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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.

before

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.

after

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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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

I woke to such intense wind and rain that I was sure Melissa and Dave would not be working two doors down on the hedge trimming project.  But when I looked out my window, there they were.  I went over to record their perseverance and fortitude.

Neither wind nor rain keeps Sea Star Gardening from its rounds.

Neither wind nor rain keeps Sea Star Gardening from its rounds.

over the gate, gale warning flags at the port

over the gate, gale warning flags at the port

warning flags flown at the port office

warning flags flown at the port office

Mel tarping debris while Dave uses hedge shears for the final cut.

Mel tarping debris while Dave uses hedge shears for the final cut.

I warned Mel about the spear effect of falling branches from the alder grove.

I warned Mel about the spear effect of falling branches from the alder grove.

The trees made a huge wind noise.

The trees made a huge wind noise.

leaning in

leaning in

a second tarp

a second tarp

I posted a video here with the sound of the wind and the sight of the hedge whipping about.  At least it did not rain on our friends.

This wind record is from a weather station over on Sandridge Road; it was probably 10 mph stronger here:

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Melissa said that she was experiencing Ilwaco weather.  I often complain that it is so windy here when in their sheltered garden way up in Oysterville, the wind is minimal.

I left them to their task and went home to spend my day indoors doing all the bulb spreadsheets.

Calvin and Skooter

Calvin and Skooter face off over the cat door. (A squabble did not ensue.)

Smokey supervising.

Smokey supervising.

my Smokey

my Smokey

Skooter

Skooter

Meanwhile, Allan painted.  He said that any stray drop of paint blew away, sometimes onto the green paint of the gates, which then had to be wiped off with paint thinner because he was using an oil based paint.

painting the back arbor

painting the back arbor

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

before

before

and after

and after

It was all his idea to paint the posts black, and it turned out beautifully.

My view at 6:11 PM

My view at 6:11 PM

I finished the spreadsheets just in time for us to depart to have dinner with Dave and Mel at

The Depot Restaurant.

This was a bonus dinner rather than our weekly meeting.  We like to go sometimes to Wednesday “Burger Night”, an offseason treat offered by the Depot.

You choose from many ingredients.

You choose from many ingredients.

If you get a fried egg and pineapple, you can deconstruct the burger and have the egg as an appetizer and the pineapple as dessert.

view from our table

view from our table

a well filled burger

a well filled burger

vanilla bean flan

vanilla bean flan

chocolate espresso pot de creme

chocolate espresso pot de creme

sorbet duo: Cranberry and Pineapple

sorbet duo: Cranberry and Pineapple

Tomorrow, I am determined to get back to bulbing, rain or shine.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 26: 1:30-5:30  I fell again from the little extra step of back porch.  Messed up my knee.  I started to weed asparagus/strawberry bed.  Ended up pulling up the berry plants and trimming them.  They need replanting now—maybe tomorrow.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 26:  10:30-3:30  SUNNY & WARM  I planted more bulbs in UDFB, PRFB-S and Tam.  Then the perennial order from Parks arrived so I potted them.  I picked up apples then got the recycle and garbage.  Then I came in and peeled two pails of apples.  I may can the applesauce tomorrow.  I quit working at 9:30.

 

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Saturday, 8 October 2016

It’s just as well I had a social rather than a reading day, because my concentration was scattered by frequent reading of the news about the misogynistic Republican presidential candidate, and I would not have been able to peacefully settle with a book.

Indeed.

Indeed.

I feel I should apologize to all readers in other countries for our even allowing this bozo to be a presidential candidate….but I had nothing to do with it.  Still, it is an embarrassment.

When I recently wrote that Blues and Seafood was the last big Ilwaco event, I was so mistaken.  I should have called it the last big event of the summer.  Today, Allan and I took part of the afternoon to attend…

The Cranberrian Fair

at Ilwaco’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

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Because of wind and rain, we did not avail ourselves of a trolley trip to the cranberry bogs.  You can see photos from a better weather bog visit here.

fresh cranberries for sale (Allan's photo)

fresh cranberries for sale (Allan’s photo)

pins from previous Cranberrian Fairs

pins from previous Cranberrian Fairs

one of two rooms of vendors

one of two rooms of vendors

Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt

Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt

The Card Lady was at the fair, and I was so glad to be able to stock up on her distinctive handmade cards.

