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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Tuesday was intermittently rainy and became a day of blogging all about the Cannon Beach Cottage tour.  We sort of called the weather wrong and could have worked and yet it was satisfying to get the cottage tour posts all done in one day.  Allan was proud of the tasty dinner he made with tomatoes, apples, and peppers from the garden.

in the frying pan

in the frying pan

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Anchorage Cottages

I felt inspired to start working our way down the fall projects list by pruning viburnums at The Anchorage.  I knew resort manager Beth did not like the viburnums being up over the gutters.  Also the more leaves it has, the more it stinks when it rains.  (Yes, this viburnum is a bit of a stinker.) It is unfortunate that they were planted so close to the cottages.  I also wanted to make it possible for the staff to get back there to wash windows and do building maintenance.  (The flowering quince in the corner is also due for a trim, but not today.)

If I had been a guest in the cottage behind the green wall, I’d have not wanted to lose the green privacy, so for that reason I felt bad about cutting it down.  Beth thinks that guests will appreciate having more light.

before

before


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am obsessed with privacy and felt sad when the guest who IS staying in that room said, “I liked the privacy.”  Once you cut it, you can’t put it back.

There is a new Japanese maple there that will grow up and provide some privacy without being right next to the wall.

after

after


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Fortunately, the guest’s darling corgi gave me a kiss, which I was told was unusual, and everything was better.

She gave me a smooch.

She gave me a smooch.

I had to choose between tree-like or shrub-like on that viburnum, and so much shrub-like growth had started from below that it was easier to cut it down than to keep clipping all the lower sprouts.  My idea is that it will come back like the hedged virburnum in the center courtyard and can be allowed to be about a third of the way up the window for privacy.

center courtyard

center courtyard


center courtyard hedge

center courtyard hedge; there is a path behind it for building maintenance


The center courtyard arbutus is stunning this week.

The center courtyard arbutus is stunning this week.


Arbutus detail: Strawberry-like fruits will follow.

Arbutus detail: Strawberry-like fruits will follow.

 

our load of debris (Allan's photo)

our load of debris (Allan’s photo)

Now we had a big trailer load of debris to dump so we drove up Sandridge Road to…

Peninsula Landscape Supply

…where I took some photos for their Facebook page while Allan offloaded the branches.

We live in the land of double wides, including living in one ourselves.  On the way, Allan photographed one arriving while we waited on the shoulder to let them pass.

on Pioneer Road

on Pioneer Road


Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply


offloaded debris (Allan's photo)

offloading debris (Allan’s photo)


The debris gets ground up into mulch.

The debris gets ground up into mulch.

rocks

new planters that look like bark

new planters that look like bark


shell planter

shell planter


This water feature basin looked like concrete but was lightweight plastic...with peeling paint so I wondered if I could afford it.

This water feature basin looked like concrete but was lightweight plastic…with peeling paint so I wondered if I could afford it.

Not wanting to think about another project, I did not pursue my thought about the possible lower price of the peely water bowl.

Another customer had a cute old truck.

Another customer had a cute old ’54 truck.


He was using it as a hauling truck despite its vintage, cute appearance.

He was using it as a hauling truck despite its vintage, cute appearance.

Wiegardt Gallery

On the way to our next job, we swung by the Wiegardt Gallery just to have a peek at our old garden which is now in the fine care of Todd, artist Eric’s brother.  Who should be parked between us and the front garden but our good friend Bill Clearman, there to work on the carpentry of the front door.

That's our Bill!

That’s our Bill!


the familiar sign of the Wiegardt Gallery

the familiar sign of the Wiegardt Gallery


Todd has the north garden bed much better weeded than we did...

Todd has the north garden bed much better weeded than we did…

Marilyn’s Garden

Today was our week to go to Surside and attend to Marilyn’s garden.

view from the street

view from the street


colchicum by the driveway

colchicum by the driveway


the north end of the garden

the north end of the garden

The Miscanthus zebrinus below is all splayed out from wind, with a tidy little new tuft coming up in the middle.

Miscanthus zebrinus

Miscanthus zebrinus

We could get in there and trim the old growth off, and we just might…next time.  Although I kind of like the wild swirly wave-like look of it, I have forgotten what other good plants might be buried in there.

center" Solidago 'Fireworks. The whole garden is blown about and whirl-y.

center: Solidago ‘Fireworks. The whole garden is blown about and whirl-y by our big wind a couple of weeks ago.


view straight across from back porch with neighbours' garage hidden

view straight across from back porch with neighbours’ garage hidden


looking northwest from back porch

looking northwest from back porch


Bees were all over the Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'.

Bees were all over the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.


a big bumble bee

a big bumble bee

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looks furry and pettable...better not.

looks furry and pettable…better not.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Bella watched us from the deck. (Allan's photo)

Bella watched us from the deck. (Allan’s photo)

At KBC, I was inspired to do another fall clean up project.

Self-seeded ferns blocked the view of Denny's bubbler.

Self-seeded ferns blocked the view of Denny’s bubbler.


I tackled this side and Allan came in from the other side.

I tackled this side and Allan came in from the other side.


after...We were out of time; next week we'll get the roots of those ferns out.

after…We were out of time; next week we’ll get the roots of those ferns out.


Mary's tree peony looking autumnal.

Mary’s tree peony is looking autumnal (the brown leaves behind the cosmos).

(I suddenly have an ominous feeling that I lost my start of that yellow tree peony in my own garden.  Must look for it!)

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' as tall as the greenhouse.

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ as tall as the greenhouse.


Schizostylis brightening up the garden.

Schizostylis brightening up the garden.


the weekly view southwest across the birdbath

the weekly view southwest across the birdbath

As we gardened at KBC, the sky got continually darker and I wondered if we would be able to complete our next job before considerable rain arrived.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The rain did hold off while we did almost an hour of strimming the lawn and weeding and deadheading in the Golden Sands courtyard.

The lights glowed from the rooms and the residents were in the dining room having dinner.

The lights glowed from the rooms and the residents were in the dining room having dinner.  (Southwest quadrant of the garden)


Southeast quadrant

Southeast quadrant


Northeast quadrant and dining room window (left)

Northeast quadrant and dining room window (left)


northwest quadrant

northwest quadrant

As we drove home, the rain arrived with perfect timing.  After yesterday’s watering, this will hold all the Long Beach and Ilwaco planters well into next week.

A good rain fell overnight.

A good rain fell overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Our route for the day, courtesy Map My Walk, a 31 mile round trip

Our route for the day, courtesy Map My Walk, a 31 mile round trip

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Our first stop was the library to pick up books and DVDs.

the garden outside the community building where the library is houses: Hamamelis, red twig dogwood, heather

the garden outside the community building where the library is houses: Hamamelis, red twig dogwood, heather

We next drove up Sandridge Road to the Basket Case Greenhouse, just to look over a plant availabilty list from a new vendor.  Fred says to make sure to tell you they are NOT OPEN YET (but will be when the pansies and violas have sized up).

Basket Case Greenhouse

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, a hug for Fred

Allan's photo: Fred and I pore over the plant list.

Allan’s photo: Fred and I pore over the plant list and choose some good stuff.

You can see how the darling little violas are just starting to come on.

precious little baby violas

precious little baby violas

the annual "plugs" are all planted and growing

the annual “plugs” are all planted and growing

along with hanging baskets full of youngsters

along with hanging baskets full of youngsters

Basket Case Nancy was off visiting her son; we admired the flowers in her little pond.  (Allan's photo)

Basket Case Nancy was off visiting her son; we admired the flowers in her little pond. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Allan got some beautiful photos of the entry drive to Klipsan Beach Cottages.

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the main entrance to KBC

the main entrance to KBC

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flowering cherry trees

flowering cherry trees

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flowering quince in the outer gardens

Japanese flowering quince in the outer gardens

Chaenomeles (quince) flowers

Chaenomeles (quince) flowers

My grandma had such a lovely one of these....

My grandma had such a lovely one of these….

red camellia flowers

red camellia flowers

wind vane over the office

wind vane over the office

office windowboxes

office window boxes

entering the grounds

entering the grounds

Allan then got busy pruning some hardy fuchsias and pulling ivy out of the dog memorial garden (where black lab Raven (my special favourite), and Great Pyrenees Misty and Debbie are buried).

