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Public Service Announcement:

Here is the poster for the most excellent garden tour put on by the local Master Gardeners; this is by the same group whose tour in Aberdeen was so great last year.  I do not exaggerate when I say I am counting the days in anticipation, especially after talking with one of the organizers about this year’s tour:

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

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There had been this much rain overnight. I figured that meant we did not have to water the port gardens.

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That made me very happy.

We had four hydrangeas to plant at two other gardens on our block.

The J’s garden

all Allan’s photos here

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scilla to pull by the driveway, before

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quite tatty

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trying to drive a hole through the landscape fabric under one of the old hydrangeas

We had transplanted this one before realizing that there is horrible landscape fabric underneath.  At dinner the day after driving some holes, Todd said he would just take the hydrangea out, again, and cut the fabric, and put it back and water it a lot.  So we might do that quite soon.

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more scilla to pull

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We also simply must dig up and replant the sad hydrangea to the right.  It cannot grow upright because of the darned fabric (installed by the previous owners).  I did not have the confidence that they might survive transplanting in June till I talked to Todd about it the next day.

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All we have are tiny leaf buds…and a cattywampus sideways plant.

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old Hydrangea paniculata had definitely died.

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new one in

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Planter Box Teresa says this hydrangea caused a sensation in a garden on last year’s local tour.

Norwood garden

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Top heavy hydrangeas were probably forced for Mother’s Day.

Port of Ilwaco

We got to stay in Ilwaco all day, weeding the port and boatyard in preparation for an Art Walk on Friday evening.  (We won’t be attending because it will be in early evening while we are still working.)  Because we wouldn’t have time for the whole strip of curbside gardens, we prioritized the ones that would be most walked by during the event: From The Ilwaco Pavilion (restrooms) to the west end.

Howerton Avenue curbside gardens:

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by Ilwaco pavilion

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by Ilwaco pavilion. Still have a space, left, for another Helianthemum but could only find the dark red one. I want yellow or orange.

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

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Armeria maritima (sea thrift) (Allan’s photo)

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Chatting with the captain of the Mabel Grey

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Dianthus ‘Raspberry Swirl’ (Allan’s photo)

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Cistus (Allan’s photo)

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We both grumbled over a stolen Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ (Allan’s photo)

I was shocked that a few of the Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ were drooping their heads, so despite rain last night, we did some watering.

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Wilting. WHY?? You are supposed to be drought tolerant.  (It stood up after being watered.)

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watering the Time Enough Books garden (Allan’s photo)

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in the Salt Hotel curbside garden

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columbine (Allan’s photo)

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Ilwaco Freedom Market curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

I am frustrated with the “garden” by the Freedom Market parking lot.  The plants keep getting stepped on even in areas where I thought they would be safe.

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I thought the log would be enough to keep people from walking on this elephant garlic.

Picking little weeds out of a barkscape without interesting plants to enjoy is not my idea of pleasant work.  I have to figure this garden out better.  I think starting with small plants did not work.  This fall, I might add a whole bunch of substantial Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in order to make more of a “This is a GARDEN!” statement.  I would think that marijuana users of all sorts would enjoy some flowers.

I’d been in a positive mood that we would get everything on Howerton done in plenty of time to have hours left for the boatyard.  Nope.  We got there at 4:30; I’d been hoping for 3:00.

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looking south at three blocks worth of weeding

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Stipa gigantea hanging too far over the sidewalk; we clipped it.

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cut Stipa

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Stipa gigantea

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From the garden side, we always hear interesting conversations (and some swearing) from people working on boats.

I had eighteen painted sage to plant here and I delegated that to Allan because I could not stand one more planting job.

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Painted sage comes in pink, white, and blue. I had marked the leaf as R for “rose (pink)”.

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some water for each new plant

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poppies out in time for Art Walk  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

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A few successful sweet peas are fighting it out with horsetail. (Allan’s photo)

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wild lupines and poppies (Allan’s photo)

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lupines (Allan’s photo)

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By 6:30, I had reached the gate and Allan had weeded the garden south of the gate.

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I was pleased with our work.  Not every horsetail had been caught, but it was the best it had looked yet this year and while not perfect, it was perfectly fine for people walking along here during Art Walk.

Someone told me once that the boatyard garden desperately needed water because all the flowers were drooping.  I rushed to go there and water, and when I arrived I realized that the poppy buds were what she had seen.

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This is just the way poppy buds start out, drooping and then standing upright.

The workboard has only one planting project now.

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While we were weeding the boatyard, the owner of the interesting little garden at the Loading Dock Village at the port asked if we would take it on.  It is a charming little garden and I could not resist saying yes.  There is no gardening day that I like better, other than my own garden, than an All Ilwaco Day.

 

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Loading Dock Village garden in 2014. I love the metal edging and big metal wall.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My back hurt something fierce from schlepping my plants around yesterday evening.  It felt on the verge of going into a spasm.  What is this?  My back used to be the strongest part…well, with an occasional but infrequent blow out every few years.

In fact, what is the deal with how long it takes to stand up from a chair after sitting for awhile in the evening?  I was wondering that just last night.

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I would like to have stayed home today with Smokey and a book.

I’m not quite done with Hope in the Dark.  Even a short book goes slowly at planting time.  And now I have this heavy tome from the library:

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This morning, early, a strong buffeting wind had woken me up.  The wind still prevailed.  I had struggled mightily to get my knee brace on; it took two tries and Allan’s help to get it right. Despite my back, my hope for today was to get cosmos and more planted at The Depot, Long Beach welcome sign, two Long Beach Parks, the Anchorage, and the Kite Museum.

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Ilwaco Post Office garden will soon get some cosmos.

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lilies and Stipa gigantea, my favourite ornamental grass, at the post office.

As we made a welfare check on the new nicotiana in the garden boat at Time Enough Books, I felt so very cold that we went back home (two blocks away) so I could change into warm winter pants and shirt.  I left the knee brace at home; it does not work with heavier clothes.

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my mother’s clivia in flower, glowing in the front window

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A patch of strangely late blooming Tulip ‘Akebono’

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Another clivia blossom had fallen.

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Smokey’s nap disturbed

The Depot Restaurant

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cosmos going in

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Allan’s photo, Allium heads and my head

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cosmos in (Allan’s photo)

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delicate variegated saxifrage (Allan’s photos)

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closer

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north side of dining deck

Despite my check of two weather forecasts, both of which promised cool windy weather all day, the sun suddenly came out.  So hot!  I said to Allan that I had to go home (two miles south) and change clothes again.  Every year, there is a day about this time when I have to learn all over again the necessity of having summer and winter clothes with us at all times.

