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A VERY typical day indeed as we got back to maintenance.  The only thing approaching a project was Allan removing some lady’s mantle that was crowding three new blueberry plants at Diane’s garden.  He also transplanted some Cerinthe although, in my opinion, it would not hurt the blueberries at all (but Diane wanted the area cleared all but for the berry bushes).

Allan's project, before and after

Allan’s project, before and after

The blueberry to the left is ‘Pink Lemonade’ and had lots of berries.  I got all excited thinking that maybe my Pink Lemonade at home might have berries.  (I found at the end of the day that it doesn’t, even in its third summer here.)

Diane and Larry's 'Pink Lemonade' blueberry

Diane and Larry’s ‘Pink Lemonade’ blueberry

Meanwhile, I deadheaded the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ at The Red Barn.  The lovely Helianthemum ‘Lemon Queen’ in that area does not need deadheading at all.

Helianthemum 'Lemon Queen'

Helianthemum ‘Lemon Queen’

beautiful in every stage of flower

beautiful in every stage of flower

beloved of all sorts of bees and the like

beloved of all sorts of bees and the like

bee

I do wish the whiskey barrels got more watering at The Red Barn!

two out of four barrels

two out of four barrels

The one closest to the barn door (left) gets the most water because people dump their stable cleaning buckets into it.  The next one gets far less (i.e. not enough) water.  Note the difference in the size of the nasturtiums.  (The third one, furthest from the door, is, of course, the paltriest!)

The happiest one is by the stable on the south side of the building, protected from the north wind.

lopsided but happy

lopsided but happy

In a wonderful gardening book that I just read, A Breath from Elsewhere, Mirabel Osler wrote a chapter about plants she dislikes.  One is sanvitalia (creeping zinnia) and I just don’t know why.  Yes, it is bright yellow, but with a charming green center.

I find sanvitalia to be just charming.

I find sanvitalia to be a delight.

At the barn, I feel sorry for the horses that are inside dark stalls with no one coming to put them out to pasture.

Indoors at one in the afternoon.

Indoors at one in the afternoon.

I will pick a handful of lush grass in for the poor horsie to eat.  Just a taste of the fresh outdoors.

These two were more fortunate.

The one on the foreground came over to say hello.

The one on the foreground came over to say hello.

two being led out to pasture

two being led out to pasture

After my work at the Barn, I went back to Diane’s (next door) and deadheaded her cosmos.  I have some lavenders to add to the roadside bed but am waiting for damper weather.

still so unsatisfying...will mulch with cow fiber!

still so unsatisfying…will mulch with cow fiber!

Larry, Diane’s spouse,  mulched the roadside bed with cranberry mulch but I don’t think it adds anything other than a nice dark colour.

Next came the deadheading of the welcome sign.  How very badly it needs more blue in the planting!

Yellow "stops the eye" but next year will have Geranium 'Rozanne'

Yellow “stops the eye” but next year will have Geranium ‘Rozanne’

In downtown Long Beach, Allan went to work on Coulter Park while I started walking around to deadhead the planters.  I thought at first I would get away without watering them, but they just were not damp enough to hold till Monday and look fresh and happy.  Soon the watering rounds will stop but not yet.

I keep meaning to Google for what type of Daphne this is:

short, fragrant, long period of bloom

short, fragrant, long period of bloom

The daphne planter is kitty corner from the cranberry harvest mural on the south wall of Dennis Co.

The daphne planter is kitty corner from the cranberry harvest mural on the south wall of Dennis Co.

In the planter by the Long Beach Pharmacy, one cosmos continues to behave strangely with green non-flowers.

an odd cosmos indeed

an odd cosmos indeed

It has some flowers low down on the stem.

It has some flowers low down on the stem.

I weeded and deadheaded at Veterans Field.

at three o clock, vendors were setting up for the afternoon farmers market

at three o clock, vendors were setting up for the afternoon farmers market

I am impressed by the continuing red white and blue-ness of the little Veterans Field garden.

Next year:  More Salvia 'Hot Lips' as it has been a great doer.

Next year: More Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ (right) as it has been a great doer.

Some of the short Cosmos has been excellent and some just terrible.  I have a feeling the ones called ‘Cutesy’ were the bad ones (and the reliable, tried and true ‘Sonata’ the good ones).

good (left) and bad (right)

good (left) and bad (right) with one paltry flower and a lot of dead

In the above right photo, you can also see a paltry Lobelia tupa.  Of three planted there, two of them look better:

a good tupa!

a good tupa!

but none have bloomed with the glorious flowers that we had from the Boreas Inn’s tupa!

Lobelia tupa, 8-2

Lobelia tupa should be doing this!

Back to the planter watering….I admired the schizostylis (river lily) now blooming under many of the trees.

Schizostylis in pale and dark pink

Schizostylis in pale and dark pink

At the restroom on Fifth Street, as elsewhere around town, the baskets from Basket Case Greenhouse still look wonderful.

 

basket

I think the park at Fifth Street is looking great, too.

I did not deadhead every cosmos...It would have taken hours.