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noxious English ivy.  The area looked much more defined when he was done...but I forgot to take an after photo.

noxious English ivy. The area looked much more defined when he was done…but I forgot to take an after photo.

In the garden, Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant' already leafing out.

In the garden, Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ already leafing out.

So is Melianthus major (and too many columbines)

So is Melianthus major (and too many columbines).

The ferns looked almost too good to cut back.

The ferns looked almost too good to cut back.

If we wait much longer, they will be hard to cut because the new fronds will be unfurling.

Here's one that is already unfurling...so early.

Here’s one that is already unfurling…so early.

I did cut the ferns in the fenced garden, and found these hiding behind one.

I did cut the ferns in the fenced garden, and found these hiding behind one, despite Mary’s diligent pursuit of snails.

I couldn’t bear to trim the ones by the pond just yet, especially when the resort is full of guests.

We will have to come prune these very soon....

By the pond….We will have to come prune these very soon….

Euphorbia wulfenii outside the deer fence

Euphorbia wulfenii outside the deer fence

inside the fenced garden

inside the fenced garden

species tulips

species tulips

the lawn bed, where we added hellebores last fall

the lawn bed, where we added hellebores last fall

narcissi along the driveway to the cottages

narcissi along the driveway to the cottages

narcissi

narcissi

One of the owners had asked for a Waterlogue of his cottage.

Cottage One, "Beachy Keen"

Cottage One, “Beachy Keen”

altered with one click in the Waterlogue app

altered with one click in the Waterlogue app

The A Frame

The A Frame

narcissi in the A Frame gardens

narcissi in the A Frame gardens

Map My Walk of my work at KBC (including the walk to and from cottage one!)

Map My Walk of my work at KBC (including the walk to and from cottage one!)

Bay Avenue Gallery

We took a short work break to vist our friend Joe Chasse, who was giving a demonstration at the Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park.

Bay Avenue Gallery

Bay Avenue Gallery

(My Lumix pocketcam died two days ago with a resounding “System Error Zoom”, leaving me with my iPhone cam, and the Canon pocketcam unaffectionately nicknamed “Spot” because of its lens scratch.)

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

Joe and "Ginger"

Joe and “Ginger”

Joe's insects

Joe’s insects

Allan's photo:  I sat with Lisa and watched for awhile

Allan’s photo: I sat with Lisa and watched for awhile

at the gallery: one of the houses of artist Jan Bartlett Richardson

at the gallery: one of the houses of artist Jan Bartlett Richardson, who used to live on the Peninsula

an appealing tea pot

an appealing tea pot

Weigardt Gallery

After our artful interlude, we did the cutting back of ornamental grasses at the Wiegardt Gallery.  I am 99% sure we will be passing this job into good hands this spring, and I look forward to having one less job even though I’m fond of the garden.  It will get much better, with cooler plants.  We’re also looking forward to having a certain likeable plants-person on the peninsula.

before

before

before

before

before, looking out

before, looking out

I’ve noticed a lot of plants leafing out or blooming early.  I did not get freaked out about it till today when I saw one of the Stipa giganteas already throwing out its plumes.

What the what?

What the what?

disconcertingly early

disconcertingly early

It's appropriate for this particular rhodo to bloom early (but...this early?)

It’s appropriate for this particular rhodo to bloom early (but…this early?)

Kudos to Allan for realizing that the middle growth of the Stipa was new, and not cutting it with the old stems.

after

after

after

rosemary blooming by the gallery's front door

rosemary blooming by the gallery’s front door

There was no question that the ferns at Weigardt’s were ready to trim.

before

before, SE corner of house

after.  (I did not plant that orange montbretia!)

after. (I did not plant that orange montbretia!)

north wall of house

north wall of house

after trimming fern and epimidium

after trimming fern and epimidium

south side of house, the old kitchen door

south side of house, the old kitchen door

front walkway...still too many cranesbill gernaniums despite last fall's removal efforts

front walkway…still too many cranesbill gernaniums despite last fall’s removal efforts

little Eucomis appearing rather early, yes?

little Eucomis appearing: rather early, yes?

This allium bud also seems extra early.

This allium bud also seems extra early.

west side garden bed.  We ran out of time before picking up every last grass blade from blown-around ornamentals.

west side garden bed. We ran out of time before picking up every last grass blade from blown-around ornamentals.  They bug me…but we had to go.

north driveway beds with Miscanthus variegatus cut down...and sadly, this area has much couch grass in it.

north driveway beds with Miscanthus variegatus cut down…and sadly, this area has much couch grass in it.

Here is what Map My Walk has to show about walking around the Wiegardt job site today:

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Oman Builders Supply, Ocean Park

I had noticed, on the way between KBC and Wiegardts, two ornamental grasses to cut at the OBS garden.  We stopped there on the way home.

Allan trimming grasses.

Allan trimming grasses.

There were three grasses to cut, actually, and I found my legs hurt so much I could not step into the garden bed over the stone wall, so I found something else to do.

This old woody lavender looks like it might, rather unusually, put out good new growth from the center.

This old woody lavender looks like it might, rather unusually, put out good new growth from the center.

So I chopped it, which I could do with the big loppers from outside the wall.

So I chopped it, which I could do with the big loppers from outside the wall.

after

after

 

At home, the work board for February is getting whittled down, although today I did remember to add Carter/Red Barn.

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Tomorrow: back to Long Beach to finish pruning the rhodos.  (City Hall is done, forgot to erase it!)

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 28 November 2014

As planned, we left the house at about 10:30 AM for the Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour.

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All up and down the peninsula!

All up and down the peninsula!

We knew we would not be able to see all 17 of the venues, so we skipped the shops in Long Beach and a few places where we had been before. (The event continued Saturday for those who could devote two days to fitting in every single stop; we had other plans for Saturday.)

Marsh Pottery

I was curious to see a pottery studio in the Sahalee neighbourhood on the hill west of Ilwaco.

When we got there, the weather was like this...and a worker was on the roof of a new house being built across the road!

When we got there, the weather was like this…and a worker was on the roof of a new house being built across the road!

The hill houses overlook the Columbia River.

The hill houses overlook the Columbia River.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; Every stop had various snacks on offer.

Allan’s photo: Every stop had various snacks on offer.

Potter Linda Marsh and art patrons

Potter Linda Marsh and art patrons

inside

Allan's photo; the roofer had taken shelter

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: The roofer had taken shelter.

Allan’s photo: The roofer had taken shelter.

Hobbit Shop

We tried to go to Karen Brownlee’s studio next but shot by her driveway, went into the next driveway thinking it was hers, and decided to keep on going north and catch her on the way home. (All day became suspenseful; would we get back to Karen’s on time?)

We swung back over to Pacific Avenue (the ocean side) and into a mysterious driveway. This is what I had been hoping for: to visit places down secret little roads.

down a long one lane driveway

down a long one lane driveway

At the end, a place of delight just as I had hoped for!

At the end, a place of delight just as I had hoped!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, the crow in the peak of the roof

Allan’s photo, the crow in the peak of the roof

on the side of the shop, ingredients!

on the side of the shop, ingredients!

the door to the hobbit shop

the door to the hobbit shop

inside

inside

Allan's photo; One wall had all sorts of tools and one had art.

Allan’s photo; One wall had all sorts of tools and one had art. (Allan bought the wooden box on lower right.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, with his little box front and center

art

woodcarver Jim Unwin

woodcarver Jim Unwin

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

building tools

building tools

Jim's wife, reflected in a carved mirror

Jim’s wife, Annie, reflected in a carved mirror

I asked Annie if Jim recycled wooden pallets, since I had seen the old pallets leaned up against the side of the shop. She showed me a pallet table (for only $40!)…

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table

And she told me that the chairs we had noticed outside were made of pallets…

Allan's photo: pallet chairs

Allan’s photo: pallet chairs

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Annie took us out the side door and showed us the fence that Jim is building out of deconstructed pallets.

fence of free pallets deconstructed into slats of varying size.

fence of free pallets deconstructed into slats of varying size.

back inside the shop

back inside the shop

Jim at work.

Jim at work.

