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Thursday, 16 March 2017

At the post office, on our way to work, Allan found a note in our box asking him to talk to the postmaster.  A postal patron had urgently needed to know the identification of a plant “that looks like a coleus”.

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Here it is: a greigii tulip.

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The foliage is as great as the flower to come.

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I realized it was time to apply some sluggo.

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Ilwaco City Hall ready for St Patrick’s Day

Long Beach

We hoped to accomplish two tasks on the project list today.  The first was pruning and weeding the five roses in the back of Coulter Park.  They are exceedingly difficult because of weeds, including salmonberry, coming under the fence.  The neighbouring house has but a tiny strip between house and fence that would be almost impossible for the homeowner to maintain, and in that strip dwell salmonberries, blackberries, and birds-foot trefoil that long to join up with the roses.

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the dreaded rose bed, before

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south side of park with pieris

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Pieris and Ribes (flowering currant)

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There was another ribes in that gap that turned up its toes a few years ago, as ribes are wont to do.

Allan trimmed up in the garden next to the old train depot.

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before

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after trimming sword fern

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rose bed; line cut with half moon edger (Allan’s photo)

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I was inspired to do two lines of half moon edging.

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after

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a pretty patch of primroses

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One dead rhododendron (azalea) has thrown this old threesome off balance.

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one of the two good rhodos (Allan’s photo)

We had two cold and windy squalls of heavy rain pass through; we sat them out in the van to avoid getting drenched and miserable.  (During the second one, we went to the Great Escape espresso drive through for invigorating sustenance.)

To add to our load of debris, we decided to do a bit of pruning on an escallonia at city hall.

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city hall, west side

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before (Allan’s photos)

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and after

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city hall hellebore

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telephoto through the arch (Allan’s photo)

We dumped our debris at city works and filled up all our buckets with Soil Energy mulch.  (The crew had got us a pile from Peninsula Landscape Supply.)

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a pile of riches

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first load 

On the Bolstad approach, we filled up the lower spots in the planters.

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before

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after

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looking east

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not a good day for a picnic

And we added some mulch to city hall west side garden.

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city hall after pruning, lily bulb planting, weeding, mulching

The last five buckets went into Fifth Street Park.  Yesterday, drenched from rain, we had left behind a messy patch of sorrel:

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yesterday

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today

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mulched

A lily bulb had worked its way to the top of the soil.  This is just one third of how big it was, after I divided it:

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Allan’s photo

We followed our first load of mulching with a break for delicious crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder.

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Captain Bob’s crab rolls

Back we went to city works to get another load of mulch.  Jackpot! I saw two good pallets on the pile.

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Thank you, Allan.

Now I need just two more for my triple compost bin.

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A red wing blackbird serenaded us.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Full load of mulch buckets (Allan’s photo)

This load went to the big welcome sign garden.  It had gotten low after pulling out last year’s annuals and absorbs a large amount of soil.

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before

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We found loads of shotweed to pull.

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mulching carefully around bulbs

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after

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back side

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after

I am sorry to report that deer are eating the tulips along the east end of the front side.  I hope they don’t eat them all.  One of these years, we may have to give up on tulips here.

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well chomped

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So glad deer do not eat narcissi, my favourite flower

On the way home, we stopped briefly at the Depot Restaurant to pour some water on the two sheltered window boxes, and there we discovered a sad situation.

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a flattie!

The spare is weirdly located under the front seats.  Everything there had to be moved and the t-bar thingie assembled to loosen a bolt in the floor that holds the spare tire in place.

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complicated!

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underneath

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the culprit

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Fortunately, Allan had all the tools (even two jacks for extra safety).

Despite having to look at the instruction book, Allan got the tire changed in 40 minutes and we were back on our way home.  But tomorrow will be devoted to getting a the good (fairly new, now punctured) tire repaired.

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one more big  task on the workboard

When the boatyard spring clean up is done (I hope by Sunday evening), the board will be gloriously blank for a moment and will then fill up with the beach approach clean up and more.

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

a windy mid-morning with gale warning flags

a windy mid-morning with gale warning flags

some lightness to the west

some lightness to the west

I wanted to get the library garden mulched no matter what the weather!

load one to the Ilwaco Community Building (Ilwaco Timberland Library)

first load to the Ilwaco Community Building (Ilwaco Timberland Library)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

plenty of rain

plenty of rain

bucket application of Soil Energy

bucket application of Soil Energy

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

second load!

second load!

