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Friday, 24 November 2017

I was determined to polish off the work list no matter what the weather.

First, we walked out into our garden to collect some red twig dogwood stems for decorating.

Damp and faded hardy fuchsias are still hanging on.

autumn colour on cotinus (smokebush)

another big branch down

Next door, the tarp had blown off the gear shed crab pot stack.

lots of little branch pieces lying about

As we departed, rain fell heavily.  My Dark Sky app said it would last for 15 minutes, and then we’d have forty minutes before it returned.

The Depot Restaurant

We sat in the parking lot, waiting out the squall.

The building in view is Oceanside Animal Clinic.

Our mission was, in part, to remove the annuals from the north side window boxes and barrels (expertly planted by Roxanne of The Basket Case Greenhouse).  They are still blooming. It is fully autumn now, and I am tired of summer annuals.  The roof overhang keeps them dry even when it rains, so they have be checked on at least once a week.  I want something spare and seasonal and no maintenance for the winter.

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before; note the wide roof overhang

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Just a bit of red twig dogwood decor. It would be even better if I had some pine cones.

Allan pruned the Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ and the escallonia.

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after (escallonia not shown here)

autumnal garden, north side of dining deck

We did some general tidying and some pruning around the house next door that serves as the Depot office (a tree with branches that were hitting the side of the building, and some pulling of an old patch of crocosmia).  We recommended that Chef Michael hire Sea Star Gardening for a more extensive pruning of the tree.

Even though we’d had more non-rainy time than Dark Sky had predicted, the weather looked damp again as we headed to…

The Anchorage Cottages.

A windy rain squall greeted us there, and made the first fifteen minutes of work challenging.  I had thought it would be time to cut back the chrysanthemums by the office window.  No, they had barely begun to bloom, so this will not be our last visit of the year.

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Allan had begun by pulling some cosmos in the south courtyard.

before, valiant cosmos still trying to bloom

after. (Allan’s photos). Next year, a pool of some sort of bright and well behaved ground cover (hakonechloa maybe?) might look better around that Japanese maple.

I almost gave up on finishing the garden tidying because of the cold windy rain.  A brightening sky gave me hope, and the weather cleared.

Allan trimmed the lady’s mantle and geraniums along the front of the bed near the office.

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after (Allan’s photos)

Even though I was trying to be merciless, some annuals still looked too good to pull.

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Anchorage window reflection:

Captain Bob’s Chowder
At almost dusk, we rewarded ourselves and celebrated the start of staycation with a late lunch at Captain Bob’s, behind Fifth Street Park.

[caption id="attachment_132999" align="aligncenter" width="500"] a Renee O’Connor crab sidewalk tile in the park (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Cathy of Captain Bob’s was down to just one crab roll.  Allan kindly let me have the crab roll and ordered fish and chips instead.  Cathy thought that the last of the crab salad did not make for a big enough crab roll, so she gave me a piece of delicious fish on the side.

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Allan’s fish and chips

Fifth and Pacific intersection after our meal

Half a block south, we admired the lights of the Herb ‘n Legend Smoke Shop, complementing the city’s decorations.

At home, It was too dark to offload the trailer load of compostable debris that we’d acquired at today’s jobs. I was able to erase The Depot from the post frost clean up.  There’s nothing left there that frost would make look bad.  All that is left on the work list is the post-frost go-round…if frost arrives.  Or a pre-Christmas go-round if we don’t get frost.  That won’t take more than two days, probably only one and a half.  Unless some special request from a client arrives, and unless Long Beach gets a pile of mulch that needs applying, we are now off work till the end of January, giving me plenty of time for my list of home garden projects.

I stopped counting the weeks to staycation when my best cat, Smoky, got sick.  I’m not as ecstatic at having this time at home as I usually am.  The other three cats will enjoy the company … not as much as Smoky did, and I will miss him during my reading days.  I have a blog post memorial to him planned, with photos through the years…when I can manage it.  Meanwhile, our first week of staycation should be busy enough to provide some blog fodder, a week that culminates in Ilwaco’s Crab Pot Tree Festival.

event poster by Don Nisbett

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Today was the day when we check up on all of our non-city gardens.

The Depot Restaurant

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north side of dining deck

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the weekly watering at the Depot

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Persicaria ‘Firetail’, hops on the lattice

The Red Barn

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our little garden

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Only my sore foot and lack of time kept me from digging out part of this sad Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.  “It’s green,” said Allan.

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tigridia (Allan’s photo)

Diane’s garden

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my good friend Misty being camera shy

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Misty, Diane, Holly

Misty got a belly rub to make up for the photos.

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Holly is decidedly not camera shy.

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Oh, and the garden:

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The Anchorage Cottages

The garden was dry here, too.  I had to send messages about that AND do some watering, which means less time for weeding.  (Some waterers-in-training are on the job.) Only ground level had water problems; the pots and window boxes were fine.  Allan fertilized them.

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sweet peas in office courtyard (Allan’s photo)

The Planter Box

We chose some plants for the tree garden by Abbracci Coffee Bar.

