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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

We had an easy day planned, with a garden tour and a garden visit after work.

The Red Barn Arena

bees on California poppies (Allan’s photo)

I dug out some more wilted Helianthus, determined to grow only plants here that will look good without much watering.

This little patch of helianthus might get enough spill over water from the barrel, which gets watered more often than the garden does.

doesn’t make me happy to dig these out

in the barn (Allan’s photo)

horses going to pasture

Two coreopsis in a barrel also came out.  They have been wilted the last two times so they cannot live here anymore.

out they came

I need plants here that will thrive only on our once a week watering.  It is a windy area, which makes it even harder.

By the front gate, drought tolerance is even more necessary as water has to be schlepped out there.

Delosperma ‘Fire Spinner’ (not invasive here)

Diane’s garden

We weeded and did not need to water.

allium going to seed (Allan’s photo)

our good friend Misty (Allan’s photo)

Diane’s roadside garden

The Planter Box

I found a few succulents for the planter we had taken the coreopsis out of.

dazzling pelargoniums at the Planter Box (did not buy these for the barrel)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We weeded and tidied for an hour, and took photos for the KBC Facebook page.

a bud on Salvia ‘Black and Bloom’, an improvement on ‘Black and Blue’

This will be our last summer in this garden because managers/owners Denny and Mary are retiring.  It feels odd.  Can’t do planting for the future here.

Thalictrum ‘Elin’ and rugosa rose

Fuchsia

fern by the clam shed (Allan’s photo)

the pond (Allan’s photo)

Bella

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

Now that KBC is the only job we have north of Long Beach, we try to sometimes add a fun north end garden tour or some such thing to make the round trip (about forty minutes driving) worthwhile.  (Next year, not having KBC will probably give us an extra day off on some of the summer weeks.) This time, we visited the Oysterville garden (which will be tomorrow’s post).

This was at the Oysterville Church afterward.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

behind the church

If you are ever taking a walking tour of Oysterville (a map is available inside the church), it is useful to know that there is a sani-can behind the church.

On the way back south, we stopped briefly in Ocean Park at

Mark and Brian’s garden.

You may remember our tour of their garden last summer.  Today, we were just picking up some Japanese anemone that they had potted up for us (to go in the bogsy wood).  Of course, we did have a good walk around the garden.

calendulas and marigolds

the front garden

The air immediately becomes cooler and fresher when one enters the back garden with its two waterfall pond.

Allan’s photo

a garden expansion in front of the pond

rock dragonfly

fancy pelargonium

succulent pot

hellebore foliage

Rhododendron ‘Pink Walloper’

Rhododendron ‘Pink Walloper’

Brian with maples from seedlings found in a parking lot planting

the deckside garden (The deck has an enviable view of the pond.)

a gift of Japanese anemones. I gave them a six pack of Cosmos ‘Cupcake’.

a bit more work

On the way home, we swung by the Red Barn again and bunged some succulents and gaillardia into the barrel.  I also put in a small, perhaps too small, sign that says “Water me!”  The poor erysimum got awfully dried up, but I left it in there for now because it is blooming so well.  The bulb foliage (in an awkward place) is tigridia.

Allan’s photos

After we got home, Allan watered at the J’s….

and the Norwoods….

The forecast still calls for rain on the weekend.  We hope so…as long as it does not fall on the Pride parade in Astoria.

 

 

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

We woke to one of those soaking misty rains that appeared to have been falling all night; I had heard the dripping into the rain barrel outside my window at 2 AM.  This led to a slow start on the day.

As I was carrying a change of clothes to the van, I saw three young women walking by saying “Oh, what a cute garden! Look, it says Tangly Cottage!”  Then the speaker saw me and said. “Oh, it’s YOUR garden, no wonder, you garden for the whole community!”  That was nice.

Allan took two photos while dumping a wheelbarrow for me in the back garden:

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Primula vialii fallen over

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Cobwebs on the sprinklers show we have not yet had to use them this year.

I’m sure the windblown Ilwaco post office garden needs attention.  I just looked at it because it was so wet.  It was a winter clothes day because of a strong wind and I did not want to start out with damp sleeves and pants.

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I had a few lambs ear starts from cleaning up the port office garden’s sidewalk area after the storm.  The Freedom Market garden, which I have so far failed to make beautiful, seemed like a good spot for them.

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The curbside garden is attractive.

