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Thursday, 24 August 2017

We skipped deadheading the welcome sign (south of town), firmly reminding ourselves to remember it on the way home.  I was eager to get out to the kite festival again.  Today’s events featured an exhibition of handmade kites.

Washington State International Kite Festival

this year’s festival poster

The judging was still ongoing when we got to the beach, and because we had much watering still to do, we didn’t actually see many of the handmade kites.  However, here are a couple of old photos of kites from the 1993 festival that still are strong in my memory.

flying colours kites by George Peters

Aztec Calendar by Michael Alverez

Today:

booths along the Bolstad beach approach road

a big sand shovel being carried to the beach (Allan’s photo)

A “rescue” Great Dane (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

“Beach Books” booth

one of several booths featuring fair food (Allan’s photo)

wind chimes

banners for sale, made by Above it All Kites

at the South Pacific County Humane Society booth

In the World Kite Museum tent, an eclipse flag was being raffled.

volunteer fire fighter at the ready (Allan’s photo)

koi banner out on the beach

giant kites

Not enough wind to get the giant rings and large animals flying.

rings and creatures on a previous year and windier day

Kite fliers and teams set up their “territories” on the beach.

Allan’s photo

stunt kites waiting to fly

a man….

…and his kite

kite flyer (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

On this same day, a talented local photographer shared this stunning kite:

photo by Janelle Hux

Walking back to town along the approach garden, I was so pleased to see roses still blooming.  This garden gets no supplemental water.

Rosa rugosa alba

Back in town….

Long Beach City Hall

fuchsias overhanging the fence in Coulter Park, where we park for kite festival.

Allan and I shook off the holiday Kite Festival feeling and parted ways to water, with Allan doing the planters on the south end of downtown and me doing the north ones.

still my favourite planter

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

trolley passing by shuttling folks to Kite Festival (art by Don Nisbett)

the first chrysanthemum blooms by NIVA green

As I watered, a woman approached and asked “Do you do the gardens at KBC?”  She stays at Klipsan Beach Cottages once a year, where Mary had given us credit for our gardening work there.  She works at Swansons, my favourite Seattle nursery of yore, and specializes in trees and shrubs and loves conifers.  We had a good long talk.  I recommended that she look up the posts here about the Bayside Garden, the home of a “conifer man” (John).  “I’m a conifer woman!” she said.

Here’s a link to a tour of Steve and John’s garden that showcases conifers, rhododendrons, and more.

I wish my planters had more cutting edge collectors plants.  I mostly make do with what I can get around here.

Both Allan and I found the evidence of someone flower-picking their way through town without a responsible adult saying no.

These flowers came from more than one planter and from under one of the trees.

Allan’s photo

Despite that bit of flower scattering, the workday was a pleasant one.  Kite Festival always seems to draw the happiest crowd of any Long Beach event.

a kite painted rock

Allan’s photo

Gladiolus papilio (Allan’s photo)

Gladiolus papilio (Allan’s photo)

We met up in Fifth Street Park and did some garden tidying (Allan more than me because he got there first).

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Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Chelone (pink turtlehead)

Rose ‘Super Dorothy’ before deadheading (Allan’s photo)

We felt that we were making good time and so rewarded ourselves with crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder, which is temptingly located behind the park.

at Captain Bob’s

Sid Snyder planters needed watering next.

The trail ride horses were being gathered up to go home.

Westernmost Sid Snyder Drive planter (Allan’s photos)

The water is still turned off in this one.

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Feel quite accomplished to be done with Long Beach before five o clock, we headed south to water in…

Ilwaco

Allan left me at the boatyard to water while he got the water trailer and did the street trees and planters.

Allan’s photo

At the boatyard, this pretty salmon colored four o clock reminds me of Lorna and Andersen’s RV Park.  When we gardened for her there, we acquired salmon, apricot and peach coloured flowers for her.  This was from  a seed packet, most of which got planted at Andersens.  Lorna lives in Seattle now.  She might bring her grandchildren to see our garden this weekend.

Mirabilis jalapa ‘Salmon Sunset’

Pennisetum macrourum from behind the fence

Miscanthus and Stipa gigantea

Joy! Hoses were again available to water the north end of the garden from the inside.

I had time to weed and deadhead almost the entire north stretch of the garden.

looking north, about 1/3 of the garden

blue skies, not too warm, almost windless

Unfortunately, half way through my weeding, I suddenly remembered: WELCOME SIGN.

Allan’s photo: the fire station planter

When we reunited, we drove home to leave the trailer behind.

our neighbour Jeff from two doors down was taking his boat for an outing.

Long Beach (again)

We did find many a deadhead when we returned to Long Beach’s welcome sign.

As a consolation for driving north again, we treated ourselves to dinner at

The Depot Restaurant.

I had three of my favourites from the summer menu:

Asian salad

gazpacho

 

We shared Carne asada.

clam chowder for Allan

We sat at the end of the bar.

