Posts Tagged ‘Tigridia’

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

The Red Barn

I was pleased to be greeted by my good friend, Dog.

We watered as well as weeded because the container plants were dry.

Very dry.

pineapple sage just giving up

Two different people apologized (without me even kvetching) and said they would do better.  The rodeo last weekend had consumed their attention.

Allan saw Cosmo, but I had gone to the planter on the other side of the barn by then.

Diane’s garden

Along the roadside garden fence, we have great sweet pea success.

Allan’s photo

cosmos (Allan’s photo)
lily (Allan’s photo)

The septic vault garden has much to offer.

violas reseeded in front
nasturtiums and drumstick alliums
Allium sphaerocephalon

aka Mexican shell flower
Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo

Long Beach

We tidied up Veterans Field and Fifth Street Park in advance of the summer weekend events (in this case, the Jake the Alligatorman birthday party).

Vet Field flag pavilion garden with lots of Gauria lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’
I got to pet this corgi (Allan’s photo)
the rather sad corner garden

Brainstorm: If I could get some more handsome gallon sized Jackman’s Blue rue I could fill in the saddest side of the garden, where the sprinkler doesn’t hit.

two more blue rue would be perfect

But…I checked around and no big handsome gallon ones are available here.  I took some cuttings, looking ahead to next year.

a good rhododendron in the Lewis and Clark Square garden (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park needed a big clipping of the horribly mildewed Dorothy Perkins rose.  I always feel compelled to say that this rose was not chosen by me, but instead by a landscape architect.

pitifully diseased Dorothy P

Cathy of Captain Bob’s Chowder gave us some welcomingly cooling bottled sodas on this rather hot day.


Now the park is ready for Jake’s event.  Jake lives inside Marsh’s Free Museum.  A parade will go from Marsh’s to Veterans Field on Saturday.

On the other side of the park, Super Dorothy rose is in the pink of health.  That one was chosen by me and the parks manager, on the recommendation of Heirloom Roses.

sanguisorba and Super Dorothy

Today, we had the time to finally weed two tiny sidewalk gardens (if you can call them that) a block north of city hall.  I was not thrilled when gravel was dumped on one of them.  It does not make the weeding easier.

before; I did not plant this maple.

We had a visit from a local dog, Georgia.

Allan’s photo
after (Allan’s photo)

After dumping quantities of debris at city works, we returned with a couple of buckets of mulch.

still pretty sad (Allan’s photo)

Boreas Inn

 we made a quick and efficient tidying tour of the Boreas Inn garden.

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo (What kind of butterfly?)
Allan’s photo, some sort of moth
Artmisia ‘Powis Castle’ and Eryngium (Allan’s photo)
Liatris (Allan’s photo)

garden suite garden
Allan’s photo
front porch (all Susie’s container design)

Cosmos ‘Xanthos’ (my only front porch contribution)

The west garden leads to a path to the beach.

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Monday, 16 July 2018

After a windy Sunday spent mostly blogging out the Markham/Grayland tour, we got back to work.


Allan remembered that we needed to water some plants we had planted at the end of last week. Allan planted a Crambe maritima (sea kale) from the Master Gardeners sale in Grayland.

We are also trying out a Teucrium ‘Purple Tails’ from the Markham Farm garden.

Allan’s photo

The new rudbeckia clump was wilting.  I was so glad Allan had remembered to check it.  It got well soaked.

It was fine the next morning.

Long Beach

We pulled horsetail at the welcome sign and I wondered why, even though I did not fertilize them, in hopes they would not bolt up with no flowers till late in the summer, the cosmos are beautifully green…with only one flower so far.

At least the cosmos helps disguise the horsetail.


one cosmos flower so far, on the north side

the resident of the water timer box (Allan’s photo)

Before starting to water downtown, we called an emergency meeting with the powers that be about a matter that I am not going to write about.   I try not to bring gardening problems to the city and have succeeded, with two exceptions, for twenty years. (Twenty years of Long Beach gardening, maybe even longer…I can hardly remember when I began.) Having passed the problem on, I am now able to put the matter out of my mind, but I also felt quite firmly that I can no longer imagine tottering on till I’m 70 or 80 (should I be so lucky) with the city job (planters, parks, beach approaches, parking lot berms).  I have imagined for years that I could not give it up, and yet this week I feel mentally exhausted; I have hit a wall (one that maybe I will end up able to climb over after all).

