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First, a real time reminder:

coming up August 9th

coming up August 9th

Monday, 20 July 2015

Our mission of the day was to water the Long Beach trees and planters and spend some time on the beach approach garden.

As we got our hoses together, I found a snail in the trailer.  Before I took it to a grassy spot (because I don’t like to kill them), I wondered if it would like a drink…and it did.  (Allan’s photos)

It was actually swallowing water.

It was actually swallowing water.

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"Thanks for the drink, friend."

“Thanks for the drink, friend.”

off to water with my hose and quick-connect

off to water with my hose and quick-connect

the planter by the carousel

the planter by the carousel with tigridia and cosmos

lilies in Fifth Street Park

lilies in Fifth Street Park

nasturtiums

nasturtiums

seventh street intersection

seventh street intersection with Salvia patens and a blue Agastache

a refreshing bottle of water given to me by the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop clerk

a refreshing bottle of water given to me by the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop clerk

Allan planted some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts under a tree that has been repeatedly trampled.  They will be tougher than the hardy fuchsias that we tried (and that got smashed to nothingness).

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with high hopes

with high hopes

By Dennis Company (the cranberry harvesting mural), Allan's photo

By Dennis Company (the cranberry harvesting mural), Allan’s photo with cosmos and Agastache

Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

wee eryngium seedling (Allan's photo)

wee eryngium seedling (Allan’s photo)

The Hungry Harbor (Allan's photo)

The Hungry Harbor (Allan’s photo)

When we finished watering, we went out to the Bolstad beach approach garden to weed.  Some of the semi-permanent sand creations from Sandsations were still there.  The rest are built on the beach and washed away by the tide.  These are constructed with some glue in the mix and last about a week.

joy

castle

This castle had a shout out to one of our favourite restaurants...

This castle had a shout out to one of our favourite restaurants…

The Cove

The Cove

detail

impressive details

We went to work pulling weeds at a couple of garden sections near the arch.

We went to work pulling weeds at a couple of garden sections near the arch.

Allan's photo: clipping roses that poke out into the street

Allan’s photo: clipping roses that poke out into the street and pulling the long grasses

The beach approach job did not seem bad at all today.  I think I actually like it again, and I think the reason is that we finally have TIME now that Andersen’s RV Park has sold.  I also remembered that one of the perks of the job is getting to see lots of cute canines strolling by with their people.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Lorna from our bank, our client Diane, and Misty (Allan's photo)

Lorna from our bank, who helped us with our mortgage, and our friend and client Diane, and our good friend Misty (Allan’s photo)

They helped pull some long grasses while we chatted.

They helped pull some long grasses while we chatted.

at home

Because Allan had watered the Ilwaco planters the night before, we got home in time for a walk around and some garden appreciation.

sweet peas

sweet peas

the towering lilies

the towering lilies

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lilies3

lilies4

roses well matched with a hardy gladiola

roses well matched with a hardy gladiola

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lilies12

lilies and Sambucus 'Sutherland Gold'

lilies and Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’

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Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Nicotiana langsdorfii and daisies

Nicotiana langsdorfii and daisies

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It's mostly about lilies right now.

It’s mostly about lilies right now.

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

I had been so busy garden touring over the weekend that I had done no gardening at all, and I now had a new batch of ladies in waiting, mostly ones brought me by Debbie Teashon from her selection at Kingston Henery Hardware.

pitcher plants from Debbie Teashon

pitcher plants from Debbie Teashon

little bluestem grasses

little bluestem grasses

variegated pittosporum

variegated pittosporum

Sophora

Sophora ‘Little Baby’ and another Pittosporum and a Black Cherry fuchsia

ladies in waiting!

ladies in waiting!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

in the east window: the remnant of the night blooming cereus flower is still hanging on.

in the east window: the remnant of the night blooming cereus flower is still hanging on.

view out the east window

view out the east window

front garden with Tetrapanax, lilies, cardoon

front garden with Tetrapanax, lilies, cardoon

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

a new sheaf of lilies opening

a new sheaf of lilies opening

My poor sanguisorbas in the front garden just can never get enough water.

My poor sanguisorbas in the front garden just can never get enough water.

Mike’s garden

We began our work day at Mayor Mike’s garden a few blocks east.

The garden is being watered regularly now and looks better.

The garden is being watered regularly now and looks better.

west side of house

west side of house

ongoing project: clipping some of the old growth from the climbing rose

ongoing project: clipping some of the old growth from the climbing rose

Geranium 'Rozanne'...

Geranium ‘Rozanne’…

and pulmonaria showing signs of good watering.

and pulmonaria showing signs of good watering.

I was glad to see a happy, unthirsty garden there today.

Ilwaco Post Office

At our volunteer post office, something, or more likely someONE, has been stripping flowers off the tall lily.

the ridiculously tall lily...

the ridiculously tall lily…

with flowers stripped right off, not in the way a deer would.

with flowers stripped right off, not in the way a deer would.  Irritating!

