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Sunday, 11 February 2018

We decided to work on the downtown Long Beach planters and street trees.  I had big ideas that we would also get to the Anchorage Cottages garden and then get rugosa roses cut down in the beach approach garden by the arch.

As I began with the southernmost planters, Robert (wasband and former co-gardener) bicycled up and we had an interesting chat, reminiscing about our friend Lily who died some years ago of ALS.

Robert

My mission was to trim back any Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ still standing and to clip santolina hard so it will make a nice round ball instead of getting rangy.

before

after; this planter has too much of a boring little hardy geranium but is not one I plant to re-do.

crocuses in a planter

crocuses and an iris reticulata

santolinas, before

an after from across the street, because I forgot…

before

after

Would be huge escallonias that we cut back hard by the pet shop last fall are leafing out:

anemone

After clipping and tidying in eight planters and three trees, I re-joined Allan who had been working on a difficult tree garden that whole time.

before, with an unfortunate batch of rugosa roses

Those roses reseeded into there, and I thought, years ago, how cute, and let one or two stems bloom.  Oh, what a mistake…and yet it does look pretty when blooming in summer.

after; unfortunately, the roses will come back.

after; will this be the year we prevail?

I notice every time I come to a clump of narcissi and find flower stalks picked.  (Deer are not the culprits here, although they might be with tulips.)

Why not leave ALL the flowers for all the people to enjoy?

It was not a pleasant weather day, with wind that became increasingly strong and cold.

not feeling comfortable

Another street tree job by Allan:

before

after (the stems are a hardy fuchsia)

In another tree, we worked on eliminated all but two corners of Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’; I planted too much of it way back when I had a low budget, and it was free (for good reason).

before

after

sidewalk display at The Wooden Horse gift shop

In the last two blocks, the wind was much colder and stronger.  We were determined to finish.

We cut back these chrysanthemums, with foliage undamaged because of our mild winter.

Allan cut down the other two escallonias that are crowded into a planter.

before

after

I came along behind him and trimmed those green santolinas hard.

At home, I was able to erase the Long Beach downtown planters from the work board, and added the Pop Outs (little gardens on Ocean Beach Boulevard).

There may be a reader who is wondering when Kite Museum will appear on the work board.  It finally got added on Feb. 14th!

It took hours after work to finally feel warm again.

 

 

 

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

We continued to take advantage of every day of workable weather.

On the way to continue the bulbing of the Long Beach planters, I cried “Pull over!” next to Ilwaco city hall as I could see the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ was done at last and ready to be pulled.

It takes some strength to pull these out.

It takes some strength to pull these out.

That made me think that we should check the Butterflies at the Depot Restaurant, and indeed, they, too, were done.

They are now yanked.

They are now yanked.

The annuals in the windowboxes are still refusing to die.

The annuals in the windowboxes are still refusing to die.

Long Beach

The rest of the day was spent planting bulbs in the last three and a half blocks of planters in Long Beach. We made better time than yesterday because we did not stop to completely re-do any of the planters.

an attractive display outside of The Wooden Horse gift shop.

an attractive display outside of The Wooden Horse gift shop.

Further comeback to the chrysanthemum-haters: The ones in the planters have been blooming beautifully for about a month now.

a dark pink spoon-petaled one

a dark pink spoon-petaled one

a yellow one by Campiche Gallery

a yellow one by Campiche Gallery (with all the other plants gone down with frost)

and a yellow one north of NIVA green.

and a yellow one north of NIVA green.

I set up bulbs around the rim of each planter and moved on to clean up the next while Allan planted, and when I would get far enough ahead, I would plant, as well.

bulbs at the ready: tall tulips on either side of the lamp post, species tulips and narcissi, and assorted other small bulbs

bulbs at the ready before cleaning out a planter: tall tulips on either side of the lamp post, species tulips and narcissi, and assorted other small bulbs

There were some tense moments as crows eyed the small bulbs I had placed.

A crow watches from the roof of Stormin' Norman's kite shop.

A crow watches from the roof of Stormin’ Norman’s kite shop.

Momentously, while working I got a text from Garden Tour Nancy with a photo of the first egg from her flock of young hens. It was produced by a hen names Spot who seemed to find the whole process quite a shock, as one can imagine.

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Nancy’s photo

 

Although I had been suffering from aches and pains at the last part of every bulb planting day, I was still thinking of this year as “bulb time” instead of “bulb hell”. In order to get through the last two blocks, we bought maple bars from the Cottage Bakery. I’ve been trying to avoid pastries because of a hyphondriac imaginary gall bladder attack. Today, I had a severe need to have a huge sugar rush to do two more blocks of planting. And then, when I got into the van so we could drive up to the last two blocks…the rattly empty sound of a dead battery.

I almost wept. Called Garden Tour Nancy for a jump but Phil was across the river. Called Ed Strange but he was mowing somewhere and did not answer. Had heard horror stories about how long triple A takes around here. Feeling like I was about to do the impossible, I took the wheelbarrow and the rest of the bulbs and headed on up the street, leaving Allan to figure something out.

We were paying for procrastination. Our van battery had been weak for awhile and we were planning to do something about it once staycation began. Allan had often been putting it on the charger overnight to give it a boost. He hadn’t last night, and all the stopping and starting in Long Beach had exacted a price.

