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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

The Red Barn

I was pleased to be greeted by my good friend, Dog.

We watered as well as weeded because the container plants were dry.

Very dry.

pineapple sage just giving up

Two different people apologized (without me even kvetching) and said they would do better.  The rodeo last weekend had consumed their attention.

Allan saw Cosmo, but I had gone to the planter on the other side of the barn by then.

Diane’s garden

Along the roadside garden fence, we have great sweet pea success.

Allan’s photo

cosmos (Allan’s photo)
lily (Allan’s photo)

The septic vault garden has much to offer.

violas reseeded in front
nasturtiums and drumstick alliums
Allium sphaerocephalon

tigridia…
aka Mexican shell flower
Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
Holly

Long Beach

We tidied up Veterans Field and Fifth Street Park in advance of the summer weekend events (in this case, the Jake the Alligatorman birthday party).

Vet Field flag pavilion garden with lots of Gauria lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’
I got to pet this corgi (Allan’s photo)
the rather sad corner garden

Brainstorm: If I could get some more handsome gallon sized Jackman’s Blue rue I could fill in the saddest side of the garden, where the sprinkler doesn’t hit.

two more blue rue would be perfect

But…I checked around and no big handsome gallon ones are available here.  I took some cuttings, looking ahead to next year.

a good rhododendron in the Lewis and Clark Square garden (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park needed a big clipping of the horribly mildewed Dorothy Perkins rose.  I always feel compelled to say that this rose was not chosen by me, but instead by a landscape architect.

pitifully diseased Dorothy P

Cathy of Captain Bob’s Chowder gave us some welcomingly cooling bottled sodas on this rather hot day.

after

Now the park is ready for Jake’s event.  Jake lives inside Marsh’s Free Museum.  A parade will go from Marsh’s to Veterans Field on Saturday.

On the other side of the park, Super Dorothy rose is in the pink of health.  That one was chosen by me and the parks manager, on the recommendation of Heirloom Roses.

sanguisorba and Super Dorothy

Today, we had the time to finally weed two tiny sidewalk gardens (if you can call them that) a block north of city hall.  I was not thrilled when gravel was dumped on one of them.  It does not make the weeding easier.

before; I did not plant this maple.

We had a visit from a local dog, Georgia.

Allan’s photo
after (Allan’s photo)

After dumping quantities of debris at city works, we returned with a couple of buckets of mulch.

still pretty sad (Allan’s photo)

Boreas Inn

 we made a quick and efficient tidying tour of the Boreas Inn garden.

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo (What kind of butterfly?)
Allan’s photo, some sort of moth
Artmisia ‘Powis Castle’ and Eryngium (Allan’s photo)
Liatris (Allan’s photo)

garden suite garden
Allan’s photo
front porch (all Susie’s container design)

Cosmos ‘Xanthos’ (my only front porch contribution)

The west garden leads to a path to the beach.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Before work, I dug up an Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ and a sanguisorbia to take to our first job.  I gazed mournfully upon my Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’.  I fear I may have killed it by moving it one too many times last autumn; it does not look happy.

I hope it perks up.

The post office garden desperately needs wild garlic pulled.  However, the narcissi and tulips might distract people’s eyes.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo, Narcissus ‘Professor Einsten’

Diane’s garden

We continued the sweet pea rounds by planting seeds along Diane’s new roadside fence (along with a few more perennials: Eryngium ‘Jade frost’, Agastache ‘Blue Boa’, silver santolinas, a green santolina rooted from a cutting, and one libertia).

back garden:

Allan’s photo

the septic box garden (with the Red Barn way in the background)

violas that came through the winter

front garden (Allan’s photos):

I sure do hope the sweet peas work out!  Sometimes I don’t do very well with seeds…although I have had good luck at the Ilwaco boatyard and at the Anchorage Cottages in years past.  And we had sweet peas every year at Andersen’s RV Park, especially one year, when the ground was fresh because the picket fence had been redone and the sweet peas were mind blogglingly good, the best I have ever grown.

sweet peas way back when at Andersen’s RV Park

Today, we arrived earlier than yesterday to

The Bolstad Beach Approach garden

and to our goal of getting another section done.  I had thought we might escape the misery of thick roses by doing the extra long section at the west end (where the roses get more windy weather and so are smaller).  However, the wind had again proved much stronger and colder than the forecast, so we kept working east to west.  The garden is several blocks long, and the weather is harsher at the west end even on a sunny weeding day.

There is some satisfaction in working in an orderly way from one end to the other.  This year, our goal is the west end’s red buoy; some years, it is the east end Long Beach arch.  Last year, we jumped around and our progress was less satisfying.

1 PM: our goal, the red buoy in the distance

We are working away from the arch.

Allan’s photos

before

before

before

before

When the roses were cut, we dumped them at city works before finishing the weeding in order to get some mulch for the section we weeded yesterday.  I knew if we waited till the end, I would be completely out of energy.

dumping debris

gathering mulch (windy!)

mulching yesterday’s section so it doesn’t look battered

today’s section, clipped

after

after; Allan removed the roses that were right at the walkway end

We don’t always clip the roses right down, just every few years in the thickest sections.  We do try to keep them pushed back from the edge.

