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Saturday, 2 May 2015

rhodietour

Long Beach Peninsula Rhodie Tour

Klipsan Beach Cottages

from the programme:  As you walk into the property, view the prolific lilacs peaking over the gray private backyard fence to your right. The park-like setting west of the dunes has landscaping surrounding a small pond which is refreshed by three little waterfalls. Explore a fenced deer-proof garden with artistic rebar gates, full of roses and collectors’ choice perennials. Wander by the charming clamming shed and picnic area, next to woodland gardens with shrubs and perennials.

As you leave Klipsan Beach Cottages, stroll the big lawns to the north between two tall conifers to view a semi-circle of old rhododendrons at the entrance of the road to the beach cottage next door. You are welcome to walk up that road to view the rhododendrons by “Joanie’s cottage”.

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our KBC gardens

KBC gardens

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I had every intention of getting to Klipsan Beach Cottages in time to help host guests at the Rhododendron tour.   It was not to be as all the other gardens were so fascinating.  We did not get to KBC until about 3:20.  Owner Denny told us that all the guests had been well behaved and pleasant and he sounded  delighted when he told us how one of the plein air painters had set up her easel and done two painting of the garden while tour guests watched.

A few more guests arrived, even after “closing time”.  I’ve worked in this garden for almost twenty years so it’s a great pleasure for me to see people enjoying it.

Rhododendron 'Cynthia' by the pond.

Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’ by the pond as you enter the grounds.

a tour guest tries out the bench

a tour guest tries out the bench (her dog was very tired of being in the car, so got to come, too)

the pond garden

the pond garden

more of the pond garden

more of the pond garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages, just outside the fenced garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages, just outside the fenced garden

south side of fenced garden

south side of fenced garden

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside the deer fence

Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside the deer fence

a clematis peeking through the lattice

a clematis peeking through the lattice

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

Clematis (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

Clematis (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

Pieris japonica

Pieris japonica with the beach cottages on the ridge in the background

the deer fence

the deer fence

looking in the south gate; center of garden has four columnar golden yews

looking in the south gate; center of garden has four columnar golden yews

inside the deer garden: Dutch Iris

inside the deer garden: Dutch Iris

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bubbler in the fenced garden

bubbler in the fenced garden

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Allium bulgaricum

 

below the house deck: Mary's decorated dry fountain

below the house deck: Mary’s decorated dry fountain

Tiger Eyes Sumac and Cynthia

Tiger Eyes Sumac and Cynthia

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boxwood ball outside the east gate

boxwood ball outside the east gate

Cynthia and the pond with its three little waterfalls

Cynthia and the pond with its three little waterfalls

Cynthia's trunk structure

Cynthia’s trunk structure

waterfall

waterfall

tour guests

tour guests

bench

bench

Cynthia, painted by Cynthia Pride

Cynthia, painted by Cynthia Pride for the garden tour

pulmonaria growing underneath Rhododendron 'Cynthia'

pulmonaria growing underneath Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’

Tour guests were invited to walk further in to the property.

Tour guests were invited to walk further in to the property.

red rhodies with the A Frame in background (one of the vacation rentals)

red rhodies with the A Frame in background (one of the vacation rentals)

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by a woodland area that not long ago had an understory of narcissi

up by the cottages

up by the cottages

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looking east down the road from the cottages

looking east down the road from the cottages

the south side of the pond garden (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

the south side of the pond garden (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

back in the garden:  Allan and local tour guests Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Landscaping

back in the garden: Allan and local tour guests Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Landscaping

sit spot in the fenced garden

sit spot in the fenced garden

sword ferns and columbine

sword ferns and columbine

The unfurling shows so beautifully when the old fronds have been removed in early spring.

The unfurling shows so beautifully when the old fronds have been removed in early spring.

Cynthia from inside the fenced garden

Cynthia from inside the fenced garden

Knock Out roses inside the fence

Knock Out roses inside the fence

As we left, we walked over to look at the semi circle of old rhododendrons by the road into “Joanie’s Cottage”, another vacation rental that is managed by KBC.

looking west: the road to Joanie's cottage

looking west: the road to Joanie’s cottage

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enormous old rhodos

enormous old rhodos; some will bloom later this month

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looking south to the KBC outer lawn

looking south to the KBC outer lawn

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Thanks for joining us on the rhodie tour, whether you attended in person or just followed along here in the journal.  Here, from Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park, are some of the plein air painting from the tour:

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by Eric Wiegardt

by Eric Wiegardt

 

 

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Before we went to work, Allan had his Moto Guzzi trailered off to a repair shop on Sandridge Road.

