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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Our mission today was to get three jobs done so that we could spend the rest of the week concentrating on Long Beach and Ilwaco.  This weekend will be the annual parades in each town.

Ilwaco

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at home: Tulip ‘Formosa’ proves again to be one of the latest of all.

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at home, tulips and Allium bulgaricum

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at home: Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’ is threading its airy white flowers through the Melianthus major.

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Ilwaco post office garden, lots of green waiting for flowers.

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Post Office: Allan calls this “Dog Poop Corner’ because there is often a dog poop deposited there and not cleaned up.

Anchorage Cottages

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Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)

We got the two remaining window boxes ready for them to put in place when the brackets are done (tomorrow).

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flowers will be mostly orangey to go with the sign

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honeysuckle, center courtyard

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working on center courtyard (Allan’s photo)

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Allan did lots of weeding and bluebell-pulling in the center courtyard garden.

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Allan’s photo

Manager Beth told us that not all the cottages came from Fort Canby, as we mentioned the other day.  A couple of them came from the nearby golf course and a couple of them were built on the property.

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Tulip ‘Greenland’

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Tulip ‘Green Wave’, my weird and wonderful alltime favourite

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Green Wave

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our good friend Mitzu

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Mitzu could go to a Prince memorial dance party in her purple coat.

I would go to a Prince memorial dance party if there was one nearby.

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Last week’s window boxes installed with new brackets.  More annuals to come with warmer weather.

I had to change into warmer clothes at the Anchorage because of a brisk and chilly wind.

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The rhodos are getting tall enough to provide some privacy again.

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Three yellow rhodos in a courtyard that is difficult to make look good.

I am so not a fan of bark, at all….”Just say no to barkscapes” is our motto (one of them).  However, maybe some very fine very DARK bark (shredded, not horrid nuggets) would look better around those shrubs, although I would prefer a soil based mulch.

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callas and climbing hydrangea

Golden Sands Assisted Living

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Allan’s photo

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from the hallway to the courtyard (Allan’s photo)

At last, I got the bag of dahlias planted, an assorted mix of pinks and maroons.  Each quadrant got some weeding.  There never seems to be time to achieve perfection.  The four flower gardens are in a green stage between spring bulbs and late spring flowers.  Quite dull:

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Future mission: beat back the horrible salal that is jumping into the garden.

I would love to see salal completely out of this whole courtyard….I hope we can remove some every week between now and fall.  By we, I mean Allan.

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a bit of colour with daylilies and mom’s Joseph’s Coat rose.

One of the residents told us that a new resident has enjoyed the tulips and been reminded of the tulips she had at her own home.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

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driveway to “Joanie’s Cottage” next door, where we park when we work at KBC (Allan’s photo)

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looking south from the driveway (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

He pruned a sword fern that we had missed on the outer lawn:

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before

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after (much easier to clip when dormant!)

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from our parking spot, we can see Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’ aglow.

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Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’

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Tulip ‘Marilyn’

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Allan’s photo

We missed the elegant shape of that tulip before it opens, as shown below:

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My favourite crazy Tulip ‘Green Wave’

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Tulip ‘Spring Green’

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I cannot remember what this blue flower is!

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Tulip ‘Formosa’

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Allan’s photo

When good plants go bad:  After years of being well behaved, Allium sphaerocephalon has turned into a grassy looking mess, just like another grassy allium in Fifth Street Park.

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very annoying and messy

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sword and deer ferns

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sword fern and weigela

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Camassia cusickii

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looking into the fenced garden

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looking south from the bench nook 

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At the A frame garden, Allan tucked in a teucrium that I’d taken out of a pot at the Anchorage (in prep for something more interesting).

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tucked in between tree roots

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deadheaded narcissi at the A Frame

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Allan produced lots of deadheads.

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Hydrangea ‘Lemon Wave’ (probably) Allan’s photo

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unfurling fern by the clam shed (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco again

I had clipped back a rosemary at Golden Sands that had been mysteriously bent sideways.  (One of the residents agreed it was like a bear had lain on it, but no bears can get into the courtyard.)  We delivered the clippings to Salt Pub.

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an armload of rosemary and “Don’t take my picture!” as I was feeling decrepit.

The curbside gardens need weeding before the weekend…at least, the ones that are not all river rock, because at this point I cannot even walk on river rock, much less stand on it to weed it.  Today I had some plants with me to add to the Ilwaco planters.  I was just too tired to do it.

When we arrived home, Dave and Melissa were about to leave their big pruning job two doors down.

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We admired the spiffing job.  If you cut this too hard, it will not grow back from the brown centers.  (Allan’s photo)

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Melissa pointed out two deer dossed down in Nora’s back meadow.

I told Nora’s grand daughter (now owner of the house) that it is good to have a wildlife refuge with mown paths back there.

