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Saturday, 9 November, 2013

I had set a goal of sorting bulbs from noon till six, then going to a community dinner, then some more sorting.  I even took a photo of the bulb room on my phone in case I had no time to blog other than from the phone app.  And then…  I went outside to take some photos of the garden so I would have an easy little something about which to blog at the end of the day.

Hebe in Allan's garden

Hebe in Allan’s garden

another of Allan's hebes, the one that looks just like a juniper.

another of Allan’s hebes, the one that looks just like a juniper.

side garden fuchsia

side garden fuchsia

another Fuchsia

another Fuchsia

a pretty Lysimachia blooming in a pot....Sorry so uninformative about the names!

a pretty Lysimachia blooming in a pot….Sorry so uninformative about the names!

Just a few tiny flowers still on the Dicentra scandens; most of it has died back.

Just a few tiny flowers still on the Dicentra scandens; most of it has died back.

heathers waiting to be planted

heathers waiting to be planted

Yes, heathers!  I was lured by these at Back Alley Gardens and they are the first heathers I have ever bought for myself.  I like the upright shapes, just cannot figure out where to put them.

Hydrangea 'Pistachio' waiting to planted because I have not found the perfect spot.

Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’ waiting to planted because I have not found the perfect spot.

my topiary bird, a gift from Sarah Sloane

my topiary bird, a gift from Sarah Sloane

The trouble started when I looked in the greenhouse and was reminded of the various plants I recently acquired at Back Alley Gardens and have not yet planted.

greenhouse

plants to winter over, and ones that should get planted

I lost the tag for the one below; it has been blooming blue for several weeks and I have no clue what it is, or how big it gets:

impressive blue thing

impressive blue thing

I continued my tour down the east side of the garden.

Penstemon backed with Euphorbia

Penstemon backed with Euphorbia

some kale I can't seem to get around to harvesting

some kale I can’t seem to get around to harvesting

Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'

Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’

a color echo with Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

a color echo with Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’ (yes, Fire instead of Joy)

cotoneaster berries and rose hips

cotoneaster berries and rose hips

a Euphorbia in waiting to put on a late winter flower show

a Euphorbia in waiting to put on a late winter flower show

There is work going on next door on the crab pots and some have emerged all bright and ready from under the silver tarp.

with old debris pile in foreground

with old debris pile in foreground

Almost to the bogsy woods, I was reminded why I don’t go back there on windy days.

two of several branches down from last Saturday's windstorm...not even from the Danger Tree

two of several branches down from last Saturday’s windstorm…not even from the Danger Tree

Across the south end of the mixed beds:

a few Nicotiana langsdorfii flowers

a few Nicotiana langsdorfii flowers

"black" scabiosa

“black” scabiosa

tall and dramatic Eupatorium heads (Joe Pye Weed)

tall and dramatic Eupatorium heads (Joe Pye Weed)

a golden hydrangea reminds me I should (but did not) put out some Sluggo.

a golden hydrangea reminds me I should (but did not) put out some Sluggo.

Turning to walk up the west side path…

Schizostylis and Hebe

Schizostylis and Hebe

Escallonia 'Pink Princess' blooming ridiculously late

Escallonia ‘Pink Princess’ blooming ridiculously late

more hardy fuchsias

more hardy fuchsias

We just last night watched a Ciscoe Morris show in which he said Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’ gets 14 feet tall.  I must have it!

Physocarpus leaves backed with Leycesteria 'Jealousy'

Physocarpus leaves backed with Leycesteria ‘Jealousy’

Almost at the north end of the west path, major procrastination slammed headlong into my bulb sorting plans.  I took a photo of another hardy Fuchsia and pondered how there is nothing to stop the eye from seeing the white white white garage next door.

view through to garage

view through to garage

When Nora was alive, I liked to leave the views open for her to see the garden.  Now I realized this would be an excellent spot for three of the evergreens I got from Back Alley…the ones languishing in the greenhouse.

