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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

I woke at the shocking hour of 7:30 to unexpected sunny weather, and fretted for an hour about how we should go to work.  However, if I woke Allan up early, that would not be fair, especially because he might someday have morning insomnia and want me to go to work early.  I don’t want to set a precedent.  So I bided my time and lost sleep worrying over Bulb Time and unpredictable weather.

When we were ready, we began work at…

Mike’s garden

…just a couple of blocks to the east.  I had a smallish batch of green and white tulips, white narcissi, and alliums for his green, white, blue, and pink themed garden.

I suddenly thought how cool it would be to have Allium albopilosum’s starry round globes in between the little boxwoods.  I did not have enough for every one so tried every other one, every now and then, to see how it will look.  We will return for a day of fall clean up as soon as Bulb Time is over.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

Mike's Verbena bonariensis still blooming

Mike’s Verbena bonariensis still blooming

As we were leaving Mike’s, we heard a long rumble of ominous thunder.  No!!  The weather forecasts had all called for a day with just slight showers.  A torrential rain began and changed my mind about finishing the bulb planting at the port.

11:30: optimistically heading north at the Ilwaco stoplight.

11:30 AM: optimistically heading north at the Ilwaco stoplight.

Long Beach

Doing some Bulb Thinking last evening, I had remembered that I like to plant some along the strip to the north side of the Frying Pan park.  Fortunately, I had two bags of tulips (Fantasy and Virichic) left over from the planters, so I figured we could use the rain storm time to drive up there, wait for it to break, get the bulbs in….  We got a perfect parking space but just had to sit, and wait, and wait, and wait for the intense rain to stop dumping.  I know some friends who would suit up and be out in it, and once upon a time that would have been me.  Now, we waited.

11:38: Parked and waiting by the Frying Pan park in Long Beach.

11:38: Parked and waiting by the Frying Pan park in Long Beach.

11:47: the downspout catch basin started backflowing water.

11:47: the downspout catch basin started backflowing water.

the garden I want to be planting in, behind a post that is showing effects of weather.

the garden I want to be planting in, behind a post that is showing effects of weather.

11:55: My weather sense tells me the sky is lightening.

11:55: My weather sense tells me the sky is lightening.

noon: Is that blue sky coming or is it just a "sucker hole"?

noon: Is that blue sky coming or is it just a “sucker hole”?

Allan's photo: This bucket in the trailer had been empty of water when we left Ilwaco.

Allan’s photo: This bucket in the trailer had been empty of water when we left Ilwaco.

We started to plant in light rain at noon.  At least the blinding waterfall effect had stopped.  It did not take long to pull three sopping wet large cosmos (two of them the annoyingly tall ones with no flower buds at all) and get about 30 bulbs into the sodden ground.  Finally the rain truly stopped.

The Anchorage Cottages

I had a pleasant and intricate bulbing project at the Anchorage, so I placed out all the bulbs for the garden and planters for Allan to deal with, and then got to work on the window box liners.

Allan's photo: removing the two plastic window box liners of annuals from each window box.

Allan’s photo: He removed the two plastic window box liners of annuals from each window box.

I was not sure how well the bulbs would have fared over the summer in the matching plastic liners that had been summering in neglect behind the building, so I dumped them on a tarp in the trailer to check the contents.

trailer work space

trailer work space

These two mismatched, bigger liners are so bothersome that I won't use them again.

These two mismatched, bigger liners are so bothersome that I won’t use them again.

The others are so tiny that they are just silly, because the wood window box enclosures are tiny, too.

The others are so tiny that they are just silly, because the wood window box enclosures are tiny, too. The old annuals from the summer liners will end up in my debris pile at home.

Rather to my surprise, most of the bulbs were ok despite the lack of room.  The iris reticulata has rotted away just leaving papery husks; species tulips, narcissi, and crocus, and a few fritillaria meleagris were fine.

I added an assortment of new tiny bulbs and then replanted all the extra old ones in the pots all around the courtyards, to enhance the large tulips that Allan had just planted.

The empty plastic liners will be stored till next May and then replanted with annuals, when the bulb liners will go behind the office again for the summer.  Next November, I will have faith that the bulbs survived and won’t bother to replant them for a couple of years.

new liners in: Allan's photo

new liners, stuffed full of small spring bulbs, in place: Allan’s photo

window boxes done; I'd brought some red twig dogwood for decorations....

window boxes done; I’d brought some red twig dogwood for decorations….

and added some Escallonia 'Iveyi' cuttings for temporary decorations.

and added some Escallonia ‘Iveyi’ cuttings for temporary decorations.

center courtyard, with narcissi and alliums planted and bulbs added to the pots.

center courtyard, with narcissi and alliums planted and bulbs added to the pots.

