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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Just as we left for work, our neighbour two doors down was heading off with his handsome boat, The Salmonater.

Just as we left for work, our neighbour two doors down was heading off with his handsome boat, The Salmonater.

Oysterville

The highlight of our day was a visit to an extraordinary garden that I have long wanted to see (previous post).  On the way and after, we saw some other sights in Oysterville, the northernmost town on the bay side of the Peninsula.

Ilwaco to Oysterville

Ilwaco to Oysterville

Before our garden tour, we tracked down Dave and Melissa who were working at a garden where we had  weeded a couple of times  back in 2007 and 2008. When owners Peter and Linda needed help this summer, we knew that D&M’s Sea Star Landscape Maintenance would be perfect for them.

Peter and Linda's garden

Peter and Linda’s garden

one of their cats on the porch (Allan's photo)

one of their cats on the porch (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

rock edge piled for weeding (Allan's photo)

rock edge piled for weeding (Allan’s photo)

our good friends Dave and Melissa (Allan's photo)

our good friends Dave and Melissa (Allan’s photo)

After our garden tour (previous post) and while I was still talking on the roadside with the garden creator there, Allan took a quick walk down to the bay to assess it for boat launching possibilities.

by the bayshore

by the bayshore

other boats promise a launch at high tide

other boats promise a launch at high tide

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looking back toward Oysterville

looking back toward Oysterville

There used to be another street between those houses and the bay, and maybe even more houses and buildings, before a flood changed the landscape.  (I need to read up on my Oysterville history.  Later: Todd confirmed that there was at least one more row of houses on the bayside.)

looking north to Oysterville Sea Farms in the distance

looking north to Oysterville Sea Farms in the distance

looking east from the bayshore

looking east from the bayshore

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Allan walks the grassy public road back to our van and trailer.

Allan walks the grassy public road back to our van and trailer.

Then we really did have to get to work.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Our main mission today was to dig up the root balls of some wild ferns that had inserted themselves into the fenced garden.

First, I petted Bella's nose through the back yard fence.

First, I petted Bella’s nose through the back yard fence.

Allan did most of the fern digging while I weeded and deadheaded in the garden.

bubbler in the fenced garden

bubbler in the fenced garden on May 7th.  These native ferns start out looking lovely.

Last week: the ferns looked all tatty and were hiding the bubbler, and got cut down.

Last week: the ferns looked all tatty and were hiding the bubbler, and got cut down.

Today, after Allan pried the fern root clumps out. The roots have the texture of steel wool.

Today, after Allan pried the fern root clumps out. The roots have the texture of steel wool.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photos, before

hard work with the pick

hard work with the pick

roots like balls of steel wool

roots like balls of steel wool on the toughest one that was in a stump

vanquished!

vanquished!

all clear

all clear

another sneaky fern hiding in the sword ferns

another sneaky fern was hiding in the sword ferns  (Allan’s photo) and was also vanquished.

the weekly view SW over the birdbath

the weekly view SW over the birdbath

a fierce looking bunny

a fierce looking bunny

Billardia longiflora on the arbor

Billardia longiflora on the arbor

Golden Sands Assisted Living

After all the hard pick work that Allan had done at KBC, I decided we should have an easy time at Golden Sands and just do some light weeding, deadheading and strimming.  I have in mind some digging out projects there…for later.  The garden is looking attractive to me again now that it’s over the late summer doldrums.  I need to make it skip those doldrums next year.  (None of my other gardens get the doldrums like this one.)  I think the answer is some yellow echibeckias and a lot more cosmos…and if only I could grow good dahlias.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

NW quadrant

NW quadrant

What I'm fretting about here is that someone cut the Joseph's Coat rose down by half. WHY?

What I’m fretting about here is that someone cut the Joseph’s Coat rose on the pillar down by half. WHY?

Also fretting re why the dahlias are not more showy.

Also fretting re why the dahlias are not more showy.

