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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

We might have quit TOO many jobs, as it seems that all of a sudden we just did not have any work to do today.  That did not seem like a bad thing.  We had intended to stay home, but when I got a text from Melissa that she and Dave (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance) were working at an old job of ours, we could not resist going to have a look.

Steve’s Garden

Melissa had asked if we could come tell them where the garden beds used to end, what plants might be missing after two years of the garden going back to weeds, and so on.

The pond was low because of drought.

The pond was low because of drought.


The recirculating waterfall has been turned off for now.

The recirculating waterfall has been turned off for now.

That waterfall had become completely overgrown with weeds when Mel and Dave took over the job a couple of months back.

The dry creekbed that recirculates water from the stream has also almost dried up, something I never saw in years of working there.

This had also been covered with weeds!

This had also been covered with weeds!

The dryness has given our friends the opportunity to really get in there and clear the area.  On the right side, we were able to find salvageable Japanese and Siberian Iris that they can dig and relocate to more manageable areas.

Primula vialii and Iris sibirica along the stream

Primula vialii and Iris sibirica along the stream, way back in 2007

Below: a screen shot from my 2007 blog, showing the stream and path as it was.  Joanne was Steve’s wife, who had died of cancer the previous year and who had worked with us to create this garden.

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Today: Melissa and Dave's great progress on the streambed

Today: Melissa and Dave’s great progress on the streambed


Allan's photo of a weeding session along the stream in 2013, possibly the last day we worked there.

Allan’s photo of a weeding session along the stream in 2013, possibly the last day we worked there.  It had gotten to be too much for us as the Long Beach and Ilwaco jobs got bigger and bigger.


looking for lost iris (Allan's photo)

looking for lost iris (Allan’s photo); They’ve been mowed (not by any of us) but we found them.


a big job well done

a big job well done

The reason the recirculating system is turned off is because the lake that provides the water has gotten too low for the pump.

I've never seen the lake this low.

I’ve never seen the lake this low.


the garden as it was in 2009 (from the house deck)

the garden as it was in 2009 (from the house deck)

On the way out via the long driveway, we stopped to say hi to the horses.  We used to bring them treats, but it has been so long that they do not remember us.  Or maybe it is a new set of boarded horses.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Our day off fell by the wayside when we decided to do our work at two jobs that were on our way home, thus making the rest of the week easier.

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

At The Red Barn

At The Red Barn, strong winds had been hard on the barrel planters.


Diane's roadside garden

Diane’s roadside garden


containers in back yard

containers in back yard


more containers

more containers


My good friend Misty gets a belly rub.

My good friend Misty gets a belly rub.

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Just look at that dear face.

Ilwaco

With that little bit of work done, we drove back to Ilwaco and visited Todd at a garden where he is currently clearing out lots of brush and beautifying the landscape by tidying up sword ferns and shrubs.

beautifully pruned sword fern (Allan's photo)

beautifully pruned sword fern at Todd’s job (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo: I'm pretty happy with all the time off we've been having.

Allan’s photo: I’m pretty happy with all the time off we’ve been having.

When we left there, deer were wandering the high school parking lot.

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And they wandered to right outside the garden where Todd was working.  Later, he told us that they had joined him for tea.

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At home, as I passed time puttering, I heard the shop vac outside.  When I looked, I thought Allan was vacuuming his garden.  No, he was blowing rhododendron leaves off the ground at the back of his garden.

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clever clean up method


Allan's photo: leaves smothering some delicate plants

Allan’s photo: leaves smothering some delicate plants


Allan's photo: leaves blown out onto the grass path.

Allan’s photo: leaves blown out onto the grass path.

The Depot Restaurant

For weeks, I have been anticipating my old friend Carol’s arrival for a three day visit to the beach.  She drove down from her hotel in Long Beach to pick me up and I treated her to a scumptious dinner at the Depot.

scallop appetizer

scallop appetizer


house salad

house salad


Steak Killian (mine); love those potatoes. Carol had Mediterranean Prawns, and my photo of that dish was a fail.

