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Monday, 2 April 2018

I woke to the realization that the day had workable weather and that we should mulch the port.  But wait, my next thought was that the zillion pound concrete bench was still in the trailer; it has been riding with us for a week now while I wait for a chance to pounce on someone strong for a favour (helping Allan move it).  I had the brilliant idea then that he could back the trailer up to the soft grass outside the back garden and just push the bench off and leave it there.  It worked!  (We will still need some help to actually set the bench up, eventually.)

Allan did not seem best pleased to have a work day suddenly sprung on him.  I was eager to mulch because the weather forecast looks dire later in the week.  Calvin was so much better—purring and playful— that I decided to wait to take him for an asthma shot.  It is not good for his heart or liver, and it had only been about six weeks since the last shot.

Cal, perky and playful

His previous human, who had him from kittenhood to age seven, had not fed him regularly.  He was obsessed with food and after moving in with us, he soon looked like he had swallowed a beach ball.

All the day’s pieces fell into place with a couple of phone calls and messages.  I had a taker on the rugosa roses, who came to pick them up before we left.

The veterinary clinic can see Cal tomorrow, or this afternoon if he got to feeling poorly again, and just enough of the mulch we need was in stock at Peninsula Landscape Supply.

Gravel was being loaded while we were there.

Soil Energy mulch (Allan’s photo)

Back to the Port of Ilwaco we drove with a yard of Soil Energy, which we applied to the curbside garden at the east end of Howerton Avenue; it had been looking battered and low since we removed drifts of tired old Nassela tenuissima grass.

before:

sad and beaten down

after: I hope the poppies I planted not long ago won’t be buried too deep.

Before:

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

An irksome cold wind blew right across the parking lot from the marina.

Brrrr.

Our work was high pressure and aerobic so that we would have time to get a second load of mulch before P.L.S. closes at three o clock.

after:

Allan’s photo

 

Allan’s photo

That bed only took half an hour to mulch, and we had enough left to begin on the curbside bed at the west end of Howerton.

Allan’s photo

We got this far at the west end. (Allan’s photo)

Back to Peninsula Landscape Supply for a second load:

Allan’s photo

On the way south again, we made a social visit to the Basket Case Greenhouse.

with Roxanne

daphnes and hydrangeas

violas

and more violas

We returned to the west end of Howerton at the Port and mulched two sections.

before

before

Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’

two kinds of muscari and some sea thrift

I must confess that we buried some weeds: grass and creeping sorrel.  Out of sight, out of mind for a couple more weeks.

before, with dog daisies (Allan’s photo)

While I raked, Allan ran the strimmer down the sidewalk that goes to the marina.

looking west

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

looking east

Some more mulch went on the beds by the Ilwaco pavilion.

Allan’s photo, as we began to mulch

an interesting boat nearby (Allan’s photo)

Then we had some deadheading to do along the port.  As I suspected, the most deadheads were on the south side of the port office where we don’t see them on a drive by.

Along the curbside beds, I was annoyed to find that a lot of narcissi picking had been happening….and this, by the ArtPort Gallery:

picking AND pulling out (Allan’s photo)

We planted so very many narcissi over the last few years that we should have a much better show, if flower-jackers would just leave them alone.

species tulips (Allan’s photo)

In the Time Enough Books curbside garden, I was thrilled to see a new-to-me bulb that I planted last fall.

Bellevalia paradoxa is a bulb forming plant in the genus Bellevalia of the Asparagaceae family, formerly classified in the Muscari genus, under which name it is commonly sold as Muscari paradoxum.

Bellevalia paradoxa and muscari

Bellevalia paradoxa and muscari

Bellevalia paradoxa

Bellevalia paradoxa

Bellevalia paradoxa (Allan’s photo)

I am very taken with it!

We finished the work day with a tidy up at the J’s cottage.

Bug’s Eye view of the pocket lawn before mowing (Allan’s photo)

And at home, I got my own sweet peas (and some poppies) planted at last while Allan mowed the lawn.

Frosty greeting us (Allan’s photo)

The work board got some satisfying erasures.

Next up, two volunteer gardens, the fire station (a new project from scratch and the post office (just a tidy).

In the evening, Calvin seemed well, played with his most vigorous toy, a set of three balls in slots that go round and round and make a lot of noise, usually during the most serious part of the evening’s telly watching.  He tossed his catnip Kitty Karrot into the air and seemed like his old self.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Tomorrow, I’ll share the Tuesday work day.  But I do not want to spin out the hope that Calvin is better.  Tuesday morning, he again seemed just fine, purring, the usual morning greeting and pets.  I decided that despite his seeming recovery, he had better have his shot today, to avoid a relapse over the weekend.  I made an appointment for 2:15 and we went to work on a project near home.  At 12:15, we came home for a bit to close the cat doors and confine him to a room so that he’d be easier to wrangle into his box later.  (That is never an easy thing.  He hates the box and wails and cries.  He is so afraid of people that I think that Our Kathleen is the only friend who ever managed to briefly get near him.)

In the house today, he walked up to me panting.  This is an emergency sign with cats so within minutes we had him at the veterinary clinic.  His condition had worsened so suddenly that he was whisked into the back to be given oxygen.  We were asked to leave him for a couple of hours for treatment. I still thought he would be ok, like the last time he had a sudden panting attack a couple of months ago.  Not this time, though.  Within an hour, we had a call that he was failing fast and we left wheelbarrow and all behind and rushed back in.  We had to make the hard decision.  Based on what happened with Smoky and how last minute efforts for a very sick cat just prolonged his misery, we decided it was Time for Calvin to go.  I will spare you the details about how hard he was breathing and…. just…it was time.  I think it was time.  Was it time?  Animal guardians never know for certain, do we?  Nor will I ever know if I made a terrible decision to wait for the shot instead of taking him in yesterday.  Would he be with us tonight if I had?  It might have bought some more time, or not.  I had no idea how fast respiratory distress to that degree can come on in a cat.  I could maunder on about this for paragraphs.  Instead, I will just leave you with this dear photo of Calvin and his bestie, Smoky, last autumn.

 

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Allan found a critter before we left for work:

We had a meeting scheduled for 1 PM and somehow got a late start. I wanted a yard of Soil Energy so we took the risk that 45 minutes was enough time to get to Peninsula Landcape Supply and back.