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Local potter Karen Brownlee had her wares on display; she is the force behind the Empty Bowls event that raises money for our food banks every spring.

Karen

Karen

I love her cranberry design.

I love her cranberry design.

The Peninsula Fiberistas had their spinning wheels whirring.

Peninsula Fiberistas, with Rose Power, left

Peninsula Fiberistas, with Rose Power, left

spinning wheels

spinning wheels

Rose showing me the fiber she is mixing together.

Rose showing me the fiber she is mixing together.

Rose gave me the softest of black scarves for the winter and told me it is made of alpaca wool and will keep my neck extra warm because alpaca is a hollow fiber and gets warmer from contact.  It is perfect as I am a member of the “those who wear black club”, or would be, if I didn’t buy almost all my clothes second hand.

No small town fair is complete without a bake sale.

No small town fair is complete without a bake sale.

an autumnal bouquet in the museum gift shop

an autumnal bouquet in the museum gift shop

Lone Wolf Forge set up in the courtyard.

Lone Wolf Forge set up in the courtyard.

The museum’s Nahcotta railway car from the Clamshell Railway (the historic “train that ran by the tides” up the Long Beach Peninsula until 1930) was open today.  I always find it a treat to go into the rail car.  If I could do one thing via time travel, it would be to take a ride on the Nahcotta back in the day.

Nahcotta railway car

Nahcotta railway car

the conductor (Allan's photo)

the conductor (Allan’s photo)

inside the Nahcotta

inside the Nahcotta

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door between sections of the car

door between sections of the car

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On the way home, we made a half block side trip so Allan could show me the bright autumn leaves on this arbor:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Later, at home, I admired my new scarf from Rose.

soft and stylish black

soft and stylish black

I had time at home to fret over the news some more, and then we met Our Kathleen for a belated birthday dinner at

The Depot Restaurant

appetizer

appetizer: Thai calamari

Behind the calamari is a gift bag which contained a mug from Bailey’s Café….ever so nice black with a drawing of marsh grasses by the bay.  That was the real reason we stopped at Bailey’s last week; it is a favourite haunt of Kathleen’s.

I made sure to have the Baja salad because it will be gone from the fall/winter menu.

I made sure to have the Baja salad because it will be gone from the fall/winter menu.

and cold smoky gazpacho for the same reason

and cold smoky gazpacho for the same reason

I must admit I also had clams buccatini, but the blurry photo showed too much excitement over good food.

the award winning creamy clam chowder for Allan

the award winning creamy clam chowder for Allan

Kathleen had the duck with blackberries.

Kathleen had the duck with blackberries.

Allan's favourite is the parmesan chicken.

Allan’s favourite is the parmesan chicken.

birthday candle in sorbet for Kathleen; she remembered to make a wish.

birthday candle in sorbet for Kathleen; she remembered to make a wish.

vanilla bean flan for me

vanilla bean flan for me

We now have two days off with no plans.  I hope I can focus on my book if we are lucky enough to get rainy reading days.  I have a feeling the news will continue to be a distraction.

As I write this, an enormous storm is predicted for the next weekend, leading to an extra short work week.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 8: Received big bag of Perlite etc from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply.  Received Spring Hill perennial order.  Put them as close under shop lights as I could.

 

1998 (age 74):

Oct 8:  11:00-4:00  Are you sitting down?  I actually put all those clothes on bed in little room into the chest of drawers.  Those clothes have been on the bed since last November.  Then I did the filing that had piled up for 2 or 3 months!  I had to toss out some old files to make room in the filing cabinet.  (Tabby slept on bed all this time.)

[How very much alike my mother and I were in household habits.]

 

 

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Ilwaco

We began by gathering bucket water at the boatyard for that one unwatered bed in Ilwaco, the one with the water turned off at an unoccupied building.

While pulling a few weeds, I met a lovely woman from Belgium and New Mexico who was photographing the garden and we had an enjoyable talk about the flowers.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

She loved the ceanothus and the Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'.

She loved the ceanothus and the Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’.

