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I chose a vantage point looking northwest over the southeast corner of the fence around the center courtyard.  It is not a particularly scintillating slide show, as it shows the subtle changes of a mostly green garden that is backed with Virburnum and large Ceanothus and Arbutus.

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When the Long Beach planters were installed years ago, no plan had been made for their planting and maintenance.  A volunteer “adopt a planter” program began with enthusiastic participants.  Unfortunately, because the enthusiasm tended to not last through the summers, the planters became weedy and unwatered by June.  Finally, a few years ago, we were asked to take over the planting and maintenance of all of them (36 on the main street, and maybe 20 more out on the beach approaches).  Because volunteers chose different plants, some of the planters still have full sized shrubs including non-dwarf barberries, escallonia, variegated euonymous, azaleas, and other too-large choices.  Each year, we re-do a couple of the planters.  In 2016, our mission is to make the planters on the two beach approaches better.  We experience more wind and salt out there, much more vandalism,  and a need, on the Bolstadt approach, to be completely drought tolerant, so wish us luck!

All of the hanging baskets are by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Here are some photos of the planters through 2015.  If you click on a photo to embiggen it, you will get back and forth navigation arrows.

 

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

After Pam’s Downtown Seaside Garden Tour, most of our informal garden club drove to south Seaside to a little café called Osprey for lunch.  (Nancy and Phil had to leave for a vespers musical event at the Oysterville Church.) I was not on task about taking photos by then, having become spacy from lack of sleep.  I swiped a couple of photos from the café’s Facebook page, so that you can find it next time you go to Seaside.

photo by Osprey Café: 2281 Beach Dr

photo by Osprey Café: 2281 Beach Drive

photo from Osprey Café: charming travel themed insets in the dining tables

photo from Osprey Café: charming travel themed insets in the dining tables

yummy menu

yummy menu

my delicous heuvos rancheros

my delicous heuvos rancheros

Our only problem was that they could not seat all eight of us at one table.  So three of us sat in a booth slightly above the table of five, and that did not lead to good conversation among the two groups.

Allan took this photo from the table below.  I was about to fall into dreamland.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (l-r): Melissa, me, Todd, Pam, Dave

In my dream, I turned around and took a photo of the lower table with Steve, John, Dave, Melissa and Allan.  But it was just a dream, as the photo was not on my camera, just in my mind.

After a delicious lunch, some of us parted ways and Todd, Allan and I went to Seven Dees nursery in Seaside for some plant shopping.

near the Osprey Café: a house with a lean to sunroom

near the Osprey Café: a house with a lean to sunroom

Seaside Seven Dees

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

7 Dees

Ooo, more pilotus

Ooo, more pilotus

Cuphea 'Tiny Mice'...so cute, why don't I use it more?

Cuphea ‘Tiny Mice’…so cute, why don’t I use it more?

Celosia...I love their gaudy feathers but for some reason I guess I am too embarrassed to be so gaudy in garden containers.

Celosia…I love their gaudy feathers but for some reason I guess I am too embarrassed to be so gaudy in garden containers.

with a dangly Amaranth

with a dangly Amaranth (love lies bleeding)

I just read that Celosia is in the Amaranth family.

I just read that Celosia is in the Amaranth family.

(I do have a pink celosia, ‘Flamingo’ apparently, that I bought at the Astoria Sunday Market last week…so tasteful in comparison to the orange and yellow ones.)

I walked past these Agastaches and then forgot to look and see if there were any I did not have.

I walked past these Agastaches and then forgot to look and see if there were any I did not have.

I was on a mission to find a paperbark maple, and did, but it was too tall and thin….I wanted a smaller one (not because of the price, but because it seemed too spindly).

Kitty further distracted me on the way back.

Kitty further distracted me on the way back.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I did buy a Hydrangea aspera 'Plum Passion', as I've coveted the one in Steve and John's garden.

I did buy a Hydrangea aspera ‘Plum Passion’, as I’ve coveted the one in Steve and John’s garden.

Allan's photo: the decision is made

Allan’s photo: the decision is made

a hummingbird at the Salvia 'Hot Lips'

a hummingbird at the Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

As I was checking out with my purchases (also a Hydrangea Cityline ‘Rio’, which has been on my want list for a couple of years), Pam texted with an invitation to come by and see her garden.  Yes, thank you!

Pam’s Garden

As we arrived at Pam’s house, we were happy to be caught in a rain squall.  It did not last long.

Pam's back garden

Pam’s back garden

I like the three matching peaked structures along her back fence.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a raised, tiered kitchen garden

a raised, tiered kitchen garden

tiered planter

tiered planter with berries

Great way to keep the berries up off the ground.

Pam has recommended that I try a Seven Sons tree (Heptacodium) and hers was indeed attractive, so I will…when I find one.  (Debbie Teashon has also recommended this tree and as I write this, she has let me know she has one saved for me.)

not a good photo from underneath the appealing tree.

not a good photo from underneath the appealing tree.

Pam's very good dog.