I struggled again with the knee brace.  Some days it just is not easy.  When it is on, it helps me enormously.

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Smokey still snoozing.

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Frosty wanting a belly rub. He never bites or scratches, so he does get many.

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Calvin’s nap disturbed.

Skooter has things to do during the day and is rarely found at home napping.

Long Beach

We started to set up the Long Beach welcome sign planting and I realized the front of the sign’s soil was too low.  Why hadn’t I added enough soil earlier on?  (Later, I decided it was because tulips had been in the way.) This necessitated an emergency trip to get soil from city works.  We took the chance of leaving unplanted gallons of Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ just sitting in the garden.  (Because one of Todd’s new public plantings in Ocean Park got completely dug up and stolen in the night last week, I’m feeling extra concern this week.)

When we got to city works, we saw this shocking sight:

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Noooo! The city crew had used most of the heaping pile of Soil Energy!

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We managed to scrape up just enough. (Allan’s photo)

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in the process of adding soil and pulling the damnable horsetail along the back of the welcome sign bed (Allan’s photo)

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low and miserable looking soil

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battling it out with horsteail and ripening bulb foliage, trying to not block the lights that shine on the sign.

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much better (Allan’s photo)

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welcome sign, after

I have always planted yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in this planter.  Because it takes so much deadheading, I’m trying the Summer Glow agastache in hope of an easier maintenance yellow effect.  (Garden designer Lucy Hardiman says “Yellow stops the eye” in drive by public plantings.)

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Agastache ‘Summer Glow’

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undeadheaded Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

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added Cosmos ‘Sensation’ in the back, and Cosmos ‘Sonata’ (shorter, so as not to overshadow the agastaches) in front.

I decided to skip the Long Beach parks for now and go to the Anchorage…but on the way we saw a perfect and rare parking spot right next one of the two planters we had not added to yesterday.  We had to take that opportunity.  Usually, I end up carrying plants for half a block to this planter and the one across the street.

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I do not think we have ever before gotten this prime spot.

Getting the Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and two Agastache ‘Mexican Giant’ into those two planters completes phase two of three of the Long beach planter planting.

The Anchorage Cottages

We had to get to the Anchorage by four o clock because of a Situation I’d learned about in an email late last night, after the plants for the Anchorage were already loaded: The parking lots were being resurfaced and so we could not park by the gardens today or tomorrow.  With a big three day holiday weekend coming up, and being determined to get the cosmos and some other plants added to the garden this week, and with today being the only day it would fit well into our schedule, I spent some time last night plotting alternative routes into the garden.  This required getting there while Manager Beth was still working in order to access the office courtyard via the office.

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Our good friend Mitzu in the office. (Allan’s photo)

The center courtyard and the south courtyard can be accessed from the west and south lawns by walking around the cottages, without setting one foot on the parking lots, whose stripes were being painted as we gardened.

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We had to slither along spaces like this, a secret path between the office and center courtyards that had appeared with the recent painting.

While I planted, I set Allan to clearing out the old scilla flowers and foliage; it is rampant in the center courtyard garden.

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before; last week it was a hazy of blue.

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why I never ever plant scilla in a garden bed

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after. I thought it looked too bare so gave Allan two “Bells of Ireland” and a campanula to add to it.

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looking back just before slithering around the side of the office building to depart.

By where we parked, on the grassy road north of the cottages, lives a Fish and Wildlife officer who has a bear trap at the ready.

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Allan’s photo

Sometimes, our  local “fish cops’ are featured on a telly show:

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from Rugged Justice: Releasing a bear into the wild if said bear has made itself at home scavenging in town.

But I digress.  By now, I knew we would not get cosmos planted in the Long Beach parks today.  I hoped that we might find the oomph to plant up the pocket garden at the Kite Museum.

We drove there.  We looked at it from inside the car.

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Imagine the cold whipping of the wind, now 23 mph.

I couldn’t do it, so we went home at 6:30.  Tonight, I will watch Deadliest Catch and be embarrassed that I wimped out.  It was better for the plants to wait till tomorrow…yes, that is it.

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working on The Deadliest Catch…puts my wimpiness to shame

At home, I got to make a couple of erasures from the work board, albeit not as many as I had hoped.

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Tomorrow: planting time continues.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

As usual lately, workable weather gave me the big idea that I could cross four things off of the work list.

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Iris reticulata at the Ilwaco post office (Allan’s photo)

After a brief post office weeding, we headed to Long Beach and began with the planters on the Sid Snyder beach approach.

Sid Snyder Drive

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looking west on Sid Snyder

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santolina and narcissi

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clipping santolina (Allan’s photo)

 

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I find it regrettable that this resort replaced drought tolerant lavenders and ornamental grasses with lawn.

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planter, before (Allan’s photos)

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and after

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more narcissi.  I should have paused to break off those echinops stubs.

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west end of Sid Snyder, south end of boardwalk, last planter

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a short scenic break, from the boardwalk, because life is short.

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interpretive signs on the boardwalk

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whale sculptures

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Discovery Trail (Allan’s photo)

Allan noticed two socks abandoned by a tourist excited to see the ocean.

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World Kite Museum

Also on Sid Snyder is the Kite Museum. While we began a little touch up clipping on the small entry garden, museum store manager Patty emerged and I was able to ask what the plans were for a newly cleared entry area.

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Kite Museum entry; our little garden is out of frame to the right.

The answer is that the museum will have a new bike rack and picnic table spot and some big flower pots.  Patty and I agreed that the row of tatty old hebes to the right should be pulled out, as the ones on the left side had been removed.  I like that idea even more if someone other than us does the digging.  Then our little garden will show better.

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before, with shabby hebes to the left that will be gone

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after

Allan did all the work while Patty and I discussed big ideas.  She knew we were coming soon because she watches the work board on this blog.

Bolstad beach approach

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west end of Bolstad

I had brought some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts from home to fill in these planters; last year we had a startling amount of theft of good plants along this approach.

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an interesting display showing local volcanos (Washington and Oregon)

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I myself have found pumice stone on this beach, probably from the 1980 eruption of Mt. St Helens.

In the second planter to the east, I found the first finger blight of the year.

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two recently stolen armeria (sea thrift) plants

Our thief is at it again.  I wish I could catch her.  I could tell her that sea thrift does not transplant well.  I put Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in its place.  She may like that, too.

Allan had gone to the beach approach garden to clip ornamental grasses.  He brought the van back to me so that we could sit out a heavy rain squall.