Vivian. I hope to hear from her. (Allan's photo)

Vivian. I hope to hear from her. If I do, I will mail her some poppy seeds.  (Allan’s photo)

boatyard garden

boatyard garden

Ceanothus and Flanders Field poppies

Ceanothus and Flanders Field poppies

bucket watering

bucket watering

nearby: We do not care for this particular curbside garden at all except for pulling a big dandelion now and then.

nearby: We do not care for this recently pruned curbside garden at all except for pulling a big dandelion now and then.

I pulled some yellowing poppies and we planted three different kinds of Rudbeckias at the post office.

I pulled some yellowing poppies and we planted three different kinds of Rudbeckias at the post office.

post office close up

post office close up

volunteer post office garden with poppy glory almost over

volunteer post office garden with poppy glory almost over

kitty hanging out by the post office

kitty hanging out by the post office

Red Barn Arena

We checked on the watering.  I was glad we did because some of the barrels are just not getting enough.

the sad sight of thirsty plants

the sad sight of thirsty plants

Allan watering

Allan watering the happier barrel that is sheltered from north wind

All I can do is leave reminders and encouragement….as we only visit here once a week.

Diane’s garden

Next door at Diane and Larry’s, we chatted with Diane who has retired and therefore will have time to keep her own garden well watered.

Also got to see my good friend Misty, whose getting some problems in the hind legs. Makes me sad.

Also got to see my good friend Misty, whose getting some problems in the hind legs. Makes me sad.

our audience

our audience

me and Diane

me and Diane

Basket Case Greenhouse

On a quest to get a Salvia ‘May Night’ to replace one that disappeared from Veterans Field, I found an Agastache ‘Mexican Giant’, which is pink enough (dark pink) to replace the one that was stolen from a Long Beach planter earlier this week.  So I won’t have to take the one that Melissa offered.

Allan told me to look happy, taking me by surprise!

Allan told me to look happy, taking me by surprise!

the perennials house

the perennials house

the annuals house

the annuals house

This plant is just not selling, except for the one I bought.

Azara integrifolia variegata

Azara integrifolia variegata

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I hate to see them languishing unbought, but I only needed one!

The Anchorage Cottages

By two o clock, we were at The Anchorage, with a sense of ease.  We had plenty of time to do three more jobs, even our most northern one.  A huge difference has been made by not having Golden Sands anymore.  That one and a half to two hours extra per week has made it possible to put all the “small” jobs on one day and translated into an extra day a week off.

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Mitzu runs to greet me. (Allan's photo)

Mitzu runs to greet me. (Allan’s photo)

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Buddleia already browning off. (We keep it well deadheaded.) I think it is 'Lochinch'.

Buddleia already browning off. We keep it well deadheaded. (Allan’s photo)

a small edging project, before...

a small edging project, before…

and after

and after

We now have time to do little projects like that instead of always rushing.  Life is better.

Callas needed deadheading.

Several clumps of callas needed deadheading, which means pulling out the whole stem. (Allan’s photo)

dead callas

dead callas (Allan’s photo)

Finally found a spot for a hamamelis that will be so glad to be out of a big pot.

Finally found a spot for a hamamelis that will be so glad to be out of a big pot.  (Allan’s photo)

climbing hydrangea and blue hydrangea

climbing hydrangea and blue hydrangea

Allan fertilized the pots.

Allan fertilized the pots…

and the windowboxes

and the windowboxes

center courtyard

center courtyard

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Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

The Planter Box

We had time to stop at The Planter Box just for our own amusement.  I wanted some pulp pots, and to see what new plants they might have.  Got a dark red astrantia and a dark blue campanula.  I like pulp pots: simple, natural looking, cheap, and they last for several years.

pulp pots

pulp pots

lots of cosmos left

lots of cosmos left

roses

roses

roses

roses

more roses

more roses

and a rose

and a rose

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Allan up-potted this handsome hamamelis.

Allan up-potted this handsome hamamelis.

I recently learned that Hamamelis do well in large pots.

