Posts Tagged ‘tulips’

Friday, 12 April 2019

Long Beach

We checked on the Long Beach welcome sign, where the vole damage does not seem to have increased at all, thank goodness.

I did not examine the tulips closely.  Ignorance is bliss.

We deadheaded two blocks worth of planters downtown.

I don’t think I have grown Tulip ‘Suncatcher’ before.

Suncatcher…very showy.

Allan’s photo

The tulips and the tulip foliage look great despite all the rain.

in front of Stormin’ Norman’s

We then took last time’s debris to city works and picked up a buckets-load of Soil Energy mulch.

Allan’s photo

And then, out to the beach approach to see how far we could get with the mulch on the sections we had already weeded.

We barely had enough for the first (westernmost) long section, the longest of all of them.  Then, on to weeding, hoping to get at least one half section done.

a thorny job

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo (telephoto; we were far from that close to the background hotel)

This week is spring break so the town is full of happy tourists.

Rain came, steaming on the road.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

We only got one half section done…

Allan’s photo

…and we still have this far to go.

Vehicle above is on the wrong side of the road to politely avoid us, unlike many who cut it very fine as they pass us, despite our traffic cones and Allan’s safety vest.

We dumped today’s debris and finished deadheading the other four blocks of downtown planters.

Tulip ‘Akebono’ is one of my favourites.

I love Akebono’s green sepals and delicate, thin red edge (which does not seem as visible on these).

Allan’s camera picked up the red edge, on the yellow, behind the red tulip.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Tulip ‘Green Star’ (Allan’s photo)

Tulip ‘Green Star’ (Allan’s photo)

I am partial to all the viridiflora tulips.

‘Akebono’ (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

😦 Allan’s photo

more Green Star (Allan’s photo)

I’m thrilled to see buds on my asphodeline.

I was not thrilled to find evidence of finger blight by Fifth Street Park.

Some flowers were just picked and dropped; perhaps someone yelled at the thief?

broken, not clipped with secateurs

And some were downright taken.  There should be five or six orange tulips in each of these clumps.

The ones across the street were as they should be.

The weather had become pleasant again after the rain and wind that drove us off the beach approach, and so we did a big tidy up of the northwest quadrant of Fifth Street Park.

our audience (Allan’s photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

There was way too much Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, hesperantha, and the ever maddening horsetail (the little scrimmy one) and some kind of belligerently spreading skinny allium.

after (Allan’s photo)


I might use some kind of annual along the front, so that it can be cleaned more easily of weeds in the autumn and winter.

Unfortunately, we had much more to do so no time to have a late lunch at Captain Bob’s Chowder.

camassia in the southwest quadrant

We deadheaded the last two blocks….

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

…and the Sid Snyder beach approach planters, where we saw two darling dogs…

…and a remarkably cute goat.

We deadheaded at the Kite Museum and almost got stuck dumping our debris at City Works.

Allan’s photo

Shelburne Hotel

While Allan did our grocery shopping across the street, I deadheaded at the Shelburne and noted an influx of weeds, mostly sorrel and creeping buttercup, that must be dealt with by next weekend.  I resolved that the next nice day would be partly spent there.

hmmmmm….what happened here?

I put down Sluggo all along the fence where I had planted sweet peas.  I could see a few of them, tiny and threadlike, emerging.

looking north

looking south

Looking south from the north end….In the distance, walking away, is Seaview Sara’s spouse and their dog, Jet; I had finally met the lovely dog for the first time.

Tulip ‘Akebono’ again

only one tiny hint of the red edge

Tulip ‘Spring Green’

Tulip ‘Queensland’

Tulip sylvestris

I had finally learned, from Monty Don on Gardeners’ World, that T. sylvestris is fragrant.  I rarely think to smell a tulip.  I did, and it has a beautiful scent.

not sure which one this is!

The work board has gotten ever so slightly shorter.


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Monday, 23 October 2017

Long Beach

My brain was so bulbed out today that I took not a single photo, so all of them are by Allan.

We started planting up the planters, and some of the street tree pocket gardens, on Pacific Way in Long Beach, working south to north.  I did not expect to get all 36 planters and 18 trees done today.

In the middle of the first block, I decided the escallonia in one of the planters, formerly planted by a volunteer, had to be be chopped to the base for traffic sight lines.  It wants to be at least eight feet tall and wide, and is too firmly entrenched for us to dig it out without being afraid of hurting the plumbing and electrical works in the planter.  Later in the day, I saw Parks Manager Mike in town and asked him if the city crew could remove the four escallonias, in two planters, and he agreed; not sure when this will happen.

Meanwhile, we pruned these two, as we do about once a year.  What you see is one season’s growth, already pruned many times.


I was a bit miserable for awhile because I’d dressed for autumnal weather with my warm pants, and it was like a summer day.

