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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Another two part post, as this blog falls further behind real time.  Our day had only four jobs, two of them brief, and would end with a tour of THE Oysterville garden, which always deserves its own post.

The Red Barn Arena

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Amy and her barrel racing horse

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Allan’s string trimming alternative to using round up right behind the garden

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My friend Disney, the mother whippet, who likes me. It is her son who snubs me. Unless I have a treat.

Diane’s garden

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new lawn going in by Steve Clarke and crew

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All we did was fertilize and deadhead the three groups of back yard pots.

The Basket Case Greenhouse

I had a check to deliver and a few plants to seek.

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middle greenhouse

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north greenhouse

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Middle greenhouse; all three greenhouses have many choices.

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Allan’s photo

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I love this peachy diascia, and that is my favourite tender fuchsia, Pink Marshmallow.

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I got myself an Orange Rocket Barberry, shown here with Roxanne. This time, I won’t forget to water it. I’ve killed two Orange Rockets by neglect in the first year.

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a poster by the sales desk

The Anchorage Cottages

Allan pruned the center courtyard viburnums to keep them from coming forward into the perennial border.

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Allan’s photo: before, coming too far forward

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 before (Note that I do not like the look of the Arbutus on the right.  I gave it some Dr Earth fert.)

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after

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Mitzu supervising

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during

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after

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Dutch Iris

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with gorgeous markings

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‘Eye of the Tiger’ Dutch Iris

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Dutch Iris and Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine)

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Two of the four windowboxes

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Climbing hydrangea

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north end garden

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climbing rose and ceanothus

The Planter Box

I wanted 18 more painted sage for me, and more Dr Earth rhododendron fertilizer, and then I saw some Cosmos ‘Double Click’ and ‘Seashells’ and ended up with two full flats of plants.  Oops.

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at The Planter Box entrance

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We spent an hour in intensive grooming of the garden.

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east side of fenced garden with Climbine Cecile Brunner rose and honeysuckle

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looking in the east gate

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birdbath view

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Allium ‘Mount Everest’

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The gold is Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

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clematis

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Mary had a little time to work with me. She is picking snails that are hiding in a daylily.

Allan had planned to clean up buttercups along the roadside edge of the swale (by the road up to the cottages).  He found that the housekeeping and grounds crew had done a beautiful job there, so he did not have to.

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Allan’s photo: well done, and not by us.

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Allan’s photo

This gave him time to do a good clean up on the outside of the fenced garden.

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Podophyllum (Allan’s photo)

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bindweed on the weigela! (Allan’s photos)

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Allan’s photo: One of Mary’s snails on the run.

We then went north to THE Oysterville garden: Tomorrow’s post. On the way, we took a scenic route through Ocean Park.  Allan’s photos:

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on Park Avenue

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While I went into the Oysterville garden, Allan detoured on foot to the bay to look at the boats.

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Oysterville by the bay

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These are all part of the Oysterville regatta, a July event that seems to be an invitational event sort of for the Oysterville crowd.    Everyone uses the same kind of boat so that skill is the factor in winning, followed by a barbecue.

On the way home down Sandridge Road, we saw that (as expected) Steve Clarke and Co had completed laying Diane and Larry’s new lawn to perfection.  We did not stop; it did look like there will be room to create a very narrow remake of our roadside garden although I’m concerned about it being closer to the road, thus more nervewracking to work on.  We shall see!

In Ilwaco, we drove down Howerton to assess the gardens and saw both artist Don Nisbett and Butch of Coho Charters.

Fisherman Butch

Butch said, “No matter what they say about you, I still think you do a great job!”

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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

at home, before work

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

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

looking east in the front garden

looking east in the front garden

Melianthus major and Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Melianthus major and Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’

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

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

Hymenanthera, still with berries

Hymenanthera, still with berries

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

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

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

Mike’s Garden

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

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

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

looking south

looking south

Mike's front garden

Mike’s front garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Red Barn

The fields were flooded at the Red Barn.

The fields were flooded at the Red Barn.

Amy bringing a horse in

Amy bringing a horse in past the little garden

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

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

I got to pet my good friend Disney.

I got to pet my good friend Disney.

Amy in the wet fields

Amy in the wet paddock

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

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

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

on the way to Diane's

on the way to Diane’s

Diane’s garden

Along the roadside, we clipped perennials and pulled cosmos.

roadside garden, after some tidying

roadside garden, after some tidying

Allan's photo

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

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

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

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

…because the annuals just are not done yet.

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

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

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

Next door, in Amy’s garden:

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

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

Long Beach

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

This is during....

