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Friday, 25 August 2017

I felt more like sleeping, followed by blogging, rather than weeding and planting.  My first excuse was that the weather was in the mid 70s.

Smokey helped with blogging…

…which immediately exhausted him.

I felt guilty about not gardening till Allan told me I was resting my foot.  He watered the post office garden, for which we had run out of time last night, and saw this:

Grasshopper says it’s late summer.

In the late afternoon, our friend and former client Lorna arrived for a planned visit with her son, daughter in law, and grandchildren.  Lorna used to own Andersen’s RV park and now lives in Seattle.

Ellie heading straight to the bogsy woods to see if the fairy doors were still there.

Lorna’s observant son commented on the ‘Seashells’ cosmos….

and the pink turtleheads.

Lorna noticed the bright hips on Rosa moyesii.

entering the bogsy woods (Allan’s photo)

When we got to the bogsy woods bridge, Lorna’s son asked if the river was right past the willows.  I told him that was a most insightful question because it used to be riverbank before the port was built two blocks out on fill in the 50s.  He said it feels like the river should be there.  I liked that.  (If the river were right there, I’d have a view point clipped out through the willows.)

Ellie revisiting the fairy doors, which she had last seen in 2012.

The children loved the Impatiens balsamina, a noxious but delightful weed whose seeds pop with vigor.  I grow a tiny patch of it in the middle of the garden for the amusement of visitors (and I don’t let it escape).

Grown ups like it, too.

it was noted that the cup tree has a resident (one snail)

The dogwood propellors were a hit. My hand was unsteady.

Before they left, they had to smell the 7 Up Plant (Stachys ‘Hidalgo) and the peanut butter plant (Melianthus major).  Lorna told me later that when they left for home on Sunday, Josh exlaimed, “I want to see the peanut butter plant!”

After this excellent visit, it was time to go to

The Cove Restaurant

for our North Beach Garden Gang dinner with Dave and Melissa.

a painted rock found outside

Flowers in the foyer were provided by Todd, including some glads from corms I had given him.

Ed Strange and Todd joined us for dinner.  Todd brought zucchinis for all; his dad has now grown and given away 950 zukes (a specially nice one with a thin, tender peel) this summer so far, from 54 plants.

delicious dinner salad

lasagna

Ed puts off an incoming phone call.

Saturday, 26 September 2017

After much sleep, followed by news reading, I felt we should go to the Saturday market, as I had taken no August photos of it for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page—partly because we’d had events on at least one Saturday and partly because of my sore foot.  Today was my last chance for August market photos.   We procrastinated till almost three because the weather was in the upper 70s.

I thought the gardens looked good as we approached.

looking west on Howerton Avenue

This dog did not like hats!

Once I removed my hat, he was a happy, friendly dog.

Port Office garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

mushroom (toadstool?) solar lights at Suzy Q’s Magical Glass

Salt Hotel and Pub and OleBob’s Café

tiny birdhouse ornaments from Wood Turnings

hot and windy

cheeeeese

Allan bought some peaches.

Allan’s photo

These are marshmallow guns. (Allan’s photo)  I am mystified as to how they work.

At home again, I did the tiniest bit of gardening by weeding some planters and adding worm castings to the top of the soil.

Frosty helping

Devery arrived home.  I gave her some zukes and a cuke (and a pepper) and she gave us half of a blackberry pie that she had made from blackberries growing against the next door garage.

Devery’s home made pie

Of course, I then had to go next door to see Royal.

Royal seemed happy to see me.

Devery’s begonias

Frosty, who had followed me over, was eager to make friends with Royal.  Both Frosty and his brother Smokey grew up with dogs and quite like nice ones.

headbutting

We heard voices out front, and there were the J’s, with new puppy Julius Caesar.

Jay, Julius, and Junior (who also got petted)

In the background, you can see that Allan has loaded his boat in preparation for boating tomorrow.

I did manage to run four of the sprinklers in the evening.

Skooter demands a toll of petting as I go to turn on the faucet.

Allan went out to work for two hours.

pruning at CoHo Charters (before)

after

And watering at the Ilwaco Community Building, which can only be done when it is closed.  Someone repaired the concrete that was broken last week.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Not only was the weather 79 hot degrees, but I had an almost overdue book which I needed to finish.

This certainly spoke to me, as my Social Security will be less than that:

at a campaign rally

I didn’t have much left to read in that excellent book and could not resist reading another one, a gift from Allan that was as much photos as text, The Making of Dunkirk (the recent film).