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looking east

Fortunately, it was but a squall and we were able to get back to work without misery.

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lots of standing water in the dunes

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beach approach garden, looking east

Today we were only clipping.  The big weeding of the beach approach garden still awaits us.  I do not think it will be as tough a job as usual; the weeds are not a thick carpet this year.

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not too bad!

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some poppy seedlings; I scattered lots of seedpods last fall.

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looking west, rugosa roses

One of the things we will be doing along with the weeding is pulling out as many rugosa roses from right along the edge as we can.  So if any of you locals want some, let me know and I’ll tell you when that is about to happen.

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What have we here? Deer or thieving human? I think someone was trying to steal bulbs that are planted deep.

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Not very weedy.  I wish there were more poppy seedlings.  Maybe later.

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Looking east.  A volunteer wax myrtle is fighting it out with an escallonia.

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definitely deer eaten tulips

Parks Manager Mike drove by and agreed to get us a pile of Soil Energy mulch.  I am thrilled we do not have to drive up peninsula to get it ourselves.  We will bucket it from a pile in the works yard.

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rugosa rose stems sticking out too far into the sidewalk area

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a temporary fix by clipping

While I weeded and clipped in the planters, Allan had clipped tall grasses all along this garden.  It’s a tedious task.

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before and after

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before and after

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before and after

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It’s especially unpleasant to pull old crocosmia leaves from inside prickly roses.

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This leads to thorns in the fingers.

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planter work

Parking Lot “Berms”

We tidied up several Stipa gigantea and a few perennials on the north and south parking lot gardens, east of downtown.

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Allan’s photos: Stipa gigantea before

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and after

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the north berm

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last Stipa, south berm, before trimming

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end of south berm

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While pulling crocosmia, I found an old bird next.

I had had a dream today of getting the rambling roses pruned in Fifth Street Park. Since the temperature was dropping, a wind kicking up, and not enough time left, we did one more small project that had never even made it to the work board.

Minnie Culbertson Park

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before

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after, with a vigorous trimming of the lithodora

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The first clean up column is almost done!

While we might be able to polish off the Port of Ilwaco spring clean up in one day or two, the weather forecast is dire so I cannot count on it happening tomorrow.

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Sunday, 22 May 2016

A day of garden puttering at home is perfection for me.  Another form of perfection might have been a rainy day so that I could read my book.

Not today.

Not today.

I wish to read it in one sitting.  Meanwhile, for my daily bedtime reading, I am partway through this excellent non fiction book:

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Smokey would have liked a reading day.

Smokey would have liked a reading day.

Before I began gardening, I got a text from a friend who had caught someone picking a bouquet at the boatyard.  Allan and I tore down there and nipped it in the bud.  The picker was parked on one side of the street with our friend parked on the other, as if, having been interrupted while picking, she had returned to her vehicle and was waiting the witness out.  The picker claimed she had just picked up broken flowers.  Our friend, still there, had witnessed her actively browsing and picking in the garden.  I knew darn well that one flower, from a plant I have only one of in the garden, was from right underneath one of the “Please Leave the Flowers for Everyone to Enjoy” signs.  No yelling was involved, but I hope stern words made an impression.  I have photos showing exactly who it was.  I won’t be sharing them publicly…this time.

a detail. She told Allan she had been sketching the garden.

a detail, with flowers in hand. She told Allan she had been sketching the garden. You can see the sketch behind the flowers.

Finally home again for the rest of a day off, in good weather, I garden puttered.  Or, as the mom of one of the Sylvia Beach Hotel called it, “piddlefarting around the garden”.

I’d been worried all weekend for Susie of the Boreas Inn, who had been ambulanced to a Portland hospital with a heart attack on Saturday morning.  The news that an angiogram showed no damage and that she could come home today was a great relief. 

Parahebe 'Waterfall Mist'

Parahebe ‘Waterfall Mist’ by Nora’s driveway


Parahebe 'Waterfall Mist', a good mounding perennial

Parahebe ‘Waterfall Mist’, a good mounding perennial


perfectly placed self sown lavender and golden oregano on the patio

perfectly placed self sown lavender and golden oregano on the patio


more self sowing...

more self sowing…


from this plant table

from this plant table


decided it was time to trim the restia

I decided it was time to trim the restia


Smokey found this most amusing.

Smokey found this most amusing.


rescued a frog who had gotten trapped in a bucket by the water boxes

rescued a frog who had gotten trapped in a bucket by the water boxes

I got trapped in a sudden heavy rain squall back by the bogsy woods and, somewhat sheltered by trees, weeded the bindweed corner.

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Here it was last week.


and today

and today

I see room for a new shade plant, or five.

During the rain, Allan painted top pieces for the new arbour.

During the rain, Allan painted top pieces for the new arbour.

When the rain stopped, Allan fixed the back gate whose hinges had rusted shut.  He had to grind off the old hinges and install more expensive, non rusting new stainless steel ones.  (“The hinges cost more than the door”, says Allan.)

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Allan’s project


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old hinge could not be unscrewed

I failed to get a photo of the door-gate put back on.  I was able to use the door-gate to go to the other side and pull bindweed off the fence where our lot meets the gear shed property line.

From nearby, the fragrance of Philadelphus wafted about.

From nearby, the fragrance of Philadelphus wafted about.


Stipa gigantea in the back garden

Stipa gigantea in the back garden


Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' from Terra Nova Nursery

Eucomis ‘Glow Sticks’ from Terra Nova Nursery


mom's red velvet rose doing well next to a giant daylily that I am wondering why I spared in the daylily purge last year.

mom’s transplanted red velvet rose doing well next to a giant daylily that I am wondering why I spared in the daylily purge last year.

Allan also installed on the front gate a sign that was a present from Mary and Denny of Klipsan Beach Cottages.

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He also put up a bamboo rose trellis.

He also put up a bamboo rose trellis.


last garden puttering the of the day: digging some baby new potatoes for J9 to pick up tomorrow.

last garden puttering the of the day: digging some baby new potatoes for J9 to pick up tomorrow.


Allan found the first ripe strawberry.

Allan found the first ripe strawberry.

We only had a two day weekend because we have much work to do this week making towns and resorts perfect for Memorial Day weekend.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

May 22:  In garage moved my garden stuff into empty NW corner.  Moved boxes of priced stuff over to east wall.  Planted the rest of sprouted upright begonias and one more basket. There are about a dozen of Dutch Garden begonias that haven’t sprouted.  I’ll write to them about it.