This is during….partway thinned.

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

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

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

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

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

Allan's project, before

Allan’s project, before

park corner

park corner

after

after

before

my project, before

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

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

Fortunately, the hard rain was a brief one.

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

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

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

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

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

a visit to Jo’s

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

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

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

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

Ilwaco

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

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

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

By the boatyard, First and Eagle

By the boatyard, First and Eagle

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

an extra large base, built around a pole

an extra large base, built around a pole

Surely this will outdo any other crab pot town!

Surely this will outdo any other crab pot town!

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from a previous year

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

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

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

The Depot Restaurant

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

Pelligrino orange for Allan and Melissa.

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

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

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

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

Melissa's first burger night, with Allan

Melissa’s first burger night, with Allan

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

I was beginning the day under a cloud.  On a trivial note, I’d had a stubborn headache since yesterday.  On a serious note, the newspaper had contained an obituary of my friend Mary Fluaitt.  I had just been getting to know her as a sister gardener rather than an acquaintance when she was diagnosed, three years ago, with brain cancer and she moved away to be closer to her family.  She was a darling.

In the evening, I organized some photos of her garden into an album on the Music in the Gardens page and if you wish, you may peruse them here.  Her Surfside garden, just half a block from Marilyn’s garden, was on the garden tour in 2007 and 2011.

Work called, though, so we had to go…

The Red Barn

Allan's photo: autumn decorations at our little Red Barn garden

Allan’s photo: autumn decorations at our little Red Barn garden

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Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

Next door to one of the Red Barn pastures, our friend Misty came to say hello.

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Allan’s photo

While tidying the containers by Diane’s back porch, I bent over and my back went into a sudden excruciating spasm.  I yelled OW and dropped my clippers and then could not even bend over to pick them up.  At that moment, Diane drove up for her lunch break and fortunately, I know her well enough to be honest about my plight and ask her to hand me my clippers.  Then I found some deadheading that I could do without bending over for awhile.

Diane's roadside garden

Diane’s roadside garden

Marilyn’s garden

Next, we went way up to Surfside to Marilyn’s garden.  Marilyn’s mother, Nancy (co owner of the Depot Restaurant), had asked me to prune the fig tree back hard.  I had no idea when I planted it (a gift from another of Marilyn’s daughters) that it would get way too big in that spot.  This was a good job for me with my back problem as I could do it standing up, interpersed with hopeful stretching.

before: the monster fig tree

before: the monster fig tree, looking north

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a radical pruning job, with some clean up help from Allan

The view for watching deer in the garden will certainly be improved!

Scooter showed up to inspect my work.

Scooter showed up to inspect my work.

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I was feeling more limber by the time Scooter arrived and was able to pet him and then do some weeding, cautiously because it had hurt so much when my back went OUT at Diane’s.

slow, cautious bending

slow, cautious bending

When I cut back the catmint, I left one for Scooter to enjoy.

When I cut back the catmint, I left one for Scooter to enjoy.

Today was not the day to dig out the big patch of montbretia.

Today was not the day to dig out the big patch of montbretia.

looking south

looking south

Meanwhile, Allan worked on the driveway garden.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Oh how I loath pushy greedy salal! (Allan's photo)

Oh how I loath pushy greedy salal! (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo); that’s an Azara microphylla in foreground, and apparently the deer continue to leave it alone.

just down the street as we were leaving (Allan's photo), two of a family of three that spend much time in Marilyn's garden.

just down the street as we were leaving (Allan’s photo), a family of three that spend much time in Marilyn’s garden. The third is left of the shrub.

The young ones were born in Marilyn's garden (Allan's photo)

The young ones were born in Marilyn’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Two cats kept watch on the deer. (Allan's photo)

Two cats kept watch on the deer. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Things were going better physically, as both my headache and backache were gone.

through the east gate of the fenced garden

through the east gate of the fenced garden

the weekly garden view

the weekly garden view

did lots of cutting back in one corner

did lots of cutting back in one corner

I saved the eight foot or more tall stems of the Thalictrum ‘Elin’ that was there to use in our Corridor of Spooky Plants for Halloween.

no time today to make this sit spot bigger, as planned for sometime this fall

no time today to make this sit spot bigger, as planned for sometime this fall

Mary and Bella came out to say hi. (Allan's photo)

Mary and Bella came out to say hi. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

our dear Mary, owner/manager at KBC

our dear Mary, owner/manager at KBC (Allan’s photo)

by the greenhouse

by the greenhouse

seeds collected from the yellow tree peony

seeds collected from the yellow tree peonies (Maybe Todd or Teresa can grow them!)