I could give the city gardens up if only someone was coming along behind us eager to take the job on.  It’s not my business to choose the person(s), but I sure would hope it would be someone with the focus (in my case gimlet eyed autistic focus on every little plant picture in town) to keep everything as perfect as possible.  (We constantly fail at that.)  Maybe it would be someone who dared plant even cooler plants, taking the risk they would be stolen.  Maybe it would be someone who’d remove my personal favourite perennials and plant something with a tidier look.

I’ve promised the parks manager to keep going for two more years, if they can all stand me that long, and I keep my promises, usually.  Are you the one who would like to take it on after that?  (A week later: I may have just the person in mind, someone I have talked to who is a good ornamental and container gardener, and fit (because it’s a hard job) and who would actually want and love this job.  I have no control over the city will hire when the time comes, but at least I can strongly recommend…)

Imagine being partially retired…I could keep up on reading other people’s blogs! Letting Long Beach go would immediately result in being half retired.  That would be cool.  The plan right now is two more years till then.

And yet I still hope to keep tottering along on the Ilwaco and the Shelburne gardens forever.  Forever is a long time, and yet it is a word that people invoke so easily (example: “forever homes” for animals, when we all know that homes end when we die).  So why can’t I imagine forever gardens at the port and the Shelburne? Maybe I will haunt them.

But enough of that.  We watered the street trees and planters.

Someone decided to go barefoot.

dahlias in a planter

I like my mini-meadow look in each planter.  It would be weird to see someone else’s probably much tidier approach.  I will have to come to grips with that.

It’s tigridia time.

an agastache reseeded in the gutter!

Tigridia (held still because of wind); AKA Mexican Shell Flower

Allan’s photo

parsley, lavender, santolina, Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’

Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’

I now have Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’ in almost every planter.  I love its angular shape.

A fellow came to me while I was watering and said how much he loved the planters. He was visiting from elsewhere.  He insisted on shoving a tip into my hand, the hand that was holding the hose….paper money in a surprising amount.  I said I water as a paid job but he would not take it back, so….I split it with Allan!

It was Allan’s turn to bucket water the four Fish Alley barrels.  He found that someone had trashed one of them, stealing a clump of sedums and ripping up the santolina in the process (or maybe trying to steal the santolina itself?):

evidence: dropped sedum bits and soil

Color coordinated lilies (with Bensons sign) in Fifth Street Park

I finally got another clump of lilies on the other side of that little garden bed:

still in bud

in a planter: The new Cosmos ‘Xanthos’ compared in size with Cosmos ‘Sonata’

We checked on the parking lot berms.  I had thought they would desperately need weeding, but only a goodly amount of the really quite pretty birds-foot trefoil was bothersome, so we were able to just drive on to the…

Shelburne Hotel

…where I watered, while Allan hurriedly removed a dahlia and planted a new sedum in one of the planters on the number four deck, before the guests arrived to check in.

Allan’s photo

The dahlia got rehomed in the garden.

Sedum ‘Double Martini’, Cosmos ‘Xanthos’, “society garlic”, purple alyssum (Allan’s photo)…and one dahlia that is tall enough to stay here

The new nandina on the center deck is doing well. (Allan’s photo)

The faucet that would make watering easier is not working yet; Allan schlepped water up the stairs in a bucket and then watered part of the outdoor garden.

We love to see guests photographing the garden. (Allan’s photo)

lilies and Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ (Allan’s photo)

I cut the pollen off of the lilies that are next to the path and planted an astilbe and a fuchsia where we had taken a cordyline down last week.  Allan did a project at the north entrance to the restaurant:

This odd little nook had the native blackberry in it, often reaching out to where people walk.

In clearing it out, he found a plastic tub full of mud and water, and a broken pottery jar.

stinky old mud his foot would sink into

We will figure out a plant for in here.


