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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Of course, at this time of year, a full outdoor work day for not-morning-people is only five hours long.  And a good thing, too.  I had every intention of just doing a few short tasks and keeping my problematic ear out of the cold wind.  It did not work out that way.  Surely fresh air is good for any ailment??

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We pulled the last of the cosmos at the boatyard garden.

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Solidago ‘Fireworks’ starting to bloom again low down.

the last sweet pea (Allan’s photo)

pink achillea still blooming

Mot of what is left is structural and will look fine all winter—although I may have to cut down this baptisia if it goes all black.

baptisia (false indigo)

We next worked at Mike’s garden, three blocks east of our house, just to rake the front path and apply another bag of mulch.

What a shock to arrive and find that the lilac on the north side had been removed, as planned, but also the Escallonia ‘Iveyi’.

this past September

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Escallonia iveyi in Mike’s garden in summer

today!

It is an empty slate that will need shallow rooted plants because of the plumbing lines—something to do in 2020 after I find out what Mike and Mel want there.

We added some more mulch to the front corner.

The Depot Restaurant

All I meant to do was to to pull yellow agyranthemums out of the whiskey barrel planter.  We found an hour’s work instead.

after cutting down some more perennials

Some raking called out to us.

A bit of work needed doing next door.

some crocosmia to pull

Allan’s photos

Next door’s lawn landscape (around the Depot office) gets some attention from us maybe thrice a year, including today.

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The main reason that we were working today was that Parks Manager Mike had asked us to tag any plants at the back end of Coulter Park that could be moved when that area is  cleared to make way for a parking garage for the new police station.  (I am so happy that the west end of the park with its blackberry and salmonberry problem is going away.)

On the way, we did a drive-by look of the Bolstad beach approach while I pondered whether or not to pull the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ or leave it till early 2020.

What to do?

At Coulter Park, all I could think of that could be moved (to where though? maybe the middle parking lot berm) were a cluster of hardy fuchsias and a sword fern.

We made a cash donation to Shoeboxes of Joy, which is setting up its annual operation in the old train depot at the front of the park.

Shoeboxes of Joy in the old train depot

The shoeboxes will be packed with small gifts and goodies for local elders in need.

I got to pet two dogs….

…and to visit with our friend Yudy, who we met when we toured her “Little Tyke” garden ages ago.  I apologized for being so anti-social.  We agreed that we think kindly of each other often.

Yudi, to the left

I like it when people don’t take it personally that I don’t pursue socializing.  I would love to see Little Tyke garden again next summer.

The beach approach crocosmia weighed heavily on my mind.  I decided some clumps had to be pulled, and some clumps just had to be thinned, today.  Surely even with that, we’d be done by two o’ clock.

We worked our way from one end of the long narrow garden to the other….

looking east

looking west

…ignoring the weeds, pulling crocosmia, and finding that we also had to clip some rugosa roses that were sticking out too far into the sidewalk.

Allan’s photos:

I got to pet this dog.

A detectorist was working his way along the other side of the approach.

He occasionally found something, probably not Roman coins.

I longed to tell him about The Detectorists show but restrained myself.

Another small task was calling to me. We moved over to the main street.  I did a wee bit of holiday gift shopping at NIVA green….

inside NIVA green

while Allan cut down chrysanthemums in two of the planters.

But the bright yellow chrysanthemums at the main intersection will stay, despite the cold forecast for tonight.  I read an article that said a touch of frost intensifies their colour.  And I have figured out that I can check on that clump of flowers from home via the Heron Cam!

See that spot of yellow to the left of the planter?

I look every day now to see if the chrysanths are still blooming.

The last Long Beach task was to see if I could cut down the pineapple sage in Fifth Street Park.  I could not.  It will still be feeding the hummingbirds.

Super Dorothy rose is still blooming.

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Ilwaco again

By now it was an hour till dark and I wanted so badly to erase the port gardens from the work list that we weeded the two remaining weediest areas in 45 degree weather, just for the half an hour required to call the job done.

some very cold weeding

coreopsis tinctoria still blooming (Allan’s photo)

At home, I was able to re-write the work list by just simply dropping a couple of tasks that can now wait till late winter, and rewriting the others in a way that, reassuringly, shows that they are small things…surely.

 

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Monday, 27 November 2017

We joined up with Scott and Tony to go on a real estate jaunt.

