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Saturday, 26 March 2016

We got up early (for us) in order to go to the high school and caucus for Bernie Sanders.  At this caucus for the democrats, Bernie was the most popular candidate by far, leading to a larger number of Bernie delegates being sent to the state convention.

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Outside the high school. We live in a fishing town.

If you wish to know  how it works, you can read more about the event here:

“PACIFIC COUNTY — During Saturday’s Democratic caucuses, Pacific County voters showed an overwhelming preference for Bernie Sanders, the Vermont democratic socialist who has galvanized young voters with his populist platform.

Just over 81 percent of the county’s caucus participants supported Sanders, and just under 19 percent supported Clinton — a 62 percent margin, according to the Washington State Democrats website. That means Pacific County will send 77 Sanders delegates, and 18 Clinton delegates to the next step in the process, the 19th Legislative District convention.”

I am pleased to live in such a progressive area.

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at the caucus

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Tiffany Turner of Adrift Hotel opens the proceedings.

Above: To the right in red is Karen Brownlee, the potter who organized the recent Empty Bowls event.

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Del Murry, Long Beach city councilman and, like me, a Ramones fan.

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My friend Annie and I picked different candidates but were getting along fine. (Allan’s photo)

I did not like it one little bit when the reporter from the local paper stuck her camera right up in our faces without asking.  Allan managed to take the above photo without my even knowing he was doing so.

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The counting of the paper ballots.  (Photo taken unobstrusively from the other end of the table!)

Our table adjourned into another building to hear some citizen speeches about why each of the two candidates was supported (Bernie, except for three speakers).

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I find it hard to stand for a long stretch of time because of knee pain and lightheadedness, so we left before the speeches ended, having already done the important part of making our choice.  And our minds were not going to be changed; that was the purpose of the speechifying (some of it most eloquent, especially when I was in agreement); at the end, attendees would be given the opportunity to change their choice.  Oh, how sad it makes me to not choose the female candidate.  It would be a wonder to see a liberal woman president in my lifetime.  As a feminist since age 12, it is disappointing, but I just find Ms. Clinton too hawkish and too much of the moneyed class.  I’ll vote for her if she wins the national nomination, which I do think she will because…money wins.  However, we live in hope.

On the way out of the parking lot, we drove by the two excellent flowers displays that someone has planted along School Road.

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Allan’s photo

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Depot Restaurant

We had a brief mission at the Depot: deadheading.

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Allan’s photo

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Long Beach

More deadheading ensued in Long Beach along with the planting of two of my birthday Asphodeline lutea ‘Italian Gold’.

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Allan was asked what these are: Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’, a naturalizing little tulip which has formed a good clump among the rugosa roses by the police station.

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Tulip clusiana ‘Lady Jane’

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Tulip clusiana ‘Lady Jane’

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Tulip acuminata

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I am smitten with these weird thin tulips.

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Tulip acuminata

 

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Tulip ‘Exotic Emperor’ and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

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Allan’s photo: The most boring planter for the rest of the year is in its brief moment of glory.

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Allan’s photo: our nemesis in a tulip

I see that Allan also noticed my new-this-year Tulip acuminata.

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Tulip acuminata (Allan’s photo)

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Tulip acuminata (Allan’s photo)

“The rare Fire Flame or Turkish Tulip dates back to at least the early 1800s. This rare heirloom has a wild form with uniquely narrow yellow flower petals edged and prominently tipped scarlet.”  (Van Engelen)  They are $2 apiece!

Basket Case Greenhouse

Last time we’d been to the Basket Case, I had been in too much leg pain to shop properly, so today we made up for it with another purchase and some more photos for the Basket Case Facebook page..

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greenhouse kitty (Allan’s photo)

I asked Allan to go to the way back yard to get a photo of skunk cabbage.

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Fred told him that a British man had asked if the nursery had them for sale, and said that in the UK, they are sold as “swamp lanterns”.  I was so pleased, as I was going to say again in the blog that I had read that they are called swamp lanterns in the UK.  I had been afraid to Google and find out it was not true, because I like the story so much.  Much joy that it is confirmed by Fred’s customer.

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Swamp Lanterns is such a good name.

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Allan’s photo: The hanging baskets, still young, will be completely covered with flowers later on.

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Fred and I discussed more possible plants to order.

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I got my birthday violas…forgot last time.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I had some seeds to plant (bachelor buttons and sweet peas), along with some gladiolus bulbs donated by our client Jo.

