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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The storm forecast for Thursday through Friday changed my work plan to a two day work week.  There seemed no point at all in doing any special tidying or grooming when the news told us all would probably be blown to bits tomorrow.

Port of Ilwaco

We planted a tall clumping aster start (from Jo’s) at the boatyard garden.

beautiful warm autumn weather at the boatyard

beautiful warm autumn weather at the boatyard

a boat coming in

a boat coming in

Some pink flowered strawberries thinned out from Mike’s garden were planted by Allan into a curbside garden by Ilwaco Freedom Market (the new marijuana shop) while I made a delivery of a random bouquet to Salt Hotel for an event they are having this evening (a talk about salt-making).  We won’t be attending the first Salty Talk of the season because we planned to be working till dark to get as much done as possible before the storm.

for Salt Hotel

for Salt Hotel

Salt Hotel courtyard

Salt Hotel courtyard

Salt courtyard sit spot

Salt courtyard sit spots and greenery

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I miss going to the pub; I have felt more like reading than being social beyond our weekly dinner with Dave and Melissa.

The Depot Restaurant

We did just some light deadheading at The Depot (and delivered the big helianthus clump for sous chef Jamie).

autumnal Depot garden

autumnal Depot garden

I bet these cosmos will be taken down by the storm.

I bet these cosmos will be taken down by the storm.

The Planter Box

A quick stop at The Planter Box garnered two lavenders for the planter we cleared yesterday.

pumpkins are in

pumpkins are in

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and gourds

and gourds

chrysanthemums

chrysanthemums

and chickens! (Allan's photo)

and chickens! (Allan’s photos)

Allan's photo

errands

We delivered a sign to Kathleen’s cottage….

Allan installing

Allan installing

We bypassed our next job to go to Jack’s Country Store and get a one burner camp stove so we can have coffee and soup if the power goes out.

Jack's had a whole display ready for the storm.

Jack’s had a whole display ready for the storm.

I had to push to get my storm prep errands done.  For some reason, Allan, despite his boy scout youth, does not share my urge to “be prepared”, perhaps because every huge predicted storm since 2007 has fizzled out.  My memories of the long power and telephone (land line and mobile!) phone outages of the 2007 Great Coastal Gale inspired me to at least want a little stove that will make a cup of coffee and a bowl of soup.  (New blog idea:  Allan reads these posts after I write them but before they publish.  He can add his rebuttals in italics!)

We then went on to our one big job of the day…

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We clipped perennials and pulled annuals rather than tidying and grooming.

Allan's photos: Shasta daisies before...

Allan’s photos: Shasta daisies before…

and after clipping

and after clipping; we don’t like leaving sharp little stem stubs.  Allan particularly excels at clipping TO the ground.

Mary asked me to prune back her beloved ‘Jude the Obscure’ climbing rose so that it will not rock loose in the wind.

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’ last June

That inspired me to do a big project: cutting a heavy umbrella of  ‘Climbing Cecile Brunner’ rose clambering up through a large bay tree, making a huge umbrella that would catch the wind.  Mary had already agreed that the bay could be cut low to new growth this fall, giving more light to another favourite rose of hers, ‘Polka’, that has gotten overshadows.  I am hoping we can prune the bay in a clever way like the one in THE Oysterville garden.  Denny came along with his chainsaw to cut the bay down to its new growth, as had been planned for sometime this fall.  Meanwhile, Mary had gone to stock up on groceries and bottled water (KBC is on a well so if the power is out there is no running water) and the owners of the A frame next door went out to buy a generator for the upcoming storm.

This gave me an idea for the bay tree at Klipsan Beach Cottages!

The bay tree at the Oysterville gave me an idea for the bay tree at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

Here is the KBC garden last week with bay and roses gone rampant in the background:

last week

last week

Denny attacks the bay.

TodayL Denny attacks the bay; I had already cut and pulled out some roses.

after

after

The wobbly oldest section of old fence could blow down.  At least now it won’t be tangled with large branches.

the sit spot

the sit spot, after

The rose got his face and hand.

The rose got Denny’s face and hand.

our debris (Allan's photo)

our debris (Allan’s photo)

looking in the east gate

looking in the east gate

bird bath view

bird bath view

Long Beach

I was inspired to think we might clip back some ‘Super Dorothy’ roses from a similar wooden fence in Fifth Street Park.  When we arrived there, I couldn’t bear to do it.  The roses are still blooming.

