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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Long Beach

Yesterday, while dumping debris, we had accidentally thrown, into the city dump pile, a bag of mine from the Long Beach Pharmacy.  Since we had to go back to the pile this morning to retrieve it, I thought we should pull some crocosmia from the parking lot “berms” in order to make the trip more worthwhile.

 I’m impressed with whatever shrubs can survive in those beds with no water for three months.

Abelia looks delicate but is being tough and strong.

Abelia looks delicate but is being tough and strong.

Aronia, which never registered with me before this year for some reason, is a champ.

Aronia, which never registered with me before this year for some reason, is a champ.

I read that its common name chokecherry refers to the bitterness of the edible berries.

I read that its common name chokecherry refers to the bitterness of the edible fruits.  Todd tells us its fall leaf colour is excellent; I clearly have not been paying it enough attention.

Of course, the job got bigger than I'd planned as I cut a lot of rugosa rose that were hanging over the side,

Of course, the job got bigger than I’d planned as I cut a lot of rugosa rose that were hanging over the side, as well as pulling crocosmia.

Despite its aggressive nature, Rosa rugosa alba has so much to offer.

Despite its aggressive nature, Rosa rugosa alba has so much to offer.

It thrives in drought, has white flowers...

It thrives in drought, has white flowers…

and gorgeous hips from which you could make rose hip tea or rose hip jelly.

and gorgeous hips from which you could make rose hip tea or rose hip jelly.

I needed a boost of energy, so on our way to the city works yard, we got coffee drinks…

at the Great Escape drive through.

at the Great Escape drive through.

At the works yard, one can see the way we are going after the crocosmia foliage all over town.  It is “going over” earlier this year because of the drought.  It all probably came from a clump of mine, divided and spread to various places where I thought it would be attractive, back when I thought it was a good thing.

Now it's still a good thing, but too much of a good thing.

Now it’s still a good thing, but too much of a good thing.

Now piles of vilella husks are appearing in the work yard, remnants of a huge wash-up onto the beach of this small jellyfish.

Now piles of velella husks are appearing in the work yard, remnants of a huge wash-up onto the beach of this small jellyfish.

This is the city beach sweeper that would have picked up that pile. (Allan's photo)

This is the city beach sweeper that would have picked up that pile. (Allan’s photo)

Jo’s Garden

We checked up on Jo’s garden for a couple of hours, and enjoyed all the beauty there while deadheading daisies and pulling some horsetail.

east wall of guest house, outside the garden

east wall of guest house, outside the garden

front gate, looking west

front gate, looking west

entry garden

entry garden

lily and rugosa rose

lily and rugosa rose hips

That's our Jo!

That’s our Jo!

on Jo's deck

on Jo’s deck

a couple of errant, late clematis flowers over the arbour

a couple of errant, late clematis flowers over the arbour

looking east from the center courtyard, with flowers from The Basket Case Greenhouse

looking east from the center courtyard, with flowers from The Basket Case Greenhouse

Amazing: Jo and kin got rid of a huge climbing once blooming white rambling rose that was so very big for this corner.

Amazing: Jo and kin got rid of a huge climbing once-blooming white rambling rose that was so very big for this corner.  “Room for more flowers”, says Jo.

northwest garden bed

northwest garden bed

What is it with these cosmos that get so tall before they bloom!

Allan sweeping after weeding the path.

Allan sweeping after weeding the path.

I forgot to take a close up; you can see on the very right that one of the cosmos plants is pale yellow!

I forgot to take a close up; you can see next to the weather vane tower that one of the cosmos plants is pale yellow!

There is a pale yellow tall cosmos called Yellow Garden.  One year the Planter Box grew it, but it did not bloom till October, and when I read that it was normal for it to be a very late bloomer, I gave up on it despite its beauty.

After that pleasant interlude, at such a lovely garden with an irrigation system so no worries about water, we were back to the usual rounds of watering.

Ilwaco

I watered the boatyard garden while Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.  This week, I had the good fortune to find a hose hooked up to every spigot that I needed to reach the whole two block long garden bed, so the job went swimmingly.

this week's obstacle course at the boatyard

this week’s obstacle course at the boatyard

the usual interesting scenery

the usual interesting scenery

boats

The sailboat in the foreground has been there most of the summer; it's getting its new paint job now.

The sailboat in the foreground has been there most of the summer; it’s getting its new paint job now.

I'm so pleased with the sweet pea success at the boatyard. Next year: many more. I did not think it would work this well.

I’m so pleased with the sweet pea success at the boatyard. Next year: many more. I did not think it would work this well.

a salmon coloured four o clock

a salmon coloured four o clock

four o clock

four o clock

Someone had pestered this santolina.

Someone had pestered this santolina.

I walked on to water the gardens on Howerton where I have a hose available, while Allan came behind me later to water the ones where he has to haul three of our own hoses.

Time Enough Books: a thirsty garden boat

Time Enough Books: a thirsty garden boat

the watering rounds, Allan's photo

the watering rounds, Allan’s photo

south side of port office

south side of port office

Don Nisbett Gallery

Don Nisbett Gallery

Don waters his Basket Case baskets like mad.

Don waters his Basket Case baskets like mad, sometimes more than once a day.

the spectacular effect of Don's intensive watering

the spectacular effect of Don’s intensive watering

I am pleased that I never have to water the south side port office garden because office staff member April does it regularly.

marine: looking west

marine: looking west

looking east

looking east

folks heading to a boat

folks heading to a boat

a sit spot

a sit spot

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

By the time I finished watering the Bruce Peterson Gallery garden, Allan was coming behind me and had gotten as far as the pavilion.  I was out of available hose gardens so I walked home while he finished up at the east end.

Peterson Gallery garden, looking east

Peterson Gallery garden, looking east

Agastaches doing pretty well in drought conditions.

Agastaches doing pretty well in drought conditions.  And my shadow.

Agastache 'Summer Glow'

Agastache ‘Summer Glow’

at home

evening light on the back garden

evening light on the back garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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