NE quadrant. Note to self: Divide the Solidago 'Fireworks' and put some in the three other quadrants.

NE quadrant. Note to self: Divide the Solidago ‘Fireworks’ and put some in the three other quadrants.

Solidago 'Fireworks' in front of Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Solidago ‘Fireworks’ in front of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

SE quadrant (has a terrible horsetail problem)

SE quadrant (has a terrible horsetail problem)

looking south over the lawn; Allan strims it every week and I wish it would get taken over by flowers.

looking south over the lawn; Allan strims it every week and I wish it would get taken over by flowers.  (Carrying in a string trimmer through the long hallway is easier than a lawnmower.)

Long Beach

We had one small project: planting up the two planters on Sid Snyder drive.  We had dug old weedy plants out of there last week.

One of the two Eryngiums I planted last week was already pulled up...possibly by a gull or crow.

One of the two Eryngiums I planted last week was already pulled up…possibly by a gull or crow.

two planters with lavender and thyme and sea thrift added. (The big pink one was there already.)

two planters with lavender and thyme and sea thrift added. (The big pink one was there already.)

I am curious to see if these plants will get stolen the way the ones out at the end of the other beach approach road do.  I hope not.  This is a test.  (Update: so far so good; the plants were still in place at the end of the next day.) (Further update: the two little hens and chickens were stolen within a week.)

at home

front garden with cosmos, Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

front garden with cosmos, Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

Sanguisorba and Melianthus major

Sanguisorba and Melianthus major

back garden, looking south

back garden, looking south

looking south on the west path (Kniphofia 'Earliest of All')

looking south on the west path (Kniphofia ‘Earliest of All’)

Later, as I sat at my table typing up this entry, I looked out the north window and saw the most intense light on the front garden.

north window view from blogging chair; I had to get out there.

north window view from blogging chair; I had to get out there.

looking east from the porch: bright sun and dark sky

looking east from the porch: bright sun and dark sky

The sun was intensely focused through a break in the clouds, just before sunset.

east side of front garden

east side of front garden

front garden, Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

front garden, Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

Melianthus major

Melianthus major

Smokey and Frosty came running to see what I was doing.

Smokey and Frosty came running to see what I was doing.

The break in the clouds closed and the radiance died away.

back indoor, plain old evening light

back indoors, plain old evening light

Mary, Smokey and Frosty's mum, age 13 and a half, snored through the whole thing.

Mary, Smokey and Frosty’s mum, age 13 and a half, snored through the whole thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Tuesday was intermittently rainy and became a day of blogging all about the Cannon Beach Cottage tour.  We sort of called the weather wrong and could have worked and yet it was satisfying to get the cottage tour posts all done in one day.  Allan was proud of the tasty dinner he made with tomatoes, apples, and peppers from the garden.

in the frying pan

in the frying pan

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Anchorage Cottages

I felt inspired to start working our way down the fall projects list by pruning viburnums at The Anchorage.  I knew resort manager Beth did not like the viburnums being up over the gutters.  Also the more leaves it has, the more it stinks when it rains.  (Yes, this viburnum is a bit of a stinker.) It is unfortunate that they were planted so close to the cottages.  I also wanted to make it possible for the staff to get back there to wash windows and do building maintenance.  (The flowering quince in the corner is also due for a trim, but not today.)

If I had been a guest in the cottage behind the green wall, I’d have not wanted to lose the green privacy, so for that reason I felt bad about cutting it down.  Beth thinks that guests will appreciate having more light.

before

before


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am obsessed with privacy and felt sad when the guest who IS staying in that room said, “I liked the privacy.”  Once you cut it, you can’t put it back.

There is a new Japanese maple there that will grow up and provide some privacy without being right next to the wall.

after

after


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Fortunately, the guest’s darling corgi gave me a kiss, which I was told was unusual, and everything was better.

She gave me a smooch.