While I slogged away with the wheelbarrow, Allan made some calls and cleverly took our local cab service to NAPA auto parts, got a new battery, and was back at work within an hour.

Allan's photo: spiffing new battery

Allan’s photo: spiffing new battery

Only within the last few years has there been a reliable cab service on the Peninsula and back and forth to Astoria. This is the first time we have used them, and they came quickly and charged a reasonable fee.

Bless you, Royal Cab!

Bless you, Royal Cab!

I was so glad to see Allan pull the van up next to me as I finished planter number four of eight, with the sun threatening to set.

Below, planter six of the eight we’d had left to do: I loathe this planting by Dennis Company: almost pure vinca. This planter (below) is now top of my list to re-do. It has a low evergreen candytuft on either side of the post that looks grand in the spring and then dull all summer. So I will give it one more springtime and hope to dig it all out before mid-May annuals planting in 2015.

the loathed vinca planter

the loathed vinca planter (has a little bit of Phygelius ‘Yellow Trumpet’)

Allan's photo: sunset, with two planters left to do

Allan’s photo: sunset, with two planters left to do

Allan went the half block to Bolstadt to see the sky to the west.

Allan went the half block to Bolstadt to see the sky to the west.

Allan's photo: planter 7 of 8, one of the planters with would-be huge escallonia

Allan’s photo: planter 7 of 8, one of the planters with would-be huge escallonia

Finally, we had the last planter planted. I crossed back to the planter by NIVA green to add one last handful of narcissi. Five o clock is our little traffic rush hour and I had to wait for a nice big gap in traffic to hobble back to the van.

left and right

look right, left, right, and GO!

Allan wants you to know that he went out in the street with his safety vest on to make sure I could hobble across unscathed.

Ilwaco

After work as we drove home with our energetic new battery, Allan noticed a house at the west end of Lake Street already lit up for Christmas. We drove around the block to get some photos. This house has new occupants who clearly are going to be an asset to the town.

a handsome half-timber style home

a handsome half-timber style home

I suggested we also go to the port and get a photo of the lights at Time Enough Books, as the previous evening I had been able to see them from my south window. On the way, we observed that the crab pot Christmas tree is already under construction. This year’s tree lighting will be on December 6th.

tree

crab pot tree partway done

Allan's photo:  Time Enough Books

Allan’s photo: Time Enough Books

Allan's photo:  Time Enough Books garden boat

Allan’s photo: Time Enough Books garden boat

 

At home, it gave me great satisfaction to take the LB planters off the work board under “bulbs” AND the “frost clean up” list.

work

In fact, I have only two clumps of camassia to plant in Fifth Street Park and all the bulbs from our first batch will be in. A second batch of 400 end of season sale bulbs will arrive Tuesday, I hope. If all goes well, with no major glitches, bulb time should be done by Thursday.

 

 

 

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Friday, 1 August 2014

The Depot Restaurant

Once a week, we must deadhead the cosmos and annuals at the Depot Restaurant in Seaview.

Depot: east wall of dining room

Depot: east wall of dining room

Resolved: the plant more lilies in this garden for fragrance in the evening as diners arrive.  Now there is only this one and one other.

Resolved: the plant more lilies in this garden for fragrance in the evening as diners arrive. Now there is only this one and one other.

Cosmos right up to the parking spots

Cosmos right up to the parking spots; the sprinkler system misses the first foot along the log, so we have to water that strip with the hose.

and the usual weekly view

and the usual weekly view

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

Erin’s Garden

We had time today to add three Cosmos ‘Antiquity’, one verbena bonariensis, and one chocolate cosmos to the garden boat.

Looking at the photo, I think we should have pulled out the dry cosmos that had not gotten enough water...

Looking at the photo, I think we should have pulled out the dry cosmos that had not gotten enough water…

Yes, we should have...but then we would have needed more plants to fill in.

Yes, we should have…but then we would have needed more plants to fill in.

Long Beach

As the summer wears on, the deadheading of those Agyranthemums because more time consuming.

the welcome side

the welcome side

the thank you side

the thank you side

Next, the watering of all the Long Beach planters along the main street.  Today Allan watered the street trees and a few planters to the north end of town and I did all the rest.

Cute shops like The Wooden Horse provide eye candy along the sidewalk.

Cute shops like The Wooden Horse provide eye candy along the sidewalk.

I was tired of limping along so I stopped at my favourite shop, NIVA green, to buy an artistic cane made by Heather Ramsay.

at NIVA green, an outdoor chandelier by Heather

at NIVA green, an outdoor chandelier by Heather

It turns out that Heather’s shop assistant used to be the gardener for macabre writer William S Burroughs, in Kansas.  William S was a friend, at least through correpondence, of my delightful Seattle housemate of ten years. Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire.  Or so my aging memory recalls.  It all seemed kind of cosmic as I strolled out with my snazzy new cane.