5 PM: closer to the buoy, and the next section is not as thick with roses.

We had saved four buckets of mulch for Fifth Street Park and for the big planter in Lewis and Clark Square, where I planted a few sweet peas by the metal tower.

Allan digging out annoying Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (which I regret planting here years ago).

prepping for sweet peas

in a nearby planter

police station planter, where I like to plant in shades of blue.

Even though they are pretty and low maintenance, I regret having planted white rugosa roses (‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ starts from Andersen’s RV Park!) on the south side of the police station.  It had been fun back when I could plant a “thin blue line” of blue flowers there.

white rugosa roses, having been pruned to the ground as we always do here

At least they are better than the yellowed and sun scorched rhododendrons that grew along there when I first took on the Long Beach job.

In Fifth Street Park, I planted sweet peas in the cold and windy and miserable shade, in an area where I don’t have luck with them (snail depredation, I think) and yet I try every year because ONE year long ago, I had good sweet peas there.

sweet peas

glorious sweet peas in 2012, Fifth Street Park

I dumped the last of the mulch in a couple of low areas where it just looked silly among the horrid swathes of as yet unweeded wild garlic.

This garden looks great in summer but is so slow in the early spring despite all my efforts. It is wettish and narcissi seem to just rot away.

We tagged the huge miscanthus that the city crew is going to remove for us.

It gets huge and blocks the path and lawn—part of the original landscaping designed by a landscape architect (as are the chronically mildewed Dorothy Perkins roses).

Allan mulched this little bed across the street:

Finally, we found the oomph to plant one more little batch of sweet peas in the planter by the Paws by the Sea pet store, where I also decided we must prune a variegated euonymus.  This is one of the three planters with would-be huge shrubs left over from volunteer days.

Allan thought it should be left to be a backdrop for the narcissi….

but by the time he said that, it was mostly gone.

At home, I was able to erase two sweet pea jobs and one beach approach section, getting the beach approach down to single digits.

I had better add “mulch Fifth Street Park” so that the garden will look better there.

I think it will be a week, at the least, before we get back to the beach approach.  Rain is due starting tomorrow and it is our WORST job in even mildly bad weather.

 

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Monday, 17 August 2015

by our driveway: Nicotiana 'Hot Chocolate'

by our driveway: Nicotiana ‘Hot Chocolate’

Long Beach

Today was the watering of the Long Beach planters and street trees, which went well.

Silver-edged Sanguisorba 'Dali Marble' looks good in Fifth Street Park in a spot with lots of water.

Silver-edged Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ looks good in Fifth Street Park in a spot with lots of water.


a sweet little bird on Sedum 'Autumn Joy' in Fifth Street Park

a sweet little bird on Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in Fifth Street Park

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Tigridia in a planter

Tigridia in a planter


Tigridia and Geranium 'Rozanne'

Tigridia and Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and painted sage


Allan's photo of a planter in the north blocks

Allan’s photo of a planter in the north blocks

It was the first day of the annual kite festival; Allan got this photo looking west while watering Fish Alley.

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Allan had commented last watering day, when he did the south end planters, that all the trailing nasturtiums had been cut back from the planter at 7th Street.  Yes, they have!

They were all down to the street.

They were all down to the street.  Who did this?

This is an odd whodunit, because parks manager Mike likes things that trail.  I am mystified.  It was too tidily done to be deer.  Hrmph.

Gaura lindhiemeri 'Whirling Butterflies' on the east side of Fifth Street Park.

Gaura lindhiemeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ on the east side of Fifth Street Park.


Salvia viridis (painted sage) is just about to the point of needing lots of deadheading.

Salvia viridis (painted sage) is just about to the point of needing lots of deadheading.


The white painted sage starts to brown off first; if clipped, it will have smaller blooms lower down.

The white painted sage starts to brown off first; if clipped, it will have smaller blooms lower down.


The colour is from bracts, not flowers.

The colour is from bracts, not flowers.


Salvia viridis bracts

Salvia viridis bracts


The flowers are just these little white ones.

The flowers are just these little white ones.


The Long Beach carousel

The Long Beach carousel; I enjoy the carousel music.


carousel mirror

carousel mirror

Round about this time, Allan and I crossed paths on our watering rounds.  (On Mondays, he does the 18 street trees, Fish Alley barrels, and the eight northernmost planters.)  We decided to try out the Kebab House.  We’d been eagerly waiting for it to open.

Kebab House behind Lewis and Clark Square

Kebab House behind Lewis and Clark Square


starter menu (more items to come, we hear)

starter menu (more items to come, we hear)


ordering

ordering


the view from our table

the view from our table


chicken kebab with saffron rice and cucumber sauce

chicken kebab with saffron rice and cucumber sauce


Allan's sandwich on a tortilla. (Pita bread is hard to find in these parts!)

Allan’s sandwich on a tortilla. (Pita bread is hard to find in these parts!)

It was all delicious and we will be eating there again soon.