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at last some colour in the Golden Sands garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Deadheading narcissi, a bit of weeding, and planting of sweet peas took place at KBC, along with a discussion of knee replacement by friend and KBC manager Denny, who has had one knee done and may have the second about the same time that I have my first.  Denny is very happy with his new knee.  He said that the one thing I must NOT do is push the knee out sideways and “pop it out”.  I worried over this for quite some time while working, as this is how I work, and is how I have gardened for forty years.

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I think I am going to be in trouble.

My “bad” leg (right) is always straight and my good leg (left) bent.  If I forget to bend my knee now and then on the bad one, it locks straight and is hell to bend.  How am I going to relearn how to work in a way that does not push my leg sideways? I  pivot on that leg pretty much all workday long.  I have 7-10 months to try to figure out a solution to this.  It is making me rethink the whole thing a bit.  I wonder if I could get a brace to wear instead of a new knee.  (I am not kidding, nor am I making light of polio, which my former partner had as a child.)

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(Edited the next day to add:  My friend Sheila told me about knee braces that tennis players can wear after knee surgery.  I especially like the look of one like this:

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And another friend who has had both knees replaced tells me it is only until the knee gets strong again that you must worry about it going sideways.  So my concerns have been laid to rest.)

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People think my back must hurt but it is generally powerful and cooperative.

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clam cleaning shed patio (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo, clam shed patio

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clothes drying on the deck of one of the cottages (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Euphorbia (Allan’s photo)

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Callistemon (Allan’s photo)

The reminds me, why why why do I still not have an Embothrium in my collection?

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sword fern unfurling (Allan’s photo)

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in the fenced garden

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Erythronium (from my mom’s garden)

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gorgeous new foliage of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ (will get eight feet tall)

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buds on Peony ‘Molly the Witch’

Real name is mlokosewitschii.

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Tulip ‘Orange Princess’

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one of the little narcissi

I had wanted to deadhead and the Anchorage Cottages and then plant three plants in Long Beach on the way home.  A long rain storm passed over us all the way south so we just went straight to the…

Port of Ilwaco.

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looking west from the east end port garden (Allan’s photo)

Editorializing: Nearby, grass by the parking lot was Round-up-ed.  Does it look better this way or green?

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Now it does not have to be mowed or strimmed.  But…

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narcissi to deadhead (Allan’s photo)

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prowling for deadheads (Allan’s photo)

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Tulip turkestanica closed up for the evening (Allan’s photo)

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garden boat at Time Enough Books.  (Owner Karla named it, not me.)

I had picked some rosemary for Salt Hotel’s kitchen and, after delivering it and having a pleasant chat with Julez and Laila, we returned home, after making a spontaneous stop to pop three plants into one of the Ilwaco planters (Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, a variegated oregano and a golden thyme).

More knee thoughts:  From my seat in the van, upon leaving and arriving home, I see this cluster of grassy weeds on the edge of the garden.

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little weeds

I find it extremely difficult to believe that I am supposed to not pull these for THREE months after the operation.  I know the first month will hurt, but come on!  There is no way I am going to be able to resist pulling weeds like this, especially if I am not going to work.  Some long handled tools are in order; I am used to bending right down and grabbing out any weed I see.

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a grand bit of front garden

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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front garden

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Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’

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Erythronium (dogtooth violet)

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Fritillaria meleagris

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Tulip ‘Gavota’, three years old and getting smaller in flower

Guest photo:

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bouquet and photo by Todd Wiegardt for a memorial service

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 72):

March 26:  Don came to help chipping of pile behind garage but the chipper cord was stuck too tight to start machine.  I left message for Bill [her “handyman”] to see if he can get it going.

1998 (age 73):

March 26: 1:00-4:30  Cool—rainy and sunshine.  I started a big job today.  How come I like to work in my strawberries best?  I started cleaning the rows.  The first one was easy—mostly new plants from Gordons.  But by the time I started the second row, I realized most plants needed to be divided and it’s easier to dig all the plants and divide them at the work table so I tried that but got rained on.  I divided them in the greenhouse.  I hope to continue this work tomorrow but it will take several days.

 

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Friday, 4 April 2014

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

Frosty, from Allan's study window.

Frosty, from Allan’s study window.

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

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

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

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

And then the sun was out.

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

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

the good ship 'Ann Lovejoy'

the good ship ‘Ann Lovejoy’

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

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middle garden bed

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

with pesky blue scilla and lovely pulmonaria

with pesky blue scilla and lovely pulmonaria

street corner of Mike's garden

street corner of Mike’s garden

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

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

brilliant!

brilliant!

