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Thursday, 7 September 2017

The prediction of “less than an eighth of an inch of rain” would not stop us from watering the Long Beach and Ilwaco planters.  They are so thick with foliage now that rain has to be substantial to penetrate into the soil.

I got to pet local dog Frosty at the post office on the way to work.

Long Beach

At the welcome sign, I pruned down a lot of the silly cosmos that were tall with no buds.  Why do some of them do this, when they are all the same sort (Sensation mix)?

front

from the sidewalk

back

bucket o’ prunings

We split up to water the Long Beach planters.

Lavender and the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop

Even though Rod Run does not officially begin till tomorrow, downtown Long Beach was full of fancy vehicles going round and round or parked to show off.

Folks were already sitting and watching the vehicles.

Allan’s photo

my own agastache admiration

Allan’s photo

Agastache labeled as ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’, that came back from last year.

same planter, new Agastache labeled as ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’. Huh.

Rod Run window at NIVA green

triple batch of cuteness

another trio (Allan’s photo)

sweet pea success (Allan’s photo)

A City Hall VIP walked by and said to me, “The planters look beautiful.  I am so sorry a bunch of asshats will be sitting on them this weekend.”  (That is why it felt urgent to get photos today.)  She added, because she is one who used to do a volunteer planter, “I used to cry after every Rod Run.”

The planter damage is not as bad as when the Run used to be an official parade through Long Beach for hours on Saturday afternoon, coinciding with Labor Day.  The last time that happened, maybe fifteen years ago, the crowds were so chaotic that the local law enforcement said they would no longer police the event unless it was moved to the weekend after Labor Day and no longer had a parade up one side and down the other of the Peninsula.  It’s not the shiny car folks who caused the chaos.  They don’t want to get their vehicles scratched or smudged.  It was a certain element of heavy drinking audience; the other problem was that gridlock stopped emergency access.

Despite Rod Runner’s disappointment with the change, and their loss of a three day weekend, the new schedule has worked out well in extending the tourist season for one more week and has been a great boon to our planters.

Verbena bonariensis and Melianthus major, Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

We paused after watering, followed by tidying Fifth Street Park, for a coffee and cookie break at Abbracci.

Abbracci Coffee Bar

a nice big batch of coffee grounds for our compost bins (Allan’s photo)

I got to pet darling Sophie.

car spotting (Allan’s photo)

and so it begins (Allan’s photo)

We had an amusing chat with this pleasant fellow, who said he was looking carefully before stepping and that his wife would kill him if he stepped on a plant.  Others over the weekend may be less cautious.

Twice I had seen a most interesting truck drive by.  After coffee, while clipping rugosa roses by the police station, I saw it park across the street.  I dropped my clippers into the roses and toddled over there as fast as possible to photograph it, and later I could not find my clippers.  They will turn up next time we prune the roses down low (probably October!)

I see it and rush to catch it!

saw-topped truck

old vs. new

I do hope this truck shows up at Slow Drag tomorrow night.

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in Veterans Field

Vet Field flower admirer (Allan’s photo)

Figs behind Lewis and Clark Square (Allan’s photo)

a “rat rod” (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

We watered the planters on Sid Snyder Drive.  A couch sits there, having recently appeared.  It would be more useful downtown for viewing Rod Run.

Waterlogue

I got to pet this darling dog, who has a tremendously soft coat.

my new friend Buddy

Ilwaco

I watered and weeded at the boatyard while Allan watered the street trees and planters.

This frog hitched a ride from home on Allan’s water trailer, to where it gets filled up at the boatyard.  Allan caught him in a jar and took him back home again.

It was four o clock when we got started in Ilwaco, and, as a passerby pointed out, the four o clocks were open.

Mirabilis jalapa ‘Salmon Sunset’

Helenium (sneezeweed)

The watering started well, because the long hose for the south end was available.  (When we arrive after the staff departs, the end of it is locked into a shed).

Then I walked further along the fence and found the two middle hoses going up into boats.

hose going into the Tlingit Princess

and into the Sea-Jac

But, oh joy, the long northernmost hose was available today!

Joy and rejoicing!

Between that and our own long hose hooked up to the faucet by the sanican, the watering was easy.

Our local paper recently had a good article about stories from the boatyard this past summer.  This red boat was painted in the favourite colour of the boat owner’s wife, who had died of breast cancer not long ago.

in memory of Mary Lou

Author Luke Whittaker: “The boat had been sitting in Sitka, Alaska since 1989 awaiting a buyer, when 82-year-old Astoria fishermen Roger Marshall, became the unlikely owner last fall. Marshall was simply one fisherman who just wasn’t ready to retire. In October, Marshall bought the boat and nearly died during a desperate 800-mile journey home.

“Coming down I ran into terrible southeast winds all the way,” Marshall said. “I ran into some bum weather coming out of Candle River and I thought I bought the farm.”

Fortunately, Marshall made it home, after all — he had a promise to keep to his late wife Mary Lou.

“I told her when she was dying I would paint it red,” Marshall said. “It was her favorite color.” Mary Lou died from breast cancer in March. In August, Marshall fulfilled his promise with help from Fred Wiest. The bottom is burgundy with white sides and a bold, red stripe stretching bow to stern.”

 

sweet peas reaching the top of the fence

Someone keeps messing with my elephant garlic. Now every single one has been pulled, and a few left behind.

When I see a plant pulled and dropped, I wonder if a driver passing by yelled at the plant thief to stop.

north end of boatyard

Seashells cosmos

looking north

Solidago ‘Fireworks’, a nicely clumping goldenrod

seen while watering planters (Allan’s photo)

one of the Ilwaco planters with Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ and diascias (Allan’s photo)

planter with Acidanthera (Allan’s photo)

Allan finished the planters and rejoined me.  I had had plenty of time to do some weeding and deadheading, too.  I’d been pondering the decision about whether to water the easternmost curbside garden.  Because of Slow Drag visitors tomorrow, we decided it must be done as only a slight drizzle of rain had arrived.  Allan went to accomplish that after dropping me at home.

He passed by our Jenna (Queen La De Da) who was setting up for Slow Drag.

fog rolling in and the shaved ice booth (Allan’s photo)

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ (Allan’s photo)

Home again, Allan watched Skooter go fishing.

Soon after, rain began and continued for hours.  That was both pleasing and, because of our boatyard and curbside watering today, mildly annoying.

Friday, 8 September 2017

pre-Slow Drag

I spent the early afternoon catching up on writing this blog, because with two big events coming up, we will have much to share.  Slow Drag happens tonight, Cannon Beach Cottage Tour tomorrow (and the blog will then be more like fifteen days behind Real Time).

Rain had filled most of the rain barrels.

This one, from the shed, is the slowest to fill.

official rain gauge

right: a recent clematis tragedy despite semi-diligent watering

puddle in street with ugly new big-citified yellow lines

on the front window (Allan’s photo)

I am looking forward to the Slow Drag and the Cottage Tour, two of my favourite events, and am also fervently looking forward to afterward, when we have no events for quite some time.

Thursday, despite flat light, we did take photos of all the Long Beach planters.  Tonight, I am publishing a bonus post of the planters for my reference.  It will be on interest only to the most dedicated planter fan.

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Friday, 5 September 2014

Slow Drag at the Port of Ilwaco

On the first of our four days off (or mostly off; Allan did some watering), the weather was shockingly hot. I’d say about 90. (A weather check shows it was 89.4 F.) I did a bit of container and greenhouse watering and watering of recently transplanted plants and spent the rest of the day indoors finishing the book Eden on their Minds. Allan did go out to do some watering at Larry and Robert’s garden (five doors down) and at the Ilwaco Post Office.