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Allan planting the lambs ears in the shop’s own garden, where they might not get stepped on when they resprout.

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I found several big dandelions in the curbside garden.

All the port gardens are on schedule for a thorough weeding next week before the July 1st fireworks show.

We had debris left over from Thursday’s post-storm clean up in Long Beach.  Our first stop was to dump it at city works.

The killdeer parents got very upset when we arrived because they have two little babies.

The mother birds tried to guide us away from the babies by fluttering and making a lot of noise and pretending to have a broken wing.

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Allan’s photo

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the broken wind feint?

Eventually, she seems to have realized we were not much of a threat so she rejoined her babies.

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Our plan today had been to do Long Beach and Ilwaco watering, but with the extra rain and with the strong, annoying wind, we decided to do two more sheltered gardens instead.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

At KBC, we could hear the wind roaring through the tops of the surrounding trees.  In the garden, all was more peaceful as we tidied up storm damage.  Mary and Denny had been on a trip for a dear friend’s birthday over the weekend, and the staff and other residents told them that the wind had been fierce and the place had been a mess of small fallen branches and leaves, all cleaned up by the time Mary and Denny returned home.

The main plant that I had expected to be affected by wind was the towering Thalictrum ‘Elin’.

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And indeed it was.

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had to cut some of it off

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Mary watches the struggle.

It took me and Allan and some long black string to truss it up in a way that I hoped looked moderately natural.  Allan went under the rugosa roses to find a strong enough branch to fasten the string loop to.

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It doesn’t look too unnatural.

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This rose had many rain sodden flowers and few leaves; I ended up choosing to cut it way back and fertilize with Dr Earth.

After a long work session, I took some photos for the KBC Facebook page.

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east gate

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Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’

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birdbath view

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Allium nigrum

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driveway garden

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Right now is the beautiful time for lady’s mantle’s chartreuse flower sprays.

The Anchorage Cottages

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Our good friend Mitzu greets us.  (Allan’s photo)

Another somewhat sheltered garden is the Anchorage.  The wind does whip across the parking lot, but some moments of shelter can be found in the garden.  As we entered the driveway, I saw some sightline pruning needed to be done on a large shore pine by the street.  That led to some more pruning of dead branches on the chaemacyparis trees  by the road and to the removal of a dead willow, the whippy thin-leaved kind.

Beth and Mitzu all got involved in the pruning and hauling, and then Allan fertilized all the planters and window boxes while I weeded (and planted some starts from my bucket of extra lambs ears).

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two of four window boxes

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the other two; I try to coordinate the flowers with the signs.

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center courtyard

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New Dawn rose, would be quite perfect except she gets blackspot.

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north garden

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north garden

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Allan’s photo

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I pruned the rhododendron before Beth started to express worry about it reaching up to the gutters again.  I like it to provide some window privacy for that cottage.

Long Beach

On the way home, we assessed what work needed doing in Fifth Street Park and admired the lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis); I usually am off this plant until the all to brief period when it blooms.

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It is all chartreuse and frothy.

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hideous horsetail edging in the damp southwest bed.

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I asked Allan for a photo of the lady’s mantle on the east side of the park.

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evidence of rain

When we got home, I suddenly felt inspired to remove the bricks from the edge of a former garden bed in the nearby Norwood lawn so I could cross it off my work list.  I did not take my camera.  The garden bed is now defunct and will become part of the lawn; it is right inside a hedge and is competing too much with roots and has been allowed to go back to grass.  I used most of the bricks to make a little path to the faucet.

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one down on the work list

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017, part one

Even though more unfortunate rain had arrived, it was not such a cold and windy rain, so we decided that we could polish off two jobs and two errands and make a pilgrimage to a favourite local garden (which deserves a post of its own, tomorrow).

The Anchorage Cottages

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not an ideal work day


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Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)

I had brought four Nicotiana langsdorfii to plant.

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lots of narcissi deadheads  (Allan’s photo)


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sword fern unfurling (Allan’s photo)


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so much scilla in the center courtyard (was there when we first started this job years ago)


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center courtyard


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species tulips

Some of the larger tulips in the office courtyard had just gone all moldy from rain, leaving some pots empty till annuals planting time…which is fortunately coming up soon.

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just sad

I was going to put the little pot into the big pot, above, for some interest, but the sides of the little pot were also sadly moldy.  (Manager Beth said she will clean it and do the tiered pot arrangement.)