I recently learned that Hamamelis do well in large pots. (Allan’s photo)

in the greenhouse

in the greenhouse

view from the greenhouse door

view from the greenhouse door

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Allan did a great job of pruning the yellowing leaves off the bottom of Thalictrum 'Elin' (right)

Allan did a great job of pruning the yellowing leaves off the bottom of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ (right)

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Asiatic lily

Asiatic lily

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Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

Allium schubertii

Allium schubertii

birdbath view

birdbath view

driveway garden

driveway garden

Marilyn’s Garden

We had plenty of time to drive north to Marilyn’s garden, weed, and plant some rudbeckias, before our dinner engagement.

view from the driveway

view from the driveway

looking south

looking south

looking north

looking north

looking west from the back porch steps

looking west from the back porch steps

Todd had a brilliant solution when I said this was the last place where I still had big bronze fennel.  Just deadhead it!  I always have left the seedheads on, because they are so attractive in winter, and then had a veritable lawn of seedlings…which is why it is a class 2 noxious weed.  From now on, I will grow it here only for the luscious foliage and for the flowers before they go to seed.

allium assortment

allium assortment

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elephant garlic

elephant garlic

from the street just before we leave

from the street just before we leave

We got done in time to stop at Long Beach’s Veterans Field and plant that Salvia ‘May Night’ before meeting Dave and Melissa at…

The Depot Restaurant

We held our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang at the Depot’s burger night this week because of a busy Thursday schedule for Dave and Melissa.

the penultimate burger night of the season

the penultimate burger night of the season

with a starter of their award winning clam chowder

with a starter of their award winning clam chowder

Not another photo was taken as we all chowed down on our burgers.  By the end of dinner, Melissa had rearranged her schedule and we decided to meet again on Thursday night at the Cove because there is always more gardening to talk about.

my new plants from The Planter Box

my new plants from The Planter Box


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 8: 11:30-5:15 cloudy in AM and then sunny

Another good day.  I worked to 3:00 finishing weeding and cultivating the berry rows (that’s the job I started last Friday).  I transplanted some seedlings.  I moved trees around in the shop and raised the two end lights.  That helped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday – Thursday, 11-15 January

The reading blends together from day to day…

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Calvin and Elinor

I had resorted to interlibrary loan to get Isabel’s Bed.  Its setting, Cape Cod in winter,  added to my enjoyment.  I’ve now read all Lipman’s novels and will have to do another interlibrary loan for a book of essays.

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Frosty on a garden bookshelf

Now that true, quiet, non social staycation had come, I settled in to read the garden books I had purchased this year.

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about Chanticleer; we had taken a lecture by a Chanticleer gardener, Jonathan Wright, at the 2016 Study Weekend.


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Note to self: Stipa tenuissuma has a new name.

Maybe I can remember this new name by thinking of the nearby town of Naselle.

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An AIR-SPADE might be helpful for planting in the bogsy woods.


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It struck me that it is good for the bulbs that our soil stays dry underneath during out summer droughts, well into autumn.


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The Art of Gardening: a glorious book


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Next, a book lent to me by Steve of the Bayside Garden.

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I liked the essays very much (and the cartoons, of course), and some of the short stories.  As I recalled during more of my winter reading, short stories, if good, make me want them to be longer.  One essay suggested we call ourselves “guardians” rather than “owners” of cats.  That is a word I had been seeking and will adopt.

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Fortunately, Allan never pesters me like this while I am reading.


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This is exactly the weather we had on the day I read the cat book.


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Next up: a book I purchased this past summer.


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the original version from years ago

Druse’s previous shade book had been a great inspiration to me over the years.  I had even almost copied one of the photos for a garden at the Sou’wester Lodge when I lived there in ’93.  The new version was an equal pleasure to peruse.

I read all through another rainy, windy day and felt so inspired that I became gripped by the urge to go out by flashlight and transplant some epimediums into the bogsy woods (but did not follow through).

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Mary and I devoted a day to a book about Piet Oudolf, the gardener who most inspires me.


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Smokey approved.


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With Frosty. It was a three cat book.


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I will admire my Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ with a deeper appreciation after reading about his resistance work.  Bless him!


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a sinister native plant policy

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fascinating biographies interspersed among the garden lore


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backstory about the new appreciation of garden decay


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I love this passage about squabbling over a plant that still gets lots of compliments and questions in my public gardens.