She gave me a smooch.

I had to choose between tree-like or shrub-like on that viburnum, and so much shrub-like growth had started from below that it was easier to cut it down than to keep clipping all the lower sprouts.  My idea is that it will come back like the hedged virburnum in the center courtyard and can be allowed to be about a third of the way up the window for privacy.

center courtyard

center courtyard


center courtyard hedge

center courtyard hedge; there is a path behind it for building maintenance


The center courtyard arbutus is stunning this week.

The center courtyard arbutus is stunning this week.


Arbutus detail: Strawberry-like fruits will follow.

Arbutus detail: Strawberry-like fruits will follow.

 

our load of debris (Allan's photo)

our load of debris (Allan’s photo)

Now we had a big trailer load of debris to dump so we drove up Sandridge Road to…

Peninsula Landscape Supply

…where I took some photos for their Facebook page while Allan offloaded the branches.

We live in the land of double wides, including living in one ourselves.  On the way, Allan photographed one arriving while we waited on the shoulder to let them pass.

on Pioneer Road

on Pioneer Road


Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply


offloaded debris (Allan's photo)

offloading debris (Allan’s photo)


The debris gets ground up into mulch.

The debris gets ground up into mulch.

rocks

new planters that look like bark

new planters that look like bark


shell planter

shell planter


This water feature basin looked like concrete but was lightweight plastic...with peeling paint so I wondered if I could afford it.

This water feature basin looked like concrete but was lightweight plastic…with peeling paint so I wondered if I could afford it.

Not wanting to think about another project, I did not pursue my thought about the possible lower price of the peely water bowl.

Another customer had a cute old truck.

Another customer had a cute old ’54 truck.


He was using it as a hauling truck despite its vintage, cute appearance.

He was using it as a hauling truck despite its vintage, cute appearance.

Wiegardt Gallery

On the way to our next job, we swung by the Wiegardt Gallery just to have a peek at our old garden which is now in the fine care of Todd, artist Eric’s brother.  Who should be parked between us and the front garden but our good friend Bill Clearman, there to work on the carpentry of the front door.

That's our Bill!

That’s our Bill!


the familiar sign of the Wiegardt Gallery

the familiar sign of the Wiegardt Gallery


Todd has the north garden bed much better weeded than we did...

Todd has the north garden bed much better weeded than we did…

Marilyn’s Garden

Today was our week to go to Surside and attend to Marilyn’s garden.

view from the street

view from the street


colchicum by the driveway

colchicum by the driveway


the north end of the garden

the north end of the garden

The Miscanthus zebrinus below is all splayed out from wind, with a tidy little new tuft coming up in the middle.

Miscanthus zebrinus

Miscanthus zebrinus

We could get in there and trim the old growth off, and we just might…next time.  Although I kind of like the wild swirly wave-like look of it, I have forgotten what other good plants might be buried in there.

center" Solidago 'Fireworks. The whole garden is blown about and whirl-y.

center: Solidago ‘Fireworks. The whole garden is blown about and whirl-y by our big wind a couple of weeks ago.


view straight across from back porch with neighbours' garage hidden

view straight across from back porch with neighbours’ garage hidden


looking northwest from back porch

looking northwest from back porch


Bees were all over the Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'.

Bees were all over the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.


a big bumble bee

a big bumble bee

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looks furry and pettable...better not.

looks furry and pettable…better not.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Bella watched us from the deck. (Allan's photo)

Bella watched us from the deck. (Allan’s photo)

At KBC, I was inspired to do another fall clean up project.

Self-seeded ferns blocked the view of Denny's bubbler.

Self-seeded ferns blocked the view of Denny’s bubbler.


I tackled this side and Allan came in from the other side.

I tackled this side and Allan came in from the other side.


after...We were out of time; next week we'll get the roots of those ferns out.

after…We were out of time; next week we’ll get the roots of those ferns out.


