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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Annuals planting time probably could have started full force by now because of an early spring…although I am wary of planting tender annuals when the nights are still chilly.

On the way, I added some Agastaches to the Ilwaco post office garden.

On the way, I added some Agastaches to the Ilwaco post office garden.

There, we saw our neighbour Jessika of Starvation Alley Farms and got their attractive new postcard.

There, we saw our neighbour Jessika of Starvation Alley Farms and got their attractive new postcards,

I had one lavender to plant (for balance) in the Ilwaco boatyard.

I had one lavender to plant (for balance) in the Ilwaco boatyard.

at the boatyard, Stipa gigantea in bloom

at the boatyard, Stipa gigantea in bloom

lavender and lupines at the boatyard

lavender and lupines at the boatyard

Still on the way to Jo’s, we did some planting in Veterans Field in Long Beach:

added some more eryngiums

added some more eryngiums

At last, we arrived at Jo’s at about one thirty.

Jo’s garden

I wish I had thought to take a photo of all the flats of annuals lined up when we arrived.  I moved them because we needed to start planting in that area.

The flats covered the soil on both sides of the entryway.

The flats had covered the soil on both sides of the entryway.

flats of impatiens...

flats of impatiens (on the bench) and godetia (lower left)

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

more impatiens

more impatiens

and more

and more

and flats of mixed annuals for the windowboxes...

and flats of mixed annuals for the windowboxes…

Allan's photo: his project of planting geraniums edged with white alyssum

Allan’s photo: his project of planting geraniums edged with white alyssum

Allan's photo: me sorting plants for the windowboxes

Allan’s photo: me sorting plants for the windowboxes

Allan's photo: his first project done

Allan’s photo: his first project done

We had one lovely little break:  Ed Strange, who had been mowing just north of us at the Boreas Inn, came by with his new puppy, whom we had first met on April 23rd..

me and Jackson

me and Jackson; how he has grown!

Ed and Jackson

Ed and Jackson

finding a place for Jackson to piddle

finding a place for Jackson to piddle

Allan's photo: planting impatiens

Allan’s photo: planting impatiens

Allan's photo: after

Allan’s photo: after

Allan's photo: north wall, before

Allan’s photo: north sunporch wall, before

after

after

About five hours after we began:

window boxes on west side of guest cottage

I did all the but one of window boxes (here, on west side of guest cottage)

overflow geraniums in pots

overflow geraniums and diascia in pots

Allan has to stand on a bucket to plant geraniums up here.

Allan has to stand on a bucket to plant geraniums in this windowbox.

impatiens under a rhodo

impatiens under a rhodo

impatiens by the middle gate

impatiens by the middle gate

impatiens down the north side in the area we'd cleared of Bad Aster and Geranium 'AT Johnson' (the too rampant pink one) last fall.

Allan planted the impatiens down the north side in the area we’d cleared of Bad Aster and Geranium ‘AT Johnson’ (the too rampant pink one) last fall.

Allan waters in some new perennials we had brought with us to also plant.

Allan waters in some new perennials we had brought with us to also plant.  All the geraniums are in along the entry.

Alliums and perennials

Alliums and perennials

all planted up.  Jo's magic makes her geraniums bloom all summer in heavy shade.

all planted up. Jo’s magic makes her geraniums bloom all summer in heavy shade.

pink rose in bloom and empty space waiting for cosmos (next week)

pink rose in bloom and empty space waiting for cosmos (next week)

Here’s what Jo’s looks like in midsummer, whether or not it is on a garden tour.

Other than puppy love, we had some good entertainment at the end of the evening when the neighbour’s girlfriend rode up on her horse.

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Allan’s photo

I thought, wouldn’t it be great to be young again and have a girlfriend who comes to visit on a horse?  After awhile, they all left with the young woman sitting in the back of the truck with the horse, whose name was Goose, placidly following on a lead.

