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Thursday, 19 June 2014

What should I see this morning I look out the front window:

So much for being scared by the bird scare tape!

So much for being scared by the bird scare tape!

Allan went out to shoo the deer away.

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It jumped this low fence...

It jumped this low fence…

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and turned back to look from the side garden

Before finishing my packing for study weekend, I had to change into other clothes and spray the whole front garden with stinky Liquid Fence.  If the deer had appeared on the previous weekend, a hastily constructed taller fence might have appeared!  A wiser gardener would have put ALL precious deer candy plants in the fully fenced back garden.

Then I took a walk around the garden, wishing fervently that I was staying home.  I am such a stick in the mud!

back garden, looking south

back garden, looking south

sanguisorba

sanguisorba

worrying over my new plants:  Was the rain enough for them?  No time to water.

worrying over my new plants: Was the rain enough for them? No time to water.

I felt I would so love to spend the weekend sitting on my own bench (between weeding sessions).

I felt I would so love to spend the weekend sitting on my own bench (between weeding sessions).

Astilbes looked too glorious to leave.

Astilbes looked too glorious to leave.

I need to weed around this hydrangea!

I need to weed around this hydrangea!

I haven't had time to weed by the bogsy woods!

I haven’t had time to weed by the bogsy woods!

The garden has so much to offer right now.

The garden has so much to offer right now.

My cats would miss me too much!

My cats would miss me too much!

I have arranged for my friend Luanne of Olde Towne Café to water my container plants on Sunday...

I have arranged for my friend Luanne of Olde Towne Café to water all my container plants on Sunday…and Devery would water the greenhouse tomatoes on Saturday as well.

Could a trip to see other gardens possibly give me as much pleasure as my own???

Could a trip to see other gardens possibly give me as much pleasure as my own???

It is downright intoxicating.

It is downright intoxicating.

I couldn’t cancel the trip as our friend Patt was coming to enjoy Ilwaco for the weekend and kep our cats company, and Sheila had already headed north from Oregon to meet us, and Allan was happily ancticipating the trip.  Finally we got underway…sort of.

I hate to leave the post office garden as it is a bit weedy!

I hate to leave the post office garden as it is a bit weedy!

In the morning, Allan had watered the Post Office and Larry and Robert’s Ilwaco garden.

I worried whether the city crew would water the Ilwaco planters well enough.

I worried whether the city crew would water the Ilwaco planters well enough.

We stopped a few block from home at Olde Towne Café for lunch.

I had picked a bouquet for Luanne.

I had picked a bouquet for Luanne.

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Unable to delay any further, we were off.  Allan would have departed much sooner.

I had forgotten how much the Willapa Curves (the highway skirting the south end of Willapa Bay) scares the Bee-cheesus out of me.  On the way home from the city, we always go through Naselle and by the river because going round the curves on the outside lane just about makes me faint.  Now, after having only gone through the curves once in the last three years (which is how long since I have been to the Big City), I found the inside lane was pretty scary, as well.

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marshes by the bay

marshes by the bay

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At last, that bridge marks the end of the curves.

At last, that bridge marks the end of the curves.

Once upon a time, a friend came to visit me from Seattle, and said he could never visit again if it meant driving those curves.  Some people love zipping around them in sporty vehicles.  I have never claimed to be anything but neurotic and phobic.  And ff the curves alone made me ill, how would I handle city traffic?  Not well; when we hit the multiple-merging freeway at Olympia, I wished more than ever that I had stayed home.

Fortunately, Allen is tolerant (or tires of the screaming) and knows the Tacoma-Seattle area well from his years working as an assembler for various stores up there, so he soon got us off the horrors of Interstate 5 and onto quieter freeway spurs all the way to Bellevue and the Hilton Hotel where the conference would be held.

Allan's photo

hotel entrance, Allan’s photo

Sheila had arrived earlier; she and I shared a room and Allan, who had decided after we had booked to join the traditional Sheila-Skyler study weekend event, had the luxury of his own room.

our massively large hotel room at the Bellevue Hilton

our massively large hotel room at the Bellevue Hilton (on a group rate arranged by the event hosts)

Exhausted (Sheila from coming all the way from near Corvallis, Oregon, me from traffic phobia and Allan from driving while dealing with my traffic phobia), we had dinner at the hotel restaurant.

looking down to the hotel lobby and restaurant; Allan's photo from the seventh floor

looking down to the hotel lobby and restaurant; Allan’s photo from the seventh floor

the fancy view from our restaurant table

the fancy view from our restaurant table

my yummy ahi tuna

my yummy ahi tuna, very good for hotel food!

And now….we were ready for the Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend and to arise at the unheard of hour of 7 AM and start garden touring on Whidbey Island, followed by an all consuming schedule of lectures Friday evening, Saturday morning, more tours Saturday afternoon, a Saturday evening soirée, more lectures and touring Sunday and more touring on Monday!

(June 24th:) And now I am home again, full of new ideas and with hundreds of photos of over twenty wonderful gardens.  I will be blogging as frequently as I can, perhaps publishing more than an entry a day as I work through the study weekend photos and try to catch up with real life again.  The Ilwaco planters WERE watered by the crew, and Patt had a great time at our house, and my container plants were wonderfully watered, and all is well.