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at the entrance

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I bought myself a variegated rush

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lots of tomatoes in the big greenhouse

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We did the usual tidying. This is the one garden where I never have to worry about watering except perhaps a couple of plants in far, obscure corners.

In the swale, I noticed that a twinberry had come up and was blurring the composition.  I usually leave this area to Allan; he did not know this was a “weed shrub” to me.

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before

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This was followed by a set of photos for the KBC Facebook page.

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looking in the east gate

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the birdbath view

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view of the fenced garden from a lawn bench

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Clematis ‘Rooguchi’

Port of Ilwaco

We watered all down the port of Ilwaco.  This was the task that was hardest on my sore heel today.  (I have been consulting Dr Google and I think it may be the dreaded plantar fasciitis.  I have been gleaning many useful tips for home treatment, including stretches and ice.)

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Allan had an audience from one of the street trees…

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and in the Loading Dock Village garden.

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east end of the marina (Allan’s photo)

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by the Tuna Club (Allan’s photo)

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Port office garden and Basket Case baskets

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gulls, boats, blue water

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curbside gardens

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garden boat at Time Enough Books

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Someone swiped all but one of the flowering stems on the eryngium, center.  With clippers (secateurs).  I do notice.

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curbside by Salt Hotel

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The pot shop has a new paint job.

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multi tasking

After all that hose dragging and connecting and disconnecting, later that evening when we were watching telly, we heard rain, and it rained substantially instead of the “less than 1/10 of an inch” that had been predicted.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

I slept in a bit because of the sound of lashing rain and vigorous wind.  By the time I was seated for breakfast, I saw sunshine and decided we should brave the wind.  I was partially influenced by getting a text from Sea Star Gardening‘s Melissa, informing me that she and Dave were two doors down hedge trimming at Mary and Jeff’s place and that they had brought me some plants acquired on a recent trip to Blooming Nursery.

This is a huge hedge trimming project.

This is a huge hedge trimming project.

My new plants: Some more 'Blauer Heinz' boxwoods and some Euonymus 'Green Spire'

My new plants: Some more ‘Blauer Heinz’ boxwoods and some Euonymus ‘Green Spire’

Another bulb order arrived before we left, including 500 crocus.  What was I thinking?  Perhaps my idea when ordering had been to plant more crocus down the center bed in the back garden.  If I pull all the dead outer foliage off of the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river, I could plant them for early spring flowering.

river of Rozanne still blooming today

river of Rozanne still blooming today

I am loving this Helianthus 'Gold Lace'.

I am loving this Helianthus ‘Gold Lace’.

Below is my biggest gardening disappointment of the year.  I spent $70 or so on yet another attempt at growing Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate…for the third or fourth failed time.  We had one very hot 99 degree day in late summer.  The next time I watered, every leaf fell off at the same exact moment and the albizia did not leaf out again, nor do I think it will.

a very expensive apparently very dead stick

a very expensive and apparently very dead stick

I loaded a few boxes of bulbs into the van in hopes of getting through several small jobs today.

Mike’s garden

Mike got some viridiflora and ‘White Parrot’ tulips, some Allium sphaerocephalon and Allium nigrum, some crocuses (with which I am suddenly over-run) and some Iris reticulata and white narcissi.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden is green, white, pink, and blue.

front garden with Schizostylis, either 'Viscountess Byng' or 'Miss Hegarty'

front garden with Schizostylis, either ‘Viscountess Byng’ or ‘Miss Hegarty’

Ilwaco Post Office

I contributed a selection of this year’s bulbs to add to our volunteer garden at the post office.  I didn’t put in any new tulips this year except for the exciting ‘Green Jay’, a new to me fringed green one from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

Tulip 'Green Jay', photo from Brent and Becky

Tulip ‘Green Jay’, photo from Brent and Becky

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ still blooming

schizostylis in the post office garden

schizostylis in the post office garden

World Kite Museum

The tiny pocket garden got some crocuses and some narcissi.  Browsing deer discourage the planting of tulips here.  We had a pleasant chat with gift shop manager Patti, and Allan bought a twirly thing for his garden.  I thought he took a photo of the demo twirly thing that inspired his purchase.  No.  It twirled really well and is made by a fellow who is well known for wind sculptures.

Allan's photo: bulbs ready to plant

Allan’s photo: bulbs ready to plant

I should have planted some alliums in this garden and did not think of it.  That is unfortunate as they would look so good towering above the other plants.  Maybe I will add some elephant garlic later on!

The Anchorage Cottages

Allan installed the newly planted bulb window boxes after removing the summer annuals window boxes.

A lovely, soft furred dog named Kingston was in attendance, companion to the man who is building a new cottage porch near the office.

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me and my new friend, Kingston

me and my new friend, Kingston

Kingston was an absolute delight.