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Allan’s photo…and our deer fence

On the other side of the yard, a darling waggle tailed dog watched us.  Allan could read his name tag: Dickens.

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Allan’s photo

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We were smitten.

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the hedge yesterday

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today, a job well done.  (The brown cut on the end was already that way…had to be because of the gate.)

Now we have three days to get Ilwaco, the Port of Ilwaco, and Long Beach parks and gardens as perfect as possible before parade weekend.

ginger

1995 (age 71):

April 26:  Finished planting begonias in baskets and pots.  Was able to get them all in by moving Forest Farm plants outside.  Next big job is planting the dahlias.

1997 (age 73)

April 26:  11:00-4:00  warm and sunny  Planted the Tristar daughter plans in 3 rows except the small ones which I put into square tray.  That job took until 5:00.  Turned on garden faucets.  Watered strawberry rows.  Then started weeding the pathway until I quit when I was exhausted.

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

The perfect way to start this day of community events would have been to participate, as we used always to do, in the spring beach clean up with the Grass Roots Garbage Gang.  Unfortunately, I never have warning of when my collapsing right knee would put me in a state of collapse and I would not risk it happening out on the beach, necessitating a vehicular rescue and inconvenience.  Walking on uneven surfaces is tricky for me these days.

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I hope that a new knee will enable me to start doing the clean up events again.

Instead, I spent the morning reading Love All by Elizabeth Jane Howard and waiting for some migraine medicine to take effect.

On the way to our first event of the afternoon, we stopped at the library because to my great happiness, the second book of the Cazalet Chronicle had arrived through interlibrary loan.

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Tulips at the Ilwaco Community Building, which houses the Ilwaco Timberland Library and the senior lunch program.

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Community Building garden

Bayside Singers

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the rose garden at Peninsula Church Center in Seaview.

Todd is a member of the Bayside Singers chorale group, inspiring us to attend their concerts.

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That’s our Todd to the far right.

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Allan’s photo

He had told me that I would particular like one song from their spring programme, and indeed I found the poem set to music to have perfect words:

 Afternoon on a Hill by Edna St Vincent Millay

I will be the gladdest thing

Under the sun!

I will touch a hundred flowers

And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds

With quiet eyes,

Watch the wind bow down the grass,

And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show

Up from the town, I will mark which must be mine,

And then start down!

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That was perfection indeed, and I do wish that all flower admirers would touch and not pick (without permission).  It is the Anti Finger Blight Anthem.

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The singers applaud a duet.

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intermission treats and Tulip ‘Greenland’ from Todd’s garden (Allan’s photo)

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Tulip “Greenland’ (Allan’s photo)

I briefly met Carole of the darling pink house in Ocean Park but due to migraine issues did not really have time to chat.

We had to leave the Bayside Singers during their last song in order to get to the next event, for which we had already purchased tickets.

South Pacific County Humane Society Dinner

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in the parking lot

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beachy

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The event took place at the old Chinook School.

We arrived late, but fortunately Our Kathleen was there, knew we were coming and had saved us two seats.

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The dinner, pasta with four different sauces and a good green salad, was provided by the Cove Restaurant, one of our favourites.

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one of two cakes

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center: our friend Wendy in a doggie outfit, and Monica “Cosmic Bombshell” Morley to the right, with another cute doggie to the left.

My photo taking was minimal because I was still experience a muffled migraine (muffled by medication that had ALMOST worked, wonderful migraine meds that I wish I had had during the suffering migraine-y thirties and forties).  So I pretty much just kept to my seat and missed recording the tables of silent auction items that had been donated.

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Monica had this darling frock especially made for the event.

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It was well attended.

As you can see, our shelter is beloved and well supported.

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Catherine and Ed of the Oceanside Animal Clinic were the honored guests because of their years of veterinarian work for the shelter animals.

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Allan’s photo

The beloved Dr. Ed made a moving and informative speech about the origins of the shelter.  He said that in the beginning, a group of women formed to create the no-kill shelter.  Very important people from other important shelters told them that a no kill shelter was a lovely idea, but that sadly the world does not work that way and it would be impossible to achieve.  They refused to sacrifice their principles. They did achieve it, and have saved and re-homed so many animals over the years that Dr. Ed, became choked up just telling the story, as did probably every member of the audience.  He said “They used to go to people’s doors and take away abused animals.  They were scary!”  A huge round of applause followed.

We won a nice big basket of doggie treats during the raffle, which will go to Dave and Mel’s dogs, Anna and Coulee.

Darling Sondra had some food left over and sent some pasta home with Kathleen for her Sunday dinner, some salad and bread sticks home with us for a snack later.

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Just a few good bread sticks were left! Photo by Robbie Richeson, before the dinner

Yesterday, Ray Millner of The Planter Box had given us some Yacon tubers to try.  We had that and some apple added to our salad at ten PM (while watching Love in a Cold Climate, which goes well with the Elizabeth Jane Howard historical fiction I’ve been reading this past week.)