The other menace in the above planter is the vicious barberry ‘Rose Glow’ that the volunteer shoved in between lamp post and street.  It wants to be the size of a VW bug.  Allan cut it to the base, knowing it would soon come back.  When I noticed it was rocking slightly, I asked him to dig out the whole thing, and it popped out pretty easily.


barberry and escallonia chopped


barberry out

I’m sure someone would have liked to adopt the barberry.  I did not have the mental energy to find it a new home.


escallonia planter after

While planting bulbs, we sheared back some of the wind battered perennials and pulled almost all of the Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and painted sage.


Geranium ‘Rozanne’ before a haircut


and after

I appreciated the sight of Zauschneria californica and wished that it did not take so long to bloom; it would like more heat than our weather offers.


Zauschneria californica


Zauschneria californica

We digressed from planters at the end of the second block to plant some bulbs on the west and east sides of Fifth Street park.


east side, before


tulip bulbs and bulb food




tulip bulbs set up on a planter bench

I walked to all four planters on this intersection, placing two sets of yellow tulips (‘Strong Gold’) on the planter benches, while some park bench sitters idly watched.  Then I looked at the restroom building’s blue green trim and took the yellow tulip bag back around, bagged them up, and did the whole routine again with Tulip ‘Palestrina’.  I’m glad I had that thought before planting.


Tulip Palestrina from Van Engelen bulbs

Most of the planters get 10-12 tulips bulbs.  Some that are thickly planted with shrubs, from volunteer days, don’t have soil room to jam more than 3 tulips in.


Allan found a rock.

Fifth Street west side got some camassia and some narcissus.  Tulips do not do well in the ground there, possibly because it is too wet and heavy.

In the fourth block, I sicced Allan on the wire plant in the planter by Stormin’ Norman’s.  Last year, we dug out the two original plants that had taken over the whole planter.  I had a feeling then that we should dig out every bit of soil, which goes halfway down into the planter before meeting landscape fabric and rocks.  We did not, hoping instead that we could pull every scrap that came back.  (The roots had even gone under the fabric.

That did not work!


little scrim of wire plant all through the planter

Before we dug it out, the wire plant (which I had foolishly thought was a tender houseplant) had made huge mounds on either side, enveloping two big lavenders.


It’s a pernicious little thing.

He dug and pulled and got most of it, and did not take an “after”.  We worked until almost dark.  There is still a section of the wire plant to pull, and I am sure it will come back.

We still had two blocks of trees and planters left to do.

I tried something new this year which I now fear will not make for as exciting a tulip display.  I decided to use, in the first and third blocks, a continuing theme of a 100 of a varied tulip bulb, just because i would like to see all the variations it has.  Now I think it won’t be as interesting to people as a lot of different kinds of tulips.  (On alternating blocks, I used assorted colours.)  I also love this tulip’s name, Silverstream.


Tulip ‘Silverstream’ from Van Engelen

“A magical sport of Jewel of Spring, fragrant Silverstream ranges from creamy-yellow to deep yellow with red feathering, to red with every combination in between. But the surprise garden party doesn’t stop there: it has showy, attractive foliage with silver-white margins. (Did you know that the phenomena of marginated foliage occurs due to a lack of or insufficient pigmentation and chlorophyll in the plant cells on the outer petal edges?) Tulip Class: Giant Darwin Hybrid”

On the other hand, for people driving through, it might make a beautiful impact.  I did the same on the fourth block with a tulip called ‘Rhapsody of Smiles’.


Tulip ‘Rhapsody of Smiles’ from Van Engelen

“New! Registered by W. van Lierop & Zonen in 2011, this shapely Big Smile sport is a luscious blend of yellows and reds with variable flames, flushes and stripes. Tulip Class: Single Late.”

I have always found Big Smile to be a very strong yellow tulip.  After years of preferring pink and purple tulips (Angelique was a big favourite of mine), I now prefer yellows and oranges…except for the viridiflora (green) tulips, which are still my favourites.  It is a real shocker that I did not add my favourite, Green Wave, this year.

15 May, Tulip 'Green Wave'

weird and wonderful Tulip ‘Green Wave’

In planters on alternate blocks, I have some of my usual favourites: Only three green tulips this year instead of a dozen (China Town, Palestrina, Night Rider), and also Black Hero, Cool Crystal, Sensual Touch, Strong Gold, Akebono, Madonna, Rococo, Texas Gold, Formosa, Cummins.  If springtime has heavy rain, I’ll regret planting the fancy fringed and double tulips. 

I use a lot of late blooming ones in hope that they will be in bloom for the early May parade.   I use many and many of the late blooming Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ for the same reason. Last year, a warm early spring had them all bloomed out by parade day (first weekend in May).    One of these years, if the warm weather trend continues as it has for the past two springs, I might just use all tulips that are shorter and supposed to bloom in April rather than May.  Being cheered by tulips earlier would not be a bad thing, and the parade can stand on its own without tuliperous enhancement. 