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Much as I wanted to finish the Long Beach berms, we chose to go north to more sheltered jobs because of a brisk wind and somewhat chilly weather.  On the way, we stopped off at The Basket Case to peruse a plant availability list.  Fred and Nancy had acquired a new line of Mexican folk garden art.

big birdhouse

big birdhouse

roosters

roosters

pedalling...donkeys??

pedalling…donkeys??

I could not resist the “Garden” sign, below:

One of these came home with us.

One of these came home with us.

Shadow, with Fred and Nancy feet.

Shadow, with Fred and Nancy feet.

Fred and Nancy told me they planned to open for the season on Thursday, March 5th!

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Our first task today: to cut back the sword and deer ferns at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

before, the pond's island bed

before, the pond’s island bed

after

after

pulmonaria in bloom

pulmonaria in bloom

pond ferns, before

pond ferns, before

Allan bravely prepares to leap the water.

Allan bravely prepares to leap the water.

He made it without any exciting dunking.

He made it without any exciting dunking.

after

after

The KBC ferns all still looked green and good, unlike the crispy brown ones at the Boreas Inn and other jobs.  They needed to be cut, anyway, if we were to see the delightful uncurling of the new fronds and not end up with old, tired ferns in midsummer.  I cut back some large ferns in the swale, and Allan pruned a leggy white Escallonia ‘Iveyi’.

The problem is, I forgot to take a before picture.

The problem is, I forgot to take a before picture.

My new not very expensive Olympus pocketcam had arrived, and yet because I did not want to learn a New Thing, I took “Spot”, my Canon pocketcam, to work.  I think it really is time to retire Spot from outdoor photos:

poor old Spot

poor old Spot

I think that this fragrant shrub is a Viburnum, from Mary's gardening brother.

I think that this fragrant shrub is a Viburnum, from Mary’s gardening brother.

A pale pink flowering current is in full bloom.  Sadly, the red one seems to have plotzed.

A pale pink flowering current is in full bloom. Sadly, the red one seems to have plotzed.

narcissi along the drive to the cottages, with clam cleaning shed in background

narcissi along the drive to the cottages, with clam cleaning shed in background

I do love the narcissi with reflexed petals.

I do love the narcissi with reflexed petals.

My favourites are the small-cupped narcissi.

My favourites are the small-cupped narcissi.

KBC manager/owner Mary really likes the "pink" ones.

KBC manager/owner Mary really likes the “pink” ones.

I found a hellebore whose leaves I had forgotten to cut back.  The horror!

I found a hellebore whose leaves I had forgotten to cut back. The horror!

Whew, that's better!

Whew, that’s better!

Here's the weekly view into the fenced garden.  Not visiting weekly yet but soon will be.

Here’s the weekly view into the fenced garden. Not visiting weekly yet but soon will be.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

We made our first wake up call to the courtyard garden at Golden Sands.  Here it is from Google Earth; the courtyard is the area with the oval walkway, completely enclosed by the building.

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The beds look pretty drab right now.

The beds look pretty drab right now.

ornamental courtyard trees in bloom

ornamental courtyard trees in bloom

We cut back the Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and weeded....

We cut back the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and weeded….

Allan in the southwest quadrant

Allan in the southwest quadrant

NE quadrant by the window of my mom's old room

NE quadrant by the window of my mom’s old room

NW quadrant with just a bit of tulip colour

NW quadrant with just a bit of tulip colour and a blooming rosemary

The temperature dropped radically around three o clock.  It was a long walk down two corridors and across a parking lot back to the van to get my jacket, so I just soldiered on with much complaining.

Before we left, I had a chat with a resident named Ann.  She’s the one who requested that we bring back my mother’s old three tiered plant table.  After my mother died, it had fallen into disuse and we had taken it home.  Now it’s back and Ann is filling it up with plants.