I did not deadhead every cosmos…It would have taken hours.

I still long for the day when watering Ilwaco does not come right after Long Beach…so we can have crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder!

When I got to Fish Alley, I did not have to bucket water the barrels.  (Joy!) I did chop back  the variagated sedum that still looked just awful.

water spots? too much rain? mildew? yuck!

water spots? too much rain? mildew? yuck!

I walked down Fish Alley and the alley to the east to get back to the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market.

looking east

looking east

I can’t bear to pull the Cerinthe that reseeded in the left hand barrel, even though they symmetry has been thrown off.

at the market

at the market

Kim from River Rock Farm was making bouquets out of dahlias (but cleverly avoided being photographed).

Kim from River Rock Farm was making bouquets out of dahlias (but cleverly avoided being photographed).

heirloom tomatoes from River Rock Farm

heirloom tomatoes from River Rock Farm

The Clatsop Weavers and Spinners Guild were doing a demo.

The Clatsop Weavers and Spinners Guild were doing a demo.

Our realtor friend and garden client Cheri is a member of this group but was off getting a treat at Sweet Celebrations cupcake shop!

I had been hoping that Wholesome Hearth Bakery would be at the market with their delicious little black bottom cupcakes.  They weren’t.  One of the spinners suggested I could go to one of the two Long Beach bakeries but I said the treat would not be as much fun if it did not come from the open air market.

Heading west again…a telephoto looking through Fish Alley to show that the view corridor goes all the way to the beach (half a mile west through the dunes).

looking west

looking west

The photo that got away:  Due to traffic I just missed a couple walking through Fish Alley carrying a bouquet of dahlias from the farmers market.  Imagine…

As I finished the planters, I realized that we should not have pulled the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ out of the planter in front of Wind World Kites (of which just one blue corner shows above).  Not before Rod Run!   The Fuchsia that we had pulled the Crocosmia to reveal got almost totally smashed by Rod Run car-watching planter-sitters.

a lesson learned...

a lesson learned…smashed Fuchsia would have been protected by thickly planted Croscosmia!

I have no photos to show the excellent job that Allan did all around Coulter Park….

And will close with a selection of tomatoes that I picked at home while he went out to water the Ilwaco planters.

tomatoes

tomatoes

…and the still golden view from the south window.

dusk

Next:  If fate is willing and no catastrophe intervenes, I’ll be posting about something I have been looking forward to all summer long:  tomorrow’s Cannon Beach Cottage Tour!

 

 

 

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August 16, 2013

Here’s the thing:  The Howerton Street curbside gardens at the port, right by the Ilwaco Pavilion where the Blues and Seafood tent would be set up, have never officially been given into our care.  But they ARE on Port property and they looked just dreadful for a big event, so we decided we had to do something about it!  The morning was hot, so hot I had to take little breaks out of the sun while Allan soldiered on.

one of the gardens, before

one of the gardens, before, looking east

after, looking east

after, looking east

the other garden before, looking west

the other garden before, looking west

after

after

Meanwhile, the Blues and Seafood tent was being erected.

tent going up between Ilwaco pavilion and the bank building

tent going up between Ilwaco pavilion and the bank building

Now, I am not going to name and shame the bank, which used to be a job of ours, but my gosh, this was just not very good for a garden right by a big event!

so weedy

so weedy

They had had their landscape maintenance person (who is a friend of mine, and is just doing what they want done) chop the shrubs, as usual.  The wrong shrubs were planted here originally, and they get too tall, but I certainly would not have them hacked right before an event for which one wants the town to look good.

I would, if I were in charge, just have those shrubs removed completely rather than have to prune them this harshly.

call Plant Amnesty!

call Plant Amnesty!

pruned

I quit the job because the budget was not big enough to do it the way it deserved to be done and still make a decent hourly wage, so that I had ended up working for free to get weeding done and nice pruning that took extra time.  The catalyst for actually quitting was a breaking point of having used all the hours for the month and then having to pick up dozens of styrofoam pellets out of the grassy bioswale next to the building.  Twice.

Last spring, I was so bothered by the way it looks now that I actually made a bid (and I generally do NOT bid) to get the job back when my friend was thinking of quitting it.  I never got a reply to the bid even after being asked to provide one, but the grapevine told me someone there thinks I am “difficult to work with.”  Well, I suppose I am because I won’t do a job the wrong way if I know better.  The only reason I wanted the job back was because it gives me the blues to see it looking so bad.  This is not sour grapes:  By now it has gotten so weedy that I would not want to be the one to try to bring it back to goodness, not on the most lavish budget.

That was it for our Ilwaco work of the day:  cleaning up by the Blues tent and brooding about the landscape next door.

After that, we deadheaded the welcome sign in Long Beach….

I like the way the Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' mimics the round yellow sun.

I like the way the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ mimics the round yellow sun.