Allan watered the planters and street trees with the water trailer while I watered the boatyard with a nice new long hose that had appeared there.  Only had to use three hoses instead of four!  I even had time to do some weeding after watering.

Out of the ceanothus came my usual audience, my little feathered friend.

coming closer

The bird repeatedly sharpens? its little beak on the metal fence.

I’m not sure what that means.

Allan found that deer had been enjoying some planter nasturtiums.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

I had big plans for this all Ilwaco day: weed and tidy at Mike’s garden, shear the shrubs at Coho Charters (Allan), water all the curbside gardens (mostly me) and weed at the boatyard (both of us).

Mike’s garden

Escallonia ‘Iveyi’

front garden needed more water

Allan tidied the path:



front garden, designed by “The Elves Did It” gardening business, years ago

I am trying to get the boxwood to be a solid hedge instead of little square clipped shapes.

Port of Ilwaco

At the port, I watered the east end curbside garden and did some weeding while Allan started shearing Coho’s escallonias.  Someone had accidentally driven over the end of our hose while Allan was attaching two hoses to reach the east curbside bed.  We now no longer had two hoses that would hook together today, so we took Captain Butch of Coho up on his offer to use his water instead.  The job was much easier by hooking our one hose up to his long hose, so I think the parking lot hose days are over for good.

As I was about to go on drag my hose to the other curbside gardens, a misty rain appeared and all of a sudden I just hit a wall and walked the two blocks home, putting everything else off till later in the week.  Allan kept shearing the three big escallonias.








one of the future Coho Charters captains


On my way home, I got to pet my neighbour, Rudder.

Good old Rudder snoozing in his front garden.

Puttering at home revitalized me.  I ran sprinklers and planted some of my new plants.

from The Pot Shed in Grayland

two more from the Pot Shed

a new sarracenia from the Master Gardener sale joins two others in a new container

It is almost the peak of lily time, most definitely the best time in my garden.

right: Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel’

Even though the mist had ceased, overnight we had enough light rain to make a puddle in the street (but not enough to fill the rain barrels).


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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

front path before leaving for work

This could have been an all Ilwaco day, had I not wanted to get a head start on tomorrow.  We have some planting to do at Diane’s garden, and I’m not sure how long it will take, so best to get ahead by getting other jobs done today.

On the way out of town, we noted to our sorrow that the street sweeper had knocked out the patch of volunteer poppies that Allan has been nurturing all summer.

poppies reseeded in the street, at sunset last night

today 😦

But wait.  If that was a mechanical street sweeper truck, why did it leave cigarette butts and all?

We delivered our B&O tax form belatedly to Ilwaco City Hall.  It is such an easy form to do; why do I put it off?

Allan noticed this showy nasturtium in a city hall planter.

The Depot Restaurant

after watering

‘Fireworks’ goldenrod hints of autumn.

I hope folks parking here in the evening have enjoyed the scent of Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’.

Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ and gold sweet potato vine, combined by Basket Case Greenhouse Roxanne.

spoon petaled African Daisy (osteospermum) in purple…

and white

Long Beach

I belatedly delivered our B&O tax to city hall.

Meanwhile, Allan did some clipping of lambs ears on the west side of city hall.

before and after

Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’ does not have many blooms, which can be an advantage if all you want is the soft silver foliage.

City Hall west side

There is much crocosmia to pull in the narrow part of the garden (not planted by us! I have almost totally gone off planting Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’).

Meanwhile, I did some sightline pruning in the wee popout a block north of city hall, where a maple that was once planted, then cut down by the city crew for sightline reasons, is returning in a bushy way.



really after

That area gets no supplemental water so is pretty sparse.  I now think I should make that determined maple into a wee rounded shrub.

The Anchorage Cottages

Apparently I had sight lines on my mind.  When we had to park by the street below the Anchorage Cottages (due to a big truck in the parking lot), I got the urge to “lift” a tree to make for a better view of the road for folks leaving the resort.

before, looking toward the Anchorage exit


Mitzu comes to see what’s what (Allan’s photo)

Mitzu supervising

debris from two trees whose branches I clipped

I’m glad the soft foliage of chameacyparis is set well back from the street.