I fell in love with a birdhouse; Jim said it was not one he had made. He had gotten it up in Tokeland at a craft fair for $20. Make me an offer, he said, and I acquired the charming birdhouse for $20!

not for the outdoors or for real birds

not for the outdoors or for real birds

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Getting to see this hidden-away woodshop was one of the highlights of the tour for me.

As we left, the weather was still like this.

As we left, the weather was still like this.

Carol Couch Watercolors

Kathleen had told us we must be sure to visit Carol’s studio and home. Oh my, she was so right!

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Carol’s sign was the easiest one to see!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shed/greenhouse

shed/greenhouse

studio at front of house

studio at front of house

The house that stood here before was a manufactured home. One stormy day three trees fell on it. Rather than replace it with another manufactured, Carol decided to design a house that would be a place to grow old in, with wheelchair width doors and all on one level. It is gorgeous.

an open floor plan

an open floor plan

doors to an enormous deck

doors to an enormous deck

shed door viewed from the deck

shed door viewed from the deck

fresh air outdoor room

fresh air outdoor room

looking in from the deck door

looking in from the deck doors

snacks on the kitchen table

snacks on the kitchen table

Carol introduced us to her friend and chef, Eddie, who had done much of the design work on the house and who was cooking up delectable empinadas.

Eddie cooking empinadas

Eddie busy cooking empinadas

with two sauces, so good!

with two sauces, so good!

We loved the art and bought two prints and some cards and a mirror framed in beach glass.

We loved the art and bought two prints and some cards and a mirror framed in beach glass.

Allan's photo of Carol and me and the wonderful light in the studio.

Allan’s photo of Carol and me and the wonderful light in the studio.

Allan's photo: beach glass mirrors made by Carol and her daughter.

Allan’s photo: beach glass mirrors made by Carol and her daughter.

As we left, Carol invited us to come visit in summertime.  We will.

As we left, Carol invited us to come visit in summertime. We look forward to that.

Note, bottom right below, the Depot Tavern. That was the previous incarnation of The Depot Restaurant, now our favourite place to dine and one of our gardening spots.

some of our art haul from Carol's studio

some of our art haul from Carol’s studio

Naquaiya’s Studio

On a quiet side street in Ocean Park, we found the cutest little house. If we’d ever been up that street before, I would have noticed it.

600 square foot cottage

600 square foot cottage

Next door is a barn housing the art of several artists, including owner Michele Naquaiya.

Just inside, jams and jellies represent the culinary arts.

Just inside, jams and jellies represent the culinary arts.

an array of cards by the artists

an array of cards by the artists

paper decorations

paper decorations

lower right, broken plates about to be repurposed as mosaics

lower right, broken plates about to be repurposed as mosaics

Some of the card art that we acquired from this studio...

Some of the card art that we acquired from this studio…

As we left, I noticed the mosaic shutters on the house.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The next day, Kathleen told me that she got a tour of the house later that day. I was jealous! She told me that artist Michele had done much of the building and had learned a lot about power tools in the process. The house was only recently completed. Michele had told me that all the wood trim was hand cut and she made all the mosaics.

Allan's photo shows the horse mosaic by the front door.

Allan’s photo shows the horse mosaic by the front door. Another will join it.

Allan's photo: a garden in the making

Allan’s photo: a garden in the making

roadside greenery across the street (cotoneaster, evergreen huckleberry, salal)

roadside greenery across the street (cotoneaster, evergreen huckleberry, salal)

intermission

We saw some cute little Ocean Park cottages on our way to the next studio.

with lavender shutters

with lavender shutters

detail: Robin's Nest

detail: Robin’s Nest

and blue shutters

and blue shutters

tiny cottage next to blue shutter cottage

tiny cottage next to blue shutter cottage

green and red

green and red

across the street from the next studio; I like this better than a big fancy house.

across the street from the next studio; I like this better than a big fancy house.

Bette Lu’s Holiday Studio

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one; would it be just Christmas decorations?

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I was pleased to discover a tiny studio full of excellent art. Artist Bette Lu Krause said she just calls it the holiday studio because of the time of year that she opens for this event; most of the time, she sells through local galleries.

cupcakes and hot cocoa

cupcakes and hot cocoa

Who should walk in the door but our dear friend Kathleen! shown here with the artist.

Who should walk in the door but our dear friend Kathleen! shown here with the artist.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; This was the only studio where we crossed paths with Kathleen.

Bette Lu herself

Bette Lu herself

Her art is evocative of nature, fog, trees, and the sea.

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"contemplating clams" and trees in fog

“contemplating clams” and trees in fog

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

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view out the back window

view out the back window

We came away with cards: the back yard Buddha in springtime and the best Christmas card I've ever seen.

We came away with cards: the back yard Buddha in springtime and the best Christmas card I’ve ever seen.

On an impulse, even though I was concerned about time left before 4 PM, we decided to make the rather long drive up to north Surfside to a studio we’d visited on a previous tour.

On the way....(Allan's photo)

On the way….(Allan’s photo)

Don Perry Metal Art

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Don’s studio is in a garage up a steep driveway.

garden art on the way up (Allan's photo)

garden art on the way up (Allan’s photo)

more garden art (Allan's photo)

more garden art (Allan’s photo); I was smitten by the starry sphere

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Don Perry (Allan's photo)

Don Perry (Allan’s photo)

We both tried to get photos when his metal tool was actually shooting blue sparks. It occurred to me later that neither of us are at all assertive in getting people to pose for photos. In one sense, this means you can count on the blog photos being true to life; nevertheless, it would have been so easy to ask him to just shoot off some sparks for a great photo.

in the workshop:  Allan's photo

in the workshop: Allan’s photo

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I decided I could not live without that starry sphere. It was a long day’s wages in price. I learned years ago from the book Your Money or Your Life how to value things I want to buy. You deduct your overhead expenses from your hourly wage, figure out how many hours you would have to work for said thing, and then decide if it was worth it. The starry sphere was most definitely worth a day of my time.

Don Perry brought it down from the garden....

Don Perry brought it down from the garden….

...and he kindly carried the heavy object down to our van.

…and he kindly carried the heavy object down to our van.

He warned us it is assembled under tension so never undo it. I promised we would not dissect the garden art.

intermission

Surfside is a windswept neighbourhood on a base of sand.

A lot of the gardens look like this.

A lot of the gardens look like this.

a planting of ornamental grass in glowing autumnal colours, even in the rain (Allan's photo)

a planting of ornamental grass in glowing autumnal colours, even in the rain (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan noticed this viewing deck next to a low slung home.

Allan noticed the viewing deck next to a low slung home.

In Ocean Park, we made a quick drive to the beach approach restrooms. Across the street, I noticed the unusual sight of the very popular Full Circle Café without cars and trucks parked all along the front.

Full Circle Café and Tapestry Rose yarn shop

Full Circle Café and Tapestry Rose yarn shop

Allan noticed the weathervane atop the café!

Allan noticed the weathervane atop the café.

Allan nipped across the street to get a photo of a driftwood fence with beach grass and salal.

He nipped across the street to get a photo of a driftwood fence with beach grass and salal.

Bay Avenue Gallery

We next visited the Bay Avenue Gallery especially to see the latest creations by our friend Joe Chasse.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

inside

inside

Lisa, who runs the edible garden tour and often volunteers at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, was cashiering for the event.

All of Joe’s recent “canned ham trailer” pieces from his Dangerous Toys collection had been sold. They HOP off the shelves. You can see some photos at his blog, here. Other interesting pieces remained:

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We also found a display of the little pottery houses by Jan Richardson. We miss seeing her around since she has moved away from the Peninsula. You can see her former Peninsula home and garden here.

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home

dog houses

dog houses

dream house

dream house

A display of Karen Brownlee’s pottery reminded me we must hurry as I did want to see her studio.

Karen Brownlee pottery

Karen Brownlee pottery

Lisa told us we must go next door to the workshop as more art was on display there.

the workshop and classroom space

the workshop and classroom space

a new sign for the front

a new sign for the front

I was smitten with a flattish piece with a poppy seedpod design. It turned out to be a second, a platter that the artist thought had failed, and the price was therefore low.

It came home with me.