Mary's tree peony looking autumnal.

Mary’s tree peony is looking autumnal (the brown leaves behind the cosmos).

(I suddenly have an ominous feeling that I lost my start of that yellow tree peony in my own garden.  Must look for it!)

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' as tall as the greenhouse.

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ as tall as the greenhouse.


Schizostylis brightening up the garden.

Schizostylis brightening up the garden.


the weekly view southwest across the birdbath

the weekly view southwest across the birdbath

As we gardened at KBC, the sky got continually darker and I wondered if we would be able to complete our next job before considerable rain arrived.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The rain did hold off while we did almost an hour of strimming the lawn and weeding and deadheading in the Golden Sands courtyard.

The lights glowed from the rooms and the residents were in the dining room having dinner.

The lights glowed from the rooms and the residents were in the dining room having dinner.  (Southwest quadrant of the garden)


Southeast quadrant

Southeast quadrant


Northeast quadrant and dining room window (left)

Northeast quadrant and dining room window (left)


northwest quadrant

northwest quadrant

As we drove home, the rain arrived with perfect timing.  After yesterday’s watering, this will hold all the Long Beach and Ilwaco planters well into next week.

A good rain fell overnight.

A good rain fell overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

On the way to work, I took a bouquet of flowers to Luanne at Olde Towne Café for the art night event later on. It recently occurred to me that using the dark foliage of my assorted Physocarpus shrubs would look great in bouquets and help keep the shrubs to a reasonable size for a mixed border.

bouquet and art

bouquet and art

While taking a few photos for the café’s Facebook page, I saw a book that I had loved:

The Child from the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge

The Child from the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge

Luanne said she loved it, too, and had read it many times, and she retrieved it from the for sale books, after all. She had looked for other books by Goudge and not found any; I told her I have a collection: Eight, as it turns out, so the next day I took her my copy of The Castle on the Hill to read.

outside Olde Towne

outside Olde Towne

Casa Pacifica

Then we were off to the Casa Pacifica garden, three miles east of the Peninsula. We don’t get there as often as we should, and I have said our feelings won’t be hurt if Dan and Leanne find someone else, but so far, they are willing to wait.

This is what Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' looks like undeadheaded for awhile.

This is what Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ looks like undeadheaded for awhile.

and cleaned up

and cleaned up, with new blooms to come

After deadheading the seven barrels down by the garage/workshop, we went to the house level of the garden.

My good friend, Dusty, greeted me.

My good friend, Dusty, greeted me.

My black lab, Bertie Woofter, used to make that same face.

My black lab, Bertie Woofter, used to make that same quizzical face.

Progress with Darcy:  She almost took a biscuit from my hand.

Progress with Darcy: She almost took a biscuit from my hand.

Spook and Darcy being shy.

Spook and Darcy being shy.

Poor old Spook is getting very stiff.

Poor old Spook is getting very stiff.

The maple by the front porch is the front garden's best feature.

The maple by the front porch is the front garden’s best feature.

five barrels of colour by the upper driveway

five barrels of colour by the upper driveway

just a bit of the back garden, which is dry due to a low well.

just a bit of the back garden, which is dry due to a low well.

The garden itself does not take very long as weeds don’t grow when it is so dry. I’d love to get some washed dairy manure mulch up there, but it is too much work for me to get it up and over the rock wall (after wheelbarrowing all the way across the lawn from the driveway). That’s a job for someone younger.

My buddy again.

My buddy again.

We needed to check on the Ilwaco gardens for art night; I was pleased that we would have time to do a few other tasks first, as that would make Friday much easier.

The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

At the Depot, we still have some cosmos that are waiting...and waiting...to bloom.

At the Depot, we still have some cosmos that are waiting…and waiting…to bloom.

The Helenium is just about done.

The Helenium is just about done…

While the clumping (not running) Solidago 'Fireworks' is just coming into its glory.