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

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

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

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

before…a twinberry had seeded into the front bed

After Allan tackled it, it is gone.

After Allan tackled it, it is gone.

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

Luanne's present from Jenna

Luanne’s present from Jenna

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

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

olde book decor at Olde Towne Coffee Café

olde book decor at Olde Towne Coffee Café

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

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

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

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Long Beach: tulip buds full of promise

Long Beach: tulip buds full of promise

tulip bud, primroses, muscari

tulip bud, primroses, muscari

frilly parrot tulip buds

frilly parrot tulip buds

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Tulip ‘New Design’ (with white edged leaves)

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

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and...light rain in the city works yard

and…light rain in the city works yard

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

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Andersen's RV Park

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

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

our various gardens at Andersen's

our various gardens at Andersen’s

the road box before

the road box before

Hallelujah: The nasturtiums reseeded!

Hallelujah: The nasturtiums reseeded!

after

after

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

Narcissi by Payson Hall (the clubhouse)

Narcissi by Payson Hall (the clubhouse)

Payson Hall planters

Payson Hall planters

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

These are probably bright enough!

These are probably bright enough!

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

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

looking west by one of six whiskey barrels

looking west by one of six whiskey barrels

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

Argh.  Next time...

Argh. Next time…

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

tulip buds by the office

tulip buds by the office

and by the picket fence

and by the picket fence

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

picket fence garden….no sweet peas up yet.

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

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

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

picket fence and office

picket fence and office

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Nature put a ring on it.

inside the fenced garden

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

garden shed garden

garden shed garden

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

N Alley, just west of Pacific Highway

N Alley, just west of Pacific Highway

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

Kudos to this terraced garden.

Kudos to this terraced garden.

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

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

a bit further south, a bowling ball display

a bit further south, a bowling ball display

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

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

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

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

At The Anchorage: small cupped narcissi are my favourites.

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

trilllums fading to pink

trilllums fading to pink

brick planter in the office courtyard

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

Tulip 'Gavota' in its third year

Tulip ‘Gavota’ in its third year

a pot of fresh new tulips

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

more spectacularly frilly parrot tulip buds

more spectacularly frilly parrot tulip buds

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

sodden and dead!

sodden and dead!

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

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

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

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

in The Wooden Horse

in The Wooden Horse

a new collection of frogs

a new collection of frogs

I know someone who should have this.

I know someone who should have this.

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

happy

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

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 14 November, 2013

Although we had a big bulbing day planned, we just had to make a brief stop at Olde Towne to see Luanne, who had been gone for 13 days to visit her daughter, son-in-law and grand daughters in Maine.

She's back!

She’s back!

We had the briefest of visits (she had time to sit at a table for maybe two minutes) and then we had to be on our way till a rainy day.  Soon we will be back for a proper sit down, I hope!

I had hoped that today would be the rainy day as I would have liked to have had time to sort, at home on the sorting table (with my sorting hat on?) the Long Beach bulbs into tidy batches with a bag ready for each planter.  That did not happen.  However, being able to set the boxes with easy access from the side doors of our new van made it possible to sort right on the job.  That is the main reason that this year, we are experiencing Bulb Time rather than Bulb Hell.  The new vehicle and the pleasant weather are collaborating to make it the easiest bulbs season in my experience.  Getting bulb crates into and out of Allan’s two door Saturn was not a happy time.

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easy access

I had a little “office” set up on my passenger seat with clipboard and pen.  What luxury.

Down by the empty lot on Third Street, where the birds had view unimpeded by building of me setting tasty morsels of bulbs out on the edge of the planters, I garnered lots of attention.

These two...

These two…

and especially this one.

and especially this one.

The gull who staked out the bulbs actually did not get a single one, but it sure did want to.

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pacing and plotting

pacing and plotting

closer

closer

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acting cool near the bag of bulbs

acting cool near the bag of bulbs

Only my presence right there kept him thwarted.

Only my presence right there kept him thwarted.

Years ago, I learned not to lay out bulbs all down the length of the beach approach garden before planting them.

bulb planting on the beach approach in 2004

bulb planting on the beach approach in 2004

(Now that rugosa roses have pretty much taken over the beach approach garden and now that we have full care of the Long Beach planters, we don’t plant many new bulbs out there anymore.)

There are a few businesses with such a strong colour theme that I try to plant bulbs that sort of match.