I tried to ignore the project, taking another photo.

golden pineapple sage and dahlia

golden pineapple sage and dahlia

One look  back did me in.  I could move the blueberry to the cleared area of the debris pile and oh, I should do it now on this mild, pleasant day, much too nice a day to be sorting bulbs in the garage.

I could just move that blueberry....

I could just move that blueberry….

An hour later, three new plants were in and the blueberry and a Kerria japonica variegata had been moved to the debris pile and the bogsy wood.  I madly pulled potatoes out of hole in the debris pile that the blueberry went into.

after....I just walked away from the mess when done planting.

after….I just walked away from the mess when done planting.

I planted a Eucryphia ‘Nymansay’ and a Olearia traversii…and a third little tree whose tag I HAD but I fear it may have gotten buried and I now have no clue what it is.  Maybe Pam Fleming of Back Alley Gardens will know:

It is silver and lovely

It is silver and lovely

with delicate brown stems and tiny leaves.

with delicate brown stems and tiny leaves.

[Next day: I found the tag: Leptospermum lanigerum ‘Silver Form’]

Oh, by the way, Stephen and John of the wonderful bayside garden that I visited with Nancy not long ago have now discovered Back Alley as well and bought some very cool plants there to enhance their garden….including a Mahonia ‘Dan Hinkley’ that escaped me!  Good find!

I had already changed my socks twice and shoes once.  Twice because I put feet in nice dry socks back into the first pair of wet shoes.  In watering the new plants in I managed to pour water into my shoe.

dagnab it

dagnab it

At 1:45 I finally entered bulb land, wet shoe and all, and buckled down to work, fueled by two of Allan’s brownies.

bulb central

bulb central

I applied myself pretty well except for a couple of walks down to Judy’s house (four doors down) to share some potatoes and the one rather small acorn squash.  She had had plants to dig up two old mugo pines and replace them with fresh dwarf ones, but football had intervened.

It is not as easy as it used to be to stand and sort for many hours, so I truly did need a couple of little walks.

Meanwhile, I thought Allan had been out goofing off or perhaps collecting the pile of bamboo left at the Depot Restaurant after yesterday’s job.  Instead he had been doing a hard slog at Ann’s garden clearing a rough area along the east side of the back yard.

Allan's before...

Allan’s before…

and after.

and after.

before

before

and an impressive after

and an impressive after

The next interference to my bulb sorting focus came at 5:45 when we went three blocks down Lake Street to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum for the annual Chinook Indian Nation fundraiser and dinner.  This local tribe continues to struggle for federal recognition and their cause is one we believe in supporting.

Chinook Indian Nation dinner

Chinook Indian Nation dinner

dinner

salmon, oysters, coleslaw, fry bread...

salmon, oysters, coleslaw, fry bread…

and desserts

and desserts

I don’t like oysters, and a man at our table had gotten to the dinner just after they had run out, so I was able to give him my three oysters.  In exchange, I was offered  extra fry bread so it worked out well.

t shirts for sale

t shirts for sale

silent auction

silent auction

After dinner a group entertained us with drumming and a chant.

chant

I got choked up because it was so beautiful, especially when I looked around the room and saw audience members joining in.

joining in

joining in with hand gestures

Then…home to bulb land.  I lasted one more hour before my back hurt so much I had to give it up for the night.

bulbs

bulb central

bulb central

Unfortunately, the weather is supposed to be beautiful for two days, meaning we will have to plant bulbs during the day.  How much I would rather have three rainy days to get them all sorted at once.  That never seems to happen!

On the other hand, it may be a boon to break up the sorting with some planting because the sorting does make my back freeze up something fierce.  I have utmost respect for anyone who sorts bulbs in the bulb warehouse for eight hours a day.

