first of the sweet williams.

SE quadrant with the first of the sweet williams.

I'm horrified to see salal appearing at the edge of the SE quadrant!

I’m horrified to see salal appearing at the edge of the SE quadrant!

No time for salal control.,..and can’t find out about sprinklers because it is Saturday.

Allan strimmed the center lawn and spared a scabiosa that had reseeded there.

Allan strimmed the center lawn and spared a scabiosa that had reseeded there.  (I’d like it to be all moss and flowers…)  (Allan’s photo)

We have a mini-river of Geranium 'Rozanne' in that lawn.

We have a mini-river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in that mossy lawn.  Allan weeded around them. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I did some light weeding and planted 24 cosmos.  While I did so, Allan weeding along the north fence.

before:  Allan's photo.  That buddliea, belonging to a neighbor who never retrieved it, has languished in that pot for years and has now rooted into the ground.

before: Allan’s photo. That buddliea, belonging to a neighbor who never retrieved it, has languished in that pot for years and has now rooted into the ground.

After:  I didn't agree with cutting the pot away, but now I regret that so he can do so next time! (Allan's photo)

After: I didn’t agree with cutting the pot away, but now I regret that so he can do so next time! (Allan’s photo)

I resisted the buddleia rescue because they are now maligned and considered weedy (except for the new sterile cultivars).  We can just keep the old flowerheads trimmed and it will be fine.  Poor thing.

Dutch iris

Dutch iris

rose clambering into the bay tree

rose clambering into the bay tree

to the right: Thalictrum 'Elin'

to the right: Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Allium multibulbosum (white) and albopilosum (purple)

Allium multibulbosum (white) and albopilosum (purple)

Allium multibulbosum

Allium multibulbosum

rose

rose with Anthricus ‘Ravenswing’ and Dutch Iris

I wish I knew this rose's name.

I wish I knew this rose’s name.

another of Mary's roses

another of Mary’s roses

...whose name I wish I knew.

…whose name I wish I knew.

the weekly view

the weekly view

looking in the east gate

looking in the east gate

the lower level of the fenced garden, with Knockout roses

the lower level of the fenced garden, with Knockout roses

Next door, by where we park, a couple of the rhododendrons at Joanie’s cottage have come into bloom too late for the Rhodie Tour.

red one...

red one…

and pink one

and pink one

In the dump pile, Allan found this pile of spent flowers from Rhododendron 'Cynthia', raked from the lawn.

The prettiest compost in the dump pile.  Allan found this pile of spent flowers from Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’, raked out of the pond

Ocean Park

On the way north to our next job, we did a driveby check on the Oman Builders Supply garden….It did not appear to need our urgent attention.

Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park

Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park

This house and rhododendron caught my eye.

This house and rhododendron caught my eye.

This lineup at the Ocean Park Post Office caught Allan's eye.

This lineup at the Ocean Park Post Office caught Allan’s eye.

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we planted cosmos in Marilyn’s garden in Surfside, our northernmost job.  The garden had gotten terribly weedy in our absence.

Allan's photo, along the house, before

Allan’s photos, along the house, before

and after

and after

He rescued a buried Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' at the corner of the house.

He rescued a buried Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ at the corner of the house.

That Phygelius has to be pulled out from around that Eryngium, though; the Phygelius has crept sideways out of its alloted space and will get much taller than the Eryngium and will hide it again.  Next time!

during...it was worse when I started!

during…it was worse when I started!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

horsetail among the phygelius

horsetail among the phygelius

after

after

Virburnum

Virburnum

Cosmos in

Cosmos in

looking north down the path

looking north down the path

and south

and south

At the very end, I had to wade in to clip the blackberries that i saw while taking photos.

At the very end, I had to wade in to clip the blackberries that i saw while taking photos.

on the way home

There was some excitement at an intersection when three emergency vehicles drove by, and a large fire axe flew off the firetruck and landed in the ditch just north of us…and not, as it could have a few seconds earlier, in the nose of our van.

Allan retrieved it.

Allan retrieved it.

We took it back to the fire fighters, as we had seen where they were going (a few blocks north).  They were surprised that it had come loose.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The axe was riding in that slanted holder; very odd that it flew out so forecefully.

The axe was riding in that slanted holder; very odd that it flew out so forecefully.

After that adventure, we took the Nahcotta route home and photographed just a few more rhododendrons before dusk.

Rhododendrons on Willapa Bay

Rhododendrons by Willapa Bay (just south of Nahcotta Post Office)

At home, I was able to erase a few more planting tasks from the work board.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

As Annuals Planting Time fast approaches, we managed to fit in a garden clean up for Nellie, an Ilwaco oldtimer.  I remembered that she wanted some shasta daisies, especially one I got from Jo years ago that is sort of an odd double (whose name I never seem to remember).

daisy

This one, a bit past its prime.

daisy

Of course, with the clumps still just green, I could not remember for sure which one was THAT one, so I dug a piece from several clumps (some of which are the plain regular one).  In walking around with Allan to do that, I enjoyed some scenes in our garden.

Golden oregono has arranged itself under the round table on the still messy patio.

Golden oregono has arranged itself under the round table on the still messy patio.

I admired my weekend weeding...

