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Monday, 25 April 2016

Fortunately, a three day weekend enabled me to make up for yesterday’s all-reading day by some weeding on the west side of the back garden.  I did allow myself to be distracted by Dave and Mel working on the hedge just two doors down.

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two doors down: Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) are going to tackle this hedge.


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Dave pruning (Allan’s photo)


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Melissa weeding (Allan’s photo)


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progress (Allan’s photo); the hedge goes all the way round the back of this lot, which is as long as ours.


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west side front garden


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west side back garden, my target area


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more of the target area


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admiring Allan’s fence work from yesterday, from the inside of the garden.


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and the nicely mown lawn

I managed to get completely distracted from my goal and weeded down the west side bed instead:

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I could not get further distracted into weeding the south end of the garden because a brisk wind was making the alder grove emit ominous cracking sounds on occasion.

Melissa asked what the golden Cistus was in the side bed above.  Fortunately, I was able to unearth the tag.

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Cistus ‘Mickie’ from Terra Nova

She also admired another young shrub of mine.  It took me two hours to remember the name, which finally popped into my head.

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Fremontodendron

In the early evening, Dave and Mel knocked off the pruning and weeding job of theirs and we went down to Salt for a late lunch…without Allan, who had, at my urging, gone sailing on the rather windy day.

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our view from Salt Pub

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a mojito, tart and limey and minty, maybe a new favourite drink


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We each had the tuna melt.

After some pleasant lingering, Mel and Dave left for their home at the north end of the peninsula and I simply forced myself to weed for another hour.  The chilly wind was more conducive to going indoors.

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Smokey kept me company.


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back garden


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These tulips have been blooming for weeks.


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west bed


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I had done fairly well in my target area.


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less weedy for sure


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evening glow


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very late blooming tulips…Might be T. ‘Fantasy’


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front garden thickening up


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front garden


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Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’


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Tulips ‘Green Wave’, ‘Green Star’, ‘Formosa’

Next post:  Allan’s boating day.

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preview from Allan’s boating day

Tomorrow, we begin four days of work begin to get the towns ready for next weekend’s annual parades.

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1995 (age 71):

April 25:  Another wasted day except:  Moved planted pots of Forest Farm plants out of greenhouse to make room for begonias.  I’ll have to cover them with something as it’s supposed to get close to freezing tonight.

1997 (age 73):

April 25: 1:00-4:30  Planted the rest of the new strawberries.  Then I dug the plants between the 2 Tristar rows and trimmed them so now I have 4 trays of Tristars to plant.  I’m going to plant the small ones in one of my square trays.

1998 (age 74):

April 25:  I slept till 11:00.  I worked out about 2 1/2 hours.  I tried to put new bulbs in shop light but it fell out twice so I gave up.  I finished transplanting the tomato seedlings (at least I thought I did).  After I put everything away I saw another tray under the light near the freezer.  Some of the plants I potted were small but I have so many I potted them, too.  The next job is the begonias!

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Friday, 15 April 2016, part two

We took an intermission from Long Beach to do the weekly check up on the Anchorage Cottages gardens.

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The sweet peas are just barely up, and we need to build a trellis soon.

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Tulip ‘White Parrot’

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my favourite tulip, ‘Green Wave’

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Tulips ‘Virichic’ and ‘Fantasy’

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Tulip ‘Spring Green’

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center courtyard

back to Long Beach

Allan and I planted some Nicotiana langsdorfii and weeded in Fifth Street Park.

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At one point I tried to open the sliding door of that OTHER silver van.  Fortunately, it did not have an alarm.

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Fifth Street Park, mostly green so far.  The little violets that I fight with look pretty along the edge right now.

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Fifth Street Park with camassia

Allan went to the center parking lot berm to weed while I did the walkaround deadheading and weeding of the main street planters and street trees.  Join me as I walked down one side, up the other, and back again.

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the foliage of Tulip greigii ‘Fire of Love’

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T greigii ‘Fire of Love’ and T ‘Orange Princess’

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Asphodeline lutea is coming on.