He found and removed a very sneaky dandelion in the post office garden (next to Helianthus 'Lemon Queen').

He found and removed a very sneaky dandelion in the post office garden (next to Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’).

At Olde Towne Café, he switched compost buckets (and saw our friend Queen La De Da’s caddy parked there, all decorated for Rod Run weekend).

Jenna's Queen Caddy

Jenna’s Queen Caddy

At four thirty, we walked a block down to the port for the Slow Drag. You can see all the photos we took of the event here on Discover Ilwaco; this is the gardener’s perspective.

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' and...a car

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and…a car

The purpose of Slow Drag is to gun your car at the start line, then cut the gas at a certain point and coast to the finish line with no braking; whoever gets over the rope finish and comes to a halt closest to it wins the heat. I think everyone gets to go around till their third elimination; a dot gets stuck to their windshield each time they lose a heat.

Some of the competitors go to the extra effort of dressing up or making their car fit some sort of theme. There was not as much of that this year as in previous years.

We can count on the "church ladies" to make an appearance.

We can count on the “church ladies” to make an appearance.

Our friend and garden client (and favourite realtor) Cheri was walking her two boxers, Porsche and Beemer.  She took them back to her Ilwaco home as it was too hot for them!

Our friend and garden client (and favourite realtor) Cheri was walking her two boxers, Porsche and Beemer. She took them back to her Ilwaco home as it was too hot for them!

I smiled to see the WHO-BUS (as Robert and I had a VW van and I love them).  It had won the past two years in a row.

I smiled to see the WHO-BUS (as Robert and I had a VW van and I love them). It had won the past two years in a row.

Travis Matney, the WHO-BUS driver.  I really, really, really wanted him to win for the third time.

Travis Matney, the WHO-BUS driver. I really, really, really wanted him to win for the third time.

Travis joked that he was under a lot of pressure because the official t shirt art by Don Nisbett shows the WHO-BUS.

I do like an old truck even though the beds tend to be small and impractical.

I do like an old truck even though the beds tend to be small and impractical.

Between heats, which run down Howerton Way, the vehicles parade along Waterfront Way with boats and sparkling water in the background.

Between heats, which run down Howerton Way, the vehicles parade along Waterfront Way with boats and sparkling water in the background.

The Astoria Clowns vehicle is actually built backwards so it is driven from inside the rear window.

The Astoria Clowns vehicle is actually built backwards so it is driven from inside the rear window.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

putting water in the tank of an old school bus.

Putting water in the radiator of an old school bus. It was darned hot, and hard on some of the old vehicles.

Their driver was a bit young for a license.

Their driver must have recently acquired his license.

Allan's photo of an exceptionally cute dog.

Allan’s photo of an exceptionally cute dog.

Allan went up on the Port Office deck for an overview.

Allan went up on the Port Office deck for an overview.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Alan's photo looking north

Alan’s photo looking north

Allan's photo of another exceptionally cute dog.

Allan’s photo of another exceptionally cute dog.

Allan's photo of more cute dogs

Allan’s photo of more cute dogs

Windows of port buildings offer some fun photo opportunities.

Windows of port buildings offer some fun photo opportunities.

a car framed in the condor statue

a car framed in the condor statue

clover and sedum growing on the condor rock

clover and sedum growing on the condor rock

car

a car framed in the Shorebank landscape.

a car framed in the Shorebank landscape.

Some people push their vehicles down Waterfront Way to save on gas and prevent overheating, as there is a lot of idling and waiting.

Some people push their vehicles down Waterfront Way to save on gas and prevent overheating, as there is a lot of idling and waiting.

My white cosmos in the port office garden port office garden and a white car.

My white cosmos in the port office garden port office garden and a white car.

Time Enough Books owners   Peter and Karla, with ice cream.

Time Enough Books owners Peter and Karla, with ice cream.

Allan's photo of me, Peter, and Karla

Allan’s photo of me, Peter, and Karla

Jenna did not run her Queen La De Da caddy in the race this year; she did park it, as did some other fancy car owners, for all to admire.

Jenna did not run her Queen La De Da caddy in the race this year; she did park it, as did some other fancy car owners, for all to admire.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; I so much wanted to get this purple car with the petunias but lacked the patience to wait for it to come around again.

Allan’s photo; I so much wanted to get this purple car with the petunias but lacked the patience to wait for it to come around again.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another fun window reflection

another fun window reflection

By the way, there is a great opportunity at the port for someone who wants to buy the old, vacant Harbor Lights Motel with its restaurant and second floor view lounge and make it into a nice place.

Here's the info; go for it.

Here’s the info; go for it.

more pushing

more pushing

Where the vehicles turn the corner to get to the Howerton Way race course, I like to get a photo of a red car against Jessie’s. I got a couple of boxy cars; Allan got something sleeker.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On Howerton Way, my favourite lines up for a heat.

On Howerton Way, my favourite lines up for a heat.

another heat begins

another heat begins

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am probably the only spectator who thinks Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' steals the show.

I am probably the only spectator who thinks Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ steals the show.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the other side of the hotel for sale, a xeriscape installed a few years back by Peninsula Landscape Supply

on the other side of the hotel for sale, a xeriscape installed a few years back by Peninsula Landscape Supply. (I’d like to get around to throwing a thin layer of pea gravel on this as the underwear, landscape fabric, shows here and there.)

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Allan’s photo of orange echoing orange is one of my favourites.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; people stand up, hold umbrellas, wiggle the vehicle back and forth, anything to slow down just the right amount without braking

Allan’s photo; people stand up, hold umbrellas, wiggle the vehicle back and forth, anything to slow down just the right amount without braking.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; Lhe church ladies added to their attire for the race heat.

Allan’s photo; The church ladies added to their attire for the race heat.

Allan's photo, a close heat at the finish line

Allan’s photo, a close heat at the finish line

On the Howerton side of Time Enough Books, it interests me that the Ceanothus is lightly blooming again.

On the Howerton side of Time Enough Books, it interests me that the Ceanothus is lightly blooming again.

Although for the most part, I saw respect for the gardens, for some reason people had put their chairs all over the garden at the Powell Gallery. Oh, I now realize this was because it was the finish line.

painful to see

painful to see

In the past, Randy Powell has roped this garden bed off. Since we took it over, with the port paying us instead of him paying us, he didn’t. I said to him I was surprised the garden was not being treated with more respect and he just said “That’s why I’m glad I don’t have it anymore.”

Randy was one of the finish line judges.

Randy was one of the finish line officials.

ouch

ouch

In all honesty, it won’t do any lasting damage; it is just the principle of the thing for me as the gardener, I suppose.

ouch

I’m glad I did not cut back the spent Eryngiums, as at least the spiny seedheads are protecting the crowns!

Allan's photo; Of course, he noticed, too.

Allan’s photo; Of course, he noticed, too.

These folks were standing right on top of plants in another pocket garden (one of my favourites).  I did say to them that it was causing me pain.  They moved, saying they were seeking shade.  Maybe for the dog!  There was plenty of shade next to buildings.

These folks were standing right on top of plants in another pocket garden (one of my favourites). I did say to them that it was causing me pain. They moved, saying they were seeking shade. Maybe for the dog! There was plenty of shade next to buildings.

I have no words.

I have no words.

Allan's photo; there are tender little bulbs under there.

Allan’s photo; there are tender little bulbs under there.

You may recall that Thursday evening, I painstakingly weeded all these gardens from the west to the east end of Howerton Way.

Through a blur of tears.  (Not really!)

