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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Although boxes and boxes of bulbs await sorting, beautiful weather meant we had to go out to work instead.  Rain is predicted for the next three or four days and that should give me plenty of time not just to sort, but to process photos and to blog about Halloween.

Ilwaco

Soon we are going to remove all the catmint from the Ilwaco city planters; next year annuals or perennials that don’t need shearing halfway through the season will take its place.  We’ll give some of the catmint to Debbie for the spring seminar plant sale.    I’ll have some to spare, even after planting some at the Ilwaco boatyard and under the Ilwaco street trees, so perhaps Picture Attic Jean would like some, as well?  It’s Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’ to be exact.  The planters were already planted up with it when we took them over some years ago.  Today, we just did a little clipping of the ‘Butterfly’ agyranthemum at city hall.

Ilwaco City Hall

Ilwaco City Hall

On the way out of town, Allan noticed Black Lake being reflectively photogenic, worthy of a pause.

black

black lake

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Depot Restaurant

Fortunately, Allan remembered that Chef Michael had texted me yesterday with a request that we cut back a shrub on the east wall, so that some building repairs could be done.  I intended to chop the shrubby honeysuckle right to the ground as it would come back just fine.  Fortunately, Chef Michael was there and told me he liked it as is and just wished it would be pruned to allow access to a wooden hatch.

Lonicera 'Baggeson's Gold' before

Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ before

during

during

after

full access to the hatch thingie

full access to the hatch thingie

Long Beach

We paused to assess the new Sid Snyder memorial garden at Veterans Field to see how much room remained for new plants.

NE corner of Vet Field

NE corner of Vet Field

On the way to the Planter Box to scope out plant availability, we stopped at The Picture Attic to give Jean Nitzel some of the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ we’d dug out at Jo’s.

The Picture Attic

The Picture Attic

inside: cards, stickers, stamps, and fine picture framing

inside: cards, stickers, stamps, and fine picture framing

Jean acquiring some Sedum

Jean acquiring some Sedum

She needs some help in her garden.  Allan has helped before but I know he would rather have free time than an extra job.  I recommended the new gardening business, Flowering Hedges (our friends Shelly and Terran); if they can’t help with her project, Allan will.

Jean's beautiful lace cap hydrangea

Jean’s beautiful lace cap hydrangea

The Anchorage Cottages

On the way back from The Planter Box, we did a bit of post storm clean up at The Anchorage.

The north garden bed; the Ceanothus needed some dead branches cut out.

The north garden bed; the Ceanothus needed some dead branches cut out.

I'm still deadheading the two Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' at the office.

I’m still deadheading the two Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ by the office.

just south of the office

just south of the office

Deer are now coming regularly into the garden and nipping the Viburnums.

Deer are now coming regularly into the garden and nipping the Viburnums.

Melianthus major is the autumn star of the center courtyard garden (in which we found deer tracks).

Melianthus major is the autumn star of the center courtyard garden (in which we found deer tracks).

The deer probably come only at night, as The Anchorage is a dog friendly resort and there are usually dogs around during the day.

Long Beach

Back to Long Beach with a treat from Pink Poppy Bakery…

pink

Pink Poppy seating

Last night on Halloween, Maddy was next door at the Starvation Alley house.  If a person knew to say “I love Pink Poppy Bakery”, a special treat would be proffered.  Kathleen and I split the last pumpkin spice cookie, so I was glad to find them for sale at the bakery today.

delicious cookies

delicious cookies

Pink Poppy will only be open as a retail shop till Thanksgiving, and will then have a booth at the Ilwaco Saturday Christmas market.

We hadn’t been able to acquire any small ‘Crimson Pygmy’ barberries or much else on the red white and blue theme for the Sid Snyder garden bed.  Allan planted one Barberry ‘Helmond Pillar’ and three little reddish pansies.  I cleaned up the semi circle garden by the flag poles and found some little blue and white viola seedlings and two seedling of Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ to move to the new garden.

The barberry will make for some height behind the little monument.

The barberry will make for some height behind the little monument.

I hope no one mistakes the tiny Eryngium for a weed.

I hope no one mistakes the tiny Eryngium for a weed.

(Note:  About three days later, we were back planting bulbs and Allan said “Is that a weed?”)

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' still blooms profusely in the flag garden.

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ still blooms profusely in the flag garden.

While Allan planted some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts under one of the street trees and then worked on cutting back lady’s mantle in Fifth Street Park, I walked five blocks of the trees and planters.

This tree was infested with chickweed.

This tree was infested with chickweed.

not anymore

not anymore

I was glad to pull this cosmos as I'd been seeing it every time we drove through town!

I was glad to pull this cosmos as I’d been seeing it every time we drove through town!

Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice' still blooming

Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’ still blooming

some painted sage, faded but still passable

some painted sage, faded but still passable

This may not get done in the fall, but I do so want to rip out all the vinca from this particular planter.