We were thrilled to see a great big new pile of mulch had arrived.

plenty for all

loading up

On the way south, we made a three minute stop at the Planter Box, looking for orange violas that I had seen the last week.  Someone else had snapped them up, as I should have done.

Allan’s photo

Pumpkins were in. (Allan’s photo)

We got to our appointment with Shelly Pollock at NW Insurance and Financial in Long Beach with five minutes to spare.

in Shelly’s waiting room; to the right is the enjoyable local mystery series by Jan Bono.

It looks like Allan has a new business partner. That’s Shelly’s dog, Bella.

Shelly guided through Medicare choices.  Allan will be elevated to the safety of good health care on January 1st.  We were sadly surprised with how much Medicare costs (cheap compared to full price insurance, of course, and with no dreaded deductible that keeps even insured people from going to the doctor).  Nor does him being on Medicare cut my solo insurance cost in half.  Phooey.  I asked what would happen to someone who, with minimal social security, ends up too poor to pay the Medicare fees.  When does one then qualify for Medicaid, I wondered.  Apparently only if one makes under $12,000 a year Social Security…so if one is living on a not luxurious 14K a year, Medicare would take a painful slice out of that.  The image of sitting at the curb in a cardboard box came to mind.  It does not look like retirement will be in the cards for us, after all.  Good thing we like what we do; I hope we can keep doing it.

I was awash with relief that this fall, Shelly will be able to help me sort my way through the complicated and rather scary application for individual insurance.  The affordable ACA plan with which I have been blessed is in jeopardy right now because of the whims of the Trump administration; I just hope to be able to afford insurance for two and a half more years.

After the appointment, we checked on the planters on Sid Snyder Drive…

Too many wild beach strawberries in this one, we agreed.

…and spent the rest of the day mulching, first finishing up the end of the Ilwaco Boatyard garden.

Allan’s photo

All the way to the end of the boatyard garden with mulch!

sweeping up

Next, we mulched four of the garden beds (two large, two small) on Howerton Avenue, with an interruption that took us by surprise.

a heavy squall

Allan’s photo

Port Office gardens tidied and mulched

I clipped several santolinas.  An art event will take place on the weekend, so I wanted the gardens to look refreshed.

Time Enough Books/Purly Shell garden clipped and mulched

Looking north across the port parking lot, we could see Melissa finishing up the Norwood hedge.

in the boat storage yard by the parking lots

We had divided the cost of mulch so as to keep some for our own garden.  At home, we finished unloading and wheelbarrowed the soil back to the newly cleared bogsy woods area.

First, I got to see my good friend Royal setting out with Devery for his evening walk.

This much rain in the wheelbarrow from today.

before

after

after

Mulching the port got erased from the work board.

I have a month and a half to get a good weeding done at home before year’s end! It has been on the board since late spring.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 29 September 2017

Allan was sad to see the painting of the shed gutter had not worked.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo: Paint had fallen into a spider web.

This spider, who had likely entered the van on some plant debris, had made a web inside my van door.  I did not let her come to work with us.

These garden spiders don’t scare me.

We stopped at Dennis Co on the way to work to get some paint for the window trim (which you have seen in yesterday’s post).  Allan was also able to repaint the gutter successfully.

Anchorage Cottages

The weather was just too hot to do any of the pruning projects we had planned.

These viburnums can wait for another day.

arbutus and hydrangea in the center courtyard

On the way to our next job, I was appalled at the temperature.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We stayed only to do the most important deadheading and tidying.  The heat was just too much.

bird bath view

roses

the other bird bath with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

Japanese anemone

hardy fuchsia

autumnal hamamelis

Peninsula Landscape Supply

We picked up a yard of Soil Energy.

bird baths by the pond

We learned that starting next week, PLS will be going to their off season hours, open till three on Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays.  This will require us to be less spontaneous during mulching season. We will have to make proper plans and schedules.

signs available in the office

On the way back to Ilwaco, we decided we had to delay our boatyard mulching project till early evening’s cooler weather.

Ridiculous weather! What happened to our nice crisp autumn?

home

This is the handsome gate of our “Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm” neighbours to the east.

At the base of the ornamental plum in our front garden (a tree I did not plant) is a hamamelis glowing with autumn colour.

Look to the left side of the tree trunk.

 

Tiger Eyes sumac

another hamamelis

I retreated indoors from the heat and was joined for a bit by our neighbours to the west, Devery, and her dog Royal.

It was Royal’s first time in our house. He was excited.

Ilwaco boatyard

After five o clock, we mulched 1/3 of the boatyard.  I think my estimate that three yards will cover it all is pretty close.

before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

Allan sweeps up

Aster ‘Harrington’s Pink’

leveling mulch with a broom

looking south from the north end

As we had begun our mulching, a Londoner on a bicycle had stopped to ask the location of Salt Pub.  I had to tell him the sad news that it is closed on Wednesdays.  Where could he eat, he asked, after returning from a two block jaunt to make sure Salt was closed.  I was sad to say that the only option was our little local market.  In an ideal world, we would have invited him to come to our house for a campfire, with sausages, and then driven him to his campsite at Cape Disappointment, but our conversation took place just as we got stuck in to an hour of unloading mulch.

After work, we went to the little market ourselves in search of some fancy sausages, and found him outside.  He had managed to find an apple for his dinner, with some cheese that he already had.  I was afraid that “Disappointment” might sum up his feelings, and I did so wish he had been here on a night when Salt was open.

the Londoner

I was able to guide him to having breakfast tomorrow morning at the Portside Café, where his quest for pancakes should be well satisfied.

We had a good chinwag about politics.  He said he almost bet £5000 on Brexit not passing, and woke up in shock that morning (and relief that he had not made the bet). He had experienced the same shock and dismay last November 9 at the result of our election.

I told him that I used to be married to a Leedsman.  “Oh, that must have been tough!” said he.

Allan and I did not succeed at the local in our quest for fancy sausages so drove on up to Sid’s Market in Seaview, where we met with success.  We also met again a nice RVing couple who had asked us at the boatyard where to shop for groceries.  They, too, had met with shopping success. We then went home to have a campfire on the one of the warmest evenings of the year.

Nicotiana by the campfire

the moon just caught in the trees

Allan’s photo

coals

When I looked at the temperature at 1 AM, it was still 72 degrees outside.  That is just unheard of here at the beach.