The glimpse of the many wonders of NIVA green

The glimpse of the many wonders of NIVA green

the cane in question

the cane in question, golf club and glass doorknob

Long ago, in the early 80s, I read an interview with The Ramones in which Joey said he had claimed to collect glass doorknobs and then fans had inundated him with them.  Between thoughts of Wilum and of Joey, I had some reminiscing to do as I watered.  Having a cane was really helpful, so much so that my fear that I would leave it behind on a planter was unlikely, as I missed its comfort  the moment I stepped away from it.

that luscious planter in front of the smoke shop

that luscious planter in front of the smoke shop, viewed from the east side of the street as I work my way south.

the bench in front of Home at the Beach gift shop

the bench in front of Home at the Beach gift shop

Later, going north on the west side of the threet,  I got to the planter just south of the smoke shop and found a painted sage pulled out and left to die.  The smoke shop employees emerged when I got to that planter and told me theirs had been hit also; they were upset as they try to defend it from folks who pester the plants.

finger blight of the day

finger blight of the day

Boreas Inn

After the watering of Long Beach, we spent just a little time at the Boreas Inn at 6th North doing some weeding and deadheading.

A friend of Susie and Bill was doing some watering.

A friend of Susie and Bill was doing some watering.

Agastache and Eryngium

Agastache and Eryngium

looking east to the inn and hot tub room

looking east to the inn and hot tub room


 

On the way home, we got tacos to go from the new Streetside Taco shop in Long Beach…an early evening snack, as we eat dinner at around ten PM or later.

delicious

delicious

Now we would have two days off (except for Allan having to water the Ilwaco planters) and I had every intention of getting massive amounts of weeding done at home.

We heard later there was quite a sunset.  I was busy blogging.  I had finally finished writing about the last gardens on the Music in the Gardens tour and moved on to another sort of garden tour, the Pink Poppy wedding..  Kathleen Shaw was down to her cottage for the weekend and got a photo of the sunset which she shared with the next day.

looking west from Kathleen's cottage, a few miles north of Long Beach

looking west from Kathleen’s cottage, a few miles north of Long Beach, photo by Kathleen Shaw

 

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Olde Towne

Olde Towne

After the usual every-other-day stop at Olde Towne Café to switch compost buckets, we went to Long Beach to water all the main street planters.  I had a fairly good day physically and walked around town without much leg pain.

Allan's photo: tents selling fireworks promised much noise and chaos on the weekend

Allan’s photo: tents selling fireworks promised much noise and chaos on the weekend

a charming display outside of the Wooden Horse gift shop

a charming display outside of the Wooden Horse gift shop

In a few planters and under a few trees, Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is looking all firework-y, in time for the fourth.

In a few planters and under a few trees, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is looking all firework-y, in time for the fourth.

I used to have more Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in town till I began to find it sort of a thug.  It is spectacular in its flowering, although its season is only a few weeks long, if that much.

The Salvia viridis is starting to bloom and will be the star of the planter show for a couple of months.

The Salvia viridis is starting to bloom and will be the star of the planter show for a couple of months.

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

cupid's dart and blue hardy geranium; this geranium, not long blooming like 'Rozanne', has come back after its first bloom because I cut it back hard when it started forming seedpods.

cupid’s dart and blue hardy geranium; this geranium, not long blooming like ‘Rozanne’, has come back after its first bloom because I cut it back hard when it started forming seedpods.

The Long Beach gazebo with baskets by Nancy of the Basket Case Greenhouse

The Long Beach gazebo with baskets by Nancy of the Basket Case Greenhouse

The planter closest to the Long Beach Tavern had been sat upon or otherwise somehow thrashed.

The planter closest to the Long Beach Tavern had been sat upon or otherwise somehow thrashed.

I took a whole bouquet of yellow Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' to the LBT crowd, as it had been broken right off.

I took a whole bouquet of yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ to the LBT crowd, as it had been broken right off.

They told me they had seen a woman “messing with the planter for about fifteen minutes” not long before.  Wish I had caught her in the act!

This much painted sage was broken off, to my deep disgust.

This much painted sage was broken off, to my deep disgust.

Awhile later, to cheer myself up, I popped into my favourite shop, NIVA green, to have a quick natter with Heather.

Heather Ramsay, artist, makes many creations, including lamps made of tins.

Heather Ramsay, artist, makes many creations, including lamps made of tins.

another piece of Ramsay art

another piece of Ramsay art

I just barely resisted this teapot.

I just barely resisted this teapot.

With Long Beach all watered, we went on to the Anchorage Cottages north of town.

Anchorage, where we cut the stinky viburnum back earlier in the year,

Anchorage, where we cut the stinky viburnum back earlier in the year,

This resort was the favourite spot of our friend Kathleen Shaw before she bought her own cottage near the beach.

The Music in the Gardens tour poster, posted in the office window

The Music in the Gardens tour poster, posted in the office window

Peruvian daffodil by the office bench

Hyemnocallis festalis (Peruvian daffodil) by the office bench

and a floppy Allium albopilosum

and a floppy Allium albopilosum

Rose 'New Dawn' by the center courtyard

Rose ‘New Dawn’ by the center courtyard

Allan did some pruning on an Escallonia that had been badly hacked at on the south side of the cottages.

during....he'd already cut some floppy sideways branches

during….he’d already cut some floppy sideways branches

after: pruned to where the trunks are showing new foliage buds

after: pruned to where the trunks are showing new foliage buds

We also went out to the Sid Snyder beach approach road to turn on the soaker houses in those street planters.

