Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘spring clean up’

By which I mean the last spring clean up job of 2017; I hope not the last of our career, as we plan to keep working at least part time for several more years.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

We were pleased to have a good weather day for weeding and clipping the boatyard garden.

DSC07449.JPG

before, looking south

Allan cleaned up the small bed just around the corner:

DSC01333.jpg

before (Allan’s photos)


DSC01334.jpg

after


DSC07450.JPG

weeds and self seeded poppies


DSC07452.JPG

and lots of escholtzia (California poppy) seedlings


DSC01335.jpg

Allan’s photo


DSC01336.jpg

north end of garden, before (Allan’s photos)


DSC01338.jpg

and after

Some of the very old woody lavenders needed to go away.  Allan did the digging:

DSC01341.jpg

before


DSC01342.jpg

after


DSC01343.jpg

before


DSC01345.jpg

after.  We also trimmed a lot of santolinas.


DSC01346.jpg

The last big clumps of Miscanthus inside the fence.


DSC01347.jpg

after

I have forgotten which one this is.  I have learned so many plant names in the last two years that I thought I would remember and don’t.  I need to make a list as I learn them, because my memory does not grab on like it used to.

Edited to add: I found the name.  Not a miscanthus. Pennisetum macrourum. 

The garden still had a few crocuses…

DSC07451.JPG

But I had expected there to be daffodils, especially since I had planted about 100 of the same one as is blooming right now in the Long Beach welcome sign.  As I began working in the garden, I realized Every Single Damn One had been PICKED.  Not by deer (which would be unusual because narcissi are poisonous) but by humans.  Each stem was cut down low.  The foliage was not nipped at all like a deer would do.

DSC07455.JPG

stolen, every single one!


DSC07456.JPG

empty stems

A boat guy said that he had seen “a couple messing around in the garden” earlier that morning.  Or the thievery could have happened over the weekend or late last week.  It must have taken awhile to pick every single flower. So much for creating a great big beautiful show.

It was not a gardener thief, and I know that because I found a number of bulbs pulled out and just left lying on top.  A gardener thief would have considered the bulbs to be extra bounty.

DSC07458.JPG

bulb pulled out and left behind

I persisted at the job.  It would have been enjoyable to work among flowers instead of in a garden with only a few crocuses.  About a third of the way along, I thought we would never get it finished today.  By the time we passed the gate and only had about one third left, I thought we would get done after all.  And we did.

DSC07459.JPG

looking south from the gate

The new owners of Marilyn’s garden stopped their vehicle to say hello.  They are happy with Dave and Melissa’s spring clean up work at their new home.  I am so glad the garden is in the hands of people who appreciate it.

DSC01350.jpg

Passersby did not have much to admire.  I enjoyed when a small family passed, and the dad was reading aloud as he walked.  I thought he said, “When she wanted to have her morning coffee there, she simply lifted him down into the garden.”  I wondered from which story that comes.  Google let me find it!  Pippi Longstocking:

pippi.png

DSC01352.jpg

south end, weeded (Allan’s photo)

I took my after photos from the van because I was too sore to walk.

DSC07460.JPG

DSC07461.JPG

It would look a lot more interesting with 100 narcissi.

We had not put up our polite “do not pick” signs yet.  Allan dropped me off at home and went to dump debris, and on the way back he put up the two signs that were still in good enough condition.  The words “horse” and “barn door” come to mind.  We have caught people picking flowers right smack dab under these signs before.  I do think signage might deter some.

DSC01355.jpg

DSC01357.jpg

DSC01358.jpg

Wouldn’t it look nice if there actually were some flowers to leave?

At home, I was pleased to erase the last spring clean up job from the work board.

DSC07465.JPG

Tomorrow, I had been hoping for good weather.  Now the forecast calls for rain.  We need to check up on the Anchorage Cottages garden, and I want to photograph all the narcissi in Long Beach, while they are still there.

 

Read Full Post »

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Because we had a political meeting in Naselle this afternoon, we had decided to leave home in time to drive half an hour further and visit a museum in Skamokawa.

skamokawa.png

DSC07030.JPG

driving along the Columbia River

I was not best pleased that it was a beautiful day and would have been excellent for weeding the boatyard garden.

DSC07032.JPG

two wrecks?

Here is what the white remnant of a boat looked like in 1995, in the same little bay:

22359_244686844778_7121030_n.jpg

For some reason, it had been deemed unsalvageable.