The Red Barn

We had some little tulips and narcissi to add to the six barrels, and some tall narcissi to plant along the fence.  I found one particular horse to be extra friendly today.

my new friend

my new friend

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Diane’s garden

We did not plant any new bulbs in the narrow long strip of roadside garden this year because it is possibly going to be removed due to a septic project.

before

before: cosmos ready to go and bulb bags set on the lawn to go next to the house

after

after

no new bulbs along here this year

no new bulbs along here this year

We may have to come out of staycation for a day to dig up that strip of plants and heal them into a pile of soil till the project is done…not sure when or if it will happen.

lots of bulbs tucked into these back yard pots....need a frost to take down all the annuals!

lots of bulbs tucked into these back yard pots….need a frost to take down all the annuals!

almost sunset, looking back to the Red Barn and its annex

almost sunset, looking back to the Red Barn and its annex

at home

I was thrilled to see my Acanthus sennii has flower buds!  You can read all about this painfully irresistible plant over on Danger Garden.

mid November garden

mid November garden

Acanthus sennii (it WILL hurt you)

Acanthus sennii (it WILL hurt you)

Only five bulbings left. I had forgotten to add mine and Golden Sands to the list until tonight.

Only five bulbings left. I had forgotten to add mine and Golden Sands to the list until tonight. And the Port is almost done, just a few more..

I decided we deserved a reward for not giving up during that rain storm.

The Depot Restaurant

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

burger and sweet potato fries (Allan's photo)

Burger Night!!  burger and sweet potato fries (Allan’s photo)

This beer from local North Jetty Brewery is made with a touch of Starvation Alley organic cranberries.

This beer from local North Jetty Brewery is made with a touch of Starvation Alley organic cranberries.

tart and deliciously flavorful

tart and deliciously flavorful

The bar stools at the Depot are unusually comfortable and provide an interesting view of the bustling about of the staff.

The bar stools at the Depot are unusually comfortable and provide an interesting view of the bustling about of the staff.

a seasonal turkey somehow made of an old broom

a seasonal turkey somehow made of an old broom

Now, the question is will the big rain finally come, or will we get one more day of bulb planting first?  The outlook:

…SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL POSSIBLE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH THE FIRST
HALF OF THE WEEKEND…

SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL IS LOOKING INCREASINGLY POSSIBLE BEGINNING
LATE THURSDAY ON THE SOUTH WASHINGTON AND FAR NORTH OREGON
COAST…SLOWLY MOVING SOUTHWARD THROUGH NORTHWEST OREGON THROUGH
SATURDAY.

 

My friend Jackie, amateur meteorologist, has this to say:
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One way or another, it will be a bulbing day, either planting the last work batches OR typing out bulb spreadsheets.

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Long Beach

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

dry

dry

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

We had an audience.

We had an audience.

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

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

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

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

Dutch Iris carrying on the flower show for now

Dutch Iris carrying on the flower show for now

The Basket Case Greenhouse

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

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

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

wisteria

wisteria

wisteria from below

wisteria from below

wisteria

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

happy and exciteable Stella

happy and exciteable Stella

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

pretties at the Basket Case

pretties at the Basket Case

Allan's photo of a young gardener

Allan’s photo of a young gardener

The Anchorage Cottages

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

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

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

an Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' still blooming

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

office planters

office planters today with well budded Agastaches in place

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

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

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

moistening the soil

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

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

Allan's photo: one windowbox emptied

Allan’s photo: one windowbox emptied

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

Mitzu did some supervising.

Mitzu did some supervising. (Allan’s photo)

violas got replanted here (Allan's photo)

violas got replanted here (Allan’s photo)

sweet peas are this tall (Allan's photo)

sweet peas are this tall (Allan’s photo)

windowbox liners in place

one of for new windowbox liners in place

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

Allan's photo: before

Allan’s photo: before

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

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

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

agitation (Allan's photo)

agitation (Allan’s photo)

He was closely supervised.

He was closely supervised.

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

center courtyard

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

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

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

more Dutch Iris

more Dutch Iris

Dutch Iris 'Eye of the Tiger'

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

back to Long Beach

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

a horrible planter of vinca dating back to volunteer days

a horrible planter of vinca dating back to volunteer days

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

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

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

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

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

The heuchera also got salvaged and replanted.

The heuchera also got salvaged and replanted.

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

after

after

before

before

after

after

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

The Cove Restaurant

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

Allium schubertii in the Cove entry garden

Allium schubertii in the Cove entry garden

Allium schubertii backed with lavender

Allium schubertii backed with lavender

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

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

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

The strawberries in the strawberry salad were extra delicious today.

The strawberries in the strawberry salad were extra delicious today.

my so scrumptious and nutritious ahi tuna

my so scrumptious and nutritious ahi tuna

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

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

Allan's photo of the delectable lomo saltado

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

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

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After a lovely walk from the first cottage, we arrive at the second official stop on the tour.

Priddy Cottage

Priddy Cottage

The cottage features metalwork by Darryl Nelson, “a third generation Timberline Blacksmith”, starting with the front gate.

gate

front gate

detail

gate detail

garage

garage

We walk past the garage to the back because I want to see the garden first.  (No surprise there.)  My attention is immediately drawn by a gorgeous Hydrangea aspera in the corner, a shrub with which I have had no success.  If it grows this well in Cannon Beach, surely I can grow one in Ilwaco?