Through a blur of tears. (Not really!) Face obscured for identity protection.

Yes, it is definitely the principle of the thing, and also the knowledge that if I had more plants in this area, they would probably still have chairs plunked on them. Oddly, though, this is the very first year of my five years of attending the slow drag that I have seen the gardens sat upon like this. Perhaps it was due to the heat.

a rather special Eryngium in that garden, not one that I can buy locally.

a rather special Eryngium in that garden, not one that I can buy locally. It will recover. I think.

To add to my malaise…the WHO-BUS was eliminated.

My favourite bites the dust.

My favourite bites the dust.

the moment of victory

the moment of victory

winner

But another VW was the winner (and Bryan and I used to have a VW bug).

Another VW was the winner (and Bryan and I used to have a VW bug). The driver is holding his little dog.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, lots of swag for the winner

Allan’s photo, lots of swag for the winner

the winner with Port personnel

the winner with Port personnel

left to right, Artist Don Nisbett, a port guy whose name I should now, the first place winner, Nancy of the Port office, her spouse Alan, someone else I should know, and Queen La De Da.

The winner's joy and exuberance brought me back to a happy state.

The winner’s joy and exuberance brought me back to a happy state.

As did this cute little dog who rode in the winning car.

As did this cute little dog who rode in the winning car.

A painting by our garden client Eric Wiegardt was one of the first place prizes.

A painting by our garden client Eric Wiegardt was one of the first place prizes.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Another VW driver was also ecstatic...

Another VW driver was also ecstatic…

because he won the Sponsors Choice cup.

because he won the Sponsors Choice cup.

second place winners

second place winners

Allan's photo; The third prize winner had come all the way from central Oregon, and had had battery problems partway through the race.

Allan’s photo; The third prize winner had come all the way from central Oregon, and had had battery problems partway through the race.

He was happy and relieved when his car started up after Allan took this photo.

He was happy and relieved when his car started up after Allan took this photo.

We came home through the back gate, almost stumbling over a deer who was hanging out in Nora’s yard.

This was after it moved a few feet.

This was after it moved a few feet.

While I am still not much into cars, I always find Slow Drag to be an amusing event. Next year, though, I am going to have more ornamental grasses in that garden by the Powell Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Because I had gotten mixed up on which day to go to Jo’s, we were fitting her in early in the day’s schedule today. First, we had to deadhead at the Depot garden and water just along the edges where the sprinklers don’t hit.

Depot Restaurant

Depot garden

Depot garden

The very amusing, tall Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' is beginning to bloom.

The very amusing, tall Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ is beginning to bloom.

And then, some garden clean up, weeding, deadheading and general tidying at Jo’s.

Jo's entryway (guest house on left)

Jo’s entryway (guest house on left)

on the right, tall cosmos in raised garden

on the right, tall cosmos in raised garden

the entry patio by the deck

the entry patio by the deck

to the right, the honeysuckle arbour

to the right, the honeysuckle arbour

my good friend Coco

my good friend Coco

by the arbour between two patios

by the next arbour between two patios

center patio

center patio

Tidying up Jo’s took only about an hour and a quarter. Just before we left, Jo showed us an adorable photo that she took of Coco; I had her email it to me so I can share it with you here.

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Coco by Jo

Jo’s had been such a quick job that I had high hopes of getting all our work done today. Next, we had to water Long Beach. Just in the time we had been at Jo’s, folks had begun to gather in chairs to watch the shiny, noisy cars coming into town for the weekend…even though it was only Thursday.

Long Beach

cars

cars

The cars went round and round the downtown blocks to show off, and the air was already heavy with exhaust fumes. I focused hard on watering. Rod Run is a rowdy event; one passerby asked me if I was watering the planters now before the crowds poured beer into them later. The owner of an upscale shop told me that last year people were coming in to her decor shop asking if she sold beer and cigarettes. Another friend who owns a café said last year many of her Saturday patrons were drunk. It is not a good weekend financially for “fine dining” restaurants (which are all casual dress around here) or galleries; some even close this weekend as it is pointless to stay open and traffic will be in gridlock all over the Peninsula. Allan and I have our groceries stocked up and I will stay home except for the amusing “Slow Drag at the Port” tomorrow evening; I go to that because it is only one block from our house. Allan will probably go to the actual Rod Run festivities on Saturday up in Ocean Park.

After this weekend, I will be able to pull out a lot of the tired annuals from the planters. This weekend, they must stay to help protect the planters from being sat upon and even stood in by car watchers.

Looking forward to trimming the California poppies by the police station next week.

Looking forward to trimming the California poppies by the police station next week.

Basket Case Greenhouse baskets by the police station

Basket Case Greenhouse baskets by the police station

Around about this time I got a phone call from my friend J9 to tell me that her five year old cat, Buddy, had unexpectedly died during a visit to the vet’s office. He was feeling very poorly all of a sudden, and she had taken him in, and he died under anesthesia. She was devastated. In sympathy, I began thinking of beloved and gone cats of the past, and of J9’s lovely dog, Sophie, now gone for two years. That was the end of my picture taking in Long Beach.

Buddy as a kitten

Buddy as a kitten

I slogged on through the watering of the planters south of the stoplight and the deadheading and weeding of Fifth Street Park. Meanwhile, Allan was watering the street trees and the planters north of the light.

He finds the cars interesting and can name most models. I do agree that the candy colours are beautiful and I wish that modern cars came in such jeweltone shades.

Allan’s photos in Long Beach:

He sent me his photos with a reprise of this car yesterday at Andersen’s RV Park:

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And here it is doing a colour echo by Deux Chapeaux and the Campiche Gallery in Long Beach.

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This vehicle passed us numerous times; its engine was painfully loud to our ears.

With the watering and parks grooming done, along with a bonus project of pulling some spent calla lilies at a Long Beach vacation rental owned by our client Erin, we were off to water in Ilwaco.

Ilwaco and Port of Ilwaco

I weeded all the way down Howerton Way at the Port. A view vintage cars kept passing over and over, and slowing down in the middle of the blocks; it took me awhile to realize that they were practicing for Slow Drag tomorrow night, where the winner is the vehicle that crosses the finish line by coasting.

The only photo I took of gardens was one showing how the California wax myrtles that we cut to the ground last spring are coming back all nice and fresh.

now what to do with them?  Keep them small, I think.

now what to do with them? Keep them small, I think.

While deadheading the port office garden, I met a charming St Bernard.

dog

She's a boat dog.

She’s a boat dog.

Toward the end of the Long Beach watering, the north wind had picked up to an annoying intensity with gusts of 21 mph. At the Port, the wind was a gentle cooling breeze and the evening was unusually warm.

port

While I was working on the port gardens, Allan was watering the Ilwaco street trees and planters. He took some photos to keep me apprised of their condition, as I have pretty much turned this whole job over to him and have only walked by the planters a couple of times this summer.

The planter at the Peninsula Sanitation office has excellent trailing plants this year.

The planter at the Peninsula Sanitation office has excellent trailing plants this year (diascia and calibrachoa)

Peninsula Sanitation

Peninsula Sanitation

Peninsula Sanitation; I had especially requested photos of this planter.

Peninsula Sanitation; I had especially requested photos of this planter.

yellow theme by Don's Portside Café

yellow theme by Don’s Portside Café

all hail Portside Café for making this planter happy!

same planter from early summer 2013; shows why I like to use yellow in this planter.

same intersection, north side

same intersection, north side

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and across the street.  My plan is to remove all the catmint from these planters this fall as it gets too big and monochromatic.

and across the street.