Kingston was an absolute delight.

window box switching (Allan's photo)

window box switching (Allan’s photo)

the old (Allan's photo)

the summer boxes  (Allan’s photo)

We could have left the annuals up for awhile longer.  Over half of them were looking tatty, and I did not want to have to go check on them after every storm.  Maybe I did the switch too soon this year.  On the other hand, I think I often have a habit of letting annuals linger too long.

with manager Beth and two great dogs

with manager Beth and two great dogs

Kingston and Mitzu

Kingston and Mitzu

A cottage guest arrived with a truck.  Allan greatly admired the step and pole that enabled one to get up into the pick up bed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We headed across Pioneer Road toward Diane’s garden and on the way I saw an open sign at…

The Cranberry Museum.

My dear friend Seattle Carol will be visiting soon and I needed to exchange her birthday present t shirt that had been the wrong size.  I love this little museum and want to share some of its treasures with you here.

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Wooden cranberry boxes are used for shelving.

Wooden cranberry boxes are used for shelving.

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You may sense a theme in the gift shop offerings.

You may sense a theme in the gift shop offerings.

bog frog cards by our friend Don Nisbett

bog frog cards by our friend Don Nisbett

looking into the area of museum displays

looking into the area of museum displays

Cranberry Museum

Cranberry Museum

We exited past the WSU Research Station cranberry bogs.

We exited past the WSU Research Station cranberry bogs.

Diane’s garden

One pot that had held a tatty old lavender got completely redone and planted with ‘White Parrot’ tulips.  Pastel tulips, iris reticulata, and crocuses went into many of the other planters..  I am counting on lots of small narcissi to return from a planting we did here last fall.

the potted garden

the potted garden

barberry with Helichrysum 'Limelight'

barberry with Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

My good friend Misty got a belly rub, of course.

My good friend Misty got a belly rub, of course.

We had dropped our trailer at The Red Barn, next door, to make it easier to fit into Diane and Larry’s driveway.

Disney, one of the Red Barn dogs.

Disney, one of the Red Barn dogs.

Next door at The Red Barn

at The Red Barn

Ilwaco

We planted two sets of yellow tulips in the garden boat at Time Enough Books, ‘Formosa’, a late bloomer that is one of my favourites, and the elegant ‘Akebono’.

across from the carousel: windblown Tulip 'Akebono' barely holding on

across from the Long Beach carousel: windblown Tulip ‘Akebono’ barely holding on in late spring

Tulip 'Formosa'

Tulip ‘Formosa’ in Long Beach

Purly Shell Fiber Arts, Time Enough Books, and Ole' Bob's seafood market and café

Purly Shell Fiber Arts, Time Enough Books, and Ole’ Bob’s seafood market and café

I miss going to Salt Pub, but lately I just do not have any energy at the end of the day.  I hope we can go try out their new menu after Bulb Time.

We put five little crocuses, one of each colour, under each of the Ilwaco street trees and tidied up some of the planters a bit.  The wind gusts that had been up to 30 mph had died down and we had a much pleasanter time planting.  In fact, I don’t think I would have tackled this otherwise because First Avenue is a wind corridor on a bad day.

Allan's photos: a planter, before

Allan’s photos: a planter, before

and after. The Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' will need replacing in spring.

and after. The weather battered Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ will need replacing in spring.

the last five street tree crocus going in

the last five street tree crocus going in

At home, Frosty and I examined Allan’s handiwork on the temporary structure for the Corridor of Spooky Plants which must be installed before Halloween.

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I have started collecting plant material. With more wind forecast for the next two days, I daren’t install it yet.  And also, I need access to the garden to finish planting my bulbs.

The work board tonight shows that Bulb Time has never gone so quickly.

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One reason for the speed is getting the bulbs before Daylight Saving Time begins, enabling us to work longer hours before dark (since we never get started early).

We need good weather without big wind to plant at the port and the Bolstad beach approach gardens.  Maybe that means that tomorrow will finally be my day to do the bulb spreadsheets.


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1995 (age 71):

Oct 25:  11:30-5:30!  Finished strawberry rows.  Mulched them with straw.  Planted my 15 mums in the corn patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

in which we do all the jobs but Long Beach and Ilwaco

at home

at home

front path, looking east

front path, looking east

The Depot Restaurant

Grasses enclosing the deck. This fall, I will try transplanting some Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' there.

Grasses enclosing south and east side of dining deck. This fall, I will try transplanting some Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ there.

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

east wall

east wall

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod)

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

looking southeast from the parking lot

looking southeast from the parking lot

The Red Barn Arena

our little Red Barn garden

our little Red Barn garden

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Diane’s garden

along the highway

along the highway

The Basket Case Greenhouse

We stopped to see what was left of the end of season sale and I bought a few variegated oregano and thyme for the Ilwaco post office edge.

me and Fred (Allan's photo)

me and Fred (Allan’s photo)

Fred and Nancy are retiring right after this end of season sale…and that is another “letting go” that is happening this year.  They have buyers who will take over the business.  I am fighting the “It’ll never be the same!” feeling.

Marilyn’s garden

looking southwest from the road

looking southwest from the road

from the driveway

from the driveway

looking south

looking south

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

looking north

looking north

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

There is a lot of plant snobbery about plain ol’ shasta daisies.  Well.  I like ’em, and that is my truth.

looking west from the back porch

looking west from the back porch

Allan weeded along the back wall.

