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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Mike’s garden

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

weeded the path, did some watering

weeded the path, did some watering

Mike's oriental poppy

Mike’s oriental poppy

lots of pizzazz

lots of pizzazz

boxwood and pulmonaria

boxwood and pulmonaria

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

floppy globe thistle

floppy globe thistle

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

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

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

The Depot Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

Long Beach

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

yellow bidens along the front edge

yellow bidens along the front edge

white bacopa along the back edge

white bacopa along the back edge

both sides now

both sides now (with blue bacopa along the sidewalk)

Andersen’s RV Park

First, we weeded the road box.

First, we weeded the road box.

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

today's garden areas

today’s garden areas

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

barrels and RVS

barrels and RVs

the west bed

the west bed

The poppy field has popped.

The poppy field has popped.

looking east toward the house and office

looking east toward the house and office

looking west toward the ocean

looking west toward the ocean

some pink California poppies mixed in

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

one of Allan's projects, before

one of Allan’s projects, before

after

after

before

before

after

after

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

The picket fence garden

The picket fence garden

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

The sweet peas are looking happy and full of potential.

The sweet peas are looking happy and full of potential.

Asiatic lilies:  Landini or Blackout

Asiatic lilies: Landini or Blackout

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

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

the garden shed garden

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

The Anchorage Cottages

Anchorage, near the Cove Restaurant at the Golf Course

Anchorage, near the Cove Restaurant at the Golf Course

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calla lilies on the north wall

Calla lilies on the north wall

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

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

center courtyard

center courtyard

happy, fertilized plants in the center courtyard containers

happy, fertilized plants in the center courtyard containers

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (blue potato vine)

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine)

I hope the fertilizer inspires the window box plants.

I hope the fertilizer inspires the window box plants.

office courtyard

office courtyard

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

before

before

This involved bending and crawling.

This involved bending and crawling.

after

after

Boreas Inn

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

Boreas Inn and its trail to the beach.

Boreas Inn and its trail to the beach.

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

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

looking west to beach trail

looking west to beach trail

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

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

and Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

and Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

but not all the Eryngiums, thank goodness.

but not all the Eryngiums, thank goodness.

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

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

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

The Cove Restaurant

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

menu

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

Jason's scallops

Jason’s scallops

with tiny Peruvian peppers

with tiny, sweet Peruvian peppers

Tom kha soup

tom kha soup

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

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

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PLC is a star!

PLC is a star!

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 30 May 2015

I’ll tell you a secret: On a day off, I would rather not even leave my property, so sometimes going to the Saturday market on a Saturday off is a self imposed chore.  I do reward myself for taking photos for Discover Ilwaco by buying myself a Pink Poppy Bakery treat.

at home

Frosty all set for a day at home...

Frosty all set for a day at home…


So is Mary, by the gardening tools I had set out for later.

So is Mary, by the gardening tools I had set out for later.

I had much that I wanted to do in the garden.  Before the market jaunt, I indulged in some garden admiration.

My new Penstemon davidsonii in my mini-scree garden

My new Penstemon davidsonii in my mini-scree garden


another happy little scree plant

another happy little scree plant


one from Todd

one from Todd


and another from Todd

and another from Todd


and a scrim of picture perfect horsetail over all

and a scrim of picture perfect horsetail over all (to be attended to soon)


Paul's Himalayan Musk rose

Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose


Rosa moyesii and Stipa gigantea

Rosa moyesii and Stipa gigantea


Rosa moyesii from Joy Creek Nursery

Rosa moyesii from Joy Creek Nursery


Rosa moyesii 'Geranium';  Reader, I bought one.

Rosa moyesii ‘Geranium’ at Joy Creek Nursery


a yellow rose which I could identify if I spent some time with the Heirloom Roses catalog.

a pinky yellow rose which I could identify if I spent some time with the Heirloom Roses catalog.


The Geranium 'Rozanne River' has gotten ridiculously tall.

The Geranium ‘Rozanne River’ has gotten ridiculously tall.


In Allan's garden...what is it?

In Allan’s garden…what is it?


Love this mystery flower.

Love this mystery flower on a long stem….


The three year old Bartlett pear tree in Allan's garden has ONE pear.  That might mean there IS another pear tree in the neighbourhood.

The three year old Bartlett pear tree in Allan’s garden has ONE pear. That might mean there IS another pear tree in the neighbourhood.

to market

As I walked the two blocks to the market, I saw the tall ship looming behind the Ilwaco pavilion building.