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Yacon tubers, look like they would taste like sweet potatoes. (Allan’s photos)

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Instead, they taste like a delectable and sweet combination of apples, celery, and jicama.

I am hoping to grow the plant; the flowers are like sunflowers so it will even be ornamental.

ginger

1997 (age 73):

April 23:  Planted some flower seeds in APS.  Brought wood in.

April 23:  Rain, cold   I got my #2 tooth filled but they said it isn’t strong and if it breaks again I may need to have a crown put on.

 

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Much as I wanted another day off to keep weeding at home, we needed to work or we’d fall behind…especially since I had garden touring plans for Thursday.

Mike’s garden

We began our work day pulling little weeds and deadheading narcissi and tulips at Mayor Mike’s garden.

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Mike’s ornamental cherry in bloom

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me and Mike admiring

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Pieris and flowering cherry (Allan’s photo)

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Tulips ‘Green Star’, ‘Greenland’, and ‘Virichic’

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Tulip ‘Green Wave’

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Tulip ‘Green Wave’ is my favourite tulip of all.

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Tulip ‘White Parrot’

Just as I pruned back the hardy fuchsia so that the parrot tulips and the Scrophularia variegata would show, my lower back went SPROING.  Usually I can count on my back being strong.  The spasming out of alignment led to some unpleasant moments over the next two days.  However, work must go on and it’s not as bad as the slipped discs and other back ills that some friends have had.

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Tulip ‘White Parrot’

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I suppose we should prune the boxwoods.  I wish they would grow enough to blend together.

Ilwaco

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our volunteer garden at the post office

We did some post office weeding and I heard that there is a new postmaster.  I hope he like an exuberant flower garden and does not prefer lawn or one rhododendron.  I experienced some anxiety as I weeded, bending over very carefully because of the back wonkiness.

Next, Allan completely re-did an overgrown Ilwaco planter, for which no one thought to take a before photo.  It had lots of narcissi, and two valerian and three geums (I have no idea who planted them as was certainly not me).

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during (Allan’s photo)

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after (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo: Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ ringed with golden oregano, golden thyme, variegated oregano, Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’, and a little dusky sedum,

We planted a few more plants in the Ilwaco planters and checked to make sure the new plants from last week were damp enough.

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adding some diascias (Allan’s photo)

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a stray viola got a little drink of water (Allan’s photo)

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This one had ALREADY had a brand new lemon thyme stolen out of it.

If someone steals today’s ‘Blackthorn Apricot’ diascias, I am going to be very very very sad.  Maybe these thieves think I have an endless supply of replacement plants.  In fact, I don’t even have access to more choice lemon thymes OR Blackthorn Apricots and I CANNOT REPLACE THEM.  This is not a big city with an endless supply of good nursery plants.

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The fire station garden continues to cry out to me for help.

We stopped off at home for a few more plants.

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Tulips ‘Flaming Spring Green’and ‘Spring Green’ at home

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Tulip ‘Leo’

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Ribes speciosum has been blooming for weeks.

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Davidia ‘Sonoma’ flowers

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Davidia ‘Sonoma’

Ilwaco Boatyard garden

While Allan pulled grass and horsetail from the boatyard garden, I replanted lots of narcissi that we had removed from the overcrowded Ilwaco planters, along with the valerian and geums from today’s planter project, and then helped finish the weeding.  It was not a perfect weeding job; that will wait till just before the annual children’s parade (April 30th this year).  I try to balance perfection with not overdoing our clients’ landscape maintenance budgets, so today’s job was to just keep the garden from looking like the horsetail was winning.

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Allan’s photo, before, north end boatyard garden (looking south)

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the horsetail, huge and fierce (Allan’s photo)

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horsetail (Allan’s photo); the curse of this garden

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after (Allan’s photo)

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Allan hung some new signs

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chatting with Port Office Nancy

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meanwhile, in the boatyard (Allan’s photo)

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south end of boatyard garden

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poppies

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Allan’s photo

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sparaxis (Allan’s photo)

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Stipa gigantea flowers

We finished by deadheading narcissi along Howerton Avenue.

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by the Ilwaco Pavilion

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love Helianthemum, wish they bloomed longer.

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Allan’s photo: California poppies

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transplanting an old, tired Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in hopes of a bit more bloom from it.

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I got to pet this nice dog named ‘Fahrv’ as in “Farvenugen: It’s what makes a car a Volkswagen.” Allan thinks it named itself.

Blissfully for me, the hot weather was about to end with a cooling fog hanging over the Columbia River.

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east of the marina

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welcome grayness

(For those who enjoy the excerpts from my mother’s old garden diaries: There was no entry corresponding with today’s date.)

 

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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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