We were under self imposed pressure to get the days work done in order to get back to the Blues event (by 6 PM) to take photos for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page.

deadheading in the Fifth Street Park

deadheading in the Fifth Street Park

lilies in the Fifth Street park

lilies in the Fifth Street park

I have NO idea how the much-hated-by-me orange montbretia got into the park.  I didn’t want to make a mess by pulling it, but it has got to go pretty soon!

a sneaky thug behind the Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

a sneaky thug behind the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

I remember in olden days when I could not bear to throw plants away, I would bring orange montbretia home and plant it alongside the road at my old house…and then spent years unsuccessfully trying to get rid of it to plant something better.

Eryngium 'Jade Frost' still has the blues!

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ still has the blues!

Despite our hurried feeling, we made a quick stop at the Humane Society.  Our oldest cat, Maddy, disappeared around the Fourth of July and we still hoped she might appear as a stray…

South Pacific County Humane Society

South Pacific County Humane Society

I told myself she may have found a happy home where she can be the only cat, She Who Hates All Other Cats.

Next, the Anchorage Cottages, where I was reminded again of why I don’t like to grow Lady’s Mantle even though I once found it so charming.

that awkward unladylike stage

that awkward unladylike stage

While I’m singing the blues about annoying plants, how about Stella D’Oro daylily?  It has got to go, and will be ousted in the fall.

Stella is mostly unattractive and I do not like her flowers, so there!

Stella is mostly unattractive and I do not like her flowers, so there!

After the Anchorage, we simply had to deadhead at Andersen’s RV Park.

Payson Hall takes over an hour to deadhead nowadays.

Payson Hall takes over an hour to deadhead nowadays and it is quite hot to work against the white building.

the lingering red poppies and a couple of Men

the lingering red poppies and a couple of Men

Getting home in time to water the greenhouse tomatoes was a big rush, but we made it.  The little yellow/orange tomatoes (I have several kinds that colour, and few little red ones) are cute and sweet…

matoes

but they are so many that they are splitting.  Are they still good to eat when they do this?

Is this safe to eat, I wonder?

Is this safe to eat, I wonder?

When I heard the first notes of music from the Blues tent, I walked on down….one of the advantages of living a block away.

On the way, I saw that the formerly pretty garden at Grays Harbour College’s Ilwaco campus has been whacked to the ground.  Apparently, it had gotten so weedy that no one wanted to tackle it.  Once upon a time it was quite nice with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and kinnickinnick.

whacked to the ground

whacked to the ground

You can see from the GHC website that it started out with gardening promise...

You can see in this photo from the GHC website that it started out with gardening promise…

On the other side of the street, the Hawaiian shaved ice booth was poised for the Saturday Market…

ice

I remember when this was set up permanently on a lot on downtown Long Beach and because of the “old town” zoning rules, it had its lower body covered with cedar shakes!

Now for the blues….

Robin Gibson Band...looking very bluesy.

Robin Gibson Band…looking very bluesy.

The problem is that I don’t like blues, not straight ahead, blues harp and guitar gonna take the train outta town cos my woman done me wrong type blues.  That is probably why I loved punk rock because it had little bluesiness in it.  At the same time, though, I adored rhythm and blues…the more melodic and (to me) soulful blues that would be personified later in the evening by the women singers of The Heartbreakers.  So I went home after taking a good set of photos of the first blues band and listened for the sound of a woman’s voice.  About two hours later, the unmistakable soul sound soared over the air and I hustled back down for the Heartbreakers.

Mary McPage

Mary McPage

Lady Kat True Blue

Lady Kat True Blue

LadyKat...she is amazing

LadyKat…she is amazing

Rae Gordon in blue

Rae Gordon in blue

rae

rae

What a voice, what a smile!

What a voice, what a smile!

Lucy Hammond

Lucy Hammond

Timmer Blakely, Lucy Hammond, Bonnie Lee Bluestone

Timmer Blakely, Lucy Hammond, Bonnie Lee Bluestone

Maggie Kitson

Maggie Kitson

LadyA

LadyA

LadyA

LadyA

LadyA

LadyA spoke of her involvement in United by Music, a program “designed for talented people with intellectual and physical disabilities to learn and play blues music live on stage with professional musicians for general audiences” and asked us to spread the word about it.

all together singing "Amazing Grace"

all together singing “Amazing Grace”

Meanwhile, there were connections to our gardening life all around the Blues and Seafood area.  The flowers for the food area were provided by River Rock Farm, whose owner, Kim, has the fabulous Greutter garden in Ocean Park.

Kim's dahlias

Kim’s dahlias

Kim in stripes, and in the background, our garden client Diane

Kim in stripes, and in the background, our garden client Diane

Diane of Diane's garden

Diane of Diane’s garden

Jet, wife of Jim (Port Manager) Niva, and Marie and Randy Powell of Shoalwater Cove Gallery

Jet, wife of Jim (Port Manager) Niva, and Marie and Randy Powell of Shoalwater Cove Gallery

center, in red: Karla of Time Enough Books

center, in red: Karla of Time Enough Books and her sister Kathy provide oysters

more dahlias

more dahlias

And outside, the view of the marina and the sound of the music.

boats

Tomorrow would be a day off with more of the same starting in the mid-afternoon.

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