Lady Washington

Lady Washington

I walked from one end of the market to the other, taking photos.

flower pots at the Willapa Crafts booth

flower pots at the Willapa Crafts booth


Willapa Crafts

Willapa Crafts


De Asis produce

De Asis produce


roses at a plant booth

roses at a plant booth


Adorable dogs made the trip worthwhile.

Adorable dogs made the trip worthwhile.


I fell in love with this little one.

I fell in love with this little one.


I wish I had captured the perfect brown spot on the top of this sweet long haired dachsund's head.

I wish I had captured the perfect brown spot on the top of this sweet long haired dachsund’s head.

Some passersby admired the alliums at the Port Office garden and wanted to know what they are.  I told them about some good bulb catalogs.  They insisted that Michigan Bulb Co or Brecks were best because they replace anything that doesn’t grow.

Alliums in the Port Garden

Alliums in the Port Garden

I am not there to argue, so I let it go, but trust me, you will get bigger bulbs from Van Engelen or John Scheepers and Todd recommends Brent and Becky’s Bulbs as having excellent bulbs.

Here was my reward from Pink Poppy Bakery

Here was my reward from Pink Poppy Bakery


a beautiful Pink Poppy pie

a beautiful Pink Poppy pie


Salt Hotel remodel is coming along well, due to open at the beginning of July.

Salt Hotel remodel is coming along well, due to open at the beginning of July.

Just as I got to the end of the market and was about to go home, I heard someone yelling at me, “Delete that photo!”  I turned to see a new vendor, who had chased me two storefronts down saying I was stealing his art.  I am not going to pinpoint him by sharing the photo I took, but trust me, it shows his whole booth and is not in the least way a close up of his wares.  I think he got more than he bargained for, as I in turn gave him, in a calm tone (really!), my opinion that people take photos nowadays for blogs and Trip Advisor and Instagram and that anyone vending in a public market has to expect photos to be taken and that vendors simply must be kind to the tourists (which, for all he knew, I was).  I told him that he could ruin the day of a tourist who was happily taking photos to remember and share a good day, or perhaps to blog about the delights of the market.  I explained to him about the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page’s Saturday Market albums, and may have even said I would rather have stayed home today but that I am dedicated to promoting the market on social media. When he continued to loudly insist I delete the photo, I did not (of course).  I wonder if a tourist would have meekly complied, and I also wonder if he would have chased down a man his own size.  Feeling by then quite upset and shaken by his loudness, I walked all the way back to the other end where the market manager was, showed him the photo, and got his support and action on the matter.  It all sucked up another half hour of my precious gardening time, and later I wished I had just kept walking when the guy accosted me, and yet I wonder if he then would have grabbed my arm or something even more disconcerting than angry accusatory words.  I completely forgot my plan to take some photos of the tall ship Lady Washington; I went home and took awhile to recover, with a long written conversation back and forth with our Kathleen, who happened to be online and was most helpful.  I scarfed down the lemon treats from Pink Poppy without even savoring them as they should have been savored; at least I had the willpower to save the brownies to share with Allan after dinner.  My new resolve is I will continue to be the bellwether for how tourists are treated; for the most part, the market is a friendly and happy place and I intend to do my part to keep it that way by not being intimidated by one angry man.  (It would have been easy to use the incident as an excuse to just stay home on Saturdays from now on…since that is what I crave to do anyway.)  It’s not the first time that photography has been met with suspicion there, and I do understand how infuriating it is for vendors to feel someone might be taking a photo “because I could make that myself”.  However, next time there is any problem I am going to simply refer the concerned vendor to the market manager.

at home, at peace

When I finally got me arse back in gear after all that, I spent the afternoon into evening productively weeding out much dwarf fireweed and scrimmy horsetail.  Some gardening stream of consciousness:

At last, I can see the shapes of the plants unblurred by weeds.  Miscanthus variegatus is fantastic.

At last, I can see the shapes of the plants unblurred by weeds. Miscanthus variegatus is fantastic.


Japanese iris stunning, even in bud

Japanese iris stunning, even in bud


Why do I have so many daylilies?  This one is pretty good...

Why do I have so many daylilies? This one is pretty good…

daylily

but this one had better have a darned good flower or out it goes.

but this one had better have a darned good flower or out it goes.


I like the simple old fashioned yellow narrow buds on this one.

I like the simple old fashioned yellow narrow buds on this one.


I do think I have gone off this daylily, which I believe is 'Pardon Me'.

I do think I have gone off this daylily, which I believe is ‘Pardon Me’.

I need some of the fabulous new fringed and fancy daylily cultivars like I saw last summer at Floramagoria.

gold daylily and yarrow at Floramagoria last summer

gold daylily and yarrow at Floramagoria last summer


Dortmund rose, almost lost in honeysuckle, with snails

Dortmund rose, almost lost in honeysuckle, with snails


The pink rose that came with the house.