1998 (age 74):

May 22:  12:00-5:00  Worked all that time planting tomatoes.  The greenhouse is jammed.  I had to stop twice to sift compost and mushroom compost.  All the black pots, milk jugs and bleach jugs are full.  All the tomatoes are out of the shop finally.  I started throwing some away but there are about 10 left of misc varieties that I’ll plant.  Next job is to plant tulips in garden and replant begonias in the tubs.

 

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I created the garden on the east side of the Ilwaco boatyard as a volunteer project in the mid 90s, and, over the years, it turned into a job for the Port of Ilwaco.  The garden is a challenge because of being deeply infested with horsetail and bindweed and because it needs to be hand-watered from behind the fence.  Most of it is drought tolerant so we only water once or twice a month.  The silver balls that you’ll see in many of the photos are Santolina (lavender cotton), one of my favourite perennials.  We removed the tall bronze fennel at the end of this season because, while it was a welcome plant back in the 90s, it is now on the noxious weed list.

A good source for multi-coloured California poppies is the One Stop Poppy Shop.  They come not just in orange but also in pinks, dark orange, almost red, pale yellow, and cream.

Here is the garden in 2015.   I decided to present the photos as a gallery rather than a slide show so that those who wish can see them in more detail.  If you click on the first one to biggify, you will get a nice display with backward and forward arrows.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Red Barn Arena…

and Diane’s garden are convenient to check up on as we head up Sandridge Road to our north end jobs.

our little Red Barn garden (Allan's photo)

our little Red Barn garden (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo: This garden is pretty dry and gets a lot of north wind.

Allan’s photo: This garden is pretty dry and gets a lot of north wind.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s Garden

My good friend Misty (who's camera shy)

My good friend Misty (who’s camera shy) in the back yard


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.  It was very hot, thus the hat, to try to avoid dizziness.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


the front garden

the front garden


Stipa gigantea, cosmos, Perovskia and more

Stipa gigantea, cosmos, Perovskia, Alliums and more


the long narrow strip along the highway

the long narrow strip along the highway


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


the other driveway corner with lavender and Lavatera 'Barnsley'

the other driveway corner with lavender and Lavatera ‘Barnsley’


Lavatera 'Barnsley' by the house, with new privacy porch

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ by the house, with new privacy porch for shelter from the busy road

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Each room gets a shelf outside the door. A plant nut lives here.

Each room gets a shelf outside the door. A plant nut lives here.


in the hallway: Allan's photo

in the hallway: Allan’s photo


The personal decorations in the Golden Sands hallways definitely show a love of plants. (Allan's photo)

The personal decorations in the Golden Sands hallways definitely show a love of plants. (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: each room (with its own kitchenette and bathroom with walk-in shower) has its own shelf in the hallway.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


sit spot in the hallway

sit spot in the hallway


SE quadrant

SE quadrant


NE quadrant

NE quadrant


monarda (bee balm)

monarda (bee balm)


These two areas by the dining room have siberian iris, which predates our time, and which does not do well. Would like to replace them with santolina and sedums.

These two areas by the dining room have siberian iris, which predates our time, and which does not do well. Would like to replace them with santolina and sedums.


Sweet peas clambering through roses scent the entry to the dining room.

Sweet peas clambering through roses scent the entry to the dining room.

Marilyn’s Garden

Every other week we go all the way to Surfside to check on Marilyn’s garden, where the deer play…and so does a cat or two.

looking southwest from the driveway over a lovely patch of self seeded cosmos

looking southwest from the driveway over a lovely patch of self seeded cosmos


Looking south on the path, after cutting some Phygelius to make it more path-like.

Looking south on the path, after cutting some Phygelius on the right to make it more path-like.


The deer eat some phygelius flowers but leave most for us.

The deer eat some phygelius flowers but leave most for us.


Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' towering over me.

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ towering over me.


My good friend Scooter!

My good friend Scooter!


deadheading shasta daisies, before (Allan's photos)

deadheading shasta daisies, before (Allan’s photos)


and after (Allan's photo)

and after (Allan’s photo)


view west from the back porch

view west from the back porch


Scooter leads the way north down the path.

Scooter leads the way north down the path.


echibeckia and painted sage

echibeckia and painted sage

Bonus garden: The Wiegardt Gallery

We stopped on Sunday at one of our former jobs, now under the expert care of our friend Todd, artist Eric Wiegardt’s brother.  I could not find a smooth way to fit the photos in to the edible garden tour day so decided to put them here, four days later, as it is a north end, Ocean Park garden.

front entry: the old struggling cistus is gone from the bay window

front entry: the old struggling cistus is gone from the bay window


Allan's photo of our pet tiny bun of dianthus. I miss that plant!

Allan’s photo of our pet tiny bun of dianthus. I miss that plant!


oyster shell edge all cleaned up, visible, and looking spiffing

oyster shell edge all cleaned up, visible, and looking spiffing


front bed

front bed


Eric likes cosmos.

Eric likes cosmos.


west side of building by parking lot

west side of building by parking lot


Todd has gotten the watering hoses to work better, evidenced by the height of the cosmos.

Todd has gotten the watering hoses to work better, evidenced by the height of the cosmos.


north bed looking much better than before, fuller, with the awful "orchard grass" (weed) gone

north bed looking much better than before, fuller, with the awful “orchard grass” (weed) gone


It cannot have been easy to get that bad running weed grass out.

It cannot have been easy to get that bad running weed grass out.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo: He was clearly impressed with the weeding.

Allan’s photo: He was clearly impressed with the weeding.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo with Teresa and I looking at the garden on edible garden tour day.

Loved seeing the garden looking so well cared for.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Back to the real work day!

looking in the gate of the fenced garden

looking in the gate of the fenced garden


on the arbour: Billardia longiflora

on the arbour: Billardia longiflora


sanguisorba

sanguisorba and cosmos


my friend Tommy...or Sarah?

my friend Tommy…or Sarah? (eating ornamental grass)


southwest corner of fenced garden

southwest corner of fenced garden


Lilium speciosum rubrum

Lilium speciosum rubrum


lilium speciosum rubrum

Lilium speciosum rubrum


lilies

lilies


Agapanthus and blueberries. I confess I ate at least ten berries.

Agapanthus and blueberries. I confess I ate at least ten berries.


Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’


Izu No Hana

Izu No Hana


Izu No Hana

Izu No Hana


view southwest over the birdbath

view southwest over the birdbath


Tiger Eyes sumac in the driveway garden

Tiger Eyes sumac in the driveway garden


in the driveway garden (Allan's photo)

in the driveway garden (Allan’s photo)


looking west across the lawn from the driveway

looking west across the lawn from the driveway

I could not bear deadheading more shasta daisies in the lawn border, so Allan did it.