I am planning to remove all the catmint from these planters this fall. The planters came to me with catmint already installed. I feel it gets too big, is too monochromatic, and needs to be cut back at an awkward time in early summer after its first bloom. Now, in its second bloom cycle, it does look good again. I am also feeling that the trailing rosemaries in some of the planters look just plain silly and out of balance.

an annoyingly silly rosemary

an annoyingly silly rosemary in a planter that is overcrowded and dries out too quickly

By Larry's Antique Gallery on Spruce, the nasturtiums have thrived and the blue statice is a nice contrast.

By Larry’s Antique Gallery on Spruce, the nasturtiums have thrived and the blue statice is a nice contrast.

We were done by seven. Other than the fact that it might have been nice of us to squeeze in a visit to the Boreas Inn or the Red Barn, we were also done for the week. I have no idea why I was so tired after a two day work week. This is no way to save money for a comfortable retirement, but…we are now going to take a four day weekend while Rod Run takes over the Peninsula. If being this tired has to do with being almost 60, I had better take the time off now while I still have the strength to garden at home.

Of course, because it was Thursday, we went to Fish Taco Thursday at the Cove Restaurant.

The Cove Restaurant

The official greeter

The official greeter

me and my good friend PLC

me and my good friend PLC

the menu

the menu

flowers, Allan's photo

flowers, Allan’s photo

Wendy and the footie on telly.  (We ignored the game and had a seat with a window view of the golf course)

Allan’s photo: Wendy and the footie on telly. (We ignored the game and had a seat with a window view of the golf course)

Fortunately, the Cove has the volume on their telly turned off. I will not eat at restaurants with noisy televisions. Usually it is set to the very placid and green golf channel.

I had to have the Caesar salad after seeing it on Steve and John's dinner plates last week.

I had to have the Caesar salad after seeing it on Steve and John’s dinner plates last week.

Allan ordered a delicious dish of prawns.

Allan ordered the strawberry salad and a delicious dish of prawns.

I, of course, had the ahi tuna.

I, of course, had the ahi tuna.

Jeff Jason Lancaster’s food artistry has lured us away from the delicious fish tacos. Well played, Jason!

Now…for four days off, I hope, although with 85 degree weather predicted we may have to go out on Monday to water the Long Beach planters. I would so like to hold out till Tuesday when the Rod Run crowds have left; they do tend to make it a three day weekend.

 

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And with this I officially catch up with the present day…and a good thing too, because the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour is coming up and there will be much to write about and many photos to share.

September 9:  Long Beach

First we did weeding and deadheading and grooming to perfection of Jo’s garden because she was expecting very special company…a group of old friends from college.

Jo's garden, looking west

Jo’s garden, looking west

and looking east

and looking east

My photo of Coco the dog did not turn out because she was wiggling so much!

wish!!

wish!!

I do wish that Rod Run was not so destructive to the Long Beach planters.  I knew it would be, and it was…as we discovered when we went to the downtown planters after Jo’s.

We were greeted by another diaper bomb left in the parking lot.  I will pick up trash that I see around town but I draw the line at these.

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!!!!!!!

Just change the baby in a parking spot, drop the diaper out the door and drive away!  I remain utterly astonished.  Do they think about the city worker who has to pick this up?

So…the planters:

sat upon

sat upon

Okay, there were cars going by all weekend….hot rods, classic cars, etc.  People who love cars were all lined up to watch.  According to two shopkeepers we spoke with, the town was reeling with drunk people and they needed a place to sit to watch cars, and there are the planters…very comfy indeed.

shasta daisy

shasta daisy

I am so pleased that some of the nasturtiums survived!

I am so pleased that some of the nasturtiums survived!

another planter:  I pulled the nasturtium over the smashed plants

another planter: I pulled the nasturtium over the smashed plants.

Some plants are so destroyed that all I can do is cut them back to the base.

Some plants are so destroyed that all I can do is cut them back to the base.

not very happy Autumn Joy sedum

not very happy Autumn Joy sedum

Half a block up from Home at the Beach, one of their hanging baskets was upside down and broken, and another was completely missing.

casualty

casualty

As for the trees….

Some sort of melee under one had completely laid out half of the ornamental grass and broken the electrical box.

Panicum 'Heavy Metal' ladi flat

Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ laid flat

Another had its lavenders smashed so flat they were just gone…

where once was lavender...

where once was lavender…

If anyone feels my pain especially well, I know it will be Pam, Seaside’s gardener!

Under another tree, this is all that was left of a hardy Fuchsia.

where once was a Fuchsia

where once was a Fuchsia

Allan found this much of it off to the side.

Allan found this much of it off to the side.

Another was broken and battered with some stem left.

Another was broken and battered with some stem left.

Allan watered the north half of downtown.

one of the planters in his "section"

one of the planters in his “section”

In Fish Alley, this is just one example of the many cans and remnants of snack debris that we found.

Fish Alley...and the Sedum still looks bad; I had better just cut it back!

Fish Alley…and the Sedum still looks bad; I had better just cut it back!

In Ilwaco there are only two public garbage cans on the main street; Long Beach has several per block but apparently not enough for some!!  The Long Beach city crew had been through daily over the weekend to pick up what I am sure was an enormous amount of trash.

This is nothing compared to the damage that Rod Run used to inspire.  I think the last time that the event coincided with Labour Day Weekend was 1998.  Before that it was always a three day event on the three day holiday.  The official Rod Run went all the way from Ocean Park down to Ilwaco and back on Saturday afternoon, and all over the Peninsula gridlock occurred at every intersection.  Over the years, the event built up to a more and more riotous occasion, which had nothing to do with the hosts, the respectable and upright citizens of The Beach Barons car club, and everything to do with hangers on who were drunk and destructive.  The planters were sat upon and stood in and the plants turned to blackened mush.  Finally in 1998, the situation got so bad that emergency vehicles had no way to getting through the traffic and as I heard at the time, the police said they would no longer be able to function at the event at all unless it were changed to the weekend AFTER Labour Day, and that there would never again be an official “run” of cars up and down the whole Peninsula.  There was a great outcry of objection, but in the long run I think it worked out well for the merchants to have it the second weekend in September, thus extending the tourist season.  The “Run” now takes place only at the North end of the Peninsula (Ocean Park to Surfside to Oysterville and back to Ocean Park) but throngs still gather in Long Beach as many drivers choose to parade round and round the Peninsula in an unofficial and unscheduled manner, late into Saturday evening…..thus the damage to the street tree gardens and planters.

Veterans Field was out of the fray being set back from the main street and was untrampled.

Veterans Field acidanthera and Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Veterans Field Acidanthera and Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, Allan’s photo

On Monday, another car club circled round and round the town; we saw several of these cars more than once.  I don’t think these people look at all like they would be Planter Sitters or Tree Tramplers!

car

car

car

car

street

We saw some of the same cars putt putting around Ilwaco the next day.

After the Long Beach planters,  Allan did the necessary bucket watering of the Ilwaco planters.  I pulled a few bricks out from the Ilwaco street tree plantings (tired of weeding between them!) but decided that we had better not leave the dropped level of the edges  overnight in case someone tipsy stumbled!  Instead, I went home to catch up on some very overdue billing.

Tuesday, September 10:

On the way home the previous evening, I had noticed that Larry and Robert’s garden looked quite dry, so Tuesday morning began with Allan watering there.

This garden is scheduled sometime soon for a Fall Project mulching so it will hold water better!