It came home with me.

Back into the gallery we went to pay for it.

Back into the gallery we went to pay for it.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Beach Home Old and New

We reluctantly, because of time running short, skipped the Weir Gallery as we think it is open more often than the “occasional shop”, Beach Home Old and New.

It's housed in "The Barn On Bay".  (Allan's photo)

It’s housed in “The Barn On Bay”. (Allan’s photo)

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inside, our friend Debbie Haugsten's jewelry

inside, our friend Debbie Haugsten’s jewelry

necklace

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to the right, in background, is Debbie herself.

to the right, in background, is Debbie herself.

The large space abounds in all sorts of just the kind of thing I like.

inside

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cats

basket

bonnie

jars

fire

Allan could not resist, and bought a fairy furniture gate and door.

Allan could not resist, and bought a fairy furniture gate and door.

I could not resist five little houses for $2 each.  Here they are on my bookshelf a day later.

I could not resist five little houses for $2 each. Here they are on my bookshelf a day later.

Wiegardt Gallery

Of course, we had to stop at the Wiegardt Gallery to have a staycation look at the garden (no weeding allowed!) and to say hello to Eric.

Miscanthus variegatus behind the gallery (Allan's photo)

Miscanthus variegatus behind the gallery (Allan’s photo)

Allan checked on the tiny bun of dianthus....

Allan checked on the tiny bun of dianthus….

and found a Knautia still blooming.

and found a Knautia still blooming.

Miscanthus

Miscanthus

front walkway

front walkway

autumnal lawn beds

autumnal lawn beds

all tidy by the front door

all tidy by the front door

montbretia...ready to be pulled...but it's staycation!

montbretia…ready to be pulled…but it’s staycation!

east front corner of the house...a shrub in bloom.

east front corner of the house…a shrub in bloom. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 a winter blooming camellia??

a winter blooming camellia??

inside

inside

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

alliums and grasses

alliums and grasses, displayed by gallery manager Christl

Eric himself

Eric himself

A young art patron reached out to touch a photo and his mother, as would any good mother, admonished him not to touch.

boy

Eric, a renowned art teacher as well as a renowned artist, said that it was okay for the boy to touch the painting. In fact, said Eric, there was a painting with even more texture. He got it down from the wall so the boy could examine the layering of paint.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

paint

paint

an inspiration

an inspiration

With just a little over a forty five minutes left, we departed to try to make it to Karen’s studio. On the way, we drove right by another studio tour sign and realized we had forgotten…

Epinoia Studio

…so we turned around in the driveway of Peninsula Landscape Supply and went back. Who did we find in the driveway, giving a consultation about some running bamboo, but our good friend Ed Strange!

inside Epinoia Studio

inside Epinoia Studio

I wish I had inquired as to whether the flower flags were for sale.

I wish I had inquired as to whether the flower flags were for sale.

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a large space for creating

Allan and the artist

Allan and the artist

me 'n the Edster

me ‘n the Edster; we’re trying to solve a conundrum about the game Words with Friends

 

I'm showing him, in our van, the awesome sphere with stars.

I’m showing him, in our van, the awesome sphere with stars.

Karen Brownlee Studio

We had to take our leave of Ed and rush down to the Brownlee pottery studio. This time, we knew that we should turn in at the driveway with mosaic posts. No photo ensued as the driveway was long and the tour was due to end in about fifteen minutes.

Karen was busy at her potter's wheel

Karen was busy at her potter’s wheel

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You may recall the annual charity event, Empty Bowls, and that Karen is the driving force behind it.

Karen’s work is both beautiful and practical.

pie birds

pie birds

salt

pottery flowers; I could use a whole bouquet of these in my garden, I just realized!

pottery flowers; I could use a whole bouquet of these in my garden, I just realized!

assorted fruit

assorted fruit

Karen offered some garlic made this way for a snack, with bread....delicious.

Karen offered some garlic made this way for a snack, with bread….delicious.

an interesting poster on the wall

an interesting poster on the wall

This mirror was my last purchase of the day.

This cranberry pattern mirror was my last purchase of the day.

at home

We left Karen’s at 4:00 on the dot and came home to lay out our acquisitions and dote on them.

our art haul

our art haul at home

To make the end of the day even more satisfying, I saw from my window that Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company had lit their holiday star for the first time this year.

south window view

south window view

Even better, I knew I had one more pleasant social and artistic occasion the following day and then I might have six days of reading time.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

We started work an hour and a half earlier than usual, a must (and an unusual decision for us) because of my feeling of urgency to get lots of work done before rain comes.  The previous night, I was in bed before 1 AM, which is practically unheard of as both Allan and I are night owls and are usually awake till two.

The cats were still snoozing.  There's nothing unusual about that at any hour.

The cats were still snoozing. There’s nothing unusual about that at any hour.

I had a huge list of tasks to accomplish.  The first were two jobs that had not even been on the list that I cooked up last night.  We’d gotten such an early start that I thought we could add them.

The Red Barn

The four whiskey barrel planters were finally done and ready for the annuals to be pulled.

The four whiskey barrel planters were finally done and ready for the annuals to be pulled.

I always say hello to this fine fellow.

I always say hello to this fine, one-eyed fellow.

the sign on his stall

the sign on his stall

Disney said hello.

Disney said hello.

I thought this bit of green in one of the barrels was a leaf.  Allan showed me it was a sleeping frog.

I thought this bit of green in one of the barrels was a leaf. Allan showed me it was a sleeping frog.

Frog had lost his plant cover, so I tucked him in under these sedums and he snuggled down all comfy.

Frog had lost his plant cover, so I tucked him in under these sedums and he snuggled down all comfy.

No time to weed any more at ground level.  It can wait till next February.

No time to weed any more at ground level. It can wait till next February.

Crabbing preparation was going on at the barn.

Crabbing preparation was going on at the barn.

Diane’s garden

Next door to the Red Barn property, we did frost clean up on Diane’s pots of annuals.

The pots are stuffed with bulbs for next spring.

The pots are stuffed with bulbs for next spring.

Next door, Amy's horse.

Next door, Amy’s horse.

Allan clipped back perennials along the road.

Allan clipped back perennials along the road.

We said goodbye to the Diane and Larry garden and the Red Barn garden for this year and went on to my list of Long Beach tasks.

Long Beach

First, we checked the planters on the Sid Snyder beach approach road and found two that needed a bit of attention.

I couldn't bear to totally cut down the blue globe thistle as it still looks fine, so Allan just clipped a few dead stalks.

In one of the  westernmost planters, I couldn’t bear to totally cut down the blue globe thistle as it still looks fine, so Allan just clipped a few dead stalks.

the view from our parking spot

the view from our parking spot

This one needed just a bit of tidying.

This one needed just a bit of tidying.

That's better.

That’s better.

Allan had started tidying the Kite Museum garden; I walked across the lawn to join him

Allan had started tidying the Kite Museum garden; I walked across the lawn to join him

our little kite garden

our little kite garden

put to bed for the winter

put to bed for the winter

Next, we clipped and weeded the bed in the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park.

before

before

after

after, with some Gladiolus papilio corms added

Next, we pulled Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and some weeds and trash from the garden bed behind Lewis and Clark Square.  It’s behind the L&C wall of plaques and we had forgotten to deal with it earlier.

Lewis and Clark Square

Lewis and Clark Square

The wall curves around two sides of the square.

The wall curves around two sides of the square, with plaques about L&C’s explorations.

the garden behind the wall a couple of springtimes ago

the garden behind the wall a couple of springtimes ago

today, before clean up

today, before clean up

no time to cut the lady's mantle.  Hydrangea was hit hard by frost, will look better when leaves fall off, as they will.

no time to cut the lady’s mantle. Hydrangea was hit hard by frost, will look better when leaves fall off, as they will.

As we drove toward this project, I had noticed some wilt on an Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in a planter half a block back.  I walked back to check on it.

No wonder it was wilted; it was loosened out of the ground and I had to pull it.

No wonder it was wilted; it was loosened out of the ground and I had to pull it.

Now the planter is lopsided, which bugs me.

Now the planter is lopsided, which bugs me.