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Rose ‘Super Dorothy’

from behind the fence

‘Super Dorothy’ rose from behind the fence

If the severe storm does not materialize (as often happens after dire warnings), perhaps the roses might bloom for another month.

I had checked the weather again and learned that THURSDAY might have 80 mph winds.  I had thought Thursday would be a normal storm, about 50 mph winds, and Saturday would be the bad one.  As I got anxious to get home for some storm prep, all we did in the park was cut back two clumps of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.

Allan's photos: Helianthus before

Allan’s photos: Helianthus before

and after

and after

I think this will be all windblown by next Monday.

I think this will be all windblown by next Monday.

We rewarded ourselves with pastries from The Cottage Bakery….

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; They were out of Tiger Paws!

…and hurried home with an hour of daylight to spare.  I cut back some Solanum (blue potato vine) from my window, hoping to keep it from banging against the glass, pulled the tomato plants out of the greenhouse and put some tender plants in.  Allan did enough honeysuckle pruning to get the back greenhouse door to shut tight.  At dusk, from inside my room, I saw I still have not cut enough potato vine.  It will have to do unless I have time before the storm to trim some more tomorrow.

With 80 mph wind predicted for tomorrow, I think that our North Beach Garden Gang dinner might not happen.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 12:  Bought 2 bales of straw from Dels.  I laughed at myself trying to get them out of car, into wheelbarrow, and into the garage.  They are quite a bit larger than the “loaves of bread” kind we used to see in fields.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 12: It was rainy so I worked taking care of ripe tomatoes and apples.  I dried 3 trays of tomatoes and made 5 pints of applesauce.  I picked up some more fallen apples.

 

 

 

 

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Real time announcement: On today, Wednesday, June 22nd, the Basket Case Greenhouse summer clearance sale begins with 40% off annuals, 25% off perennials, and $5 off baskets!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Smokey and our neighbour, Onyx

Smokey and our neighbour, Onyx

I like the way these Landini lilies have arranged themselves...

I like the way these Landini lilies have arranged themselves…

compared to this clump more out in the open.

compared to this clump more out in the open.

There is a big fuss on the internet lately about lilies being toxic to cats, even pollen that might fall on them.  This does concern me, but…I have had cats coexisting with lilies for over thirty years with no problem.  I hope my luck (and the cats’ luck) continues.

I'd like to stay home and enjoy my garden and cats...

I’d like to stay home and enjoy my garden and cats…

Going to work was required.  At least I had a couple of nursery visits to anticipate.

The Red Barn Arena

The Red Barn garden has clearly enjoyed all our good rain (including more last night).

The Red Barn garden has clearly enjoyed all our good rain (including more last night).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Diane’s garden

Misty!

Misty!

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back yard pots got groomed

back yard pots got groomed

from the street

from the driveway

curbside garden

curbside garden with penstemon

Agastache, probably 'Cotton Candy'

Agastache, probably ‘Cotton Candy’

Misty following me around

Misty following me around

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Basket Case Greenhouse

We picked up the bill to take to Long Beach city hall, and found some white bacopa to replace the ones missing at the welcome sign.

in the greenhouse

in the greenhouse

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“What you looking at?”

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"You are disturbing me."

“You are disturbing me.”

a bigger tray

a bigger tray

Some neighbours were visiting.

Some neighbours were visiting.

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Hen liked pets!!!

Hen liked pets!!!

The duck had feasted on slugs under the bench.

The duck had feasted on slugs under the bench.

Hen and duck brought joy.

Hen and duck brought joy.

Fred says they visit often.

Fred says they visit often.

The Planter Box

I acquired a second heuchera for Long Beach city hall.

Teresa's hanging baskets; she said they got hailed on yesterday.

Teresa’s hanging baskets; she said they got hailed on yesterday.

silver and white baskets

silver and white baskets

fuchsia, an award winner at RHS or Chelsea

fuchsia, an award winner at RHS or Chelsea

I still have not found time to browse the selection of healthy and happy roses.

I still have not found time to browse the selection of healthy and happy roses.

We headed up to Surfside for an hour of weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking south

looking south

Scooter!

Scooter!

