Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Klipsan Beach Cottages
We began our day by zooming up Sandridge Road to Klipsan Beach Cottages. I needed to meet Garden Tour Nancy there to do a walkaround of the gardens and work on the description for the Rhodie Tour tickets. So it seemed like a good idea to make it a workday there and get one big weeding project done.
It was a bright day, not the best for photos.
Nancy arrived right on time and we began our walking and talking (while she took notes).
sword fern foliage unfurling
Mary has already planted diascia and calibrachoa in the clam shed picnic area.
I’ve been watching them to see if they are doing well despite cold nights…and they are.
We walked by Mary, Bella, and Allan. She was pointed at the handsome leaf of a podophyllum.
The pond garden has several rhododendrons large and small.
A deer slowly eluded us at the A Frame garden.
With my mind more on descriptive words than photos, Nancy and I walked all around the gardens, and to the next door garden (Joanie’s cottage), and out to the dunes and then back to the KBC cottages on the beach trail.
looking east from the dunes
Then we sat on a bench and talked some more. Somehow, exactly one hour went by. (And she gave us some eggs from her chickens!)
Timmy joined our conversation for while.
Nancy and I, as I skive off work
Nancy departed and I got to work. Allan had already started our main project of the day: to weed massive amounts of wild violet and other reseeded plants from the lawn border, to give it a neater look.
today’s project, before
The podophyllum that was being admired is to the left in that photo…big leaf. They come in all kinds of exotic patterns, as you can see if you google podophyllum images.
before, Allan’s photo
after, Allan’s photo
before and after (Allan’s photos)
The pieris at the end of that border has been blooming for weeks.
I’m not deluding myself that the violets won’t come back. I hope we can find time to keep them controlled. I’ve planted hellebores all along here, and by next spring when they have filled out (this was their first year) they should be spectacular.
Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside the deer fence
Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)
darling rosebud of…April
Geum ‘Mango Lassi’
The sweet peas came up by the garage so Allan made a string trellis.
He also picked a bouquet fit for a zombie bride (by deadheading narcissi all over the gardens)
Narcissi in the A Frame garden (Allan’s photo)
view of the week
Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’
center plant with purplish foliage: Thalictrum ‘Elin’, which will get over 6 feet tall.
Mary’s beachscape in the old (leaky, so now dry) fountain
Tiger Eyes sumac and red rhododendron
Last week, Allan had noticed some bare-rooted boxwoods languishing in the debris pile and asked me about them. I said snag them next time, so he did. While I am not sure where I will put them, I am happy to try to rescue them. They want to live! There are a couple of deer -chewed arbovitae, too, which don’t thrill me but I can think of a place to use them.
Basket Case Greenhouse
We went to our next job via the Basket Case Greenhouse to pick up a blueberry for Andersen’s, some soil for the Jo’s new roses, and some diascia for the Ilwaco planters.
a wealth of violas
Geums red and orange; I got myself one of the orange, ‘Starker’s Magnificum’.
I could not resist getting a couple of Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’ at a very reasonable price of about $10 each!
Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’
on my cart! (Allan’s photo)
the annuals house. Fred agrees it is too cold at night to plant tender ones yet.
Early in the day, I’d gotten a message from Basket Case Nancy asking us to join them at the Depot for burger night. When they could not get a reservation till 6:30 PM, I thought, “Great, we’ll have plenty of time to plant Jo’s roses and some perennials and do some weeding and…easy peasy.” It did not turn out that way and was the usual somewhat stressful rush at the end.
entering the garden
Jo’s garden from her deck
Yesterday, Allan had dug some old roses out of these driveway beds.
Today, he planted some new bare root ‘Flower Carpet’ roses, which she hopes will be more vigorous.
He added plenty of new bagged soil to try to avoid the dreaded “rose replant disease’.
Jo gave me a bonus rose that came with the order. I planted it as soon as I got home, and immediately misplaced the tag somewhere in the house so I can’t look up what colour it is! (Update: I found the tag; it’s a luscious deep red one called Always and Forever.)
the center courtyard
the west garden
What threw the day into a tizzy was when I discovered that a lot of the phlox, if not all of it, in the west bed, has some kind of nasty disease and had to be hoiked out. I have run across this with phlox before. Allan hacked a lot of it out while I weeded and planted some Agastaches and Nicotiana langsdorfii in the east garden.
yucky phlox, before (Allan’s photo)
after (Allan’s photo)
On closer look, these phlox (against the fence) also look yucky at the base, and may have to be removed next time. I have no patience for chronically diseased plants.
I got this area weeded and somewhat planted. Cosmos and more will come later.
We left Jo’s two minutes before our dinner date; fortunately, the Depot is only a five minute drive.
Nancy and Fred, ready for burger night
We had a jolly old time talking about plants, work, overwork, dreams of retirement, dogs, and more, and ended with delectable desserts:
vanilla bean flan
chocolate pot du creme
Tomorrow: adding some diascia to Ilwaco planters, and deadheading Long Beach town as I noticed an awful lot of “done” tulips and narcissi when driving through town this evening.
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