Friday, 29 September 2017

After taking Thursday off so Allan could finish painting the shed, we slept late.

Skooter slept late, too. He puts his feet over Allan’s head like earmuffs.

We had believed the forecast of a half inch of rain.  The rain came overnight rather than during the day, which turned out so fine that tourists would be looking at our public gardens.  While we did not have to water, we certainly had to tidy after all.

This much rain overnight!

By the post office, we saw the first sign of Ilwaco Halloween.

And so it begins.

The Depot Restaurant

just some quick deadheading

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ towering

Long Beach

the welcome sign

We tidied the gardens at Veterans Field while the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market was in session.

Allan’s photo

I found a home for a duplicate plant of mine in Fifth Street Park. I had bought in, then realized it was the same white sanguisorba I had acquired at a Hardy Plant sale from Dan Hinkley, back when it just had a number, not a name.

Allan planted it in here, toward the back.

Needing energy, we got coffee to go.

at Abbracci Coffee Bar

We did a walk around town just to deadhead the planters.

passing by the farmers market again

I stopped it at NIVA green to take a few photos for their Facebook page, and for some reason I had to buy this little stove.

It spoke to me somehow.  Now it is mine and I don’t quite know what to do with it.

Allan pulled Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ from under the street tree near the pharmacy.

before

after

Here is a sad thing: The old, peeling cranberry mural on the south end of Dennis Company is now almost covered.  $58,000 has been spent to try to restore it five different times, and it is now too far gone to save.

Goodbye to a Long Beach icon. (Allan’s photos)

The paint peeled badly after a restoration just a couple of years ago.

Here it is in better days.  I will miss it.

We then drove up to Peninsula Landscape Supply for another yard of Soil Energy.

The shaved ice booth was heading down to Ilwaco for Saturday Market.

Ilwaco boatyard garden

We got another third of the garden mulched, all the way to the south side of the gate.

Unfortunately, we have to cover a multitude of poppy seeds.  In my own garden, I might dig and replant them.  No time for that here.

I’ve saved seeds and will re-sow.

To finish our relatively short day, we deadheaded the cosmos at the port office and Time Enough Books gardens.  I took some photos of the marina from near the port office.

someone else enjoying the view

an hour before sunset, along Howerton Avenue

home

Kniphofia ‘Earliest of All’ is changing shape.

Devery came to pick some Cripp’s Pink apples to make some applesauce.

She stood on a bucket to get some.

Canna in bloom in the water boxes

I made a sit spot in the new bogsy wood clearing.

on the table: broken china bits that I found in 2010 when making our garden

I had a sudden brainstorm which Allan helped me bring to fruition.

Skooter supervising

He helped me move this….

…out to the salmonberry cave….

…where I like it very much.

And it gave me room for a new little sit spot on the east wall of the house.

Next: another long weekend.  We are enjoying the short work weeks between tourist season and the soon to arrive fall clean up and bulb season.

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

The weather turned out as good as predicted.  I hoped to cross two mulching projects off of the work board by the end of the day.

The Depot Restaurant

Before we could acquire mulch, we had to do the rest of the fall clean up at the Depot garden, including taking the hops down from the dining deck lattice.

Chef Michael asked for an extra project, clearing a narrow area between deck and wall of bamboo so that a repairman could get in to fix the heater.

Fortunately, Allan could fit in the narrow passageway.  I am not sure I could have.  Well, I could have fit, but not worked easily.

Allan's photos: passage of chopped bamboo

Allan’s photos: passage of chopped bamboo, before


after

after

Allan did the inside passage to the dining deck.

before

before


me working on the outside

me working on the outside


inside, after

inside, after


outside, before

outside, before

All the bare, strangely textured stiff stems of hops have to be clipped and teased out through the lattice.

after

after

I had been hoping to be able to get, say, five bales of Gardner and Bloome compost from the Planter Box for this mulching project.  As soon as I was reviewed it, I realized I would need a full yard of Soil Energy from all the way up at Peninsula Landscape Supply.

Long Beach

We just had time to do some clean up of a lavatera and some perennials at Long Beach city hall on the way.

LB City Hall (west side) with more clean up done.

LB City Hall (west side) with more clean up done.


pulling some Crocosmia 'Lucifer' at Coulter Park

pulling some Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ at Coulter Park


after

after

We divested ourselves of today’s debris and headed north to

Peninsula Landscape Supply

plenty of Soil Energy on hand.  (Allan's photo)

plenty of Soil Energy on hand. (Allan’s photo)

“This light, absorbent and nutrient rich manufactured soil provides an excellent medium to grow grass, bedding plants, shrubs, roses, and fruit trees. It is our lightest and most free draining soil with great fertility and growth characteristics. This works as well in your deck’s planter boxes as it does in your landscape beds. You can plant straight into it or use it as a soil amendment added to your existing soil to give it a boost and improve its drain-ability. Soil energy combines composted wood products, aged screened sawdust, screened sand, composted chicken manure, lime, fertilizer and iron. (pH 6.2, brown tan in color, 38.9% organic matter)”

One of two scoops being loaded into our little trailer.

One of two scoops being loaded into our little trailer.


Lots of other hardscaping material for sale, including oyster shells.  (Allan's photo)

Lots of other hardscaping material for sale, including oyster shells. (Allan’s photo)


one yard, tarped and ready to hit the road (Allan's photo)

one yard, tarped and ready to hit the road (Allan’s photo)

back to The Depot Restaurant

a thick layer of mulch applied, bucket by bucket over the log

a thick layer of mulch, applied bucket by bucket over the log


luscious

luscious


Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' can now be seen.

Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’ can now be seen.


ornamental grasses on the east side of the dining deck

ornamental grasses on the east side of the dining deck

We had time to go the Dennis Company in Long Beach and buy two bales of Gardner and Bloome for the pocket garden at the kite musuem.

across the street from Dennis Company

across the street from Dennis Company

World Kite Museum

one of two tightly compressed bales

one of two tightly compressed bales


with mulch applied

with mulch applied

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World Kite Museum

World Kite Museum

Rather to my surprise, we had time to tidy up the planters along Sid Snyder drive (just north of the kite museum).

Allan's photos:  The one with crocosmia, before...

Allan’s photos: The one with crocosmia, before…


and after.  Crocosmia was planted years before by a volunteer.

and after. Crocosmia was planted years before by a volunteer.