This inspired some reading of articles online.  I think this short video is especially good and moving.

I did finally go out and managed to plant all of four plants.

In the background is my bright new Thuja ‘Forever Goldie’ from Westport Winery nursery.

And a ‘Full Moon’ Japanese maple from Westport Winery, probably not in enough sun…but in the place where I can see it from the front window.

The wind had knocked tall plants askew in the front garden.

Veronicastrum now sideways.

cardoon at eye level instead of towering overhead

Skooter avoiding the sun

Somehow the many garden projects I intended to do today, like moving a big tatty daylily to make room for more new plants and saving some poppy seeds into a bucket did not happen.  When I walked back to the bogsy woods to arrange a sprinkler, half an hour before sunset, I noticed sheets of bindweed on the east fence by the neighboring gear shed.  I definitely would have addressed THAT problem if I had seen it earlier in the weekend.  Now it will have to wait four more days.

Pam Fleming, Seaside gardener, sent this photo of a charming bouquet picked by flower expert Prissy:

photo by Pam Fleming

Tomorrow: Allan’s Sunday boating

 

 

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I never got up much steam for gardening this weekend, despite big intentions of weeding and getting many new ladies in waiting planted.

Friday, 18 August 2017 

Before we woke up, Todd had dropped off some thin skinned special kind of zucchini from his family vegetable garden.

delicate zukes…we shared with our neighbour Devery.

I lost myself for hours in blogging about the glorious Markham Farm garden.  Many ideas are percolating from that, not the least being thinking about how to make a narrow cross path through my two hugest garden beds.  Reliving the visit delighted me.

Smokey did some copy editing.

In the evening, we had our North Beach Garden Gang meeting at the Cove Restaurant.  Mel, Dave, Allan and I were joined by Susie and Bill from the Boreas Inn, former clients of Tangly Cottage and now clients of Sea Star Gardening.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in the Cove entry garden (Allan’s photo)

Dave showed Allan something interesting: a set of speakers he had made for his iPhone so that he can listen to music at work.

Dave’s innovation

delicious Thai street prawns

Allan’s big dinner salad

steamer clams (Allan’s photo)

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Allan went boating; I had a lazy day of reading and blogging about the Markham Farm beach, along with a social visit and pineapple cake with Our Kathleen.

I did look at my ladies in waiting…

…and managed to put one Xera Plants agastache and a eucomis from Westport Winery into pots.  The plants on the blue chair are from Westport Winery; the others are from Xera via Pam Fleming’s trip there, and a third batch, not shown, are from Basket Case Greenhouse.

I tell myself it is better to wait for planting until mid September anyway, except for plants in very small pots.

Each day does include watering all containers and greenhouse plants.

Here are some ‘Pink Marshmallow’ fuchsias in a hanging basket.

After considerable foot pain on our Thursday workday, I could also use the excuse of resting my foot, which was appreciating the down time very much.  A 25 mph wind gusting outside all day Saturday added to my contentment with non gardening.

I was rewarded for some slight tidying of the house by finding a button to wear on my hat.

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I’d forgotten about having this button.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

The 25 mph wind gusts continued, as did my lethargy.

Skooter also chose to stay out of the wind for most of the day, on a perch outside the cat door.

Today, I caught up on two favourite blogs, the Tootlepedal blog and The Miserable Gardener.

me, Smokey, and Mr Tootlepedal’s blog

One advantage of waiting to read two weeks at a time is that I can enjoy the many interesting and amusing comments, as well.

Quite late in the afternoon, I made myself go out and do some deadheading.  In the case of some shasta daisies, that meant cutting the stems to the ground because I think that will have as much chance of new flowers later as cutting down to random new buds.

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While proceeding to weed, I started the process of running six of the oscillating sprinklers for half an hour each.  Weeding proved immediately enjoyable, making me wonder why I’d waited to the end of my last day off to begin.

Skooter demanding attention…

berries on Lonicera nitida by the east fence

tiny low Persicaria affinis ‘Dimity’

Skooter chillaxing

Calvin’s favourite outdoor sleep spot.

Clematis durandii

yarrow

Rozanne river

cat bench

my unidentified perennial sunflower

a late blooming sanguisorba with pink feathers (backed with oregano)

tall lilies are done…

makes me sad….

Persicaria ‘Firetail’

Chelone obliqua (pink turtlehead)

I got this many weeds….

and contemplated my desire to dig out this flopsy Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ that missed getting cut back in late spring…

Compare to one next to it that did get clipped.