Long Beach

the Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

the Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

red, white, mostly blue

red, white, blue

Salvia patens that came back big and strong from last year.

Salvia patens that came back big and strong from last year.

After weeding the Vet Field gardens, we were back out weeding the Bolstad beach approach.  It felt so wonderful to have time.

before

before

before

before

after

after

The weeding is rough, and we are not getting all the grass roots out because the sand is dry and compacted like cement.  However, it looks much more restful to the eye…and until it rains, the grasses will be dormant. I like the motto of a pro gardening friend we know:  If I can’t see it, it’s not there.

restful to the eye

restful to the eye

I'm so impressed with Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' for doing this well with no water.

I’m so impressed with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ for doing this well with no water.

Allan at work

Allan at work

looking east to the Long Beach arch

looking east to the Long Beach arch

It is a wonderful thing to go home after a productive day and cross two more sections off the beach approach on the work list.  From 13 sections, we are now down to only 2 left to weed.

the work board!

the work board!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our lives in 1993 were almost completely absorbed with our job, my new beach garden, and, when I could get away from work and the garden, walks on the Seaview beach.  However the occasional outing to another part of the Peninsula at least would give me some photos from which to make cards that I sold at the front desk of the resort to make some extra dollars to supplement our meager income.  We never could have survived had it not been for the rent from our house in Seattle that paid for the property tax and insurance and small mortgage payment that remained up there.

In the spring, I got two salable photos from Oysterville:

Oysterville Spring

Oysterville Spring

Oysterville Picket Fence

Oysterville Picket Fence

One from Long Beach, since the owner of this house saw it and bought about twenty cards:

Minnie's in Long Beach

Minnie’s in Long Beach

Saturday was our slowest day because there would often be no turnover of the vacationers, so we went to Sandsations in June:

sandsations

sandsations

sandcastles awash at end of Sandsations day

sandcastles awash at end of Sandsations day

Kite Festival in August amazed me with its gorgeous kites. I had expected some Charlie Brown kites in the air and had no idea such artistry would be on display:

Revolution kite

Revolution kite

kite festival

kite festival

Flying Colours

Flying Colours

Aztec Calender by Michael Alvarez

Aztec Calendar by Michael Alvarez

 

Michael Alvarez and his box kite

Michael Alvarez and his box kite

kite festival

kite festival

launching a kite train

launching a kite train

kite train

kite train

going up...

going up…

kite train in the air

kite train in the air

The owners of the resort told us they never got to go to Kite Festival because of needing to answer the phone.  (Their vintage trailers were usually the last lodgings on the Peninsula to fill up.)  I took over one day so that they too could go enjoy the amazing display of kites.

We discovered a little natural food store in Nahcotta (where Bailey’s Café is now), whose hours were very irregular, and got to know its owners a bit.

back yard of Nahcotta Natural

back yard of Nahcotta Natural

Nahcotta garden

Nahcotta garden

Port of Nahcotta

Port of Nahcotta

After Labour Day, the work slowed slightly…although weekends would fill up each week until the end of October.  Robert and I got away to Oregon one day and I realized it was the first time we had left the Peninsula since bringing down our U Haul in the late winter.

Indian Beach

Indian Beach

Robert found a huge net on Indian Beach and we hung it as a trellis for vines along the RV Park building.  I think we planted ivy there, which we now consider a noxious weed.

As autumn drew on, the work did not seem to slow down as much as I had hoped as it was now the time for deep cleaning and for many repairs on the 100 year old lodge and cabins.   However, by late summer, I got another, very significant job…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interpersed between our days of gardening and garden tours are a couple of delightful dog events in Long Beach, Washington.

Doggie Olympic Games

I took a lot of pictures of the action-packed Doggie Olympic Games on June 20th.  Usually D.O.G. conflicts with the Hardy Plant Study Weekend, but because that weekend was on its year in Canada, I hadn’t gone.

Even though the various events were fun to see…

Doggie Olympic Games Events

…with your usual agility events along with fetching, sleeping, and dunking for hotdogs…my favourite photos were these of dogs and their people:

dogpile

pom

greeting

kisses

champion

dappled

belly rub

Sand Flea Pet Parade

On July 18th, the Sand Flea Pet Parade took place on the beach during Long Beach Sandsations.   In the look-alike contest, can you tell which is canine and which is human?

lookalike contest

glamour girls

companions in blue and ginger

competing for beachiest outfit

beachy

Mr. Cool

with shades

excitement

ennui

communication

Perdita shakes it up

In 2012, the Sand Flea Pet Parade will be on July 20th and Doggie Olympic Games will be on June 15th and 16th.   Pet friendly accommodations abound on the Long Beach Peninsula.  We’d recommend The Anchorage Cottages.  Funbeach can help you find all of our most pet-friendly places.

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