Scooter (Allan's photo)

Scooter (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Scooter keeping me company while I detail the path.

Scooter keeping me company while I detail the path.

looking north

looking north

view west from back porch

view west from back porch

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

Garden Tour sneak peek

On the way south again, we stopped for half an hour at a friend’s home in Ocean Park.  Her tiny garden will be on this year’s Music in the Gardens tour. I needed some sneak peek photos for the tour’s Facebook page.

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a dreamy little cottage

I will be feeding some of these photos onto the page between now and tour day (July 16th).  Blog readers get an advance look today.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pink on pink

pink on pink

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This campanula will be done blooming by tour day. I recently bought one like it at The English Nursery in Seaview, and a cobalt blue version at The Planter Box.

This campanula will be done blooming by tour day. I recently bought one like it at The English Nursery in Seaview, and a cobalt blue version at The Planter Box.

The sneak peek trick is to get photo vignettes that don’t give away too much.  The following photos gives a lot away; Allan helped our friend Debbie trim some errant kiwi off the side of the cottage.

Ocean Park Debbie's cottage

Ocean Park Debbie’s cottage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

You may recall that we had dinner there last winter and watched a documentary about Dead Moon.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

A little over an hour of weeding and deadheading got the KBC gardens looking pretty near perfect, our goal for every week.

bird bath view

bird bath view

If only Geranium 'Ann Folkard' reseeded like the annoying blah pink one!

If only the gold and purple Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ reseeded like the annoying blah pink one!

daylilies, Asiatic lilies, Allium albopilosum

daylilies, Asiatic lilies, Allium albopilosum

elephant garlic

elephant garlic

pulmonaria under rhododendron

pulmonaria under rhododendron

rockwork by the pond

rockwork by the pond

south gate with rose New Dawn

south gate with rose New Dawn

Garden Tour Sneak Peek

The next sneak peek garden was conveniently located a few blocks south of Klipsan Beach Cottages.  And across the street from the Lost Garden, leading me to reflect that I was grateful to now have the free time to run pleasant errands.  However, the administration at our former job has not paid us for February, March, April or May despite submitting the earlier invoices twice…so I fear we are going to have to engage with them again eventually and I am not looking forward to that.

The particular garden at which I was going to sneakily peek is one that I greatly admired when it was on the tour several years ago.  My peek at it today was particularly sneaky as I just took some photos from the street.

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It's a garden featuring choice trees and shrubs.

It’s a garden featuring choice trees and shrubs…

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...lots of garden art...

…lots of garden art…

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and a collector's eye for plants.

and a collector’s eye for plants.

I look forward to seeing the hidden areas of this garden again on tour day.  It is one of my top ten favourites of the tour gardens over the past ten years.

The Anchorage Cottages

Back to work in north Long Beach, Allan did a weeding project and I did the general grooming of the gardens at The Anchorage Cottages.

Allan’s project: weeding alongside the sport court under the grape arbour for the first time this year (oops).

before

before

weeds creeping under

weeds creeping under

under the grapes, before

under the grapes, before

after

after

after

after

after

after

vigorous grapes, not pruned for ages

vigorous grapes, not pruned for ages

this many weeds!

this many weeds!

evening light on a north wall garden

evening light on a north wall garden

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office courtyard

office courtyard

Snails are making dahlias unsuccessful center plants for the two smaller pots...dang it.

Snails are making dahlias unsuccessful center plants for the two smaller pots…dang it.

center courtyard

center courtyard

Long Beach

out on the beach approach...poignant half mast flag

out by the beach approach…poignant half mast flag

This gull actually did have two legs.

This gull actually did have two legs….

and dozed off while I watched.

and dozed off while I watched.

We added another heuchera at City Hall....

We added another heuchera at City Hall….

I noticed this "weeping love grass" looked utterly decrepit.

which looked like this two days ago.

We added more white bacopa back in to the welcome sign garden, and I had a revelation…The area where the whole stretch of plants is missing is right where I saw a guy reclining with a rucksack next to the planter last week.  I thought it odd at the time that he would not have chosen a more private spot to nap.

welcome sign back, edged properly again

welcome sign back, edged properly again

welcome sign front

welcome sign front

The Depot Restaurant

We made the spontaneous decision to try to get in on the last burger night of the season at the Depot.  The sign on the door said “closed” but as it was before eight, we barged in anyway, and they were kind enough to serve us.

the very last burger of the last burger night before summer 2016!

the very last burgers of the last burger night before summer 2016!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Depot garden at dusk

Depot garden at dusk

home

at home: the cereus bud is getting fatter

at home: the cereus bud is getting fatter


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 15:  I heard Walt’s chain saw again cutting wood in his yard, then he went over next door and cut more but didn’t feel like going over there.  I went out back and picked berries again (10 pkgs).