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We got up early (for us) to be ready for the cash mob at the Basket Case Greenhouse.  The car was already loaded with plants for work later in the day, and the very heavy trailer, loaded from debris from Marilyn’s the day before, had to be hooked up.  On the way, we stopped at Diane’s garden next door to the Red Barn to drop off several flats of ingredients (plants) for her pots, in order to make room to buy more.  I counted space in the pots to see how many trailies and uppies I would need to get.  Then Allan dropped me off at Basket Case and went up the road to Peninsula Landscape Supply to dump the debris in their back field.

The chipper was hard at work turning debris into mulch.

The chipper was hard at work turning debris into mulch.

great potential for reflection photos in our car's sunroof!

great potential for reflection photos in our car’s sunroof!

Meanwhile, at Cash Mob:

Basket Case

Basket Case

A cash mob is when community members come together at a prearranged time at a certain business with a commitment to spend a small amount of money, between $3.00 and $20.00.   Of course, plantspeople do get carried away with the amount they spend.

Fred and Nancy

Fred and Nancy

Our clients Bob and Jo came, and Jo got a flat of godetia and some snap dragons and some perennials that we will plant in her garden on Wednesday.

Bob Fitzsimmons

Bob Fitzsimmons

Allan returned around the same time that our friend Sarah Sloane appeared (creator of  bird topiaries and author of The Marble Game and its soon to be published sequel).  I believe the book is available at Time Enough Books at the Port of Ilwaco.

Sarah and Allan

Sarah and Allan

Sarah choosing

Sarah choosing

Tom and Judy arrived, my beloved gardening almost neighbours (four doors down).

Judy putting plants on the counter

Judy putting plants on the counter

Despite having a tiny garden, Judy and Tom seem able to fit more plants into their exquisite scheme all the time.  And none of the plants touch.  How do they do it?

Tom relinquishes the credit card.

Tom relinquishes the credit card.

Judy and Tom

Judy and Tom

I got Judy and Jo into the perennials greenhouse to buy some choice ones.  Most people were just shopping for annuals.  I wish the perennials at the Basket Case got more attention because the collection is choice!!  I know if my friend Sheila were here she would be buying some of each.

There was a free viola with each purchase, and specials on some annuals, and Nancy had made delicious brownies and punch.

cash mob

During the hour or so that we spent there, it was a jolly event indeed.

buyers

mob

mob

I needed to focus on work for part of the time so I went shopping in the back greenhouse where the stock is kept.

way in the back

way in the back

Lesley Ferguson took this photo of me and Allan:

work related clipboard in hand

in the back greenhouse, work related clipboard in hand

Despite feeling mentally scattered, I managed to select plants for Diane’s garden,  more for the Boreas, and I HOPE all the plants we will need to do twelve whiskey barrels and some other containers at Casa Pacifica (Dan and Leanne’s garden) tomorrow.

Even more amazingly, we managed to stuff them all in the car and trailer and off we went to Diane’s garden.

the ingredients we had dropped off before cash mob

the ingredients we had dropped off before cash mob

right over the fence

right over the fence

It was easy to sort out the Diane plants from the Casa Pacifica plants.  Diane likes pastels, and Leanne likes bright colours.

My friend Misty was there.

My friend Misty was there.

While I cleaned up the containers and consolidated the plants from some worn old plastic pots into new galvanized tubs, Allan planted Cosmos and painted sage and some perennials in the new roadside garden on the other side of the house.  We are trying a new Cosmos called ‘Happy Ring’ that is supposed to be shorter, and with a larger, showy flower.

roadside, after planting

roadside, after planting

newly planted containers by back porch

newly planted containers by back porch

more

by house

While Allan packed the car back up with the plants that had been riding in the trailer (and my lap) for lack of room, I walked over to the Red Barn with two yellow sedums to go in a couple of cowboy boots planters…only to find a little disaster.  No one had watered the whiskey barrel furthest from the barn.  I found my Red Barn lia1son (Diane’s sister) and pointed out the problem.  Then I had a little brainstorm and told her (in a jolly way, I do hope) that I am so overbooked that everyone is on probation this year, and whoever fails to water will be the first to go.  She promised to do better and got out the hose.