I lamented how I have not chopped or turned my compost bins.

Nor have I clipped the dead twig ends off of assorted shrubs, including this Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’.

Instead of doing any of those things, I visited with Devery, giving her a spicy bell pepper from the greenhouse…

We’ve been watching for it to turn red.

…and going next door to visit with her new dog, Royal.

my new friend and neighbour

Meanwhile, Allan mowed the pocket lawn at the J’s.

My grandma would make jelly from these quinces at the J’s.

He watered at the Ilwaco Community Building….

…and found a mysteriously broken piece of concrete.

And he drove up to the Boreas Inn to acquire one pair of eclipse glasses.  I had been ineffectively pestering all week about how we needed some, instead of just walking over to the local museum myself while there were still some on offer.  Everyone on the peninsula had sold out of them by the time I got serious about it.  Susie came to the rescue, as she had bought several pair for guests.

at the Boreas: Susie’s black dahlia

and the bouquet I sent to her (Susie’s photo)

Tomorrow begins with the partial solar eclipse and then a great big four day work week.  I hope to muster up more at-home gardening energy next weekend.

Because this blog is now about two weeks behind Real Time, I am adding a relatively brief solar eclipse post as a bonus tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Finally, the four days I had so been looking forward to had arrived.  Unfortunately, Friday was not entirely a day off, although the work tasks were small ones.  (Most of Allan’s rather different weekend will follow in tomorrow’s post.)

Longtime readers may notice we are not going to Hardy Plant Study Weekend this year.  That’s because it is in Canada.  Too far to go in gardening season. I do miss the touring of many gardens. 

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I was hoping to get at least two done of the home goals on the work board.

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This is the rather amazing amount of rain we’d had.

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J’s house reflected.

At the J’s, I placed two Pistachio hydrangeas, dug up the two pitiful ones, and left the planting for Allan.

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The less sad of the two pitifuls can try out life behind the birdbath.

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Allan’s photo

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more stupid landscape fabric removed (Allan’s photo)

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hydrangeas spaced out for more room

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a snail hoping for a ride

Allan also kindly did some weeding next door at Devery’s; some grasses were daunting her.

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before

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after

He took a tired old hebe out of his own garden:

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and replaced it with a new one.

I had gotten inspired by a photo on the Tootlepedal blog to want a lattice piece to make a vine go over the front porch entry.  Allan found some wire that did just the trick. The vine in question dies back in fall so this wire may come in handy for Halloween decor.

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Allan’s photo.  Vine is Lamprocapnos scandens (yellow bleeding heart vine)

While running errands, he also added two Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ to our barrel planter at The Depot Restaurant (easier in afternoon than in the evening when the parking lot is full). There he found a monster bindweed that we had missed.

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Oops.

At home, I applied some blood meal to certain plants, just to give them a boost.  This attracted attention from next door.

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our handsome neighbour, Rudder

The storm had rearranged the old rose by the back garden entrance. Much clipping ensued.

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Later, Devery next door got the roses.

You may recall that the Ladies in Waiting area was pretty full again this week. I seriously applied myself to planting in the afternoon and early evening, with a big anxious push to get done at the very end.

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all planted! every last one!

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I put my tradescantia, called Sweet Kate, not Blue and Gold, in a hanging basket to see how long it takes snails to find it.  

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Alliums and Geum (Allan’s photo)

At the very last bit of time at home, I got the Great Wall of China reinstalled, with Allan’s help on the highest plate.

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The last minute planting rush was because we needed to leave early for our North Beach Garden Gang dinner in order to plant a few things at the port on the way.

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Allan plants an asclepias in the drive-over garden by the port.

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We felt super special to drive down Waterfront Way (not a driving road except for port workers).

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We filled in some of the storm gaps with cosmos at the port office garden, and added stakes to protect them, I hope, when the baskets get re-hung.

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south of the port office (Allan’s photo)

On the way to dinner, I was pleased to see that the baskets in Long Beach, after their storm pummeling, are already looking better.  So I no longer have to worry about 35 mph storms and hanging baskets.

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taken on the move

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a lovely sight which I messaged to Basket Case Roxanne

The Cove Restaurant

Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) had actually worked through the storm in The Oysterville Garden.  Their fortitude amazes me.

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plant talk

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our weekly reward (Allan’s photo)

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Caesar salad

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clams

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fish and chips

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lasagne

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the view

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Allan and the van were gone when I got up; I had no idea where.  Boating?  Tomorrow’s post will tell.