Squirrel!

by where we parked (Allan's photo)

by where we parked (Allan’s photo)

humans!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The sun was getting mighty low when we got to Golden Sands, so we just strimmed the courtyard lawn (Allan) and did some light weeding, and planted a fuchsia and some watsonia.  I decided I did not want bearded iris in the courtyard garden so I snuck it into the landscape to the north of the building!

seasonal cranberry decorations outside one of the resident's rooms

seasonal cranberry decorations outside one of the resident’s rooms

One of the autumnal quadrants

One of the autumnal quadrants in the courtyard

one of my mom's rosebushes

one of my mom’s rosebushes

I took a cutting each from my mom’s coppery rose and her deep red rose, and when I got home I laid them in the soil with just a tip sticking out and we’ll see if they make rosebushes.  I have successfully started rambling roses that way before.

You may recall that I recently read Jan Bono’s first two books of her mystery series set on the Peninsula.  I liked this scene in Starfish, in which a character visits his wife in a facility that resembles Golden Sands:

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Tomorrow will have to begin with a run to the dump to offload all that fig tree debris, and we plan for it to end with a delicious dinner at the Cove with Melissa and Dave.

 

 

 

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Long Beach

Today we went round all the planters fluffing them up after they were so sat upon by Rod Run spectators.  Even though a big rain was predicted, we watered them as well.  That way they will be well soaked enough to not need watering again till next week.  (And there is always the hope at this time of year that the necessity of the watering of planters will end soon.)

We both found lots of beer cans tucked in among the foliage.

We both found lots of beer cans tucked in among the foliage.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan found a remnant of a different kind of drink.

Allan found a remnant of a different kind of drink.

Allan's photo: The ashtray is right there, but the planter is the preferred receptacle.

Allan’s photo: The ashtray is right there, but the planter is the preferred receptacle.

A vestige of Rod Run at The Wooden Horse gift shop.

A vestige of Rod Run at The Wooden Horse gift shop.

Allan's photo: It is officially post-tourist season!

Allan’s photo: It is officially post-tourist season!

I was pleased that some plants had survived unscathed.

I was pleased that some plants had survived unscathed.

Others did not fare well.

Others did not fare well.  (Note the sideways cosmos.)

Geranium 'Rozanne' got sat upon on the side facing the cars.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ got sat upon on the side facing the cars.

same planter on the side not facing oncoming traffic

same planter on the side not facing oncoming traffic

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, before tidying

Allan’s photos, before tidying

and after, all fluffed up

and after, all fluffed up

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (This planter used to have trailing plants on the edge)

One dangly section escaped the sitters on this one.

One dangly section escaped the sitters on this one.

Almost every planter needed extensive trimming and fluffing.

Almost every planter needed extensive trimming and fluffing.

I do wish the sitters did not scooch their butts so far back.

I do wish the sitters did not scooch their butts so far back.

some snails trying to escape as I carried them to a new home

some snails trying to escape as I carried them to a new home (a weedy wild area far from planters)

This planter held up well.

This planter held up well.

The lambs ears by NIVA green came through beautifully.

The lambs ears by NIVA green came through beautifully.

at NIVA green: I wish I had a planter-shaped cage for each planter during Rod Run.

at NIVA green: I wish I had a planter-shaped cage for each planter during Rod Run.

inside NIVA green: some cute new dog ornaments

inside NIVA green: some cute new dog ornaments

NIVA: a shop stuffed full of wonders.

NIVA: a shop stuffed full of wonders.

I should have bought this bird for our Halloween decor (and will if it is still there next week).

I should have bought this bird for our Halloween decor (and will if it is still there next week).  (It wasn’t!!)

I found some very big smashing in my favourite planter by Dennis Co.

I found some very big smashing in my favourite planter by Dennis Co.

All fluffed...could have been much worse.

All fluffed…could have been much worse.

Back when Rod Run had an official car parade through town, and was on Labor Day weekend, the planters were thoroughly destroyed and turned to blackened mush by people standing in them.  Now the event is the weekend after Labor Day and the official parade is only at the north end of the Peninsula.  Even though onlookers gather in Long Beach and party into Saturday evening, and the car owners drive their vehicles round and round the town, the damage to our plants is not as extensive as in the past.

This lovely daphne has been blooming all summer.

This lovely daphne has been blooming all summer.

Much to my surprise, we got done in Long Beach in time to attend to the gardens at The Red Barn and Diane’s home next door.