1998 (age 74):

June 15:  11:00 to 6:00  It took me until 3:00 to pick, rinse, hull, and slice strawberries.  I put 5 pkgs in the freezer.  After a short rest I went out again.  I moved the various bowls over the the cover of the wood box so I could move the tomatoes out of the greenhouse.  Now I’ll move out some seed trays to the greenhouse starting tomorrow?

 

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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

gdiaries

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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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Woke up at six AM…first thoughts were of the Job in Jeopardy.  Only a tiny sip of ZZZquil (perhaps leading to memory loss) let me return to slumber and get more than four hours of sleep.  I will be glad when this situation is resolved so I can move on mentally!  I should hear an answer by tomorrow (Friday the 13th).

Long Beach

We began the methodical planting of the Long Beach planters with the short cosmos near the centers and enough trailing plants to fill up the edges.  Each plant had to be burbled first in a bucket (pot held under water till it stops bubbling) and each planter had to be thoroughly watered, with water in each planting hole, because our weather has been so dry.  Each plant gets a dose of Dr Earth granular fertilizer mixed with some Quench (a natural corn starch product that helps the soil stay moist between waterings, giving us perhaps one extra day between each watering).

I only took two photos during work time, of the display at the Wooden Horse gift shop.  I loved the dragonfly screen but it was over $100.

Wooden Horse gift shop

Wooden Horse gift shop

a handmade dragonfly screen was worth the price; I hope the artist would get a goodly amount.

a handmade dragonfly screen was worth the price; I hope the artist would get a goodly amount.

The rest of the workday photos are Allan’s.

planting trailies

planting trailies; headband shows I had a headache.

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While focused on planting, one must also be aware of traffic.

Cosmos pinched so they will get chubby.

Cosmos pinched so they will get chubby.

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Could not resist trying this cute little trailing chenille plant. It will not do well with being sat upon and may not be as drought tolerant as I crave.

Could not resist trying this cute little trailing chenille plant. It will not do well with being sat upon and may not be as drought tolerant as I crave.  I try to plant red to go with red paint trim, and so on.

new Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' to replace old leggy ones.

new Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ to replace old leggy ones.

Planting blue flowers by the police station.

Planting blue flowers by the police station.  The orange California poppy crept in on its own.

Owner of Wind World Kites, across from the Bakery, likes the Crocosmia 'Lucifer'; we've taken it out of other planters as its period of bloom is short and it is too pushy.

Owner of Wind World Kites, across from the Bakery, likes the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’; we’ve taken it out of other planters as its period of bloom is short and it is too pushy.

I was stressed about time, as the job was, as always, taking longer than I had hoped.  By three thirty, after much anxious clock watching, we had cleared enough space in the van to take a break and go pick up the next wave of plants.

The Planter Box 

We collected more trailing plants for the edges and some more cosmos, short and tall, and some plants we would need tomorrow.

ornamental grasses, daylilies and more at The Planter Box

ornamental grasses, daylilies and more at The Planter Box

The Basket Case

plants lined up on the counter

plants lined up on the counter

checking my list twice

checking my list twice

Fred adding up

Fred adding up

back to Long Beach

Cerinthe major purpurascens and golden marjoram

Cerinthe major purpurascens and golden marjoram

We pushed as hard as we could to get done before our weekly garden club dinner, and failed.  Five planters remained unplanted.  At 6:45, one intersection had not yet been watered and we were out of time…till I checked my phone and saw a text that Dave and Melissa were also running late.  We hurried to water the last four planters on the last intersection of the day and headed to dinner only ten minutes late.

a rose in the last planter to be watered; one of the planters with lots of shrubby plants from volunteer days, no room for cosmos or trailies!

a rose in the last planter to be watered; one of the planters with lots of shrubby plants from volunteer days, no room for cosmos or trailies!