As we drove along, I pondered the fact that the many conifers along our roads are why our landscapes look more somber than the airier ones that Mr Tootlepedal photographs in Scotland.

DSC07034.JPG

scenery heavy with evergreens

We arrived at our destination in Skamokawa: Redmen Hall, which I had read was hosting an exhibit about tugboats and steamers on the Columbia.

DSC07036.JPG

The view from the parking lot

A back door offered easy access without all those stairs…and a disheartening sign.

DSC07035.JPG

NOOOOOOOO

Across the highway, below, is a general store and café where we have stopped before.  I thought that, because of Skamokawa being such a small town, I might luck into a museum docent there.

DSC01635.jpg

looking down on the grocery store and post office

DSC07037.JPG

Redmen Hall from below

In a room right on the river, behind the store, an antiques sale was on for the day.

DSC01634.jpg

DSC07039.JPG

antiques in a light filled room

DSC07038.JPG

I used to have an apple like this till my good friend Sophie (a dog) broke it…for which she was forgiven.

I found two things to buy.  One is a present so I cannot show it!

And sure enough, when I mentioned having driven from Ilwaco to find the museum was closed, I learned that one of the docents was ill, and another one offered to open it for us.

DSC07042.JPG

behind the store/café

Off the deck by the store, a boater was buzzing around.  I am sure Allan wished he was out boating, too.

DSC07040.JPG

DSC07043.JPG

DSC01628.jpg

Allan’s photo

We followed the docent back up to Redmen Hall.  The hall was once a school house.  Amazingly, it used be down where the highway is.  When the road was put through, the building got moved up the hill with “steam donkeys” (not really donkeys!).

DSC07056

The old school house remembered.

DSC01649.jpg

Allan went straight up to the bell tower. (I did not.)

DSC01636.jpg

DSC01640.jpg

DSC01641.jpg

DSC01642.jpg

Step on a pedal to open the shutters for the view.

DSC01643.jpg

The views from the bell tower.

DSC01645.jpg

river town from high above (and a boat ramp)

On the second floor, well designed historical panels go all around the walls of a big open room.

DSC01637.jpg

DSC07054.JPG

What Skamokawa means

DSC01650.jpg

DSC07046.JPG

interpretive panels

DSC07047.JPG

DSC07048.JPG

DSC07050

the kind docent who let us in.  The way the panels are put together reminds me of my grandma’s scrapbooks.

DSC07052.JPG

when the road went through

DSC07053.JPG

a dance where “ladies may walk on their partners feet, and no questions will be asked”.

DSC07055.JPG

another strong woman

DSC01221.jpg

river pictures (Allan’s photo)

A glass case held birds provided by the Audubon Society…

DSC07049.JPG

an erstwhile Mr Grumpy had fine plumage.

DSC07051

the view

We dropped a contribution into the money jar and also spent a pretty penny in the well -stocked gift shop, including two books (quiet, because one is a present), a documentary called Work is Our Joy (about gillnetting), and some notecards.  If we’d had time, we could have watched Work is Our Joy right in the museum.  I will enjoy it from my comfy chair at home.  I already identify with the title.

DSC01654.jpg

DSC07064.JPG

One of three nooks of books.

DSC07063.JPG

Well represented: the books of Grays River author Robert Pyle

DSC07066.JPG

Musician Doug is the spouse of our friend Beth; they live nearby but we had had no time to look them up.

DSC07060.JPG

river town art

haul.jpg

most of our purchases

The hall is open Thursdays through Sundays from noon to four.  We recommend a visit.

We had a little over half an hour to to get back to our Indivisible meeting in Naselle.  I could not resist a side trip to the historic 1905 Grays River covered bridge.

DSC07084.JPG

on the way

Tying in with our visit to Redmen Hall: author Robert Michael Pyle lives in a house with a view of the covered bridge.  I thought it would be kind of nosy to add a photo of his house, so here is the bridge.

DSC07070.JPG

DSC07071.JPG

DSC01657.jpg

under the bridge (Allan’s photo)

DSC01660.jpg

The river running fast and high.  (Allan’s photo)

In particularly stormy times, the river has flooded the valley.

DSC01661.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC01662

Allan’s photo

DSC07072.JPG

Here we go.

DSC07073.JPG

DSC07083.JPG

the other end

Before we turned around, I had to get a closer look at two trees beside  the parking area.