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My garden thoughts were transformed by a Piet Oudolf lecture at the NW Flower and Garden show in the early 90s…and I had visited Gil Schieber’s city garden back when I lived in Seattle.


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A photo from my visit to Gil’s garden in Seattle (Ballard neighbourhood), about 1990.


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I so identify with the difficulty of charging a friend for work.


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The beauty of Piet’s vision can have me in tears, also.


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I well remember falling in love with Sanguisorbas during Piet’s lecture.


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Oh my, I wonder whose Portland garden this was?


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(A detail of a large photo) In the Oudolf-designed Lurie Garden in Chicago: Such a familiar scene to me, with the passersby talking to the gardeners.


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Wow, even Piet Oudolf started out with the hard time of getting through the winter financially.


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another familiar scenario


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and another.


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and another…being supplied with bad soil has happened in several gardens I’ve worked in over the years.


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three of my four feline companions almost shoving my book away

Meanwhile, Allan went out on errands most days.

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narcissi at the Ilwaco boatyard, 1-12-16


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He pruned old wood out of the red twig dogwood at the Ilwaco Community Building.


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He did a good rebuilt job on an old bench that we’d been given by Denny of Klipsan Beach Cottages.

 

Friday, 15 January 2016

I resolved to go out as little as possible during January as I continued to seek the life of a recluse.  However, two events drew me into social life on Friday.

lunch with Jenna

My dear friend Jenna (Queen La De Da) and I are both so busy during tourist and garden season that we were long overdue for a luncheon.  We dined at El Compadre and had a good long talk.  I thought you might enjoy seeing what a charming interior the restaurant has (quiet on a winter weekday).

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looking toward our booth from the front


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our view from our booth in the back corner

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delightfully decorated

Dave’s Birthday Dinner

Celebrating the birth of one of our favourite people (not on his exact birthday) was well worth going out for, especially when it featured dinner at the fine Depot Restaurant.

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Nancy Gorshe took this photo.  Me, Melissa, Dave, Allan.


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clam chowder, the best anywhere


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in the midst of our feasting


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Allan had the sturgeon special.


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French onion soup (goes by a fancier name here)


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Melissa’s lamb shank


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wild boar Cinghiale with gnocchi

Saturday, 16 January 2016

My book of the day was the second I’d recently read set in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Earlier during this staycation, I’d found the Madison setting entrancing in But Not For Long by Michelle Wildgen.  Both novels feature the Isthmus neighbourhood.

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the isthmus, and a botanical garden

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Maybe one year, the Garden Bloggers Fling will be in Madison, and if so, I would like to go there.

I spent the rest of the weekend engrossed in a detailed and informative book on a topic which has become an obsession again:

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an interlibrary loan from Texas A&M University

During the week of staycation perfection, I’d also read a book by Nick Jaina, and on Sunday the 17th, I’d be leaving my reading lair to see him perform at the Sou’wester.

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

We have a few dregs of bulbs to plant here and there, and one more order coming by UPS.  And mine to plant at home.  Without that order, we can’t plant at Golden Sands, so we decided to achieve some erasures on the fall clean up work board.

at home, before work

In the back garden: I may never have had Geranium 'Rozanne' blooming this late.

In the back garden: I may never have had Geranium ‘Rozanne’ blooming this late.

looking east in the front garden

looking east in the front garden

Melianthus major and Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Melianthus major and Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’

The newly wired enclosure to the garden is protecting my Joseph's Coat rose from deer.

The newly wired enclosure to the garden is protecting my Joseph’s Coat rose from deer.

Hymenanthera, still with berries

Hymenanthera, still with berries

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

Tetrapanax flower buds...Could it possibly stay mild enough for them to actually burst into white flowers??

Tetrapanax flower buds…Could it possibly stay mild enough for them to actually burst into white flowers??

Mike’s Garden

Just down the block, we did some pruning, shaping, cutting back of perennials, and weeding at Mayor Mike’s garden.

Allan shaped the Lonicera 'Baggeson's Gold' because Mike likes a formal look.