Allan weeded along the back wall.

While we were away garden touring, Marilyn’s daughter sent me this:

"so love all the poppies and red this year. thank you, garden magician" photo by Nancy Gorshe

“so love all the poppies and red this year. thank you, garden magician” photo by Nancy Gorshe

And I don’t think I have posted these yet:

Scooter and a deer

Scooter and a deer, photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe; the deer are eating the Crocosmia this year.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

my good friend Bella

my good friend Bella

and Sarah or Tommy

and Sarah or Tommy

Clematis 'Rooguchi'

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’

Helenium 'Autumn Lollipop'

Helenium ‘Autumn Lollipop’

Helenium 'Autumn Lollipop' is so cute!

Helenium ‘Autumn Lollipop’ is so cute!

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'

Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’

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birdbath view

birdbath view

sit spot

sit spot

lily

lily

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roses and hydrangea

roses and hydrangea with Thalictrum ‘Elin’ on the left

Allan's deadheading of 'New Dawn' rose, before

Allan’s deadheading of ‘New Dawn’ rose, before

and after

and after

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Anchorage Cottages

center courtyard

center courtyard

A ceanothus that had been slowly dying had finally completely plotzed, so Allan cut it down.  I recently read that it is not unusual for ceanothus to die off like this.

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Now the one on the other end of the center courtyard garden a tall healthy ceanothus throws the garden off balance…drat.

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (blue potato vine)

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine)

east wall near office

east wall near office

office courtyard

office courtyard

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Since the Hardy Plant Society garden tour weekend, I have had a nagging feeling that I need a new client who is a plant nut, with a big budget, and no need for hardscaping, and who would just let me play with planting new plants.  I realized today that that client is ME.

At home, Allan found this unusual carrot in a package and thought it should be recorded:

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Soon I'll be able to spend the days at home with my feline friends!

Soon I’ll be able to spend the days at home with my feline friends!

Long Beach

My big plan today was to finish all the fall clean up in the Long Beach Parks, beginning with the south east quadrant of Fifth Street Park.

Allan clipping siberian iris

Allan clipping siberian iris

I’m not tidying the bed under the three trees because I am hoping the city crew will dig it out so we can start over (or maybe they will river rock it).  I’m afraid to dig in there because it would take a heavy pick and I don’t want to damage the sprinkler system.

a possible do-over is in the works for this bed

a possible do-over is in the works for this bed

I clipped back the gunnera by the pond to make it easier for the city crew to do the end of season pond cleaning.  After the first hard frost, the rest of the leaves will turn black and I will lay a couple over the crown to protect it for the winter.

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after. two baby gunneras at lower right.

after. two baby gunneras at lower right.

We noticed a banner of poinsettias made of Christmas lights suspended over the intersection.  I said to Allan, wouldn’t that be great for our front arbour?  So I googled it when I got home and found out that it is called a “Skyline” (across the street banner) and that this particular one listed for $3953.00

Never mind!

Never mind!

The Anchorage

I decided it would be great to throw the Anchorage fall clean up into the day’s work since I’d rather work there during the week than on the possibly busy weekend.

Allan cleaned the front of this garden bed. Before...

Allan cleaned the front of this garden bed. Before…

and after

and after

We'll have to return after a hard frost to remove the mushy calla lily leaves.

We’ll have to return after a hard frost to remove the mushy calla lily leaves.

I planted a cyclamen from Our Kathleen, who used to stay at the Anchorage before she bought her cottage.

I planted a cyclamen from Our Kathleen, who used to stay at the Anchorage before she bought her cottage.

This volunteer yucca near the office will simply have to go. Today, it charmed me for some reason.

This volunteer yucca (?) near the office will simply have to go. Today, it charmed me for some reason.  I think it will get too big and pointy.

Rose 'New Dawn' got all its black spotty leaves picked off. Before...

Rose ‘New Dawn’ got all its black spotty leaves picked off. Before…

and after, with poky-outie bits trimmed off.

and after, with poky-outie bits trimmed off.

Melianthus major in the courtyard

Melianthus major in the courtyard might go down in a hard frost.

Other than a post frost check up, we are now done with the Anchorage Cottages garden for 2015.

back to Long Beach

The Long Beach “Holidays at the Beach” extravaganza will be centered around Veterans Field, so that was our next project.

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I have a suspicion that the Grandmer Mermaid’s under-the-sea photo booth just might turn out to be created by our friend Queen La De Da!

corner garden in Vet field, after pulling more painted sage and some perennial clipping

corner garden in Vet field, after pulling more painted sage and some perennial clipping

 

flag pavilion garden, before

flag pavilion garden, before

I decided the Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' did have to be clipped as they were simply too whirled around by wind.

I decided the Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ did have to be clipped as they were simply too whirled around by wind.  And the blue oat grass came out as it is old and tatty.

Allan's photo: I'm poised to tidy up the lawn, not run a marathon.

Allan’s photo: I’m poised to tidy bits of debris off of the lawn, not to run a marathon.

after. Almost no wind. Flag at half mast for France.