I then joined Allan in weeding and deadheading by the cottages.

center courtyard

Melianthus major

Note to self: The soil looks thin again, mulch it this fall.

Allan found a painted rock, from a “rocks” group in Pocatello, Idaho.

a late Tigridia (Allan’s photo)

north end of courtyard: Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and Hebe ‘Quicksilver’ looking grand.

south end of courtyard: same two plants, not so great

Soon the row of seeds from Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ will look a lot like the rope in the painting.  I planned that (not).

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer” seedheads mimicking the rope in the sign in a previous year


We stopped at home to get the long hose for watering the east end curbside garden at the port.  I could see so much that needs doing in my own blown-about garden.  My foot hurt so I knew I would be doing none of it at the end of the day.

so much dead-leafing to do.

We watered at the port, Allan at the east end and me at the west.

east end garden (Allan’s photo)

I look forward to some rain and to not having to drag hose down the sidewalk.  Just when I was feeling quite tired and sore whilst watering in front of Time Enough Books, a woman came up to me and asked if I wanted any Shasta daisy seeds that she had in her car.  I said no, because they don’t do well in this dry gardens.  Seeing the cosmos in the boat planter, she told me that they were a favourite of her mothers. Then she kindly offered me a large paper cup of sweet tea that she had just bought at McDonalds in Long Beach.  I said no, because it would make me have to pee.  (Well, it would, which is a problem when busy gardening!)  She laughed and said she was prepared for me, though, and she reached into her bag and handed me this present!

So thank you, Christina from Nemah, who is clearly on a mission to spread joy wherever she goes.

looking east from Time Enough Books…

…and looking west

Minutes later, a fellow walked by with a black lab.  Of course, I wanted to pet the dog, and learned his name was Tai and that “he can spell!” said the man.  He then showed Tai a treat and spelled out “S-P-I-N” and Tai spun around.  Next came “S-I-T” and Tai sat.

Then “W-A-I-T” and Tai waited while his guy walked away.  Tai joined him by the green metal box (background in above photo) and the man spelled “J-U-M-P” and Tai jumped up onto the box.  All three of us were delighted.  Tai still had soft puppy-like fur.

Allan joined me at the west end by the Freedom Market, where I watered while he ran the string trimmer down the sidewalk edge.

before and after: Can you tell the difference?

Tai came by again

I still wanted to do a garden along the bark strip by Freedom Market, where in midsummer almost all the plant starts (which were not many) that I had put in there were stolen. Another problem is that people walk through the bark area.  Maybe, thought I, I could plant just around the two existing roses.

would look nice with some flowers

I think I have given up on this idea after this evening, when I saw two young male customers run right through between the roses, where one tiny yarrow start remains, and vault the log.

If that’s a path, too, I think I give up!

Or….maybe I’ll try planting Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and see what happens.

Our neighbour Devery arrived home at the same time we did.  Her dog, my little friend Royal, got very excited.

How much is that doggy in the window? The one with the beautiful tail!

As predicted to myself, my foot hurt so I got no evening gardening done except for watering essential potted plants.  I hope for lots of gardening energy when the weekend days off arrive.

Here’s a text that arrived today from Todd, showing his new puppy on the job.

Todd’s photo of baby Ansel! (black and white dog/Ansel Adams)

I have not yet met this pup and hope to remedy that soon.













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Thursday, 10 August 201

Before we left for work, Devery brought us some of a big organic cabbage grown by a friend and told us that she had adopted a little Chihuahua pug dog, which I could meet at the end of the day.


our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco post office…needs more santolina in the front.  Next year!

Long Beach

We had had a trace of rain overnight, not enough to save us from the watering of the Long Beach planters.  Today, the job went faster because it wasn’t street tree watering day.

First we deadheaded at the welcome sign.  Allan ran the string trimmer around it.


Allan’s photo



I wish I had taken a photo before trimming the corner plant of Geranium ‘Orion’.  I want to show how much better Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is.


after trimming deadheads off of Orion


Rozanne does not need deadheading and does not have a plain green center to the plant.


