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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Pouring rain almost put an end to the idea of work.

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We’d had this much rain overnight.

And then it stopped by midmorning.

I scheduled an easy day, which included a visit to THE Oysterville garden.  That self -guided tour will be our next post.

At home before work

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Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’ and Skooter (Allan’s photo)

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Erythronium (dog tooth violet)

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Allan digging a Tetrapanax sprout, too close to the maple

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Acer campestre ‘Carnival’

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Acer campestre ‘Carnival, acquired from Dancing Oaks last year

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Our post office garden looks unexciting so far.  I planted some bachelor button seeds.

The Depot Restaurant

I planted the wee sprout of tetrapanax in the garden on the south side of the dining deck…my second attempt to get one started there. Light weeding and deadheading ensued.

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north side of deck

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Tulip ‘Akebono’ (Allan’s photo)

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the barrel by the east window

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Tulip ‘Virichic’

Long Beach

A stop at city hall to pick up our cheque led to some deadheading and weeding.

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the ramp garden

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north side: pulmonaria still blooming

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north side

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signs of finger blight

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city hall west side

Basket Case Greenhouse

I’m collecting plants for the upcoming Planting Time, so far just perennials.  I consider it too early for annuals, and yet, as always, I am concerned that folks who plant (too) early will get all the good stuff before I’m ready for annuals (round about Mother’s Day).

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Darrel waters the many tempting plants in the annuals house.

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Me and Roxanne with Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and some Erysumum ‘Bowles Mauve’

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Buddy behind the desk

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YOU, yes you (those who live here), should snap these callistemon.  It’s rare to see them for sale on the Peninsula!

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heucheras

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and more heucheras

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Buddy woke up.

We left the Basket Case and took ourselves to Oysterville to tour its premier garden, one of the top two gardens on the Peninsula (the other being Steve and John’s bayside garden).  If there are better gardens here, I have not seen them. That will be tomorrow’s post.

Driving south from Oysterville, we saw Todd gardening at a Nahcotta bed and breakfast.

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in front of the Charles Nelson Guest House

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Todd Wiegardt at work

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Allan’s photo

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We spent a pleasant two hours at Klipsan Beach Cottages. In a preview of Planting Time, Allan planted four Nicotiana langsdorfii, one Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, and an Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’.

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Sarah

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driveway garden

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Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ has been going strong in this spot for years.

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looking in the east gate of the fenced garden

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Allan planting

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He found a furtive dandelion.

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tulips (Flaming Spring Green and a parrot in bud)

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the burgeoning garden

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Tulip ‘White Parrot’

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blue inside

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Tulip ‘Artist’ hiding under rhubarb

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Tulip ‘Artist’

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tree peony in bud

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fringed pink tulip

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Thalictrum ‘Elin’ will get about 7 feet tall.

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“pink” narcissi

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more narcissi

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Fritillaria meleagris, in the lawn bed that I note needs mulching.

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double hellebore

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white narcissi

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Podophyllum (Allan’s photo)

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Mary, her friend Katie, Bella, and Katie’s dog Libby, back from the beach (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photos: a hard to reach blackberry sprout across the pond

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He got it.

Ilwaco

We drove around by the port on the way home, just to see how lively the 4-20 event was at the Freedom Market pot shop. (Their outdoor barbecue looked well attended.)

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garden boat at Time Enough Books (PV=Plant Vessel instead of FV for Fishing Vessel).  Allan’s photo

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Tulip ‘Akebono’

While Allan mowed at the J’s (across the street), I planted some poppy and bachelor button seeds in the back garden.  The weeded spots in the east and west bed have seeds, and the unweeded spots will let me know where I can put new plants (after more weeding).

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a seeded spot

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At the J’s (Allan’s photo)

Next, our tour of the Oysterville garden.

And we really do have to get back to the beach approach weeding!

 

 

 

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

We planned to return to the beach approach, but first we took Jaime to Time Enough Books.

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Allan and Jaime


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With Karla.  Jaime wants to explore some new ways of thinking so she bought some educational books.

Yesterday’s town hall bouquet went to a new home at Salt Hotel.

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Julez was pleased.

He told me a story the other night, when we left after the Salty Talk, that has been a comfort to me.  From the Salt Pub, I have to go down the stairs backwards because of my knee and balance problems.  Julez told me about a mountain climber who had “blown out his knees” climbing so whenever descending a mountain slope, the climber had to go down backwards.  That story made me feel less old and decrepit.

Long Beach

We weeded the Veterans Field gardens first, in preparation for an easter egg hunt that will happen there tomorrow.

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vet field corner garden


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our version of red, white and blue


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo

Then the continued weeding of the beach approach took the rest of the day.

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Lots of passersby on this nice weather Saturday.


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I got to meet some nice dogs.

Allan started with the end cap by the driveway to the restroom parking lot.