After. Almost no wind. American flag at half mast for France.

I checked up on a block’s worth of planters, forgot to photograph some glowing yellow chrysanthemums still blooming in one of them, and Allan weeded and clipped in the park next to the Kabob House.  No time to eat lunch there today.

We took a load of debris to city works.  An argy-bargy ensued when I thought we could go first to Coulter Park and pull all the crocosmia and put it in the trailer also.  Allan felt that there was so very much crocosmia that the trailer would be overloaded so we dumped the first load.

Next, Coulter Park got a good crocosmia pulling and some weeding.  I also pulled the crocosmia by the Peninsula Arts Association building next to the park because it was such a mess.

PAA building, before

PAA building, before

Long ago, it was the Kite Museum and we had a sweet little garden there.

Historic photo from 2007: Long ago, it was the Kite Museum and we had a sweet little garden there.

As you can see in the present day photo, the garden has now disappeared except for the crocosmia.

today, after pulling crocosmia

today, after pulling crocosmia

Meanwhile, Allan pulled the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ next to the entry ramp for the old train depot building, a job that got much harder to access when the new railings and ramp were installed.

 

going in

going in

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photos, before

another before view with Dennis Company in the background

another before view with Dennis Company in the background

I cleaned up the little circle garden at the front of the park and checked two blocks worth of planters while Allan cleaned the strip by the ramp.

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after, admiring his accomplishment

after, admiring his accomplishment

 

The second load of debris did turn out to be quite substantial.

The second load of debris did turn out to be quite substantial.

After our second debris run (accomplished before the gate closes at four, to avoid fussing with the keys), we returned to Coulter to prune one more siberian iris and do a bit more weeding.

the iris in question (Allan's photo)

the iris in question (Allan’s photos)

after

after

This is all done in time for Shoeboxes of Joy to set up their annual volunteer HQ and donation station in the old train depot building.

coming soon

coming soon

Shoeboxes of Joy: “Our goal is to be able to provide a “Shoebox of Joy” to the low income elderly and/or disabled, who may not have family or friends close by. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to work together and provide a “special gift to those in need”. A “Shoebox of Joy” may be the only gift they receive during the Holiday Season.”

Before dark, we did more clipping in a couple of blocks worth of planters.  Passing Fifth Street Park, we saw that since our work session across the street at noon, the city crew had erected the seasonal lighted sea serpent!

And they did not cut down my ornamental grass to do it. ;-)

And they did not cut down my ornamental grass to do it. 😉

the southernmost planter, and the last cosmos in town about to be pulled

the southernmost planter, and the last cosmos in town about to be pulled

In her office just north of this last planter, we had neatly arranged a 4:30 appointment with Shelly Pollock of NW Insurance and Financial so she could help us transfer to a new medical insurance plan for 2016.  She is brilliant (and is also the founder of the Grass Roots Garbage Gang beach clean up group), so if you are local and need help with such things, do look her up.  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we are still able to afford medical insurance (even though our cost will double from last year).  Thanks, Shelly.

Steve and Shelly

Steve and Shelly at our place on Halloween

at home

three more items erased from the work board: LB Parks, LB planters, Anchorage

three more items erased from the work board: LB Parks, LB planters, Anchorage

A bit of a cheat: I erased Ilwaco from fall clean up list, too, as I decided it will save the city money if we just do one more walk-around AFTER the first hard frost.  As for the mulching library (Ilwaco Community Building) project, that is Allan’s to organize because it is his job.  (I might help spread the mulch even if it means emerging from staycation.)

We are now three, perhaps even two, days way from the start of staycation, other than the pesky frost cleanup.  Tomorrow, weather permitting: Klipsan Beach Cottages and Marilyn’s.  Sunday, we just might be able to finish the port and the boatyard and the last tidying in Long Beach.  (No matter how weedy the beach approach garden and berms are, all they are getting from us till 2016 is the pulling of some crocosmia and clipping of a few more perennials).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

On our way to work, we watered the Ilwaco Post Office planter, and I noticed to my dismay that the deer have discovered it.

Deer have nibbled the nasturtiums; this bodes ill for our post office garden.

Deer have nibbled the nasturtiums; this bodes ill for our post office garden.

The Planter Box

We stopped at The Planter Box on our way north to pick up a few plants for a container at the Anchorage.

We stopped at The Planter Box on our way north to pick up a few plants for a container at the Anchorage.

Allan's photo: They have pumpkins!

Allan’s photo: They have pumpkins!

After our second tour of the Oysterville garden, we put in a half day of weeding and grooming several gardens.

Marilyn’s Garden

looking southwest from the driveway

looking southwest from the driveway

looking northwest from the back porch steps

looking northwest from the back porch steps

Removing this clump of volunteer montbretia must go on the list of fall projects!