This garden is scheduled sometime soon for a Fall Project mulching so it will hold water better!

the long lasting bloom of Echinacea 'Green Envy'

the long lasting bloom of Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

Hydrangea and autumn crocus

Hydrangea and autumn crocus

An unusual thing was going on in the sky….dozens and dozens of gulls, impossible to capture with my camera.

each white speck a gull, circling and calling

each white speck a gull, circling and calling

They were over an even bigger portion of sky than shown above.

While Allan finished watering, I walked down Lake Street heading west to First Avenue to start pulling up bricks from the edges of the street tree squares.

at Lake and Myrtle, looking west

at Lake and Myrtle, looking west

a large Fuchsia magellanica

a large Fuchsia magellanica

and a pretty front porch

and a pretty front porch

the sound of water right by the sidewalk

the sound of water right by the sidewalk

Nerines at Lake and Williams

Nerines at Lake and Williams

our volunteer garden at the Post Office

our volunteer garden at the Post Office

Now that the lilies are gone, the post office garden has gone dull.  It needs Solidago ‘Fireworks’ in the background.  The Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ should be two feet taller but it did not get enough water despite our nagging  the maintenance guy and postmistress about it.  I guess next year we might just as well reconcile ourselves to adding supplemental watering.

We had scheduled the job of brick removal and pallet had been laid out for us at Ilwaco public works yard to load the bricks onto, and so we went ahead with it….even though it was 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

the pallet when we were done

the pallet when we were done

We pried out, wheelbarrowed to our utility trailer (parked as close as we could get, but rarely could we find parking right by a tree), loaded into the trailer, and unloaded at city works, about 800 bricks.  Allan says that is 3470 pounds of bricks.

Because it is never efficient for two people to go to get a load of mulch (one drives, one just sits), I went to coffee while Allan drove up to The Planter Box and got a yard of cow fiber.

Okay, I will admit that I had scheduled an Ilwaco day because I knew that our friends Patt and Kathleen would be in town and we had planned a 2 PM coffee klatsch.

Allan, Donna, Kathleen, Judy, Tom, Patt

Allan, Donna, Kathleen, Judy, Tom, Patt at Olde Towne

When the above photo was taken, Allan had returned with the mulch.  Somehow, over two hours had gone by for me at Olde Towne Café and the rest of the group were still there when Allan and I left to return to work.

We got some water in buckets at the boatyard so that we could settle the mulch in around each tree.

What a view from where we park to get water from the boat washing hose.

What a view from where we park to get water from the boat washing hose.

a fishing boat offloading at Ilwaco Landing

a fishing boat offloading at Ilwaco Landing

the cute little Port of Ilwaco truck

the cute little Port of Ilwaco truck

a boat being loaded onto the Marine Travelift

a boat being loaded onto the Marine Travelift

That boat would be put into the water from where we were parked by the hose…but by then we were out of there putting mulch around the trees.

On the way to the first tree, I got a flying bird photo (always inspired to do so by the Tootlepedal blog).

flying bird of the day!

flying bird of the day!

The gulls were congregating over a truck that hauls fish guts away from Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company.

hoping for a snack

hoping for a snack

In the boatyard garden, one of my favourite asters is in bloom.  I have divided and divided this well behaved cultivar for so many years that I have forgotten its name.  Unlike the BadAster, it does not run perniciously.  It might be ‘Harrington’s Pink’.

a very good aster

a very good aster

I must remember to divide this clump and add some to various clients’ gardens.

After we had finished mulching all ten of the street trees, they all looked rather like this:

sans bricks

sans bricks

rather than like this:

before

before

How satisfying!

Even more satisfying was when a woman who rides all around town on her bicycle stopped to talk to us.  We have seen her for years but have never engaged in conversation.  She stopped her bike and said to us that she had seen the people and their trash in Long Beach on Saturday night and it made her want to cry to see the way they were treating the town.  She said she would never go to another town and behave that way.  She was almost in tears talking about it.  She said the plants are living creatures and she sees how hard we work on them, and that some of the planters in Long Beach are memorials to people, as are some of the memorial benches around town, and that the town should not be treated so rudely.   It was gratifying to hear this from her and to know we are not alone in having noticed the damage to the plantings over the weekend.

We had just a bit of mulch left so added it to Larry and Robert’s garden.

It will get a whole yard later!

It will get a whole yard of mulch later!

Allan went to water the Time Enough Books garden and I to water our own.

from my window:  looking southeast

from my window: looking southeast

south

south

and southwest

and southwest

Next it will be back to the regular rounds of city and resort garden maintenance until next week when I hope to get back to some fall projects (even though it is not yet autumn and felt more like summer today).

After we had added the Cow Fiber (washed dairy manure) to each tree, they looked like this:

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September 6, 2013

The Slow Drag takes place every September at the Port of Ilwaco as part of a big annual event called Rod Run to the End of the World.  It’s an event I avoid…except for the Slow Drag which (if you don’t think too much about the consumption of petrol) is just a block from my house and is quite cute and often very funny.

The rules:

  1. Must have driver’s license & proof of insurance.
  2. No tire spinning or excess engine revving.
  3. Brake lights must be in working order.
  4. Both cars leave the start at the same time.
  5. Not to exceed 20 mph.
  6. Put vehicle in neutral immediately upon crossing the “coast line” and keep it in neutral until vehicle comes to a stop.
  7. Use of any brake prohibited.
  8. Driver’s hands must stay at 10 & 2 position. Passenger’s hands remain visible.
  9. Driver and passenger must remain in vehicle with nothing dragging.
  10. Must stay in own lane.
  11. Winner is vehicle closest to and with all wheels across finish line.

While this has very little do with gardening, it does have some bearing on our work, as you will see.  We spent the week preparing the Ilwaco gardens to look perfect for the event and of course the gardens were not what most people looked at.  We like to think that even in the back of the most avid car buff’s mind, the gardens added a certain ambience.  Allan and I both took lots of photos for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page.

Without further explanation or excuses about WHY they are here, I hope some of you will enjoy some photos of the Slow Drag.

The cars line up at the west end of Howerton…

starting line

starting line

driver's view

driver’s view (Allan’s clever photo; most starting line photos are his)

starting line with our good friend Jenna (Queen La De Da) in the Caddy

starting line with our good friend Jenna (Queen La De Da) in the Caddy
Jenna is clearly having a great time!

Jenna is clearly having a great time!

One team of four always dresses as “The Church Ladies”.

church ladies

ladies

For reasons I don’t quite understand, this year they called themselves “The Church Ladies Go ZZ Top” and added long beards for the run to the finish line.

ladies

ladies

The Church Ladies and their new idea

zz

a 56 Chevy at the starting line

a 56 Chevy at the starting line about to race the Church Ladies

the starting flag

the starting flag

at the starting line

at the starting line

They start fast, then slow down and try to coast to a perfect finish.

A wide assortment of vehicles compete.

A wide assortment of vehicles compete.

Queen La De Da again racing against our friend Kelly's son, Bill.

Queen La De Da again racing against our friend Kelly’s son, Bill.

Drivers and passengers try all sorts of ways to slow down to the perfect stop over and closest to the finish line.  Three wheels over does not count.

coasting to the finish line

coasting to the finish line.  Our client Randy Powell is in judge’s stripes to the left

using the convertible top to slow down

using the convertible top to slow down

one method of slowing down

the brolly method of slowing down

slow it down

flapping the roof to slow down

A drizzle came and went throughout the evening.

Jenna's "hot rod hotties", riding on the back,  try to slow the car down with brollies.

Jenna’s “hot rod hotties”, riding on the back, try to slow the car down with brollies.

At the finish line, announcer Don Parsons provided witty repartee as he announced who was running each heat and then who had won.