I admired my weekend weeding…

and more of my weekend weeding

and more of my weekend weeding

and despaired over the areas undone...

and despaired over the areas undone…

a bright red geum kind of throwing off the balance in the center bed

a bright red geum kind of throwing off the balance in the center bed

In walking around looking for daisy clumps, we went up the narrow east path and came upon a sight I would have missed otherwise:  this gorgeous red shrub in bloom.  (The only reason I can tell you the name is because Todd told me several days later; all I could remember was it started with a C!)

It's a calycanthus.

It’s a calycanthus.

Calycanthus flowers

Calycanthus flowers

Lovely, yes?

Lovely, yes?

I wish I had planted it somewhere more visible.

Next to it, my enkianthus.

Next to it, my enkianthus.

Next to the enkianthus was a sick looking lily near many healthy lilies.  I broke it right off and got rid of it.

I can't afford mercy for anything that looks like this.

I can’t afford mercy for anything that looks like this.  What if it’s contagious?

Further up the path, a Clematis is throwing all its flowers to Jared and Jessika’s side of the fence.  I hope they’ve noticed it!

not my side

not my side

This one gave me one flower on my side.

This one gave me one flower on my side.

Allan divided the clumps of daisies to make sure there was no annoying Lysimachia punctata roots in the clumps (something I am trying to eliminate from one area).  The roots of the yellow Lysimachia are pink and easy to see.

a careful operation

a careful operation

My double file viburnum nearby called for some admiration.

My double file viburnum nearby called for some admiration.

Finally, we were off to Nellie’s garden with one little stop on the way:

Planting an Eryngium and a  Agastache. both with blue flowers,  in front of Azure salon.

Planting an Eryngium and a Agastache. both with blue flowers, in front of Azure salon.

Nellie’s garden

Nellie plants out tulips in pots sunk in the ground.  Our first mission was to remove the pots, cut off the tulip seedpods, and put them by the side of the garage.

south wall of house, before

south wall of house, before

I planted the daisies against the south wall; because of transplanting them rather late, they got cut back by half so will take awhile to bloom.

Allan started by cleaning up the outside edge.

Allan started by cleaning up the outside edge.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

I’d forgotten to bring a cooler shirt and was sweltering in flannel.  The job is only two blocks from home so I took a break and nipped home for a cotton shirt…and soon after that:

sitting out a heavy squall in the van!

sitting out a heavy squall in the van!

light around the edges....Allan back to work

light around the edges….Allan back to work

I ended up knocking a good half an hour off the cost of the job for time spent waiting out squalls…and 15 minutes for the wasted walk home for a cooler shirt which was only needed for a few minutes.

Allan ran home during the second or third squall for better rain clothes.  Our garden in rain...

Allan ran home during the second or third squall for better rain clothes. Our garden in rain…

and lots of it

and lots of it

We had expected “showers”, not a pelting torrent.

I was struggling and feeling slow as I began to plant up some geraniums for Nellie in some pots she has us put out each year…when I suddenly realized that Allan could plant the geraniums and I could do weeding and trimming.

Allan's photo: Nellie and I discuss where the geraniums go, before I delegate.

Allan’s photo: Nellie and I discuss where the geraniums go, before I delegate.  We load debris into buckets in the truck, and her son dumps it on his property.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo after he took over the geranium project

Nellie and her husband created this whole landscape, and she would much rather be able to do it herself.  Her husband still does all the mowing and weedeating; we’re glad to help with the rest a few times a year.

Allan's photo: I far prefer weeding to planting.

Allan’s photo: I far prefer weeding to planting.

A little project I’d been looking forward to:

trimming sword ferns by the front steps, before...

trimming sword ferns by the front steps, before…

after

after

Nellie’s family home is one of the two prettiest houses in town.

rhodo

nellie2

LB Williams House (1899)

This is the other one, up on School Hill: LB Williams House (1899)

I had developed a new appreciation for rhododendrons after the recent Peninsula Rhodie Tour, so I photographed all of Nellie’s collection.

 

in the west garden

in the west garden

a deep handsome red

a deep handsome red backed with a pink

just down the street at the Masonic Lodge

just down the street at the Masonic Lodge

After getting the rest of the garden tidied up and weeded, we did a little bit of work in the west side garden.

Allan pruned a lot of dead out of a lilac.

Allan pruned a lot of dead out of a lilac.  Before…

after

after

We’ll have to come back after annuals planting time to weed under the shrubbery in this part of the garden.

We had mostly worked on the south garden.

looking at the south garden, before

looking at the south garden, before

the south garden, after

the south garden, after

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

Allan tackled the messy brick paths.  (Allan's photo)

Allan tackled the messy brick paths. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan reminds me that I found the sound of his metal hand tool scraping on the bricks to be painfully akin to chalk on a blackboard.  (Cue much whinging and a move to another area of the garden.)

before

before

after

after

also weeded shade garden against neighbour's garage

also weeded shade garden against neighbour’s garage

Tomorrow, Annuals Planting Time begins at Jo’s.

As always at this time of year, it helps to go home and watch Deadliest Catch on a Tuesday evening and be reminded that our work is not so hard in comparison to crab fishing on the Bering Sea.

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