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sparaxis

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a new shop: auto oriented vintage

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diascia that not only came through the winter but is blooming already

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a busy planter, with lithodora and hardy geranium going back to volunteer planter days

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Tulip ‘Strong Gold’ and Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’

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The clipping of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ begins, which will result in smaller flowers and sturdier plants.

I was thrilled when Melissa (not our gardening Melissa), who owns Roots Juice, Salad, and Java Bar in Ilwaco, parked so that I could finally meet her pet pig, Prince Piggy.

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Prince Piggy in person

He is as friendly as the friendliest dog, uses a litter box, snuggles, and will only get to 17 pounds.  I spent the rest of the day very much infatuated and wanting a piggy of my very own.

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an unfortunate amount of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ foliage

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Tulip ‘Rococo’

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Renee O’Connor obelisk

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Dutch iris ‘Eye of the Tiger’ in Fifth Street Park

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Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

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Tulip ‘Madonna’ and ‘Virichic’

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Tulip ‘Antoinette’

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Tulip ‘Antionette’ and Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’

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I’m still mad that this planter by Cottage Bakery has one side totally smashed.

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Tulip ‘Green Wave’ in bud by NIVA green

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‘Greenland’ and ‘Green Wave’

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Tulip ‘Greenland’

There is a big missing piece in the planter pictured above.  Sometime in the last week, someone stole one of the two Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’ and smoothed over the hole.

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The planter had two daphnes, going back to volunteer days…

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and now one is gone, gone gone.

Now what to do?  Either we acquire a new daphne, which is available at The Planter Box but won’t be big like the other, OR we take out the solitary one left and replant the whole planter with something new.  I will wait till after the May 1st parade to decide, I think.  A change would allow this planter to have more summer flowers.  I am pretty sure whoever stole the daphne will find that they do not transplant well and in fact I hope it up and dies on them.

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darling Tulip batalinii ‘Bright Gem’

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Tulip ‘White Parrot’

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Tulip batalinii ‘Bright Gem’ (I think) and some unfortunate red weedy clover

As I passed NIVA green on the other side of the street, heading south again, owner/artist Heather Ramsay caught up to me and gave me a literary gift.

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Thanks, Heather and Wes!

I was also pleased when Boreas Inn Susie drove by and informed me, “You rock!”

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street tree garden (might be N. ‘Sun Disc’)

With all the planters done, I joined Allan at the center berm.

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the three parking lot berms, bottom edge of photo, with Veterans Field to the right

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Allan’s photo: It was pretty solid weeds in the berm.

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He was tired.

We had decided to not pull all the clover, etc. out, as this so called berm has so little in it that it is easier to just string trim it when the annual quaking grass is done.

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Allan had pulled out all the dandelions.

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Allan’s photo: holes where once were dandelions

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Allan’s photo: quaking oat grass and rugosa rose

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Allan’s photo: still wild, but dandelion free

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He had this far left to go, on another day.

If we had time, we would strip this out and plant something more interesting, something that could hold up to NO water all summer long.  However, the string trimmer will probably suffice for this berm.

When we dumped our debris, we got five buckets of Soil Energy from our City Works pile to add to a low planter on the Bolstad beach approach.

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before

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after, with a stolen santolina replaced

With the rest of our time, we added some plants to two of the planters on Sid Snyder Drive, the ones we had dug out and redone last fall.

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species tulips

Some passersby were entranced with the little species tulip.

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Allan’s photo

(T batalinii ‘Bright Gem’ is what I was thinking, although the other one I thought was Bright Gem has less wavy foliage so now I am feeling confused.)

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I love the way they bloom at ground level.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo; we hope finger blighters leave this alone!

At the beginning of this long day, I had learned that Salt Hotel Pub is now open till 9PM on weekends.  That meant we would have time to go there for dinner.

Salt Pub

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Allan’s photo

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downstairs with some tulips from our garden

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upstairs view

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pleased they now have a hard cider

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Allan’s photo

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soup of the day: potato, green garlic, and bacon: delectable

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Allan’s burger

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mac and cheese and salad

We were celebrating the glorious fact that we had gotten enough work done to take a three day weekend, most of which I intended to spend weeding my own garden.

(For those of you following along on my mom’s old garden diaries, I accidentally posted her entries for April 15th on the blog for April 14th.  Oops!)

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