Rudy welcomes us to Scott and Tony’s place. (Allan’s photo)

Bailey and Rudy had to stay home.

inside Scott and Tony’s townhouse

The Old Church

Up north in Ocean Park, this old 1940 church had come up for sale, for the second or third time since I moved to the peninsula 25 years ago.  If it had been for sale in 1994, Robert and I would surely have bought it instead of our Ilwaco fisherman’s shack, and we would have been north-enders instead of Ilwacoans.

the back

The lot is only 5000 square feet, but if with it had come with the chance to also buy the lot behind it, it would have been a good enough size.

big empty lot to the north

In 1994, we lucked into a double lot to buy in Ilwaco.  I think that if we had not moved it Ilwaco, I would have been content with the church’s 5000 square feet to garden in, as my Seattle garden was only 3000 square feet.

The old church is walking distance from the Bank of the Pacific and Okie’s market…

That’s the Bank of the Pacific and some shops, from the back yard.

…and Jack’s Country Store, Oman and Son Builders Supply, and the Ocean Park Library.

While waiting for the realtor, we took an appreciative gander at all of the adorable cottages on the block.

 

Rock Lobster Cottage

His and Hermans

Fat Captain Cottage

right across the street

At the church, we were joined by Scott and Tony’s friends Robb and Cheryl and their adorable dog, Skipper, AKA “The Chosen One”.

Skipper

Realtor Mary Kay Ramage arrived to let us in.

front porch view looking west

and east (It is next to Ocean Park Resort.)

Inside the church, we found that there would a be a lot of work to do to make it liveable.  I will say that back in 1994, I could have managed to live in it pretty much as it is, with the addition of some sort of mini-kitchen.  You’d understand if you saw the primitive and rustic conditions of the Ilwaco fishing shack where I did live for 14 years!

the ceiling in the foyer

the entry foyer

Allan’s photo

Above us was a mysterious door way up high, under the square tower.

Allan’s photo

just inside

the nave? a baptismal spot? We wondered about the two tension cables that seemed to be holding the side walls together.

Allan’s photo

Above, I wondered if the big hatch in the floor had once held a baptismal tub.  We don’t know what kind of church it was.  I wish I could find its history.  So far, my online search has failed. Perhaps it was a folly rather than an active church.  Ocean Park was a church-oriented community when the town was first built.

I could live here. Or…I could have when younger.

a little stove for heat (Allan’s photo)

Tony thought maybe this back room with four doors and a buzzer was some kind of confessional.

Allan noticed that there had been a little stairway leading up to this door to the nave.

the bathroom, and a book bag from Powell’s Bookstore in Portland

in the very back, a drop down storage space

This dream was beyond all of us at our ages.  As one of us said, “I’d be dangerous if I was thirty!”  I think I might have been tempted at age 55 when we were looking for a new place in 2010…but I trust Allan would have had more sense than to go from one rustic space to another.  By then, after 14 years on a double lot, I would have soon felt frustrated by the tiny gardening space.  Tony and Scott had thought it might make a wonderful vintage and antique shop.

Maybe YOU could do it.  Here is the listing.  There is a big part of me that so regrets not going to live in that amazing space.

Deer Lake

After all our dreams died because of the church needing too much work, the four of us drove north to Surfside to visit Lorilyn, a friend of Tony’s who had attended our Halloween party (as had Robb and Cheryl).  We wanted to see her parents’ park-like property.

over the garage (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

It has a pet cemetery (“very Stephen King”, said Lorilyn).

blessings to Trouble and Fluffy

and to Our Buffy

A temporary fort, for the grandchildren, had been built in the summer and will be rebuilt next year.

mossy paths

Lorilyn and Allan

One side of the large property is bordered by the delightful small Deer Lake.

I would love to live by this little lake.

telephoto

On the way back south, Tony picked up a couple of delicious U-Bake pizzas from Jack’s Country Store, and we dined on pizza and salad Chez Scott and Tony.

Rudy hoping for scraps (He got a healthy treat instead)

Shoeboxes of Joy

While driving south again, Allan and I stopped at Coulter Park to make a monetary donation to the annual Shoeboxes of Joy project.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

You may recall that we tidied the garden along this ramp last week.

wrapped shoe boxes waiting to be filled

Assorted treats and supplies will go in the boxes.

Each box will be topped with a mini Christmas stocking filled with candy.

There are boxes especially for folks with diabetes, and extra boxes of cat or dog treats for people with pets.

Six to seven hundred people are served by this program, and the organizers are always trying to find more to make sure no one is missed.  They get help in this from various local societies and from the Long Beach and Ilwaco mayors.  Any boxes left over get taken to the Christmas day  dinner at the Elks.