DSC07074.JPG

DSC01663.jpg

going in for a closer look

DSC07075.JPG

DSC07078.JPG

moss and licorice fern

DSC01664.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC01665.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC07079.JPG

assorted critters

Ooops.  I suddenly realized time had slipped by and we would be 25 minutes late to the meeting at Hunters Inn, Naselle.  I told myself that it was ok; we have been to almost every liberal political meeting available since November so we could be late to just one.

DSC01224.jpg

DSC07089.JPG

part of the gathering

DSC07091.JPG

postcards laid out on three booths

DSC07090.JPG

One member brought this.

We discussed, shared ideas, and laid some plans for future events.

On the way home, Allan and I detoured to look at a garden we had admired when attending last month’s meeting.

DSC01682.jpg

The garden in question is next door to Naselle Timberland Library. (Allan’s photo)

DSC01680.jpg

lots of narcissi about to bloom (Allan’s photo)

Next door: a large garden which I intend to look at every time we have a Naselle meeting.

DSC07103.JPG

DSC07096.JPG

DSC07095.JPG

DSC01676.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC01674.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC07097.JPG

pieris and the church next door

DSC07102.JPG

Right across the street sits another charming house.

DSC07098.JPG

I wonder if there will be sweet peas on that fence in summer. Or that could be a dog path!

DSC07099.JPG

wrap around porch

DSC07100.JPG

DSC07101

a tree with personality

DSC01673.jpg

Allan’s photo

As we got close to home, I looked at the weather forecast and must admit I did begin to fret about losing what might be the only nice gardening day this week.  Remembering that we now have light till after 7 PM (yay for daylight saving time!), I resolved to get two hours work done in my own garden.

While clipping some Joe Pye weed, I gave an experimental dig at a large fuchsia.

DSC07111.JPG

one of two many fuchsia magellanica

To my surprise, it shifted, so Allan helped me pull it out.

DSC07112.JPG

after…Ok, he pulled, I watched and encouraged.

DSC07115.JPG

project: clean up middle bed, before…

DSC07133.JPG

and after

DSC07122.JPG

Woe!! One of two matched asophedels has disappeared from the right hand pot.

DSC07131.JPG

I will snag this asphodel from a different pot.

DSC07113.JPG

Frosty

DSC07117.JPG

bogsy wood swale

DSC07130.JPG

Oh for more time in the garden; so much to do.

DSC07129.JPG

Skooter obsessing about the frogs.

The unfortunate forecast:

rain.png

Resolved: no more daytime meetings on nice days till we have spring clean up done!

Read Full Post »

Saturday, 11 March 2017

I can tell you the library joke now, shared by Maggie Stuckey at her talk two days ago.  I found a version online:

A chicken walks into the library. It goes up to the circulation desk and says: “book, bok, bok, boook”. The librarian hands the chicken a book. The chicken tucks it under her wing and runs out. A while later, the chicken runs back in, throws the first book into the return bin and goes back to the librarian saying: “book, bok, bok, bok, boook”. Again the librarian hands over a book, and the chicken runs out. The librarian shakes her head. Within a few minutes, the chicken is back, returns the book and starts all over again: “boook, book, bok bok boook”. The librarian gives her yet a third book, but this time as the chicken is running out the door, the librarian follows. The chicken runs down the street, through the park and down to the riverbank. There, sitting on a lily pad is a big, green frog. The chicken holds up the book and shows it to the frog, saying: “Book, bok, bok, boook”. The frog blinks, and croaks: “read-it, read-it, read-it”.

Bad weather made me happy today because we had an afternoon meeting: an ACLU training session focused on supporting undocumented immigrants.

IMG_0476.JPG

The Long Beach welcome sign today

IMG_0479.JPG

both sides

On the way, we ran a couple of errands in Long Beach.  I was started to see that the planter just north of Dennis Company has been completely browsed by deer.

IMG_0481.JPG

The planter looked raggedy.

deertulips.png

every tulip nipped by deer

I am beginning to wonder if any place in Long Beach is safe for tulips.  I just hope they don’t take a liking to the tulips in the welcome sign garden.

DSC01213.jpg

container outside the Adrift meeting room (Allan’s photo)

People Power ACLU meeting

Today’s ACLU  meeting was one of 2000 simultaneous watching parties across the country, with 200,000 people signed up to attend a broadcast of the actual live meeting in Florida.  We had 22 in attendance, one all the way from Westport.  We all appreciate Adrift Hotel providing the meeting room for free.