You can also see Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in the garden.

You can also see Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in the garden.

don

Usually Randy Powell ropes off the garden by the art studio belonging to him and his wife, artist Marie Powell.  This time he tried using just a keep out sign.  This is how well it worked.

Randy's garden...that we care for.

Randy’s garden…that we care for.

keep out

Fortunately he goes for a sparse look with river rock and a few plants.  Although if it were planted more densely, it probably would not have been stood upon.

Here, in the fairly densely planted Time Enough Books garden, some people managed to insert themselves and their chairs.   I know from maintaining it that where they are sitting is a small area of river rock with no plants in it!

time enough

By Time Enough Books

The gardens by the port office did not get stood in at all, I think because they are so lush.

by the Port Office

by the Port Office

garden

I do love to take photos with a garden foreground:

gardengarden

garden

garden

garden

But back to the race:

Randy puts a white dot on the windshield of the vehicle that lost a heat.  Two white dots and you're out.

Randy puts a white dot on the windshield of the vehicle that lost a heat.

We think when you get two white dots you are out…but maybe you get to go around one more time.  We often hear the audience trying to figure this out as well, so we’re not the only ones who get confused!

The start line and the finish line communicate with walkie talkies.

The start line and the finish line communicate with walkie talkies.

April and Nancy of the port office do most of the organizing for the event.  Above, Nancy’s husband Allen helps out at the finish line.

truck passengers rejoice at surviving another heat

truck passengers rejoice at surviving another heat

triumph at the finish line

triumph at the finish line as another heat is survived

The big truck fascinated me but was out pretty early in the race.

The big truck fascinated me but was out pretty early in the race.

Maybe it was so big and heavy that it coasted too far.

Some audience members were not very interested.

Some audience members were not very interested.

As the cars come to the end of the race course (Howerton Street), they turn and drive back to the starting line along Waterfront Way.   With the boats in the background and shops and charter fishing offices on the other, it’s a good place to get photos.

Our gardening client Cheri "Panhandling for Polio"

Our gardening client Cheri Diehl “Panhandling for Polio”

Cheri is the realtor who sold our old house and found us our new one.

waterfront

The Who-Bus, driven by Travis Matney, was last year's winner.

The Who-Bus, driven by Travis Matney, was last year’s winner.

the interesting truck

the interesting truck

Sometimes people push their cars down Waterfront Way to save petrol....and avoid overheating.

Sometimes people push their cars down Waterfront Way to save petrol….and avoid overheating.

pushing

This guy was one of my favourites because he was enjoying himself so much.

This guy was one of my favourites because he was enjoying himself so much.

Queen La De Da and her hot rod hotties

Queen La De Da and her hot rod hotties

jenna

Hotties Susan and Tenille

Hotties Susan and Tenille

hotties

They were safely tied on for the higher speed portion of the race.  Last year Jenna had a friend dressed as a mermaid riding in the open trunk.

This little old Coca Cola truck was one of my favourites.

This little old Coca Cola truck was one of my favourites.

engine

old fashioned opening windscreen...from before high speed freeways

old fashioned opening windscreen…from before high speed freeways

It's a small truck.

It’s a small truck.

hanging baskets by The Basket Case greenhouse

hanging baskets by The Basket Case greenhouse

pink and red

pink and red

petunia

basket

This old truck won the People's Choice award.

This old truck won the People’s Choice award

Agastache 'Acapulco Orange' and a brown car

Agastache ‘Acapulco Orange’ and a brown car

Kelly's son's car reflected in the window of Time Enough Books

Kelly’s son’s car reflected in the window of Time Enough Books

reflection in the window of the old Harbour Lights motel

reflection in the window of the old Harbour Lights motel

Said motel is for sale and we wish someone would buy and refurbish it and its marina-view restaurant and lounge.

another reflection with the old motel's outdoor dining deck

another reflection with the old motel’s outdoor dining deck

looking east on Waterfront Way

looking east on Waterfront Way

anticipation

anticipation

OleBob's Restaurant stayed open late.

OleBob’s Restaurant stayed open late.

a crowd favourite: the happy dune buggy driver

a crowd favourite: the happy dune buggy driver

a nautical background

a nautical background

boats

Early in the race, the line of cars slowly parading (and stopping) along Waterfront Way stretches for blocks; later, as more and more get eliminated, it’s a long solitary drive to the next heat.

early in the race

early in the race

autumn leaves reflected in shiny auto paint

autumn leaves reflected in shiny auto paint

Much effort goes into polishing some of the cars.

The drivers like it when I compliment how their gleaming cars reflect the boats.

The drivers like it when I compliment how their gleaming cars reflect the boats.

trying to keep the car cool

trying to keep the car cool

crab pots by Queen La De Da's Art Castle

crab pots by Queen La De Da’s Art Castle
The vehicles go VERY slowly and are often stopped on Waterfront Way, waiting for their next heat.

The vehicles go VERY slowly and are often stopped on Waterfront Way, waiting for their next heat.  Here: in front of Queen La De Da’s Art Castle

Jenna and her caddy in front of her Queen La De Da's gallery

Jenna and her caddy in front of her Queen La De Da’s gallery

the hot rod hotties by Queen La De Da's

the hot rod hotties by Queen La De Da’s

more of that so cute truck

more of that so cute truck

the happy driver

the happy driver

driver

truck bed with old Coca Cola bottles

truck bed with old Coca Cola bottles

The owner was proud of the original sign on the passenger door.

The owner was proud of the original sign on the passenger door.

I may not be "into" vehicles but I know what I like!

I may not be “into” vehicles but I know what I like!

and I liked this a lot as you can tell....

and I liked this a lot as you can tell….

by the port office

by the port office…

with our garden and the Basket Case baskets as backdrop

with our garden and the Basket Case baskets as backdrop

I tried a "Vivid Colour" setting on my camera (which is a lowly Canon Power Shot, nothing fancy)

I tried a “Vivid Colour” setting on my camera (which is a lowly Canon Power Shot, nothing fancy)

shiny reflection of Don Nisbett Art Gallery sign

shiny reflection of Don Nisbett Art Gallery sign

(Don is the spouse of Queen La De Da herself.)

vivid colours

vivid colours

another reflection

another reflection

through the condor statue with the Hawaiian shaved ice booth

through the condor statue with the Hawaiian shaved ice booth

Travis Matney of the Who-Bus told me he had just had these cool opening windscreens installed since last year's race.

Travis Matney of the Who-Bus told me he had just had these cool opening windscreens installed since last year’s race.

cool

still trying to stay cool!

still trying to stay cool!

still pushing

still pushing

dune buggy driver during a spot of drizzle

dune buggy driver during a spot of drizzle

dune

Jenna and her son Joe

Jenna and her son Joe

church ladies

The Church Ladies on Waterfront Way

Allan went up on the Port Office deck and the deck of the old Harbour Lights Motel to get some aerial photos.

allans

STILL trying to keep that red car cool.

high

I love the fifties feel of this photo that Allan took of one of the hot rod hotties and her friend.

I love the fifties feel of this photo that Allan took of one of the hot rod hotties and her friend.

By Jessie’s Fish Co, the cars turn to get back to Howerton Street.

I always like to get a red car in front of Jessie's Fish Company

I always like to get a red car in front of Jessie’s Fish Company, as they turn to get back to the race course.
This little MG had broken down with a thermostat problem...

This little MG had broken down with a thermostat problem…

All these fellows were trying to help.

All these fellows were trying to help.

Allan thinks he may have unhooked the thermostat, because the next day he was on the phone up at the Rod Run field trying to order a new one.