…while the clumping (not running) Solidago ‘Fireworks’ is just coming into its glory.

Long Beach Welcome Sign

The welcome sign takes so long to deadhead each week that it was excellent to get it done before Friday.

It's a good thing the Cosmos 'Happy Ring' only thrived at the sunnier end of the back of the sign, or it would have blocked the "Thank You".

It’s a good thing the Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ only thrived at the sunnier end of the back of the sign, or it would have blocked the “Thank You”.

Allan walks the ledge to get deadheads at the front of the sign.

Allan walks the ledge to get deadheads at the front of the sign.

Port of Ilwaco

As we entered Ilwaco, we saw a charming scene outside of Olde Towne.

Olde Towne again, customers surrounded by Luanne's container garden

Olde Towne again, customers surrounded by Luanne’s container garden

We had been wanting all summer to try out a new café at the port and finally had time. We’d heard that Nate’s Coastal Cones and Snacks had excellent wraps, and the word of mouth reviews were correct.

Nate's

Nate’s

We split this very tasty lunch so we would have an appetite for dinner at the Cove in the evening.

We split this very tasty lunch so we would have an appetite for dinner at the Cove in the evening. You get to choose your ingredients from a long list.

the view

the view

and an interesting boat house in the marina

and an interesting boat house in the marina

Then we got back to work weeding and watering the gardens by the Port Office, Time Enough Books, and Don Nisbett Art Gallery.

Time Enough Books garden boat

Time Enough Books garden boat; I think I need to move the golden marjoram and add to the sea of blue Geranium ‘Rozanne’.

The Howerton Way gardens had held up very well from our last weeding, so we moved on quite soon to the boatyard garden.

boatyard

north end of the boatyard garden (with more Solidago ‘Fireworks’)

Cosmos and a few poppy stragglers

Cosmos and a few poppy stragglers

The weather while we were weeding was uncomfortably hot by our standards (probably only 70 degrees or so); by the time we dumped our debris at the east end of the port, a cooling fog was rolling in.

delicious!!

delicious!!

Then it was time for a visit to the last monthly Art Night of the season.

one of our smaller Howerton Way gardens

one of our smaller Howerton Way gardens

Don's Gallery with baskets from the Basket Case Greenhouse

Don’s Gallery with baskets from the Basket Case Greenhouse

Don and Jenna (Queen La De Da)

Don and Jenna (Queen La De Da)

Don's Gallery always draws visitors.

Don’s Gallery always draws visitors.

the view

the view

as we left, looking west along Howerton Way

as we left, looking west along Howerton Way

We made an ever so quick stop at Olde Towne to get some photos.

Olde Towne art night

Olde Towne art night

One of the artists, Cynthia Pride Moore.

One of the artists, Cynthia Pride Moore.

I especially like this piece by Elizabeth Chappelle.

I especially like this piece by Elizabeth Chappelle.

We had to move on, because I had a strong feeling that I did not want to miss our Thursday tradition of dinner at The Cove.

Parking Lot Cat was glad to see us!

Parking Lot Cat was glad to see us!

PLC and me (Allan's photo, of course)

PLC and me (Allan’s photo, of course)

When we entered, the restaurant had every table full. Just before I said we would sit at the bar, we were told “You’re sitting with those two!” There were Steve and John of the bayside garden that we so admire. We had been vaguely planning a Thursday night Cove dinner, then they had had company; today I had thought at around 3 o clock of sending them an email but it seemed too late, and I was not sure when we would be able to leave art night. Cosmically, Steve had emailed ME at 3 o clock, and they had decided to go anyway. Allan and I were delighted. We had delicious food and conversation all about gardening, entertained with photos of the way their garden looks right now, which led to plans to garden tour there next Tuesday.

The food was delectable, as always.

Chef Jason Lancaster gifted us with a sample of his new lobster roll, which we split four ways.