It wasn’t till later that I realized we had treated ourselves twice today, once to reward ourselves for allegedly getting done with Long Beach early, and once to comfort ourselves because we had forgotten an important work task.

I took this photo in the dark as we left, to show the colour echo of green on Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso” and the chartreuse sweet potato vine in a container planted by Basket Case Roxanne.  For some reason, I like its blurriness.  YMMV.

Now…three days off.  I thought it would be four, but with 70 degree weather all weekend, we can’t leave the next watering day till Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Before we got started, the mum of our friend Thandi came to visit the garden.  (As we have with many of our friends, we had told her to tour it anytime as long as she closes the deer gates.)

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alliums and santolina in the back garden

The Depot Restaurant…

…got the usual watering and grooming.

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Dierama (angel’s fishing rod) in bloom

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Allan’s photo

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Dierema

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assorted eryngiums

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Allan’s photo

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north side of dining deck

Red Barn Arena

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Allan’s photo

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Misty was at the barn today…

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…with Holly and Diane (Allan’s photo)

In the barrels, even the red diascia have almost dried up.

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sad diascias, a plant I usually think of as pretty tough

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I cut them way back.

Even though the red diascia were by request, I swear that next year I am going to go all ultra-drought tolerant in those barrels.  Small red sedums and sempervivums around the edges would be a good solution.

Diane’s garden

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between Diane’s and the Red Barn (Allan’s photo)

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Diane’s garden

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a belly rub was insisted upon

The Basket Case Greenhouse

We made a quick stop on the way north to pick up some blue “Korean agastache” that Roxanne had grown from seed (and a few other impulse buys, of course, including a gold leafed four o clock called ‘Limelight’).

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still lots of choices in the annuals house

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Look who stopped to say hi.  (Allan’s photo)

On the way further north to Klipsan Beach, we delivered a life jacket to J9, who is planning to go boating with a friend this weekend.

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J9’s place

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J9 made a planter out of this old crab pot.

Of course, we then had to drive by Ed Strange’s place on the way back to the highway and were fortunate to find him home.

touring Ed’s Garden

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Ed’s place

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He is slowly landscaping the neighbours’ front garden, as well.

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gold and more gold by the dog run

Awhile ago, Ed ran a culvert pipe along the road, thus being able to expand the front edge of the garden into what used to be a bank of salal and a ditch.  You can see the salal in this old photo:

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2014

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same area today

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My good friend Jackson Strange (He’s a Springer Spaniel.)

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Allan’s photo

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front porch

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fancy pelargoniums

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Ed’s east facing porch and deck

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I had delphinium envy.  Maybe I could grow them in a pot.

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On the deck; he’s had this cactus for 46 years.

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view east from the deck.  The old single wide next door is going to be demolished soon.

Ed waters his handsome clump of gunnera for an hour a day, he says, and mulches it heavily.

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Allan’s photo

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The round grey “pavers” are Sedum ‘Cape Blanco’

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by the garage

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Note the gunnera on this painting.

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hebe in the back garden

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Ed’s enviable hostas

Ed agreed to be the one who will dig up and take away my sad tattered hostas and give them a better life.

We had a tour of Ed’s home.  My home would never be tidy like this if someone dropped by.

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vintage light fixture and stained glass inset

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his grandma’s pug

Then we all had to get back to work.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We weeded and tidied.  The garden had held up well since last week.  In gardens like this one, where we can count on not having to water, we get a lot more actual gardening done.

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It suddenly felt quite hot out.  (About 70 F)

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Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

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One of Mary’s glorious rose bushes

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sit spot with Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

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Allan’s photo

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Echinops (blue globe thistle)

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Allan noticed them, too.

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another healthy rose

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I wish I knew the names of all the roses Mary has.

Deadheading Rose ‘Bow Bells’ (Allan’s photos):

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before

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after

We headed all the way back to Ilwaco for our last job of a pleasantly easy day.

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Allan shopped at Sid’s Supermarket on the way (his photo)

Port of Ilwaco

We watered 9 of the curbside gardens, some long, and some just little pockets.

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Looking west on Howerton from the port office

I had an unnerving experience while watering the Time Enough Books garden.  A baby bird hopped out onto the street, followed by its anxious mother.

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The mother cheeped frantically.

The baby went further out into the street.  The mother played “I have a broken wing!”  I tried to stop traffic but had to back up…in the street!…because a woman just would not stop.  Finally she did…on top of the baby bird, which I could no longer see.  When she finally asked what was wrong, and I said there was a baby bird under her car, she asked what to do, and I told her I really had no idea.  (I could not get down and crawl under the car plus I did not trust her not to move.)  Thank all creation that when she drove on, the bird was fine.  I gently boosted it back up into the garden while the mother made another dramatic broken wing pantomime.

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The parents continued to keep a close eye on me.

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There’s a baby bird somewhere in the garden.

Allan’s photos:

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

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parsley, poppy, toadflax

Tomorrow: Back to the watering rounds in Long Beach and Ilwaco.

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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.

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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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