The Cove Restaurant

We all agreed that during this busiest of gardening seasons, we will have to make our reservation for later than 7 PM next time.

me, Dave, Melissa, in the foyer at the Cove

me, Dave, Melissa, in the foyer at the Cove

darling Sondra, owner of the Cove Restaurant at the Peninsula Golf Course.

darling Sondra, owner of the Cove Restaurant at the Peninsula Golf Course.

refreshing salads all round

refreshing salads all round

Allan's fish and chips

Allan’s fish and chips

my middle eastern spicy chicken dish

my middle eastern spicy chicken dish

Dave's noodle bowl

Dave’s noodle bowl

lemon mascarpone cheese cake

lemon mascarpone cheese cake

The four of us gardeners were so very tired and yet managed to carry on the usual amusing (to us) conversation.

at the end, Melissa sleepy with leftovers wrapped by Sondra into a swan

at the end, Melissa sleepy with leftovers wrapped by Sondra into a swan

Tomorrow, we must finish planting the leftover Long Beach planters.

ginger

1995 (age 71):

May 12:  Repotted cuke plants.  They are so tall.  I’m not sure they will survive transplanting.  If they don’t I’ll replant direct in garden.  Planted several pots of last year’s marigold seeds into plant trays in greenhouse.

1997 (age 73):

May 12:  Moved boxes and boxes of my pots etc from garage to shed to make room for yard sale stuff.  Weeded in patio flower bed.

1998 (age 74):

May 12: Still cool and rainy so I started checking my violets.  I reduced the width of the plants by removing the outer two rows of leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 22 April 2016

The day began so rainy that I thought it might allow us to only get some essential Long Beach deadheading done.  The weather-induced late start meant that we did not get to Klipsan Beach Cottages and Golden Sands gardens as intended.  I told myself that they would surely be fine for five more days or so.

The Planter Box

We took the time to go to The Planter Box and use the rainy mid morning to clip back our cosmos being grown in the back green house.  It is so wonderful to have few enough jobs that I actually have time, for the first time in several years, to check on the cosmos now and “pinch” it.

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Allan’s photo


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at The Planter Box


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trimming the cosmos to make it bushier and not leggy; will start planting it around Mother’s Day.  This can be done by “pinching” with fingers or with clippers.

Long Beach

The weather, while windy, cleared up enough to make it possible to finish deadheading the Long Beach planters (started on Wednesday) and Veterans Field.

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Tulip ‘Formosa’ (and an old ‘Bleu Aimable’


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rhododendrons and the Long Beach gazebo


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Cerinthe major purpurascens across from the police station


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planter with golden oregano about to get too rampant


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Dutch iris (Allan’s photo)


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Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’, N. ‘New Baby’, Tulip ‘Strong Gold’


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I’m excited about the new to me me ‘New Baby’ narcissus, late blooming to go with ‘Baby Moon’

 

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Sadly, no time for lunch at the delicious Kabob Cottage


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Allan got two buckets of weeds out of the Vet Field beds.  (Allan’s photo)


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Vet Field garden (Allan’s photo)

Having gotten enough deadheading and weeding done to move on, we addressed the drifts of spent tulips in the Long Beach welcome sign planter.

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before

We made a trip to city works with the debris (lots of horsetail) and got enough soil to fluff up the front of the sign, and planted some geraniums ‘Rozanne’ alternating with ‘Orion’ (which is supposed to be even better than Rozanne).  I consider it too early to plant the annuals which will fill it out.

I had realized partway through that it was high time to dig out the thickly multiplied narcissi along the front.  It had gotten too thick and tall.  I moved some to the back and put some in buckets. Next fall, we will have the tulips in front.  Now, I have three buckets of extra narcissi to plant on the berms (something I don’t in the least feel like doing but I shall).  It was hard work and I know I missed some bulbs so will be removing more in the fall.

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after

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before, with lots of horsetail


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after; have used up my mulch pile and need more.

We weeded the west side of Fifth Street Park and I finished up the east side while Allan went back to the difficult center berm weeding job.

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Fifth Street Park, NE side


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I disturbed this little one’s evening.


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The nice guy from the Title Company and I were discussing how the BadAster keeps coming back.

I joined Allan at the berm where he was struggling with slow progress in hard packed thick weeds.