Steak Killian (mine); love those potatoes. Carol had Mediterranean Prawns, and my photo of that dish was a fail.

Although Allan and I do have to work tomorrow, I will see Carol again for dinner Wednesday and then all day on Thursday.

While Carol and I enjoyed ourselves at dinner, Allan watered the Ilwaco planters, because it had to be done. His photos from the watering session:

seen while filling the water tank at the boatyard

Other folks at work, seen while filling the water tank at the boatyard

After watering, he took a tour around the town.

Black Lake.

low water level at Black Lake


at the curb

at the curb


low tide at the port

low tide at the port


a fishing pun

a fishing pun


the marina

the marina


the south parking lot hoist

the south parking lot hoist

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south parking lot boat ramp with Cape Disappointment Coast Guard Station across the water


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south parking lot


sunset

sunset

 

 

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Mike’s garden

We began a few blocks east in Mayor Mike’s garden.

weeded the path, did some watering

weeded the path, did some watering

Mike's oriental poppy

Mike’s oriental poppy

lots of pizzazz

lots of pizzazz

boxwood and pulmonaria

boxwood and pulmonaria

Mike wondered if we had cut back the middle of the Echinops (blue globe thistle) below:

floppy globe thistle

floppy globe thistle

I told him that, like a lot of plants this year in my garden, it seems to have reached for the light during our many grey, unusually dark midspring days and then flopped open.

We did not have time today, but soon we must cut back this climbing rose so it does not smother the tree...soon enough so it will put out new growth for next year.

We did not have time today, but soon we must cut back this climbing rose so it does not smother the tree…soon enough so it will put out new growth for next year.

The Depot Restaurant

I still feel that the Depot garden is starting off slowly this year.

I still feel that the Depot garden is starting off slowly this year.

At last is has something to offer: an Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in bloom.

At last is has something besides green to offer: an Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in bloom.

The main reason that the Depot is a slow starter is because almost all the feature plants are tall ones so that they show up behind the big log that marks the edge of the carpark.

Long Beach

We pulled the scrimmy horsetail out of the Long Beach welcome sign garden.  The cosmos are beginning to bloom.

yellow bidens along the front edge

yellow bidens along the front edge

white bacopa along the back edge

white bacopa along the back edge

both sides now

both sides now (with blue bacopa along the sidewalk)

Andersen’s RV Park

First, we weeded the road box.

First, we weeded the road box.

We had not managed to get to Andersen’s at the end of the day yesterday.  That was a good thing, as we had more energy for it today.  Allan weeded on the west side, and fertilized the barrels, and I groomed the picket fence garden and Payson Hall planters.

today's garden areas

today’s garden areas

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

barrels and RVS

barrels and RVs

the west bed

the west bed

The poppy field has popped.

The poppy field has popped.

looking east toward the house and office

looking east toward the house and office

looking west toward the ocean

looking west toward the ocean

some pink California poppies mixed in

some pink California poppies mixed in (with a big silvery verbascum)

one of Allan's projects, before

one of Allan’s projects, before

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He extended the strimmed area so that the staff will know how far they can go without hurting the garden.

The picket fence garden

The picket fence garden

(Above) Raymond from The Planter Box has made the weed-killer burnt patch of lawn all nice and green again.

The sweet peas are looking happy and full of potential.

The sweet peas are looking happy and full of potential.

Asiatic lilies:  Landini or Blackout

Asiatic lilies: Landini or Blackout

On the way out, we did a bit of weeding by the garden shed.

On the way out, we did a bit of weeding by the garden shed.

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden (with fig tree, and with Allan weeding)

The Anchorage Cottages

Anchorage, near the Cove Restaurant at the Golf Course

Anchorage, near the Cove Restaurant at the Golf Course

Our garden areas are the courtyards within the array of cottages.

Our garden areas are the courtyards within the array of cottages.