With low energy, my curse of the beginning of every weekend, I got some but not all weeding done in the front garden.  It had been the first to get weeded last time so was the weediest now.

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Smokey taking refreshment

Three of the cats spent most of the afternoon indoors.

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Smokey

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Frosty

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Calvin caught just about to yawn

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front garden before

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Skooter

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Skooter and Rosa ‘Jude the Obscure’

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Jude the Obscure

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part of the driveway garden, before

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Skooter supervising

Our Kathleen dropped by so I could give her money to maybe get Allan and I tickets at Elixir Coffee in South Bend for the upcoming garden tour.  On Saturday, it was exactly four weeks away; I am counting the days.  When there is something I want very much to see, I always fear something going wrong.  Having tickets in advance would help my anxiety. Kathleen and I had a good long natter because I planned to weed till 8 PM.  It felt good to sit and talk.

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the tour that I am eagerly anticipating

I had begun to weed again when rain came…just as predicted.  I had not taken the forecast seriously.

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driveway garden, after

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more driveway garden, weeded

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Drenched, I got this far and stopped.

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Alliums

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Skooter amusing himself with a water drip.

I did not mind at all changing into dry clothes and reading some chapters of this excellent (and long) novel for awhile.

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It is about a young woman whose friend is shot by the police, unfortunately a current subject in the news here in the USA….always.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

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rain gauge

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another rain gauge

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Calvin.  The board across the cat door is to make it smaller in order to keep raccoons out.

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While weeding the front garden, I woke someone from a nap.

With the front garden mostly done, I got started on the back.  Except for the ever rampant dwarf fireweed, it was not as weedy.  The day had turned into fine weather (perhaps a bit too warm!) and I was glad for evening cloud cover. We were finally able to have the first campfire of 2017.

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Rose ‘Radway Sunrise’

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Mom’s “red velvet” rose and a tail

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Allium albopilosum under threat of being swallowed by Geranium ‘Rozanne’

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Three cats lead the way to get the picnic basket from the kitchen.

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Allan at the woodpile

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fog over the port, beyond the garden

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Allan’s photo

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bellows to get wet wood started (Allan’s photo)

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roasting corn (Allan’s photo)

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It came out perfect!

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A defunct garden bench cooks the first campfire dinner of the year.

In the dark, we could hear foghorns on the river.  It was idyllic, but for one thing: The city has made the street light on the other side of our house a bright white one.

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It used to be a subtle reddish amber.  Drat.  I will have to sit with my back to it for campfires because it GLARES.  If only I could plant an instant tall tree!

Monday, 19 June 2017

We continued the rare luxury of a four day weekend.  This might not occur again till late July, if then.  Allan went boating while I continued weeding the back garden.

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a box of hardy begonias

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I wanted to switch tasks to weeding the swale, but it was too windy to work under the trees.

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Pulling swale buttercups would make a big difference quickly.

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Stipa gigantea

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Skooter using my hat as a pillow

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He slept here all day.

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a pretty rose

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There are still areas of small dwarf fireweed.

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Let’s look at this instead.

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This formerly fireweed swathe is much better now.

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Pleased to see my Cephalanthus ‘Sugar Shack’ coming back from the dead.

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rambling roses on the arbor (Maxine’s rose, Paul’s Himalayan Musk, Mermaid)

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from Friday: Maxine’s rose is a hit with bees.  (Allan’s photo)

I certainly did not weed as well as I would have for a client.  However, I declare the second weeding done.  The next go round will be a GOOD weeding.  I kind of cheated by making the front garden’s difficult northeast corner a separate project.  I call it the Stink Mint corner because of a smelly-foliaged weed. And the work list got longer because of a phone call today.

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

The weather turned out as good as predicted.  I hoped to cross two mulching projects off of the work board by the end of the day.

The Depot Restaurant

Before we could acquire mulch, we had to do the rest of the fall clean up at the Depot garden, including taking the hops down from the dining deck lattice.

Chef Michael asked for an extra project, clearing a narrow area between deck and wall of bamboo so that a repairman could get in to fix the heater.

Fortunately, Allan could fit in the narrow passageway.  I am not sure I could have.  Well, I could have fit, but not worked easily.

Allan's photos: passage of chopped bamboo

Allan’s photos: passage of chopped bamboo, before


after

after

Allan did the inside passage to the dining deck.

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before


me working on the outside

me working on the outside


inside, after

inside, after


outside, before

outside, before

All the bare, strangely textured stiff stems of hops have to be clipped and teased out through the lattice.

