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Sunday, 15 November 2015

We were pleased when the rain stopped around 10 AM, and by 11 we were out planting two more batches of bulbs.  We do feel rather wimpy as we happen to know that while we took rainy days off, Melissa, Dave, and Todd were all out working in the rain at that Oysterville garden that we like so much!  The front garden there has been dug up and the plants moved and then replaced with a new beech hedge.  Much of that had been accomplished by the owner, with Todd’s help.  I look forward to driving by there at the end of this month (when we go on the annual studio tour) and seeing what’s new.

Today, we first finished the bulb planting at…

The Port of Ilwaco

Before planting bulbs, I had about 12 divisions of Libertia to plant.  My original libertia was a gift from Kathleen Sayce, which I had since divided and shared with the Golden Sands Assisted Living garden, and this month I divided THAT one to share with the port gardens.

Libertia grandiflora in my garden, 5-14-13

Libertia grandiflora in my garden, 5-14-13

I had recently learned that Libertia is drought tolerant so it should be perfect for the port gardens.  Several pieces went in the easternmost garden:

east end Howerton Ave, looking west

east end Howerton Ave, looking west

I am pondering what to do about how weedy the east end garden is.  Should we do a thorough weeding now so that it looks good all winter, or should we leave it weedy till February, thus saving the port several hours of labour costs?  People do walk by all winter.

It's gotten pretty bad since the end of the tourist season....

It’s gotten pretty bad since the end of the tourist season….

Next, we planted three libertia in the garden by the old Wade Gallery.

 
We planted narcissi, Libertia, and a couple of eremerus in the curbside garden north of the port office and unfortunately, we found some unpleasant debris (the first we have seen of this in the port gardens).


Above and below: Allan’s photos. It was hidden in the catmint that Allan was clipping. I mention this simply to share one of the hazards that public gardeners must watch out for.  This does not mean the port harbors a den of iniquity.


 Just as we finished planting bulbs there and some libertia at Time Enough Books, the pelting rain came.

I could tell by the sky that it was just a squall so we waited it out in the van, me with bulbs and bulb food in my hands.

storm flag over the port office

At the boatyard, we planted several clumps of tall narcissi.

 

The similar script suggests these boats have the same owner.

 We had the pleasure of a visit from Ed Strange, who was also out working. Allan had a camera in his pocket so took some photos of me, Ed and Jackson.  

 

With our friends gone back to work and the bulbs in, we planted the rest of the libertia at the westernmost Howerton bed, where Allan made another disturbing find.

This is an unusual find and we think indicates just one person must be responsible. We don’t know who but perhaps the powers that be (whom we notified) can figure it out and tell that person to considerately dispose of their debris.

We stopped into the lovely Salt Hotel to say hi to owner Julez, whom we had not seen for awhile.

at Salt Hotel on the port

 

catching up with julez. The stools are for the future restaurant.

  Julez asked if we recognized the new shrubs in the hotel courtyard.

Oh my!  Those are the arbutus that I’d asked the port to remove from the Shorebank garden. I described to him how we had been forced to keep pruning them to ugly stubs to preserve traffic sight lines and had finally said they must go.

 
Laila and Julez had rescued them. I hope they make it.

looking beautiful

We checked on the empty Shorebank spot and we’re pleased that it won’t need replacement soil brought in.  We did our debris disposal and admired the views at the east end of the marina.

Dave the kite flyer was doing a trial run of a kite with a water scooping bucket and told us he had dumped the bucket of water on himself.


looking east toward Yellow Bluff

On the way to plant another patch of bulbs, we saw this in the Lake Street puddle.

 Next….

The Depot Restaurant garden

I cleared the garden on the north side of the dining deck while Allan cut back the hops from inside the lattice and then did some clean up along the east wall.

before

after, with Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ still blooming

after

before

after

Allan’s before and after:

  

The very last task was to plant five little narcissi ‘Segovia’, all I had available, back at the Port where the shrubs were removed.

a couple of weeks ago, shrubs tagged for removal.

today

We offloaded all the clean debris from the Depot into our own debris pile and the Depot weeds and hops into our garbage can.

Now we wait out another storm which is supposed to be substantial with two days of high wind (60 mph gusts) until we can get back to the last of the bulbing.

The work board bulb list is getting small and I was able to erase the Depot from the fall clean up list. A new list of post frost check ups had appeared; that’s something that might happen after staycation had begun.


There is hope for work later in the week:

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

before work, in the back garden

before work, in the back garden

The Sarracenia that Debbie Teashon brought me are thriving.

The Sarracenia that Debbie Teashon brought me are thriving.

deadheading our Ilwaco Post Office garden

deadheading our Ilwaco Post Office garden

Time Enough Books

Continuing with the fall project list on our work board, we decided to remove, at bookstore owner Karla’s request, the medium sized Miscanthus that was all around a street tree in the curbside garden.  (It was planted before we took on these gardens.)

before

before: too big for its britches

Allan swinging the pick

Allan swinging the pick

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.

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Allan’s photo

after

after

The grass neatly separated into chunks, all of which would be too tall for any of the curbside gardens.  I gave two pieces to Salt Hotel for their container gardens (they love ornamental grasses), and saved two clumps each for Dave and Melissa and for Todd.  Two more could go at the boatyard garden, or I could maybe save some for the Ilwaco City Park project, but I have no idea when that is going to happen.  Jenna drove by and I offered her some.  She’d been needing some ornamental grasses to plant on her deck and was happy to take these.