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My favourite Tulip ‘Green Wave’ still looked good.


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Spring bulb window boxes will be switched out for summer ones soon.

The Planter Box

We made a brief stop to buy some fertilizer and check on our cosmos seedlings.  I did not actually walk back to look at them, just got a good report from Teresa.

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potted narcissi for sale


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Soon we will be shopping in the big greenhouse.  Mother’s Day is my target date to start planting annuals.


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Allan’s photo

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Even though the rain and wind were increasing, we knew KBC would be more sheltered from wind and figured we could stand an hour of weeding and deadheading, and we did.

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Clematis in bloom


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clematis and evergreen huckleberry (Allan’s photo)


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ajuga at its best (Allan’s photo)


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Pieris


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Euphorbia characias wulfenii (deer proof, outside the fence


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driveway garden


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in the fenced garden


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fringed tulips (Allan’s photo)

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narcissus


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lilies and Thalictrum ‘Elin’


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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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Tulips ‘Green Wave’ and ‘Flaming Spring Green’


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tree peony buds


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more tulips

Mary had placed out some new dianthus to plant.  Allan planted them.

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Now we have more chives to plant in the port gardens!

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Mary and me

We visited the rain drenched garden in Oysterville (next post) and checked on the way home if some interesting new shrubs had arrived at

The Basket Case….

where we learned that said shrubs were being fetched today.

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at The Basket Case


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tomato in a bag


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Basket Case doggie

We were cold and wet and yet very pleased to have the Anchorage and KBC done for this week.  Now we can focus completely on parade garden prep during the next three days that are supposed to deliver nicer weather.

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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

rose

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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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into the autumn….still with no rain…at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

4 October

Agapanthus seedheads

Agapanthus seedheads

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and Sanvitalia

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Sanvitalia

climbing roses

climbing roses

roses

roses

rose and Melianthus major

rose and Melianthus major

Knock Out rose

Knock Out rose

Knock Out roses

Knock Out roses

sweet peas

sweet peas

white sweet peas

white sweet peas

Hydrangea 'Izu no Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu no Hana’

a Clematis from Joy Creek Nursery

a Clematis from Joy Creek Nursery

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod) seedheads

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod) seedheads

driveway garden

driveway garden

Mary’s idea for 2013 is to make the shape of the driveway garden by the house more curvaceous.

10 October

office

office

At last I have some photos that show how it all fits together.  You drive in and park below the office…where you would have the view below:

from the driveway parking:  view across lawn to the fenced garden (looking northwest)

from the driveway parking: view across lawn to the fenced garden (looking northwest)

Fuschia containers by the driveway

Fuschia containers by the driveway

golden yews at center of fenced garden

golden yews at center of fenced garden
second area of fenced garden.  To the left, Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

second area of fenced garden. To the left, Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana' flower

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’ flower

lower fenced garden with Knock Out roses and view of cottages

lower fenced garden with Knock Out roses and view of cottages

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas and cottages

sweet peas and cottages

figs

figs

Bronze fennel (now officially considered something of a noxious weed)

Bronze fennel (now officially considered something of a noxious weed)

In the foreground, above, Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ and Euphobia characias wulfenii, which bloomed mightily and at length in the early spring.

Salvia patens and Helichrysum 'Limelight' in center of fenced garden

Salvia patens and Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ in center of fenced garden

Salvia africana-lutea in a container

Salvia africana-lutea in a container

The above very cool brown Salvia has leaves that smell, to me, a bit of root beer.  I have brought it through winter in a cold greenhouse before.

In the background above, the fabulously tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ from Dan Hinkley’s Heronswood.

Rose, Coreopsis 'Flower Tower', Melianthus major

Rose, Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’, Melianthus major

I got Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ from Joy Creek Nursery a couple of years ago, and in summer 2012 was able to get more at The Basket Case Greenhouse locally.  It is a fun plant because the usual small yellow coreopsis flowers bloom on a towering stem that can get taller than me.

25 October

flowering currant

flowering currant

From the bench above, looking south, we have this view of the garden:

looking south

looking south

On the very right in the background, above, you can see the tallness of Thalictrum ‘Elin’.

The showy autumn stems of the very tall Thalictrum 'Elin'

The showy autumn stems of the very tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Japanese maple at the A Frame

Japanese maple in the A Frame garden

mophead hydrangeas in the A Frame garden

mophead hydrangeas in the A Frame garden

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