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I was so tired while writing that I called yesterday’s post “Friday” instead of Thursday. In real time, here is a PSA:



Friday, 5 May 2017

The predicted rain storm and thirty mile an hour winds did not arrive!

I was so hoping we could accomplish a whole lot of garden tidying pre-Sunday’s parade so that we would not have to go back to Long Beach on a crowded Saturday afternoon.  (We will be attending the Saturday parade in Ilwaco, but not the Sunday one in Long Beach.)

Others in our household had no particular worries:

on the porch

Smokey and Skooter

Skooter is not to be walked on.

Peace was soon restored.



Before leaving our block, we did two tiny garden tasks: mowing at the J’s and weeding round the Norwood garden.

We spent a little while weeding our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office.  The garden is still looking rather dull.  While we weeded, an old man said “Why don’t you plant something I like so that I’ll have something good to look at?”  While I chuckled weakly, here is a hint: Gardeners  prefer to not be teased while they are working.

dullsville garden at the moment

Depot Restaurant

Just some quick deadheading…

north side of deck

Tulips ‘Night Rider’ (left) and ‘Virichic’ (right)

Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’

Tulip ‘Green Wave’

Long Beach

When we got to the welcome sign and I opened the back of the van, I was momentarily appalled to see a flat of bidens sitting there, that had not been unloaded last night.  I then decided to just plant the darn things, since the welcome sign was their destination.  I would usually wait for annuals planting till the magic date of Mother’s Day (which is next Sunday).

low yellow bidens along the front edge

The tulips on the back side had gone over, every one.

all moldy and unattractive

too much rain! (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Too bad that boring moment between spring bulbs and annuals happened this weekend.

Here’s how the whole welcome sign would look if we didn’t control the horsetail:

the east end, around the faucet….

cheatin’ weedin’ with string trimmer (Allan’s photos)

The Red Barn 

Part of the weekend’s events will include a “cowboy breakfast” at the Peninsula Saddle Club.  Figuring that the patrons might spill over to the Red Barn Arena next door, we detoured to make sure the little garden there looked ok.

after some weeding (Allan’s photo)

Diane’s garden

I was eager to talk to Diane about garden plans, while deadheading her narcissi.

Misty, as you can tell, is getting older. Diane and I discuss….

The roadside garden will return as soon as a fence is built. (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach

Allan and I finished the north parking lot berm at last.

North “berm”

 I had high hopes that the second one would also be done today.  I even had a fantasy that Allan would have time to do the string trimming that is the way we handle the less planted middle berm.  I left Allan to it….

south berm

Allan’s photos:

cleaning up along the edge

…while I went to groom four blocks of tree garden and planters.

lots of Baby Moon narcissi still blooming for parade day

‘New Baby’ is white and yellow.  (really)

fringed tulips still blooming

escallonias that would like to be eight feet tall (left over from someone’s volunteer planting)

crocus foliage

I used to tidy up foliage like that before parade day.  Now I leave it, on the theory that it is good for the bulbs…and that the fuller the planter is, the less likely to be sat or stood upon.

Primulas have been blooming for weeks.

thrilled that Fifth Street Park, west side, did not need weeding

Fury: Out of 20 of these late blooming tulips in two adjacent planters, all but 7 had been stolen.

I called Allan to see how he was doing…and due to the plethora of weeds, the south berm was still not done.  We had to abort that mission so that he could de-horsetail by the Heron Pond while I tidied the north two blocks of trees and planters.

more late blooming narcissi on the northernmost block

These tulips might hang on for Sunday.

As I weeded the tree garden outside Dennis Company, a friend and business owner stopped by to tell me of her anger at a politician who had just said that “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”  (Really? It took me less than one minute to remember two people I knew who had died of exactly that.)

As I deadheaded tulips in a planter five minutes later, a friend and valued community member walked by and told me how she and her family are seriously exploring a move to Canada.  I felt sad to hear it but I certainly understand.