Allan shaped the Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ because Mike likes a formal look.

looking south

looking south

Mike's front garden

Mike’s front garden

Did not prune the escallonia because I feel it provides nice privacy for the new outdoor covered deck.

Did not prune the escallonia because I feel it provides nice privacy for the new outdoor covered deck.

Allan's photo: a bed of the dreaded Geranium 'A T Johnson' (planted by the garden designer years ago)

Allan’s photos: a bed of the dreaded Geranium ‘A T Johnson’ (planted by the garden designer years ago)

after (It's still there, but won't look mushy after a frost)

after (It’s still there, but won’t look mushy after a frost)

Mike’s garden is now done for the season except for a post-frost check (for anything made blackened or turned to mush if we have a hard frost).

The Red Barn

The fields were flooded at the Red Barn.

The fields were flooded at the Red Barn.

Amy bringing a horse in

Amy bringing a horse in past the little garden

Barn co-owner Amy said she had never seen so much water in the fields, and that it had been worse the day before.

Barn co-owner Amy said she had never seen so much water in the fields, and that it had been worse the day before.

I got to pet my good friend Disney.

I got to pet my good friend Disney.

Amy in the wet fields

Amy in the wet paddock

Just for kicks, here are more photos of the funny faces a horse made for me last time we were there:

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Today, we could not park in the field next to neighbour Diane’s property because two horses were enjoying the dry conditions there.

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So we walked the wheelbarrow along the highway to get to Diane’s garden.  We usually cut through by the white horse trailer.

on the way to Diane's

on the way to Diane’s

Diane’s garden

Along the roadside, we clipped perennials and pulled cosmos.

roadside garden, after some tidying

roadside garden, after some tidying

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; this whole bed may come out this winter for a septic project.

The back yard planters will need a post frost clean up...

The back yard planters will need a post frost clean up…

...because the annuals just are not done yet.

…because the annuals just are not done yet.

Other than the possible post frost visit, Diane’s is now done for the season.

water along the roadway; we heard it was much higher along Sandridge yesterday.

water along the roadway; we heard it was much higher along Sandridge yesterday.

Next door, in Amy’s garden:

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schlepping back along the road (Allan's photo...obviously)

schlepping back along the road (Allan’s photo…obviously)

Long Beach

It will take several sessions (at least three days worth) to get Long Beach erased from the work list.  Today, I decided to trim back a tall ornamental grass in Fifth Street Park.  The Christmas sea serpent will be installed atop this fence.  I like the idea of him swimming along above grasses, like in a marsh, but this one is so tall it will block part of the serpent’s body.

This is during....

This is during….partway thinned.

after. I won't be surprised if the crew cuts it down all the way.

after. I won’t be surprised if the crew cuts it down all the way.

It is so weird that narcissi (probably 'February Gold') are blooming.

It is so weird that narcissi (probably ‘February Gold’) are blooming.

I decided to clip the flower border in the frying pan park while Allan did some trimming by the restroom sign.  I planted some stray tulips (‘Night Rider’) and species crocus, as well.

Allan's project, before

Allan’s project, before

park corner

park corner

after

after

before

my project, before

When it started to rain, Allan (in yellow), the van, and my raincoat, were so far away.

When it started to rain, Allan (in yellow), the van, and my raincoat, were so far away.

Fortunately, the hard rain was a brief one.

after

after

I had decided to cut down the Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in the Frying Pan park just because people do like a tidy garden.  The gaura had still been blooming.  I am debating whether or not to just leave them up in the semi circle garden at Veterans Field, where they also are still blooming:

Vet Field semi circle: to tidy or not to tidy.

Vet Field semi circle: to tidy or not to tidy?

As I finished my project, Allan had dumped a big load of debris at city works.

As I finished my project, Allan had dumped a big load of debris at city works, including the still blooming gaura clippings.

a visit to Jo’s

We stopped by Jo's, plant a cyclamen, and got to see our good friend Coco.

We stopped by Jo’s, plant a cyclamen, and got to see our good friend Coco.

and, as we were leaving, we saw this fella.

and, as we were leaving, we saw this fella.

Ilwaco

Coming into town in the dusk revealed that the city crew had been busy putting up holiday lights.

At First and Lake, with a lighted crab pot at the base and a crab light at the top.