The Red Barn

Red Barn garden

Red Barn garden got a good weeding.

Diane’s garden

I sent Diane this photo of the back porch container garden to remind her to smell the chocolate cosmos (right)

I sent Diane this photo of the back porch container garden to remind her to smell the chocolate cosmos (right)

Diane and Larry's roadside garden

Diane and Larry’s roadside garden

the other end of the roadside garden

the other end of the roadside garden

cosmos

cosmos

This pink heather was the inspiration to make this roadside garden; Diane fell in love with it when she saw it at The Planter Box.

the heather in question

the heather in question

I did not want to plant a whole border with one plant that would have a short season of bloom, so other complementary plants got included.

heather with Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

heather with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Ilwaco 

We had a little bit of time left before a dinner engagement and we used it to water and groom the Ilwaco planters.  Because of expected rain, we did not have to water the street trees so we chose to bucket water the planters.  That goes much faster than using the water trailer.  While Allan filled the buckets at the boatyard, I walked ahead and did some light grooming of the boatyard garden.

some new boats

some new boats

Janice R is getting a paint job.

Janice R is getting a paint job.

Allan's photo: bucket watering

Allan’s photo: bucket watering

sweet peas on the chainlink fence

sweet peas on the chainlink fence

sweet peas and cosmos

sweet peas and cosmos

sweet pea 'Black Knight'

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’ almost to the top of the fence (planted where a faucet dribbles sometimes)

Blue flowers by Azure Salon

Blue flowers by Azure Salon

Azure has planted two handsome containers by their door.

Azure folks have planted two handsome containers by their door.

Allan's photo: planter grooming

Allan’s photo: planter grooming

Allan's photo: Spruce Street by Queen La De Da's

Allan’s photo: Spruce Street by Queen La De Da’s

They probably are finding it difficult to find the Ilwaco Market.

Allan’s photo.  To the right: Note how the Ilwaco Market has made a sideways sign after their big sign was blocked by the sign for a new café (which is now “closed for the season”!)

We just had time to drop off the work trailer at home.

new Fremontodendron by the garage

new Fremontodendron by the garage

a quick glance into the back garden

a quick excursion into the back garden (with my oddly shaped Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’)

sweet pea by the patio

sweet pea by the patio

I'm loving Sedum 'Strawberries and Cream'

I’m loving Sedum ‘Strawberries and Cream’

Smokey was hoping we were home for the evening.

Smokey was hoping we were home for the evening.  But no.

The Depot Restaurant

Our Kathleen was down for a week at her cottage.  We sure do wish she could move here full time; her job up north offers a pension, so she has to stick it out for a few more years.  To celebrate her vacation and her upcoming birthday, we took her to dinner and were joined by Dave and Melissa.

Allan's photo: The gardeners are more slumped than the gal who is on vacation!

Allan’s photo: The gardeners are more slumped than the gal who is on vacation!

the view from our table

the view from our table

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

artichoke fritos appetizer (after we had dived in)

artichoke fritos appetizer (after we had dived in): “Fried Artichoke Flowerets served with traditional Spanish Almond Romesco Sauce and Olive Mix”

Allan's photo of Kathleen's "Peruvian Mango Sea Scallops: Three giant pan seared wild Atlantic Sea Scallops on a spicy Mango Salsa topped with Pickled Red Onions"

Allan’s photo of Kathleen’s “Peruvian Mango Sea Scallops: Three giant pan seared wild Atlantic Sea Scallops on a spicy Mango Salsa topped with Pickled Red Onions”

Allan's photo of his Parmesan Chicken: Crispy Parmesan Crusted boneless naturally raised Chicken Breast on Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes topped with house Pomodoro Sauce

Allan’s photo of his “Parmesan Chicken: Crispy Parmesan Crusted boneless naturally raised Chicken Breast on Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes topped with house Pomodoro Sauce”

Steak Killian

Steak Killian

for Melissa: "Kowloon Duck: Pan roasted Duck Breast simmered in Orange Supremes and Brandy Glaze Sliced and presented on Charred Pineapple Sticky Rice"

for Melissa: “Kowloon Duck: Pan roasted Duck Breast simmered in Orange Supremes and Brandy Glaze Sliced and presented on Charred Pineapple Sticky Rice”

vanilla bean flan

vanilla bean flan

The food and socializing were superb.  Later: Our Kathleen reminds me that she had the duck and Melissa had the scallops. The memory is clear to me now. 

Speaking of restaurants, I just finished my last book by Jon Ronson; he will have to write more!