Back to watering: I found one of the brand new statice plants pulled out and left to die in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter.  THIS time, I found it in time to replant it before it wilted and died.

SAVED just in the nick of time.

Yanked out but SAVED just in the nick of time.


Allan's photo: cute dog downtown

Allan’s photo: cute dog downtown


Allan's photo, with street tree garden

Allan’s photo, with street tree garden

When I reached the stoplight and looked west to enjoy the view of the first day of kite festival is when I got agitated, because a booth close to the arch was flying a large confederate flag that I could see from three block away, a hateful symbol that would be in any photo taken looking west through the Long Beach arch.  I was incensed and walked right to city hall (a block away) to ask if something could be done to move it away from the arch.  I ended up just leaving a message for someone high up and went on my watering round, steaming.

My objection was to the flag flying where it would be right in tourists’ faces and in photos of the arch from certain angles, some of which would perhaps get onto the internet with the Long Beach arch and a confed flag in the same photo.  When people fly that flag on their homes, I assume they are history-ignorant at best and deliberately racist at worst, and walk on. If it had been flying on a booth in the middle of the concourse but not in full upfront view, I would have been sickened but walked on. The issue here, just as when a hotel was flying it downtown, was that in such a visible spot, it could be hurtful and hateful to visitors and residents, and gives the wrong impression of our town.

Watering again, I was soothed by this charming little band that was playing by a street tree.  Jeez Louise by name, they were excellent.  One musician played a saw; I wished I’d worked harder to get a photo showing that.  I do love a good saw tune.  I gave them a dollar, so I could have taken more photos.

Geez Louise

Jeez Louise

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from behind one of the Long Beach chopsticks

from behind one of the Long Beach chopsticks

I guess I had better explain the chopsticks:

screenshot from Roadside America

screenshot from Roadside America

I needed to go out to the last booth on the Bolstad beach approach to get a kite festival t-shirt for Carol, my traditional yearly gift for her birthday.  But I did not want to walk past that sickening confederate flag, so Allan and I walked out the fire road.  I was hot, it was sandy, I was agitated, my knee hurt, I was dizzy, etc etc.

a long haul on sand

Looking west:  a long haul on a sandy fire lane


Allan's photo: grumpy old me on the fire road

Allan’s photo: grumpy old me on the fire road


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I got the t shirt and decided (mostly because of being hot and mildy dizzy) that we could walk back by the paved road (the one by which our garden runs).

Allan's photo, heading back

Allan’s photo, heading back


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I thought I could avert my eyes as long as I did not have to see the darn flag as a backdrop to the arch, but wouldn’t you know, my feets took me right over to the booth to complain to the boothies. I just could not help it.  (I did not realize that Allan was documenting my journey; it tickles my funnybone that he did.)

Allan's photo: me trying to explain why I did not want tourists taking photos of the arch with a confederate flag in the background

Allan’s photo: me trying to explain why I did not want the flag placed so visibly

I told them (almost in tears once I began) that I did not want their controversial (to some; I feel no controversy about loathing it) flag flying in photos of the arch and kites this week.  They said “It should never have been taken down in the south”.  I gave up on that conversation.

I went back to city hall, complained some more, to receptive ears as we are a “blue” (liberal) area of the county.  My issue was that it was so visible and front and center in views of the arch and from the adjacent hotel.  (By the way, we were off the work clock for all this agitation time.)

Allan's photo: me being grumpy at city hall

Allan’s photo: me being grumpy at city hall

The city could do nothing, so my next kvetching stop was the kite museum at the other end of town, where I left a note for the director after having a sympathetic ear from the shop clerk.  Meanwhile, two friends had also gone down to complain to the boothies, to similar no avail.  One did feel she had given them something to think about when she told them she was going to send the Seahawks football team photos of their Seahawks flags flying on the same pole as the confederate flag.

I took no photos of the flag showing its prominent position because I did not want to post any such photo anywhere where it could be passed around and made to look like the flag had any association with my beloved Long beach town.  A friend went down and took a selfie of herself wearing one of the same booth’s “God is Not Dead” baseball caps with a backdrop of their confed flag and the Seahawks flag.  It was rich in irony.   Someone else proposed the good idea that a whole bunch of other banners could be somehow mounted to be between the confed flag and the iconic Long Beach arch.

We then had to go water in Ilwaco.  While I watered the boatyard (and Allan watered the planters), the tune from The Wizard of Oz ran through my head with these words about how I felt when I first saw that flag flying today: My brain began to twitch, my nerves unhitched, and I went right to city hall and bitched bitched bitched.

The happy ending is that when I got home, I learned that the high-ups in the kite festival had got those boothies to take the flag down for the rest of the week.  I felt so relieved.

Ilwaco

Oh, and I did take some photos while I did a weed check up on the planters and watered the boatyard.

planter on Spruce Street

planter on Spruce Street


volunteer daises in a planter

volunteer daises in a planter


The Col-Pacific Motel's own planters

The Col-Pacific Motel’s own planters


The Portside Café's baskets and sunflowers

The Portside Café’s baskets and sunflowers


Portside Café

Portside Café


at the boatyard garden: Someone had pulled out a large catananche (cupid's dart). Dang blang it.

at the boatyard garden: Someone had pulled out a large catananche (cupid’s dart). Dang blang it.