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I visited with my good friend Bella the Great Pyrenees but did not get a photo this time.

Anchorage Cottages

Mitzu!

Mitzu!

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playing the noble hound

playing the noble hound


even more noble

even more noble


Manager Beth told me the sweet peas had fallen over—a broken string—but she managed to fix it, with help (not Mitzu's).

Manager Beth told me the sweet peas had fallen over—a broken string—but she managed to fix it, with help (not Mitzu’s).


Salvia viridis (painted sage) in center courtyard

Salvia viridis (painted sage) in center courtyard


center courtyard

center courtyard


rugosa roses by the sport court

rugosa roses by the sport court


Chamaecyparis and pampas grass in unwatered area. I hope the trees will be all right.

Chamaecyparis and pampas grass in unwatered area. I hope the trees will be all right.  (They always turn that colour in late summer, but maybe not this early.)

Tomorrow, the Long Beach watering rounds again.

 

 

 

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A Real Time Reminder

It’s garden tour day!

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

Here’s an article about the tour by our friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com.

Now back to our chronological catching up.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office

I began the day still shaken from yesterday’s watering woes.  The sight of our volunteer garden at the post office cheered me up.  Then we were off to our north end jobs, with a couple of small jobs on the way.

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

one of the pretty horses

one of the pretty horses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the garden behind the pasture’s gate

Diane and Larry's garden next door

Diane and Larry’s garden next door with Stipa gigantea

California poppies in Diane's roadside garden

California poppies in Diane’s roadside garden

penstemon

penstemon

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

grooming the container garden (Allan's photo)

grooming the container garden (Allan’s photo)

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands, regular watering with the sprinkler system has the courtyard garden looking wonderfully lush.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we went all the way up to lower Surfside to do some weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

a neighbour of Marilyn's (Allan's photo)

a neighbour of Marilyn’s (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn's daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

looking south—Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours' garage.  The next layer down is Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' which will bloom in late summer.

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours’ garage. The next layer down is Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ which will bloom in late summer.

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After Marilyn’s we drove south again to our very favourite job, Klipsan Beach Cottages.

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

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in the background: tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with hazy purple flowers

Thalictrum 'Elin'

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' and Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

daylily

daylily

driveway garden

driveway garden

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

Geranium 'Rozanne' embracing a boxwood.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ embracing a boxwood.

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

fairy door (Allan's phot)

fairy door (Allan’s photo)

Andersen’s RV Park

We had been weeding and deadheading at Andersen’s for about an hour when owner Lorna came outside and told us the big news:  Barring any unexpected last minute glitch, the deal was about to close on selling the park.   I turned in our restroom key (and said we’d get it back next week if something went wrong at the last minute).  I might as well tell you now that the deal did close for sure a few days later, so our walk around the garden saying goodbye was really the last time.  I have always told Lorna that when she sells, we are leaving with her as it is a good time to further accomplish our goal of cutting back a bit on work.  She says the new owners, a young couple from California, intend to do the gardening themselves so it worked out for the best for everyone.

A farewell look at Andersen’s gardens:

picket fence and garden shed gardens

west garden, Payson Hall (blue roof), picket fence and garden shed (upper right) gardens

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii and Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

the west garden

the west garden

west garden

west garden

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west garden telephoto

west garden telephoto

 

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

garden behind office

garden behind office

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detail: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' and godetia

detail: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and godetia

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

lilies

lilies

office

picket fence from inside

picket fence from inside

My only regret in leaving now is that I planted some of every kind of sweet pea that I had here, and now won’t see all the different colours bloom.

old fashioned wooden picket fence

old fashioned wooden picket fence

one of two big hydrangeas

one of two big hydrangeas

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a guest arriving (Allan's photo)

a guest arriving (Allan’s photo)

I will miss the fun of seeing a “wagon train” of RVs come in, led by the first driver, who is known as the wagon master.

As we were leaving, Lorna gave us this chair.  She is packing to move full time to her Seattle townhouse.

It's on my covered front porch now.

It’s on my covered front porch now; Thank you, Lorna.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob had returned from Montana.  She had called to ask me to stop by because they had brought us a present.

Jo's garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Jo’s garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Jo's back deck with bunting

Jo’s back deck with bunting

Coco! (Allan's photo)

Coco! (Allan’s photo)

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

(She did not even know I had been whinging on about my watering woes yesterday.)

Port of Ilwaco boatyard

We ended our day watering at the Ilwaco boatyard.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we have to water from behind the fence

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual...

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual…

 

 

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard north end

boatyard north end

We took some of our bucket water to give the new curbside plants at the port a boost.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

So….what shall we do with the extra few hours from not going to Andersen’s?  I suppose we could put it toward weeding the Long Beach beach approach garden, or….we just might spend it on our own garden.

We are now down by several jobs, as we quit two small jobs over bad pruning and slow payment, and Todd has the Wiegardt garden, and we gave Casa Pacifica to Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, Cheri is doing her own garden, and Flowering Hedges has been doing Erin’s garden.  It has delighted me to be divested of all of these jobs; however, I suppose we need to be careful that we don’t go too far into early retirement and lose our ability to afford to go garden touring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Before leaving Ilwaco, we planted two tiny lavender starts in the Time Enough Books garden, where we think they will enjoy the scree-like environment.  The weather was ideal: comfortable, not too hot, very little wind.

The Time Enough Books garden

The Time Enough Books garden

Then we were off toward some north end jobs, beginning with a check up on the planters at

The Red Barn Arena

I finally managed to get two photos of the baby, born earlier this spring.

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one of the barrels

one of the barrels

We couldn’t cut across a pasture to the garden next door as a horse grazed in that pasture today, so we walked along the highway.

Diane’s garden

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.


Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea


back garden planters

back garden planters

On the road again, I remembered that Garden Tour Nancy had asked me if we would check out a potential tour garden for her.  Located in Tides West, it was on our way to our next job.

a garden tour sneak peek

I do believe this one will be on the tour, so I can’t show too much.  I was so impressed; the owner has built all these features herself in just one year.

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I was immediately impressed.

I was immediately impressed.


I wish I had such skills!

I wish I had such skills!