Tomorrow: Rain or shine, Allan is going to help decorate the Crab Pot Christmas Tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First, here a are a few preliminary photos by Allan.

4 December: Skooter watched Allan make dinner

4 December: Skooter watched Allan make dinner

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later that night, atop the refrigerator

later that night, atop the refrigerator

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

On a surprisingly nice day in the early afternoon, I suddenly decided that we should do some pre-frost clean up.  Frost and ice were predicted for Thursday.  With Allan planning to take a trip to Seattle on Friday, we would not be able to do a round of the Long Beach planters after the storm.

We checked all of the Ilwaco planters and removed the last batch of almost dead nasturtium from one.

At The Ilwaco Timberland Library, I had an exciting book to pick up.

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red twig dogwood at the library entrance garden

and heather in bloom

and heather in bloom

The new head librarian had found a bag of bulbs (narcissi and alliums) in a back room at the Ocean Park library.  Because they were over a year old, most of them were dried to almost powder.  I had sorted out a few narcissi that still felt slightly plump.  Allan planted them, and we will be interested to see if any of them grow.

Out of a large bag, maybe ten old bulbs were faintly viable.

Out of a large bag, maybe ten old bulbs were faintly viable.

Next: We clipped back the annuals in the Depot Restaurant window boxes.  I would hate to think of them all frozen and blackened over the weekend.  The window boxes do not get rain water so those plants looked pitiful and dry without our weekly visits.

window box clean up

window box clean up

The Depot garden, ready for winter

The Depot garden, ready for winter

With cold hands, we did some clipping in the Long Beach planters of assorted plants that I knew would be unattractive after the cold snap.  Perhaps the cold snap would not happen.  If it did, I did not want to think of sad looking planters over the weekend.

Fifth Street Park, before

Fifth Street Park, before

I clipped back some sad perennials in Fifth Street Park.

I clipped back some sad perennials in Fifth Street Park.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before (with some flowers still on Geranium ‘Rozanne’!)

after

after

The temperature dropped rapidly while we worked.

The temperature dropped rapidly while we worked.

Fun rides are put away for the winter; the center pole of the carousel is capped.

Fun rides are put away for the winter; the center pole of the carousel is capped. (Allan’s photo)

When we finished cutting back the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in the northernmost planter, we dropped by the Shoeboxes of Joy volunteer HQ at Coulter Park to make a monetary donation.  (We had dropped off some yummy energy bars and some cat food at a donation bin at the bank earlier in the day.  Yes, they do want pet food, not for the senior humans, but for their companion animals.)

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old Long Beach train depot building in Coulter Park

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Shoeboxes ready to be filled.

Shoeboxes ready to be filled.

sorting has commenced

sorting has commenced

Shoebox HQ Christmas tree

Shoebox HQ Christmas tree

cotoneaster in Coulter Park

cotoneaster in Coulter Park

I tried and failed to reach Dave and Melissa to reschedule our weekly dinner for tonight, in case an icy storm prevented it tomorrow.  Therefore, we had time to fulfill one of our holiday traditions: a visit to the Hungry Harbor Grille holiday village in downtown Long Beach.

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Even though I have not been able to muster up any holiday spirit for decorating at home, I was able for half an hour to vicariously enter the life of this village (and we had an early dinner there.  Well, not IN the village, but at a table next to it).

approaching the village

approaching the village

Allan's photo: Hungry Harbor burger

Allan’s photo: Hungry Harbor burger

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Taking pictures of the village. In my mind, I am living there.

Taking pictures of the village. In my mind, I am living there.

At that moment, I was photographing the top floor apartment in which I live, in the village.

I live on the top floor of that apartment building, and the roof garden is mine.

I live on the top floor of that apartment building, and the roof garden is mine.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The only reason I can think of that out of all the lovely detached houses with gardens in the village I pick a top floor flat is that it reminds me of the happy year I spent living in the Gables on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

on the second floor, with many big windows running all the way down the center courtyard...

on the second floor, with many big windows running all the way down the center courtyard…

I left here only because I wanted a house with a garden.

I left here only because I wanted a house with a garden. This modern photo shows that someone did make a garden there sometime later.

I can only imagine that around my imaginary apartment building, I do have a garden in the village.

The harbor now has 15 lighthouses and more boats than it did last year.