This year, I am adding more species tulips to each planter, as well, for (mostly) earlier bloom. The species tulips will often multiply and reliably return.  The big tulips dwindle after the first year, which is why we replant them annually.

Tomorrow: onward with the Long Beach planters and more bulbing beyond that.




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Thursday, 4 May 2017

By the time we went to work, the anti-health care vote had happened, and I felt furious and disgusted on behalf of the old and the poor, reading on the way to work about the projected cuts to health care for disabled school children, the proposed sharp rise in premiums for folks in their fifties and early sixties,  and more.  I pondered again just exactly how we are supposed to work harder in order to pay higher premiums.

Some might think I could give up my workdays in my own garden and use that time to take on more clients.  Many a year at my old garden I just had to think sadly, “It’s another lost year for my garden,” as I spent seven days a week working for other people. I just don’t have it in me physically any more to pushpushpush at for 20 work days in a row as I used to do.


“Push Push Push, all the way, all the time, right on down the line.”  (Twilight Zone, A Stop at Willoughby)

My former partner and I used to quote that Twilight Zone boss’s slogan to each other as we worked and worked and worked.

Today was a workday, as Allan and I were still pushing to get the Long Beach and Ilwaco gardens looking good for McCarthy Day-I-mean-Loyalty-Day weekend.  You can read some history about L Day here.  “In 1955 Congress passed a resolution designating May 1 of that year as Loyalty Day. It was the height of McCarthyism and an anti-Communist red scare in America.”  That was my birth year, in fact.  I have read that there are very few town that still have Loyalty Day celebrations.  Long Beach’s parade is a mostly cute and surprisingly long one, with lots of baton twirlers, marching bands, some llamas and horses and basset hounds.

Ilwaco boatyard garden

The dredge was getting pressure washed right next to where we needed to weed.  That did not stop us.



Allan’s photo; I started where I had quit from exhaustion yesterday evening.


I hope this one Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’ reseeds like mad (dark foliage behind the tulip).  (Allan’s photo)

Yesterday, the weather was almost 70 F and some cool misty overspray would have been welcome.  We got the boatyard weeding done at last.


looking back; we had come a long way, from the north end far in the distance.

Home again for a moment, Allan took a photo from the kitchen window of the rampant wild cucumber vine.  He says he has been training it.




We weeded and deadheaded at city hall in Long Beach, intending to follow that task with a good weeding of Coulter Park.  Almost as soon as we began city hall, we heard loud thunder and decided it would be a good time to deliver the plant cheque to…

The Basket Case Greenhouse.

By the time we got there, serious rain had begun.


heading for refuge from the rain; Darrell told me how his grandma had been struck by lightning more than once!


Allan’s photo.  I like this, because my liberal heart was bleeding today.




There are still a few callistemon left.  I’m getting them all if they are still there next time I go!


Check out time.  (Pink petunias were not mine.)  Had stayed out of the rain as long and productively as possible.

Long Beach

At Coulter Park, we worked in a storm of wind, thunder, rain, and pink petals.


The back end of this park continues to be a challenge where the roses are, because of salmonberry and bindweed coming under the fence.


Salmonberry running UNDER the roses and then popping up.  Everything is thorny and difficult.


the horror of a grass infested rose

That particular grass WAS the variegated bulbous oat grass that I used to like so much, till I found out how quickly it reverts to green, and how its bulbous roots like to migrate.


Allan won that battle.


There’s a dead columnar conifer along the fence, too, and two other conifers toward the front seem to be dying.


The south back side, away from the fence of invasives, is doing just fine.


Allan’s photo


just about to leave the park to dump debris

I checked Dark Sky.  It was discouraging.  “Heavy rain stopping in 30 minutes, starting again 11 minutes later.”


I thought we could stand to do one more thing in the rain, so I scooped up six buckets of mulch at city works…


…and we returned to the front corner of Coulter Park, where lots of people will line up for the parade on Sunday.


Last week:



a quick fix

I looked at Dark Sky again.  Stopping in 30 minutes and then overcast?


We decided to go to Abbracci Coffee Bar.  On the quest for parking, we passed the little popout and stopped there for another quick fix.  I said it would take two minutes.




12 cold, wet, and windy minutes later

And then: Abbracci


Allan’s photo.  Abbracci is just south of the Fun Rides.


shelter from the storm




more treats available than on our first visit!


and they have Pink Poppy Bakery treats now!


the wonderful owners Bernardo and Anthony  (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo




We like the floral art.


The other customers were a knitter, two chess players, and a woman reading a book in the other window seat.


waiting out the rain

Even better, we acquired a bucket of coffee grounds for my compost pile!