The hoses at the boatyard were not in convenient places today, involving much dragging and screwing and unscrewing onto faucets.  Oh well.  I just thought about how much harder work would be if I were crab fishing on the Bering Sea instead.

sweet pea 'Black Knight' on the boatyard fence

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’ on the boatyard fence


a big new boat

a big new boat

It was a mighty relief to get home to good news about the flag situation.  That will make tomorrow a much better day.

It's also a good day when Allan makes peach cobbler from Saturday Market peaches.

It’s also a good day when Allan makes peach cobbler from Saturday Market peaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

apples at The Planter Box, where we shopped for a few plants for Long Beach

apples at The Planter Box, where we shopped for a few plants for Long Beach

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The gardens are going through a dull patch.

The gardens are going through a dull patch.

midsummer doldrums

midsummer doldrums

We hose watered the sad dry hydrangeas.

We hose watered the sad dry hydrangeas.

The Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' at the back should be so much taller...not enough water.

The Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ at the back should be so much taller…not enough water.

The Helianthus on this side is getting better water.

The Helianthus on this side is getting better water.

With the sprinkler system working, the garden is still so much better than previous years that I mustn’t complain!

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I want Golden Sands to be like this garden.  This one has a lot of money lavished on plants and soil amendments and every inch gets watered.

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

The birdbath is actually a cat drinking saucer.

The birdbath is actually a cat drinking saucer.

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Cosmos and Salvia viridis

Cosmos and Salvia viridis

Mary's pale pink rose

Mary’s pale pink rose

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

with hummingbird

with hummingbird

Cosmos 'Antiquity'

Cosmos ‘Antiquity’

lily

lily

Anchorage Cottages

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My good friend Mitzu

My good friend Mitzu

towering sweet peas

towering sweet peas

Persicaria 'Dimity'; I forgot to get myself some starts of this last year.

Persicaria ‘Dimity’; I forgot to get myself some starts of this last year.

Cosmos 'Sonata' in the center courtyard.

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ in the center courtyard.

Long Beach

added three plants to the big Lewis and Clark Square planter. Still far from lush.

added three plants to the big Lewis and Clark Square planter. Still far from lush.

from The Planter Box

from The Planter Box

Port of Ilwaco

We watered all along Howerton Avenue.

Someone had messed with the lavender again. I took a small bouquet of it to Salt Hotel.

Someone had messed with the lavender again. I took a small bouquet of it to Salt Hotel.

Salt Hotel

Salt Hotel

the marina, looking southwest

the marina, looking southwest

Despite the clouds, no rain is in the forecast this week.

Despite the clouds, no rain is in the forecast this week.

Gardens...struggling by on once a week watering.

Gardens…struggling by on once a week watering.

Walking home, I spy Acanthus by the college building.

Walking home, I spy Acanthus by the college building.

Acanthus thriving on neglect

Acanthus thriving on neglect

a reflection in a boat by the street

a reflection in a boat by the street

a reward for watering in the greenhouse

a reward for watering in the greenhouse

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Ilwaco

I knew that the owners of Salt Hotel were in a crunch to get all their rooms done by the weekend so they could be fully open.  I took them a bouquet for their office.

I admire their planters and beautification

I admire their planters and beautification

against the wall of Salt Hotel

against the wall of Salt Hotel

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The Depot Restaurant

weekly deadheading, bindweed eradication, and supplemental watering

weekly deadheading, bindweed eradication, and supplemental watering

north side of dining deck, with hops on the lattice

north side of dining deck, with hops on the lattice

Long Beach 

deadheading and supplemental water at the welcome sign

deadheading and supplemental water at the welcome sign

welcome sign

welcome sign

Then, the watering and deadheading of the Long Beach planters.

outside NIVA green

outside NIVA green

my favourite planter this year

my favourite planter this year

When I watered that planter, a tiny blue damselfly buzzed all around it.  (Photo attempt too blurry.)

Gaura 'So White' in Fish Alley. Too bad the "hens and chickens" around the edges keep getting stolen.

Gaura ‘So White’ in Fish Alley. Too bad the “hens and chickens” around the edges keep getting stolen.

lilies in Fifth Street Park

lilies in Fifth Street Park

Lily speciosum rubrum and Melianthus major in Fifth Street Park

Lily speciosum rubrum and Melianthus major in Fifth Street Park

Allan took this photo of these folks who said "That's the most beautiful lily I've ever seen."

Allan took this photo of these folks who said “That’s the most beautiful lily I’ve ever seen.”

the lily in question (Allan's photo)

the lily in question (Allan’s photo)

in all its glory (Allan's photo)

in all its glory (Allan’s photo)

We had time to turn the soaker hoses on and off on Sid Snyder beach approach (to the usual little effect).

horses out on Sid Snyder beach approach

horses out on Sid Snyder beach approach (Allan’s photo)

We even had time to do some weeding and strimming on the parking lot berms.