Very very Long Beachy

Very very Long Beachy (Allan’s photo)

Just as we were finally packed up (and utterly tired), Fred and Nancy from the Basket Case drove by to say hi.  They had just had dinner at the Depot’s burger night and knew (from Fred’s morning delivery of the plants) that we would be unable to join them.  They were impressed that we had gotten it all done in five hours.

I’d begun the day with a fantasy that we could also get a messy planter in Long Beach completely redone.  How silly to think we’d have had time for that.

On the way home we had a look at the hotel at the port that is being restored.

We were thrilled to see the dark grey paint job covering the red.

Hotel on Howerton Avenue by the Port: We were thrilled to see the dark grey paint job covering the red.

Many buildings around here are painting the same “beach red”.  The story may be apocryphal, but I heard that once years ago there was a big sale on red paint….

Next: annuals planting time continues….

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Golden Sands Assisted Living

After we were done enoying the beach clean up volunteer lunch at the Peninsula Senior Center, it was easy to walk right next door and do a little planting at Golden Sands.

left: Senior Center; top left: health clinic; bottom right, Golden Sands

left: Senior Center; top left: health clinic; bottom right, Golden Sands

You can see that not only is there our courtyard garden but also a volunteer-maintained paved strolling trail garden to the north of the facility.

We had just a few plants dug up from my garden and Jo’s to plant in the courtyard: some sanguisorbas and Eryngiums from me and the spare roses that Allan dug out of Jo’s garden last week (replacing them with Floral Carpet rose).

Golden Sands, north side, some volunteer spreading of bark

outside Golden Sands, north side, some volunteer spreading of bark

Allan wheelbarrowing down the hallway to reach the courtyard garden door.

Allan wheelbarrowing down the hallway to reach the courtyard garden door.

While still mostly green, the garden looks like it is just about to pop with colour.

While still mostly green, the garden looks like it is just about to pop with colour.  SE quadrant

NE quadrant outside my mum's old window.

NE quadrant outside my mum’s old window.

NW quadrant: still frustratingly slow.

NW quadrant: still frustratingly slow.

something to admire: My mum's velvet red rose, transplanted from her old garden.

something to admire: My mum’s velvet red rose, transplanted from her old garden.

Allan planted two buckets of old narcissi bulbs.

Allan planted two buckets of old narcissi bulbs.

and was pleased to see the Sumac 'Tiger Eyes' has put out a sprout.  (Last year someone stepped on this little baby; now it has a protective teepee of bamboo.)

and was pleased to see the Sumac ‘Tiger Eyes’ has put out a sprout. (Last year someone stepped on this little baby; now it has a protective teepee of bamboo.)

We weren’t there for long before leaving for the great event of the afternoon: meeting my new nephew, Jackson Strange.

Puppy Time at Ed’s

Yesterday our friend Ed Strange had picked up his new family member, an eight week old Springer Spaniel named Jackson.  Settle back for a plethora of puppy pics:

me meeting Jackson for the first time.

me meeting Jackson for the first time.

all windblown from the beach clean up earlier in the day!

all windblown from the beach clean up earlier in the day!

a very relaxed and trusting puppy, falling asleep

a very relaxed and trusting puppy, falling asleep

After greeting me, Jackson immediately fell asleep between Allan's feet.

After greeting me, Jackson immediately fell asleep between Allan’s feet.

getting a little more comfy with Allan's boot as a pillow.

getting a little more comfy with Allan’s boot as a pillow.

a man and his pup

a man and his pup

walking into the garden

walking into the garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ed has redone the north edge of his property.

Ed has redone the north edge of his property.

In this photo from last year's garden tour, you can get a hint that the front was a solid bank of salal.

In this photo from last year’s garden tour, you can get a hint that the front was a solid bank of sala along a ditchl.  That was quite a transformation, involving the laying of culvert pipe.

the driveway shade garden

the driveway shade garden

Ed''s sweet little single wide, in a new colour

Ed”s sweet little single wide, in a new colour

Some garden discussion and admiration....