With the rain stopped, I headed out to deadhead a block worth of planters while Allan went to weed and deadhead at Veterans Field (main stage for the festivities following Sunday’s parade).


tree garden outside of Abbracci: still lots of narcissi for parade day


and bright tulips

Guess what, there should be TEN tulips in each of those planters.  Broken off stems showed that five had been stolen.


only five left, dang blang it.

Does someone think I won’t notice or care?  I DO notice.  Plus, these were special tulips from Brent and Becky’s bulbs.

Allan came over to help me finish the little park behind Lewis and Park Square, where the city crew had dug a trench at the lawn’s edge, surprising me with an unexpected clean up job.  He pulled bindweed from the rugosa roses on the south side of the police station, where many will walk by to go to Vet Field on Sunday, and then we went over the two Vet Field beds again for more tiny weeds.



Note to self: Monarda is swallowing this Jade Frost Eryngium; maybe next time, I can move it.


Someone had carefully filled a tulip with some grape hyacinth foliage, making a fanciful flower.  (Allan’s photo)

We finished the Vet Field gardens as this returned:


But in driving from Abbracci to Vet Field, Allan had found an emergency by one of the parking lot berms.



A tourist information trailer had been parked next to the weedy south berm.  All we usually know is the date of each festival, but the intricacies of what the city crew does is left for us to discover on our own.  I decided we simply had to do some weeding.


Allan’s photo


the biggest weed of all (Allan’s photo)


6:20 PM


7:11 PM

One more debris dump trip ended the work day.


At home, I could have erased one berm from the work board.  We have the north one about fifteen minutes from being done, and the south one is over halfway done.  That surely counts as one done…but I did not feel like finagling on the board.  I did finally get to erase the boatyard!


Everywhere Skooter sits for awhile lately ends up looking like an explosion of cat fur.


front porch from today


And yet here he is, still whole and fluffy!


and Frosty

I could hardly believe my last check on the weather for tomorrow, showing heavy rain all day with 30 mph winds.  No!  This means we would have to do the planter deadheading in Long Beach on late Saturday afternoon among throngs of visitors.  Oh please.  Just give us a few hours of workable weather tomorrow so we can finish the two berms and the deadheading, and please spare the tulips from 30 mph winds that would blow them all apart.

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

We’ve been so focused on Long Beach that we had not done our north end jobs lately.

Red Barn Arena

I remembered that we had some edging blocks to install at the Red Barn.  When we got there, the edge had not been cleared yet (by Amy and her trusty tractor) so we will do the edging later.  We also found that the backside of the garden had been hit with roundup, always a risk when spraying grass next to a garden.


zone of death: Round Up drift had killed the California poppies at the back…


and caused yellowing foliage on the Helianthus

I got a promise that from now on, we will run our own string trimmer back there and that Round Up will not be applied again.


Allan string trimming along the front


an attractive new bench

Diane’s garden

Next door, we weeded at deadheaded at Diane and Larry’s.


the roadside garden


one narcissus


the back patio planters

A heavy rain began while we were weeding along the road and got us both uncomfortably drenched and chilled.  Fortunately, I had a dry sweatshirt and jacket to change into. Allan’s jacket had kept him drier.



Basket Case Greenhouse

Basket Case was a good place to warm up a bit.  We have begun planting some perennials, and needed more ingredients.  We are holding off on planting annuals till around Mother’s Day.


the annuals greenhouse


I got myself an Orange Rocket barberry and a Cardinal red twig dogwood.


and the orange picotee Lewisia for my scree garden.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I was ever so pleased to see the bright show of tulips in the Golden Sands courtyard garden.


with blue camassia


view from one of the red chairs

I asked Allan to apply the Sluggo to each quadrant while I sat because my knee was acting up.


The bird bath and plaque are from my mom’s old garden.


Tulip viridiflora (green tulips), always my favourites.  ‘Green Wave’ is on the right.


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


dog daises already (Allan’s photo)


Pacific tree frog on moss and beach strawberries (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo

While weeding, Allan commented that this little wild euphorbia reminds him of Shrek.


a spurge, one of the cuter weeds (Allan’s photo)


It reminds Allan of Shrek’s ears.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After considerable weeding and narcissi deadheading, I took some photos for the KBC Facebook page of the garden looking very fine.



from south gate


tulips and overwintered Helichrysum ‘Limelight’


multiflowering Tulip ‘Antoinette’


Tulip ‘Orange Princess’


Tulip ‘Green Star’


This tulip has come back year after year.


a real do-er


fringed tulip, rose, elephant garlic


from northeast gate



Euphorbia characias wulfenii


Pieris and clematis


narcissi and pieris


the pond island bed


unfurling ferns


pond island bed


sword ferns


The podophyllum was blooming.  (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo


beautiful Bella (Allan’s photo)


inside the fenced garden, ocean view cottages on the ridge

Allan climbed over the pond to trim the last of the sword ferns:






Marilyn’s Garden

We had just an hour and a half to go north to Marilyn’s garden before our dinner.


view from back porch; garage next door will disappear soonish behind foliage


looking north



from the road


looking south

The Cove Restaurant


flowers in the foyer (Allan’s photo)


and on the table (Allan’s photo)

We had, as always, been looking forward to the weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.