Neither rain, nor sleet, will stop us today.

Neither rain, nor sleet, will stop us today.

Back home with this much mulch left

Back home with this much mulch left, I urgently wanted to finish spreading it.

the glorious moment of a completely erased 2016 work board!

the glorious moment of a completely erased 2016 work board!

Staycation REALLY begins now.  This time, I mean it!

And then we changed out of wet and muddy clothes and went to Time Enough Books for a reading by Robert Michael Pyle.

Our Time Enough garden boat

Our Time Enough garden boat

As we approached, we could see from the way the boats looked to the south of the buildings that the tide was at its peak.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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The sun was about to come out and the sky looked like we were probably going to miss a rainbow.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

In the bookstore, we met our good friend J9 and settled in to hear Robert Pyle read from the new edition of Wintergreen (with a new forward and an afterward that updates the stories).

Robert Michael Pyle

Robert Michael Pyle

Bookstore owner Karla introduced the author.

Bookstore owner Karla introduced the author.

an older edition of Wintergreen

an older edition of Wintergreen

"All this is the rain world."

“All this is the rain world.”

Right after the reading, we had to rush off to get the the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum before they closed.  They have a certain item in their gift shop which I needed to complete a Christmas package that needed mailing the next day.

Scout says goodbye.

Scout says goodbye.

At the Museum, we were able to catch the last two songs of Tuba Christmas, which is usually the holiday tradition of J9 and me; this year, as we all agreed, books trumped tubas.

entering the museum

entering the museum

the museum Christmas village

the museum Christmas village

a full house (Allan's photo)

a full house (Allan’s photo)

Astoria Tuba Quartet (Allan's photo)

Astoria Tuba Quartet (Allan’s photo)

Back home, I thought I could maybe get all the mulch moved before pitch dark….and then….

Rain so hard it was bouncing!

Rain so hard it was bouncing!

Allan covering the pile

Allan covering the pile

I went in, took coat off, rain stopped, put coat on, rushed back out, rain began again, gave up.

Allan's photo: A bad word may have been being said.

Allan’s photo: A bad word may have been being said.

The rain gave Allan the opportunity to fix the red wheelbarrow's cracking handles.

The rain gave Allan the opportunity to fix the red wheelbarrow’s cracking handles.

Monday, 14 December 2015

A beautiful winter day enabled me to get the last two or more yards of mulch applied to beds in the front and back garden.

Allan's photo; didn't even need a jacket today

Allan’s photo; didn’t even need a jacket today

Happy me!

Happy me!

Meanwhile, Allan ran errands having to do with last minute Christmas shopping.

at the port, while visiting the Don Nisbett Gallery (Allan's photo)

at the port, while visiting the Don Nisbett Gallery (Allan’s photo)

a cat seen in Seaview near the Sportsmen's Cannery

a cat seen in Seaview near the Sportsmen’s Cannery

I walked all round the garden in the afternoon and admired the various mulched spots.

front, west side

front, west side

front, middle path

front, middle path

front, east bed

front, east bed

back garden

back garden

back, east side

back, east side

looking north

looking north

looking south

looking south

still moisty

still moisty

I do hope for a winter campfire or two.

I do hope for a winter campfire or two.

bogsy mulch

bogsy mulch

Frosty joined my tour.

Frosty joined my tour.

more lovely mulching

more lovely mulching

southwest corner

southwest corner

windfall branches

windfall branches

bogsy swale

bogsy south swale

the meander line ditch

the meander line ditch (at the south edge of our property)

to the south: crab pots still waiting for the season to open

to the south: crab pots still waiting for the season to open

inside the fence: middle swale

inside the fence: middle swale

apres wind

apres wind

west path, looking south

west path, looking south

Well satisfied, I was able to settle in to an evening of reading.

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Surprise, another chef-y book!

Surprise, another chef-y book!

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The book was published in 1998.

Montana Mary’s Christmas package arrived, provided a dessert of holiday cookies:

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tonight's assortment of pumpkin and pecan pie cookies

tonight’s assortment of pumpkin and pecan pie cookies

Later the same evening.

Later the same evening.

Now begins the 12 days of Christmas (perhaps not the tradition 12 days) with social events piled up and alternating almost every other day with potential reading and perhaps boating days.  While we enjoy this social whirl, I have a series of restrospective photo galleries and slide shows lined up for your enjoyment.