It's all cleaned up and sparkling, with African violets, my mother's favourite houseplant.

It’s all cleaned up and sparkling, with African violets, my mother’s favourite houseplant.  That makes me so happy.

Ann was telling me how sometimes she takes a new "baby", a little plant, on a walk around the hallways to show it off to people.  I love that!

Ann was telling me how sometimes she takes a new “baby”, a little plant, on a walk around the hallways to show it off to people. I love that!

I was glad to be done and to drop by Kathleen’s cottage, where we discussed dinner possibilites and settled on going to Long Beach Thai for an early repast.  Allan and I had not been there since it changed ownership about two years ago.  How did that much time slip away?  It used to be a favourite of ours till the quality went downhill, and I’m delighted to say that the quality with the new owners and chefs is high again.

I had Crying Tiger...not as big a portion as before but excellent in flavour

I had Crying Tiger…not as big a portion as before but excellent in flavour

The Fresh Rolls, on the other hand, were bigger than they used to be, and just wonderful.

The Fresh Rolls, on the other hand, were bigger than they used to be, and just wonderful.

Kathleen had pad Thai...yum!

Kathleen had pad Thai…yum!

Allan couldn't remember the name of the tofu dish he ordered.

Allan couldn’t remember the name of the tofu dish he ordered.

On the way home, I decided that we simply had to take Sunday off.  I am trying to remember that life is all too short.

Next: a slideshow of Klipsan Beach Cottages gate view throughout 2015.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

new growth on Pieris at Bank of the Pacific

new growth on Pieris at Bank of the Pacific

After a stop at The Bank of the Pacific (and some admiration of their patch of Pieris) and at Olde Towne Café to switch compost buckets, we headed on up the Peninsula to get a yard of Soil Energy for Nellie’s Ilwaco garden.

Near the bank, someone had placed a ball as a fence finial.

Near the bank, someone had placed a ball as a fence finial.

In order to make the trip be more productive, we worked at Klipsan Beach Cottages first. We usually try to include a north end job when picking up Soil Energy so that the recipient does not have to pay for our time on the whole trip there and back.

fenced garden at Klipsan Beach Cottages

fenced garden at Klipsan Beach Cottages

Denny, manager and one of the owners at KBC, has been having endless trouble with the lady fountain leaking. Allan helped him dismantle it and replace it with new one. Meanwhile, I weeded out a large amount of dead aster and did some further pruning of damaged tips on hydrangeas and roses. This made me think that the 250 or so hydrangeas at the bayside hydrangea job probably need tip pruning also, after the winter’s hard frosts. The thought did not make me at all inclined do go do so (for lack of time), but I hoped maybe someone else would.

new fountain....Only a few narcissi were casualties.

new fountain….Only a few narcissi were casualties.

The lady fountain is now by the driveway and will become a planter.

The lady fountain is now by the driveway and will become a planter.

Mary of KBC asked what she could do about that electrical box below the deck lattice; I suggested painting it the same grey as the wall. Genius (and simple).

KBC: viridflora tulips

KBC: viridflora tulips

sunny day tulip

sunny day tulip

more tulips

more tulips

These tulips have returned for at least five years.

These tulips have returned for at least five years.

I think the Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant' is finally going to do something this year.

I think the Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ is finally going to do something this year.

sword ferns unfurling

sword ferns unfurling

sword fern and deer fern

sword fern and deer fern

I love the slow reward for all the fern pruning we did earlier this year.

The A Frame garden and the wooded garden surrounded it are showing the reward for the planting of hundreds of narcissi last fall.

A frame garden

A frame garden

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pink cupped narcissus

pink cupped narcissus

bright orange cup

bright orange cup

Almost all of the narcissi are from the Van Engelen catalog. I deadheaded the ones that were done, and only got one large zombie bride bouquet of dead flowers, as most of them are at their peak of beauty or just coming on.

entry road woods

entry road woods with cottages in background

A Frame woods

A Frame woods

After two PM, we went over to Sandridge Road and Peninsula Landscape Supply and got our yard of Soil Energy mulch.