Todd brought flowers….


Allan’s photo


and a podophyllum for Melissa and Dave.


Allan’s photo.  I was honestly not complaining about a thing as it had been a very good day.


delicious ahi tuna


strawberry salad (Allan’s photo)


lava cake with fresh pears


lemon bar (Allan’s photo)

Except for one little rain squall and a bit of the old knee playing up, it had been a perfect day.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries


from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 70):

April 15: Went through Floralight [three tiered light table] to try to find room for tomatoes.  Moved 8 or 10 trailing violets into terracotta planter and put it on top.  Planted Gloxinia bulbs into pots as houseplants.

1998 (age 73):

April 15:  Sunny, warm . I decided I  had to get the strawberries planted if I hope to have some in June.  I worked from noon to 4:00 to plant 3 rows using 6 or 7 trays of plants—and I have 29 trays of plants!  The soil is loose from the tilling so it’s easy to plant them.  I’m planting the rows close together because I have so many plants.

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Thursday, 7 April 2016

I was so determined to finish the beach approach today that I scheduled nothing else beforehand. We went straight out to the Bolstad beach approach garden except for one brief stop to get photos of the welcome sign garden (in case something bad happened to the tulips before the next day, like a browsing deer or a human standing in there to get a photo taken.)


Tulip ‘Torch Song’ mix from Colorblends, with some Tulip ‘Formosa’ added


Tulip “Torch Song’ mix


front and back


Tulip ‘Much Niceness’ mix from Colorblends


“Much Niceness” mix

.  I knew from the start that the unusual heat…82.9!…would make it challenging out on the beach approach.  Just this once, I hoped for some wind (not too much).


where we left off yesterday


11:17 AM: From where we left off yesterday, my goal was to make it to the buoy.  That would be most of this section, to the planter…


…and this section from the planter to the end.


before (Allan’s photo)


before (Allan’s photo)


a couple of cute dogs that I got to pet.  They whined like crazy when their “mom” walked to the restroom.

It was SOO hot that I thought I was gonna plotz.  I put a cold bandanna around my neck, a cold bandanna peasant style over my head, and a cold bandanna on each wrist (soaked in cold water).


Then I poured cold water over my head from a jug every now and then.


me and my neighbour’s dog Yarrow


Our neighbour Jessika of Starvation Alley organic cranberry farm walked by with her dogs. (Allan’s photo)


Yarrow (Allan’s photo)

Jessika grew up in Tennessee and thinks we are very dramatic about “hot” weather here.  When she walked back, there I was dramatically pouring cold water over my head again.


debris clean up in progress on the first section (Allan’s photo)

The passersby were frequent today because of spring break, with the oft repeated comment “You can come to my garden next”.  One fellow offered us $20 an hour to drive all the way to Chehalis to weed his garden, not realizing that the going rate for private garden work here is $25 per person and up.

The “my garden next” comment is so common that I ran across it in a book about the Lost Garden of Heligan in Cornwall:  “[Garden visitors] stand and stare and comment on our dedication to the job, how our backs must be aching and how we can help in their garden when we’re finished with our own.” from Heligan: A Portrait of the Lost Garden.

Today, I got a good compliment; a fellow said that the gardens make his visits to Long Beach “intriguing and enjoyable”.  That is exactly what I wish to achieve.


starting the second section at two thirty (Allan’s photo)

At four thirty, I could not bear weeding in the section of plain roses anymore.  I was in despair over the quick passage of time so asked Allan to finish that area while I went on to the end, where some Juniper conferta, some wild lupins and some armeria (sea thrift) gave some variety to the weeding.

By then, I was in a panic about getting done; I just wanted so much to finish today.


weeding and chatting with a Long Beach resident who used to be a landscaper (Allan’s photo)

It was also pleasant to visit with blog reader MaryBeth although I barely looked up.

I deliberately left some shaped sections of clover for the bees.  When it is done blooming, we may remove it.


Allan got the boring area done all on his own, by 6:30.

From 6:30 to 7:00, I was wielding the pick in a frenzy and yelling at the last section of weeds, “You will not defeat me! I WILL FINISH YOU!”  I was willing to be late to dinner to get done.  I had been thinking for two hours about calling the Cove and texting Melissa to delay dinner from 7 PM till 7:30, yet the idea of stopping to deal with calling and texting was just too exhausting.  Allan was raking and sweeping the sidewalk and roadside while I did the very last weeding.


cleaned up (Allan’s photo)


after…7:10, late for dinner!