Now, back to the excitement of the race course!

Allan takes photos at the starting line

Allan takes photos at the starting line…

of that cute coca cola truck...

of that cute coca cola truck…

intent at the start

intent at the start

waiting for the flag

waiting for the flag

sitters in the Time Enough Books garden!

sitters in the Time Enough Books garden!

Jenna (Queen La De Da) approaches the finish line again.

Jenna (Queen La De Da) approaches the finish line again.

Another heat goes to Queen La De Da!

Another heat goes to Queen La De Da!

Oh dear.

Oh dear…The Church Ladies get eliminated and wave goodbye to the crowd.

The Who-Bus about the win a heat

The Who-Bus about to win a heat; the little MG coasted too far.

trying to slow down!

trying to slow down!

drivers steer back and forth to slow down

drivers steer back and forth to slow down

The dune buggy wins another one.

The dune buggy wins another one.

happy

happy

happy

Jenna wins another heat...

Jenna wins another heat…with the help of the hot rod hotties and their brollies

another happy winner

another happy winner

another rain squall and another heat

another rain squall and another heat
Travis wins another heat!

Travis wins another heat!

Jenna versus the dune buggy.

Jenna versus the dune buggy.

lots of brollies: audience and hot rod hotties

lots of brollies: audience and hot rod hotties

finish

hotties

finish

The Queen La De Da caddy was out…in fifth place.

the Who-Bus vs the dune buggy

the Who-Bus vs the dune buggy

Travis intent on the win

Travis intent on the win

and the bus wins the heat.

And the bus wins the heat.
a gracious loss

a gracious loss

buggy

I was sorry to see the dune buggy go even though the Who-Bus was my favourite (except for our friend Jenna, of course!)

a church lady, now in the audience

church ladies, now in the audience

the hot dog vendor busting a move to 50s and 60s music by the finish line...

the hot dog vendor busting a move to 50s and 60s music by the finish line…

I loved this man's t shirt and told him so.

I loved this man’s t shirt and told him so.

And the Who-Bus comes around again.

the last heat!

the last heat!

and the Who-Bus wins, to my delight.

and the Who-Bus wins, to my delight.

travis

the happy winners (for the second year in a row)

the happy winners (for the second year in a row)

a fourth place for the dune buggy!

a fourth place for the dune buggy!

Jenna and Joe win the prize for Best Theme Vehicle!

Jenna and Joe win the prize for Best Theme Vehicle!

Travis Matley was esctatic to win for the second year in a row.

announcer Don Parsons, with Travis and his winning swag

announcer Don Parsons, with Travis and his winning trophy

he also won a painting, a plaque, and a basket of local goodies

he also won a painting, a plaque, and a basket of local goodies

bus

And this photo was the cover photo for Discover Ilwaco all weekend!

I never thought I’d be so enraptured with a car event, but there you have it:  the fun, fascinating Slow Drag 2013.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Almost always my workday in other people’s gardens begins with some thoughts about our own.  Today, the view from the kitchen sink window…

sink view

sink view

…inspired me to get a photo of a beautifully silvery corner of Allan’s ferny shade garden.

fern collection edged with ajuga

fern collection edged with ajuga

During a brief stop at Olde Towne to switch compost buckets, I added some Alliums to a dried bouquet I had started there earlier in the week.  It seemed to me that the Alliums that blow down in the boatyard garden will get a bigger audience in a vase on the Olde Towne counter.

at Olde Towne Café

at Olde Towne Café

We did not linger because we needed to start at our furthest north garden, Marilyn’s.

Marilyn's garden, the usual view

Marilyn’s garden, the usual view

Eventually I hope to do a reprise post of how this view changed over the year.

Next, the Wiegardt Gallery:

Wiegardt Gallery garden

Wiegardt Gallery garden

Japanese anemone, north side Wiegardt garden

Japanese anemone, north side Wiegardt garden

I would not let loose the Japanese anemone in a flower border but it seems to behave all right back here in the shade among the ferns.

Then came the weekly deadheading at the increasingly drought tolerant Oman Builders Supply garden in Ocean Park.  Today was not a day with extra time to stop for a snack at Jack’s Country Store.

OBS garden

OBS garden

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' and some late poppies at OBS

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and some late poppies at OBS

At Klipsan Beach Cottages we try to spend at least an hour a week grooming the garden.

KBC, looking into the fenced garden

KBC, looking into the fenced garden

some annual colour that Mary added by the pond

some annual colour that Mary added by the pond

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

Look how tall that Eucryphia is!

Look how tall that Eucryphia is!

I needed to talk with Mary about something so went up to the cottage she was cleaning.  The place was unusually empty at mid week and the ocean view decks looked so peaceful.

west facing cottage decks at KBC

west facing cottage decks at KBC

At our next stop, Andersen’s, we weeded the box by the road because car-watchers would for sure be sitting out there during Rod Run, a classic car event that would take over the Peninsula on the upcoming weekend.  The cars cruise all around the Peninsula and car lovers sit and watch.

Pacific Highway and 138th

Pacific Highway and 138th, with staffer Al in the background mowing by the road

My energy was low and I helped myself along with a handful of wake up beans (coffee beans covered in dark chocolate).

The Andersen's poppy field is pretty much poppyless now.

The Andersen’s poppy field is pretty much poppyless now.

At Andersen’s, two great big car-hauling trailers were already parked in which guests had transported  their rods.  (“Trailer Queens”, these cars are called, the ones that are not driven in.)  And a couple of rods rumbled into the park.  (These are classic American cars made prior to a certain year, sometimes souped up for more speed.   I personally prefer a nice British or Italian car but never mind.)

We got back down to Ilwaco and to our weeding at the boatyard.   It’s a long strip and to finish it in time for Slow Drag at the Port, we had to fit it in around other jobs.

Ilwaco boatyard

Ilwaco boatyard

The least attractive part of the garden is a section that the port crew did not entirely clear so I reclaimed it by adding some soil and doing some weeding…oh, a couple of years ago.  It never got a fresh new set of cool plants so once the poppies are done has very little structure.

before and after

before and after…adding good plants will be another improvement project for fall

We worked till dusk again…but remember, we don’t start early in the morning.

sky over the boatyard

sky over the boatyard (with Stipa gigantea)

looking north past the oil tanks

looking north past the oil tanks

and south over Jessie's

and south over Jessie’s

Thursday, September 6, 2013

Morning home garden thought:  I love the big puddle that forms in the Lake Street depression outside our driveway when it rains.  Allan always hopes the city will fill it in.  (I’ve told him to just ask them to, and I think they will.)  But I like the way it gives me a raindrop weather report and its reflective quality for photos of the house!

raindrops in our puddle

raindrops in our puddle from our front window

Thursday:  the big push to make the Port of Ilwaco gardens perfect for the Slow Drag.  By Friday morning we figured (correctly) that flagged ropes would be run down the side of Howerton Street making garden access difficult for weeding.

The Phormiums and the pampas grass that I so wanted to get the port crew to remove from the street garden by Marie Powell’s Gallery looked…okay today.  I might lose my incentive to get this done and be stuck with them for another year!

Looking east from Powell Gallery

Looking east from Powell Gallery

The spot by the Ilwaco pavilion (restrooms) that we decided to take on before Blues and Seafood showed the effect of having had dandelions gone to seed there for years…  I forgot the after photo so took one on Slow Drag evening (the next day)

before and a belated after

before and a belated after

As soon as the weather is reliably moist, I’ll put some starts of small grasses and santolina in here.  Oh, maybe that gorgeous reddish unidentified grass (might by pink muhly grass) from my garden! What’s in there now is Pacific Reed Grass which I find a bit dull (though native and all).

