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Monday, 4 April 2016

The rainy and windy day with sun breaks kept us both home.  One of the longer sun breaks let Allan mow the lawn.  It had been on his mind.  The power drive quit working and he had to push; I think a mower made to be a power drive is harder to push when it is broken.

He tinkered…

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“The ‘internet’ says these transmissions are only about $100. Its really buried in there. Oh,oh.”

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“Ah ha! The belt is off the pulley!”

… and fixed it.

I got my sweet peas planted (partly in a cold rain), leaving only one place left to plant a few: the Ilwaco Post Office.  I soaked the seeds for five hours first in warm water, and I hope I remember to keep putting Sluggo around where they will sprout.

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Crab pots are one of the sweet pea areas.

After that, a 4:30 o clock sun break made the garden glow, and I walked round for some photos…some of the same flowers I have been photographing for the last couple of weeks or more.

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Acanthus ‘Hollard’s Gold’

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hellebore

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Ribes speciosum

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tulip

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Tulip acuminata, a tad expensive but so worth it

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Tulip ‘Elegant Lady’

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Tulip ‘Orange Princess’

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Dutch iris, Pieris, and lots of weeds I haven’t had time for

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front garden east side

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from a white narcissi mix

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front garden

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front garden

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by the garage

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Tulip batalinii ‘Bronze Charm’

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Garden boat ‘Ann Lovejoy’

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Today Allan planted the Mary Rose rose on kitty Mary’s grave.

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a stray tulip from yesteryear, with horsetail and muscari

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center bed

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center bed

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looking north

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in the bogsy woods

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outside the back gate

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What’s that on the other side of the bog?

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It’s the port’s derby tickets sign blown all the way in here!

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looking back; a storm fallen branch from not long ago

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Darmera peltata

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Darmera peltata flowers, to be followed by large leaves

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by greenhouse: a Heuchera and, in background, Zaluzianskya blooming quite early

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Solanum laciniatum already blooming in the greenhouse.

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and a poppy seedling

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out the front window just before some more rain

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Devery stopped by for a visit.  (Allan’s photo)

After that, I had not such a pleasant evening and night….

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

My day

I’ve decided to share something personal that might be helpful to locals, and maybe even anxious non-locals….anyone who is anxious and fearful about having a colonoscopy.  I had one today, under the care of Doctor Weaver and nurse Karnofski (daughter of Jim “BioChar’ Karnofski!) at Ocean Beach Hospital, and neither the prep nor the event itself were as scary as I expected.  I was in a state of panic for a week before because I had put the test off till age 61 and was sure I’d have something wrong.  I’m thrilled to report that Dr Weaver told me as soon as I woke up that I have NO scary stuff!  But my point is that it likely won’t be as bad as you imagine.  (Even the liquid prep solution that Dr Weaver provides does not taste awful. In fact, it was as tasty as a tonic and lemon drink, but I don’t recommend it for thirst quenching.)  And if you are lucky enough to be local, you can go to kind and skilled Dr. Weaver, who has the bedside manner of an angel and is funny, a perfect combination to make a person feel comfortable and at ease.  I read a lot about it beforehand, including some frightening things I should have steered clear of, including articles that claim that having an FIT test (so much easier!) is just about as effective.  The telling point for me was an article that said that any FIT test that has bad results ends up with the person having a colonoscopy anyway, which may skew the results for which procedure is effective.  Like many personal stories online said, I woke up from the anesthesia saying “Have you done it yet?” and it was already over.  I personally know of two valued, beloved people and much-missed people who died of colon cancer and who might have been saved if they had had their first screening at age 50.  I hope this has provided some reassurance about the procedure to anyone who is as terrified (and I mean bone chillingly panic attack terrified) as I was.

While I dozed off the effects of the anesthesia and then read part of a most excellent book…

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a birthday present from Allan, well chosen

…Allan had a couple of outings of his own. (Tomorrow’s post.)

Calvin and Smokey enjoyed the extra lap time.   I was sorry to miss a good weather day but was simply incapable of activity other than reading and napping.  As I read, I missed my round furry ball of a kitty, the late Mary cat.

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Calvin taking Mary’s lap place

In the evening, we found a kind sympathy card dropped off by friend Carol, wife of master craftsman Bill Clearman.  That was perfect timing because of my missing Mary so much today.  (Smokey misses her, too; I don’t think her other son, Frosty, is very deep.)  Thank you, Carol and Bill; that card meant the world to me tonight.

 


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 70):

April 4:  Replanted all tomatoes.  Put them in two trays each on top of a new heating mat.

1998 (age 73):

April 4:  noon-4:45  I was determined to finish digging the strawberry plants but when I quit at 4:45 there are still lots left.  I got rained in to the garage 2 or 3 times.  Tabby seems ok but I’m having trouble getting the medicines into her.

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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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speeches

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

gdiaries

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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