Chef Jason Lancaster gifted us with a sample of his new lobster roll, which we split four ways.

the ahi tuna artistry of the week

the ahi tuna artistry of the week

Steve and John each had caesar salads and fish tacos.

Steve and John each had caesar salads and fish tacos, all pronounced delicious.

I was delighted to hear that Steve has subscribed to and daily reads the Tootlepedal blog, loves Mr Tootlepedal’s droll writing style and his wonderful photos of birds, gardens, and scenery.

Now we, and you, have a visit to their garden to anticipate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In my continuing quest to catch up to the present day….

Monday, September 2, 2013

The day began inauspiciously with the discovery of a broken glass ball in the garden by the front steps.  It had been tucked into that bare spot by the pot of water….How it rolled so far is beyond me.  Allan blames cats.

There was no fallen apple to explain it...

There was no fallen apple to explain it…

Before we left for work, our friend and fellow garden businessperson Ed Strange stopped by and what with sitting around schmoozing for awhile, all of our days got off to a late start.  No wait, Ed had probably been working since eight AM and was taking a late morning break!

We accomplished a one-off weeding job that had been on the schedule for a couple of weeks.  Last week’s rain put it off because it is not a job we would want to do in bad weather.  Too many people driving on busy Sandridge Road would feel sorry for us.

helping out at The Basket Case...before and after

helping out at The Basket Case…before and after

Next, Jo’s garden, where we have been working once a week to keep it up to the perfection it enjoyed on garden tour day.

Jo's garden

Jo’s garden

Jo kept saying how sad it was to see the garden going down…and it is, even though many of the flowers keep blooming.

the northwest side

the northwest side

A pair of doves or pigeons (I’m not much of a birder) cooed in the tree by the birdfeeder area….

pigeons

And I wondered if they caused competition for the little birds.

Pine siskins I do know!  (I think.)

Pine siskins I do know! (I think.)

That was not much to accomplish for one day.  A weekend off seems to make it hard to get revved up on Monday, and added to that the fact that it was the Labour Day holiday Monday seemed to sap our will to work into the evening.    We remembered that the Depot Restaurant was having its annual Labour Day ribs special and were lured into an early dinner….at 5:30!   We usually eat at 11:00 PM at this time of year…after I am done with a blog entry (and thank goodness Allan cooks or it would be cold cereal for me).

inside the Depot

inside the Depot

Gazpacho soup

Gazpacho soup

Just imagine:  “Gazpacho Seville: Traditional Cold Spanish Soup with Plum Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Sweet Bell Peppers, Smoked Paprika topped with Grape Tomato Salsa ”

Oh my, it is my favourite summer menu item.

Outside, the Solidago ‘Fireworks’ put on an excellent show even though last week’s rain had somewhat knocked them over.

'Fireworks' goldenrod and cosmos in the Depot garden

‘Fireworks’ goldenrod and cosmos in the Depot garden

When we got home there was still enough light to cut out another strip of lawn to fill the wheelie bin.  I continue my internal debate about whether or not to turn this whole area to gravel paths and a scree garden.

it's not the prettiest lawn....

it’s not the prettiest lawn….the concrete to the right is my neighbour’s driveway

Tomorrow we would have to get cracking on work again, but for now…dusk is peaceful at home.

back garden at dusk

back garden at dusk

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

In the morning watering of the greenhouse and patio plants, I noticed that my miniature cattail was in bloom.

catttails

cat tails

I would never make the mistake again of planting them in a natural pond (as I did at my old house) but they look great in a water tub.

The Sugar Magnolia pea that Nancy Allen gave me is blooming and making pretty purple peas even though I planted it quite late.

Sugar Magnolia pea

Sugar Magnolia pea

garden boat in the morning

garden boat in the morning

front garden looking east:  still pondering whether to make gravel paths

front garden looking east: still pondering whether to make gravel paths

As is convenient when I dawdle while Larry and Robert’s garden needs watering, Allan had left for their place five doors down across Pearl Street.  I walked down and joined him.