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after

I had been hoping to be able to get, say, five bales of Gardner and Bloome compost from the Planter Box for this mulching project.  As soon as I was reviewed it, I realized I would need a full yard of Soil Energy from all the way up at Peninsula Landscape Supply.

Long Beach

We just had time to do some clean up of a lavatera and some perennials at Long Beach city hall on the way.

LB City Hall (west side) with more clean up done.

LB City Hall (west side) with more clean up done.


pulling some Crocosmia 'Lucifer' at Coulter Park

pulling some Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ at Coulter Park


after

after

We divested ourselves of today’s debris and headed north to

Peninsula Landscape Supply

plenty of Soil Energy on hand.  (Allan's photo)

plenty of Soil Energy on hand. (Allan’s photo)

“This light, absorbent and nutrient rich manufactured soil provides an excellent medium to grow grass, bedding plants, shrubs, roses, and fruit trees. It is our lightest and most free draining soil with great fertility and growth characteristics. This works as well in your deck’s planter boxes as it does in your landscape beds. You can plant straight into it or use it as a soil amendment added to your existing soil to give it a boost and improve its drain-ability. Soil energy combines composted wood products, aged screened sawdust, screened sand, composted chicken manure, lime, fertilizer and iron. (pH 6.2, brown tan in color, 38.9% organic matter)”

One of two scoops being loaded into our little trailer.

One of two scoops being loaded into our little trailer.


Lots of other hardscaping material for sale, including oyster shells.  (Allan's photo)

Lots of other hardscaping material for sale, including oyster shells. (Allan’s photo)


one yard, tarped and ready to hit the road (Allan's photo)

one yard, tarped and ready to hit the road (Allan’s photo)

back to The Depot Restaurant

a thick layer of mulch applied, bucket by bucket over the log

a thick layer of mulch, applied bucket by bucket over the log


luscious

luscious


Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' can now be seen.

Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’ can now be seen.


ornamental grasses on the east side of the dining deck

ornamental grasses on the east side of the dining deck

We had time to go the Dennis Company in Long Beach and buy two bales of Gardner and Bloome for the pocket garden at the kite musuem.

across the street from Dennis Company

across the street from Dennis Company

World Kite Museum

one of two tightly compressed bales

one of two tightly compressed bales


with mulch applied

with mulch applied

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World Kite Museum

World Kite Museum

Rather to my surprise, we had time to tidy up the planters along Sid Snyder drive (just north of the kite museum).

Allan's photos:  The one with crocosmia, before...

Allan’s photos: The one with crocosmia, before…


and after.  Crocosmia was planted years before by a volunteer.

and after. Crocosmia was planted years before by a volunteer.

Our friends Steve and John of the Bayside Garden drove by while we were working but we didn’t see. Steve snapped this photo downtown showing a color match by one of the planters:

Photo by Steve McCormick, cropped close by me


On our way to a near dusk debris offload, we pulled a few more clumps of crocosmia from the parking lot berms.  
a large mushroom on the parking lot berm (Allan's photo)

a large mushroom on the parking lot berm (Allan’s photo)

I had time at home to write up one blog post before going to dinner at

The Cove Restaurant

where we were joined at our usual North Beach Garden Gang dinner meeting by Our Kathleen, down for a long weekend.  All we local gardeners are just getting over property tax and quarterly sales tax payments so salad followed by fish tacos ($3 each!) was the order of the night.

2 fish tacos, filling and economical

2 fish tacos, filling and economical

As usual, we closed the place down and lingered for a bit more chatting in the parking lot.

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The work board lost four things today: two mulching projects and the fall clean up of city hall and the Depot.  Now the latter two get shifted into a new column: post frost clean up, whenever that might be.

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Not all jobs get a special post frost clean up.  The Depot has window boxes that need to be cleaned out after a freeze.

Tomorrow, I hope Ilwaco and the port and the boatyard will drop off the fall clean up list.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Nov 3:  Finished digging dahlias.  Cut down lily stalks in UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] and PBB [Patio Back Bed??]  Drove around Yelm paying bills, bank, Payless, Stock Market, and Gordon’s.  Bought 16 more pansies and more perennials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Allan took some photos in the garden.

3.14 inches of rain fell today. (Allan's photo, rain gutter by the shed)

3.14 inches of rain fell today.  (rain gutter by the shed)

in the water box

in the water boxes

our campfire ring

our campfire ring

The bosgy wood swale is filling up earlier than usual.