Pam’s very good dog.

looking from the back of the garden toward the front

looking from the back of the garden toward the front

peaceful view looking from the back to the front of Pam's garden.

such a peaceful view

plant admiration

plant admiration

As you would expect from the garden of someone who used to co-own a collectors nursery, the small space is filled with choice plants.

hyrangea backed with lions head maple

hyrangea backed with lions head maple

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the front gate

the front gate, and an area that is being re-done

gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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sorry for the lack of identifying captions!

sorry for the lack of identifying caption!  (Later: Todd thinks it is a variegated Cleyera.)  (Still later:  Pam tells me its a variegated Drimys, from the old Heronswood.)

front corner of the garden

front corner of the garden, Leptospermum ‘Squiggly’

Helenium

Helenium

golden Leycesteria and Helenium

golden Leycesteria and Helenium

some ladies in waiting

some ladies in waiting

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan was particularly eager to see Pam’s water truck:

for watering Seaside hanging baskets; she doesn't have to water the gardens because they are irrigated (ENVY!!)

for watering Seaside hanging baskets; she doesn’t have to water the gardens because they are irrigated (ENVY!!)

Thanks, Pam…Seeing your garden was a wonderful treat to cap off your tour, which was well worth getting up early for.

more plant shopping

On the way home, Allan and I stopped at Fred Meyer, just for a quick look at the plant section while Allan did some grocery shopping.

Cleome...tempting but I did not want to rassle the thorns.

Cleome…tempting but I did not want to rassle the thorns.

Uh oh... a cartful already

Uh oh… a cartful already

I picked out this penstemon, and then could not deal with its bright redness

I picked out this penstemon, and then could not deal with its bright redness

If there had been more than one of that bright red and white penstemon, it would have been good for Veterans Field.  I did not think of that at the time, though, and replaced it with one of slightly more subtle hue:

just a little darker

just a little darker

I’ll have to be on the lookout for the bright red and white one for Veterans Field next year.

Next: back to work for a couple of weeks until time for the Peninsula Edible Garden Tour (which by the time you read this, will already have taken place on August 9th).

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Monday, 8 June 2015

I woke to the roaring of wind and went on strike.  There was no way we were going to weed a section of the beach approach in 25 mph miserable cold icy north wind.  Ok, not icy.  But a local outdoorsy fellow commented that he voted Monday “the coldest day of the year so far”.  I did not set one foot out the door until a dinner engagement, and spent the day catching up on writing this blog.  Every time I thought of going outside, another blast of wind would batter the house.  It felt more like a winter than a late spring storm; I wish it had at least brought some rain.

Allan, however, did go on an errand to the port, and photographed the sideways motion in one of the gardens there.

windblown

windblown

On the way back,  he did a tadpole rescue mission and brought back a colander of tadpoles from the meander line ditch, which is rapidly drying up in places.  He said one pool had had a tractor tire tracks at the edge and oil on the water.

lots of grass mown into the pond

lots of grass mown next the pond


the last pool of water getting crowded

the last pool of water getting crowded


an almost frog in the last pond

an almost frog in the last pond


rescue underway

rescue underway


a colander of tadpoles

a colander of tadpoles


some with legs!

some with legs!

They went into our water boxes.

with twigs to provide escape if desired later

with twigs to provide escape if desired later

At 6, with the wind still roaring, we took J9 out to the Depot for a belated birthday dinner.

I tried a new dish of polenta cake, hummus and chickpea salad.  Tasty!

I tried a new dish of polenta cake, hummus and chickpea salad. Tasty!


J9's brownie dessert

J9’s brownie dessert


strawberry cobbler

strawberry cobbler


happy trio

happy trio

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

I woke up later than usual and when I asked Allan why he’d let me sleep so late, he said because the wind had kept on roaring.  By the time we were ready to go, the sun had warmed the air and the wind did not seem as bad as it has the last five days, and especially not as bad as yesterday.

With all the bluster that’s been going on, I knew both the Long Beach and Ilwaco planters would need watering.

Smokey and Mary had no intention of going out.

Smokey and Mary had no intention of going out.

Long Beach

windy!

windy!

I replaced the Agastache that had been stolen last week and made note of a few other gaps that need filling in that particular planter.  I suspect more theft as I am sure I planted more trailies along the edge.  I hope whoever took the trailies and agastache was just passing through.  The hanging baskets looked undaunted by all the wind.

reseeded California poppies

reseeded California poppies

Just south of Streetside Taco I found an odd thing: a cosmos pulled up and resting in the water faucet cover which was upturned.

What the heck???

What the heck???

Maybe someone found it pulled up and tried to give it a drink of water?  Just as I had replanted it and was back to watering with the sprayer of Blue Stuff (fertilizer), I heard a voice chiding me for using such a non organic product.  There was Todd, who of course had read of my struggles trying to go to organic fertilizer in the LB planters.

Allan's photo:  Busted using The Blue Stuff!

Allan’s photo: Busted using The Blue Stuff!