Just one year old

Just one year old


one of two cute dogs

one of two cute dogs

I was inspired to turn two photos into Waterlogues:

Painted in Waterlogue

Painted in Waterlogue

The gardener told us that Ed Strange had recommended that she contact Garden Tour Nancy, and that he calls her garden “Neverland”.  She thought he meant it was like a magical fairyland until she learned he actually meant he thought she would never be finished with projects.  It is just around the corner from our friend J9’s and I am surprised I had not noticed it before, until I realized that  I first visited J9’s new abode and walked around that block over a year ago, and this garden had not even begun then.

Back to the world of work…

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Next, Golden Sands, where Allan strimmed the center lawn (because its easier to bring a string trimmer than a lawn mower down the hallways to the central courtyard).

outside the dining room

outside the dining room (NW quadrant)


SE quadrant

SE quadrant

I had had a plan for quite some time that I finally got around to.  I wanted to prune the rhododendrons behind the SW quadrant to be closer to the height of the ones in the upper right above, that were severely pruned two years ago (not by me).

SW quadrant

SW quadrant: Behind the maple tree are the rhodies I have had my eye on.

The best time to prune them is shortly after they bloom, so last month would have been better.

before: the view out the back hallway window

before: the view out the back hallway window


Here they are pruned...

Here they are pruned… and not looking all bare and stubby.


Well done, if I do say so...and now someone in the corner has a view of the garden.

Well done, if I do say so…and now someone in the corner has a view of the garden.


And there is a garden view from the back hallways window.

And there is a garden view from the back hallways window.

It might seem like a bad plan to have large shrubs blocking the view.  However, before we got our hands on them, the four quadrants were just scrubby sections of lawn.

Allan hauled four wheelbarrowloads of branches down the halls and out to the debris pile.

With a great sense of accomplishment, we went about ten blocks up the road to

Klipsan Beach Cottages

looking in the east deer fence gate

looking in the east deer fence gate


a little frog in a nest of ivy (not planted by us, and not the dreaded English ivy)

a little frog in a nest of ivy (not planted by us, and a more delicate choice than the dreaded English ivy)


the birdbath view

the birdbath view


sit spot in the fenced garden, with Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

sit spot in the fenced garden, with Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’


Alliums and roses

Alliums and roses


bright orange lilies, bright sunshine

bright orange lilies, bright sunshine


River of Geranium 'Rozanne' in the shade along the road to the cottages

River of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in the shade along the road to the cottages


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


I'm pleased that some Fuchsia magellanica that I brought from my garden are sizing up.

in the A Frame garden: I’m pleased that some Fuchsia magellanica that I brought from my garden are sizing up.


A Frame garden: hydrangea and Allium albopilosum

A Frame garden: hydrangea and Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

On the way further north, we stopped at Jack’s for some snacks and a hose fitting.

Jack's Country Store, Ocean Park

Jack’s Country Store, Ocean Park


I noticed someone working on a nice curbside garden at Anita's Coastal Café.

I noticed someone working on a nice curbside garden at Anita’s Coastal Café.

Marilyn’s garden

At our northernmost garden, I had at long last remembered to bring 13 little painted sage plants, and when they were in the ground, Annuals Planting Time was finally truly done!

Eryngium 'Jade Frost' at Marilyn's

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ at Marilyn’s


one of the cosmos that reseeded from last year

one of the cosmos that reseeded from last year

Just as I thought we were done with our weeding session, I saw an Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ that needed deadheading.

before

before


after

after


path, looking south; we did a fair amount of gravel weeding today

path, looking south; we did a fair amount of gravel weeding today


the buds of Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

the buds of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’


more Crocosmia 'Lucifer' buds

more Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ buds


Cosmos

Cosmos


the back deck

the back porch


looking north from the back porch

looking north from the back porch

I had pulled out a big clump of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, behind the montbretia to the right, because I felt it blocked Marilyn’s view of the garden.  Her assistant told me a mother deer and two baby fawns are frequenting the garden and Marilyn loves to observe them.  There is still plenty of ‘Lucifer’ on the other side of the path.

  I wish there were not so much orange montbretia.  It was the only plant in the landscape when we began, just a bit here and there.  That clump got huge before I realized it.

Tall Miscanthus now blocks the view of the garage to the west.

Tall Miscanthus now blocks the view of the garage to the west.


north view with catmint  sprawling on the path

north view with catmint sprawling on the path


Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum


Agastaches and poppies by the driveway

Agastaches and poppies by the driveway

I had hoped we would be done in time to do Andersen’s RV Park today.  It was not to be, so that will have to wait for tomorrow.

We finished with a tiny pruning job at the south side of the port office, where once again we were in the cold north wind.  A volunteer elderberry needed some branches trimmed.  The wind discouraged photos of the process.

Allan's photo: the port wind warning flag was up, as it has been often this month.

Allan’s photo: the port wind warning flag was up, as it has been often this month.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

I repeated yesterday’s day off in a way:  I worked on catching up on this blog for much longer than I had planned.  At least I got outside…without my camera…at 3 PM instead of 5.  Weeded like mad in the back garden till almost 8 and dug out a surprising amount of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (way too much of a good thing) and a sickly looking Centaurea montana (rather a shame).  The latter might have come back if I had just cut it back hard but I suddenly was in a frenzy to dig it out completely.  (Now I will miss its spidery blue flowers.  Todd informs me that there are new cultivars in blue that are better than the old one that I had.)

Centaurea montana...bye bye

Centaurea montana…bye bye

BLACK Centaurea montana

pretty sure I still have the cool BLACK Centaurea montana in the front garden

Allan’s productive days

On a drive to Long Beach to get some gutter fittings, Allan took some photos of Black Lake.  His hope was to go boating on Monday.

Black Lake, Ilwaco

Black Lake, Ilwaco, a popular place on a holiday Sunday

Black Lake dock

Black Lake dock

After buying his supplies at Dennis Company in Long Beach, Allan took this photo of the carriage ride going by the flowers at Long Beach City Hall.

mainly featuring lambsears and sea thrift

mainly featuring lambsears and sea thrift

His project: to fix a rotten board at the top of our garage.  This has bothered him for years; other projects have taken priority before now.  He was inspired by his desire to put another downspout for another rainwater collection bin, and he photographed the project as it went along.

I don't even notice it anymore.

Side: I don’t even notice it anymore.

front

front

In the dark, with misty rain falling, and lots of progress showing.

In the dark, with misty rain falling, and lots of progress showing.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Allan’s garage repair project continued.

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new wood spliced to old solid wood, replacing old rotten wood

all painted, with no seam showing....I am impressed.

all painted, with no seam showing….I am impressed.

new downspout installed

new downspout installed

Allan rewarded himself with a boating excursion on Black Lake…coming up after I regale you with some garden (and PUPPY!) photos.  (There will be a bird in Allan’s set of photos.)