Tulip 'White Parrot' in fron the blue and white Home at the Beach gift shop.

I planted Tulip ‘White Parrot’ in fron the blue and white Home at the Beach gift shop.

Red Parrot tulip 'Rococo' did very well last year so I planted more near this red cottage.

Red Parrot tulip ‘Rococo’ did very well last year so I planted more near this red cottage.

The lower tulip is 'Rococo', last spring.

The lower tulip is ‘Rococo’, last spring.

A couple of years ago I had the perfect colour match for the Hungry Harbour Grille:

Tulip 'Gavota' matched the paint trim perfectly.

Tulip ‘Gavota’ matched the paint trim perfectly.

The Cottage Bakery also called for red 'Rococo'.

This year, The Hungry Harbor and The Cottage Bakery both got Rococo.

Red tulips are my least favourite (except for the fabulous ‘Rococo’ with its green flames).  I always have plenty of “green” tulips as they are my favourites.  That makes it easy to plant green ones in front of Niva green.

Niva green, last spring

Niva green, last spring; this year it will get ‘Green Wave’

Maybe some year I will buy tulips in tiny (more expensive) quantities so that I can match every building!

I tried not to do any projects other than planting, but one that did need doing today was to dig out two big, old, woody Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ from a planter by the Fifth Street Park.

Allan used our cool new shovel from Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.

Allan used our cool new shovel from Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.

old Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

old Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

woody center

woody center

I have many Autumn Joy sedums around and so I just went to the park and got two fresh new division for the planter, after Allan added some new potting soil.  I think every Autumn Joy in every park and garden that we do on the Peninsula is a division of the one I brought down from Seattle in autumn of 1992!

While on the same block, I enjoyed seeing two peace posters in the “Herb ‘N’ Legend” smoke shop windows.

peace

peace

While Schizostylis can fill up a planter too vigourously, it can also choose to bloom in a perfect late season floral arrangement.

Schizostylis by Fifth Street

Schizostylis by Fifth Street

I had a passerby ask me about it today, but she did so when I was not by a planter than had it, or I would have yanked some up and given it to her.  Later, when I was working by The Wooden Horse gift shop, manager Linda came out and saw a blooming piece of this very Schizostylis in our trailer (accidentally pulled while planting bulbs by the lamp post) so I gave the rooted piece to her;  I should dig her up a nice clump!

outside The Wooden Horse...I like the sign with clothespins for photos or postcards.

outside The Wooden Horse…I like the sign with clothespins for photos or postcards.

Today’s easiest planter was the one by the Carousel where we had dug out vinca recently and replaced it with nice fluffy dirt.  I was glad to see no birds watching this one as the bulbs would be easy picking with no plants to protect them.

The easiest planter to plant was the one by the carousel...recently dug out vinca and replaced with fluffy soil.

The easiest planter today.

I put in two little golden marjoram starts (dug from another planter) and two little Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ starts (snagged from a park).

Hungry Harbor Grille

Hungry Harbor Grille

When I got as far as The Hungry Harbor Grille, I remembered that tonight is Mexican night (every Thursday offseason) and that, because I had finished the big bulb sorting, we could go after work!

It had taken, as always, what seemed an incredible long time to get just that far.  Some rain began.  I examined the sky.  Was the blue just a sucker hole?

This is what a sucker hole looks like.

This is what a sucker hole looks like.

The blue came through for me and the rain stopped.

While Allan planted the last planters on the block south of the Bolstadt stop light, I put tiny bulbs in the four Fish Alley barrels.  The tapestry effect I was trying for is still working.

Fish Alley, one of four planters

Fish Alley, one of four planters

In went some species crocus, some Iris reticulata, some snowdrops and some Narcissi ‘Baby Moon’.  I plant Baby Moon every year and am adding 410 more to the planters this year because it reliably blooms during the annual first-Satuday-in-May parade.

Moon rise over Fish Alley

Moon rise over Fish Alley

From the alley, I could see the most amazing sky to the west:  wild shapes of clouds outline in pink.  I had bulbs all placed ready to plant and could not abandon them and a building was between me and any long distance photo of the sky.  We did get out to the beach.  While the clouds still looked impressive, the outline of pink had gone.

beyond the boardwalk

beyond the boardwalk

I will scour Facebook to see if any local caught the sunset on film!

I will scour Facebook to see if any local caught the sunset on film!

It was mildly frustrating to have run out of daylight with eight planters and two trees still to do on the main street.  It always takes me by surprise what a long job it is to plant the bulbs there.