Our friends Steve and John of the Bayside Garden drove by while we were working but we didn’t see. Steve snapped this photo downtown showing a color match by one of the planters:

Photo by Steve McCormick, cropped close by me


On our way to a near dusk debris offload, we pulled a few more clumps of crocosmia from the parking lot berms.  
a large mushroom on the parking lot berm (Allan's photo)

a large mushroom on the parking lot berm (Allan’s photo)

I had time at home to write up one blog post before going to dinner at

The Cove Restaurant

where we were joined at our usual North Beach Garden Gang dinner meeting by Our Kathleen, down for a long weekend.  All we local gardeners are just getting over property tax and quarterly sales tax payments so salad followed by fish tacos ($3 each!) was the order of the night.

2 fish tacos, filling and economical

2 fish tacos, filling and economical

As usual, we closed the place down and lingered for a bit more chatting in the parking lot.

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The work board lost four things today: two mulching projects and the fall clean up of city hall and the Depot.  Now the latter two get shifted into a new column: post frost clean up, whenever that might be.

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Not all jobs get a special post frost clean up.  The Depot has window boxes that need to be cleaned out after a freeze.

Tomorrow, I hope Ilwaco and the port and the boatyard will drop off the fall clean up list.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Nov 3:  Finished digging dahlias.  Cut down lily stalks in UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] and PBB [Patio Back Bed??]  Drove around Yelm paying bills, bank, Payless, Stock Market, and Gordon’s.  Bought 16 more pansies and more perennials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 22 Sept 2015

Still sleeping only six hours, and getting punchy.  I’ve read that old folks have trouble sleeping.  Uh oh.

After a productive but somber long weekend, I was glad to get back to work as it gives me a feeling of being worthwhile and making a positive difference in the world. 

project one: at the Ilwaco boatyard

While I pulled some horsetail and bindweed, Allan dug up eight big rootballs of bronze fennel from along the fence.  Two clumps of that miscanthus that we dug up from Time Enough books last week got planted along with a nice big shrubby hypericum, some sort of good one from my garden, not the annoying ground cover one.  (The extra plant became available during the shuffling around of plants over the weekend.)

While I pulled some horsetail and bindweed, Allan dug up eight big rootballs of bronze fennel from along the fence.

boatyard garden, looking north


I'm pleased with the second blooming of the echinops (blue globe thistle).

I’m pleased with the second blooming of the echinops (blue globe thistle).


santolina ready to clip?

santolina ready to clip?

Some of the santolinas are flopping open and have good center growth.  Once, when I pruned them in late autumn and a hard winter followed, I lost several.  I should find time in the next couple of weeks to clip these while the weather is still mild, even though that will make the boatyard garden less showy.

pruning at The Anchorage Cottages

Because we were heading up to Peninsula Landscape Supply, where we can dump some debris, we did more pruning at The Anchorage today.

Look who came running to see me! My dear friend Mitzu.

Look who came running to see me! My dear friend Mitzu.


We must have a close-up!

We must have a close-up!


before (Allan's photo): the target was the flowering quince in the corner.

before (Allan’s photo): the target was the flowering quince in the corner.


Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photos, before


and after, with access for building maintenace, window washing, and air circulation

and after, with access for building maintenace, window washing, and air circulation


It is so hard to see, but there is a new Japanese maple in front of the second window from the left that will grow up and replace the privacy lost when we pruned the viburnum last week.

It is so hard to see, but there is a new Japanese maple in front of the second window from the left that will grow up and replace the privacy lost when we pruned the viburnum last week.

I pecked away at the shade border by cottage 8 in order to remove some plants that I dislike: sweet woodruff and lady’s mantle.

Here was that bed on September 1st.

Here was that bed on September 1st.


and after I got done with it today.

and after I got done with it today.


There's a chelone start in there now (pink turtlehead) that should be a delight next dall.

There’s a chelone start in there now (pink turtlehead) that should be a delight next fall.


lower lawn with Cryptomeria and pampas grass

lower lawn with Cryptomeria and pampas grass

We learned later in day that pampas grass, Cortaderia selloana, has just been added to the Washington State noxious weed list.

The Planter Box

To continue with last week’s project of re-doing two Long Beach planters, we shopped at The Planter Box for some lavender, sea thrift, and creeping thyme for the planters we dug out last week.

entry display at The Planter Box

entry display at The Planter Box


Allan's photo

marigolds and celosia (Allan’s photo)


Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spring'

Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spring’  (I was taking photos for the Planter Box Facebook page.)


Rose 'Joseph's Coat'

Rose ‘Joseph’s Coat’

I had been thinking of mail ordering Joseph’s Coat for the new front garden arbor, and here it was in a large pot and four feet tall.  So I bought it.  This was my mother’s favourite rose.  She had three of them in her garden, two of which were transplanted to Golden Sands Assisted Living when she moved there in 2009.  In her memory, I wanted one and now I have one.

plants for Long Beach. Friends will know the headband means I have a headache or am trying to keep one at bay. Today, it was raging all day long.

plants for Long Beach. Friends will know the cold wet headband means I have a headache or am trying to keep one at bay. Today, it was raging all day long.  Our Kathleen is the one friend who always recognizes what a headband means!


Teresa gave me a much appreciated 'Carnival Limeade' heuchera for my collection.

Teresa gave me a much appreciated ‘Carnival Limeade’ heuchera for my collection.

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Colleen loaded us up with a yard of Soil Energy.

Colleen loaded us up with a yard of Soil Energy.


She observed that our little trailer has served us well.

She observed that our little trailer has served us well.

We talked about retirement.  She and Mike would love to sell the supply yard and garden center and retire.  Allan and I hope to further semi-retire when he turns 66 in 3.5 years.  (To stay ahead of poverty, we will probably still do some work.  Besides, should I live so long, I’ll need gardens to blog about.  We won’t be able to afford garden touring if we try to live on social security alone.)

mulching at Time Enough Books

It took 2/3 of a yard of mulch for the curbside garden at Time Enough.  The river rocks that are still in there got buried; they are sure to resurface over time as the garden gets weeded.

Before: the soil may look like nice scree, but it is hard packed grey sandy rubble, mostly.

Before: the soil may look like nice scree, but it is hard packed grey sandy rubble, almost like concrete.


My eryngiums struggle here while beach strawberry thrives.