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Among many scintillating true stories, he tells of a conservative politician named Rupert Allasan who did not tip well.   The tale is a bit blurry here, but well worth a read.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Red Barn Arena…

and Diane’s garden are convenient to check up on as we head up Sandridge Road to our north end jobs.

our little Red Barn garden (Allan's photo)

our little Red Barn garden (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo: This garden is pretty dry and gets a lot of north wind.

Allan’s photo: This garden is pretty dry and gets a lot of north wind.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s Garden

My good friend Misty (who's camera shy)

My good friend Misty (who’s camera shy) in the back yard


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.  It was very hot, thus the hat, to try to avoid dizziness.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


the front garden

the front garden


Stipa gigantea, cosmos, Perovskia and more

Stipa gigantea, cosmos, Perovskia, Alliums and more


the long narrow strip along the highway

the long narrow strip along the highway


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


the other driveway corner with lavender and Lavatera 'Barnsley'

the other driveway corner with lavender and Lavatera ‘Barnsley’


Lavatera 'Barnsley' by the house, with new privacy porch

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ by the house, with new privacy porch for shelter from the busy road

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Each room gets a shelf outside the door. A plant nut lives here.

Each room gets a shelf outside the door. A plant nut lives here.


in the hallway: Allan's photo

in the hallway: Allan’s photo


The personal decorations in the Golden Sands hallways definitely show a love of plants. (Allan's photo)

The personal decorations in the Golden Sands hallways definitely show a love of plants. (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: each room (with its own kitchenette and bathroom with walk-in shower) has its own shelf in the hallway.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


sit spot in the hallway

sit spot in the hallway


SE quadrant

SE quadrant


NE quadrant

NE quadrant


monarda (bee balm)

monarda (bee balm)


These two areas by the dining room have siberian iris, which predates our time, and which does not do well. Would like to replace them with santolina and sedums.

These two areas by the dining room have siberian iris, which predates our time, and which does not do well. Would like to replace them with santolina and sedums.


Sweet peas clambering through roses scent the entry to the dining room.

Sweet peas clambering through roses scent the entry to the dining room.

Marilyn’s Garden

Every other week we go all the way to Surfside to check on Marilyn’s garden, where the deer play…and so does a cat or two.

looking southwest from the driveway over a lovely patch of self seeded cosmos

looking southwest from the driveway over a lovely patch of self seeded cosmos


Looking south on the path, after cutting some Phygelius to make it more path-like.

Looking south on the path, after cutting some Phygelius on the right to make it more path-like.


The deer eat some phygelius flowers but leave most for us.

The deer eat some phygelius flowers but leave most for us.


Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' towering over me.

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ towering over me.


My good friend Scooter!

My good friend Scooter!


deadheading shasta daisies, before (Allan's photos)

deadheading shasta daisies, before (Allan’s photos)


and after (Allan's photo)

and after (Allan’s photo)


view west from the back porch

view west from the back porch


Scooter leads the way north down the path.

Scooter leads the way north down the path.


echibeckia and painted sage

echibeckia and painted sage

Bonus garden: The Wiegardt Gallery

We stopped on Sunday at one of our former jobs, now under the expert care of our friend Todd, artist Eric Wiegardt’s brother.  I could not find a smooth way to fit the photos in to the edible garden tour day so decided to put them here, four days later, as it is a north end, Ocean Park garden.

front entry: the old struggling cistus is gone from the bay window

front entry: the old struggling cistus is gone from the bay window


Allan's photo of our pet tiny bun of dianthus. I miss that plant!

Allan’s photo of our pet tiny bun of dianthus. I miss that plant!


oyster shell edge all cleaned up, visible, and looking spiffing

oyster shell edge all cleaned up, visible, and looking spiffing


front bed

front bed


Eric likes cosmos.

Eric likes cosmos.


west side of building by parking lot

west side of building by parking lot


Todd has gotten the watering hoses to work better, evidenced by the height of the cosmos.

Todd has gotten the watering hoses to work better, evidenced by the height of the cosmos.


north bed looking much better than before, fuller, with the awful "orchard grass" (weed) gone

north bed looking much better than before, fuller, with the awful “orchard grass” (weed) gone


It cannot have been easy to get that bad running weed grass out.

It cannot have been easy to get that bad running weed grass out.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo: He was clearly impressed with the weeding.

Allan’s photo: He was clearly impressed with the weeding.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo with Teresa and I looking at the garden on edible garden tour day.