Rozanne is bigger and bluer.

Rozanne, I let myself be tempted by someone else.  I wish I had nothing but you for the blue in the Long Beach welcome sign garden.  I regret that I strayed.


back of sign with Rozanne at the ends and Orion in the middle.

In the fall, Orion is coming out of that planter and will be replaced with all Rozanne.

We split up to water the downtown planters.  Allan went north and I went south.

One of my first planters was by the carousel.


The last two times I have watered the four planters within sound of the carousel, the music has been 80s—Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, You Spin Me Round (Dead or Alive), leading to almost painful nostalgia.  Today, the song was Karma Chameleon by Culture Club, reminding me intensely of the ten years that horror writer Wilum Pugmire lived in my attic.  We drifted apart after I moved (for a long time he did not even have email).  By leaving Seattle, I terribly disrupted his living situation (although it did turn out well in the end).

He adored Boy George and his attire evoked both Boy George and his other beloved icon, Barbra Streisand.


me and Wilum almost exactly thirty years ago (1987) and Wilum in his full regalia

Sometimes the memories evoked by the carousel music are almost too much for me.

Moving on to the next set of planters, I was immensely cheered by these four fierce chihuahas.


first three.


Then a fourth one appeared.

As I watered the nearby planter, I saw many passersby amused by this quartet.  (The day was cool, almost cold, and the window was cracked open.)

I started thinking happily about my new neighbour, Devery’s chi-pug dog, whom I would soon meet.  I suddenly realized that he was the very same dog, Roy, that I’d noticed in the local humane society’s availability update.  He had appealed to me because I so like the Basket Case Greenhouse chi-pug, Buddy.  And now Roy would be my dog-neighbour! (Devery is calling him “Royal”.)


I looked Roy’s picture up on the humane society Facebook page.

A little further on, I admired the latest tigridia blooms and noticed their crown-like center.


Today’s tigridia



At the south end of downtown, a sign amused me.  I’ve looked at it every week and never noticed the missing letter till now.


I admired the excellent window boxes at Dooger’s Restaurant:


from across the street


and closer

And also the window box at Lighthouse Realty.


Moving along…


Gladiolus papilio


the wildflower meadow look


Lily ‘Black Beauty’ in Fifth Street Park


Lilium ‘Black Beauty’; note the green furrows


Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ and catmint

Photos from Allan’s watering walkabout:


traffic jam


Agastaches in Lewis and Clark Square planter


Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and Geranium ‘Rozanne’


Coulter Park: two fallen cosmos on the lawn


Cosmos and Berberis ‘Helmond Pillar’


snapdragons and agastache


Geranium ‘Rozanne’




Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and santolina


Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

With the planters all watered in good time, we took a break at Abbracci Coffee Bar.



Allan’s photo; we leave our gear on the tree bench


Maddy of Pink Poppy Bakery had just delivered a brown sugar cake.


flowers in Abbracci


all gone (Allan’s photo)

We finished up Long Beach with some clipping in Fifth Street Park.


I don’t think this garden is as good as usual this year.


The problem is the cosmos, which should be tall, are short.  It seemed to me earlier this summer that the beds were not getting as much water as usual.


In fall, I am going to divide and spread around the heleniums…


…even though they clash with the backdrop of insipid, mildewy pink Dorothy Perkins rose.

Allan sent this man to me for a plant ID.  It was, of course, for the tigridia (Mexican shell flowers).


Allan trimmed back this lady’s mantle…


Alchemilla mollis

…and noticed the interesting seedheads (or spent flowers):



I thinned this batch a bit.  It still has enough yellow to stay till next week.

We were done with plenty of time for our Ilwaco work tasks.


We drove past our house to have a gander at the progress of the playground at the end of town.  Or so we planned, till I looked down Devery’s driveway and saw her with her new dog.  “Back up!” I cried, eager to meet a new friend.  Never mind the playground for today.


my new friend, Royal


He’s so soft and sleek.

Royal was rescued from a kill shelter in California and brought to our local no-kill shelter, where he was lucky enough to be found by Devery.