The three "berms" get NO water.

The three “berms” get NO supplemental water.

The middle one is so blah it just gets a strimming. Before (Allan's photo)

The middle one is so blah it just gets a strimming. Before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

before (Allan's photo)

middle berm before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)...still not lovely, eh?

after (Allan’s photo)…still not lovely, eh?

I used to dream of making that center parking lot garden more exciting, but with no water, I think not.

bird on a wire while we dumped our debris at city works

bird on a wire while we dumped our debris at city works

The Cove Restaurant

Ah, Thursday night, the end of our workweek, and dinner with Dave and Melissa.  This time Todd joined us.

Dave and Parking Lot Cat

Dave and Parking Lot Cat

fruit water and pear cider

fruit water and pear cider and Dave

Allan's photo as I bore the table with some gardening tale or other.

Allan’s photo as I bore the table with some gardening tale or other.

delicious halibut cakes (Allan's photo)

delicious halibut cakes (Allan’s photo)

Dave's favourite

Dave’s favourite: Pork Conchinita

Our Melissa (Allan's photo)

Our Melissa (Allan’s photo)

After dinner, Melissa and I both got sentimental about how much we look forward to our Thursday dinners and how happy we are that we all met.

If you got this far, thanks for sticking with us for a whole work week in just two posts.  Thank goodness it was four days instead of what it used to be:  six, or seven, or ten or more days in a row.

 

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Garden Tour Nancy and I had plans for some Edible Garden Tour pre-touring, but first, we went by invitation to see a charming small Seaview garden.

Sue’s Garden

My Facebook friend Betty had told me about the garden of her neighbour, Sue.  First, Nancy and I had a look over the fence at the well-grown vegetables on Betty’s “Farm”.

Betty's farm

Betty’s farm

and her darling dog, Ella

and her darling dog, Ella

We then went to view the cottage garden next door belonging to flower-loving neighbour, Sue.  Betty had told me it was a good example of how someone on a budget and a small space can have a garden with, as Betty says, “just love and hard work. She looks for ‘deals’ and nurtures them into lush, healthy plants. Sue grows most of her garden from seeds which she shares freely.”

Black Eyed Susan vine at the gate

Black Eyed Susan vine at the gate

Sue's flower garden, staged in containers.  Later there will be sunflowers along the fence.

Sue’s flower garden, staged in containers. Later there will be sunflowers along the fence.

zinnia

zinnia

zinnia

zinnia

zinnias

beans

beans

morning glory

morning glory

We had an audience.

We had an audience.

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rose

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

Nancy and I were both delighted.  I would much rather see a tiny garden grown from scratch and from sharing than the grandest estate.

Dawson Garden

Next, Nancy and I visited another small garden in Long Beach to get some sneak peek photos for the Edible Garden tour (which, by the time you read this, will have taken place on August 9th.  Although I’ll save most of the photos for my edible tour posts.  Upon arrival, we were offered a free hydrangea which Nancy happily arranged to dig up this fall.

the hydrangea in question

the hydrangea in question

a well grown delphinium

a well grown delphinium

The edible portion of the garden is in containers, and I am sure, or at least I assume, that’s because, like me, the gardeners are more into using the majority of the space for a flower garden.  Because the paths are narrow, they’ll have that part of the garden blocked off during tour day.  Owners John and Judy let us go through it.

This driftwood is piled over a little fish pond to protect the fish from the local raccoons.

This driftwood is piled over a little fish pond to protect the fish from the local raccoons.

pond

protected pond

John makes garden art from objects.

art

driftwood decor

driftwood decor

screened fish tub

screened fish tub

and another tub protected with driftwood

and another tub protected with driftwood

view from the deck

view from the deck

potted plants on the deck

potted plants on the deck

overlooking the garden

overlooking the garden

another creation

another creation

ingredients

ingredients

a pond next door

a pond next door

The home is on a cul-de-sac where several other homes also have gardens, and one gets the feeling it’s a friendly street to live on.

a tidy house at the inside end of the cul-de-sac

a tidy house at the inside end of the cul-de-sac

42nd Street Café

Nancy and I replenished our strength..and talked about garden tours…over lunch at the 42nd Street Café.

locally canned albacore tuna sandwich with house made potato chips

locally canned albacore tuna sandwich with house made potato chips

Russian vegetarian scramble with sour cream

Russian vegetarian scramble with sour cream

homemade jellies

homemade jellies

Gene Miles, retired Long Beach city administrator, was at the café and showed us some photos of how he is remodeling his garden, which was on the garden tour in 2013.  I got him to email them to me and will share them a little later.

On the way to our next pre-tour, Nancy and I went to the

Columbia Pacific Farmers Market 

It takes place every Friday afternoon at Veterans Field in Long Beach.

produce stall

produce stall

flowers

flowers

Nancy admires some fresh berries.

Nancy admires some fresh berries.

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Double J and the Boys on stage (except more girls than boys today)

Double J and the Boys on stage (except more girls than boys today)

our neighbours' farm, Starvation Alley

our neighbours’ farm, Starvation Alley

Our garden makes a nice backdrop.