My eryngiums struggle here while only beach strawberry thrives.


pulling beach strawberry, and buried quite a lot of it to deal with later.

pulled some beach strawberry, and buried quite a lot of it to deal with later.


after

after


after, with two new penstemons and an Eryngium 'Blue Glitter' added where we dug the grass out last week.

after, with two new penstemons and an Eryngium ‘Blue Glitter’ added where we dug the grass out last week.


after

after

more mulching at home

Four buckets of mulch goes back to Long Beach (because I borrowed some last week to mulch where the grass came out) and the rest went into my garden, in some areas where I have been expanding beds.  While I wheelbarrowed mulch, Allan kindly planted my new rose.

Allan's photo: I had put a rock to show him where the rose would go.

Allan’s photo: I had put a rock to show him where the rose would go.


Allan's photo: Joseph's Coat in place.

Allan’s photo: Joseph’s Coat in place.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo, expanded bed

Allan’s photo, expanded bed


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Here’s something exciting: The colchicum corm that Todd gave us is blooming; I really did not think it was going to take because I accidentally dug it up once during the course of the summer.

Colchicum 'Tenor'

Colchicum ‘Tenor’


Another Todd plant

Another Todd plant


and another that surprised me by coming up after I'd given up on it

and another that surprised me by coming up after I’d given up on it

It is a great friend who gives us plants that we have never even heard of before!  I had to read up on Chlorophytum bowkeri.

Later in the evening: The project list has been further shortened.  I moved the cutting back of beach approach roses to very early spring 2016 (thus already beginning next year’s list).

the work board tonight

the work board tonight

The routine fall clean up list is much shorter than it used to be since Dave and Melissa have Casa Pacifica and the Boreas Inn and Flowering Hedge Design (Shelly and Terran) have Erin’s garden and Ann’s garden and Discovery Heights…all former jobs of ours that we are glad to have passed into good hands.

Tomorrow: the north end rounds, AND we have been invited to see a garden I’ve wanted to see for a long time; I don’t know if I will be given permission to blog about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Ilwaco

The day began windy as we checked on the Howerton Street gardens by the port buildings.  I planted a few cosmos on the south side of the port office, where the weather was lovely and still.

Port Office and Don Nisbett Gallery with baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

Port Office and Don Nisbett Gallery with baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

 

the marina

the marina

 

Allan's photo, as he was weeding the Time Enough Books curbside garden

Allan’s photo, as he was weeding the Time Enough Books curbside garden: beach strawberry

As soon as I got back around to Howerton, on the north side of the buildings, I was again in the full force of a cold 23 mph wind.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' hunkered down below a lavender

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ hunkered down below a lavender

All the plants in the Howerton gardens that I’ve put in over the last couple of years are low, to avoid blocking traffic sightlines, and wind and drought resistant.  They do need some watering to look their best.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Nepeta 'Walker's Low'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’

The Depot Restaurant

We watered the garden as the wind is most drying, and the sprinkler system does not include the new area, and added a 6 pack of Cosmos ‘Antiquity’.

cos

The garden remains mostly green, so far.

The garden remains mostly green, so far.

I chopped back a misshapen rhododendron that, now that its five or so flowers are done, was adding nothing good to the picture.  The rhodo here used to be huge, and was cut back to allow space for summer colour that would show from a block away.

On the south side of the deck, the tall grasses are growing in a not-impressive speed.  I should put up a pole with markers on it, like a water level marking pole, to keep track of progress.

Grasses planted to enclose the dining deck.

More grasses were planted to enclose the dining deck.

Long Beach

First, we added some Cosmos ‘Rubenza’ to the new garden at Veterans Field.

Allan watered the stage planters.

Allan watered the stage planters.

We set out to water the Long Beach street trees and planters.  This would be the first time round for this year’s watering of the tree gardens.  It is always difficult at the beginning because a lot of the sunken hose connections will have filled in with dirt.

Under a tree: there actually is a hose connection that is buried.

Under a tree: there actually is a hose connection that is buried.

 

Allan had to clear out 18 of these, one under each tree, to get his quick connect faucet working.

Allan had to clear out 18 of these, one under each tree, to get his quick connect faucet working.

You might wonder why the hose pipes are not up above the ground.  This will make Long Beach sound like a rough and tough place, which it is not…but vandals will kick over and break hose pipes that are above the ground.  (That’s what happens to the electrical boxes that sit above ground for plugging in holiday lights.)

Allan's photo: me hauling hose and bucket past one of the tree gardens.  I am sure I was wishing that rugosa rose had been pulled out the first time it appeared in there.

Allan’s photo: me hauling hose and bucket past one of the tree gardens. I am sure I was wishing that rugosa rose had been pulled out the first time it appeared in there.  And yet, it will be pretty.

As I watered the planters, with a hose end sprayer applying the blue stuff (not organic fertilizer, I am sorry to say, as it proved to be too expensive and too time consuming for these planters), I admired some reseeded California poppies.

burnt orange California poppies

burnt orange California poppies, with one white one

In the same planter, my head just about exploded when I saw this:

HOLEY MOLEY!

HOLEY MOLEY!

The photo does not do justice to the sad fact that that is an actual hole in the soil where someone stole a blue agastache, and did not even fill in the spot, leaving ONE formerly matched blue agastache on the other side of the light pole, now throwing my scheme off balance and infuriating me.  I immediately called The Basket Case.  Fred had one left of that special blue one with dark leaves (Estella Indigo) and will save it for me.  Why do I never actually see these plant thieves in action?  Do they do their thieving in the early morning or dead of night?  Do they have any idea how upsetting it is to have a planting scheme ruined?  DO THEY THINK I DON’T NOTICE?  Sometimes I ponder deeply, WHY did we quit almost all our private jobs, where plants do NOT get stolen, to focus almost entirely on public gardens?

Allan happened to walk by just as I was calling Basket Case Fred.

Allan happened to walk by just as I was calling Basket Case Fred, with the sad hole of missing plant behind me.