This may not get done in the fall, but I do so want to rip out all the vinca from this particular planter.

I would save only this one charming hardy fuchsia.

I would save only this one charming hardy fuchsia.

good iris foliage by Dennis Company

good iris foliage by Dennis Company

On the subject of chrysanthemums, and in rebuttal to various articles that say they last only a few days, here is a continuation of photos showing that ours have been blooming for weeks now.  (I weary of articles with a superior tone, like the anti-chrysanth rant or the one I read recently that was OH so very ABOVE the container idea of “thrillers, spillers and thrillers”..and idea that someone came up with, so why make fun of it?)

By Campiche Gallery

By Campiche Gallery

with hardy fuchsia

with hardy fuchsia

simply beautiful

simply beautiful

by the Dennis Company outdoor yard

by the Dennis Company outdoor yard

pink chrysanths with barberry

pink chrysanths with barberry

By the Elks Lodge with Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice'

By the Elks Lodge with Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’

same planter with clipped Sedumn 'Autumn Joy', daphne, and heuchera

same planter with clipped Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’, daphne, and heuchera and a little hydrangea that was planted years ago by a volunteer

by NIVA green

pink chrysanths by NIVA green

Speaking of NIVA green, I popped in to buy a few of the most delicious smelling cucumber mint soap.

NIVA green

NIVA green

Artist Heather Ramsay emerges from her workshop to greet me.

Artist Heather Ramsay emerges from her workshop to greet me.

what her shop is....

what her shop is….

Further down the street, I found one spoon petaled chrysanth that has come through several years.

Further down the street, I found one spoon petaled chrysanth that has come through several years, not as vigorously as the plain ones.

When I joined Allan at Fifth Street Park, I realized that the Darmera peltata needed chopping down so that the city crew can clean the fountain pond.  Allan did so while I checked one more block of planters, and then I helped him clean up the mess.

before

before

after

after

Allan’s befores and afters of the rest of the day’s park project:

lady's mantle before

lady’s mantle before

after, sheared back hard

after, sheared back hard

under the trees, the annoyingly rampant lady's mantle

under the trees, the annoyingly rampant lady’s mantle

sheared back hard.  While I don't love lady's mantle, not much will grow here so it's welcome.

sheared back hard. While I don’t love lady’s mantle, not much will grow in this rooty bed so it’s welcome.

I guess I have to admit that, like those who hate chrysanthemums, there are certain plants that do not earn my favour.

the clouds over the sewer plant as we dumped debris at city works

the clouds over the sewer plant as we dumped debris at city works

Jo’s garden

I wanted to complete the clean up of Jo’s garden and yet, even though she likes all the annuals removed as she prefers a cleaned up look for winter, I could not bear to take the ones that still look so good in the windowboxes.  I’ll await a frost.

We did pull the geraniums at ground level and from the pots.

We did pull the geraniums at ground level and from the pots.

windowboxes, still pretty

windowboxes, still pretty

box

box

I remember when a former client, Glennie Woodcock (who moved away) would have me and Robert over for dinner just before Halloween and give us $100 to caretake her home for the winter.  The weather would always be sharply frosty by then, in the mid to late 90s.  Now it seems we rarely get a frost till the end of November, if then, and so the fall clean up stretches on and on with the annuals refusing to die.

after work

I had every intention of going to the haunted house at the Sou’wester Lodge.  Having a crab roll at Captain Bob’s Chowder would nicely fill in the time till the haunted house opened for the evening.

Captain Bob's

Captain Bob’s

In conversation there, I had a revelation: neither Allan nor I like haunted houses.  I especially don’t like sudden noises or being grabbed it!  So despite wanting to support a favourite local business, we decided to just have a look from outside the pavilion.

Sou'wester Lodge by night

Sou’wester Lodge by night

A reader asked me recently how I had happened to move to the peninsula.  The story begins here with my visits to the Sou’wester Lodge in 1991.  Every visit there, now that it has new owners, fills me with nostalgia.

the vintage trailers, mostly Spartans in this row, for rent by the night.

the vintage trailers, mostly Spartans in this row, for rent by the night.

When I lived there, vehicles would park next to each rental trailer.  Now they park to the west of the lodge and the center area is open for picnic gatherings.

I lived for six months in the Spartan with rounded windows, second from the end of this row.

I lived for six months in the Spartan with rounded windows, second from the end of this row.

The “haunted house” in the pavilion resounded with screaming.  We went on home, with the very good excuse that we had hundreds of Halloween photos to process and upload to the Our Ilwaco Facebook page, followed by a late night viewing of two of our telly shows, Grimm and Elementary.  Tomorrow’s predicted rain had better arrive so that I can begin the sorting of bulbs.

 

 

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