Removing this clump of volunteer montbretia must go on the list of fall projects!

look how the big floppy zebra grass has a tidy clump coming up in the middle.

look how the big floppy zebra grass has a tidy clump coming up in the middle.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Bella in the A Frame garden

Bella in the A Frame garden

inside the A Frame

inside the A Frame (one of the vacation rentals)

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Mary of KBC

Mary of KBC

Managers Denny and Mary do everything from lawn care to cleaning to welcoming guests and doing the paperwork.  They own one of the cottages and their own home on the resort property.

Sarah

Sarah

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Bella

Bella

oh, and the garden!

oh, and the garden!

The big birds (spruce grouse?) were there; Allan just managed to get this rear view.

The big birds (spruce grouse?) were there; Allan just managed to get this rear view.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

my mom's coppery rose

my mom’s coppery rose

sweet peas and my mom's old window; wish she could see them

sweet peas and my mom’s old window; wish she could see them

more sweet peas

more sweet peas

Anchorage Cottages

Allan weeded under the grape arbour.

Allan weeded under the grape arbour.

autumnal grape leaves (Allan's photo)

autumnal grape leaves (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Mitzu felt unusually camera shy.

Mitzu felt unusually camera shy.  Dogs and cats have moods, too, you know.

on Beth's lap

on Beth’s lap

plants from The Planter Box

new plants from The Planter Box went into this pot

the office courtyard

the office courtyard

watering Ilwaco

Watering season is still not over, so Allan took the water trailer on the Ilwaco rounds.

at the boatyard to fill the tank for watering

at the boatyard to fill the tank for watering

He found the volunteer fire department having a drill while he filled the trailer at the boatyard.

He found the volunteer fire department having a drill while he filled the trailer at the boatyard.

boatyard and fire fighters

boatyard and fire fighters

By the time he checked on the Time Enough Books boat, darkness was falling.

By the time he checked on the Time Enough Books boat, darkness was falling.

Meanwhile, I was at home doing the monthly billing and anticipating writing this blog post and reliving of walking through the Oysterville garden today.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

We finished our great big two day work week with a three small jobs and then Long Beach.

The very first sign of Halloween on Lake Street, by the Post Office

The very first sign of Halloween on Lake Street, by the Post Office

Halloween is a very big deal on Spruce and Lake Streets in Ilwaco, and we are beginning to collect our materials for our Corridor of Spooky Plants.

The Red Barn

Allan's photo: our small and narrow Red Barn garden

Allan’s photo: our small and narrow Red Barn garden

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I decided it was time for the fennel to go away. (Allan's photo)

I decided it was time for the fennel to go away. (Allan’s photo)

Poor bronze fennel, once so prized, and recommended by influential gardeners in slide shows at garden seminars, and now on the noxious weed list.

Bronze Fennel looking glorious in a garden

Bronze Fennel looking glorious in a garden

bronze fennel....now called by some a noxious weed

bronze fennel….now called by some a noxious weed

And it is gone! (Allan's photo)

And it is gone! (Allan’s photo).  The tall stems will go in our Corridor of Spooky Plants for Halloween.

The yellow violas died in this container, and reseeded

The yellow violas died in this container, and reseeded themselves.

Diane’s garden

My good friend Misty came out to meet us even before we got next door to Diane and Larry’s garden.

My Misty

My Misty

I love her.

I love her.

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Such a good girl.

blueberry autumn colour

blueberry autumn colour

The roadside garden

The roadside garden

The pink heather that was Diane’s inspiration for having us make this roadside bed is already going over, which is why I did not want to make it the only plant here.

It only looks perfectly pink for a couple of weeks.

It only looks perfectly pink for a couple of weeks.

I enjoy when we drive by this garden, and I hope others do, as well.

I enjoy when we drive by this garden, and I hope others do, as well.

The Depot Restaurant

If we deadheaded every old cosmos flower, we’d be here for an hour!

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flower garden on north side of dining deck

Long Beach

Allan deadheading what's left of the welcome sign flowers (after it got trampled during Rod Run)

Allan deadheading what’s left of the welcome sign flowers (after it got trampled during Rod Run)

We'd have lots more deadheading to do if the cosmos had not been destroyed.

We’d have lots more deadheading to do if most of the cosmos had not been destroyed!

Cosmos 'Happy Ring'

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’

We took two jugs of water for the newly planted Sid Snyder beach approach planters, as the water is turned off there.

new plants, nurtured

new plants, nurtured

The plaque goes back to volunteer days.

The plaque goes back to volunteer days from years ago.

My darling little hens and chickens have already been stolen from the planter above.  That is IT, I will nevermore plant hens and chickens sedums in any of the Ilwaco planters.  They got stolen here, and on the Bolstad approach, and in Fish Alley.  As Allan says, someone probably has a nice collection of hens and chicks on their windowsill.  I picture the same person prowling and thinking “Ooh, has she planted any more?  YES, a new kind for my collection!”  Feh.  It is frustrating because they would be so perfect in all the beach approach planters that are hard to water.