Allan went to water the Ilwaco planters, while I weeded at the Norwood and the J’s gardens.


our own front garden


the second of four beds that are outside the deer fence on the west side of the house


elephant garlic next to Devery’s driveway

I got back to work:


The J’s roses

I am pleased that the new hydrangeas in the Norwood garden are putting out new flowers (after I had to cut off the too-floppy flowers they came with).


Endless Summer hydrangea coming back into bud


Norwood garden Agapanthus and lavender

Just as I was leaving Norwoods, I saw Jay himself arrive…with a puppy, making the sixth darling small dog of the day.


eight week old Julius

At home, buddies Smokey and Calvin were snoozing together.



My last garden event of the day: harvesting cukes out of the greenhouse.


Meanwhile, Allan watered the Ilwaco street trees and planters and got the photos I wanted that show how the planters enhance the town, even though they are small and mostly located in a difficult wind tunnel straight up from the river.







The city hall planters are fancier because the staff gives them supplemental watering beyond our two times a week.


This one half died for some reason.  Has been recently replanted.  Allan thinks the trailing rosemary looks like a waterfall under the fish mural.


Our Jenna gives this one by her studio supplemental water.  Something is chomping the nasturtium leaves.


Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Now we have three days off and a garden tour to anticipate.

Friday, 11 August 2017

I mostly just finished a mystery I was reading, except for a pleasant interlude when good  friend Judy S. and her spouse Larry came to see our lilies and to examine our deer fence.  I did only a minimum of gardening (fertilized containers) and took no photos.


Judy appreciating the Stipa gigantea


and the Melianthus major’s peanut butter scent.

The J’s sent over some freshly cleaned and cooked crab that Jay himself had caught that day on his boat.  I so appreciate not being given a live crab!


before they were cleaned and cooked and turned into crab legs and shared

Allan, a much better householder than me, decided it was high time to defrost the refrigerator.  (It is old and frosts up quickly.)


The mystery was Double Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Series #1) by Ali Brandon.  I liked it well enough to order the sequel, even though I much prefer when cats do not help solve mysteries.  At least this one was not a talking cat.

We had our weekly garden club dinner at the Cove with Dave and Melissa.


in the entry foyer at the Cove


rhubarb cake

Tomorrow: The Astoria garden tour, at last!





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When the Long Beach planters were installed years ago, no plan had been made for their planting and maintenance.  A volunteer “adopt a planter” program began with enthusiastic participants.  Unfortunately, because the enthusiasm tended to not last through the summers, the planters became weedy and unwatered by June.  Finally, a few years ago, we were asked to take over the planting and maintenance of all of them (36 on the main street, and maybe 20 more out on the beach approaches).  Because volunteers chose different plants, some of the planters still have full sized shrubs including non-dwarf barberries, escallonia, variegated euonymous, azaleas, and other too-large choices.  Each year, we re-do a couple of the planters.  In 2016, our mission is to make the planters on the two beach approaches better.  We experience more wind and salt out there, much more vandalism,  and a need, on the Bolstadt approach, to be completely drought tolerant, so wish us luck!

All of the hanging baskets are by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Here are some photos of the planters through 2015.  If you click on a photo to embiggen it, you will get back and forth navigation arrows.


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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

before work: Allan tidying in our volunteer garden at the post office

before work: Allan tidying in our volunteer garden at the post office

Schizostylis at the post office, either Viscountess Byng or Mrs. Haggerty.

Schizostylis at the post office, either Viscountess Byng or Mrs. Haggerty.

Long Beach

After my prediction that the flower show in Long Beach would be over after last weekend’s storm, I was pleased to find how sturdy my plant selections had proven to be.  Pleased and, dare I admit, just 1% disappointed, because it would have been fun and satisfying to clean all the annuals out.  Looks like this year will be the typical story of trying to plant bulbs among the cosmos, which often do last well into November.

Allan cut back some plants in Fifth Street Park while I walked around and groomed the planters.