Meanwhile, Allan’s project:


Someone had deposited painted rocks at the edge of the waterfall (without falling in).

“love” rock and some leftover easter egg decor


sidewalk edge, before


We still had the east side of Fifth Street Park to check up on with some light weeding.


Darmera peltata leaves…


and flowers (Allan’s photos)

7 PM shadows

Just last year, I would have been able to push till 8:00 PM to try to finish the berms.  Now, I find that I just cannot.  We drove by to look…and found a stack of lost buckets!  Allan said he thought he was running inexplicably short on buckets.  This is a sign of how tired we both are.

He had been too tired to remember where the buckets had gone to…. They had been just sitting by the north berm.

Nobody’s parade day is going to get ruined by some weeds in the parking lot beds and so…we are not going to finish the berms till next week.

workboard tonight

Planting Time is starting to show up on the work board.

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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.


Mike’s ornamental cherry in bloom




me and Mike admiring


Pieris and flowering cherry (Allan’s photo)


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


Tulip ‘Green Wave’


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


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.


Tulip ‘White Parrot’


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



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).


during (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan’s photo)


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.


adding some diascias (Allan’s photo)


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


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.


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

We stopped off at home for a few more plants.


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


Tulip ‘Leo’


Ribes speciosum has been blooming for weeks.


Davidia ‘Sonoma’ flowers


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.


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


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


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


after (Allan’s photo)


Allan hung some new signs


chatting with Port Office Nancy


meanwhile, in the boatyard (Allan’s photo)


south end of boatyard garden





Allan’s photo



sparaxis (Allan’s photo)


Stipa gigantea flowers

We finished by deadheading narcissi along Howerton Avenue.


by the Ilwaco Pavilion


love Helianthemum, wish they bloomed longer.


Allan’s photo: California poppies


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


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.


east of the marina



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.


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


Tulip ‘White Parrot’


my favourite tulip, ‘Green Wave’


Tulips ‘Virichic’ and ‘Fantasy’


Tulip ‘Spring Green’


center courtyard

back to Long Beach

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


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


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


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.


the foliage of Tulip greigii ‘Fire of Love’


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


Asphodeline lutea is coming on.




a new shop: auto oriented vintage


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


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


Tulip ‘Strong Gold’ and Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’


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.


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.


an unfortunate amount of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ foliage


Tulip ‘Rococo’


Renee O’Connor obelisk


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


Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’


Tulip ‘Madonna’ and ‘Virichic’


Tulip ‘Antoinette’


Tulip ‘Antionette’ and Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’


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


Tulip ‘Green Wave’ in bud by NIVA green


‘Greenland’ and ‘Green Wave’



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.


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


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.


darling Tulip batalinii ‘Bright Gem’


Tulip ‘White Parrot’


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.


Thanks, Heather and Wes!

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


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

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


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


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


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.


Allan had pulled out all the dandelions.


Allan’s photo: holes where once were dandelions


Allan’s photo: quaking oat grass and rugosa rose


Allan’s photo: still wild, but dandelion free


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.




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.


species tulips

Some passersby were entranced with the little species tulip.


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.)


I love the way they bloom at ground level.


Allan’s photo


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


Allan’s photo


downstairs with some tulips from our garden


upstairs view


pleased they now have a hard cider



Allan’s photo


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


Allan’s burger


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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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

As I was preparing to go to work, I saw a bunch of shifty looking characters hanging over the front fence looking at the garden.  Oh!  It was our friends Steve and John! and Betsy Millard, director of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, and other members of the Community Historian group, heading down the street to look at the historic Colbert House.


with Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ in foreground


John and Steve

I waylaid Steve and John and dragged them into the garden, with continual apologies regarding how far behind they had fallen on the historic walk.



Smokey says hi.

I apologize to Betsy for interrupting the tour and I do hope Steve and John did not miss too much of it.


The historic Colbert House at Lake Street and Quaker Avenue.