You can tell which barrel is furthest from the hose:

totally wilted

totally wilted Butterfly agyranthemum

The middle one:

beginning to show some stress

beginning to show some stress

and closest to the barn and people’s water buckets:

gets buckets of stall washing water!

gets buckets of water!

If these plants crisp up and die, well…..I have done my best to get the idea of daily watering across.

Once upon a time, I would have been grabbing a hose and watering and delaying moving on, but I have gotten tougher.  No more jobs where the client does not water!  (Unless they live out of town or are incapable.)  I would not take on a new job unless there were arrangements in place for someone else to water, and water well.  In fact, that is probably the main reason that we just quit the Sea Nest job; we were sick of having to go there to water.

We went home and spent about an hour of turnaround time unloading the car of tomorrow’s plants, watering them, watering all the plants in waiting on the patio, reloading  with a batch for Boreas and a batch for the Anchorage and then at six we took off again.  First, the Anchorage, where we finished the windowboxes and a couple of containers and can now cross it off our annuals planting hell list!

This time, i used bigger plants in the window boxes.  Much more instant than the tiny ones from the last session.

This time, i used bigger plants in the window boxes. Much more instant than the tiny ones from the last session.

added Salvia 'Victoria Blue' to the back.

added Salvia ‘Victoria Blue’ in back of those tiny plants.

center courtyard

center courtyard…with tulips still hanging on

The arbutus is browning off on the top.  It has done this before.  No time to deal with it today!

Arbutus problems

Arbutus problems

must get back to fix this...

must get back to fix this…

I hope the guests just look at the pretty things.

courtyard container

courtyard container

Next we stopped at the Boreas Inn and planted those perennials that got left behind at home a couple of days ago.

Boreas:  Is it filling in yet?

Boreas: Is it filling in yet?

Added:  six santolinas, a Gaura ‘So White’, a Catananche (Cupid’s Dart) and  a ‘Lacy Blue’ Russian Sage.

Finally, we planted at Long Beach city hall six plants donated by The Planter Box; Teresa wants to test them for weather in Long Beach and the Ilwaco boatyard.  I think three are strawflowers and three are fried egg plant, which I used to grow and have lost somewhere along the way so I am glad to have them again.

city hall west side; I love the low wall drapers

city hall west side; I love the low wall drapers

The baskets from The Basket Case were recently hung.

The baskets from The Basket Case were recently hung.

They are filling in well.

They are filling in well.

The city crew waters all the Long Beach baskets DAILY.  Our twice weekly watering of the Long Beach planters and the Ilwaco street planters is about all we can stand!

Finally, we did some light weeding of Peggy’s Park by the door to City Hall.

Peggy's Park

And we were home by eight.

I am tired.

Tomorrow’s plan for just doing Casa Pacifica (a big garden) and maybe some planting at the boatyard sounds like an easy day.

I have lost track of how many days in a row we have worked.  My own garden needs me, but we have to get to the end of annuals planting hell first.  The sound of rain outside is making me so happy and relieved to not have to worry yet about the plants we have recently put in the ground.

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Early this year, I suggested on Facebook that the Long Beach Peninsula should have a cash mob, and within days Michelle Z from the Breakers resort and I had, at her suggestion, gotten together to create one.  The idea is that a group of shoppers meet at a little store and spend between $5 and $20 dollars and also, if they wish, follow up with lunch at a local café.

My very favourite local shop, NIVA green, was the settings for today’s cash mob, but before that, Allan and I went to the Empty Bowls of the Long Beach Peninsula charity event that benefits local feed the hungry programs.