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

In other public gardening news:  Just as I began my watering rounds, I saw a nice young couple plop their very large baby carriage right onto one of the tree gardens and enter a restaurant.  I followed them in and nicely (really!) said, “Could you please not park your carriage in the tree garden?”  The nice young man came right out and moved it, to the place right next to the bench where there was plenty of room, and I wondered…why?  About halfway through the round of watering, I saw a young man tie up his handsome boxer dog right in a tree garden, one that we had recently cleared of some too vigorous plants, so it possibly just looked bare to him.  It actually has plants trying to fill in, and some seeds. The dog was pacing and pulling, looking for his guy.

a very handsome fellow

a very handsome fellow

I followed the young man into a restaurant and said “Excuse me, could you please not tie your dog in the tree garden?”  “He’ll be all right!” said the young man.  “I’m sure he will, and he is a beautiful dog, but he can’t stay in the garden.”  The fellow came out and untied the dog; I showed him an alternative spot to tie the “very handsome” dog, on the side of the building, but instead they just walked on.

Allan's photo of an adorable little dog who was NOT in a tree garden.

Allan’s photo of an adorable little dog who was NOT in a tree garden.

Meanwhile, the wind whipped along with all its cold northern bluster so we felt like we were shoving back against a big bully all day.

Veterans Field, where the flag poles clanked in the wind and I weeded the little garden.

Veterans Field, where the flag poles clanked in the wind and I weeded the little garden.

 

I was thrilled to see that Salvia patens, a tender perennial, has returned in the flag plaza garden.

I was thrilled to see that Salvia patens, a tender perennial, has returned in the flag plaza garden.

 

31 July, Salvia patens in front of Funland

31 July 2012, Salvia patens in front of Funland

 

One last freaky narcissus bloomed by the carousel.

One last freaky narcissus bloomed in the planter by the carousel.

 

gunnera by the pond in Fifth Street Park

gunnera by the pond in Fifth Street Park

 

Fifth Street Park with memorial bench

Fifth Street Park with memorial bench

After all that, I realized toward the end that the colour in my sprayer of blue stuff had not altered enough.  It had BEGUN by bubbling properly inside, and then I had not monitered it well, so the hose end fertilizer sprayer (just a bit more of a struggle than plain watering) will have to be used again next time.  Drat.

With Long Beach watered, we went on to an evening visit to:

Anchorage Cottages

The Anchorage after hours

The Anchorage after hours

 

Allan's photo: He still can't finish pruning the viburnums at the Anchorage.

Allan’s photo: He still can’t finish pruning the viburnums at the Anchorage.

and then finally to our traditional Thursday evening dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

I think that because we are switching to watering Ilwaco planters with the water trailer, we will soon be alternating between Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Cove.  Wednesdays is Noodle Night and should be fun and satisfactory although Fish Taco Thursday is still our favourite.  (Chef Jason makes an awesome noodle bowl.)

The Cove Restaurant entry garden

The Cove Restaurant entry garden, orange rose, orange California poppies

 

Owner Sondra is in the know that California poppies don't just come in orange.

Owner Sondra is in the know that California poppies don’t just come in orange.

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

Allan's photo: most welcome hard apple cider (and checking in on Facebook)

Allan’s photo: most welcome hard apple cider (and checking in on Facebook)

What a relief to get out of the wind! We had been hoping that Melissa and Dave of Sea Star Landscape Maintenance could join us but they were still well stuck into a pruning job and could not get away.

I decided on Lomo Saltado tonight.

I decided on Lomo Saltado tonight, and Allan chose the vegetable stir fry (with chicken).

 

Lomo Saltado

Lomo Saltado

 

noodle bowl

noodle bowl

In the background of the noodle bowl, you can see Steve and John of the Bayside Garden, dining with Rainier and Darlene, who are also friends with Garden Tour Nancy.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

our view of the Peninsula Golf Course

our view of the Peninsula Golf Course

 

As we left, Parking Lot Cat was hoping to slither in and tour the dining room for pets.

As we left, Parking Lot Cat was hoping to slither in and tour the dining room for some petting.

 

Allan's photo: my good friend PLC

Allan’s photo: my good friend PLC

Friday, 5 July 2015

Ilwaco

We watered the post office garden....so dry from the wind (even though it is sheltered by the building).

We watered the post office garden….so dry from the wind (even though it is sheltered by the building).

Even though we had sworn off bucket watering the Ilwaco planters, we still did not have time for Allan to get out the water trailer, so we gathered bucket water to do two intersections of planters that had not been done for a few days.  In this wind, they could not wait.  Despite blue skies, the wind was miserably cold at about 25 per hour.

boatyard garden, from inside while filling the buckets

boatyard garden, from inside while filling 8 buckets

looking south from Eagle and First

looking south from Eagle and First

a First Avenue stray

a First Avenue stray

Long Beach

As we drove north to Long Beach, we saw the fog rolling in so now not only was the wind cold, but also the air itself.  We dumped yesterday’s debris at city works and filled up buckets from our pile of Soil Energy to mulch some areas at City Hall where the soil seemed thin and compacted.

Allan's photo: a killdeer at the city works yard

Allan’s photo: a killdeer at the city works yard

 

City Hall, west side

City Hall, west side, mulched

 

and north side, mulched

and north side, mulched

My mission, since expanding a garden bed at home on Monday, has been to find time to get myself a yard of Soil Energy to fill up the new area and plant the ladies in waiting.  The plan for today had been to spend three afternoon hours getting another section of the beach approach garden weeded and then get the mulch, perhaps even coming back to finish the beach approach section if need be.  We also had to pick up a replacement for the stolen agastache whose absence I discovered in a planter yesterday.  I could not bear the wind and cold and suggested to Allan that we give up our day off Monday in hope that the weather would be better for the beachy job then. He agreed, so we were off to the nurseries.

The Basket Case Greenhouse

Our stop at the Basket Case was brief and to the point.  The weather there was lovely, blue sky, nary a heavy breeze.  I pondered how over the years we have resigned from four bayside gardens in order to focus on public and resort gardens, which are all on the west side in the wind.

in the greenhouse, one of Nancy's planted pots

in the greenhouse, one of Nancy’s planted pots

Peninsula Landscape Supply…

….is the source of Soil Energy mulch.

and grasses and perennials

and grasses and perennials

As our trailer got its load of Soil Energy, the fog and wind arrived on the bayside as well.  We headed home, with the hope of getting the rest of the afternoon off; we would make up three hours of work time on Monday, I figured.  However, on the way south, I drove by one of our gardens and a plant in a roadside barrel screamed out to me that it was thirsty.  I called the business owner, who was out of town and could not water.  By then, we were about 20 blocks south of the plant, so we had to turn around and go back and water six containers.  I won’t say where because I don’t want to embarrass anyone. I am promised regular watering from now on….