Since the election, membership in the ACLU has swelled from 400,000 to 1.2 million members (including me).

IMG_0490.JPG

sign in and cookies

IMG_0492.JPG

Resistance Training on the big screen

IMG_0493.JPG

discussion time afterward (A few folks had departed.)

IMG_0494.JPG

It saddened me to hear, again, that there have been immigration raids on at least five local families, with fathers taken away.  These are men who are known to be hardworking good folk, certainly not the stereotypical “criminal”. It is difficult and can take years to become documented, especially for folks from Mexico and Central America; it is not a matter of laziness or wanting to be “illegal”. (By the way, it is considered much kinder to refer to someone as “undocumented” rather than “illegal”.)  Many folks in the room had grandparents who were immigrants, in one case, by illegally stowing away on a ship.  Mine on my mother’s side were immigrants (and invaders)…of the Mayflower type.
If you would like to watch the presentation that we saw today, it is said to soon be available for viewing right here.

“Even when we lose we must not despair, for there is dignity in entering this battle”, said ACLU executive director Anthony Romero.

DSC01214.jpg

“As DT is going about his amendments of hate, we need to live our love”, said Faiz Shakir, ACLU political director.

DSC01215.jpg

Allan’s photo

We heard three other speakers as well, Louise Melling (deputy legal director), Andre Segura (an ACLU attorney), and Padma Lakshmi, a star of Top Chef,whose mother was an immigrant and who said “I want my daughter to live in a country of compassion, not fear.”

DSC01217.jpg

I fell in love with audience member Daisy. (Allan’s photo)

DSC01219.jpg

so soft

This is all going to lead to a whole ‘nother set of meetings, all with a productive and well informed agenda.

IMG_0496.JPG

the beachy view from our meeting room

at home

By the time we got home, we had an hour and a half of daylight and a cessation of rain and wind.  Some front garden clean up was suddenly possible.

IMG_0497.JPG

before

IMG_0503.JPG

Skooter inspects, 20 minutes later.

That was a favourite sit spot for Skooter.  He may have liked it better before.

IMG_0504.JPG

before

IMG_0511.JPG

after, much weeding still to do. I look forward to it.

IMG_0507.JPG

hellebore

IMG_0508.JPG

Clematis ‘Freckles’ has been blooming on west garage wall all winter.

IMG_0510.JPG

narcissi

IMG_0514.JPG

Skooter’s way in (where a bottom piece is missing)

frontpath3-11.JPG

front path looking east

IMG_0516.JPG

hellebores

IMG_0517.JPG

the floppiest hellebore

IMG_0518.JPG

double white hellebore

IMG_0519.JPG

“black” hellebore…with mulch of last autumn’s apples

DSC07018.JPG

Pieris finally sizing up and blooming (left)

DSC07022.JPG

Iris histroides ‘Frank Elder’

Because it was at the same time as the ACLU training, we missed today’s postcard party.  Here are a couple of photos (by Michele) of the latest efforts.  You can stop reading now if you don’t like the postcard efforts, because they comprise the end of today’s post:

words.jpg

ingredients

card.jpg

press.jpg

card3.jpg

women.jpg

card4.jpg

card5.jpg

card4.jpg

card2.jpg

card6.jpg

card5.jpg

Bannon is the most terrifying of all…

card3.jpg

Dang! I wish I’d been there.

Tomorrow (Sunday): an Indivisible meeting which we are planning to combine with a brief and, we hope, photogenic side trip to Skamokawa.

 

Read Full Post »

 

Friday, 10 March 2017

skooter.jpg

Skooter thinks the morning light is just too bright.

We had a break from the rain.  The predicted wind did not arrive, making it even better. Work ensued.

DSC06984.JPG

at home: Tulip kaufmanniana ‘The First’

While it looks like that tulip is growing in straw, it is actually in the old growth from Geranium ‘Rozanne’.

DSC01156.jpg

Allan noticed and photographed the same tulips.

We went down to the port, just a block south, to finish the garden beds along Howerton Avenue.  Of course, I had high hopes, thinking we could finish there, AND the boatyard, and maybe even prune roses in Long Beach.  Not bloody likely, as it turned out; my ambitions are usually greater than reality.

howerton

Curbside gardens run from east to west all along Howerton, on the landward side of the buildings.