Long Beach

The annual Clam Festival takes place this weekend.  Therefore, we deadheaded and groomed some street trees and planters.


Allan’s photo of a narcissi coming up through a “plant washer”…a washer someone had dropped in a planter.

Allan weeded in Veterans Field, the main location for the outdoor part of the Clam Festival.


Allan’s photo, Vet Field garden


Allan’s photo, anemones


While grooming the nearby garden by Kabob Cottage, Allan found this froggie.


planter by the police station (Allan’s photo)

While Allan weeded, I checked on another block of planters.

There was the usual amount of annoying Spring Break finger blight.


here, a blossom…


and further on, a stem…


…of what would have been a beautiful Dutch Iris.


This is deer, not human, damage, with tulips nipped off…


and even pulled right out.


Beautiful Tulip ‘Rococo’ on one side of a planter.


smashed flat by standing? or sitting? on the other side of the planter.  Damn it!

Me, to a male tourist by Funland: “Sir, I have to work on these planters, would you please not spit in them?”  He apologized, abashed.  Why, why, why, must some of the menfolk spit?

Some good things:


a glorious fringed tulip



Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’



Tulips ‘Virichic’ and ‘Exotic Emperor’


Tulip ‘Exotic Emperor’


Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ and ‘Exotic Emperor’


Tulip ‘Formosa’, which USED to always bloom in May.


Tulip ‘Rococo’, also used to bloom in May, but has been early last year and this year.


Tulip ‘Rococo’

beach approach

Where we left off last time before being interrupted by bad weather:


I had been optimistic about having finished 2/3 of our more recent section.  Nope.  We’d done more like 1/2  before getting rained out on Sunday.


before (Allan’s photo)






Allan’s photo


passersby (long telephoto by Allan)


after, including the short end cap that we did weeks ago.


sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor


lots of passersby today (and some Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’ added to a planter (Allan’s photo)

I got to pet a four month old puppy and to admire a gorgeous Weimaraner.  Allan saw a funny doggie sight:


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


after (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo

We deliberately left some shaped clumps of clover, for the bees.  I heard a passerby say to her child as I weeded, “They’re taking all that clover out.”  Not quite all, and I do wonder if people will view it as just weedy.

We got done with the section left over from Sunday and were able to embark upon just a bit of the penultimate section.


Yay, we are about to cross the driveway!


section 11 of 12.5 (The .5 is already done.)  Before (Allan’s photo)


The buoy is our goal.  (Allan’s photo)


digging with the ho-mi (Korean hand plow)

I said we would stop at six.  At six, I wanted to continue, and felt happy when Allan kept weeding.  I said “I could go till seven”.  Then I stopped for just a moment and all of a sudden I could quite simply do no more.

We got this far:


Allan’s photo


an early (6:30 PM) end to the day due to my running out of steam.

At least that is a head start on tomorrow, when I hope, oh so fervently hope that we can get this section done to the planter and the next section done to the end.  That will be a challenge.


We have this far to go.


We have come this far since we began at the arch days ago.


What remains might be impossible in one day. (Allan’s photo)

I can dream.


We are this far.


Using a scarf to haul my locked-straight knee into the van.  Dang, that hurts.


I long to erase “beach approach” tomorrow.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries


from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 70):

April 6:  Bruce took down the two 3-tier baskets.  I added more plants from the Floralight [3 shelf plant gro light table].

1998 (age 73):

April 6: Again I was determined to finish the strawberries and I did.  I have 24 flats of plants and each one must have about 50 plants.  I even dug up the 1 1/2 rows that I had interplanted with new plants.  They needed dividing so I took them up.  Now the entire garden can be filled on Sat.  I also pulled the multiplier onions and put them on a flat.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

I had the strongest urge to get another beach approach section done.  However, the boatyard garden was the plan for the day and I decided to stick to that.  Both are jobs that are hellish in rain or wind.  We planted some seeds at the Community Building garden first, after Allan cut back an ailing shrub hard.