Because watering season is not over after all, we watered all the main street planters and street trees.

lavender at Fifth Street

lavender at Fifth Street

the carousel dismantled, sure sign of end of summer

the carousel being dismantled, sure sign of end of tourist season

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

My friend Tam at the Herb "n Legend Smoke Shop

My friend Tam at the Herb “n Legend Smoke Shop

reseeded lavenders and a determined little fern

reseeded lavenders and a determined little fern

more painted sage

more painted sage

Salvia patens at 7th Street

Salvia patens at 7th Street

Salvia patens

Salvia patens

Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

Gunnera by the pond in Fifth Street Park (Allan's photo)

Gunnera by the pond in Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

We also had time to pull Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ at four locations, or rather, Allan did, while I worked the Veterans Field garden deadheading….

tree by Anchor Realty, before

tree by Anchor Realty, before

and after

and after

tree by Cottage Bakery before (Allan's photo)

tree by Cottage Bakery, before

and after

and after

planter by Wind World Kites, before

planter by Wind World Kites, before

This is the only planter where we have let a large amount of ‘Lucifer’ stay.  The owner of Wind World Kites likes it very much.  Most shopkeepers prefer to not have something so tall in front of their shop.

Wind World Kites, after

Wind World Kites, after

Veterans Field corner garden

Veterans Field corner garden

We had time before dinner to pull more Crocosmia at City Hall, in an area along the west wall planted by former city administrator Gene Miles.  I found some weeding to do because when I pull crocosmia I feel like the top of my head is going to fly off.  (Yes, that’s weird, but true.)

City Hall, north side

City Hall, north side

before

west side, before (Allan’s photo)

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and after (Allan’s photo)

The Cove Restaurant

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Todd joined Melissa, Dave, Allan and I making up a good meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

Chef Jason Lancaster

Chef Jason Lancaster

Todd shared fascinating stories about all the local places where he had taken visiting friends.

Two friends from Plant Delights nursery, where Todd used to be the curator of the display garden, had been to visit for a week.  They had eaten clams and mushrooms which the three of them harvested, and visited old growth trees by Teal Slough:

Todd's photo

Todd’s photo

And the north Oregon coast:

Todd's photo: Ecola State Park north of Cannon Beach

Todd’s photo: Ecola State Park north of Cannon Beach

We caught up with Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Gardening) on news about the work week.

As was Melissa.

I also found Melissa’s stories fascinating.

delicious apple blue cheese salad and apple cider

delicious apple blue cheese salad and Arnold Palmer to drink.  (Allan’s photo)

apple blue cheese salad

apple blue cheese salad

And it was good. (Allan's photo)

And it was good. (Allan’s photo)

Cove Stir Fry (Allan's photo)

Cove Stir Fry (Allan’s photo)

Dave, Todd, and I had the Cajun chicken alfredo. (Allan's photo)

Dave, Todd, and I had the Cajun chicken alfredo. (Allan’s photo)

Melissa had the bronzed scallops.

Melissa had the bronzed scallops.

Melissa and me (Allan's photo)

Melissa and me (Allan’s photo)

Allan and I are now set for another self indulgent five days off!  We’re hoping for good evening weather on Saturday so that we can have a campfire dinner with Melissa, Dave, and Our Kathleen, and of course I am hoping to not leave my property for the entire five days.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Allan’s back, while not quite as bad as yesterday, was still “out” so we knew from the beginning that the day would be a challenge.

We did our usual Thursday routine:

The Depot Restaurant

Depot, north side of deck, looking west

Depot, north side of deck, looking west

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

Lily speciosum rubrum

Lily speciosum rubrum

Lily speciosum rubrum

Lily speciosum rubrum: I love the green furrows.

Depot garden, east wall of dining room

Depot garden, east wall of dining room

Long Beach welcome sign

Deadheading the cosmos and Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ takes a good while now.  We also give supplemental water along the outer edges of the long beds where the soaker hoses have little effect.

the front: Is the echibeckia too dark? I still wonder.

the front: Is the echibeckia too dark? I still wonder.  I am told it is fine!

front

front: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is in there but doing almost nothing.

back of sign (north side)

back of sign (north side)

back, mostly cosmos, Geranium 'Rozanne' is not being a do-er.

back, mostly cosmos, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is not being a do-er.

Anchorage Cottages

The usual weeding and deadheading took place.

one of the east walls

one of the east walls

Crocosmia 'Lucifer" seedheads mimicking the rope in the sign

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer” seedheads mimicking the rope in the sign

Although I’d like to take credit for that effect, it was an accident.

on a north wall

on a north wall

The bed above is a mess.  It has an annoying mish mash of plants that have been there for years, with a few hellebores and fuchsias that I added.  I had a revelation I must make it better, starting with trying to get rid of the lady’s mantle.  This bed needs more of a pattern.

Fuchsia 'Hawkhead'

Fuchsia ‘Hawkhead’

Fuchsia, maybe 'Pat's Dream'? on another north wall

Fuchsia, maybe ‘Pat’s Dream’? on another north wall

center courtyard

center courtyard

Agastaches doing so great in containers by the office.

Agastaches doing so great in containers by the office.

Agastache 'Navajo Sunset' and 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Agastache ‘Navajo Sunset’ and ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Office courtyard: the sweet peas climbing for the top of the chimney???