Allan doing the last of the sweeping.


Days ago, we started way way back at the arch.


the final section, done




a huge accomplishment


all the way to the end!

As Melissa says, HUMANS WIN!  At least temporarily.  Next week, we’ll plant some poppy seeds in the occasional area where no roses grow.

The Cove Restaurant


tulips outside the Cove (Allan’s photo)

We arrived at our weekly dinner and meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang 20 minutes late.  Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Gardening) totally understood.


the joy of having the beach approach done (Allan’s photo)


strawberry salad


Dave’s fish and chips


fish tacos


Chef Jason sent us some prawns in butter sauce…out of this world.


the work board…beach approach erased…at long long long last.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries


from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago 

1997 (age 72):

April 7: Took Tabby to vets for booster shots.  I got the Advantage flea killer stuff—supposed to kill fleas in 24 hours and last for a month.  $8.00+.

I cleaned out a lot of branches and cones from patio bed so now I have another pile.  There’s still a lot to clean up in driveway and front flower beds.

1998 (age 73):

April 7:  1:00-3:00  It was cold enough to wear a jacket but warm enough to sweat.    I only worked two hours when I felt sick probably still tired from yesterday and only 4 hours sleep.  I managed to weed some in patio and moved most of the pots of perennials up to the picnic table  I gave up and came in and went to bed from 3:00 to 6:00.

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Before we get back to the beach approach garden, here, at the special request of Our Kathleen, are some cropped and blurred (to disguise the business) photos of the planter that was dissed in the story at the end of yesterday’s post. This planter was, I was told, “a little bit better in 2015″  but before that was “terrible”, and was still “not very good”…


July 2014 (accidentally photographed with “Vibrant Color” setting)


August 2014


August 2014


October (!!) 2014


November 2014

Thank you to everyone who commented on yesterday’s post, both on the blog and on Facebook.  I especially felt moved by the comment from Pam, Seaside’s city gardener, about how “public and vulnerable” it is to do our job.  In fact, that brought a tear to me eye.  (“Are you CRYING now?”)  I was simply shocked to hear that Ann Lovejoy, to me a garden goddess above all, hears criticism of her volunteer maintained public gardens.  Reminds me of when a passerby last year lit into me about the beach approach being weedy, when we had quite simply had NO time to get out there to weed.  Speaking of the beach approach, now that we have passed on several of our private gardens to Sea Star Gardening and also no longer do Andersen’s RV Park (because it sold last year), we have had the time to get the beach approach weeded early-ish this year…or rather, we are TRYING to get it done.

Friday, 1 April 2016

at home

The UPS truck arrived with my Mary Rose rose, from Heirloom Roses, for kitty Mary’s grave.  I was so happy to see it but did not have time to plant it yet.


shipped much earlier than expected!

Before work, I simply had to take some photos of our own garden.  I wish I had time to explore all of it.  I only get quick looks nowadays and am sure I’m missing something wonderful off in a corner.


Acanthus ‘Hollard’s Gold’


center bed back garden


center bed, looking southwest




tulips and muscari


Tulips and Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’


I have to time to deal with the horsetail!


garden boat ‘Ann Lovejoy’




east side front garden


front garden, Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’ and Tulip ‘Exotic Emperor’


front path looking east

I said to Allan that I felt like picking a bouquet of tulips and taking them to yesterday’s insulting Shopkeeper for shopkeeper’s sick relative.  Allan said “Don’t!”, just like City Hall folks had said when I commented that I felt like doing that.  What happened to kill ’em with kindess?  I picked tulips anyway but instead took them to a local business where we are always treated well.


a bouquet for Salt’s weekend

While I delivered the flowers, Allan popped one perennial into the Time Enough Books garden.


Geum ‘Mai Tai’ (Allan’s photo)

We planted a few plants in the Ilwaco planters and then back to…

Long Beach

The Bolstad beach approach garden


before, with a head start from yesterday (Allan’s photo)


Bolstad beach approach today, before, 12:15 AM


before: our goal is that planter with the light pole and banner

All of the “during” photos are Allan’s today.


before (Allan’s photo)


It has not been weeded since July, but most of the weeds came in the fall and winter.


Allan’s photo

Our neighbour Jared walked by with a friend from Ohio and with the two dogs, Rudder and Yarrow.  As he often does, Rudder ignored me…


…but he did let me pet him on the way back and even gently wagged his tail.


in the thick of it


Allan’s photo

I apologize for no photos of Allan swinging the pick to get the roses out from the streetside edge.  My ever so comfy clothes (free, passed on from a friend, my favourite clothing price) have no good camera pocket so I only take photos of before and after out here.  Why, why, why are pants made without pocketses?  So just picture him swinging the heavy yellow handled pick all day long, kind of like this guy, with pick instead of hammer:


John Henry


Allan’s photo


planter goal achieved! (Allan’s photo)


4 PM: beginning the next section!!




A distraction: a sirening police car went tearing out to the beach, a gazillion miles per hour it seemed, and later this procession came back.


a bad day for someone being escorted off the beach


an Anemone blanda saved from the weeds by Allan



Allan’s tools (minus the giant pick)

Because we had gotten one fourth of the section done yesterday,  and because the next section did not have as many roses, we got to the end of the next section also, all in seven hours today!  A section that takes 3.5 instead of 5-6 hours is a joy.


end of today’s second section.