At First and Lake, with a lighted crab pot at the base and a crab light at the top.

By the boatyard, First and Eagle

By the boatyard, First and Eagle

At the west end of Howerton Avenue, the crab pot tree is under construction and is going to be huge this year!

an extra large base, built around a pole

an extra large base, built around a pole

Surely this will outdo any other crab pot town!

Surely this will outdo any other crab pot town!

tree

from a previous year

photo from a previous year, featuring the World’s Shortest Fireworks Display

At the other end of town, the lights and crabs are up on Elizabeth Avenue

At the other end of town, the lights and crabs are up on Elizabeth Avenue

The Depot Restaurant

We moved our North Beach Garden Gang weekly meeting to burger night at the Depot, because the Cove, where we usually go to fish taco night (and eat fancier food than the featured fish tacos)  is closed for dinners for a couple of weeks.  Melissa and Dave had been wanting to try out burger night.  They were impressed.

Pelligrino orange for Allan and Melissa.

Pelligrino orange for Allan and Melissa. (Allan’s photo)

a beer from North Jetty Brewing with a touch of Starvation Alley Farm cranberry juice

a beer from North Jetty Brewing with a touch of Starvation Alley Farm cranberry juice

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: burger night at the Depot with fried egg, bacon, pickles and lettuce visible among a long list of tasty fillings.

Melissa's first burger night, with Allan

Melissa’s first burger night, with Allan

We were regaled with stories of Dave, Melissa, Todd, and the owner of that lovely Oysterville garden all working together in the wind and rain on Saturday and Monday (and maybe Sunday, too), including the moment when both Melissa and Dave took a tumble while transplanting and “went down like bowling pins”.  I look forward to driving by and seeing what they’ve been up when we go on the annual art studio tour after Thanksgiving.  Even though I suggested Mel and Dave for the job, I’m kind of jealous of them all working together…and yet I don’t feel I would have been up to it.

Even though rain is bucketing outside while I write this, I’m hoping the forecast of dry weather for several days will be true.  We just might get the fall clean up done, the rest of the bulbs in, and be on staycation by Thanksgiving.

the dwindling work list; I hope to have three more jobs erased by this time tomorrow.

the dwindling work list; I hope to have three more jobs erased by this time tomorrow.

 

 

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

We began our day with some Thundermuck Coffee from Columbia River Coffee Roasters.  Nora’s granddaughter, Alycia, had come to visit her grandma’s house (now her own beach house) and had given the bag of coffee beans to us.  She told me that Nora had gone with her caretaker to the coffee shop that used to be on Lake Street and said the coffee was the best she had ever had.  Said Alycia: “Gramma was almost 90, and a Finn, so she knew good coffee.”  Nora inquired and learned the coffee was the local Thundermuck brew and it became her favourite.

a gift from Alycia in memory of Nora

a gift from Alycia in memory of Nora

We went next door to say goodbye, and Alycia handed us a gift certificate from the new spaghetti house in Seaview “for being such good neighbours”.  What a sweetheart she is.  As we were talking, her friend’s little dog made a break for it and Alycia hurried down the street in pursuit.

Allan's photo; I wondered how far Alycia would have to run in her pink nightgown?

Allan’s photo; I wondered how far Alycia would have to run in her pink nightgown?

Allan's photo: Jalapeno is retrieved after a mercifully short chase.

Allan’s photo: Jalapeno is retrieved after a mercifully short chase.

Of course, at that very moment artist Don Nisbett drove up to chat and Alycia said the timing could not have been more perfect.

Before leaving for work, I noted happily that the deer fencing around the front garden is working.

my new Joseph's Coat rose is NOT being munched.

my new Joseph’s Coat rose is NOT being munched.

front garden path all greened up after a brown dormant mid summer

front garden path all greened up after a brown dormant mid summer (looking east)

looking west toward Nora's, over what might become a gravel garden on our side of the driveway

looking west toward Nora’s, over what might become a gravel garden on our side of the driveway

The Depot Restaurant

We did some deadheading and weeding at the Depot.

We did some deadheading and weeding at the Depot.

the amazing Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

the amazing Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' still flowering

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ still flowering

Long Beach

We pulled the remaining cosmos from the back of the sign.