Fifth Street Park, art tile by Renee O'Connor

Fifth Street Park, art tile by Renee O’Connor





Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after



and after

and after

Alchemilla mollis, before

Alchemilla mollis, before

and after

and after

garden corner by restroom, SW quadrant of park

garden corner by restroom, SW quadrant of park

We won’t be cutting down the restroom garden anytime soon, because behind the restroom is a mess of nasty old pampas grass, chosen by the landscape architect way back when.  What a crazy thing to plant in a narrow passage around a building enclosed by a tall fence.  I like to keep it hidden as long as possible as I refuse to go back there and weed that stupid area!  (I used to but rebelled several years ago.)

One of two Renee O'Connor obelisks in Fifth Street Park

One of two Renee O’Connor obelisks in Fifth Street Park

Renee O'Connor tile detail

Renee O’Connor tile detail

By the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop.

By the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop.

I read somewhere recently that the smoke shop’s motto is if you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do, stop, but if you can’t stop, use their products which are pure and pesticide free (or something along those lines).

dahlias and Geranium 'Rozanne'

dahlias and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Coreopsis 'Star Cluster'

Coreopsis ‘Star Cluster’

painted sage just won't give up

painted sage just won’t give up

more dahlias

more dahlias

Hebe 'Quicksilver'

Hebe ‘Quicksilver’

Salvia patens

Salvia patens

the carousel further dismantled for winter

the carousel further dismantled for winter


Salvia viridis (painted sage); I was short on blue this year.

Salvia viridis (painted sage); I was short on blue this year.

Cosmos 'Sonata' (annual) and Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos, tender perennial)

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ (annual) and Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos, tender perennial)

Meanwhile city crewmember Paul was tidying up the town.

Meanwhile city crew member Paul was tidying up the town.

The tigridia have been blooming all summer.

The tigridia have been blooming all summer.



my favourite planter, a little beat up

my favourite planter, a little beat up

This daphne has been blooming for months.

This daphne has been blooming for months.

Geranium 'Rozanne' and a lush Cerinthe major purpurascens

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and a lush Cerinthe major purpurascens

Two trees just got pulled out of the front of Coulter Park to make way for some sort of holiday display.

Two trees just got pulled out of the front of Coulter Park to make way for some sort of holiday display.

On the way to dump debris, we took the opportunity to photograph some beach cottages, all within the same block.

Kite Flyers' Cottage

Kite Flyers’ Cottage


a sign from the annual kite festival

a sign from the annual kite festival


classic picket fence cottage

classic picket fence cottage

a private porch

a private porch

a Little Free Library

a Little Free Library

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I am so tempted to have a Little Free Library at my house…but I think, or know, that it would interfere with my seclusion and I don’t think I want that.

Port of Ilwaco

We finished the day by weeding at Salt Hotel and Time Enough Books curbside gardens.  I cut back a volunteer elderberry hard, against the Time Enough wall, to save them the trouble of doing it (which they do every year before holiday decorating).

made this much debris, including digging up a too tall grass to go elsewhere.

made this much debris, including digging up a too tall grass to go elsewhere.

We were invited in to see the new Salt Hotel guest lounge in progress, with windows facing the marina.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo



nautical charts on the wall

nautical charts on the wall


the south deck

the south deck

Yellow Bluff, east of the port, end of the day

Yellow Bluff, east of the port, end of the day





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Sunday, 23 August 2015

The cold north wind blew all day at 20 mph.

I had an audience while I was writing the blog.

I had an audience while I was writing the blog.

It was not very exciting for anyone.

It was not very exciting for anyone.

I spent most of the rest of the day reading The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson, and stayed in until early evening, when the wind finally slowed.  The good thing: it had blown the wildfire smoke away.

evening back garden

evening back garden

I accomplished but one thing: pulling old calla lilies and cleaning up the potted plants area along the shed wall.

A before photo would have shown how much better it looks.

A before photo would have shown how much better it looks.

Allan’s back was still bothering him so much that he canceled his reservation for a guided nature kayak trip at Fort Clatsop.  We are hoping he will be able to reschedule that for September.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Ilwaco post office garden got some weeding and deadheading.

Ilwaco post office garden got some weeding and deadheading.

Long Beach

Downtown Long Beach street trees and planters got their first watering of the week.