Loved seeing the garden looking so well cared for.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Back to the real work day!

looking in the gate of the fenced garden

looking in the gate of the fenced garden


on the arbour: Billardia longiflora

on the arbour: Billardia longiflora


sanguisorba

sanguisorba and cosmos


my friend Tommy...or Sarah?

my friend Tommy…or Sarah? (eating ornamental grass)


southwest corner of fenced garden

southwest corner of fenced garden


Lilium speciosum rubrum

Lilium speciosum rubrum


lilium speciosum rubrum

Lilium speciosum rubrum


lilies

lilies


Agapanthus and blueberries. I confess I ate at least ten berries.

Agapanthus and blueberries. I confess I ate at least ten berries.


Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’


Izu No Hana

Izu No Hana


Izu No Hana

Izu No Hana


view southwest over the birdbath

view southwest over the birdbath


Tiger Eyes sumac in the driveway garden

Tiger Eyes sumac in the driveway garden


in the driveway garden (Allan's photo)

in the driveway garden (Allan’s photo)


looking west across the lawn from the driveway

looking west across the lawn from the driveway

I could not bear deadheading more shasta daisies in the lawn border, so Allan did it.

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I visited with my good friend Bella the Great Pyrenees but did not get a photo this time.

Anchorage Cottages

Mitzu!

Mitzu!

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playing the noble hound

playing the noble hound


even more noble

even more noble


Manager Beth told me the sweet peas had fallen over—a broken string—but she managed to fix it, with help (not Mitzu's).

Manager Beth told me the sweet peas had fallen over—a broken string—but she managed to fix it, with help (not Mitzu’s).


Salvia viridis (painted sage) in center courtyard

Salvia viridis (painted sage) in center courtyard


center courtyard

center courtyard


rugosa roses by the sport court

rugosa roses by the sport court


Chamaecyparis and pampas grass in unwatered area. I hope the trees will be all right.

Chamaecyparis and pampas grass in unwatered area. I hope the trees will be all right.  (They always turn that colour in late summer, but maybe not this early.)

Tomorrow, the Long Beach watering rounds again.

 

 

 

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A Real Time Reminder

It’s garden tour day!

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

Here’s an article about the tour by our friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com.

Now back to our chronological catching up.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office

I began the day still shaken from yesterday’s watering woes.  The sight of our volunteer garden at the post office cheered me up.  Then we were off to our north end jobs, with a couple of small jobs on the way.

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

one of the pretty horses

one of the pretty horses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the garden behind the pasture’s gate

Diane and Larry's garden next door

Diane and Larry’s garden next door with Stipa gigantea

California poppies in Diane's roadside garden

California poppies in Diane’s roadside garden

penstemon

penstemon

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

grooming the container garden (Allan's photo)

grooming the container garden (Allan’s photo)

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands, regular watering with the sprinkler system has the courtyard garden looking wonderfully lush.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we went all the way up to lower Surfside to do some weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

a neighbour of Marilyn's (Allan's photo)

a neighbour of Marilyn’s (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn's daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

looking south—Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours' garage.  The next layer down is Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' which will bloom in late summer.

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours’ garage. The next layer down is Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ which will bloom in late summer.

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After Marilyn’s we drove south again to our very favourite job, Klipsan Beach Cottages.

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

rose

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in the background: tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with hazy purple flowers

Thalictrum 'Elin'

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' and Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

daylily

daylily

driveway garden

driveway garden

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

Geranium 'Rozanne' embracing a boxwood.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ embracing a boxwood.

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

fairy door (Allan's phot)

fairy door (Allan’s photo)

Andersen’s RV Park

We had been weeding and deadheading at Andersen’s for about an hour when owner Lorna came outside and told us the big news:  Barring any unexpected last minute glitch, the deal was about to close on selling the park.   I turned in our restroom key (and said we’d get it back next week if something went wrong at the last minute).  I might as well tell you now that the deal did close for sure a few days later, so our walk around the garden saying goodbye was really the last time.  I have always told Lorna that when she sells, we are leaving with her as it is a good time to further accomplish our goal of cutting back a bit on work.  She says the new owners, a young couple from California, intend to do the gardening themselves so it worked out for the best for everyone.

A farewell look at Andersen’s gardens:

picket fence and garden shed gardens

west garden, Payson Hall (blue roof), picket fence and garden shed (upper right) gardens

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii and Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

the west garden

the west garden

west garden

west garden

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west garden telephoto

west garden telephoto

 

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

garden behind office

garden behind office

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detail: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' and godetia

detail: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and godetia

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

lilies

lilies

office

picket fence from inside

picket fence from inside

My only regret in leaving now is that I planted some of every kind of sweet pea that I had here, and now won’t see all the different colours bloom.

old fashioned wooden picket fence

old fashioned wooden picket fence

one of two big hydrangeas

one of two big hydrangeas

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a guest arriving (Allan's photo)

a guest arriving (Allan’s photo)

I will miss the fun of seeing a “wagon train” of RVs come in, led by the first driver, who is known as the wagon master.