Monday in the garden

the poppies by our driveway

the poppies by our driveway

As I was doing some weeding in the front garden to make room for planting the last of the six packs of cosmos, our friend Ed Strange drove up, bringing my nephew Jackson for a welcome visit.

Jackson weighs 20 pounds now!

Jackson weighs 20 pounds now!

That face! That paw!

That face! That paw!

Jacks in motion

Jacks in motion

sit and shake hands

sit and shake hands

What a good boy!

What a good boy!

Then the back garden became much more interesting than Ed and a treat.

Then the back garden became much more interesting than Ed and a treat.

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an enormous treat for me

an enormous treat for me

Ed left for a gardening job, while I got back to my weeding and planting.

back garden in progress

back garden weeding in progress

After removing six or more huge Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, I sheared the rest.  I picked up most of the clippings; leaving them lie there leads to a veritable grove of Autumn Joy.

Did you know its original name is Sedum 'Herbstfreude'?

Did you know its original name is Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’?

Removing some of the sedums gave me space for new plants.

Removing some of the sedums gave me space for new plants (my new Agastaches and Sanguisorbas).

Some accomplishments and failures in the garden this weekend:

This area had been thick with weeds, and snails and slugs had eaten a Shasta daisy to the ground.  Weeded: check!

This area had been thick with weeds, and snails and slugs had eaten a Shasta daisy to the ground. Weeded (pretty much): check!

where on Saturday, I removed a sickly, sprawling Centaurea montana.

where on Saturday, I removed a sickly, sprawling Centaurea montana.

Two huge sedums removed, making room for two small plugs of Panicum 'Northwind' instead.

Middle bed: Two huge sedums removed, making room for two small plugs of Panicum ‘Northwind’ instead.

Rosa moyesii and Stipa gigantea

Middle bed: Rosa moyesii and Stipa gigantea

did not get the end of the middle bed weeded: fail.

did not get the end of the middle bed weeded: fail.

end of east bed, before

end of east bed, before

after.  Weedy sedge dug out.  Check!

after. Weedy sedge dug out. Huge Autumn Joy removed.  Dwarf fireweed pulled. Check!

southeast shade bed: weeding not done, and what was done not picked up.  Fail!

southeast shade bed: weeding not done, and what was done not picked up. Fail!

Mary expected a better job.

Mary expected a better job.

the garden left in chaotic condition....

the garden left in chaotic condition….

Some Todd plants found...Triumph!

Some Todd plants found…Triumph! And Sluggo cast all about to protect them…

Despite wishing I had gotten more weeding done, I felt pleased that I had gotten about 20 of my ladies in waiting planted and was able to enjoy an evening stroll around the garden.

a fragrant old rose (moved from my other garden, lost the ID on the way)

a fragrant old rose (moved from my other garden, lost the ID on the way)

This rose used to live at the Wiegardt Gallery...back when the building was pink and the garden undiscovered by the deer.

This striped rose used to live at the Wiegardt Gallery…back when the building was pink and the garden undiscovered by the deer.

Iris siberica

Iris siberica

Patio still laden with the last of work Annuals (and Perennials) Planting Time

Patio still laden with the last of work Annuals (and Perennials) Planting Time

Allan boating on Black Lake

Allan rewarded himself for a job well done with a late afternoon excursion to Black Lake, which, though small, is only a few blocks away.

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Black Lake rhododendron

Black Lake rhododendron

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an interpretive sign

an interpretive sign

Our local paper just had this interesting article about local youth making Josh’s trail better.

ready to launch

ready to launch

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from the water

 

Allan was able to quietly float up to this heron.

Allan was able to quietly float up to this heron.

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Allan felt sorry when his presence annoyed the bird into flapping out of the water.

those annoying humans

those annoying humans

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the built-up side of the lake revealed

the built-up side of the lake revealed

The bird came back to fish some more, and allowed another photo, my favourite:

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Allan tested out his new waterproof camera by actually putting in under water to photograph the weeds that can make this lake feel shallow for boating:

water weeds

water weeds

We had both worn ourselves out with our weekend extertions.  Fortunately, our next work week would be only four days  long as Allan has another boating expedition planned for next Saturday.  I am thinking that three day weekends make life much more pleasant than twelve day work weeks.

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Friday, 24 April 2015

You might not be able to see the pouring rain in the photo below unless you look quite closely.

from our front porch

from our front porch

Ribes speciosum

The Ribes speciosum is STILL blooming. What a great do-er. Must take starts to gardens of various clients.

The Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine) against the porch wall is climbing tall.

The Dicentra scandens (bleeding heart vine) against the porch wall is climbing tall.

The rain stopped and I began to gather some plants to plant today.  I envied the neighbour cat, who clearly planned to spend the day in our garden.

The orange cat from across the street is furtive and shy, unlike Onyx from next door who is a good friend of mine.

The orange cat from across the street is furtive and shy, unlike Onyx from next door who is a good friend of mine.

I wish I could spend the day in my garden, too.

I wish I could spend the day in my garden, too.

Ilwaco

Ilwaco post office garden

Ilwaco post office garden

I think that the reason I have a hard time growing sweet peas against the picket fence in our volunteer garden at the post office is that that strip is in a mysterious rain shadow.  It is dry while the rest of the garden is damp.  Well, phooey.  I don’t think I feel inspired to specially water it every day.

We went over to First Avenue to add some diascias to some of the planters and while we did, I made a list of what we will need to finish planting them up for the season.  Except for nasturtiums (from seeds), I am trying to do all plants that will not wilt when dry, as we can only water these every third day.

planter at First and Eagle with Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' and diascia

planter at First and Eagle with Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ and diascia

a boat with me mum's name

a boat with me mum’s name

I checked on the condition of the boatyard garden.  We will weed it mid-next week in hopes of attaining top quality for the May 2nd parade.  This year, for the first time since 2010, I won’t be taking photos for the Discover Ilwaco page as the parade conflicts with the Rhodie tour….or vice versa, as the parade has been going on for years and the rhodie tour is new.  Gardening touring trumps a parade in my life.  (Three days later:  I may have figured out a way to do both; we’ll see.)

a reminder

a reminder

horsetail is popping up in the boatyard again.  We will deal with it NEXT week.

horsetail is popping up in the boatyard again. We will deal with it NEXT week.

Stipa gigantea in full bloom already

Stipa gigantea in full bloom already

at the south end of the boatyard

at the south end of the boatyard

Back to the planter work:

by the Portside Café

by the Portside Café

Allan's photo of the Portside with customers at each window table.

