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Allan had actually worked while I toured with garden club on August 7, watering, weeding and trimming the Long Beach street tree gardens and the beach approach planters.  He also….bought a van from the owners of The Basket Case!   Now we will be able to buy lots more plants…but it would be a couple of weeks before we would have it ready for work with a trailer hitch installed.  While leaving the car insurance office in Long Beach he overhead the call of “Hey! Ho!  Let’s go!” and followed the sound to Veterans Field where a very youthful band was performing Ramones songs.

These young men had excellent taste in music.

These young men had excellent taste in music.

August 8

On August 8th, we had a normal work day, beginning with a stop at Olde Towne Café to switch the compost pail.  (We take the coffee grounds and fruit and veg trimmings home to enhance our compost production.)

at Olde Towne

at Olde Towne

We stopped at The Planter Box on a small errand, to get some barley to keep our square water boxes clear.

At The Planter Box, a shy little sunflower

At The Planter Box, a shy little sunflower

Then, work.  I felt like I had been slacking, but it was only going to get worse with the edible tour coming up.  We began up north at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Last year’s dahlia had finally bloomed after just sulking the previous summer.

grown in a very big pot to help protect it from snails

grown in a very big pot to help protect it from snails

at KBC: berries of Billardia longiflora

at KBC: berries of Billardia longiflora

lilies

lilies

the blues:  Agapanthus and Strobilanthes

the blues: Agapanthus and Strobilanthes

I have always found it difficult to get a good photo of the hardy Strobilanthes atropurpureus and it is also hard for me to remember the name of both of these plants.  I now remember Agapanthus as “a mystery…Agatha Christie…Agapanthus” and “bright blue and white…strobe light…Strobilanthes.”

Strobilanthes backed with Agapanthus with a blue globe thistle to the side.

Strobilanthes backed with Agapanthus with a blue globe thistle to the side.

strobilanthes atropurpureus...Hardy Persian Shield from the Himalayas in Northern India

strobilanthes atropurpureus…Hardy Persian Shield from the Himalayas in Northern India

The Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ has so not lived up to its name at KBC.  This year it is finally putting on some height.

not very steroidal nor giant

not very steroidal nor giant

Some of the Alliums have broken or fallen over so I stuck the stems firmly into an ornamental grass.

a good way to display

a good way to display old Alliums (better yet, spray paint them!)

another lily

another lily

inside the fenced garden

inside the fenced garden

and outside, with sweet pea success

and outside, with sweet pea success

After KBC, we spent an hour watering at Golden Sands because…surprise (not!), the oscillating sprinklers for which I long had not been installed yet.

At Golden Sands, a dahlia

At Golden Sands, a dahlia

one of the pretty, twirly, expensive but fairly useless sprinklers

one of the pretty, twirly, expensive but fairly useless sprinklers

We still, due to hand watering needs, had no time to weed or cut back….’

messy

messy

An Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ surprised me by putting out a new flower (pale blue than its earlier ones).

a nice surprise

a nice surprise

The maintenance man had been moving the pretty twirly sprinklers around to help them reach more areas.  Unfortunately, he is not a plants person.

oops

oops

After Golden Sands, Andersen’s RV Park got some time weeding and deadheading.

west side poppy garden

west side poppy garden

And then, Long Beach, for watering the main street planters.

evening light on a planter

evening light on a planter

Geranium 'Rozanne', Coreopsis 'Jive', ornamental oregano 'Hopley's Purple'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Coreopsis ‘Jive’, ornamental oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’

The bench is still gone in that planter (northernmost one on west side).

wondering if the curry plant in that planter will ever brown off so I can cut it back!

wondering if the curry plant and lavender in that planter will ever brown off so I can cut it back!

horses heading for the beach past Long Beach's main street

horses heading for the beach past Long Beach’s main street

We watered Gene’s garden because he had gone out of town for a few days on a trip which was later written about in our local paper.

from an article in The Chinook Observer

from an article in The Chinook Observer

And then home in time to put the barley into the water by our patio.

the barley solution to still, murky water

the barley solution to still, murky water

August 9

Friday was my big day planned to get the garden perfect for Sunday’s edible garden tour.  I did accomplish a lot….perfect weeding in the bogsy wood, deadheading and more weeding all around….and was so busy the only photos that I took were of Smokey being irresistibly cute on the patio.

Smokey and his rock pillows

Smokey and his rock pillows

Smokey

Smokey

He is wearing his BirdsBeSafe collar.

There may have been a bit of sitting and visiting with Judy during the day, which just may be when I noticed Smokey’s cute pose.  Allan did a superb job of mowing the lawn but we decided the edges did not need another go-round with the strimmer.

I had planned to have Saturday off to prepare, as well, but it had transpired that part of the day would be taken up with an edible garden pre-tour.  I decided to relax and go with it as I had heard that at least one of the other gardeners was not aspiring to perfection.  However I still thought that since I would probably have the fewest “edibles” I had darn well better have a perfect garden.

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I continue to review of Klipsan Beach Cottages gardens.  I do have the most photos from this garden because I had them already uploaded to the KBC Facebook page.  The plant assortments reflects many of the favourites that we also had planted in other gardens.

1 August

Cosmos atrosanguineus, smells just like chocolate!

Cosmos atrosanguineus, smells just like chocolate!

cosmos

Cosmos

crocosmia

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Salvia patens

Saliva patens backed with Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

clean up

We dug out some old Tradescantia along the fenced garden path because it always looked tatty.

sweet peas

sweet peas

Coreopsis 'Jive' with Allium and painted sage

Coreopsis ‘Jive’ with Allium, Coreopsis verticillata, and painted sage

Stipa gigantea, our favourite ornamental grass

Stipa gigantea, our favourite ornamental grass

lily

lily

8 August

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

Sanguisorba....originally from Dan Hinkley's Heronswood.

Sanguisorba….originally from Dan Hinkley’s Heronswood.

garden art

garden art:  Mary does not enforce this fee 😉

garden with view of cottages

garden with view of cottages

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

I always had a terrible time remembering the name of Agapanthus until I associated it with “It’s a mystery; Agatha Christie!”

lily

lily

lily

lily

I don’t know the names of most of the lilies because they came from divisions from my mother’s old garden.

lily

lily

This intensely fragrant lily bloomed for weeks.

This intensely fragrant lily bloomed for weeks.

15 August

lily

Lily speciosum rubrum

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Sometimes I photograph the same plants each week to show how long they are in bloom.

Strobilanthus atropurpureus

Strobilanthes atropurpureus

For some reason I also had a terrible time remembering the name Strobilanthes until I associated with being showy and blooming late = strobe light!  It is perfectly hardy here and blooms in late summer with curved and frilled blue and white tubes.

Echinacea 'Green Envy'

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

22 August

Echinacea 'Green Envy'

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

Veronicastrum

Veronicastrum and Lilies

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

30 August

honeysuckle

honeysuckle

just outside the deer fence

just outside the deer fence

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

Climbing rose

Climbing rose

Joseph's Coat rose by the garage

Joseph’s Coat rose by the garage

Sumac 'Tiger Eyes' by the house

Sumac ‘Tiger Eyes’ by the house

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

lily

lily

lily speciosum rubrum

lily speciosum rubrum

Timmy...or Sarah.

Timmy…or Sarah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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