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before (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo

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I found that even the heavy pick swung full force simply bounced off the weeds and so I got out the string trimmer in a state of high dudgeon.

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strimmed…good enough?


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after (Allan’s photo)

While dumping weeds at city works (again), I pondered further about how I felt that string trimming was just not good enough to allow the erasure of the third berm from the work board, even though I so want to, and then had a flash of hope: Perhaps next week, I can get that weedy “lawn” out with the half moon edger!  I’d even bought some poppy seeds to plant if only we could get the ground clear.  HUMANS WILL WIN!  (I hope.)

We had carried some plants for the planters around all day and had not got them planted, nor had I gotten more than just a few narcissi replanted in the south berm, nor had I remembered to take a photo of the rather good looking south berm, nor had we made it to KBC or Golden Sands at all.  Even so, I declared a three day weekend because life is short.

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at home (Allan’s photo)

Allan captured the intense sunset. 




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Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 71):

April 22: Finished planting 9in pots) the rest of the Foster Farms.  Planted the pansy plants in baskets.  Planted the fuchsia plants in baskets.

1997 (age 73):

April 22:  gray and damp.  Went out to plant strawberries but ended up working on one row moving new daughter plants from middle of row and trimming and/or replanting other plants within the row.  After about 2 hours I was rained in.

1998 (age 74):

April 22 noon-5:00   I worked all this time transplanting tomato seedlings into pots using compost with mushroom compost.  When I thought it was 3:00 and I came in to take a break and was surprised to see it was 5:00 so I closed up shop and came in.  Rec’d the fall Dutch Gardens catalog!

 

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Saturday, 19 March 2016

I would rather have stayed home and sorted photos of Mary the cat.  (In fact, as our regular readers know, I did do the sorting and posting over the next couple of days.) However good weather, a charitable event, and work called.

Empty Bowls

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Local potter Karen Brownlee devoted weeks of energy to this event, organizing, helping with the making of the bowls, and publicizing.

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We got there at 10:45 to get a good chance at the bowls I’d seen on Facebook!

(Don’t anyone tell the little ones, but I always go for a bowl by a grown up potter!)

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There was a plug for the quilt show in the window…we still hadn’t made it to the quilts.  (Allan’s photo)


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crowds gather around the bowls


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Our Kathleen arrived shortly after us.


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s first choice was the large tan bowl on the left. Our Kathleen also had an eye for its functional beauty and nabbed it later. He went for an octopus design.


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo


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our friend Robbie and her bowls

Robbie had been holding her bowls right in front, but moved them when I said they looked like a reverse coconut bra.

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live entertainment


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an assortment of soups on offer


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Allan’s photo

My very favourite soup, smokey tomato and bleu cheese from the 42nd Street Café, was one of the options.

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Robbie’s bowls


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Allan’s and my bowls (later at home)


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Allan’s photo


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Robbie’s photo: me and Our Kathleen.  (You eat out of plain bowls, not the ones you buy.)

Then, without lingering quite as long as we would have liked, Allan and I left for the Planter Box to get some mulch for Jo’s garden.

On the way north, we stopped for photos when we saw that the Long Beach carousel  being assembled for the season.

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Allan’s photo


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Installing the fabric roof in the wind


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in a planter across the street (Allan’s photo)

The Planter Box

Our goal was the dairy manure mulch, now known by a zippy new name:

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Cow WOW!


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Raymond loads our little trailer

While Allan reloaded the buckets and wheelbarrow, I took some plant photos for the Planter Box Facebook page.

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heucheras


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epimediums


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double primroses pink…


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…and white


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an early blooming white clematis that I acquired for myself a coulpe of years ago

Jo’s garden

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trailer load, one yard of Cow WOW

At Jo’s, the mulch has to be bucketed into the garden because of a few steps at the east end and just one step at the west end.

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ahead: the steps


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entry bed, mulched


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and the shade bed


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and the bed by the east deck

back to the Planter Box

Last year, we scraped the bottom of the cow mulch pile and were only able to apply one yard.  This year, the lavish pile allowed us to return to get a second yard to make the garden extra fluffy.

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Planter Box: The Next Generation


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Allan’s photo


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second load


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white bleeding heart


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calceolaria


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some poppy plants for Jo (Allan’s photo)

back to Jo’s

This time we parked at the end of the west lawn and Allan wheelbarrowed the buckets up three at a time.