The bosgy wood swale is filling up earlier than usual.

water under the bogsy wood bridge

water under the bogsy wood bridge

Calvin using the new shelf.

Calvin using the new shelf.

The Cove Restaurant

We did get to have our weekly meeting with Dave and Melissa!  The North Beach Garden Gang had a delicious meal at the Cove.  With daylight being shorter (and a rainy day off for all of us), we started dinner earlier than usual.

standing water on the golf course (Allan's photo)

standing water on the golf course (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

apple and bacon salad

apple and bacon salad

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

fish and chips and Dave's gardening hands

fish and chips and Dave’s gardening hands

Mayan pork conchinita

Mayan pork conchinita

after dinner

after dinner

Sondra's allium bouquet in the foyer (Allan's photo)

Sondra’s allium bouquet in the foyer (Allan’s photo)

The wind kicked up to around 40 mph as we drove home.  Our power stayed on and we watched a DVD of Housewife, 49, a British tv show based on Nella Last’s War. Loosely based, as it turned out. Nella’s life story, her relationship with her son, Cliff, and even her personality were so altered that I was sorely disappointed.  

Friday, 14 October 2016

We had 10 tornado warnings today.  That is simply unheard of.  (I do remember one such warning, several years ago.) A tornado hit Manzanita, a ways down the coast.  Not far enough from us!  Our flimsy manufactured home would be toast.

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I slept through a severe thunder and lightning storm that did wake Allan, and read later that our area had 160 lightning strikes.  This is also unusual and disconcerting.

I remained obsessed with the presidential election news.

Allan had an uneventful trip to the post office and took some photos:

the bogsy woods with seasonal water much earlier than usual.

the bogsy woods with seasonal water much earlier than usual.

We won't be having another camp fire soon.

We won’t be having another camp fire soon.

Our rain gauges are broken now. (Too full to register how much more rain!)

Our rain gauges are broken now. (Too full to register how much more rain!)

high tide at the port

high tide at the port

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storm flag is up

storm flag is up

flags

full gale warning

full gale warning

with the Time Enough Books lions

with the Time Enough Books lions

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windblown gardens

windblown gardens

Cats snoozed all over the house.

Skooter

Skooter

Calvin making himself completely round.

Calvin making himself completely round.

Just before dusk, I decided I had better go outside and do another patrol for loose pots and other blow-able lightweight items.

The storm warning still stands at 90 mph despite one alarmist disreputable faux forecaster calling for a 150 mph apocalypse!


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 13: I started digging up the Hostas in the patio bed and divided.  I potted them and will give as many to Robert as he will take and then plant them in the PRFB-E.  [Patio Right Flower Bed East??   Robert was my spouse at the time.]  Don came out to get the Dutch Gardens bulbs.  I started cutting out the ivy on the fence so I can plant my tall Hollyhocks along the fence.  I was almost sick from exhaustion.

Oct 14: Store and Errand day.  I finished pulling ivy and it took 5 wheelbarrow loads to the pile.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 13:  Ditto. [from yesterday, dried tomatoes and made applesauce] I was very surprised at how few dried tomatoes I got from three trays.  The smallest ziploc bag is only 1/2 full!  I peeled 2 pails of apples—all in slices and got 6 Sealameal bags.  I crammed them into the refrig freezers and I think the freezers are full unless I can throw some out of the chest freezer. [She had two refrigerators, one in kitchen and one in shop.]

Oct 14:  FLU SHOT 143# BLOOD PRESSURE HIGH   Dr E switched medicine for blood pressure (right after I had filled 300 proprandalol).  I only need to take the Atenalol once a day so I’ll be sure to remember that.  I have to go back in 2 weeks to recheck my blood pressure.  I set most of the begonia baskets down on the porch.

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

On the way out of town, we checked a couple of the Ilwaco planters to make sure they were not too dry.  They were fine.

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The Depot Restaurant

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

ultra floppy Boltonia 'Snowbank'

ultra floppy Boltonia ‘Snowbank’

I hope it has better posture next year.

I hope it has better posture next year.

pleased with how Cornus 'Hedgerows Gold' lights up this muddled area.

pleased with how Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’ lights up this muddled area.

southeast corner of dining deck

southeast corner of dining deck

I so hope my tetrapanax start grows tall here next year.

I so hope my tetrapanax start grows tall here next year.