DSC06985.jpg

Howerton and Elizabeth, looking west, before

DSC06989.jpg

after, 1.5 hours later

DSC06986.JPG

Partway through that first garden bed, three ibuprofen were required.

I’m kind of old and my arthritic legs ache like fury sometime when I am working.

Allan’s photos of the east end bed, before and after:

DSC01159

before

DSC01164.jpg

after

He also yanked a dead lavender out of the CoHo Charters garden bed because I felt it was bringing down the tone.

DSC01161.jpg

It was really most sincerely dead.

DSC01163.jpg

space for something new

 

Next, I made an executive decision that we simply had to get the sword and deer ferns cut back in a pocket garden in front of the former Shorebank building.  Otherwise, they will bother me all summer long…and they do show very much from the sidewalk.

DSC06990.JPG

before

DSC01166.jpg

clipping

 

DSC01170.jpg

A sweet 7 month old dog had jumped out a truck and came running up to me.  I held on to her till her daddy got her back.  Reminded me of my escape artist black lab, Bertie Woofter.

DSC01171.jpg

Oh, how she wanted to keep running.

DSC01168

The deer fern looked especially unsightly

 

DSC06992.JPG

20 minutes later.  I felt so much better at this being done.

DSC01173.jpg

Allan’s photo

We had done all the gardens in between the east and west end last week, so we skipped right ahead to the garden by Salt Hotel.  Allan did most of the clipping of santolinas in the river rock bed; I find that difficult to walk on nowadays.

DSC06994.JPG

before

DSC06995.JPG

half an hour later, almost after

Allan had dug out one tatty old blue fescue and, to fill the hole it left, he got a piece of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ from the garden to the west.  Someone called out from the upstairs window of the adjacent building, which now houses the marijuana store, “Why are you taking plants?”  We were thrilled that the folks there are watching out for the garden.  Allan thanked them for their vigilance.

DSC01175.jpg

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, about to be divided

DSC01176.jpg

and in its new home

I had clipped all the sword ferns in the Salt’s containers along the sidewalk…because I could not stand not to do so.  The pub readerboard said “beef on weck”; I had to google it and found it was a roast beef dip sandwich.  Good thing I did not google it till I got home or I might have found a lunch break irresistible, and we still had much to do.

Next came the two beds at the west end.  These took much longer than I had expected.

DSC06996.JPG

before, looking west

DSC07002.JPG

an hour and a half later

DSC01178.jpg

We saw our former next door neighbour, Killer.  It had been interesting to move in and learn our neighbour was called Killer.  It means “fish killer”.

DSC01182.jpg

I divided and put some sedums and some golden oregano into the pot shop’s garden bed.

DSC01183.jpg

narcissi (Allan’s photo)

DSC01186.jpg

another dog on the run

In the parking lot across the street, forklifts buzzed around loading crab pots onto trucks.

DSC06997.JPG

Last night, when I looked out my south window, I could see the lights from the Ilwaco Pavilion building (a view that disappears when leaves come on the salmonberries and willows at the south end of our property).  This morning, the view had changed to stacks of crab pots.

We drove to the Ilwaco Community Building just to stick some starts of santolina in a sunny bed.  It is an easy plant to start right in the ground just by poking in a short hardwood cutting.

icb.png

Ilwaco Community Building and its garden beds

DSC01199.jpg

sticking cuttings

DSC07005.JPG

view of shade garden from inside the building’s corridor.

DSC01187.jpg

crocuses at the library entrance (Allan’s photo)

DSC01190.jpg

Galanthus nivalis ‘Flora Pleno’ double snowdrop (Allan’s photo)

DSC01192.jpg

narcissi (Allan’s photo)

 

We ended the day down at the boatyard, which of course we did not get near to done.

boatyard.png

The long, narrow garden runs along the fence by 1st Ave South.

 

DSC07006.JPG

boatyard, looking south, before

DSC07015.JPG

an hour later

DSC07008.JPG

Euphorbia in bloom and a disheartening number of weeds and pleasing number of poppy seedlings

DSC07009

so weedy

We ran into one big problem: We had created so much debris that we had to break in order to dump.  I went home at that point because it was but an hour till dark.  If I had realized that Allan had the energy to go till dark, I could have stayed at the boatyard and done more clipping while he disposed of the first load of debris.  My brain is not fully work functional yet and I did not even think of that solution, one we have used many times in the past.