How I cursed the kinnikinnick around thatrock as I whacked at it with the pick and clipped with the loppers.  It is ugly after this winter, or maybe from last summer’s drought, when, by the way, this whole stretch got NO water.  It does not cover the ground well enough to blanket our weeds and therefore does not deserve to be called a ground cover.  Many bad words were said to it.


Bad words cease when people walk by (unless I know them well).


Three deer went by; this poor critter looks mangy.


‘Twas a sad day for us when the deer discovered our species tulips in this garden.


Dogs to pet are a big treat for me at this job.




Me, the pick, and an enraged attack on kinnikinnick.


As Melissa says: “Humans win!” (briefly)


I have poppy seeds; my energy was gone so they did not get planted today.



after, 7:30 PM


today’s progress


finishing at sunset


telephoto of the buoy which is our goal

We were too exhausted to dump the debris, which is lightweight (roses pulled from along the edges), so we just took it home with us.


We are this far.

at home


dusk: Tulips close their petals





The work board: only five of 12.5 sections left!

To those with an eye for detail:  I’ve started calling the approach 12.5 sections instead of 13 because one area is shorter.

Tomorrow: more of the same, but guess who comes to help us?

guest photo: J9’s cat has found the catnip!


photo by Jeannine Grey

Ginger’s Garden Diaries


from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 73)

April 1:  Cool and gray but dry.  I planned to work on strawberries but the front beds are choked with two persistent weeds so I worked all afternoon in the tam area.  [former juniper tam bed turned to flower bed]  I weeded about a five foot wide area along the front and into the ditch in about four hours bending over and using my stool. MaryAnn came over to visit about half an hour and Darryl stopped by to talk.

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Thursday, 2 April 2015


Helen, waiting to greet clients at our accountant's office.  Jennifer does her own lovely planters.

Helen, waiting to greet clients at our accountant’s office. Jennifer does her own lovely planters.

Allan's photos: We put Erysimums in two Ilwaco planters.

Allan’s photos: We put Erysimums in two Ilwaco planters.

Red Barn Arena


We had not been to the Red Barn at all in March.


Our garden project there is small…just a bed along a fence by the upper right corner of building, and seven big containers.

one of two pots at the entrance to the grounds

one of two pots at the entrance to the grounds

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the little fence garden, before

the little fence garden, before

and after

and after

Allan's photo: lots of little California poppy seeds coming up

Allan’s photo: lots of little California poppy seeds coming up

south wall of barn

south wall of barn

calibrachoa survived winter and is blooming!

calibrachoa survived winter and is blooming!

detail: Tulip batalinii "Bright Gem'

detail: Tulip batalinii “Bright Gem’


Hugo:  Allan's photo

Hugo: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

Just next door is Diane’s garden, which we also had skipped for all of March.

before weeding the roadside bed today

before weeding the roadside bed today



Allan's photo: We had an audience from the window.

Allan’s photo: We had an audience from the window: Jacks!

Allan's photo: an old dead shrub under the window came right out.

Allan’s photo: an old dead shrub under the window came right out.

Allan's photo: Jacks (Jax?)

Allan’s photo: Jacks (Jax?)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's before on the roadside, other direction

Allan’s before on the roadside, other direction

Allan's after

Allan’s after

My good friend Misty got a belly rub.

In the back yard: My good friend Misty got a belly rub.

OOPS.  No violas, and that orangey tulip was supposed to be some sort of pastel shade.

OOPS. No violas, and that orangey tulip was supposed to be some sort of pastel shade.

I had not planted any violas yet, and they are one of Diane’s favourites.  This called for a trip to The Basket Case Greenhouse, just five minutes up Sandridge Road.

Basket Case Greenhouse


Allan's photo: Nancy and me

Allan’s photo: Nancy and me

Allan's photo: more Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Allan’s photo: more Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Back to Diane’s…

all in gentle shades, as she likes soft colours.

a flat of violas all in gentle shades, as she likes soft colours.

That's better!

That’s better!

The Anchorage Cottages

Our friend Mitzu the Shih Tzu was there!  (Allan's photo)

Our friend Mitzu the Shih Tzu was there! (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


The pesky scilla are having their moment of glorious blue in the courtyard (even though we pull out scads of the bulbs every year).