Long Beach

We decided to take a big chance on the rain storm predicted (35 mph wind and half an inch of rain) for Friday and not water the Long Beach planters.  We would be mighty sorry if the storm did not materialize.

welcome sign...cosmos still low on flowers

welcome sign…cosmos still low on flowers

from the sidewalk, with Echibeckia

from the sidewalk, with Echibeckia

debated pulling cosmos blocking the lights...left them for one more week

debated pulling cosmos blocking the lights…left them for one more week

The only way to not block the lights that are supposed to illuminate the sign at night would be to have extremely low plants.  It is a dilemma.

Long Beach city hall with Basket Case baskets

Long Beach city hall with Basket Case baskets

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With Basket Case’s Nancy Aust retiring, she will be a hard act to follow.  She plans to return and help the new owners with the baskets next spring.  Every time we work in Long Beach, folks ask how the baskets are so great.  I answer that Nancy makes them in very large containers with a soilless mix and time release fertilizer and the city waters them every day and fertilizes them frequently with liquid fertilizer (Miracle gro).

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In the little pop out up the street from city hall, a late planted wildflower mix from seed was successful.

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We did some weeding and some sightline clipping of a sad mugo pine.

Before. Someone (not us) had pruned it.

Before. Someone (not us) had pruned it.

after. I'd like to hoik it out and start over with something lower.

after. I’d like to hoik it out and start over with something lower.

passersby

passersby

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the Dennis Co cranberry harvest mural (Allan's photo)

by the Dennis Co cranberry harvest mural (Allan’s photo); it was redone last year but is sadly flaking off.  I had just given this fellow some Schizostylis starts from city hall.

We groomed all the planters..  One I had not attended to for awhile had way too much reseeded columbines:

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The foliage gets hideous with leaf miner.

The foliage gets hideous with leaf miner.

I pull out as much by the roots as I can!

I pull out as much by the roots as I can!

after

after

looking across to the planter from which I yanked much aquilegia

looking across to the planter from which I yanked much aquilegia

I popped into NIVA green (my favourite shop) to get a new set of photos for its Facebook page.

lamp by owner/artist Heather Ramsay

lamp by owner/artist Heather Ramsay

some new purses

some new purses

Heather is just about to decorate for Halloween.

Heather is just about to decorate for Halloween.

We finished by weeding Fifth Street Park.

northwest park quadrant with Melianthus major

northwest park quadrant with Melianthus major

Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' and Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

a Boltonia actually standing up. Captain Bob and Cathy are on a well deserved vacation.

a Boltonia actually standing up. Captain Bob and Cathy are on a well deserved vacation.

southeast park quadrant with Darmera peltata and gunnera

southeast park quadrant with Darmera peltata and gunnera

a little pruning in a dark corner, before

a little pruning in a dark corner, before

and after

and after

at home

As we arrived at home, with a couple of hours to go before dinnertime, our new neighbours  Thandi and Mike of the beloved Sou’wester Lodge came walking by, with an even newer neighbour, their new baby, Celestine.  (The three of them just moved into one of my favourite old Ilwaco houses two block west.)  Allan got some photos:

tiny Celestine

Thandi and Celestine

We had a tour all around the garden, although Celestine, at two weeks, is too young to truly appreciate the fairy doors in the bogsy woods.

teeny tiny

teeny tiny

a nice sit down on the patio

a nice sit down on the patio for awhile

The Cove Restaurant

Time again for the highlight of our week, our North Beach Garden Gang dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening), joined this week by Todd (Willapa Gardening).

Cooley has to wait in the Sea Star van.

Cooley has to wait in the Sea Star van.

Lynn treated us to some warm brie and roasted garlic left over from a catered event!

Lynn treated us to some warm brie and roasted garlic left over from a catered event!

refreshing caesar salad

refreshing caesar salad

Korean noodle bowl with kimchi and turkey egg

Korean noodle bowl with kimchi and turkey egg

Allan opted for a less exotic burger.

Allan opted for a less exotic burger.

As always, we were the last diners to leave the restaurant.  Now for four days off, a luxury that we may have to give up next year but for now…we like it.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Sept 22: Drs appt at 10:00.  My glucose test was 115—which is normal!  He said to quit taking Tolazimide and get another glucose test in 10 days.  Bill Jr started garage roof.  He took off old shingles.  I weeded in the “ditch”.  I thought it was kind of hot.  Later I found out it was 80 degrees.  No wonder I was soaked.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 22:  I planted the new Spring Hill Poppies mostly in the UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] and the special red one in tam area [former juniper tam bed, now flowers, by the roadside].  Also planted the armerias I grew from seeds.  I picked some apples and peeled and made apple sauce until 7:00.

