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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Long Beach

During this busy time of year, I sometimes don’t even remember to pick up our check in Long Beach.  Today, we did that first thing and discovered that the planter along the entry ramp was very dry (because it is under the roof overhang, on the east side, where rain water is rarely blown in).

dry

dry

Emergency watering ensued.  We learned that the planters from the Basket Case Greenhouse would be hung later that day, so the bed underneath will get overflow water from the city crew watering the baskets each day from now on.

We had an audience.

We had an audience.

Next to the ramp, the hostas in Peggy's Park look handsome.

Next to the ramp, the hostas in Peggy’s Park look handsome.

north side of city hall.  The white narcissi and red rhododendron display is over.

north side of city hall. The white narcissi and red rhododendron display is over.

Dutch Iris carrying on the flower show for now

Dutch Iris carrying on the flower show for now

The Basket Case Greenhouse

Next, we shopped at the Basket Case for plants for the Anchorage.

Fred and Nancy live right next door, behind this impressive wisteria arbour.

Fred and Nancy live right next door, behind this impressive wisteria arbour.

wisteria

wisteria

wisteria from below

wisteria from below

wisteria

As I carried in the four empty windowbox liners for the Anchorage, who should arrive but Patti J and Stella.

happy and exciteable Stella

happy and exciteable Stella

After catching up with Patti, I set the eight window box liners on an empty spot and started filling them with plants.  It was harder for me to think than I had expected when Nancy and Allan started stocking the begonia table behind me.  It daunts my mind that using two liners per window box means there is a seam in the middle of the planting, so there cannot be a center plant.  While I had a hard time getting my brain to function, I managed, eventually.

pretties at the Basket Case

pretties at the Basket Case

Allan's photo of a young gardener

Allan’s photo of a young gardener

The Anchorage Cottages

I’ve used Agastaches in containers before, with success.  This year, I plan to use a lot of them.  I chose Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ for two big pots by the Anchorage Cottages office.  I hope they will be showy and will require much less deadheading that the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ that I used here last year.

I'm still deadheading the two Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' at the office.

Last year on Novemeber 2: “still deadheading the two Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ at the office.”

an Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' still blooming

an Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ still blooming in September a couple of years ago

office planters

office planters today with well budded Agastaches in place

I set up the window box liners in the trailer, filled them with soil, and planted.  So much easier than doing them in place.  Meanwhile, Allan removed the liners that had held the display of spring bulbs and stored them behind the office building.

Allan's photo: a wheelbarrow with a bag of potting soil dumped in it.

Allan’s photo: a wheelbarrow with a bag of potting soil dumped in it.

moistening the soil

moistening the soil; we carried some of the plants from the nursery loaded into the liners

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: He planted the violas from the bulb containers the brick chimney planter.

Allan’s photo: He planted the violas from the bulb containers into the brick chimney planter.

Allan's photo: one windowbox emptied

Allan’s photo: one windowbox emptied

I cannot recommend highly enough the method of switching out plastic window box liners between spring bulb time and summer annuals time.

Mitzu did some supervising.

Mitzu did some supervising. (Allan’s photo)

violas got replanted here (Allan's photo)

violas got replanted here (Allan’s photo)

sweet peas are this tall (Allan's photo)

sweet peas are this tall (Allan’s photo)

windowbox liners in place

one of for new windowbox liners in place

While I did that project, Allan pruned the viburnums in the center courtyard garden.  Last week, I had realized they were leaning forward into the garden and shading out lilies and Melianthus major.

Allan's photo: before

Allan’s photo: before

Allan's photo:  I had done a bit of cutting last week, back to dark green.

Allan’s photo: I had done a bit of cutting last week, back to dark green.

Allan almost immediately ran into a glitch: a nest of bird eggs.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The chirp chirp chirp of the mother bird should have alerted us.  Fortunately, Allan saw the nest before he pruned enough to expose it.

agitation (Allan's photo)

agitation (Allan’s photo)

He was closely supervised.

He was closely supervised.

The end pruning job left a nice home for the little nest.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We hope the birds were not too upset to return to the nest; we had to strike a balance between saving the plants that were being smothered by the viburnums and bothering the birds.  Allan worked in great haste to get out of the area as fast as possible.

center courtyard

center courtyard with blue potato vine, Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’

Beth especially admired the brown Dutch Iris.  I told her it was Eye of the Tiger.  Later I remembered it is 'Bronze Beauty'.  Ooops.

Beth especially admired the brown Dutch Iris (right). I told her it was Eye of the Tiger. Later I remembered it is ‘Bronze Beauty’. Ooops.

more Dutch Iris

more Dutch Iris

Dutch Iris 'Eye of the Tiger'

(Dutch Iris ‘Eye of the Tiger’ in Long Beach)

back to Long Beach

After the Anchorage mission was accomplished, I asked Allan if he thought we could get the most horrible Long Beach planter redone and planted in just about an hour.  He thought it would be doable.  We went to the south end of Dennis company and dove into the job.  This planter has been on my list of things to do for at least two years.

a horrible planter of vinca dating back to volunteer days

a horrible planter of vinca dating back to volunteer days

We salvaged bulbs and this aquilegia (It went under a tree.)

We salvaged bulbs and this aquilegia (It went under a tree.)

We tried to salvage a small hardy fuchsia and almost succeeded till it got completely lost in the shuffle of debris buckets.

Allan's photo: horribly dry and rooty under the nasty vinca.

Allan’s photo: horribly dry and rooty under the nasty vinca.

The heuchera also got salvaged and replanted.

The heuchera also got salvaged and replanted.

One of the things I liked least about this planter was how two evergreen candytufts were planted on either side of the lamp post.  Once they were done with their mid-spring bloom, they became green boring low messy blobs for the rest of the summer.

after

after

before

before

after

after

The push of trying to get it done in the time we had before a dinner date was exhausting and led to using a bag of potting soil that we had on hand rather than going to get buckets of mulch from our new Soil Energy Pile in the works yard.  (The extra labour of getting the buckets full and driving back probably made up for the extra cost of the potting soil.)  More annuals will come later; for now, we added two green santolinas, two Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’, and a couple of diascia and some blue bacopa.

The Cove Restaurant

After the mad rush of yanking all that vinca and replanting, we repaired to the Cove for our Thursday tradition at rather too early of an hour: 6:30.  We were making it easier for J9 to join us after work; our Kathleen made up a party of four.

Allium schubertii in the Cove entry garden

Allium schubertii in the Cove entry garden

Allium schubertii backed with lavender

Allium schubertii backed with lavender

Allan's photo: a wildflower patch of garden with bachelor buttons

Allan’s photo: a wildflower patch of garden with bachelor buttons

When we sat down, I realized it was not too early at all as we were plenty tired of working.

The strawberries in the strawberry salad were extra delicious today.

The strawberries in the strawberry salad were extra delicious today.

my so scrumptious and nutritious ahi tuna

my so scrumptious and nutritious ahi tuna

Kathleen's lomo soltado; J9 and Allan had some of the $2 fish tacos that are the main Thursday feature.

Kathleen’s lomo soltado; J9 and Allan had some of the $2 fish tacos that are the main Thursday feature.

Allan's photo of the delectable lomo saltado

Allan’s photo of Chef Jason’s delectable lomo saltado

We lingered on till we were the last people in the restaurant and the sweeping up had begun, which, as always, reminded me of My Dinner with André.

my-dinner-with-andre-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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