I long for a good weather full work day at the boatyard.  The weeds came out like butter (smooth and easy) and it would be a pleasure to spend a day perfecting this long narrow garden.  There is still so much to do here.

DSC07011.JPG

boatyard garden, looking south from the gate

DSC07010.JPG

and looking north from the gate

The boatyard had a line of boats in every spot along the fence.

DSC07014.JPG

DSC01204.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC01207.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC01206.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC07017.JPG

The only item of collateral damage today

The cats were happy I came home early.

DSC01209.jpg

Skooter and Calvin

Allan returned to the boatyard and worked till dark.

DSC01210.jpg

before

DSC01211.jpg

after

Rain and wind are again predicted for the weekend, which is just as well because we have political meetings during both days.  At this point, I am feeling behind on work and it would be frustrating to miss a good weather day with indoor events.

DSC07024.JPG

workboard tonight, still did not get to erase first clean up

 

Read Full Post »

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Because I believed the weather forecast (rain and wind) and the wind flag flying over the port office, I decided we had better do a project more sheltered than working at the port gardens.  They and the beach approach garden are the worst jobs in bad weather.

I called Peninsula Landscape Supply and learned they are back to their daily hours instead of limited winter hours.  So off we went to get a load of mulch.

DSC06671.JPG

steaming hot soil energy

Note: When the mulch is hot, wait for it to cool before planting new plants in it.

DSC06674.JPG

one cubic yard

DSC06677.JPG

Elijah Blue fescue at Peninsula Landscape Supply

J’s garden

Our first mulching project used a little over half a yard, at the J’s garden across the street.  There, when previous owner had planted a pretty little garden, she planted many of the shrubs humped up on mounds.  Strange.  Too hard to dig a hole? By now, years later, their roots were exposed.  I have been looking forward to fixing this.

DSC00940.jpg

Soil Energy (Allan’s photo)

DSC00941.jpg

bucket application

DSC06680.JPG

before

DSC06686.JPG

after

DSC06681.JPG

before (hydrangeas in the center, back, are so humped up they are falling sideways)

DSC06687.JPG

after

DSC06688.JPG

after

DSC06682.JPG

before

DSC06689.JPG

after

DSC00944.jpg

fluffed up rose beds by back patio

Norwood garden

We had enough mulch left to do the Norwood garden beds, two doors down from us.

Allan’s photos:

DSC00945.jpg

The soil in the narrow bed in the back had looked quite poor and grey when we weeded earlier this month.  Now the bed looks rich and happy.

dsc06436

then

DSC00946.jpg

now

dsc00947

DSC00948.jpg

happy Euonymous

Port of Ilwaco

As we had worked on the two mulching projects, I realized the weather forecast had been quite wrong.  We could have pleasantly done the spring clean up all along the port.  With a few hours left in the day, we decided to get as much done there as we could.

DSC06691.JPG

Allan clipping sword fern behind (north side) the port office building

beforeafter.png

before and after

DSC06692.JPG

south side port office, before

DSC06697.JPG

after some clipping and two buckets of mulch added

DSC06696.JPG

I especially love narcissi with strongly reflexed petals.

Just across a little lawn is the marina, and the tide was high.

DSC06693.JPG

DSC06694.JPG

We decided to get as many of the Howerton Avenue curbside gardens done as possible, concentrating on the most walked-by ones, especially ones with the larger ornamental grasses.

DSC06698.JPG

red twig dogwood at the old Shorebank building

DSC06699.JPG

Shorebank: crocuses and kinnikinnick

DSC06700.JPG

by Ilwaco pavilion, before

DSC06704.JPG

and after

DSC06701.JPG

“drive over garden” before

DSC06702.JPG

and after trimming the santolinas (four different cultivars)

DSC00953.jpg

Fort George Brewery (office), before

DSC00954.jpg

and after (Allan’s photos)

DSC00956.jpg

Art Port Gallery, before

DSC00957.jpg

after

DSC00958.jpg

by Art Port Gallery

We surprised ourselves by getting all of the garden beds done except for the west and east ends. While not enough to erase the job from the work board, we should be able to finish it in just a couple more hours.

Home after 5 PM: Skooter was waiting.