Allan’s photo, before, with salal in front.  


after.  I can’t get in there, too much climbing, or I would have said “Ah, just cut it to the ground.”

boatyard garden


looking south along the two block long garden, 11:49 AM


boat coming in

We overheard some boat guys talking, while two sat and watched one work.  “How old is Steve?”  “Oh, he’s 60 or 61.”  “Still young then!”


weeding like mad

As we were finishing the long section north of the gate, I saw a woman bent over at the far end.  I had been just about to sit in the van, eat my sandwich and rest my knee.  Allan went to see what she was doing and I followed as fast as I could hobble.  This middle aged woman, also hobbling, was digging up poppy plants and bulbs out of the boat yard garden and she also had flowering bulbs she had dug up out of the Howerton Avenue gardens around the corner! By the time I limped up, Allan had told her to replant the poppies.  I pointed to the flowers in her bag and she said “Those are mine.”  That was a complete crock because I knew they were the flowers of Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’, which is growing around the corner, mail ordered and planted by us. When she lied to my face I was simply speechless and let her walk away.

I so understand plant lust.  I also remember years of poverty in my 20s, and again one year of paying off medical bills in my late 40s, when my plant budget for the entire year was $20.00.  Yes, $20.00.  And did I go swiping plants out of public gardens?  I did NOT.  The worse things I ever did was take a cutting off of a rosemary plant growing in someone’s parking strip, when I was 25!  Sometimes I get the argument “But it’s a public garden!”  And how does that translate into stealing plants for one’s own PRIVATE garden?  I have a feeling this person is local and may be a continuing problem this year, as other individuals who have moved on have been plant thief problems in past years.

I volunteered a lot of time to create the boatyard garden years ago, before it became a paid job, and nowadays we volunteer our time and expenses at the post office garden.  Public gardens are not there as a supply source for people’s owns gardens, as most of us know.


That is OUR Muscari and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in her bag, and a firework,  of all things!


Allan googled the firework because he thought it was a shovel handle for more efficient plant thievery.

Ironically, she had been filching plants in the area right by this sign.


I found more muscari bulbs dug up and ready to snitch in the area where her depredations had been interrupted, and that entire stretch of garden was pretty much denuded of small seedlings, so this may not have been her first foray into improving her garden.  I fear she will dig up not just poppies but something precious of which I may only have one.  I also wonder every year why, when I plant dozens of narcissi bulbs along here, I get so few flowers.  Hmmm.  Sometimes I feel sorry for people when they get busted by us, but not when they lie.

We continued weeding till we reached the south end.



Nora J coming in


looking south, after, 3:06 PM, as I began to plant sweet peas.

Our weeding job was pretty good but not perfect.  The big horsetail are sprouting up so it will need another go-over soon.  Last year, I planted a few sweet peas just as a lark when I had leftover seeds.  To my surprise, some did well, so I planted more this year, mostly Streamers mix.


boatyard sweet peas last year

While Allan dumped debris, I sat at home for ten minutes.  My mission was to make some fertilizer mix for planting.  My knee had plagued me so much at the end of the boatyard stint that I had to use my scarf to drag it into the van, like an old dead thing, so Allan had to make the fertilizer mix when he returned.

Next, we replaced some of the old tatty Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in five of the planters, and counted how many more Erysimums we needed.


“yellow hoop petticoat” narcissi in a planter.

We had time to drive north to plant sweet peas at the Anchorage, passing the Long Beach welcome sign on the way.


welcome sign, front, with tulips just coming on


both sides


welcome sign, back

Flowers made me forget the Finger Blight incident until Allan brought it up later.

The Anchorage Cottages


Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)


near the office


Allan’s photo: He pruned the viburnum so it won’t hide the window box






Fritillaria meleagris (Guinea Hen flower)



Tulup sylvestris still going strong, and miniature narcissus


Tulip ‘Green Star’


Tulip ‘Green Star’


Tulip ‘Virichic’


Tulip viridiflora, not sure which one!


maybe older Virichic come back from last year?


a fringed tulip from a few years back


fringed tulip


Tulip ‘Gavota’


Tulip ‘Strong Gold’


flowering currant

On the way back to Ilwaco, we paused at a planter so Allan could take a couple of photos for me.


Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ spread into a large patch


Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’


The sign goes back to volunteer days.

The four planters I did as a volunteer almost 20 years ago caught the attention of then-city manager Nabiel Shawa (“Magnificent!” he said), who suggested we be hired as city gardeners.

Allan and I decided to have dinner out, again…and along Howerton Ave, I photographed my special Muscari that had been getting filched from earlier today.


Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’


If several passersby each decided to dig up a bulb, there’d be none left.  Fortunately, most don’t.

We soothed our nerves at

Salt Hotel Pub.




our view


more view


evening light, Saddle Mountain way across the Columbia River


Allan’s photo



Allan’s photo


delicious tuna melt

One fun thing about the Salt sandwiches is that you get three “halves”.

The work board is getting back to focusing on the beach approach.


One of these days we have to get to the back corner of Coulter Park.

There are no entries from my mom’s old garden diaries to correspond with today.

The thought that tonight is the premiere of the new Deadliest Catch season kept me going through some painful moments today, and now it is time to watch!


from a Deadliest Catch ad by Peter Jaworowski: makes our job look easy

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My rainy day off did not materialize in the morning. While the lazy side of me regrets that, the part that wants to be caught up on work was happy to get out there and get stuff done. So off we went to work despite a very cold and blustery wind.

I did take a brief moment to admire the front garden before leaving. That pointed bud of the peachy tulip just amazed me with its swirled petals. I wonder if it will ever actually open!

This might be 'Blushing Lady' single late tulip.

This might be ‘Blushing Lady’ single late tulip.

with bleeding heart

with bleeding heart

In Long Beach, I continued to admire tulips after we parked at the halfway mark of downtown and I went south while Allan went north to deadhead the planters and the street tree gardens. I also put some Mission Bells California poppy seeds in some empty tree garden spots.

This batch of parrot tulips looked especially good.

parrot buds

parrot buds

I have always disliked that sign on one of the shops that says “This shop is every husband’s nightmare” and find it interesting that the little red gift shop has the sign “My husband’s nightmare” with the word husband x’ed out so it reads “My nightmare.” Very odd indeed.

These will be spectacular if not damaged by wind and rain.

‘Apricot Parrot’ and “Rococo’: These will be spectacular if not damaged by wind and rain.

I stopped into the Home at the Beach shop to get some photos to use to promote the next Peninsula Cash Mob event and thought a reader might enjoy their perfectly beachy displays:

Home at the Beach

Home at the Beach

Home at the Beach

Home at the Beach

Home at the Beach

Home at the Beach

Home at the Beach

Home at the Beach

Then…back out into the chilly wind to deadhead the planters in the next block.

This tulip would be wide open on a sunny day.

This tulip would be wide open on a sunny day.

yellow backed with yellow

yellow backed with yellow

Back at the Fifth Street quadrant of parks, the Darmera peltata bloomed next to the waterfall pond. Later it will have large leaves, but not as large as the gunnera.

Darmera peltata

Darmera peltata

One of the planters already has a good display of reseeded Cerinthe purpurascens, one of my three favourite annuals.

The colour comes from bracts as well as flowers.

The colour comes from bracts as well as flowers.

The Asphodeline that reliably returns each year in the planter right across from the one shown above always amuses me. I think it would be kicky to have more. They are not readily available; I got this one on a wonderful visit to Mesogeo nursery in 2007 and here it still is.


asphodel on Fifth Street

A half block further north the ‘Cool Crystal’ and ‘Sensual Touch’ peony/fringed tulips testified to the restaurant behind that planter, The Hungry Harbor, being run by two very nice people. I wanted to give them an extra special planting which is why two of my most spectacular tulips live there.