It was actually fortuitous that I was inspired to walk back, as I found that whoever had been supposed to plant the bulbs in this planter (me or Allan!) had missed some and the little bulbs were still placed along the edge!

a startling sight for me to find.

a startling sight for me to find.

If only I had planted some little crocuses in this particular planter yesterday, I would have seen those stray bulbs then.

On the way back to the Lewis and Clark garden, I saw an apropos sign....

On the way back to the Lewis and Clark garden, I saw an apropos sign….

because I was anxiously watching the clock.

because I was anxiously watching the clock.

The little park almost done, or at least as done as we had time for.

The little park almost done, or at least as done as we had time for.

Next, we drove out the Bolstadt beach approach road and tidied up its planters.  The 25 mph wind gusts were not cold and therefore only mildly irksome; the remainder of our jobs would be more sheltered.

The city crew had added garlands and lights out there.

The city crew had added garlands and lights to the lamp posts.

Our next task was to finish cleaning up the garden on the west side of city hall.

before

before, Geranium ‘Rozanne’

after.  We left the Solidago 'Fireworks' standing because I think it looks more interesting than nothingness.

after. We left the Solidago ‘Fireworks’ standing because I think it looks more interesting than nothingness.

I was so pleased with how much we had done by now that we took time to go through the Great Escape espresso drive through for some much needed coffee.

at the Great Escape window

at the Great Escape window

Our last little thing in Long Beach was to finish the little memorial garden on the SE corner of Coulter Park.

before

before

after pulling the tattered schizostylis leaves

after pulling the tattered schizostylis leaves

There was no time to pull this patch of Crocosmia.  I will call it decorative and leave it till late winter (late February 2015).

There was no time to pull this patch of Crocosmia. I will call it decorative and leave it till late winter (late February 2015).

In less than two hours, we had made a big load of debris to dump at the city works yard.

In less than two hours, we had made a big load of debris to dump at the city works yard.

We now say goodbye to Long Beach parks and planters for 2014, except for some small thing I might see to do when driving through town (such as when the yellow chrysanthemums eventually turn black).  It happened to be the crew’s lunch break so I bid them adieu for the year. One of the things I appreciate most about the Long Beach job is how we are allowed to just decide what needs doing when, with very little instruction.

Now we headed up north to get back to some bulb planting.  On the way, we just had time to run an errand for a friend.

The Planter Box

Jenna (Queen La De Da) had asked me if we could pick up two bags of the new biochar soil mix, made by the local Biocharm Farm, the next time we were by the Planter Box garden center.  So we did.  I saw that they had lots of small packages of bulbs for sale.

I resisted...except for one!

I resisted…except for one!

Allan commented that recently, a passerby in Long Beach had asked him where to buy hummingbird feeders, and noted that Planter Box has the best selection.

Just some of the feeders on offer.

Just some of the feeders on offer.

Along with one packet of bulbs, I also bought myself five paperwhites to grow indoors.

Along with one packet of bulbs, I also bought myself five paperwhites to grow indoors.

two bags for Jenna

two bags for Jenna

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I had some bulbs to plant in the window boxes for the A Frame vacation house; this involved removing the annuals and going through a couple of old windowbox liners from behind the garage.  In them, I found a few more early spring bulbs to supplement my small collection for this last minute request.

Allan fetched me the plastic window box inserts from the A Frame while I started clipping some perennials down inside the fenced garden.  He began to spread three bales of Gardner and Bloome mulch.  We had been planning to bring a yard of washed dairy manure at some point and had been awfully glad when owner Mary bought this bagged stuff…saved us a lot of work (even though it did not cover the whole garden).

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in the fenced garden, before

in the fenced garden, before

after

after

greenhouse corner, before

greenhouse corner, before

after clipping back Coreopsis 'Flower Tower', Melianthus major, etc etc

after clipping back Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’, Melianthus major, etc etc

Bella in the basement; she got a quick bellyrub

Bella in the basement; she got a quick bellyrub

from east gate of fenced garden

from east gate of fenced garden

boxwood and blueberries, backed with bay tree

boxwood and blueberries, backed with bay tree

Knock out roses may be sneered at by some, but they are still blooming.

Knock out roses may be sneered at by some, but they are still blooming.

In a perfect world, we would have taken time to clip the uppies off the New Dawn rose.

In a perfect world, we would have taken time to clip the uppies off the New Dawn rose.  We did not.

Hydrangea and hardy fuchsias hit hard by the frost.  Both will be fine.

Hydrangea and hardy fuchsias hit hard by the frost. Both will be fine.

I turned my attention to the windowbox project, while Allan did some clipping and raking in the woodsy swale by the clam cleaning shed.

at work in the swale clipping daylily and iris foliage

at work in the swale clipping crocosmia, daylily and iris foliage

One of two A Frame windowbox liners planted with bulbs and back in place.

One of two A Frame windowbox liners planted with bulbs and back in place.

I provided Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’, species crocus mix, Tulip batalinii ‘Bright Gem’, and Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’.

Bright Gem and Lilac Wonder

Bright Gem and Lilac Wonder

A frame deck

A frame deck

We bid farewell to the Klipsan Beach Cottages gardens for 2014. We will revisit before the end of the year, but for social rather than work reasons.  I hope to read the guest books in the cottages sometime this winter.

Oman Builders Supply garden

A bit further north, in Ocean Park, I planted ten white mix narcissi in the entry garden at Oman and Son Builders Supply (the last of the bulbs!!!), and we did some clipping of lavender, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, and lily stalks.

OBS garden

OBS garden

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grasses, lavender, erysimum, hebes

I debated cutting back the lavender at the south end of the garden, as it is woody and yet looks like it has a good new center growth.  I decided to wait.

It could use a revival...

It could use a renewal, even though I usually do not cut back lavender that hard…

However, I think it will help keep people from continuing to drive their cars into the wall this winter!

However, I think the old growth will help keep people from continuing to drive their cars into the wall this winter!

The cottage stone wall keeps getting shoved back, apparently by people’s car bumpers, even though one parks parallel next to this garden…supposedly.

Wiegardt Gallery

Amazingly, we had time to go a few block northeast and put the Wiegardt Gallery garden to bed.  Most of it was done on earlier visits.  We did some clipping along the west wall and in the back garden bed.

before

before

after

after (in the darkening dusk)

The grasses will stay up all winter.

The grasses will stay up all winter.

a last look at the Wiegardt garden for 2014.

a last look at the Wiegardt garden for 2014.

Lately, we have been dining out an awful lot.   Well….we are tired, and we feel like rewarding ourselves for continuing to plug along with work at the exhausting end of the season.  (For many years, I did not take hardly any break and kept going year round with odd jobs…painting, cleaning, winter garden work; I am grateful to be financially secure enough now to take the midwinter off).  So, for another reward (this time for finishing Long Beach for the year):

The Depot Restaurant

Wednesday’s offseason Burger Night special sounded so warm and cozy, we could not resist.

Burger night:  You choose your desired ingredients.

Burger night: You choose your desired ingredients.

Yes, I am greedy.  We get the egg and the pineapple and then deconstruct the burger to have the egg as an appetizer (Allan calls it “breakfast”) and the pineapple as a dessert.

with sweet potato fries, a Mac and Jack for me and a Guinness for Allan.

with sweet potato fries, a Mac and Jack for me and a Guinness for Allan.

We were offered the very last piece of chocolate Guinness cake....

We were offered the very last piece of chocolate Guinness cake to share….and did not say no.

Speaking of chocolate, while we were ordering our dinner, Depot server (and garden lover) Laura showed us a couple of photos she had recently taken at Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Las Vegas.  Here are her photos, for my cacti loving friends.

chocolate cacti, photos by Depot Laura

chocolate cacti, photos by Depot Laura

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At home, I planted, in a big pot that has some tulips already in it, the ten bulbs that I had bought at the Planter Box:

I don't think I have grown Muscari 'Dark Eyes' before.

I don’t think I have grown Muscari ‘Dark Eyes’ before.

I then had the delight of completely removing the fall clean up list from the work board, as we had finished its last item, the Long Beach parks.  Now, we just have a few last garden check ups to do.  VERY few.  Less than two days of work, all told.  The Depot task is only to pull the last few annuals out of the window boxes if they ever decide to die back.  The Nelly bulb project is on for tomorrow.