We pulled the remaining cosmos from the back of the sign.

The front can keep its cosmos for the now.

The front can keep its cosmos for the now.

While I don’t waste time fuming about it, I am well aware that most of the cosmos in this garden were destroyed by vandals during Rod Run weekend.

The echibeckia has been a great do-er (with a front edge of bidens, and some yellow Agyranthemum 'Butterfly').

The echibeckia has been a great do-er (with a front edge of bidens, and some yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’).

The Anchorage Cottages

At the Anchorage, we did more fall clean up, pulling some of the BadAster out of the center courtyard garden, limbing up a ceanothus, and pulling cosmos that were leaning way over and would probably go down in this weekend’s predicted wind.

center courtyard

center courtyard

Allan cut back Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' in the zen garden courtyard.

Allan cut back Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ along the wall of the “zen garden” courtyard.

hardy fuchsia on north wall

hardy fuchsia on north wall

Fuchsia 'Sharpitor Aurea' or 'Sharpton's Aurea' reverting to green

Fuchsia ‘Sharpitor Aurea’ or ‘Sharpton’s Aurea’ reverting to green

I will get in there and cut the green foliage out next time.  This fuchsia is sort of how Our Kathleen and I met.  She used to stay at the Anchorage before she bought her beach house, and she asked at the Planter Box which fuchsia it might be, and Teresa called me to ask, and put Our Kathleen on the phone.  Or that is what I remember.  I also remember chatting with Kathleen in the garden here, before I knew her as a friend.  She then came to our garden when it was on the 2012 Music in the Gardens tour and we sat and talked for an hour.  Due to my face blindness, I could not figure out who she was and was too embarrassed to ask.  The next time I saw her at the Anchorage, months later, I finally sorted it out.

The last half hour of today’s time at the Anchorage, Allan and I worked in a light, not unpleasant drizzle. It increased as we drove the twenty-ish blocks back to downtown Long Beach.

Long Beach

my favourite planter, before deadheading

my favourite planter, before deadheading

and after

and after

We drove the rest of the downtown blocks and decided that no cosmos or other flowering plant needed deadheading badly enough to work in the now pouring rain.

Rain continued while we offloaded debris at the city works yard.

Rain continued while we offloaded debris at the city works yard.

We took the opportunity to go to NIVA green to find a birthday present for Jenna (Queen La De Da).  Owner/artist Heather Ramsay suggested a head to go with Jenna’s many hats.

an excellent choice for a woman of many hats, both symbolically and in actuality

an excellent choice for a woman of many hats, both symbolically and in actuality

Halloween treats

Halloween treats

and a card that reflected both the weather and last night's full moon

and a card that reflected both the weather and last night’s full moon

I was pleased to be home in the late afternoon with time to write a couple of blog posts before our traditional weekly dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

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pear and goat cheese salad with bonus bread stick

pear and goat cheese salad with bonus bread stick

Todd and Dave (Allan's photo)

Todd and Dave (Allan’s photo)

Todd and Dave (waiting good-humoredly to eat while Allan photographs the food)

Todd and Dave (waiting good-humoredly to eat while Allan photographs the food)

Dave's delicious cajun chicken Alfredo

Dave’s delicious cajun chicken Alfredo

Cajun Chicken Alfredo (Allan's photo)

Cajun Chicken Alfredo (Allan’s photo)

Melissa's rack of lamb (Allan's photo)

Melissa’s rack of lamb (Allan’s photo)

Allan's fish tacos (really the feature of the night at $3 each)

Allan’s fish tacos (really the feature of the night at $3 each)

Allan is the only one who has the discipline to save money by getting the tasty fish tacos instead of one of the delicious specials.

Ahi Tuna (mine; you can now get two sizes; this is the small)

Ahi Tuna (mine; you can now get two sizes; this is the small)

looking up some sort of garden information

looking up some sort of garden information (Todd, Dave, Allan, Melissa)

a shared connolo

a shared connolo (me and Allan)

a shared cheesecake (Dave and Melissa)

a shared cheesecake (Dave and Melissa)

Tomorrow: The Halloween extravaganza begins.

 

 

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