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before


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after thinning and weeding


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Our big section today, looking west, before

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after


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sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor


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planting poppy seeds

We ended by finishing up a section we had not completed the day before (due to jumping ahead to clear some traffic sightlines).

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weeding a challenging thicket of roses

It was not until Allan found a round metal object in the garden that we looked up and realized that three of the prettiest Long Beach banners had been stolen overnight.  I checked, and yesterday’s photos show the banners.

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yesterday

Today…nothing on three posts, and on one the expensive brackets are missing (bottom) and bent (top).

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today

I picture some yobbos standing in the bed of a pick up truck in the dark, stealing banners but not quite able to reach so the brackets got bent and broken.

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missing banner with brackets intact (Allan’s photo)


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no banner to enjoy (Allan’s photo); The little round piece is what he found in the garden.


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Allan’s photo

It is irksome and will make for extra work for the city crew.  (It also demonstrates why placing security cameras on the lamp posts would likely end up with the cameras stolen.)

When we dumped our debris at city works, we loaded eight buckets of soil and mulched the flag pavilion bed at Vet Field.

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all fluffed up

We were both very tired.  (Allan was even tireder than he let me know till the end of the next day.)  The work board shows 7 beach approach sections of 13 still to go.  Tomorrow we hope to reach the halfway point.

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Saturday, 12 November 2016

It has been so difficult since Wednesday to go to work.  I had been counting on the weekend off to read news, news, and more news and planned get back to the last two seasonal projects on Monday and Tuesday.  Yesterday we did not get as far as I thought we would, so today turned out to be a work day—and again a day that started with feeling kicked in the gut and with tears in my eyes over more news of hate crimes.

Our Kathleen, who works in a big office, had this news:  Latina workers at her place of business were the butt of jokes about deportation.  She reported it because her employer has rules in place to prevent this sort of harassment.  It is typical of the emboldened cruel words and actions against minorities that are so much in the news for the last four days.

in the window next door (Allan's photo)

in the window next door (Allan’s photo)

in the garden (Allan's photo)

in the front garden (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

calendula (Allan's photo)

calendula (Allan’s photo)

On the way to pick up some soil energy, we made a stop at NIVA green.  I just wanted to make contact with owner/artist Heather.  While there, I took some photos for NIVA’s Facebook page.  I realized the pages I help with, including Discover Ilwaco, had gone quiet since the election because I am so preoccupied with the news.

at the always fascinating NIVA green

at the always fascinating NIVA green

apropos to the times

apropos to the times

some adorable mice

some adorable mice

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After a good talk with Heather, we drove on to Peninsula Landscape Supply for another yard of Soil Energy.

at Peninsula Landscape Supply

at Peninsula Landscape Supply

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The weeping look of this grass spoke to me.

The weeping look of this grass spoke to me.

We drove back to Ilwaco and applied to mulch to several of the curbside gardens along Howerton Way, completing our mulching of that whole stretch from east to west.  Today: gardens by the Ilwaco Pavilion, Nisbett Gallery, Port Office, Time Enough Books.

my favourite bed by the Ilwaco Pavilion, before

my favourite bed by the Ilwaco Pavilion, before

right before I turned the chopping of the wax myrtle over to Allan

right before I turned the chopping of the wax myrtle over to Allan

and after, with the California wax myrtle cut back hard. It will come back.

and after, with the California wax myrtle cut back hard. It will come back.

The wax myrtle is not a plant I would have planted along this street, because it wants to get taller than me.

Just to the east, these wax myrtles were cut to the ground in spring and have come back vigorously.

Just to the east, these wax myrtles by the trees were cut to the ground in spring and have come back vigorously.

I made another supposedly brief visit to Time Enough Books and ended up talking with Karla for half an hour.  (I deduct all this talks from work time.)

Scout got bored and went into her den.

Scout got bored and went into her den.  I think I did not give her enough pets.

at the counter

at the counter

Meanwhile, Allan had continued mulching.

port office garden

port office garden

Nisbett Gallery garden

Nisbett Gallery garden (Allan’s photo)

buckets poised (Allan's photo)

buckets poised (Allan’s photo)

We almost forgot the drive over garden!

We almost forgot the “drive over” garden!

Rain began just as we got done.

Rain began just as we got done.’

the endless fascination of crab pots:

Port parking lot (Allan's photo)

Port parking lot, pots ready for crabbing season (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the way home

on the way home

Home: Skooter likes this spot right inside the front fence.

Home: Skooter likes this spot right inside the front fence.

After work, we took some flowers and food to Our Jenna (Queen La De Da) who just had shoulder surgery.

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Allan made an excursion to the far north (Ocean Park) to return some unused paint to Jack’s Country Store.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The work board has undergone a big change.  No more fall clean up list.  Only the post frost clean up and two projects remain.  (Must replace KBC with Mike’s garden on post frost list!  KBC will probably take care of post frost clean up without our help.)  The “second round of bulb planting” list got accomplished in the easiest way when I made the decision to definitely not plant more bulbs at the A Frame (already planted plenty) and quite possibly no more for Long Beach or me.  (Might change if I see a good end of season deal.)

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If the weather allows, we can do the Anchorage Zen Garden project on Monday, and acquire and apply a yard of mulch to various Long Beach spots this week as well.  We will then be on staycation until the very last round of work which won’t happen till either a hard frost or the approach of the Christmas holidays.

I read a lot of news in the evening and made an effort to update Discover Ilwaco with a post or two about local happenings.

My whole lovely pile of books from the library is sitting unread.  I think the ones about life in World War II England would be appropriate reading for now.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Nothing but rain, reading news, writing these last four blog entries, and an in-person visit, tea, and good deep talk with MaryBeth.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Nov 13:  1:00-5:15  Finally started planting bulbs.  I filled all the remaining terracotta pots with various bulbs in layers with pansies on top.  Received Van Dyck order. [This was a bulb company that may no longer be around.]  Spent several hours checking order in.

1997 (age 73):

Nov 12:  12:30-4:00  It seemed like 8 hours.  I spent all that time in the Tam area weeding, pruning, and digging up all the rocks Skyler made a path with.  I also found several more dahlia bulbs.  Some of the mums and asters are still blooming so I let them alone.  Tomorrow I want to rake up the leaves in front of Wilson’s while they are still dry.  The pile to be shredded is huge.

Nov 13:  12:00-3:00  Today I used the thing I bought some time ago that allows me to rake leaves directly into a bag.  It worked good.  I filled 10 bags full of leaves from in front of Wilsons.  It seemed like 6 or 8 hours.  I quit when I was too tired to finish.  However there will be more leaves to fall so I can finish another day.  I even wore a blister on my hand!

1998 (age 74):

Nov 12:  3 pails of apples today.  Two more trays of slices.  Then I put 7 quart jars in kettle to sterilize them.  I thought I had peeled enough by 6:00 but only filled 5 jars, wasting 2 lids.  A storm is brewing so I hope the rest of the apples fall tonight.  Tomorrow I hope to start washing the dozens of baskets and containers in the shop.

Nov 13:  Noon-6:30  All that time spent peeling enough apples to fill 6 trays and an apple crisp.  It was raining most of the day so I didn’t pick up the apples under the tree.  Overnight the wind must have caused scads of apples to fall because the ground is covered.  I think most of the good apples have fallen.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

I slept in a bit because of the sound of lashing rain and vigorous wind.  By the time I was seated for breakfast, I saw sunshine and decided we should brave the wind.  I was partially influenced by getting a text from Sea Star Gardening‘s Melissa, informing me that she and Dave were two doors down hedge trimming at Mary and Jeff’s place and that they had brought me some plants acquired on a recent trip to Blooming Nursery.

This is a huge hedge trimming project.

This is a huge hedge trimming project.

My new plants: Some more 'Blauer Heinz' boxwoods and some Euonymus 'Green Spire'

My new plants: Some more ‘Blauer Heinz’ boxwoods and some Euonymus ‘Green Spire’

Another bulb order arrived before we left, including 500 crocus.  What was I thinking?  Perhaps my idea when ordering had been to plant more crocus down the center bed in the back garden.  If I pull all the dead outer foliage off of the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river, I could plant them for early spring flowering.

river of Rozanne still blooming today

river of Rozanne still blooming today

I am loving this Helianthus 'Gold Lace'.

I am loving this Helianthus ‘Gold Lace’.

Below is my biggest gardening disappointment of the year.  I spent $70 or so on yet another attempt at growing Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate…for the third or fourth failed time.  We had one very hot 99 degree day in late summer.  The next time I watered, every leaf fell off at the same exact moment and the albizia did not leaf out again, nor do I think it will.

a very expensive apparently very dead stick

a very expensive and apparently very dead stick

I loaded a few boxes of bulbs into the van in hopes of getting through several small jobs today.

Mike’s garden

Mike got some viridiflora and ‘White Parrot’ tulips, some Allium sphaerocephalon and Allium nigrum, some crocuses (with which I am suddenly over-run) and some Iris reticulata and white narcissi.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden is green, white, pink, and blue.

front garden with Schizostylis, either 'Viscountess Byng' or 'Miss Hegarty'

front garden with Schizostylis, either ‘Viscountess Byng’ or ‘Miss Hegarty’

Ilwaco Post Office

I contributed a selection of this year’s bulbs to add to our volunteer garden at the post office.  I didn’t put in any new tulips this year except for the exciting ‘Green Jay’, a new to me fringed green one from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

Tulip 'Green Jay', photo from Brent and Becky

Tulip ‘Green Jay’, photo from Brent and Becky

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ still blooming

schizostylis in the post office garden

schizostylis in the post office garden

World Kite Museum

The tiny pocket garden got some crocuses and some narcissi.  Browsing deer discourage the planting of tulips here.  We had a pleasant chat with gift shop manager Patti, and Allan bought a twirly thing for his garden.  I thought he took a photo of the demo twirly thing that inspired his purchase.  No.  It twirled really well and is made by a fellow who is well known for wind sculptures.

Allan's photo: bulbs ready to plant

Allan’s photo: bulbs ready to plant

I should have planted some alliums in this garden and did not think of it.  That is unfortunate as they would look so good towering above the other plants.  Maybe I will add some elephant garlic later on!

The Anchorage Cottages

Allan installed the newly planted bulb window boxes after removing the summer annuals window boxes.

A lovely, soft furred dog named Kingston was in attendance, companion to the man who is building a new cottage porch near the office.

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me and my new friend, Kingston

me and my new friend, Kingston

Kingston was an absolute delight.

Kingston was an absolute delight.

window box switching (Allan's photo)

window box switching (Allan’s photo)

the old (Allan's photo)

the summer boxes  (Allan’s photo)

We could have left the annuals up for awhile longer.  Over half of them were looking tatty, and I did not want to have to go check on them after every storm.  Maybe I did the switch too soon this year.  On the other hand, I think I often have a habit of letting annuals linger too long.

with manager Beth and two great dogs

with manager Beth and two great dogs

Kingston and Mitzu

Kingston and Mitzu

A cottage guest arrived with a truck.  Allan greatly admired the step and pole that enabled one to get up into the pick up bed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We headed across Pioneer Road toward Diane’s garden and on the way I saw an open sign at…

The Cranberry Museum.

My dear friend Seattle Carol will be visiting soon and I needed to exchange her birthday present t shirt that had been the wrong size.  I love this little museum and want to share some of its treasures with you here.

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Wooden cranberry boxes are used for shelving.

Wooden cranberry boxes are used for shelving.

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You may sense a theme in the gift shop offerings.

You may sense a theme in the gift shop offerings.

bog frog cards by our friend Don Nisbett

bog frog cards by our friend Don Nisbett

looking into the area of museum displays

looking into the area of museum displays

Cranberry Museum

Cranberry Museum

We exited past the WSU Research Station cranberry bogs.

We exited past the WSU Research Station cranberry bogs.

Diane’s garden

One pot that had held a tatty old lavender got completely redone and planted with ‘White Parrot’ tulips.  Pastel tulips, iris reticulata, and crocuses went into many of the other planters..  I am counting on lots of small narcissi to return from a planting we did here last fall.

the potted garden

the potted garden

barberry with Helichrysum 'Limelight'

barberry with Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

My good friend Misty got a belly rub, of course.

My good friend Misty got a belly rub, of course.

We had dropped our trailer at The Red Barn, next door, to make it easier to fit into Diane and Larry’s driveway.

Disney, one of the Red Barn dogs.

Disney, one of the Red Barn dogs.

Next door at The Red Barn

at The Red Barn

Ilwaco

We planted two sets of yellow tulips in the garden boat at Time Enough Books, ‘Formosa’, a late bloomer that is one of my favourites, and the elegant ‘Akebono’.

across from the carousel: windblown Tulip 'Akebono' barely holding on

across from the Long Beach carousel: windblown Tulip ‘Akebono’ barely holding on in late spring

Tulip 'Formosa'

Tulip ‘Formosa’ in Long Beach

Purly Shell Fiber Arts, Time Enough Books, and Ole' Bob's seafood market and café

Purly Shell Fiber Arts, Time Enough Books, and Ole’ Bob’s seafood market and café

I miss going to Salt Pub, but lately I just do not have any energy at the end of the day.  I hope we can go try out their new menu after Bulb Time.

We put five little crocuses, one of each colour, under each of the Ilwaco street trees and tidied up some of the planters a bit.  The wind gusts that had been up to 30 mph had died down and we had a much pleasanter time planting.  In fact, I don’t think I would have tackled this otherwise because First Avenue is a wind corridor on a bad day.

Allan's photos: a planter, before

Allan’s photos: a planter, before

and after. The Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' will need replacing in spring.

and after. The weather battered Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ will need replacing in spring.

the last five street tree crocus going in

the last five street tree crocus going in

At home, Frosty and I examined Allan’s handiwork on the temporary structure for the Corridor of Spooky Plants which must be installed before Halloween.

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I have started collecting plant material. With more wind forecast for the next two days, I daren’t install it yet.  And also, I need access to the garden to finish planting my bulbs.

The work board tonight shows that Bulb Time has never gone so quickly.

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One reason for the speed is getting the bulbs before Daylight Saving Time begins, enabling us to work longer hours before dark (since we never get started early).

We need good weather without big wind to plant at the port and the Bolstad beach approach gardens.  Maybe that means that tomorrow will finally be my day to do the bulb spreadsheets.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 25:  11:30-5:30!  Finished strawberry rows.  Mulched them with straw.  Planted my 15 mums in the corn patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 4 June 2016

We made our usual trip to the Ilwaco Saturday Market; I do like to support the vendors by adding some photos to Discover Ilwaco every week in season.  I had been planning to walk.  We drove because it was already 81 degrees.

On the way, I delivered some flowers to Salt Hotel.

Salt

Salt

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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flowers on the way

flowers on the way

I went in the north door, set the flowers on the table, and out the south door to the market.

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market view from Salt

 

The lounge has been re arranged. Coffee is served here to hotel guests in the morning.

The lounge has been re arranged. Coffee is served here to hotel guests in the morning.

just outside

just outside

I wish I had bought one of these birdhouses. Next time!

I wish I had bought one of these birdhouses. Next time!

It was HOT.

It was HOT.

But not too hot for a belly rub.

But not too hot for a belly rub.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We popped into Time Enough Books to deliver a gardening invoice.

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

A baby was visiting the store.

A baby was visiting the store.

and an oldster, the same age as beloved former shop dog Harper would have been.

and an oldster, the same age as beloved former shop dog Harper would have been.

puppy love

puppy love

After her pals left, Scout kept watch over the market.

After her pals left, shop dog Scout kept watch over the market.

We got our weekly treat at Pink Poppy Bakery.

I suggested to Madeline that she pose with the red poppies in the boatyard garden.

I suggested to Madeline that she pose with the red poppies in the boatyard garden.

Port Office garden

Port Office garden and Basket Case baskets

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The English Nursery booth, where Jane kindly gave me a birdhouse as a present.

The English Nursery booth, where Jane kindly gave me a birdhouse as a present in thanks for our work on Discover Ilwaco.

strawberries

strawberries

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

You might find me and Our Kathleen in this photo.

You might find me and Our Kathleen in this photo.

more plants for sale

more plants for sale

the tall ships (Allan's photo)

the tall ships (Allan’s photo)

Anthony de Luz of Blue Collar Eats garnishing a plate

Anthony de Luz of Blue Collar Eats garnishing a plate

two darling pooches

two darling pooches

I couldn’t take the heat and turned back before I reached the far end of the market booths.

on the way to the van (Allan's photo)

on the way to the van (Allan’s photo)

at home

Due to unbearably hot weather, I spent the afternoon inside catching up on this blog, and following local online news about a frightening dune grass fire in Surfside, started by a campfire (allegedly) right by the dunes.  You can read all about it here.  I was relieved to hear it was contained, as a friend of ours has a home just a couple of blocks from the scorched dunes.  I called her and she was just about to go rescue her cat when the fire got put out by our volunteer firefighting crews.

At five, with the temperature dropping just slightly, I went outside to plant.

Allan was painting some shutters rescued from Denny's KBC burn pile.

Allan was painting some shutters rescued from Denny’s KBC burn pile.

The big pink rose in the (unweeded) patio is at its once blooming peak.

The big pink rose in the (unweeded) patio is at its once blooming peak.

On Fuchsia Lane, I dug up a large section of Persicaria bistorta that has been looking peaky for some reason.

On Fuchsia Lane, I dug up a large section of Persicaria bistorta that has been looking peaky for some reason.

Allan had helped me by putting a very big seven gallon shrub into the wheelbarrow.

Allan had helped me by putting a very big seven gallon shrub into the new wheelbarrow.

I am not used to planting seven gallon plants.  Due to budget considerations, I almost always buy gallon sized plants.

Digging a big hole, I got down to river sand. Our property used to be riverbank.

Digging a big hole, I got down to river sand. Our property used to be riverbank till the port was expanded in the past midcentury.

in 1906, this was what is now the meander line between us and the port parking lot.

in 1906, this was what is now the meander line between us and the port parking lot.

Allan helped me rassle the shrub into the ground.

Allan helped me rassle the Cephalanthus into the ground.

It had been on my want list for several years.

It had been on my want list for several years.

It should do well in this area that is wet in the winter.

It should do well in this area that is wet in the winter.

a frog hanging out on an old barley bag in the water boxes

a frog hanging out on an old barley bag in the water boxes

I went on to more planting: A Callicarpa ‘Profusion’ (third try, maybe a big one will do better than the little guys I have planted before), a new artemisia, a new to me “cushion bush”, and some new annuals tucked into whatever semi-attractive containers I could rustle up.

a haze of "love in a mist"

a haze of “love in a mist”

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Leucophyta brownii

Leucophyta brownii

This new to me artemisia had a gentle, sweet scent.

This new to me artemisia had a gentle, sweet scent.

I am smitten with Artemisia 'Parfum d'Ethiopia'.

I am smitten with Artemisia ‘Parfum d’Ethiopia’.

Allan nobly went off in the evening to water the boatyard garden.

at the boatyard, watering from inside the fence

at the boatyard, watering from inside the fence

sweet peas!

sweet peas!

the boatyard and our trailer

the boatyard and our trailer

I had thought it too windy for a campfire (especially after the unfortunate day in Surfside).  The wind simply disappeared at dusk so we ended our day with a peaceful and pleasant campfire after all.

in the evening: frog chorus begins (Allan's photo)

in the evening: frog chorus begins (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

evening light

evening light

Smokey on Black Cat Lane, looking forward to a fire.

Smokey on Black Cat Lane, looking forward to a fire.

strawberries from the garden and a momentarily vigorous campfire

strawberries from the garden and a momentarily vigorous campfire

pink sky to the east

pink sky to the east

Someone was having a bad evening.  The life flight helicopter arrived at the nearby hospital and then left during the sunset.

Allan's photo: Life Flight

Allan’s photo: Life Flight

We hope whoever was in that helicopter comes home and enjoys more evenings in whatever way is their most favourite.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 4:  The tomatoes I potted look pretty good today.  Picked first strawberries then started weeding the berries and asparagus bed.  Went to bed at 9:00 PM.

1998 (age 74):

June 4:  It was gray but would have been a good day to plant the new perennials.  However, I thought I should get more annual seeds planted for my color bowls.  So I planted from about 11:00-7:00.  Tomorrow, I’ll take more trays out to the shop.  In the evening, I sorted and threw out a lot of magazines and catalogs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Ilwaco

watering Time Enough Books curbside garden (Allan's photo)

watering Time Enough Books curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

Armeria maritima at Time Enough Books

Armeria maritima at Time Enough Books (Allan’s photo)

On our way to planting up the garden boat at Time Enough Books, I saw how great the boatyard garden looks today. On the way out of Ilwaco, we photographed it.

boatyard poppies

boatyard poppies

clamshell railroad sign

clamshell railroad sign

boatyard

boatyard looking south from gate

Allan found a weed.

Allan found a weed photobombing the poppies.

poppies, Allan's photo

poppies, without dandelion, Allan’s photo

poppies and lupines, Allan's photo

poppies and lupines, Allan’s photo

boatyard gate

boatyard gate

looking north

looking north

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Stipa gigantea, my favourite ornamental grass

Stipa gigantea, my favourite ornamental grass

looking north

looking north

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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inspirational boat name

inspirational boat name

interlude

Because I’d had a poor night’s sleep because of thinking of the recent job debacle, I needed coffee from the Great Escape drive through.  I had resolved to call the problematical place of work before going in today, to talk to the manager about how the temporary manager had disliked our garden and tried to take it away from us.  I had time to call as we drove between the Ilwaco work and the next job. Much to my shock, even though the real manager, who has always been a supporter of the garden, was back, she said the prospect did not look good for us, and implied “corporate” had had their attention drawn to the garden by the person who disliked it, and that while she would fight for us, she could not guarantee we still had the gardening job.

I reminded her (not that she needed reminding) that we had created the garden from four weedy scrubby unmowed almost grassless (all weeds) lawn areas, and had done it for a year as volunteers, that we and my mother (before she died) had provided most of the plants for free and that we had charged “grandma rates” for five years since being offered the job after my mom died.

She said just that just last year, someone from high up had come to tour the facility and had said, upon entering the courtyard, “My God, look at this garden!  This is the best looking courtyard of any of our places!”

I did not expect it to play out that the job was still so very much at risk and was taken by surprise.  My concern had simply been what if the temporary manager had been called on to be there again at some time.  By this point in the phone conversation, Allan and I were at the coffee drive through.  I said, “If we don’t have the job, I need to know that I can come get my mom’s….” and I started to cry so hard that I could not say the word “birdbath.”  I started over and tried the sentence again…and could say it…until I got to the word “birdbath” and again I suddenly started crying so hard that I could not say the word.  Three times this happened, and finally she said “You’re trying to say birdbath.”  I replied, “Yes, sorry, I can’t say the word for some reason.”  She assured me I would be able to get it, but that I should wait, because she was going to try more reasoning with the powers on high, and she would call me and let me know on Friday.

I had not even gotten into how two rosebushes there are from my mom’s garden, as is a small yellow rhododendron, all beloved by her, all given supplemental water by me to keep them happy, and this is the wrong time of year to even try to move them to my own garden.  (The rhodo might survive.)  I don’t know the names of the roses(one velvet red, one copper coloured) so I cannot just buy new ones .

We had planned to plant cosmos there today; now I did not know if we were going to plant cosmos or anything else there ever again.

Still reeling mentally, we went on to our next job.  I was halfway through planting there before I even noticed that I had an iced mocha in my cup holder.

The Anchorage Cottages

Mitzu's greeting

Mitzu’s greeting

We planted cosmos in the gardens and annuals in the window boxes and containers.

plants set up for Allan (his photo)

plants set up for Allan (his photo)

plants planted (Allan's photo)

plants planted (Allan’s photo)

center courtyard

center courtyard

by the office

by the office

one of the window boxes

one of the window boxes

The Planter Box

We made a stop for the cosmos we would need for the rest of today and some for tomorrow.

I've had no time to go through the roses to see if perhaps 'Berries and Cream' is in here.

I’ve had no time to go through the roses to see if perhaps ‘Berries and Cream’ is in here.

annuals in the front greenhouse

annuals in the front greenhouse

Both the Planter Box and Basket Case have donated extra plants for that garden that is now perhaps no longer “mine”.

We drove on past the Job in Jeopardy; that garden would get no cosmos today nor would it be weeded or the little lawn strimmed this week.  Perhaps someone else would mow the wee lawn and undo our years of encouraging flowers to grow in it.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

All we had to do here is plant cosmos.  The garden had been carefully mulched with Gardener and Bloome Soil Conditioner by Josephina, her dad and sister, all part of the KBC working crew.  As I get older, and as the Long Beach job has gotten bigger, I appreciate not having to do all the garden tasks here. Although it might be a bit late to mulch, and hard to work around big plants, Mary and Denny were inspired to do so by how dry and hot the weather has been.

While I did the planting, Allan pruned the honeysuckle and rose over the east gate.

during (Allan's photo)

during (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo, during

Allan’s photo, during

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

sit spot in the fenced garden

sit spot in the fenced garden

behind the bench: Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

behind the bench: Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

new buds of Steroidal Giant

new buds of Steroidal Giant

'Polka' Rose

‘Polka’ Rose

view from the sit spot

view from the sit spot

Dutch iris and rose

Dutch iris and rose

I wish I knew this rose's name.

I wish I knew this rose’s name.

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early evening light

early evening light

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

late afternoon sun

late afternoon sun

Marilyn’s Garden

We did not get to Marilyn’s till after five.  If we had been able to do the Job in Jeopardy, we would not have arrived there till at least six.  As it happened, Marilyn’s daughter was there and told us the neigbour’s husband had just moved into the facility of the Job in Jeopardy, and she had been wheeling his chair through the courtyard and they had been loving the garden; his room has a view of the garden.  I said I did not even know if we still HAD that garden in our care, although I did hope that the situation would resolve in our favour soon and that I would know by Friday.  Shock and sympathy were forthcoming.  A lot of people around here are familiar with that garden.

We added cosmos to Marilyn’s garden and weeded.

view from the street

view from the street

looking south

looking south

looking west from the back steps

looking west from the back steps

looking north; I learned from Ann Lovejoy to always leave a space between garden and house for maintenance and air circulation.

looking north; I learned from Ann Lovejoy to always leave a space between garden and house for maintenance and air circulation.

Ilwaco and home

We were back at home over an hour before dusk.  If we had done the Job in Jeopardy as well as all the others, as planned, we would have been leaving Marilyn’s at dusk.  I had time to sort plants for tomorrow and even to admire my own garden (and fret a bit over the weeds).  Allan had time to water the curbside garden at the east end of the port AND the Ilwaco Community Building Garden.  You have probably noticed how many of our gardens require hose watering.

east end curbside, Howerton Avenue (Allan's photo)

east end curbside, Howerton Avenue (Allan’s photo)

east end curbside garden (Allan's photo)

east end curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

community building garden (Allan's photo)

community building garden (Allan’s photo)

Community Building garden, watered (Allan's photo)

Community Building garden, watered (Allan’s photo)

The planting load is getting smaller.

The planting load is getting smaller.

back garden

back garden

Rose 'Radway Sunrise' and Aquilegia 'Clementine White'

Rose ‘Radway Sunrise’ and Aquilegia ‘Clementine White’

Siberian iris

Siberian iris

horsetail, roses, and rue

horsetail, roses, and rue

looking west

looking west

It was so grand to be back to Ilwaco early enough to do some much needed watering and plant sorting that I recalled I had been wishing for just one less job.  I just never thought it would be one that we had given so much love and attention to and one that was so closely connected to my mother.

ginger

1995 (age 71):

May 11: Store day.

1998 (age 74):

May 11:  I just goofed around after sleeping late.  The weather is cold, which would be good to plant but I didn’t feel like it.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

a windy mid-morning with gale warning flags

a windy mid-morning with gale warning flags

some lightness to the west

some lightness to the west

I wanted to get the library garden mulched no matter what the weather!

load one to the Ilwaco Community Building (Ilwaco Timberland Library)

first load to the Ilwaco Community Building (Ilwaco Timberland Library)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

plenty of rain

plenty of rain

bucket application of Soil Energy

bucket application of Soil Energy

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

second load!

second load!

Neither rain, nor sleet, will stop us today.

Neither rain, nor sleet, will stop us today.

Back home with this much mulch left

Back home with this much mulch left, I urgently wanted to finish spreading it.

the glorious moment of a completely erased 2016 work board!

the glorious moment of a completely erased 2016 work board!

Staycation REALLY begins now.  This time, I mean it!

And then we changed out of wet and muddy clothes and went to Time Enough Books for a reading by Robert Michael Pyle.

Our Time Enough garden boat

Our Time Enough garden boat

As we approached, we could see from the way the boats looked to the south of the buildings that the tide was at its peak.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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The sun was about to come out and the sky looked like we were probably going to miss a rainbow.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

In the bookstore, we met our good friend J9 and settled in to hear Robert Pyle read from the new edition of Wintergreen (with a new forward and an afterward that updates the stories).

Robert Michael Pyle

Robert Michael Pyle

Bookstore owner Karla introduced the author.

Bookstore owner Karla introduced the author.

an older edition of Wintergreen

an older edition of Wintergreen

"All this is the rain world."

“All this is the rain world.”

Right after the reading, we had to rush off to get the the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum before they closed.  They have a certain item in their gift shop which I needed to complete a Christmas package that needed mailing the next day.

Scout says goodbye.

Scout says goodbye.

At the Museum, we were able to catch the last two songs of Tuba Christmas, which is usually the holiday tradition of J9 and me; this year, as we all agreed, books trumped tubas.

entering the museum

entering the museum

the museum Christmas village

the museum Christmas village

a full house (Allan's photo)

a full house (Allan’s photo)

Astoria Tuba Quartet (Allan's photo)

Astoria Tuba Quartet (Allan’s photo)

Back home, I thought I could maybe get all the mulch moved before pitch dark….and then….

Rain so hard it was bouncing!

Rain so hard it was bouncing!

Allan covering the pile

Allan covering the pile

I went in, took coat off, rain stopped, put coat on, rushed back out, rain began again, gave up.

Allan's photo: A bad word may have been being said.

Allan’s photo: A bad word may have been being said.

The rain gave Allan the opportunity to fix the red wheelbarrow's cracking handles.

The rain gave Allan the opportunity to fix the red wheelbarrow’s cracking handles.

Monday, 14 December 2015

A beautiful winter day enabled me to get the last two or more yards of mulch applied to beds in the front and back garden.

Allan's photo; didn't even need a jacket today

Allan’s photo; didn’t even need a jacket today

Happy me!

Happy me!

Meanwhile, Allan ran errands having to do with last minute Christmas shopping.

at the port, while visiting the Don Nisbett Gallery (Allan's photo)

at the port, while visiting the Don Nisbett Gallery (Allan’s photo)

a cat seen in Seaview near the Sportsmen's Cannery

a cat seen in Seaview near the Sportsmen’s Cannery

I walked all round the garden in the afternoon and admired the various mulched spots.

front, west side

front, west side

front, middle path

front, middle path

front, east bed

front, east bed

back garden

back garden

back, east side

back, east side

looking north

looking north

looking south

looking south

still moisty

still moisty

I do hope for a winter campfire or two.

I do hope for a winter campfire or two.

bogsy mulch

bogsy mulch

Frosty joined my tour.

Frosty joined my tour.

more lovely mulching

more lovely mulching

southwest corner

southwest corner

windfall branches

windfall branches

bogsy swale

bogsy south swale

the meander line ditch

the meander line ditch (at the south edge of our property)

to the south: crab pots still waiting for the season to open

to the south: crab pots still waiting for the season to open

inside the fence: middle swale

inside the fence: middle swale

apres wind

apres wind

west path, looking south

west path, looking south

Well satisfied, I was able to settle in to an evening of reading.

cat

Surprise, another chef-y book!

Surprise, another chef-y book!

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The book was published in 1998.

Montana Mary’s Christmas package arrived, provided a dessert of holiday cookies:

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tonight's assortment of pumpkin and pecan pie cookies

tonight’s assortment of pumpkin and pecan pie cookies

Later the same evening.

Later the same evening.

Now begins the 12 days of Christmas (perhaps not the tradition 12 days) with social events piled up and alternating almost every other day with potential reading and perhaps boating days.  While we enjoy this social whirl, I have a series of restrospective photo galleries and slide shows lined up for your enjoyment.

 

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