Our Vet Field corner garden bed makes a nice backdrop.

the Humane Society raffle booth...with kitty litter buckets holding down the tent in the ubiquitous wind

the Humane Society raffle booth…with kitty litter buckets holding down the tent in the ubiquitous wind

plants

plants

onions and flowers

onions and flowers

dahlias

green

Nancy's bouquet

Nancy’s bouquet

Pink Poppy Bakery

Pink Poppy Bakery

squash blossoms from Pink Poppy Farm

squash blossoms from Pink Poppy Farm

another good backdrop: our flag pavilion garden

another good backdrop: our flag pavilion garden

Garden Tour Nancy

Garden Tour Nancy

The Planter Box garden

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Next, Nancy and I went on a sneak peek pretour of the expansive vegetable garden grown by Ray Millner, patriarch of The Planter Box.  He and his wife, Barbara, have pretty much retired and passed on the garden center to their son and daughter, Raymond and Teresa, and Ray devotes himself to growing enough food to feed his extended family.

Ray and his grapes, protected from dew.  He says he will remodel the top to be domed.

Ray and his grapes, protected from dew. He says he will remodel the top to be domed.

I am saving the photos for the edible tour coverage.  But here is the hand of a gardener:

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On the way home, in Long Beach, we saw the family of deer that eat from the planters on Seventh Street (which is just north of where they are).

at home in the town

at home in the town

in my own garden

This is a before photo of an upcoming project area.

This is a before photo of an upcoming project area.

I had thought I was going to spend most of my weekend painting lumber and was thrilled to find that Allan had already done it.

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And he was now mowing the lawn.

And he was now mowing the lawn.  At least the part in back that is still growing.

While watering, I found a Todd plant that had suddenly sprouted!

While watering, I found a Todd plant that had suddenly sprouted! I up-potted it right away.

The tadpoles in the water box are refusing to turn into frogs.

The tadpoles in the water box are refusing to turn into frogs.

passion flowers

passion flowers

with sweet peas

with sweet peas

After dark, I heard the sound of rain.

rain, making a puddle! thrilling!

rain, making a puddle! thrilling!

Gene’s Garden

Gene had emailed me the photos of his Long Beach garden and here they are.  You may remember his garden from the 2013 garden tour, or from this article by Debbie Teashon.

the driveway container garden

the driveway container garden

new: a two tiered deck on the west side

new: a two tiered deck on the west side, surrounded by garden beds…and do I see a new fence?

the view from the driveway

the view from the driveway…hey, that fence is new along the street!

I am so impressed with the new streetside fence and sweet peas.

I am so impressed with the new streetside fence and sweet peas.

sweet peas

sweet peas

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ might have come back from 2013.

what was a too-narrow straight edged bed along the house

what was a too-narrow straight edged bed along the house

Thanks, Gene, for the virtual garden tour.  You have done grand improvements.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot garden on north side of deck gets its weekly deadheading and supplemental watering.

The Depot garden on north side of deck gets its weekly deadheading and supplemental watering.

cosmos and (new this year) lilies

cosmos and (new this year) lilies

Cosmos and Gladiolus papilio

Cosmos and Gladiolus papilio

Gladiolus papilio

Gladiolus papilio

Depot east wall

Depot east wall

Long Beach welcome sign

The godetia at the sidewalk end are starting to decline, as they do.

The godetia at the sidewalk end are starting to decline, as they do.

front of sign

front of sign

Echibeckias are now joining with Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

Echibeckias are now joining with Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

I'm not sure what I think of that colour combo.

I’m not sure what I think of that colour combo.  Wish the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ would size up and cool it down with blue.

back of sign

back of sign

Anchorage Cottages

We do love a job where the watering is taken care of.

We do love a job where the watering is taken care of.

windowboxes and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' on east wall

windowboxes and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and cosmos on east wall

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard with Nicotiana langsdorfii

center courtyard with Nicotiana langsdorfii

Tigridia and Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve

Tigridia and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’

colour coordinated lilies

colour coordinated trumpet lilies

lilysign

I don’t know the name of that particular lily and wish I did.  I probably got it from my mother’s garden.

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lily3

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' by the office

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ by the office

Agastache 'Cotton Candy'

Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’ and cosmos and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' with Gaura 'So White' and Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso'

Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ with Gaura ‘So White’ and Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’

the successful sweet pea patch against east wall chimney

the successful sweet pea patch against east wall chimney

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Long Beach

We watered all the planters and groomed Fifth Street Park.

Rose 'Super Dorothy' in Fifth Street Park

Rose ‘Super Dorothy’ in Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park with Basket Case Greenhouse basket

Fifth Street Park with Basket Case Greenhouse basket (watered and fertilized daily by city crew)

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

Lewis and Clark Square planter, looks perkier than when just re-planted yesterday.

Lewis and Clark Square planter, looks perkier than when just re-planted yesterday.

center newly planted

center newly planted

I pruned down the rhodo behind the wall so this new restaurant shows better.  (The top of the rhodo was looking windburnt and pitiful anyway.)