We made our usual rounds of the garden beds at the Anchorage, and I got the windowboxes and containers all fertilized…some with the blue stuff and some with nice organic Fox Farms Tiger Bloom; I can afford to use the latter at smaller jobs than Long Beach town.

shade garden on a north wall with astilbe, Fuchsia 'Sharpitor Aurea' and Geranium macrorrhizum

shade garden on a north wall with astilbe, Fuchsia ‘Sharpitor Aurea’ and Geranium macrorrhizum

The golden fuchsia is small in the photo above, and is the plant that inspired my first ever contact  with Our Kathleen.  She used to stay at The Anchorage before and had asked at the Planter Box what that fuchsia’s name might be, and Teresa called me up to ask the name.  I may even have talked to Kathleen on the phone; her sharp memory would supply the details.  Later, I met her in person in the Anchorage gardens.  Facebook made communication easier so that we could become real life friends.

Calla lilies on the north wall

Calla lilies on the north wall

The pink hydrangeas in the "Zen courtyard" are enjoying the new mulch and Beth's weeding job, and look much better than last year.

The pink hydrangeas in the “Zen courtyard” are enjoying the new mulch and Beth’s weeding job, and look much better than last year.

center courtyard

center courtyard

happy, fertilized plants in the center courtyard containers

happy, fertilized plants in the center courtyard containers

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (blue potato vine)

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine)

I hope the fertilizer inspires the window box plants.

I hope the fertilizer inspires the window box plants.

office courtyard

office courtyard

Allan took on the project of weeding under the grapevines down by Ocean Beach Boulevard.

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before

This involved bending and crawling.

This involved bending and crawling.

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after

Boreas Inn

I was well chuffed that we found time to spend an hour at the Boreas Inn garden, just weeding.

Boreas Inn and its trail to the beach.

Boreas Inn and its trail to the beach.

island beds on the west lawn; round roof is hot tub hut

island beds on the west lawn look so small!; round roof at mid photo is hot tub hut

looking west to beach trail

looking west to beach trail

I was shocked to find the deer have been eating Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

I was shocked to find the deer have been eating Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

and Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

and Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

but not all the Eryngiums, thank goodness.

but not all the Eryngiums, thank goodness.

Deer have never bothered my Gauras before.  Two days later, I found Gaura at the Ilwaco boatyard garden also severely browsed.  Darn it.

Verbascum 'Jackie in Yellow', back for a third year (albeit rather small)

Verbascum ‘Jackie in Yellow’, back for a third year (albeit rather small)

The Cove Restaurant

Thursday night means Fish Taco night at the Cove Restaurant.  We were joined by Dave and Melissa from Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, who had been to Portland and back today.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I just realized that Thai soup with prawns is Tom kha goong, and with chicken is tom kha gai.  I think I am showing off a little by saying that.  I used to go out for Thai food probably once a week in Seattle. Never mind; Jason’s soup is spectacularly delicious.  He sent us out a scallop amuse bouche that had us all exclaiming with pleasure.

Jason's scallops

Jason’s scallops

with tiny Peruvian peppers

with tiny, sweet Peruvian peppers

Tom kha soup

tom kha soup

Patti J and Lisa and Buzz were there.  I had to name drop and tell Melissa that Buzz is the one who wrote the recent interview article with Caitlin Jenner that has been all the media rage.  A woman came over and said she reads my blog every day (hi! and thank you!) and I said “Even the whining?” and she said “That’s the best part!”.  That is reassuring, as I’ve been doing a lot of whining lately.

As we departed, Parking Lot Cat came to greet us, leading to this amusing set of photos by Allan as all the “cat people” fawned over him.

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PLC is a star!

PLC is a star!

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

rhodietour

Long Beach Peninsula Rhodie Tour

Klipsan Beach Cottages

from the programme:  As you walk into the property, view the prolific lilacs peaking over the gray private backyard fence to your right. The park-like setting west of the dunes has landscaping surrounding a small pond which is refreshed by three little waterfalls. Explore a fenced deer-proof garden with artistic rebar gates, full of roses and collectors’ choice perennials. Wander by the charming clamming shed and picnic area, next to woodland gardens with shrubs and perennials.