At Peninsula Landscape Supply

At Peninsula Landscape Supply

One of the former workers for Long Beach, now retired, was there to get a yard of mulch for his garden. We chatted a bit about the job, retirement, and our dilemma that we could afford to cut back on work but can’t bear to let go of any of our beloved gardens (and clients). I overheard him say to Allan, in a kind way, “She’s going to wear herself out.” It feels like a possibility some days.

As we were leaving for Ilwaco, I checked my email on my phone. If any of you were as moved by Bill Dale’s song, “Happiest Man Alive”, about which I wrote on Saturday, you may like to know that I wrote him a fan letter and entered an email correspondence in which I learned that the man in the song is, indeed, Bill’s father. Bill wrote,

“Yes, as you suspected, the song is about my own father with some poetic license thrown in. He never worked for the railroad but was the parts manager at a Pontiac/Cadillac in Asheville for almost fifty years. He died in 1999 but not before hearing “Luckiest Man Alive”. I think he was quietly proud. The song has been kicking about for a while now, and about once a year I hear from a bluegrass band who wants permission to put it on a cd. A North Carolina friend told me last Memorial Weekend he had heard on a radio program playing songs on the theme of vets.” I was all choked up and almost weeping all the way south. (I added that, and a better transcript of the lyrics, and a bit more from Bill Dale to my original blog post.)

I had tried to express why the song affects me so much. I am still trying to figure that out.

from an email to Bill Dale: I know one factor is the verse where you wrote “he did a lot of overtime” (and graveyard shift) and then says he’s lucky. I love that.

I also love the way you subtly make clear what a great dad he is. The fact that his son, returning from Vietnam, holds a sign with his dad’s saying gets that across perfectly.

Maybe it gets to me because I wish I had a dad like that. Or because he values happiness without riches. Or because I wish my friends who got PTSD from Vietnam had been so happy. Or because I believe a study that says we are all born with a certain level of happiness that we return to no matter what and some of us just have a higher level of being able to appreciate life. Anyway, I keep thinking about the song while I am working.

Yesterday we gardened for a man in his late 80s, and I thought he’d be the right age for the protagonist of that song.

That is one thing that gets to me: that WWII generation is almost gone.

Who knew a song could be so thought provoking?

You can listen to the song here.

But I digress (again) from gardening.

I got all weepy and just managed to get unweepy enough to make a dignified stop at The Basket Case Greenhouse to get some violas for the Anchorage Cottages windowboxes (to be planted tomorrow).

in the annuals house

in the annuals house

Then, back to Ilwaco and Nellie’s garden. I did some last minute detailed weeding while Allan scooped the mulch into buckets and the wheelbarrow and then we fluffed up the whole garden.

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main garden mulched

with a bit left over for the west side of the house

with a bit left over for the west side of the house

some of Nellie's tulips

some of Nellie’s tulips

A chilly wind had come up. I found just enough energy to get us down to the port to add five santolinas to the Howerton Street gardens by the port office, to replace five that died by too-early clipping. The little garden on the west side of the office had some narcissi deadheads and some bright tulips.

port office garden

port office garden

Some had scattered birdseed for the crows. I think it was Don Nisbett as it was outside his gallery.

happy crows at the marina

happy crows at the marina

Back at home, I was almost out of steam. I managed to cut back the old, dead growth from some scented geraniums in the greenhouse. Seems like only one survived. I know where I can get more: The Basket Case.

in the garden:  I'd forgotten this bergenia would colour up so nicely

in the garden: I’d forgotten this bergenia would colour up so nicely

I disturbed a Pacific Tree Frog

I disturbed a Pacific Tree Frog

Allan found much more energy than I did, or perhaps had more determination. He mowed the entire lawn.

before...and it will look great for an "after" tomorrow

before…and it will look great for an “after” tomorrow

on my way back indoors: the old rhodo in Allan's garden

on my way back indoors: the old rhodo in Allan’s garden

and from my window...just before I plop down into my desk chair...

and from my window…just before I plop down into my desk chair…

My rhubarb plant, one of the few plants original to this yard (it was in a whiskey barrel) has put on massive growth in the past two weeks. Does anyone want to make a rhubarb pie?

We closed our day considerably later with a lovely tasty piece of fish from our neighbour, Jeff, two doors down.

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