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It’s a long way.

I did the dumping and spreading of mulch.  I am thankful to report that the Really Bad leg pain of a few days ago went back to just the ordinary amount…thank goodness.

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the west end entry step

One could put a ramp on that little step.  However, the brick paths are narrow and the garden full of plants, making it actually easier to bucket.

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo


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center courtyard mulched


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Allan’s photos: Jo’s sword fern yesterday…


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and today


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northwest bed mulched


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NW corner


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west bed, where we ran out last year, nicely mulched

Ilwaco

On the way home, we drove by the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and I remembered I had wanted to pull the chickweed from one of their planters before the quilt show, which had started yesterday.  Kitty Mary’s death had changed our plan to attend the quilt show on Friday and I had forgotten the weed.  We don’t take care of those two planters; the chickweed just bugs me.

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museum planter, before


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after

While weeding here, I had a brainstorm.  The small amount of mulch we had left would be just perfect to mulch our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office, so with a slight sense of reluctance I decided to donate it to that good cause instead of applying it to a few needy plants at home.

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leftover mulch (Allan’s photo)

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after??

In taking the after photo, I had another brainstorm: Those two grasses have seen their last good days and have to go!  So out they came.  You can see to the far left that they have made some nice new starts.

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the new after

Maddeningly, I thought of removing the grasses after using up all the mulch so had none to nicely fill in the empty spot.

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post office looking more colorful


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at home: akebia blooming

We had time to rest for a short while and then turned around to meet Our Kathleen for dinner at Salt Pub on the waterfront.

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‘Twas a belated birthday occasion as Kathleen was in her workaday world on my birthday.  (Allan’s photo)

She gave me a fabulous plant, knowing I love green flowers:

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Hellebore ‘Jade Dragon’..or is it ‘Jade Tiger’?  It’s outside in the dark as I write this.


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I had a much needed Gibson


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Todd’s birthday flowers from Thursday are still looking fine


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flowers, Laila, and Annika


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the work board with all the spring clean up done except for Long Beach!


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which did not last long, because Penttila’s chapel (misspelled on the board) emailed back that they would love a spring garden cleanup.

Guest photos:

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Nancy Gorshe sent me this photo of my friend Scooter in Marilyn’s (her mom’s) garden


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from Todd Wiegardt:  Ipheion ‘Albert Costillo’

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 73):

March 19th:  Beautiful day.  I took Tabby to the vet to get her booster shot and nail clipping.  I didn’t get outside but got started on seed planting.  I got the ones planted that had to be put in the shop refrig.  I got labels to make for tomatoes but if it’s as nice outside I’ll work in the garden tomorrow.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

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before work

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the ornamental plum blooming

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purple crocuses being subtle in the front garden

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crocuses and double primrose

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tulips and an Erysimum (probably ‘Winter Orchid’

I had hoped to work today and my hopes were realized, even though we started out in a brisk wind.  I figured it would be far less windy in the Klipsan Beach Cottages garden.

The Planter Box

On the way north, we took shelter from an intense rain at the Planter Box, seeking some early colour for the containers at The Anchorage Cottages.

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Gorgeous hellebores were not what we were seeking.

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front sales area display

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Ah, three fragrant wallflowers would be just what I needed.

When we departed, the rain had increased and the Dark Sky app said it would continue for forty more minutes.  A drive north to look at the Oysterville garden and our friends hard at work would fill the time nicely.

Oysterville

Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) and Todd (Willapa Gardening) were hard at work in the garden, and I didn’t take many photos because I felt that I shouldn’t be a distraction to their work.

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Allan’s photo: Todd with wheelbarrow

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Dave and Melissa address a lovely pile of Soil Energy.

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the water feature, with hellebores

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the back border, with many shrubs recently added

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Hamamelis and unfurling tree fern in the drizzly mist

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new beech hedge in the making along the front

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a guest named Mr Fox

We left without walking all around as I felt guilty about interrupting, although we were reassured by the garden owner that we could tour the garden any time, a privilege which we treasure.

Back we went to…

Klipsan Beach Cottages

…and by the time we got there, the rain was tapering off.

First, I had to go in the basement and greet Bella, whom I had not seen since around Christmas time.

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my very good friend Bella

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KBC fenced garden, east gate

I asked Allan to do the planting, starting with a fig tree from Dave and Melissa.