At the west end of the port we just had to do a small amount of weeding at the garden by Queen La De Da’s.

down by Queen La De Da's

down by Queen La De Da’s

There was a restaurant sign that kept falling down at this end so there is nothing planted there.  It’s fixed now (bolted to a post) so I could fill this area in.

an Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' still blooming

an Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ still blooming

Even though the poppies are gone, there is still enough going on here to make it interesting.  (And the big test?  During Slow Drag, this garden did not get walked on (much) even though it was by the starting line of the race…so it looked enough like a garden to keep people off… More on this during the Slow Drag blog entry!)

At the Time Enough Books garden, I cut back the Ceanothus that was overhanging the street in order to make plenty of room for pedestrians.

It was out as far as where the sidewalk is damp.

It was out as far as where the sidewalk is damp.

This did NOT look enough like a garden, apparently, because during Slow Drag some people put their chairs right in it!  (Yes, there will be a photo of that!)

With the Port gardens put to rights we headed north, first deadheading the cosmos at the Depot Restaurant.

The Depot, same old view!

The Depot, same old view!

and more admiration for Solidago 'Fireworks'

and more admiration for Solidago ‘Fireworks’

When we drove through downtown Long Beach, we could tell Rod Run was imminent.

long beach

North of town we weeded and deadheaded at the Anchorage and I did a limbing up of Viburnum by cottage 6.  Here is the “before” from last week:

What was I thinking?

two weeks ago

And the after.  I think the two long curvy branches on the sides of the one to the right should go, but Allan disagreed.

after

after

I also have a problem with the squatty short trunk on the left side.  It has to be low to let the number of the cottage show….But if I cut it to the ground, the left hand shrub will look lopsided.  What do you think?

nearby, a favourite of mine:  Fuchsia 'Hawkhead'

nearby, a favourite of mine: Fuchsia ‘Hawkhead’

The pots were windblown.  I hope they have a certain weather-sculpted charm.

Picotee petunia with a chunk missing

Picotee petunia with a chunk missing

While I was deadheading sweet peas in the office patio I heard a deep rumbling.  Sure enough, a guest with a hot rod had arrived.

at The Anchorage

at The Anchorage

As I put my tools in our van, Allan chatted with the owner about…cars.

car talk

car talk

Thanks to a good rain, the Long Beach planters did not need watering but we did check most of them for deadheading.  The Rod Run audience was already setting up chairs in the street to see the cars come in.   The most avid fans start their vigil on Thursday and watch cars till they drive away on Sunday or Monday.

car watchers

car watchers

I appreciate the ones who bring chairs.  I can guarantee there will be much planter sitting over the weekend.

At least the hanging baskets will be unscathed...I hope.

At least the hanging baskets will be unscathed…I hope.

Oh dear, how will the city crew get through the throngs of people to water the baskets?  Probably at 7 AM!

We went back just north of downtown to the Boreas.  I do like to do jobs in order from north to south or vice versa but earlier our friend Ed Strange had been parked in “our” spot while mowing the lawn!

after deadheading at the Boreas

after deadheading at the Boreas

As we drove south through Long Beach again, I saw that the planter sitting had begun.  There were two men parked on this one, but one of them is behind the two women.

planter sitters

planter sitters

A nice Veronica is under that one man’s butt  (That’s a flowering plant, not a person!).  This does not bother me as much as you might think.  Over the years, I have gotten inured to what Rod Run audiences do to the planters.  I just observe in amazement, really.

They may not know that, at least at one time, there was a fine for sitting on the planters (except for the benches, of course, which are on the sidewalk side).  Or so I was told by then city administrator Nabiel Shawa, who may have been just humouring me.  And if it existed, it was never enforced.  (Long Beach town could get rich on that fine during Rod Run weekend.)

We finished the day doing more weeding at the boatyard garden.  Lots of people would be driving and walking by there the next evening for the Slow Drag at the Port.

a beautiful reseeded four o clock at the boatyard

a beautiful reseeded four o clock at the boatyard

Gallardia continues to dazzle.

Gallardia continues to dazzle.

I adore Oregano 'Hopley's Purple'

I adore Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’

Cosmos, Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies', Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

Cosmos, Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’, Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’

For some reason I have thought the white Gaura looks great in a garden but the pink Gaura only looks good in containers.  This pink one might make me change my mind.

I think it's 'Passionate Rainbow'.

I think it’s ‘Passionate Rainbow’.

Rain threatened after forecasts of thunder and lightning.   The Kaisha Lanae had her lights on out in the water.

a dark evening

a dark evening

The rain held off long enough so that we had time to weed the garden at the very east end of Howerton…one that has not had any supplemental water for a couple of months.

Howerton and Elizabeth, looking west

Howerton and Elizabeth, looking west

Stipa tenuissima in the wind

Stipa tenuissima in the wind

What a good sense of accomplishment.   We had gotten all the port gardens done and finally freed up a day to for weeding Ann’s garden.  With Rod Run traffic, a Friday job just  a few blocks from home would be perfect.

Friday, September 6, 2013:  before Slow Drag

At home garden thought:  Can anyone tell me what this cool plant is in my front garden?  It’s right by when I get into our vehicle in the morning.

probably from a Hardy Pant Study Weekend plant sale!

probably from a Hardy Pant Study Weekend plant sale!

I had been quite pleased with the accomplishment of getting all the Port gardens done, till I realized I had forgotten the one on the south side of the Port Office.

Allan weeding at the port office

Allan weeding at the port office

The morning was one of those still ones with the water like a mirror.

rumrunner

After that, we got back to Ann’s at last,  We had left last time to go to the Pacific County Fair, thinking we would be back the following week, and then got rained out.   In bad weather it is all we can do to get our city and resort gardens done.

The neighbour cat came over and said hello while I was weeding.

a pretty and friendly cat with a big fluffy tail

a pretty and friendly cat with a big fluffy tail

S/he may or may not have been welcome in Ann’s garden but got quite comfy on the back porch.

right at home

right at home

Allan was working on the side of the house so the wheelbarrow was far from me.  I carried my bucket down to the dump area at the bottom of the sloping lot.

admiring some 'Bright Lights' chard on the way

admiring some ‘Bright Lights’ chard on the way

And got a different view from the house.  It reminds me of a farm in the city.

at the bottom of the hill below the fenced veg and berry gardens

at the bottom of the hill below the fenced veg and berry gardens

I divided up some golden marjoram and spread it around the flower garden.  This might add some cohesiveness.

imagine a nice repeating gold along the edge

imagine a nice repeating gold along the edge

I put in a start of shasta daisy, some toadflax, some Phygelius.  (The deer might nibble the latter but they let it bloom at Marilyn’s garden.)   Now I know it also needs some Solidago ‘Fireworks’.

some new garden art by a friend of Ann's

some new garden art by a friend of Ann’s

I’m pleased to report that we got around the entire garden and were able to leave by a quarter to four to go to Slow Drag.  Last year we had also chosen Ann’s as the best place to work on Rod Run Friday and had gotten so absorbed in weeding (it was a new job then and we had a lot to do there) that we missed the first hour of the drag and some of the best photo opportunities of cars going round and round and round and round.

Walking down to the Port I paused to contemplate the pruning going on, quite visible from the street, in the “lost garden” that I think I will soon have to call the formerly lost garden.

oh dear...

oh dear…

The Hawaiian shaved ice booth was just arriving….

cone

Next, some Slow Drag photos.  It sort of relates to gardening because, well, our gardens are there.

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