In the westernmost planter, Back Alley Horse Rides is doing a good job of taking care of the petunias that they planted. (Allan's photos)

In the westernmost planter, Back Alley Horse Rides is doing a good job of taking care of the petunias that they planted. (Allan’s photos)

In the westernmost planter, Back Alley Horse Rides is doing a good job of taking care of the petunias that they planted.  (Allan's photo)

blue globe thistle in one of the planters, an excellent plant from back in volunteer planter days

blue globe thistle in one of the planters, an excellent plant from back in volunteer planter days

At home, back under the former danger tree, the Dranunculus vulgaris had bloomed for the first time.

two flowers

two flowers

dv

dv2

Although it is supposed to smell of rotten meat, I could detect no foul odor.

Although it is supposed to smell of rotten meat, I could detect no foul odor.

My lovely purple podded peas, from seeds given me by Garden Tour Nancy, had turned out to be purely decorative; I had not had time to pick and eat them.

My lovely purple podded peas, from seeds given me by Garden Tour Nancy, had turned out to be purely decorative; I had not had time to pick and eat them.

too old now...but I have enjoyed looking at them.

too old now…but I have enjoyed looking at them.

Calvin is getting bolder about coming out to take the air.  He even followed me partway into the garden.

Calvin is getting bolder about coming out to take the air. He even followed me partway into the garden.

In the evening, I continued to blog about our recent garden tours.  I finished writing about the very last (and one of my favourites) of over twenty gardens!

Meanwhile, Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.

While filling the water tank in the boatyard, he notcied a woman with a bird enjoying the Clamshell Railroad history sign.

While filling the water tank in the boatyard, he noticed a woman with a bird enjoying the Clamshell Railroad history sign.

The hose had popped again and he repaired another two feet of it with electrical tape.

The hose had popped again and he repaired another section of it with electrical tape.

 

 

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Friday, 4 April 2014

While I was listening for rain, trying to figure out the weather but too sleepy to look out the window, I got a cat weather report: Mary-cat jumped into bed with wet fur, so I could sleep a little longer. Meanwhile, Allan took a few photos.

Frosty, from Allan's study window.

Frosty, from Allan’s study window.

Allan tapped on the window.  Frosty has his BirdsBeSafe collar on.

Allan tapped on the window. Frosty has his BirdsBeSafe collar on.

The first flower on the old rhodendron by Allan's shop

The first flower on the old rhodendron by Allan’s shop

And then the sun was out.

looking into our back garden as I loaded up some plants...

looking into our back garden as I loaded up some plants…

the good ship 'Ann Lovejoy'

the good ship ‘Ann Lovejoy’

I’ve been thinning out of the middle garden bed because Geranium ‘Rozanne’ takes up much more room than I thought she would. The first thing I noticed when I looked south was a haze of green: the salmonberries have suddenly leafed out and our wintertime port view is gone, and privacy from the parking lots is in place for the summer.

middle garden

middle garden bed

We went a few blocks down Lake Street to start work at Mayor Mike’s garden. It is strongly white and blue this month.

with pesky blue scilla and lovely pulmonaria

with pesky blue scilla and lovely pulmonaria

street corner of Mike's garden

street corner of Mike’s garden

When we took on this job in early spring of 2013, I realized the garden had no narcissi whatsoever. Last fall, we planted several different white ones, and some muscari, and some white lilies for later on.

Kitty corner across the street is Cheri’s garden of hot colours and two boxer dogs. She and Charlie have come up with an excellent raised bed design in which I assume they are going to grow salad greens and such above the heads of Porsche and Beamer, the dogs.

brilliant!

brilliant!

By the time we got to Cheri’s, rain had been falling on us for awhile. We had much to do today in public gardens today and so we only concentrated on the front garden bed.

I removed the dead Erysimum and Lavender in this bed.  Put in a small new Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve.'

I removed the dead Erysimum and Lavender in this bed. Put in a small new Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve.’

before...a twinberry had seeded into the front bed

before…a twinberry had seeded into the front bed

After Allan tackled it, it is gone.

After Allan tackled it, it is gone.

Feeling fairly miserable with the rain, we took a break at Olde Towne Café. While we were there, Heather of NIVA green (our favorite shop) brought a gift to Luanne from Jenna (Queen La De Da). It was wrapped in the charming NIVA style. (New-Inspired-Vintage-Artful and green.)

Luanne's present from Jenna

Luanne’s present from Jenna

birch trunk shower curtains!  Now I must have some as well as soon as Heather gets more!  So lovely!

birch trunk shower curtains! Now I must have some as well as soon as Heather gets more! So lovely!

olde book decor at Olde Towne Coffee Café

olde book decor at Olde Towne Coffee Café

After our visit with Luanne and Heather, and just as the rain stopped (for awhile), a crowd of lunchers arrived, making it easier to tear ourselves away as Luanne had to get back to work also.

We had a mission in Long Beach: to deadhead narcissi throughout the town.