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a new sign, acquired this year. Altered from "Las Vegas"

a new sign, acquired this year. Altered from “Las Vegas”

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The village carousel keeps going through the holidays.

The village carousel keeps going through the holidays.

These swans actually swim around the pond.

These swans actually swim around the pond.

There are several bridges that Mr Tootlepedal would enjoy photographing.

There are several bridges that Mr Tootlepedal would enjoy photographing.

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I would make a few tweaks to the village before I moved in.  I would make sure the folks who live there were ethnically and racially diverse and, if there were any churches at all, I’d add a synagogue, a mosque, and a Quaker meeting place.  I’d make sure to install an Indian and an Ethiopian restaurant, and a sushi bar.  And a skateboard park, which is something Long Beach youths sorely crave.

Outside again:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Despite all this seasonal delight, I did not get inspired to decorate at home.  A few years back, I wrote about the dilemma of whether or not to “tree”.  We did buy an artificial tree the next year, and it would be fairly easy to set up.  Yet I think the decision this year’s decision is coming down on the side of not treeing.  I don’t feel like moving my heavy desk to make a space for it and, frankly, I am not in the mood and I would rather have the time to read.  I can always say that I am afraid Skooter would try to climb it; he is, after all, only three years old.  The other cats are a dignified twelve years.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

We did get some snow.

from the front porch

from the front porch

from the east window

from the east window

from the front window

from the front window

I put Skooter out to see if he would like the snow.  He made just a few footprints before hastily retreating.

That's as far as he got. (Allan's photo)

That’s as far as he got. (Allan’s photo)

Skooter snoozing

Skooter snoozing

Wind kept snow from accumulating in the back garden. (Allan's photo)

Wind kept snow from accumulating in the back garden. (Allan’s photo)

Meanwhile, at THE Oysterville garden, Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) worked until they could no longer see what to cut back.

Melissa's photo

Melissa’s photo

That was all we had, and it did melt, to be followed be evening ice that only affected the riverside towns. So our garden club meeting was cancelled this week…and it turned out that Salt Pub, where we had planned to dine, closed for the evening because of the weather.

Meanwhile, in Portland, friends like Danger Garden were suffering a horrible ice storm.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Allan departed for Seattle, and I did some holiday shopping at the port.

at the marina

at the marina

With nothing but silence and time, I began a 700 page book that would keep me busy for the next  three days.

sequel to last week's Austerity Britain

sequel to last week’s Austerity Britain

My very favourite passage of all, from a Mass Observation investigator:

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 I was especially thrilled that my most beloved diarist, Nella Last, was often quoted in this book. 

As I write this on 13 December, Allan is on his way home from Seattle and volume three of the Tales of a New Jerusalem, Modernity Britain, awaits at the library. At 880 pages, it will keep me busy for a few days.  I have some plans tomorrow so will wait to start it on Thursday so that I can completely immerse myself with few distractions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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boxes

Here on the Long Beach Peninsula, December is the month for Shoeboxes of Joy.  From the Shoeboxes Facebook page (where one can make a donation via a Fundrazr button), here is their mission:

Our goal is to be able to provide a “Shoebox of Joy” to the low income elderly and/or disabled, who may not have family or friends close by. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to work together and provide a “special gift to those in need”. A “Shoebox of Joy” may be the only gift they receive during the Holiday Season.

You, your business or organization, employees, friends and family, etc., may create one or more “Shoeboxes of Joy” filled with new personal items, holiday crafts and ornaments.  If you prefer, you could provide 1 item to be included in a “Shoebox of Joy”. (Individual items need to be dropped off by December 10th.) Checks may be made payable to Ocean Park Lutheran Church with Shoeboxes of Joy written in the memo.

Please drop off your “Shoebox of Joy” by December 23rd at
CCAP: 152 1st Ave. N., Ilwaco, WA 
Ocean Park Lutheran Church 240th & Ust, Ocean Park, WA or
Donation boxes located in local churches, stores and business.

Suggested items would be: Soap, small size shampoos, lotions, (no hotel samples, please), shaving cream, razors, tooth paste, tooth brush, socks, puzzles, crossword puzzles, cookies, sugarless candy, a small ornament/decorative items, AA batteries, small flashlight, music/movie CD’s, cat food, dog food…….