DSC00959.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC06705.JPG

Skooter and Frosty

DSC00963.jpg

Skooter, Frosty…and Calvin!  (Allan’s photo)

Somehow Allan found the energy to nip across the street and mow the J’s little lawn.

beforeafter2.png

before and after

Even though they are invasive, I cannot help loving the yellow ranunculus (lesser celandine) in the lawn.  It’s not the most evil creeping buttercup.  I asked Allan to mow around it.  It will go dormant in the summer.  Sometimes I am just weak about plants.  But it is a cutie.

I’d love another nice day tomorrow so we could finish the port and the boatyard gardens and have the first spring clean up done!

DSC06706.JPG

work board tonight

Read Full Post »

Sunday, 26 February 2017

I’m not sure why I decided we could take the day off, but we did.  The weather was pleasant enough to get outside in the afternoon and work on spring clean up in my own garden, at last.  Even though I have a separate at-home work board, I decided to add my own clean up to the main board.

DSC06589.JPG

Because I haven’t been out there much, I was pleased to remember that I have a new eye-stopping bit of fencing:

DSC06590.JPG

free fence wood courtesy Klipsan Beach Cottages

DSC06591.JPG

east bed, before

DSC06595.JPG

Skooter about to leap

dsc06597

dsc06598

This was pretty much not a weeding day, just clipping.

This year, I am determined to not add to the debris pile next to Nora’s driveway, because I don’t want new neighbour Devery to have to look at that mess.  This strengthened my resolve to follow the Ann Lovejoy and Anne Wareham methods of dropping debris right into the garden.  Lovejoy calls it Chop and Drop.  Wareham wrote in her excellent book, The Bad Tempered Gardener, that it makes no sense to haul debris out of the garden, compost it, and haul it back in.

dsc06611

after

I did not do a whole lot of chopping before dropping.  Because my two biggest back garden beds are so wide, I think if I make a spine of debris down the middle, it will be hidden as the garden grows.  Eventually, this should lift up the center of the beds as much as adding mulch would.

DSC06593.JPG

The crocuses are all up, so I can tell where to not make piles of debris.

DSC06594.JPG

crocus among naturally fallen Miscanthus

DSC06610.JPG

This debris should disappear later.  Must do more stomping.

Now the trick is to not have an attack of tidiness.  This method is not one I can use on most jobs because the clients value tidiness, especially in public gardens.  Anne writes about dropping and stomping the debris into the border.  I did walk on it to press it down.

 

DSC06599.JPG

center bed, Stipa gigantea, before

DSC06609.JPG

after

DSC06592.JPG

west bed, before

DSC06602.jpg

This made me sad. Little chamaecyparis.  Unfixable, I think.

DSC06603.JPG

after the rain came, stopping my work

DSC06600.JPG

center bed, before

DSC06606.JPG

after, as I got rained out

Rain and small hail resulted in my not getting any bed done enough to erase it from the work board.

DSC06604.JPG

west bed

DSC00873.jpg

pouring rain and hail

DSC06607.JPG

another area to hide debris behind tall lilies that will come up in front

DSC06608.JPG

east side of the bogsy woods

DSC06613.JPG

I got soaked!

DSC06614.JPG

Allan picked up the couple of piles of debris that was too tough to rot down, for which I was grateful.

Allan’s photos:

DSC00870.jpg

DSC00874.jpg

the debris pile I’m trying to not add to

DSC00875.jpg

DSC00877.jpg

DSC00878.jpg

DSC00879.jpg

DSC00881.jpg

a pile to pick up (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’)

Despite the gardening session ending two hours earlier than I would have liked, I felt that I accomplished much.

IMG_0270.jpg

I started a new book

Monday, 27 February 2017

Allan hooked up the work trailer.  Just as we were about to depart, rain came and the temperature dropped, and we turned around and went inside.

The cats did not want to go out, either.

dsc06615

Frosty

DSC06617.JPG

Skooter

DSC06618.JPG

DSC06620.JPG

Calvin

DSC06619.JPG

later

book.jpg

how Smokey and I spent our day

I almost finished the book…less than 100 pages to go.  It did not make for a mentally restful day.  I feel that its lessons apply strongly to what is going on politically nowadays.