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Thursday, 1 September 2016

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Because of gloriously strong overnight rain, and a substantial amount of rain predicted for the afternoon, we did not have to water the Long Beach planters.  This made it so easy to fit the work day in around a dentist appointment for me.

We stopped at the Ilwaco library to pick up a DVD of The 1940s House, an excellent British show that I had seen years ago and wanted to see again after viewing and reading Home Fires.

Outside, cyclamen donated by Our Kathleen is blooming.

Outside, cyclamen donated by Our Kathleen is blooming.

I like this sign in the library.

I like this sign in the library.

Long Beach

It was flannel shirt and hoodie weather, so comfy, so perfect for the first of September

It was flannel shirt and hoodie weather, so comfy, so perfect for the first of September

working on the welcome sign garden

working on the welcome sign garden

welcome sign, after deadheading and trimming down non blooming cosmos

welcome sign, after deadheading and trimming down non blooming cosmos

both sides

both sides

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cosmos close up (Allan's photo)

cosmos close up (Allan’s photo)

Then it became flannel shirt and hoodie weather.

Then it became “maybe a raincoat” weather.

I was at a bit of a loss for what to do before the dentist.  City Hall turned out to be a good choice.

Here was a satisfactory project to tackle. Miscanthus variegatus flopping on the sidewalk.

Here was a satisfactory project to tackle. Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’ flopping on the sidewalk.

before, looking north

before, looking north

new growth in the center of each of the two grasses

new growth in the center of each of the two grasses

Allan started pulling Crocosmia a little further down the west side.

Allan started pulling Crocosmia a little further down the west side.

Just as Allan was well into making a mess on the lawn, Fitz of the city crew showed up to mow the lawn before the rain came in earnest.  Allan quickly cleaned up so the mowing could be done.

The Long Beach city crew is so well loved that it has its own fan club.

The Long Beach city crew is so well loved that it has its own fan club.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

my great big mess (Allan's photo)

my great big mess (Allan’s photo)

The serious rain came partway through the project.

The serious rain came partway through the project.

after

after

west side of city hall

west side of city hall

north side: late blooming Welsh poppy

north side: late blooming Welsh poppy

Allan would dump me off at the dentist and then dump off this load of debris.

Allan would dump me off at the dentist and then dump off this load of debris.

I had forgotten how noisy it is to get a couple of fillings.  Other than the novocaine shot being surprisingly painful, the procedure was just weird, not hurtful.  It had been years, maybe 20, since I’ve needed fillings.

Meanwhile, Allan worked for another hour and a quarter, in the rain:

staying out of the way of the big dump truck at city works

staying out of the way of the big dump truck at city works

followed by the little "Gator"

followed by the little “Gator”

He returned to city hall with some nice Soil Energy mulch.

He returned to city hall with some nice Soil Energy mulch.

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He then addressed the blackberry problem at Third Street Park, getting drenched in the process.

big blackberries rooted way in the back of the rhododendrons

big blackberries rooted way in the back of the rhododendrons

really hard work getting in there

really hard work getting in there

mean Himalayan blackberry

mean Himalayan blackberry

On the way home from the dentist’s office, I was so hungry and so numb.  Allan had the smart idea of getting s smoothie from Roots Juice, Salad, and Java Bar.

at Roots

at Roots

Roots' owner has a pet pig (Prince Piggy)

Roots’ owner has a pet pig (Prince Piggy)

quite thoroughly wet

quite thoroughly wet

We were home by mid afternoon and had a quiet time. I worked on blogging and was thrilled when Skooter came IN the living room cat door for the first time. It has taken him so long to figure out that the doors work both ways.

He is genius!

He is genius!

In the evening, we enjoyed our weekly dinner (favourite part of all our week) with Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Gardening) at…

The Cove Restaurant

gardening tales

gardening tales

a delicious repast begins (Allan's photo)

a delicious repast begins (Allan’s photo)

a special treat from Chef Jason Lancaster: turkey egg over asparagus

a special treat from Chef Jason Lancaster: turkey egg over asparagus

nice soft lemony prawn scampi for my sore mouth

nice soft lemony prawn scampi for my sore mouth

a lovely dessert treat from server Lynn, with cookies she had made herself.

a lovely dessert treat from server Lynn, with cookies she had made herself.  She is the best.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

September 1: Monday through Friday  [August] I did some work each day but didn’t write anything down for the whole week.  Washed clothes.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 1:  HOT  86 degrees   Too hot.  I took my nap in my Lazy Boy chair.

 

 

 

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