Please gift-wrap your box, include a gift tag indicating if contents are for a man or a woman.
The more boxes that we receive the more elderly and disabled we can provide with a Joyous Holiday Season. Boxes will be delivered by CCAP, and The Breakfast Bunch (a men’s group associated with OP Lutheran Church). Donations accepted until December 23rd at Ocean Park Lutheran Church.
Thank you,
The Breakfast Bunch, CCAP, and volunteers

The Long Beach Depot

The Long Beach Depot

The group has a donation station at the Long Beach Depot building (one of the old depots for the Clamshell Railway).

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On one of our last days of work before our staycation (which is going very well, thanks!), I went into the donation station at the Depot (102 #rd Street NW) located in one of “our” Long Beach parks, Coulter Park just north of Dennis Company.

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Indoors is the pile of shoeboxes so carefully wrapped by volunteers.  I would be terrible at this as my present wrapping is notoriously sloppy!

an admirable wrapping job

an admirable wrapping job

On the big tables in the center of the room, cardboard boxes hold all sorts of supplies that the volunteers have purchased over the past year.

A volunteer looks over the boxes.

A volunteer looks over the boxes.

I made a cash donation which will help toward the cost of the items.  Some folks prefer to create a shoebox themselves and bring it in all wrapped and ready.  I did that one year and was stumped for the best items to put in, so here are some ideas:

small bottles of shampoo and lotions

small bottles of shampoo and lotions

pens, small packs of Q tips or tissues

pens, small packs of Q tips or tissues

some nice hand towels and washcloths

some nice hand towels and washcloths

nice warm socks

nice warm socks

colourful fluffy socks!

colourful fluffy socks!

hats, scarves, and gloves

hats, scarves, and gloves

batteries.  I think these were to go with some little flashlights.

batteries. I think these were to go with some little flashlights.

Other suggestions:

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some completed boxes brought in by a local business

some completed boxes brought in by a local business

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Last year the Peninsula Shoeboxes of Joy folks delivered 657 boxes to the disabled and elderly in our community.  Their efforts may have been a little slowed down by the snow and ice we experienced in the last few days, so if you feel moved to donate, we know it will be much appreciated.

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Yesterday, I forgot to add this not great photo of a Narcissus bulbicodium cantabricus (white yellow hoop petticoats), just to show it was blooming in the garden by the Ilwaco Timberland Library so very early.

for the record

for the record, on 3 Dec 2013

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

After a night of 22.5 F temperature, our front garden still showed the effects when we got out the door at 11.  It must have looked stunningly gorgeous while we were sleeping.

Allan's garden

Allan’s garden

boxwood

boxwood

Euphorbia

Euphorbia

Hebe

Hebe

iced velvet:  Verbascum

iced velvet: Verbascum

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

front path

front path

Dichroa febrifuga

Dichroa febrifuga

droopy Tetranpanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

droopy Tetranpanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

Rubus lineatus

Rubus lineatus

Rubus lineatus

Rubus lineatus

Sanguisorba

Sanguisorba

Melianthus major

Melianthus major

Melianthus major from shade to sun

Melianthus major from shade to sun

calendula

calendula

Hellebore

Hellebore

The back garden, while in the sun, was still frosty.

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And the plants in the greenhouse were still happy.

greenhouse

greenhouse

Once upon a time I would have gone around to precious outdoor plants and covered them with sheets and blankets and upturned buckets.  Now, I am letting them take their chances.  I get home from work cold, and just do not have the vim and vigor to go out and do anything here other than opening and closing the greenhouse door.

We left for work with the intention of being able to cross city of Ilwaco and city of Long Beach off the work list.   Ilwaco just needed to have its city planters checked.

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icy planter near the boatyard

with sunbini still blooming

with sunbini still blooming

How can that Sanvitalia still be showing little yellow daisies?  Danged annuals that just will not let go!  I feel bad about cutting them back, but I must, otherwise staycation will remain elusive.

Fortunately, most of the remaining annuals in the planters had clearly gone to mush.  It did not take more than an hour to work the four blocks from the boatyard to Olde Towne Trading Post and get all of them done.

inside Olde Towne Café

inside Olde Towne Café

We went into our favourite coffee café to switch compost buckets.  How nice and warm it felt to be in there.  I did not even let myself order coffee as I really wanted to get Long Beach done today.

Our friend Kelly of Blue Crab Graphics on her lunch break

Our friend Kelly of Blue Crab Graphics on her lunch break

Soon it will be me on staycation having a nice relaxing cuppa at Olde Towne.

In Long Beach, I had arrived at my first planter project when I heard a voice say “Hey!”   There was Vernice (a former staffer of Andersen’s RV Park) and her exceptionally cute dog.

This little cutie looks like a stuffed animal toy!