I pruned down the rhodo behind the wall so this new restaurant shows better. (The top of the rhodo was looking windburnt and pitiful anyway.)

I'm excited about a kabob house opening soon.

I’m excited about a kabob house opening soon.

Uh oh, the horsetail is already back at the Bolstadt pond.

Uh oh, the horsetail is already back at the Bolstad pond.

sign at NIVA green

sign at NIVA green

I was getting lots of compliments on the planters, and on the hanging baskets (which I always credit to Basket Case Nancy and the care of the city crew), so I was in a happy place on this day.

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Coulter Park

Coulter Park

'Hopley's Purple' oregano

‘Hopley’s Purple’ oregano

early evening light

early evening light

pink Salvia viridis and pink dahlia, Allan's photo

pink Salvia viridis and pink dahlia, Allan’s photo

We finished the workday with weeding and deadheading at the City Hall gardens.

lily by city hall entrance

lily by city hall entrance

Basket Case baskets

Basket Case baskets

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I just had a revelation.  I have spelling Bolstad as “Bolstadt” lo these many years.  Ooops.  It’s far too late to go back and correct dozens of blog entries.

baskets

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Allan's photo: hostas lace-leafed by snails

Allan’s photo: hostas lace-leafed by snails

City Hall west side

City Hall west side

Allan's photos: grooming a gladiolus

Allan’s photos: grooming a gladiolus

Allan's photos: making annual poppies look better by taking off old leaves

Allan’s photos: making annual poppies look better by taking off old leaves (because we want them to reseed); they are in front of the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

city hall lily

city hall lily

The Cove Restaurant

Ah, I’d been looking forward all week to our dinner with Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance) at The Cove.

Sondra's garden at The Cove

Sondra’s garden at The Cove

open doors to evening light

open doors to evening light

dinner salad

dinner salad

strawberry salad

strawberry salad

Melissa's noodle bowl

Melissa’s noodle bowl

ahi tuna for me, of course

ahi tuna for me, of course

scrumptious cannolo for dessert

scrumptious cannolo for dessert

PLC (Parking Lot Cat)

PLC (Parking Lot Cat)

We enjoy having this Thursday tradition, and Allan and I were ready for our new-this-year tradition of three days off.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 21 March 2015 

It was Montana Mary’s 60th birthday, four days after mine.  When I turned 50, she sent me a card in which she wrote something like”When we were younger, it was very important that you were four days older than me, but now it’s important that I’m five days younger than you.”

 

I made her a Harry Potter birthday picture from the JK Rowling room at the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

I made her a Harry Potter birthday picture from the JK Rowling room at the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

at home

First, I took a quick look around the front garden to see what had come into bloom.

The white tulips are new.

The white tulips are new.

white bleeding heart

white bleeding heart

tulips and cardoon

tulips and cardoon

white Dutch iris...so early!... and a serious amount of the weed I call "stinkmint"

white Dutch iris…so early!… and a serious amount of the weed I call “stinkmint”

foreground: Tulip sylvestris just going over

foreground: Tulip sylvestris just going over

fern in Allan's garden and the lantern his mother made

fern in Allan’s garden and the lantern his mother made

Peninsula Quilt Guild Show

Our workday began with glorious weather and a visit to the annual quilt show at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.  Here are just a few of the more gardeny quilts:

Poppies by Beth Riesen

Poppies by Beth Riesen

Detail with beading

Detail with beading

Foxes for Lucy by Beth Riesen

Foxes for Lucy by Beth Riesen

Still Life II: Flowers and Lemons by Wendy Romaggi

Still Life II: Flowers and Lemons by Wendy Romaggi

Still Life: Flowers and Cherries by Wendi Romaggi

Still Life: Flowers and Cherries by Wendi Romaggi

Looking Through the Window by Wendy Romaggi

Looking Through the Window by Wendy Romaggi

Manzanita by Joanie Chapel

Manzanita by Joanie Chapel

This Red Hens quilt by  Merri Johnson reminds me of Garden Tour Nancy's flock.

This Red Hens quilt by Merri Johnson reminds me of Garden Tour Nancy’s flock.

Harvest Pumpkins by Joanie Chapel

Harvest Pumpkins by Joanie Chapel

Charlie Brown's Pumpkin Patch by Becky Olson-Evans

Charlie Brown’s Pumpkin Patch by Becky Olson-Evans

Palette Explosion

Palette Explosion

None the Same by Nellie Beasley

None the Same by Nellie Beasley

You can see more photos of the quilts on my Ilwaco blog, here.  I should have rousted out to see it during the previous day’s rainy weather.  Had not been able to tear myself away from processing photos of my trip.