The pink rose that came with the house.


Under it is the perfect spot for some self-seeded Valerian.

Under it is the perfect spot for some self-seeded Valerian.


Still more Sedum 'Autumn Joy' had to go.

Still more Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ had to go.


Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (blue potato vine)

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine)


outside the gate....A day of stress redeemed by gardening.

outside the gate….A day of stress redeemed by gardening.

 

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

A large part of me did not want to leave my property at all on Saturday; however, it was Saturday Market day and I also knew that Luanne at Olde Towne Café needed some flowers.  So off I went soon after waking….

Past Tom and Judy's house...

Past Tom and Judy’s house…

Past Larry and Robert's house...

Past Larry and Robert’s house…

next door to the Post Office...

next door to the Post Office…

Down Lake Street to First, I turned and in half a block I found a treasure:

Allan had left his Felco clippers in one of the city planters and they were still there!

Allan had left his Felco clippers in one of the city planters and they were still there!

Luanne's bouquet from our garden...

Luanne’s bouquet from our garden…

with some Primula viallii

with some Primula viallii and some Sanguisorbas

Luanne had a new friend...

Luanne had a new friend…

Thor, six weeks old.

Thor, a very young bunny.

I was also smitten with, but resisted buying, these little boats.

I was also smitten with, but resisted buying, these little boats.

Finding the clippers, meeting Thor (who lives in rooms behind the café) and having a delicious breakfast panini made leaving the house worthwhile, as did a quick visit to Larry’s antique shop to get some Facebook photos.

On Spruce Street, Queen La De Da's new shop is not yet open but is still enhancing the sidewalk.

On Spruce Street, Queen La De Da’s new shop is not yet open but is still enhancing the sidewalk with baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse.

inside Larry's Antique Gallery Too!

inside Larry’s Antique Gallery Too!

Then, back home again for a brief regrouping…

liking our bright front garden from the street

liking our bright front garden from the street

with a nice flow of Geranium 'Rozanne' down the middle

with a nice flow of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ down the middle

with lilies

and another bed with lilies

I weeded and puttered at home and in the garden, accomplishing little of not other than cleaning off the living room table, whose papers had piled and piled during gardening season.  We are going on a little trip soon, and a friend will stay at our house to enjoy Ilwaco.  This is inspiring all sorts of clean up projects.

my major accomplishment of the day

my major accomplishment of the day

Then, after 3 in the afternoon, I walked around the corner and down to the market.

Past the abandoned garden on Advent Avenue

Past the abandoned garden on Advent Avenue

and the newly cleared ditch on the meander line

and the newly cleared ditch on the meander line

past the community college ( an annex to the one in Aberdeen)

past the community college ( an annex to the one in Aberdeen, WA)

between the cannery and the bank building

between the cannery and the bank building to the market

that mossy booth

that mossy booth

Back when I did the bank landscape, there would not have been a big blackberry!  (I quit because gardens of all "native" plants are not my thing.)

Back when I did the bank landscape, there would not have been a big blackberry! (I quit because gardens of all “native” plants are not my thing, and it did not pay well enough to make up for that.)

De Asis Produce, at the market every Saturday, and then at the Astoria Sunday Market

De Asis Produce, at the market every Saturday, and then at the Astoria Sunday Market

farm fresh produce

farm fresh produce

Astilbes for sale (one of my favourites for shade)

Astilbes for sale (one of my favourites for shade)

Marie Powell flower art

Marie Powell flower art

Those two had been admiring the Port Office garden close up.

Those two had been admiring the Port Office garden close up.

Three belly dancers from Painted Lady Lavender farm came to visit the Don Nisbett Gallery, and quite possible to promote their upcoming festival.

Three belly dancers from Painted Lady Lavender farm came to visit the Don Nisbett Gallery, and quite possible to promote their upcoming festival.

garden decor

garden decor

I got a cupcake with Chai frosting from Pink Poppy Bakery.

I got a cupcake with Chai frosting from Pink Poppy Bakery.

the cutest slippers from Heartfelt Handbags.

the cutest slippers from Heartfelt Handbags.

One of the reasons I had puttered at home for three hours before marketing was to have enough appetite for lunch from Canby Asparagus Farms and Tamales booth.

tamales

I follow my lunch, past the lost garden and around the corner to home.

I follow my lunch, past the lost garden and around the corner to home.