The reddish dry leaves of this Erysimum had screamed out to me.  I am not sure it will revive; it may need to be replaced.

The reddish dry leaves of this Erysimum had screamed out to me. I am not sure it will revive; it may need to be replaced in order for this planter to look good for the rest of the summer.

This sucked up enough time that we were no longer getting done with work three hours early.

home

The yard of soil needed to go into the new beds out by the bogsy woods, and a very scary proposition it was with the wind.  I found that a large dead alder branch had already come down right where I needed to dump most of my wheelbarrows. The wind’s intensity felt like a winter storm.

As I loaded up one barrowful, I saw another big branch fall in Nora’s back yard.  I ended up just dumping and not spreading the mulch, and could not plant any of the ladies in waiting because it was just too dangerous.

I went out at dusk to take a few after photos:

looking south between east and middle bed

looking south between east and middle bed; the wind was roaring in the alder grove.

 

the newly expanded shade bed

the newly expanded shade bed

 

the big branch that had come down on that bed before I mulched

the big branch that had come down on that bed before I mulched.  No campfires in this weather!

 

Smokey followed me out and back in.

Smokey followed me out and back in.

When I returned to the front door, I saw a gift bag on the porch.  Inside was this:

The very pitcher that I had pictured in my blog, from the NIVA green shop in Long Beach!

The very pitcher that I had pictured in my blog, from the NIVA green shop in Long Beach!

 

It reminds me of these gold pieces; the teacups and the teapot were my grandma's.

It reminds me of these gold pieces; the teacups and the teapot were my grandma’s.

It took me two days of investigation to track down who had brought it to me; thank you again, Lisa!

I hoped for better weather on the weekend as I so very much wanted to get some ladies in waiting planted.  However, the forecast called for wind on Saturday and I’d already canceled a potential campfire with our Kathleen and turned it into a sit down restaurant dinner plan instead.  I was anticipating a visit from two garden bloggers from Portland in the afternoon and had just learned of a potential garden tour on Sunday. The poor ladies in waiting might have to wait some more.

about a mile southwest of us

wind graph about a mile southwest of us.  (I don’t know what the blue line is.)

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Monday, 30 March 2015

March 30 was my Grandma’s birthday.  She was my caregiver, mentor, friend, inspiration, and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her.  I made a post about it on Facebook:

Gram

You can read about her garden (which later became mine), here.

So….today….I had thought that we might perhaps take the day off so that I could do more weeding at home.  However, the dreaded task of mulching the Golden Sands garden weighed heavily upon my mind, and Allan said he thought it was on the agenda for today so…we did it.

Tulips in our garden at the Ilwaco Post Office

Tulips in our garden at the Ilwaco Post Office

Tulip 'Virichic'

Tulip ‘Virichic’ and one other at the Ilwaco Post Office

Peninsula Landscape Supply

coming in for some Soil Energy (Allan's photo)

coming in for some Soil Energy (Allan’s photo)

getting a yard of Soil Energy at Peninsula Landscape Supply

getting a yard of Soil Energy at Peninsula Landscape Supply

It was a generous pour.

It was a generous pour.

The pile is new, and somewhat hot.  We watered it down when we used it at the Port of Ilwaco office garden.  Today, in a layer on the Golden Sands garden, it would not be too hot.  But don’t ever plant straight into pure hot mulch; let it cool for a day or two.  One of the other bulk items sold by Peninsula Landscape Supply is hemlock bark; if I were to apply any sort of bark it would be this, because it is brown rather than red.

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an appealing colour

I'm also a fan of their three sizes of river rock.

I’m also a fan of their three sizes of river rock.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

We drove slowly to Golden Sands as the yard of Soil Energy had been such a generous pour.  I wanted a photo to show how we park by the door at the SW corner of the assisted living center because it is a closer trip to the garden courtyard door.  Allan looks like he is saying something grumpy, but he isn’t.  Behind him is a mowed airplane runway which is rarely if ever used but is kept mowed apparently just in case an emergency landing is needed by a small plane.  We had already had some excitement on the job.  To access this particular door, I have to ask a staff member to open it from the inside, and this time the alarm sounded so there had been a lot of hustling about to get it turned off before anyone got anxious.

heading for the now unlocked fire door

heading for the now unlocked fire door

We had the small red wheelbarrow and the big grey one in play.  I would stay in the courtyard weeding and spreading the mulch while Allan brought it.  (Fortunately it was dry and thus very lightweight.)

“Soil energy combines composted wood products, aged screened sawdust, screened sand, composted chicken manure, lime, fertilizer and iron. (pH 6.2, brown tan in color, 38.9% organic matter).”

To get to the courtyard, we must wheelbarrow down half a long carpeted hallway.  If we came in the front door, as we usually do, the hallway trip would be three times longer.

Allan's photo: I took in one wheelbarrow but couldn't open the courtyard door and also push the barrow through it.

Allan’s photo: I took in one wheelbarrow but couldn’t open the courtyard door and also push the barrow through it.

hall

Allan almost to the courtyard door.

I always think of this suspense book that is in my collection.

I always think of this young adult suspense book that is in my collection.

Backing out the door into the courtyard.  This door is heavy and won't prop open.

Backing out the door into the courtyard. This door is heavy and won’t prop open.

Google Earth of the building surrounding the courtyard.

Google Earth of the building surrounding the courtyard.

We started with the NW quadrant, the one where last time we brought mulch, we ran out partway through.

NW quadrant, just getting started.

NW quadrant, just getting started.

after, all nicey nice at last

after, all nicey nice at last

Next, my mom’s old garden.  This whole project of turning rough patches of weedy lawn into four garden beds began when she moved into assisted living in autumn of 2009.

"Mom's garden", the NE quadrant, before

“Mom’s garden”, the NE quadrant, before

After the mulch was all down, I planted seeds of California and Shirley and assorted other poppies.  I planted lots of ‘Copper Pot’ California poppies in mom’s quadrant, because she loved copper and collected decorative copper items.

NE quadrant, after...

NE quadrant, after…My mother lived in the room with the center window.

I felt a little verklempt while planting the seeds.

I felt a little verklempt while planting the seeds.