This planter has tulips mostly just on one side, as the deer stroll down the east-west street next to it and eat the ones on the curb side! They don’t stroll the north-south street (Pacific), so only the tulips next to certain quiet intersections get chomped.

tulips

Long Beach: tulip buds full of promise

Long Beach: tulip buds full of promise

tulip bud, primroses, muscari

tulip bud, primroses, muscari

frilly parrot tulip buds

frilly parrot tulip buds

tulips

Tulip ‘New Design’ (with white edged leaves)

After weeding and deadheading the south two blocks downtown, we dumped our buckets of debris in the city works yard. The rain continued, but the Dark Sky app on my phone gave me some hope:

darksky

and...light rain in the city works yard

and…light rain in the city works yard

Driving on to Andersen’s RV Park gave us time to wait out part of the 30 minutes predicted by Dark Sky. Rain or not, I knew that the road box would need deadheading and I could not bear to leave it messy over the weekend.

andersen's

Andersen's RV Park

Andersen’s RV Park (or, in the UK, Caravan Park)

Below, we have the big west side garden, the long boxes along the clubhouse, the picket fence garden to the east of the house, the garden on south side of the garden shed (upper right), and the rugosa rose border along the street.

our various gardens at Andersen's

our various gardens at Andersen’s

the road box before

the road box before

Hallelujah: The nasturtiums reseeded!

Hallelujah: The nasturtiums reseeded!

after

after

The rain did stop, and Dark Sky told us, quite accurately, that we had 40 minutes before its return.

Narcissi by Payson Hall (the clubhouse)

Narcissi by Payson Hall (the clubhouse)

Payson Hall planters

Payson Hall planters

Last year, Lorna did not think the narcissi in front of Payson were bright enough, so we moved the pale ones that were there, and replaced them last fall with ones that sounded very bright to me. However, looks like we have troubles, as the cup is the bright part and so they probably still won’t be bright enough! Next year, ALL YELLOW here to make Lorna happy!

These are probably bright enough!

These are probably bright enough!

Meanwhile, the west garden has the big bag of King Alfreds that Lorna ordered.

Meanwhile, the west garden has the big bag of King Alfreds that Lorna ordered.

looking west by one of six whiskey barrels

looking west by one of six whiskey barrels

The west garden has two especially annoying weeds, the BadAster (blue running aster) and couch grass; the photo shows one of the areas where that darn grass came back after last month’s weeding.

Argh.  Next time...

Argh. Next time…

Today, we had no time to address the entire west garden weed problem. That would take a whole day, and we will give it a whole day soon. Today, we had to check on the picket fence garden….

tulip buds by the office

tulip buds by the office

and by the picket fence

and by the picket fence

picket fence garden....no sweet peas up yet.

picket fence garden….no sweet peas up yet.

As one drives up, one gets a fresh impression of spring by all the narcissi along the picket fence. I found it impossible to capture in a photograph.

picket garden; you can see the overhang of one of the staff fifth-wheels.

picket garden; you can see the overhang of one of the staff fifth-wheels.

picket fence and office

picket fence and office

narcissi

Nature put a ring on it.

inside the fenced garden

We weeded and then planted two Phygelius in the garden shed garden: ‘Winchester Fanfare’ and ‘Lemon Spritzer’. The bed needs a good edge put on the front but that will have to wait.

garden shed garden

garden shed garden

On our way to our next destination, we ambled our van down sweet, narrow N Alley that runs parallel to the highway for a few blocks just south of Andersen’s.

N Alley, just west of Pacific Highway

N Alley, just west of Pacific Highway

Several charming houses and gardens along the one lane road need to be checked on now and again.

Kudos to this terraced garden.

Kudos to this terraced garden.

and next to it, one of the three? remaining train cars of the Clamshell Railway, converted to a rustic cabin.

and next to it, one of the three? remaining train cars of the Clamshell Railway, converted to a rustic cabin. How I long to get in there. I should have looked when it was for sale!

a bit further south, a bowling ball display

a bit further south, a bowling ball display

and then a Berberis darwinii and a contorted filbert (Harry Lauder's Walking Stick)

and then a Berberis darwinii and a contorted filbert (Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick)

Almost at the south end of N Alley is one of the gardens that was on last year’s Music in the Gardens tour, now with a new owner. I suppose I should have/could have looked over the fence, but I I felt that would be too conspicuous of us.

After our brief N Alley excursion, we stopped at The Anchorage Cottages for a brief deadheading and weeding session.

At The Anchorage: small cupped narcissi are my favourites.

At The Anchorage: small cupped poeticus narcissi are my favourites.

trilllums fading to pink

trilllums fading to pink

brick planter in the office courtyard

brick planter in the office courtyard (no sweet pea sprouts as yet)

Tulip 'Gavota' in its third year

Tulip ‘Gavota’ in its third year

a pot of fresh new tulips

a pot of fresh new tulips with perfect foliage (unusual after so much rain)

more spectacularly frilly parrot tulip buds

more spectacularly frilly parrot tulip buds

Finally, we returned to Long Beach. On the way north, I had seen two dead narcissi flowers RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE MERRY GO ROUND! They could not be left to shock tourists all weekend long.

sodden and dead!

sodden and dead!

To make the trip worthwhile, we did some more deadheading along that block.

one of the tree gardens and a view of the Hungry Harbor Grille

one of the tree gardens and a view of the Hungry Harbor Grille

With work over, we had a quick visit with Linda at The Wooden Horse (another favourite gift shop of ours).

in The Wooden Horse

in The Wooden Horse

a new collection of frogs

a new collection of frogs

I know someone who should have this.

I know someone who should have this.

