Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Just as we left for work, our neighbour two doors down was heading off with his handsome boat, The Salmonater.
The highlight of our day was a visit to an extraordinary garden that I have long wanted to see (previous post). On the way and after, we saw some other sights in Oysterville, the northernmost town on the bay side of the Peninsula.
Ilwaco to Oysterville
Before our garden tour, we tracked down Dave and Melissa who were working at a garden where we had weeded a couple of times back in 2007 and 2008. When owners Peter and Linda needed help this summer, we knew that D&M’s Sea Star Landscape Maintenance would be perfect for them.
Peter and Linda’s garden
one of their cats on the porch (Allan’s photo)
rock edge piled for weeding (Allan’s photo)
our good friends Dave and Melissa (Allan’s photo)
After our garden tour (previous post) and while I was still talking on the roadside with the garden creator there, Allan took a quick walk down to the bay to assess it for boat launching possibilities.
by the bayshore
other boats promise a launch at high tide
looking back toward Oysterville
There used to be another street between those houses and the bay, and maybe even more houses and buildings, before a flood changed the landscape. (I need to read up on my Oysterville history. Later: Todd confirmed that there was at least one more row of houses on the bayside.)
looking north to Oysterville Sea Farms in the distance
looking east from the bayshore
Allan walks the grassy public road back to our van and trailer.
Then we really did have to get to work.
Klipsan Beach Cottages
Our main mission today was to dig up the root balls of some wild ferns that had inserted themselves into the fenced garden.
First, I petted Bella’s nose through the back yard fence.
Allan did most of the fern digging while I weeded and deadheaded in the garden.
bubbler in the fenced garden on May 7th. These native ferns start out looking lovely.
Last week: the ferns looked all tatty and were hiding the bubbler, and got cut down.
Today, after Allan pried the fern root clumps out. The roots have the texture of steel wool.
Allan’s photos, before
hard work with the pick
roots like balls of steel wool on the toughest one that was in a stump
another sneaky fern was hiding in the sword ferns (Allan’s photo) and was also vanquished.
the weekly view SW over the birdbath
a fierce looking bunny
Billardia longiflora on the arbor
Golden Sands Assisted Living
After all the hard pick work that Allan had done at KBC, I decided we should have an easy time at Golden Sands and just do some light weeding, deadheading and strimming. I have in mind some digging out projects there…for later. The garden is looking attractive to me again now that it’s over the late summer doldrums. I need to make it skip those doldrums next year. (None of my other gardens get the doldrums like this one.) I think the answer is some yellow echibeckias and a lot more cosmos…and if only I could grow good dahlias.
What I’m fretting about here is that someone cut the Joseph’s Coat rose on the pillar down by half. WHY?
Also fretting re why the dahlias are not more showy.
NE quadrant. Note to self: Divide the Solidago ‘Fireworks’ and put some in the three other quadrants.
Solidago ‘Fireworks’ in front of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’
SE quadrant (has a terrible horsetail problem)
looking south over the lawn; Allan strims it every week and I wish it would get taken over by flowers. (Carrying in a string trimmer through the long hallway is easier than a lawnmower.)
We had one small project: planting up the two planters on Sid Snyder drive. We had dug old weedy plants out of there last week.
One of the two Eryngiums I planted last week was already pulled up…possibly by a gull or crow.
two planters with lavender and thyme and sea thrift added. (The big pink one was there already.)
I am curious to see if these plants will get stolen the way the ones out at the end of the other beach approach road do. I hope not. This is a test. (Update: so far so good; the plants were still in place at the end of the next day.) (Further update: the two little hens and chickens were stolen within a week.)
front garden with cosmos, Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’
Sanguisorba and Melianthus major
back garden, looking south
looking south on the west path (Kniphofia ‘Earliest of All’)
Later, as I sat at my table typing up this entry, I looked out the north window and saw the most intense light on the front garden.
north window view from blogging chair; I had to get out there.
looking east from the porch: bright sun and dark sky
The sun was intensely focused through a break in the clouds, just before sunset.
east side of front garden
front garden, Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’
Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’
Smokey and Frosty came running to see what I was doing.
The break in the clouds closed and the radiance died away.
back indoors, plain old evening light
Mary, Smokey and Frosty’s mum, age 13 and a half, snored through the whole thing.
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