We had our comforting Mexican dinner and came home, NOT to sort bulbs.  Instead, I finally added thirteen days of time card information to the work spread sheet.  Sometimes this blog is essential to remembering what we did on a certain day.

And the cats snoozed…

Smokey and Mary

Smokey and Mary

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I had a flurry of photographing the downtown Long Beach planters during tulip time, and then, like with most of 2012, became distracted by our garden tour preparation and slacked off on recording the rest of the year in pictures.

Long Beach Welcome Sign

Long Beach Welcome Sign

On April 1st, we found that deer had at long last discovered the tulips in the Long Beach welcome sign (above), right about where Allan is standing.  I thought for sure they would eat them all but they only nipped a few down at that end.

They do come right into the main drag of Long Beach and eat tulips from some of the planters at street intersections.

29 April: Tulip 'Gavota'

29 April: Tulip ‘Gavota’

Sometimes I do try colour coordination (like matching yellow flowers to the yellow Portside Café in Ilwaco), and above, I chose Tulip ‘Gavota’ to match the trim colours of the Hungry Harbor Grille.

29 April in front of NIVA green

29 April in front of NIVA green

NIVA green in Long Beach is my favourite gift shop, well, ever.  The artist who owns the shop, Heather Ramsay, has a connection with me because her sister gardened with me way back in 1998 or so, then moved back to the city to start a family.  I had met Heather back then and was just thrilled when she moved here and opened this shop, thus putting me back in touch with her sister, as well.  (In early January of 2013, I had the joy of having dinner here at the beach with Heather, her sister, and her sister’s two daughters!)

by NIVA green

by NIVA green

I had every intention of having green tulips in the NIVA green planter.  Better luck in 2013 I hope!  Meanwhile across the street, the planter bu Scoopers had a stunning ‘Spring Green’ tulip just about to bloom at the beginning of May.

Tulip 'Spring Green'

Tulip ‘Spring Green’

29 April across from the merry go round

29 April across from the merry go round
in front of the Sand Dollar Deli

in front of the Sand Dollar Deli

In front of a rental cottage on Fifth Street downtown, we went with a mostly yellow theme for the little yellow Summerhouse rental cottage.

Summerhouse

Summerhouse

Summerhouse

Summerhouse

Summer, the time of few photographs for 2012, is here represented by the California poppies in one planter.

summer planter

summer planter

I have a mystery in one of the planters just outside the Long Beach Elks.  Left over from when the planters were done by volunteers is this very fragrant, midsummer blooming plant.  Can someone ID it for me?

what am I?

what am I?

On the same June day that we redid the Kite Museum garden, we also refurbished the Fish Alley planters.  They had had the saddest old mugo pine in one and a crapulous Phormium in the other.  After some struggle, we got the big old tired boring plants removed and replanted them with our favourite annuals, with Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’ as a semi-permanent centerpiece.  (I saw semi-permanent because this floriferous perennials usually needs replacing every couple of years.)

Fish Alley planters with yellow sanvitalia and cosmos and painted sage

Fish Alley planters with yellow sanvitalia and Cosmos’Sonata’ and painted sage

Fish Alley

Fish Alley has four planted whiskey barrels and a giant frying pan

I used a lot of the yellow Sanvitalia (from The Basket Case Greenhouse) in planters around town and also tried out a new Agyranthemum called Spring Bouquet.  The latter looked wonderful in May, then petered out and I almost went off it. But when we sheared it, it came back with a fabulous show in late summer…(below) in a planter on the Veterans Field stage.

Agyranthemum 'Spring Bouquet'

Agyranthemum ‘Spring Bouquet’

on Veterans Field stage, still going strong on 9-28

on Veterans Field stage, still going strong on 9-28

That was relief because I had suggested that The Basket Case carry it (after I had seen one all pretty in pinks and pale yellows) and I did not want it to be a failure.

Speaking of The Basket Case, they again provided their amazing hanging baskets for the city.

basket at Fifth Street restroom

basket at Fifth Street restroom

June 2012, Long Beach City Hall, hanging baskets by The Basket Case Greenhouse

June 2012, Long Beach City Hall, hanging baskets by The Basket Case Greenhouse

I was never very big on putting petunias in the Long Beach planters, but some of the colours of petunia have won me over.  Here’s ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ in one of the containers at The Anchorage Cottages, another Long Beach job.

Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso'

Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’

I intend to use lots of Sanvitalia and Pretty Much Picasso in the 2013 planters and have every intention of taking more photos.

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