And Allan saw this sign, perfect for a subject I think of often.

happy

Speaking of happiness, there is more rain predicted and if tomorrow should be rainy, we could take the day off instead of working in it.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 22 February, 2014

We are somewhat behind on work so shouldn’t be playing on a nice day.  The skiving off work part was by necessity since I needed to take photos of the Peninsula Cash Mob event at M&D Designs in Long Beach, with lunch at Captain Bob’s Chowder.  First, however, some morning photos from our front garden:

tulips

tulips

I just can't get a photo that captures the wonderful sweep of crocus in the front garden.

I just can’t get a photo that captures the wonderful sweep of crocus in the front garden.

crocus

crocus

crocus

crocus

crocus

Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata

tulips and euphorbia

tulips and euphorbia

and my gift daphne about to bloom!

and my gift daphne about to bloom!

Uh oh, it was an eventful day and the blog hasn’t even made it out of the front garden yet.  On to cash mob!

M&D Designs

M&D Designs

Kathleen kindly posed for the Facebook photo album.

Kathleen kindly posed for the Facebook photo album.

M&D Designs offered refreshments and a prize drawing.

M&D Designs offered refreshments and a prize drawing.

The shop has a wide assortment of local arts and crafts.

garden decor

garden decor

bird feeders

bird feeders

wall vases

wall vases

cranberry vine baskets

cranberry vine baskets

I think we had a pretty good turnout for the cash mob although I did not see as many regulars as usual.

I cannot reveal what I bought at M&D as it is a gift for Montana Mary.  Allan got a bottle of some sort to hang in the tree in his garden and Kathleen got a glass dangly for the window of her new beach cottage.

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Blog readers and very faithful cash mob attendees!

Debbie and Charlene, blog readers and very faithful cash mob attendees!

We SO appreciate the regulars who come to each “mob.”   Linda from The Wooden Horse (our previous cash mob shop) had taken the day off and came in to M&D with some family members.

Linda

Linda

Remembering that Linda said there would be some new garden themed items at The Wooden Horse, we peeked in there on the way to lunch and oh my, such pretty things she had acquired!

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in The Wooden Horse

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rustic picture frame

rustic picture frame

box

picture box

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green on green on green

green on green on green

Linda, you have impeccable taste!

At noon, Kathleen and Allan and I had lunch at the cash mob café of the day, Captain Bob’s Chowder.  I was pleased that the tree and street planters between the two cash mob venues had burst forth with some narcissi.

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crab cakes and crab roll, delicious! with gift bag from M&D

crab cakes and crab roll, delicious! with gift bag from M&D

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Kathleen

Our Kathleen

We are so thrilled that Kathleen has found a vacation and weekend cottage here; the most ideal thing would be if she could move here full time!  We are going to treat her to a slap up feast at the Depot Restaurant when she comes down to take possession.

We did not have to rush home to meet the ISP tech guy, as last night at midnight our internet had mysteriously and capriciously returned.  So as soon as lunch was over, Allan and I absolutely had to buckle down and get some work done in case the rain returns tomorrow.  There are still areas of Long Beach we have not tidied and a few private gardens we have not been to yet in 2014.

I had realized just before lunch that the perfect job would be to prune the Super Dorothy roses in the park just south of Captain Bob’s.  The debris would be lightweight in case the city works yard was locked (we still don’t have our key!) and I could keep an eye on the café to see if any more cash mobbers came and could be photographed.  (They may have; I got too absorbed in pruning to watch.)

south fence, before

south fence, before

after

after

before and after

before and after
west fence, before

west fence, before

working

after

after

We pruned out larger old trunks and the twiggy bits off the top of these climbing roses.  Soon we will give each a handful of magnesium sulfate “to encourage basal breaks” (new growth from the base).

We were thrilled to find the city works gate open and to be able to get rid of the debris, and still have time to cut back and weed in the “little popouts”.

before and after

before and after

before and after, looking south

before and after, looking south

We had taken an end of day opportunity earlier this month to chop the ornamental grass in the second little pop just south of this one so all I had to do was weed it.

wee pop out

wee pop out

It looks tatty right now and I hope to remember to throw some poppy seeds in there.  I yanked three large and very woody silver santolinas today.  Buried in this little popout up to their rims, I found two large pulp pots that must have had annuals in them (I think sweet alyssum).  I wonder who did that?  What a nice present (and why did I not notice it last year?)

pots of mystery

pots of mystery

We can relax if tomorrow brings rain because we got so much done in Long Beach today and yesterday.  That’s a good feeling.

We arrived home at dusk;  Allan said something about the sunset, but I was focused on getting the cash mob photos uploaded to the Facebook page.  Then I looked out my window and saw a spectacular sky.  My camera refused to register the colours when I tried to get a photo out of the south window.

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As I kept working on uploading cash mob photos, the colour intensified.

view from my desk; one pane is permanently fogged.

view from my desk; one pane is permanently fogged.

Finally Allan put his shoes back on (perhaps inspired by some loud pleas from my study) and went out to take some photos to close out today’s blog in style.

over New Judy's roof

over New Judy’s roof

from our back garden

from our back garden

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Lake Street

Lake Street

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Saturday, 7 December 20 2013, part one

  Snow Postscript

Susie Goldsmith of The Boreas Inn sent me three photos of the garden in snow, too late to go in yesterday’s post.

Boreas, looking west from the end of the garden

Boreas, looking west from the end of the garden

Boreas, looking east toward the hot tub room.  The garden has disappeared.

Boreas, looking east toward the hot tub room. The garden has disappeared.

