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Monday, 22 September 2014

It was so hard to shake the spell of the Sylvia Beach Hotel and get back to work. I just wanted to turn around and go back. If I drove, perhaps I would have. (Destiny told me that she once stayed there for fifteen nights, trying and failing to leave twice during that time. Once she almost got away but then turned back.) However, we buckled down to work instead.

We spent all day at Nelly and Don’s garden in Ilwaco, cutting plants back and weeding.

Nelly's back yard garden before

Nelly’s back yard garden before

and after

and after

Allan's project on the east side, before...

Allan’s project on the east side, before…

Someone had been hired to prune the hedge; Nelly is so kind that she had sent him home out of concern on the 91 degree day two days before.

Allan raking out the hedge clippings

Allan raking out the hedge clippings

before

before

after

after

after

after

one of the areas Allan tackled, before and after

one of the areas Allan tackled, before and after

I do think Nelly's house is one of the two prettiest houses in town.

I do think Nelly’s house is one of the two prettiest houses in town.

That probably leads to the question: Which is the other prettiest house? This one, up on School Hill:

LB Williams House (1899)

LB Williams House (1899)

Nelly’s garden took all day (there is a side garden, too, and the front beds, none of which I photographed). Afterwards, we took Carol to dinner at the Depot Restaurant on her last night of her beach vacation.

Depot Restaurant garden

our Depot Restaurant garden

depotfront

 

We shared artichoke fritos.

We shared artichoke fritos.

I had delicious smoky borscht.

I had delicious smoky borscht.

and parmesan artichoke risotta with a micro Greek salad on top.

and parmesan artichoke risotta with a micro Greek salad on top.

Carol and Allan each had the renowned Southern Comfort Pork.

Carol and Allan each had the renowned Southern Comfort Pork.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

I truly just wanted to stay home with these two:

Mary and Smokey

Mary and Smokey

It had rained considerably overnight, as this puddle in front of our house showed.

It had rained considerably overnight, as this puddle in front of our house showed.

I was glad to see the garden invigorated by rain (and not needing to be watered).

front garden, looking east from driveway

front garden, looking east from driveway

Allan would like the city to put gravel here, but I like the big puddle for photos.

Allan would like the city to put gravel here, but I like the big puddle for photos.

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

We decided to do the northern jobs earlier than usual this week as rain was predicted for later.

Andersen’s RV Park

Andersen’s also had a garden reflected in a puddle.

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden

fig tree and cosmos

fig tree and cosmos

The park looks off-season-ish. It will fill back up on clamming weekends this autumn.

looking west

looking west

We deadheaded the many Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ plants.

Payson Hall clubhouse planters

Payson Hall clubhouse planters

west side garden

west side garden

picket fence garden (east side of house) looking autumnal

picket fence garden (east side of house) looking autumnal

spent white phlox and hydrangea

spent white phlox and hydrangea

back to the garden shed garden, for some weeding...

back to the garden shed garden, for some weeding…

and some mulching

and some mulching

really quite stunning

really quite stunning

I suddenly realized that without my even planning it, fall clean up had begun!

As we were leaving Andersen’s, just outside the grounds a neighbour was walking the most beautiful Bengal mix cat on a leash. I got to meet it (have forgotten its name). Allan’s photos:

cat

cat2

Klipsan Beach Cottages

At KBC, Allan began by clipping more uppies off of the rose and honeysuckle arbour. He said he had wanted to do so for the last three times, but our long handled clippers had disappeared. He had found them in the back garden of Marilyn’s last week, where he had left them behind while clipping some blackberries, so he was back in business pruning without a ladder.

pruning

I was getting mentally back in business; this was the first day since my recent trip that I did not feel heavily burdened with longing to get back to the Sylvia Beach Hotel. I love fall clean up and it had me all revitalized.

inside the south gate of the deer fence

inside the south gate of the deer fence

a fall clean up project before

a fall clean up project before

My goal was to get rid of all the Lysimachia punctata so that there could be a more formal feel to this little walkway to Denny’s mini-pond. Mary of KBC does like a formal look to her garden, and I had realized that this would be a good spot to do something pleasing for both Mary and Denny, as Denny also likes his little pond to show up better. We’ll get some sort of small formal plant to border the pathway.

after

after; the Coreopsis verticillata, lower left, will come out next time. A little piece can go somewhere else.

also cleaned out a lot of asters and old foliage from this area....

also cleaned out a lot of asters and old foliage from this area….

The garden still has much to offer on the first day of autumn:

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

cosmos as tall as the arbour

cosmos as tall as the arbours

the very last of the sweet peas ('Streamers')

the very last of the sweet peas (‘Streamers’)

Allan noted later that the outdoor fireplace at KBC”s A Frame rental reminded him of something.

AFrame with fire circle

AFrame with fire circle

Allan made this mental connection.

Allan made this mental connection.

Rain began as we finished at Klipsan Beach Cottages. We decided to do one more job so we would not have to drive north later in the week.

Wiegardt Gallery

We didn’t do much, just deadheaded cosmos and clipped some lavender back so that patrons would not brush against wet plants to go up the entry walk.

wiegardt

I was glad to see the good rain on the gardens after a hot dry weekend.

I was glad to see the good rain on the gardens after a hot dry weekend.

home again

On the way home we stopped at Long Beach city hall to pick up our check. A sure sign of autumn is that the hanging baskets had been taken down all over town.

cityhall

At home, there had been slight movement by the cats.

Mary and Smokey

Mary and Smokey

Calvin

Calvin (He looks a little weird because he is a neurotic nervous licker)

The new rainwater feature was sort of working but needs some adjustment.

Most of the water is going onto the ground and missing the top of the gutter piece.

Most of the water is going onto the ground and missing the top of the gutter piece.

autumnal look to the back garden

autumnal look to the back garden

a delightful amount of rain water

a delightful amount of rain water

Rain had refilled the water boxes.

Rain had refilled the water boxes.

The rainwater barrels were all overflowing except for the gutter one.

The rainwater barrels were all overflowing except for the gutter one.

With considerable wind predicted, we took down the great wall of china.

50 mph winds were due overnight (but did not quite materialize).

50 mph winds were due overnight (but did not quite materialize).

I harvested the second to last plateful of tomatoes from the greenhouse.

I harvested the second to last plateful of tomatoes from the greenhouse.

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