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(Allan’s photos) From the circle a non fruiting fig had been removed.

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The new fig had fruited well even in the pot.

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He also planted for me a winter blooming honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima, which you can barely see by the clump of narcissi, and which I hope the deer will not eat.

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Allan’s closeup of the intensely fragrant Lonicera.

I asked him to dig out a grass that was the wrong size for a bed, meant to get a before photo, turned around…and he had it done already!

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after (Allan’s photo)

The grass had been outsized for the spot, as a photo from 2015 shows:

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Nov 9, 2015; the grass is smothering two hebes and crowding a rose

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Allan’s photo: It more than filled the wheelbarrow…

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and is in a pot till someone decides on a better plan.

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In the lawn edge border, the hellebores are not sizeable enough to be showy yet.

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A closer look is rewarding.

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a handsome upright form

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a long established clump of primroses

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apricot scented Hamamelis mollis just about done blooming

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Pieris japonica; my grandma called it Andromeda.

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narcissi and shiny rain washed calla lily leaves

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii, old and kind of rangy.

We both tackled a lot of sword fern clipping, in the continuing light drizzle.

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in the fenced garden, before

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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After.  Now the new growth will unfurl all bright green and fresh.

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The pond garden, before

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Mary taking Bella for a walk to the beach

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and after

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in the “swale” (Allan’s photos, before…)

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and after

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before

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after

Now, in Steve and John’s bayside garden, the trimming would be so perfect that you would not see any stubs.  We don’t have time for that perfection at work; at home, it is well worth seeking.

The rain was pelting by the time we were done.

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The ferns on the clam shed patio got a trim also.

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In the rain: a pale pink flowering currant in bloom

We left a few ferns untrimmed, especially the ones where Allan has to climb over the pond edge; it was slippery.  Manager/owners Mary and Denny will probably get around to pruning the roses, a task she enjoys doing.  If not, we’ll do it next time.

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By the greenhouse, after trimming back old floppy Melianthus major stems.  Tree peony leafing out.

It felt like we had been there for six hours and the fact that it was just a bit after three o clock surprised me greatly.

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bidding farewell to Bella (Allan’s photo, just pre-belly rub)

Long Beach 

Although the rain and wind increased, we next went south to Long Beach and bought six violas from Dennis Co.  I like the smaller flowered violas rather than pansies as they hold up to rain better.

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in a planter near Dennis Co (Allan’s photo)

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same planter (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo, same planter, a well established clump

The Anchorage Cottages

Back north about 20 blocks to the Anchorage, we were greeted by Mitzu and Beth.

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soggy, waggly Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

I planted the violas in the center courtyard, while Allan planted the three wallflowers near the office.

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He planted them in a soldierly row.

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I changed it.

Allan said to Beth, “I went to engineering school and she keeps trying to undo what I learned there.”

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window box with buds of one of my favourite tulips, Tulipa sylvestris

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Last week, I pruned all the green leaved stems out the Fuchsia magellanica ‘Aurea’ above, so it would not revert to all green.

We were pretty well drenched, and the wind had gotten strong and cold.  As I had expected, KBC had been out of the wind.  In fact, the rain there had felt so mild that we had not put on our bulky and harder to work in rain coats at all.  Now it was time to go home to some nice hot cups of tea.  From our south window, I could see the gale warning flags at the port.  We may have a day or two off.

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Mary and Smokey.  Had they even left the chair?

Smokey’s foot looks so well healed that I think that tomorrow, he can go outside again.

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the work board tonight

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

My mother’s diaries from two decades ago had entries corresponding to today:

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1997 (age 72):

Feb 17:  A warm day with some misty rain.  Finally I got the begonia bulbs in trays in damp plant mix and under lights in shop.  Also put pineapple lily and amaryllis bulbs in pots in soil under the lights.

1998 (age 73):

Feb 17:  11:45-4:15!!  YES I DID!  I finished planting the bulbs from greenhouse.  Then I planted the polemoniums that I dug last fall thinking they were hostas.  I planted some daffodils that were “lost” into the old “window box”.  Planted 4 plants that I set on picnic table and forgot.  Also had 2 cords wood from Corey’s Firewood delivered.  Now I must saw up the tree branches so I can pile the new wood.

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