Boreas southwest deck

Boreas southwest deck

Looks like the snow caught Susie by surprise with the pillows still out there!

Thanks, Susie!

We began our day with a quick stop at the Ilwaco Saturday Christmas Market just to get some photos for Discover Ilwaco.

market

I noticed that the newly painted house just south of Tom and Judy’s (that has recently been remodeled with a view dormer) almost matches a house further up the hill.

houses of blue

houses of blue in our pretty town

We stopped by Olde Towne to do a compost bucket switch.

Luanne made this tree of mussel shells...collected when she visited her daughter in Maine.

Luanne made this tree of mussel shells…collected when she visited her daughter in Maine.

She's also spray painted these Alliums I brought her some while ago from the boatyard garden.

She’s also spray painted these Alliums I brought her some while ago from the boatyard garden.

I still did not have time to stay and celebrate staycation at Olde Towne, as we had to get on to…

The Peninsula Gift Shop Tour 

I am not much of a shopper (except for the garden), so when I find a little gift shop that I like, it is special to me.   I had been asked by Karyn Zigler of Home at the Beach to take some photos of their Saturday gift shop tour which included some of my favourite places.   The shops on this tour were not the kind that just sell “Long Beach” t shirts and other tourist mementos.

The weather caused me dire suspense because I do not like to go out in snow and ice at all, at all, at all.  If I had not said I would take photos, I would not have set a toe into Long Beach.  (The sidewalks and roads in Ilwaco, in contrast, had already lost their slick cover.)

Allan humoured me by finding parking spots that allowed me to get into the shops without walking on anything white.  It was rather an embarrassment when, while inside the shop Beautiful Things, I saw a car park and two ladies more elderly than I get out and walk sure footed over what to me had been impossible ice.

Here are some of the lovely objects that I saw.

Home at the Beach

618 South Pacific Avenue, Long Beach

home decorating display room

home decorating display room

Owners Kathy and Karen have a business of interior design, as well, with flooring, window coverings, and whatnot.  I love the floor in the room above.  It’s about $3 more per square foot than what we were thinking of using, but the pieces are sturdier and I like the pale colour and the realistic grained texture.

clear crystal decor with snowy background

clear crystal decor with snowy background

Here is an excellent motto for staycation

Here is an excellent motto for staycation!

sandpipers

sandpipers

Kathy and Karyn once explained to me once the difference between nautical and coastal, or beachy…

This is nautical, with red and blue, and boats.

This is nautical, with red and blue, and boats, and flags.

Most of "Home at the Beach" is more blue, white, sandy, and pale grey.

Most of “Home at the Beach” is more blue, white, sandy, and pale grey.

These guys are just a touch too silly for me!

These guys are just a touch too silly for me!

Lots of happy shoppers turned out despite the weather.

Lots of happy shoppers turned out despite the weather.

treats

treats

Outside, the city planter, with its annuals removed, lay under a smooth blanket of snow.

Note the scary icy street!

Note the scary icy street!

Beautiful Things

Two doors north, a new shop has just opened.

Beautiful Things

Beautiful Things

Karyn of Home at the Beach with the owner of Beautiful Things

Karyn of Home at the Beach with Jude, the owner of Beautiful Things

The owner does this skilled upholstery.

The owner does this skilled upholstery.

I like the artificial tree.

I like the artificial tree.

white on white

white on white

crystal with snow backdrop

crystal with snow backdrop

The Wooden Horse

I like the stuff in The Wooden Horse shop at 311 South Pacific so much that I picked it to be the January ’14 cash mob location.

The Wooden Horse...I like the pallet shelving

The Wooden Horse…I like the pallet shelving

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kindness and celebration

The shop is owned by the men who also own Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco (and Stormin’ Norman’s kite shop) and who bring us the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

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treats

treats

Wooden...pigs

Wooden…pigs

Hello to Linda, in red, a regular reader of this blog.

Hello to Linda, in red, a regular reader of this blog.

As we left The Wooden Horse to go to the next shop, we encountered the Ilwaco “Epic Echo” Glee club just heading our way, so back into Wooden Horse we went to listen to them caroling.

Glee!

Glee!

caroling

caroling

glee

glee club

glee club

M & D Designs

Just a few doors north at M & D Designs:

M & D Designs

M & D Designs

This shop of local arts and crafts will be the February cash mob site.

This shop of local arts and crafts will be the February cash mob site.

delicate pine needle baskets

delicate pine needle baskets

stained glass, backed with snow

stained glass, backed with snow

Allan had got a photo of the Fifth Street Park one block to the south:

the clam squirting control device is coming along!

the clam squirting control device is coming along!

the scary icy sidewalk areas he helped me avoid

the scary icy sidewalk areas he helped me avoid

one of the planters we recently redid is completely smooth.

one of the planters we recently redid is completely smooth.

Next to it, an old planting of shrubs in one of the planters we want to re-do.

Next to it, an old planting of shrubs in one of the planters that we want to re-do.

NIVA green

Our very favourite shop of all time came next on the tour:  New, Vintage, Inspired, Artful, and environmentally conscious with lots of artistic upcycling.

NIVA green

NIVA green at 104 Pacific North

We recommend our friend Sarah's children's fantasy series, The Marble Game.