As we were leaving, Lorna gave us this chair.  She is packing to move full time to her Seattle townhouse.

It's on my covered front porch now.

It’s on my covered front porch now; Thank you, Lorna.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob had returned from Montana.  She had called to ask me to stop by because they had brought us a present.

Jo's garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Jo’s garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Jo's back deck with bunting

Jo’s back deck with bunting

Coco! (Allan's photo)

Coco! (Allan’s photo)

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

(She did not even know I had been whinging on about my watering woes yesterday.)

Port of Ilwaco boatyard

We ended our day watering at the Ilwaco boatyard.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we have to water from behind the fence

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual...

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual…

 

 

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard north end

boatyard north end

We took some of our bucket water to give the new curbside plants at the port a boost.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

So….what shall we do with the extra few hours from not going to Andersen’s?  I suppose we could put it toward weeding the Long Beach beach approach garden, or….we just might spend it on our own garden.

We are now down by several jobs, as we quit two small jobs over bad pruning and slow payment, and Todd has the Wiegardt garden, and we gave Casa Pacifica to Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, Cheri is doing her own garden, and Flowering Hedges has been doing Erin’s garden.  It has delighted me to be divested of all of these jobs; however, I suppose we need to be careful that we don’t go too far into early retirement and lose our ability to afford to go garden touring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Ilwaco

Helen, waiting to greet clients at our accountant's office.  Jennifer does her own lovely planters.

Helen, waiting to greet clients at our accountant’s office. Jennifer does her own lovely planters.

Allan's photos: We put Erysimums in two Ilwaco planters.

Allan’s photos: We put Erysimums in two Ilwaco planters.

Red Barn Arena

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We had not been to the Red Barn at all in March.

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Our garden project there is small…just a bed along a fence by the upper right corner of building, and seven big containers.

one of two pots at the entrance to the grounds

one of two pots at the entrance to the grounds

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the little fence garden, before

the little fence garden, before

and after

and after

Allan's photo: lots of little California poppy seeds coming up

Allan’s photo: lots of little California poppy seeds coming up

south wall of barn

south wall of barn

calibrachoa survived winter and is blooming!

calibrachoa survived winter and is blooming!

detail: Tulip batalinii "Bright Gem'

detail: Tulip batalinii “Bright Gem’

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Hugo:  Allan's photo

Hugo: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

Just next door is Diane’s garden, which we also had skipped for all of March.

before weeding the roadside bed today

before weeding the roadside bed today

after

after

Allan's photo: We had an audience from the window.

Allan’s photo: We had an audience from the window: Jacks!

Allan's photo: an old dead shrub under the window came right out.

Allan’s photo: an old dead shrub under the window came right out.

Allan's photo: Jacks (Jax?)

Allan’s photo: Jacks (Jax?)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's before on the roadside, other direction

Allan’s before on the roadside, other direction

Allan's after

Allan’s after

My good friend Misty got a belly rub.

In the back yard: My good friend Misty got a belly rub.

OOPS.  No violas, and that orangey tulip was supposed to be some sort of pastel shade.

OOPS. No violas, and that orangey tulip was supposed to be some sort of pastel shade.

I had not planted any violas yet, and they are one of Diane’s favourites.  This called for a trip to The Basket Case Greenhouse, just five minutes up Sandridge Road.

Basket Case Greenhouse

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Allan's photo: Nancy and me

Allan’s photo: Nancy and me

Allan's photo: more Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Allan’s photo: more Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Back to Diane’s…

all in gentle shades, as she likes soft colours.

a flat of violas all in gentle shades, as she likes soft colours.

That's better!

That’s better!

The Anchorage Cottages

Our friend Mitzu the Shih Tzu was there!  (Allan's photo)

Our friend Mitzu the Shih Tzu was there! (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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The pesky scilla are having their moment of glorious blue in the courtyard (even though we pull out scads of the bulbs every year).

The pesky scilla are having their moment of glorious blue in the center courtyard (even though we pull out scads of the bulbs every year).

We had two big new containers to fill.  We had brought two big bags of potting soil, but I had forgotten how large the containers were.  This called for a trip five minutes up Pacific Highway to…

The Planter Box

The Planter Box garden center

The Planter Box garden center

We had needed to buy some fertilizer anyway.  Dr. Earth is my favourite brand.