The beds at the south end of the courtyard did not need as much mulch.  There is never quite enough to fully cover all four beds, and they had gotten the most last time.

SE bed before

SE bed before

and after.

and after.

I had to lift and gently replant a peony from Mary Beth as you cannot put too much soil on a peony or it won’t bloom; I hope it doesn’t mind.

SW quadrant before

SW quadrant before

SW after

SW after

The beds have a lot of vigorous plants…too vigorous sometimes.  .  It started as a purely volunteer project so I was using whatever plants (within reason) that I could get for free (and then it turned into a paid job with “grandma rates”, i.e. we give a discount in honour of the elder residents).  Yellow Lysimachia punctata, some running yarrow,  and probably too many Sweet Williams are in the garden beds.  The bad aster is also in there, one plant that I most decidedly did not bring in.  Another that I would never have planted is the terribly invasive lily of the valley, and I found a few sprouts of it today and eliminated them post haste.  So with all those vigorous plants, it’s hard to find spots to add seeds.  I did my best.

It felt grand to have the job done at last.  I don’t quite know why I dread it so much, since Allan does the hallway wheelbarrowing.  I think it is because I like to come and go without any fuss, and having to go to the desk and ask to have the door unlocked, and then worrying about getting the carpet dirty are both things I fret about, just a bit.

We had time to do some work in Long Beach in the late afternoon.

Long Beach

We started by getting 13 buckets of mulch from our pile at city works.  I returned a fortuitously timed phone call from Todd, who was asking about some plants at the Wiegardt Gallery garden, which is now his job.  So Allan scooped all the soil into the buckets on his own while I mentally walked with Todd through the Wiegardt garden.  Thanks, Todd, that was a well timed conversation.

I had two red flowering plants, a Penstemon and a Monarda, to plant in the new Veterans Field bed.  There are enough plants in it now to cross “plant memorial bed” off the work list, although I will still be on the lookout for a few more red, white, or blue plants.  Right next to the new garden is some asphalt with horsetail coming through it, and I see a sprout or two in the garden so I fear it will become a weeding chore.

accursed horsetail right next to the garden

accursed horsetail right next to the garden

Tulip 'Rococo' in the garden

Tulip ‘Rococo’ in the garden

Tulip 'Peppermint Stick'

Tulip ‘Peppermint Stick’

inside 'Peppermint Stick

inside ‘Peppermint Stick

'Peppermint Stick' has cunningly wavy foliage.

‘Peppermint Stick’ has cunningly wavy foliage.

a small cupped narcissi

a small cupped narcissi

I love the small cupped kinds.

I love the small cupped kinds.

I can usually count on Tulip ‘Rococo’ to be in bloom for the city parade the first Sunday in May.  THIS year, it is blooming before the end of March.

'Rococo' and many other late flowering tulips are early this year.

‘Rococo’ and many other late flowering tulips are early this year.

I planted a few remaining seeds of California Poppy ‘Ivory Castle’.  Meanwhile, Allan was weeding the curved bed by the flag pavilion.  I joined him weeding, then mulching.

before

before

after

after

Here’s a funny thing: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ has reseeded itself with about five new very welcome plants.  But the foliage is different.

Sapphire Blue sea holly has serrated leaves (not brushed off yet)...

Sapphire Blue sea holly has serrated leaves (not brushed off yet)…

The seedling leaves a bigger and plainer. As long as they are Eryngiums, they are fine by me.

The seedling leaves a bigger and plainer. As long as they are Eryngiums, they are fine by me.

I planted a few more California Poppy 'Red Chief' and 'Carmine King'.

I planted a few more California Poppy ‘Red Chief’ and ‘Carmine King’.

all nicely mulched

all nicely mulched

Allan uses a broom to sweep dirt off leaves and level the mulch.

Allan uses a broom to sweep dirt off leaves and level the mulch.

We had one more project in Long Beach: to plant assorted California and Shirley poppies in the big pop out which Allan had finished weeding while I was at Sylvia Beach Hotel.

now full of seeds, and some lily and dutch iris bulbs

now full of seeds, and some lily and dutch iris bulbs

The job was slightly miserable as a 20 mph wind had come up.  Who will win, the rugusa rose roots still lurking or the poppy seeds and lilies?

Allan's photo trying to show the wind via flags.

Allan’s photo trying to show the wind via flags.

Ilwaco

We were done in Long Beach with enough light left to do a bit of gardening at home.  On the way, we did some light deadheading on one block of Ilwaco street trees and planters.

narcissi in a planter

narcissi in a planter

simplex2

Pretty sure the small cupped one is Narcissus jonquilla simplex. Love it, and it is fragrant.

More flowers bloom in the windows of art galleries on the block.  Penny Treat Gallery

More flowers bloom in the windows of art galleries on the block.  Penny Treat gallery (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

 

 

 

And in the window of Azure salon, the poster for the rhodie tour:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I was mighty tired by now.  And yet the huge shotweeds in my garden were on my mind, and I swore I would get at least one bucket of them weeded out of the middle bed.

admiring a dog tooth violet by our driveway

admiring a dog tooth violet by our driveway

a tulip almost blown

a tulip almost blown

an accidental colour combination

an accidental colour combination

middle bed before

middle bed before

The wind was chilly and unpleasant.  But despite that, reader, I got three buckets of shotweed out.  The other weeds are not so quick to throw seeds everywhere, and I got the shotweed before it reached the point of pinging me in the eyes with its small sharp seeds.  (That’s why one of its common names is Jumping Jesus.)

after...not done, but better

after…not done, but better

I even got some of the shotweed in the east bed and felt proud of myself for preservering.

This spot had been huge shotweeds taller than the lily bulbs.

This spot had been huge shotweeds taller than the lily bulbs.

Allan had done some strimming while I weeded and we both retreated to the house as the wind increased further.  We are surely due for a stormy day off tomorrow, perhaps time to read one of my stack of library books.

I was able to erase several things from the work board…and added the two big projects that are next in line (along with regular maintenance) and which must be done in April this year (I hope): weeding the parking lot berms and the Bolstadt beach approach.  I thought if I put down the numbers of the sections of each job, it would give me the pleasure of more frequent erasures.  Each of the 13 sections of the beach approach garden takes three or more hours.

revised work board

revised work board; I can still count backwards

 

 

 

 

 

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