Our Jenna (Queen La De Da)

Our Jenna (Queen La De Da)

On a brief stop at home, Allan saw this butterfly in our own garden.

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The Depot Restaurant

We did our weekly deadheading, with no watering necessary.

We did our weekly deadheading, with no watering necessary.

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' blooming way up high

small yellow flowers of Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ blooming way up high

Sanguisorba 'Dali Marble' is just starting to bloom.

Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ is just starting to bloom.  (with cosmos)

Long Beach

On the way home from work earlier this week, I had noticed with a bit of dismay that the Long Beach welcome sign seemed to missing a fair amount of cosmos along the back.  I figured maybe the city crew had removed some so that the new lights shone better on the the sign.  The new lights are positioned slightly differently and did not work well with the way I had planted for the old lights.  However, when we got up close to the welcome sign today, we realized that both sides were seriously trashed, apparently by people standing in them during Rod Run…to get their photos taken, or….WHAT?

Last week the back of the sign was all beautiful cosmos.

Last week the back of the sign was all beautiful cosmos standing tall. Now the the plants were crushed and even the lamps were aimed wrong.

Allan's photo: Why would someone be standing in the BACK of the sign (the side that says "Thank you."

Allan’s photo: Why would someone be standing in the BACK of the sign (the side that says “Thank you”).

front: all smashed up

front: all smashed up.  Last week the cosmos were standing tall all along here.

welcome sign, front on Sept 5th

welcome sign, front on Sept 5th

after cleaning up, today

after cleaning up, today

Just look at all the broken off cosmos that we had to pull. They would have bloomed well into October.

Just look at all the broken off cosmos that we had to pull. They would have bloomed well into October.

After that annoyance, we moved on to another fall project: digging out two of the planters on Sid Snyder Avenue beach approach.  The two planters on the eastern end of the approach road have planters going way back to volunteer days.  Round about this time I got a message from a friend telling me that someone I used to know had died of cancer just a couple of hours before, not unexpectedly but nevertheless tragically for his family.  For his spouse, from whom I am estranged, I felt empathy and deep sadness that lingered through the weekend (as I write this four days later).  Because of the estrangement there was nothing I could do but move on with our day.  It is too important of an event to not mention.

before: this one was mostly a running variegated grass

before: this one was mostly a running variegated grass with a pink sea thrift on just one side.

The other was a mix of grass, a woody old lavender, and variegated ivy and a small phormium.

The other was a mix of grass, a woody old lavender, and variegated ivy and a small phormium.

I hid the little phormium and its tag in one of the bags of ornamental grass from Time Enough and tied a knot on one side of the bag so I could remember to give that one to Todd as a joke.  (He knows I have completely gone off Phormium.)  We drove off to get some soil from my city works pile with which to fill the planters.

Allan's photo at the west end turn around of the Sid Snyder beach approach

Allan’s photo at the west end turn around of the Sid Snyder beach approach

I remembered that one planter on the Bolstad approach had some daisies that I wanted to remove, because they are always thirsty.  While I was digging them out, a fellow with a horse passed by on the way back from a beach ride.  When I asked if the horse was an Appaloosa, he kindly rode the horse over closer.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

The rider told us his horse is a “scent horse”, used for tracking, that his name is Joker and that he is a very good boy.

Back at Sid Snyder after collecting soil in all our buckets, we filled the planters with new Soil Energy mulch.

 

after

after, planter that had had an assortment of old perennials

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, after, planter that had had the running variegated grass

We’ll get some plants for them next week.  We made a quick deadheading stop at Fifth Street Park…

NW quadrant of Fifth Street Park

NW quadrant of Fifth Street Park

Helenium, Sedum 'Autumn Joy, catmint, cosmos

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, catmint, cosmos, and to the right some self seeded montbretia that is going to be dug out.

…and headed back to Ilwaco with four extra buckets of soil.  We put it down at Time Enough Books to make the tree happy….

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

Next week, we are going to get a yard of mulch for Time Enough and from that, we will take four buckets back to Long Beach and use it to fill in where we will dig out the montbretia.

The project board just got smaller.

The project board just got smaller.  But I do need to add that monbretia removal job.

The Cove Restaurant

Our traditional Thursday dinner with Dave and Melissa tonight included Todd and Our Kathleen (still on vacation at her beach cottage).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, Melissa, me and Kathleen

Kathleen, Allan, and Todd peruse the menu

Kathleen, Allan, and Todd peruse the menu

Todd and Dave talk plants.

Todd and Dave talk plants.

pear and goat cheese salad and ahi tuna

pear and goat cheese salad and ahi tuna

and a connolo for dessert

and a connolo for dessert

Allan's photo: That's Sondra, the owner, in the center, and Chef Jason Lancaster to the right.

Allan’s photo from left to right: me, Lynn, our funny and efficient server; Sondra, the owner, in red; and Chef Jason Lancaster to the right.

Earlier in the day, I had tried and failed to get a non-blurry photo of a seagull drinking out of a puddle.  What should I find in the ladies room but a painting of that very scene.

gull

After being the last to leave the restaurant, our group stood around talking in the parking lot for many more minutes.  Todd was holding the bag of ornamental grass.

todd

I kept feeling like the scene reminded me of something.

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It wasn’t till later that I realized it reminded me of this:

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Next, four days of gardening and contemplation, and a boating excursion.

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