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I would like enough good weather for the opportunity to polish off that list so that I can make the big satisfying announcement that Staycation has officially begun.  (The rest of the projects are either for here, thus not really work, or for 2015.)

I planted the paperwhites in marbles and water on the kitchen windowsill.

I planted the paperwhites in marbles and water on the kitchen windowsill.

As I finished writing this, I heard the rain begin outside.  It is sorely needed; the ground has felt awfully dry while I’ve been bulb planting.  A few rainy reading days would be most welcome.  Now, time to put me feet up and watch Survivor, and to finish the show we started watching last night at ten and then got to sleepy to finish:  Page Eight starring the delightfully droll Bill Nighy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

We decided to polish off at least four more bulbing jobs at the north end.  I was hoping for six but I knew we could get the four done.

Wiegardt Gallery

When we arrived at the Wiegardt Gallery, 12 miles to the north in Ocean Park, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful cleanliness of the edge of the gravel parking lot.  Eric’s brother Todd, who loves to garden, had weeded it while he was here on a recent visit!

Thanks, Todd; it looks amazing!

Thanks, Todd; it looks amazing!

While I laid out the bulbs at the Wiegardt Gallery in Ocean Park, Allan began clipping back more perennials in the front garden.

clipping by the front entry

clipping by the front entry

cutting back the lysimachia

cutting back the lysimachia…Oops, my shadow is the the lower left!!

I rescued some Allium schubertii seedlings from the garden and gave them to Christl, describing to her how one had been worn as a headdress at the Garden Bloggers Fling soiree.

Christl was inspired by my story.

Christl was inspired by my story.

We got the entry corner all cleaned up and some narcissi and alliums planted here.

We got the entry corner all cleaned up and some narcissi and alliums planted here.

east end of front garden, cleaned up and with some new narcissi planted.

east end of front garden, cleaned up and with some new narcissi planted.

Some areas got cleaned up JUST enough to plant a group of narcissi.

Some areas got cleaned up JUST enough to plant a group of narcissi.

 entry garden

entry garden with some new narcissi and alliums planted on both sides

I remembered to take a piece of the “tiny bun” dianthus for my scree garden.

 

I was so discreet that it does not look at all altered.

I was so discreet that it does not look at all altered.

The ornamental grasses look so stunning at this time of year with the low sunshine.

grass

grass

Christl had taken some ornamental grass photos the day before and here they are:

photo by Christl Mack

photo by Christl Mack

photo by Christl Mack

photo by Christl Mack

photo by Christl Mack

photo by Christl Mack

34 new bulbs for Wiegardt Gallery

34 new bulbs for Wiegardt Gallery

Marilyn’s Garden

Several miles further north is Marilyn’s garden, where we planted a much larger batch of narcissi, alliums, and some species iris and some muscari.

Many of the bulbs went right by the garage driveway where guests are most likely to see them.

Many of the bulbs went right by the garage driveway where guests are most likely to see them.

Marilyn's autumnal garden

Marilyn’s autumnal garden

We do minimal fall clean up here in order to leave seeds for the birds and hiding places for deer…and cats.  We might do some more clipping on a final fall visit…

Some of the ornamental grasses are flopping all over other plants.

Some of the ornamental grasses are flopping all over other plants.

We planted narcissi and others in the front and center areas where Marilyn and Nancy will see them from the west windows.

bulbs added all along here

bulbs added all along here

While I worked, I had the pleasure of meeting Goldie, one of the (at least) three feral cats who have been adopted by this household.

Goldie

Goldie

He has become quite friendly and spends mornings in the house.

He has become quite friendly and spends mornings in the house.

He came to me in the garden for pets...

He came to me in the garden for pets…

and stayed to observe the proceedings.

and stayed to observe the proceedings.

Quite a few tasks called to me today at Marilyn’s, all of which I had to leave undone because it is BULB TIME.  We will return for a last clean up day sometime after all the bulbing is done.  I was mad at myself because I did not think to bring any of the starts of the Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ that I have at home in a bucket.  They would be perfect to fill in the privacy screen at the south end of the garden path.

You can see how beautifully the one Lonicera I planted there has done, and deer do not bother it.

You can see how beautifully the one Lonicera I planted there has done, and deer do not bother it.

The Lonicera would be especially perfect here because Marilyn’s daughter is co- owner of the Depot Restaurant, from whence the Lonicera starts were pulled last week.  I also long to weed out all of the stinkin’ Creeping Charlie at the south end of the garden.  That would be a satisfying task.

with the lovely little 'Wilma Goldcrest' tree.

round-leaved creeping charlie with the lovely little ‘Wilma Goldcrest’ tree.

And I long to weed all along the edges of the gravel path...

And I long to weed all along the edges of the gravel path…

Bring on the end of Bulb Time!  The end is still several days away.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Today’s visit to KBC included two bulb clients, Mary of KBC for her garden, and Darlene and Pete who own the A Frame for their woodsy garden.  Like the cottages, the A Frame is independently owned and managed by Mary and Denny as a rental when the owners are not residing there.  I began by tossing the bulbs around the A Frame garden.  Over years of bulbing, I have learned to toss them IN the sorted bags, as otherwise they blend in with the soil and some get missed.  While I was doing so, a red headed young man emerged from the A Frame onto its deck and said to his friends, “Oh, they’re bulbing!”  I said, “Why, that is exactly what we call it!” and told him we sometimes call it Bulb Hell, but on such a warm and pretty day we call it Bulb Time.  (It used always to be Bulb Hell till last year when we bought our spacious van that makes it so much easier to load and unload the bulb boxes than the little car we used to use.)

Allan starts to plant the A Frame bulbs

Allan starts to plant the A Frame bulbs

While Allan worked on planting 284 narcissi in the A Frame garden, I went back to the KBC garage to start sorting out and planting 186 bulbs for Mary.  She got tulips in five pots for inside the deer fence; the rest were narcissi to go in a woodsy swale that is across the entry road from the A Frame.

Below:  Mary and Denny’s house has the red pointer.  The fenced garden is to the left, and the woodsy swale is just across the angled road that runs by the lawn (between the lawn and the cottages).  The A Frame is set an an angle in the lower middle of the photo, and Allan was planting under the large grove of trees to its left and a bit up.  And there are the darling little cottages on the ridge.

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In the spring, pots of tulips will be set around the four yew trees.

In the spring, pots of tulips will be set around the four yew trees.

Getting the tulips planted was easy peasy and quick.  Not so easy was digging up a Baptisia (false indigo) that was coming up from an old root, way too close to a rose.  Denny came into the garden at just the right moment to dig while I pulled.  I headed down to the swale with a wheelbarrow containing the plant (which may or may not do well there, but I have nowhere else to put it) and a big box of narcissi.

the swale

the swale

It’s not really a swale bacause it is flat and not particularly damp; we all just call it that because it is lower than the road.  The garden there is a dumping ground for plants we tire of in the main garden.  Not till Bulb Time is over will we have time to cut back the leaves of all the siberian iris and daylilies and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in this area.

I was filled with horror when I tried to plant the first bunch of narcissi.  It was terribly hard, rooty digging.  In despair at the prospect, I called out to Allan to see if I could get him to trade planting areas.  He still had loads of bulbs to plant at the A Frame and agreed to switch.  He likes a challenge (I think).

Just as I was getting ready to go to the A Frame woods, he said something about there being two boxes to plant and pointed at these:

Whaaaat?

Whaaaat?

I panicked, as we had less than an hour before sunset, until I realized that one of those was the box of empty bags he had brought over from the A Frame!  WHEW.

I planted fiercely until almost sunset.  The red headed young man appeared again and I said “NOW it’s Bulb Hell!” and he laughed as he and his family and friends got ready to go out to dinner.  My knee hurt oh so much.  I preservered, and we got the bulbs in with time left to take some photos of the grounds.

DONE!

DONE!

The A Frame through the planted garden.

The A Frame through the planted garden.

The A Frame woods

The A Frame woods last spring; we increase the narcissi show each year.