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls

For $10, you get to choose a bowl from many created by locals from schoolchildren to professional potters, and you then get a bowl of soup.  Not in the bowl you choose, which was good because Allan chose a cute but tiny one.

bowl selection

bowl selection

Then we went up to NIVA green (New, Vintage, Inspired, Artful).   Our friend Sarah Sloane, who we met when she toured our garden last summer, had her beautiful topiaries for sale outside the door.

Sarah and her topiaries

Sarah and her topiaries

The juxtaposition of a charity event as the lunch spot with a shop as cash mob made for rather a scattered day.  Our lust for the best bowl selection meant we missed getting to photograph the first cash mob rush.  We did stay for awhile and saw the delight of people, some cash mob attendees and some tourists, who were visiting the shop for the first time.

NIVA owner/artist Heather Ramsay makes these wonderful lamps.

NIVA owner/artist Heather Ramsay makes these wonderful lamps.

at NIVA green

at NIVA green

at NIVA green

at NIVA green

at NIVA green

at NIVA green

Then we had to go do some work, so we chose to plant sweet peas seeds and viola plants at the Anchorage Cottages.

The ‘Apple Blossom’ flowering currant was a hummingbird magnet.  I put the kibosh, I fervently hope, at the thought of pruning it lower.

Ribes sanguineum 'Apple Blossom'

Ribes sanguineum ‘Apple Blossom’

I planted sweet peas along the chimney in a small courtyard, as last year, but we must go back and inset a bamboo trellis.

sweet pea spot

sweet pea spot

hyacinths by office window

hyacinths by office window

I like the small narcissi in the window boxes, and how precious they look coming up through moss.  But when they are done, I must replace the soil in all four boxes because it is not draining well, thus the picturesque moss.

mossy green

mossy green

One of the spring pleasures at the Anchorage is in the trilliums that pop up by one of the cottages.

well established trillium patch

well established trillium patch

Allan planted violas in the main courtyard pots and pruned two branches of the flowering currant away from the window in hopes of making it more acceptable.  It will not be cut down while I am around to defend it!

Then we went down to Veterans Field in Long Beach and planted a couple more red leaved little barberries, six ‘Sapphire’ blue oat grass (the cultivar with the bluest, widest blades), and I had a little brainstorm that I could plant blue and white violas there for the May 1st-ish dedication of the monument.  I”ll need to find some early seasonal bright red flower  also.  But the main colour will come, year round, from foliage, because I don’t like to be overly jingoistic in the planting scheme.

Back we went to check on how the cash mob was doing.  I could not tell who was cash mob and who not, but it was quite busy at NIVA green!

at NIVA green

at NIVA green

Multi talented Sarah Sloane made this marble board as an illustration of her children’s fantasy novel,The Marble Game.  The book is available locally at NIVA Green and Time Enough Books.

Sarah's Marble Game

Sarah’s Marble Game

treasures of NIVA green

treasures of NIVA green

NIVA green

Back again to work, but first, a trip to The Basket Case to buy the white and blue violas while those colours are still available.

at the Basket Case

at the Basket Case

Then back to Long Beach, where Allan weeded and I planted sweet peas along the fence in the Fifth Street Park’s northwest quadrant.

box of assorted sweet peas

box of assorted sweet peas

Now I have only two places left to plant sweet peas:  The Ilwaco Post Office and my own garden.

sweet pea planting and weeding: done

sweet pea planting and weeding: done

Leaving, we were amused by the usual sight of people taking pictures of each other in the giant frying pan.

the traditional frying pan photo

the traditional frying pan photo

But wait!  Upon arriving at the car, we found a phone message from the Basket Case…We had left the violas there, in the excitement of buying some other perennials, so a trip back was necessary.  Fortunately I had not planned to plant the violas today because it is supposed to get almost freezing tonight.  Better to wait till Monday.

I just had time at home to upload today’s Cash Mob photos before we went across the river with our friend Susie, owner of the Boreas Inn.  One of the best parts of our gardening business is, over the years, having become social friends with some of our clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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