I pointed out the sad cosmos and Todd said “Oh, I try to make sure to take all the ones I pull up to replant in the Wiegardt Gallery garden.”  I replied that these were short ones that would be a total disappointment to Eric!  This is an old joke about how Todd’s brother, artist Eric Wiegardt, always used to reminisce about a summer when the cosmos at the gallery were so tall…an effect I had never been able to recreate.  Cheered up by the joshing around (even after Allan joined us carrying another cosmos he had found pulled out in a planter just to the north), I noticed that the intensity of wind had died down.

Todd went on his way and we got back to watering.

I love this white diascia; too bad I only found about four of them for sale this year.

I love this white diascia; too bad I only found about four of them for sale this year.


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Allan’s photo: Fifth Street Park


Allan's photo:  roses in Fifth Street Park

Allan’s photo: roses in planter


Allan's photo: dog water and people water in Fifth Street Park

Allan’s photo: dog water and people water in Fifth Street Park


Allan's photo: Hot Lips Salvia

Allan’s photo: Hot Lips Salvia and a perennial veronica

Allan saw someone from Benson’s By The Beach Restaurant beautifying their deck…

unloading some plants

unloading some plants


deck all planted up

deck all planted up


Gulls by outdoor seating between two cafés, hoping for a snack.

Gulls by outdoor seating between two cafés, hoping for a snack.


I am pleased with the big pop out.

I am pleased with the big pop out poppies.

Long Beach watering had proved to be a snap with only minor annoyances, decreasing wind, and a bit of fun banter, and we had plenty of time left to do the Ilwaco watering.

 Ilwaco

We began by weeding a couple of sections midway along the port.

Allan's photo: much vetch to weed out of the river rock bed on the curbside by the old Portside Café

Allan’s photo: much vetch to weed out of the river rock bed on the curbside by the old Portside Café

Vetch is actually beautiful and if it weren’t so rampant, I am sure we would all grow it as an ornamental.

looking west across my favourite section

looking west across my favourite section by Ilwaco pavilion


Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and santolina and a ladybug

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and santolina and a ladybug


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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

While we were weeding, a friend came out of a business after work.  I won’t say who as he may not want to be quoted.  We were talking about how excited we all are about the renovation of the Salt Hotel (formerly the Harbor Lights) and I said, “Ilwaco is going to become a hipster town!”  He scoffed and I said,”No, really, my Portland friends say THEY’RE COMING; they are already in Astoria, and they’re already coming here to the Sou’wester and Adrift.  The Salt is going to be a hipster hotel, you watch!”  He replied, “Hipsters are gonna come to Ilwaco when purple monkeys fly out of my butt.”  We’ll see who’s right; I still predict (and welcome) an influx of Portland area hipsters.  Any of them who are gardeners will be, I think, impressed with our selection of cool plants along the port.

Allan departed to water the street trees and planters with the water trailer while I kept weeding.

Allan's photo on the way to get the water trailer

Allan’s photo on the way to get the water trailer


Allan's photo: in the boatyard

Allan’s photo: in the boatyard


before, with lots of single stemmed weed grasses

before, with lots of single stemmed weed grasses


after

after


lavender

lavender

Because one of the merchants all of a sudden did not want us to use their water, I had to call Allan to refill the water truck to bring to water one of the port gardens, and since he had to do that, he did the east end (which is by a parking lot with no hose pipe) as well.  This surprising and I hope temporary development added half an hour to our day so we did not get done til near sunset.  I think what a lot of folks might not understand is that right now time is more valuable to us than money, so it does not make us happy to add extra work to the day.  It is a fortunate (and I hope not temporary) state of affairs to have the luxury to seek more free time and is only possible after years of frugality.  I do not welcome the job taking longer because of having to haul more water.

Allan's photo: east end garden

Allan’s photo: east end garden


Allan's photo: lavender

Allan’s photo: lavender


Allan's photo, bachelor buttons at the east end

Allan’s photo, bachelor buttons at the east end


Allan's photo: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Allan’s photo: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’


Allan's photo: Stipa tenuissima

Allan’s photo: Stipa tenuissima shaped by the wind

At home, I had a bit of container watering to do.

Paul's Himalayan Musk rose in evening light

Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose in evening light

The wind had almost completey stopped and I was able to safely walk back into the bosgy woods for the first time in days.

found another big branch down

found another big branch down


where I left off during the wind

where I left off spreading new soil during the wind


bogsy wood bridge

bogsy wood bridge


looking north

looking north


salmonberry tunnel needs re-cutting

salmonberry tunnel needs re-cutting


lemony combination

lemony combination

Allan went on another tadpole rescue mission and returned with tadpoles and these photos:

Calla lilies at the end of Nora's back yard

Calla lilies at the end of Nora’s back yard


a goopy oily pool at the meander line

a goopy oily pool at the meander line, with no living tadpoles.  Who messed with this pool??


tadpoles in the last healthy pool

tadpoles in the last healthy pool


and lots of them

and lots of them

With no rain in sight to refresh the water in the rapidly drying pool, Allan rescued another batch.

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We have two water tubs (one an old bathtub) on the patio, so he put some in each tub.  The ones that went into the water boxes a day ago seem to be thriving.

 

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