A frame garden around the deck last year

A frame garden around the deck last year

a mossy chair in the KBC lawn bed

a mossy chair in the KBC lawn border

a rhodo blooming near the pond

a rhodo blooming near the pond

the pond garden

the pond garden

a rhodo in bloom by the entry road

a rhodo in bloom by the entry road

I walked up to the cottages, thinking to get a photo of the view, and was startled to realize each one now has a name!  Since I administer and provide photos for the KBC Facebook page, I felt the urgent need to take photos of all the names and decided that when I got home, each cottage would gets its own album on the page, instead of all the cottages being in one big photo album.  Something about having a name makes each cottage seem even more special.  Later at home as I reworked the albums on the page, I enjoyed reviewing my photos of the insides of the cottages.

beachy

cottage one

inside

inside

2

cottage 2

inside

inside

3: The Lighthouse

3: The Lighthouse

inside

inside

4: Shell Seekers

4: Shell Seekers

inside

inside

Shell Seekers is my favourite of the cottages (not just because it's owned by Mary and Denny).

Shell Seekers is my favourite of the cottages (not just because it’s owned by Mary and Denny).

chair

Yes, I am playing favourites with cottage four.

Yes, I am playing favourites with cottage four.

bed

And each cottage has room journals!  They are not as introspective as the ones at the Sylvia Beach Hotel but are still fun to read and I intend to read more from them this winter.

journals

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5: Sailor's Retreat

5: Sailor’s Retreat

inside

inside

6:  Sandpiper

6: Sandpiper

inside

inside

path to the beach

path to the beach

cottage 7: Captain's Choice

cottage 7: Captain’s Choice

inside

inside

Cottage 8: Beachcomber has a bunkhouse called the Beachcomber Cabana.

Cottage 8: Beachcomber has a bunkhouse called the Beachcomber Cabana.

inside the cottage

inside the cottage

Beachcomber and Cabana decks

Beachcomber and Cabana decks

path to the beach

path to the beach

hydrangea on an east cottage wall

hydrangea on an east cottage wall

looking east to "the swale" from the cottage ridge

looking east to “the swale” from the cottage ridge

Walking back down: the clam cleaning shed

Walking back down: the clam cleaning shed and picnic area

approaching the fenced garden from the west

approaching the fenced garden from the west

just a few berries on the small beautyberry shrub (wish it would grow bigger!)

just a few berries on the small beautyberry shrub (wish it would grow bigger!)

an autumnal rose

an autumnal rose

in the fenced garden, fall colour from blueberries

in the fenced garden, fall colour from blueberries

We left KBC half an hour before sunset.  I was tempted, as we drove by Andersen’s RV Park, to go in there to plant the small number of bulbs I have alloted.  I resisted as it would have been a sore and miserable and rushed job.

Port of Ilwaco

The sky to our west and east looked amazing all the way home, so we had a look at the port before we ended our day.

Allan's photo by the boatyard; in the distance is the dredge.

Allan’s photo by the boatyard; in the distance is the dredge.

Allan's photo, south end of boatyard

Allan’s photo, south end of boatyard

crab pots by Jessie's Fish Company

crab pots by Jessie’s Fish Company

more crab pots in the port parking lot

more crab pots in the port parking lot

looking west at the marina

looking west at the marina

heron

heron

 

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heron

heron reflection

heron reflection

night

looking north from the south parking lot

looking north from the south parking lot

marina

the dredge working to keep the channel open

looking south toward the Columbia River:  the dredge working to keep the channel open

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low tide at the mouth of Baker Bay

low tide at the mouth of Baker Bay

birds

looking west across the mouth of the bay to the Coast Guard Station

looking west across the mouth of the bay to the Cape Disappointment Coast Guard Station

At home, after blogging (me) and making dinner (Allan), we enjoyed an excellent episode of Midsomer Murders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

We expected a storm to arrive Friday so decided we should make an appearance at several of our public garden jobs. But before we went public, we attended to Cheri’s garden a few blocks east. You may recall the Margaret Drabble short story I had read recently in which a vacationer’s idyll with nature is interrupted by several days’ work by a gardener.

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Not wanting to cause such disruption is what had kept us away from Cheri’s while she and Charlie had housesitters there. Now that Cheri and Charlie are back from vacation, we did some more fall cleanup.

Cheri’s Garden

before

before

after

after

before

before

after

after (after not cutting down the foreground plants (Anthemis ‘Sauce Hollandaise’) due to lack of time)

Penstemon 'Burgundy Brew' still blooming

Penstemon ‘Burgundy Brew’ still blooming

before

before

after

after

Long Beach

I wished to accomplish one thing in Long Beach: cutting back a tatty Geranium ‘Rozanne’ that had been plaguing me each time we drove through town.

rozannebefore

before

after

after, with the concrete damp in the area where old foliage was removed

Next, we drove all the way north to Ocean Park (although NOT all the way to Marilyn’s in Surfside).

Wiegardt Gallery

I tackled the task of clearing out some of the Bad Aster and Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ that has had its way with the garden this summer.

before

before (or, rather, during)

after

after

Look who I found!

Look who I found! (So glad I did not hurt it.)

Meanwhile, Allan chopped Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ down in the north garden bed. It didn’t look bad yet, but this year we are on a mission to get most fall clean up done before bulb time, instead of during or after bulb time.

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north bed, minus Helianthis, with Miscanthus variegatus

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We drove south a short ways to Klipsan Beach Cottages. As we got out of the van, I said a squall was on its way, and at that moment Denny came out the back door of the garage and said we probably had fifteen minutes before the rain came. That was about right. I only wanted to get a little bit done, mainly to cut down the tall stalks of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ and move one lily.

east gate of fenced garden

east gate of fenced garden

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fall colour on blueberries

fall colour on blueberries

before

before

after

after (at home, I won’t cut the Thalictrum till much later because I love its stem colour)

a late rose

a late rose

with a little spider

with a little spider

My friend comes to say hello.

My friend comes to say hello.

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Look at the size of that lily bulb!!  It's one that I have been planning to move as it is quite tall and too close to the front of the bed.

Look at the size of that lily bulb!! It’s one that I have been planning to move as it is quite tall and too close to the front of the bed.

Miscanthus 'Gold Bar' in a pot in the center of the garden

Miscanthus ‘Gold Bar’ in a pot in the center of the garden

pineapple sage in the rain

pineapple sage in the rain

I yanked some spent cosmos and some aster. Then the rain came just as we thought. I could see that it was only a squall as the sky was light to the south, so we left to drive to the next job 90 blocks to the south.

Andersen’s RV Park

looking southwest

looking southwest

nice shapes and colours behind the office

nice shapes and colours behind the office

All we did was a bit of deadheading; we still have one big project to do here, the picket fence garden clean up, but we did not have time today. I wanted to make sure we accomplished some work at The Anchorage before the next squall hit.

Anchorage Cottages

There were several more things I might have gotten done at the Anchorage had the skies not opened with a dramatic hailstorm and thunder and lightning.

This golden hardy fuchsia is trying to revert to green and needs to have the green stems removed.

This golden hardy fuchsia is trying to revert to green and needs to have the green stems removed.

gardens by south wing of cottages

gardens by south wing of cottages

on the roof

on the roof

I groomed the remaining annuals in pots while Allan did a hard cutback of some lady’s mantle near the office. I was able to take shelter in the office while the hail pelted down. Poor Allan was stuck hunkering against a wall near the garbage bin behind the building, while trying to dump some debris.

north cottages and office

north cottages and office

stormy colours down on the edge of the lawn

stormy colours down on the east edge of the lawn

We had managed to work till almost dusk, and then went for our traditional Thursday dinner.

The Cove Restaurant

The Cove

The Cove

There was no ahi tuna on the revolving “Chef’s Mercy” menu this week, so I had the prawns solo and Allan had the fish tacos ($2 each!), with an apple ginger salad for each of us and the hard apple cider that I find so refreshing on Thursday evening.

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Long Beach City Hall garden, where we picked up our check.

Long Beach City Hall garden, where we picked up our check.

Pink Poppy Bakery is closed for a bit for good reason.

Pink Poppy Bakery is closed for a bit for good reason.