 

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a blog post after all, because something garden-y happened

Thursday, 10 December 2015

From the north window: Suddenly my Tetrapanax looks ever so sad.

From the north window: Suddenly my Tetrapanax looks ever so sad.

On the way to the post office and bank, Allan noticed our accountant's office all pretty for the holidays, along with CPA mascot Helen.

On the way to the post office and bank, Allan noticed our accountant’s office all pretty for the holidays, along with CPA mascot Helen.

our friend Helen

our friend Helen

the Christmas angel tree at Bank of the Pacific

the Christmas angel tree at Ilwaco’s Bank of the Pacific

Pick an ornament from the tree and get a gift for a child.

Pick an angel from the tree and provide a gift for a child.

Other than Allan’s errands, heavy rain kept us indoors.  I spent all my free time making slideshows and photo galleries of the year through various gardens, because that is just the sort of time lapse that I like to see.

At the Cove Restaurant

In the evening, we had our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang’s core members (me, Allan, Dave, Mel).

from our cozy corner table at the Cove

from our cozy corner table at the Cove

delicious dinner salad

delicious dinner salad

Allan's noodle bowl

Allan’s vegetable stir fry (He calls this “comfort food”.

Our Dave and Melissa, and my bowl of rich and comforting Cajun Chicken Alfredo; I always have enough left for lunch the next day.

Our Dave and Melissa, and my bowl of rich and comforting Cajun Chicken Alfredo; I always have enough left for lunch the next day.  That’s my version of comfort food.

Melissa's Prawns Solo

Melissa’s Prawns Solo

Friday, 11 December 2015

I do not know what came over me.  Allan and I were discussing how he was going to mulch at the library:  Make two trips to get the one yard at a time of soil energy mulch that our rig can haul.  Or hire Dave and Mel (Sea Star Gardening) to haul the two yards that we need with their much larger rig.  (It’s complicated because the supply yard is open by appointment only this month.) Or we could wait until I ordered a pile of said mulch for here and have Allan take two yards over to the library in buckets (27.5 5 gallons buckets x 2) = 2 yards.  I hope.)  We had talked about it over dinner last night with Dave and Mel and not come to any conclusion (although they are eager and willing to help).  Suddenly, I just picked up the phone, called Peninsula Landscape Supply, and arranged for seven yards to be dumped in our driveway….this afternoon!

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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The pile always looks smaller than I think it will, no matter how much I order.

The pile always looks smaller than I think it will, no matter how much I order.

wishing I'd ordered more!

(Allan's photo) I immediately wished I had ordered 12 yards instead of 7.

(Allan’s photo) I immediately wished I had ordered 12 yards instead of 7.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan could not deliver soil to the library garden today.  When they are open, the rather poorly designed and steep-ended parking lot is too full of cars to negotiate with soil.  It will have to be done Sunday or Monday.  He kindly helped me move at least three yards of the pile to garden beds back by the bogsy woods.  Today’s calm before tomorrow’s predicted storm was perfect for safe soil dumping under the brittle alder trees.

One of two wheelbarrows we had in play.

One of two wheelbarrows we had in play.

I was already thinking 5 yards would be plenty.

I was already thinking 5 yards would be plenty.

I will have enough soil to fill in the low spots, especially along edges that I expanded this past summer, and if I find the energy to want to put a layer over every single garden bed, I’ll get another 7 yards later.  I do some chopping and dropping of debris in the garden beds over the course of the year so they do get some natural mulch.  I learned that from Ann Lovejoy and Anne Wareham.

Allan filled every bucket available and now has over a yard a soil just waiting in the garage to go to the library garden.  I continued to wheelbarrow soil into the front garden low spots till it was too dark to see.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

As you can see, the remaining mulch prevents us from putting our van away.  If I had a place to keep mulch in waiting, I would always have a big pile somewhere at the edge of the property.  There’s just no way to get it delivered to anywhere but the driveway.

Meanwhile, the dramatic weather has continued to have a severe effect on towns both inland and along the Oregon coast, with flooding and a complete closure of sea-faring waterways.

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Our other great accomplishment was to put up (Allan) and decorate (me) the Christmas tree.  Reading time is being delayed by that, by the need to move that mulch, and to write Christmas cards and wrap packages to mail, and by some busy weekend holiday events.  Oh how I hope that book reading time starts next Monday.

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