Allan’s photo of the Portside with customers at each window table.

The Depot Restaurant

When we dined at the Depot earlier this week, Chef Michael informed us that the building will be painted soon.  Oh dearie me.  Today we made a short stop there to put bamboo stake tripods over the most vulnerable little plants, like the newly planted Nicotiana langsdorfii and the alliums.  We already lost two alliums during the recent roofing of the building. Even though Michael said the painters will be careful…better safe…

little bamboo stakes tied into tripods.  I won't tidy up the back of the bed till the painting is done.

little bamboo stakes tied into tripods. I won’t tidy up the back of the bed till the painting is done.

staking the lilies in the long garden

protective staking of the lilies in the long garden

A rain squall came up just as we were leaving, perfect timing for a drive to the Basket Case.

driving north in a light rain

driving north on Sandridge in a light rain

The Basket Case Greenhouse

While I did not get any yet, I am excited to try the new cross between rudbeckia and echinacia: echibeckia.  Ed Strange said it was a great do-er for him last summer.

While I did not get any yet, I am excited to try the new cross between rudbeckia and echinacia: echibeckia. Ed Strange said it was a great do-er for him last summer.

There are still trays and trays of exquisite and economically priced violas left.

There are still trays and trays of exquisite and economically priced violas left.

perusing my purchase (Allan's photo)

perusing my purchase (Allan’s photo) (with another subtle Rhodie Tour reminder)

Fred can be very funny.  (Allan's photo)

Fred can be very funny. (Allan’s photo)

Next, back down the road to

The Red Barn Arena and Diane’s Garden

Allan had a project at the Red Barn: to replace two worn out wooden barrels with new plastic ones.

The little garden at the Red Barn

The little garden at the Red Barn

his cordless rechargable drill for making drainage holes

his cordless rechargable drill for making drainage holes.  He drilled out all four so that barn owner Amy can have two extras ready for use.

Allan's photo: digging out the old soil and bulbs

Allan’s photo: digging out the old soil and bulbs; some of the narcissi got replanted in the ground level garden

Allan's photo: the whiskey barrels were pretty well done.

Allan’s photo: the whiskey barrels were pretty well done.

There is always some horsey activity going on.  (Allan's photo)

There is always some horsey activity going on. (Allan’s photo)

bulbs replanted into new container (Allan's photo)

bulbs replanted into new container with Erysimum and red diascia added (Allan’s photo)

I used to use bright yellow, tall Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in these barrels.  I got tired of seeing them not thrive from not being watered enough, so am going with the much less thirsty Erysimum this year.

Meanwhile, I planted the lone planter by the south door of the barn.

otherplanter

The red calibrachoa 'Vampire' has come through the winter with many blooms already.

The red calibrachoa ‘Vampire’ has come through the winter with many blooms already.

Hugo observed my work.

Hugo observed my work.

I feel bad for Hugo who seems always to be in his stall.  He is missing one eye and the other one seems cloudy, so I wonder if he is blind.  I hope he gets to go out sometimes in the evenings.

While Allan finished his project, I walked over to Diane’s garden next door, with some pink diascia and blue bacopa to plant.

Tulip 'Angelique' in one of her pots

Tulip ‘Angelique’ in one of her pots

I noticed that the planter closest to the garage is so dry that the tulips withered.  I sent Diane a photo-illustrated email.  I often find that people don’t realize that the eaves of a building keep a certain pot or garden area completely dry.

happy rainwatered planters...and one dry one

happy rainwatered planters…and one dry one

In the front garden, Stipa gigantea in full bloom

In the front garden, Stipa gigantea in full bloom

Long Beach

We had a bit of deadheading to do in Long Beach, left over from yesterday’s mostly rained out day.  The red tulips and late white narcissi in Veterans Field are going to be all done by the parade day (May 3rd) due to blooming early this year.  However, the early bloom for red Geum and blue Salvia ‘May Night’ will make up for that.

the last of the narcissi and tulips

the last of the narcissi and tulips

Geum and Salvia coming on

Geum and Salvia coming on

Long Beach City Hall also needed deadheading attention and we planted a golden Physocarpus in a dull area of the garden.

Physocarpus 'Dart's Gold' should liven up the north garden bed....

Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’ should liven up the north garden bed….

which has taller plants at its other end

which has taller plants at its other end

the west wall of city hall

the west wall of city hall; the dianthus on the corner got blasted by Thursday’s wind

across the street, the HQ for our neighbours' cranberry farm

across the street, the HQ for our neighbours’ cranberry farm

Long Beach City Hall

Long Beach City Hall

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tiles by local artist Renee O'Connor are set into the sidewalk

tiles by local artist Renee O’Connor are set into the sidewalk

The Anchorage Cottages

We had one more garden to check, and at The Anchorage we were greeted by my good friend Mitzu.

Mitzu

Mitzu

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

center courtyard

center courtyard

The center courtyard garden is full of scilla that is just going over.  Next time, we will have to pull all of it and the garden will be transformed.  Today, I could not resist pulling some but really did not have time for all of it.

Scilla, which I wish was not in this garden at all.

Scilla, which I wish was not in this garden at all.

Every year, we pull out foliage and many bulbs.  It always comes back.

Every year, we pull out foliage and many bulbs. It always comes back.

The top of the ceanothus at one end of the courtyard is pitiful.  Even though it won't be pretty, we will cut it back to good new foliage next time.

The top of the ceanothus at one end of the courtyard is pitiful. Even though it won’t be pretty for awhile, we will cut it back to good new foliage next time.

shade garden:  Note to self, prune the rhodo gently back from the siding next time.

shade garden: Note to self, prune the rhodo gently back from the siding next time.

the "Zen Courtyard"  Note to self: Beth wants a Japanese maple here.  I need to find one that is extra special; the hardest part is finding time to shop for it.

the “Zen Courtyard” Note to self: Beth wants a Japanese maple here. I need to find one that is extra special; the hardest part is finding time to shop for it.

Clearly, we need a good long session at the Anchorage to get everything done that needs doing right now.  I think we need to go “overseas” (to 7 Dees in Seaside perhaps) to find a special little Japanese maple.  (But WHEN?)  I don’t want a plain old red-leaved one, thank you very much.

Darker and darker clouds inspired us to hurry at the end of the job, and as we got into the van, down by the Chameacyparis trees, the rain came.

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Tomorrow: We have to get up dreadfully early (for us!!) because it is beach clean up day, and a work day, and a puppy visiting day.

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