Even though the city crew does a great job of keeping litter picked up, I’m getting annoyed in mid summer by the smokers’ litter that builds up so quickly.

That round thing is an ashtray, and the wind was not blowing in a direction to blow those butts out of it.

That round thing is an ashtray, and the wind was not blowing in a direction to blow those butts out of it.

I'm still annoyed that an Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' was stolen from this planter.

I’m still annoyed that an Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ was stolen from this planter.

Focusing on good things: the remaining Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' and Coreopsis 'Star Cluster'

Focusing on good things: the remaining Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and Coreopsis ‘Star Cluster’ and a yellow dahlia

dahlias and Agastache 'Estella Indigo'

dahlias and Agastache ‘Estella Indigo’

Tigridia has been a great do-er all summer.

Tigridia has been a great do-er all summer.

This is a dream house of mine with big fenced yard just one block off of downtown Long Beach.

This is a longtime dream house of mine with big fenced yard just one block off of downtown Long Beach.

Dianthus 'Raspberry Swirl' reblooming in Fifth Street Park

Dianthus ‘Raspberry Swirl’ reblooming in Fifth Street Park’s east side

looking across to the west side of Fifth Street Park

looking across to the west side of Fifth Street Park

The new Kabob House behind Lewis and Clark Square has a fresh paint job.

The new Kabob House behind Lewis and Clark Square has a fresh paint job.

hanging basket (from Basket Case Greenhouse) by the police station

hanging basket (from Basket Case Greenhouse) by the police station

Seems like Gaura reseeded from the pink one is more white than pink.

 Gaura (left) reseeded from the pink one (right) is more white than pink.

This seedling is definitely not showing the pink leaves.

This seedling is definitely not showing the pink leaves.

Long Beach's Worlds Largest Chopsticks, just because.

Long Beach’s Worlds Largest Chopsticks, just because.

When we were done with watering Long Beach, we took a break to have a meal at the Kabob House.

It is getting more decorative inside.

It is getting more decorative inside.

combo plate

combo plate

chicken sandwich

chicken sandwich

We met this little dog named Lily.

We met this little dog named Lily.

You can see Lily watching the door for her person, Charlotte, who is doing the café decorations.

You can see Lily (by the table) watching the door for her person, Charlotte, who is doing the café decorations.


We watered the port gardens with the exception of the most difficult two sections at the west end of Howerton Avenue.  After Allan throwing his back out last week wrestling with three long hoses, we have had it with watering that one for the rest of this season.  Some rain is due…we hope.  A solution would be to run a water line that gives us access, by the sidewalk, to a “hole in the ground” with a hatch and a short hose we can hook up to.  We surely do need something like that for next year.

the boatyard garden

The boatyard garden came first.

Driving to turn around, I was startled to see the yellow Portside Café no longer yellow!

Driving to turn around, I was startled to see the yellow Portside Café no longer yellow!

photo next day from the Portside's Facebook page

photo next day from the Portside’s Facebook page

So much for doing the planters on that interesection in yellow flowers every year!  Next year, they will be shades of blue.

We split up and each took different sections of the port gardens.  For variety, we started at the east end and worked our way west.

from the port office south side

from near the port office south side

a still, calm evening

a still, calm evening


Cosmos, south side of port office

Cosmos, south side of port office

variety in one clump of cosmos

variety in one clump of cosmos

port office window reflection

port office window reflection

Salt Hotel and Skookum Surf Shop

Salt Hotel and Skookum Surf Shop

Allan had company while watering by Salt Hotel. To the west: the gardens we are skipping because of no easy hose access.

Allan had company while watering by Salt Hotel. To the west: the gardens we are skipping because of no easy hose access.

dumping debris in the eastern field: almost dusk

dumping plant debris in the eastern field: almost dusk

At home, I opened a package sent me by Montana Mary: two little baskets, one made of cedar by my old Seattle friend Phyllis Pearson, and the one on the right by my old friend Pat Reese.  Both of these retired English teachers and (later) basket making instructors have gone into assisted living and no longer make baskets, so these are precious.

at home, in the mail

at home, in the mail, with memories









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