Hydrangea aspera

Hydrangea aspera

Hydrangea aspera closeup.  The leaves are soft in texture.

Hydrangea aspera closeup. The leaves are soft in texture.

in the garden

in the garden

deck behind the cottage

deck behind the cottage

The Hydrangea aspera is in the far right corner of the garden (above).

 deck gate with shell detail

deck gate with shell detail

In we go at the back door, entering the kitchen first.

kitchen and back door

kitchen and back door

kitchen

kitchen

kitchen

kitchen

kitchen window.  To the left, shelves on metal frame.

kitchen window. To the left, shelves on metal frame.

shelf detail

shelf detail

sea creature

sea creature

beautiful towel rack

beautiful towel rack

The kitchen opens into the living room.

living room

living room

Off to the side is a ladder to a guest loft.

to the loft

to the loft

couch with natural light

couch with natural light

art wall

art wall

display rack

display rack

slider

living room/bedroom wall with sliding door; very cool
door slider detail

door slider detail

in the bedroom

in the bedroom

bedroom window

bedroom window

metal work mirror

metal work mirror

light fixture

bathroom

bathroom

beautiful light fixture

beautiful light fixture

detail of light fixture

detail of light fixture

The cottage is so exquisite in every detail that I have not had to spend a lot of words describing it.  Now we leave and take a walk around the narrow decks, admiring the windowboxes.

windowboxes

windowboxes

a classic cottage window

a classic cottage window

windowboxes

windowboxes

And on we go to cottage number three.  This time the cottages are so close together that there is no interlude of admiring other cottages and gardens along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday the 13th: a wonky trailer throws a wrench into the workday

One of the wheels of our utility trailer went wonky….No surprise because as Allan pointed out, that same little trailer brought his worldly goods down from Tacoma, and since then has hauled around heavy loads of mulch, river rock, and weeds for two years without any problem and is due for an overhaul.  His previous career was fixing and assembling bikes and exercise equipment and so he is out in the rain repairing the wheel.  Something to do with ball bearings.  If it gets done, we will go do our task for the day in Long Beach: cutting to the ground all the rugosa roses (‘Blanc Double de Coubert’) on the south side of the police station so that the wall can be resided.  Don’t be shocked it you see it; the roses will come back and, if the siding job is done soon, the roses will even have time to bloom this year.) Meanwhile, the rain is slowing which is nice for me…Hmm, if we do move to mom’s house, we will have a carport for such fix-it tasks.

In Long  Beach, Allan cut back the dwarf (ha! still quite large) pampas grass in the big popout, cleverly avoiding breaking off any of that particular tulip display, while I walked the street trees, deadheading and tidying, and checked up on the center quadrant of parks.

Each tree and park has a different display of colour. And the perennials are coming on as well.  In “Fountain Park” by Debbie’s Restaurant, the Darmera Peltata has its pink umbels out well before the large parasol leaves, while in the background the Gunnera is doing so well, reminding me that mine died and I must replace it!

Onward to Klipsan Beach Cottages (actually it was a huge workday with a stop at the Planter Box to buy more Dr. Earth fertilizer, then Wiegardt Gallery before KBC, and Seanest, Andersen’s, McDonald’s, and Raymond Federal after! All to make it possible to take a day off to go plant shopping).

at Klipsan Beach Cottages

Fringed tulips ‘Max Durand’ at KBC….My favourite  tulip with the crystalline edges. or are parrot tulips my favourite?  No wait, the green tulips (Viridiflora) are definitely my favourites. And a wee sculpture at the dog memorial garden (Misty, Debbie, and Raven).  I have planted there among the memorial plants (Eucryphia, Fuchsias, a blak leaved Elderberry, and more) all white narcissi including the aptly named ‘Misty Glen’ and ‘Tommy’s White’ (Tommy being the adorable siamese who probably misses his dog friends), but I realize that I must plant white narcissi there much more thickly next fall to get a spectacular show.

Mary gave us a box of easter candy! I may take some of it to the Rainyside shopping day (Rainysiders getting together at Joy Creek and Cistus nurseries). It’s a tradition for someone to bring chocolate. Oh, never mind, I know it won’t last till tomorrow.

And Allan just called (from 50 feet down the road….) to say the trailer is ready to go…what perfect timing….and we’re off!

(Later) Mission accomplished, including salvaging tall white Oriental Lilies and Dutch Iris from the police station garden and transplanting them at city hall. For awhile, the Dutch Iris ‘Oriental Beauty’  of an odd chartreuse yellow and blue-green combination perfectly matched the large “click it or ticket” seat belt poster that was on the south side of the station. I got to pet Morgan, a wonderful Seattle Great Dane who strolled by with his person. He’s named for the Morgan horse and is a sweet, friendly leaner….leans gently against one’s legs while being petted.

Oh, and the chocolate did not last…it accompanied the conclusion of typing this entry.

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