We recommend our friend Sarah’s children’s fantasy series, The Marble Game.

paper lamps

paper lamps

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a shop full of colour and fascination

a shop full of colour and fascination

bird feeders

bird feeders

niva

niva

Owner and artist Heather Ramsay makes string tins with scissors:

string tins with scissors

one of the best presents!

and lamps out of tins:

Heather's lamps

Heather’s lamps

Heather had some wonderful cookies from the Danish bakery in Astoria.  As always, I found a few good presents to buy AND we got a nice bar of soap as a door prize.

Stylin’ Consignment Shop

I honestly thought that because of the weather, we would not make it any further north than NIVA green.  Earlier, Allan had expressed some concern about not wanting to wreck our nice van.  And yet…we heard the roads were better the further north one drove, so we decided to test out the conditions a wee bit further north at Stylin’, 600 N Pacific.

Santa at Stylin'

Santa was just about to drive off, heading from Stylin’ to NIVA green

The shop is a cute little cottage.

The shop is a in cute little cottage.

The blue, clear sky is the culprit for our cold weather!

inside Stylin'

It amazes me shop owner Jan finds such nice items to sell on consignment.

This picture frame caught my eye.

This picture frame caught my eye.

Never could I wear such shoes, but they are cute.

PeninsulaMap13We decided to be very bold and head all the way to the two shops in Ocean Park.  I had been so sure we would not get to all the shops that I had not even gotten myself a “passport” at Home at the Beach.  Allan had one, and if he got a stamp from each shop, he’d get entered into a raffle for some sort of prizes.  We both would have had a good shot because the weather was keeping the north enders mostly at the north end and the south enders down here!  Oh well!  So on to Ocean Park.

Allan had lived in colder climes, Spokane and Idaho, and has experience driving in worse weather than this.

the road going north

the road going north

On the way we talked about our fortitude in going out in such weather to support local shops with picture taking, if not a lot of buying, and wished that more than 23 people had come to see our garden on the Edible Garden tour!  When the weather was lovely!  Of course, the shop keepers can’t because they are always working during the various garden tours.  Linda from The Wooden Horse guarantees she will get garden tour Saturday off next year.  (We can’t complain about attendance when we were on the BIG garden tour, Music in the Gardens, as we had more than 500 people come through that day.)

Beach Home Old and New

On Bay Avenue, Ocean Park

On Bay Avenue, Ocean Park

Beach Home Old and New

Beach Home Old and New

home

wintry scene

wintry scene

If I didn't already have too many little things, I would have to have these.

If I didn’t already have too many little things, I would have to have these.

garden decorations

garden decorations

These are said to be sturdily assembled, unlike others some friends have purchased elsewhere that have disintegrated in short order.

pink, with a little teapot

pink, with a little teapot

sunlight and snow

sunlight and snow

local photography

local photography

Sweet Williams on Bay

A few blocks to the west sits Sweet Williams, one of the original  fine gift shops on the Peninsula.

Sweet Williams on Bay

Sweet Williams on Bay

in the front window

in the front window

east side window

east side window

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Just across the street I saw a seasonal vignette at Adelaide’s Coffee: a Christmas tree in a car.

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Owner Katie Williams loves Polish pottery

Owner Katie Williams loves Polish pottery

Our client and friend Mary of Klipsan Beach Cottages is close friends with Katie AND collects Polish pottery, so we have had a good look at many of these gorgeous pieces and have gotten some as cherished gifts over the years.

Katie also carries of an assortment of delicious truffles.

Katie also carries of an assortment of delicious truffles.

Sweet Williams

Sweet Williams

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Now for the drive back south.  Allan would definitely get his passport completely stamped!

heading south to Long Beach

heading south to Long Beach

Long Beach Pharmacy

Allan popped into the Long Beach Pharmacy gift shop.

Long Beach Pharmacy

Long Beach Pharmacy

a display by our friend Artist Don Nisbett

a display by our friend Artist Don Nisbett

I looked at the icy parking lot from across the street and delegated the photo-taking at the pharmacy to Allan while I entered the last shop of our tour.

Deux Chapeaux

I’ve always found Deux Chapeaux to be a good place to find a greeting card, bubble bath, and elegant soap for a present.

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cards

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Shop owner Sharon has excellent taste in cards and exquisite taste in women’s and children’s clothing.

cute children's clothes

cute children’s clothes

The cutest!

The cutest!

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I have rarely had children in my life (since being one).  I wonder if children themselves get as much of a kick out of adorable little clothes like these as the adults do who dress them up.  I hope so.

The women’s clothes are richly coloured and gorgeously far removed from any sort of life I have led.  I think this is the only place on the entire Peninsula where one could find garments this lovely.

tops

tops

The blue one really speaks to me!

Sharon's shop

Sharon’s shop

 Deux Chapeaux

Deux Chapeaux

When Allan joined me, he completed his passport.

pass

passport

With 45 minutes to spare before the end of the tour, we slid back through the streets of Long Beach where the ice remained worse than anywhere else.

near Fifth Street Park

driving south near Fifth Street Park

We only had one scary sliding moment when trying to stop for a pedestrian who wanted to cross in the middle of the much icier block by Dennis Company;  he saw we were not going to be able to stop and just waved us on.

Fifth Street

Fifth Street

We now had about an hour and a half before the big Ilwaco event of the season:  The lighting of the Crab Pot Christmas Tree.

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