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Limonium; owner Teresa says this statice will likely be perennial.

I love this new Limonium; owner Teresa says this statice will likely be perennial.

I believe it is Limonium suworowii (Russian Statice),

also a precious viola

also a precious viola

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Before returning to the Anchorage, we checked on the gardens at…

Andersen’s RV Park

We had not been there for over a week.  I was pleased that our extensive weeding had held up well enough so we can leave this job alone now till next week.

an empty space to the right, where a guest drove into one of the six whiskey barrels

an empty space to the right, where a guest drove into one of the six whiskey barrels

If I had remembered to replant narcissi in the barrels, they would have been full of yellow and shown up better.

This RV Park guest had been shopping earlier at Mostly Hats in Long Beach.

This RV Park guest had been shopping earlier at Mostly Hats in Long Beach.  (Allan’s photo)

We deadheaded narcissi all around the park.  It is said that deadheading is good for the bulb, as instead of using energy to form seeds in the pod, the energy returns to the bulb.

a pretty little poppy from The Basket Case, about to bloom (Allan's photo)

a pretty little poppy from The Basket Case, about to bloom (Allan’s photo)

Undeaded narcissi look tatty.  (Allan's photo)

Also, undeaded narcissi look tatty. (Allan’s photo)

deadheading and weeding Payson Hall (Allan's photo)

deadheading and weeding Payson Hall (Allan’s photo)

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No sign of sweet peas, but it was only been 11 days....

No sign of sweet peas, but it has only been 11 days….

container tulips by the office

container tulips by the office

Tulip 'Artist' has returned for three years.

Tulip ‘Artist’ has returned for three years.

Back to The Anchorage

Tulip 'Green Star' by the office

Tulip ‘Green Star’ by the office

It's one of my favourites.

It’s one of my favourites.

But this one got so twisty it never opened up.

But this one got so twisty it never opened up.

Tulip 'Angelique'

Tulip ‘Angelique’

Tulip 'Gavota' almost over.

Tulip ‘Gavota’ almost over.

windowboxes with species tulips and narcissi

windowboxes with species tulips and narcissi

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windowbox

That little narcissi that has been blooming everywhere had flummoxed me, and I had thought it might be Narcissus jonquilla simplex.  But NO!  I suddenly realized it is Baby Moon, the one I plant by the hundreds because I can count on it blooming in late April and being in full bloom for the two city parades, Ilwaco and Long Beach, on the first weekend in May.  This year all the Baby Moons are blooming in late March to early April.  I choose to be pleased that they are blooming during spring break, and I wonder just what will be in bloom for the parade weekend?!

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Baby Moon

Baby Moon, a month early

accidental perfect combo with tulip and primrose

accidental perfect combo with tulip and primrose

Narcissi in courtyard

Narcissi in courtyard

some of that new pink statice

some of that new pink statice

white narcissi

white narcissi

mor courtyard narcissi

more courtyard narcissi; you can just see the edge of one of the big new planters, to the left

We used this new product, and it was a bit stronger smelling than plain old potting soil.

This is the new kind of potting soil we got to finish off the big pots.  It smelled more manure-y than regular potting soil, just faintly.

This is the new kind of potting soil we got to finish off the big pots. It smelled more manure-y than regular potting soil, just faintly.

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I found a big fat snail on one of the flowerpots.  I cannot bear to squish them, so he got carried off to the dune grass and beach pines to the west of the lawn.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I felt so tired and sleepy today (two different things) that I reminded myself that soon The Deadliest Catch telly show will start up again and I’ll be reminded that it could be a lot worse if I were crab fishing on the Bering Sea instead of merely gardening after a few nights of insomnia.

However, I was unable to resist the idea of our Thursday tradition at the Cove Restaurant, even though we had just been there last night.  The Thursday habit is hard to break especially when one feels tired and deserving of a treat.

The Cove Restaurant

The Restaurant is on the golf course.

The Restaurant is on the golf course.

Parking Lot Cat waits to greet customers.

Parking Lot Cat waits to greet customers.

again the table with the white chrysanthemum

again the table with the white chrysanthemum

bunny

Allan said the bunny wanted some of my strawberry salad.

Allan said the bunny wanted some of my strawberry salad.

my dinner; Allan had fish tacos

my dinner; Allan had fish tacos

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home

Two books have arrived in the last week from Australia that I so wish I had some rainy days off to read…(along with the daunting stack of good library books).

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I now have THREE unread books by my favourite Kate.

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