As you leave Klipsan Beach Cottages, stroll the big lawns to the north between two tall conifers to view a semi-circle of old rhododendrons at the entrance of the road to the beach cottage next door. You are welcome to walk up that road to view the rhododendrons by “Joanie’s cottage”.

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our KBC gardens

KBC gardens

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I had every intention of getting to Klipsan Beach Cottages in time to help host guests at the Rhododendron tour.   It was not to be as all the other gardens were so fascinating.  We did not get to KBC until about 3:20.  Owner Denny told us that all the guests had been well behaved and pleasant and he sounded  delighted when he told us how one of the plein air painters had set up her easel and done two painting of the garden while tour guests watched.

A few more guests arrived, even after “closing time”.  I’ve worked in this garden for almost twenty years so it’s a great pleasure for me to see people enjoying it.

Rhododendron 'Cynthia' by the pond.

Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’ by the pond as you enter the grounds.

a tour guest tries out the bench

a tour guest tries out the bench (her dog was very tired of being in the car, so got to come, too)

the pond garden

the pond garden

more of the pond garden

more of the pond garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages, just outside the fenced garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages, just outside the fenced garden

south side of fenced garden

south side of fenced garden

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside the deer fence

Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside the deer fence

a clematis peeking through the lattice

a clematis peeking through the lattice

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

Clematis (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

Clematis (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

Pieris japonica

Pieris japonica with the beach cottages on the ridge in the background

the deer fence

the deer fence

looking in the south gate; center of garden has four columnar golden yews

looking in the south gate; center of garden has four columnar golden yews

inside the deer garden: Dutch Iris

inside the deer garden: Dutch Iris

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bubbler in the fenced garden

bubbler in the fenced garden

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Allium bulgaricum

 

below the house deck: Mary's decorated dry fountain

below the house deck: Mary’s decorated dry fountain

Tiger Eyes Sumac and Cynthia

Tiger Eyes Sumac and Cynthia

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boxwood ball outside the east gate

boxwood ball outside the east gate

Cynthia and the pond with its three little waterfalls

Cynthia and the pond with its three little waterfalls

Cynthia's trunk structure

Cynthia’s trunk structure

waterfall

waterfall

tour guests

tour guests

bench

bench

Cynthia, painted by Cynthia Pride

Cynthia, painted by Cynthia Pride for the garden tour

pulmonaria growing underneath Rhododendron 'Cynthia'

pulmonaria growing underneath Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’

Tour guests were invited to walk further in to the property.

Tour guests were invited to walk further in to the property.

red rhodies with the A Frame in background (one of the vacation rentals)

red rhodies with the A Frame in background (one of the vacation rentals)

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by a woodland area that not long ago had an understory of narcissi

up by the cottages

up by the cottages

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looking east down the road from the cottages

looking east down the road from the cottages

the south side of the pond garden (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

the south side of the pond garden (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

back in the garden:  Allan and local tour guests Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Landscaping

back in the garden: Allan and local tour guests Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Landscaping

sit spot in the fenced garden

sit spot in the fenced garden

sword ferns and columbine

sword ferns and columbine

The unfurling shows so beautifully when the old fronds have been removed in early spring.

The unfurling shows so beautifully when the old fronds have been removed in early spring.

Cynthia from inside the fenced garden

Cynthia from inside the fenced garden

Knock Out roses inside the fence

Knock Out roses inside the fence

As we left, we walked over to look at the semi circle of old rhododendrons by the road into “Joanie’s Cottage”, another vacation rental that is managed by KBC.

looking west: the road to Joanie's cottage

looking west: the road to Joanie’s cottage

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enormous old rhodos

enormous old rhodos; some will bloom later this month

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looking south to the KBC outer lawn

looking south to the KBC outer lawn

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Thanks for joining us on the rhodie tour, whether you attended in person or just followed along here in the journal.  Here, from Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park, are some of the plein air painting from the tour:

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by Eric Wiegardt

by Eric Wiegardt

 

 

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