This little cutie looks like a stuffed animal toy!

After a short visit, I got down to work.  Allan, down the street, cut some floppy Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ back in the very first planter.  I gave some lavender a better shape:

before and after

before and after

I had intended to cut back every Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.  I used to leave them all up to provide some “architecture” in the winter.  For the last few winters, I have noticed they look beat up and sad by mid January, just when I do not want to leave staycation to deal with them.  Today, we cut the big floppy ones, but neither of us could bear to chop some of the smaller ones.

in a planter near The Cottage Bakery

in a planter near The Cottage Bakery, still providing interest

And what to do about the planters with tall healthy looking annual Cerinthe, sometimes in large clusters?  Surely a few more nights of mid 20s temperatures will take them down.  I decided to pull the tall ones and leave some of the shorter ones.

Cerinthe and Erysimum

Cerinthe and Erysimum and Lavender

Most of the Chrysanthemums had the courtesy to look done for, except for this one:

I cut it anyway!

I cut it anyway!

and a bright yellow one by the Elks building that I just could not bear to cut.

We finished at dusk with Allan cutting back catmint in a little garden just north of Dennis Co on the corner of Coulter Park.   I went into the Shoeboxes of Joy donation station to make a cash donation.

Shoeboxes of Joy in the old train depot

Shoeboxes of Joy in the old train depot

From the Shoeboxes group:  “Our goal is to be able to provide a “Shoebox of Joy” to the low income elderly and/or disabled, who may not have family or friends close by. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to work together and provide a “special gift to those in need”. A “Shoebox of Joy” may be the only gift they receive during the Holiday Season.”

The shoeboxes will be filled with small useful and fun items.  One year I collected enough to fill a shoebox, but I find it best since then to give some money to the volunteer crew instead.   More on Shoeboxes of Joy in a near future blog entry.

Allan climbed through the new railing next to the ramp up to the old train depot to pull some remaining Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.  While he was in there, I noticed a way to make a tree right at the entry way look good.

I did not think to take a before.  Here is what he cut away:  lots of branches that the builder had pruned to stubs even with the new railing.

horrid dead branches were front and center

These and other horrid dead branches were front and center

As the sun set, Allan lay on his stomach under the tree and I told him where to cut, then pulled the branches out.  I thought the arrangement worked very nicely.

much better!

much better!  You can imagine how stubby and horrid the before picture would have been.

The miniature tree lights for the Shoebox donation station came on...

The miniature tree lights for the Shoebox donation station came on…

As we drove south, Long Beach City Hall lights were on.

As we drove south, Long Beach City Hall lights were on.

When we came back to Ilwaco, the city crew had been busy putting out the crab pot Christmas tree lights all along First Avenue.  Those pots had not been there when we left Ilwaco for Long Beach at about 12:30.

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Despite having to dispose of the last load of Long Beach debris tomorrow, I gave myself the satisfaction of crossing Ilwaco AND Long Beach off the work list.  I removed  “Erin?” from the December list and shifted her new garden bed over to February.  Our Judy, four doors down, had happened to be outside when we drove up to our house.  I told her how close we were to being on staycation except for the question of to do or not to do the Erin’s garden project.  She told me not to do it till February, that the weather is only going to get colder, and then rainy, and I would be miserable.  So now the list looks like this:

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Thank you, Judy!

The remaining “after frost” checkups are tiny tidyings of containers.   The Port of Ilwaco won’t get a last weeding of the boatyard because the ground is frozen, but will get a check on Howerton Street for any plant that might need further cutting back.  I’m glad I left so much “architectural foliage” at the boatyard, as that will help hide the remaining creeping sorrel that did not get removed.  As for Marilyn, if we make it back up there and cut back a few more perennials (like blackened daisy stems), I’ll be happy enough to cross it off the list.

We closed our evening with a dinner at the Lightship Restaurant Mexican Fiesta night, joined by the always entertaining Heather of NIVA green (best gift shop ever) and Patricia Moss, art historian.

shrimp (prawn) fajita

shrimp (prawn) fajita

Back home again, I found Smokey and Mary still in the same place they had been when I left for work at 11 AM.

They appreciate the comfy chair I put in my office.

They appreciate the comfy chair I put in my office.

Wish us luck, because we MIGHT be able to polish the rest of the work list off tomorrow.  Either that, or I may just polish undone items off the work board and call the jobs good enough as they are….   I did that in 2010, when I was desperate to start making my new garden, and the world did not end.

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