The Planter Box

Our first mission of the day was to get a few plants for KBC Mary’s birthday.  The Planter Box was right on our way, although I forgot to get some lavenders for the port gardens.

fall colour at the planter box

fall colour at The Planter Box

gloriosa daisies

more fall colour

The Planter Box is pumpkin central....

The Planter Box is pumpkin central….

and also has lots of adorable little gourds.

and also has lots of adorable little gourds.

Teresa's favourite pumpkin

Teresa’s favourite pumpkin

They may have a "guess the weight" contest for this giant pumpkin.

They may have a “guess the weight” contest for this giant pumpkin.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

One of the Golden Sands residents had asked if we could bring back my mother’s three tiered lighted plant growing rack.  So we did, but what a trial it turned out to be.

Allan re-assembling it in the parking lot

Allan re-assembling it in the parking lot

It took time at home to break it down to ride in the van, and then 40 minutes at Golden Sands to reassemble it.  The parking lot was not a wise choice for an assembly site, or perhaps the unwise choice was trying to save time by leaving the fluorescent light tubes in…because we lost one in a great crash, and much time had to be spent sweeping up the pieces.

Not one tiny piece could be left behind in case a dog was walked along that area.

Not one tiny piece could be left behind in case a dog was walked along that area.

It was a bad and time-sucking start to the workday.

In the courtyard garden, I went after the usual problems while Allan strimmed the center lawn.  (We find it quicker to weedeat it than to take time to bring a mower and have to wheel it in and out via the long carpeted hallway.)

from the south end of the courtyard

from the south end of the courtyard

I am trying to control the rampantly reseeded aquilegia (columbine) and the spreading white achillea (yarrow) and the beach strawberry.

columbine, yarrow, and beach strawberry...pesky.

columbine, yarrow, and beach strawberry…pesky.

The SW quadrant is particularly full of columbine.

The SW quadrant is particularly full of columbine.

We had no time to pull the annoying pink hardy geranium from the SE quadrant.

We had no time to pull the annoying pink hardy geranium from the SE quadrant.

One wheelbarrow load of assorted thugs was all we had time to pull today.  Allan took some detail photos:

A rose planted by a volunteer.

A rose planted by a volunteer….

...outside of the quadrant gardens.

…outside of the quadrant gardens.

My mom's Joseph Coat rose

My mom’s Joseph Coat rose

mom's copper coloured rose

mom’s copper coloured rose

Klipsan Beach Cottages

from the east gate of the fenced garden, with part of Mary's gift at lower right.

from the east gate of the fenced garden, with part of Mary’s gift at lower right.

We brought her three Rudbeckia 'Irish Eyes'.

We brought her three Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’.

and three ornamental cabbages (in the lower pot)

and three ornamental cabbages (in the lower pot) to add to the display she had already made.

a well behaved aster in the fenced garden

a well behaved aster in the fenced garden

aster with Agapanthus seedheads

aster with Agapanthus seedheads

the little hebes that Mary planted last week

Hebe ‘McKeanii’, the little hebes that Mary planted last week; tag claims the foliage is chartreuse, probably in springtime.

one of the hardy fuchsias

one of the hardy fuchsias

Golden Sands needs hardy fuchsias!

Golden Sands needs hardy fuchsias!

Eupatorium 'Chocolate' blooms late with white flowers

Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’ blooms late with white flowers

Persicaria 'Golden Arrow' is going strong.

Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’ is going strong.

Schizostylis will bloom for weeks longer.

Schizostylis will bloom for weeks longer.

Some of the bad aster has prevailed and looks pretty now.

Some of the bad aster has prevailed and looks pretty now.

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' has been wonderful this year.

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ has been wonderful this year.

Melianthus major close up

Melianthus major close up

black currants and tetrapanax

black currants and tetrapanax

Fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry' with a small rhodo throwing some late blooms

Fuchsia ‘Debron’s Black Cherry’ with a small rhodo throwing some late blooms

Wiegardt Gallery

A bit further north, we found havoc being wreaked along Bay Avenue: the utility company and the highway department were cutting lots of big trees along the edge of the road, a very radical form of keeping tree limbs off the power lines.  Citizens were wielding chain saws to collect firewood so the atmosphere was far from peaceful.  It was a startling change and I read later on Facebook that some locals were displeased.

looking south with chainsaw wielders in the background and tall trees gone from the skyline

looking south with chainsaw wielders in the background and tall trees gone from the skyline

lots of noise and ruckus

lots of noise and ruckus

Cosmos still blooming in the front garden of the gallery

Cosmos still blooming in the front garden of the gallery

Gallery manager Christl came out to chat and to show us that she had been to The Planter Box and purchased our favourite gardening tool, the Ho Mi (Korean Hand Plow, Zen Digger, EZ Digger):

christl

While we chatted over the sound of chainsaws, I admired the light on the berries of the  cotoneaster that grows on the front lawn.

Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

not sure which cotoneaster, but it is taller than me.

not sure which cotoneaster, but it is taller than me.

with the stems of Stipa gigantea

with the stems of Stipa gigantea

Andersen’s RV Park

We then headed south to halfway down the Peninsula and Andersen’s.  I deadhead the many, many, many Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, a non stop annual bloomer.

looking west

looking west

busy

The park was busy midweek because of clam digging days.  The clam tides are set to certain days in fall, winter, and very early spring, and a license is required to dig a limited amount.

Allan had deadheaded and tidied the Payson Hall clubhouse planters.

Allan had deadheaded and tidied the Payson Hall clubhouse planters.

I had intended to start pulling asters and weeding the west side garden.  I could not get motivated.  All I could think of was how much I wanted to go home and have just one more fire.  So I told myself the asters still had a bit of blue and should not be pulled yet.

Don't you see the haze of blue?

Don’t you see the haze of blue?

goldenrod in the west garden, far from ready to cut back

goldenrod in the west garden, far from ready to cut back

My work ethic is not what is once was.  Off we skived to have a fire and roast some sausages, using the fairly good excuse that rain was due in two days, and then more rain for a week, and Allan needed to get the lawn mowed before it became too long and wet.

home

On the way home, it looked like fog was blanketing the south end of the Peninsula.

On the way home, it looked like fog was blanketing the south end of the Peninsula.

When we got to Ilwaco's Black Lake, the sky became blue again.

When we got to Ilwaco’s Black Lake, the sky became blue again; the fog had just been over Seaview.

In the back garden, I took some flower photos and then had much enjoyment snapping dry salmonberry stems for kindling.

Fuchsia 'Grayrigg'

Fuchsia ‘Grayrigg’

another hardy Fuchsia

another hardy Fuchsia

another very flouncy Fuchsia

another very flouncy hardy Fuchsia

One of my newer acquisiton which has lost its tag.

One of my newer acquisiton which has lost its tag.

After the so satisfying session of snapping dry salmonberry branches, and with the lawn successfully mowed, we settled in to burn up all the rest of last year’s fallen alder branches.  I felt a strong urge to not have any left, to start afresh and see if enough dry branches fall this winter to provide all of next summer’s fires.

view from my fireside chair

view from my fireside chair

Allan said he saw something spooky over the port, and at first he could not figure out what it was…then he realized it was local resident Dave’s kite high up in the fog.

fog

The building in the background used to house our beloved Pelicano restaur

He went to get a closer look.  Every evening, Dave takes his dog and his kite for a walk along the port.

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Allan was not thrilled with my fire building technique.

Allan was not thrilled with my fire building technique.

sausage roasting

sausage roasting

less elegantly known as a hot dog with cheese and chipotle filling

less elegantly known as a hot dog with cheese and chipotle filling

and the wood burns down

and the wood burns down

the ceremonial burning of this year's fire poking branch

the ceremonial burning of this year’s fire poking branch

and naught left but coals

and naught left but coals

The fog had rolled in, the fog horns were sounding on the river, and the lights of boats in the marina were reflected in the luminous night sky.

marina lights south of the bogsy woods

marina lights south of the bogsy woods

peaceful night view

peaceful night view

to the southwest, the much brighter lights of Jessie's Fish Company

to the southwest, the much brighter lights of Jessie’s Fish Company where workers were bustling with forklifts

the very end of campfire season?

the very end of campfire season?

I’m already sad that all the wood is burned up and might get enough dry firewood from J9 for maybe just one more fire if we have another clear autumn evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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