 

 

 

 

 

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We left home late because of an unexpected visitor: a gentleman from North Carolina who was friends with Jeff and Mary (two doors down) and was here to go fishing with Jeff.  He had heard from Mary about our garden (and from her back porch, there is a view down Nora’s back garden showing an enticing glimpse of ours).  I walked through with him as he took lots of photos to show his wife.  She is, he told me, a painter who likes to paint gardens, and he told me her name so I could Google her website later on.

I was impressed with how well he saw the garden and what he chose to photograph; he noticed the tunnel cut through the salmonberry with a painted door at the end.  Not everyone notices that.

It took me two weeks to get around to looking up her page, Connie Winters Art.  I strongly encourage you to peruse it; she is a wonderful artist!

We began the work day with a quick fix: taking some buckets of water from home to the two most westerly planters on the Bolstadt beach approach in Long Beach.  There had been a misunderstanding:  Allan thought I meant to have him skip watering them because we are so bored with the planting of plain old vinca out there (done by someone else ages ago).  I had noticed them wilting the day before and wanted them refreshed before kite festival.  Had we known what the day’s weather would bring, we wouldn’t have bothered.

On the way we saw these folks photographing their vintage autos by the iconic arch.

the Bolstadt arch

the Bolstadt arch

Next, I had a small mission.  Teresa of The Planter Box had messaged me the day before asking if I wanted a “Pistachio”.  Before she even finished, I asked “Pistachio Hydrangea??!”  Yes!  It had been on my list of plants to acquire for ages, so I got two, one fore me and one for another garden….probably Larry And Robert’s where we can keep a good eye on it, although it would also look good against the greeny colour of the Wiegardt Gallery.

Hydrangea 'Pistachio' from The Planter Box.

Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’ from The Planter Box.

I admired a beautiful Clematis for sale.

I admired a beautiful Clematis for sale.

And then, way up north to Marilyn’s garden….

begonias on front porch at Marilyn's

begonias on front porch at Marilyn’s

Phygelius

Phygelius

I think this is some kind of phlox, but I wish I knew for sure.  It spreads, but not aggressively (so far) and the deer do not eat it:

phlox? wish photo had turned out better

phlox? wish photo had turned out better

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I have inquired on the Plants to Identify Facebook group, as I should do more often.

Helianthis ‘Lemon Queen’ is starting to bloom and will put on a good tall show for a few weeks.

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', a favourite perennial

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, a favourite perennial

I am amazed the deer are not eating Marilyn’s lilies.  Do I dare plant more throughout the garden?  I might try!

oriental lilies

oriental lilies

looking northish from the back steps

looking northish from the back steps

bronze fennel, lovely and thuggish

bronze fennel, lovely and thuggish (too many tiny seedlings)

Next, the usual routine:  Back down to Wiegardt Gallery on the cusp of Ocean Park and Nahcotta.

The bed on the west side of the building is so unsatisfactory to me.  It does not get enough water (not for lack of trying, but soaker hoses just do not work well) and just looks scraggly.  But I have a solution!   Pam Fleming of Back Alley Gardens will be pleased to hear that I want to plant evergreens here.  Because of rampant deer and because Eric did not like it when I used to have two escallonias (too big!) , I am thinking three groups of Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’.  That may be trite, but I know they will work.  And surprisingly few people on the Peninsula use them.  (So they are not trite here…yet.)

terrible, terrible, terrible

terrible, terrible, terrible

If it got more water, the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ would be beautifully tall.  I must get rid of the horrible Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’…have tried…it is a curse.  The nice pine scented Geranium macrorrhizum can stay.  If it were my garden, I would plant some lemony small very columnar gold conifers….

The north bed looks better with three variegated Miscanthus:

grasses

height and repetition

I still love the view to the street (Bay Avenue);

lots of grasses with cotoneasters and a few rhodos

lots of grasses with cotoneasters and a few rhodos

Some drizzling began while we were weeding at Wiegardt’s.  By the time we got to Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park store, we had a serious situation.

rain and lots of it

rain and lots of it

So we went to the Full Circle Café…

driftwood fence, Full Circle on Bay Avenue

driftwood fence, Full Circle on Bay Avenue

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inside...nice and dry...

inside…nice and dry…

with pie

with pie

The sad thing is we had just eaten our lunchbox sandwiches or we could have had one of their tasty lunches.

We waited for awhile and saw the sky looking brighter to the southwest…so set off again optimistically.

The café is almost this close to the ocean.

The café is almost this close to the ocean.

The Klipsan Beach Cottages garden awaited us.  Even the birds looked rather hunched and miserable, as we had called the weather wrong and the rain soon returned.

hunkered down

hunkered down

After awhile, I took shelter from the torrent in the garage.  Allan was off working under some trees.  Neither of us were prepared with proper coats for this weather.

unfinished job

unfinished job

Mary, garden owner, had come out to chat and commiserate.  At first I told her we would bail out for the day and come back.  Then I realized that the weather already had us running behind and it is a long drive back to KBC, so we perservered and worked through the weather.

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

sweet peas

sweet peas

Veronicastrum virginicum

Veronicastrum virginicum…

with lilies

with lilies

After getting thoroughly soaked, we bailed on the rest of the day and went home.  I managed two photos on the way to check the greenhouse tomatoes:

Sarah Sloane's bird

Sarah Sloane’s bird

And a quotation; a reader has asked me for more photos of quotations in the garden.  Eventually, I hope to do a post with all of them together.

This seems to be a favourite!

from “The Pleasures of Merely Circulating”

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