Hungry Harbour:  The Gavota tulips are from last year.

Hungry Harbour: The Gavota tulips are from last year.

Hungry Harbour:  Tulip 'Cool Crystal'

 Tulip ‘Cool Crystal’

'Cool Crystal' (pink) and 'Sensual Touch' (orange)

‘Cool Crystal’ (pink) and ‘Sensual Touch’ (orange)

The planter straight across the street is the one I think often of redoing. The azaleas look good now but will be blah all summer.

looking over the Hungry Harbour planter

looking over the Hungry Harbour planter

In the planter south of Hungry Harbour in front of the former Sand Dollar Deli (now Sweet McPhees….frozen yogurt perhaps?), I put some more ‘Cool Crystal’ and in this shadier planter it tones well with a purple Heuchera.

Heuchera and 'Cool Crystal'

Heuchera and ‘Cool Crystal’

That particular planter is one of my favourites for good perennial combinations: golden marjoram, the Heuchera, and a dusky cranesbill geranium that I acquired at Joy Creek Nursery.

a good planter

a good planter

Before we drove off, we went into a new shop called The Wooden Horse. It had been recommended to me by the owners of Home at the Beach and is a treasure trove of clever displays.

The Wooden Horse

The Wooden Horse, just south of Frantic Fred’s!

The Wooden Horse

The Wooden Horse

display cases made of pallets

display cases made of pallets


display shelves with old fencing

wooden horse

The Wooden Horse

wooden horse

The Wooden Horse

The Wooden Horse

At the city works dump spot, while ridding ourselves of plant debris, we briefly sifted the top of the pile to see if we could find the perennial sunflower start we had lost two days ago. No, but we did find a lost hand tool, and I swear it was the one Allan was using. That makes up for my having left another pair of clippers behind at Golden Sands yesterday. (I know I will find them next time we go there.)

We had one more work stop to make for sure. We had brought a hydrangea for Crank’s Roost and although the weather was changing for the worse, I did not want to take it back home again. The dog Maddie greeted us.

Maddie..or Mattie.

Maddie..or Mattie.

A couple of years ago, one of a matched set of hydrangeas on either side of an arbour had mysteriously died. Ominously, so had a small replacement. Today we put in a replacement in hope of regaining balance.



satisfying symmetry

satisfying symmetry (if one grows to match the other)

I need to bring some Dr Earth rhododendron food to help out the old hydrangeas.

a sit spot

a sit spot

And as we left, a serious rain began. We did stop one block away to deadhead the narcissi at The Depot Restaurant.

The Depot

The Depot

I think this tulip is Yellow Mountain

I think this tulip is Yellow Mountain

the pink and green one is Virichic.

The pink and green one is Virichic.

The timing of the rain conveniently coincided with Judy wanting to meet me at 3 PM at Olde Towne. And I had gotten a message from owner Luanne suggesting that because of the rain, she hoped to see me there today.

To be warm, and meet friends, and have a delicious chai latte, and watch the rain blowing sideways outside was such a relief after battling the stiff wind in Long Beach.

Judy, Tom, Jenna

Judy, Tom, Jenna

Not only were the Hornbuckles there but also our dear friend Jenna of Queen La De Da’s so we had an excellent visit. And remember yesterday when I tempted Judy with a photo of a beautiful Japanese maple I’d seen at The Planter Box? This morning she bought not one, but three different maples (making a total in their small garden of 29?) AND she and Tom had already planted the little trees by the time we met for coffee.

Finally, after an hour at home where I got a head start on this blog entry, we went back out with our friend Kelly of Blue Crab Graphics to have dinner at The Depot. We arrived in late daylight, so I was glad I did not have to worry about deadheading tulips before dinner, and we almost closed down the restaurant like My Dinner with Andre.

late evening at The Depot

late evening at The Depot

So tomorrow, will I have a rainy day to relax and read the Tootlepedal blog? I don’t know what to hope for because it would be awfully nice to get the north end resort gardens done….

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