The pesky scilla are having their moment of glorious blue in the center courtyard (even though we pull out scads of the bulbs every year).

We had two big new containers to fill.  We had brought two big bags of potting soil, but I had forgotten how large the containers were.  This called for a trip five minutes up Pacific Highway to…

The Planter Box

The Planter Box garden center

The Planter Box garden center

We had needed to buy some fertilizer anyway.  Dr. Earth is my favourite brand.


Limonium; owner Teresa says this statice will likely be perennial.

I love this new Limonium; owner Teresa says this statice will likely be perennial.

I believe it is Limonium suworowii (Russian Statice),

also a precious viola

also a precious viola

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Before returning to the Anchorage, we checked on the gardens at…

Andersen’s RV Park

We had not been there for over a week.  I was pleased that our extensive weeding had held up well enough so we can leave this job alone now till next week.

an empty space to the right, where a guest drove into one of the six whiskey barrels

an empty space to the right, where a guest drove into one of the six whiskey barrels

If I had remembered to replant narcissi in the barrels, they would have been full of yellow and shown up better.

This RV Park guest had been shopping earlier at Mostly Hats in Long Beach.

This RV Park guest had been shopping earlier at Mostly Hats in Long Beach.  (Allan’s photo)

We deadheaded narcissi all around the park.  It is said that deadheading is good for the bulb, as instead of using energy to form seeds in the pod, the energy returns to the bulb.

a pretty little poppy from The Basket Case, about to bloom (Allan's photo)

a pretty little poppy from The Basket Case, about to bloom (Allan’s photo)

Undeaded narcissi look tatty.  (Allan's photo)

Also, undeaded narcissi look tatty. (Allan’s photo)

deadheading and weeding Payson Hall (Allan's photo)

deadheading and weeding Payson Hall (Allan’s photo)




No sign of sweet peas, but it was only been 11 days....

No sign of sweet peas, but it has only been 11 days….

container tulips by the office

container tulips by the office

Tulip 'Artist' has returned for three years.

Tulip ‘Artist’ has returned for three years.

Back to The Anchorage

Tulip 'Green Star' by the office

Tulip ‘Green Star’ by the office

It's one of my favourites.

It’s one of my favourites.

But this one got so twisty it never opened up.

But this one got so twisty it never opened up.

Tulip 'Angelique'

Tulip ‘Angelique’

Tulip 'Gavota' almost over.

Tulip ‘Gavota’ almost over.

windowboxes with species tulips and narcissi

windowboxes with species tulips and narcissi



That little narcissi that has been blooming everywhere had flummoxed me, and I had thought it might be Narcissus jonquilla simplex.  But NO!  I suddenly realized it is Baby Moon, the one I plant by the hundreds because I can count on it blooming in late April and being in full bloom for the two city parades, Ilwaco and Long Beach, on the first weekend in May.  This year all the Baby Moons are blooming in late March to early April.  I choose to be pleased that they are blooming during spring break, and I wonder just what will be in bloom for the parade weekend?!


Baby Moon

Baby Moon, a month early

accidental perfect combo with tulip and primrose

accidental perfect combo with tulip and primrose

Narcissi in courtyard

Narcissi in courtyard

some of that new pink statice

some of that new pink statice

white narcissi

white narcissi

mor courtyard narcissi

more courtyard narcissi; you can just see the edge of one of the big new planters, to the left

We used this new product, and it was a bit stronger smelling than plain old potting soil.

This is the new kind of potting soil we got to finish off the big pots.  It smelled more manure-y than regular potting soil, just faintly.

This is the new kind of potting soil we got to finish off the big pots. It smelled more manure-y than regular potting soil, just faintly.


I found a big fat snail on one of the flowerpots.  I cannot bear to squish them, so he got carried off to the dune grass and beach pines to the west of the lawn.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I felt so tired and sleepy today (two different things) that I reminded myself that soon The Deadliest Catch telly show will start up again and I’ll be reminded that it could be a lot worse if I were crab fishing on the Bering Sea instead of merely gardening after a few nights of insomnia.

However, I was unable to resist the idea of our Thursday tradition at the Cove Restaurant, even though we had just been there last night.  The Thursday habit is hard to break especially when one feels tired and deserving of a treat.

The Cove Restaurant

The Restaurant is on the golf course.

The Restaurant is on the golf course.

Parking Lot Cat waits to greet customers.

Parking Lot Cat waits to greet customers.

again the table with the white chrysanthemum

again the table with the white chrysanthemum


Allan said the bunny wanted some of my strawberry salad.

Allan said the bunny wanted some of my strawberry salad.

my dinner; Allan had fish tacos

my dinner; Allan had fish tacos



Two books have arrived in the last week from Australia that I so wish I had some rainy days off to read…(along with the daunting stack of good library books).


I now have THREE unread books by my favourite Kate.

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