Office courtyard: the sweet peas climbing for the top of the chimney???

Long Beach planters and parks

We weeded Veterans Field first.  I got Allan to deadhead some tall white cosmos: less bending, although he still got down to weed.  He was walking like a stereotypical elderly man.

Veterans Field, Allan's photo

Veterans Field, Allan’s photo

corner garden, Veterans Field, Allan's photo

corner garden, Veterans Field (Allan’s photo)

a picnic cooler at Veterans Field, Allan's photo

a picnic cooler at Veterans Field (Allan’s photo)

nearby: the Tilt-A-Whirl rides, behind the carousel. The old ferris wheel is defunct.

nearby: the Tilt-A-Whirl rides, behind the carousel. The old ferris wheel is defunct. (Allan’s photo)

the carousel (Allan's photo)

the carousel (Allan’s photo)

Then we watered the planters.  The very first ones did not have running water! Fortunately, only two were in that shape, because of a leak (I found out with a phone call).  Still, it meant a slow down with more bucket watering for me.  And the planters are at a heavy deadheading stage with the painted sage, so the routine took a long time today.

a cheering sight" my favourite cookie jar in the Cottage Bakery window.

a cheering sight” my favourite cookie jar in the Cottage Bakery window.

a cute dog (Allan's photo)

a cute dog (Allan’s photo)

This same nice woman had told me how much she liked the flowers around town. (Allan's photo)

This same nice woman had told me how much she liked the flowers around town. (Allan’s photo)

outside NIVA green, my favourite shop

outside NIVA green, my favourite shop

delicious smelling daphne still blooming like mad in a planter north of NIVA green

delicious smelling daphne still blooming like mad in a planter north of NIVA green

going round and round and round the center of Geranium 'Rozanne'

going round and round and round the center of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Geranium 'Rozanne' is a big hit with pollinators.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is a big hit with pollinators.

my favourite planter at the south end of Dennis Company

my favourite planter at the south end of Dennis Company

Allan's photo: a plucked fuchsia flower on the sidewalk

Allan’s photo: a plucked fuchsia flower on the sidewalk that a finger blighter dropped just outside the bank.

Fish Alley and a long walk with a buckets, to water those far away barrels.

Fish Alley and a long walk with buckets, to water those far away barrels.

I carry one bucket to the back for one barrel, to save steps, then get more water from a faucet around the corner back there for the other barrel.

Just before I got to Fish Alley, a friend came by with her visiting family.  I had emailed this particular person last night just to let off steam about having to bucket water the Ilwaco planters because of Allan hurting his back hauling triple hoses to water at the Port.  She looked me in the eye and said ‘Just STOP WATERING!”  I said, “Oh, but I can’t, we are SO CLOSE, only three more weeks [of tourist festival weekends].”  She repeated that we should just stop, let those hard to water garden areas die, and then something will be done.  It was definitely food for thought.  However, later I thought to myself that we had stopped bucket watering the Bolstad beach approach planters, and had announced that we were no longer going to do so…and now they are more than half dead.  And yet…there is only so much we can physically manage to do.  And later in the evening Allan said “What if we retire and are so banged up we can’t do anything?”  More food for thought.

Allan got done watering before I did so he worked on weeding Fifth Street Park, which I am sure was painful for his back.

the park at 6:45 PM

the park at 6:45 PM

The good thing about this difficult, worrisome day was that the sky stayed grey and the weather stayed cool.  (That was not so good for kite festival, which benefits from blue skies for good photos.)  Due to being tired and sore, we are not going to kite festival this year.  If you would like to see some photos, look here.

Increasing clouds and coolness came with the early evening, and we were tantalized with the forecast of some drizzle or even showers…that did not materialize.   As far as I can recall, we have not had any appreciable rain since late March.

silver maple against silver sky

silver maple against silver sky

We just barely got done in time for our traditional Thursday night dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

a delicious dinner salad

a delicious dinner salad

a halibut special for Melissa (the last one; it had been popular)

a halibut special for Melissa (the last one; it had been popular)

strawberry salad for Allan, and a fish taco

strawberry salad for Allan, and a fish taco

In case you ever wonder why we are going to the Cove so much instead of our other favourite, the Depot: $3 fish tacos is the answer.  Although clearly we almost always get sidetracked by more expensive offerings.  Dave got his favourite, the pork conchinita. I had ahi tuna, my favourite.

ahi tuna for me

ahi tuna for me

Allan's photo: Melissa and I were sharing stories of how DRY many gardens are.

Allan’s photo: Melissa and I were sharing stories of how DRY many gardens are.

That's Our Dave. (Allan's photo)

That’s Our Dave. (Allan’s photo)

in the parking lot, under the moon (Allan's photo)

in the parking lot, under the moon (Allan’s photo)

Next week, Seattle Carol will be visiting me on Thursday, so our traditonal gardeners’ dinner will be moved to Noodle Night at the Cove on Wednesday.

Now: three days off, some social plans, recovery time for Allan’s back (except for having to water the Ilwaco planters in three days) and an unfortunately timed boating trip that may or may not happen.

 

 

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