Later, I managed to accomplish just one other thing, planting the four tomatoes that I had bought at the Friday Farmers Market in Long Beach:  San Franciso Fog, Kimberly, Red Alert, and Sun Cherry tomatoes.  I added them to the Sweet 100s that I had acquired earlier.  All have small fruits, the only ones that are truly successful in our cool weather.

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Saturday was perhaps the least accomplished day of any non rainy day I’ve had this year.  I just could not seem to find much energy at all despite all the garden projects I want to do.  I truly do not look forward to leaving town for a few days; I hate to miss the time at home even though our plans are rather exciting (for gardeners).  Much more on this later, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Considerable wind and rain led to a late start on our second day off accomplishments.  However, I believe it is time to declare the end of annuals planting hell, just not quite yet the end of planting.  Some gardening friends will find this amazing:  I did get every single plant of mine planted in my garden.  Allan helped with an Azara microphylla which was stuck in its pot.  By helped I mean freed it from the pot and planted it.  Other than that, I got all my cosmos and painted sage planted and even some bean seeds.  And some annoyingly small purple broccoli seeds.  Wish me luck because I am not much good at growing veg and even worse at finding time to harvest them.

These are the only plants left to plant, some at Ann’s, some at Mike’s, one at Gene’s, one at Cheri’s, two at the Depot, a couple at Larry and Robert’s, three at Dan and Leanne’s.  I am hoping to get the Ilwaco contigent all in the ground tomorrow, weather permitting:

the remaining line-up

the remaining line-up

Getting all my plants’ roots in the ground is an accomplishment, to be sure, but cleaning up afterwards wasn’t because we went to the 6:30 PM show of Star Trek: Into Darkness,  leaving the garden in quite a state.  I was ever so pleased with the film, especially the reverse echoing of a certain scene in The Wrath of Khan.  I wish I had torn myself away from planting to go see Iron Man 3 before it left town.  It won’t be as impressive on my 32 year old television set.  But I will have subtitles so won’t miss any dialog.

So, the tomatoes are planted up in the greenhouse, but the greenhouse is a mess.

I take the shelves out, and then the framework helps support the tomatoes.

I take the shelves out, and then the framework helps support the tomatoes.

The plants are in the ground, but the garden is in a state of minor chaos.

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Typically, I had let a triad of ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss Chard get taller than me without eating any.  The seed heads look like some sort of conifer.

gone to seed

going to seed

I may get some help picking up all the plant droppings, as Allan will want to mow the lawn at the next opportunity.

Two of my water tubs are rather a mess.  The one on the left needs to have last year’s dead growth cut out, and I have left it far too late.  On the right, there may be no hope, but those pots are going to be awfully heavy to pull out of the water.

in a sad state

in a sad state

My river of blue Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is showing just a few blue flowers.  Unfortunately, I could not find all the Allium albopilosum to move them further out last fall, and the ones that remain in the river are already being swallowed.  I thought they would float on top like round glass balls but the geranium is much bigger than I had expected.

Rozanne river drowns Alliums!

Rozanne river drowns Alliums!

This year I am going to mark each Allium for saving.  I know from sad experience that they do not like being moved at this time.

The patio containers are planted, but the patio is all messy; the Cosmos is moved from next to the greenhouse and the bean seeds planted, but the weeds are scattered higglety pigglety.

much to do

Here are some good things:

Dianthus and Alliums

Dianthus and Alliums

an iris

an iris

Primula vialii

Primula vialii

Camassia leichtlinii alba

Camassia leichtlinii alba

wind battered ornamental rhubarb, like red velvelt

wind battered ornamental rhubarb, like red velvet

Agastache and Persicaria

Agastache , Iris, and Persicaria

(The lawn along this part is all creeping buttercup.  I won’t use weed and feed, so that’s just the way it is.  Would love an organic solution other than digging.)

Parahebe 'Waterfall Mist'

Parahebe ‘Waterfall Mist’

Parahebe perfoliata

Parahebe perfoliata

When I ordered Parahebe from a catalog with text but no photos, I thought it would be the one I had grown before (Parahebe perfoliata), with Eucalyptus-looking leaves and blue flowers.   It isn’t, but I love the low white one, and I think if I shear it after blooming (which I did not do last year), it might rebloom.

Osteospermum and Penstemon came through the winter in a big pot!

Osteospermum and Penstemon came through the winter in a big pot!

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin', (potato vine)

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (potato vine)

Thalictrum 'Illuminator'

Thalictrum ‘Illuminator’

paradise

Finally, although my bird photography skills are poor, here is a bird for Mr. Tootlepedal.

bird

For excellent daily bird (and garden, and cycling) photo, visit the Tootlepedal blog.

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