Past Tom and Judy's house

Past Tom and Judy’s house, heading west

the Larry-Robert garden boat, looking south

the Larry-Robert garden boat, looking south

sad

sad little squirt on this side of the three river rocks

While we have been watering pretty regularly, the state of this Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ (should be at least five, if not eight, feet tall! rather than about six inches) shows that it is not enough.  We will be mulching this whole garden with cow fiber as a fall project and it will hold moisture better next year.

In concern over the weightiness of the new this year Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’…..seems to be leaning way too much…I pruned it a bit and hope I don’t regret it later.  Allan brought the tree back from Seattle.  I wish it had started out smaller and more upright.

before and after

before and after

Next we drove to Casa Pacifica, a garden near Wallicut Farms.  It had been three weeks or so (more?) since we had been there.  It has water problems so nothing grows much in summer, not even the weeds.

the two shy dogs, Darcy and Spook

the two shy dogs, Darcy and Spook

two indoor kitties watching from a screen door

two indoor kitties watching from a screen door

Even that bit inland the day was hotter.  We deadheaded the twelve whiskey barrels of annuals.  A daisy had made its way into one of them.

daisybee

There wasn’t much to do in the garden borders.   Spider season has begun and they are all over the gardens.

spider

Right after I took the above photo and then had to deadhead the buddliea to which the spider had attached its web, it ended up on my wrist trying to crawl up my sleeve.  My cries of “NO!” were more gutteral than shrill and seemed to scare the spider away.

Next we deadheading the Long Beach welcome sign…hundreds of dead little blossoms of Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’.

Acidanthera just started to bloom at the welcome sign

Acidanthera just started to bloom at the welcome sign

yellow Bidens along the edge is self cleaning....

yellow Bidens along the edge is self cleaning….

While we watered the Long Beach planters, I considered that the reason that people sometimes thank me for working is that they think I am volunteering.  Even though we took over all the planters several years ago, some of them still have signs naming a business or individual who used to maintain them.

sign

Some of the business names don’t even exist anymore, like The Rocket Diner and Las Maracas Restaurant.

sign

 

One of my planter favourites:  Salvia patens

One of my planter favourites: Salvia patens

While I watered the main street planters, Allan was bucket watering the Bolstadt beach approach planters and hose watering the street trees.  I still had nine planters to go (of 37 plus six whiskey barrels) when I looked north and saw him watering his last tree.

He's so far away you can't see him in the photo...but I could.

He’s so far away you can’t see him in the photo…but I could.

Just about then, I looked in the planter just showing at the bottom of the photo and saw three gleaming jewel cases.  CDs, I thought; what could they be?

not very hidden

not very hidden

I am sorry to say they turned out to be three porn movies.  Particularly creepy ones purportedly featuring teenage girls.  They ended up broken in the garbage but I had to wonder….I have often found empty beer cans and liquor bottles in the planters near bus stops, but….Wouldn’t someone have to be pretty drunk to forget their porn when the bus came?

the bus stop from across the street

the bus stop from across the street

I’m glad I found the discs before someone’s child did.

Shaking off that weird experience, we finished the day with Allan watering the Ilwaco planters while I weeded the boatyard.   The port and boatyard gardens needed to be perfect for the annual Slow Drag at the Port, coming up on Friday.

boatyard garden

boatyard garden

a good section with Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

a good section with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and cosmos

Solidago 'Fireworks'

Solidago ‘Fireworks’

I can think of a few gardens we do that do NOT have Solidago ‘Fireworks’:  Boreas, Ann’s, KBC and The Anchorage.  What an oversight!

We then dumped our debris in the peaceful boat trailer parking area at the east end of the marina.

field

I love this view and am sad there is going to be a building and parking lot put here, or at least that’s the word around town.

view

The words “paved paradise and put up a parking lot” come to mind.

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