Speaking of the military, we’ve been binge watching a highly satisfying science fiction series called The Last Ship.  My last social media look of the night showed me one of those silly little quizzes, something like “You’ve been kidnapped and the only ones who can save you are the cast of the last show you watched.  Will you be saved?”  The Last Ship? Hell, yeah.  While it’s kind of gung ho militaristic, I find the show entertaining and I appreciate its diverse cast (even though the ships commander is one of those square jawed guys that looks kind of like a Lego man).

chandler.png

tv-the-last-ship01.jpg

Tomorrow…back to work, I hope, although the forecast looks iffy.  I long to erase stuff from the work board.

Read Full Post »

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

DSC06431.JPG

out the kitchen window, moss in old dogwood

DSC00765.jpg

Smokey admiring the garden from the front steps.

When we started work today, I got the big idea we might get FOUR jobs done: Norwood, Mayor Mike, Diane’s and Red Barn.  We got a late start because of a storm passing through at mid morning.  When we did begin, the air felt icy despite sunshine. The commute to our first job, just two doors down, was even shorter than yesterday’s commute to the J’s cottage across the street.

Norwood garden

Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) take care of the biggest job here, the annual pruning of the hedge.  Today, we weeded and clipped in the narrow beds around the house.

DSC06433.JPG

before, on the cold and shady side

DSC06440.JPG

after

beforeafter2.png

Allan’s photos

I think those three barberries are planned for removal.  Not to pass the buck, but I do think Sea Star Dave would be just the fellow to do it!

DSC06436.JPG

the easiest part,  in the sun…before

DSC06439.JPG

and after (with weeds and montbretia leaves pulled)

This bed especially could benefit from some mulch.  I think with such narrow beds, the most economical method (for labor) would be bales of Gardner and Bloome rather than a trip to get a yard of mulch.  Shall we?

DSC06435.JPG

before, lavender

DSC06438.JPG

after.  The fuchsias may leaf out or may have to be cut all the way back.

DSC06434.JPG

I wondered if this, with the black berries, was privet, and later got it confirmed to be so.  Maybe usually it is pruned so hard one doesn’t see the berries.  I want one.

DSC06441.JPG

We got done just in time for rain.

We took a break at home to wait out the rain, then headed out to Mike’s garden a few blocks to the east.

IMG_0223.JPG

Frosty and Skooter

DSC00772.jpg

our neighbour Yarrow (Allan’s photo)

Mike’s garden

Allan clipped part of the pampas grass.  We’ll leave the moderately good looking uprights for now.

beforeafter.png

before and after

DSC06442.JPG

forgot a before, so this is a during.

DSC06443.JPG

DSC06445.JPG

Decided to prune the hardy fuchsia down this year.

DSC00779.jpg

trying not to step on any tulip foliage

DSC00781.jpg

before (Allan’s photos)

DSC00783.jpg

after

DSC06451.JPG

after

DSC06447.JPG

after

DSC06448.JPG

This time I pruned down the buddleia.

DSC06449.JPG

Pieris in bloom

DSC06452.JPG

front corner

dsc06446

Iris siberica ‘Eye Catcher’

Because the temperature kept dropping, we almost bailed out on work at 3 PM.  I had remembered that Diane’s garden has a big hydrangea to prune (that in previous years has taken me by surprise), so I did not want to squeeze that and the Red Barn garden onto the end of the day.  Deluded by a bit of sunshine, we decided to go on to

Coulter Park.

Coulter Park is just north of Dennis Company in Long Beach

DSC06453.JPG

back entrance from Ocean Beach Boulevard

DSC06454.JPG

west side with hardy fuchsias, before

DSC06460.JPG

after

DSC00784.jpg

northwest corner, before (Allan’s photos).  Something oily had been dumped in the corner, maybe killing an old siberian iris.

DSC00787.jpg

after.  What bad thing happened here?

DSC06458.JPG

the north side rose bed, horribly infested with salmonberry from under the fence

DSC00789.jpg

pruning out some big old canes

DSC06461.JPG

later, slightly pruned.  Refining this area is now on the “projects” list.

I still would like to talk to Parks Manager Mike about removing these roses and replacing them with non-thorny single trunked shrubs, to make it easier to control the dratted salmonberry invaders.

DSC06457.JPG

two pieris and a flowering currant against bright sunshine

DSC06456.JPG

north side (behind the old train depot) with siberian iris, before

DSC06459.JPG

after

By four thirty, my hands were too cold to feel what I was doing.

At home, I erased Coulter, Norwood, and Mike’s:

DSC06472.JPG

While the spring clean up list dwindles, the project list grows.

Tomorrow may not allow any blogging time.

 

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »