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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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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Today was the day we helped Jenna move her Queen La De Da shop from the Port of Ilwaco to downtown Ilwaco.  Fortunately, the start time was not till after noon, as I had been up into the small hours finishing yesterday’s novel, The Husband’s Secret.  I have now found out it was a New York Times best seller, a well deserved honour.

Smokey and Mary, when we departed.

Smokey and Mary, when we departed.

At noon, we went to Jenna’s new shop and potted up two trees to enhance her entry, and then dropped the extra potting soil back home again.

Not much had happened in cat land.

Not much had happened in cat land.

Drizzle would have kept me from gardening.  The garden did look grand in the soft light.

from the front gate

from the front gate

tulips in the front garden

tulips in the front garden (the fuzzy things on the soil are last year’s cardoon flowers)

pulsatilla 'Red Clock'

pulsatilla ‘Red Clock’

Tulip 'Leo', one of my favourites with its raggedy edge.

Tulip ‘Leo’, one of my favourites with its raggedy edge.

The young Bartlett pear tree in Allan’s garden has enough blossoms this year to evoke, with its sharp clean scent,  memories of the huge Bartlett tree in my Grandma’s garden.  I hope to live long enough to see it get this big:

pear tree from my back roof, Seattle 1989

pear tree from my back roof, “Gram’s garden”, Seattle 1989

The hellebores, still blooming, and someday to be under a pear tree’s shade, are fading to an interesting array of colours.

fade to black

fade to black

I’m hoping Allan will crawl under the old apple tree trunk behind that hellebore and pull all this shotweed and touch me not:

needs someone agile!

needs someone agile!

On to moving.  We started earlier than the rest of the friends so that Allan could dismantle Jenna’s big desk.  At one o clock, several others arrived.  I had the van almost loaded with handy same size cardboard moving boxes as other helpers went up and down the ramp into the Uhaul.

The owners of Heidi's Inn, Ilwaco, pitching in.

The owners of Heidi’s Inn, Ilwaco, pitching in.

unloading at Jenna's new shop on Spruce Street.

unloading at Jenna’s new shop on Spruce Street.  (The twisty tree is the one she wanted for her entrance.)

She’s losing the water view, but gaining lots more vehicle traffic, as everyone who drives through town from Astoria to Long Beach will pass her art gallery/studio.  It’s right across a small parking lot from the Antique Gallery, Too!   I took the opportunity to get some more photos for The Antique Gallery Facebook page.

Antique Gallery Too!

Antique Gallery Too!

inside Antique Gallery Too!

inside Antique Gallery Too!

While Allan reassembled Jenna’s desk (so large it had had to be dismantled for moving), I visited the Antique Gallery on Lake Street to talk with owner Robert about next Saturday’s cash mob.  If you are in town, you might attend our antiques extravaganza between the two Antique Gallery shops, the thrift store on Lake Street, and Olde Towne Trading Post Cafe, from 11-4 on Saturday, April 12.  I hope a good number of locals descend on the shops and spend at least a few dollars each.  (The Antique Gallery has the littlest  sea green glass floats for only $9.00 each.)

the little fishing floats are a good cash mob purchase...

the little fishing floats are a good cash mob purchase…

I pulled a few weeds from under the street trees while progressing from one shop to the other.

trees

By four thirty, I was home again, quite pooped.  I managed to take a few garden photos before sitting down to blog about Saturday’s events.

our garden boat

our garden boat

parrot tulips in the boat

‘Apricot Parrot’ tulips in the boat

more tulips in the back garden, bowed by rain

more tulips in the back garden, bowed by rain and wind

in the back garden

in the back garden

tulips backed with Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'

tulips backed with Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’

Backing up the photo a little bit gives the real story of the back garden:  I need to have a thorough weeding session for the thready little horsetail and the shotweed.

soon, I hope!

soon, I hope!

The shotweed is a satisfying weed to pull (as long as its seeds don’t shoot into my eyes).  The horsetail feels hopeless because one can never get all the roots.  If I were retired, I would be able to discourage it with constant removal.  (Ann Lovejoy says the best method is to break it off at the base rather than pull it.  I don’t have time for that in my life as it is now.)

Meanwhile, at the former shop of Queen La De Da, Allan helped return the hallway to its original blue paint.  The map of Ilwaco and its historic depiction of Tangly Cottage Gardening is no more!

We're in the lower left corner.

We were  in the lower left corner.

We were flattered to be on the map.

We were flattered to be on the map.

but there we go under dark blue paint...

but there we go under the dark blue paint that had coated the hallway when Jenna moved in…

We’re confident that Jenna’s new digs will have the same magic as the old shop.

 

 

 

 

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