Some garden discussion and admiration….

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

An enormous gunnera is the focal point for the garden.

An enormous gunnera is the focal point for the garden.

It has made lots of little seedlings.

It has made lots of little seedlings.

Ed, me, and one other got one of the Garden signs from The Basket Case Greenhouse.

Ed, me, and one other got one of the Garden signs from The Basket Case Greenhouse.

I bet you would like to see some more puppy photos.

Ed and Jackson

Ed and Jackson

Jackson kept falling asleep.

Jackson kept falling asleep.

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me taking puppy pics

me taking puppy pics

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on Ed's coffee table

on Ed’s coffee table (Allan’s photo)

We sat on the deck visiting for awhile.  Jackson fell asleep again.

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A noise scared him and he went under my chair…and fell back asleep.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ed's corner deck display

Ed’s corner deck display

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ed got this little statue from his late friend Jimella's garden, in memory

Ed got this little statue from his late friend Jimella’s garden, in memory

Ed was taking three days off from his landscaping business to bond with his pup.  As we left for our next job, they were planning to take a nap together.

Our friend J9 lives down the street and we had a crab pot to drop off for her garden decorating project.

Our J9.

Our J9.

Then…back to work.

Andersen’s RV Park

At Andersen’s, we had a hydrangea to prune, a blueberry to plant, and the usual deadheading and weeding.

Payson Hall planters with red ranunculus

Payson Hall planters with red ranunculus and California poppies

and Allium schubertii

and Allium schubertii

on the door of Payson Hall clubhouse

on the door of Payson Hall clubhouse

and the garbage can

and the garbage can

Owner Lorna had asked me last week if a hydrangea by one of the two cottages (an area we do not take care of) was dead.  No, it was not, I told her, and today Allan pruned it all the way down, down, down to new growth and gave it some fertilizer.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

Allan's photo: deadheading along the picket fence

Allan’s photos: deadheading along the picket fence

and blueberry planting

and blueberry planting

the weekly picket fence garden view.  The sweet peas are almost an inch tall along the fence.

the weekly picket fence garden view. The sweet peas are almost an inch tall along the fence.

Ilwaco

After a day so long and action packed that it would not even fit into one post, I was eager to get home.  At the stoplight intersection, we had to make one last stop to get some photos of the (now closed, with a building needing restoration) Doupé Hardware Store.  A citizen (we don’t know who) had made the effort to make an attractive window display.  This is very welcome at the main entrance to town.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: This beautiful building was once a thriving store.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At home, we got more news of the revitalization of town when our friend Julez (a local surfing instructor) stopped by on his way to visit the Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm household just next door to us.  He and his spouse have taken on the Harbor Lights Motel and Lounge at the port, which has been closed for several years.  We are so excited that it will be reopening this summer, and we see craft cocktails made with organic cranberry juice sometime in the future.

Julez, of Skookum Surf and now the Harbor Lights Motel.

Julez, of Skookum Surf and now the Harbor Lights Motel.

his new little dog (Omar?):  Allan's photo

his new little dog (Omar?): Allan’s photo

with his other dog, Taco (Allan's photo)

with his other dog, Taco (Allan’s photo)

It seems Ilwaco is turning around again with a boost of youthful energy.

Tomorrow:  We hope to do the weeding at the Ilwaco Community Building Garden.  This time I’ll go with Allan and see what I’ve gotten us into by saying yes to the job.

We have a tremendously busy week ahead as by next weekend the Ilwaco and Port of Ilwaco gardens need to look perfect for the Saturday children’s parade and opening day of Port of Ilwaco Saturday Market, and Long Beach has to be perfect for the Sunday parade, and Klipsan Beach Cottages has to be perfect for the Saturday Rhodie Tour, and the other resorts should look pretty nice because it’s a big tourist weekend.  This is my last chance to remind you about the Rhodie Tour as this blog is, as usual, running several days behind. Locals, we hope to see you there.

a reminder

a reminder

 

 

 

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