On our way out of town, we saw a change at the stoplight corner.  We’d have to get a proper photo later as we were in a rush to get working.

something has changed

something has changed

Long Beach

After the quilt show, we finally headed to Long Beach to deadhead narcissi in the planters and street tree gardens and parks.  I suppose there had been some dead flowers during the week.  I had not even thought about work during my time at the hotel (which means I had not figured out any solution to our overwork problem).  I’d decided that it was not going to ruin anyone’s beach vacation to see some weeds or dead flowers.  If the vacationer was not a gardener, they would not notice.  If they were a gardener, they could feel sympathetic and/or happy with themselves for being a superior gardener.

in Long Beach: Tulip 'Lilac Wonder' by the police station

in Long Beach: Tulip ‘Lilac Wonder’ by the police station

Allan and I split up and I walked the southern blocks while Allan did the northern.  My head was still not in work mode after seven glorious days off.  Before my trip, I had been in high spring clean up gear and all systems were go, go, go.  I needed to rev myself back up somehow.  Some things in Long Beach would have to wait because we needed to do another job today, as well.

The carousel is now in operation for the tourist season.

The carousel is now in operation for the tourist season.

the tulip bed in Fifth Street Park needed deadheading and I ignored it!

the tulip bed in Fifth Street Park needed deadheading and I ignored it!

I noticed that the new Thai place was open.

I noticed that the new Thai place was open.

a parrot tulip bud

a parrot tulip bud

the sort of horrible deadheads that people had had to look at while I was one

the sort of horrible deadheads that people had had to look at while I was one

stunning red tulip still going strong outside the smoke shop

stunning red tulip still going strong outside the smoke shop

back up the other side of street, the primroses by the new Malai Thai

back up the other side of street, the primroses by the new Malai Thai

backlit tulips

backlit tulips

asphodel...got it at Joy Creek some years ago, would love to get more; it's a great doer!

asphodel…got it at Joy Creek some years ago, would love to get more; it’s a great doer!

If I ever see it for sale, I will buy lots and lots and lots.

If I ever see it for sale, I will buy lots and lots and lots.

Allan's photo: narcissi and heuchera by the Elks Lodge

Allan’s photo: narcissi and heuchera by the Elks Lodge

Allan's photo: dwarf rhododendron by Funland

Allan’s photo: dwarf rhododendron by Funland

Andersen’s RV Park

After our quick one hour walk around in Long Beach, we went to Andersen’s on the mission of planting sweet peas along the picket fence.  I sorted a few out from each of the many colours that I have this year.

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sweet peas sorted for Andersen’s, some of each

The sweet pea names:  Princess El1zabeth, Beaujolais, Blue Streamers, Beaujalais, Painted Lady, Saltwater Taffy Swirls, Chocolate Streamers, Velvet Elegance, Black Knight, Janet Scott, Watermelon, Countess Cadogan, Lipstick, Lord Nelson, Old Spice Mix, Zinfandel, Miss Willmott, Flora Norton, Jewels of Albion, Queen of Hearts, Pastel Sunset, America, Early Multiflora Blend, Chiffon Elegance, Blue Reflection Mix, High Scent Mix.

Last year, I had bad results with sweet peas.  This year, we did an extensive clearing of all other plants along the picket fence, added dairy manure, and applied liberal amounts of sluggo after planting, plus I have enough seeds to do a full replanting if necessary.

Allan's photo: he helped weed along the fence (before)

Allan’s photo: he helped weed along the fence (before)

after (and I did not give him enough time to weed the very end, which had been his original project for today.)

after (and I did not give him enough time to weed the very end, which had been his original project for today.)

sweet peas in, inside and outside the fence

sweet peas in, inside and outside the fence

Allan cleaned up an area to the north of the house so I could plant sweet peas around a bamboo teepee.

Allan's photo: before

Allan’s photo: before

Allan's photo: after

Allan’s photo: after

Lorna likes the big showy narcissi.

Lorna likes the big showy narcissi.

These tulips were getting raves.  They had petered out in one of the big pots because the drainage was clogged.

These tulips were getting raves. They had petered out in one of the big pots because the drainage was clogged.

Lorna had bought some knee high sweet peas which I planted in the back of the Payson Hall planters.  We'll see if that works out.

Lorna had bought some knee high sweet peas which I planted in the back of the Payson Hall planters. We’ll see if that works out.

I had a revelation while looking past Payson Hall at the six whiskey barrels on the lawn. I feel so stupid!  I could not figure out why the narcissi had not come up this spring.  I suddenly remembered our big job last May, digging out all the narcissi and replanting them into the garden, as they had become overcrowded and I wanted the planting of annuals to be easier.  I meant to plant NEW narcissi in the fall and not only did I FORGET but I also forgot WHY I had no flowers this spring.  (The ones in the garden look great, though!)  I hope this is not a sign of increasing addlement.

the west side garden

The west side garden has some of the narcissi from the barrels.

Ilwaco 

On the way out of town this morning we had noticed that the murals were up, as promised, at the old Oddfellows building on the corner.  It has recently been purchased and is being fixed up.  We would have participated but the main part of the project happened while I was gone.  I had made a picture of the volunteer group’s publicity release and an old photo I had.

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ilwaco

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a long shot taken the next day

a long shot taken the next day

Tackle renovation of this very old building is an impressive project..

Next: rain was predicted for Sunday and I still had not managed to kick myself back into mental gear for catching up at work.  At least it felt great to cross Andersen’s off of the sweet pea planting list.

 

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